The Phillies optioned Jake Arrieta to Clearwater Thursday. That action finalized their opening day roster for the 2018 season. Continue reading Spring Training, the Roster Edition; Mar. 30, 2018
The Phillies played their last Grapefruit League yesterday. It was notable since Jake Arrieta was scheduled to start. As a Threshers’ season ticket holder, I got a free ticket to the game. So, with tickets furnished by a friend, I took my grand kids to the game. Continue reading Spring Training at Spectrum Field, Mar. 27, 2018
The Phillies AAA and AA squads played the Yankees at the Complex today. Sort of. With a lot of minor league players making the bus trip to Bradenton (9 position players and 8 pitchers), there were some interesting entries on the line up cards. For instance, the AAA outfield consisted of Damek Tomscha in left, Dylan Cozens in center, and Luke Williams in right. And, Jesus Henriquez played second base. Continue reading Spring Training at the Complex, Mar. 26, 2018
The line between a break out prospect and a sleeper prospect has been blurred the past several years. You guys just select whomever you want regardless of the guidelines that James set up years before I took over.
For instance, 60% of last year’s breakout picks were also sleeper picks. So, rather than waste time and space including the definitions, I’ll just let you list your break out prospects below.
Have at it.
The Phillies signed Scott Kingery to a major league contract. While some people thought Kingery should make the team out of camp, and more than some expected Kingery to be promoted two weeks into the season, Nobody here saw this. Congratulations to Scott! (You too, TK.)
The Phillies made a few other moves, a little less surprising, as they move toward their opening day roster.
#Phly Phillies Phly! Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of March 25, 2018
Pirates all over today. Maikel Franco homered twice in an 8-2 win in Bradenton. Groups One and Two traveled to Pirate City for games, and Groups Three and Four beat their Bucs counterparts at the Complex Continue reading Spring Training at the Complex, Mar. 23, 2018
Jake Arrieta pitched today in a Grapefruit League game. He threw two innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits including a HR and struck out two. He didn’t walk or hit anyone. His fastball sat 93 mph, touching 95, his curve was 81-83, and his slider was 87–89. Continue reading Spring Training at the Complex, Mar. 18-22, 2018
The Phillies newest pitcher, Jake Arrieta, arrived in Clearwater.
Arrieta’s arrival was expected to shore up the Phillies rotation which took a hit when expected starter, Jerad Eickhoff suffered an injury.
#Phly Phillies Phly!
The schedule for Phillies’ eXtended Spring Training (XST) games is available. Home games are played at the Carpenter Complex. This version is current as of March 10, 2018. Continue reading 2018 Phillies XST Schedule
The Saint Patrick’s Day Game. Always a big draw at Spectrum Field. I arrived at the Complex at 8:45 AM in anticipation of a late change regarding Jake Arrieta. His scheduled appearance in a minor league game was moved to an earlier simulated game. No telling what time that would be held. Continue reading Spring Training at the Complex, Mar. 17, 2018