Welcome to my last article at Phuture Phillies. Three games into the Phillies’ season and I find that I’m not prepared to suffer through the mob mentality and waves of negativity prevalent among the vocal minority of Phillies’ fans. I can’t endure this for another 159 games.
#Phly Phillies Phly!
Okay, some of you aren’t reading this until Monday, but I wrote the above portion of the article Sunday morning.
Don’t worry. I met so many parents of players who thanked me for providing the information here that they wouldn’t see otherwise. So, I will continue to provide you with the minor league reports as in the past. This particular type of article is in jeopardy, though. The discussion is about the major league club and really not a prospect discussion. It is the article I like least, but I’ll keep it going for now.
The Phillies stumbled out of the gate against the Braves this weekend. losing two of three games. A lot has been made of Kapler’s handling of the pitching staff. But, I’m not going to go into that. The thing I noticed and was concerned about was that in the opener, of the final 10 Phillies’ outs 8 were by strike out. Braves’ relievers struck out the side in the eighth and ninth innings.
Three games is an extremely small sample size, so don’t embarrass yourself in the Comments Section. I’m sure a lot of you are chomping at the bit to write “I told you so” or “I knew it”. But, keep it in your pocket for now or take it to Phillies.com.
Organizational News and Changes
I found a bunch of transactions that helped me figure out the rosters as listed in the link below. The Phillies continue to add young international free agents. I’ll catch up with all that information by next week. But the org rosters and DL are current
The Phillies’ eXtended Spring Training schedule starts on April 9th and is available here.
Minor League Report
Three affiliates broke camp and headed to their home sites. Lakewood will hang around Clearwater for a few days before heading to Kannapolis for their opener.
They will play a scrimmage against the Threshers Tuesday night.
Rosters for AAA, AA, and A have been released. The Threshers will release theirs soon. I listed a very close guess on their roster with the other three a couple days ago here. (Update: the Threshers announced their preliminary roster around noon on Monday. I updated my earlier prediction. This is the Threshers announcement.)
The GCL Phillies East and West begin their seasons on June 18th and 19th. I have their full schedules and will post then soon.
- April 5, 2018 – Phillies’ home opener v. Miami
- April 5, 2018 – Reading’s home opener v. Erie
- April 5, 2018 – Clearwater’s home opener v. Dunedin
- April 5, 2018 – Lakewood’s opening game at Kannapolis
- April 6, 2018 – Lehigh Valley’s opening game at Pawtucket
- April 9, 2018 – Extended Spring Training games begin
- April 12, 2018 -Lehigh Valley’s home opener v. Louisville
- April 12, 2018 – Lakewood’s home opener v. Delmarva
- April 17-18, 2018 – Twins v. Indians at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, PR
- June 4-6, 2018 – 2018 MLB Draft
- June 15, 2018 – Williamsport’s home opener v. State College
- June 18, 2018 – GCL Phillies East home opener v. GCL Yankees West
- June 19, 2018 – GCL Phillies West home opener v. GCL Yankees East
- July 13-17, 2018 – All-Star Week
- July 17, 2018 – 89th All Star Game
- August 19, 2018 – Phillies v. Mets in the Little League Classic in Williamsport.
- December 10-13, 2018 – Winter Meetings at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada
Off Season Transactions (recently reported transactions in bold): (40-man stands at 40, unsubstantiated signings in italics)
- 3/25/18 – Phillies designated RHP Ricardo Pinto for assignment
- 3/25/18 – Phillies designated C Cameron Rupp for assignment
- 3/25/18 – Phillies optioned 2B Jesmuel Valentin to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 3/25/18 – Phillies selected the contract of 2B Scott Kingery from Lehigh Valley
- 3/25/18 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Drew Hutchison from Lehigh Valley
- 3/24/18 – Phillies released RHP Francisco Rodriguez
- 3/23/18 – Phillies release Adam Rosales
- 3/22/18 – Phillies release Ryan Flaherty
- 3/21/18 – Phillies release Fernando Abad
- 3/21/18 – Phillies traded 2B Eliezer Alvarez to Texas Rangers for cash
- 3/19/18 – Rangers claimed 1B Tommy Joseph off waivers
- 3/17/18 – Phillies optioned RHP Yacksel Rios to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 3/16/18 – Phillies selected the contract of CF Pedro Florimon from Lehigh Valley
- 3/16/18 – Phillies designated 2B Eliezer Alvarez for assignment
- 3/13/18 – Phillies signed free agent LHP Tim Berry to a minor league contract
- 3/13/18 – Phillies optioned RHP Seranthony Dominguez to Reading Fightin Phils
- 3/12/18 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Jake Arrieta
- 3/12/18 – Phillies designated 1B Tommy Joseph for assignment
- 3/10/18 – RHP Ricardo Pinto assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Phillies
- 3/10/18 – Phillies optioned RHP Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 3/9/18 – Phillies optioned 2B Eliezer Alvarez to Reading Fightin Phils
- 3/9/18 – Phillies optioned RHP Jose Taveras to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 3/9/18 – Phillies optioned RF Dylan Cozens to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- 3/9/18 – Phillies optioned RHP Franklyn Kilome to Reading Fightin Phils
- 3/9/18 – Phillies optioned LHP Ranger Suarez to Clearwater Threshers
- 3/7/18 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Manuel Urias to a minor league contract
- 3/5/18 – Phillies optioned RHP Drew Anderson to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- Patrick Frazier
- 2/19/18–Phillies signed free agent LHP Maikel Garrido to a minor league contract
- 2/19/18–Phillies signed free agent C Edward Barboza to a minor league contract
- 2/16/18–Phillies signed free agent Gabriel Lino to a minor league contract; assigned to Lehigh Valley
- 1/30/18–Phillies signed free agent Wilson Garcia to a minor league contract; assigned to Clearwater
- 1/9/18–Phillies signed free agent Juan Escorcia to a minor league contract; assigned to GCL Phillies West
- The organization’s rosters
- The organization’s injury list
- The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list is not up to date.
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.