I opened last week’s discussion stating that the Phillies were 3-5. Well, they reeled off 6 wins, sweeping the Reds and Rays. Granted, the Reds and Rays are two teams that the Phillies should beat. But, back to back sweeps is impressive.
The Phillies magic number is 148 to clinch a home wild card game. It’s not too early to buy those playoff tickets.
#Phly Phillies Phly!
Seriously, though, we should enjoy this stretch. But, keep in mind this is a young team, a flawed team. They scored half of their 79 runs in just 3 games. They have the 12th best batting average (.230) in the NL. They rank 7th or 8th in OBP (.321), SLG (.395), and OPS (.716).
Much has been made of the Phillies’ attention to controlling the strike zone and having quality at bats. To this end, they see the most pitches per at bat (4.198) than any team in the NL. They have the second most walks (63) and the 6th fewest strike outs (134). But, they have the second fewest hits (109).
Pitching has been good. The Phillies rank 6th with a 3.45 ERA, 4th fewest hits allowed (113), 5th fewest runs (58), 3rd fewest earned runs (49), fewest home runs (8), 2nd fewest walks (44). 6th lowest batting average against (.238), and 5th lowest WHIP (1.23). We can all think of several bad appearances by individual pitchers, but these are better team rankings than I expected.
Organizational News and Changes
Tommy Hunter pitched in a game at the Complex. He looked good against the stiffs he pitched against, as he should. A healthy Hunter will be welcome addition to the Phillies’ bullpen when he returns.
The transactions section contains over 350 transactions I used to complete the rosters I reported for the affiliates and the earlier work groups. Those you can’t find on the major and minor league sites, I am getting from inside the league office.
The Phillies took over 100 players and coaches from the Complex to the Trop for game three of their series against the Rays. I hope that included a meal plan.
The Phillies’ eXtended Spring Training schedule started on April 9th and is available here.
Minor League Report
The GCL Phillies East and West begin their seasons on June 18th and 19th. I have their preliminary schedules. You can see them here.
- 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
Transactions (recently reported transactions in bold): (40-man stands at 40)
- 4/15/18–Jakob Hernandez assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
- 4/15/18–Will Stewart assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
- 4/15/18–Connor Brogdon assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
- 4/14/18–LHP Zach Warren assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
- 4/14/18–LHP Damon Jones assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
- 4/14/18–RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Reading from Williamsport
- 4/14/18–SS Emmanuel Marrero assigned to Williamsport from Reading
- 4/12/18–RHP Connor Seabold assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
- 4/12/18–RF Yahir Gurrola assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
- 4/12/18–RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
- 4/11/18–Lehigh Valley placed RHP Drew Anderson on the 7-day DL retro to 4/8/18. Right forearm strain
- 4/11/18–Connor Brogdon assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
- 4/11/18–Julian Garcia assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
- 4/11/18–CF Malvin Matos assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
- 4/10/18–RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
- 4/10/18–RHP Mauricio Llovera assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
- 4/10/18–Ryan Asencio transferred from GCL East to DSL Red
- 4/10/18–Emiliano Brazano transferred from GCL East to DSL Red
- 4/10/18–Carlos De La Cruz transferred from GCL East to GCL West
- 4/10/18–Christopher Duran transferred from GCL East to DSL Red
- 4/10/18–Juan Geraldo transferred from GCL East to DSL Red
- 4/10/18–Elias Liriano transferred from GCL East to DSL White
- 4/10/18–Juan Miranda transferred from GCL East to DSL White
- 4/9/18–Enyel De Los Santos transferred from Williamsport to Lehigh Valley
- 4/9/18–Yeison Sanchez transferred from GCL West to DSL Red
- 4/9/18–Rafi Gonell transferred from DSL White to GCL 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.