The Phillies dropped both series this week, winning one game in each versus the Diamondbacks and Braves. Their 2-4 record for the week dropped them into a tie for second with the Braves in the division.
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MLB has started to include the wild card optional view on its standings page. The Phillies had the best record of any non-division leader until this week. They were passed by the Cubs for the first wild card and tied by the Braves for the second.
Looks like the Phillies Achilles heel will be starting pitching. We can’t expect Nola and Arrieta to win every one of their starts. Hopefully Pivetta can continue to pick up some of the slack. With Lively on the DL and Velasquez continuing to struggle, the Phillies’ rotation needs help. Jake Thompson was recalled when Lively went on the DL. He pitched Sunday. Look for another move to fill out the rotation this week. Cole Irvin and Zach Eflin seem to be the best options. De Los Santos also pitched Sunday, and is likely not available until later in the week.
Okay, forget all of my speculation. The decision has been made. Even though he hasn’t been added to the roster by a transaction yet, Zach Eflin is listed as the starting pitcher in Miami on Tuesday.
Organizational News and Changes
The Phillies placed J.P. Crawford (right forearm strain) and Ben Lively (lower back strain) on the 10-day DL.
To replace them, they recalled Jesmuel Valentin and Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies voided contract of international free agent OF Felix Neguis who had been assigned to the DSL Phillies Red.
The Phillies continued to sign international free agents. They inked RHP Jhostyn Marin and LHP Nathaniel Bido and assigned both to the DSL Phillies Red.
The Phillies’ XST schedule 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)
- 4/29/18–Phillies placed SS J.P. Crawford on the 10-day DL. Right forearm strain
4/29/18–Phillies recalled 2B Jesmuel Valentin from Lehigh
4/29/18–RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/29/18–Clearwater activated RHP Will Hibbs from the 7-day DL
4/28/18–Wilson Garcia assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater .
4/28/18–Clearwater activated C Edgar Cabral from the 7-day DL.
4/27/18–Tyler Gilbert transferred from Williamsport to Reading
4/27/18–Phillies recalled Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley
4/27/18–Phillies placed Ben Lively on the 10-day disabled list. Lower back strain
4/27/18–Lehigh Valley placed Logan Moore on the 7-day DL retro to 4/26/18. Right shin contusion
4/27/18–Danny Mayer assigned to Lakewood from Clearwater
4/27/18–Spencer Howard assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/27/18–Clearwater activated 2B Jose Antequera
4/27/18–Jhostyn Marin signed as an international FA; assigned to DSL Phillies Red
4/27/18–RHP Seranthony Dominguez assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
4/26/18–Austin Davis assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
4/26/18–Tyler Gilbert transferred from Reading to Williamsport
4/26/18–Lakewood placed Jhailyn Ortiz on the 7-day Disabled List
4/26/18–RHP Luis Carrasco assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/25/18–Signed Nathaniel Bido as an international FA; assigned to DSL Phillies Red
4/25/18–LHP Austin Davis assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
4/25/18–3B Trevor Plouffe assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/24/18–Voided contract of Felix Neguis with DSL Phillies Red
4/24/18–RHP Luis Carrasco assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood.
4/24/18–RHP Ramon Rosso assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
4/23/18–Trevor Plouffe signed to a minor league contract; assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/23/18–3B Heiker Meneses assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
4/23/18–RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
4/23/18–Jose Antequera assigned to Williamsport from Reading
4/23/18–Jacob Waguespack added to Lehigh Valley active roster
4/23/18–Hoby Milner added to Lehigh Valley active roster
- The organization’s rosters,
- The organization’s injury list, and
- The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list (these are only current as of 4/25/2018)
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