Tuesday is the deadline for roster expansion to 40 players prior to the Rule 5 Draft. The Phillies 40-man roster stands at 34 players. This deadline can effect up to 6 minor league players exposed to the Rule 5 Draft. Adonis Medina is probably the only lock. Other pitchers who may have worked their way into the conversation are Luke Leftwich, Tyler Viza, Seth McGarry, Edgar Garcia, Tom Eshelman, and maybe Alejandro Requena. Among position players, maybe catchers Austin Bossart, Edgar Cabral, and Deivi Grullon will get consideration. I don’t think Arquimedes Gamboa is likely to need protection. A dark horse could be Jose Pujols.
The Arizona Fall League ended Thursday for our guys. The Scottsdale Scorpions finished in third place in their 3-team division, 1.5 games out of first place, with a 14-15-1 record (.483).
Austin Listi slashed .250/.321/.303/.624 in 76 at bats. He walked 8 times and struck out 8 times. He played LF in the Fall Stars Game and went 1-2 with a HR and 4 RBI. He probably would have been the MVP of the game had it not been for a 2-out rally in the bottom of the ninth by the other team.
Darrick Hall slashed .238/.286/.444/.730 in 63 at bats. His 4 HR were second on the team behind Peter Alonso’s 6 in 35 more at bats.
Arquimedes Gamboa slashed .186/.319/.220/.540 in 59 at bats. He drew 12 walks, but also committed 3 errors.
Luke Williams slashed 0.97/.222/.161/.384 in 31 at bats. He played error-free ball, but it’s hard to develop any consistency in just 9 games.
Luke Leftwich posted a 0.00 ERA in 8 games, 10.1 innings. He walked 3, struck out 12, and had a 0.87 WHIP.
Jonathan Hennigan posted a 1-0 record with a 1.29 ERA in 8 games, 7.0 innings. He struck out 9, but his 5 walks pushed his WHIP up to 1.57.
Seth McGarry posted a 1-1 record with 2.25 ERA in 7 games, 12.0 innings. He struck out 15, but walked 9, and had a 1.58 WHIP.
Tyler Viza posted a 1-1 record with 3.47 ERA in 6 games, 23.1 innings. He struck out 20, walked 7, and had a 1.29 WHIP. He closed out his season with 5.0 shutout innings walking one and striking out 9 batters. The 9 strike outs were tied for the most this season, and were the second most in the last 10 AFL seasons.
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- October 9, 2018 – Opening Day for the Arizona Fall League (AFL)
- October 12, 2018 – Opening Day for the Mexican Winter League (MPL)
- October 12, 2018 – Opening Day for the Venezuelan Winter League (LVBP)
- October 13, 2018 – Opening Day for the Dominican Winter League (LIDOM)
- October 22, 2018 – Opening Day for the Nicaraguan Winter League (LNBP)
- November 2nd of the last year of a player’s Minor League Uniform Player Contract, the player’s Minor League Uniform Player Contract shall expire and the player shall become a ‘Minor League free agent’ unless the player’s Major or Minor League club has remaining options to renew the contract. (Major League Rule 55)
- According to Major League Rule 3(b), “All Minor League Uniform Player Contracts between either a Major or a Minor League Club and a player who has not previously signed a contract with a Major or a Minor League Club shall be for a term of seven Minor League playing seasons.”
- November 2, 2018 – Opening Day for the Columbian Winter League (LCBP)
- November 6-8, 2018 – GM meetings, Carlsbad, CA.
- November 14-15, 2018 – Owners Meetings in Atlanta , GA.
- November 15, 2018 – Opening Day for the Puerto Rican Winter League (LBPRC)
- November 15, 2018 – Opening Day for the Australian Baseball League (ABL)
- November 17, 2018 – Last game of the Arizona Fall League (AFL)
- November 20, 2018 – Deadline for roster expansion to 40 players prior to the Rule 5 draft.
- November 26-29: MLBPA Executive Board Meeting, Dallas, TX
- December 9-13, 2018 – Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada
- December 13, 2018 – Rule 5 draft.
- TBA – (last year on February 14) – pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training (tentative: report on 2/13, first work out 2/14)
- TBA – (last year on February 19) – all other players report for full squad workouts (tentative: report on 2/18, first work out 2/19)
- TBA – Minor League Spring Training begins
The rosters and lists are up to date.
- organization’s rosters
- organization’s injury list
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list (includes player info, assignments, …)
11/10/18 – Phillies signed free agent P Carlos Valero to a future services contract