Minor League Discussion: Week of November 26, 2018

Tuesday was the deadline for roster expansion to 40 players prior to the Rule 5 Draft.  The Phillies selected the contracts of 3 players to add to their 40-man roster – Edgar Garcia, Adonis Medina, and Arquimedes Gamboa.  Their 40-man stands at 38 players.  The rumored release of Justin Bour has not found its way to the transaction logs and he is still on their roster.

Strength and Conditioning starts this week for about 15 players or so.  I’m going to head over to the Complex to break up the boredom.  Hope I get to talk to somebody.

This is the Phuture Phillies Discussion Page for Prospect and Minor League discourse. No Phillies talk here.

Key Dates:

  • 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 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.
  • December 9-13, 2018 – Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • December 13, 2018 – Rule 5 draft.
  • TBA (last year on February 27th) – Minor League Spring Training begins

The rosters and lists are up to date.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
11/20/18 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Edgar Garcia from Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Phillies selected the contracts of RHP Adonis Medina from Clearwater
11/20/18 – Phillies selected the contract of SS Arquimedes Gamboa from Clearwater
11/16/18 – Phillies signed free agent 3B Ali Castillo to a minor league contract/Reading
11/16/18 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Camilo Brazoban to a future services contract
11/12/18 – SS Pedro Florimon elected free agency
11/10/18 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Carlos Valero to a future services contract
11/8/18 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Jose Guaramaco to a future services contract
11/7/18 – Phillies signed free agent OF Derek Escobar to a future services contract
11/2/18 – Phillies sent SS Pedro Florimon outright to Lehigh Valley
11/2/18 – OF Ryan Goins elected free agency
11/2/18 – 1B Zach Green elected free agency
11/2/18 – C Matt McBride elected free agency
11/2/18 – LF Danny Ortiz elected free agency
11/2/18 – C Nick Rickles elected free agency
11/2/18 – SS Dean Anna elected free agency
11/2/18 – RHP Pedro Beato elected free agency
11/2/18 – CF Collin Cowgill elected free agency
11/2/18 – RHP Ranfi Casimiro elected free agency
11/2/18 – C Logan Moore elected free agency
11/2/18 – 3B Jesmuel Valentin elected free agency
11/2/18 – RF Jiandido Tromp elected free agency
11/2/18 – 2B Heiker Meneses elected free agency
11/2/18 – RHP Mario Sanchez elected free agency
11/2/18 – RHP Harold Arauz elected free agency
11/2/18 – C Gabriel Lino elected free agency
11/2/18 – 3B Will Middlebrooks elected free agency
11/2/18 – RHP Alberto Tirado elected free agency
11/2/18 – C Kevin Martir elected free agency
11/1/18 – Phillies signed C Victor Cairo to a future services contract
10/29/18 – Lehigh Valley released 1B Joey Meneses
10/25/18 – DSL Phillies Red activated 1B Maximo De La Rosa
10/25/18 – DSL Phillies White activated RHP Jose Brazon
10/10/18 – Reading activated RHP Mario Sanchez from the 7-day disabled list
10/10/18 – Reading activated LHP JoJo Romero from the 7-day disabled list
10/10/18 – Reading activated RHP Alexis Rivero from the 7-day disabled list
10/8/18–Phillies signed free agent RHP Carlo Reyes to a minor league contract.
10/5/18–3B Trevor Plouffe elected free agency.
9/27/18–Phillies signed free agent RHP Cristofer Adames to a minor league contract
9/22/18–Phillies signed free agent LHP Joel Valdez to a minor league contract.
9/14/18–Phillies signed free agent RHP Hermes Astudillo to a minor league contract

39 thoughts on “Minor League Discussion: Week of November 26, 2018

  1. I saw a list of potential Rule V signees by team, and there appeared to be some interesting names, especially as bullpen arms. Does anyone think we may go that route for a particular player?

    1. Let’s get behind Cole Irvin as a member of the 2019 Phillies starting rotation. This might affect decisions on trades and FA.

  2. Phillies Winter League Stats have not had much to get excited about for the past month but finally today I see a performance to get excited about.

    Kyle Glogoski in Australia. 2 starts. 10 ip. 1 h. 0 r. 2 bb. 12 k.

    Phillies signed him out of New Zealand in Jan’18. (Maybe he’s comfortable playing in the ABL. Regardless, he’s pitching well!)

      1. I’ve got Glogoski as part of Lakewood’s 2019 rotation. I posted this about a month and a half ago. Here’s the way I see next season’s rotations:


        Victor Santos
        Ben Brown
        Dominic Pipkin
        Kyle Glogoski
        Gabriel Cotto


        Kevin Gowdy
        Francisco Morales
        Jhordany Mezquita
        Ethan Lindow
        Manuel Silva
        Tyler McKay


        Colton Eastman
        Kyle Young
        Will Stewart
        David Parkinson
        James McArthur
        Damon Jones


        Sixto Sanchez
        Adonis Medina
        JoJo Romero
        Connor Seabold
        Bailey Falter
        Spencer Howard


        Enyel De Los Santos
        Ranger Saurez
        Cole Irvin
        Drew Anderson
        Thomas Eshelman
        Jose Taveras

        I’m really looking forward to my projected Lakewood pitching staff. I believe Kevin Gowdy (already at #10 on my top 50 list) will finally have his breakout season now that he’s healthy. Morales and Silva have tremendous upsides, and Tyler McKay would be my sleeper candidate (if we still voted on that).

          1. Taveras is still on the Reading roster and Baseball-America still has him in the Phillies organization but not sure how reliable these are in the short run.

            1. He is still in the org….was on minor league DL for shoulder issues almost all season starting sometime in the spring…DFA in Aug, not claimed and functioned as org bullpen depth.

        1. Great post.

          Is it just me, or do these rotations also excite the rest of you!? Maybe it’s just the optimist in me, but I believe there are MANY very strong pitching prospects here PLUS even more good prospects with big upsides!

          I remain a huge fan of Howard (my breakthru pick last yr), Romero, and Morales (and I’ll add Gowdy though I want to know about his ‘stuff’, not just that he’s ‘healthy’). And of course Sanchez and Medina! Plus, De Los Santos.

          And big possible upside in soooo many more!

          Btw, I don’t see Mauricio Llovera. (He’s #27 on my list.) Anything happen to him?

          1. Llovera. …more than likely headed to Reading.
            His 121 innings of xFIP 3.3 at Clearwater is plenty fine and should warrant him the next move up the ladder.

            1. Maybe we lose Eshelman, Romero goes up to AAA, and Llovera has spot at AA.

              Murray, you may be right about him longterm. I’d be interested to see how he does as SP at AA though. He’s been a consistent SP at couple levels so far.

          2. Howard, I believe was one of my breakthrough prospects. Call it a hunch, but I think he’s going to end up being a dominant major league pitcher and I really don’t want him (or Sixto) included in any trade. If this team is to become great and stay great, they are going to need a talent pipeline with players like Howard.

        2. @hinkie – we agree in a lot of things and Tyler McKay is another example. Keylan Killgore is another prospect I like. I like Killgore better than Dohy and Warren. And I’ll also keep an eye on Waylon Richardson.

  3. Hinkie, Are you projecting Glogoski to reach Lakewood during the season or did you revise your projection that he will start at Williamsport?

    1. That’s my bad. I meant to say Glogoski will be a part of the Williamsport rotation. Sorry for that.
      * read twice, post once.

      1. Good work! I have to look at my list but I initially notice Fanti is not here. If healthy he’ll have a spot at Cwater. McKay would be a surprise pick to me but an interesting one. Gowdy definitely won’t pitch the entire season either.

        1. If Fanti is back, I can see him pitch in CLW and move Damon Jones in the pen. Jones has an erratic command so i don’t see him as a starter long term.

  4. I’m surprised that the Phillies did not protect Mo Llovera. I rather have Llovera than Luis Garcia in the roster. Luis Avilan is another expendable body. I prefer Tyler Gilbert than Avilan.

  5. I agree Kurt. Llovera has shown his growth and should of been protected instead of García. I understand Medina, everyone likes his potential, especially because he has shown at times a Whoa factor. Gamboa is a mystery to me. Good fielding SS are abound but Gamboa has shown mediocre growth at the plate and no maturity on the field. My hopes he is tired and not hurt. Seen the kid make Great plays.

    1. Harvey…….Llovera needs no protection until Nov 2019….he signed a few months earlier than his 19th birthday in April 2015, so he is good to go this season without being on the 40.

  6. I’m excited for Gowdy’s return. Easy to get excited about Sixto,Medina,Howard, Romero, and Gowdy. Hoping one can develop into a nice home grown piece for the Phillies.

    Any reports on Gowdy’s pre and post injury velocity?

    1. Some baseball footage from BaseballBetsy of his first batter faced seven weeks ago in the FIL:
      Jim may be able to give you his velo at the time

      1. On Luis Garcia (from the podcast):

        * Elite bat to ball skills
        * Elite bat speed
        * More pop to come
        * Is a future superstar
        * Should start 2019 in Lakewood, get promoted to Clearwater, and could play in Futures Game as an 18 YO.

        1. The Phillies fans are clamoring for the Acuna Jr., Soto type uber player —- Luis Garcia will be the Phillies version of that!! Luis Garcia will be a guaranteed Top 100 prospect and be Top 1-2 Phillies next season!!

          Luis Garcia is probably the reason why it will be easier for Klentak to move on from JPC. The kid is L.E.G.I.T !!!

          1. ETA 2021 if we can be patient. Some kids just have “it”, that knack for making it look effortless, smooth as silk. We’ll have to work on his nickname….Luis Garcia is a bit generic.

        2. I spoke with a scout who asked to remain anonymous, but said the following:

          Hey buddy. Garcia has some of the loudest tools I’ve seen come through in the past 10 years. The only real knock I saw was just how much he really likes to play the game. Lots of nonchalant stuff. Big arm but bounced throws because he’s just going through the motions. Hopefully as he matures that stuff will go away. Sky is the limit with him

          Take it for what it’s worth because he is really young. But seems like elite tools.

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