Minor League Discussion: Week of December 3, 2018

The Phillies submitted transactions that will prepare them for the upcoming minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft.  Players on the Phillies 40-man roster, players on the Lehigh Valley roster, and players who haven’t reached Rule 5 eligibility are exempt.

Teams are permitted to place 38 players on their active/reserve lists for their AAA affiliate.  These transactions probably won’t show up in the affiliate’s transaction log nor the roster on their home page.  Thirty-two transactions occurred on November 20th.

Additions to Lehigh Valley include – Austin Bossart, Aaron Brown, Edgar Cabral, Ismael Cabrera, Grenny Cumana, Luke Leftwich, Seth McGarry, Jose Pujols, Alexis Rivero, Jose Taveras, Damek Tomscha,  Daniel Brito, Garrett Cleavinger, Jose Gomez, Alejandro Requena, Jesus Alastre, Jose Antequera, Gustavo Armas, Luis Carrasco, Luis Cedeno, Gregori Rivero, Randy Alcantara, Juan Escorcia, Oscar Marcelino, Lenin Rodriguez, Jesus Henriquez, Sandro Rosario, and Victor Sobil.

Some players who don’t require protection from the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft were moved off the IronPigs roster temporarily – Adam Haseley, Cole Irvin, Jeff Singer, and Josh Tols.

These are not final assignments.  Players will be assigned according to merit before and during spring training.

The Phillies were able to protect all but 7 players – C Nerluis Martinez, recently signed INF Ali Castillo, INF Harold Garcia who coached last season, 1B Kyle Martin, INF Emmanuel Marrero, 1B Edwin Rodriguez, and INF Drew Stankiewicz.

Strength and Conditioning started last week and runs through the 8th.  There are about 30 players here.  The guys are putting long hours from the morning until late afternoon.  I’m looking forward to sharing dinner with several of the guys Monday night.

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

Key Dates:

  • 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)
11/29/18 – Phillies signed free agent OF Shane Robinson to a minor league contract
11/29/18 – Phillies signed free agent INF Erick Brito to a future services contract
11/20/18 – Adam Haseley assigned from Lehigh Valley to Reading
11/20/18 – Cole Irvin assigned from Lehigh Valley to Reading
11/20/18 – Jeff Singer assigned from Lehigh Valley to Reading
11/20/18 – Josh Tols assigned from Lehigh Valley to Reading
11/20/18 – Austin Bossart assigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Aaron Brown assigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Edgar Cabral assigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Ismael Cabrera assigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Grenny Cumana assigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Luke Leftwich assigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Seth McGarry assigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Jose Pujols assigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Alexis Rivero assigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Jose Taveras assigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Damek Tomscha assigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Daniel Brito assigned from Clearwater to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Garrett Cleavinger assigned from Clearwater to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Jose Gomez assigned from Clearwater to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Alejandro Requena assigned from Clearwater to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Jesus Alastre assigned from Lakewood to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Jose Antequera assigned from Lakewood to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Gustavo Armas assigned from Lakewood to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Luis Carrasco assigned from Lakewood to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Luis Cedeno assigned from Lakewood to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Gregori Rivero assigned from Lakewood to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Randy Alcantara assigned from Williamsport to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Juan Escorcia assigned from Williamsport to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Oscar Marcelino assigned from Williamsport to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Lenin Rodriguez assigned from Williamsport to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Jesus Henriquez assigned from Williamsport to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Sandro Rosario assigned from GCL Phillies West to Lehigh Valley
11/20/18 – Victor Sobil assigned from Lakewood to Lehigh Valley
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

18 thoughts on “Minor League Discussion: Week of December 3, 2018

    1. I didn’t see him. I believe he was given the time off due to heavy, year round work the past couple years. He met or exceeded all their expectations in 2018. They are happy with his progress to date.

  1. Puerto Rico Winter
    Bettencourt 7 games 1-0 era 1.58 era (limited Innings per Phillies)
    Falter 3 games 0-0 era 0-0 (limited Innings per Phillies)
    Domek Tomscha .305 ave

    1. AuBL:
      Kyle Glogoski…IP14.2…Hits3…Run1…BB3….K16
      Fanti…not so well so far….IP12.0…Hits19 …ER8… HR1….BB9….K8
      Catcher Mitch Edwards is doing well: slash- 289/.341/.474….2 HRs…41 PAs

  2. I assume the transfers to LHV are due to Rule5 draft.
    Can you remind me the minor league draft rules? I seem to remember it is fairly easy to pick players (i.e. onky small fee).

    1. The Fangraphs article is a little dated, 5 or 6 years so.

      According to MLR 5 in THE OFFICIAL PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL RULES BOOK, 2018, the cost of drafting a player is $100K for the major league phase and $24K for the AAA league phase. There is no longer a AA phase. Players on the AAA roster and above are protected if they are otherwise eligible. Per my calculations, only the 7 players I listed above are subject to the AAA phase.

    1. Yeah, he just pitched his 4th strong game. After only giving up 3 hits in 3 starts (14.2 ip), he gave up 6 h in 5 ip today, but 0 bb. That’s only 3 bb in 4 starts (19.2 ip)! Still sss and not sure how good the league is but he’s looking like yet another pitching prospect to watch next year.

      Btw, while our farm system is around 10th/11th overall, I’d think it’s gotta be top 5 (or top 3 even) for pitching only!

    2. Apparently Phillies have been scouting Down Under as they’ve signed several this year (Kyle Glogoski, Jan’18), Mitchell Edwards, Jun’18), Tyler Falwell, Jul’18). All 3 are putting up some of Phillies best winter league stats, all in the ABL. Falwell is 23, but Edwards (C) is 19 like Glogoski.

      1. Actually, Tyler Fallwell was born in Tucson AZ. He was drafted by KC in the 19th round of the 2016 draft out of Cochise Junior College. He was released in October of 2017 and signed by the Phillies in July of 2018 out of Indy ball. His ERA above rookie ball is high, but he has a career K/9 of 10.0.

        The Phillies do have a bunch of guys in the org from Australia and New Zealand – LHP Josh Tols (who they found in Indy ball), C Mitchel Edwards, INF Curtis Mead, and C/1B Rixon Taylor-Wingrove. Kyle Glogoski is from New Zealand.

        1. Thanks Jim. As always you have great insight!
          I did know about Tols but hadn’t noticed all these Aussie/NewZ signings. Other than Tols, all these guys are 18 or 19. It’s good to see the Phillies trying to tap into less-targeted markets.
          For only 19, Glogoski and Edwards are doing very well in the ABL. At 18, Mead and Taylor-Wingrove are likely amongst the youngest in the league.

            1. Thanks Romus. Mitch seems to have a determination to succeed yet also realistic expectations to recognize school is an important Plan B. Also great to know baseball is in his genes. His dad’s experience in the minors (that didn’t pan out to The Show) should give added perspective and motivation too!
              He’s got a strong, athletic build. Definitely will be interesting to track. We have a lot of good young Catchers in the system.

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