This is the Phuture Phillies forum for discussion of the amateur draft and J2 signing period that are about 2-3 months down the road. I’m providing this space for those who are ready to enter discussion about this year’s crop of prospects. You can place video, scouting reports, or just comments here. You can reference these weekly discussions on the menu above. Continue reading 2019 Amateur Draft and J2 Discussion, April 1, 2019
Saturday was the final day of Spring Training 2019. The trucks were on hand for the trips to Allentown, Reading, and Lakewood. Players took part in their final drills before a five inning scrimmage between two groups on Ashburn Field. Two more groups met on Roberts Field. And, all pitchers not charting or on rehab were tossing on Schmidt Field. Continue reading Spring Training 2019 (March 30th)
***(update: the Threshers finally posted their preliminary roster. I had correctly projected 24 of the 26 players on their roster. just sayin’.)
The Phillies told the players where they would begin the 2019 season Friday morning at the Complex. By dinner time, three of the affiliates had released these assignments. No surprise that Clearwater failed to release theirs. But, there were many surprises among the assignments. Continue reading 2019 Roster Assignments (updated again on March 31st, 2:00PM)
Today was the last scheduled spring training game for the minor league camp. The players received their assignments early this morning. The Lehigh Valley and Reading squads bused over to Dunedin while the Clearwater and Lakewood squads played hosts at the Complex. An intrasquad game was held on Schmidt Field among the remaining players for pitchers who needed to get their work in. Continue reading Spring Training 2019 (March 29th)
Today was a camp day. After their morning drills, the players gathered on Ashburn Field to watch a home run derby. Participants included Dylan Cozens, Darick Hall, Danny Mayer, Deivi Grullon, Ben Pelletier, Carlos De La Cruz, Alec Bohm among others. Continue reading Spring Training 2019 (March 27th)
The Phillies left Clearwater late Monday afternoon. Tuesday, the Complex was almost back to normal – a few Phillies’ fans, more affiliates’ fans, some players’ family members, and still a few professional autograph hounds. We should soon see the last of that last group until after this year’s crop of newly signed draft picks make their Complex debuts. Continue reading Spring Training 2019 (March 26th)
I understand your annoyance at my inability to get my hands on the Phillies’ minor league work groups. I understand a similar annoyance at my inability to get my hands on the affiliates’ roster assignments. I share you annoyance.
So let me share what happened today when the Yankees arrived at the Complex for games against two of the Phillies’ work groups. Continue reading Spring Training 2019 (March 25th)
The Phillies made enough roster moves to make their opening day roster apparent. It looks like the Phillies will go to war with a pitching staff that includes – Aaron Nola, Nick Pivetta, Jake Arrieta, Zach Eflin, Vince Velasquez as starters and Jose Alvarez, Seranthony Dominguez, Adam Morgan, Hector Neris, Pat Neshek, Juan Nicasio, Edubray Ramos, David Robertson in the bullpen; J.T. Realmuto and Andrew Knapp as catchers; Rhys Hoskins, Cesar Hernandez, Jean Segura, Maikel Franco, Scott Kingery as the infielders; and Andrew McCutchen, Odubel Herrera, Bryce Harper, Aaron Altherr, Nick Williams as the outfielders.
Thirty players are still on the ST roster. Tommy Hunter and Roman Quinn will likely start the season on the IL. Rob Brantly and Sean Rodriguez are probably headed to Lehigh Valley. And, I can’t guess what their plans are for Josh Martin.
By Tuesday there could be as many as 195 players in minor league camp – 109 pitchers, 20 catchers, 41 infielders, and 25 outfielders. It’s also possible that a few players have already been sent to the Dominican Academy for XST there.
The 40-man roster stands at 40, the entire organization stands at 349.
Major League Baseball announced several changes to the Arizona Fall League. The two that are of the most interest involving prospects are –
- The schedule has been moved forward to more closely match the instructional league schedules. The 2019 AFL regular season will open on September 17th and end on October 26th. The Fall Stars Game will be played on October 12th and the Championship Game will be held on October 27th. (The 2018 season started on October 9th and ended on November 15th. In their press release, MLB expressed the intention “to avoid downtime at the end of their seasons and instead transition directly into the Arizona Fall League schedule.”)
- There are no longer any restrictions regarding roster construction. Any player under contract with a Major League organization will be eligible for nomination to the Arizona Fall League.
- The other change had to do with the AFL front office.
This is the Phuture Phillies Open Discussion for Phillies and other baseball topics that are not about some mythical Trout trade or his far off free agency.
- March 28, 2019 – Phillies’ 2019 season home opener v. Atlanta (3:05)
- September 17, 2019 – beginning of the Arizona Fall League
- October 12, 2019 – Arizona Fall Stars Game
- October 27, 2019 – Arizona Fall League Championship Game
The rosters and lists are up to date. (meh)
- organization’s rosters
- organization’s injury list
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list (includes player info, assignments, …)
This is the Phuture Phillies forum for discussion of the amateur draft and J2 signing period that are about 3-4 months down the road. I’m providing this space for those who are ready to enter discussion about this year’s crop of prospects. You can place video, scouting reports, or just comments here. You can reference these weekly discussions on the menu above. Continue reading 2019 Amateur Draft and J2 Discussion, March 25, 2019
Sunday, the groups at the Complex engaged in two intersquad games. As I am wont to do, I opted to watch the game between the two single-A squads. One team was managed by Lakewood’s Mike Micucci the other by Williamsport’s Pat Borders. My game selection rewarded me with a pitching match up between Kyle Young and Ethan Lindow. Each starter went 4.0 innings. Continue reading Spring Training 2019 (March 24th)