Condolences to the Bryant and Altobelli families at this time of loss.
MLB Top 100
MLB published their top 100 prospects last week. It included three Phillies minor leaguers. Alec Bohm was ranked #30, Spencer Howard #34, and Bryson Stott #87.
Bohm was ranked the #1 third baseman, and Howard was ranked the #9 right-handed pitcher. Stott extrapolates out to the #16 shortstop.
For those of you who care where the system is ranked, expect it to drop when Bohm and Howard make their anticipated jumps to the Phillies this season.
MLB will publish their team top thirties in February. Bohm, Howard, and Stott will undoubtedly be 1-2-3.
The Ball and the Strike Zone
It looks like the major league ball will NOT be used in AA this season.
Cameras are in the process of being installed at Spectrum Field for the possible implementation of robo umps in the FSL.
The QO Ten
Ten players were saddled with qualifying offers back in November. With Marcell Ozuna signing with Atlanta last week, all ten have agreements in lace for the 2020 season. Jose Abreu and Jake Odorizzi accepted their QOs. Strasburg declined but quickly resigned with the Nationals.
The other seven players signed with new teams. Since none of the six teams who lost QO players were revenue sharing recipients and none had exceeded the Luxury Tax Threshold in 2019, they will be compensated with draft picks between the second and third rounds. None are r, so they pick in reverse order of their 2019 overall finish.
- 68 – SF (for losing Bumgarner)
- 69 – SF (Will Smith)
- 70 – NYM (Wheeler)
- 71 – STL – (Ozuna)
- 72 – WAS (Rendon)
- 73 – ATL (Donaldson)
- 74 – cheaters (Cole)
Six teams signed the seven QO recipients. Their penalties for signing them were –
- NYY (for signing Cole) – since they had exceeded the Luxury Tax Threshold in 2019, they surrender their 2nd and 5th round selections in the 2020 amateur draft plus $1M from their international pool money
- ARI (Bumgarner) – since they had NOT exceeded the Luxury Tax Threshold in 2019 and were a revenue sharing recipient, they surrender their third highest draft selection, in their case, their 2nd rounder
- MIN (Donaldson) – they too had NOT exceeded the Luxury Tax Threshold in 2019 and were also a revenue sharing recipient, they surrender their third highest draft selection, in their case, their 3rd rounder since their competitive balance round cannot be forfeit due to a QO signing
- LAA (Rendon) – had not exceeded the tax threshold and were not revenue sharing recipients, they surrendered their 2nd round pick and $500K from their international poll
- PHI (Wheeler) – same as LAA
- ATL (Smith and Ozuna) – had not exceeded the tax threshold and were not a revenus sharing team, so they surrendered their 2nd round selection and the selection they received for losing Donaldson plus $1M from their international pool
More facts came out this week. Although MLB’s investigation labelled the sign stealing as player-driven, MLB had made a deal with the MLBPA to grant immunity for testimony. This article in the Wall Street Journal explains how the two parties may have sold baseball’s integrity for the near future.
Former Astro Dallas Keuchel was given credit as the first player to offer an apology in this article. in the Houston Chronicle
The following excerpts are credited to Keuchel. I don’t really see much of an apology. Besides, he’s a pitcher, not a position player and not likely involved in the actual stealing.
“Was it against the rules? Yes it was,” Dallas Keuchel said. “And I personally am sorry for what’s come about the whole situation.”
“It’s just what the state of baseball was at that point in time,” Keuchel said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “… It is what it is, and we’ve got to move past that. I never thought anything would’ve come like it did. I, myself, am sorry.”
“First and foremost I think apologies should be in order for, if not everybody on the team,” Keuchel said. “It was never intended to be what it is made to be right now. I think when stuff comes out about things that happen over the course of a major-league ball season, it’s always blown up to the point of ‘Oh, my gosh, this has never happened before.’”
Of the five current Astros players who’ve spoken since Major League Baseball released its findings Jan. 13, none have expressed remorse or assumed any culpability.
Keuchel said that he’s spoken to some of his former Astros teammates and reported “there is sorrow in some guys’ voices.”
Most, Keuchel said, are unhappy at Mike Fiers’ decision to speak on the record about the ploy to The Athletic in November. Fiers’ on-record account was the catalyst for MLB’s investigation.
“A lot of guys are not happy with the fact that Mike came out and said something or the fact that this even happened,” Keuchel said. “But at the same time, there is some sorrow in guys’ voices. I have talked to guys before and this will be going on for a long time and I’m sure in the back of guys minds this’ll stay fresh.”
This is what can happen when there are no consequences for the cheaters, the whistle blower becomes the bad guy in their eyes.
Nick Castellanos remains the top free agent available, but is rumored to be close to a deal with the Reds.
Of the 590 free agents I’ve been following, 121 remain unsigned. But, 469 have –
- 111 – Signed MLB contract
- 2 – Accepted QO
- 8 – Declined QO and signed
- 2 – Retired
- 20 – Signed overseas (China-1,Japan-12, Korea-7)
- 326 – Signed MiLB contract
The Adelaide Giants (GCL South) swept a 4-game series from Geelong-Korea and secured the #1 in the Australian Baseball League. Rixon Wingrove went 6-11 in the three games in which he played with 6 runs, a home run, 5 RBI, 3 walks, and 2 Ks.
The Giants roster includes six Phillies’ farmhands – Ben Aklinski, Mitchell Edwards, Logan O’Hoppe, Cole Stobbe, Rixon Wingrove, and Jose Taveras.
The Giants will start their playoff run next weekend in a 3-game seminal final series that starts at the ball park of Tuesday’s Wildcard game between Canberra and Perth. The Giants will host games 2 and 3 (if necessary). If they advance to the finals, they will face the winner of the Auckland-Melbourne semifinal the following weekend. The series could run until February 9th. Minor league spring training starts on March 1st.
Kyle Glogoski (Auckland), Josh Hendrickson (Perth), and Josh Tols (Melbourne) are on playoff rosters, too. It appears that they have been shut down. Tols is in Clearwater.
- Australian Baseball League
- Aklinski – .210/.289/.340/.629, 21-100, 11 R, 6 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 10 BB, 28 K, 1/1 SB
- Edwards – .214/.275/.262/.537, 18-84, 5 R, 4 2B, 9 RBI, 6 BB, 15 K
- O’Hoppe – .258/.389/.483/.872, 23-89, 17 R, 5 2B, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 18 BB, 23 K, 1/2 SB
- Stobbe – .152/.225/.203/.427, 12-79, 8 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 6 BB, 33 K, 1/1 SB
- Wingrove – .232/.326/.348/.674, 26-112, 16 R, 4 2B, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 16 BB, 39 K, 2/3 SB
- Glogoski (0-2, 5.09) – 17.2 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 5 HR, 9 BB, 19 K, 1.36 WHIP
- Hendrickson (1-2, 1.93) – 18.2 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 4 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 28 K, 0.70 WHIP
- Tols (1-3, 2.84) – 19.0 IP, 14 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 2 HR, 11 BB, 22 K, 1.32 WHIP
- Taveras (0-0, 5.40) – 10.0 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 HR, 8 BB, 6 K, 2.00 WHIP
- Dominican Winter League
- Grullon – .143/.143/.143/.286, 2-14, 1 R, 2 RBI, 5 K (last played 10/20)
- E. Garcia (0-0, 10.80) – 5 G, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
- C. Sanchez (0-0, 10.13) – 5 G, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 K (last pitched 10/27)
- Puerto Rican Winter League
- Singer (3-0, 2.38) – 11 G, 11.1 IP, 12 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 8 BB, 6 K
- Mexican Winter League
- Ross (0-0, 9.00) – 2 G, 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
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- February 3-21, 2020 – Salary arbitration hearings, Phoenix
- February 11, 2020 – Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players
- February 16, 2020 – Voluntary reporting date for other players
- February 21, 2020 – Mandatory reporting date
- February 22, 2020 – First spring training game at Tigers
- February 23, 2020 – First spring training home game v. Pirates
- March 1, 2020 – Reporting date for minor league spring training
- March 2020 – Americas Qualifier in Arizona (2020 Olympics qualifier)
- March 23, 2020 – Final spring training home game v. Rays
- March 26, 2020 – Phillies’ opening day at Miami, active roster reduced to 26 players
- March/April 2020 – At-Large Qualifier in Taiwan (2020 Olympics qualifier)
- April 2, 2020 – Phillies’ home opener v. Milwaukee
- June 10-12, 2021 – Amateur draft in Omaha, NE
- June 15, 2020 – International amateur signing period closes
- July 2, 2020 – International amateur signing period opens
- July 10, 2020 – Deadline for drafted players to sign, except for players who have exhausted college eligibility
- July 14,2020 – All-Star Game at Los Angeles
- July 31, 2020 – Last day during the season to trade a player
- August 31, 2020 – Last day to be contracted to an organization and be eligible for postseason roster
- September 1, 2020 — Active rosters expand to 28 players
1/23/2020 – LHP Francisco Liriano assigned to Lehigh Valley
1/23/2020 – RHP Drew Storen assigned to Lehigh Valley
1/23/2020 – RHP Bud Norris assigned to Lehigh Valley
1/22/2020 – Phillies signed FA 1B Neil Walker to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
1/22/2020 – Phillies signed FA RHP Drew Storen to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
1/22/2020 – Phillies signed FA RHP Bud Norris to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
1/22/2020 – Phillies signed FA LHP Francisco Liriano to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST
1/17/2020 – C Christian Bethancourt assigned to Lehigh Valley
1/17/2020 – 2B Ronald Torreyes assigned to Lehigh Valley
1/16/2020 – Phillies sent CF Odubel Herrera outright to Lehigh Valley
1/14/2020 – Phillies designated CF Odubel Herrera for assignment
1/14/2020 – Phillies claimed LF Nick Martini off waivers from Cincinnati Reds
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster 3B Alec Bohm to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster 3B Luke Williams to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster LHP Kyle Dohy to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster 1B Austin Listi to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster LHP Tyler Gilbert to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster 1B Darick Hall to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Spencer Howard to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster LHP Damon Jones to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster C Henri Lartigue to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster SS Nick Maton to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster OF Mickey Moniak to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Ramon Rosso to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Addison Russ to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster LHP Zach Warren to spring training
1/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Connor Brogdon to spring training
1/10/2020 – Phillies agree to $2.65M contract w/RHP Zach Eflin, avoid arbitration
1/10/2020 – Phillies agree to $3.6M contract w/RHP Vince Velasquez, avoid arbitration
1/10/2020 – Phillies agree to $2.95M contract w/LHP Jose Alvarez, avoid arbitration
1/10/2020 – Phillies agree to $1.575M contract w/LHP Adam Morgan, avoid arbitration
1/02/2020 – Phillies signed INF Ronald Torreyes to an MiLB w/invite to ST
1/02/2020 – Phillies signed C Christian Bethancourt to an MiLB contract w/invite to ST