I hope everyone is well, safe, and practicing safe social distancing. I am in the 4th week of self-quarantine. Yes, when they closed the Complex to visitors back on March 13th, I had no reason to go … anywhere. I’m growing my hair and beard out until baseball returns, or until my wife tires of the look.
I’ve expanded my program viewing to stand-ups who I’m not familiar with, mini-series on Marco Polo, the Ottoman Empire, and the Tiger King. That Tiger one is a really weird show. I’ve started watching old sitcoms like Cheers. I was curious to see how it started and how long before I got tired of Diane. One episode. Thank god for Netflix, Cyberflix, and Prime.
Some site posed a question, asking which 3 sports figures would people want to watch on Sunday. It listed a person for nine different sports. And I wasn’t interested in 8 of the selections. I don’t want to watch Mahomes, I want to watch the Eagles. I don’t want to watch Trout, I want the Phillies. The only choice that appealed to me was Alex Morgan and the USWNT. And, if I’m totally honest, I’d watch the women’s national soccer team over all sports. My other two choices weren’t among those offered – the Tour de France and the World Series of Poker. And, those two only slightly beat out Big Ten wrestling.
Anyway, I stopped following the sports news outlets and social messaging. I got tired of the dire news. It’s still too early to give up on the season, but things I heard early after baseball was suspended, that I thought were unlikely are becoming possible. Last week, I down-played someone’s question regarding all teams playing in Arizona. I wish I hadn’t. It’s on the table.
Early on I heard that there might be a minimum number of games that needed to be played to salvage the season (read: to make it worth while for the owners). That number was pretty high so I disregarded it as an unsubstantiated rumor. It’s a lot higher than the suggestions I’ve seen in the comments section.
The last two things I read were that baseball needs the money from concessions, so playing games without fans is not something they want to necessarily do; and, all the post-decision discussion over the shortening of the draft.
Now, I get that messing with the draft hurts players looking forward to entering baseball. But, the pandemic is likely to affect ALL college graduates. There will be a lot of kids entering a workplace that is significantly different from what they expected when they entered college 4 years ago. Just a thought that I haven’t seen addressed with all the attention paid to spring student athletes.
I took a look at the 2019 draft. There were 5236 players eligible for the draft. Of those, 1217 were drafted, 911 signed, 306 did not sign, and 4019 were not selected. Here’s a little breakdown. No point. No ax to grind. Just went thru the draft and wanted to share this info rather than delete it.
I think most of the info is self-explanatory. 4yr=college, HS=high school, JC=junior college, SR=senior, JR=junior, SO=sophomore, FR=freshman, J1-2-3 identifies the year of juco, eligible=the number of players who applied to the draft, 5S=5th year senior. I’m surprised to see high school juniors, college sophomores, and college freshmen eligible. Nine college sophomores were drafted and signed in the first round. It’s also surprising to see the low end of the bonuses for a couple of these groups – like a HS senior signing for $2.5K in the later rounds, or a college junior signing for $5K.
In the first ten rounds, 317 selected and only 2 did not sign:
- 4yr JR: 171 drafted, 171 signed, $2.73m-100k
- HS SR: 61 drafted, 60 signed, 1 unsigned (round 7), $7.79m-125k
- 4yr SR: 60 drafted, 60 signed, $1.8m-1k
- 4yr SO: 9 drafted, 9 signed, $3.02m-200k
- JC J2: 6 drafted, 6 signed, $3.45m-17.5k
- JC J1: 3 drafted, 2 signed, 1 unsigned (round 10), $1.03m-600k
- 4yr 5S: 6 drafted, 6 signed, $72.5k-1k
- JC J3: 1 drafted, 1 signed, $465k
In the final 30 rounds, 900 selected, 596 signed, 304 did not sign, 4019 not drafted
- 4yr JR: 1238 eligible, 217 signed, 46 did not sign, 975 not drafted 493k-5k
- 4yr SR: 1072 eligible, 205 signed, 21 not signed, 846 not drafted, $125k-1k
- HS SR: 1371 eligible, 61 signed, 170 did not sign, 1140 not drafted, $922.5k-2.5k
- 4yr 5S: 302 eligible, 48 signed, 2 did not sign, 252 not drafted, $75k-1k
- JC J2: 493 eligible, 37 signed, 28 did not signed, 428 not drafted, $421.7k-1k
- JC J1: 262 eligible, 19 signed, 18 did not sign, 225 not drafted, $250k-75k
- JC J3: 80 eligible, 5 signed, 3 did not sign, 72 not drafted, $125k-3k
- 4yr SO: 86 eligible, 4 signed, 15 not signed, 67 not drafted, $345k-125k
- 4yr FR: 2 eligible, 2 not drafted
- HS JR: 2 eligible, 1 not signed, 1 not drafted
- 4yr: 5 eligible, 5 not drafted
- NS: 6 eligible, 6 not drafted (NS=no school)
Rosters are frozen, but the Jason Lott signing that I reported back on March 4th finally posted. He’s a 25-year-old RHP from Australia who played for Delta State and South Alabama. He and OF Jordan McArdle played on the Adelaide Bite team that went to the finals in the Australian Baseball League. They were team mates of our Rixon Wingrove, Mitchell Edwards, Cole Stobbe, Ben Aklinski, and Logan O’Hoppe. They all played for new Lakewood BlueClaws manager, Chris Adamson. This is the fulfillment of an agreement that the Phillies would bring two Bite players over for spring training.
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March 17, 2020 – Start date for minor league spring training games 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
- TBD, 2020 – Tentative restart of spring training
- TBD, 2020 – Tentative opening of 2020 MLB season
- TBD, 2020 – Tentative opening of MiLB season
- 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
3/26/2020 – Phillies optioned RHP Edgar Garcia to Lehigh Valley
3/26/2020 – Phillies optioned RF Kyle Garlick to Lehigh Valley
3/26/2020 – Phillies optioned RHP Reggie McClain to Lehigh Valley
3/26/2020 – Phillies optioned LF Nick Williams to Lehigh Valley
3/26/2020 – Phillies optioned LHP Austin Davis to Lehigh Valley
3/26/2020 – Phillies optioned LHP Cole Irvin to Lehigh Valley
3/25/2020 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
3/22/2020 – RHP Anthony Swarzak assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/22/2020 – 3B Ali Castillo assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/22/2020 – RHP Blake Parker assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/22/2020 – 2B Logan Forsythe assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/22/2020 – 3B T.J. Rivera assigned to Lehigh Valley
3/16/2020 – CF Yhoswar Garcia assigned to DSL Phillies White
3/14/2020 – Phillies signed international FA CF Yhoswar Garcia to an MiLB contract
3/11/2020 – Phillies signed international FA OF Felix Reyes to an MiLB contract (2/22/20)
3/10/2020 – Phillies optioned Garrett Cleavinger to Lehigh Valley
3/10/2020 – Phillies optioned Mauricio Llovera to Lehigh Valley
3/10/2020 – Phillies assigned Darick Hall to minor league camp
3/09/2020 – C Edgar Cabral assigned to Reading from Clearwater
3/09/2020 – Phillies optioned Deivy Grullon to Lehigh Valley
3/09/2020 – Phillies optioned Arquimedes Gamboa to Reading
3/09/2020 – Phillies assigned Austin Listi to minor league camp
3/07/2020 – Phillies optioned JoJo Romero to Lehigh Valley
3/07/2020 – Phillies optioned Adonis Medina to Reading
3/07/2020 – Phillies optioned Cristopher Sanchez to Reading
3/07/2020 – Phillies assigned Kyle Dohy to minor league camp
3/07/2020 – Phillies assigned Damon Jones to minor league camp
3/07/2020 – Phillies assigned Zach Warren to minor league camp
3/04/2020 – Phillies signed OF Jordan McArdle to a minor league contract
4/02/2020 – Phillies signed RHP Jason Lott to minor league contract