Open Discussion: Week of July 5th

The Phillies began workouts at CBP this past Friday.  Taking advantage of an empty stadium, they have various workout stations (like weights and mounds) set up on the concourse to provide distancing. 

Schedules will be announced Monday.  The Phillies will open at home against the Marlins and close on the road in Tampa.


Former Phillies’ RHP Tyson Brummett died in a plane crash over the weekend.  The 35-year-old was piloting the plane.  Brummett was drafted by the Phillies in the 7th round of the 2007 Amateur Draft.  He rose rapidly making 14 starts in Reading in 2008.  He stalled at the upper levels for the next four seasons.

Out of options, Brummett was activated in late September of 2012.  He made his MLB debut on October 3, 2012.  He relieved Jonathan Papelbon in the bottom of the eighth of a game the Phillies trailed 5-1.  He allowed back-to-back singles before recording back-to-back swinging strike outs.  (Papelbon had allowed a walk and HR to start the inning.  Bryce Harper scored on the HR as the PR for Ryan Zimmerman who drew the walk.)

The Blue Jays claimed Brummett off waivers on October 18, 1012.  His career ended soon after he was released by the Chattanooga Lookouts on August 11, 2014.


Former Phillies farm hand, Willians Astudillo went on Instagram to allay fears over his COVID-19 positive.  He says he feels fine and expects to be back soon.  Astudillo is an interesting follow each year to see which reaches double digits first, his walks or his strike outs.  It’s a race that can go on for months.  In 301 ML plate appearances during 2018 and 2019, he has 7 walks and 11 strike outs.  In parts of 10 minor league seasons, in 2563 plate appearances, he walked 88 times and struck out 83 times.

I’m not going to get into the COVID announcements each team is making.  As a manager in a government office, we received training that we were to NEVER release personal health information.  I think these press types releases are an invasion of privacy.  Fans don’t have a right to know.  Reporters don’t have a requirement to report.  But they do have a responsibility to report correctly.  Being first to post and being wrong is a bad look.


But, I would like to get into the big Wednesday announcement that there were “only 38” positives among 3185 tests.  This gave a lot of people hope that maybe we could see some baseball.  But, the thing that I noticed was that the number tested was way too high to be players.

All players who reported to their team’s player pool were required to be tested.  Most teams had fewer than 60 players on their pools.  If you figure that the team average is 55 players, then only 1650 of those tested were players.

However, that report was only for one day’s tests.  Not all teams data was included.  So, as the number of players actually tested went down, the number of positives remained 31.  The percentage is still low.  But, I am concerned by the way the news was reported.  We don’t need them “fudging” the numbers.  If they do, reporters are going to continue to speculate and report “possible” positives.  Oh, BTW, the A’s hadn’t even sent in their test data as of Friday (and they were still not shipped to Utah for testing by Sunday due to the holiday weekend per Twitter).


The three players who were erroneously reported as being positive are NOT included among the transactions.

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Key Dates:

  • June 10-11, 2020 – Amateur Draft
  • June 14, 2020 – Teams can begin to sign non-drafted players
  • June 26, 2020 – MLB Transaction freeze ends, noon ET
  • June 28, 2020 – Deadline for submission of Club Player Pool to MLB, 4:00 PM ET (60-man roster)
  • July 1, 2020 – Training camp reporting date
  • July 23, 2020: Opening Day
  • July 24, 2020: Phillies opener at home v Miami
  • August 1, 2020 – Signing period for 2020 draft picks closes
  • August 31, 2020 – Trade Deadline
  • September 15, 2020 – Deadline for players to be added to Major League roster for postseason eligibility
  • September 28-October 1, 2020 – Minor League Baseball Innovators Summit, Winston-Salem, NC
  • September 30, 2020 – Expiration of the Professional Baseball Agreement between MLB and MiLB
  • October 15, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT – Close of the 2019 international signing period
  • October TBA – Trading resumes, day after the World Series ends
  • October – November TBA, five days after the conclusion of the World Series – Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents
  • November TBA, fifteen days after the conclusion of the World Series – Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers
  • November TBA – GM Meetings (Nov. 11-14, Scottsdale, AZ in 2019)
  • November TBA – Owners meetings (Nov. 19-21, Arlington, TX in 2019)
  • November 20, 2020 – Rosters set for Rule 5 Draft
  • November TBA – MLBPA executive board meeting (Nov. 26-29 in Irving, TX in 2018)
  • December 2, 2019 – Last day for teams to offer 2021 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters
  • December 6-10, 2020 – Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas, at the Omni Dallas Hotel and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, held in conjunction with the Baseball Trade Show and PBEO Job Fair.
  • December 10, 2020 – Rule 5 Draft
  • January TBA – Rookie Career Development Program
  • January 15, 2021, 9:00 AM EST – Start of the 2020 international signing period

The rosters and lists are up to date as of June 28th … 355 players in the org


Transactions (newest transactions are in bold print)

  • 7/04/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster C Henri Lartigue to spring training
  • 7/04/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Anthony Swarzak to spring training
  • 7/04/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster C Logan O’Hoppe to spring training
  • 7/01/2020 – Phillies placed RHP Tommy Hunter on the 10-day IL retro to June 30th
  • 7/01/2020 – Phillies placed RHP Hector Neris on the 10-day IL retro to June 30th
  • 7/01/2020 – Phillies placed 3B Scott Kingery on the 10-day IL retro to June 30th
  • 7/01/2020 – Phillies placed LHP Ranger Suarez on the 10-day IL retro to June 30th
  • 6/30/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Connor Seabold to spring training
  • 6/30/2020 – Phillies signed RHP Anthony Swarzak to a MiLB contract
  • 6/30/2020 – Phillies released RHP Anthony Swarzak
  • 6/28/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP Connor Seabold to spring training
  • 6/28/2020 – Phillies placed RHP Seranthony Dominguez on the 60-day IL. Elbow
  • 6/28/2020 – Phillies released OF Matt Szczur
  • 6/28/2020 – Phillies released RHP Drew Storen
  • 6/27/2020 – GCL East released RHP Jason Lott (5/29/20)
  • 6/25/2020 – Phillies signed SS Casey Martin
  • 6/25/2020 – OF Baron Radcliff assigned to Williamsport
  • 6/25/2020 – RHP Carson Ragsdale assigned to Williamsport
  • 6/24/2020 – Phillies signed RHP Mick Abel
  • 6/24/2020 – RHP Mick Abel assigned to GCL East
  • 6/19/2020 – Phillies signed FA RHP Buddy Hayward to an MiLB contract
  • 6/19/2020 – RHP Buddy Hayward assigned to GCL West
  • 6/19/2020 – Phillies signed RHP Carson Ragsdale
  • 6/18/2020 – Phillies signed OF Baron Radcliff
  • 6/18/2020 – Phillies signed FA RHP Blake Brown to an MiLB contract
  • 6/18/2020 – RHP Blake Brown assigned to Clearwater
  • 6/17/2020 – RHP Chase Antle assigned to GCL West
  • 6/17/2020 – LHP Jake McKenna assigned to GCL West
  • 6/17/2020 – RHP Jonathan Hughes assigned to GCL West
  • 6/17/2020 – LHP J.P. Woodward assigned to GCL West
  • 6/17/2020 – RHP Billy Sullivan assigned to GCL West
  • 6/17/2020 – RHP Noah Skirrow assigned to GCL West
  • 6/17/2020 – RHP Sam Jacobsak assigned to Clearwater
  • 6/17/2020 – LHP Jordan Fowler assigned to Clearwater
  • 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA LHP J.P. Woodward to an MiLB contract
  • 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Billy Sullivan to an MiLB contract
  • 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA LHP Jake McKenna to an MiLB contract
  • 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Chase Antle to an MiLB contract
  • 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Noah Skirrow to an MiLB contract
  • 6/16/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Jonathan Hughes to an MiLB contract
  • 6/14/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA LHP Jordan Fowler to an MiLB contract
  • 6/14/2020 – Phillies signed NDFA RHP Sam Jacobsak to an MiLB contract

88 thoughts on “Open Discussion: Week of July 5th

  1. I saw a report that since he hasn’t been able to workout and prepare for the season Nola could miss up to a third of the season. That along with other players missing time has really sapped any interest in this season.

    1. We have to start considering who the reporter is for some of these reports. A couple of trustworthy Phillies’ beat reporters (Salisbury, Zolecki) have seen and reported that Nola is at CBP and throwing today (Monday).

  2. Someone tweeted that Jean Segura was batting against Spencer Howard today before the stormy weather shut down workouts.

    …Anything to report, Mr. H?

    1. Spencer did get his first mound action at CBP today. All I got so far is that he threw about 30 pitches and was a bit too pumped up. Said he feels great.
      Rocco – Pretty sure Mo Howard was one of the three stooges.

  3. I was down there it wasnt that Howard, The shirt on the guy said Mo Howard. i dont know him

  4. This schedule makes absolutely no sense. For example, the Phillies will play two 3-game series vs the Mets at CBP, and a 4-game series up there.

  5. The problems vs the Marlins need to end quickly. After them come the Yankees. So we will know really quickly what we are made of.

  6. I’ll follow this season as best I can, try not to take it too seriously, maybe even learn to enjoy it. But, mostly, bring on 2021, please: a real schedule and minor league baseball, too.

    My biggest interest this year will be trying to assess how individual players might do in 2021 and beyond, such as vets like Cutch and Segura and, of course, our nearest prospects, Alec Bohm and Mr. Howard’s son.

    1. Same. Win or lose, this season is a wash. I just want to see the likes of Bohm, Howard, and Harper play well and that’ll be enough.

      My eyes are already fixed on next year’s draft prospects.

      As things currently stand, and given that this season will be little more than an exhibition, count me as the conductor of the #tankforKumar train baby!

      Crucify me if you must, but let a man dream.

    1. Rocco, Okay. You found me out. I actually where a big capital S on my chest but hide it with my cape. SWFL is just an alias.

  7. Romus i saw Harper at DD on 18th street ,He was using coupons for 50 cents off coffee, LMAO

    1. rocco….good coffee, he is a thrifty guy, and cannot afford not to get good java in the AM before a work-out
      Mercer’s down at the Navy Base use to be a breakfast watering hole…do you know if is even open for business now?

  8. Good news: Haseley’s positive test was reportedly an error. Only Kingery and Hunter from the big league roster have gotten the virus. Mahtook also did. Supposedly nobody has serious symptoms. Rob Thomson, Jim Gott and Greg Brodzinsky all tested positive. Liriano considered bagging 2020 but changed his mind and reported to camp.

  9. Wow!! Moffo’s on a roll. And in the early AM. Is he hanging out with Dracula or what?

  10. Haseley and Nola are back, I heard Neris was back, and Kingery should be back soon. That leaves only Hunter and Suarez as still out. Relievers probably need the least amount of time to get ready. This mini season will depend on who stays healthiest as getting the virus can kill a club with multiple players going into quarantine.
    Mr Howard- expect your son to play in Allentown for a week to 10 days before going back to Philly, with Bohm. No way the team will lose a year of control for 5 innings or so.
    Also, FY – there was a Mo Howard who is a local kid who played college basketball.

    1. Wasn’t the minor league season canceled? They may be non-rostered at the beginning, but they won’t be playing anywhere. Am I mistaken?

      1. They can keep the top prospects fresh by conducting simulated activities and games with other non-roster players, probably nearby at Lehigh and Reading.

          1. Lartigue, O’Hoppe, and Swarzak were added to the 60 following the placement of the first 4 players on the IL (COVID). As those 4 return, the Phillies can/will take the 3 replacements off the 60 without going through waivers. Now, Swarzak might remain, even Lartigue given their shortage of catchers, but they may take advantage of that option in O’Hoppe’s case when/if Bethancourt is available. Or, they may not. But, they will have that option if they were added as COVID replacements. (My understanding of the rules in the 113-page manual.)

  11. With the limited time to get the pitchers stretched out, and for their control to kick in, I’m guessing that offense will rule the day in the first two weeks of the season. If healthy, I really like our lineup. A lineup with Cutch, JT, Harper, Hoskins, Didi, Segura, Bruce, Kingery, Haseley (or Cutch, Segura, Harper, Hoskins, JT, Didi, Kingery, Bruce, Haseley or Cutch, Segura, Harper, Hoskins, Didi, JT, Bruce, Kingery, Haseley) offers lots of run potential.

  12. Harper yelling out sign him and looking up to the boxes after JT’s shot today.. wonder how it all plays out.. going to be interesting how front office handles their star politicking their front office decisions moving forward

  13. RHP Oscar Marcelino, LHP Jose Jimenez, and Jose Pujols were released earlier this week. Marcelino and Pujols were going to be free agents after the season anyway. Jimenz missed all of 2019 with a knee, Pujols missed with an Achilles. Twenty-three-year-old Marcelino was signed in 2014 as an international free agent, spent 3 seasons in the DSL, one in the GCL, one in Williamsport, and split 2019 between Lakewood (3.86 ERA) and Clearwater (7.84 ERA).

  14. Tom, the players from the 60-man roster who aren’t placed on the active 30-man-roster will report to the team’s alternate site. In the Phillies case, this is their Lehigh Valley affiliate in Allentown. As the active roster is pared to 28 and 26 players over the first 4 weeks, those players will report to Allentown.

    When the team goes on the road, by rule, they have to take a catcher as one of 3 players on a taxi squad. That leaves 3 less players in Allentown when the Phillies are on the road. At home, they have the option of keeping the taxi squad catcher as a bullpen catcher with the Phillies.

    If you subtract the 30 players we expect to fill out the active roster, there aren’t enough position players left to do more than practice in Allentown. There certainly won’t be enough to field two teams for a scrimmage. I can’t imagine they’ll bus the payers between alternate sites for games against other organizations.

    Oh, and I heard today that teams are required to carry 3 catchers on their active rosters. i do NOT know if this affects the requirement of having a catcher on the taxi squad.

  15. Romus when you hear FDR park as a former South Philly guy do you say its the lakes? Some of our best memories are of being down there with our friends, partying,

    1. rocco…lakes was the familiar term….but for me, the main fun was on the tennis courts…under the 95 ramp at first, the original courts, then the new ones across from the Police Barracks off Pattison.

  16. Cardinals President John Mozeliak on filling out their 60-man roster for the AA Springfield taxi squad training site:

    “The strategy there was to make sure that we had some depth for our Major League club should we need it,” president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said. “But we also felt like giving some of our younger players an opportunity to do some form of baseball was something that we thought was important.”

    Hello Phillies?!?!?! Way, way too much 2018, 2019 and 2020 high level prospects sitting at home while minor league vets are taking infield or throwing BP…

    1. IMO, the only two position players I’d be interested in seeing being added to the 60 would be Stott and Moniak.
      Pitchers……Erik Miller maybe…..have no clue why Medina is not there since he is a 40 guy..
      The other young Latin players, Luis Garcia, Jhailyn Ortiz, Marchan, Duran , Muzziotti may have other circumstances related to COVID-19 immigration protocols that may have to be taken into consideration.

      For all we know the DR Academy may be open for training, so many yuong Latin player could be there working out.

      1. You are right that immigration protocols are being taken into consideration. It is my understanding that some players received calls to be “on call” for ST2. Not necessarily the prospects that some people want, but those that might be called on to contribute. Regarding the prospects: I think some fans are not considering that young players might still be in contact with their coaches, sharing video and advice. The benefits of working out in one’s home town, living in one’s home, sleeping in one’s bed, eating familiar and higher quality food might outweigh being cooped up in a hotel in Allentown working out with a group that is essentially preparing to be replacement players in case of injury or infection at the major league level.

  17. News on a personal front. Today, my wife, Tracy, is officially a cancer survivor!!!

    She’ll still be on chemo for another 4.5 years. Today, I’m the happiest man on the face of the earth. I love everybody. Thank you for all your support, kind words, and prayers.

    1. Congratulations, Tracy (and Jim)! I’m married to a cancer survivor also. Appreciate every day!

    2. Now that’s worth a few high 5’s, Jim. God bless you and the little lady! May you have clear sailing from here on out!

    3. Fantastic news… As still a relative newbie to this site I’ll sit back and let the other old timers pour on the congrats but I did not want to stand silent… Just awesome news..

    4. God bless you and Tracy, Jim! This is terrific news! So happy to hear this, and know that although you haven’t met most of us, we all appreciate you, and I believe, have sent prayers your way!

    5. Jim – wonderful news for you both !! All good health and good reports. Thank you again for your dedication and “fathering” of this site. Mostly, my wishes for your both continued good health.

    6. Jim, so happy and thankful to read this! I respect the giddiness you have for Tracy and your marriage. It’s beautiful! God bless both of you!

    7. Jim, super great for you and Tracy. Much love from your PhuturePhillies community, Tell Tracy we are all so happy for her.

  18. I Can picture you Romus with your little white shorts, Playing tennis, LMAO, I used to play when i lived in Wildwood in the summers, i was terrible

    1. rocco…….so where is your Phillies report from the ‘lakes’?
      Tomorrow will be a wash out, so expecting reports from the weekend.

  19. I heard something on the MLB Radio that makes a lot of sense; why don’t clubs (Phillies) live stream intra-squad games over their Twitter sites? They would get a huge following… Maybe attach a donation button for a charity say cancer with Jim’s great news…

    1. I think that left to themselves, the Phillies would come up with innovative fan friendly ways to appeal to the phaithful. Problem would likely be negotiating TV rights when MLB’s Empty Suit would be too slow to engage in…ironic too because Manfred is supposed to have a background in negotiation skills. Go figure after he completely co-boggled this whole restart. It’s hard to push the on-field product ahead when you have a buzz kill at the helm of this Titanic. Other than that, he seems like a nice guy.

      1. Understand some teams where thinking to have a carboard cut-out of your own persona in a seat…..pix sent in with a small payment
        Also heard they may ‘mike-up’ more players thru-out a game.
        I have seen some Premier League soccer matches, without fans in the stands and without the continue singing that they do for their side…..empty stadium does not bother me.
        Of course a hitter hitting a foul ball in the ballpark now could be less adventuresome as it ricochets and pin-balls against the seats

  20. JTR spoke to reporters today.
    –Loves the org top to bottom…good people…which is a good thing.
    –Available to catch the entire 60-gsme season if had to.
    –Talks on contract on-going ..prelim stages…that is hopeful news.
    –Vinny has a new FB pitch…cut fastball….hopefully that is a out-pitch for him and help him to avoid the high pitch counts.

    IMO, he eventually signs and stays for awhile

    1. The Original Nicks on 20th and Jackson!
      Roast beef, endcut, overboard!
      My favorite sandwich on the planet.

      I live in Atlanta and now I’m craving that sandwich … and some gravy fries and broccoli rabe!

  21. Jim, great news for you and your wife. My wife just passed the five year mark – the time will go by quickly. God bless!

    1. Thanks for even the thought Rocco!

      Would love to meet some of you at Nicks for a sandwich someday. Darned Covid, not flying up there for work anymore.

      1. You let us know when you get back up, John K. I would love a Phuture Phillies get together at Nick’s!! I am from 6th and Ritner originally, so The Original Nick’s was also a treat!!

        1. matt13……Original Nick’s sandwiches were great….the place itself….a dirty dive to me (at least 20 plus years ago), we would lunch over there at times when i worked in south Philly……..the one in Springfield PA on Rt 420 is a lot better ambiance….and steaks are just as good.

          But we can always get rocco to make the run, order curb-side pick-up! 🙂

  22. 58 players test positive:
    “The final round of COVID-19 intake testing in MLB showed 66 positives of 3,748 total samples, a positivity rate of 1.8 percent, the league and its players association jointly announced Friday morning……..Of the 66 positive tests, 58 were players and eight were staff members. There was at least one positive test on 27 different teams…..There were 38 positive tests from 3,185 samples last week, a rate of 1.2 percent. The numbers were in addition to more than 40 positive cases prior to camp…………Intake testing for all 30 teams is now complete and players will move on to monitoring testing, which will be done every other day for Tier 1 individuals and multiple times a week for those who have moved on to Tier 2.

    1. Combined, 11,149 tests … number of positives is 83, a percent positive rate of .7 percent. The acceptable rate is 5 percent. Most of those have been players and 28 of the 30 teams have had a positive test.

  23. Nice Matt Gelb article in The Athletic yesterday about JT putting any contract extension on hold given the short season, changing free agent environment, and team finances. As stated before by Romus, I believe, he loves the team, fellow players, and applauds the Phillies team/family atmosphere and interest in playing good baseball. Unless both sides alter the amount of a contract downward / and a fair amount of serendipity Gelb concludes it would be a “black swan event” (my words – not his) if he is extended before he is a free agent and capable of taking other team’s offers. This is not the outcome any one of us would have wanted – yet is just another sad result of the pandemic. The only optimism I can see is that he “loves the team.” As rocco might say, that doesn’t pay the daily meal expenses.

    1. JT is saying all the correct things, but money talks. If he thinks that he’s going to get the crazy money pre-Covid, he’s going to get a shock. I still think the Phillies will re-sign him though, and I think the base deal should be 4 years, $100M with some sort option for the 5th year.

      If you’re not an elite FA, you’re going to be looking for scraps come next offseason.

  24. Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for Covid and has mild symptoms. It’s extremely doubtful that he will be available in July, so he will miss the July 27-30 series with the Yankees.

    1. That is something for the Phillies….until you see who they have after Chapman…..Zack Britton (1.91 ERA -2019)….Adam Ottavino(1.90 ERA -2019)..then there are the trio of Kahnle, Green and holder.
      So still can be a pretty challenging situation.

  25. been away for a few weeks. weird summer. great news to hear jim. happy for you and your wife. i guess in a normal year we would be waiting for the draft signing time to be about closed. could we sign some flyers??

  26. I would think by this time next week the Phillies will announce their 30-man roster and you’ll see some of the older vets not on the 30-man get released or retire..

  27. Don’t look now but sometimes its best not to get what you wished for – Cole Hamels, out again with tricep tightness – this after an earlier arm inflammation that would have prevented him from starting what would have been the regular season in March. Always wish him well but Philliedom should be pleased we didn’t spend 18 million to read about his decline through injury.

    1. I’m not the biggest fan of signing older starting pitchers to contracts, but 1 year, $18M for a 36 year old coming off a 3.2 WAR season and playing in the NL (now moot with the DH) is not the worst thing in the world. If he was average (2 WAR), the contract still wouldn’t be egregious. The only way it would hurt is if he got injured and Cole has been fairly durable his whole career. It was a small risk for the Braves and really unlucky for them if Cole is out for a significant amount of time.

  28. I have been away for a bit. Jim, I am glad for your wife and for you. I am a cancer survivor for over five years. I know how happy both of you are.

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