“Phillies notch first series win in mid-August.” That would be a terrible headline any other season. Fortunately, this year it just signifies mediocrity seventeen games into the season. The Phillies started the week by closing out their 4-games series against the Braves with a win on Monday, continued by dropping a 3-game series to the Orioles, and finished the week by sweeping the Mets.
The Phillies are 8-9 .471 in third place, 2.0 games behind the Marlins and Braves. They hold 6 games in hand with the Braves, but have played 2 more the the Marlins.
The Phillies have an off day Monday. Then, go on the road playing 2 games against the Red Sox, a double header on Thursday against the Blue Jays in Buffalo, then a 3-game weekend series in Atlanta.
The Phillies have tried to bolster their pitching staff, especially their bullpen, with recent transactions. It appears that Joe Girardi has made a decision, at least for now, that Spencer Howard is in the starting rotation and Vince Velasquez is going to the bullpen. And, Nick Pivetta was optioned to Allentown. With a double header this week, Velasquez will likely get a start, though.
The Phillies recalled JoJo Romero. They selected the contracts of Blake Parker and Connor Brogdon. To make room they optioned Austin Davis and DFA-ed Trevor Kelley, Edgar Garcia, and Nick Williams. By the weekend, they had outrighted Kelley and Enyel De Los Santos. Williams was claimed off waivers.
The pitching improved over the weekend. But, expect more changes.
Alec Bohm was promoted and looked very good batting against major league pitching. He’ll play third base moving Jean Segura to second and Scott Kingery to his former role around the diamond (at first).
The Phillies were struck by the injury bug over the weekend. Adam Haseley sprained his wrist, turning center field over to Roman Quinn for the near future. Then Quinn woke up with “symptoms”, and reported them to team trainers. The Phillies placed him on the IL. It appears that he is not a Covid casualty. However, his absence will bestow center field onto Kingery.
Kyle Garlick was recalled to replace Haseley on the roster. But, Sunday, Jean Segura and Jay Bruce (hamstring) left the game. The Phillies find themselves in a bit of a roster bind if their injuries bench them for an extended period.
The Phillies embark on a 10-game road trip. That extends them the use of the traveling taxi squad, one of whom has to be a catcher, probably Deivy Grullon.
J.D. Hammer has been invited to Allentown. But, the roster for position players is pretty thin – Grullon, Henri Lartigue, Rafael Marchan, Logan O’Hoppe, Austin Listi, Nick Maton, Bryson Stott, Ronald Torreyes, Mikie Mahtook, and Nick Martini. Only Grullon is on the 40-man roster.
Players don’t have to be on the 40 to be on the taxi squad, but they will require a transaction to the 40- and 28- man rosters if they are activated.
With all the rule changes and changes after the changes, I’m not sure of limits. I think the taxi squad was raised from 3 to 5 players. I think that the reduction to 26 players on the active roster was cancelled and all rosters will remain at 28 players. I read that MLB is considering raising the limit of players on rosters from 60 to 75 players.
All seem like valid changes. Raising the limit in Allentown would certainly make sense. By my count, the Phillies have 24 players there – 14 pitchers and 10 position players. That is a total of 52 players. Pull some guys out for the taxi squad, and there are barely enough for their daily scrimmages.
The Phillies could easily add 15 guys (and keep those vacant slots they seem to like having) with relievers like Luke Leftwich, Jeff Singer, Kyle Dohy, Jakob Hernandez, Chrisrtopher Sanchez, Alejandro Requena; and position players like Edgar Cabral, Darick Hall, Luke Williams, Jose Antequera, Grenny Cumana, Mickey Moniak, Josh Stephen, Cornelius Randolph, Simon Muzziotti, Jose Gomez, Gamboa (
The Phillies signed another NDFA – LHP Corey Phelan. He is another player from Long Island. He was a two-way player for Harborfields High School. PrepBaseballReport (PBR) give Phelan credit for three pitches – FB (78-80), CB (70-71), and CH (74-75). Perfect Game says he touched 81 mph and that 82 mph is the average for the class.
Phelan joins fellow Long Islanders Nick Fanti, Kyle Young, Ben Brown, and Logan O’Hoppe in the organization.
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- July 23, 2020: Opening Day
- July 24, 2020: Phillies opener at home v Miami – postponed
- 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 August 16h … 346 players in the org
8/16/2020 – Phillies recalled RF Kyle Garlick from Alternate Training Site
8/16/2020 – Phillies placed CF Roman Quinn on the 10-day IL
8/15/2020 – Cincinnati claimed LF Nick Williams off waivers from Phillies
8/14/2020 – Phillies recalled LHP JoJo Romero from Alternate Training Site
8/14/2020 – Phillies sent RHP Enyel De Los Santos outright to Alternate Training Site
8/14/2020 – Phillies sent RHP Trevor Kelley outright to Alternate Training Site
8/14/2020 – Phillies optioned LHP Austin Davis to Alternate Training Site
8/13/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of 3B Alec Bohm from Alternate Training Site
8/13/2020 – Phillies designated RHP Edgar Garcia for assignment
8/13/2020 – Phillies invited non-roster RHP JD Hammer to spring training
8/13/2020 – Phillies placed CF Adam Haseley on the 10-day IL retro to 8/12/2020, wrist sprain
8/12/2020 – LHP Corey Phelan assigned to Williamsport
8/12/2020 – Phillies signed free agent LHP Corey Phelan to a minor league contract
8/11/2020 – Phillies optioned RHP Nick Pivetta to Alternate Training Site
8/11/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Connor Brogdon from Alternate Training Site
8/11/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Blake Parker from Alternate Training Site
8/11/2020 – Phillies designated LF Nick Williams for assignment
8/11/2020 – Phillies designated RHP Trevor Kelley for assignment
8/10/2020 – RF Kyle Garlick returned to Alternate Training Site from Phillies
8/09/2020 – Phillies designated RHP Enyel De Los Santos for assignment
8/09/2020 – Phillies optioned LHP Cole Irvin to Alternate Training Site
8/09/2020 – Phillies selected contract of RHP Spencer Howard from Alternate Training Site
8/09/2020 – Phillies recalled RF Kyle Garlick from Alternate Training Site
8/06/2020 – Phillies placed RHP Reggie McClain on the 10-day IL retro to August 3, 2020
8/06/2020 – Phillies optioned RF Kyle Garlick to Alternate Training Site
8/06/2020 – Phillies optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos to Alternate Training Site
8/03/2020 – Phillies placed RHP Reggie McClain on the paternity list
8/03/2020 – Phillies recalled Enyel De Los Santos from Alternate Training Site