I went to the Complex Saturday to watch my third and final Instructional League game between the Phillies and Blue Jays. Mark Wylie and I were the only TWO people in attendance. The game started at 9:30 AM and was over by noon. Word is that a lot of players were going home that afternoon.
The Phillies fielded the following starting line up –
- 5, Jose Tortolero/Guarner Dipre
- 6, Jonathan Guzman/Luis Garcia
- 2, Edgar Cabral/Rodolfo Duran
- 9, Jhailyn Ortiz/7, Jose Cedeno
- 3, Nate Fassnacht
- DH, Micah Yonamine/Jamari Baylor
- 8, Matt Vierling
- 7/8, Johan Rojas
- 4, Nicolas Torres/Edgar Made
- DH, Simon Muzziotti/Abrahan Guttierez
- 1, Ben Brown/Gunner Mayer/Blake Brown/Zarbnisky/Brett Shultze/Billy Sullivan/Jack Perkins
We got to see seven Phillies’ pitchers including a TJ rehabber and a couple of interesting names. The pitching was much better this week. A couple of guys who pitched last week showed marked improvement.
Photos provided by Mark Wylie.
First Inning. First surprise. Ben Brown stalked out to the mound. He managed an impressive 2 strike outs and a fly out to left.
In the bottom of the first, Tortolero opened the inning with a lined single to right. Guzman followed with a ground single down the first base line. He continued to second as Tortolero was thrown out at third. Cabral grounded out to third with Guzman taking third on the throw. Ortiz struck out looking.
Second inning. Second surprise. Brown came out to pitch, again. He gave up a lead off single. That runner was erased when Brown stretched to snag a come backer and start a double play. He ended the inning with a ground ball to short.
At the time, I reported over twitter that Brown was making his first post-surgery appearance. My friend corrected me and told me that Brown had pitched in a couple of intrasquad games. This was probably his first appearance against another team as his team mates cheered as he left the mound at the end of the second inning.
In the bottom of the second, Fassnacht led off with a lined single to CF. Yonamine and Vierling followed with fielder’s choices. Rojas beat out an infield single to third. But, Tortolero ended the inning with a ground out.
Third Inning. Gunner Mayer took the mound. He got a pop up to short then walked a batter, threw a wild pitch, and hit a batter. He rebounded with a strike out and a fly out.
In the bottom of the third, Muzziotti grounded out weakly to the pitcher. Tortolero was hit by a pitch. Guzman flied out. Cabral lined a single to left. And, Ortiz struck out.
The Phillies had 2 base runners in each of the first three innings on 5 singles and a hit batter but had nothing to show for it.
Fourth inning. Blake Brown rebounded from his appearance the week before. He retired the Jays in order on a ground out to second, fly out to right, and a strike out.
In the bottom of the fourth, Fassnacht collected his second hit with a drive to the warning track in left center. He advanced to third on Yonamine’s ground out to third. Vierling flew out to shallow right, too shallow for the runner to score. Rojas beat out another infield single as Fassnacht scored. Torres made the final out. Phillies led 1-0.
Fifth inning. Braden Zarbnisky followed up his strong appearance last week with a 1-2-3, two-strike out inning sandwiched around a fly out to CF.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Phillies would revert to a bad yet recurring habit. They went down in order for the next four innings. Muzziotti grounded out, Tortolero struck out, Guzman grounded out.
Changes: Duran to catcher, Made to second, Dipre to third, Garcia to short, Cedeno to left, Rojas from right to center, Torres to right.
Sixth inning. Brett Shultze pitching. He started with an innocent fly out to left. He got squeezed on a 3-2 pitch and walked the next batter. A second runner reached base on a weak hopper toward third. Here’s where it got interesting. The next batter hit a run scoring double to left. The runner from first was thrown out on a 7-6-2. The batter was retired 2-5. Not your normal double play to end an inning. Tied 1-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, Duran grounded out and Cedeno and Fassnacht struck out.
Seventh inning. Billy Sullivan pitching. He struck out the first batter and walked the second. the next batter reached on another weak chopper toward third. The next batter hit into a fielder’s choice, but the errant throw to first allowed a run to score. The third out was retired on a fly ball to right. Blue jays 2-1.
Sullivan’s ball had a lot of movement. Pitches would bore in on the hands of right-handed batters and also drift away. If he can maintain his velocity and command his movement, watch out.
In the bottom of the seventh, Baylor lined out to third. Made and Vierling struck out.
Eighth inning. Jack Perkins pitching. Fly out, walk, fielder’s choice, strike out.
In the bottom of the eighth, Rojas, Torres, Gutierrez each struck out. That’s 8 Ks in the last 12 batters if you weren’t counting.
Ninth inning. Perkins again. Fly out, walk, fielder’s choice, ground out.
In the bottom of the ninth, Dipre led off with a single. Garcia worked a walk. And, Flores sacrificed. Duran popped up to shallow right and Cedeno flew out to center to end the game and Instructs.
The boys were supposed to fly out of Tampa that afternoon. I’ve heard that they may bring in other smaller groups during the rest of the off season. I’ve also heard that players not listed on the Instructs roster are here. Guys like Marchan. And Bohm, who has a year-round residence in Clearwater.
Baseball’s off season meetings have been cancelled. Apparently, it’s okay to put players and their families at risk, but not owners, GMs, and their staffs. This won’t affect the Rule 5 Draft. That can be held remotely.
The transactions wires have been hot with the normal start-of-the-offseason transactions. What is different is the reasonable options being declined by teams and the players clearing waivers and gaining free agency. Makes me remember when Marvin Miller avoided the owners granting free agency to all players every year. This year, we may have the glut of free agents that Miller avoided back then.
The owners appear to be using the losses during the pandemic to cut salaries. I’ve heard that owners would like to cut payrolls by 10-20%. It’ll be interesting to see how many teams follow suit.
Last week, I posted an article that showed that the Phillies had almost $73,000,000 to spend to fill 9 spots on their 26-man roster. Friday, MacPhail gave a press conference that satisfied no one. I interpreted one comment to mean they will enter the free agent market later rather than sooner and that they will fill positions internally.
If there is some form of collusion in the form of a lower, unpublicized CAP, we have seen in the past that the Phillies join in lock step with any suggested action from the commissioner (recall their late involvement in the international market). So, if teams cut payroll by 10-20%, they can’t cut existing contracts. They’ll have to reduce spending on new contracts.
The Phillies had a 40-man actual payroll a little over $182,000,000 in 2020 (before COVID reductions). A 20% reduction of $36,000,000 would effectively lower their CAP from the $210,000,000 that you all hope they spend up to, to $174,000,000. And, the almost $73,000,000 I calculated as available up to the CAP would be effectively cut in half. Try signing Realmuto and 8 other guys to fill out the roster with that amount available.
Plus, since it looks like they are going to go to arbitration with Velasquez, that’s another $5,000,000 that will have to be added to the sunk costs, and taken from the available money for free agents. And Vinnie doesn’t satisfy their need for a starter or a back end reliever. Looks like a few more roster spots are going to be filled from within than we had anticipated.
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- 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 28, 2020 – Trading resumes, day after the World Series ends
- November 1, 2020 – Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents
- November 11, 2020 – 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 November 1st … 333 players in the org
10/30/2020 – RHP Heath Hembree elected free agency
10/30/2020 – 2B Phil Gosselin elected free agency
10/30/2020 – LHP Adam Morgan elected free agency
10/30/2020 – RHP Blake Parker elected free agency
10/30/2020 – Phillies activated RHP David Robertson from the 60-day IL
10/30/2020 – Phillies claimed RHP Johan Quezada off waivers from Miami Marlins
10/30/2020 – RHP David Phelps elected free agency
10/30/2020 – RHP David Robertson elected free agency
10/30/2020 – Hector Neris becomes eligible for salary arbitration
10/30/2020 – Phillies decline club option for David Robertson
10/30/2020 – Phillies decline club option for David Phelps
10/30/2020 – Phillies decline club option for Hector Heris
10/30/2020 – Phillies sent 2B Phil Gosselin outright to Lehigh Valley
10/30/2020 – Phillies sent RHP Heath Hembree outright to Lehigh Valley
10/30/2020 – Phillies sent RHP Blake Parker outright to Lehigh Valley
10/30/2020 – Phillies sent LHP Adam Morgan outright to Lehigh Valley
10/28/2020 – Phillies activated LHP Jose Alvarez from the 60-day IL
10/28/2020 – SS Didi Gregorius elected free agency
10/28/2020 – RF Jay Bruce elected free agency
10/28/2020 – C JT Realmuto elected free agency
10/28/2020 – LHP Jose Alvarez elected free agency
10/28/2020 – RHP Jake Arrieta elected free agency
10/28/2020 – RHP Brandon Workman elected free agency
10/28/2020 – RHP Tommy Hunter elected free agency
10/23/2020 – DSL Red placed RHP Yeison Sanchez on the restricted list
10/15/2020 – 2B Ronald Torreyes elected free agency
10/14/2020 – RHP Deolis Guerra elected free agency
10/06/2020 – DSL Phillies Red released RHP Jhostyn Marin
10/01/2020 – 3B Luke Williams assigned to Lehigh Valley from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – 2B Ronald Torreyes assigned to Lehigh Valley from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Lehigh Valley from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – RHP Reggie McClain assigned to Lehigh Valley from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – RHP JD Hammer assigned to Lehigh Valley from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – RHP Deolis Guerra assigned to Lehigh Valley from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – RHP Enyel De Los Santos assigned to Lehigh Valley from Training Site
10/01/2020 – CF Mikie Mahtook assigned to Lehigh Valley from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – LF Nick Martini assigned to Lehigh Valley from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – C Jonathan Lucroy assigned to Lehigh Valley from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – SS Nick Maton assigned to Reading from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – RHP Joel Cesar assigned to Reading
10/01/2020 – LHP Damon Jones assigned to Reading from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – C Henri Lartigue assigned to Reading from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – 1B Austin Listi assigned to Reading from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – SS Bryson Stott assigned to Clearwater from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – C Logan O’Hoppe assigned to Lakewood from Alternate Training Site
10/01/2020 – SS Raibently Mercalina assigned to DSL Red
9/28/2020 – Phillies activated 1B Rhys Hoskins from the 10-day IL
9/28/2020 – Phillies recalled LHP Cole Irvin from Alternate Training Site
9/28/2020 – Phillies recalled LHP Cristopher Sanchez from Alternate Training Site
9/28/2020 – Phillies recalled RHP Ramon Rosso from Alternate Training Site
9/28/2020 – Phillies recalled RHP Victor Arano from Alternate Training Site
9/28/2020 – Phillies recalled CF Mickey Moniak from Alternate Training Site
9/28/2020 – Phillies recalled RHP Mauricio Llovera from Alternate Training Site
9/28/2020 – Phillies activated RHP Heath Hembree from the 10-day IL
9/28/2020 – Phillies activated RHP Jake Arrieta from the 10-day IL
9/28/2020 – Phillies recalled RHP Adonis Medina from Alternate Training Site
9/28/2020 – Phillies activated RF Kyle Garlick from the 10-day IL
9/28/2020 – Phillies recalled LHP Garrett Cleavinger from Alternate Training Site