The Phillies announced the signing of 33-year-old Caleb Cotham as their pitching coach. As I mentioned last week Cotham is a Driveline type coach. That would seem to cement Driveline in the organization from top to bottom. There should be no disconnect as pitchers move up levels and eventually pitch for the Phillies. It also appears that the more traditional pitching instructors will continue to be weeded out when their contracts are up or offered buyouts.
Apparently, the Phillies have interest in candidates who are actually interested in and actually available to become President of Baseball Operations and GM. Prominent names, so far, are Mike Hill and Jeff Kingston. In true Phillies fashion, they are interviewing a GM candidate before filing the PoBO. I have to believe that a PoBO would want to sign his own GM and not some guy, no matter how reputable, that this clown posse would sign.
The Phillies announced the selecting of six players’ contracts and added them to the 40-man roster minutes before the deadline on November 20th. I don’t want to say, “I told you so”, but I told you I thought Bailey Falter would be protected. They were also assigned to Lehigh Valley before their selections. The six are –
- LHP Kyle Dohy from Lehigh Valley
- LHP Damon Jones from Lehigh Valley
- SS Nick Maton from Lehigh Valley
- RHP Francisco Morales from Lehigh Valley
- CF Simon Muzziotti from Lehigh Valley
- LHP Bailey Falter from Lehigh Valley
They also added 15 additional players to the IronPigs roster to protect them from the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft. They are –
- C Abrahan Gutierrez from Lakewood
- C Juan Aparicio from Lakewood
- LHP Jakob Hernandez from Reading
- 1B Austin Listi from Reading
- RF Jhailyn Ortiz from Clearwater
- LHP Manuel Silva from Clearwater
- LHP Jhordany Mezquita from Lakewood
- 2B Daniel Brito from Reading
- LHP Nick Fanti from Reading
- LHP Zach Warren from Clearwater
- RHP Joel Cesar from Reading
- LHP David Parkinson from Reading
- C Edgar Cabral from Reading
- C Rodolfo Duran from Clearwater
- SS Jonathan Guzman from Clearwater
This doesn’t mean they will start the season. Some/most will be reassigned to affiliates during spring training.
Winter League Baseball
I spent hours Sunday gathering and confirming all the winter league information I could gather. So far, MLB isn’t posting the stats for major or minor league players as they have in the past. I’m not sure I’m going to troll through numerous pages online to try and post weekly updates. Here’s what I have to date.
Liga de Beisbol Dominicano
The Domnican Winter League started last Sunday, November 15, 2020. Between weather and COVID-19, six of the league’s first eighteen games were postponed or suspended thru Saturday, three due to DOVID-19.
The league uses the placement of a runner on second base in extra innings, but not until the 12th inning.
Six Phillies’ prospects are on five of the teams. Only the Gigantes are without one of our guys. The six are –
- Ramon Rosso, Aguilas, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 0.20 WHIP.
- Jonathan Guzman, Leones, DNP (tough getting ABs behind Wander Franco)
- Enyel De Los Santos, Tigres, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 K, 1.00 WHIP
- Adonis Medina, Tigres, DNP (active, no number assigned)
- Cristopher Sanchez, Toros, 0-0, 27.00 ERA, 1 G, 0.1 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3.00 WHIP
- Rodolfo Duran, Estrellas, DNP, blocked by Christian Bethancourt and Francisco Mejia
Australian Baseball League
The ABL starts December 17, 2020 and runs through January 31, 2021. The playoff format has not been determined.
The Auckland Tuatara withdrew from competition for the 2021 season due to COVID-19 concerns. Their chairman Noel Davies stated, “The travel restrictions, additional costs associated with travel, quarantine costs, player availability, lack of commercial sponsorship in COVID times and the ongoing risk with committing to costs that cannot be recovered if we proceed any further formed the basis of the board’s decision.
Geelong-Korea will also sit out the 2020-21 season. Baseball Australia chief executive Cam Vale confirmed that the league had made the decision for GK to sit out the upcoming season.
The Australian Government’s COVID-19 quarantine requirements proved the most challenging barrier with Geelong-Korea not able to complete the mandatory period in Queensland due to limited direct flights. “The logistics and quarantine complexities are insurmountable,” Vale said. “We, and Geelong-Korea’s ownership group, have given our all to have them compete this season but in the end the challenges were too great.
The ABL and GK were confident that variables created by COVID-19 could be resolved, but the Australian Governments’ restrictions have not been eased due to the ongoing global pandemic. “There have been plenty of obstacles ahead of this season but getting 40-plus players and staff from Korea into Australia was always going to be a challenge,” he said.
Due to preparations based on an earlier plan, Adelaide and Brisbane won’t start their seasons until January 5th. Adelaide and Brisbane will each host two-week long hubs at the start of their seasons. A lot of double headers are on their schedules as the teams will complete a 24-game season in 27 days. The other four teams will conclude their 24-game seasons over a 7-week period.
Phillies’ players on ABL teams include –
Adelaide Giants (nee Bite)
The three Giants’ players playing in the Phillies organization –
- RHP Kyle Glogoski,
- C Mitchell Edwards,
- 1B Rixon Wingrove –
will be joined by nine “import players” from the Phillies –
- LHP Jonathan Hennigan,
- RHP Tyler Burch,
- RHP Austin Ross,
- LHP Taylor Lehman,
- C Colby Fitch,
- INF Luke Williams,
- SS Kendall Simmons,
- SS Jamari Baylor,
- OF Cornelius Randolph.
The Giants head coach is Jersey Shore’s manager Chris Adamson who will be starting his 4th season as Adelaide’s manager.
Giants RHP Jason Lott and OF Jordan McArdle were both invited to Phillies’ spring training in 2020.
- LHP Josh Tols and C Chris Burke will be joined by “import player” RHP Luke Leftwich.
Sydney Blue Sox
- RHP Josh Gessner
- LHP Josh Hendrickson
Liga Mexicana del Pacifico
The Mexican League started on October 15, 2020. Things went well until 3 cancellations on November due to COVID-19. The league shutdown for ten days and a total of 40 games were cancelled due to COVID-19.
The league uses the placement of a runner on second base in extra innings, but not until the 12th inning. Double headers are seven innings.
The league restarted on November 17th.
Caneros de los Mochis
- Erubiel Armenta, 0-0, 1.54 ERA, 8 G, 5 Saves, 11.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HB, 5 BB, 5 K, 1.11 WHIP
- Darick Hall, 1 G, 2 AB, 2 K, 1 HBP, .000/.333/.000/.333
Hall was struck on the wrist in his first game on Friday and had to leave the game. He was back in the line up Sunday.
Aguilas de Mexicali
- Fernando Lozano, 2-0, 1.86 ERA, 7 G, 1 GS, 9.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HB, 4 BB, 3 K, 0.93 WHIP
Naranjeros de Hermosillo
- Efrain Morales, DNP
Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente
The Puerto Rican Baseball League has not set a start date. I located three players from the Phillies system on the same roster.
- C Kevin Escalante
- OF Jadiel Sanchez
- LHP Gabriel Cotto
Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional
The Venezuelan Winter League has not set a start date. The Trump administration issued a ban on American companies and individuals doing business with President Maduro’s socialist government back in 2019. MLB issued a statement preventing players with major or minor league contracts from playing in Venezuela. (Don’t see how that is enforceable for Venezuelan players.) Neither the presidential or MLB policy has been revoked. So, I don’t know of any organization players are on rosters.
In recent years, players from the organization have been on rosters in winter leagues in Nicaragua and Colombia. No word on the status of those leagues. I’m not going to spend a lot of time checking. They were difficult to follow when I was sure we had players down there.
Nobody offered any suggestions on conducting a Readers’ Top 30. It would be difficult to rank players, but MLB and BA did it without any games being played and with many Alternate Training Sites and Instructs Sites conducted behind the curtain of a COVID-19 bubble.
But, we’ve added 4 new draft picks, added 12 new undrafted free agent pitchers, traded Seabold, lost Grullon to waivers, watched Howard, Moniak, Medina, Romero, Marchan, Brogdon perform at the major league level, watched Alec Bohm graduate to the majors and win the ROY vote I held in my living room, and now Kyle Young has announced his retirement.
There are at least 4 vacancies in our top 30. If I don’t receive any suggestions, I will come up with a Phuture Phillies ranking on my own. I’ll try to keep my personal feelings out of it and not gut the existing Top 30.
Here’s the type of personal feeling I won’t let taint the poll. One of the national polls has Francisco Morales ranked as the Phillies fourth best prospect. I’ve seen Francisco Morales pitch. Three STs, 2 XSTs, and one GCL season. I like him. He has a great pitcher’s body. He throws gas. But, he hasn’t pitched above Lakewood. His BB/9 went up from Williamsport to Lakewood. He’s inconsistent. I’ve seen it from one outing to the next, within a game, and even within an inning. If he’s our #4 prospect, no wonder our system is ranked so low by evaluators.
I added some Key Dates below.
This is the Phuture Phillies Open Discussion for Phillies and other baseball topics.
- 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 – Deadline to submit 40-man rosters before Rule 5 Draft
November TBA – MLBPA executive board meeting (Nov. 26-29 in Irving, TX in 2018)
- December 2, 2020 – Non-tender Deadline – Last day for teams to offer 2021 contracts to unsigned players (pre-arb and arb eligible) 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 – Deadline for teams and arb eligible players to submit salary figures to arbiter
- January 15, 2021, 9:00 AM EST – Start of the 2020 international signing period
- February 17, 2021 – Voluntary spring training reporting date for pitchers, catchers, and players recovering from injuries
- February 22, 2021 – Voluntary spring training reporting date for position players
- February 24, 2021 – Mandatory spring training reporting date
- February 27, 2021 – First spring training game v. Blue Jays
- April 1, 2021 – Opening Day for ALL 30 teams
- June 25, 2021 – Close of the 2020 international signing period
- July 11-13, 2021 – 2021 Amateur Draft
The rosters and lists are up to date as of November 22nd … 318 players in the org
11/20/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of LHP Kyle Dohy from Lehigh Valley
11/20/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of LHP Damon Jones from Lehigh Valley
11/20/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of SS Nick Maton from Lehigh Valley
11/20/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Francisco Morales from Lehigh Valley
11/20/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of CF Simon Muzziotti from Lehigh Valley
11/20/2020 – Phillies selected the contract of LHP Bailey Falter from Lehigh Valley
11/19/2020 – C Abrahan Gutierrez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Lakewood
11/19/2020 – C Juan Aparicio assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Lakewood
11/19/2020 – LHP Kyle Dohy assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – LHP Jakob Hernandez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – 1B Austin Listi assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater
11/19/2020 – RF Jhailyn Ortiz assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater
11/19/2020 – LHP Manuel Silva assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater
11/19/2020 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Lakewood
11/19/2020 – 2B Daniel Brito assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – LHP Nick Fanti assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – SS Nick Maton assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – CF Simon Muzziotti assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater
11/19/2020 – LHP Zach Warren assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater
11/19/2020 – RHP Joel Cesar assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – LHP Damon Jones assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – LHP David Parkinson assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – C Edgar Cabral assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading
11/19/2020 – C Rodolfo Duran assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater
11/19/2020 – SS Jonathan Guzman assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater
11/18/2020 -LHP Kyle Young retired
11/11/2020 – JT Realmuto declined Qualifying Offer
11/11/2020 – Reading released RHP Gilmael Troya