The Threshers are back in Clearwater this week. Thankfully, something to keep me from watching the Phillies’games.
This is going to be short. The minor league recap was a little depressing this weekend. The Phillies game Sunday was also depressing. It’s nice that they rallied after falling so far behind. But, some circumstances should upset fans.
For instance, how does a team go into a game with a one-man bench? Then, when the catcher can’t start, they essentially had a no-man bench. When a dizzy Kingery had to be removed because of concussion protocols, they put a crippled Harper in the game. Of course, his spot comes up in the ninth with the tying runs in scoring position.
If this had happened under Klentak and Kapler, social media would have blown up. You guys would go bonkers in the comments section (and maybe you still will). I don’t see how a team can be happy having 2-3 guys on the bench who aren’t able to play. Sounds like a bullpen that can’t use half of its pitchers on any given day. (I still can’t wrap my head around that.)
Every day I see other teams acquiring players on minor league contracts to help the big team. Shoot,, the Yankees just put a guy on the IL and went and signed depth. Why isn’t our GM doing the same thing? I don’t want to hear about the 40-man. Other teams are making adjustments. Maybe don’t carry so many duds on the 40. Get pitchers who can help this season, this week. Same for position players. Put the old and infirmed on the IL and get healthy players. If we don’t have replacements, get some.
Not having players on the bench is on the manager, right? Not having players in Triple-A is on the GM, right. Since May 9th, there have been 36 free agent signings and 4 trades. None involved the Phillies. But a lot of playoff contenders were involved. Like Atlanta. The Astros. The Yankees. Why not us?
Do we have guys who shouldn’t be on the active roster? Do we have guys who should be on the IL? Then the guy who is supposed to fix that stuff has to fix it. I’m tired of the “we don’t have …” lament. That may have been a little rambly, but I’m tired of the excuses being made for the current regime. If we’re supposed to contend, they don’t get a pass.
I’m also tired of the Nola is/isn’t an ace argument on social media. His detractors go overboard trashing him. His supporters show lists of stats that show Nola listed in the top ten. The stats are just some bilge generated by some statnerd that are essentially measuring the same thing. There is no stat that determines an ace.
The definition of an ace is the same as it was in 2016, as it was in 2006, and beyond I suppose. An ace has –
2 plus pitches, an average 3rd pitch, plus-plus command, and plus make-up.
One of an ace’s plus pitches is usually a fastball. Five years ago a plus fastball was a 60-grade fastball and averaged 94 mph for a RHP and 93 for a LHP. That surely has gone up at least one mph, maybe 1.5 or 2 mph.
I know that the real baseball analysts, not the TV or game analysts, agree that there are maybe 8-12 aces in the majors any given year. And, maybe 30 #2s. It’s not a crime to not be a #1, the bar is set high. And, it keeps moving up. A pitcher can be an ace one year and not the next. It’s fleeting, not something a pitcher earns and then keeps because he earned it once.
I don’t know if the Phillies have an ace. I certainly think that Wheeler’s fastball is a plus pitch. But, I don’t need them to be aces. I just need them to pitch well. Nola has been a little inconsistent. He needs to pick it up.
Whew. Sorry to vent. Just needed to get that said. The people who need to see it won’t. I don’t want to get in an argument with the statheads on social media. Thanks.
This is the Phuture Phillies Open Discussion for Phillies and other baseball topics.
- May 4, 2021 – Opening day for all four full-season affiliates
- June 25, 2021 – Close of the 2020 international signing period
- June 28, 2021 – GCL season begins (through September 12th)
- July 11-13, 2021 – 2021 Amateur Draft
- July 12, 2021 – DSL starts (through October 2nd)
- July 30, 2021: Trade Deadline (4 p.m. ET)
- Oct. 3, 2021: Regular season concludes
The rosters and lists are up to date as of May 16th … 303 players in the org
The following players have turned up at XST – INF Uziel Viloria, INF Ruben Tejada, INF Juan Herrera, INF Wilson Valdez, C Edward Barboza, OF Jefferson Encarnacion, OF Felix Reyes.
- organization’s rosters (5/16)
- organization’s injury list (5/16)
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility (5/16) (includes player info, assignments, …)
Transactions (newest transactions are in bold print, those not in last week’s Open Discussion, and I’m waiting for the Tejada signing to become official)
There are 12 players who are not in the Phillies Media Guide who I am not counting in the total for the organization. I’m carrying them in their own section on the sheets.
5/16/2021 – LHP Brian Marconi assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
5/16/2021 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading
5/15/2021 – RHP Braden Zarbnisky assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
5/14/2021 – Phillies activated C J.T. Realmuto from the 10-day IL
5/14/2021 – Phillies optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos to Lehigh Valley
5/14/2021 – Reading placed C Rodolfo Duran on the 7-day IL, left hamstring strain
5/13/2021 – Phillies placed C J.T. Realmuto on the 10-day IL
5/13/2021 – Phillies recalled C Rafael Marchan from Lehigh
5/13/2021 – Reading placed 1B Matt Kroon on the 7-day IL, right shoulder contusion
5/13/2021 – OF Hunter Hearn assigned to Reading from Jersey Shore
5/13/2021 – OF Hunter Markwardt assigned to Jersey Shore from Clearwater
5/13/2021 – RF Carlos De La Cruz assigned to Clearwater from Extended Spring
5/13/2021 – RHP Carlos A Francisco assigned to Clearwater from Extended Spring
5/12/2021 – Phillies sent RHP Archie Bradley on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
5/12/2021 – RHP Kyle Glogoski assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/12/2021 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Jersey Shore from Reading
5/12/2021 – Clearwater placed RHP Gunner Mayer on the 7-day IL
5/11/2021 – OF Corbin Williams assigned to Extended Spring from Clearwater
5/11/2021 – OF Baron Radcliff assigned to Clearwater from Extended Spring Training
2/13/2021 – SS Alfredo Alderete assigned to DSL Red
2/13/2021 – RHP Daniel Mejia assigned to DSL Red
2/02/2021 – LHP Jesus Garibaldi assigned to DSL Red
2/02/2021 – OF Raylin Heredia assigned to DSL White
2/02/2021 – C Dervin Andrade assigned to DSL White
2/02/2021 – RHP Ender Paz assigned to DSL White