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It appears the Phillies signed an international free agent out of Cuba. Luis Pelegrin is a middle infielder and younger brother of Tigers’ outfield prospect, Carlos Pelegrin. I say “appears” because there is some mixed reporting. An earlier report said that Pelegrin was prepared to sign when the next international signing period starts in January 2022. However, this recent report by Francys Romero (Baseball Writer/Reporter. Editor LasMayores, the official Spanish Twitter account for MLB and BBWAA member.) The bonus is in question. The earlier report had him receiving far more than he is reported to be receiving in this agreement. Maybe the threat of an international draft has hastened the 18-year-old’s desire to sign. I wonder if the Tigers signed his brother with the hope of signing Luis. In any event, here’s the tweet with signing photos and a video.
The prospects’ project is almost complete. Most of the player profiles are complete. I have come up with a menu design that should make the presentation clearer. It should look like this unless I come up with a better idea from your comments. Subject to Change.
- Prospect Profiles
- Catcher Only
- Catcher/First Base
- First Base Only
- Second Base
- Third Base
- Center Fielders
- Right Fielders
- Left Fielders
- Left-Handed Pitchers
- LHP Starters (AAA and AA)
- LHP Relievers (AAA and AA)
- LHP Starters (A and Rookie)
- LHP Relievers (A and Rookie)
- Right-Handed Pitchers
- Right Starters (AAA and AA)
- Right Relievers (AAA and AA)
- Right Starters (A and Rookie)
- Right Relievers (A and Rookie)
- DSL Players
- DSL Players at Instructs
- DSL Catchers
- DSL Infielders
- DSL Outfielders
- DSL Pitchers
- DSL Starters
- DSL Relievers
Those of you who kept Steve Dull (a blogger you may know as Baseball Ross) in your thoughts, may want to continue. Steve was doing well early last week after suffering a heart attack last weekend. According to his wife’s FB posts, he was responding well to treatment and had even started walking a little. Then, he had a relapse mid-week. It appears the doctors have things under control again. I believe a pacemaker is being installed this week. Maybe as early as tomorrow. Let’s hope things go well.
Well, as far as some of us are concerned, all that happened with the world series this weekend is that some of the dates that are contingent on the end of the series have been narrowed down. Specifically, the resumption of trading, the start of FA signings, the deadline for teams to make QOs (or not), and the deadline for players to accept (or reject) QOs.
Well, with regard to that popular Gelb article. I have taken issue with some parts of it. Not all. Some of the communication problems are real. But, they are not so much the fault of the guys who were let go. They can really be traced to Dombrowski who permitted Minniti to continue to run player development but didn’t force the restructuring that would have put all parts of player development under one manager. When you have two separate lines of communication going to coaches and players that’s how confusion arises. And, Driveline is not the big problem that a lot of people wish it to be. If you’ve been watching, the Driveline guys have survived so far and a lot of older, more traditional types are being let go. Hinkie, that person we spoke of may decide to follow someone to Texas. Does that tell us anything about the state of the organization? It’s my understanding that some people whose contracts are up may leave because they are getting better offers. All through baseball money talks. Oh, and the guy I believe was Gelb’s source wasn’t part of player development or baseball operations. I say “was” because he’s gone now. But, once again, you shouldn’t believe me any more than you should believe national and beat writers. They all need “clicks” and negative reporting generates clicks. I don’t need the clicks. I’m just ornery and like taking the other side of discussions and arguments.
For you guys who like prospect rankings, Mitch Rupert has taken over Mike Drago’s end-of-season prospect poll. Mitch was the beat writer for the Williamsport Crosscutters. Mike was the beat writer at the Reading Eagle. Mitch stepped in to continue the end-of-season tradition.
Eighteen people responded. Submissions were received from those who covered the minor leagues for various media outlets, podcasters, and various Phillies’ social media personalities. Frankly, I’ve never read anything from a Phillies’ social media personality that would lead me to believe they knew anything about Phillies’ prospects.
Here are the results.
Rosters and Stuff
- organization’s rosters (10/24)
- organization’s injury list (10/13)
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility (10/24) (includes player info, assignments, …)
Key Dates: most are guesstimates based on previous years. Italics are those dates that will be dependent on the new CBA, dates in BOLD text are confirmed.
- October 5, 2021: Opening Day for the Mexican Pacific League (thru December 23, 2021)
- October 13, 2021: Opening Day for the Arizona Fall League
- October 23, 2021: Opening Day for the Venezuelan Winter League (thru December 22, 2021)
- October 26, 2021: World Series begins
- October 27, 2021: Opening Day for Dominican Winter League (thru December 17, 2022)
- November 3-4, 2021: Trading resumes, day after the World Series ends
- November 7-8, 2021: 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 2021: Start of the Colombian Winter League (The season begins the first week of November and ends the penultimate week of January.)
- November 6, 2021: Opening Day for the Roberto Clemente’ Puerto Rico Professional Baseball League (thru January 22, 2022)
- November 17-18, 2021: fifteen days after the conclusion of the World Series – Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers
- November 9, 2021: Start of GM Meetings
- November TBA: Owners meetings (Nov. 19-21, Arlington, TX in 2019)
- November 19, 2021: 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 1, 2021: CBA expires
- December 1, 2021 – Non-tender Deadline – last day for teams to offer 2022 contracts to unsigned players (pre-arb and arb eligible) on their 40-man rosters. Non-tendered players become free agents.
- December 5-9, 2021: The 2021 Baseball Winter Meetings will take place at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Orlando, Florida.
- December 9, 2021: Rule 5 Draft
- December 9, 2021: Opening Day for the Panamanian Baseball League (thru (January)
- December 2021: The 2021-22 Australian Baseball League season was was cancelled in an announcement on October 20th.
- December 15, 2021: Close of the 2020 international signing period
- January TBA – Rookie Career Development Program
- January 15, 2022, 9:00 AM EST – Start of the 2021 international signing period (I gotta check this)
- January 14, 2022: Deadline for teams and arb eligible players to submit salary figures to arbiter
- January 28,2022: Start of the Caribbean Series (thru February 3, 2022, with one team from each league – Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Panama)
- February 16, 2022 – Voluntary spring training reporting date for pitchers, catchers, and players recovering from injuries
- February 21, 2022 – Voluntary spring training reporting date for position players
- February 23, 2022 – Mandatory spring training reporting date
- February 26, 2022: First spring training games
- February 26, 2022: at New York Yankees (Tampa), Time TBA
- February 27, 2022: v. Minnesota Twins (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
- February 27, 2022: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) (SS) Time TBA
- February 28, 2022: at Boston Red Sox (Fort Myers) Time TBA
- March 1, 2022: v. Detroit Tigers (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 2, 2022: v. New York Yankees (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 3, 2022: at Baltimore Orioles (Sarasota) Time TBA
- March 4, 2022: v. Atlanta Braves (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 5, 2022: at Tampa Bay Rays (Port Charlotte) Time TBA
- March 6, 2022: v. Pittsburgh Pirates (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 7, 2022: OFF DAY
- March 8, 2022: v. Toronto Blue Jays (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
- March 8, 2022: at Detroit Tigers (Lakeland) (SS) Time TBA
- March 9, 2022: at Minnesota Twins (Fort Myers) Time TBA
- March 10, 2022: v. New York Yankees (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 11, 2022: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) Time TBA
- March 12, 2022: v. Baltimore Orioles (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 13, 2022: at Tampa Bay Rays (Port Charlotte) Time TBA
- March 14, 2022: v. Boston Red Sox (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 15, 2022: OFF DAY
- March 16, 2022: v. Toronto Blue Jays (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
- March 16, 2022: at New York Yankees (Tampa) (SS) Time TBA
- March 17, 2022: v. Baltimore Orioles (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 18, 2022: at Detroit Tigers (Lakeland) Time TBA
- March 19, 2022: v. Pittsburgh Pirates (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 20, 2022: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) Time TBA
- March 21, 2022: at Atlanta Braves (North Port) Time TBA
- March 22, 2022: v. New York Yankees (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 23, 2022: v. Detroit Tigers (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 24, 2022: at Baltimore Orioles (Sarasota) Time TBA
- March 25, 2022: v. Toronto Blue Jays (Clearwater) (SS) 1:05 PM
- March 25, 2022: at Pittsburgh Pirates (Bradenton) (SS) Time TBA
- March 26, 2022: at New York Yankees (Tampa) Time TBA
- March 27, 2022: v. Tampa Bay Rays (Clearwater) 1:05 PM
- March 28, 2022: at Toronto Blue Jays (Dunedin) Time TBA
- March 29, 2022: at Tampa Bay Rays (Tropicana Field) Time TBA
- March 30, 2022: OFF DAY
- March 31, 2022: Opening Day for 2022 season
- March 31, 2022: at Houston Astros Time TBA Season Opener
- April 8, 2022: v. Oakland A’s 3:05 PM Home Opener
- July 2022: 2022 Rule 4 Amateur Draft
Transactions (2021 has been archived, 2022 began on October 5th)
9/14/2021 – Phillies signed free agent SS Luis Pelegrin to a minor league contract.