The hot stove season continues though it is essentially over for the Phillies.
The Adelaide Giants (25-15) swept their opponent this weekend to secure their playoff position as the winner of the Australian Baseball League’s Southwest Division. As such, they face the second-place finisher from the Northeast Division, the Auckland Tuatara (17-17).
The Giants clinched with a 2-0 victory over Geelong-Korea. The Giants broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning to clinch. Starlyn Castillo started and threw five scoreless innings to aid the victory.
Two other Phillies’ prospects finished among the top four hitters among those who qualified. Nick Ward finished with the third-best batting average and will contend for the league MVP. He finished .344/.418/.643/1.061 with 54 hits, 10 doubles, 11 HRs, 23 RBI, 17 walks, and 31 strikeouts in 177 plate appearances.
Anthony Quirion posted the fourth-best batting average. He finished with a .338/.427/.531/.958, 44 hits, 8 doubles, 5 HRs, 24 RBI, 15 walks, and 20 strikeouts in 150+ plate appearances.
Rixon Wingrove had a solid season. He finished .279/.341/.516/.857, 34 hits, 12 doubles, 5 HRs, 22 RBI, 10 walks, and 33 strikeouts in 135 plate appearances.
Jared Carr made a lot of spectacular plays in center field but his offense tailed off a little t the end of the season. Like Ward, he played in all 40 games. He finished .232/.316/.377/.693, 32 hits, 5 doubles, 5 HRs, 25 RBI, 14 walks, and 40 strikeouts in 156 plate appearances.
Arturo De Freitas appeared in 11 games before an injury sent him back to the states. Nikau Pouaka-Grego appeared in four games at the start of the season but underwent season-ending knee surgery that may affect his 2023 minor league season.
Jordan Fowler posted a 2-2 record with a 1.63 ERA in 10 appearances 7 of which were starts. He allowed 40 hits, 1 HR, 11 walks, and 35 strikeouts in 38.2 IP with a 1.319 WHIP.
Starlyn Castillo posted a 3-3 record with a 3.62 ERA in 10 appearances all starts. He allowed 34 hits, 1 HR, 6 HBP, 15 walks, and 33 strikeouts in 37.1 IP with a 1.313.WHIP.
The Giants roster also included a couple of Australian players who were invited to ST a couple years ago – OF Jordan McArdle and P Jason Lott, a few former Phillies farmhands – pitchers Josh Tols, Austin Ross, and Bubby Rossman, and 40-year-old INF Michael Martinez. Curtis Mead missed the entire season with an elbow injury.
The Giants host the 3-game series against the Tuatara. If they win they will face the winner of the Brisbane Bandits (30-10) and Perth Heat (23-17) Preliminary Series.
The 2023 Caribbean Series is set to begin on February 2nd. It will be played in Venezuela. The participants include teams from Cuba, Curacao, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Venezuela.
Twenty-five days until pitchers and catchers report on February 16th.
Rumors, Facts, and Fiction
Are there any readers out there who are season ticket holders for the minor league affiliates? I’d like to expand coverage of the Lehigh Valley, Reading, and Jersey Shore teams with commentary from someone who actually sees these teams in person. Individuals who attend most of the home games for each team would be the best candidates. If interested, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have comments one way or the other about this please also e-mail them, too, rather than let them get lost in the comments section. Matt tried this several years ago. That’s how I came on board as the backup for the Clearwater guy who got a better offer and booked before ST even started.
The DH is Darick Hall’s to lose.
The fifth starter is Bailey Falter’s to lose.
The eighth bullpen slot is Nick Nelson’s to lose.
The Phillies will have a designated closer by the home opener.
Andrew Painter will start the season in Reading to hone his secondaries.
Daulton Guthrie will more than adequately fill Vierling’s role as the fourth outfielder.
There will be no platoons to start the season, Stott and Marsh will face LHP until they prove they shouldn’t.
Lehigh Valley will once again be stocked with experienced players who can fill in for the Phillies if and when needed. Don’t expect prospects to be assigned there.
- February 13, 2023: Pitchers and catchers participating in the WBC report to their MLB camps.
- February 16, 2023: Position players participating in the 2023 WBC report to their MLB camps.
- February 16, 2023: Pitchers and catchers report to ST.
- February 21, 2023: Position players report to ST.
- February 24/25, 2023: Start of minor league ST
- February 25, 2023: Phillies First Spring Training Game (split squad)
- March 8-21, 2023: WBC interruption to spring training
- Pool A – Taichung, Taiwan; March 8-13, 202
- Pool B – Tokyo, Japan; March 9-13, 2023
- Pool C – Phoenix, Arizona; March 11-15, 2023
- Pool D – Miami, Florida; March 11-15, 2023
- Quarterfinals – Tokyo, Japan; March 15-16, 2023
- Quarterfinals – Miami, Florida; March 17-18, 2023
- Semifinals and Finals – Miami, Florida; March 19-21, 2023
- March 30, 2023: Season Opener at Texas Rangers
- April 6, 2023: Home Opener v. Cincinnati Reds
- July 7-11, 2023: Rule 4 Amateur Draft in Seattle
August 23, 2023: Little League Classic in Williamsport, PA – Phillies v. Nationals
- December 15, 2023: Close of the 2022-2023 international signing period
Transactions: Releases may increase as the organization attempts to get down to the 190-player limit and then the 180-player limit.
1/18/2023 – DSL Red released RHP Ender Paz
1/18/2023 – DSL Red released LHP Jared Loyo
1/18/2023 – DSL Red released 2B Deivi Cabrera
1/18/2023 – DSL White released RHP Douglas Mijares
1/18/2023 – DSL White released LHP Alexis Garibaldi
1/18/2023 – Reading released SS Sal Gozzo
1/18/2023 – Reading released RHP Aidan Anderson
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA OF Jeadden Calderon to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA SS Renair Manrique to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA OF Victor Cardoza to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA OF Jorge Julio to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA LHP Eduardo Fernandez to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA C Yhoan Escalona to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA C Alirio Ferrebus to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA OF Jose Marchan to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Wen Hui Pan to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Alexander De Los Santos to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA C Eduardo Tait to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA LHP Angel Liranzo to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Pedro Peralta to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA SS Jesus Caba to an MiLB contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA LHP Luis Martinez to a minor league contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Luis Dominguez to a minor league contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Alexis De La Cruz to a minor league contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA OF Isaac Ramirez to a minor league contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA OF Esterling Rodriguez to a minor league contract
1/15/2023 – Phillies signed IFA OF Joseph Diaz to a minor league contract