The Hot Stove Season continues. The MLBPA Executive Board Meets in Dallas this week. Of more importance to baseball fans, 8:00 PM Friday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters, including arbitration-eligible players. Non-tendered players become free agents. Tendered players who are arbitration eligible who do not accept the tender proceed to the arbitration process in February. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 26, 2018
Gulf Coast Phillies West
In their initial season, the GCL Phillies West posted a 30-24 record and finished second in the Northwest division, seven-and-half games back under manager Nelson Prada. They remained in contact with first place Tigers West as they steadily increased their lead and weren’t officially eliminated until the day after beating the Tigers and pulling within five games with five games left in the season. Their highlight may have been their 5-2 record against Phillies East which included a 19-1 drubbing in the last game between the two teams. West flirted with batting over .300 as a team for a good part of the season. In addition to Prada, the staff included hitting coach Chris Heintz and pitching coach Matt Hockenberry. Continue reading 2018 Gulf Coast Phillies Recap, Part Two (West)
Tuesday is the deadline for roster expansion to 40 players prior to the Rule 5 Draft. The Phillies 40-man roster stands at 34 players. This deadline can effect up to 6 minor league players exposed to the Rule 5 Draft. Adonis Medina is probably the only lock. Other pitchers who may have worked their way into the conversation are Luke Leftwich, Tyler Viza, Seth McGarry, Edgar Garcia, Tom Eshelman, and maybe Alejandro Requena. Among position players, maybe catchers Austin Bossart, Edgar Cabral, and Deivi Grullon will get consideration. I don’t think Arquimedes Gamboa is likely to need protection. A dark horse could be Jose Pujols. Continue reading Minor League Discussion: Week of November 19, 2018
The Hot Stove Season continues. Tuesday is the deadline for organizations to expand and submit their 40-man rosters prior to the Rule 5 Draft.
This does not mean that a 40-man roster can’t change before the Rule 5 Draft. Free agent signings and some types of player trades will require that players be added to a team’s 40-man roster. So, in some cases where there isn’t an empty spot on a 40-man roster, a player might find himself designated for assignment. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of November 19, 2018
The Gulf Coast League is a rookie level league in central and southern Florida. It is comprised of 18 teams in 4 divisions and represents 15 organizations – Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Minnesota, New York (AL), New York (NL), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa, Toronto, and Washington. In recent years, the GCL Phillies have done very well. The 2016 Phillies posted a league best 43-15 record, finished first in the Northwest Division, won a one-game semifinal playoff game, and lost the championship series two games to one. The 2017 Phillies again posted a league best 36-22 record, finished first in the Northwest Division, and dropped the one-game semifinal game to the eventual league champion. Continue reading 2018 Gulf Coast Phillies Recap, Part One (East)
It looks like some roster movement may have occurred. These transactions haven’t been announced, so they aren’t official. Yet. And, we can be assured that there will be more. But, it looks like the following assignments have/will occur among the full season teams –
- Deivi Grullon, Adam Haseley, and Jan Hernandez to Lehigh Valley;
- Trevor Bettencourt, Ismael Cabrera, J.D. Hammer, Mauricio Llovera, Adonis Medina, Sixto Sanchez, Edgar Cabral, Henri Lartigue, Arquimedes Gamboa, Harold Garcia, Raul Rivas, Luke Williams, Grenny Cumana, and Mickey Moniak to Reading;
- Rodolfo Duran, Nick Maton, and Jake Scheiner to Clearwater; and
- Colton Eastman, Tyler Fallwell, Abrahan Gutierrez, Rafael Marchan, Alec Bohm, Luis Garcia, Stoney O’Brien, and Malvin Matos to Lakewood.
The Hot Stove Season continues. The player’s deadline to accept or reject their team’s qualifying offers is Monday. Any who haven’t yet acted have until 5:00 PM EST.
The GM meetings were held last week in Carlsbad, CA. The biggest early news was a Bob Nightengale article in USA Today that suggested (okay, he was adamant) that the Phillies would announce the signing of Bryce Harper during the baseball meeting in Las Vegas next month. And then, a half-dozen other sports writers wrote articles stating that a half-dozen other ball clubs were in on Harper. In any event, the Phillies were able to get meetings with whomever they wanted, and also spoke with everyone who asked to meet with them.
I think the only thing we can be sure of is that the Phillies will be active.
The owners’ meetings are this week in Atlanta, GA. I don’t expect any trade talk, but I’m sure that they will be talking about things like the DH and pace of play. Expect the commissioner to receive an extension.
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The Clearwater Threshers are the Philadelphia Phillies affiliate in the Florida State League. They are the High-A level in the Phillies minor league system. To some,they represent the halfway point in player development with AA Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley above and full-season A and the short season/rookie leagues below.
The Florida State League is located in central and southern Florida. It is comprised of 12 teams in 2 divisions and includes representatives from 12 major league organizations.
North Division – Atlanta (Florida Fire Frogs), Cincinnati (Daytona Tortugas), Detroit (Lakeland Flying Tigers), Philadelphia (Clearwater Threshers), New York Yankees (Tampa Tarpons), and Toronto (Dunedin Blue Jays).
South Division – Miami (Jupiter Hammerheads), Minnesota (Fort Myers Miracle), New York Mets (St. Lucie Mets), Pittsburgh (Bradenton Marauders), St. Louis (Palm Beach Cardinals), and Tampa Bay (Charlotte Stone Crabs).
The Threshers are led by second-year manager, Shawn Williams. His staff includes hitting coach John Mizerock, first base coach Ruben Gotay, and pitching coach Aaron Fultz, who is also serving in the same capacity in the Arizona Fall League. Continue reading 2018 Clearwater Threshers’ Season Recap
A Fan’s View: Third Annual Phillies Minor League Digest is out in paperback on Amazon. My friend, Steve Potter, is the author. Philadelphia sports writer Jim Salisbury provides the foreword. Steve has enlisted contributions from people who have seen the Phillies’ affiliates and prospects in the minors. I was one of several contributors.
Phuture Phillies is not a place for people to sell things and I have deleted such posts in the comments section. However, I don’t get paid for my time at Phuture Phillies, so I’m going to allow myself this one exception. Especially since NO ONE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS BOOK RECEIVES ANY TYPE OF MONETARY COMPENASATION.
This is Steve’s third digest He donates the proceeds to Phillies’ Charities.
Here’s the LINK, if interested.
The Hot Stove Season officially began Friday at 5:00 PM when the deadline for teams to extend qualifying passed. All free agents are now free to bargain with all teams interested in them. “Let the fun begin!”
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