Category Archives: Other Stuff

Life in the Minors – the Fifth Annual Phillies Minor League Digest

Pardon this self-promotion.  What would have been the Fifth Annual Phillies Minor League Digest was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Instead, we put together this history of the Phillies’ minor league affiliates – “Life in the Minors”.

Is available on Amazon.  My friend and companion at the Carpenter Complex and Spectrum Field, Steve Potter, is the co-author of the digest.  This year he worked with retired Phillies’ PR exec, Larry “Baron” Shenk.   Steve received participation from several photographers including Mark Wylie.  My participation was limited to editing as there were no Clearwater Threshers and the Gulf Coast League seasons on which to report. Continue reading Life in the Minors – the Fifth Annual Phillies Minor League Digest

Playing GM in the 2020-21 Off Season (12/16/2020)

The Professional Baseball Agreement has expired.  The 2019 international signing period has closed.  Trading between teams has resumed.  Qualifying offers have been made and accepted or declined.  Free agency has started.  Rosters have been set.  Contracts for the 2021 season have been tendered.  The Rule 5 Draft has been held.

Now, the Hot Stove Season can go into full swing. Continue reading Playing GM in the 2020-21 Off Season (12/16/2020)

Gerrymandering the Phillies 2021 Active and Reserve Rosters

The following is an accurate snapshot of the Phillies current roster situation and some potential moves.  Some not all.

The Competitive Balance Tax threshold in 2021 is $210,000,000.  For ease of understanding and typing let’s call it what it really is, a CAP.

By my calculations, the Phillies can find themselves $72,932,218 below the CAP going into the 2020-21 offseason. Continue reading Gerrymandering the Phillies 2021 Active and Reserve Rosters

Phuture Phillies: 2020 James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Recipients

The winner of the fourth annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Hitting Award is Alec Bohm.

The winner of the fourth annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Pitching Award is Connor Brogdon.

Both awards are named after Phuture Phillies’ founder and benefactor, James. Continue reading Phuture Phillies: 2020 James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Recipients

Roster Information for the 2020-21 Off Season

I’ll pin this on the site for reference and update as necessary over the coming weeks.

A flurry of activity will begin the day after the World Series ends.  This could be as soon as October 25th if there is a sweep or as late as October 29th if the series goes seven games.  In any case, the morning after the series ends, a bunch of players get to choose free agency and a smaller bunch sees/takes action on their options. Continue reading Roster Information for the 2020-21 Off Season

2021 Phillies’ Top 30

There is always a moderate to phanatical interest among Phuture Phillies’ readers when baseball sites release prospect rankings and organizational strength rankings.

I find comparisons against other organizations by the various ranking groups very uninteresting.  Each site ranks prospects by their own criteria which can differ greatly.  The same can be said when they try to rank organizations.  But, one thing is certain, these rankings do generate discussion among avid baseball fans. Continue reading 2021 Phillies’ Top 30

Looking Back at Our 2019 Free Agent Acquisition

This is just a just a random thought that came to me.  I don’t feel one way or the other.  But, I thought I would share to get some opinions.

The Phillies signed Zach Wheeler to a 5-year contract last off season.   This would have been his age 30 season.

My question, whether we play a partial season or lose the whole season (and each outcome might produce differing opinions), do we still like the Wheeler signing?  And, actually, this concern applies to all free agent signings across baseball, not just the Wheeler contract.

We expect there to be some lesser value when a long-term contract  is signed.  We might accept losing some value in year five and maybe even year four.  But,  if we lose a year of value at the front-end of a five-year contract, when the player is expected to be at the top of his game, would we have preferred to keep the #2 pick in the draft  and the $500K international money?

Thoughts?