Category Archives: Other Stuff

Roster Information for the 2021-22 Offseason

I’ll pin this on the site for reference and update as necessary over the coming weeks.  Let me know if you seeanything that needs explanation or anything that looks wrong.  for instance, I had to figure options on my own.  The two sites I use for reference haven’t updated yet after the 2021 season.  And, some of their options info is wrong anyway. Continue reading Roster Information for the 2021-22 Offseason

2021 Jersey Shore BlueClaws

Jersey Shore (nee Lakewood, Low-A) is our affiliate in the High-A East League.  Jersey Shore will be in the 5-team North Division with the Aberdeen IronBirds (Orioles), Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets), Hudson Valley Renegades (Yankees), and Wilmington Blue Rocks (Nationals).

The High-A League will test the new rule that requires a pitcher to step off the rubber to attempt a pickoff.

Here are your 2021 Jersey Shore BlueClaws.

Catchers

  1. Vito Friscia: 24-years-old, played in GCL in 2019
  2. Herbert Iser: 23-years-old, played at Williamsport/Lakewood in 2019
  3. Logan O’Hoppe: 20-years-old, played at Williamsport in 2019

Infielders

  1. Chris Cornelius: 23-years-old, played briefly in GCL in 2019, injured that year
  2. Nate Fassnacht -23-years-old, played at Williamsport in 2019
  3. Jonathan Guzman: 21-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  4. Rudy Rott: 24-years-old, played at Williamsport in 2019
  5. Cole Stobbe: 23-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  6. Bryson Stott: 23-years-old, played at GCL/Williamsport in 2019

Outfielders

  1. Keaton Greenwalt: 23-years-old, played 2019 in GCL
  2. Hunter Hearn: 24-years-old, played 2019 at Williamsport
  3. Jhailyn Ortiz: 22-years-old, played 2019 at Clearwater

Pitchers

  1. Mike Adams: 26-years-old, signed as an amateur free agent on 1/21
  2. Ben Brown: 21-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019, injured,TJ surgery
  3. Blake Brown: 22-years-old, signed on 6/20 as amateur FA out of UNC-Asheville
  4. Kevin Gowdy: 23-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  5. Josh Hendrickson: 23-years-old, played in GCL and Lakewood in 2019
  6. Jonathan Hughes: 24-years-old, signed on 6/20 as amateur FA out of Georgia Tech
  7. Adam Leverett: 22-years-old, played in GCL/Williamsport in 2019
  8. Brian Marconi: 23-years-old, played in GCL/Williamsport in 2019
  9. Tyler McKay: 23-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  10. Jhordany Mezquita: 22-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  11. Jack Perkins: 23-years-old, played in GCL/Lakewood/Clearwater in 2019
  12. Dominic Pipkin: 21-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  13. Mark Potter: 23-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  14. Victor Santos: 20-years-old, played at Lakewood in 2019
  15. Noah Skirrow: 22-years-old, signed 6/20 as an amateur free agent out of Liberty
  16. Billy Sullivan: 21-years-old, signed 6/20 as an amateur free agent out of Delaware
  17. Aneurys Zabala: 24-years-old, played Advanced-A in 2019 in the Reds organization
  18. Braden Zarbnisky: 24-years-old, signed 6/20 as amateur FA out of West Virginia

2021 Lehigh Valley IronPigs

The Phillies Triple-A affiliate remains in Allentown but will play in the new, 20-team Triple-A East League.  The new league is comprised of three divisions.  The IronPigs are in the Northeast Division with the Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays), Rochester Red Wings (Nationals), Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Yankees), Syracuse Mets (Mets), and Worcester Red Sox (Red Sox). Continue reading 2021 Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Meet Your 2021 Clearwater Threshers

Minor league baseball is prepared to continue after a hiatus in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Since 2019, there have been some changes to minor league baseball.  MLB used the considerable leverage granted by antitrust immunity to force all of professional baseball under its umbrella of control.  First, MLB squeezed out MiLB leadership and put control of minor league baseball under the commissioner.  Second, MLB exerted its will on minor league owners and dropped 40 or more teams from major league affiliations.  Third, MLB restructured the minors in a way that suited MLB.  And, fourth, MLB created partner leagues to soften the blow to contracted teams, those deemed to have inadequate facilities or to be geographically undesirable. Continue reading Meet Your 2021 Clearwater Threshers

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