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Phuture Phillies: 2018 James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Recipients

The winner of the second annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Hitting Award is Adam Haseley.

The co-winners of the second annual Phuture Phillies, James’ Pitching Award are Cole Irvin and David Parkinson.

Both are named after Phuture Phillies’ founder and benefactor, James. Continue reading Phuture Phillies: 2018 James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Recipients

40-Man Roster, Free Agency, and Rule 5 Considerations after the 2018 Season

With the baseball season drawing to an end, it’s not too early to take a look at some of the decisions the front office will be faced with.  I’m not going to try and provide answers like I did last year.  Rather, I’m going to provide you with all the pertinent information to foment discussion. Continue reading 40-Man Roster, Free Agency, and Rule 5 Considerations after the 2018 Season

Phuture Phillies: James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Polls, 2018

With the end of minor league ball for the Phillies’ affilates, we can begin the Phuture Phillies’ polling season.  We’ll start off with the second annual James’ Minor League Hitting Poll and James’ Minor League Pitching Poll.  Both are named after Phuture Phillies’ founder and benefactor, James.   Continue reading Phuture Phillies: James’ Hitting and Pitching Awards Polls, 2018

Around the System–Catcher, FInal Grades

Lehigh Valley

Logan Moore, 28, Phils 9th round pick in 2011; .188/.289/.262 in 264PA; 3HR 14RBI; 11%BB/23%K; .176 vs RHP; .250 vs LHP; 75 games caught with 3 errors and 5 passed balls; 23/53 CS (43%); Moore continued as a plus receiver but was non existent with the bat.  With 8 full years in the organization, I expect the Phils to part ways with Moore.  Grade: D+

Nick Rickles, 28, Acquired from Washington in 2017; .245/.271/.394 in 199PA; 7HR 26RBI; 4%BB/22%K; .267 vs RHP; .217 vs LHP; 48 games caught with 1 error and 1 passed ball; 5/23 CS (22%); Rickles did a good job receiving and was adequate with the bat but mediocre throwing runners out.  Grade: C+; 2019: May be back for depth, but likely elsewhere.

Matt McBride, 33, Signed as a free agent in 2018; .242/.333/.479 in 223PA; 10HR 26RBI; 12%BB/19%K; 23 games caught with 3 errors and 2 passed balls; 5/23 CS (22%); 21 games at 1B with 1 error; McBride came home to likely finish his career and added some punch to the ‘Pigs lineup.  Grade: C


Deivi Grullon, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2013; .273/.310/.515; 21HR 59RBI; 5%BB/23%K; .313 vs LHP; .260 vs RHP; .250 post all star; .229 with RISP; 87 games caught with 12 errors and 10 passed balls; 28/85 CS(33%); Grullon really came into his own this season and was a EL All Star, showing both significant power with the bat and a very good arm.  Grade: A-; 2019: Lehigh Valley and added to the 40 man

Austin Bossart, 25, Phils 14th round pick in 2015; .273/.323/.438 in 176AB; 7HR 29RBI; 6%BB/20%K; .340 vs LHP; .244 vs RHP; .196 post all star break; .370 with RISP; 51 games caught with 2 errors and 7 passed balls; 23/71 CS(32%); Solid season as a backup plus for Reading.  The Bossart/Grullon combo put up 28HR 88RBI and threw out 33% of would be base stealers.  Grade: B+; 2019: Backup in Lehigh Valley Continue reading Around the System–Catcher, FInal Grades

Around the System–Starting Pitching, LV, REA, CW–Final Grades

Lehigh Valley

Tom Eshelman, 24, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 27 games (26 starts); 2-13 with a 5.84ERA; 1.67WHIP; 2.9BB/6.7Kper 9; 140IP;.281 vs RHH, .365 vs LHH,0-4 with a 6.68ERA since Aug 1; Eshleman had just an abysmal year after multiple very good seasons in the organization.  Pre-season, I thought he had a chance of seeing time with the Phillies.  He simply couldn’t get anyone out and lost his pinpoint command; Grade: F; 2019: Back to Lehigh Valley

Cole Irvin, 24, Phils 5th round pick in 2016; 26 games (25 starts); 14-4 with a 2.57ERA; 161IP; 1.05WHIP; 2.0BB/7.3K per 9; .230 vs RHH, .217 vs LHH; 5-1 with a 1.41ERA since Aug 1; Irvin was perhaps the best starter in the IL and got better as the season went along.  He has progressed each year in the system and with the Phils in need of a left handed starter, he will get the first shot in ’19.   Grade: A

Enyel De Los Santos, 22, Acquired from San Diego in 2017; 22 starts; 10-5 with a 2.63ERA: 127IP; 1.16WHIP; 3.1BB/7.8K per 9;.249 vs RHH, .216 vs LHH; 1-1 with a 3.00ERA in 5 starts since August 1; De Los Santos put himself on the map this season with an excellent 2018 where he was consistently very good.  Grade: A-; 2019: Likely will bounce back and forth between Lehigh Valley and Philly challenging for a rotation spot.

Drew Anderson, 24, Phils 21st pick in 2012; 9-4 with a 3.87ERA in 19 starts with Lehigh Valley; 111IP; 1.15WHIP; 2.5BB/7.2K per 9; .250 vs RHH, .221 vs LHH; 3.63ERA in 6 starts since Aug 1; Anderson’s season got started about 6 weeks late after coming back from injury.   He was solid, yet not overpowering this season.  Got a cup of coffee on multiple occasions with the Phils and struggled.  Grade: B-; 2019: Lehigh Valley Continue reading Around the System–Starting Pitching, LV, REA, CW–Final Grades

Reading Eagle End of Season Prospect Poll, 2018

Sunday, Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle published his yearly prospect survey.  Mike requested input from about two dozen industry people who watch or cover a fair amount of games and players among the Phillies’ affiliates.  He received 16 responses and used a weighted scoring system to determine a player’s perceived value (first-place votes earning 30 points, second place 29 points, etc.).   I was one of the 16 respondents. Continue reading Reading Eagle End of Season Prospect Poll, 2018

Future Services Contract

I promised to provide an article on Future Services Contracts.  At the bottom, you will find the exact wording from “THE OFFICIAL PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL RULES BOOK”   (Copyright © 1988, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018  The Commissioner of Baseball)

Briefly, an organization may sign, after July 1st, a player who has no previous major or minor league experience to a contract for the succeeding season – a Future Services Contract, MLR 2( j).  The limiting restriction is that they can only sign 12 such players for each team with which they have a PDC (Player Development Contract) in Class A, Short-Season, and Rookie League.  (For the Phillies that would be – Clearwater, Lakewood, Williamsport, two GCL teams, and two DSL teams.) Continue reading Future Services Contract

Lakewood Game Report, July 16 Game 2


Will Stewart started and was able to limit the damage but was hit pretty hard.  He gave up 8 hits and a walk in 5 innings.  He sat at 92-94 topping out at 96 (stadium gun).  Off-speed pitches were in the 84-86 range.  Here is the batter by batter log:

  • 5-3 Chopper/Single right inside the third base bag (wide open area due to the shift put on the lefty batter)/Flyout to CF/Hard Ground Single past Nieporte at 1B/Lined RBI single into RF/4-3 Chopper
  • Hard Single to CF/4-3 groundout- close to 1B so runner moved to 2nd/4-3 groundout- nice sliding play by Brito/6-3- nice play by Antequera, charged behind the mound and threw on the run
  • Infield single- Nieporte dove and didn’t come up with the ball which was a mistake because due to the shift the ball went right to Brito who threw to Stewart covering first, but the runner beat it. Had Nieporte let the ball go, it was an easy out/Hard ground single up the middle/ 5-4 FC/ Two swinging K’s- Nice work by Stewart to pitch out of the jam.
  • Routine 6-3/Swinging bunt single that the catcher (Fitch) airmailed into RF (good back-up by Ortiz kept runner at 1st)/6-3 ground double play (stepped on 2nd, threw to 1st)
  • 6-3 Groundout/Swinging K/5 pitch walk/Line single into LF/4-3 Groundout.

Luis Cedeno came in and got blown up for 5 runs over 1 1/3.  He did hit 97 on the gun.  Ismael Cabrera came on in the 7th and retired the only 2 batters he faced to finish the game.


It was night and day (ironic since game 2 started at 7 after game 1 started at 5) on offense.  The Claws put up 11 hits and scored 12 runs.  It was the Daniel Brito show who led off and went 4-4 with 3 singles each followed by a steal of 2nd and a double.

Brito: 4-4, Infield single (2nd baseman made a diving stop but threw wide), stole second/Served a single into LF, stole second, Bloop Single over the second baseman’s head, stole second/Lined RBI Double to RC

Vierling:  Was excited to see him for the first time, but he did not have a good game, 2 K’s, popout, easy 6-3 groundout

Maton:  1-3 with a BB (lined triple into RC gap), Hard hit groundout to 1B, swinging K

Oriz:  Great game! 2-4, Reached on an error by 3B /2-Run Homer- bounced off the top of the metal fence above the LC wall and caromed into the berm/Flyout to CF/Drilled a Double over the LF head that one-hopped the wall

Scheniner:  1-2, Walk/Swinging K/4 pitch Walk/2 run opposite field Double into RC gap

Fitch:  1-3, Swinging K/ Line single into right/Walk/Swinging K

Nieporte:  1-3, 2 run double into RC/Swinging K/Walk/6-3 (Deep in the hole- called out on a bang bang play at 1st)

Stephen:  1-3, Worked a walk from a 1-2 count/Ripped a liner into RC that was caught by CF/Unassisted RBI Groundout to 1B after stepping on the bag, he threw home late and a run scored/Ripped an RBI double down the RF line


Antequera:  0-2, two 6-3’s, 5 pitch walk/Sac Fly to Medium RF

Game Report- July 16, Lakewood Game 1

Gustavo Armas started for the Claws and completed all 7 innings.  The game was scoreless all the way until the top of the 7th when Armas gave up a 4 pitch walk followed by a 2 run homer.  Gustavo was able to retire the next hitter and finish the game.  His fastball was 91-92 and topped out at 93 (based on the stadium gun).  His off-speed stuff varied from high 70’s to low 80’s.  He did an excellent job of mixing his pitches and had impressive control (76 strikes on 99 pitches).  One interested thing that I noticed was that every pitch he threw that was less than 80 mph resulted in either a swinging strike, a foul ball, or an easy out.  Obviously he threw first pitch strikes to most of the hitters since he threw such a high percentage of strikes (19 of 26 by my unofficial count)  Here is a log of each batter he faced:

  • Weak 4-3 groundout/Hard hit 4-3 groundout/Swinging K on off-speed pitch (almost in the dirt)
  • High, Deep Flyout to LF/Swinging K (83 mph- changeup, I believe)/Swinging K (Full Count, 83 mph)
  • Popout to SS/Swinging K (81 mph)/Lineout to deep LF
  • 6-3 groundout (1st pitch)/Bloop single to RF over the shift/4-6 FC (nice diving play by Guthrie, the ball rolled out of his glove but he grabbed it and flipped backhand from the ground to get the force)/Lazy Flyout to CF (77 mph)
  • Hard Double off the LF Wall/Popout to SS/1-3 comebacker/Weak 4-3 groundout (78 mph)
  • Routine 5-3 groundout/1-3 comebacker/Bloop Single over SS/6-3 hard groundout
  • Looking K (78mph- 9 pitch AB: 8 strikes, 1 ball)/6-3 (One hop)/BB (4 pitches)/ 2-Run HR/6-3 (low liner that Maton dropped, he threw wide to first but Nieporte tagged the runner).



I tracked every AB for everyone but the Claws only managed 3 hits in the game so I will spare you the specific details of all the easy outs we made.

Muzzioti: (0-3, 3 groundouts (1 was a DP))

Scheiner:  (0-3, 2 6-3’s and a K)

Maton: (0-2, 2 easy outs and a HBP)

Ortiz: 1-3 (K on foul tip, F-7, Hard Double down LF line)

Nieporte: (0-3, Swinging K,  after a long foul that may have been a HR, Hard lineout to LF, High Flyout ot LF)

Stephen:  (0-3,2 4-3’s and a swinging K (tried to check))

Rivero: (1-3, Broken Bat oppo single to RF, looking K, Lazy popout to Left-center)

Guthrie:  0-1 (4-6 FC, BB)

Antequera:  (1-2, hit and run single into the hole between SS and 3B, popout to 1B)

Ortiz’s double came in the bottom of the 7th but he was left stranded and the Claws lost 2-0.  Game 2 report will follow later- have to leave the hotel to get to the 11:00 game this morning.


Around the System–Relief Pitching; Lehigh Valley and Reading

Lehigh Valley

Pedro Beato, 31, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2018; 40 games, 5-2 with a 3.74ERA; 22SV; 43.1IP 40H 13BB 41K; 1.22WHIP; 2.7BB/8.5K per 9; .260 vs LHH, .231 vs RHH, .278 opp avg last 28 days; Decent year for Beato thus far but not what he was last season.

Tom Windle, 26, Acquired from Dodgers in 2015; 31 games, 7-3 with a 3.44ERA; 3SV; 36.2IP 28H 14BB 37K; 1.14WHIP; 3.4BB/9.1K per 9; .196 vs LHH, .213 vs RHH, .195 opp avg last 28 days; Rough start but has come around nicely this season.   While his numbers are very good, I am still not sold on Windle.

Zac Curtis, 26, Acquired from Seattle in 2017; 25 games with Lehigh Valley, 2-2, 2.94ERA; 33.2IP 20H 13BB 40K; 0.98WHIP; 3.5BB/10.7K per 9; .137 vs LHH, .202 vs RHH, .179 with runners on base; Curtis has thrown very well and deserves to be in the Phillies bullpen in my opinion.  His control holds him back.

Hoby Milner, 27, Phils 7th round pick in 2012; 25 games, 0-0 with a 2.39ERA; 26.1IP 21H 14BB 28K; 1.32WHIP; 4.8BB/9.6K per 9; .236 vs LHH, .226 vs RHH, .273 opp avg last 30 days; Milner has thrown well for Lehigh Valley and not so well for the Phillies in multiple chances this season.

Braondon  Leibrandt, 25, Phils 6th round pick in 2014; 20 games (6 starts); 4-1 with a 1.42 ERA: 50.2IP 34H 10BB 32K; 0.86WHIP; 1.8BB/5.7K per 9; Leibrandt has been excellent in whichever role he has been asked to fill but is currently on the DL and remains injury plagued.

Ranfi Casimiro, 25, SIgned as a free agent in 2010; 24 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 6-2 with a 5.17ERA; 38.1IP 42H 23BB 31K; 1.69WHIP; 5.4BB/7.3K per 9; .344 vs LHH, .244 vs RHH, .278 opp avg last 28 days; Casimiro has been largely ineffective all year and is now being used primarily as an innings eater.

Tyler Gilbert, 24, Phils 6th round pick in 2015; 28 games, 4-1 with a 3.48ERA between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 41.1IP 31H 10BB 47K; 0.99WHIP; 2.2BB/10.2K per 9; .172 vs LHH, .219 vs RHH, .148 opp avg last 28 days; Gilbert has been very impressive moving up from AA about wo weeks ago.  Likely to be added to the 40 man this off season.

Hector Neris, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2009; Has thrown in 5 games for Lehigh Valley (5IP), allowing 3 hits and 2 walks, no ER and striking out 8; Neris continues to work to regain his confidence and his splitter while in Allentown.


Edgar Garcia, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 32 games, 6-2 with a 2.89ERA; 6SV; 43.2IP 32H 20BB 36K; 1.19WHIP; 4.1BB/9.5K per 9; .205 vs LHH, .193 vs RHH, .302 opp avg last 28 days; Garcia was absolutely lights out through the first two months of the season but had a very rough June, with a 7.54ERA since June 1.

Seth McGarry, 24, Acquired from Pittsburgh in 2017; 29 games, 1-2 with a 3.51ERA; 3SV; 41IP 32H 23BB 38K; 1.34WHIP; 5.0BB/8.3K per 9; .187 vs LHH, .254 vs RHH, .195 opp avg last 28 days; McGarry has been solid but gets hurt often by walks.

Luke Leftwich, 24, Phils 7th round pick in 2015; 28 games, 0-3 with a 3.86ERA; 3SV; 35IP 32H 15BB 38K; 1.34WHIP; 3.9BB/9.8K per 9; .275 vs LHH, .206 vs RHH; .318 opp avg last 28 days; Another pitcher who started very strong but has struggled over the last 6 weeks (5.79ERA).

Alexis Rivero, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 27 games between CLearwater and Reading, 3-1 with a4.68ERA; 3 SV; 42.1IP 39H 18BB 26K; 1.34WHIP; 3.8BB/5.5K per 9; .247 vs LHH, .247 vs RHH; Rough beginning on the year for Rivero but continued improvement and a 3.15ERA since June 1.

Jeff Singer, 24, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2018; 26 games between CW and Reading; 0-4 with a 2.52ERA: 9SV; 35.2IP 26H 14BB 37K; 1.12WHIP; 3.5BB/9.3K per 9; .267 vs LHH, .175 vs RHH; .196 opp avg last month; Taking away his abysmal April, Singer has a 1.11ERA over the last two plus months.  Throwing very well.

Trevor Bettencourt, 24, Phils 25th round pick in 2016; 11games, 1-0 with a 3.18ERA; 1.35WHIP; 3.8BB/9.5K per 9; Bettencourt has now been on the DL for two plus months.  Had been pitching well the first month of the season after spending time in the AFL.

Josh Tols, 28, SIgned as a free agent in 2018; 12 games between Clearwater and Reading; 1-0 with a 1.96ERA; 18.1IP 3H 12BB 28K; 0.82WHIP; 5.9BB/13.7K; Tols is a 5’7 enigma who seemingly cant be hit, walks alot of batters and strikes out those he doesnt walk.   I anticipate the opposition catching up.

Aaron Brown, Phils 3rd round pick in 2014 draft; 31 games between CLearwater and Reading; 3-4 with a 5.03ERA; 4SV; 39.1IP 49H 18BB 43K; 1.70WHIP; 4.1BB/9.8K per 9; .419 vs LHH, .235 vs RHH.  Brown was promoted out of necessity to Reading because of the numbers game and has been largely ineffective all season.