Category Archives: Weekly Discussion

Open Discussion: Week of February 20th

String training is in full swing.  The Phillies reverted back to using just two fields for PFPs with the result being a lot of standing around by the pitchers after loosening up throwing their long toss.  Other drills are more fast-paced.  The best so far have been the “live” batting practice sessions.   Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of February 20th

Open Discussion: Week of February 13th

Finally!!!  Pitchers and catchers have their first official workout Tuesday.  The full squad starts on Friday.  As you may have seen in the ‘Clearwater Updates”, a lot of players are already in Clearwater.  Some as early as mid-January.  The Phillies will have 62 roster and non-roster players in town for spring training.  Three less than last year.  A lot of minor league players are among the early reports.   Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of February 13th

Open Discussion: Week of February 6th

Let the countdown begin.  Ten, nine, eight, … just a few more days until pitchers and catchers on February 14th!!!  The first full team workout is three days later.  Until then, here’s another open discussion for Phillies’ talk and other topics. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of February 6th

Open Discussion: Week of January 30th

Two weeks until pitchers and catchers!!!  The first full team workout is three days later. Until then, here’s another open discussion for Phillies’ talk and other topics.

Severino Gonzalez, who was designated for assignment after FA Michael Saunders was signed, was traded to the Miami Marlins for a PTBNL or cash.  Another aging catcher, Ryan Hanigan, was signed and assigned to Lehigh Valley with an invite to spring training.

Clearwater pitcher Matt Imhof retired. And, three young players were released – Lakewood’s 2B William Cuicas and 1B Brendon Hayden, and the GCL Phillies RHP Luis Gonzalez.

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of January 30th

Open Discussion: Week of January 23rd

Just over three weeks until pitchers and catchers have their first workout.  The first full team workout is three days later.  Until then, here’s another open discussion for Phillies’ talk and other topics.

The Phillies signed former Toronto outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year contract with a club option.  To make room on the 40-man roster, Severino Gonzalez was designated for assignment.  They also signed a 19-year old RHP from Venezuela, Ruben Aponte. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of January 23rd

Open Discussion: Week of January 16th

Only 30 days until pitchers and catchers have their first workout.  The first full team workout is 3 days later.  Until then, here’s another open discussion for Phillies’ talk and other topics.

On January 11, 2017, The Phillies announced the non-roster invites to spring training from among the organization’s prospects, thus bringing the total number of NRI to 20 players.

The Phillies had previously committed invitations to seven free agents as an inducement to signing minor league contracts.  Those seven were –  Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of January 16th

Open Discussion: Week of January 2nd

Happy New Year to the Phuture Phillies community!  We are now in the same calendar year of the next baseball season.  Pitchers and catchers report in 6 weeks.  The first full workout is only days afterward.  I can hear bat hitting ball.  Just one more milestone for me, Phantasy Week.  I don’t participate.  But I go watch for a baseball fix to hold me over for the final three weeks of the off season.  Here’s the open discussion for Phillies’ talk and other topics. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of January 2nd