Category Archives: Weekly Discussion

Open Discussion: Week of March 27th

The Phillies went 2-3-1 last week.  After thirty games, the Phillies have an 11-15-4 Grapefruit League record.  The Phillies play 6 games this week – night games Monday and Tuesday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin and at home, two split squad games on the road Wednesday, and home games Thursday and Friday. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of March 27th

Open Discussion: Week of March 13th

The Phillies split six games this past week in Florida.  After seventeen games, the Phillies have an 8-7-2 Grapefruit League record.  But, record isn’t a legitimate indicator to measure the team’s progress.  After all, the Phillies posted a National League third best 15-11-3 record last spring and still managed to finish 20 games under .500 during the regular season. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of March 13th

Open Discussion: Week of March 6th

After eleven games, the Phillies have a 5-4-2 Grapefruit League record.  Scott Kingery has impressed with his glove and his bat.  Aaron Nola looked good in his return to the mound. And, Brock Stassi may have forced his name into the conversation for a spot on the 25-man roster.
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Open Discussion: Week of February 27th

The first weekend of Grapefruit and Cactus League games is over.  Several young Phillies’ prospects have looked promising.  As major league games continue, early reports for minor league camp will continue to work out at the Complex.  Their first full work out is scheduled for Friday, March 3rd.
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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 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