If you are in the Clearwater during the summer, here are the schedules for the two Phillies squads in the Gulf Coast League.
Start times are subject to change but generally Saturday games are at 10:00 AM and games on all other days are at noon. No games on Sundays.
Games and parking are free. Security will check bags and wand individuals. No baseball bats permitted beyond the security check point. Continue reading 2019 Gulf Coast Phillies Schedule, East and West
Gulf Coast Phillies West
In their initial season, the GCL Phillies West posted a 30-24 record and finished second in the Northwest division, seven-and-half games back under manager Nelson Prada. They remained in contact with first place Tigers West as they steadily increased their lead and weren’t officially eliminated until the day after beating the Tigers and pulling within five games with five games left in the season. Their highlight may have been their 5-2 record against Phillies East which included a 19-1 drubbing in the last game between the two teams. West flirted with batting over .300 as a team for a good part of the season. In addition to Prada, the staff included hitting coach Chris Heintz and pitching coach Matt Hockenberry. Continue reading 2018 Gulf Coast Phillies Recap, Part Two (West)
The Gulf Coast League is a rookie level league in central and southern Florida. It is comprised of 18 teams in 4 divisions and represents 15 organizations – Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Minnesota, New York (AL), New York (NL), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa, Toronto, and Washington. In recent years, the GCL Phillies have done very well. The 2016 Phillies posted a league best 43-15 record, finished first in the Northwest Division, won a one-game semifinal playoff game, and lost the championship series two games to one. The 2017 Phillies again posted a league best 36-22 record, finished first in the Northwest Division, and dropped the one-game semifinal game to the eventual league champion. Continue reading 2018 Gulf Coast Phillies Recap, Part One (East)
The Clearwater Threshers are the Philadelphia Phillies affiliate in the Florida State League. They are the High-A level in the Phillies minor league system. To some,they represent the halfway point in player development with AA Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley above and full-season A and the short season/rookie leagues below.
The Florida State League is located in central and southern Florida. It is comprised of 12 teams in 2 divisions and includes representatives from 12 major league organizations.
North Division – Atlanta (Florida Fire Frogs), Cincinnati (Daytona Tortugas), Detroit (Lakeland Flying Tigers), Philadelphia (Clearwater Threshers), New York Yankees (Tampa Tarpons), and Toronto (Dunedin Blue Jays).
South Division – Miami (Jupiter Hammerheads), Minnesota (Fort Myers Miracle), New York Mets (St. Lucie Mets), Pittsburgh (Bradenton Marauders), St. Louis (Palm Beach Cardinals), and Tampa Bay (Charlotte Stone Crabs).
The Threshers are led by second-year manager, Shawn Williams. His staff includes hitting coach John Mizerock, first base coach Ruben Gotay, and pitching coach Aaron Fultz, who is also serving in the same capacity in the Arizona Fall League. Continue reading 2018 Clearwater Threshers’ Season Recap
The Instructional League began in earnest today when the Phillies faced off against the Toronto Blue Jays at Spectrum Field. In addition to the 15 or so fans and one baseball reporter (me), there were about 30 scouts and a couple dozen Phillies front office and support personnel in the stands, Notables included Jorge Velandia, Dana Parks, a guy who looked like Bryan Minniti, and Oneri Fleita. Fleita was hired last off season to supervise scouting in Mexico. After the 2015 season, he had been signed by the Tigers as an international crosschecker. But, prior to that he had spent 25 years in the Cubs organization – notably as the director of the Cubs’ Latin American operations from 1997-2008, Director of Player Development from 2000-2008, and Vice President, Player Personnel from 2011 until his firing when Theo Epstein took over as GM. Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 24, 2018
Saturday, the coaches held an intrasquad game among the Instructs participants. They started a five inning game at 10:00 AM. Ten pitchers got work, but there were few if any substitutions among the position players. The most exciting news was that Sixto Sanchez was pitching in the first inning. Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 22, 2018
Wednesday I turned the calendar on another year, taking the day off from the heat and humidity at the Carpenter Complex. I returned Thursday to observe similar exercises and drills as the previous couple days.
The format remained the same with the players coming out around 10:00 AM for stretching exercises, conditioning drills, and long toss. These were followed the various fielding drills for each group – infielders, outfielders, catchers, and pitchers. Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 20, 2018
Phillies Instructs continued Tuesday with the players beginning outside around 8:00 AM for individual work with the coaches. They mix in meetings during the day and broke for one after this. They came out again around 10:00 AM and began their stretching and conditioning exercises, followed by long toss.
There was a lot less outside work today. They ran some pretty heavy catcher’s drills, ending with two coaches hitting balls to the plate for the catchers to catch an apply a tag. They also ran fielding drills on the other fields. Then they scattered for batting practice.
I’ve got a little more video today, so I’m going to embed the links to save space here. Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 18, 2018
The Phillies’ Fall Instructs started this morning. Over 70 players took to Roberts and Schmidt Fields to perform required stretching and conditioning exercises around 10:45. When finished, they split up into smaller groups with position players staying on Roberts and Schmidt and pitchers going to Carlton and Ashburn for long toss to loosen their arms.
When ready, the groups remixed for drills on each of the four available fields. Seventeen coaches worked with pitchers, infielders, outfielders, and catchers on various fielding drills. These concluded with pop up drills. Then came batting practice.
Here are three shots of third baseman Alec Bohm during fielding drills. Continue reading Florida Instructs; September 17, 2018 – Plus Roster
I finally have a Phillies’ Instructs schedule for 2019. Week day games are at 1:00 PM, Saturday games are at 10:00 AM. Sundays are off days. Camp days have been intrasquad games in past years. Those games usually start earlier than 1:00 PM. Figure around noon. Players are supposed to begin arriving this Sunday (the 16th). AFL participants are scheduled to arrive on the 23rd. Home games last year were held at the Complex due to work at Spectrum Field. I don’t know if they will change the venue back to Spectrum Field this year. I hope so. Continue reading 2018 Instructs Schedule