Category Archives: 0. Instructional League

Florida Instructs; September 24, 2018

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

Florida Instructs; September 22, 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

Florida Instructs; September 20, 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

Florida Instructs; September 18, 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

Florida Instructs; September 17, 2018 – Plus Roster

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

2018 Instructs Schedule

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

2017 Florida Instructs Update, 10/1/2017

Workouts continued this week at the Paul Owens Training Facility at the Carpenter Complex, the official name for the facility.  Now you see why I and others always refer to it as the Carpenter Complex or just the Complex.

I was on hand on Wednesday and Thursday.  The workouts were similar to those I wrote about on Tuesday.  Variations included lateral movement and balls in the sun for the outfielders, bunt defense and the wheel play for PFPs, and rundowns and repetitive infield drills with some guys seeing time at different positions for the infielders. Continue reading 2017 Florida Instructs Update, 10/1/2017

2017 Instructs Schedule and Roster, et al

After a one week delay due to Hurricane Irma, the Phillies’ Instructional program is underway.  Players started arriving in Clearwater on Sunday.  They went through their indoctrination meetings on Monday.  Tuesday morning, they took to the fields at the Carpenter Complex for drills and BP.  Afterwards, they went inside around 12:30 for lunch. The coaches milled about on Ashburn Field, and this tweaked my curiosity.   Continue reading 2017 Instructs Schedule and Roster, et al