Hi all. I’ve had little time to devote here recently and something of moderate importance has come up outside of my love of the Phillies, so the posts may be a tad sparse for the next few weeks. My plan is to do a few more AFL updates, with the next one this weekend, and then a few other pieces before the end of the month. I’m planning on starting the Reader Top 30 at the beginning of November or so. We’ll take our time, the posts always spawn good discussion and great point/counter points. If there is anything you’d like to see on the site moving forward, please email me. I can’t promise you I’ll be able to deliver on anything, depending on my availability, but I’ll try. I’m also re-working the SONAR scores, which is taking me some time, but I’ll be rolling out the new, modified version before next season starts. So if you have something you want me to cover, something you think would make the site better, or whatever else, please email, because I don’t have as much time to read through the comments here as I’d like. And thank you again for your continued support.
Mike Lore, the IronPigs beat writer of the Express Times has invited me to be a “featured guest” on an on line chat this Tuesday discussing the IronPigs first half, what to expect in the second half, and any other questions you may have about Phillies prospects. Drop on by at 7:00 on Tuesday night at http://bit.ly/pD8tij.
Hi everyone. My new laptop arrived today, which means my life should be restored later this evening. Here is the plan for the next few weeks.
This weekend: I will be updating and publishing a few more profiles prepared by Dave.
Monday: Introduction + prospects 1-3 of my top 30
Tuesday-Friday: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15 in my top 30 + any news that would arise
The following week: 16-18, 19-21, 22-24, 25-27, 28-30 + just missed the cut + sleepers + any news that comes up
Then we’ll be in full on spring training coverage mode. When games start and prospects make news, we’ll post that, as well as covering minor league re-assignments and box scores from the minor league games, when available.
If you are going to spring training and would like to contribute content for the site, send me an email to phuturephillies at gmail dot com and I will tell you how you can help.
Thanks again everyone, and I’m looking forward to rolling out my Top 30. I expect that, all told, it will be over 20,000 words this year. Another plus to breaking it up into 2 weeks worth of coverage.
Hi everyone. I wanted to give a quick update as to my thought process going forward. The Rule 5 draft is December 9th, and my plan is to start the Reader Top 30 the next day. We’ll do one per day or so during the week. Factor in Christmas and stuff, and we’ll finish sometime in the middle of January. After we finish the Reader Top 30, I’ll unveil my top 30, in detail, and thanks to a suggestion in the comments, I’ll go one spot at a time. With each writeup, I’ll also include a poll question about the prospect, which should hopefully fuel more discussion. In the meantime, I plan on writing a few pieces, and I need to start collecting the data to plug into my spreadsheets to calculate the SONAR scores for 2010. So, look for more articles from me in the coming weeks/months, as well as the start of the Reader Top 30 and then a new approach to my Top 30. As always, thanks for reading!
I’m going to put them into a matrix and upload it to the site over the weekend, so if you want to submit a personal top 30 list, please send it to phuturephillies at gmail dot com and also include the display name you’d like attached to your list. Thanks.
Just a heads up. Kevin Goldstein has agreed to do a little Q/A here to talk Phillies prospects and I’ve sent him a list of questions. Check for his replies sometime next week. Also, the target date for my writeup on the top 30 prospects is Monday. I’m about half way through, it will come complete with stats, graphics, and lots of insightful commentary. So check back Monday for that, and then look forward to the wisdom of KG.
Since Kyle Drabek was voted the #1 prospect in the Reader Top 30, and we started on #2, we’re just going to re-start from the top. I’ll wait a day and let everyone get all of the Halladay talk out of their system, then we’ll get going and move on. Also, thanks to all the Blue Jays fans who found my site through google (Travis D’Arnaud was a very popular search term yesterday) and checked out what was written on the guys you’re getting. Thanks to everyone else who visits regularly and who posted links to my stuff on other sites yesterday. We fell about 900 hits short of breaking the single day record for the site yesterday, but for mid December, I can’t complain. So check back tomorrow for the re-start of the Reader Top 30.
Sorry for the lack of updates, I’ve been kind of short on time. I’m going to attempt to have something up on Thursday dealing with the Rule 5 draft, whether it be the Phillies taking someone or losing someone in the process. I’m also beginning to work on my top 30 prospects list, but it won’t be published for a while. Since we have plenty of time and not a whole lot to discuss, other than boring trade rumors/fantasies, I’m going to start the Reader Top 30, maybe on Friday, or maybe next Monday. There won’t be a firm time table, like one day per vote, especially with the holidays coming up, but it should spark some good debate, and in the depths of winter, good debate about interesting topics is always welcome.
So, look for Rule 5 stuff on Thursday, then maybe the first day of voting on the Reader Top 30, and we’ll go from there.
Just wanted to give a quick heads up. This is subject to change, but right now here is my plan
Tuesday: PECOTA and the Phillies prospects
Wednesday: A look at some college baseball related things
Friday: My personal Top 30
So stay tuned.
Just a brief upate here, and then the first of a series of questions as we adresss the farm system. I’ll be out of town through the end of the weekend, and when I return I’ll get back into the swing of things. I’m planning to start the Reader Top 30 in the beginning of December, which will coincide with the end of the Arizona Fall League. Last year’s incarnation was a success, and it will be a fun exercise again this year, especially since we have more regular readers and contributors. I’m also going to get in touch with the contributors from this past season and try to figure out what next year will look like, and then I’ll search for new correspondants if they are needed. So, with that said, here is question #1.
With the Phillies winning the World Series, and with Carlos Ruiz seemingly handling the pitching staff in the manner he did, what does 2009 look like for Lou Marson?
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