The Phillies had a 7-1 loss washed off the books when the game was halted after four innings. The minor league games against the Blue Jays, on the other hand, were moved up to 10:00AM because the guys in charge can do that without worrying about advance ticket sales. ‘Cause there are none. It’s left to us minor league fans to scramble when the phone/tweet tree spreads the news of a change in start time. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 29th (and the Future’s Roster)
The Phillies lost another game, 2-1 to the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Darin Ruf crushed his 4th HR to center field, and Vince Velasquez pitched 6.0, 2-hit innings allowing 3 BB and 8 K. But, the bullpen blew another late lead on a 2-out, 2-run HR in the eighth inning.
The minor league games were cancelled, so there were 2 intrasquad games at the Complex. I watched the game between Teams 1 and 2, mostly AAA and AA guys with a few A+ guys tossed in. I won’t get to see guys like Quinn, Crawford, Hoskins, and Knapp once they go north. So I opted to watch this game without regard for the pitchers. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 28th
The Phillies lost a game in Kissimmee to the Astros, their last trip there since the Astros are moving to another Florida location next spring. Some guy named Giles got the save.
We had large crowds at the Carpenter Complex yesterday and today. I have short reports on the action both days, and a little video. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 23rd
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.
Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of February 29th and Game Report (U. of Tampa)
Andrew Knapp received 355 of 527 votes (67%) and was selected as the #9 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Zach Eflin finished second with 66 votes. He is the early favorite to complete the top ten.
Andrew Knapp was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 41st round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. He opted to attend Cal-Berkeley and three years later the Phillies made him their second round selection in 2013. The junior catcher signed and began his pro career in Williamsport. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #10
During an Instructional game at Bright House this week, the conversation turned toward the catching situation in the organization. Of course, as you should expect, there were as many opinions as there were people in the discussion. This topic has been touched on in several comment threads so far. So, let’s get the discussion out in the open where we cover all the possibilities.
The above is just a suggestion for this week’s discussion. This post is reserved for the discussion of the top prospects in the Phillies’ organization. You can tout the merits of your favorite prospects, instruct us on why your ranking is superior, talk about a prospect who intrigues/worries you, ask about prospects you haven’t seen and don’t know much about, or anything at all as long as it is about the top prospects.
Continue reading Top Prospect Discussion: October 15th
June 24, 2015; Clearwater, FL
Okay, it wasn’t a pennant. But it was the Florida State League North Division’s First Half clinching game. On June 14th, the Daytona Tortugas beat the Tampa Yankees to raise their record to 37-26. That same day the Clearwater Threshers beat the Brevard County Manatees to raise their record to 32-31 and remain 5 games back with 7 to play.
While Daytona was dropping a four game series on the road against the Fort Myers Miracle, the Threshers split their series with the St. Lucie Mets. They crept back within 3 games of the Tortugas with a pivotal half-ending, three game series between the teams this week. A series sweep by Clearwater would tie the teams for the division lead. But the first tie-breaker was head-to-head play, and the Threshers entered the series with a 5-4 advantage. Continue reading The Threshers Win the Pennant! The Threshers Win the Pennant
Ricardo Pinto won his first Advanced A last night against the division leading Daytona Tortugas. The 21-year old began his stint with Clearwater in a high-leverage game. The Threshers can win the division if they sweep Daytona. Pinto was masterful through his first five innings. He allowed a two-out, first inning single then retired 10 Tortugas in a row until a leadoff home run in the fifth. He responded by striking out the side. Continue reading Pinto Pitches Lights Out; June 22, 2015
Even though the Threshers played a double header against the Brevard County Manatees, the big story was the return of Kelly Dugan. He played right field in the first game and was the DH in the night cap. He went a combined 2-7 with a BB, K, and his first HR of the season. He hit the ball hard most at bats. The original plan was for Dugan to play the outfield Friday and Saturday, DH on Sunday, then take stock. Friday’s rain derailed that plan. I expect that he’ll play the outfield Sunday. He could return to Reading not long after that. He looks ready.
The Threshers lost the opener. Continue reading Kelly Dugan Returns, Again; June 13, 2015
Okay, since I used a “Friends”-like title as a hook for this report, I’ll explain that story before giving the full game report for what turned out to be an exciting game.
Trailing 3-0 in the top of the eighth inning, the Dunedin Blue Jays loaded the bases with three singles and nobody out – their second, third, and fourth hits of the game. Threshers starter, Mark Leiter who had been very effective all night, then allowed a high fly ball to left field off the bat of Christian Lopes. Left fielder, Dylan Cozens retreated to the wall in front of the bullpens and appeared to have a bead on the ball all the way. He timed his jump at the wall, and looked like he might have brought the ball back. The reaction of the Jays bullpen quickly dispelled that thought as the ball landed in their bullpen. Continue reading The One with the Grand Slam that was Only a Single; June 2, 2015