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
MLB announced their top 100 prospects tonight. Seven players from the Phillies’ organization made the list. Since I’m sure this will generate some discussion, here are our seven top prospects and a place to discuss.
- #5 SS, J.P. Crawford
- #55 RHP, Jake Thompson
- #64 OF, Nick Williams
- #70 RHP, Mark Appel
- #84 OF, Cornelius Randolph
- #96 C/1B, Jorge Alfaro
- #99 OF, Roman Quinn
Crawford still at #5. Quinn was not ranked in 2015. Randolph moved up one slot from #85 to #84. The others dropped slots, some significantly – Appel from #43 to #70, Thompson from #51 to #55, Williams from #55 to #64, Alfaro from #59 to #96.
As expected, this one was over early. After a close battle with Nick Williams for the #2 prospect spot in the organization, Jake Thompson posted a landslide victory over the field as the #3 Phillies’ prospect. Thompson garnered over 78% (395) of the 506 votes cast. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #4