It’s looking more and more likely that the Phillies have a shot at signing Bryce Harper. That’s the good news! In our previous blog, we compared Harper’s 2018 MLB stats to Phillies prospect Darick Hall’s 2018 MiLB numbers and found they were very similar except for walks. Granted Hall’s numbers were at the MiLB level. We are disappointed that Darick appears not to have been invited to the major league spring training camp.
Hall has been always a favorite of ours since he hit three home runs in the first week of minor league spring training games back in 2017, watch HERE. Watch HERE several of his home runs for the Clearwater Threshers during the early part of the 2018 season.
This week the Phillies held a Prospect Education Program at Citizen Bank Park. Again, Hall appears not to have been included: In the picture above, left to right, are José Pujols, Deivy Grullón, Tyler Gilbert, Mauricio Llovera, Adonis Medina, Édgar García, Mickey Moniak, Austin Listi, Cornelius Randolph, Adam Haseley, Connor Seabold and Kyle Dohy.
Garcia and Medina are on the 40-man roster. Gilbert, Listi, Moniak, Grullon and Haseley are non-roster invitees to the big league camp. Pitchers and catchers deadline to report is February 13th and the position players deadline is February 18th. Select non-invited minor league players usually can be seen working out in voluntary workouts at the same time over at the Carpenter Complex.
Only three of the prospects who were invited to the 2018 Prospect Program made it on to the Phillies 2018, 25-man roster. They were pitchers Enyel De Los Santos, Seranthony Dominguez and Ranger Suarez. One of them was traded, pitcher Franklyn Kilome. Read HERE.
Another top prospect missing from the invitee list is Sixto Sanchez. He has not pitched in a minor league game since June when we saw him pitch for the Clearwater Threshers. He was shutdown for the rest of the 2018 with an arm problem. We did watch him pitch in a Fall Instructs game but then he was shutdown again and did not report to the Arizona Fall League where he was scheduled to play in October. Still, Sanchez keeps getting notice. He was selected as the 7th best right handed pitching prospect in baseball going into the 2019 season by MLBPipeline. See HERE and HERE.
By the second half of next month, we should know the additional major league free agents the Phillies have signed and how the prospects are playing in major league spring training games.