In Florida, Wednesday is Camp Day. After morning workouts, the players head over to Bright House Field for an intrasquad game. Today, a little past 12:30pm, Adam Morgan started a game for the first time since he was shut down in 2013.
Intrasquad games are a pain to score. The line ups are fluid, innings can start with runners on base, innings can last more or less than 3 outs, and there are double the number of pitchers to chart. I can provide a lot of detail on Morgan and some sketchy highlights on the rest of the game.
Adam Morgan’s first pitch was an 86 mph fastball for a ball. His second pitch was also at 86 mph and was lined to center for a single by 16-year old, Venezuelan signee Arquimedez Gamboa. Another 16-year Venezuelan signee, Lenin Rodriguez, followed and struck out swinging in a 3-pitch at bat. Morgan’s pitches were clocked at 87, 87, and 88 mph. Cord Sandberg was fooled on an 81 mph first-pitch. As his bat sailed into the empty stands, Willians Astudillo gunned down Gamboa on a steal attempt. Sandberg fouled off a 79 mph pitch before grounding an 88 mph fastball back to Morgan. Damek Tomscha became the fourth out of the inning when he missed an 89 mph, 1-2 fastball. He took two 74 mph curve balls for strikes earlier in the at bat.
Morgan’s first inning included 12 pitches to 4 batters. He threw 10 strikes and 2 balls. His 8 fastballs ranged in velocity from 86-89 mph.
His second inning was a 1-2-3, 10-pitch beauty. He recorded his third strike out and 2 infield ground outs. His 4 fastballs were in the 87-88 mph range. His 5 curve balls fluctuated from 72-74 mph.
Morgan threw 18 pitches in the third inning but failed to record an out. He got ahead of Jesmuel Valentin 1-2 to start the inning, but left an 87 mph fastball up where Valentin could drive it into the left field bleachers and also into a noticeable breeze. Morgan’s exclamation on contact was audible in the empty stadium. Chace Numata then worked a 7-pitch walk. Venn Biter lifted a 1-2 pitch down the right field line that was in the air way to long to drop for a double. Gamboa followed with an infield chopper. He might have been out with an accurate throw. I scored it an infield single with an E6 on the throw, Biter scored on the play.
That was it for Morgan. In all he threw 40 pitches, 31 strikes and 9 balls. His 24 fastballs were 87-89 after his first 2 pitches of the game, and accounted for 7 of his 9 pitches out of the strike zone. He threw 11 curve balls, 9 were in the strike zone – 4 swinging strikes, 3 called, 1 foul ball, and 1 ground out to second (Derek Campbell was the only batter to make contact with his curve balls). His 5 other pitches were probably change ups (81, 79, 79, 82, 80 mph), all in the strike zone (3 fouls, a ground out, and a miss).
All in all, it was a good outing. His fastball has a way to go before he’s back to the pre-injury Morgan. His off-speed pitches were moving nicely and gave the batters problems, albeit younger batters than he last faced with Lehigh Valley.
- Adonis Medina, a 17-year old from the DSL, threw his fastball 88-89 mph and hit 90 mph once.
- Carlos Indriago, a 20-year old from the VSL, threw 24 pitches. His fastball was predominantly at 87 mph but he drifted from 89 to 85 mph, makes the 4 pitches he threw at 84, 83, 81, and 79 mph hard to identify.
- Felix Paulino threw in the 89-90 mph range.
- Carlos Salazar, another 17-year old from the VSL, hit everything from 86 to 82 a couple of times in his inning.
- Ismael Cabrera, a 20-year old from the DSL, threw his fastball 89-90 mph.
- Kyle Bogese pitched an inning but I missed his numbers. The guns in front of me ran low on power and were put away. It was a quick 1-2-3 inning, though.
The game ended 7-7 after 6 and a half innings. A good portion of the runs scored were from the situational runners placed on the bases at the start of an inning. Sac bunts by leadoff batters were attempted but rarely executed. The offensive highlights were –
- Valentin’s home run.
- Jan Hernandez tripled into the left field corner.
- Astudillo hit a 2-run doubled into left center field.
- Christian Palacios doubled down the left field line.
- Rhys Hoskins had another hit.
- Drew Stankewicz singled down the left field line but was thrown out at second.
- Carlos Duran contributed 2 singles.
Daniel Brito, another 16-year old Venezuelan, walked and stole second. However 4-5 guys were thrown out stealing or picked off first.
The 4 international signees, Gamboa, Rodriguez, Brito, and Jonathan Arauz, a 16-year old from Panama, were in the starting line up.
Astudillo left the game with Morgan and was replaced by Joel Fisher.
Jesus Alastre started and was hit by a pitch in his first at bat. Later he doubled down the line and raced into second base. He really looked fast.
Andrew Pullin started in left field.
I think every position player on the roster (except Grullon, Crawford, and Sweaney) got into the game at some point.
Two road games in Bradenton coming up, then a home game Saturday morning at Bright House.