The Phillies minor league squads played their final spring training games today against teams from the Blue Jays organization. I watched Greg Legg’s group win a well-pitched, well-played game by a 4-1 score. Before I report on the game, here’s some roster rumors based on some real good conversations, but not yet verified.
I came right out and asked Coach Legg if today’s line up was pretty much what we could expect of the Clearwater roster. He replied, “Yeah, pretty much”. As an afterthought, I introduced myself as a reporter and he clarified his statement with, “Of course, camp doesn’t end until tomorrow morning (Saturday), there could still be some changes”.
When the players took the field, one of the coaches or players exhorted them with the line, “You’re no longer Group Three, you’re Threshers”. So with that in mind, here is today’s Clearwater Threshers line up –
- Jesmuel Valentin, 2B
- Willians Astudillo, 1B
- Andrew Knapp, C
- Dylan Cozens, LF
- Zach Green, 3B
- Aaron Brown, CF
- Andrew Pullin, DH
- Drew Stankiewicz, SS
- Chace Harris, RF
- Mitch Walding, Bench
- Devin Lohman, Bench
- Angelo Mora, Bench
- Jose Mayorga, not listed on line up card but he replaced Knapp
- Miguel Nunez, SP
- Colin Kleven, RP
- Edubray Ramos, RP
I heard that Aaron Altherr is beginning the season in Reading with Roman Quinn and Brian Pointer. Brock Stassi started in the outfield today for the AA team.
I heard that J.P. Crawford new a couple weeks ago that he would start the season in Clearwater. That would explain the acquisition of Devin Lohman and his placement in Clearwater after Crawford suffered his oblique injury.
I heard that Nunez and Cleven would start games 4 and 5 for the Threshers and that the first 3 games would be started by new Threshers. In all likelihood, that would be Matt Imhof, Brandon Leibrandt, and David Whitehead.
If any/most of this is accurate, then we will see –
- Knapp, Astudillo, and Mayorga sharing catching duties,
- Astudillo and Green sharing innings at first base,
- Green and Walding sharing innngs at third base,
- Stankiewicz, Lohman, Mora, and Valentin sharing innings at the middle infield, positions until Crawford returns and claims shortstop before moving on to Reading,
- Cozens, Brown, Pullin, and Harris in the outfield,
- Imhof, Kleven, Nunez, Leibrandt, and Whitehead in the rotation with Mark Leiter poised to step in when needed.
If the Clearwater roster is “set”, then it follows that today’s other game would constitute the Lakewood roster –
- Miguel Canelo, SS
- Jiandio Tromp, RF (homered today)
- Carlos Tocci, CF
- Rhys Hoskins, 1B
- Cord Sandberg, LF
- Deivy Grullon (homered today)
- Damek Tomscha, DH
- Derek Campbell, 3B
- Grenny Cumana, 2B
- Chris Oliver, SP
- Herlis Rodriguez, Bench
- Tim Zeir, Bench
- Joel Fisher, Bench (homered 2 days ago, base hit in AAA/AA game yesterday)
- Corey Bass, Bench
- Yacksel Rios, RP
- Calvin Rayburn, RP
Now for today’s game.
Miguel Nunez pitched 4 strong innings. He allowed only 3 base runners on 2 walks and a single. One was erased by Knapp on a steal attempt, another on a double play.
Colin Kleven followed with 4 strong innings of his own. He allowed 4 base runners and a run on 2 walks and 2 hits. But he responded to the Jays RBI single with bac-to-back strike outs to end the inning. Kleven’s repetoire includes a 4-seamer, 2-seamer, slider, and a cutter. His fastball was 92-93mph, his cutter was 88-89 mph.
Edubray Ramos picked up the save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Domonic Brown batted third in each of the first 4 innings. When he reached base, Mitch Walding came in to pinch run for him. brown went 1-2 with a single, walk, sacrifice fly, and an RBI.
The Phillies scored first in the third inning. Stankiewicz opened with a line drive single to right center field. He moved to third on Harris’ single to right. He scored on Brown’s sac fly. Harris moved to third on two stolen bases but was stranded there.
The Phillies scored another run in the fourth inning. Knapp led off with a single. He moved to second on a ground out and scored on Green’s double down the left field line.
The Blue Jays closed the gap in the sixth to 2-1. The Phillies opened up a three run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Stankiewicz led off with a walk. He stole second and moved to third on Harris’ bunt for a base hit. Stankiewicz scored on a sacrifice fly by Devin Lohman. Harris stole third and scored on Mayorga’s line drive single to center.
Today’s box score –
- Valentin: 1-3; K
- Lohman: 0-1; RBI, SF
- Astudillo: 2-4; SB
- Mayorga: 1-1; RBI
- Knapp: 1-2; R, BB
- Cozens: 1-4; 2B, 2 K
- Green: 2-2; RBI, BB
- A. Brown: 0-2; BB
- Pullin: 0-3; K
- Stankiewicz: 1-2; 2 R, BB, K, SB
- Harris: 2-2; R, K, 3 SB
- D. Brown: 1-2; RBI, BB, SF
- Walding: 0-0; SB
- Nunez: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
- Kleven: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
- Ramos: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
The Threshers ran themselves out of a scoring opportunity in the sixth inning. With one out and Valentin on first, Astudillo singled to right. Valentin tried to go to third but was gunned out by the right fielder. Astudillo was thrown out at second following the play. A rare 9-5-4 double play on a base hit.
Camp breaks tomorrow.