Florida Instructional League – Game #9; 10/10/2015

The Phillies traveled to the Blue Jays’ Englebert Complex Saturday but only played a couple innings before the game was called due to a steady drizzle.  Felix Paulino started and Dylan Cozens got an at bat before the game was postponed.  Since the game was shortened, I included some photos for your enjoyment.

The Phillies sent all 10 players to the plate in three innings.  They didn’t get a hit, but Scott Kingery reached base when he was hit by a pitch.  There were no hard hit balls.  Mark Laird and Kyle Martin grounded out to short; Deivy Grullon and Jan Hernandez groundd out to short; Arquimedes Gamboa hit a soft liner to short, Juan Luis hit a routine fly ball to right; and Dylan Cozens, Brendon Hayden, and Bryan Martelo struck out swinging.   Cozens looked rusty.  After a called first strike, he missed badly on two off-speed pitches.

Paulino retired the Jays in order in the first.  He got a pop up to short, line drive to center, and a ground ball to first.  The ground ball to first was hit hard and forced Martin to react quickly to stab the ball and beat the runner to first.  The line drive to center was also hit hard.  The ball was destined to drop in for a base hit, but Luis made a diving catch as he charged  into shallow left center.

Vladimiro Guerrero led off the second with a home run to left.  The Jays installed netting above the fence in left.  Thank you.  It probably saved my windshield.  I’ve got to stop parking there.  The next batter lifted a ball into the left center field gap.  Both Laird and Luis converged on the ball on the warning track.  The ball landed in Luis’ glove and bounced out.  I scored it a two-base error, but I admit that I’ve seen this type of played scored as a hit all too often.  The runner moved to third on a fly ball to right.  Then a routine day at a ball game got interesting.

The next batter hit a hot shot to Hernandez at third.  He was about 3-4 feet off the line.  The runner wandered too far off the bag on contact, and Hernandez made a great reaction play when he applied the tag to the runner as he tried to get back to the bag without sliding.  The infield umpire called the runner safe.  The call was incorrect, but the umpire was way out of position as he was positioned near first to make the call there.  The Phillies’ coaches quickly and loudly asked that the he get help from the home plate umpire, who should have had as good a look at the play as I did.  The home plate umpire, shook his head and said “ground ball down the line” whatever that means.  The coaches got louder and less nice, and the umpire said (get this), “Let us do our job”.  Now, WTF does that mean? MLB puts in replay to get calls right, and this joker fails in a situation where he could have gotten a call right without technology.  The ball was never near the foul line until Hernandez smacked the runner in the chest while he was in foul territory well before the bag.  “Let us do our job”, epic fail.

Unfortunately, that and Guerrero’s home run were the highlights this morning.  Paulino got the next batter on a ground ball to second and struck out his final batter.  By my scoring, Paulino gave up one earned run on two hits.

For those who are interested, here’s the batting order –

  1. Mark Laird, LF
  2. Scott Kingery, 2B
  3. Kyle Martin, 1B
  4. Dylan Cozens, DH
  5. Brendon Hayden, 1B
  6. Deivy Grullon, C
  7. Jan Hernandez, 3B
  8. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS
  9. Bryan Martelo, RF
  10. Juan Luis, CF

The pitchers put up the following lines –

  •                          IP     H      R     ER    BB     K     Other
  • Paulino       2.0     2      2       1       0       1
  • Batters Faced: Paulino 9

Extra Innings –

  • While walking to the car, I asked Kingery and Reggie Wilson if they got the rest of the day off or had to hit the cages and weights at the Complex.  They said they might get the day off since half the guys were back at the Complex working on the fields, and since it was raining they would already be in the cages.  Well, Florida weather being what it is, I’ll bet they continued with field drills since it wasn’t raining at my house, and the sun was out by 11:15 AM.

Since the game was shortened, here are some photos taken by a Joe Kuhn, a local photographer.  Thank you, Joe.

You should be able to click on the photo for a closer view.


Randolph singles to CF against the Yankees on 9/29/2015.


Luke Leftwich delivers against the Yankees on 9/29/2015., with Luis Encarnacion playing first base.


Felix Paulino against the Yankees on 9/29/2015.  Greg Pickett in right field.

Quinn shows bunt

Roman Quinn shows bunt against the Yankees on 9/29/2015.


Daniel Brito in the box against the Yankees on 9/29/2015.

C all business C smiling

C is all business in the on deck circle, and a lighter moment.

Hunter on the 9th

Skylar Hunter v. Yankees on 10/8/2015.

Williams at bat Williams on 1st and Williams

Luke Williams v. Yankees on 10/8/2015, and on first with Coach Shawn Williams.



Three views of Robert Tasin against the Yankees on 10/8/2015.

Next game is on Monday at Bright House against the Blue Jays.  Tuesday they travel to Sarasota to take on the Orioles.  They finish up against the Yankees at Bright House on Thursday.

15 thoughts on “Florida Instructional League – Game #9; 10/10/2015

  1. Yep, sure would like to see more hitting, even in a setting like this. I will assume there is some mental and physical fatigue for these younger guys at this point. Benefit of the doubt?

  2. Is Alfaro there? Is he healthy and working out? To me, he is the mystery man, a player with loads of talent but after an ankle injury, a worrisome near future. Having a debate on another site, and would love to know if A] he is in Clearwater and B] is he working out with the team?

  3. Yes, Jorge Alfaro was here. The Phillies “invited” 58 players who comprised their Instructional League Roster. In addition, non-roster players included the six players headed to the AFL and players who were still in rehab like Maikel Franco, Grenny Cumana, Roman Quinn, and Domonic Brown. The first week there I saw a player named Richardson who I assume was an undrafted free agent pitcher.

    That’s 69 players getting attention at the Carpenter Complex. When they suit up for an Instructs game, they don’t bring all 69 players, they bring 15-16 position players and 4-6 pitchers. The rest of the players remain at the Complex working with coaches, trainers, etc.

    The games they play in Instructs are of less importance than the actual work they go through on camp days and before the games on games days.

    For instance, there are 29 pitchers on the roster. I have attended seven of the nine games that have been played. I have seen 16 of the 29 roster pitchers in games – Kilome (2), Gilbert (3), Hunter (2), Cabrera (2), Tasin (3), Imhof (2), Leftwich (2), Paulino (3), Koplove (2), Rivero, Stewart (2), Garcia, Rivero, Munoz, Medina, Fanti. The rest are here. I see them in the stands at home games. They are just on different programs where they haven’t been asked/required to pitch in the games. The same goes for the position players except that they are as likely to be in the stands during the games.

    The only players I don’t recall seeing at all are pitcher Jake Thompson, and outfielders Nick Williams and Jiandido Tromp.

    After a player has completed his work with the coaches, he will be allowed to return home. Players who are playing winter ball are released early during Instructs, too. Baseball has started in Venezuela, Alexis Rivero has already thrown 2 innings for his team there. The rehab guys have left to play winter ball or begin their off season programs. At least one of the LA pitchers is returning home today.

    My point is that there is more to Instructs than the games. Players report and then leave on individual itineraries. The fact that a player doesn’t appear in a game doesn’t mean that he isn’t/wasn’t here.

    1. rocco:
      FIL…Game 7…..10/7/2015:
      ‘Nick Fanti pitched one inning. He threw his FB in the upper 80s (88-89) but didn’t have good command today. He gave up one run on one hit and 2 walks. He struck out one. He allowed the run to score on a wild pitch. His K came on an 85 mph pitch (CH judging by the movement, glove-side and down). He threw a couple other pitches in the 81-82 range’.

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