Rainy day here in Florida. The Phillies 1:00PM start against the Blue Jays in Dunedin was cancelled. Today out will be their last day off down here barring another rain out. Over at the Carpenter Complex, the minor league games were moved up to 10:00AM to beat the weather. Nice try. A lightning strike in the distance over Bright House Field signaled the end of baseball before 11:00AM.
Groups 4 and 5 made the bus trip across the causeway to Tampa. Groups 1 and 2 were scheduled to play the Yankees. Group 5 was set to play a South Florida Winter League team. It’s a scout team made up of players age 19 to 25.
The Phillies rearranged their work groups when they created work group 5. The groups are closer to being aligned along affiliate lines, but the Lehigh Valley coaches were still with the parent club this morning. Just remember that these group assignments are still fluid, and are sometimes just a suggestion. Today, Seranthony Dominguez and “C” Randolph were with Group 5 rather than their assigned Group 4. You can view the current work groups here.
Some other roster transactions:
- Brock Stassi was reassigned to minor league camp today. Tayler Featherston was optioned to Lehigh Valley. Neither has been assigned to a group, yet. Expect both to be in Group 1.
- There are 5 unassigned pitchers at the bottom of Group 5 – Andrew Anderson, Austin Davis, Scott Harris, Brandon Leibrandt, Mark Leiter. Probably injured.
- Jesus (Manuel) Chavez, who has been on loan to the Mexican League the past 2 years, has dropped off the work group list. He had been in Group 2 originally. No explanation.
- There are still almost 2 dozen players in the major league camp who have to be optioned, reassigned, traded, or released. Of the 48 players still in camp, not including injured Matt Harrison (back) and Aaron Altherr (wrist), three are likely to start the season on the DL if they remain on the 40-man – Cody Asche (oblique) who is only now trying to play the field but not batting, Mario Hollands who is rehabbing from TJ surgery, and Michael Mariot who hasn’t pitched an inning yet this spring.
I did manage to watch some baseball. The starters were Alec Asher (G1), Yacksel Rios (G2), and Seranthony Dominguez (G5). In the only video I have, Yacksel Rios strikes out a Yankee batter.
Rios was throwing his fastball at 92-93 mph. He got the K in the video on a 92 mph FB. He got another K swinging on an 82 mph slider. In between Mitch Walding made a nice play charging a ball to complete an out at first base.
Meanwhile, Asher gave up a home run over in the Group 1 game.
Back in the Group 5 game, Dominguez was throwing a lot of pitches in his two innings. Carlos Indriago was brought in before Dominguez could finish his scheduled second inning. Dominguez threw 92-94, T95.
I remained at the Group 5 game to watch three young prospects bat.
- “C” Randolph started in left field and grounded out to second in his only at bat. He looked fine.
- Jhailyn Ortiz stroked a hard hit, line drive single to left.
- Lucas Williams struck out.
It was during Williams at bat that I saw the lightning strike in the distance beyond Bright House Field. When the Phillies half-inning was over, the umpires called the game.
Only 2 other items of note.
- Quinn was written down as the lead off hitter and starting center fielder. He was scratched and replaced by KC Serna. No explanation.
- Harold Martinez must have reached some sort of big name status. He was listed on the line up card simply as Harold.
Sunday’s games against the Pirates are scheduled to start at 1:00PM. Both Class A teams are scheduled to be at the Complex.