Spring training continues with the Futures Game in Reading tonight (the Futures got pounded 19-4 in seven innings), a game against Baltimore tomorrow, and another Futures Game at CBP on Saturday. With 26 prospects up north for the futures games, I was curious how those left in Clearwater would make up the 4 teams for today’s minor league games.
Team 1 was comprised of: cf – David Lough, ss – Ryan Jackson, rf – Cam Perkins, 1b – Jake Fox, 2b – Darnell Sweeney, 3b – Taylor Featherston, dh – Angelys Nina, c – Gabriel Lino, lf – Christian Marrero, dh – Joel Fisher, bench – Lenin Rodriguez, Jesus Alastre, Jose Antequera, Daniel Brito, Arquimedez Gamboa, and Greg Brodzynski. David Buchanan was their starting pitcher.
Team 2: ss – KC Serna, lf – Cord Sandberg, 1b – Zach Green, 3b – Harold Martinez, 2b – Carlos Alonso, c – Logan Moore, cf – Jiandido Tromp, rf – Jose Pujols, dh – Samuel Hiciano, bench – Chase Numata, Jose Antequera, William Cuicas, Arquimedez Gamboa, Herlis Rodriguez. Ben Lively was their starting pitcher, followed by – Sutter McLoughlin, Ulises Joaquin. Alexis Rivero, Robert Tasin, and Calvin Rayburn.
Two other teams traveled to Bradenton. Game notes from the Complex –
- Lively’s FB was 89-92. He gave up a couple runs. One on a home run to the left of the batter’s eye on Carlton Field.
- Lively was lifted in a long inning and replaced by McLoughlin who recorded the final out of the inning. Lively might have reached his pitch count for the inning because he returned to pitch the next inning. The only rule here is that there are no rules.
- The Phillies took a 3-2 lead on Logan Moore’s 3-run HR to right. Zach Green had been on base with a line drive single to left.
- The Phillies stretched their lead a 4-run inning. Pujols doubled off the base of the LF fence. Hiciano followed with a triple that one-hopped the CF fence. Green followed with another line drive single to left. Martinez lined a ground rule double into the LF corner. Both scored on Alonso’s ground single to center.
- Jiandido Tromp added two more runs with a 2-run HR to left. It was a BLAST!
- Joaguin struggled and the Pirates closed to 9-7. He looked to have his normal velocity, but the Pirates just made hard contact on a variety of line drives and seeing-eye ground balls.
- Rivero pitched a clean quick inning.
- Rayburn was at 92 with a straight FB and was touched for 3 runs.
- The Pirates had no more pitchers that needed work so the Phillies didn’t bat in the bottom of the inning.
- Green, Pujols, Hiciano, Moore, and Tromp made solid contact all afternoon.
- It was a sloppy game. A lot of balls were dropped on easy pop ups by both teams. Moore reached after a K when he ran hard to first and the catcher overthrew the first baseman. A Pirates catcher almost threw another ball away after a K later in the game.
- There were some inaccurate throws to bases by fielders. Routes to pop ups and fly balls were not always direct.
- One spectator commented that it looked like a high school game.
Here’s video of Robert Tasin on the mound.
Announced Transactions, but not finalized, yet –
- Joe Jordan announced that Crawford, Quinn, Alfaro, and Cozens will start season in Reading.
- Williams, Thompson, Joseph, Stassi, and Knapp are reportedly going to start in Lehigh Valley
It occurred to me today that with all the attention that we are paying to the Phillies’ prospects, the one thing that I hoped wouldn’t happen has happened. While I was watching the right hand, the Phillies have slipped a bunch of other team’s AAAA players past me with their left hand. Consider this. The players on Team 1 and those reportedly going to Lehigh Valley along with a few other upcoming upcoming assignments and Lehigh Valley could look like this –
- Catchers – Andrew Knapp,
- J.P. Arencibia (AAAA),
- Infielders – Jake Fox (AAAA),
- Brock Stassi,
- Tommy Joseph,
- Taylor Featherston (AAAA),
- Angelys Nina (AAAA),
- Darnell Sweeney,
- Outfielders – David Lough (AAAA),
- Christian Marrero (AAAA),
- Nick Williams,
- Starting Pitchers – Jake Thompson,
- Mark Appel,
- David Buchanan,
- Zach Eflin,
- Adam Morgan,
- Alec Asher,
- Seve Gonzalez,
- Relievers – Joely Rodriguez,
- Elvis Araujo,
- Jeremy Bleich (AAAA),
- Greg Burke (AAAA),
- Luis Garcia,
- Miguel Gonzalez,
- Edgar Ibarra (AAAA),
- Gregory Infante (AAAA),
- Bobby LaFromboise (AAAA),
- Chris Leroux,
- Colton Murray,
- Ken Roberts (AAAA),
- Barring a waiver pickup, one of Emmanuel Burriss (AAAA), Cedric Hunter (AAAA), and Will Venable (AAAA) will be added to this roster,
- Two of Andrew Bailey (AAAA), Ernesto Frieri (AAAA), and Hector Neris.
I know that the roster is limited to 24 players, but I count about 17 AAAA guys from other organizations, not to mention our own AAAA guys. We all know who they are. All spring, I was fooled by the illusion that we would have top prospects at Lehigh Valley for a change. Now, we will have Thompson, Appel, Knapp, and Williams there. And a couple of second tier prospects, maybe. But the Lehigh Valley roster is going to contain a lot more suspects than I expected.