Florida Instructs; October 6, 2016

The Phillies hosted the Yankees at Bright House Field – soon to be renamed Spectrum Field or Spectrum Park but definitely not THE Spectrum.  Nice day for a ball game.  Little humidity.  Nice breeze building from the northeast.  Kevin Gowdy on the mound.  Perfect.

Three batters into the top of the first inning, the baseball gods found a way to mess up this beautiful day.  I tweeted the following –

Well, I did get video.

I also edited the video and identified the point of impact.


Gowdy did throw a pitch for the trainer and manager before leaving the mound.  The Phillies didn’t have a pitcher warmed up, so they just rolled the inning.  He didn’t exit the dugout immediately, but also didn’t come out to start the second inning.  I wouldn’t read too much into this right now.  The Phillies are very careful with their young prospects, as we’ll see a little later.

Couple photos of Gowdy before the incident


Anyway, the gamed progressed without incident for about an inning.  Luis Encarnacion grounded a hard single up the middle with one out in the second inning.  Daniel Brito grounded into an inning ending double play.  Encarnacion had hustled to second and injured himself on a take out slide.  I didn’t see how he suffered the injury, I followed the flight of the ball to first.  But, Encarnacion lay on the ground in obvious pain.  The coaches helped him awkwardly off the field.  His right leg dangled as he was carried off.  between innings a cart was brought to the dugout to drive him to the club house.

And a few shots of Cole Irvin.oct-6-2016-irvin1oct-6-2016-irvin2

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So, the line up was –

  • Luis, CF went 2-4 with a double
  • Duran, C went 1-3
  •      Lartigue, C went 0-1
  • Martinelli, LF   went 1-4
  • Pickett, DH went 0-4 with an RBI
  • Ortiz, RF   0-2
  •      Matos, RF went 0-2
  • Barbier, DH/1B went 2-4 with a double and RBI
  • Stobbe, 3B went 0-3
  • Encarnacion, 1B went 1-1
  • Brito, 2B went 0-3
  • Guzman, SS went 0-3
  • Gowdy, P       – 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
  •      Irvin, P       – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  •      Quinn, P   – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  •      Brown, P  – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  •      Dyer, P      – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K


Rodolfo Duran caught a runner stealing in the first inning to erase one of Gowdy’s walks. Nice sweep tag by Guzman.

The Phillies scored first.  With the bases loaded and nobody out, Greg Picket was out on a 4-6-3 double play.  He got an RBI when the runner at second was ruled safe because the fielder didn’t have the ball when he was in contact with the base.

Luis Encarnacion has been making good contact this week.  Shame about the injury.

The Phillies pulled within 3-2 in the fourth.  Brett Barbier lashed a double into the left field corner that scored David Martinelli who had led off with a single.

Juan Luis doubled over the right fielder’s head.  He flies around the bases.  Only a quick recovery by the fielder and a fortuitous bounce kept him from reaching third.

I put 20+ videos up on the Phuture Phillies Channel on You Tube, video of Gowdy (8), Irvin (5), Duran (3), Guzman (4).

Here’s Coach Truby on the half field in front of Bright House before the game with Keudy Bocio, Brayan Gonzalez, Jesus Henriquez, Nicolas Torres, and Jose Tortolero.  Darick Hall is off screen at first.

Extra Innings

Joe Jordan walked past me toward the end of the game, and made the mistake of speaking to me.  He said, “Hi, how are you doing”.  I know that this is just a normal greeting and not really intended as a real question about how I’m really doing. (I have friends who think the greeting is a sincere question into their health and not just the informal greeting most of the population uses.  They now get the shorter “Hi.”) Hence the lack of a question mark in the quote.

Anyway, back on point.  I took the opportunity to ask about Mickey Moniak.  And Kyle Young.  Moniak was in the stands today, as was Young.  Mickey was in the “uniform” of those on the injured list – red T-shirt, no name or number on the back, Phillies P on the chest.  Young had been wearing this earlier in the week (and was rumored to be shut down for the rest of Instructs, although today he was back in a numbered jersey).

Mr. Jordan assured me they were both okay.  I told him that my readers were concerned about Moniak’s absence from my reports and the recent Young rumors.  I also mentioned Moniak’s removal from the GCL playoffs after batting twice as the DH in Port Charlotte.  Mr. Jordan further explained that Moniak had a tightness in his hip that they were sure was better and that Young felt a soreness in his elbow.  Also no longer a problem.

He further stated that the organization was proceeding carefully with them, that there was no reason to take further chances during Instructs, that they were on target for their off season regimens, and would be ready for spring training.

I’m paraphrasing what was said.  My notes after the conversation consist of about 15 words.  “Tightness” and “soreness” might be assigned to the wrong player.  The actual words were probably less alarming.  In any event, I get the impression that the Phillies are just going to avoid taking chances with these slight injuries.  Especially with young prospects.

Organizational Rosters are up to date.

14 thoughts on “Florida Instructs; October 6, 2016

  1. With Hurricane Matthew bearing down on Florida, I hope you are safe and secure. I know the storm will hit the East Coast of FL hard but there has to be a lot of impact on the Western side too.

    1. Good job, Jim. Lots of good information here. I assume someone on the Phillies staff reads this site daily and I’m sure you’re well respected by Joe Jordan and others. Certainly, if the club wanted to communicate with informed fans this is the place to do it. As an old news reporter, I can tell you that I doubt someone like Jordan would have given such thoughtful answers to anyone.

  2. Encarnacion was having a good start to camp too. What a shame. Hopefully it’s only a bruise. As for Gowdy, it doesn’t sound too serious. Jordan was already quoted in the philly papers saying the same thing about Moniak. He’s supposedly fine now but they’ll go risk free. AFL starts!

    1. AFL’s first game for the Scorpions is Tuesday approx.12:35…assume CMT.
      Hope to see Kingery establish himself more in the prospect world.

  3. I see Tim Tebow has been named to the Scottsdale AFL team. What are the Mets thinking? He hasn’t played baseball in years and now they’re sending him to an instructional league with a lot of very good ballplayers. Do they think he can make the big club in a year or two?

      1. Agree with you, Jim. As a man of faith myself I think Tebow’s story has been compelling from his formative years as an excellent athlete and outstanding young man. NOW, he unfortunately has become a side show. The Mets or any major league club considering him as a legitimate prospect is either delusional or simply looking to cash in on a pretty lame publicity stunt.

        May God bless and protect all in Matthew’s path.

  4. Though Rome, Atlanta’s farm team in the SALLY, may have had a stacked and impressive pitching staff on their way to the SAL championship, Phillies prospects Franklyn Kilome and Jose Taveras were 1-2 in the league in Ks per 9 innings among SAL starters (10.2 and 9.7 per 9 innings).

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