The Phillies traveled to Dunedin to scrimmage against the Blue Jays. The game was played at the Blue Jays Mattick Complex under beautiful conditions at 10:00 AM. The Phillies pitched and played well. One guy has continued to “up” his stock and will likely be protected from the Rule 5 draft. But first, let me relay some of the information I picked up around the cage.
Kevin Gowdy is fine. he has a nice bruise on his pitching arm, but it will not hinder his off season workouts or affect the start of his spring training. In fact, their is some discussion of letting him pitch next week. If this had happened during the regular season, there would be no question of his missing a start. They are just not sure that a couple innings during the last week of Instructs is the best setting for having him “tough it out”.
Kyle Young is also fine and progressing normally. They have the same off season and spring training expectations for Kyle as they do for Kevin, no set back.
Aaron Nola is throwing off a mound and is on the schedule that GM Matt Klentak projected in a recent interview. He is also expected to resume his normal off season off season workouts and be ready for the start of spring training.
Luis Encarnacion has a “broken foot”. I am not sure if he suffered a break in the foot or as high as the ankle. Judging by the way he held his foot while being helped off the field, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is his ankle.
Mark Appel pitched off a mound at the Complex today. He pitched well. Real well. Real, real well. Coach was very seriously happy at how well he pitched. Remarked that he looked as well as before the injury. Maybe better.
Alberto Tirado started and pitched extraordinarily well. He gave up one hit but struck out three and walked none. He topped out at 95 with his FB. Today was the second time this week and third time this fall that Tirado started out with a 93 MPH FB and threw with more velocity as the inning and game progressed. This was the first time that he didn’t tantalize us with FB over 95 MPH, but I’m very excited about his control. The coach sitting next to me was duly impressed, too. He comped his stuff to a Hall of Fame pitcher (sorry, no names) and remarked to another organization guy that he hasn’t ever been this excited about a pitcher in the many years he’s been with the Phillies. I guess Tirado might be protected. Oh, he struck out Bo Bichette swinging.
Adonis Medina struck out two in two perfect innings. In his previous Instructs’ outings, Medina has been unable to maintain his fine first inning performance into the second inning. Today he did. His FB was 92-94 MPH.
Edgar Garcia struck out one in two perfect innings. His FB was 91-93 MPH. He struck out Bichette looking on 4 pitches, all change ups at 85-86 MPH.
Julian Garcia’s FB was 89-92 MPH. Rafael Carvajal’s FB was 88-90 MPH. And, Jonathan Hennigan’s FB was 92-93 MPH.
Darick Hall showed nice gap to gap power. He doubled to the RF wall, flew out to deep CF, and lined a double into the left center field gap. His third hit was a hard ground ball through the 3-4 hole.
Joey Curletta beat out an infield single in his first at bat. He drove in two runs with a double into the right center field gap and lined another 2-run double down the LF line.
Josh Stephen line a double to LF and scored on Hall’s ground single to right. Hall’s other RBI came when he double home Rafael Marchan who struck out on a wild pitch and reached second when the catcher’s throw sailed down the RF foul line.
The line up was –
- Matos, RF – went 1-4 with 2 K
- Randolph, LF/DH – went 0-2 with a R and BB
- Cabral, C – went 1-2 with a R and DP
- Marchan, C – went 1-2 with 2 R and a K
- Hall, 1B/DH – went 3-4 with a R, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI
- Barbier, DH/1B – went 0-3 with a R, BB and K
- Williams, 3B – went 0-2 with 2 HBP and an RBI
- Curletta, DH/9 – went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI
- Stephen, DH/7 – went 1-4 with a R, double, and K
- Gonzalez, SS – went 0-2 with 2 K
- Guzman, SS – went 0-2 with a K
- Muzziotti, CF – went 0-3 with a K
- Brito, 2B – did not bat, he was skipped the first 2 times thru the order
- Henriquez, 2B – went 0-1
- Tirado, P – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
- Medina, P – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Ed. Garcia, P – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- J. Garcia, P – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- Carvajal, P – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
- Hennigan, P – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
- Organizational Rosters are up to date.