Florida Instructs; October 8, 2016

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

Extra Innings

9 thoughts on “Florida Instructs; October 8, 2016

  1. So all is good — except Encarnacion — including the weather. The AFL starts this week. The LA Winter leagues start in a week and a half or so. It’s all good.

    The weather in FL didn’t look so good for a while but the danger has passed. I have relatives who are okay but one of my roommates from College hasn’t checked in yet. He was in the Jacksonville area. He’s notoriously quiet about many things and I’m hoping all is well. My heart goes out to everyone affected.

  2. Good news to hear on Tirado.
    Just as the Padres selected Luis Perdomo (Hi-A) last year out of the Cardinal’s org in the Rule 5, I can see a team selecting Tirado this year.
    So hopefully he is protected.

  3. Tirado will be protected, I’ve read several times that he has the best arm in the organization. What a coaching job, getting him to this point from the raw arm we traded for. Impressive!
    Thanks Jim for continuing these awesome reports.

  4. Would like to see Drew Anderson protected. Had an excellent year at two different levels coming back from arm problems. I can see a non-contending team drafting him and putting him in the pen as long relief. If Anderson’s future is just as long relief I wouldn’t care so much but if he has potential as a future starter then I want him protected.

    1. I agree with NL. Drew Anderson, Andrew Pullin, and Jesse Valentin are the three most likely Phillies’ prospects to be selected in the rule 5 draft.

      1. Valentin has a very good chance of being selected….he could be the 2014 Delino Deshields version of this class draft.

      2. I wouldn’t protect Valentin or Canelo, but I would protect Pullin, who can hit and I think will be taken if unprotected, and Pujols, who I feel the same way about. I’d like to protect Anderson too but I’m not sure there is room.

        1. Watching Valentin this year, IMO, he gets protected and possibly sees Philly before September. He does everything well….maybe not spectacular but\e above average , And his baseball IQ Is exceptional. This year ,after the promo to LHV from Reading, was his biggest adjustment and at the end he was up ticking in all departments. He may need another 300 PAs/100 games at the AAA level, but he will be in the majors soon.

        2. Valentin would the exact type picked in Rule 5 imho. Backup INF profile with chance as starter already thru AA.
          Pujols is too far away for team to lose year being over matched in majors.
          Canelo (and Tocci) I think are similar as middle defensive plus fielder’s with bat potential but still quite young. Could stashed as defensive replacements but not sure they profile with enough upside for impact on a 25man roster.

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