Wednesday Instructs include an intrasquad game in Bright House Field. Today’s game offered the added incentive that Kevin Gowdy would return to the mound after taking a ground ball off the forearm of his throwing arm.
We scored a prospect “hat trick” when our much heralded 2016 top international signee, 16-year old RHP Francisco Morales, exited the bullpen to pitch the “home” first. He would face Moniak as his second batter.
Both line ups were littered with 2016 draft picks and international signees – Cole Stobbe,Josh Stephen, Aaron Brown, David Martinelli, Brett Barbier, Jonathan Guzman, Juan Aparicio, Brayan Gonzalez, Nicolas Torres, Jose Tortolero, Simon Muzziotti, Keudy Bocio, Jesus Henrique – as well as Jhailyn Ortiz, “C” Randolph, Luke Williams, Edgar Cabral, Rodolfo Duran, Malvin Matos, Joey Curletta, and Greg Pickett.
They only played 7.5 innings. That’s when they had used up all the available pitchers for the day. Morales and Gowdy each pitched one inning. Jose Nin, Andrew Brown, Jesus De Los Santos, Sandro Rosario, Denny Martinez, and Rafael Carvajal pitched two inning each. Gustavo Armas pitched the final half-inning.
I don’t have the play-by-play, but I have a lot of pictures and video.
Morales records his first out.
Another batter tries to kill the camera guy.
Morales first pitch to Moniak.
Morales retired the side in order – a pop up, ground out, and strike out. He didn’t pitch a second inning. I checked with the guys charting his pitches. Morales’ FB was 92-94, mostly 92 mph. To tell you the truth, I was surprised he registered that high. His delivery looked so motionless and he didn’t pop the glove. But, 92-94 mph from a 16-year old isn’t shabby.
Kevin Gowdy’s first pitch.
Gowdy should have had a a conventional 1-2-3 inning. He struck out the first batter. The second batter reached on a fielding error by the shortstop, he let the ball roll under his glove on a slow roller behind the mound. He struck out the next batter while the base runner (catcher Juan Aparacio) stole second base. There was a slight collision at the bag and the ball sailed into center field. Aparacio went to third. After the ball was retrieved, Gowdy’s team appealed the play at second. Aparacio was ruled out for not touching the bag. Gowdy did not pitch a second inning. But he had 2 K and a caught stealing. Sorry, no velocity.
Mickey Moniak was in the on deck circle in the third inning when the final out was recorded. He was removed in the fourth, so he only had the one at bat, a ground out to second. His only play in center was throwing the ball back in on the over throw on Aoparcio’s “steal”.
Greg Pickett had 2 hits, a line drive single to right and a HR that barely cleared the fence in right (into a fairly stiff breeze).
Rosolfo Duran had an RBI double.
Luke Williams lined a 2-run HR to left, also into a stiff breeze.
Here are some random photos and video.
Randolph doubles, he swung at the first pitch. I almost missed the shot.
Infield single by Josh Stephen.
Foul ball by Greg Pickett.
Pickett’s HR, much better swing. I lost the ball off the bat. It just cleared the fence. The coaches in the dugout questioned whether it was on the grass or on top of the cushion in play (ground rule double). They had one of the pitchers go get it. They were still discussing the landing point until the pitcher picked the ball up off the berm.
- 10/6 – Phillies signed free agent LHP Casey Brown to a minor league contract.
- Signed NDFA RHP Scott Hoffman
- Re-signed FA RHP Miguel Nunez
- 10/6 – RHP Derwuin Marchan assigned to DSL Phillies2 (Signed July 2, 2016).
- 10/10 – Jimmy Paredes elected free agency.
- 10/10 – Patrick Schuster elected free agency.
- Organizational Rosters are up to date.