No report on the 8th. I was at the Complex, but I didn’t take any video and only made a few observations, so I saved them for today. I gave a detailed account of the activities the players perform at each of their stations. I saw that I missed two. Position players spend rotation in the indoor batting cages. And, pitchers rotate into the weight room.
I saw Charlie Hayes walking to the outdoor cages and he stopped to talk when I welcomed him to Clearwater. He has spent the past several years following his son on his career through high school and the Pirates organization. Ke’Bryan Hayes was the Pirates first round pick in 2015. It was while attending one of his son’s games on the road that Charlie Hayes ran into Joe Jordan. Mr. Jordan suggested that Charlie join the organization in some capacity. This year they were able to come up with a plan on the level of activity that worked for both. Coach Hayes will go north with Lehigh Valley at the end of spring training but return to Clearwater in mid-June to join the GCL Phillies coaching staff.
I have a lot of video of batters during group four’s BP and of pitchers during the two intrasquad games. I apologize for the quality. My battery ran down and I had to switch from camera to cell phone. Also the angles on some of the videos are not optimal. It’s tough getting left-handed hitters from their face side. On deck batters generally wait on the left side of the cage and usually block the best angles. Also the the shots of the pitchers on Schmidt Field have to be shot a distance from the fence, so they are not as clear as I would have liked.
I noticed that when I put video directly into an article that it slows down the load when I access an article. The more videos, the slower the load. Since I have 35 videos today, I’m going to post the links individually. Or, you can access the PhuturePhillies channel on YouTube directly – page 1, page 2.
Morning BP, catchers –
Juan Aparicio video.
Lenin Rodriguez video.
Nerluis Martinez video.
Rafael Marchan video.
Keudy Bocio video.
Caleb Eldridge video.
Raul Rivas video.
Enmanuel Garcia video.
Alex Wojociechowski video.
Pitchers on Schmidt Field, I shot full at bats. Some run longer than others. In the early going, some innings started with a runner on first.
Sixto Sanchez video. Sanchez looked good in his inning. He seemed to gain velocity from one batter to the next. He jumped ahead of Muzziotti 0-2 and got a couple of foul balls before walking him on four consecutive pitches. He got the next batter to pop up, and struck out Jhailyn Ortiz on a foul tip. The coaches rolled the inning when he reached his pitch count.
Bailey Falter video.
And a couple of videos from Ashburn Field. I ended up just watching the game here, the sight lines were better.
Franklyn Kilome video.
Tom Eshelman video. He looked sharp in his inning.
I overheard one of the coaches describe the intrasquad games as “live BP for the pitchers”. A very apt description. I’ll probably steal it and use it in the future.
Today was the first time most of these pitchers have thrown a live BP. No one threw more than one inning. Some innings were rolled. And a very few, were asked to face an additional batter if they recorded three outs on too few pitches. In addition to the 6 guys above, I saw the following pitchers on a mound – Leiter (pitched well), Whitehead (gave up two ground singles, then shut the opposition down), Leibrandt (pitched well, dropped a pop up and was ribbed mercilessly by the other pitchers. He looks thinner than I remember, a lot thinner), Casimiro, Gilbert, Stewart, Nin, Miller, Beal (pitched effectively), Wander Perez (side-armer, gave young hitters problems), Waguespack, Hollands, Windle, Davis, and Mario Sanchez.
Since 4 teams were involved and 7 innings were played, 28 pitchers were used. I only saw these 21.
Two hitters stood out. Herlis Rodriguez went 2-3 in the game between the two higher level teams. But the biggest contributor was catcher Joel Fisher. He threw out a base runner, lined a double down the left field line, and crushed a three-run home run over the fence in left center field on Ashburn Field. He battled through a long at bat before crushing a mistake. I fairly certain the victim was LHP Tyler Gilbert.
Fisher had caught my eye earlier. He manages to do things that get him noticed. I know he’s not a prospect and that we are pretty deep at catcher right now. But he strikes me as the kind of player who might just hang around as prospects fail or get traded. Maybe he emerges as an Erik Kratz type of player.
More intrasquad games tomorrow. First pitch at 1:00PM.
(Post script: The Phillies have installed equipment on Ashburn Field that will gather a lot of analytic information on pitchers. It is on the fence behind the catcher, about 20-25 feet above the ground. It was in operation today)