Spring training games continued for the minor league groups today. Groups 1 and 2 (AAA and AA) traveled to Bradenton to play the Pirates. Groups 3 and 4 (A+ and A) played at the Complex. The youngest players hosted a JuCo squad from Southwest Missouri.
Adam Morgan started for Group 3 and promptly gave up a lead off home run to the Pirates first batter. They continued to make solid contact for a couple batters before he settled in and dominated. Morgan pitched four innings and kept the young Pirates off the board the rest of his appearance.
Adam Morgan video.
Group 3’s line up included – 2B Chandler Hall, CF Mickey Moniak, C Edgar Cabral, 1B Darick Hall, LF “C” Randolph, 3B Luke Williams, RF Cord Sandberg, DH David Martinelli, DH Luke Maglich, SS Emmanuel Marrero. Andrew Knapp came over with Morgan and acted as his catcher. He batted in each of the first four innings before returning to the major league camp with Morgan.
With the Phillies playing at night in Tampa, there was a larger than normal crowd at the Complex. I shot a few videos from the less than optimum location behind home plate.
Mickey Moniak video.
Moniak reached on an errant throw by the shortstop his first at bat. He successfully stole second. His father was in town this week. I spoke with him on several occasions during the game. Mostly baseball talk without the intention of printing any of our conversation. It’s not like I asked for an interview, although he knows I write for Phuture Phillies. However, I don’t think it would be unethical to share one observation. I brought up Mickey’s weight gain and asked where he put it since it wasn’t obvious to me. Mr. Moniak concurred that Mickey had gained weight since signing when he weighed around 172 pounds. He said that he can see a difference in his hips/thighs and arms, and that he weighs 190-192 now. ,
David Martinelli video.
Luke Maglich video.
Seranthony Dominguez pitched a couple innings. He began by striking out the side in his first inning.
Seranthony Dominguez video.
Darick Hall had a heck of a game. The Phillies were held to one hit through the early innings. Edgar Cabral doubled of the fence in left center for their second hit. Hall followed with a bomb to right field. Later he crushed another home run to left center. Gkita got at least one of the homers on video. I hope he’ll post it here today. The Phils won8-2.
In the other game, Cole Stobbe hit a 3-run home run. The line up was – SS Gamboa, 2B Brito, RF Carlos Duran, 1B Eldridge, 3B Stobbe, C N. Martinez, LF Alastre, DH Rodolfo Duran, DH Rivas, CF Matos.
I didn’t watch much of the game on the back field (It’s cold back there with the wind out of the north. I’m not looking for sympathy. I know you guys up north got plastered. But, I offer this as a simple explanation why I didn’t spend any time with this group.) Jhon Nunez started and Gustavo Armas followed. The starting line up included C Luis Aparacio, 1B Edwin Rodriguez, 2B Jose Antequerra, 3B Keudy Bocio, SS Jonathan Guzman, LF Josh Stephen, CF Simon Muzziotti, RF Ben Pelletier.
Blue Jays tomorrow. The A groups will be at the Complex, again. Friday is a camp day. Probable intrasquad games in the afternoon. We still haven’t found out which three minor leaguers were released Tuesday. Narrowed it down to a catcher and two pitchers.
Nick Fanti is back from the WBC. He traveled to Tampa with the big club last night.
I heard something today for the fourth time from another source. The first source was the most reliable, but the sheer volume of people passing this tidbit along gives it a little credibility. I don’t know if y’all care, but it appears that RH has received 3-4 offers of a minor league contract with an invite to major league camp like Jimmy Rollins accepted with SanFrancisco. It is assumed that he is holding out for a roster spot like Chace Utley got with the Dodgers. I wish him the best, but think a roster spot is a little optimistic after his last several seasons in pin stripes.