Wednesday was a camp day. The intrasquad games were moved up to 11:45 and almost over when I got to the Complex at 12:45. So, I went to Legends with a friend and talked baseball while watching the Phillies and Yankees game. When I got home, I saw the announcement about Dallas Green’s passing. I didn’t feel like writing, so I dusted off the Pace of Play article that had been sitting in queue for a couple weeks.Dallas Green was among three Phillies icons noticeably absent from camp this year. In recent years, his gait had shortened and his shoulders were usually drooped as he walked around the Complex, but his gravelly voice always boomed.
I attended the Phillies game on Thursday. The Phillies had a moment of silence in honor of the man who managed the team to their 1980 World Series Championship.
So far this spring, I have been unable to see the newest international free agent pitcher Francisco Morales. This was as close as he got to the field on the days I was there.
Today, he pitched. I got video.
Friday, Groups 3 and 4 played the Pirates at the Complex. Group 5 played SFWL again.
Updated work groups were available, dated 3/20/2017.
The groups are very close to resembling the final rosters, especially among the position players. Shawn Williams has taken over Group 3 and Marty Malloy has taken over Group 4. You can now consider the groups as follows –
- Lehigh Valley
- Short-season teams
Four names were missing from the updated groups -infielder Evan Rogers, outfielder Luke Maglich, and pitchers Geudy Ortiz (Jhailyn’s brother) and Oskerlly Sanchez.
Also missing are the most recent transactions – OF Tyler Goeddel and RHP Jake Thompson were optioned to minor league camp; RHP Dalier Hinojosa, INF Hector Gomez, and C Logan Moore were reassigned to minor league camp; and Rule 5 selection LHP Hoby Milner was been returned by the Indians and will report to ML camp as an NRI.
Reflecting the recent updates, this was the Clearwater line up –
… and this was the Lakewood line up.
Sixto Sanchez drew the start for Lakewood. He attracted lot of scouts to Schmidt Field, as well as Andy MacPhail, Joe Jordan, and Charlie Manuel. Josh Norris and Chris King were also in attendance. Sanchez did not disappoint.
However, no one accepts that he is a six-footer.
Sanchez video –
- ground out,
- 1st strike out,
- 2nd strike out.
- After one of our batters was HBP in the previous inning, he buzzed the lead off batter with his first pitch and got him with the second here.
On Ashburn Field, Franklyn Kilome started for Clearwater –
Mark Laird at bat in the first inning.
Zach Coppola at bat in the first inning.
Jesus De Los Santos started for Group 5. He gave up a couple runs and was throwing 90-94 mph. Francisco Morales was the second reliever. I got video for a few batters –
The remaining 7 videos are of Group 5 batters –
- Muzziotti 1st inning at bat,
- Guzman 1st inning at bat,
- Stephen 1st inning walk,
- Stephen RBI double,
- Pickett 1st inning single,
- Pelletier single to left, and
- Bocio base on balls.
Group 5 rallied for an eight inning, 7-7 tie. This was against the team of 22-28 year old, former MiLB organization players (managed by Hal Lanier) that Group 5 beat 9-7 earlier this week.
Clearwater won 11-7, Henri Lartigue hit a 3-run HR. I don’t know the outcome of the Lakewood game.
Saturday’s games start at 10:00 AM.
Here’s a still photo of Jonathan Guzman from earlier in the week.