2017 Spring Training, 3/31

Final day of spring training for most players.  The Phillies head north to start the major league season.  Saturday, the IronPigs and Fightin’ Phils break camp and head to Allentown and Reading.  The Threshers vacate the Complex clubhouse and walk over to their regular season home in Spectrum Field.  The BlueClaws will stay in town for a few days before heading to Kannapolis to open their season in North Carolina.

The much anticipated minor league rosters had not been released when I left the Complex after 4:00PM.  A copy began circulating on Twitter by the time I reached home.  But, when I called to verify the authenticity and ask if I could publish it, I was told the rosters had not been finalized and in fact the copy on the internet had been taken surreptitiously from a private office.

Later in the evening the IronPigs released their opening day roster to IronPigs Media.  Greg Shore received and tweeted out the information and also posted it here.  The IronPigs have updated their web site to reflect the new players.

During the day, I watched the short-season kids play another traveling group of former minor leaguers.  Our guys are usually at an age disadvantage in these games but managed to hold on to win 14-13.

Denny Martinez started and walked the first batter.  He followed that with a triple, wild pitch, and home run.  Then he settled down.  He gave up two more runs in the second inning.

Martinez video –

The Phillies came back in the bottom of the first.  A single by Jesus Alastre and walks to Josh Stephen and Cole Stobbe loaded the bases for Greg Pickett.  He did not disappoint.  He crushed the first pitch deep over the right center field fence.  Jhailyn Ortiz was hit by a pitch and they went on to score four more runs on one hit.

They scored two more crooked numbers on their way to a 14 -6 lead and held on to win by one run.  More video –

The following transactions took place on March 31st –

  • SHP Pat Venditte assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Rhys Hoskins assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Mark Leiter assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Jorge Flores assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Osmel Aguila assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Joey DeNato assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of 1B Brock Stassi from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Colton Murray assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.



18 thoughts on “2017 Spring Training, 3/31

  1. Jesmuel Valentn played so well, the Phils had to send him down. That was more or less the headline on Philly.com http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/Philadelphia-Phillies-Jesmuel-Valentin-second-baseman-Triple-A-minors.html

    I agree with the statement. He played to stay but he couldn’t unseat Hernandez. If the Phils want, they can trade Hernandez anytime a trade blows them away. Valentin is young but he’s ready. Kingery sits just behind Jesmuel. He can use a little AA work and move to AAA, whenever the Phils move Valentin up. This is very good problem to have.

    Hernandez is a step or two above Valentin right now. But Valentin could offer a lot to the Phils. He could fill in if Hernandez is injured. He can fill in if Hernandez is traded. He can come up and be a backup infielder is someone else goes down. he could be included in a trade to pry someone away from another team. Kingery has to learn to hit righties so a bit of work at AA with a move up to AAA during the season should allow him to solve that issue. No need to push Kingery faster than he’s ready for. Again, a great problem to have.

  2. Jim, there’s a lot of talent left behind for the Wsport team. You should be able to see good players each day on the back fields. Several will fight with their play to try to get called up to Lakewood. Several players on Lakewood roster are going to be fighting to keep their spots. They can never relax.

    1. Yeah, there are a lot of interesting players left behind in Extended. It will give him something to watch. The Clearwater team doesn’t seem too interesting other than Randolph, Kilome and Cole Irvin.

  3. Would have liked to have seen Hall at Clearwater and Pickett and Stobbe at Lakewood They all seemed ready. But since I am not evaluating these kids every day I have to put my trust in the minor league development people.

    1. Agree with NL. Here’s hoping for good health for Greg Pickett. He looks like he could develop Dylan Cozens type of power.

  4. Reading’s a little short of position players. They have 1 catcher — Joel Fisher — 4 IF’ers and 3 OF’ers. There are some spots to fill. Numata could be the starting catcher here. If he’s #3 on the prospect depth chart, he should be inked in. CLW has 6 OF’ers listed on their roster. Tocci could fill a spot in Reading. He could start too. Aaron Brown is still around on the Reading roster. I’m not high on Aaron but he’s not blocking any OF’ers listed in CLW.

    Of course, the Phils could sign some lifetime minor leaguers to fill spots too.

    1. bellman, I think you are looking at last year’s rosters on Reading and Clearwater’s home pages. They haven’t yet been updated as of this posting. Here is a link to Baseball Betsy’s posting of the rosters, which look sort of official.

  5. When/if Goeddel gets claimed, I wonder which OF will be placed in Reading as a replacement. Reading seems a little short on OF and the guys currently projected as the Clearwater OF never played in A- and aren’t ready to jump to AA.

    1. If this is the pitching staff for LKW, there are at least 8 very good starters on the team. Early in the season you need a couple of guys to go 4 innings at least 3 out of 5 days. It will be fine until Sixto and 4 others establish themselves as the top 5. After that we’ll see.

    1. I presume the Lakewood roster is preliminary because they have 27 players listed and they can only carry 25 players on the active roster.

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