The Phillies played a home game Friday and two split squad games Saturday. Both days, they sent players over to the Complex to work out. Friday’s group consisted of the players who weren’t scheduled to play in the game. They stretched, tossed and took batting practice.
As I entered the Complex on Saturday, two buses departed for Bradenton. Soon, the players who remained in Clearwater came out on Ashburn Field to work out. The players taking BP were those in the home line up.
While this was going on, the minor leaguers were taking their physicals and attending meetings.
Position players were dismissed early on Friday and pitchers took to the fields around 2:00 PM. They separated into four groups, one on each field.
Saturday, the pitchers were released early. The position players came out around 1:00 PM and broke into four groups, one on each field.
I took copious notes and having been here for several openings of minor league camp, I have come up with the following group assignments. But first, …
Each group is run by the coaching staff of one of the affiliates. There are a lot of new faces, so I look for identifiable faces to help identify the staff. The group is identified by this coaching assignment. The assignment of players to the group helps support these observations.
Most of the players who will make up Group One are still in the major league camp. So don’t get excited by some of the early assignments. Look at it his way, the first four groups are really groups two thru five and some of the players will be promoted when Group One is finally established. Essentially, Group Four will become Group Five in a week or so. Three will become Four, …
Group One (on Roberts Field) was run by the Reading staff.
Group Two (on Carlton Field) was run by Clearwater staff.
Group Three (on Ashburn Field) was run by Lakewood staff.
Group Four (on Schmidts Field) was run by the Williamsport and GCL staffs.
- Group 1
Catchers – W. Garcia, Gabriel Lino
Infielders – Cumana, Jose Gomez, Martin, Joey Meneses, Stankiewicz , Tomscha
Outfield – Haseley, Jan Hernandez, Sandberg, Tromp, Randolph
Pitchers – Arauz, Bergjans, Tim Berry, Casimiro, Cleavinger, Davis, DeNato , Parker Frazier, Elniery Garcia, Gilbert, Leftwich, McGarry, Rivero, Romero, Singer, Tirado, Viza, Watson, Windle
- Group 2
Catchers – Rivero
Infielders – Antequera, Brito, Gamboa, Hall, Listi (present but didn’t work out), Rivas, Scheiner
Outfielders – Alastre, Martinelli, Pujols
Pitchers – Alcantara, Aaron Brown, Casey Brown, Cabrera, Ryan Etsell, Falter, Fanti, Edgar Garcia, Hallead, Hibbs, Kelzer, Llovera, Medina, Mills, Paulino, Blake Quinn, Requena, Russ, Sixto Sanchez
- Group 3
Catchers – Duran, Marchan, Nerluis Martinez
Infielders – Azuaje, Buhner, Guthrie, Maton, Mims, Nieporte, Austin O’Brien, Pickett, Stobbe, Zoellner
Outfielders – Gurrola, Markham, Mayer, Muzziotti, Jhailyn Ortiz,
Pitchers – Armas, Brogdon, Andrew Brown, Carrasco, Dohy, Julian Garcia, Hernandez, Howard, Jones, Marcelino, Melendez, Nunez, Parkinson, Ramirez, Rosario, Rosso, Seabold, Sobil, Stewart, Warren,Young,
- Group 4
Catchers – Aparicio, Gutierrez, Lenin Rodriguez
Infielders – Encarnacion, Luis Garcia, Gonzalez, Guzman, Henriquez, Holmes, Rodriguez, Rojas, Stewart, Torres
Outfielders – Bocio, De La Cruz, Pelletier, Stephen
Pitchers – Leonel Aponte, Carlos Bettencourt, Ben Brown, Carvajal, Conopoima, Cummings, Cummings, Juan Escorcia, Alex Garcia, Jimenez, Kuznetsov, Lindow, Denny Martinez, Robinson Martinez, Mezquita, Miller, Morales, Alfonzo Puello, Santa Cruz, Juan Santos, Silva, Vargas
I’m fairly sure of the above. Some are missing for various reasons –
- Waguespack, Hennigan, Bettencourt left the Complex Friday before the groups took to the fields
- These position players were on the bus to Bradenton – Bossart, Fitch, Canelo, Green, Williams, Coppola, Matos,
- These guys suited up and were in the dugout or bullpen for Saturday’s home game – Grullon, Lartigue, Emmanuel Marrero, Moniak
- These guys are still on rehab – Mario Sanchez, Dyer, McLoughlin, Gowdy
- And, I haven’t spotted these guys yet – Mark Laird, Josh Tols, Adron Chambers
There are very few DSL guys here. I’m sure more will be invited for XST in 4-6 weeks.
Hopefully, they will have work group handouts early next week. Until they do, I’ll continue to update my observations.
The pitchers just stretched and tossed. They looked bored as they incorporated pick off moves into their short-toss.
The position players stretched and tossed, but also ran some fielding drills while taking batting practice. Now, remember this is BP off a coach from 40 feet although a hard thrown ball from that distance might seem like an 80-something pitch. Some of these guys really crushed some long balls.
Cord Sandberg must have hit ten over the RF fence on Roberts. Over on Ashburn, I watched Nieporte, Stobbe, Ortiz, and Mayer pelt balls off the Spectrum Field wall. Stobbe hit one high off the wall, about ten feet left of the kids play area in Spectrum Field.
Game notes: Deivy Grullon got a pinch hit single and RBI in the Orioles game, JoJo Romero struck out a batter in one-third of an inning but left with the bases loaded. (Taveras put out the fire.) In Bradenton, Zack Coppola and Luke Williams struck out and Zach Green flew out.
Sunday, March 4 – FIRST FULL SQUAD WORKOUT