Spring Training at the Complex, Mar. 10, 2018

I arrived at the Compex at 9:00 AM.  Players and coaches were already filing out to the fields.  Two intrasquad games were scheduled for 1:30 PM.  

The players were on all four fields and some pitchers were on the two sets mounds between Ashburn/Schmidt and Carlton/Roberts Fields.  

Players appeared to be receiving lectures as they moved around the bases with the coaches on Ashburn and Carlton.  The lectures were a little more hands on with the players on Roberts wearing and using sliding pants.  Bunting drills were being held on Schmidt.  The pitchers on the mounds were receiving instruction on mechanics.  They were using towels in a mock throwing motion.

This activity morphed into the normal drills with Group Four trekking over to DiMaggio. Ashburn was left vacant for the Phillies.

Coaches hit balls to the outfielders who made throws to bases or to home, some by relay, some cut off.  Bunting PFPs were held, and infield double play drills.  Note: Luke Williams worked out at second base today in Group Two.  Pitcher practiced pick offs with runners on first or second.  Rundowns were practiced, too.  These drills seemed to run longer than usual.

By the time that the players started BP, the Phillies who didn’t work out in the stadium were out.  Most of the people at the Complex were watching them.  Those of us not watching the Phillies wondered who the new guys were taking BP.  Four new names appeared on Carlton and Roberts – Sauer, Small, Mayville, and Torres.  I finally settled the issue by asking a Phillies trainer.  They were brought in to speak to the playrs this morning.  As part of their experience, they were given uniforms with their names on the back and given the opportunity to take BP.  I was told they were all military or former military.  That was cool.

Harold Reynolds from the MLB Network was on hand shooting some video for Saturday evening’s show.  He looked into an equipment cart near us and took out a batting helmet.  I was close enough to say that if he put it on I would take a picture and shoot it out on the internet.  He laughed and went looking for a bat.  When he finished his segment, he returned the equipment.

The few people standing by me asked him to sign or stand for a picture.  I got a photo on my phone and asked him if I could use it on Phuture Phillies.  He said “Sure” and went one step further.  He said he would do a video for me.  I was not prepared.  I told him I wasn’t sure how to take video with my phone (I take all my video on a camera. I haven’t been able to figure out stuff on my phone since we converted from iPhones).

Harold said “Let me” and tried to decypher my Android.  After several long, anxious minutes, I told him I use another device fo video.  I thanked him for his efforts, and my embarrasment finally ended as he returned to his crew.  Of course, within moments after he left, I was able to figure out how to shoot video.  #EPICFAIL

While waiting for the games to start, I said hello to the Mayer family.  I met them last season when they came to the Complex after Daniel was drafted.  I also spoke with Mr. and Mrs. Haseley for several minutes.

I’ve got some of the pitching/hitting match ups.  Let me remind you that there are no radar guns out yet.  Okay, here we go –

  • Spencer Howard v. Bocio – Foul on a FB low and away, Ball on a FB high, Called strike on a FB center cut, K swinging on a FB rifing up and in.
  • Howard v. Guzman – Foul on a FB low and away, Ball on a FB low and outside, 5-3 on a FB riding up and in.
  • Howard v. Holmes – Called strike on a FB low and away, Called strike on a slider, Foul ball on a a FB riding in, Ball on a FB outside, Ball on a FB in the dirt, line drive single to LF on a FB up in the zone.
  • Howard – Encarnacion – Ball on a FB low and outside, F9 on a FB up and in.
  • Jhordany Mezquita v. Muzziotti – 1-3 on a bunt of a FB up in the zone.
  • Mezquita v. Mims – Called strike on a FB away, Swing at a slider, K on a FB up.
  • Mezquita v. Gurrola – Ball on a FB low and away, Double to RF over the fielder’s head on a FB low and away
  • Mezquita v. O’Brien – Called strike a FB down and away, Called strike on a CB, Foul on a FB up, Ball on a FB in the dirt, Foul on a FB up and away, Foul on a FB away, 5-3 on a FB in.
  • Sandro Rosario v. De La Cruz – Ball on a FB in the dirst, Called strike on a FB down and away, Foul ball on a FB riding in, K on a hanging slider.
  • Requena v. Grullon (joined in progress, 1 out, 2runs in, runner on third 0-1 count) – Foul ball on a FB, Ball on a FB, 6-3 on an off speed pitch with the infield drawn in.
  • Requena v. Martin – Swing at a FB center cut, Ball on a SL outside, Foul on a FB low, Ball on a SL outside in the dirt, P5 on a FB down in the zone.
  • Tommy Bergans v. Rivero – Double to shallow CF on a FB down in the zone (heads up base running)
  • Bergans v. N. Wiliams – Called strike at a FB away, Swinging strike at a FB in the same spot, Double down the LF line off a FB up in the zone (ball was in the air way to long to not be caught.
  • Bergans v. Scheiner – 6-3 on a FB away.
  • Bergans v. Matos – Ball on a FB low, Ground single to left with the infield in off a FB down in the zone.
  • Bergans v.Martinelli – Called strike on a FB away, Line drive single to left off a FB down in the zone.
  • Bergans v. Hall – Ball on a FB outside, Ball on another FB outside, Line drive single to right off a FB up and in.
  • Julian Garcia v. Henriquez – Swinging strike at a FB down and away, Ball on a FB low, Ball on a SL outside, Foul Ball on a FB in, Ball on a CB in thr dirt, 4-3 on a FB down in the zone.
  • Garcia v. E. Rodriguez – 6-3 on a FB up and in.
  • Garcia v. Pelletier – Called strike on a CB low and away, Called strike on the same pitch, K on a FB in the same spot.
  • Jose Jimenez v. N. Martinez – F8
  • Jimenez v. Duran – Ball on a FB inside, Foul ball on a FB in, Ball on a high SL, F7 on a FB in.
  • Jimenez v. Zoellner – Called strike n a SL down and in, Ball on a SL outside, Ball on a SL up and away, F8 on a FB center cut, deep, Bocio made a great catch.
  • Adonis Medina v. Tromp – Ball on a FB inside, Ball on a SL down and in, Ball on a FB up and away, Called strike on a FB down the middle in the lower third of the zone, F8 on a FB away.
  • Medina v. N. Williams – Hard hit 4-3 on a FB in the center of the lower third of the strike zone.
  • Medina v. Canelo – Called strike on a SL in, Ball on a CB in the dirt, Foul ball on a FB away, K on a SL in the center of the lower third of the zone.
  • Medina v. Randolph – Called strike on a FB down and away, Ball on a FB high and inside, Ball on a SL up and in, Called strike on a FB in, Ball on a CB in the dirt, Foul on a FB in the center of the zone, same again, and again, Walk on the 9th pitch of the at bat on a FB in the dirt.
  • Medina v. Stankiewicz – Foul on a FB away, Ball on a high FB, Ball on a SL inside, Swinging strike on a SL down and in, Foul on a FB away, K on a FB up and in.
  • Medina v. N. Williams – Swinging strike on a SL down and in, Ball on an inside FB, Called strike on a SL in, Foul on a FB down in the center of the zone, Foul on a FB down and away, 6-3 on a FB up and in.
  • Medina v. Gomez – Swinging strike on a CB down and in, Ball on a FB inside, Ball on a low SL, Swinging strike on a FB away, Fp on a FB in the same spot.
  • Andrew Brown v. Bocio – Foul on a FB down and in, Ball on a SL away, Foul on a FB in, Foul on a FB away, Ball on a FB low and away, 5-3 on a FB away, a real close play at first base.
  • An. Brown v. Garcia – 4-3 on a FB down the middle.
  • An. Brown v. Stewart – Called strike on a FB down and away, Called strike on a FB away, Ball on a SL outside, Ball on a CB down and away, Semi line drive single to LF on a FB that looked to be high out of the zone.
  • An. Brown v. Encarnacion – Ball on a FB down and away, same, Double to the RCF gap on a FB away.
  • An. Brown v. ? – Called strike on a FB in, Foul P4 on a FB away.
  • Aponte v. N. Martinez – Foul ball on a FB in the lower part of the zone, Ball on a FB down, 1-3 on a FB that jammed him.
  • Aponte v. Marchan – Foul on a FB inside, Swinging strike on a FB away, Ball on a FB down and away, Strike out looking at a FB in the center of the lower third of the zone.
  • Aponte v. Duran – Called strike on a FB away, Called strike on a SL in, Ball on a CB in the dirt, Ball on a FB in the heart of the plate (missed call), Ball on a FB outside, BB on a FB inside.
  • Aponte v. Zoellner – Called strike on a FB down and in, Ball on a SL down and away, Swinging strike on a SL down in the zone, 1-3 on a FB in the same spot.
  • Dohy v. De La Cruz – Deep HR to left on a FB down and in (classic drop the head of the bat pitch that De La Cruz turned on).
  • Dohy v. Guttierez – Called strike Swinging strike, and Strike out looking on similar FB to the one De La Cruz hit but each was a little lower in the zone.
  • Dohy v. Rojas – Ball on a FB low, Ball on a FB low and outside, Swinging strike on a FB in, Foul on a FB away, Foul on a SL in the lower third of the zone, Ball on a FB inside, E6 on a FB down and in (the SS fell making the throw)
  • Dohy v. Henriquez – Ball on a FB down and in, Ball on a FB up and in (Rojas caught stealing, 2-6), Ball on a FB low, Ball on a FB low and away.
  • Dohy v. Torres – Ball on a high FB, Ball on an inside, Swinging strike on a SL in the dirt, Ball on a high FB, Walk on a low FB.  Inning rolled.

Once again, group assignments were not available.  It is possible that they aren’t going to distribute the work group lists.  So, my declaring these as the official groups gains credence.  Still don’t know what is up with Gabriel Lino and Adron Chambers.  Josh Tols was working out with Group One.

Franklyn Kilome and Jose Taveras were with Group One.  Ranger Suarez was with Group Two.  Dylan Cozens wasn’t on the field, but I’m sure that he will be with Group One.  And, Eliezer Alazar was with Group One.

  1. Group 1 – (with the Reading staff)
    CatchersBossart, Grullon, Cabral
    Infielders – Cumana, Jose Gomez, Martin, Joey  Meneses, Stankiewicz , Tomscha, Canelo, Green, Emmanuel Marrero, Alvarez
    Outfield – Haseley, Jan Hernandez, Sandberg, Tromp, Randolph, Coppola, Cozens
    Pitchers – Arauz, Bergjans, Tim Berry, Casimiro, Cleavinger, Davis, DeNato , Parker Frazier, Elniery Garcia, Gilbert, Leftwich, McGarry, Rivero, Romero, Singer, Tirado, Viza, Watson, Windle, Waguespack, Anderson, Hammer, Kilome, Taveras, Tols
  2. Group 2 – (with the Clearwater staff)
    Catchers – W. Garcia, Rivero, Fitch, Lartigue
    Infielders – Antequera, Brito, Gamboa, Hall, Listi, Rivas, Scheiner, Williams
    Outfielders – Alastre, Martinelli, Pujols, Matos, Moniak
    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, Hennigan, Bettencourt, Suarez
  3. Group 3 – (with the Lakewood staff)
    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,
  4. Group 4 – (with the Williamsport and GCL staffs)
    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

More guys sent down to the Complex – Ricardo Pinto, Enyel De Los Santos, Cole Irvin, and Brandon Leibrandt.  No groups for them yet.

These four guys are on rehab – Mario Sanchez, Grant Dyer, Sutter McLoughlin, and Kevin Gowdy.  

The Phillies blew a 3-0 lead in the last two innings.  A 3-run HR off Neris sealed the loss. That “has a familiar ring to it, ring to it”.  (Romus?)

#Phly Phillies Phly

 

9 thoughts on “Spring Training at the Complex, Mar. 10, 2018

  1. Thanks for the detailed report.
    A double click on the power button automatically turns the camera on my android.

  2. ” The Phillies blew a 3-0 lead in the last two innings. A 3-run HR off Neris sealed the loss. That “has a familiar ring to it, ring to it”. (Romus?)”
    ….sure does, but have to be hopeful….Eagles helped to alter the prevailing negadephia.

  3. Every day I look forward to reading your report. I’ll be down there in 2 days and a wake up with my 15 year old Twins. Say hello to Nelson Prada for me, he’ll be managing the GCL Phillies this year.

  4. First Santana, now Arrieta. Right on. Initially I wanted Darvish, but once he signed, Arrieta was the next logical move.

    I can’t wait to see all the crybabies who wanted the kids to play… Hoskins had to be on first. Phillies shouldn’t spend money… Draft pick compensation… Don’t rush the rebuild… This is great!! Let’s start pushing for some wins!

    1. I hate when people over-do it like that. I think Phillies will be in the 79-83 win territory. Maybe some things break right and they’re a little more, or maybe the opposite happens.

      At this point, they might as well go out and sign Cobb. With only $90M on the books, another 1- or 2-year deal at around $15M won’t break the bank.

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