This morning I learned that a Phillies’ team of minor leaguers was going to play a game against the Villanova Wildcats in Spectrum Field at 1:00 PM. I arrived a little later to accommodate the time needed to view the game.
Non-throwing pitchers trekked over to DiMaggio for their drills. The players who remained at the Complex ran through the same fielding drills as conducted the previous days. I remain impressed by the the fielding of Holmes and Garcia. If they end up on the left side of the same infield, they will provide a formidable defense.
The Phillies provided a list of the 181 players in minor league camp.
Since the Phillies game was scheduled at night in Orlando, the players making the trip were available for morning drills. The seven players making the trip included pitchers Andrew Brown, Adam Cox, Luke Leftwich, Tom Windle, catcher Rodolfo Duran, and outfielders Carlos De La Cruz and Simon Muzziotti.
The major leaguers took BP in the stadium and it was opened to the public. Live BP was scheduled at the Complex, but I opted to grab a bite to eat before going to the field to watch the game.
The Phillies squad included –
I didn’t see catcher Nerluis Martinez at the game. Catcher Gregorio Rivero and outfielder Jesus Alastre were late additions. Everyone else was inserted into the game except pitcher Austin Ross.
Our squad didn’t include a lot of the more glamorous prospects, but looked to me to be a fair collection of players to field against a college team. I was wrong. We were way better than the ‘Cats.
Villanova fields a young team of mostly local or near local players. One noticeable name was infielder Jeff Manto from Bristol and St. Joe’s Prep. His father, Jeff, played parts of nine seasons in the majors for eight teams. One was the ’93 Phillies for whom he played eight games.
The game was really no contest. Eleven pitchers pitched a combined one-hitter.
- Mauricio Llovera started and issued a leadoff walk and a one-out single. He retired all three outs on strike outs.
- Ben Brown pitched the second and got a 4-3 ground out and 2 strike outs.
- Manuel Silva pitched the third and got a 5-3 before issuing a walk. He got a strike out before moving the runner into scoring position with a wild pitch. He ended the inning with a 4-3.
- Kyle Glosgoski pitched the fourth, threw hard, and got three fly outs with his rising fastball, one to each field.
- Grant Dyer drew the fifth and struck out 2 before an inning-ending F8.
- Luis Carrasco started the sixth and struck out his two batters. Tyler Fallwell was brought in to face the next batter and got a 6-3.
- Luis Cedeno started the seventh and walked the first two batters. He got a deep F7 that James Smith tracked down at the wall before giving way to Ethan Evanko who struck out the two batters he faced.
- Brian Auerbach issued a leadoff walk to start the eight. He got a 6-4-3 double play and an inning-ending strike out.
- Luis Ramirez got the final three outs on two infield pop ups and a game ending F8.
The Phillies only hit during the first two innings was a line drive single by Josh Stephen.
- In the third, Lenin Rodriguez drew a one-out walk and stole second base. Jesus Henriquez walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Danny Mayer brought both runners home with a line drive double into the felt field corner.
- They got a couple of two-out base runners in the fourth when Edwin Rodriguez walked and Brian Mims was hit by a pitched ball, but didn’t score.
- Emmanuel Marrero opened the fifth with a double the outfielder lost in the sun. He advanced to third on a fly ball to right field, and scored on a sac fly by Danny Mayer. Stoney O’Brien followed with a ground ball single to left but was stranded.
- In the sixth, Grenny Cumana had a two-out single and stole second. Nick Matera walked before the inning ended.
- Connor Litton reached to open the seventh when he was hit by a pitch. He stole second and scored on a ground single to center by Trent Bowles who also stole second then moved to third on a passed ball. He scored on a one-out ground out by Quincy Nieporte. Gregori Rivero lifted a fly ball to the right field wall for a triple when the outfielder lost it in the sun. Nova rolled the inning.
- Jesus Alastre opened the eighth with a walk and stole second. Jesus Azuaje drew a two-out walk. Connor Litton ground an RBI single to right to end the scoring.
There were no radar guns, but our guys really seemed to be bringing the heat.
The Driveline guys have been here for several days. They (Ochart and Steinhorn) were in the dugout.
Coaches took advantage of opportunities to coach up players. Roly de Armas met Rodriguez on his way to the dugout between innings to talk over someting that happened during the sequence of pitches to one of the Nova batters during the inning. Rafael Delima talked to outfielders Stephen and Mayer as they crossed the foul line after a collision catching the final out of an inning.
The final was 6-0. We out hit them 8-1.
There are 102 pitchers in camp, 19 catchers, 40 infielders, and 20 outfielders.
I didn’t note anything different, so the following still applies for the pitchers –
- Group one – sorry, I didn’t get there in time, but I’m sure that Bailey Falter is in this group.
- Group two – Dohy, Armas, Aaron Brown, Taveras, T, Bettencourt, Hammer, Warren, Russ, Requena
- Group three – F. Morales, Young, White, McArthur, Santa Cruz, Mezquita, Potter, M. Gomez
- Group four – Santos, C. Betencourt, Gowdy, McKay, Miller, Cotto, Tejada, C. Francisco, Antonac
And the same for the position players –
- Group 1 – Bossart, Cabral, Lartigue, Fitch, Tomscha, Randolph, Markham, J. Hernandez, Alastre, K. Martin (red shirt), Marrero, Hall, L. Williams, Cumana, Gomez,
- Group 2 – G. Rivero, Conley, N. Martinez, Duran, Henriquez, Mims, Muzziotti, Lancaster, Stokes, Bohm, Nieporte, Guthrie, Brito, Aklinski, Ortiz, Maton, Scheiner, Vierling, Pelletier, Stankiewicz,
- Group 3 – Matera, L. Rodriguez, Marchan, Gutierrez, Mayer, J. Francisco, J. Smith, Stobbe, B. Gonzalez, Guzman, Kroon, L. Miller, Stephen, L. Rojas, O’Brien, L. Garcia, M. Matos, Holmes
- Group 4 – O’Hoppe, Wang, Edwards, Aparicio, Mendez, Bowles, E. Rodriguez, Bocio, C. Williams, Wingrove, Tortolero, Stewart, Mead, Azuaje, De La Cruz, Torres, Simmons, Litton,
Guys I still haven’t been able to identify with a group – Wilkening, Rivas, Pujols, Antequera, A. Castillo, Mercado.
Well, that’s all until tomorrow.