Spring Training 2019 (March 23rd)

Friday, the Phillies played a night game in Tampa versus the Yankees.  A couple guys from major league camp stepped down to pitch in the two A games.  Nola and Knapp formed the battery in the higher of the two A games.  Nola struck out the first five batters he faced and was perfect through two innings.  He gave up a double over the center fielder’s head to start the third but escaped without allowing the runner to score.  His goal was to throw 90-100 pitches and he ended his afternoon after his 91st pitch.  He parted having been touched for just a 2-run HR.

Nola had been spotted a 4-run lead in the first on James Smith’s grand slam HR.  Smith also had an extra base hit off the batter’s eye in center field.  The Phillies took a 7-4 lead into the ninth but squandered the lead, walking in three runs and giving up a grand slam, and lost 11-7.

Nicasio started the lower A game and retired the side in order.  Nick Fanti followed with three innings striking out five.  Rafi Gonell, Kyle Glogoski, Junior Tejada, and Kyle Arjona completed the shutout.  The Phillies scored the games only run on a triple by Corbin Williams and a ground out by Carlos De La Cruz in the second inning.

Saturday, Harper played nine innings in the AAA game.  He went 1-4 with a double and walk.  Ramon Russo started and gave up four runs in an eventual loss.

The AA team opened with David Parkinson.  He pitched four innings, allowed one hit and struck out eight.  The one walk during his stint should be charged to the umpire.  Zach Warren pitched one inning and struck out two, walked one.  Luis Cedeno was next and gave up a run on two hits but struck out three.  Grant Dyer retired the side in order, recording one strike out.  Randy Alcantara gave up a run on two hits.  Tyler Fallwell finished with one hit and 2 strike outs.

I watched the gun today – (FastBall, Curve Ball, CHange up, CUtter, SLider)

  1. Parkinson – FB (87-88, t89 on last pitch, his 57th), CB, CH, CU
  2. Warren – FB (92-93), CB, CH, CU
  3. Cedeno – FB (92-94), CH
  4. Dyer – FB (87-89), CB, CH
  5. Alcantara – FB (97-89), CB, CH
  6. Fallwell – FB (89-93), SL, CH

The Phillies scored in the first inning.  Mickey Moniak drove the first pitch into the right center field gap for a lead off double.  He scored when the SS missed a Darick Hall pop up with two outs.  They scored two in the second when McCutchen walked and Cornelius Randolph crushed a 2-run HR over the scoreboard in right.  The Phillies added 2 runs in the sixth when Henri Lartigue walked and Raul Rivas launched a two-run HR to right.

That was all the scoring.  Other guys reaching base were – Matt Vierling on a line drive double to left center, Jake Scheiner on a line drive single to center, Hall on a walk, Daniel Brito on a single to the gap in right center that the outfielder misplayed into two extra bases, and Alec Bohm lined a single to center.  Final 5-2.

Afterwards, the staff began an afternoon meeting to finalize roster assignments.  There may also be a few releases, but the Phillies might use extended spring to delay some decisions, as it appeared they did last year.

Keeping with recent organization practice, assignments will probably not be available tomorrow.  They will likely allow the affiliates the opportunity to make the roster announcements.  They should come quickly for some teams as at least one beat writer has expressed that he expects to release his article some time Monday.  Unfortunately, I’m the closest thing to a beat writer for the Threshers, i’m not on their mailing list, and historically they haven’t made the roster announcements until much later than other affiliates.

Roster movement.

Phillies optioned Victor Arano, Yacksel Rios, and Jerad Eickhoff to Lehigh Valley.

Keeping in mind that the Phillies already informed OFs Shane Robinson and Lane Adams, and INFs Phil Gosselin, Gift Ngoepe, and Matt McBride that they will be reassigned to the minors on Tuesday, that leaves 30 players in the major league camp – fifteen 40-man roster pitchers plus NRI Josh Martin, two 40-man roster catchers plus NRI Rob Brantly, five 40-man roster infielders plus NRI Sean Rodriguez, and six 40-man roster outfielders.

And, come Tuesday barring any releases, 192 players remain in the minor league camp – 108 pitchers, 19 catchers, 40 infielders, and 25 outfielders.

Well, that’s all until tomorrow.


13 thoughts on “Spring Training 2019 (March 23rd)

    1. They’ll be decent additions to LHV and could end up making an impact in the majors this year if there are injuries. They’re legit 4A players.

  1. Did Arano get through any game this year without giving up a run? Something is wrong and he needs some minor league regrouping. I’ve been waiting for Gosselin to revert to his mean but it just hasn’t happened.

    1. rocco…Fanti has been rolling up the Ks since last half of his Aussie pitching this winter….had five Ks in three innings of work on Friday afternoon vs Pirates minor leaguers….assume majority were their young A level caliber prospects
      So it should be expected he would dominate vs them..

      1. low to mid 80s, topped out at 88, but I think he is still recovering from an injury from last season. His CB is still tough to hit, but better hitters are going to sit on his FB.

  2. I was hoping Parkinson threw in the low 90s at least. I’m not sure he can be successful throwing in the 80s against the better hitters.
    It appears Ramos will grab the 8th spot for now. Altherr’s spot is very tenuous. He might lose it to Sean Rodriguez now or to Quinn in a few weeks.

    1. I’m trying to assess what Sean Rodriguez has done this spring to warrant consderaton for the final 25. For a non-roster invitee, he sure has not seized the opporunity that seemingly has been handed to him. If he is a fielding wizard and the Phillies can accommodate his abysmal BA, I guess he’s a lock, but I donn’t get it.

      1. I just don’t get Sean Rodriguez. He’s like an old Mini-Matt. He’s had one year in the last seven that approached league average. He used to provide positional flexibility. Now he just plays a lot of positions poorly. And it’s not like I he’s even played well this spring.

  3. something unusual happened in the game nola pitched. the phils had runners on second and third with one out. the batter hit a fly to short right. the runner on third broke for the plate and then went back, the catcher threw to second trapping the runner in a rundown, the runner on third came home and looking over his shoulder at the run down leveled the pirates catcher. the catcher came up throwing punches and the dugouts emptied. order was restored. something you never see in a spring game! i think the phils runner was mayer, who is a big guy. i’ sure the catcher was sore.

    1. These guys will see each other plenty in high A ball. Should be fun going forward. Mayer is a really big guy so I’m sure he left a mark.

      1. the expression on this face after he hit the catcher was priceless, complete surprise. it was totally unintentional.

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