Saturday was the final day of Spring Training 2019. The trucks were on hand for the trips to Allentown, Reading, and Lakewood. Players took part in their final drills before a five inning scrimmage between two groups on Ashburn Field. Two more groups met on Roberts Field. And, all pitchers not charting or on rehab were tossing on Schmidt Field.
Kyle Young and Dominic Pipkin squared off on Ashburn. Young pitched against his Clearwater team mates, and Pipkin pitched against a team made up mostly of guys who will likely play in Williamsport after eXtended Spring Training.
Pipkin pitched 5.0 innings. He gave up one run on 4 hits, walked none, and struck out three. Julio Francisco singled off Pipkin in the first inning and scored on Connor Litton’s double over the center fielder’s head. Jose Tortolero singled in the third and Litoon picked up another base hit in the fourth. Pipkin recorded two of his Ks in the fifth and final inning.
Young also pitched 5.0 innings. He allowed one hit, a lead off triple in the second inning. He recorded two of his strike outs in the inning and escaped unscathed. Young walked Jake Scheiner in the first. The only other batter to reach base was Madison Stokes on an errant throw in the fourth inning. Youngs line – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.
I paid keen attention on the Clearwater dugout. And later, noted who carried their equipment over to the Spectrum Field club house. I have a very good idea whom makes up the Clearwater roster, and updated yesterday’s 2019 Roster Assignments (updated March 30th, noon).
I’ll continue to update the Clearwater section as necessary. The Threshers are probably holding off on their roster announcement until Wednesday’s season ticket holder party. However, the Threshers are scheduled to play a Tuesday night game against remaining campers. I”l be keen on the dugout and bull pen that night.
The Complex is closed the next couple days. I think the only activity before Thursday’s season opener is an afternoon practice before the Tuesday night game. Monday, April 8th is the start of XST.
One last note for you to think about. Players who remain in XST are not paid. They receive a meal allowance and a shared room in a motel, but receive no salary or wages. That’s all of April, all of May, and most of June before they can expect a pay check.
That’s all ’til next spring. Box score reports will begin Thusday night.