Minor League Spring Training 2021, (4/17/21)

Game One.  Redux.  High-A teams from the Phillies and Detroit organizations faced each other at BCB.  High-A for us is Jersey Shore.  We watched them lose yesterday to the Phillies’ Double squad, Reading.  Jersey Shore is managed by Chris Adamson.  Matt Hockenberry is the pitching coach.  Roly de Armas coached first base, but I’m pretty sure he’s managing in the GCL.

This is close to the same Jersey Shore lineup that struggled against Reading’s pitchers.  That experience didn’t really prepare them for today’s game.  They dropped a 3-2 decision that probably wasn’t as close as the final score.  Here’s my boxscore.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Garcia SS 4-3 4-3 1-3 0-3
       Cornelius SS 6-3 0-1
Iser C BB F8 0-1, R, BB
       Gutierrez C E9 4-3 0-2
Ortiz RF F8 K 1-3 6-3 0-4, K
Tatum LF HR F2 P3 5-3 1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI
Rott 1B 2B 4-3 1B BB 2-3, Double, BB
Fassnacht 3B K 5-3 P3 3-1 0-4, K
Guzman 2B F8 K 1B 1-3, K
Edwards DH 4-3 K K 0-3, 2 K
Williams CF K 4-3 BB 0-2, BB, K, CS
2/2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/2 0/0 0/0 4-30, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K

Jersey struck first on McCarthy Tatum’s 2-run HR in the first inning.  Rudy Rott followed with a double into the LCF gap.  The Tigers rolled the inning then retired 16 of the next 17 batters before the BlueClaws got their next hit.  The only base runner during the middle innings was on a dropped ball on a hard hit ball by Abrahan Gutierrez to the right fielder.

They managed 4 base runners over the final 3 innings but never really threatened to score.

Here’s my pitchers’ box score.

Mezquita 2.0 7 3 1 0 0 3 2 36 15 WP, 2 rolled innings
McKay 2.0 8 3 3 2 2 1 0 34 18 HBP, 2 rolled innings
Hendrickson 2.0 8 2 3 1 0 2 1 35 20 1 rolled inning
Leverett 1.0 4 3 0 0 0 1 0 13 7
Sutera 1.0 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 10 7
Sullivan 1.0 4 3 0 0 0 0 1 21 15 HBP
9.0 34 17 7 3 2 7 5 149 85 5 rolled innings

The pitching during the first six innings was a little difficult to watch.  The three pitchers combined to throw 105 pitches and just 3 strikes.  They combined to record 8 outs.  The ninth out was recorded on a steal attempt and completed the only inning that wasn’t rolled among the first six.

Adam Leverett, Tom Sutera, and Billy Sullivan pitched the final three innings and shut the Tigers down on one walk and one hit batter.  Pitch velocity is not displayed during these games.  It looked like Sullivan had decent velo.  I don’t remember Sutera’s fastball speed from earlier outings, but he looks like a pitcher rather than a thrower.  You know, he has an idea of how to pitch.  Doesn’t try to overthrow.

Other Stuff

Got to see the Tigers’ top prospect, Spencer Torkelson who was selected number one overall in 2020.  He drew a 5-pitch walk in the first inning, an 8-pitch pop up to Rott in the third, a 4-pitch walk in the sixth, and a fly ball to Williams in the ninth.  He’s a big fellow, played first today.

McCarthy Tatum’s HR in the first inning landed on the concourse BEHIND the bullpens and bounced over the back fence.

On a Tigers’ stolen base in the second inning, the runner got a good jump, Herbert Iser made a great throw on the bag, but the ball was dropped on the tag.  Should have been an out.

Luis Garcia lost a pop up in the sun to lead off the fifth inning.  The runner somehow got hung up between first and second.  But, Garcia fired a high throw into the Tigers’ dugout.

On a Tigers’ double steal attempt in the sixth inning, the runner was safe at second on Abrahan Gutierrez’ throw, but the lead runner was cut down at the plate by Jonathan Guzman.

Corbin Williams was thrown out stealing second after a leadoff walk.  The kid seems to go on the first pitch, a lot.  He got a good jump, but the offline throw allowed a tag on the upper body before he touched the bag.  A case where a better throw would not have had him.

Having seen the Jersey boys on successive days, it looks like their roster could look like this with about 7 more slots to fill –

Pitchers: Ben Brown, Kevin Gowdy, Jonathan Hughes, Andrew Brown, Jhordany Mezquita, Tyler McKay, Josh Hendrickson, Adam Leverett, Tom Sutera, Billy Sullivan

Catchers: Herbert Iser, Abrahan Gutierrez, Mitchell Edwards

Infielders: Rudy Rott, Jonathan Guzman, Chris Cornelius, Nate Fassnacht, Luis Garcia, Jake Holmes

Outfielders: Jhailyn Ortiz, McCarthy Tatum, Corbin Williams, Keaton Greenwalt

This isn’t necessarily accurate.  I’d be a little surprised if Billy Sullivan started at High-A, but he was a college pitcher, why not.  Mitchell Edwards looked overmatched in his at bats.  He might be better served to drop back to Low-A.  Corbin Williams also looked overmatched, but he’s older, turned 23 in January.  Time to get the bat to the ball.

Tomorrow is a camp day.  I was wrong about who played where today,  Not going to try and project who/where on Monday.

I’ll be back at my post, weather permitting.


3 thoughts on “Minor League Spring Training 2021, (4/17/21)

  1. I am/have been very excited for Billy Sullivan and his new ulnar collateral ligament! I believe he can move through the system at the speed of light (as a reliever).

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