I felt well enough today to venture over to the Carpenter Complex for a few innings of live baseball. I was rewarded with 5 innings of Bailey Falter and Nick Fanti for my effort.
The XST groups have been working out for almost two weeks now. They began playing games last Monday. Today was the first time I was able to make it to the Complex since ST broke around April 1st. Continue reading XST at the Complex; April 18th, 2016
Tuesday night the Threshers played a scrimmage game against a team comprised of players in the XST camp. Threshers’ pitchers started for both teams – Tyler Viza for the Threshers and Will Morris for XST. The game was a little one sided as the Threshers scored 5 runs in the second inning and went on to win 7-0. Continue reading 2016 Threshers v. XST Phillies, April 5th
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of April 3rd
Spring training is grinding to its conclusion. The Phillies blew a 9th inning lead against Baltimore at CBP and the minor leaguers played their last games at the Complex and in Dunedin. Saturday, the second Futures Game, the final game before the start of regular season games, will be played at CBP. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training and the Affiliates’ Rosters, April 1st
Spring training continues with the Futures Game in Reading tonight (the Futures got pounded 19-4 in seven innings), a game against Baltimore tomorrow, and another Futures Game at CBP on Saturday. With 26 prospects up north for the futures games, I was curious how those left in Clearwater would make up the 4 teams for today’s minor league games. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 31st
The Phillies’ spring training in Clearwater came to an end today. Many of my friends and acquaintances are saddened by this occurrence. Not me. Now, I can return to my normal routine. I can park at the Carpenter Complex instead of at the tennis courts a mile away. Go north you Phillies. Take your fans with you and let me get back to watching and reporting on the players at the low levels of the stateside affiliates. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 30th
The Phillies had a 7-1 loss washed off the books when the game was halted after four innings. The minor league games against the Blue Jays, on the other hand, were moved up to 10:00AM because the guys in charge can do that without worrying about advance ticket sales. ‘Cause there are none. It’s left to us minor league fans to scramble when the phone/tweet tree spreads the news of a change in start time. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 29th (and the Future’s Roster)
The Phillies lost another game, 2-1 to the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Darin Ruf crushed his 4th HR to center field, and Vince Velasquez pitched 6.0, 2-hit innings allowing 3 BB and 8 K. But, the bullpen blew another late lead on a 2-out, 2-run HR in the eighth inning.
The minor league games were cancelled, so there were 2 intrasquad games at the Complex. I watched the game between Teams 1 and 2, mostly AAA and AA guys with a few A+ guys tossed in. I won’t get to see guys like Quinn, Crawford, Hoskins, and Knapp once they go north. So I opted to watch this game without regard for the pitchers. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 28th
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of March 27th
The Phillies lost a game in Kissimmee to the Astros, their last trip there since the Astros are moving to another Florida location next spring. Some guy named Giles got the save.
We had large crowds at the Carpenter Complex yesterday and today. I have short reports on the action both days, and a little video. Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 23rd