The Phillies won again today. They beat the Rays 5-2 on the road. Nola started and gave up both Tampa runs. Andrew Bailey struck out the side in a 1-2-3 inning and was the pitcher of record when the Phillies took the lead. Hector Neris followed with a one-hit inning where he also struck out the side. Colton Murray came on to record the final out to get the save. The Phillies are 11-4. Dylan Cozens made his spring debut in the sixth inning in right field and went 0-1 with a BB and K.
I didn’t make the trip to Port Charlotte. Rather, I went to the Carpenter Complex and watched David Hernandez make his first appearance since March 1st, as well as Mark Appel and other Group One and Group Two players who took on the Blue Jays in their first Minor League spring training games.
Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 15th
MLB announced their top 100 prospects tonight. Seven players from the Phillies’ organization made the list. Since I’m sure this will generate some discussion, here are our seven top prospects and a place to discuss.
- #5 SS, J.P. Crawford
- #55 RHP, Jake Thompson
- #64 OF, Nick Williams
- #70 RHP, Mark Appel
- #84 OF, Cornelius Randolph
- #96 C/1B, Jorge Alfaro
- #99 OF, Roman Quinn
Crawford still at #5. Quinn was not ranked in 2015. Randolph moved up one slot from #85 to #84. The others dropped slots, some significantly – Appel from #43 to #70, Thompson from #51 to #55, Williams from #55 to #64, Alfaro from #59 to #96.
The race for the #4 prospect in the Phillies’ organization was close. It ended with Mark Appel edging Cornelius Randolph by 12 votes. A record 593 votes were cast. Appel received 184 votes (31%) followed closely by Randolph who received 172 (29%). The real surprise was that the top two vote recipients accounted for only 60% of the votes cast. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #5