I spent Tuesday and Wednesday at Bright House watching the Phillies beat Pittsburgh and Baltimore. They are 7-3 with 2 ties (against Toronto and Detroit). They also have 2 wins against the Yankees and a second win over the Pirates. Time to upgrade those win predictions for 2016! Continue reading 2016 Spring Training, March 8-10
Ricardo Pinto was selected the Readers’ Poll 13th prospect. He received 183 of 474 votes (39%).
Pinto signed with the Phillies as a free agent three weeks before his 18th birthday on December 28, 2011. He spent a couple summers at the Phillies’ Venezuelan Academy then jumped to short-season ball at Williamsport in 2014. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #14
Well, I don’t if this has ever happened before. The Reader Top 30 experienced 3 close races in the poll for the #12 prospect in the organization. Virtual ties for third and fifth, and a true dead lock for the top position between Ricardo Pinto and Scott Kingery. So, in the absence of hanging chad and absentee ballots, we will do what Florida failed to do in 2000, head-to-head run off. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2016 Reader Top 30 #12; Run Off
Ricardo Pinto won his first Advanced A last night against the division leading Daytona Tortugas. The 21-year old began his stint with Clearwater in a high-leverage game. The Threshers can win the division if they sweep Daytona. Pinto was masterful through his first five innings. He allowed a two-out, first inning single then retired 10 Tortugas in a row until a leadoff home run in the fifth. He responded by striking out the side. Continue reading Pinto Pitches Lights Out; June 22, 2015
Monday afternoon, the Phillies played the Blue Jays at Bright House Field. The weather was as comfortable as we’ve seen down here in a while, and the game was among the best pitched so far this fall. The Phillies came back to win 2-1. The line up/box score/write up – Continue reading Florida Instructional League Game #12; 10/6/2014
The Florida Instructional League scheduled an intrasquad game for Friday at 1:45pm. In an effort to get the game in ahead of the rainy weather, they moved the game up to 10:00am, but still had to call it by 10:30am.
The rain was so heavy that Bright House Field was unplayable for Saturday’s 10:00am game against the Yankees, and was moved to Robin Roberts Field at the Carpenter Complex.
I arrived in the bottom of the first inning after getting a flat tire on Route 19. Those of you who have been down here know that is not the best place to get a flat. So, by the time I got to the correct field, I just tracked highlights and didn’t chart pitches or keep a proper score card. Continue reading Baseball, Prospects, and an Icon; 9/20/2014
Today’s games with the Pirates began at 10:00AM. While waiting for the Williamsport squad to take the field, I saw Zach Green in uniform. I followed him over to Roberts Field. After determining that he wasn’t playing the field, I headed back to Ashburn Field. Ricardo Pinto started and threw 6 great innings. While over at Roberts, I missed the first batter he faced. When I got back to Ashburn, there was a runner on second; he scored with two outs on a throwing error by Jan Hernandez. Pinto picked the runner off second to end the inning. Over the remaining 5 innings, Pinto allowed 2 walks and a hit batter. He also picked a runner off first base. So, depending on how the first batter reached base, I saw either a no or one hitter over 6 innings. He also struck out 6 batters. Continue reading XST; June 4, 2014
Brandon Short was in the line up today for the Williamsport squad . He has begun a rehab assignment that will hopefully end in his being activated on the Threshers’ roster. He led off and started in centerfield. Unfortunately, this pushed Cord Sandberg to the GCL squad and the DH position. Still, Trey Williams, Jan Hernandez, Jake Sweaney, Jose Pujols, and Herlis Rodriguez would be in the Williamsport line up and Ricardo Pinto would get the start. Continue reading XST; May 29, 2014
This will be my first eXtended Spring Training report in a couple weeks. The Williamsport and Gulf Coast teams seem to be taking shape. With most of the rehabbing players having returned to their assigned teams, I have been watching prospects more than watching games. I have been concentrating on players like Cord Sandberg and Trey Williams. Williams has been playing first base every game but only recently started taking in-game at bats again. He went 1 for 4 today with a double. His defense has consistently improved since the beginning of camp.
Sandberg went 0 for 1, but what a day. He worked an 8-pitch walk in the 1st inning after falling behind 1-2. In the 3rd inning he grounded out to second in a 6-pitch at bat. He saw 7 pitches while working a walk in the 5th inning. He finished with a 5-pitch at bat in the 8th inning when he was he by a pitch and loaded the bases. After a line drive double play left second base open, he stole the base. Continue reading XST; May 26, 2014