We have been following prospects Freddy Galvis and Tuffy Gosewisch for a long time. They both have yet to make their major league debuts during the regular season. However, Saturday was their day in spring training games against the Orioles. Freddy, a short stop, made his first start at second base and Tuffy was the starting catcher for Joe Blanton. Freddy did an excellent job flipping the ball to Jimmy Rollins to start a 4-6-3 double play and Tuffy lined a single in the hole between third and short and then lined a double to left. Clearly both Tuffy and Freddy showed Saturday that they are major league ready if the need arises this season.
While Freddy and Tuffy have been playing in major league spring training games, the split squad games on Sunday require additional reinforcements. Reports have emerged that the likes of Jiwan James and Derrick Mitchell among others will be suited up to be ready if needed to play against the Tigers. The Phillies play two more split squad games on Thursday against Atlanta at Bright House and in Port Charlotte against Tampa Bay. The final split squad game is scheduled for March 25th at home against Baltimore and on the road in Lakeland against Detroit. The regular minor league spring training games start on Tuesday and run to the end of the month .
In workouts Saturday morning at the Complex I continued to be impressed by catching prospect Logan Moore. He was a 9th round draft pick in 2011. He put on an impressive batting practice display on Carlton Field working out with Dusty Wathan and his coaches. He squared up pitches from the coaching staff and stroked many of them hard to right center. On the other hand I watched, 5th round draft pick from last year, Mitch Walding, take infield at third on the same field. He made the plays but appeared to have a hitch in delivering some of his throws to first. Originally a shortstop he appears to need work at the hot corner which may leave him in extended spring training when camp breaks the end of the month. Also on the same field second round draft pick in 2011, Roman Quinn was working at short taking ground balls.
With Clearwater’s third baseman from last season Travis “Moose” Mattair lost to the minor league Rule five draft and Reading’s third baseman from last year Carlos Rivero pick up off of waivers by the Nationals in the off season, the third base position needed some reinforcements for this season. Looks like Tim Kennelly will be getting work at third base where he was taking ground balls on Saturday working with Mickey Morandini and his coaches. They were working with the AAA guys on Roberts Field . I first saw Kennelly play as the left fielder for Clearwater when he was a Florida State League All Star outfielder that year. The last two seasons he was moved behind the plate. Kennelly has played every position on the field except shortstop. Last year for Reading he even pitched in one inning. TK is the true definition of a “super sub”.
Sunday could be a big day for some young Phillies prospects like James and Mitchell. They actually could show up in a Philadelphia Phillies box score for the first time. Split squad games do count in the Grapefruit League standings. They both played primarily in center field last year. James was with Clearwater. He has been in the system since he was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2007 draft. Derrick Mitchell was Reading’s center fielder and has been in the Phillies organization since he was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2005 draft. Both are great defender in the outfield and can steal a base but a difference is that Mitchell hit 19 homers for Reading while James hit only four homers for Clearwater last year.
Tuffy, Freddy, Jiwan and Derrick are some of the young prospects on the rise in the system. Each of them are making their way up the farm system chain and getting all so close to actually making it to Citizens Bank Park.