When you watch minor league camp baseball its best not to focus on the scores but certain players. Yesterday was no exception. The Clearwater and Lakewood high and low A teams traveled across the causeway to the Yankee training facility at Steinbrenner Field and lost by a combined score of 24-4. You can read the blog HERE. But the real story was that third baseman Mikael Franco hit two home runs and had three RBIs in Clearwater’s 12-4 lost. I have not seen much of Franco this spring but do remember him when he played in the GCL championship series in 2010. He showed a quick bat in the series driving several long foul ball down the third base line at Bright House Field. He has a good build and is one of several guys to watch in the Phillies third baseman of the future battle in the minor league system this year.
We made it to the Carpenter Complex yesterday to watch the AAA and AA play. John Suomi had the game of his life for the Lehigh Valley team as he battles for a roster spot. He went 3 for 3 with a home run and threw out two Yankees trying to steal second base. The veteran Suomi has been the swing catcher in the organization the last several years playing where needed when a catching injury happens to one of the two catchers on the farm teams.
Looks like Tim Kennelly is back to his super sub role. After playing several games at third base Tim started at second base yesterday. He just needs to get some confidence at all his positions as a bobbled grounder hit to him but recovered in time to get the runner at first. Kennelly has been hitting well all spring and drove a double to the gap in right center.
We’ll be traveling up the road a few miles to Dunedin today to see the Phils battle the Blue Jays.