It was another beautiful day for baseball in the Tampa Bay area. As Ernie Banks would have said “Let’s Play Two”. This time it was instructs action at the Englehart Complex in Dunedin. Unlike the Phillies Instructs home games which are played at BrightHouse Field, the spring training home of the Phillies, the Blue Jays Instructs play at their minor league complex about 3.5 miles from Dunedin Stadium where the Blue Jays major league spring training takes place. But it is no doubt very soon Roman Quinn will be invited to the Phillies major league spring camp and playing with the big boys.
Today Baseball Betsy and I saw a major league performance by the 19 year old shortstop who has only played a half season of pro ball and that was this year with Williamsport in the New York-Penn League. Today he had two hits which we saw including a push bunt base hit up the first base line and a line drive single to right, hitting right handed. In the field he made a strong play ranging deep into the hole to his right at shortstop and getting the runner on a force play at second. Batting left handed he just missed beating out a ground ball to second late in the game.
The rest of the starting lineup was made up of Chase Numata catching, Cameron Perkins at first, Freddy Galvis at second, Zach Green at third, Larry Greene in left, Carlos Tocci in center and Samuel Hiciano in right. Gabriel Lino and William Carmona DH’d. Perkins, Green, Carmona and Hiciano each had solid base hits. Galvis looked good in the field but we are still waiting to see him hit the ball hard on a regular basis which we have not seen in the two games we have attended. Zach Green is a major league prospect with the bat but struggles defensively in the games I have seen him play in the GCL and today where he bobbled a ground ball at third. Jose Mayorga came on to catch in the late innings and Deiber Olivera finished the game at third base and Tyler Greene at second for the Phillie Instructs.
On the mound Kevin Walter, Nick Hanson, and Jonathan Musser each worked two innings and Franklin Vargas, Colby Shreve and Jordan Guth pitched an inning each. Musser gave up a two run homer and Vargas struggled with command walking five in his inning of work. Shreve looked sharp in his inning striking out two as he prepared for the Arizona Fall League which starts October 9th.
Tomorrow is a Saturday morning rematch of the two teams at Bright House. We have seen just about all of the Instruct position players play in the two games we have been at but still have not seen half of the pitchers in the Instruct camp including first round draft pick Shane Watson who was working the radar gun sitting behind the screen at home plate today. An instruct friend fan of ours who attended the Wednesday game which we missed was impressed by the six innings he watched when Kevin Brady, Jeb Stefan and Jessen Therrien held a traveling team of international All Stars to one hit. So it looks like they have four sets of five pitchers and two sets of position players who rotate from game to game.