Hitting a single and a double, going first to third twice on base hits as a pinch runner in one inning and attempting a steal of second base was all in the afternoon’s work of Phillies rehabbing outfielder Delmon Young in today’s home opener of the extended spring training season against the New York Yankees extenders. Young looks soon ready to move up to better pitching that he would see in the Florida State League when the Threshers return from an east coast road trip next Monday and then join the Phillies by the end of April.
Two games took place today with the main game taking place on Ashburn Field with the likes of Young, veteran infielder Matt Tolbert and long time minor league first baseman Austin Gallagher playing for new Williamsport manager Nelson Prada. Second base prospect Andrew Pullin who singled to left and right field prospect Dylan Cozens were relegated to getting some at bats as designated hitters as Young played in right and Gustavo Gonzalez worked at second. Matt Hitt was the catcher and later Gabreil Lino took his place behind home plate. Hitt looks like a good hitter as he singled and was robbed on a line drive that was caught by the Yankees center fielder who laid out to make the catch. Pitching for Prada and pitching coach Les Lancaster were lefties Franklin Vargas who battled control problems, rehabbing Mario Hollands and right-handers Manaure Martinez and Josh Walters.
The second game took place at the same time over on Roberts Field with the likes of suspended Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz, former first round draft pick Larry Green and big international signings by the Phillies from the Dominican such as as outfielder Jose Pujols and catcher Deivy Grullon getting at bats against the Yankees.
The Phillies extenders head to Bradenton to take on the Pirates tomorrow and return to the Carpenter Complex on Thursday to battle the same team again in rematches. But today it was all about Delmon Young and how good he looked in all facets of the game.