Finally its all over. Spring training is finally over. When third base coach Roly DeArmas yelled “roll it” after Samuel Hiciano lined a base hit to left and was caught in a run down by the Blue Jays, the 2013 Phillies spring training finally came to an end just after noon today on Ashburn Field.
From major league pitchers and catchers reporting in early February to the major league games starting the last week of February to the minor league camp games in March to extended spring training which started on April 3rd, I thought spring training would never end but yet I was always drawn back to watch these guys play.
What a way to end it. I was only able to get to the Carpenter Complex in time for the final inning of the final game but just in time to see the final strike out, the final hit and the final run of the Phillies 2013 spring training.
In the top half of the final inning our buddy Feliberto Sanchez got the final strike out of a Blue Jay swinging with a big slurve similar to the one Carlos Zambrano was throwing only a week ago here.
In the bottom half of the final inning Dylan Cozens lined a ball just over the head of the Blue Jays pitcher for a base hit. Zach Green then lined a hit to center and Hiciano finally ended it driving in a run with the final base hit to left. What a way to finally end it with three frozen rope base hits by these young prospects hopefully destined for Williamsport.
Now the fun begins. Rosters for Williamsport and the GCL Phillies are being set. Tomorrow night the first year draft of prospects from the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico starts and takes place over the next three days. Where it all leads remains to be seen but it will interesting to follow. Young prospects always fascinate me. Let’s see which of them sign and are able to advance up the Phillies chain and how quickly they do it. Baseball Betsy and I hope to be here to tell you about them from our own unique perspectives.