It’s been a long winter but now that March is here and the Carpenter Complex has been humming this weekend with the gathering of all the minor league players not in the major league camp. Player have been reporting from all parts of the USA and the Caribbean countries. To see the work group lists and who is in the minor league camp See Here
It has been great reuniting with the many of them. We were able to get a copy of the Baseball America newspaper and gave it to Franklyn Kilome. It had a story on him about being the tenth best prospect in the Phillies farm system.
Feliberto Sanchez from the Dominican Republic has made a strong recovery from knee surgery on his landing leg during the Thanksgiving holiday in the Philadelphia area when saw his first snow. The guy pitched last season on basically one good leg and even pitched a five inning “no-no” for Williamsport. He looks soon ready to pitch from the mound anytime now and told me he is throwing better than ever.
Lefty Elinery Garcia ranked the tenth best prospect by Baseball Prospectus was excited to learn he will start off the minor league camp on the Reading AA work group which no doubts reflects his strong performances during Fall Instructs.
Grenny Cumana and Deivy Grullon each gave Baseball Betsy big hugs on seeing her and both look ready for big seasons. I chatted up with fall instructs catcher Gregori Rivero who I think could develop into a top catching prospect and Ranfi Casimiro who finish strong last season on the mound with Lakewood. He hopes to pitch for the Threshers this season.
Another pitcher Miguel Nunez, who had a big last six weeks of the 2014 season with the Threshers, went biking by and waved to us on his way to the Complex as the rain on Friday afternoon sent us home.
Yes, the boys of summer are back in town and it is just like old times again. We go to the minor league camp for the most part now. For us this is where the action is. It is truly where the stars of tomorrow play today.
It might sound a bit desparate but after watching the Phillies lose to the Blue Jays 4-2 on Saturday afternoon, we can not wait for the minor league spring training games to start for some excitement. The Phillies are just not an interesting team to watch so far especially with all those free agents playing that they signed who were let go by other organizations from last season.
Usually next weekend is devoted to intrasquad games as the AAA and AA work list teams square off as do the high A and low A teams at the Complex. These are games are the best time to see all the organization players in game action at one time.
If you are in the Clearwater area during the rest of March stop by the Carpenter Complex to see the guys in action. The minor league spring training games start on Tuesday, March 17th when the Phillies AAA and AA teams take on the Blue Jays and the high A and low A teams travel 3.5 miles up the road to the Blue Jays Complex in Dunedin. All games start at 1:00 p.m.
Below are photos by Baseball Betsy from the Sunday’s action during the workouts at the Carpenter Complex:
“The Boys Are Back” *by Dropkick Murphys