Baseball Betsy and I like Saturday morning baseball. Up early and by noon we can get in our baseball by watching new young prospects in action. However this Saturday morning this was not the case. Against regular Saturday morning rival, the Blue Jays, we watched three innings of Shane Watson and even more innings of Mitch Gueller. They pitched effectively in the game but we have seen them so many times in the past. Watson is on the restricted list of the Lakewood BlueClaws serving a 50 game suspension and Gueller is still on the Williamsport roster. We did get to see young 18-year old Edgar Garcia work an inning.
However, we did watched three new young pitchers this week who impressed us in extended spring games. They were Jhon Nunez, a 17-year old lefty, Seranthony Dominguez, a 20- year old right hander and the best of the bunch another 20-year old right hander, Felix Paulino.
Paulino pitched last season in the Dominican Summer League. He came on after Nunez and struck out four in the two innings we watched him pitch. Watch Felix’s strikeouts from his first inning Here, Here. Young Felix reminded me of Pedro Martinez facing the Yankees in Game Two of the 2009 World Series when Pedro struck out three Yankees in the first two innings.
On Friday we went over to the Blue Jays minor league complex to watch Seranthony Dominguez. He was a reliever last year for the GCL Phillies. It appears he is being stretched out to start this season. It was like back to the 2008 World Series with Dioner Navarro batting against the Phillies only this time on a rehab assignment for the Blue Jays. Dominguez got him to hit ground balls in the infield in his two appearances. See Here, Here.
Look for Nunez, Paulino and Dominguez to likely start for the GCL Phillies when the Gulf Coast League season opens up on Monday, June 22nd. They are impressive young pitching prospects that have a bright future in the Phillies system.