Yesterday was a chance to check out the farm system at the Complex, Bright House Field and follow a friend of ours on the internet.
I made my first pilgrimage over to the Complex to watch some of the new draft signees. An intra squad game was taking place with the new guys taking on the remnants of the extended spring teams. These guys will form the Gulf Coast League team which starts up on Monday and others will continue on to Williamsport in the NY-Penn League.
The only guy that caught my attention was fourth round, left-handed hitting and fielding, first baseman, Kyle Martin. He reminds me of a young Jason Giambi. He lined a frozen rope single up the middle for a base hit. He is built along the lines of an NFL fullback. He stood at 6’2″ 240 lbs. The only problem is that they already have a first base prospects who is leading the Sally League in hitting, Rhys Hoskins, who was a fifth round pick in the 2014 draft.
After that I moved over to Bright House Field to see the Threshers battle the St. Lucie Mets in an afternoon game. When I arrived “Google” Rios was on the mound and was eventually replaced after five innings by Ethan Martin who has been rehabbing it seems for a couple of seasons. Not much hope there for future pitching help at the major league level.
I stayed just long enough to watch Dylan Cozens line a double down the right field line and turn it on to make it to third as the right fielder juggled the ball down in the corner. Watch Here. He would later score on a double by catcher Chace Numata. The five-tool Cozens is always worth the price of admission.
I did not stay for the end of the game but it went into extra innings before Aaron Brown homered in the eleventh for another walk-off win, 4-3. Always ready with a smile and a “hello”, Ulises Joaquin picked up the win.
Had to get back to get ready for Ranfi Casimiro’s start for Lakewood against Delmarva. In the game Ranfi was brilliant for 4.1 innings striking out five but ran out gas and control with one out in the top of the fifth and gave up four runs. In those first four innings, Ranfi was firing 94-95 mph fastballs and dropping in his curveball for strikes. At one point he struck out four of the five batters he faced in order.
Up until this outing Ranfi usually topped out at 91-92 with his fastball. Now in his second year at Lakewood he had just been passed over for promotion to the high A, Clearwater Threshers by Ricardo Pinto. At the time both of them had similar earned run averages with the BlueClaws.
Then, we turned our attention to the Phillies game on MLB-TV and watched Freddy Galvis hit a three-run homer in the eight inning after he committed an error at short in the fourth inning which set up four unearned runs for the Orioles. The error was key in a 6-4 loss, the Phillies ninth straight defeat.
Just another typical day of watching Phillies baseball, the “good, bad and the ugly”.