Phillies Instruct pitcher Felix Paulino had everything working in his one inning of pitching in an intra squad game Saturday morning at Bright House Field. So much so he struck out swinging all four batters he faced in his one inning of work. At Instruct the rules sometimes are little different.
I asked him after the game what that pitch was that was unhittable and he said it was his slider. It had so much late downward movement, the batters simply could not put the ball in play.
The 20-year old Paulino was recently selected to the 2015 Gulf Coast League All-Star team by MLB.com representing the best right-handed pitcher in the league. In the GCL, he had a 2.34 ERA and had a 9-1 strikeout to walk ratio, one the best in all of baseball.
The other Phillies player selected to the 2015 Gulf Coast League All-Star team was first round draft pick Cornelius Randolph. He slashed at .302/.425/442 for the season. He played in left field in the morning game and hit the longest drive of the day. The ball was caught on the warning track in front of the 401 sign in dead centerfield.
Roman Quinn looked sharp. In one of his at bats he drove in a run.
Maikel Franco looked in mid-season form as he laced a triple to the wall.
Baseball Betsy and I were able to congratulate Franklyn Kilome after the game for his work winning the only game for Williamsport in the NY-Penn League playoff series. All he did was pitch a two-hit shutout. In each of the five innings he worked, his final out came on a strikeout. I told him I could not recall ever seeing that happen before. He told us he expects to pitch on Monday against the Blue Jays Instructs.
Someday, Maikel Franco will be joined in the Phillies lineup by Felix Paulino, Cornelius Randolph, Roman Quinn and Franklyn Kilome. Baseball Betsy and I will recall seeing them all together for the first time on this Saturday morning at Instructs in Clearwater.
On Saturday morning we sat through a Phillies instructs intrasquad game at Bright House. It was revealing and sure beats watching the major league team!
I saw four future MLB locks and a rehabbing starting MLB third baseman play. They were pitcher Felix Paulino who struck out all four batters he faced mixing fastballs and sliders; Left fielder Cornelius Randolph who drove one to the base of the centerfield wall. Third baseman Maikel Franco who tripled into the gap in right center; Roman Quinn who drove in a run; and pitcher Franklyn Kilome who was charting sitting in the seats behind home plate. They can build from within with these guys.
Then later in the day we watched some football in TV and the Phillies game on the the laptop. Needless to say it was difficult to watch the Phillies play. But after watching Instructs, help is on the way.