The Phillies Instruct pitchers put on quite a show Thursday afternoon at Bright House. Six pitchers combined to rack up 16 strikeouts over nine innings against the Yankees Instructs in a 1-0 win to end the 2015 baseball season in Florida with an exclamation point.
The Phillies used six pitchers who combined to shutout the Yankees. It was all the strikeouts which were impressive from: Nick Pivetta, 1 IP, two strikeouts; Felix Paulino, 2 IP, three strikeouts; Will Stewart, 2 IP, four strikeouts; Edgar Garcia, 2 IP, four strikeouts; Nick Fanti, 1 IP, two strikeouts and Skyler Hunter, 1 IP, one strikeout.
Here are samples of one strikeout from each of the six Phillies pitchers: Pivetta: HERE, Paulino: HERE, Stewart: HERE, Garcia: HERE, Fanti, HERE; and Hunter: HERE. Watch catcher Deivy Grullon’s pitch framing on several of the called strike threes.
Before Baseball Betsy and I went to the game on Thursday, we read about the need for pitching in the Phillies organization. READ HERE. What we saw against the Yankees told us that the Phillies do have some young arms for next season who impressed us in the final game of this season.
It was a nice note on which to end the 2015 baseball season in Clearwater.
For some guys the season is not over in a training sense. Phillies top young pitching prospect Franklyn Kilome will lead a group of players back to Clearwater for physical training sessions starting in late October.
These sessions were very successful for several players last season including Malquin Canelo and Carlos Tocci. Canelo is playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic and Tocci is doing the same in Venezuela this offseason.
Other players are headed to winter and fall ball. The Venezuelan Winter League has already begun. The Arizona Fall League started on Tuesday. The Dominican Winter League started last night and the Australian Baseball League starts next weekend.
The most impressive player so far goes to Roman Quinn who got off to a great start in the Dominican Winter League Thursday night going three for five with a triple, driving in three runs and stealing a base for the Licey Tigers.
First baseman Rhys Hoskins and outfielder Aaron Brown, two of the more interesting young player off the Clearwater Threshers roster, have been assigned to the Australian Baseball League.
We watched Hoskins play both with Lakewood when they played in Savannah Georgia back in May and with the Clearwater Threshers later this season. He always put on a great show for us when we were in the stands. He put up the most impressive numbers of any player we saw in the Phillies minor league system in 2015. He will be with the the Sydney Blue Sox in the ABL.
As Maikel Franco can attest from last season the baseball season really never ends. In 2014 Franco wound up making his major league debut with the Phillies in September.
Then he move on to winter ball with the Gigantes in the Dominican Winter League’s regular season, the DWL playoffs and then on to the Caribbean Series where we watched him play on ESPN Deportes which ended just in time for him to report to 2015 Phillies spring training.
Franco finally went on the disabled list late this summer in his rookie season with the Phillies before we watched him again back in action rehabbing recently in Instructs at Bright House. For him the baseball season has never ended.