It was another beautiful day at the Carpenter Complex as over 150 Phillies minor league players have been working out hoping to someday to play in the major leagues.
It was basically it was the AAA team vs. AA on Roberts Field and the A+ vs. A- on Carlton Field. Ideal to watch two games and the entire Phillies farm system on display.
Here the fans can rub shoulders with all levels of players, coaches and front office types. In fact Charlie Manuel almost ran over me as he went between the two fields with adoring fans following while his General Manager from the glory days Pat Gillick could be seen in the Roberts Field observation booth shifting his attention to and fro the two fields.
Baseball Betsy and I decided to focus our attention on two of our guys, pitchers Ranfi Casimiro and Elniery Garcia. We have known them since the 2013 spring training season when the two young Dominicans spoke little English. They now speak it fluently and we are best of friends with both of them.
Both pitched this afternoon for the AA team and they did not disappoint. Giving up no runs in the one plus innings of work each, they both looked ready for a big 2016 season most likely in the Clearwater Threshers starting rotation.
Casimiro used his major league slider to get swinging strikes against AAA first baseman Tommy Joseph before flying out, Watch HERE. Then, several innings later Garcia pounded the inside corner of the plate with his low 90’s fastball to get AAA third baseman Harold Martinez on a called strike three. Watch HERE.
With the bat at AAA, Art Charles hit the ball hard with a double down the right field line and scored on base hit by Jake Fox. Fox has been on fire after hitting several long balls out of Roberts Field yesterday. Carlos Alonso has returned to mid-season form turning several double plays at second for the AAA team.
Over on Carlton Field in the A ball game, big left-handed hitting Greg Pickett hit a towering 400 ft. plus home run that appeared to hit off a City of Clearwater trash truck as it was stopped, waiting at the trash transfer station beyond the centerfield wall.
All in all it was beautiful day for baseball in Clearwater. Wish everyone were here!