Opening day was packed with fans on two fields of the Carpenter Complex. But the results were disappointing as the Phillies minor league teams when 0-2-2 in four games. For sumaries of the games see the excellent coverage on the Lakewood BlueClaws site. Read HERE.
We focused on the AA game on Carlton Field. That game resulted in a 2-2 tie with the Toronto Blue Jays with a late rally by the Phillies in the bottom of the ninth to tie it up. The AAA game on Roberts Field resulted in a 9-8 loss.
Several of the Phillies farmhands ticketed for either Reading or Clearwater got off to strong starts. See base hits by Carlos Tocci and Zack Green HERE and HERE. Overhyped pitcher Jimmy Cordero gave up both Blue Jays runs.
Also we had to watch Ryan Howard take bats away from the young players in the AA game. He did hit two fly ball outs to left in the time I was watching.
Over in the AAA game the highlight was the long ball hit by good ole Jake Fox. He started the game at first base. We had thought Tommy Joseph and Art Charles would be given the nod at first. We had projected Fox as a DH giving protection in the lineup to the AAA prospects. That guy can sure hit the long ball. We have watched several of them in intrasquad games earlier.
The A ball teams went up the road a couple of miles to play the Blue Jays A ball teams and again the Phillies went o-1 with a tie. Lakewood looks to have a strong pitching staff with top young pitching prospects Franklyn Kilome and Elniery Garcia likely heading up the starting rotation.
The other thing that caught my eye was the Phillies big international signing from 2015 Jhailyn Ortiz striking out three of his four at bats. He can hit the long ball at times but has a long way to go.
Today, the Phillies minor leaguers take on the teams of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Let’s see it they can pick up a win or two.