Yesterday, it was all about watching Phillies intra-squad baseball. The weather has been and continues to be a problem. The Phillies minor league teams play at the Complex rather than risk weather problems if they send teams to the nearby Yankees, Blue Jays or Pirates minor league venues. So they kept everyone at home.
The AAA and AA squads faced off on Roberts Field and the high and low A teams went at it on Carlton Field. I stayed at Carlton to see the youngest prospects play.
In the bullpen it looks like the Threshers pen will be strong headed up by last year’s closer Ulises Joaquin and set-up man Alexis Rivero. Watch Joaquin get a strikeout with his mid-90’s fastball, see HERE and Rivero gets a called strikeout with his mid-90’s heat see HERE.
Hitting-wise outfielder Damek Tomscha and first baseman Luis Encarnation have been two of the pleasant surprises of the spring minor league camp. Watch HERE as Tomscha squared up another base hit to left and Encarnacion went deep again to left to touch them all. Watch HERE.
The last minor league games are on Friday with the three cold weather teams heading north on Saturday. We will be staying behind to chronicle the Clearwater Threshers and the Extended Spring Training team which will form in part the Williamsport and GCL teams by mid-June.