It’s a challenge to follow two games at the same time and select the best player of all the games. That was my challenge but catcher Joel Fisher made it easy for me today at the Carpenter Complex.
My friend Jim Peyton of Future Phillies and I had a challenging time trying evaluate all the players moving in and out to the two, seven inning games going on at the same time at the adjacent Schmidt and Ashburn Fields.
Each half inning a new pitcher would take over. All total I believe 28 pitchers pitched an inning each in the two games. At the halfway point many of the position players changed. So yes we might have missed some great plays but no one could have put on a performance such as Joel Fisher did for the AAA squad against the AA guys on Ashburn Field.
Early in the game Fisher lined a double down the line in left to drive in a run. But in his later at bat he hit the drive of the game, a long three-run home run high over the fence in left center field. I thought the ball which was hit so high in the air would not carry as far as it did. But it did and out it went easily. Watch HERE.
This is the 24-year-old Fisher’s fourth season in the Phillies system after being drafted in the 24th round out of Michigan State back in 2014. He has never played much. In fact he only played in 14 game in an injury plagued season between Lakewood and Reading but he did go 6 for 20 at Reading with two homer and an OPS of 1.091.
The Phillies started their two highest rated young pitchers in the games. Franklyn Kilome struck out two in his one inning of work for the AA work group team. Watch his first strike three HERE. Sixto Sanchez walked his first batter Simon Muzziotti on a 3-2 count in the A ball game. He just could not put him away after as series of foul offs. Watch HERE.
Obviously, minor league camp is not only about the top prospects but about players trying to move up to stay in the Phillies system. Two of them played well in the AAA vs. AA game. Outfielder Herlis Rodriquez, always a good defensive outfielder, had two solid base hits and Pitcher Ranfi Casimiro looked good in his inning of work inducing a double play ball and getting home run champ Jose Pujols to fly out softly to left. Watch Casimiro duel with Pujols HERE.
All in all it was a good day for the intra-squad games. I stopped to talk with former Lakewood BlueClaw Seranthony Dominguez who said he will get his inning of work in for Group 2 in Friday’s intra-squad game. He is one of 82 pitchers listed in camp on the 2017 Phillies Minor League Work Group List and the Phillies still have not sent anyone down yet from the Major League camp.