The Toronto Blue Jays AAA and AA teams visited the Carpenter Complex to scrimmage the Phillies AAA and AA teams. The high and low A Phillies returned the favor and traveled four miles up Belcher Road to the Bobby Mattock Complex in Dunedin.
Baseball Betsy and I said good bye at the Carpenter Complex to Franklyn Kilome who was the scheduled High A starter along with Seranthony Dominguez who was ready to chart the game and the next starter up for Tuesday’s high A ball game against the Pirates at Carpenter.
We decided to stay and watch the AAA and AA games on Ashburn and Schmidt Fields. Another interesting game was taking place on Roberts Field where the rookie ball Phillies were taking on the Junior Canadian National team made up of the best 16 to 18- year-old ball players from across Canada.
Baseball Betsy focused on a rehabbing Blue Jay, Josh Donaldson. She wrote a detailed blog on his appearance which you can read HERE. I moved over to watch Kyle Young pitch on Roberts Field.
Those of us regulars who cover the Phillies minor league spring training are fascinated by tall, lefty Kyle Young. He pitched well in the Gulf Coast League Final game last September in which he held a lead 2-1 lead in when he left after five innings. The game and GCL championship were eventually won by the GCL Cardinals, 4-2.
The big debate is whether or not Young has grown an inch over the winter. He was listed at 6’10” on the Fall Phillies Instructional League roster. Young replaces Ranfi Casimiro who was listed at 6’8″ when he pitched for Clearwater last season, as the tallest Phillies player in the organization.
The tallest pitcher I have ever watch pitch for the Phillies uniform was 6’8″ Gene Conley when I was just a youngster back in 1959 and 60. He won 20 games for them over two years and went 12-7 in 1959 to earn an All-Star invite.
A 22nd round 2016 draft pick, 19-year-old, Young was impressive against the young Canadians. He pitched two innings striking out the side in his first inning of work. He added a fourth strikeout in the his second inning. He allowed an ground ball single and record two ground ball outs in his second inning of work. Watch all but his first strikeout HERE.
The other player who caught my attention was outfielder Jiandido Tromp. As the AA game was wrapping up in the ninth inning Tromp lined a triple to the gap in left center on Schmidt Field. It’s alway fun to watch him round the bases. It seems automatic if he can get the ball in the gap to right center field Trump can leg out a three-base hit. The toolsey Tromp is always worth watching!