It was the Phillies AAA vs AA and the A+ and low A games on Thursday at the Carpenter Complex. Little offense took place as the players were in the process of getting assigned among others things on their minds.
Friday will see the final minor league spring games against the Blue Jays as the AAA and AA teams travel four miles up the road to the Blue Jays Complex. The Blue Jays A ball teams take on the Phillies A ball teams at the Carpenter Complex
Thursday was camp games at the Complex. The guys played like they could not wait to start the season with great pitching and little hitting in the games. However, only the AAA and AA teams will brake camp on Saturday to head back to Allentown and Reading to play in the Route 222 game on Tuesday night in Reading. The A ball teams will battle each other Tuesday night at Spectrum Field.
A couple of players did catch my attention in Thursday’s action.
Likely Lakewood BlueClaws outfielder, left-handed hitting Kevin Markham, hit a line drive base hit in Thursday’s action. He finish strong in the GCL in 2017 going 28 for 83 for a .337 batting average in his final 23 games.
Jhailyn Ortiz looks ready for a strong season for Lakewood as he hit a long drive to right that only a strong wind held up from going out.
Enyel De Los Santos, acquired from San Diego for Freddy Galvis, has been outstanding all spring and looks to start for Lehigh Valley.
Jacob Waguespack looks good as well this spring after coming off a great effort in the International League playoff game back in September.
Jeff Singer is coming off a great two inning relief appearance in a Phillies major league spring training game got some work in on Thursday.
Look for Bailey Falter to have a big season as a starter for the Clearwater Threshers. He looked sharp on Thursday.