It was a quick game Friday afternoon on Ashburn Field as the Phillies Low A team won 1-0 over the Pirates in a minor league spring training game. Not much happened until the ninth inning when a Phillies relief pitcher came on for the save and struck out the side for a 1-0 win. He had electric stuff.
The Phillies only could come up with two hits in the game and scored the only run on a couple of stolen bases by Corbin Williams and an infield out by Carlos De La Cruz. That was all that was needed for the 1-0 win.
The Phillies pitching was good. Nick Fanti struck out five in three innings of work. Ranfi Gonell and Kyle Glogoski each had had a strong outing as well. But the guy that really caught my attention was a closer by the name of Kyle Arjona. I really never heard of him but he struck out-the-side in the ninth inning and we all left with a game to remember. Watch the top of the ninth inning HERE.
It turns out, the 22-year-old Arjona was signed by the Phillies out of the University of New Orleans as a free agent back on August 4th of last year. Read HERE. He pitched in middle relief in the last few weeks of the GCL season. On Friday, he looked like a top closer candidate in the Phillies minor league system with his sharp late breaking ball in the 1-0 win over the Pirates.
Minor league spring training has a week to go before the Phillies teams break camp, remember the name Kyle Arjona. After today’ game, those of us who were at the game now know who he is!