Finally, it looks like the 2020 season is getting started. No more Phillies spring training games in Clearwater. Just some summer training tuneups at Citizens Bank Park before the regular season starts with a 60 game schedule. It’s a sprint not a marathon to the finish line!
We have watched the Phillies young talent closely for the last decade or so. With the cancellation of the minor league season, we are struck deciding whether to get our money refunded for the our two 2020 season Clearwater Threshers season tickets or keep them for next season and get a $40.00 per ticket bonus toward next year’s ballpark food and merchandise.
We have the MLB.TV package so we should be able to watch all 60 Phillies games this season but we will miss watching the young Phillies talent develop. A few of the minor league talent will likely get a chance to make their major league debuts this season. Two of the most likely are pitcher Spencer Howard and third baseman Alec Bohm. We watched both of them play for the Clearwater Threshers. Read HERE.
Howard definitely has major league talent. Bohm still has a lot to prove. Both of them have not played higher than AA Reading. Howard was brilliant in his Eastern League playoff start against the Yankees farm team, the Trenton Thunder. He allowed only one run, scored on a slow roller that Bohm could not make a play on at third base.
Two other of our minor league favorites received an invite to the 60-man summer training camp roster, pitchers Connor Seabold and Mauricio Llovera. We watched Seabold dominate in his one start for the Threshers last season before getting the call to Reading and Llovera was our Threshers Pitcher of the Year in 2018.
Both Seabold and Llovera have been fighting injuries from last season. Seabold was shutdown and missed his last two starts in the Arizona Fall League. He was not invited to the major league spring training camp. Llovera did not pitch after July 13 last season for Reading but did pitch in four 2020 major league spring training games where he threw in six innings allowing a run on three hits, striking out six.
Watch Seabold pitch in the his Clearwater start last season and a Llovera start for the Threshers in 2018.
Let’s get this Party started!