Phightin’ for a place on the AAA roster, Derrick Mitchell plays hard and for others spring training with the Phillies comes to an end.

It’s coming down to the wire. There’s a lot on the line. With the end of spring training only days away there is a lot of jostling going on with the rosters, a trade and three more guys were cut today.

May be more importantly, there was a change to the rules at AAA and AA this year…the addition of a roster spot. Teams at this level can now carry 25 players instead of only 24. While this may not seem important, it is. This one position can make the difference to two guys who are sitting on the bubble. Teams generally carry the largest compliment of pitchers, so this extra spot may allow an extra position player, such as a fielder a chance to stay.

While earlier in the week Derrick Mitchell was listed on the grouping list in Group 2, which generally refers to players at AA, the last three days he has played with AAA (which is where he was playing when he was hit with the ball yesterday.)

Today, he was playing hard. He seems to have picked up his bat and went 2 for 4, (2 singles) and stole a base. A good showing. My husband Ross captured one of the solidly hit singles on video. You can see it HEREĀ 

So his hard work is getting noticed.

On a sad note, the Phillies severed ties with four players today. As I reported earlier, Matt Rizzotti was traded to the Twins. Former BlueClaws players Bill Rice and Jeff Lanning were released. Also released was Brent Clevlen. Clevlen had experience in the Bigs, playing 59 games there. He had spent part of last year in Reading after being picked up after being released by both the Braves and the Reds.

Brent Clevlen on Harley Davidson Night in Reading in 2011

I wish all of those no longer in the organization the best of luck in all their future endeavors.

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