Phillies 2016 Extended Spring Training Roster Released

The front office at the Carpenter Complex made the 2016 Extended Spring Training Roster available. 

  
Note: this list may change dramatically once the new players from the June Draft arrive and some of the young Dominican and Venezuelan players return to the Dominican to play in the Dominican Summer League.

Threshers Lose Opener to Dunedin, 6-2

Opening night for the Thershers was beautiful, weather-wise. It was cool enough to need a sweatshirt, a big difference from last season’s stifling heat.

Cord Sandberg
Cord Sandberg
Cord Sandberg looked happy to be here and went on to get a double and a sacrifice fly in the game.

Cord Sandberg hits a double
Cord Sandberg hits a double
Mitch Walding hit a nice home run over the left field fence.

Mitch Walding
Mitch Walding
Herlis Rodriguez hit a foul so hard, he damaged Florida Auto Exchange Stadium’s roof.

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The dent to the roof of Florida Auto Exchange Stadium

Herlis Rodriguez
Herlis Rodriguez fouls and damages the roof.

Herlis Rodriguez robbed of a single.
Herlis Rodriguez robbed of a single.
Herlis Rodriguez was robbed of a single by an athletic play by Dunedin’s pitcher Connor Greene.

Tom Eshelman got off to a shaky start but settled in in the second inning to have a good game.

Tom Eshelman
Tom Eshelman
Victor Arano came in in relief.

Victor Arano
Victor Arano
Finally, Jairo Munoz came in to close out the game.

Jairo Munoz
Jairo Munoz
Munoz came in and brought the heat, throwing 94.

They may not have won, but there was some good highlights and I’m looking forward to tonight’s rematch against Dunedin.

Introducing The 2016 Clearwater Threshers

It was a beautiful evening here in Clearwater for the annual “Meet the Threshers” picnic for season ticket holders. It’s a fun time where we had a chance to have a nice meal and hob-knob with the players.

After everyone had a chance to eat, the voice of the Threshers, Kirsten Karbach introduced the team.

2016 Clearwater Threshers
2016 Clearwater Threshers

You can see video of the introductions HERE.

The season kicks off tomorrow night in Dunedin against the Blue Jays.

Entire Phillies Organizational Schedule Including: Extended Spring-Williamsport and Gulf Coast League Phillies

I was able to get a copy of the massive schedule that the team hands out at the Carpenter Complex. This schedule has every team in the organization: Phillies, IronPigs, Fightin’ Phils, Threshers, BlueClaws, Crosscutters, Extended Spring Training and Gulf Coast League Phillies.

Please remember that especially with the Extended Spring and Gulf Coast League games, time and location does change, especially when bad weather happens or is expected.

   
    
    
 

2016 Extended Spring Schedule for Phillies, Blue Jays, Pirates and Yankees

 I was able to get a copy of the schedule for the Extended Spring Training games for all of the teams in the Northern Division: Phillies, Blue Jays, Pirates and Yankees. The schedule is posted below:

 
  

Phillies Trade Pitcher Chris Leroux to Toronto Blue Jays

The Philies have traded pitcher Chris Leroux to the Toronto Blue Jays for “cash considerations”. Leroux is expected to join Triple-A Buffalo. Leroux had been listed on the Phillies extended spring training roster.

Chris Leroux
Chris Leroux

So Long, Farewell…For Now-Spring Training is over

Spring training is at its end. Today the teams that are going North packed their bags and headed for the airport. Baseball Ross and I got there just in time to see some of our Lakewood BlueClaws friends as they loaded the equipment truck.

Meanwhile, the Threshers and Extended Spring Training teams were preparing for another intra-squad game. The weather was very sketchy. It’s never a good sign at 10 a.m. when they have to turn the lights on on the field just to play. (Note: I had to lighten these pictures quite a bit just so that they were useable.)

It was a dark day in Clearwater
It was a dark day in Clearwater

The key for today was to get two of the Phillies major league pitchers some work before the rains came in.

Jared Eickhoff
Jared Eickhoff

Jared Eickhoff pitched the top of the first.

Vincent Velazquez
Vincent Velazquez

Vincent Velazquez came in in the bottom of the first and  gave up a home run to Kyle Martin. After that, just as he got the third out, lightning flashed nearby and they called the game.

Baseball Ross and I started for the car and saw the buses lined up and waiting for the equipment truck to move so that they could pull down the driveway so the players could load.

buses

And there you have it, the end of another Phillies spring training.

I do want to mention my favorite part of spring training, Don. Don is the host at the Carpenter Complex. He keeps an eye on everything going on and is a genuinely great guy. The players love him and so do the fans. Don has been at his post as long as I can remember and I have to say as much as I look forward to spring training every year, I look forward to seeing Don even more. He always has a good word to say and I don’t think I have ever seen him without a smile on his face. He is the highlight of spring training for me. Spring training would never be “right” without Don. Ross and I feel lucky to call Don our friend.

Baseball Ross, Don and Baseball Betsy
Baseball Ross, Don and Baseball Betsy

 

More Phillies Minor Leaguers Released-As Of April 2, 2016

Since my last release post, I’ve discovered that four more Phillies minor leaguers have been released.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, a Cuban, was given $12 million over four years but had only appeared in 5 1/3 major league innings.

Cody Forsythe
Cody Forsythe

Cody Forsythe, who played in Clearwater last season was a surprising release.

Calvin Rayburn
Calvin Rayburn

Calvin Rayburn was a bit of a surprise as he had pitched just the day before.

Finally, Panamanian catcher Jose Mayorga was also released.

Jose Mayorga
Jose Mayorga-photo courtesy of the Lakewood BlueClaws

As someone who knows quite a few of these guys, in this case Rayburn and Mayorga, it’s a tough thing to see. I wish them the best and hope they fine another team soon.