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.

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Andrew Pullin Retires

I was shocked to learn today that Clearwater Thresher Andrew Pullin retired today.

  
The reason why is unknown at this time.

The Threshers have been assigned Damek Tomscha as a replacement.

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