Fall Instructional League games are much like spring training games, they are more relaxed, coaches can end or “roll” an inning and pitchers often pitch only an inning.
Someone forgot to tell Phillies’ First Round draft pick Alec Bohm…he sent a ball almost out of Spectrum Field! He hit a blazing line drive that hit off near to top of the “F” on the sign above Frenchy’s Tiki Bar! It was a thunderous hit that even the sound was no-doubt-about it. I managed to catch this swing, landing and Bohm’s bat flip and run around the bases…
After a spring where the Phillies never released a workgroup player list, I was beginning to think that we would never find out the schedule nor roster for the Fall Instructional League.
Then this morning–SURPRISE! They actually posted it. Seeing as Alec Bohm will be there, I have a feeling that Baseball Ross and I will be checking in to see the goings-on at instructs. Watch this space and Baseball Ross’ blog for pictures and articles starting next week.
Here is the roster:
PITCHERS: Blake Bennett, RHP; Ben Brown, RHP; Starlyn Castillo, RHP; Jose Conopoima, RHP; Gabriel Cotto, LHP; Jonas De La Cruz, RHP; Maikel Garrido, LHP; Juan Geraldo, RHP; Kyle Glogoski, RHP; Michael Gomez, RHP; Rafi Gonell, RHP; Cristian Hernandez, RHP; Jake Kinney, RHP; Hsin-Chieh Lin, RHP; Jordi Martinez, LHP; Robinson Martinez, RHP; Tyler McKay, RHP; Jhordany Mezquita, LHP (No. 26); Juan Miranda, LHP; Efrain Morales, RHP; Francisco Morales, RHP (No. 13); Luis Pacheco, RHP; Nicoly Pina, RHP; Dominic Pipkin, RHP (No. 24); Mark Potter, RHP; Alfonso Puello, RHP; Brandon Ramey, RHP; Dalvin Rosario, RHP; Austin Ross, RHP; Yeison Sanchez, RHP; Victor Santos, RHP; Manuel Silva, LHP; Jaylen Smith, LHP; Manuel Urias, RHP; Victor Vargas, RHP
CATCHERS: Juan Aparicio, Arturo De Freitas, Mitchell Edwards, Freddy Francisco, Abrahan Gutierrez, Rafael Marchan, Logan O’Hoppe, Cesar Rodriguez
INFIELDERS: Alec Bohm (No. 2), Guarner, Luis Garcia, Juan Herrera, Matt Kroon, Seth Lancaster, Curtis Mead, Jose Mercado, Luke Miller, Luis Rojas, Logan Simmons, Cole Stobbe, Madison Stokes, Nicolas Torres, Christian Valerio, Rixon Wingrove
OUTFIELDERS: Ben Akilinski, Jose Cedeno, Carlos De La Cruz, Julio Francisco, Luis Matos, Simon Muzziotti (No. 30), Jhailyn Ortiz (No. 7), Ben Pelletier, Johan Rojas, Yerwin Trejo, Matt Vierling
Mon. Sept. 24 – vs. Blue Jays
Tues. Sept. 25 – at Orioles
Wed. Sept. 26 – at Pirates
Thurs. Sept. 27 – Camp day
Fri. Sept. 28 – vs. Pirates
Sat. Sept. 29 – Camp day
Mon. Oct. 1 – at Pirates
Tues. Oct. 2 – vs. Orioles
Wed. Oct. 3 – Camp day
Thurs. Oct. 4 – at Orioles
Fri. Oct. 5 – vs. Braves
Sat. Oct. 6 – vs. Orioles
Mon. Oct. 8 – at Braves
Tues. Oct. 9 – vs. Yankees
Wed. Oct. 10 – Camp day
Thurs. Oct. 11 – at Yankees
Fri. – Oct. 12 – vs. Yankees
Note: a “camp day” is a day where they may scrimmage or do drills have a short day or have off the field meetings so you may not see them on the field.
If you would like to read the announcement, you can read it HERE.
Today was the first day that the entire major league team was due to report. Things are quite different under the Kapler regime are very different. Whereas they had previously started at 9 and went to about noon, now it starts “around” 11 and goes after 2.
Today, my friend Jose Taveras pitched live batting practice for the major league time since making the 40 man roster.
I was able to catch most of the big names as well:
Today was SOS-Same Old Situation, more of the same PFPs (pitcher fielding practice), catcher drills, bunting practice for the pitchers and batting practice for the catchers.
There was a fairly sizable crowd today. They still haven’t opened up Spectrum Field to the public to watch batting practice for the position players. Baseball Ross is such a dedicated blogger, he had his camera up against the gates to get a few shots.
So I stayed at the Carpenter Complex to get a few shots of my own:
This afternoon, Baseball Ross and I were able to see new Phillies Manager, Gabe Kapler speak to the fans after practice. Kapler came over after speaking to the media at Spectrum field.
He was friendly and seemed to enjoy interacting with the crowd that was assembled. He answered questions as well as took selfies and signed autographs.
His attitude was much different than the way he is portrayed in the media and frankly, I think like the guy. He was asked “Tell us the truth, what do you think?” and Kapler replied:
“Well, right now I felt absolutely felt nothing but support. So I feel supported, is probably the easiest way to put it. And also know that the fans expect us to be accountable, they expect us to bust our balls out there and to give everything we have. And that’s easy. It doesn’t require any effort. And just like the city of Boston where I played for a couple of years, you care about intensity and fight and determination and grit. And then obviously you expect us to win. We understand those expectations and expect to beat them.”
Sounds like a good plan to me. I recorded the interaction and you can watch it HERE.
I must admit, I may have just put one foot on the Kapler bandwagon. He took time with everyone there and seems to have a good grip on what the team needs to do. His methods are different, practice starts at 11 instead of 9, the atmosphere is more relaxed. Only time will tell if his changes will pan out. I’m kind of excited to see if it meet our “expectations” and if they “beat them.”