Phillies #1 Draft Pick, Alec Bohm Prepares for GCL Season

The Phillies have expanded their presence in the Gulf Coast League (GCL) by adding a second team.

Phillies East team, led by Roly DeArmas played today and won over the Yankees. Tomorrow the West team led by Nelson Prada play their first game.

The Phillies #1 draft pick, Alec Bohm was taking batting practice today on Schmidt field.

For now, we are thinking he will be on the West team. He will likely move up after a few games, which is what they did with Adam Haseley last season.

I also took video of his last at-bat. See HERE.

I managed to talk to him after practice and he seems to be a nice guy. I’m excited to see him play and will be there tomorrow so stay tuned!

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It’s a Done Deal-Financing in place for New Blue Jays Spring Training Complex in Dunedin

Image by Populous

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time you will know that I have been invested in the Blue Jays staying in their spring-training home of Dunedin, Florida. I live only a few blocks from the stadium and have served on the Dunedin Stadium Committee for more than four years. I have sat through numerous meetings, city meetings, hearings and spoken before city council-all so I can say:

It’s finally done!

It’s been a long road and the Jays mean a lot to the city of Duneden, this is the only spring-training home they’ve ever known-they’ve been here for 42 years. By the time this deal is done they’ll be here another 25. They’re the only team in major league baseball who hasn’t moved and they won’t be moving for a long, long time.

The city council voted last night and the county voted their approval this morning.

You can read an article outlining the details of the deal HERE and watch the city council meeting HERE.

Ladies and Gentlemen Your 2018 Clearwater Threshers

Tonight is one of my favorite night of the year, the season ticket holder meet the team party. We get a picnic with the players and then they are formally introduced.

Without further ado, I give you your 2018 Clearwater Threshers HERE.

Phillies Minor League Roster Released

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I reported that much to our surprise they did not release a workgroup list this year. A workgroup list is a rough list of what teams might be as usually the players who will be on the AAA team are in group 1, AA group 2 and so on.

So today we were surprised by a “master roster” of all the players in minor league camp. There’s no “order” to it other than name or position so it’s not of much value to try to figure out where players may end up when the season begins.

So here it is:

Here’s a clickable copy that may be easier to read:

First Day of Phillies Minor League Scrimmages and a Game VS Villanova.

For Clearwater, the day started off chilly, it was 56 when Baseball Ross and I got up and it was only 59 and windy when we got to the Carpenter Complex.

Even though it was “freezing” by this Florida Girl’s definition, we stayed all day and I was rewarded. I took two of the best photos I’ve ever taken. I’ve never had any training, so when it all comes together, it’s the best feeling in the world.

I took these two pictures of pitcher Jeff Singer. If you’re familiar with the Carpenter complex, you’ll know that the bullpen between Schmidt and Ashburn fields has a mesh screen over the fencing that is impossible to shoot through. Today I noticed that the fasteners holding the bottom of the screen were missing, so that if I timed the shot and the pitch just right, I could take the shot right behind the catcher as the screen would be blown up in the air by the wind. The shots, as I said before, are two of the best I’ve ever taken.

Jeff Singer
Jeff Singer

 

Earlier in the day, the major league players who did not make the trip to Tampa took batting practice:

Rhys Hoskins
Maikel Franco watches Odubel Herrera bat
Maikel Franco

 

Here are some shots from the rest of the day:

Enyel De Los Santos
Carlos De La Cruz
Colby Fitch slides into home
Adam Haseley
Jhailyn Ortiz
Franklyn Kilome
Brandon Leibrandt
Jose Taveras
Tyler Henson
Wilson Garcia

 

Here is the line up for the game VS Villanova. I did not stay for the game as some of my friends were playing in the other games and I promised to get pictures for them.

 

Minor League Spring Training Rolls On-Pictures

As these early days of spring training roll on, it’s more of the “same old, same old” of pitchers fielding drills, batting practice and other drills. It’s hard to really write a narrative of the activities like it is a game. So I will give you these photos:

Damek Tomscha
Alexis Rivero
Jacob Waguespack
Garrett Clevenger
Shane Watson
Tyler Viza
Ranfi Casimiro
Grenny Cumana
Adam Haseley
Cord Sandberg
Ariquimedes Gamboa
Daniel Brito