Thanks to a dear friend, I have a copy of the newly posted final rosters! I have not had time to go over them and see who was released.
So here you go:
* denotes a left-handed player
# denotes a switch hitter/pitcher
This is the part of spring training where in many aspects, it’s hard to write a narrative of where a team is going to be. This week is sort of a “limbo”for the players. There are way too many players in camp and the minor leaguers who are on the major league roster have yet to be cut.
The major league camp will start cutting players and those players will either be sent to minor league camp or given their outright release. Once that happens, all of the players sent down will have to be placed on a roster and then the players will have to be shifted around and again, some will be given their release as well.
It’s a nervous time. That being said, as far as a story, the story is the minor leaguers are playing other minor leaguers to keep a spot on the roster. It’s as if everyone is waiting for the other proverbial “shoe to drop”.
Baseball Ross and I will have a recap of the week’s intrasquad games tomorrow so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, you can find it HERE.
What I thought I’d share today is a series of pictures I took for your enjoyment.
This morning I posted the first of the work group lists. For those of you not familiar, the work groups are preseason “rosters” for the minor league organization. It is important to note that they are very fluid at this point as there are still quite a few players still in the major league camp who will be coming down to minor league camp causing a lot of shifting among the rosters as well as some outright releases.
Baseball Ross and I compiled some of our favorite pictures from the first two days of minor league camp. You can see the vlog with pictures of Mickey Moniak, Franklyn Kilome and many others by clicking HERE.
Today the first minor league work group list was released. Keep in mind this list is FLUID and will change. The first big change will be when the guys that are currently in the major league camp are sent down. Then some of the players in group 1 (AAA, the far left column) will shift right into AA. Then players in the second column will shift to the third, high a and so on.
So to lay it out the columns from left to right are:
AAA-Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, AA-Reading Fightins, A+-Clearwater Threshers, A–Lakewood BlueClaws. The fifth column will be the Williamsport Crosscutters/Extended Spring group once the shift of players starts.
Back on April 14, 2014 I won a contest that the Clearwater Threshers held. During that week, they hid a Threshers garden gnome somewhere in Clearwater. It would be located at one of their sponsors’ locations and whomever figured out where it was based on a picture of the gnome at the location (close up so you had to know the location), a cryptic clue and took a picture of themselves with the gnome, won the contest. I figured out that they had hidden the gnome in the lobby of the Holiday Inn just up the street from then Brighthouse Field.
The prize that I won was 2 tickets to a meet-and-greet with the Friday concert performer, Jamie Lynn Spears.
Here’s the baseball “twist”…Jamie Lynn Spears, who starred in Zoey101 on Nickelodeon, is the kid sister of Britney Spears who dated Justin Timberlake-who is the nephew of Threshers’ general manager John Timberlake. Whew!
During the game, we were taken downstairs in the stadium to the dining room and were introduced to Jamie Lynn.
After meeting her, she signed an autograph for me.
She was very sweet. She made an impression on me because she was so kind and personable. She was launching her country music career and I stayed after the game to listen. I enjoyed the music.
Earlier this week, her 8 year old daughter Maddie was in an ATV accident and was trapped underwater in the ATV. They life flighted her to a hospital where she was unconscious. I said prayers for her. I was overjoyed by the news today that Maddie was awake and talking with no apparent permanent damage.
Sometimes baseball can introduce you to someone you wouldn’t have otherwise met. Here’s to hoping that little Maddie keeps improving and goes home soon.