Phillies Minor League Team 2016 Rosters Released!

2016 Minor League Roster
2016 Minor League Roster
The minor league roster was released today and I have a copy. The copy is at the top of the page. For ease of reading the tiny print, I have transcribed it here (Note Disabled List is at the end):

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs

Catchers

  • JP Arencibia
  • Andrew Knapp#

Infielders

  • Carlos Alonso
  • Taylor Featherston
  • Ryan Jackson
  • Tommy Joseph
  • Angelys Nina
  • Brock Stassi

Outfielders

  • Cameron Perkins
  • David Lough
  • Darnell Sweeny #
  • Wil Venable
  • Nick Williams*

Starting Pitchers

  • Mark Appel
  • David Buchanan
  • Zach Eflin
  • Adam Morgan*
  • Jake Thompson

The Bullpen

  • Elvis Araujo
  • Andrew Bailey
  • Ernesto Frieri
  • Luis Garcia
  • Bobby Lafromboise*
  • Edward Mujica
  • Colton Murray

Reading Fightin’ Phils

Catchers

  • Jorge Alfaro
  • Logan Moore

Infielders

  • JP Crawford*
  • Jake Fox
  • Rhys Hoskins
  • Harold Martinez
  • Angelo Mora#
  • KC Serna
  • Jesmuel Valentin#

Outfielders

  • Aaron Brown
  • Dylan Cozens
  • Christian Marrero*
  • Roman Quinn#

Starting Pitchers

  • Alec Asher
  • Ben Lively
  • Ricardo Pinto
  • Nick Pivetta
  • Anthony Vasquez

The Bullpen

  • Severino Gonzalez
  • Ulises Joaquin
  • Edubray Ramos
  • Joeley Rodriguez*
  • Reinier Roibal
  • Tom Windle

Clearwater Threshers

Catchers

  • Gabriel Lino
  • Chace Numata#
  • Joel Fisher

Infielders

  • Maquin Canelo
  • Zach Green
  • Scott Kingery
  • Kyle Martin*
  • Drew Stankiewicz#
  • Mitch Walding*

Outfielders

  • Andrew Pullin*
  • Herlis Rodriguez
  • Cord Sandberg*
  • Carlos Tocci

Starting Pitchers

  • Tom Eshelman
  • Ranfi Casimiro
  • Elniery Garcia*
  • Matthew Imhof*
  • Will Morris
  • Tyler Visa

The Bullpen

  • Victor Arano
  • Joey DeNato
  • Matt Hockenberry
  • Jario Munoz
  • Miguel Nunez
  • Alexis Rivero
  • Jesen Therrien

Lakewood BlueClaws

Catchers

  • Austin Bossart
  • Deivi Grullon
  • Wilson Garcia

Infielders

  • Grenny Cumana
  • Brendon Hayden
  • Jan Hernandez
  • Emmanuel Marrero#
  • Josh Tobias#

Outfielders

  • Zach Coppola
  • Jose Pujols
  • Cornelius Randolph*
  • Damek Tomscha
  • Jiandido Tromp

Starting Pitchers

  • Harold Arauz
  • Tyler Gilbert*
  • Franklyn Kilome
  • Luke Leftwich
  • Mitch Gueller
  • Shane Watson

The Bullpen

  • Alejandro Arteaga
  • Kenny Koplove
  • Zach Morris*
  • Robert Tasin
  • Jose Taveras
  • Alberto Tirado
  • Jacob Waguespack

Extended Spring Training

Catchers

  • Edgar Cabral
  • Roldolfo Duran
  • Greg Brodzinski
  • Nerlius Martinez
  • Gregori Rivero*
  • Lenin Rodriguez
  • Rafeal Marchan

Infielders

  • Jose Antequera
  • Daniel Brito*
  • William Cuicas#
  • Luis Encarnacion
  • Luis Espiritu
  • Arquismedez Gamboa#
  • Edwin Rodriguez
  • Lucas Williams

Outfielders

  • Jesus Alastre
  • Venn Biter*
  • Carlos Duran
  • Enmanuel Garcia
  • Samuel Hiciano
  • Mark Laird*
  • Juan Luis*
  • Jhailyn Ortiz
  • Greg Pickett*
  • Jake Sweaney

Starting Pitchers

  • Ismael Cabrera
  • Seranthony Dominguez
  • Bailey Falter
  • Nick Fanti
  • Edgar Garcia
  • Adonis Medina
  • Felix Paulino
  • William Stewart*
  • Ranger Suarez*

The Bullpen

  • Steiner Carmona
  • Skylar Hunter
  • Carlos Indriago
  • Sutter McLoughlin
  • Luis Morales
  • Geudy Ortiz
  • Oskerlly Sanchez*
  • Anthony Sequiera
  • Jeff Singer*
  • Horace Stubblefield
  • Gregory Infante
  • Chris Leroux
  • Jeremy Bleich
  • Hoby Milner

Extended Spring Training Rehab

  • Jimmy Cordero
  • Frank Herrmann
  • Yoervis Medina
  • Brandon Leibrandt*
  • Mark Leiter
  • John Richy
  • Andrew Anderson
  • Scott Harris
  • Austin Davis
  • Derek Campbell

 

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Scenes From Phillies Minor League Spring Training-March 31, 2016

As minor league training camp is winding down, the mood and tempo is also winding down. The mood is more quiet, more like waiting for it all to be over. I took most of yesterday to try to catch the few players I haven’t seen yet as well as chat with a few of my friends before they leave.

I found something new to be fascinated with. I have long had a fascination with the knuckle ball. But now it’s with Hoby Milner’s side arm pitch. I’ve long been a fan of and friend of Hoby. He’s a great kid who had some struggles and changed his pitch from the usual overhand to a full-fledged side arm.

I was trying to cover both games so I missed his first inning but according to the BlueClaws Blog, he threw two scoreless innings. I didn’t get any video, but wish I had. Once I started watching, I could not turn away.

Hoby Milner
Hoby Milner

While I didn’t have video, I have placed the photos in sequence so you can get a feel of the motion:

Hoby Milner
Hoby Milner
Hoby Milner
Hoby Milner
Hoby Milner
Hoby Milner

The sound and movement of the ball was unique. It had a different kind of “whoosh” to it and it seemed to almost swerve from Hoby’s hand, out to the right of the batter and at the last second, swerve back over the plate. The batters just didn’t know what to make of it. In the inning I saw, there were times that the batters would just stand there as the ball went by, not knowing how to time their swing. It was really cool to watch. I almost forgot to take pictures.

Ben Lively (left) pitching to Logan Moore. (David Buchanan on the right)
Ben Lively (left) pitching to Logan Moore. (David Buchanan on the right)

Something else that I saw that was different is Ben Lively’s fastball. I’ve hung around bullpens enough, right behind the catcher, that it really doesn’t phase me. I am usually immune to the snap that the ball makes as it crashes into Logan Moore’s glove. I’ll admit, the first time I heard Lively’s fastball, it actually startled me. I jumped and almost dropped my phone.

HERE’S VIDEO of Lively pitching. The first and third pitches are “normal” and the second is one of the fastballs.

Those were the two things that I enjoyed watching. Today is the last full day of camp. Tomorrow there will be some drills/intra-squad early before the guys shower and load their equipment onto the trucks to go north. I hope to be there to say good-bye to my friends.

 

Highlights of the Phillies 4-3 Win Over Japan

This morning it was announced that Phillies Minor leaguers would take on a college team from Japan. 

 

Yojiro Shimizu

The biggest surprise was how small Japan’s  players were. It’s not to say that they were not good players, they were very strong for their size.
 David Buchanan was the starting pitcher.
David Buchanan
 
In the second, Mitch Walding hit a solo homer and all the Japanese player could do was watch it go.

 

Mitch Walding’s home run sails out of the park

 In the 3rd, the Japanese team scored 2 on Buchanan.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Herlis Rodriguez got a hit and managed to slide safely into 2nd.

 

Herlis Rodriguez slides into second before the ball gets there

Next, catcher Deivi Grullon hit a long homer into the bullpen to bring the score 3-2. You can watch the homerun HERE. 
Herlis was already well on his way home when the ball was still in the park.

 

Herlis Rodriguez rounds third without slowing down

 
Grullon celebrates his 2-run homer
 
Phillies later added one more run to make it 4-2 and it stayed until the top of the 9th. The Japanese team said “sayonara” to Matt Hockenberry’s first pitch of the inning to bring them within one.

Hockenberry bucked down and then it was over. The Phillies won 4-3.

  It was a great day for baseball. 

Day 4 of Spring Training 2016

It’s another beautiful day here in Baseball Land. The sun is shining, the grass is green, the orange and palm trees sway…oh wait, Irving Berlin wrote that for White Christmas, but it is fitting here today.The cold weather is gone and it’s a picture perfect day.

Pitchers had throwing from the mound and catchers are taking BP from the coaches.

The only out of the ordinary thing that happened was that David Buchanan took a line drive “come-backer” off of his shoulder. 

   

David Buchanan throws under the watchful eye of a trainer after getting hit with a line drive

 
Vince Velezquez gives max effort
 
 
Adam Morgan looks good on the mound

 
Zach Eflin warms up in the bullpen
  
 
Submariner Greg Burke

 
Ernesto Frieri
  
Catchers and some position players took batting practice:

 

Jorge Alfaro

 
Logan Moore
  
 
Tim Zier takes BP after last season’s injury
 

The highlight of batting practice was watching Carlos Alonso. He returned to the field showing no ill-affects of last year’s season-ending injury. In fact, he hit two out of the park and missed a third by only a few inches.

 

Carlos Alonso hits one out of the park.

That’s all from here in Clearwater, back at it again tomorrow!

   

 
  

Pitchers and catchers and position players, oh my!

Day 2 of pitchers and catchers dawned bright, sunny and WARM! We arrived to find Jessie Biddle, David Buchanan, Mario Hollands and the rest of their group receiving instruction on the half field next to Bright House.

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They then went inside.

Over at Carpenter, the remainder of the pitchers were stretching and readying for the same drills as yesterday. While Sebastian Valle and Lou Marson were tossing on Ashburn field.

We heard that Bright house was open for batting practice for position players.

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Darren Ruf was fielding balls in the outfield, as was Kelly Dugan (below)

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Marlon Byrd managed to hit several into the bullpens.

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Cody Asche was there as well.

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Ryan Howard looked like he was moving well.

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Chase Utley looked to be in a good mood as he walked in to take his swings.

It was a good day to see some familiar faces.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Pitchers and Catchers, Day 1

In Philly, they woke to inches of snow. In Clearwater, we had sun but it was cold (relatively speaking) in the 50s with winds gusting to 30 mph.

The cold didn’t seem to bother the pitchers, catchers or even Chase Utley who also was seen on the field.

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Despite the cold and wind, the guys seemed to be having a good time on their first day.

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Mario Hollands, a lefty, non-roster invitee, smiled as he ran through his drills.

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Jesse Biddle, also a non-roster invitee, looked serious.

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David Buchanan also was working hard.

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Jonathan Papelbon also participated.

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Despite having shoulder tendinitis, Cole Hamels was an active participant in the drills.

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Kenny Giles, who I last saw topping the speed gun in Dunedin at 101mph was in Hamels’ group.

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Sabastian Valle, recently left off the 40-man roster, was working hard.

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Carlos Ruiz looked svelte and ready to take on all comers.

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It was also good to see the return of catcher Lou Marson.

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Veteran Cliff Lee did two runs through the drills, once with the other veterans, once with the younger players.

20140213-182701.jpgAnd finally, in case you missed it, here is the most recent roster given out this morning…although it’s already out of date as Chad Gaudin was released this morning after failing his physical.

So there you have it in a nutshell. Day one is in the cold books.

2013 Spring Training Work Groups List Released

The 2013 Spring Training Working Groups list has been released:

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