Phillies Play First Fall Instructional League Game-First Round Pick Alec Bohm Goes Yard

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…

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Phillies 4.3 Million Dollar Prospect Takes the Field

Baseball Ross and I got up early in this beautiful 85* fall day and were rewarded by seeing the Phillies’ 4.3 million dollar prospect Jhailyn Ortiz take the field. 

    
 

Adam Morgan returns to the mound in Fall Instructional League Intra-Squad game

Today was one of the most beautiful days for baseball since spring training. As Baseball Ross and I took our seats under the overhang in the shade, we were pleasantly surprised when we saw Adam Morgan take the mound.

Morgan has been sidelined since last summer with a shoulder injury. He spent the better part of that year here in Clearwater rehabbing.

He looked good, seemed to have good control and his velocity seemed to build with every inning. Considering it’s been almost a year since he’s pitched in a competitive setting, it was quite an impressive return.

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Reggie Jackson was in the house!

Today is one of those days, one of those days I will remember the rest of my life. Today I met Hall of Famer, Reggie Jackson.

Today was the first day of the fall instructional league and the Phillies were playing the New York Yankees. I looked over and there was a gentleman wearing Yankees garb and it was Reggie Jackson, Mr. October himself!

I waited for a moment when he wasn’t talking to anyone and kindly asked for his autograph he was happy to oblige. It’s one of those moments that you can never forget, meeting a Hall of Famer like that, especially when you were expecting to. I didn’t have a ball with me but luckily, my good friend Charlie had an extra. So now, I have the autograph of one of the greatest players of the game!

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Yeah, So the Pirates Are A No-Show

So today the Fall Instructional League Phillies were to play the Pirates today–originally at Pirate City in Bradenton, then yesterday, we were told the Bucs were coming here. Nope, no Bucs.

We arrived to find Phillies 1 vs Phillies 2–both wearing the same uniforms. This is so confusing.

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One thing I love, is the snap the ball makes when Kenny Giles throws some heat. (click HERE)

Wow! Luis Encarnacion just made a real sharp play, charging the ball and firing to first! Wow!

OF NOTE:
Zachary Green was awarded the New York Penn League Player of the Year!
AND he’s playing here today!

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Fall Instructional League Notes

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One of the best things about Fall Instructional League is the weather. The last few weeks of Gulf Coast League were brutal, mid nineties every day, 90-100% humidity, no breezes. The games started at noon and by one, you felt fried.

Fast forward a few weeks FIL starts at one, the temps are mid-eighties, humidity is mid-eighties and the breeze is fantastic. They also have been holding the games at Bright House which allows for seats and shade. Baseball life couldn’t get much better.

The baseball? Well it’s, well, interesting. The players are here to work on pieces of their game so the emphasis is on the instruction not winning. Pitchers that were lights out look like their struggling because they may not be allowed to use their “good” pitches.

It’s also time for scouts to check out talent as you can see by the large number of scouts in the stands today:

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I don’t mind who wins or loses. I’ve gotten to know quite a few of the young players and I quite enjoy watching them learn and progress. It’s also better than what happens in just a few weeks—the end of all of the seasons. That dark dearth of time between the World Series and Spring Training. Well, there is Australian baseball and Baseball Ross and I have gotten up at 3 am to watch some games but it’s not the same.

Of note:
Players seen on the field today:
Aaron Altherr, Jan Hernandez, Jose Puljols, Art Charles, Andrew Pullin, Nick Hanson, Carlos Duran, JP Crawford, Larry Greene, Ricardo Pinto, Cord Sandberg, Devi Grullon, Jesse Therrien, Willians Astudillo, Dylan Cozens, Nefi Ogando, Tyler Buckley, Danny Child

Final Score: Phillies 9, Tigers 7

TOMORROW’S PHILLIES FIL GAME AGAINST THE PIRATES WILL BE AT BRIGHT HOUSE NOT PIRATE CITY…GAME TIME 1pm

Players in the stands:
Feliberto Sanchez, Shane Watson, Ranfi Casimiro, Luis Encarnacion, Roman Quinn

(There’s more but I can’t see all the names on jerseys)