Ladies and Gentlemen Your 2017 Clearwater ThreshersĀ 

It is a warm night here in Clearwater with a strong breeze coming in off the Gulf of Mexico, a perfect night for the season ticket holder annual introduction to the team party. 


You can watch the video HERE.

The staff as announced is:

  • Shawn Williams, Manager
  • Aaron Fultz, Pitching Coach
  • Rob Deucy, Hitting Coach
  • Mike Hedta, Trainer
  • Mike Lynch, Strength and Conditioning 

Pitchers:

  • Tommy Berjans 
  • Ranfi Casimiro 
  • Austin Davis
  • Seranthony Dominguez 
  • Edgar Garcia
  • Tyler Gilbert
  • Cole Irvin
  • Franklyn Kilome 
  • Luke Leftwich
  • Blake Quinn
  • Jeff Singer
  • Jose Taveras
  • Alberto Tirado
  • Jacob Waguespack

Catchers:

  • Austin Bossart
  • Deivi Grullon
  • Gregory Rivero

Infielders:

  • Grenny Cumana
  • Wilson Garcia
  • Jan Hernandez 
  • Emmanuel Marrero
  • Drew Stankiewicz 
  • Damek Tomcha

Outfielders:

  • Zach Coppola
  • Mark Laird
  • Jose Pujols
  • Cornelius Randolph
  • Herlis Rodriguez 

Threshers Lose Opener to Dunedin, 6-2

Opening night for the Thershers was beautiful, weather-wise. It was cool enough to need a sweatshirt, a big difference from last season’s stifling heat.

Cord Sandberg

Cord Sandberg

Cord Sandberg looked happy to be here and went on to get a double and a sacrifice fly in the game.

Cord Sandberg hits a double

Cord Sandberg hits a double

Mitch Walding hit a nice home run over the left field fence.

Mitch Walding

Mitch Walding

Herlis Rodriguez hit a foul so hard, he damaged Florida Auto Exchange Stadium’s roof.

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The dent to the roof of Florida Auto Exchange Stadium


Herlis Rodriguez

Herlis Rodriguez fouls and damages the roof.


Herlis Rodriguez robbed of a single.

Herlis Rodriguez robbed of a single.

Herlis Rodriguez was robbed of a single by an athletic play by Dunedin’s pitcher Connor Greene.

Tom Eshelman got off to a shaky start but settled in in the second inning to have a good game.

Tom Eshelman

Tom Eshelman

Victor Arano came in in relief.

Victor Arano

Victor Arano

Finally, Jairo Munoz came in to close out the game.

Jairo Munoz

Jairo Munoz

Munoz came in and brought the heat, throwing 94.

They may not have won, but there was some good highlights and I’m looking forward to tonight’s rematch against Dunedin.

Introducing The 2016 Clearwater Threshers

It was a beautiful evening here in Clearwater for the annual “Meet the Threshers” picnic for season ticket holders. It’s a fun time where we had a chance to have a nice meal and hob-knob with the players.

After everyone had a chance to eat, the voice of the Threshers, Kirsten Karbach introduced the team.

2016 Clearwater Threshers

2016 Clearwater Threshers

You can see video of the introductions HERE.

The season kicks off tomorrow night in Dunedin against the Blue Jays.

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

 

Scenes From Phillies Minor League Spring Training-March 26, 2016

Today was one of those days where there was so much going on on three of the four fields at the Carpenter Complex that I could have used a twin or even a triplet to help me try to cover all the action. I’m still stuck using my knee scooter, which has actually turned out to be a help, I can zip around faster than I can walk and when I pick a spot to set up, I can sit on the cushioned seat right against the fence without obstructing anyone’s view.

There was a bit of a kerfuffle trying to get into the parking lot so we were delayed a bit, but as I walked up to Roberts Field in the back, I was pleased to see Cody Asche back at the plate. I was even more pleased to see him smack the ball so hard that it landed at the base of the hill to US 19! It was definitely one of the longest hits I’ve ever seen on that field. You can see pictures of the hit HERE.

Mitch Walding also had a great day, with two home runs, one that I have a picture of and one that Baseball Ross has on video. You can see it HERE.

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Mitch Walding

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Mitch Walding


Dylan Cozens also hit two home runs, I managed to get a picture of one of them.

Dylan Cozens

Here’s some pictures from the rest of the day, my only regret is that I got to Schmidt field in time to see David Buchanan’s last pitch and didn’t have time to get my camera up to get a shot.

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Christian Merraro

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Jorge Alfarro

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Jorge Alfaro

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Zach Eflin

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Zach Eflin

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JP Crawford gets hit by his foul

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Andrew Pullin

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Aaron Brown

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Aaron Nola

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Tommy Joseph

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Colton Murray

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Ben Lively

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Ben Lively

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KC Serna

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Carlos Alonso

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Herlis Rodriguez

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Rhys Hoskins

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KC Serna

 
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Jesmel Valentin

The most unique thing I saw today was a true submariner, Ben Rowen of the Jays. I think he has the lowest release point of any submariner I’ve ever seen.

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Ben Rowen

It was a great day for baseball and I can’t wait to do it again tomorrow.

Phillies Minor League Work Group List as of 3-18-2016

After the latest round of releases, the newest work group list was handed out at the Carpenter Complex. This list is as of March 18, 2016.

As a reminder: #=Switch hitter *=Left handed 

Players in grey are injured  

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.