The front office at the Carpenter Complex made the 2016 Extended Spring Training Roster available.
Note: this list may change dramatically once the new players from the June Draft arrive and some of the young Dominican and Venezuelan players return to the Dominican to play in the Dominican Summer League.
It was a busy day at the Carpenter Complex, not only were the AAA and AA Phillies teams playing the Yankees, there was another team (either independent or a college team, even the Phillies players didn’t know which.) playing what will likely become the Gulf Coast League team this summer.
While I’m still not up to 100%, I did my best with my knee scooter, zipping between fields, trying to guesstimate when the different players would be either pitching or hitting and just trying to capture a few good shots. The side effect is that it makes it really hard to have any clue what inning or even what the score was.
Either way, Baseball Ross and I had a good time watching baseball.
Interesting note: John Richy executed a nice bunt, almost out ran it to first and managed to advance the runner…just what a pitcher should do. It was good to see.
Baseball Ross and I skipped this morning’s drills to focus on the intra-squad games in the afternoon. It was a “Chamber of Commerce” kind of day. High of 85, sun and a light breeze. You couldn’t have asked for a better day.
One thing all of the pitchers have in common is giving maximum effort with every pitch. It’s time to shine and a great showing may just influence where you start the season.
My friend Ranfi Casimiro did really well against Tommy Joseph and Ross captured it on video HERE.
You can also see his max effort in his face in these pitches:
My other friend, Elniery Garcia, had a nice called strike three against Harold Martinez that you can see HERE.
Here are some pictures of Garcia:
John Richy was also going all out:
Side-armer Hoby Milner:
As you can see, these guys are going all out, working to earn a spot on the rotation. Who won? Really, you can’t tell. No score is kept, innings sometimes have 4 or 5 outs instead of 3. What you can evaluate is how much they want that starting job, it’s written all over their faces.
Today it was almost like Ryan Howard was putting on a showcase. He looks good slimmer and more ready for the season than I’ve ever seen him.
He looks sharp and has obviously worked out in the off season.
Newcomer Taylor Featherston didn’t want to be outdone and he flew through the air.
Maikel Franco looked focused.
At the end the day, they did something I never saw, they donned “slide pants” and practiced sliding on special tarps. It looked like a lot of fun.
After the Major Leaguers were done, the minor leaguers that have reported early took their turn.
I was pleased to see Art Charles:
John Richy who was part of the Chase Utley deal with the Dodgers pitched today.
And finally Tommy Joseph looked good and fully recovered from last year’s injuries.
It may have been a cold, breezy day, but it was a good day for baseball.