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…
Today the Phillies picked up 1B Justin Bour for cash and minor league LHP McKenzie Mills.
Mills has had a mediocre year, he has an ERA of 3.51, but is only 2-5 on the season. He’s also given up 7 home runs in 89 innings.
Here is the last picture of Mills in a Clearwater Threshers uniform last night as he walked out in the 5th inning:
This picture is from his last start at home with the Threshers last week:
May be a change of scenery will be just what he needs.
The Phillies have expanded their presence in the Gulf Coast League (GCL) by adding a second team.
Phillies East team, led by Roly DeArmas played today and won over the Yankees. Tomorrow the West team led by Nelson Prada play their first game.
The Phillies #1 draft pick, Alec Bohm was taking batting practice today on Schmidt field.
For now, we are thinking he will be on the West team. He will likely move up after a few games, which is what they did with Adam Haseley last season.
I also took video of his last at-bat. See HERE.
I managed to talk to him after practice and he seems to be a nice guy. I’m excited to see him play and will be there tomorrow so stay tuned!
Tonight is one of my favorite night of the year, the season ticket holder meet the team party. We get a picnic with the players and then they are formally introduced.
Without further ado, I give you your 2018 Clearwater Threshers HERE.
I was able to get a copy for the extended spring training. Players in extended spring are either rehabbing or will be playing in Short-Season or Gulf Coast League.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I reported that much to our surprise they did not release a workgroup list this year. A workgroup list is a rough list of what teams might be as usually the players who will be on the AAA team are in group 1, AA group 2 and so on.
So today we were surprised by a “master roster” of all the players in minor league camp. There’s no “order” to it other than name or position so it’s not of much value to try to figure out where players may end up when the season begins.
So here it is:
Here’s a clickable copy that may be easier to read: