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Half Way Through Spring

Having gone past the half-way point of Spring Training, the paring down of the Phillies roster has begun.  The first fourteen cuts included pitchers Phillippe Aumont, Yohan Flande, Scott Mathieson, Drew Naylor, J.C. Ramirez, Jesus Sanchez, Joe Savery and Bill White; position players cut were catchers Tuffy Gosewisch, Kevin Nelson and John Sumoi; infielder Freddy Galvis; and outfielders Quintin Berry and Tyson Gillies.  You will notice that all three of the players involved in the Cliff Lee trade are on the list.

One of those players, Aumont, had a very rough start in camp in an exhibition game.  But after that, he made a solid 2 2/3 inning appearance where he did not allow a run.  J.C. Ramirez did not fare as well, appearing in two games and allowing 3 runs over 4 1/3 innings.  Both pitchers are still early in their development and we may not have a real sense of their worth for some time to come.


Thumbnail image for Gillies.jpgThe third player from the Lee trade is Tyson Gillies who showed some real potential.  He ended his trip to camp with a .286 average in 7 at-bats, including a home run, a double and 2 RBI.  Gillies told the press that camp was a huge learning experience for him and was especially grateful to manager Charlie Manuel for his words of advice; Gillies said, “Charlie told me the things I need to work on, slowing things down. Slower. Slower when I’m hitting. He wants me to be slow with the feet, and quick with the hands. Basically just stay back a little bit more. Keep my hands and everything back and try not to lunge at everything. Let the ball come to me.”

While it is endearing to hear those comments from a young player, it also leaves one to wonder what exactly the coaching staff in Seattle has been doing…or not doing.  Gillies has been in the minors since 2007 and no one ever told him not to lunge at the ball?  Or even how to properly approach an at-bat and hit the ball?  It is no wonder then why so many young players develop so many bad habits.  Seems that “coaching” may be a lost art…

Those players that remain in camp will slowly be whittled down to the final 25-man roster.  Starting pitchers, like JA Happ, will see a steady increase in innings.  Happ went 4 solid yesterday in a 5-4 win over the Twins.  He allowed just one hit and struck out 3.  Kyle Kendrick followed today with 4 solid innings of his own, allowing 2 hits.  Kendrick remains on the heels of Jamie Moyer in the competition for the 5th starters spot.

As for the hitters, here is a look at the batting averages for each player still in camp, with at least 5 at-bats:

W Valdez

.750

 

R Gload

.294

B Bocock

.455

 

J Castro

.273

C Utley

.438

 

R Howard

.250

P Polanco

.375

 

J Rollins

.250

D Wise

.375

 

B Francisco

.235

D Brown

.350

 

C Ransom

.200

O Chavez

.333

 

F Galvis

.182

G Dobbs

.333

 

J Werth

.136

B Schneider

.333

 

R Ibanez

.115

J Mayberry

.318

 

C Ruiz

.100 Bottom of Form

S Victorino

.313

 

 

 

 

Chase Utley and Placido Polanco lead the pack among the regular players.  And as expected, Polanco’s transition from 2nd to 3rd base has been very smooth.  He had one rough game right at the start for his only error of Spring, but has been great ever since.  Polanco has 17 assists and turned 5 double plays in 42 innings of work.

As for the still rehabbing players, Brad Lidge is doing well and will start a Double A Spring game on Thursday.  Manager Charlie Manuel announced that is Lidge is not ready in April, Ryan Madson will be given the closer duties.  JC Romero is also progressing, but will not be ready for Opening Day; he did throw some breaking balls today for the first time since his surgery and depending on how he feels over the next few days, he may get to throw to hitters this week.

 

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Pharm Fun

On the one day of the season where there are no big league games to be found, I found myself in Trenton , NJ to watch the Phuture Phillies show their stuff.  The 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game (Double-A ball) and Home Run Derby was held at Waterfront Park and hosted by the Yankees-affiliate, Trenton Thunder.  Five Reading Phillies participated in the game and one in the derby.

Joe Savery, the Phillies first-round draft pick in 2007, got the nod to start the Southern vs. Northern Division match-up.  Vance Worley, another R-Phil, pitched a scoreless 7th inning to get the win with a final score of 5-3.  And a native of my hometown, Akron pitcher Carlton Smith of Piscataway, NJ, earned the save.  A few more R-Phils saw some action; Michael Taylor in right went 1 for 4 with an RBI; Quintin Berry, a fellow MLBlogger, was 1 for 1 with a walk, playing in center; and Neil Sellers struck out twice and played third base.071509.jpg

As entertaining as the game was, some of the fans were even more fun.  At one point, a foul ball landed on the concrete walkway between seating areas and right at the feet of a mother and her 4-year old son. 

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No one else was around so they bent down to pick up the ball.  At that moment, some idiot in the seating area above the walkway threw himself over the metal railing to try to steal the ball and landed ON the 4-year child.  The photo to the right shows the poor child holding his nose, which may have been broken, and to make “amends”, the rail-diving idiot gave the ball to the kid.

If that were not bad enough, a few minutes later, it an usher brought another ball over to the crazy man, with signatures on it, and handed it to the guy’s daughter!  A reward for nearly killing another child?  Seemed a bit odd to me.  It must have seemed a bit odd to the mother of the injured child too because a while later, 3 police officers reigned down upon the man and took him away.  I figure she must have found an officer and said she would like to press charges.  And who could blame her.

But the fun did not end there…take a look at the suicidal mascots playing around on the roof of the stadium:

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I suppose if I had to wear these costumes, I may not have the will to live either.  The poor “Thunder” mascot is actually a lightning bolt…someone must have told him and it was like hearing that there was no Santa Claus so, up to the roof he went… :o)


Then there was a very strange Mets fan in the stands. 
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This gentleman paraded around all day wearing a pink and powder blue colored Mets jersey, which was even signed, and wore a yellow collared shirt underneath. 


He looked like an Easter Egg.  A very fruity Easter Egg.  Did he not realize this was a women’s jersey?  Well, it’s a Mets fan, what can you expect? (kidding! :O)

And how about the bat-fetching dog and Sumo wrestling fans?  Awesome.  Seriously awesome:

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And even some of the players were lots of fun; Michael Taylor, a highly touted prospect who has been compared to Ryan Howard, provided me with the Photo of the Day.  I asked him to smile for a picture and he said to me, “Not only will I smile for you, but I will do this as well…”

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I officially love this kid.  Thanks for the laugh, Michael…best of luck to you!

Here is the full Photo Album, including the home run derby.  Enjoy!

Photos by Jenn

 

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