The Phillies Futures roster is set in preparation for the Phillies Futures Game on March 31st.
The Phillies Thursday night recap blog is back w/ a twist. Tonight the Phillies visited First Energy Stadium in Reading, PA for the 1st time since May 8, 2000, in what they are calling the Phillies Futures Series, along w/ a game on Saturday @ CBP. Overall this will be the Phillies’ 23rd trip to Reading When I was in my teens on, 67 -85, they were there almost every year except 3 times (1973, 1979, 1984). It is the 50th year of Phillies baseball in Reading and only time will tell if this will be an annual thing again. I hope so.
Besides getting back into the Thursday night habit, I wanted to do tonight’s game as, if my ability reaches my ambition, I will be doing a weekly or at least biweekly blog on the Reading team recaping the past games and previewing the games to come as well as saying something about a different player each posting, which I will post on Sundays, most likely starting April 17th if not a week earlier.
Here is the Futures roster managed by Reading Fightin Phils‘ Dusty Wathan – linked are on the Reading Phils roster as of this posting – though word is that Knapp and Williams will be going to AAA.
Pitchers (nine): Right-handers Mark Appel (No. 4) Zach Eflin (No. 13) are slated to pitch tonight in this 7 inning exhibition w/ the rest of the pitchers being Jake Thompson (No. 2), Ricardo Pinto (No. 10) (who will both pitch on Saturday afternoon), Edubray Ramos (No. 29), Victor Arano, Miguel Nunez, and left-handers Joely Rodriguez and Tom Windle.
Catchers (two): Jorge Alfaro (No. 6) and Andrew Knapp (No. 9).
Infielders (nine): J.P. Crawford (No. 1), Scott Kingery (No. 11), Malquin Canelo (No. 12), Rhys Hoskins (No. 20), Tommy Joseph, Angelo Mora, Brock Stassi, Jesmuel Valentin and Mitch Walding.
Outfielders (six): Nick Williams (No. 3), Roman Quinn (No. 7), Carlos Tocci (No. 14), Dylan Cozens(No. 23), Aaron Brown (No. 8) and Andrew Pullin.
To keep the teams straight I will refer to Philadelphia as the Phillies, and Phillies Futures team – they were wearing the red Phillies Jerseys – as the Futures.
Maybe they needed the mercy rule for this 7 inning soft-er-baseball game, as the runs came early and often and most of them were from long balls of various tallies – 11 combined -8 for the Phillies – 3 for Reading.
Phillies got on the board 1st w/ a blast to RCF by Odubel Herrera on Eflin’s 17th pitch after a one out walk to Cesar Hernandez, to give them a 2-0 lead. They added 3 more w/ two outs on some sloppy play – only 2 out of the 5 runs were earned – by the Futures, and the Phillies still swinging the hot S.T. bats. Shut down 7 pitch inning by Jeanmar Gomez, earning him a 2nd inning, followed. Freddy Galvis hit a solo shot to left – yes First Energy is known as a bit of a bandbox and the wind was blowing out – to make it 6-0 in the 2nd. 2 outs and 3 hits later – the last being a 3 run Laser to LF by Darin Ruf made it 9-0 after two.
Cozens got 2 back for the Futures on a Bomb to deep CF – the Phillies announcers had just finished talking about how he hit them there in BP – scoring Hoskins who singled.
Phillies tack on 3 more on a LF dinger by Hernandez, and the rout was on.
In the bottom of the 3rd Quinn showed some power to CF for a solo shot.
After the Phillies added another run in the top of the 4th on a 2 out RBI by veteran non roster invitee Will Venable, Hector Neris got into and out of a 1 out 2 on jam by striking out the next two batters, both ending w/ a nasty splitter for the SDI. Nerris wound up w/ a nice outing going 3 only giving up the one solo HR.
Tyler Goeddel, Maikel Franco, and Cedric Hunter (he went 3-5 making a very difficult decision between he and Venable for one of the final bench spots) got in on the CF HR party, B2B2B style off of Appel in the 5th to make it 16-3.
Everybody hits HR’s to CF – Woohoo! as the Futures’ J. P. Crawford got one of his own. The problem was that the Futures kept hitting solo shots while the Phillies were scoring in bunches so as I ran out of HR tag-lines let’s just sum up by saying that both teams scored some more and the final of this pitcher’s duel was the Philadelphia Phillies – 19 and the the Futures 4.
I do have to mention though that in the top 7th in his only AB Ryan Howard got a huge ovation from the crowd on his return to Reading and then crushed one to LCF off of Appel. Carlos Ruiz after the crowd chanted “We Want Chooch”, also got an AB in that inning, and hit one solidly, but right at the fielder. Interestingly he stayed in the game to play 3rd base.
As noted earlier they will be back at in @ CBP Saturday afternoon, sandwiching a game w/ Baltimore tomorrow night, which I will be attending, weather permitting. Aaron Nola will be getting his last S.T. innings in.
Type at you all next next week when the games are for real.