2/27/23 : Today at Spring Training
Updated: Feb 28
Live Bullpen :
Mick Abel threw a two inning morning live BP ( including an up/down pause in between frames ) at 9:30 on Roberts Field at the complex against Rhys Hoskins & Kyle Schwarber with Aramis Garcia catching him.
Mick threw fastball, curve, slider and I think a few change-ups. Rhys Hoskins noted to pitching coach Caleb Cotham how the shape of the ball altered on the slider at different velocities - I chatted with Mick after the session and he said the feedback from the two veteran hitters was really helpful. He posted two strikeouts, a couple 4-3 groundouts, a 5-3 ground out and two fly outs - walked one. Schwarber put one pitch over the left field fence and hit another for a single to left field - Hoskins gave him props for going opposite field.
A good outing for the young right hander - said he felt good and is ready to contribute wherever he starts the season - has a winning attitude to couple with top shelf stuff - definitely legit.
Mick Abel facing Rhys Hoskins & Kyle Schwarber in live BP
Grapefruit League Action :
The buses left for Bradenton at 9:15 AM as the Phillies traveled south to face the Pirates.
Phillies 9 Pirates 7
Alec Bohm hit a two run home run in the first inning scoring Brandon Marsh ( walked ) in front of him - it was a long blast to left center field. Edmundo Sosa crushed a three run home run to left field in the third inning scoring Alec Bohm ( singled ) and Darick Hall ( singled ).
Josh Harrison doubled in the fifth inning scoring Edmundo Sosa ( walked ) and Garrett Stubbs ( doubled ). Jake Cave tripled to right field to score Harrison.
Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a two run home run for Pittsburgh in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Weston Wilson hit an inside the park home run in the 6th inning when the Pirates left fielder Cal Mitchell lost the fly ball in the sun and banged against the fence trying to catch the drive 😳.
The Pirates scored two runs in the eighth inning on two doubles and a single - one double on a fly ball lost in the sun. They scored three runs in the 9th inning.
Aaron Nola started and pitched two scoreless/hitless innings posting one walk and one strikeout - strong outing. Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect inning of work as did Jose Alvarado. Mike Adams threw a perfect inning with one K, Billy Sullivan threw a scoreless frame. Andrew Schultz retired the only two batters he faced to close out the game and earn a save ( two groundouts ).
At the Plate :
Alec Bohm was 2 for 3 with a HR and two RBIs - he scored twice. Edmundo Sosa was 2 for 2 ( single, HR ) and also walked, he had three RBIs and scored twice. Darick Hall was 2 for 3 with two hard hit singles, scored a run. Josh Harrison had two hits including a double, he scored a run and had two RBIs. Garrett Stubbs doubled, Jake Cave tripled. Weston Wilson hit an inside the park dinger.
Defensive Gems :
Second baseman Cameron Canon made a nice backhand stop on a sharply hit ground ball and made a good throw to first base in the 6th inning to rob a base knock.
Pitching Data :
RH Aaron Nola - 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 25 pitches - 15 strikes - FB ( 90-92 mph ), Curve ( 75-78 mph ), Cutter ( 85-86 mph ), CH ( 83-85 mph )
RH Craig Kimbrel - 1 perfect IP - 2 K’s - 13 pitches - 8 strikes - FB ( 92-94 mph ), Curve ( 84-86 mph )
LH Jose Alvarado - 1 perfect IP - 2 K’s - 12 pitches - 9 strikes - Sinker ( 97-100 mph ), Cutter ( 93-94 mph ), Curve ( 86-88 mph )
RH Seranthony Dominguez - 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 19 pitches - 12 strikes - Sinker ( 95-96 mph ), Slider ( 86-89 mph ), Cutter ( 94-95 mph ) & FB ( 95-96 mph )
RH Billy Sullivan - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 19 pitches - 12 strikes - Sinker ( 94-97 mph ), Cutter ( 87-89 mph ) & CH ( 85-87 mph )
RH Mike Adams - 1 perfect IP - 1 K - FB - 14 pitches - 8 strikes - FB ( 95-96 mph ), Slider ( 82-86 mph ), Cutter ( 85-86 mph ), Sinker ( 95 mph )
RH Tyler McKay - 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 19 pitches - 14 strikes - Sinker ( 92-94 mph ), CH ( 85-87 mph ), Slider ( 83 mph ), Cutter ( 90 mph )
RH Matt Seelinger - 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 20 pitches - 9 strikes - FB ( 92-94 mph ), Cutter ( 85-88 mph ), Curve ( 77 mph )
RH Andrew Schultz - 2/3 IP - retired both batters he faced - 6 pitches - 4 strikes - Sinker ( 96-97 mph ), FB ( 97-98 mph ), Slider ( 86 mph ) - save
Grapefruit League record is 3-1
Minor League Mini Camp
RH Cristian Hernandez & RH Rodolfo Sanchez each threw an afternoon live bullpen session. Prior to the live BP sessions players went thru multiple defensive drills as well as BP and strength and conditioning work.
Several new players arrived in camp - IF Otto Kemp, RHP Konnor Ash, RHP Alex McKenney, LHP Zach Warren, RHP Chase Webster, IF Jamari Baylor & IF Oliver Dunn - IF Ty Penner will arrive tomorrow.
Fourteen mini camp players made the trip to Bradenton as Grapefruit League call-up reserves.
Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️
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