• Steve Potter

3/18/22 : Grapefruit League Opener


I took a bit of a day off today - was only at the Complex briefly before heading home to watch the Grapefruit League opener on MLB TV. A lot of the fellas I’ve watched in the minors started todays game in Lakeland. Here’s a recap of the game.


Tigers 6 Phillies 6 - Lakeland, FL


A back and forth contest that was tied four different times - that’s also how the game ended.


Pitching :


RH Michael Kelly - 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 31 pitches - 19 strikes - slider, cutter, fastball, curve, change - max velocity -96 mph - avg 94 on FB, 83 slider, 88 cutter, 80 curve.


RH Cam Bedrosian - 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 20 pitches - 14 strikes - fastball, change, slider - two HR against - max velocity - 94 - avg 93 on FB, 84 change & 84 slider


RH Andrew Bellatti - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 16 pitches - 12 strikes - fastball, sinker, cutter - max velocity - 95 - avg 94 FB, 89 sinker, 86 cutter


RH Jake Newberry - 1 perfect IP - 0 K’s - 5 pitches - 4 strikes - fastball, slider - max velocity - 91 - avg 91 FB, 85 slider


RH Tyler Cyr - 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 27 pitches - 14 strikes - fastball, change, cutter, slider - max velocity - 94 - avg 93 FB, 84 change, 89 cutter & 84 slider - yielded one HR


LH Jonathan Hennigan - 1/3 IP - retired only batter faced on ground out - 5 pitches - 3 strikes - sinker, change - max velocity - 94 - avg 93 FB, 84 change


RH Joe Gatto - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 15 pitches - 8 strikes - fastball, curve, cutter - max velocity - 94 - avg 93 FB, 77 curve, 88 cutter


LH Braedon Ogle - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - 12 pitches - 7 strikes - sinker, slider - max velocity - 96 - avg 95 on FB, 82 on slider


RH Nick Duron - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K - 23 pitches - 12 strikes - cutter, sinker, 4 seam fastball - max velocity - 100 🔥- avg 98 on sinker, 97 on four seamer, 89 on cutter


Offense :


The Phillies had 12 hits and 2 walks in total


1B Darick Hall hit a two run home run in the 5th inning.


CF Simon Muzziotti stroked a run scoring ground rule double in the 6th inning.


RF Matt Kroon hit a two run home run in the 7th inning




Defense :


Johan Rojas tracked a ball effortlessly in center field early in the game - made what may have been a tough catch for others look routine.


Shortstop Luis Garcia made a nice backhand in the hole and a long throw to first to nab the runner and record the final out of the 8th inning. We’ve touted his defense ever since we first saw him on the backfields.

Today at the Complex :


I was only there an hour or so - came over to say hello to Manny Amador who is the Director of the Phillies Dominican Academy. I wanted to deliver a copy of the book “Life in the Minors” that I co authored with Larry Shenk before he returned to the Dominican - it’s a history of the Phillies minor leagues. Mr. Amador is featured in one of the chapters in the book. It was an honor to meet him. Thanks for Ray Robles for arranging that 👍.


Me and Manny Amador

While I was there I saw 19 year old lefty Jose Valadez-Acuna throw for the first time - he was tossing a live bullpen session on Carlton Field. Another young upside arm in the system to follow ! Jose was drafted in the 14th round of the 2021 draft out of high school in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️


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