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3/24/23 : Today in Spring Training

Major League Camp :

Side Bullpens :

Matt Strahm, Zack Wheeler & Taijuan Walker threw side sessions in the morning by the Bowa half field.

Grapefruit League Action :

Blue Jays 6 (17-11) Phillies 3 (14-13-1) @ Dunedin

Summary :

Daulton Varsho was credited with a triple (hard ground ball that first baseman John Hicks missed) in the second inning to score Brandon Belt (doubled).  Whit Merrifield doubled to score Varsho.

Vladimir Guerrero doubled for Toronto in the 6th inning, he scored on a single by Alejandro Kirk.  After a walk was issued Matt Chapman singled to score Kirk.  Another walk loaded the bases, Kevin Kiermaier then singled to score two runs.

Darick Hall walked in the seventh inning, went to third on a double by Kody Clemens and scored on an infield single by Scott Kingery.

Two Blue Jays fielding errors and a walk loaded the bases for the Phillies in the eighth inning with one out.  A run scored on a ground out by Jake Cave.

Kody Clemens doubled to lead off the ninth inning, stole third and scored when the catcher threw the ball into left field trying to get him.

At the Plate : 8 H, 3 BB, 10 K’s

Kody Clemens had two doubles.  Darick Hall walked three times in four plate appearances.

Pitching :

RH Seranthony Dominguez - 1 perfect IP - 1 K - 10 pitches - 8 strikes

LH Gregory Soto - 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - 23 pitches - 19 strikes

RH McKinley Moore - 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s - 23 pitches - 17 strikes

RH Brett Schulze - 1/3 IP - retired only batter faced - 2 pitches - 1 strike

RH Yunior Marte - 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 24 pitches - 18 strikes

LH Ethan Lindow - 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - 55 pitches - 31 strikes

Minor League Camp :

Side Bullpens :

Two pitchers threw side bullpen sessions on the seven mounds in front of the David Montgomery Training Center, pitchers who threw today - Noah Skirrow and Jace Vines

Live Bullpen :

Victor Vargas threw on Schmidt Field.

Minor League Games :

Only two games today, both held at Carpenter Complex.

Carpenter Complex :

Game One : Roberts Field : Yankees 13 Phillies 5

At the Plate : 5 H, 1 BB, 11 K’s

RF Leandro Pineda was 1 for 2 with a home run and two RBIs.  CF Marcus Lee Sang went 1 for 3 with a home run.  Garrett Stubbs batted four times in the contest, he had a double and a walk.  2B Hao Yu Lee and 1B Rixon Wingrove each singled.

Pitching : 13 R, 9 H, 6 BB, 8 K’s

RH Tyler Phillips - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s - really like his abilities - I think a breakout season is on horizon

RH Cristian Hernandez - 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s

LH Brian Marconi - 2/3 IP, 7 R - 5 earned, 4 H, 2 BB, 1 K

LH Mason Ronan - 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s

RH Matt Russell - 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 K’s

Game Two : Ashburn Field : Phillies 7 Yankees 2

At the Plate : 9 H, 4 BB, 9 K’s

LF Jordan Viars had a day going 3 for 4, the lefty hitting 19 year old from Frisco, Texas crushed a long home run to right field in a five run 8th inning with the bases full to plate four runs.  Prior to that he smoked two hits and also hit a line drive to right center field that the Yankees center fielder made a diving catch on.  For the week he’s posted a .538 average (7 for 13) with a double and two home runs.  The young man has big time power, he’s squared the baseball up consistently the last five days.

CF Emaarion Boyd went 2 for 3 with a double and stolen base, the 19 year old speedster from Batesville, Mississippi turned on an inside pitch and sent a hard ground ball down the left field line for his two bagger, he would have easily gotten to third had there not been a runner ahead of him. 💨 Catcher Anthony Quirion tripled in two AB’s and posted an RBI.  Outfielder Cade Fergus, SS Bryan Rincon and 2B Erick Brito each singled.

Defensive Gems :

Center fielder Cade Fergus made a terrific running catch ranging far into the left center field gap to rob extra bases.  In a later inning Emaarion Boyd delivered a web gem himself with a diving catch in center field.  Along with Johan Rojas, Yhoswar Garcia, Simon Muzziotti Jared Carr and Justin Crawford the system has seven center fielders who can track down fly balls with extensive range - good stuff.

Pitching : 2 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 13 K’s

RH Mick Abel - 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 6 K’s - blew the heater at will past batters, he’s fun to watch - big time talent

RH Chase Antle - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - threw a 6-4-3 ground ball to work out of a jam, velo gets better each outing

RH Alex McFarlane - 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - dominant stuff, new sinker is an out maker, - sb excited about this fella

RH Wen Hui Pan - 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - also rolled a DP grounder - first appearance against another stateside club

LH Andrew Walling - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - mid nineties heat that jumps - one to keep an eye on - power arsenal

Minor League Signing :

The Adelaide Giants announced on their website that the Phillies have signed RHP Mitch Neunborn to a minor league contract. The 25 year old posted a 2.25 ERA in 28 IP for the Australian Baseball League champion Giants this past season.  He’s from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Jordan Viars - photo by Cheryl Pursell

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Mar 25, 2023

Congratulations to Mitch Neuenborn signing with the Phillies. He is a gentleman and will he asset for the Phillies Organisation. Fun fact: Mitch grew up in Perth, Australia. He and Josh Hendrickson LHP played baseball together in Perth in Little League, High School and the ABL Perth Heat.

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