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3/24/24 : Today in Spring Training

Minor League Camp :

On field BP and fielding and the following  :

Side Bullpens : Max Castillo, Zach Houston, Lachlan Wells, Robinson Pina, Gunner Mayer, George Klassen, Casey Steward, Enrique Segura, Jose Pena Jr.

The Phillies minor leaguers played four ST games against the Blue Jays (High A/Low A at Dunedin & AA/AAA at Clearwater Complex). Two major leaguers got work in - LHP  Ranger Suarez pitched two scoreless innings in the AAA game and Kyle Schwarber went 2 for 5 (singles) with a sacrifice fly in the AAA contest.  RH Orion Kerkering was also on the docket to pitch - I don’t have any reports on how he did at the moment - I will report detailed game notes later when they become available.

Grapefruit League Game Thirty :

Phillies 2 Blue Jays 0

Clearwater, Florida

Aaron Nola was stellar in his final 2024 ST start combining with three other pitchers for a four hit shutout.  The Phillies scored the game’s only runs in the first inning - Bryson Stott singled, stole second and scored on a single by Trea Turner.  Alec Bohm doubled to score Turner.

At the Plate : 2 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 10 K’s

Alec Bohm and Trea Turner each went 2 for 3 (single & double with an RBI).   

Pitching Notes : 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K’s

RH Aaron Nola - 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - 79 pitches - 50 strikes - four seamer (90-93 mph), knuckle curve, sinker, change up, cutter

LH Matt Strahm - 1 1/3 IP - 1 K - retired all 4 batters faced - 10 pitches - 7 strikes - four seamer (92-93 mph), slider, sinker, cutter

RH Yunior Marte - 1 1/3 IP - 1 K - retired all 4 batters faced - 10 pitches - 6 strikes - four seamer (97-98 mph), sinker, change up

RH Max Lazar - 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 12 pitches - 10 strikes - four seamer (92-95 mph), curve, slider, cutter

Minor League Camp Call-Ups for the game :

Pitchers : Nathan Karaffa, Max Lazar, Taylor Lehman, Paxton Thompson, Danny Wilkinson

Catchers : Herbert Iser, Andrick Nava

Infielders : Bryce Ball, Erick Brito, Jim Haley, Nickau Pouaka-Grego, Esteban Quiroz

Outfielders : Marcus Lee Sang, Simon Muzziotti, Jordan Viars

Pitcher Max Lazar, SS Erick Brito, 1B Bryce Ball,  2B Esteban Quiroz, C Herbert Iser, RF Herbert Iser, CF Simon Muzziotti and 3B Jim Haley subbed into the game.

Grapefruit League record is now 9-14-7

Transactions :

RHP Andrew Bellatti and RHP Jose Ruiz were assigned to minor league camp.  INF Kody Clemens optioned to AAA Lehigh Valley.   OF Jake Cave traded to Colorado Rockies for cash considerations.

Minor league releases :

1B Rixon Wingrove was released yesterday - a very popular teammate and fan favorite, he played at Jersey Shore and Reading last summer, the big fella from Australia has an outgoing personality, was a sad morning, wishing “Babe” Wingrove the best!  Also released yesterday was RHP Cam Wynne who pitched at Jersey Shore and was the system winner last year of the community service award as part of the Phillies minor league community service “Step Up” program.  Cam was another popular teammate and is a great person.  Today RHP Brett Schulze was released - yet another popular teammate - he pitched last season for both Reading and Lehigh Valley.

Hopefully all get playing opportunities elsewhere.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

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