• Steve Potter

3/25/22 : Spring Training Today

Updated: Mar 26


Met some more family members of players yesterday and today - Nick Lackney’s uncle and cousin are in town from Wisconsin and we got to chat with them a bit at the complex this morning. On Wednesday we met Gavin Tonkel’s parents in town from California. Always nice to meet the families of the young men we follow and write about. Our friends from Michigan, the Stone family, were also at the complex this morning, their last vacation day before heading home. Shout out to outstanding photographer Cheryl Pursell who was here this week and to Lehigh Valley Iron Pig super fan Rick Feliciano who was also in town for the week.


Today’s Grapefruit League Game : Phillies 6 Yankees 5

Things ya only see in Spring Training :

Both of today’s starting pitchers exited twice from the contest - in what appeared to be a very tight strike zone Kyle Gibson and Luis Severino both ran into first inning trouble. Gibson was pulled with two outs in the inning but re-entered the game to start the second - he went into the third inning before being pulled again. Severino also exited with two outs in the first inning, re-entered in the second frame and pitched to one batter in the third before being pulled again. Both starters need to build up the innings which is why it was done - things ya only see in spring training 🤓.


The Offense :


Good days for Bryson Stott, Alec Bohm and Matt Vierling. Stott had two singles and a walk in three plate appearances. Bohm doubled and walked in three appearances and Vierling doubled with the bases loaded to drive in three runs. Matt smoked an “at ‘em” ball in one of his other AB’s - certainly is making a strong impression.


OF Ethan Wilson got his first Grapefruit League hit in the seventh inning - a single that drove in a run, C Edgar Cabral singled in the same inning with what turned out to be the game winner.


Defense :


3B Alec Bohm made a good catch on a hard liner, he also made an on the run snag on a slow grounder that first baseman Darick Hall dug his throw across the diamond out of the dirt for a fine play all around. Later in the game SS Yairo Munoz made a fine play on a ground ball that jumped on him, his throw to first was dug out by Josh Ockimey in another web gem at both ends.


RF Bryce Harper threw a laser to home plate to nab a runner trying to score on a single in the third inning - perfect execution - hose worthy play as Mr Salisbury says 🤓


Pitching :


RH Kyle Gibson - 2 + IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s - 56 pitches - 34 strikes - 6 pitch mix - top velo today - 93 mph

RH Braden Zarbnisky - 1/3 IP - retired only batter he faced - 2 pitches - 2 strikes - remember this name - he’s gotta real chance of contributing to the big club at some point this summer. Threw two sliders today - 83 mph

LH Braedon Ogle - 2/3 IP - 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 10 pitches - 6 strikes - slider and fastball today - topped out at 94 mph

RH Corey Knebel - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - 15 pitches - 11 strikes - fastball and knuckle curve - 96 mph top velo today

RH Jeurys Familia - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K - 24 pitches - 11 strikes - four pitch mix - topped at 97 mph on FB

LH Brad Hand - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - 25 pitches - 15 strikes - three pitch mix - 93 mph top speed today

RH Seranthony Dominguez - 1 IP -perfect frame - 2 K’s 🔥- 16 pitches - 13 strikes - four pitch mix - 97 mph tops today

LH Ryan Sherriff - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 17 pitches - 10 strikes - sinker and slider - top gun read - 92 mph

RH Andrew Bellatti - 1 IP - perfect frame - 9 pitches - 7 strikes - three pitch mix - top velo - 95 mph


Roster Notes :


The Phillies optioned RHP James McArthur to minor league camp and reassigned RHP Tyler Cyr and RHP Jake Newberry to minor league camp. Additionally OF Simon Muzziotti was optioned to minor league camp and UTL Scott Kingery was reassigned to minor league camp.


Minor League Games : against the Tigers


Baron Radcliff and Colby Fitch each homered in the game on Roberts Field. James Marvell, Brandon Moss, Mark Appel, Jonathan Hennigan and Aaron Barrett pitched in the game on Carlton Field. Christian McGowan, Ben Brown, Jason Ruffcorn, Kyle Glogoski and Ethan Evanko pitched on Ashburn Field. Noah Skirrow, Ethan Lindow, Matt Russell, Alex Garbrick, Andrew Painter, Cristian Hernandez, Micah Ottenbreit, Jordan Fowler and Buddy Hayward threw in the games at Lakeland.

Minor league games tomorrow are at 10 AM vs the Blue Jays - two games at the Phillies complex & two in Dunedin at the Jays complex.


Other Notes :


For those of you that follow the Baron Larry Shenk on Phillies Insider his computer recently caught a virus so he will be on the disabled list for about a week or so until it’s been fixed - hopefully he will be back in action sooner than later.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️




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