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  • Writer's pictureSteve Potter

3/28/24 : Yesterday (3/27) in Minor League Spring Training


On field BP and fielding and Side Bullpens : David Parkinson, Matt Russell, Starlyn Castillo, Eiberson Castellano, Braeden Fausnaught, Braydon Tucker and Hunter Loyd


High A Game : Phillies 9 Blue Jays 2

Clearwater, FL - Roberts Field


Major leaguer Christopher Sanchez pitched six innings in his final ST tune-up setting him up to pitch in the Phillies rotation next week.  As expected he was dominant.


At the Plate : 9 R, 12 H, 4 BB, 8 K’s


Right fielder Leandro Pineda went 4 for 4 (singles) with two RBIs as he continues to have a very strong spring camp.  First baseman Lou Helmig was 2 for 2 (singles) with an RBI.  Third baseman Zach Arnold went 2 for 4 (singles) with an RBI.  DH Ryan Leitch (1 for 4), first baseman Chad Castillo (1 for 3 with an RBI) and left fielder Troy Schreffler (1 for 4) each doubled.  Shortstop Erick Brito (1 for 3 with a walk and stolen base) singled.  Second baseman Trent Farquhar walked twice in two plate appearances.


Pitching Notes :  2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 9 K’s


LH Christopher Sanchez - 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 8 K’s - 78 pitches - 55 strikes - FB velo ( 92-94 mph)

LH Lachlan Wells - 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 24 pitches - 16 strikes - FB velo (87-89 mph)


Low A Game : Blue Jays 5 Phillies 4

Clearwater, FL - Ashburn Field


Dakota Kotowski showed the power we saw all last season on the backfields - when the big fella connects it’s loud and the ball disappears into the sky - he hit two home runs in the contest.  Major leaguer Orion Kerkering threw a perfect inning and heated it up into the upper nineties.


At the Plate : 4 R, 7 H, 6 BB, 13 K’s


First baseman Dakota Kotowski went 2 for 4 (two HR’s - two RBIs) as did DH Luis Caicuto (two singles).  Right fielder Pierce Bennett was 1 for 2 (single) with two walks in four plate appearances.  Center fielder AJ Shaver (1 for 3 with a walk) and third baseman Diego Gonzalez (1 for 4 with an RBI) each singled.  Shortstop Starlyn Caba walked once in four plate appearances and stole a base, he was also his usual smooth silky self defensively handling every chance hit his way.


Pitching Notes : 5 R, 6 H, 5 BB, 11 K’s


RH George Klassen - 3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K’s - 48 pitches - 30 strikes - FB velo (97-98 mph)

RH Brandon Beckel - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s -  17 pitches - 9 strikes -  FB velo (91-92 mph)

RH Orion Kerkering - 1 perfect IP - 7 pitches - 6 strikes - FB velo (97-98 mph)

RH Casey Steward - 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s - 50 pitches - 32 strikes - FB velo (93-95 mph)

RH Jose Peña Jr - 1 perfect IP - 13 pitches - 7 strikes - FB velo (93-95 mph) 🔥🤓 👀

RH Saul Teran - 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s - 30 pitches - 16 strikes - FB velo (91-93 mph)


AA Game : Phillles 3 Blue Jays 2

Dunedin, FL - Jays Complex


At the Plate :  3 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 6 K’s


Third baseman Trevor Schwecke went 1 for 3 (single) with an RBI.  DH Carson Taylor (1 for 2), catcher William Simoneit (1 for 3) and left fielder Baron Radcliff (1 for 3 with an RBI) each singled.  Shortstop Robert Moore walked twice in three plate appearances and stole a base.


Pitching Notes : 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s


RH Max Castillo - 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s - 60 pitches - 39 strikes

RH Robinson Pina - 1.2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - 23 pitches - 16 strikes

RH Andrew Schultz - 1/3 IP - retired only batter faced -  1 pitch - 1 strike


Transactions :


Two players were released - outfielders Gavin Tonkel and Yhoswar Garcia. Both young men played for the FCL Phillies last season - “Tonk” was drafted in the 9th round of the 2021 draft out of Brentwood High School in California and Yhoswar was signed 3/14/20 as an international free agent from Guatire, Venezuela.  We wish both young fellas well in their future endeavors.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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