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4/2/24 : Extended Spring Training

Updated: Apr 3


Just in case ya were wondering where the fellas are that haven’t been mentioned on the recent roster announcements - here ya go.


Pitchers :


These pitchers will eventually go to one of the affiliates :


RH Christian McGowan - 24 yrs old - returned to action last season after missing the majority of the 2022 season due to TJ surgery.  Made nine starts at three levels and then made four more starts in the Arizona Fall League.  Amassed a total of 42.2 innings - His sinker is a plus pitch, coupled with the four seamer and hard slider it provides three out pitches with the changeup being another potential put away, particularly to left handers.  In Spring camp was intentionally held back a bit after the Arizona Fall League, now ramping up once again  - once ready he will likely become part of the Reading starting rotation - big league talent.  Was the 7th round draft selection in the 2021 draft from Eastern Oklahoma State College.


RH Cristian Hernandez -23 yrs old - signed as an international free agent - 7/9/17 - Cumana, Venezuela - In Spring camp was intentionally held back a bit this spring after the Venezuela Winter League where he pitched in fifteen games - now ramping up once again - once he is ready he likely returns to Reading for a second consecutive season - had a very solid 2023 as a bulk reliever, pitched multiple innings or more in 20 of his 35 games. He features a four pitch mix (fastball, slider, change up and curve) with the heater sitting in the 92 to 95 mph range.  Have always liked his demeanor and approach, I think he can be a major league contributor at some point.


LH David Parkinson - 28 yrs old - will return to the Reading or LHV pitching staff when a spot opens after having a strong 2023 campaign for the Reading Fightins - is continuing to stay stretched out in the interim - last year made 24 appearances (22 starts) posting a 3.56 ERA in 126 innings - was drafted in the 12th round of the 2017 draft from the University of Mississippi.


RH Cam Brown - 22 years old - 2023 10th round draft selection - Texas Christian University - will likely be part of the Threshers after some catch up work at the complex - has impressed in the training camps beginning with HP camp in January - high velocity stuff - just needs to harness control and command and can dominate.


Florida Complex League (FCL) bound :


RH  Enrique Segura - 19 years old - signed 1/15/22 - San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic - made ten starts last season in FCL - exciting power arm with great movement on his pitches - potential big talent.


RH Wilmer Blanco - 19 years old - signed 12/14/21 - Maracay, Venezuela - pitched last two seasons in the Dominican Summer League - 22 appearances - 16 starts - 3.80 ERA in 68.2 IP - knows how to pitch, attacks the zone.


RH Alexis De La Cruz - 19 years old - signed 1/15/23 - Sosua, Dominican Republic - pitched his first pro season last year in the Dominican Summer League - large frame - big arm - 10 appearances in 2023 - 9 starts - 4.31 ERA in 31.1 IP.  Impressed this spring in the various camps.


RH Maxwell Hernandez - 20 years old - signed 10/26/21 from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Stats :  was a DSL all-star in 2023 - has a career 1.70 ERA in 21 games (all starts) amassing 95.1 IP - last season he posted a 2.76 ERA in 10 starts (45.2 IP) - also has pitched in three playoff games over two seasons (all starts) posting a 0.60 ERA in 15 IP with 11 K’s - a 0.80 WHIP.   Travis Hergert (Minor League Pitching Coordinator) :   “Hernandez has a delivery similar to Hector Nerris. He has both a four seam and two seamer at 94-95 mph, has touched 97 - a slider in the low 80’s and power change up. He fills up the strike zone and has been in many pressure playoff innings in the DSL.”


RH Adilson Peralta - 20 years old - signed 11/16/21 from Moca, Dominican Republic - Stats :  has a 4.50 ERA over his two year career (18 games - 16 starts - 66 IP) with 62 K’s and 31 walks.  Last season he had a 3.25 ERA (11 games - 10 starts) in 44.1 IP with 44 K’s and 20 walks.  Travis Hergert (Minor League Pitching Coordinator) : “Peralta is a long, lean build with a loose arm. He features a four seam fast ball that is 93-96 mph.  He has a sharp mid 80’s slider and a developing change-up.”


RH Danyony Pulido - 21 years old - signed 2/2/21 from Caracas, Venezuela - Stats :  has pitched in the DSL three seasons - 36 games - 21 starts - 3.17 ERA in 119.1 IP with 116 K’s and 71 walks.  Last season he had a 3.21 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) amassing 42 IP with 51 K’s and 18 walks - over his career he’s also pitched in 4 games (3 starts) totaling 10.1 IP.  Travis Hergert (Minor League Pitching Coordinator) :   “Pulido is a wide shouldered pitcher with power stuff. A four seamer that sits 94-97 mph along with a mid 90’s two seamer and a power slider in the mid 80’s. He also features a developing power change up. He attacks the strike-zone.”


RH Pedro Reyes - 21 years old - signed 1/4/20 from Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico - Stats :  has pitched three seasons in the DSL - 28 games - 22 starts - 90.1 IP - 2.19 ERA with 71 K’s and 26 walks.  Last season he pitched in 8 games (6 starts) amassing 18 IP and posting a 1.50 ERA with 18 K’s and 5 walks - a 0.72 WHIP.  Travis Hergert (Minor League Pitching Coordinator) :  “Reyes is a tall lean pitcher with really good feel for the strike zone. His four seamer and two seamer both range around 90-92 mph, has touched 94, he has a sharp mid 80’s slider and a really good change-up.”


LH Juan Amarante - 19 years old - signed 1/28/22 from Valencia, Venezuela - Stats :  Has a career 2.83 ERA in 25 games DSL (nine starts) - 57.1 IP - last season for Phillies Red appeared in 10 games (nine starts) amassing 28.1 IP posting 37 K’s and 18 walks.  Travis Hergert (Minor League Pitching Coordinator) : “Amarante is a Ranger Suarez comp lefty.  He fills up the strike zone at 90-92 mph with a bendy curve ball and fading change-up.  He continues to get better each month and keeps adding velo to the arsenal.”


RH Luis Avila - 20 years old - signed 2/23/23  from Turmero, Venezuela - Stats :  appeared in 14 games (all in relief) for Phillies White in 2023 posting a 2.35 ERA in 23 IP with 23 K’s and 8 walks.  Travis Hergert (Minor League Pitching Coordinator) : “Avila is a power arm that throws from a high slot. He also throws a hard cutter around 87-88 mph and a low 80’s slider.”  Fastball range is 95-97 mph.


Catchers :


Guillermo Rosario - 18 years old - signed 7/25/22 from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Stats :  in his only pro season to date he posted a .264/.402/.319 slash line in 112 plate appearances with 5 doubles and 11 RBIs over 32 games played.  He threw out 11 of 20 would be base stealers (55 %).  Notes :  I’ve watched one fielding drill thus far and it became quickly evident the young man has a canon arm, throws to the bags were precise and lasers.  He’s a big frame receiver at 6’2” 190. 


Jorge Mendez - 20 years old - signed 8/2/19 - Maracay, Venezuela - RH hitter - played in 25 games for the FCL Phillies in 2023. Very good defender who handles the bat well also - great eye hand coordination - rarely ever strikes out.


Ricardo Perez - 20 years old - signed 2/2/21 from Valencia, Venezuela - LH hitter - spent the entirety of last season on the suspended list. Will see some action at first base also.


Eduardo Tait - 17 years old - signed 1/15/23 from Panama City, Panama - LH hitter who was a DSL all-star in his first pro season.  Outstanding hitting tools.  Has thoroughly impressed in the training camps to date.  Can flat out rake.


Angel Mata - 18 years old - signed 4/14/22 from Cumana, Venezuela - RH hitter - has played the last two seasons in the DSL - a strong defender.


Infielders :


Jarol Martinez - 20 years old - signed 7/19/19 from Guarenas, Venezuela - Stats :  has played three seasons in the DSL - a career .235/.360/.288 slash line in 323 plate appearances over 109 games - he’s also played in 8 playoff games.  Last season he hit .272/.375/.348 in 113 plate appearances. Notes :  in the games I’ve watched on video stream he’s been a versatile defender - has played 1B,SS,3B and RF - comes up big in big moments - recently saw him in fielding drills at third and first base - good hands and arm strength.


Yemil Rosario - 19 years old - signed 2/2/21 from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Stats :  has played three seasons in the DSL - .222/.341/.294 slash line in 452 plate appearances with 15 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs and 35 stolen bases.  Last year posted a .272/.409/.377 slash line in 48 games (186 plate appearances) with 7 doubles, 2 home runs and 25 RBIs - has played all four infield positions and left field.


Juan Villavicencio - 19 years old - signed 1/15/22 from Maracaibo, Venezuela - Stats :  in two DSL seasons has a .234/.339/.365 slash line with 14 doubles, 6 triples, 5 home runs and 44 RBIs in 372 plate appearances.  Last season posted 28 RBIs in 49 games. Notes :  I’ve seen him a few times in fielding drills - has a very strong arm and is smooth mechanically - had played 2B, SS and 3B in his career to date.


Leonardo Rondon - 20 years old - signed 2/2/21 - Caracas, Venezuela - switch hitter - played in 27 FCL games in 2023 and posted solid numbers - versatile player who can also play first, second and third base.  Terrific attitude and very good hitter.


Nolan Beltran - 19 years old - signed 1/15/22 - Barranquilla, Columbia - LH hitter - we saw him briefly a couple years ago in instructs - excellent fielder at both 2B and SS - solid hitter who has played the last two years in the DSL.


Aroon Escobar - 19 years old - signed 1/15/22 - Caracas, Venezuela - RH power hitter - we saw him as well a couple years ago in instructs - was injured last season and played in just 33 DSL games - powerful build, quick hands - plays 3B primarily but also has seen game action at both 2B and SS.


Starlyn Caba - 18 years old - signed 1/15/23 - Bonao, Dominican Republic - switch hitter - played in 38 DSL games in 2023 before injuring left elbow and requiring surgery - we’ve seen him in fielding drills at the complex - smooth and slick fielder, dynamic talent.  Quick bat as well, strong bat to ball skills.


Diego Gonzalez - 20 years old - signed 7/2/19 - Barquisimeto, Venezuela - RH hitter - played the past two seasons in the FCL - finished last season very strong - plays 2B,SS and 3B.


Lou Helmig - 20 years old - signed 1/16/22 - Paderborn, Germany - RH hitter - has played the past two seasons in the FCL - 1B,3B and outfield are his defensive positions.


Outfielders :


Manolfi Jimenez - 19 years old - signed 1/15/22 from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Stats :  in two DSL seasons he’s posted a .243/.304/.344 slash line in 94 games - 356 plate appearances - last year he hit 10 doubles, a triple and home run with 20 RBIs in 45 games (170 PA’s).  Notes : was outstanding in the 2023 playoffs hitting .353/.522/.412 in 23 plate appearances - projects as a right fielder defensively.


Jerffson Peña - 20 years old - signed 11/16/21 from Montecristi, Dominican Republic - Stats :  has a .253/.357/.384 slash line in 374 career plate appearances over two seasons with 15 doubles, 6 triples, 5 home runs and 39 RBIs - also has 44 stolen bases.  Notes :  big body at 6’2” who plays predominantly center field - left handed hitter, right handed thrower.


Ezra Farmer - 20 years old - signed as an un-drafted free agent - 7/25/22 - Tahquitz HS, Hemet, CA - LH hitter - played in 12 FCL games in 2023 in a year which majority of time was dedicated to strength and conditioning - solid defender who can play either corner.


Junior Marin - 20 years old - acquired from KC Royals organization in exchange for RHP James McArthur - was signed by KC on 3/23/21 from Punta de Piedras, Venezuela - RH hitter who put up very good numbers with the Royals in both the DSL and AZL - played in five games with FCL Phillies before being sidelined by injury - is learning to play 1B - was a left fielder in Royals system.


AJ Shaver - 22 years old - 2023 17th round draft selection - Florida Southwestern State JC - RH hitter - played in 11 FCL games in 2023 - first career home run was a grand slam in the FCL that we witnessed.


Yemal Flores - 20 years old - signed 2/2/21 - San Isidro, Dominican Republic - RH hitter - played in 14 games in the FCL last season in a year curtailed by injury - has big time power.  Has been swinging the bat very well making big impact.


Working with the Injury Rehab Group at the Complex in Clearwater :


LHP Erubiel Armenta - 60 day IL

RHP Josh Bortka

LHP Jordan Fowler - 60 day IL

RHP Marty Gair - 60 day IL

RHP Alex Garbrick - 60 day IL

OF Jorge Garcia

RHP Alex McFarlane - 60 day IL

RHP Andrew Painter - 60 day IL

RHP Wen-Hui Pan - 60 day IL

RHP Dominic Pipkin - 60 day IL

RHP Guissepe Velasquez - 60 day IL

RHP Jonh Henriquez

C Jared Thomas

IF Otto Kemp

OF Ricardo Rosario

OF Ethan Wilson


Major Leaguers :


C Rafael Marchan

RHP Michael Rucker



Phillies Extended Spring Training Game Schedule :


4/11 : Yankees @ Carpenter Complex - 1 PM

4/15 : Blue Jays @ Carpenter Complex - 1 PM

4/16 : Blue Jays @ Dunedin - 1 PM

4/18 : Yankees @ Tampa - 1 PM

4/19 : Blue Jays @ Carpenter Complex - 1 PM

4/22 : Yankees @ Carpenter Complex - 1 PM

4/23 : Blue Jays @ Dunedin - 1 PM

4/25 : Tigers @ Lakeland - 1 PM

4/26 : Blue Jays @ Carpenter Complex - 1 PM

4/29 : Tigers @ Carpenter Complex - 1 PM

5/2 : Yankees @ Carpenter Complex - 1 PM


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️



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