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6/20/24 : Minor League Roundup - Rookie Level Teams

Florida Complex League - Yankees 3 (21-13) Phillies 2 (18-15) - seven innings

Baycare Ballpark

Summary :

The fellas got to play in the stadium today.

In the fourth inning the Yankees scored a run on three singles.

Jerffson Pena just missed a home run  in the 5th inning as the ball hit off the top of the right center field fence and bounced back in, he got a double. Nolan Beltran walked, Jorge Garcia was hit by a pitch.  Starlyn Caba and Juan Villavicencio each walked which forced in two runs.

With two outs in the top of the sixth inning a walk and double scored a run for the Yankees - on the scoring play the ball was hit to the left field wall, the Yankees runner was waved home coming all the way around the bags from first base  - left fielder Jorge Garcia hit shortstop Starlyn Caba in medium left who then unleashed a rocket to home plate that got to catcher Eduardo Tait on one hop and would have been in time to nail the runner but Eduardo couldn’t come up with the catch as the ball skipped past him, the runner scored.  One batter later a single scored what turned out to be the game winning run.

On The Hill : 3 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 7 K’s

Danyony Pulido started and pitched four innings - 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s.  Wilmer Blanco went two innings - 2 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s.

Alexis De La Cruz pitched an inning - 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s

At Bat : 2 R, 4 H, 6 BB, 10 K’s

Juan Villavicencio had two hits (singles) and a walk plus an RBI.  Yemal Flores and Jerffson Pena each doubled.  Starlyn Caba walked three times and stole his 26th base of the season.

Other Notes :

I did something this morning I used to do quite often - go to the complex and watch practice.  I wasn’t disappointed, the energy generated by this group is incredible, even in practice.  Skipper Shawn Williams has a ton of energy himself and the players he has this year not only feed of that but increment it!   In one of the drills balls were shot out of the pitching machine upwards for fly balls - the target was third baseman Nolan Beltran but the ball carried into medium left field - rather than give up on the play Beltran went full tilt after it and caught it over the shoulder!  Had to stand up and clap for that one - it’s plays like that when no one is watching that reflect desire and character - good stuff.  Was also impressed later in full squad drills - simulated situations - Coach Williams hit a couple balls into the left field gap - on two separate plays the relay went to shortstop Starlyn Caba.  He has a canon for an arm and is very accurate on relays to the bags and plate - each time he threw a seed to home plate and hit the catcher’s glove all the way in the air - as mentioned above he did the same in the game today but put it there on one hop.  Must also mention that infielder Juan Villavicencio also has a very strong arm - he’s been playing second base but has the toolset of a shortstop.

Dominican Summer League - Rangers Red 12 (9-4) Phillies Red 0 (4-7)

Phillies Complex - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Summary :

The Rangers scored three in the second inning on a hit batter and three doubles.  They plated two in the sixth on a single, double, sacrifice fly and fielding error.  In the seventh they posted seven runs on seven walks and two singles.

On The Hill :  12 R, 11 H, 11 BB, 8 K’s

Yael Arias went two innings - 3 R, 4 H, 3 HB, 0 BB, 2 K’s.  Alexander De Los Santospitched four innings - 2 R - 1 earned, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K’s. Gregory Lebron didn’t retire a batter - he faced six - 6 R, 1 H, 5 BB.  Darling Reyes went three innings - 1 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K’s.

At Bat : 0 R, 5 H, 4 BB, 12 K’s

Jalvin Arias and Meylin De Leon each had two hits (singles).

Dominican Summer League - Phillies White 2 (4-8) Twins 0 (5-8) - seven innings

Twins Complex - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Summary :

Yhoan Escalona singled in the second inning, stole second base and scored on a single by Victor Cardoza.

Jose Familia singled in the sixth inning, went to second when Jaeden Calderon was hit by a pitch, to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.

On The Hill :  0 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s

Richard Reyes pitched two innings - 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K.   Eliecer Bata went five innings - 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s.

At Bat : 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 10 K’s

Yhoan Escalona and Jose Familia each singled and scored a run.

Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️

Scenes from today’s FCL Phillies morning practice at the complex and noon game in the stadium

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