• Steve Potter

9/3/21 : Today in the FCL (Florida Complex League )


An offensive explosion today for the FCL Phillies in a game that also served as the platform for multiple pro debuts. The noon contest was played at Bay Care ballpark.


Summary : Phillies 24 ( 20-11 ) Tigers East 4 ( 15-27 )


It was the pro debut for 2021 # 1 draft pick Andrew Painter … the first batter he faced singled up the middle but Andrew picked him off first base and struck out the next two hitters. He threw three deliveries ( Fast ball - 94.6 to 95.6 , Slider - 80 to 83.8 and Cutter - 86.9 ) totaling 17 pitches. Smooth delivery for the tall right hander, strong outing … left us wanting to see more.


The Phillies scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning … they brought 11 batters to the plate … Logan Cerny ( he can flat out fly btw ) doubled and tripled in the same inning 😳 and Hao Yu Lee got his first professional hit, a double. The Phillies had five hits and three walks in the frame.


The Phillies scored a run in the second, five in the third, four in the fourth, twice in each of the fifth and sixth innings and three in the eighth. They scolded the baseball all day which coupled with some shaky fielding by the Tigers resulted in 24 runs … there’s a mercy rule in the FCL but both clubs have to agree to it if it comes to occur before the game … today they chose to play it out.


Jordan Viars hit a very long three home run to right field in the third inning … ended up back with the alligators behind the back fence. Marcus Lee Sang hit two taters, they both landed up on the berm in right center field ( one in the 5th and one in the 8th ) and Wilfredo Flores clubbed a dinger to left field in the eighth. The team pounded out 18 hits ( see below for player highlights ).


On the Hill :

RH Andrew Painter - 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s


RH Ben Brown - 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s - he popped the glove at 96 mph again today, free and easy motion - Ben threw both a sinker ( highest velocity ) and four seamer, he mixed in a slider, cutter and curve today - this young man, if healthy, can dominate hitters, he can be a really good one - coming off of 2019 TJ surgery - stronger than ever

RH Micah Ottenbreit - 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K’s - got a 6-4-3 DP to end inning - smooth delivery

RH Kyle Glogoski - 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s

RH Jose Pena Jr - 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s - big arm - flashed 95 mph today - compact delivery - short stride

LH Rafael Marcano - 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K - working his way back from IL

RH Jose Ulloa - 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s

RH Ty Collins - pro debut - 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s - topped at 94 mph with FB

RH Leonel Aponte - 1/3 IP - struck out only batter he faced

LH Jordan Fowler - 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s

At the Plate : 18 hits, 9 walks, 7 strikeouts


CF Marcus Lee Sang went 3 for 4 - 2 home runs, 5 RBIs - all as a reserve today 💪

SS Alexeis Azuaje went 4 for 4 with 3 doubles, scored four runs and had 3 RBIs 😳

CF Logan Cerny - 2 for 3 ( double and triple ), two runs scored - two RBIs

1B Matt Goodheart - pro debut - 2 for 3 , 1 RBI

DH Junior Ortega - 2 for 4

2B Hao Yu Lee - first pro hit - double - three runs scored

C Adony Mejia - 1st stateside game and hit - 1 for 2 - RBI

1B Jordan Viars - first pro HR - a long one ! 3 RBIs, 3 BB, 3 runs scored

C Oscar Gonzalez - 1 for 2, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored - I really like his game - have been impressed with receiving skills and how he takes charge … strong arm as well


Notes :


Mark Wylie was in the park today and took some great photos … will share them in next few days once he’s edited them … in the interim below are three shots I took from my IPAD


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️







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