Friday, March 31, 2017

2013 Grandstand Clearwater Threshers #28 Brock Stassi

Yankees 14, Phillies 1
Spring Training Game 35 - Tursday Afternoon, March 30th in Clearwater
Record - 14-17-4

One Sentence Summary:  In their penultimate spring training game, the Phillies were absolutely smoked by the Yankees, 14-1.

What It Means:  The Yankees put together a nine-run first inning.

What Happened:  Jared Eickhoff didn't escape the first inning, allowing six runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning.  Prospect Matt Hockenberry took one for the team and allowed five runs (two earned) over the next 1 1/3 innings.

Featured Card:  Brock Stassi was informed following this game that he had officially made the club's opening day roster.  The former 33rd round pick has been working his way through the Phillies system since 2011, so it's great to see his hard work pay off.  Here's a link to the story from Matt Breen, which includes an emotional video of Stassi fighting back tears as he discusses making it to the majors.

Camp Head Count:  33 - 2 = 31.  The Phillies pretty much finalized their roster following the game. Luis Garcia was optioned to Lehigh Valley, meaning Adam Morgan and Joely Rodriguez had both won bullpen spots.  Infielder Jesmuel Valentin was also optioned to the IronPigs, meaning Daniel Nava and Brock Stassi locked up the final two bench positions.  To make room on the 40-man roster for Stassi, outfielder Tyler Goeddel was designated for assignment.

The final six cuts will come after tomorrow's game when Zach Eflin will be sent to the IronPigs and non-roster invitees Pedro Florimon, Pat Venditte, Cesar Ramos, Colton Murray and Hoby Milner will be reassigned.

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