The Red players, led by State College skipper Oliver Marmol, are the more experienced ones while the White team, headed by Gulf Coast League manager Steve Turco, includes the younger players.
The Cardinals have two EST teams as do the Mets. The Marlins have just one. With the odd number of teams, someone has a camp day every day.
The format of EST starts with 6:45 and 7:30 AM buses from the hotel. Hitters get early cage work at 7:30. 8:35 is the formal start with Yellow Pad reviews led by the managers (a George Kissell staple) followed by stretch and conditioning, followed by long toss. Next is Fundamentals, with the specifics decided by the managers. By 9:40, it is time for batting practice followed by an early 10:50 AM lunch and games at noon. Saturdays have a compressed schedule that ends with a 10 AM contest.
On Tuesday, the Red squad played the Mets 2 team on Field 1, which is the single diamond closest to the main Roger Dean Stadium field. Field 2 was the site of the White game, part of the Kissell Quad. The Marlins were the opponent.
The challenge for this one reporter was to have to travel the fair distance between each. As a result, my report will be incomplete. I do know both games ended 7-4, though the Red game was extended to a 10th inning after the "regulation" score was 6-4.
First, the lineups, pitchers and their velocities.
|Voss||88-89 MPH||Melling||86-87 MPH|
|D Martinez||88-91||Silva||88-91 FB|
|Paulino||88-89 FB||F Flores||87-89 FB|
Rehabbing Palm Beach pitcher Tyler Melling started for the White. He had to face rehabbing major leaguer Logan Morrison leading off each inning. My count of Morrison's at bats include a fly deep to left-center, a walk, a 4-3, a single past first and a home run. Another MLB rehabber, Kevin Kouzmanoff, launched a long two-run blast to left-center. In other words, major leaguers accounted for three of Miami's four runs.
Still on the White side, centerfielder Yoenny Gonzalez stood out, both for his talent and rawness. In his first at-bat, he singled but was out stealing. Next time up, he grounded into a double play. In the sixth, he made an outstanding full-extension diving play on a sinking liner to left-center.
Kender Villegas was working on his off-speed pitches, rarely throwing fastballs. He yielded back-to-back doubles and was charged with the final run against the White.
Playing first base for the White, Ronnierd Garcia made a nice stretch to corral an errant throw on the infield. He had been a third baseman in the past… Rowan Wick launched a long double into the right-field corner… I was surprised at outfielder Dutch Deol's size… The final White run was via a 10th inning blast by infielder Leobaldo Pina. The 6-foot-2, 18-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Summer League looks like a nice player.
Switching over to the Red side, both Steven Ramos and Luis Perez stole bases. Normally a strong outfielder, Ramos seemed to pull up short on a ball hit directly at him in center. Later, Adam Ehrlich drove in Ramos with an RBI single.
Red starter Jay Voss is on a rehab stint, listed on the Memphis DL. Coming off Tommy John surgery, the lefty struggled with his control, yielding two runs in the first three innings. He gave up another run in the fourth on a sac fly and exited at 4 2/3 innings.
Red reliever Steve Sabatino gave up the final the Mets run on a single, double and sac fly. Willy Paulino has a maximum-effort delivery and seemed to overthrow at times. Fernando Baez brought the most heat of the five Red hurlers.
The final two Red runs in the 7-4 win occurred when Kenny Peoples-Walls singled, stole second, and came home on a Jimmy Parque double. Ehrlich singled Parque in for his second RBI.
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