Minor League Spring Training – March 16

The winds tore the batter’s eye on one of the minor league practice fields.

My first day in minor league camp is always the most memorable.

Or forgettable.

Forgettable in the sense that nearly 150 players are in camp, and many uniform numbers are worn by two or even three players, and I’m trying to put all those faces back together with their names. I know them, they know me, but neither of us is really sure who we really are, so we just kinda nod and try to remember who each other is.

But it’s always memorable because I get to see friends after six months, all those players and coaches gathered in one place, knowing that in a couple weeks they’ll scatter to all corners of the baseball globe.

Most of the upper-level players are over at major league camp, so minor league rosters right now have no meaningful resemblance to what their Opening Day lineups will look like. But for what it’s worth, here were the lineups for today’s Quakes and Kernels games.

1. Stantrel Smith LF
2. P.J. Phillips SS
3. Jeff LaRue 1B
4. Tadd Brewer 2B
5. Abel Nieves 3B
6. Rian Kiniry CF
7. Greg Dini C
8. Anderson Rosario RF
9. Tyler Mann DH

David Herndon started for Rancho Cucamonga.

1. Anthony Norman LF
2. Hector Estrella 3B
3. D’Andre Miller CF
4. Gordie Gronkowski 1B
5. Donato Giovanatto DH
6. Tyler Johnson RF
7. Jerry Gonzalez 2B
8. Chris Rosenbaum C
9. Carlos Colmenares SS

Trevor Reckling started for Cedar Rapids.

The predicted scattered thunderstorms gave us a pass for the most part, other than the occasional sprinkle. But it was quite cool and windy at times. I noticed a batter’s eye on one of the practice fields was torn so a City of Tempe service truck had to repair it in the afternoon while the games were played on two other fields.

Click Here to watch March 16 minor league spring training highlights. You need Windows Media Player and a broadband Internet connection (cable modem, DSL) to watch.

Quakes broadcaster Jeff Levering was in town and recorded an interview with Angels farm director Abe Flores that will air later in the year on a Quakes pre-game show. But both agreed to let me videotape the interview, so Click Here to watch the interview.

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