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2017 Spring Training, Full Squad, 2/19

Sunday morning in Clearwater and Jeremy Hellickson started our day with a live batting practice session.  He pitched to Cameron Perkins and Andrew Knapp.  I have some video of Hellickson’s performance, three pitches.  I do not have the video of Knapp parking the fifth or sixth pitch he saw in the handicapped parking section beyond the right field fence on Ashburn Field.  As he left the cage, I called over “way to bash” or some such witticism. Knapp grinned and nodded ever so slightly in acknowledgement. Continue reading 2017 Spring Training, Full Squad, 2/19

Open Discussion: Week of February 20th

String training is in full swing.  The Phillies reverted back to using just two fields for PFPs with the result being a lot of standing around by the pitchers after loosening up throwing their long toss.  Other drills are more fast-paced.  The best so far have been the “live” batting practice sessions.   Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of February 20th

2017 Spring Training, Full Squad, 2/17

The first full squad practice finally arrived and attendance picked up.  Now, I can stop focusing on that each day.  It’s still not as high as in 2014, but it’s better than it has been. New signage is nearing completion.  Spectrum Field sign finally on the stadium.  New additions added to the scoreboards on Roberts and Ashburn. Continue reading 2017 Spring Training, Full Squad, 2/17

2017 Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers Day 2

Day two of Pitchers and Catchers and even fewer fans were at the Complex.  Perhaps people are waiting until the full team practice on Friday, or maybe fams have less of an emotional connection to the current group on the Major League roster.  Oh well, more room for those of us who are here. Continue reading 2017 Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers Day 2

2017 Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers Report

Hooray!  The off season has come to an end with the official start of spring training – which we simply refer to as Pitchers and Catchers.  This is the day all baseball fans look forward to once their team plays it’s last game of the season.  Phillies’ pitchers and catchers reported for physicals yesterday and began their workouts today on Schmidt Field at the Carpenter Complex (officially the Paul Owens Training Facility at the Carpenter Complex). Continue reading 2017 Spring Training, Pitchers and Catchers Report

Open Discussion: Week of February 13th

Finally!!!  Pitchers and catchers have their first official workout Tuesday.  The full squad starts on Friday.  As you may have seen in the ‘Clearwater Updates”, a lot of players are already in Clearwater.  Some as early as mid-January.  The Phillies will have 62 roster and non-roster players in town for spring training.  Three less than last year.  A lot of minor league players are among the early reports.   Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of February 13th

Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … Recap

The 2017 Phuture Phillies Top 30 came to a close this week.  We ended up ranking the top 40 prospects as the readers here at Phuture Phillies view the organization.  Today’s article includes the final day-by-day tally as well as the Top 30 from readers who e-mailed me their rankings early in the polling process. Continue reading Phuture Phillies 2017 Reader Top 30 … Recap

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Clearwater Update #5 (2/10/17)

Spring training coverage starts Tuesday when catchers and pitchers take to the fields.  The truck from CBP arrived this morning and was emptied and gone by the time I arrived at 9:30 AM.   The players went through their calisthenics and stretching exercises before breaking out to their different groups.  The featured photo shows the sheer volume of players who showed up early.  Pitchers and catchers headed to the Seven Mounds. Several pitchers threw today.  First basemen took ground balls, and outfielders shagged flies.

New faces include Cord Sandberg, Chris Coghlan, and Cameron Rupp. Continue reading Clearwater Update #5 (2/10/17)