I didn’t go to the Carpenter Complex this morning for the Phillies spring training session. Instead, I waited for the afternoon minor league session. So, here’s some pictures and a video from the first two days that I haven’t posted yet.
Video of two Cliff Lee pitches – a soft line drive to short and a single up the middle.
A little before 1:30PM, the 50-plus minor leaguers who are in Clearwater exited the clubhouse and filed over to take positions along the left field line on Robin Roberts Field. They waited patiently for the coaches to start them through their pre-practice exercises. After agility drills they formed a circle and went through a series of stretching exercises and other drills to loosen their muscles. Here they are doing what we called windmills in high school. The blue and khaki jackets on the left are Ruben Amaro and Pat Gillick.
While waiting, I noticed that the grounds crew added a twist to the horizontal string they installed at home plate on the warm up mounds between the fields last season. They have added vertical string to better define the plate. The string is loosely knotted so that it can be moved to further minimize the target zone to one side of the plate or the other.
I’m starting to recognize some of the players in their nameless red tee shirt uniforms. Names and numbers will come when practice starts officially next week. There were a few more players in camp today. Cord Sandberg was here today and acquisition P.J. Walter arrived .
I think I watched Adam Loewen and Victor Arano pitch live batting practice. I asked catchers Corey Bass and Joel Fisher who they caught and a couple coaches who was on the mound. All 4 did not know. I may be able to identify more players than anyone here. Loewen throws a heavy ball that is effective when he can keep it down. Arano really pops the glove. Can’t wait to see a gun on him. I was standing near a Phillies exec for a part of the live BP, and I overheard him say that he had yet to see a good curve ball. I think he meant all week.
Roman Quinn drove a ball around the right field foul pole and followed it up with a smash to the gap in right-center while facing a live pitcher. Left-handed, of course.