Here’s the early list of work groups for the Phillies’ minor leaguers at the Carpenter Complex. Later on there will be 5 groups as non roster invitees leave the major league camp and force the downward movement of players to lower groups.
Things of note –
- Larry Greene is not listed (?).
- A lot of the academy kids aren’t listed like Bryan Martelo, Julsan Kamara, Jesus Alastre
- Manny Chavez, the pitcher they lent to the Mexican League, is here and listed as Jesus Chavez.
- This is a different, older Tyler Greene than the one the Phillies released.
- Andrew Pullin is listed with the outfielders.
I didn’t cross paths with Catchman22, but I did see and talk to Gary “Gkit” who has posted video here under TheGkita on YouTube.
It’s great to see the kids with names on their backs, finally. The coaches kept them on the field for about 3 hours – running through PFPs, fielding drills, and bunting practice for the position players. They hit off coaches and later hit off the machines set up in the outdoor cages. Some players got to hit indoors.
Today was like being a kid in a candy store, trying to decide which field to watch. Yoel Mecias looks like he gained mass. Kelly Dugan was walking around without the boot he wore 10 days ago. Some kids like Carlos Tocci and J.P. Crawford appear to be taller. Willians Astudillo looks a tad slimmer. Only one player, a newly signed pitcher , looks to be out of shape. And maybe that’s just his build. Pullin looks bigger across the shoulders. Zach Green was working out at first base. Everyone looks to be in great shape.
On one play, Jesus Valentin was set to catch a ground ball and flip to Crawford at second base. The ball hit a ball on the infield in front of him and took a bad bounce. Valentin reacted and made the play like it was “no big deal”. Great concentration and reaction.
Sorry, I didn’t mean to ramble on so much. I just wanted to get the work groups published. More tomorrow.