Spring training coverage starts next week, but I got over to the Complex a little earlier today. The feature picture is Don’s merchandise store, a spring training fixture at the Complex and later outside the west gate at Bright House Field (Spectrum Field when they finally change signage).
When I got to the Complex, the pitchers were long tossing in left field on Roberts Field. There looked to be 25-30 pitchers there. Position players were doing the same in right field on Carlton Field. The position players were easier to watch and identify, so I have a lot more info on them.
Three more players were on hand today – Nick Williams, Rhys Hoskins, and FA signee Hector Gomez. Several pitchers threw off the mounds behind the Complex (the Seven Mounds). We couldn’t see who was throwing, but all the catchers suited up to receive – Jorge Alfaro, Andres Blanco (yes, he’s the Phillies’ emergency catcher), Chace Numata, Austin Bossart, and Greg Brodzinski.
Meanwhile, the coaches worked out 4 guys at first base – Tommy Joseph, Rhys Hoskins, Caleb Eldridge, and Gomez. Larry Bowa was hitting, so they weren’t hit very hard (haha!). Threshers’ manager Shaun Williams took throws on plays to second base.
Coach Rob Ducey hit balls to Andrew Pullin in left field.
I paid closer attention to BP.
- Quinn hit a lot more line drives right-handed than left-handed.
- Alfaro just crushes balls.
- The ball sounded different coming off Joseph’s bat. In a good way. Like he’s hitting the sweet spot more often than others.
- Too early to comment on Hoskins and Williams, they just arrived. But, Hoskins looks bigger than I remember.
I didn’t try to identify the pitchers as they left Roberts Field, they weren’t close enough and few had their names on their shirts. But a few who finished later or had unique characteristics were noticeable – Mark Appel (he was pointed out by Steve Potter), Kyle Young (he’s tall, I could identify him from 100 yards), Jesse Beal (I just met him and he’s fresh in my mind), and Trevor Bettencourt (he had his name on his T-shirt).