After eleven games, the Phillies have a 5-4-2 Grapefruit League record. Scott Kingery has impressed with his glove and his bat. Aaron Nola looked good in his return to the mound. And, Brock Stassi may have forced his name into the conversation for a spot on the 25-man roster.
So far, the Phillies have maintained their early offensive prowess. Their 62 runs ranks fourth overall, first among NL teams. Their 24 doubles ranks fifth, first among NL teams. Their 15 home runs ranks second, first among NL teams. However, the Phillies batting slash ranks middle of the pack .260/.335/.444/.779 (18th/18th/13th/15th). Still this represents a solid improvement over last season. The Phillies have also reversed their anemic walk rate. They rank seventh with 37 walks, but that is an increase of 29 (3.6/G) over the first 3 games (2.6/G). However, they rank second in strike outs with 90, although their 10K/G through the first 3 games has slowed to 7.5/G last week. A slightly stunning development might be their fifth ranked 10 steals and fourth ranked stealing percentage.
From the rubber, the Phillies have a bottom third 5.10 ERA, 58 runs, and 55 ER. They have given up the second most home runs (16). But have issued only 29 walks and have struck out 81 batters, both top ten numbers. They are tenth with a .249 batting average against. Their low walk total pulls them up to the seventh best WHIP.
Defensively, they have committed 11 errors and have a .974 Fld%. Teams have tried to steal on our catchers just five times and have been caught twice. There have been 6 wild pitches and zero passed balls.
Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.
Key dates remaining during the off season:
- Grapefruit League games thru 3/31. Schedule here.
- 3/6-22 – World Baseball Classic.
- 4/2-3 – Opening Night/Opening Day.
The first “cuts” are rumored to be scheduled for this week. Even with Alfaro’s departure to the WBC, there may not be enough at bats for six catchers. The 6 catchers not names Rupp have 9 or fewer at bats and rank among the 9 Phillies with the fewest at bats. Look for one or both of Chace Numata and Logan Moore to be headed to the Complex soon.
I heard that Andrew Pullin has suffered an oblique strain. He hasn’t been on the field since February 27th.
Dylan Cozens is batting .250 with 9 K, 3 BB, and 3 SB. He has a .571 BABIP and .250 SLG.
Stassi and Nava have 0 K in 12 AB. Kingery 1 in 16, Herrera 1 in 14, Crawford 1 in 17, Hernandez 2 in 17, Galvis 3 in 18, Joseph 3 in 20, and Saunders 2 in 13.
Over at the Complex, workouts are warming up. Defensive drills saw Damek Tomscha and Greg Pickett taking ground balls at first base. Lakewood’s first baseman, Wilson Garcia, was back behind the plate Sunday. A lot of the players, especially among the LA players, look bulkier this year. Not Tocci, though.
- Alex Wojciechowski reported to minor league spring training.
- The organization rosters are up to date.