The Phillies split six games this past week in Florida. After seventeen games, the Phillies have an 8-7-2 Grapefruit League record. But, record isn’t a legitimate indicator to measure the team’s progress. After all, the Phillies posted a National League third best 15-11-3 record last spring and still managed to finish 20 games under .500 during the regular season.
By the same argument, the slash the Phillies have put up this spring is also not an accurate indicator. A good portion of their production has been contributed by players who will be in AAA, AA, or out of the organization when regular season games start. Last week, I reported that the Phillies had a middle of the pack team batting slash of .260/.335/.444/.779 (18th/18th/13th/15th). This week they have a similar but dropping .257/.342/.412/.754 (20th/9th/21st/19th).
The slash of the players expected to make the 25-man roster might provide some insight into any offensive improvement and what we can expect this season. The projected starters are Rupp, Joseph, Hernandez, Galvis, Franco, Hendrick, Herrera, and Saunders. Add bench locks Blanco and Altherr, expected backup catcher Knapp, and an additional middle infielder and outfielder (Valentin and Williams for this exercise since they have the best slashes of the players on the 40-man roster). So far this spring, these 13 players a .232/.293/.378/.671.
But a more disturbing development is that the projected starting line up has a slash of .222/.269/.367/.636.
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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” were made after Sunday’s game. The Phillies reassigned the following players to minor league camp – Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery, Chace Numata, and Andrew Pullin. Pullin hasn’t been on the field since February 27th and is rumored to have an oblique strain.
(More options/reassignments: RHP Drew Anderson, OF Dylan Cozens, LHP Elniery Garcia, RHP Alberto Tirado, RHP Victor Arano, RHP Mark Appel, RHP Ricardo Pinto, and RHP Nick Pivetta. I think that leaves 50 in major league camp.)
The Phillies traded Joey Curletta (the PTBNL in the Ruiz trade) to Seattle for switch-pitcher Pat Venditte. He will join the Phillies as an NRI when Italy is done in the WBC.
The Phillies signed a couple of 17-year old free agents RHP Jose Conopoima and C Freddy Barreto, and a 29-year old free agent LHP Jhordany Mezquita to a minor league contracts. Mezquita has no prior major or minor league stats.
I’m not a fan of the WBC. For many reasons. But I did DVR Italy’s and Columbia’s games to get a look at Nick Fanti and Jorge Alfaro.
Fanti pitched an inning today. He allowed 2 ground ball singles and struck out T.J. Rivera who batted .333 in 33 games and 105 AB with the Mets in 2016. I got this head shot of Nick as he left the field after Italy’s on field celebration after scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Venezuela.
Alfaro went 3-12 in 3 games. His HR in the 8th inning against the Dominican Republic tied the score. He celebrated his HR of Fernando Rodney by shooting an arrow as he neared the dugout. Just prior to this photo he drew an arrow from his imaginary quiver.
- 3/12 – Phillies reassigned Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery, Chace Numata, and Andrew Pullin to minor league camp.
- 3/12 – Phillies traded RF Joey Curletta to Seattle Mariners for Pat Venditte.
- 3/7 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Jose Conopoima to a minor league contract.
- 3/7 – Phillies signed free agent C Freddy Barreto to a minor league contract.
- 3/1 – Phillies signed free agent LHP Jhordany Mezquita to a minor league contract.
- 2016 15th round pick, Alex Wojciechowski, reported to minor league spring training.
- The organization rosters are up to date.