With the Phillies playing a night game, the early reporting minor league players got to take to the fields before noon. There are a lot here. New faces include Darick Hall, Quincy Nieporte, Danny Meyer, Nick Maton, Gunnar Buhner, Ben Pelletier, Yahir Gurrola, Connor Seabold, David Parkinson, Kyle Martin, and Josh Stephen among others.
Practice has been truncated and games are being played. One unanswered question, Where’s Doobie?
Crowds at the Complex remained small through the end of spring training workouts.
The minor league players already in Clearwater will be joined by the rest of their team mates for their first full squad workout on Sunday, March 4th. Their workouts until then will be dictated by the needs of major league camp. Minor league games begin on Tuesday, March 13th. A link to their schedule is in the Spring Training section below.
I’ll close the book on my opinion on the subject of an Arrieta signing, for now.
#Phly Phillies Phly!
Spring training shifted from the Complex to Spectrum Field when the Phillies took on perrenial Division II powerhouse, the University of Tampa Thursday afternoon.
The Phillies used nine pitchers and added 4 minor leaguers to the roster for the game – Zach Green, Cack Coppola, Garret Cleavinger, and Tyler Viza. Two saw action.
Continue reading Let the (Spring) Games Begin, 2018
Finally, the Phillies full squad began their spring workout. Sixty-three players took to the fields at the Carpenter Complex Monday morning in front of a sparse crowd. In another break from recent tradition, the players broke up into groups on three fields for stretching and throwing. Continue reading First Full Squad Workout, 2018
Pitchers and catchers began last week in front of a small audience at the Carpenter Complex. Monday their first full squad practice will be held, and the Phillies’ baseball world will return to normalcy for seven months. #Phly Phillies Phly!
Another opinion on signing Arrieta. This time from the Shredder!
The Phillies continue to sign players to minor league contracts who might help the team if they make the major league roster.
Days two and three of pitchers and catchers were the same as day one.
On day two, the only difference in the routine was that Wednesday’s non-pitching group threw from the mounds, and the pitching group went through the PFP stations. Newly signed Drew Hutchinson, was present, in uniform, and taking part in the workout. The groups were – Continue reading Pitchers and Catchers, Days Two and Three, 2018
The start of 2018 Spring Training finally arrived. Pitchers and catchers came onto the fields at the Carpenter Complex at 11:00 AM and began their spring workouts.
Under the Kapler Regime, spring training will look very different to those who became familiar with the camps held by Charlie Manual and Pete Mackinon. The first noticeable change was the later start. Other changes include greater use of all fields. More involvement by coaches and staff. Shorter, more intense sessions. And a distinction between “throwing” pitchers and “non-throwing” pitchers.
Here’s what I saw (or didn’t see) today. Continue reading Pitchers and Catchers, First 2018 Workout
Another beautiful Monday morning in Clearwater. I got to the Complex early again. My friend Steve met the Phillies’ truck Sunday morning and was interviewed by a local television station. We found out this morning why the players go to the weight room before practice starts – to stretch before exercising. Lots of people on the fields today – coaches, trainers, and some baseball operations people. The major league coaches are in uniform, so they stood out from the players, who were wearing a variety of workout apparel. Thirteen players made their first appearance today. Continue reading Just Two Days Until Pitchers and Catchers
Finally. The light at the end of the tunnel. Pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater early this week, and their first workout is on Wednesday, February 14th. Four dozen players have been seen at the Complex.
Yu Darvish came off the free agent board. And, NO! The Phillies shouldn’t run out and sign Jake Arrieta. I’ll explain why. Again.
The Phillies signed a couple more journeyman position players, a few minor league free agents, and another young player retired.
Beautiful morning in Clearwater Friday. I arrived at the Complex early just in case the workouts started early again. My Complex buddy, Steve Potter, arrived early too. They didn’t start early, but we got to see the players as they crossed from the stadium to the building that houses the weight room and batting cages until practice started. We got to engage with a lot of the players. They seem to be more likely to stop and talk before practice starts. Six new faces today. Continue reading Five Days Until the Official Start of Spring Training