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.
Even this start of the day was not without some confusion for fans. Well me at least. The groups started at differing times and ran through their program in a different order. When they broke into their on field drills, they were run in a more haphazard way than in previous days.
Position players ran the bases on two of the fields. Those on Schmidt Field ran at full speed while those on Ashburn seemed to run at less than 100%.
PFPs (bunts) were run on two fields with infielders manning the positions instead of staff. Pitchers spent a lot more time watching as the groups were twice as large as last week.
Outfielders took balls on a hop and threw to bases or home plate. The coach ran several reps to each field while the players in the other two fields just stood and watched. Odubel Herrera stayed in the infield to catch balls at the mound for the coach hitting the balls. Seemed like a “great” use of your starting center fielder. Not to mention all the down time for the outfielders.
Catchers ran through some drills in RF of Roberts. One had them in a normal squat with their glove hand on the ground completing a three-point stance. They switched from from their glove hand to their free hand while maintaining their balance.
Pitchers threw live BP on 3 fields with umpires behind the catcher. Batters swung freely. One player lifted a ball over the scoreboard on Roberts Field.
Later, the outfielders ran through a drill with a fly ball machine launching multiple balls to outfielders at the same time. This was similar to the multiple pop up drill that they ran with catchers last week.
There seemed to be a lot more wasted time than last week. And most of the time it seemed that only three fields were in use. I spotted Coach Thomson, who is running camp, viewing the drills from the second floor of the club house. Hopefully, the pace picks up tomorrow.
Jason Kelce was invited to talk to the team before they came out for the workout. He wore a #62 Phillies jersey.
After the Phillies are finished, the minor leaguers who are in town begin afternoon workouts around 1:00 PM.
These guys follow a more traditional set of drills, one I am used to. I hope it continues when they begin in earnest next week.
There are a lot of players at the Complex already, at least 35 so far. They aren’t due until March 1st. Among the earliest spotted were – rehabbers Mario Sanchez, Kevin Gowdy, Grant Dyer, and Sutter Mcloughlin. As well as, Ryan Etsell, Ben Brown, Kyle Young, Garrett Cleavinger, Seth McGarry, Zach Warren, McKenzie Mills, Jeff Singer, Austin Davis, Carlos De La Cruz, Drew Stankiewicz, Jiandido Tromp, Dalton Guthrie, Tyler Viza, Nick Fanti, Zack Coppola, and Cole Stobbe. And more recently, Connor Seabold, Mickey Moniak, Will Hibbs, Jonathan Hennigan, Zach Green, Jo Jo Romero, Trevor Bettencourt, Abrahan Gutierrez, Henri Lartigue, Tom Windle, Deivi Grullon, Jacob Waguespack, Shane Watson, Austin Bossart, Cornelius Randolph, Aaron Brown, and Cord Sandberg.
It looks like Moniak has added some muscle. He appears to have bulked up some over the off season. I saw some video of his first BP (3 swings). His bat looks faster through the strike zone with a more lofted angle on his swing. Three swings is a SSS, so I’ll make it a point to get a live look this week. Stobbe looks much bigger across the shoulders, too.
2018 ST Roster – Nick Rickles and Drew Hutchinson are additions who aren’t on this original version. As is Fernando Abad.