The first full squad workout for the minor league affiliates will be held this week. Daily reports will begin in separate articles.
Minor League pitchers and catchers are in Clearwater. Starlyn Castillo is stateside for his first professional spring training. Position players not yet in town will report Monday. Full squad work outs start Tuesday.
The Phillies signed Bryce Harper and are now positioned to contend for the post season. I am generally more conservative than most with projections, predictions, and expectations. I liken the current team to the 2007 Phillies. And by extension, next season’s team to the 2008 Phillies.
Unlike most, I see the pitching differently. I think their starting rotation is good enough as is. I think Aaron Nola is the key. They have enough pitching to sustain an injury to anyone but Nola. He doesn’t even have to be as good as last year. The improved offense and defense will help him and all the pitchers.
If you assume that the starters will be Realmuto, Hoskins, Hernandez, Segura, Franco, McCutchen, Herrera, and Harper, then bench construction becomes interesting. I believe Knapp is a lock as well as Kingery. Quinn would have been my fourth outfielder. But, with his injury I think it will be Williams. The final slot will likely go to a multi-position player. I have no idea who their emergency catcher would be. Kingery?
The 40-man roster stands at 40, the entire organization stands at 364.
This the Phuture Phillies Open Discussion for Phillies and other baseball topics that are not about some mythical Trout trade or his far off free agency.
- February 28, 2019 – Minor League Spring Training – Pitchers and Catchers
- March 5, 2019 – Minor League Spring Training – Full Squad
- March 13, 2019 – Minor League Spring Training games begin
- March 28, 2019 – Phillies’ 2019 season home opener v. Atlanta (3:05)
The rosters and lists are up to date.
- organization’s rosters
- organization’s injury list
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list (includes player info, assignments, …)