I awoke this morning knowing that there would finally be some activity at the Carpenter Complex. If things went according to past schedules, a dozen or so players would be working out on Carlton or Roberts Field.
I arrived a little earlier than the 9:30 AM start time that I anticipated. I was greeted by Gary and Ken at the gate. They are two of the Complex’s security guards and were testing the scanner through which nearly twenty thousand people will pass during the next eight months. I became the first officially, scanned guest of the new season.
I was talking to Dennis, the security guard at the front door when I saw red shirts and blue shorts (it’s 70 degrees down here) moving onto Carlton Field. Conversation over.
Around 9:45 AM, about a dozen players had congregated along the right field foul line on Carlton Field. The group included players who would take part in a co-op program, working during the afternoons with Clearwater Parks and Rec. The group also included a few of the players down here on rehab.
The players performed their stretching exercises under the watchful eyes of coaches and trainers.
After stretching, the pitchers began short-tossing.
While the pitchers got in their running and some more rehabbers came out to stretch and throw, Carlos De La Cruz fielded some balls on Roberts Field.
Four coaches are present – Roly de Armas, Ray Burris, Shawn Williams, and Greg Brodzinski.
In all, I saw 17 players. Catchers – Edgar Cabral and Rodolfo Duran. Outfielder – Carlos De La Cruz. And, pitchers – Brandon Ramey, Tyler McKay, Spencer Van Scoyoc, Jaylen Smith, Jake Kinney, Ethan Lindow, Kyle Young, Tyler Hallead, Ben Brown, Brian Auerbach, Lizardo Herrera, Sandro Rosaro, Trevor Bettencourt, and Carlos Francisco (WPT).
Jose Pujols arrived Thursday and took part in Friday’s workout.
MLB is holding their 2020 Rookie Development Program in Miami. The Phillies sent Adonis Medina, Cole Irvin, Edgar Garcia, and Ranger Suarez.
The Phillies own prospect program WILL BE HELD NEXT week in Philadelphia.
The Phillies invitations to spring training to organization players could be made public this week.
Featured image provided by Steve Potter.