Spring Training Update

Workouts have continued with little change until today.  The starting times have varied from 9:00 AM to 9:45.  I assume they fluctuate depending on what and where the co-ops will be working each day. 

The players have started coming out in two groups.  The earlier group is comprised of the seven co-ops plus Jose Alvarez who arrived Monday after coming to terms Friday and avoiding arbitration.  The co-op group includes outfielder – Carlos De La Cruz, and pitchers Brandon Ramey, Tyler McKay, Spencer Van Scoyoc, Jaylen Smith, Jake Kinney, and Ethan Lindow.  Most days Brian Auerbach is in this group and Mauricio Llovera has joined.

The second group is comprised of the players on rehab.  The original group of catchers  Edgar Cabral and Rodolfo Duran, and pitchers Kyle Young, Tyler Hallead, Ben Brown, Lizardo Herrera, Sandro Rosaro, Trevor Bettencourt, Brian Auerbach, and Carlos Francisco (WPT) have been increased by outfielder Jose Pujols last week and Mauricio Llovera, Colby Fitch, and Robinson Martinez this week.

The players performed their normal routine of stretching exercises and agility exercises under the watchful eyes of coaches and trainers, short-tossing, and running.  Carlos De La Cruz took fielding practice on an adjacent field.

Today, the co-op pitchers, Llovera, and Alvarez took PFPs with coaches Shawn Williams and new arrival Carlos Arroyo.

Tuesday, Mauricio Llovera threw a bullpen.  Today, Lizardo Herrera threw a 15-pitch bullpen.  He looks like another guy with a 90s fastball.  Alvarez throws year round.  I can see his ball dipping and diving while he’s tossing in the outfield.

As we left, Andrew McCutchen arrived in his sports car, carrying a bat to the indoor batting cages behind the Complex clubhouse.

Another dozen plus players are expected next week.  Phantasy Camp also starts next week.

Four coaches were present originally.  Roly de Armas and Shawn Williams are still here.  Ray Burris was called out of town and Greg Brodzinski is in Philadelphia attending the Phillies Prospect Program.

MLB held their 2020 Rookie Development Program in Miami.  The Phillies sent Adonis Medina, Cole Irvin, Edgar Garcia, and Ranger Suarez.

The Phillies own prospect program is being held in Philadelphia this week.  Attendees are Zach Warren, Connor Brogdon, Christopher Sanchez, Ramon Rosso, Luke Williams, Simon Muzziotti, Damon Jones, Addison Russ, Arquimedes Gamboa, David Parkinson, Nick Maton, Garrett Cleavinger, and Alec Bohm.

The Phillies invitations to spring training to organization players finally went out to Connor Brogdon, Kyle Dohy, Tyler Gilbert, Spencer Howard, Damon Jones, Ramon Rosso, Addison Russ, Zach Warren, Henri Lartigue, Alec Bohm, Darick Hall, Austin Listi, Nick Maton, Luke Williams, and Mickey Moniak.

12 thoughts on “Spring Training Update

  1. Jim…no sightings of Nick Fanti?
    It has been 9 months since the shoulder procedure….hopefully he is progressing.

  2. Is Jeff Singer OK??? The dude is 26 yo and has a solid 2019 in AA REA. I don’t expect him to be added to the 40-man right away but I expect him to be one of the early call ups.

  3. If Cole Irvin is such a “nothin’ burger” to many, how come he is included in the Rookie Development Program?

    I think he will be more than y’all think.

    1. I agree, Denny. He won’t be a top or middle rotation guy, but lefties who throw strikes can cut out a big league career for themselves. Swing man through the long season. More so out of the bullpen.

      1. I would look at him as a starter. How about Tommy Underwood, Randy Wolf and others of similar stature?

      2. Don’t think Irvin has good enough stuff to be a starter but he had some success last season coming out of the bullpen pitching multiple innings. He has a chance to carve out a role.

  4. Jim, are the reporting dates in February for pitchers, catchers and position players only for those listed on the 40-man roster and SP invites or all minor league players?

    1. Too young. Only AAA and a few select AA guys. If he starts at CWater and ends the season in Reading after a good season, he should get an invite next season. If he stays in CWater all season, there won’t be an invite.

  5. jim, It’s snowing up here in Pa., and I wanted to tell you that the picture of the Baseballs on the green grass have me excited for ST to start! It helps me get through the cold.

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