Category Archives: Spring Training 2015

Phillies First Roster Moves, 3/16

Todd Zolecki has reported the Phillies first roster moves.  Left-hander Jesse Biddle, right-hander Ethan Martin, left-hander Adam Morgan, and outfielder Aaron Altherr have been optioned to the minor league camp.  Right-hander Sean O’Sullivan and catcher John Hester have been reassigned to the minor league camp.


All these moves would be characterized as expected, but I am mildly surprised that O’Sullivan as a healthy starter would have been reassigned this early.

2015 MiLB Spring Training: March 15th

Finally.  We’ve reached the intrasquad games.  No more batting practice off coaches.  No more pitching machines.  No more wondering what the pitchers are doing on the hidden mounds.  Well, they’ll still do that stuff in the morning.  But today, live pitching to live hitters during a live game with real umpires.

I was almost lured over to the game on Robin Roberts Field where a young Phillies team played the 18 and under team from Puerto Rico.  Saturday, aa young Phillies team shut out the Canadian team in St. Pete.  Today, a more age appropriate team faced the amateur team.  Most of the guys who beat the team from Canada were over on Ashburn Field.  There would be 40 players and about 25 pitchers making up the 4 teams playing on Schmidt and Ashburn Fields.  My plan was to focus on the pitchers on those 2 fields. Continue reading 2015 MiLB Spring Training: March 15th

2015 MiLB Spring Training: March 10th

I got to  the Carpenter Compex just before 10:00AM.  Once again, they had started early and were just completing their long toss on Carlton Field, the coaches were beginning to run PFPs, on Roberts and Schmidt, the major league team was running drills in Ashburn’s left field, and Chad Billingsley was throwing pitches off the mound on Ashburn Field.  Continue reading 2015 MiLB Spring Training: March 10th

2015 MiLB Spring Training: March 9th

Today was photo day. The photographer arrived at 6:00AM. He must have run ahead of schedule because when I arrived just before 10:00AM, the kids had been on the field for about an hour. They were just finishing up their long toss.

Not only were they active on all 4 fields at the Carpenter Complex, but they had a large contingent working out across the street on Joe DiMaggio Field. Continue reading 2015 MiLB Spring Training: March 9th

2015 MiLB Training Groups

Here’s the early list of work groups for the Phillies’ minor leaguers at the Carpenter Complex.  Later on there will be 5 groups as non roster invitees leave the major league camp and force the downward movement of players to lower groups.

2015 Phillies MiLB Workgroups

Things of note – Continue reading 2015 MiLB Training Groups

Spring Training, March 1st Thru March 6th

March 1st, the Phillies became the talk of the sports world when they lost 6-2 to Division II, Tampa University.   Aaron Altherr had a nice game as did Elvis Araujo.  I attended the game and covered it in an earlier story.

Mike Nesseth and Seth Rosin were added to Spring training as non-roster invitees (NRI).  Nesseth was also added to the 40-man roster, brining the total number of players on the roster to 41, where it still stands as of Friday.

Continue reading Spring Training, March 1st Thru March 6th

Full Squad, Day Six; the University of Tampa Game

Day five was rained out on Saturday.  I’m sure a lot of work was accomplished indoors, but a steady and sometimes heavy rain made going to the Complex unappealing.  Today’s early morning overcast burned off and the sun came out.  The return to warmth overcame me and I decided to attend the Phillies’ game against the University of Tampa.  The pitchers scheduled to make appearances further swayed my decision as well as a first look at Odubel Herrera in a game setting. Continue reading Full Squad, Day Six; the University of Tampa Game

Full Squad, Day Four

The number of people attending spring training is much lower this year than in any of the three previous years that I’ve been here.  In the past, the bleachers were full, people were two, three deep around the fences, and the pathways around the complex were crowded.  This year, I can walk unimpeded from one field to another, get a prime spot along the fences surrounding the fields, and rarely have to worry about blocking the view of fans seated on the bleachers. Continue reading Full Squad, Day Four

Full Squad, Day Three

I didn’t go to the Carpenter Complex this morning for the Phillies spring training session.  Instead, I waited for the afternoon minor league session.  So, here’s some pictures and a video from the first two days that I haven’t posted yet.

Video of two Cliff Lee pitches – a soft line drive to short and a single up the middle. Continue reading Full Squad, Day Three