The Phillies catchers and pitchers have reported to the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater. On Wednesday we watched three groups of pitchers went through the ever popular pitchers fielding practice and bunting drills. The catchers were doing drills down the left field line on Schmidt Field. Aaron Nola was getting his bullpen in before his press conference on the half field next to Spectrum Field while batting practice among the early reporting position players was taking place inside Spectrum Field.
We focused on several pitchers doing PFPs on the back fields and live batting practice which took place on Ashburn Field. Two pitchers stood out, Edgar Garcia and Jake Arrieta. Garcia looked big and strong doing his drills and Arrieta showed no ill effects from reported knee surgery over the winter. Watch HERE. Drew Anderson received extra attention from Manager Gabe Kapler as he pitched live batting practice to Nick Williams and Rhys Hoskins.
Garcia has been mentioned in the Phillies media as this year’s Seranthony Dominguez out of the pen. In last year’s spring training Dominguez impressed in the spring training and by mid-season he was called up and was outstanding in the Phillies pen. Garcia did not throw yesterday but Edgar looked ready to challenge for a spot in the Phillies bullpen much like Dominguez did last season. Watch Garcia do PFPs with Jake Arrieta HERE.
The most interesting of the workouts was Anderson pitching live batting practice on the mound at Ashburn Field. With Kapler standing right behind him, Drew looked sharp with his fastball location and breaking stuff to Nick Williams and Rhys Hoskins. Not much has been said about Anderson but look for him to get early work starting in spring training action. Watch Drew pitch to Williams and Hoskins HERE.
Baseball Betsy has posted the spring training roster and the minor league schedule HERE. Though many minor league players are already in camp, the official their camp opens officially for pitchers and catchers on February 27th and position players on March 4rh. The four Phillies minor full season teams open 13 games spring training schedules on March 13th and finish up on March 29th.