It’s hard to get excited about the Phillies major league spring training. The Front Office has already announced that they do not expect to compete for the playoffs for the next two or three years. Tanking is the new catch phase in the NBA. Now it has spread to at least one MLB. team. The Phillies non-roster invitees list to spring training contains only players released by other MBL teams. See Here. Essentially they went out and bought a new AAA team this season who will be mostly composed of aging free agent players with no upside.
However, one player who is on the 40-man roster and we are looking forward to watching pitch this spring is Adam Morgan. We have been following Adam since his days in the Clearwater Threshers rotation back in 2012. I will never forget following on the internet an inning by inning of a game he pitched on the road against Jupiter where he retired the first 22 batters he faced. Then in 2013 we watched him on MiLB-TV strikeout David Otiz who was rehabbing with Pawtucket at AAA at the time. But something was wrong with his shoulder.
Last season we saw Adam walking by most days at the Carpenter Complex while we were watching GCL games. He was rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Then we saw him pitch in the Instruct in September at Bright House Field and we could see he was on his way back. See Here, Here and Here. Then he went out to the Arizona Fall League to continue his road back to top prospect status.
In a post today by Jim Salisbury on csnphilly.com, Adam sounds like he is finally ready to vie for a spot in the Phillies rotation at some point this season. Read Here.
Needless to say Baseball Betsy and I will be spending most of our time watching the Phillies prospects in the minor league camp this spring but Adam Morgan will be one of the few Phillies we will be are anxious to watch when pitchers and catchers report to the Phillies major league spring training camp next Thursday.