It was a good weekend to watch a lot of Phillies spring training workouts. Just about every one who matters except for Ryan Howard and Maikel Franco has reported. These two will be on the field by Tuesday. Beautiful sun slashed 75 degree weather every day and Phillies players, coaches and Front Office personnel all over the place were the norm. Even many minor league players not invited to the major league camp have reported. And by March 3rd more players will be on the way when the all the minor league pitchers and catchers must report.
Over the weekend we focused on watching live batting practice on Carlton Field, pitchers pick-off moves from Roberts Field and fielding practice on the half-field. We also watched some batting practice and outfield drills over at Bright House. You can watch of some of we saw below:
- Edubray Ramos working on his pick off move. Watch HERE.
- Aaron Nola pitching live batting practice to Carlos Ruiz. Watch HERE.
- Rule Five draft pick Daniel Stumpf live BP. Watch HERE.
- Mike Schmidt watching J.P. Crawford take ground balls. Watch HERE.
- Adam Morgan facing Carlos Alonso. Watch HERE.
- Ernesto Frieri facing Jorge Alfaro. Watch HERE.
- Vincent Velasquez showing some swing and miss stuff facing Brian Pointer. Watch HERE and Alonso Watch HERE.
- Jake Thompson facing Alonso. Watch HERE.
- Zach Eflin showing swing and miss stuff. Watch HERE.
- Greg Burke showing his submarine delivery. Watch HERE.
It was an interesting weekend of spring training “catchers and pitchers”. The Phillies have at least 36 pitchers in the major-league camp plus about 15 additional pitchers who will pitch in the low minors. The Front Office really seems to be focusing on pitching.
What I remember most was how Mike Schmidt followed J.P. Crawford from BP in Bright House to the half field for infield practice; Ernesto Frieri looking sharp working the corners; the swing and miss stuff of Vincent Velasquez; how much Daniel Stumpf looks like Jake Diekman; how much larger Edubray Ramos looks from last season; what appears to be the complete recovery of Carlos Alonso from his 2015 season ending injury and the release point of submariner Greg Burke.
Monday morning’s workouts were repeats of last Thursday’s and Friday’s workouts where pitchers fielding practice dominated as well as hitting by the outfielders in camp at Bright House and infield fielding work on the half field.
This Sunday, the Phillies will play the University of Tampa at i:05 at Bright House in the first game of the spring training season.