It was one of those Chamber of Commerce days in Clearwater: 75 degrees, little wind and blue skies. It’s a day the late great Ernie Banks would say “let’s play two.” That’s exactly what I did, only I watched a spring training workout doubleheader.
It was the first day when all players on the major league spring training roster reported though most of them have already been in town for a while. They worked out until about one o’clock with the pitchers throwing live batting practice for the first time. Watch our video about yesterday’s spring training HERE.
Two players we are following in the spring camp Elniery Garcia and Rhys Hoskins each had a good day.
Garcia threw about 25 pitches. He faced Aaron Altherr, Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco and gave up only a line drive to right by Freddy Galvis on Ashburn Field.
Hoskins squared up and barreled a long ball that appeared to go over the Schmidt Field fence in left.
Dylan Cozens hit a memorable long ball way out of Roberts Field at the end of the morning BP off one of the coaches. He became the first Phillies player to hit one out over the top of the newly installed Robin Roberts Field scoreboard sign in left center.
Then, it was time for the second workout in the afternoon on the Roberts back field. This group is composed of early arrivals to the minor league camp. The first pitcher up was 22-year-old, undrafted, free agent, left-handed reliever Jeff Singer. He has an electrifying fastball. He faced two left-handed bats in his afternoon session of live BP and they both struggled to make solid contact. I would not be surprised to see Singer in a major league spring training game in relief.
We watched Singer pitch in relief for Clearwater at the end of the Florida State League season but he seemed to come into his own in the Arizona Fall League where left-handed hitters went just one for ten against him in his AFL relief appearances.