Vince Velasquez, Jarad Eickhoff , Aaron Nola and Ben Lively threw live batting practice Saturday morning at the Carpenter Complex. Along with veteran starters Jeremy Hellickson and Clay Buchholz, they hold the keys to much of the success for the Phillies in starting pitching roles this season.
We also watched relievers Edubray Ramos and Hector Neris pitch live BP.
Also the team spent part of the Saturday workout on base running and pick off drills.
The most interesting hitting took place on Roberts Field. There, Dylan Cozens, Nick Williams and Roman Quinn provided most of the long ball power in coaches’ pitching batting practice. The balls were flying out to left and right fields with ease.
The minor leaguers already in camp received a well deserved afternoon off as we said “hello” to Miguel Nunez, Kyle Young and Nick Fanti as they went by and headed out.
Fanti will be pitching for Team Italy in next month’s World Baseball Classic.
For more on Saturday’s Phillies major league camp click HERE to see the video.