With action on all four fields of the Phillies Carpenter Complex forces us to pick and chose who to follow in spring training. Almost like following a foursome in a golf tournament . We focused as you can guess on the young players in camp who are mostly close to major league ready.
One week is in the books and the Phillies major league spring training is moving on to the next step. They will actually play games starting Thursday against the University of Tampa and then on to Tampa to play the Yankees, Friday.
Yesterday, more of the same took place such as defensive drills, live batting practice and the never ending pitchers’ bullpens.
More and more minor league guys are showing up to get a head start when the minor league camp opens for real in March. They work out in the afternoon working on fielding and taking live and coaches batting practice.
With the World Baseball Classic starting next month, we had a chance to watch Team Canada’s Nick Pivetta and Team Italy’s Nick Fanti get some work in. Both teams have tough draws with Italy playing Mexico, Venezuela and Puerto Rico starting March 9th in Jalisco, Mexico while Canada opens with the,Domincan Republic then the USA and Columbia in Miami.
Two other young players we have been following in camp have been outfielder Dylan Cozens and Nick Williams. They looked good in live batting practice and will start the season with the IronPigs at AAA.
We have been bird dogging two, 22 year-old starting pitchers Elniery Garcia and Alberto Tirado and they struggled somewhat in live batting practice yesterday. They both had command problems throwing strikes. Garcia will start at AA with Reading and Tirado likely will open with the Threshers in the high A Florida State League.
Today is an abbreviated workout with the team’s golf tournament taking priority.
To watch our video summary of yesterday’s activities, click HERE.