Sunday is finally the last day of “pitchers and catchers” at Phillies spring training. No more PFPs. Yea!
Saturday was another day to work on storylines in spring training for the 2018 season. So I decided again to wander over to the half field in front of Spectrum Field. But I just missed infield practice.
Then, I heard the a bat cracking inside Spectrum Field. Could if be BP? Yes it was, but the fans are not invited to watch. You see the full team is supposedly not to report until Monday. So, the gates were locked. But I did not give up. I was able, through the locked gates, to hear batting practice but only center and left fields were in view.
Now, I know what the meaning of a “knot hole gang” from the early years of baseball meant. There, I was listening to batting practice because all I could see through gaps in locked gates was tw0-thirds of the outfield.
Never say die! I could watch Dylan Cozens field in right. Watch HERE. For Cozens, it will be a “make or break” year. Cozens has four of five tools. He can hit with power, run, throw and field but he did not hit for average at AAA last year.
At AAA last season, Cozens did hit 27 homers and drove in 75 runs but hit only .210. His numbers where far off his 2016 AA numbers when he hit 40 homers, drove in 125 runs and hit 276.
After that, I ventured back to the Carpenter Complex where the Phillies pitchers and catchers were going through their paces for another season. On Roberts and Carlton Fields we saw the Phillies likely starting five pitchers, Aaron Nola, Vince Velasquez, Jerad Eickhoff, Nick Pivetta and Ben Lively. They were going through infield drills along with the two top rookie pitchers in camp Enyel De Los Santos and J.C. Hammer. Watch HERE.
Then, we to watched several of the catchers in camp do infield drills and take BP including Edgar Cabral, Logan Moore, Nick Rickles and likely starting catcher Jorge Alfaro. Watch HERE.
Another day of spring training is in the books. Monday can’t come too soon to get the rest of the team’s position players out from behind the locked gates of Spectrum Field and officially ready for the Grapefruit League games!