One week down and five weeks to go in Spring Training. The first week ended on Sunday with Vince Velasquez and Aaron Nola throwing a bullpen, pitchers running on the warning tracks and catcher taking BP all in about one-half hour over the noon hour.
Finally “pitchers and catchers” workouts will now make way for live BP, intrasquad games and the start the Grapefruit League the end of this upcoming week.
The full squad will be in camp on Monday.
So far this spring training camp has been quick and to the point lasting about an hour and half at most each day. The Phillies definitely be well rested when the season starts at this pace.
On Sunday, we watched Velasquez and Nola throw 25 or so pitches in bullpens. Watch HERE.
Then it was over to Schmidt Field to watch Rupp and Knapp take batting practice. Watch HERE.
We moved down the first base line at Ashburn Field to watch slow jogs on the warning track by the pitchers not throwing bullpens. Watch HERE.
The day ended with a lonely jog by newly arrived pitcher Drew Hutchinson who is the only pitcher on staff to have started an opening day in the major leagues. He did it with Toronto in 2015. Despite not pitching in the major leagues last season, he has a 30-21 MLB record, winning more MLB games than any other Phillies starting pitcher.