The Phillies spring training record is somewhat meaningless but at 1-5 its nothing to brag about. However, the play of three players is!
Scott Kingery, Tommy Joseph and Roman Quinn have looked good as they fight for an opening day roster spot. On the other hand, the young minor league pitchers the Phillies have brought into the major league camp have struggled giving up the long ball. Ranger Suarez, Jose Taveras, twice, and today Tyler Viza have been taken deep in recent games.
Still wish the two top starting minor league pitchers not invited to the major league camp, Jacob Waguespack and JoJo Romero, were given a chance to pitch in a Grapefruit game. They still could get a call from the minor league camp as the long major league spring training schedule moves into March. The first minor league spring training games take place on Tuesday, March 13th against the Blue Jays.
In today’s game when Kingery hit his second home run of the season. It looks like the Phillies will want to keep him at AAA for a couple of weeks to start the season for future team control reasons. Read HERE.
Joseph looks like he might be playing for spot on a 25 man roster some where else. Though he could make the Phillies opening day roster as a corner infielder and outfielder. off the bench. See HERE.
Quinn is on the way to earning a 25-man roster spot off the bench simply because of his speed. Yesterday, against the Yankee he popped a home run into the visitor bullpen. He is also a switch-hitter. See article HERE.
If the Phillies go with only four bench players and 13 pitchers, it will be difficult for all three to make the team without additional player moves.
Keep an eye on the Phillies spring training stats. See HERE. So far all three are hitting .400 and over after the first week of spring training games. Kingery leads the team with two home runs, Joseph leads in hits with five and Quinn is first in runs scored with three.