There wasn’t much to learn from last night’s Phillies intrasquad game that we did not already know.
Bryce Harper reiterated that he is going to have a big 60-game season. In his last two at bats he hit a sacrifice fly to score a runner from third base and doubled to left-center to score on a Neil Walker home run.
Harper showed that opposing teams will not want to pitch to him with the new rule starting a runner on second to start the tenth inning of a tie game. The Phillies moved the runner to third and with one out and Harper hit a sacrifice fly to right to score a run. If this had been the tenth inning of a tie game, he would have been given an international walk under a similar situation.
Neil Walker has been impressive. He hit a two-run homer into the pine trees to the right of the 401 ft. sign in centerfield to score Harper who had doubled. A switch-hitter and with the ability to player all the infield positions and left-field, Walker will be a key coming off the bench with power or playing multiple positions.
Having Walker, Josh Harrison and Logan Forsythe (ETA: one hour after publication the Phillies reportedly released Forsythe) would give the Phillies one of the best, most versatile benches in baseball. The wild card in roster formation this season is the National League teams using the DH for the first time which Jay Bruce would seem to be the leading candidate.