Scenes from Phillies Minor League Spring Training-March 9

It was another beautiful day here in Clearwater. After a cold and wet winter, this warm dry March is a wonderful change. 

The one thing that I’ve noticed that’s different from last year is that the atmosphere is lighter and more positive. You see the players with smiles on their faces and a little more bounce in their steps. It seems to be almost the opposite of last season, at least, so far.

Unless you’re someone who’s unnecessarily loquacious, there’s really not a lot that you can say about watching the endless drills of the first week of spring training. So my contribution will be a series of pictures depicting today’s activities.

Jose Taveras

José Taveras tracks down the ball during PFPs-Pitcher Fielding Practice.

 

Zach Green

Zach Green begins to spring for the ball.

 

Deivi Grullon

Deivi Grullon snags the ball from the pitching machine.

Rhys Hoskins

Rhys Hoskins makes contact in batting practice.

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Miguel Gonzalez begins long tossing before going into the bullpen.

 

Aaron Brown and Dylan Cozens

Aaron Brown and Dylan Cozens during base running drills.

Alberto Tirado
 
Alberto Tirado pantomimes a toss in PFPs.

  

Evan Crower
 Evan Crower was a quarterback at Stanford University who still had a year of eligibility when he was signed by the Phillies.

Derek Campbell

Derek Campbell gets ready to fire to first.

Matt Imhof

Matt Imhof smiles after a successful throw to first.
 

Christian Marrero
 

Christian Merraro is ready to fly.

  

Drew Stankiewicz
 
  Drew Stankiewicz swings for the fence.

Alexis Rivero

Alexis Rivero tracks down the ball during PFPs.

Mitch Walding

Mitch Walding throws to second. 
 

Jeff Singer
 

Newcomer Jeff Singer played last season for the Camden Riversharks. He looked sharp today.

Baseball Ross and I will be back at it tomorrow, another day in paradise.

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Scenes From Phillies Minor League Camp

One of the most difficult things about Spring Training is trying to see it all, especially in minor league camp. At times you will have drills going on on four different fields, pitchers throwing in 3 different bullpens, and hitting in the batting cages. (And that’s the stuff you can actually see, there’s also indoor weight rooms, batting cages and pitching areas.)

When you’re trying to get an idea of how everyone is doing, that leads to a lot of movement around the complex and sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can’t see everyone in one day.

So I put together a series pictures to show what a typical day in the life of spring training is like.

 

Carlos Tocci
 
One of the biggest surprises has been Carlos Tocci. Tocci broke his hamate bone in winter ball but you would have never known it in BP. He was hitting with some power. It was great to see.

 

Art Charles
 
Art Charles takes a few swings.

 

Andrew Pullin
 
Andrew Pullin practiced bunting.

 

William Cuicas

William Cuicas grabbed a grounder.

 

Alexis Rivero
Reliever Alexis Rivero smiles after a successful turn on the mound.

 

Venn Biter

Venn Biter laid down a nice bunt. (Ball on left-edge of picture.)

 

Ranfi Casimiro
Ranfi Casimiro pantomimes a toss in a drill.

 

Cornelius Randolph

Cornelius Randolph takes a jog around the bases.

 

Cord Sandberg
 
  Cord Sandberg takes a turn at the plate.

Elniery Garcia
Finally, Elniery Garcia smiles as he tracks down a ball during a fielding drill.

Until the minor league games start, this is a snapshot of what camp is like. For the fan it means a lot of walking in circles, but there is no where else I’d rather be.

2016 Minor League Work Group List Released

 The minor league workgroup was released and here it is, hot off the presses: 

If you have questions about the list, I’ve answered the most common ones HERE.