The front office at the Carpenter Complex made the 2016 Extended Spring Training Roster available.
Note: this list may change dramatically once the new players from the June Draft arrive and some of the young Dominican and Venezuelan players return to the Dominican to play in the Dominican Summer League.
It started out as a muggy afternoon and by the time the games were over, it was breezy and starting to sprinkle. I was kept busy by having the majority of my pitcher friends all pitching in the same game. There were two major leaguers, Carlos Ruiz and Charlie Morton on the other field. I was also lucky enough to meet two fans and the father of a player who loves the pictures of his son that Ross and I have posted. It’s things like that that make what we do so fun.
Here are the two major leaguers:
And the rest of the guys:
I was excited to get this shot, as Encarnacion hit a homer on this swing.
Now that my foot is healing, I am able to get to spring training almost every day. I feel like I am playing “catch-up” after missing so many days. There are so many players that I haven’t had a chance to see, let alone photograph.
The highlight of yesterday was being able to catch Carlos Alonso’s home run:
Ryan Howard was playing and it seemed like he was struggling at the plate, striking out all three times I saw him bat, though Baseball Ross thinks he saw him hit a double later.
It was a “camp day” in Phillies camp. Camp days can be either one of two types of days: drills in the morning/afternoon off or drills in the morning/intra-squad scrimmages in the afternoon. This was the latter.
With four Phillies teams playing, it’s hard to try to see who’s playing/not playing for the day, get to the right field at the right time to see which player you want to see and at the same time, look over who isn’t playing so you can try to say hello or meet those players. I got to see some good plays, see old friends and make a few new friends.
So I have a few pictures that I took to show the action.
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.
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 takes a few swings.
Andrew Pullin practiced bunting.
William Cuicas grabbed a grounder.
Reliever Alexis Rivero smiles after a successful turn on the mound.
Venn Biter laid down a nice bunt. (Ball on left-edge of picture.)
Ranfi Casimiro pantomimes a toss in a drill.
Cornelius Randolph takes a jog around the bases.
Cord Sandberg takes a turn at the plate.
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.