Phillies: Intriguing Potential Players in 2017 Spring Training

Sep 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; From left to right Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and top prospects pitcher Ben Lively and outfielder Dylan Cozens and first baseman Rhys Hoskins prior to a game against the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; From left to right Philadelphia Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and top prospects pitcher Ben Lively and outfielder Dylan Cozens and first baseman Rhys Hoskins prior to a game against the Chicago White Sox at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Roundtable question for the That Ball’s Outta Here staff: Name one Phillies player you are most excited to see in Spring Training

Mike Azzalina: Dylan Cozens

Think of the home runs Dylan Cozens could hit in Bright House Field against those bad pitchers in Spring Training. Cozens hit 40 home runs for Reading this year, which could be thanks to the ballpark. Time will tell if Cozens is the next Ryan Howard or Darin Ruf.

John Town: Roman Quinn, because I want him to seize a starting job.

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He could play any position in the outfield, but center field could work best if Herrera plays in left. I would love to see Quinn start the year in Philadelphia, which is entirely possible depending on what he does in Spring Training.

Gary Brinson: I was gonna say Aaron Nola, but that’s more for finding comfort than excitement.

Nola could be facing Tommy John surgery, but the Phillies are doing their best to avoid that surgery. Most likely he won’t need the surgery, but it will be something to keep an eye on.

Personally I want to see if Nick Williams has improved his approach at the plate. If he can cut down on his strikeouts and increase his walks, I’ll feel much better about him as a prospect.

J.P. Crawford will also have my eye, as he struggled once reaching Lehigh Valley. Crawford always struggles the first time he moves up the organization. I have no major worries with him, but I need to see him stay with the team late into Spring Training.

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