Phillies begin first round of Spring Training cuts

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The Phillies announced on social media Monday afternoon that three players have been either optioned to Lehigh Valley or sent to minor league camp.

Right-handed pitcher Drew Anderson, the organization’s 25th rated prospect by MLB Pipeline, has been optioned to Lehigh Valley. Right-handed relief pitcher J.D. Hammer, 29th rated prospect, and catcher Edgar Cabral were assigned to minor league camp.

Anderson was a September call-up last season who appeared in two shaky relief appearances, allowing seven runs in two and a-third innings. Having only pitched one game in Lehigh Valley before his major league call-up, Anderson will likely spend the majority of this season with the IronPigs. Starting 21 games for the Reading Fightin’ Phils Anderson won nine games with an ERA of 3.59.

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Hammer and his Rick Vaughn glasses arrived last season from the Colorado Rockies in the Pat Neshek trade. Projected to be a late-inning reliever Hammer pitched in 12 games with Clearwater with an outstanding 0.57 ERA. Expect the 23-year-old to start the season in either Clearwater or Reading as either the setup man or closer.

An 11th-round pick in 2015, Cabral played in both Williamsport and Lakewood last year hitting .260 with 22 extra-base hits in 91 games. He’s unranked on the organization’s top prospects list, and will likely start the year in Clearwater where he hit .310 in 24 games.

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Expect more designations to come out of camp in the coming days as the organization widdles a 60-man camp down to the 25-man opening day roster.