Pitchers and catchers report in less than two weeks. Who should Phillies fans watch in the spring? Five noteworthy names will have lots of eyes on them.
It’s February 1st, and that means it’s spring training month, with Phillies pitchers and catchers set to report on February 13th. Plenty of players are already there, getting ready for what will surely be an intriguing season
Today’s article will not feature Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. Rather, it will focus on four fringe-roster pitchers on which to keep an eye over the next month and a half before the rosters really cut down towards the end of March.
There have been many acquisitions involving pitchers this winter, and the Phillies brass may not be done (see Kimbrel, Craig). However, there will be many new names this time around, including David Robertson, Jose Alvarez (traded for Luis Garcia), James Pazos, and Juan Nicasio (part of Jean Segura trade). Notable departures include Garcia and Luis Avilan.
That’s a pretty solid improvement, which means that some pitchers from a good-but-not-great bullpen will have to compete for roster spots. Plus, if Dallas Keuchel does not land here in free agency, another starter may be considered.
That doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for dark-horse candidates, especially if the Phillies turn to the likes of Craig Kimbrel. Assuming everything holds suit, here are five pitchers that fans should watch during spring training with a shot to make the roster.