Phillies: Five position players to watch in spring training

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Odubel Herrera #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with Maikel Franco #7 after his home run against Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets in the first inning during their game at Citi Field on April 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Odubel Herrera #37 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with Maikel Franco #7 after his home run against Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets in the first inning during their game at Citi Field on April 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – JULY 31: Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies returns to the dugout after scoring in the fourth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

With Phillies spring training officially underway, let’s take a look at five position players worth keeping an eye on in Clearwater.

As the Phillies’ position players make their way to Clearwater, Florida, there are some notably obvious absences that most fans had expected to see. “Where’s Bryce? Where’s Manny? Why haven’t we signed them yet?”

While I’m sure Matt Klentak is not finished by any stretch in the free agent market, there’s no point of getting all worked up and excited over guys who have given no indication of where they intend to sign. Sorry, but until the day that pen meets paper, the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed, I’m not getting excited over the prospect of what could be.

However, with the new acquisitions Klentak has brought in, returning starters who have something to prove, and the next generation of Phillies chomping at the bit, there are plenty of players to keep an eye on this spring in Clearwater. The official start to the regular season may still be several weeks away, and the air is still frosty in the Philadelphia area, but baseball is BACK!

A lot of pieces need to fall into place if the Phillies hope to take charge in the NL East, including some pivot players stepping their game up after last year’s disappointing finish.

Honorable Mentions: Adam Haseley (potential #1 prospect), Andrew Romine (where will he play?), Arquimedes Gamboa (youngest at Clearwater), Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura (how the new guys will mesh).

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