Phillies spring training studs and duds: Who’s shining, who’s not?
The Phillies are about halfway through spring training. How does the team look, and who on the roster has stood out so far?
Spring training is an odd time. Baseball’s back, but the games don’t count, a bunch of minor league players are getting a lion’s share of the playing time, and many of the games aren’t even broadcast. It can be really hard to follow a team during spring training, as even game recaps and highlights are scarce. With that in mind, we’re going to look at how the Phillies have been doing this spring.
As is the case with preseasons in every sport, spring training isn’t about wins and losses, but about getting back into the swing of things, figuring out how your team fits together, and for many players, trying to win a roster spot. The Phillies’ starting lineup seems pretty much set, but there are a few spots on the bench and in the bullpen yet to be won. With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at some of the players who have had an outstanding spring training, whether outstandingly good or outstandingly bad.
At the time of this writing (March 13), the Phillies are 15 days away from Opening Day, with 18 Spring Training games played and 14 left to go. Things can still change for any number of reasons, the main one being injuries. That is when some of the people who have been shining this spring can step up and find a spot on the major-league roster.