Phillies lineup for spring home opener loads up regulars, with top prospect to pitch

Manager Rob Thomson has a handful of regulars in the team's spring training home opener lineup against the Yankees on Sunday and has top pitching prospect Mick Abel lined up to pitch.

Trea Turner and Bryson Stott will make their spring training debuts for the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday
Trea Turner and Bryson Stott will make their spring training debuts for the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages
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The Philadelphia Phillies will make their home debut at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater, Florida, this afternoon when they take on the New York Yankees, with a number of notable players making their spring training debuts.

The Phillies and Yankees will be televised locally on NBC Sports Philadelphia, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET. Manager Rob Thomson has released his lineup for today's game, and several Phillies likely to crack the 26-man roster will be on the field today.

Regulars Trea Turner, Bryson Stott, Nick Castellanos, and Kyle Schwarber will all make their spring training debuts today, with Aaron Nola getting the start for the Phillies.

Phillies starting lineup for spring home opener vs New York Yankees (Feb. 25, 2024)

Player

Pos

Trea Turner (R)

SS

Bryson Stott (L)

2B

Nick Castellanos (R)

RF

Kyle Schwarber (L)

DH

Weston Wilson (R)

3B

Darick Hall (L)

1B

Cristian Pache (R)

CF

Jake Cave (L)

LF

Garrett Stubbs (L)

C

Aaron Nola

RHP

As mentioned above, the Phillies will roll out a line-up that features some notable regulars, but the competition for the last remaining outfield spot will be on display today as Jake Cave and Cristian Pache will both get starts in the outfield. Garrett Stubbs will handle duties behind the plate with Aaron Nola on the hill. Yesterday's hero, Weston Wilson, will draw the start at third base, with Darick Hall getting a start at first base.

Phillies' top (healthy) pitching prospect Mick Abel to make spring debut

The Phillies will have a number of bullpen arms seeing the mound today, but the most notable pitcher slated to get some work in is top pitching prospect Mick Abel. The team's No. 2 prospect, behind the injured Andrew Painter, will try to make a case for a rotation spot — although it's more like an audition for an appearance in the majors later in the season. The 22-year-old will likely pitch two innings today in relief of Nola.

Thomson also plans to run out bullpen regulars José Alvarado, Jeff Hoffman, Seranthony Domínguez, and Gregory Soto, per The Athletic's Matt Gelb.

The Yankees will counter with Marcus Stroman on the mound to begin today's action.

The Bronx Bombers lived up to their moniker with a 22-10 shellacking of the Detroit Tigers in their spring training opener yesterday. Nola and the Phillies will try to contain the big bats today, although another high-scoring game isn't out of the question after the Phillies won a high-scoring affair of their own, 14-13, against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

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