Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tomorrow starts up Spring for Phils


Pete Mackanin is ready to open up his first season ever as Phillies manager from Spring Training





No, it's not Spring yet around the Philadelphia area, that's in a month or so on March 20th, but it will sure feel a lot warmer once we see the reports from Phillies Spring Training down in Clearwater, Florida when pitchers and catchers officially report on Wednesday.

The Phillies will certainly have a ton of pitching down at camp this year. More pitching is going to be down there than starting spots available, and we may see a few surprises coming out of camp with regards to the starting rotation.

The Phillies have shaved nearly $100M off their payroll for this team, the payroll reached a high of $177M in 2014, it's down to $77M now, a shadow of what it used to be.

The Phils could have gone out and got a much needed offense producer in the outfield this year, but didn't. That was what was lacking in the team last year, a spark to generate more offense.

We'll have a whole lot of time to talk about that, but for now, I'm glad it's spring even if we're rushing the calendar a little around the Philadelphia area!


Phils non-roster invitees for Spring Training 2016:

66 Mark Appel R-R 6'5" 220 Jul 15, 1991
38 Andrew Bailey R-R 6'3" 235 May 31, 1984
61 Greg Burke R-R 6'4" 215 Sep 21, 1982
73 Zach Eflin R-R 6'4" 200 Apr 8, 1994
41 Ernesto Frieri R-R 6'2" 205 Jul 19, 1985
56 Frank Herrmann L-R 6'4" 220 May 30, 1984
65 Gregory Infante R-R 6'2" 215 Jul 10, 1987
Bobby LaFromboise L-L 6'4" 225 Jun 25, 1986
63 Chris Leroux L-R 6'6" 225 Apr 14, 1984
Yoervis Medina R-R 6'3" 245 Jul 27, 1988
44 Edward Mujica R-R 6'3" 220 May 10, 1984
67 Reinier Roibal R-R 6'3" 210 Jan 9, 1989
40 James Russell L-L 6'4" 205 Jan 8, 1986
75 Jake Thompson R-R 6'4" 235 Jan 31, 1994
# Catchers B/T Ht Wt DOB
19 J.P. Arencibia R-R 6'0" 205 Jan 5, 1986
80 Andrew Knapp S-R 6'1" 190 Nov 9, 1991
83 Gabriel Lino R-R 6'3" 200 May 17, 1993
84 Logan Moore L-R 6'3" 190 Aug 22, 1990
# Infielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
15 Emmanuel Burriss S-R 6'0" 190 Jan 17, 1985
77 J.P. Crawford L-R 6'2" 180 Jan 11, 1995
21 Ryan Jackson R-R 6'3" 180 May 10, 1988
78 Angelys Nina R-R 5'11" 165 Nov 16, 1988
78 Brock Stassi L-L 6'2" 190 Aug 7, 1989
# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
David Lough L-L 5'10" 175 Jan 20, 1986
79 Nick Williams L-L 6'3" 195 Sep 8, 1993

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