As the Grapefruit League springs into action, this week’s edition of Phillies ICYMI Monday gets started as well with Saturday’s weird B2B HRs for the Phillies. The weirdness came on the front end when Maikel Franco hit what looked like a routine double in the gap that was turned into an “only in spring training” Inside the Park HR. I am not sure up north that would not have been called a 2B with a 2 base E as it did go off the fielder’s glove. In New York Yankees center fielder Dustin Fowler‘s defense, he is an infielder getting some practice out there.
“Hey,” Franco said, “how about my speed?” cracking up the guys in the clubhouse after the game. Franco rounded the bases in a zippy 19.7 seconds. He had already hit a more conventional one earlier.
“The first one, I hit it really well,” Franco said. “A slider right there in the middle. I put good contact on it. The second one, I had to run too much.”
Rhys Hoskins then gave us all a glimpse of the future w/ a blast deep into the Berm in CF.
Phillies Non-Roster Invitees: Pitchers Udate:
On Wednesday the Phillies announced that Non-Roster RHP Victor Arano has a UCL sprain of his right elbow. He received a PRP injection and needs four plus weeks of rest so his MLB camp is over. This is the first injury to speak of so far, for the team.
Holaday, 29, was signed to a MiLB contract after being non-tendered by the Boston Red Sox. Bryan has a .628 OPS as well as a .988 fielding percentage in 151 MLB games as a catcher for the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers and Boston. He batted .231 in 44 combined games with those last two teams in 2016. He has also caught newly acquired LHP Clay Buchholz a few times.
Prediction: While he has the best chance of the three mentioned here because of his MLB experience, he is probably the odd man out of the back-up catcher job behind Andrew Knapp. It basically comes down to whether they want a veteran or an up and coming player as back up. VP & GM Matt Klentak said back in the winter meetings: “I think the prudent course here is not necessarily make that decision in December. Let’s allow our young kids to compete for that second catcher job. Let’s bring in a proven veteran or two to compete on a non-roster-invitee basis, and we’ll see how it all plays out in March.”
Moore, 26, from Scranton, Pa., was a ninth-round picked in the 2011 draft by the Phillies. He has yet to have an MLB AB playing 52 games last season split between AA Reading Fightins and AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Known more as for his defeese rather than his offense, .222 BA, .292 OBP, .317 SLG (18 HR, 4 3B, 61 2B in just under 1,300 AB) he has a career .988 fielding percentage in 390 minor league games at catcher.
Prediction: He certainly could use another season probably starting in AA especially with Phillies #72 prospect (#3 Catcher) Jorge Alfaro needing starts in AAA.
The Phillies saw enough of Numata,24, to resign him as a MiLB FA this off season. He had a career season last year at A Clearwater Threshers, hitting .308, .377 OBP, and .770 OPS, but the Phils see MLB potential in his defense, .986 Fielding % in 300 Milb games behind the plate. He was the Phillies 14th round pick in the 2010 draft.
Most likely he will stay right where he is to play for Clearwater, but certainly has the potential to move up during the season.
We move to half of the crowded infield next week, and will throw in a few hilites from the week of play as they warrant.
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