Who was cut today? Lefty Adam Morgan; righties J.C. Ramirez and Kyle Simon; infielder Michael Martinez; catcher Tommy Joseph; and 3B Cody Asche to Minor League camp. Optioned: lefty Joe Savery Released: OF Joe Mather
Also, the Phils informed right-handers Jonathan Pettibone & Ethan Martin and OF Zach Collier that they will be optioned Monday.
Most of these guys will not see time with the Phils until at LEAST late-August, except for Mini-Mart if injuries prevail.
A good chunk of the bullpen competition are still in camp... only Savery was cut. Three weeks left until the season, so plenty of time to decide the three bullpen spots along with the April catcher, second utility IF position, and four outfielders.
Speaking of outfielders, 1B-LF Darin "Babe" Ruf recently drove in three runs and scored another in the DH position - a good example of the usefulness the DH position can hold. Even with D. Young on the DL for the first two to four weeks of the season, Ruf's options, slow start to spring, his inexperience in LF, and the four others in camp will make him the first candidate to be sent to minor-league camp sometime late next week.
Howard continued his tear with his fourth HR this Spring in a 15-7 loss to the Rays. It is said that if your Spring SLG pctg. is 200 pts. higher than the career avg, then there's a 60% chance of SLG above career numbers in the reg. season. Let's hope that holds true.
Don't just focus on the results. Even though we're half-way through Spring Training, starting pitchers are still not up to throwing beyond four innings and are working on perfecting certain pitches. Hitters are also working on improving certain aspects of their swing. And this year, many players are participating in the WBC.