The Phillies are just 5 games into their Grape Fruit league schedule but there are some players gaining some attention. Some are for the their great play and others are for their disappointing performances. Its impossible to tell if a hot spring will mean a hot regular season but it can't be a bad thing. Here's a look at both the good and the bad of the first 5 games.
Dom Brown: .444/1.222/1.803 (BA, SLG, OPS) 2 HR, 3RBI
The Phillies former top prospect entered entered camp as the favorite to be the Opening Day Starter in RF and the 25 year old hasn't disappointed There are rumors that his homerun on Tuesday still hasn't landed yet. Brown was a top prospect for a reason and his "tools" could come in handy for an aging team.
Ryan Howard: .500/.667/1.20 3 RBI
Honestly, the stats don't' really matter for a veteran player like Howard. But its the way he looks so far this spring that gets me excited. He is moving A LOT better than he did last season as he seems to be 100% over the Achilles injury. And he has looked great so far against left handed pitchers as he seems to be seeing the pitches better.
Roy Halladay: 2.o IP 4.5o ERA 2 SO
Looking at just the numbers, it doesn't look that impressive. But his spring debut was met with high praise from a former all star. Tori Hunter's main word when describing Doc's stuff was "filthy." What version of Doc the Phillies get could play a huge part in their sucess in 2013, if its the filthy one, I love our chances.
Ben Revere: .300 2 SB 1R
"Rev Run" has lived up to his nickname early in spring. In his first spring AB he legged out an infield single. Revere knowns his best card is using his speed to get on base.
Cody Asche and Tommy Joseph:
Asche is only batting .167 but his play at the hot corner Tuesday is the best sign. He made a few very nice plays and looked very comfortable at 3rd. While Asche impressed with his glove on Tuesday, Joseph's big bat gave him the headline. The Phillies top catching prospect clubed the go ahead and eventual game winning homerun in the 7th inning. His raw power makes him an intriguing prospect.
Darin Ruf: .000/.000/.111
Ruf's lone bright spot so far this spring was slow breaking pitch that hit him. Other than that its been strikeouts, GIDP and poor defense. He is said to be dealing with a sore shoulder but it is believed to be very minor. Its still very early in the spring and I'm rooting for Babe Ruf.
Jonathan Papelbon: His first batter of the spring looked at strike 3 and Pap's spring was off to a good start. But that strike 3 was called a ball by the ump and that batter went on to get on base with a walk. 2 home-run's (Cabrera was hit so hard it should count for more than just 1) and 6 runs later. Paps spring debut was over, but results are not nearly as important for a veteren pitcher early in spring. Its there time to "work" on things. But his debut was definitly Stinko Ocho.
Young Relievers: Papelbon isn't the only reliever to get off to a bad start, but unlike Pap they are not guaranteed a trip north. Michael Stutes (18.00 ERA), BJ Rosenberg (15.00 ERA), Kyle Simon (13.50 ERA) and Justin De Fratus (15.00 ERA). Simon is not in camp for the expereince but the other 3 were fighting for roster spots. Its still young, but it definatly puts them behidn the 8 ball as the Phillies are packed with options out of the pay.
Its impossible to know whether a great spring will translate into a great regular season. Last spring, 5 players tied for the lead in hits. They were Ruiz, Galvis, Pence, Pierre and Victorino. Two (Ruiz and Pierre) and 2 prodcuced below their career averages. Its just 5 games in and the numbers may not mean anything, but it just may be a sign of things to come.