Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Spring Training Game 28 - Phils Head North to Begin '21 Season

2019 Choice Williamsport
Crosscutters #27
Blue Jays 13
, Phillies 7
Spring Training Game 28 - Monday Afternoon, March 29th in Clearwater
Record - 12-15-1

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies bullpen decided to pay tribute one last time to the 2020 team in this 13-7 drubbing by the Blue Jays in the final exhibition game of 2021

What It Means:  It wasn't pretty, but at least this spring training came to its natural conclusion instead of the sudden jolt of a stop we experienced last year.

What Happened:  Zach Eflin went five strong innings, allowing one earned run while scattering 8 hits.  The bullpen trio of Hector Neris, Jose Alvarado and Tyler Carr combined to allow 11 runs on 9 hits over 1 2/3 innings of work.  After starting the spring strong, Alvarado has looked Brandon Workman-like in his final few spring games.  The Phillies offense banged out 12 hits, led by solo home runs from Bryce Harper (his 4th) and Bryson Stott (his 1st).  Adam Haseley had two hits and a stolen base on the way to earning a spot on the opening day roster.

2021 Chachi Almost #5
Featured Card:  Stott, the team's top draft pick in 2019, looked good this spring and I'm looking forward to seeing him soon at Citizens Bank Park.  This is the first card of his I added to my collection, from the 2019 Williamsport Crosscutters team set.

Camp Head Count:  47 - 20 - 1 = 26.  None of the 20 mini-camp invitees made the club, including Odubel Herrera, so I'll subtract those 20 players from the tally.  C.J. Chatham (inf) was released to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, and non-roster invitees Matt Joyce (of) and Brandon Kintzler (rhp) had their contracts selected.  At this point, the only thing left to do is to clear another 40-man roster spot for Ronald Torreyes (inf) who also made the team.  That leaves Neftali Feliz (rhp) as the last remaining non-roster invitee and hopefully he accepts an assignment to the minor league camp.

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