Pitchers and catchers have finally reported to Clearwater. Over the next few days, 66 players will convene at the Phillies spring training complex and six weeks from now that group will be whittled down to a finalized Opening Day 25-man roster. The handful of recognizable players has diminished as, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, only 18 of those 66 players were in Phillies Spring training camp a year ago.
For Phillies fans, much of the next six weeks will be spent getting used to the new players. (I mean, what does Tyler Goeddel even look like?) Spring Training will also provide an opportunity to watch top prospects like J.P. Crawford, Nick Williams, Jake Thompson, and Mark Appel. But few, if any, prospects are likely to head north with the big squad. So, what will the 2016 Phillies look like on April 4th when they open the season in Cincinnati?
Here’s my best guess as of right now: