Phillies Positional Preview – Corner Infielders (Carlos Santana Edition)

Gabe Kapler, looking for a little show of leadership in the Phils clubhouse, asked newcomer Carlos Santana to talk with the squad about the potential he sees at the corner infield spots for the year. The following is a transcript of his remarks.

I want to thank Gabe for asking me to do this today. I’ve played with some fine infielders in my day, and on paper, I see that level of ability here. We all just need to Make It Real. Continue reading…

The Phillies Are Suspiciously Watchable Right Now

For what it’s worth, which may not be a whole lot, the Phillies are having a damn good spring.

After topping the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday afternoon by a score of 5-2, the Phillies secured an 11-4-2 record. Their winning percentage of .733 is good for third place in the Grapefruit League as of this moment.

Naturally, that rank means about as much as the Jumbo Screen bobblehead races at Citizen’s Bank Park. The correlation between a team’s performance in March and its output in April is tenuous at best.

But the current level of play is not entirely without merit. Whatever time of year it is, these guys are mashing the ball right now.

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