Gabe Kapler has made a point this spring to praise Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco for making changes to his swing. But those have been slow to show up in the box score, and it is noteworthy that Scott Kingery started at third base for the first time this spring in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Twins at Hammond Stadium.
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Last spring, Jesmuel Valentin had been one of three candidates for two spots on the Phillies' bench. But he lost that battle to Brock Stassi and Daniel Nava. Valentin could win out this year.
Ronald Acuna, the Braves' top prospect, extended his Spring Training hitting streak to four games and upped his average to .432 as he went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in the Braves 6-3 win over the Astros on Sunday.
The action was simulated, but the importance for Jake Arrieta to do well on Saturday was real. Wearing his new, bright red Phillies uniform, Arrieta threw two innings and approximately 30 pitches in a simulated game as he prepares for the regular season. The right-hander signed a three-year, $75 million deal on Monday.
Couple gets engaged at St. Paddy's game
A spot in the Philadelphia rotation opened up when Jerad Eickhoff went down for 6-8 weeks due to a strained lat. Right-hander Zach Eflin looks like the leader to slide right in. Specifically, by using his slider.
From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the Phillies' depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.
Who do the Phillies have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Philly's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Phillies almost forget to send out a left fielder
The Phillies' starting rotation remained very much in flux Friday with the announcement that right-hander Jerad Eickhoff, expected to be the team's No. 3 starter, will be out six to eight weeks with a strained lat muscle. He will begin the season on the disabled list.
Former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, who will be inducted into the organization's Wall of Fame this summer, said Friday that the team should be much improved under first-year manager Gabe Kapler, but probably not realistically ready to compete for a National League postseason spot until 2019.
Phillies prospects J.P. Crawford and Roman Quinn were among top performers in Spring Training on Friday.
Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the upcoming season. Some compete for jobs in big league camp, while others vie for spots on Minor League affiliates. MLB Pipeline will visit all 30 camps this spring, and today we check in on the Phillies.
Young Phils fan makes smooth catch off bounce
As part of MLB Pipeline's visit to all 30 Spring Training facilities, we're sitting down with prospects and getting to know them a little better. At Phillies camp, it was Philadelphia's No. 9 prospect, JoJo Romero.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler made a point early in camp to say Grapefruit League roster battles are far from his mind.
Scott Kingery has heard the comparison before. He still smiled when a reporter mentioned it to him Wednesday afternoon.
Newly-signed Phillies ace Jake Arrieta threw his first bullpen session in a Philadelphia uniform Wednesday, and told reporters that he hopes to make his team debut in a Minor League game on Saturday.
Phillies prospects Scott Kingery and Jorge Alfaro led top performers in Spring Training on Wednesday.
Jake Arrieta answered questions about a surprisingly long, and sometimes frustrating free-agent process Tuesday morning at Spectrum Field. He discussed his former team's journey from bottom feeder to curse breaker. He explained the drop in his fastball velocity, and why he thinks he can help the Phillies return to the postseason.
If you can believe it, Opening Day is only two weeks away, and we're previewing each division every Wednesday. Today: The National League East.
John Middleton and Scott Boras chatted and signed autographs as they strolled up and down the left-field line Tuesday morning at Spectrum Field. They could be talking more in the future.
The Phillies signed two free agents to two of the most lucrative contracts in baseball over the past three months. They signed Jake Arrieta to a three-year, $75 million contract on Monday, and Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract in December. Based on the average annual value of those contracts, Arrieta's is the largest deal of the offseason, and Santana's is the fifth-largest.
Phillies right-hander Tom Eshelman was among top prospect performers on Tuesday.
The Phillies and Jake Arrieta have agreed in principle to a multiyear contract, a source told MLB.com on Sunday.
Jake Arrieta is expected to put on a Phillies uniform for the first time Tuesday morning at Spectrum Field, but even before he finished his physical Monday in Philadelphia, he had impacted the team that agreed to sign him to a three-year, $75 million contract.
Tommy Joseph unseated Ryan Howard as the Phillies' everyday first baseman in 2016.
Jake Arrieta's arrival makes the National League East more interesting and more competitive. Even better, the division was already trending rapidly in that direction.
Phillies first baseman Carlos Santana said Gabe Kapler had a smile on his face Sunday when he told him that Jake Arrieta agreed to a contract with the Phillies.
Arrieta has strong history at Citizens Bank Park
The Phillies reportedly agreed to a three-year, $75 million deal with Jake Arrieta on Sunday, landing the biggest free agent left on the market. As the 32-year-old right-hander heads to Philadelphia, MLB.com takes a look at the pitcher the Phillies are getting.
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Gabe Kapler's "Be Bold" mantra has appeared in more than just his first talk before his team's first workout last month.
Nobody loved to hit the pitcher eighth in a lineup more than Tony La Russa. Joe Maddon continued that love affair the past three seasons, hitting the pitcher eighth 204 times.