First Spring Cuts Hit Three Players

The opening of minor league camp means the Phillies and other major league teams will start funneling players who aren’t in a battle for a spot on the 25-man roster out of big league camp. The Phillies made the first of those moves today, sending three players – pitchers Drew Anderson and J.D. Hammer and catcher Edgar Cabral – to minor league camp.

Anderson is on the 40-man roster and was optioned to Lehigh Valley, leaving him with one remaining option. The right-hander turns 24 later this month and made his major league debut during the 2017 season. It’s possible that he could factor into the big league rotation later in the season, but will likely spend much of the season pitching at Triple-A.

Neither Hammer nor Cabral are on the 40-man roster, so both were simply reassigned to minor league camp. The 23-year old right-hander was acquired from the Rockies last July as part of a package of players for reliever Pat Neshek. Over the winter, Neshek then re-signed with the Phillies. Hammer pitched in the Arizona Fall League and posted a 0.66 ERA in 10 relief appearances with a WHIP of just 0.80 in those outings. Last season, he pitched in A-ball and High-A for the Rockies and pitched at High-A Clearwater following the trade. Since being drafted by the Rockies in the 24th round of the 2016 Draft, Hammer has gone 6-4 with a 2.75 ERA in 75 games, all of which have been relief appearances.

The 22-year old Cabral played for both Lakewood and Clearwater last season with a combined slash line of 4-26-.260/.332/.357 between the two stops. The Phillies drafted Cabral in the 11th round of the 2015 Draft.

The moves leave the Phillies with 60 players in camp.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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