The Phillies made it clear after last season that Didi Gregorius has a loose grip on his job as their starting shortstop. Top prospect Bryson Stott is the heir apparent and isn’t going quietly. On the spring, Stott is now hitting .400 (4-for-10) after putting up impressive minor league numbers last season. It wouldn’t hurt Stott to have a little more seasoning, but after another good game Friday in the Phillies 6-5 win over the Yankees, the 24-year old might make the decision a difficult one.
OFFENSE – Stott was on base three times in the Phillies win with two hits and a walk. Stott was on third when Matt Vierling doubled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first to drive in three runs. Ethan Wilson and Edgar Cabral picked up RBI singles in the seventh and Ronald Torreyes drove in another run with a groundball to third in the inning. Alec Bohm, who has a tenuous grip on the third base job, went 1-for-2 with a run scored and is hitting .154 this spring. In case you’re wondering if Stott could move to third base, he played seven games there in the minors and would need more time to work on his defensive game, but it is not out of the question. Gregorius could also potentially move over from short. The Phillies stranded seven runners on base in the game and were 3-for-13 (.231) with runners in scoring position.
HR – none, 3B – none, 2B – Vierling 1 (2), Bohm 1 (1)
PITCHING – Have you noticed the new “rollover inning” rule? It is in effect only for spring training and allows a starting pitcher who gets into a long first inning to be pulled from the game and return to pitch the following inning. The Phillies invoked the rule Friday with Kyle Gibson who had a climbing pitch count in the first, but ultimately did not allow any runs. He returned for the second and gave up two runs in the inning on a home run by Kyle Higashioka. Jeurys Familia and Brad Hand each allowed a run in their inning of work and the big news was Seranthony Dominguez who came in throwing heat and struck out two batters in his inning on the mound. Dominguez now has two shutout innings without allowing a baserunner and striking out five of the six batters he has faced.
WP – Dominguez (1-0), LP – Weber (0-1), SV – Bellatti (1)
PHILLIES NOTES – Keep the name James McArthur in mind. The Phillies optioned the 25-year old right-hander to minor league camp Friday, but he made an impression in his short time in camp. McArthur pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed one run this spring and might be ready to pitch in Philadelphia at some point this season, most likely as a starter… Scott Kingery was able to throw past 150 feet in minor league camp on Friday as he looks to return from offseason shoulder surgery. He will likely start playing in minor league games soon as a designated hitter and then play primarily at second base on his pursuit of returning to the majors.