The phrist two weeks of spring training are in the books and I'm very impressed with the early play of our Phightin Phils. Yes I know its only spring training and yes I know it doesn't mean anything, but reality, it means one very important thing....HOPE.
Real hope in Philadelphia has been missing for many years now. We hoped Ryan Howard would recover, we hoped Dominic Brown would heat up like in May of 2013, hope that Cliff Lee would be healthy; hope that we could catch lightning in a bottle and squeeze out one more good season with the stars of that brought us so much joy and phun. But as we all know that didn't happen. We did happen is we finally saw the rebuild needed to bring on the next chapter of our proud franchise. The McPhail/Klentak era is off to a good start. Our new leadership has restored hope, all be it early. The pharm system has the most top 100 in MLB, and ranked 7th in baseball. Just a year ago, the Phightins were ranked 25th. Once again, the recurring theme of this article is one thing HOPE.
In the phrist two weeks we have seen the Phillies play very well. They have the second best record in the Grapefruit league, just .5 behind the Bluejays.
Maikel Franco is picking up right where he left off. In 26 at bats, he has 9 hits, 4 home runs, 10 rbis and slugging percentage of .808.
Darin Ruf is also off to a great start. He is making his case to take over the every day phrist base job of Ryan Howard. So far this spring Ruf has 8 hits, 3 homers, 10 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .741 in 27 at bats.
Caser Hernandez is bouncing back nicely from injury with a .345 batting average in 29 at bats with 3 stolen bases.
The excitement doesn't end with these three. Cameron Rupp is clearly on track to have to torch passed to him by Chooch as our new everyday catcher. Rupp is showing some power with 2 home runs out of his 6 hits and 14 at bats for a slugging percentage of 1.000. Peter Bourjos is have batting over ,400 with 3 doubles and 9 hits to make his case to be one of the starting outfielders.
Again, its only spring training, but its exciting and its filled with hope. Hope is what should drive the Phans to the ballpark this season, hope is what should make us believe that great days at the ballpark will be here sooner than later. The young team is out to prove something and they have one thing in common with us...