The equipment truck is on the road to Philadelphia, the Opening Day roster is all but set and the Philadelphia Phillies are just about ready to wrap up their Grapefruit League schedule and head north.
Those are some of the universal baseball signs that spring training is just about ready to come to a close and the regular season is just around the bend. Though I'm sure leaving the warm Florida sunshine won't be easy for some, playing games that actually count toward the ultimate goal should ease that pain all the same.
So as the Phillies prepare themselves to leave Clearwater, Fla. behind until February of 2013, it's time to grade their spring performance yet again. Each grade will be the result of a full analysis of each player's spring training.
Who answered their biggest question marks? Who performed the best, and who performed the worst? Who excelled in all areas of the game, and who excelled in just a few areas?
To grade each player, we'll use a simple system of five grades:
- A: Said player had a stellar spring.
- B: Said player had a very good spring, but not an incredible camp.
- C: Said player had an average camp. Could have been worse, but certainly could have been better.
- D: Said player had a below average spring and needs to make adjustments.
- F: Said player had a terrible spring and has become a major cause for concern.
*Note: All spring training statistics are through Saturday, March 31, 2012.
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