With Opening Day less than a month away and a full week of spring training games in the books, the Philadelphia Phillies’ roster is taking shape.
Few spots are actually up for grabs on the Opening Day roster, but players are still able to position themselves for early season call-ups.
As for the players already projected to make the Opening Day roster, they must now prove that they are progressing towards being ready for Game No. 1, or risk losing their grip on a roster spot as spring training progresses.
So far players such as Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown are giving fans a glimpse as to what the middle of the Phillies’ lineup may look like this season.
At the same time, players such as Jonathan Papelbon and Jeremy Horst are serving as reminders that spring training is still used for working out the kinks.
Plenty of time still exists, but each poor performance from one player allows another to improve his stock.
This list features players that had high chances of making the major league roster prior to the start of spring training.
Spring training statistics may not matter once the regular season begins, but they give an indication as to how players are progressing towards Opening Day.
Here is the Phillies’ stock watch for players that are either on fire or slumping.