A FAN’S VIEW
By Steve Potter
Most all of the young players invited to the Phillies 2022 Fall Instructs Camp at Carpenter Complex that begins today have arrived.
The camp will run until October 17, including a few games against other organizations in the Tampa Bay area. Focus will be learning to play the Phillies way plus conditioning that will be carried throughout the offseason.
The roster has not yet been released however it’s highly probable that it will consist of all 32 signees from the 2022 draft and un-drafted signees. In addition, one would expect a handful of the younger players who played in the Florida Complex League this summer and some players from the Dominican Summer League.
With Reading and Lehigh Valley still playing the coaching group will consist of the coordinators and some members of the Jersey Shore and Clearwater staffs alongside a few coaches and support personnel who will come up from the Dominican Academy. I believe that Blue Claws Manager Keith Werman will be running this year’s camp.
Traditionally the camp also includes players recovering from injuries. During the summer multiple players returned to game action at various levels after their rehab efforts were completed at the Complex.
We anticipate seeing Spencer Van Scoyoc, Tyler Phillips and Eduar Segovia on the mound during Fall Instructs as they continue their progression from Tommy John surgeries. Other pitchers who continue their rehab work include Tommy McCollum, Jhordany Mezquita, Blake Brown, Chase Antle, Micah Ottenbreit, Andrew Brown, Buddy Hayward and Christian McGowan.
Outfielders Gavin Tonkel and Jefferson Encarnacion hopefully will be able to participate in on field practices as they continue their efforts to return from prior injuries. Infielder Alexeis Azuaje continues to work back from a hand/wrist injury and Daniel Brito will continue his inspiring comeback efforts.
Intend to cover Fall Instructs as we have the past seven years, observing practice and watching games, provided we are permitted.
If there are stories of interest, I will write them as best I can.
(Steve Potter is an avid baseball fan who retired in Clearwater, FL. He follows the players in the Phillies minor league system every year, much being first-hand observations at the Complex and Bay Care Ballpark. Stories appear on his website, www.phillieesbaseballfan.com. For six straight years he’s also published the Phillies Minor League Digest).