Which stock is up and which is down in Phillies spring training?


As we documented last week, there are a ton of roster spots up for grabs in spring training right now as the Phillies try to perfect their roster to 28 draft (and later 26) when the Camp breaks and the games that matter start in South Philly.

If you weren’t able to log in to spring training during this extremely busy sporting time, you’d be forgiven. March Madness, the NFL offseason, the star-studded Sixers and a ton of other relevant things happened day after day, putting the Phillies and their meaningless spring games on the back burner.

So who’s been turning heads so far in Clearwater? We’re not going to waste time with players like Bryce Harper or Aaron Nola, who will start on Opening Day no matter what. Instead, our stock up/down report below will focus on fringe players who could make a surprise jump to the big leagues for the April 8 season opener.

Note that there are a lot more guys playing well in the spring than struggling, which makes it even harder for Joe Girardi and his team to decide who to take with them:

The stock is on the rise 📈

Matt Vierling, FC

Right now, it looks like Vierling has an inside track at the tee on center field — or at worst a platoon with a left-handed hitter to open the year. The 25-year-old leads all hitters so far this spring at bats and in RBI, so he clearly has plenty of opportunities and is taking advantage of many of them. He’s hitting .294 so far.

Mickey Moniak, FC

With Odubel Herrera out injured to start the season, Moniak and Adam Haseley appear to be battling to be that left-footed centre-back who could form a squad with Vierling. Moniak only hits .235 but he’s finally displaying the power that earned him the No. 1 draft overall. He’s hit three homers in his last two games and with the roster as it currently stands, power seems like a very valuable commodity.

Didi Gregorius, SS

Any worries that Gregorius would sit on the roster as a $15 million bench piece is, for now, on the back burner. The veteran started the spring with a red bat. He’s hitting .313 with a pair of homers and looks like he’ll be the first-day shortstop after a 2021 drop threatened his future with the team.

Bryson Stott, SS

So what does this mean for Stott, the Phillies’ top prospect heading into the year? Well, it looks like he’s either sent to Triple-A to start the year, or he could topple the struggling Alec Bohm (more on that later) at third base. Stott is getting reps in the hot corner and you never know — he could find himself a new position and job with the big league club if his hot shot (.417 in six games) continues.

Johan Camargo, 3B

Camargo is another guy in the running for that third base job and he could end up starting there on Opening Day if his consistent hitting (.333 in seven games) continues. He seems like a lock on being an MLB utility man at worst.

Nick Nelson, PI

There hasn’t been a more impressive reliever this spring than Nelson, who has eight strikeouts, no walks and a 1.80 ERA in five innings. With a little wiggle room in the bullpen available for a jumping arm this spring, a few more solid outings could land the former Yankee a job on April 8.

Bailey Falter, PR

Falter is a former local starter who could be the Phillies’ pick as a long reliever at the end of spring training. He’s thrown well so far, posting a 2.25 ERA in his first four innings.

Christopher Sanchez, PR

Speaking of hometown, Sanchez is another Phillies-developed farmhand who is impressing right now. He pitched three scoreless innings with just one hit and walked to his ledger.

The stock is down 📉

Adam Haseley, FC

The former first-rounder continues to struggle, and he’ll need a push in the second half of spring training to earn that final outfield spot. He’s just 2 for 16 at the start.

Alec Bohm, 3B

Bohm has one of the Phillies’ only mistakes on the field so far this spring, but that could be overlooked if he hits well – which he isn’t. Bohm is hitting just .125 in six games and has been shuffled between third, first and DH. His fate is unknown and there may not be a player for whom the rest of spring training is more important.

Michael Kelly, PR

Kelly, a Red Sox alum who hopes to take on a bullpen role, allowed four runs and seven hits in five frames. He will need a quick turnaround to avoid missing the cut.

Cam Bedrosian, PR

Bedrosian also allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings, and his destiny seems to be one to return to the minors.

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