So, I rolled into Bradenton about 10 a.m., fresh off a night in which I somehow managed to drop they keys to my hotel room down an elevator shaft.
Anyway, Brett Myers pitched three innings this morning in a B-Game at the Pirates' spring training complex. He gave up one run on five hits and struck out three. Afterward, he didn't seem to put too much stock in the performance.
More on that later. . .
Some quick notes from yesterday:
1) Pedro Feliz: The new third baseman is off to a hot start. "He's swinging the bat well," manager Charlie Manuel said after Feliz went 2-for-3 with a double to improve his spring average to a cool .800. But as my colleague Paul Hagen cautioned yesterday, "It's only spring training." And it's only two games in.
2) Kendrick: Talked to Kyle Kendrick yesterday after hit pitching performance. If you need any indication of how far ahead of the curve he is as a 23-year-old pitcher, you needed only to compare his outing against the Pirates versus the outing of peers Joe Savery and Josh Outman. Kendrick was calm and collected on the mound, keeping his pitches down and giving up just one run. He shook off a solo home run to Adam LaRoche to lead off the second and recorded three straight outs to get out of the frame. Outman, just two weeks younger than Kendrick, gave up four runs in his 1 2/3 innings of work. Savery, meanwhile, gave up five in one inning. Kendrick's big league experience last year has made him a different pitcher. I'm always skeptical about guys who get off to fast major league starts, but it seems like if anybody has the poise to avoid a sophomore slump, it is Kendrick. All the Phillies need him to do is give them a chance to win.
3) Catchers: For the first time in a long time, the Phillies' farm system has some catching prospects. Hagen checks in on them.