CLEARWATER, Fla. — We get a reprieve from the mundane spring-training workouts Wednesday when the Phillies play a spring-training exhibition against Florida State University at Bright House Field.
Of most interest will be the parade of young pitchers who take the mound against the Seminoles, beginning with Austin Hyatt, the Florida State League pitcher of the year two seasons ago at single-A Clearwater. Hyatt, 25, went 12-6 with a 3.85 ERA at double-A Reading last season and finished strong by posting a 5-1 record and 2.78 ERA after the All-Star break. He is likely to begin this season as part of manager Ryne Sandberg's staff at triple-A Lehigh Valley.
As David Hale from the Wilmington News Journal recently noted, Austin Hyatt is also a fun name to Google because instead of a profile on the pitcher you get a lot of information about hotels in the capital of Texas.
Anyway, Hyatt will be followed to the mound Wednesday by Jake Diekman, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer, Joe Savery, J.C. Ramirez, B.J. Rosenberg and Phillippe Aumont.
From that group, Diekman has received the most attention in the early stages of spring training and even emerged as a candidate to be the second lefthander out of the bullpen. A 30th-round pick in 2007, he followed up a strong season at Reading by posting a 0.79 ERA in 11 appearances in the Arizona Fall League.
Schwimer, Savery and Aumont are also coming off strong minor-league seasons and could end up in Philadelphia at some point this season.
After Wednesday's game, the Phillies will have two more workouts before opening their Grapefruit League schedule Saturday at home against the New York Yankees.