It's a fun game to play before every spring training. Which players on the fringe were issued low numbers?
OK, so a low number doesn't guarantee a roster spot, but it can sometimes be an indication of what the team thinks of a player's chances.
Then again, it might not matter. Non-roster guys like Dewayne Wise, Chris Duffy and Ryan Vogelsong had low numbers last spring. They didn't play a game for the Phillies in 2010.
But guys like Wilson Valdez and Cody Ransom had low numbers. And they were afterthoughts in the spring only to contribute later.
So far, there aren't many low digits handed out for 2011.
Of the 12 non-roster invitees already named by the Phillies, just one was issued a low number: catcher Dane Sardinha. He'll wear the No. 4 he used during his brief time as the starting catcher in July. (Yeah, remember that time Dane Sardinha started six games in a row?)
83 -- Eddie Bonine RHP
79 -- Ryan Feierabend LHP
62 -- Dan Meyer LHP
84 -- Juan Perez LHP
85 -- Erik Kratz C
61 -- Josh Barfield INF
86 -- Tagg Bozied 1B
65 -- Jeff Larish INF
60 -- Pete Orr INF
87 -- Matt Miller OF
63 -- Brandon Moss OF
There are still a few more non-roster players to be added to the roster. Righthander Brian Bass is one the team has yet to officially announce.
A few number additions were made for the players on the 40-man roster too:
72 -- Justin De Fratus RHP
71 -- Freddy Galvis SS
75 -- Harold Garcia INF
74 -- Cesar Hernandez INF
19 -- Michael Martinez UTIL
73 -- Carlos Rivero INF
76 -- Matt Rizzotti 1B
Also, Brian Bocock changed to No. 25 and Ross Gload goes from No. 3 to 7. (Obviously an homage to Juan Castro.)
Martinez inherits Greg Dobbs' digits. He's the Rule 5 pick the Phillies grabbed from Washington at the end of the winter meetings. Martinez is actually having a solid winter ball in the Dominican, where he is hitting .301/.341/.376 for Estrellas in 173 at-bats. He'll come to camp with a chance to earn a roster spot on the bench as a utility player.
Single-game tickets for spring training in Clearwater go on sale Friday morning at 9 a.m. on the team's official website. There are 17 home dates (all 1:05 p.m. starts for now) and I'm guessing there are, oh, a few people who may attend.
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