CLEARWATER, Fla. – Aaron Nola will make his first start of spring training today as the Phillies host the New York Yankees at Spectrum Field.
The game, which begins at 1:05 p.m., will be broadcasted by NBC Sports Philadelphia and WIP-FM. Here’s a look at today’s lineup and three things to know.
- Roman Quinn, centerfield
- J.P. Crawford, shortstop
- Nick Williams, left field
- Odubel Herrera, designated hitter
- Maikel Franco, third base
- Andrew Knapp, catcher
- Tommy Joseph, first base
- Dylan Cozens, right field
- Pedro Florimon, second base
Pitchers: Aaron Nola, Drew Hutchison, Drew Anderson, Hector Neris, Luis Garcia, Franklyn Kilome, Seranthony Dominguez.
- Make sure you catch Franklyn Kilome today. The 6-foot-6 righthander has created quite a bit of buzz in the minor leagues the last few years. This is is first spring training. He throws hard and will start the season at double A. He turns 23 in June and could move quickly.
- Jorge Alfaro hit a grand slam yesterday and is a lock to make the big-league club as he’s out of options. Andrew Knapp seems to be the favorite to be the second catcher and he’ll be back in there today. The Phillies love Knapp’s ability to grind out at-bats and get on base. He’s a smart catcher and has a good rapport with the young pitching staff, all of which he caught in the minors.
- The Phillies added a veteran starter the last two seasons to accompany Aaron Nola in the starting rotation. But they’ve neglected that plan this season, opting to have Nola as the leader of their rotation. The rotation, unless an addition is made, now belongs to Nola, who has the presence of someone much older than 24. He finished with a career-best year last season but left room for improvements. It’s not out of reach for him to lower his ERA from 3.54 to something closer to 3.