Collier One Step Closer to the Bigs

Nice news that Zach Collier was added to the Phillies 40 man roster, almost guaranteeing that we’ll see him in early spring training.  Collier looked impressive, as I blogged about a couple of weeks ago, and the Phils’ brass has taken notice.  Nice interview here with Collier on Philles Nation.

Speaking of Spring Training, the Phils will be staring early this year, on February 23, starting a string of 17 home games and 16 away with two days off.  Bliss on Clearwater Beach usually begins with an exhibition game against Florida State College at Bright House (a chance to see Buster Posey, this year’s NL MVP, as a college player just a few years ago), but the jammed schedule this year with only two days off has apparently displaced that game.  Instead we’re getting the Dominican Republic as part of the World Baseball Classic visiting Clearwater on March 5.

Because of the early start this year, Pitchers and Catchers report a few days earlier, on February 12 for Spring Training in 2013, to Carpenters Complex.  I can feel the warmth already!


About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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2 Responses to Collier One Step Closer to the Bigs

  1. doctuhdon says:

    good prognostication by Dr. Leonard Press ! You correctly predicted that Zach Collier would be added to the 40 man roster. Even those of us now visiting Israel can appreciate that level of baseball expertise !

  2. Thanks, Dr. Dan. I like Collier’s chances – my impression is that he actually might fill the gap being left by Dom Brown’s disappointment. Though Brown has more power than Collier, it doesn’t translate to the major league level. At 22 years old, Collier has already faced adversity and bounced back, both in terms of adversity (hand/wrist injury knocking him out for a year) and a 50 game drug suspension (for Adderall, a societally sanctioned amphetamine for ADHD). Brown has yet to show that he can come back from adversity, and seems to be devolving in his skill set. At the very least, if Collier keeps developing at this pace, he will be a very attractive player (as a 22 y.o.) that other organizations will cover in trade discussions. Doing well in the AFL opens eyes in many places.

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