The Philadelphia Phillies announced a majority of their player pool with the start of the 2020 MLB regular season right around the corner.
With seven players currently quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19, the Phillies announced 53 players out of the maximum 60 allowed. Of the 53, there were 31 pitchers, 10 infielders, nine outfielders, and three catchers.
Leading the way is stud outfielder Bryce Harper, ace Aaron Nola, and rising star J.T. Realmuto. The team is expected to report to summer camp this week, with the first official workout scheduled for Friday at Citizens Bank Park. Opening Day is slated for either July 23 or 24, with the Phillies’ first opponent yet to be determined.
According to MLB’s Operating Manual, all players on a 40-man roster “that the Club anticipates participating” during the season will be part of the player pool, while the rest will be made up of non-40-man roster players under contract. Austin Davis, Adonis Medina, Christopher Sanchez, and Arquimedes Gamboa are all players on the 40-man roster who are not currently in the Phillies’ player pool.
Pitcher Seranthony Dominguez is not expected to play this season with reported Tommy John surgery coming up. Veteran right-hander David Robertson is not yet recovered from his Tommy John surgery last summer but could play a vital role this season.
Here is a breakdown of the current player pool:
Catchers (3): Deivy Grullón, Andrew Knapp, J.T. Realmuto.
Infielders (10): Alec Bohm, Logan Forsythe, Phil Gosselin, Didi Gregorius, Josh Harrison, Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery, Jean Segura, Ronald Torreyes, Neil Walker.
Outfielders (9): Jay Bruce, Kyle Garlick, Bryce Harper, Adam Haseley, Mikie Mahtook, Nick Martini, Andrew McCutchen, Roman Quinn, Nick Williams.
Starting pitchers (11): Jake Arrieta, Enyel De Los Santos, Zach Eflin, Spencer Howard, Cole Irvin, Aaron Nola, Nick Pivetta, Ranger Suárez, Vince Velasquez, Zack Wheeler.
Relief pitchers (20): José Álvarez, Victor Arano, Connor Brogdon, Garrett Cleavinger, Édgar Garcia, Deolis Guerra, Tommy Hunter, Damon Jones, Trevor Kelley, Francisco Liriano, Mauricio Llovera, Reggie McClain, Adam Morgan, Héctor Neris, Bud Norris, Blake Parker, JoJo Romero, Ramon Rosso, Addison Russ, Connor Seabold, Robert Stock.