Phillies Spring Training is in full swing. Everyone is now there in Clearwater. Spring Training Games start up this weekend. And expectations are high for a Phillies team that made it to game 6 of the World Series last season and improved. And to talk about those Phillies, and the biggest stories from Spring Training, Corey Seidman joined The Best Show Ever. What is the vibe in Clearwater? Could Andrew Painter really break the roster right out of camp? Will we see more power from Alec Bohm? Corey Seidman discussed that and more. See what he had to say here.
On Who Should Lead Off
“Trea Turner, 60% of his plate appearances in his career have come out of the leadoff spot. He has the more traditional lead-off skill set. He also is probably more of an on-base threat. Kyle Schwarber historically has been a high on-base percentage guy. But that really wasn’t the case last year. He did his damage in the lead-off spot mostly with the long ball. In 9 different games he lead-off with a long ball. He also was taking pitches at an exceptionally high level toward the end of the season and into the playoffs.”
On What To Expect From Andrew Painter
“In terms of Painter’s upside, it is as high as any pitcher in baseball. He is the number 5 ranked prospect in the game by Baseball America. Number 6 by MLB.com. That is not common for a 19-year-old. It is not common for a High School pitcher taken in the middle of the first round as recently as Painter was. Based on his stuff, eventually, this guy could be an ace. I am not saying he will be an Ace in year one. if he were to win the job, I think the Phillies would be extremely happy if Painter were to give them 120 innings that are slightly better than average in year one… The upside is extremely high. As high as any pitcher in Baseball in recent years… The sky is the limit for this guy.”
On If We Will See More Power From Alec Bohm
“I think that as Alec Bohm gets deeper into his Major League Career it becomes more important for the power to emerge. I will say he had a pretty good offensive year last year. Even without getting to 25 home runs. Something that could play in his favor next year is getting more experience against the league. Just look at the makeup and the physical presence of the guy, he looks like he should get you 25 home runs. And from a corner infield spot, you do need more than a .420 slugging percentage.
The Phillies are hoping that Bohm can develop that power while still maintaining a .280-plus batting average. But even if he gives you offesnivly what you, I think they would take that. Its not as if he is the center piece of the offense. He is like the 6th most important piece in the lineup.”
You can listen to the full interview with Corey Seidman below…
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