Phillies Make First Spring Training Cuts
The Phillies made their first few cuts to their 2018 Spring Training major league camp on Monday afternoon. Drew Anderson, who made his major league debut with the Phillies in 2017, was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Non-roster invitees J.D. Hammer and Edgar Cabral were both sent to minor league camp.
Anderson appeared in two games for the Phillies last season. In those games, Anderson went just 2 1/3 innings while allowing seven runs, six of them earned. The 23 year-old Anderson pitched four innings for the Phillies over two games during Grapefruit League action. He allowed one earned run.
Hammer did not appear in a Grapefruit League game for the Phillies. Hammer, acquired from Colorado as part of the trade for reliever Pat Neshek in July, will report to minor league camp. Since being acquired by the Phillies, Hammer has impressed both at Double-A Reading and in the Arizona Fall League.
Cabral also appeared in the Arizona Fall League. The Phillies mostly used Cabral to warm up pitchers between innings of Grapefruit League games and to work in camp with some of the pitchers. He will continue doing just that as he heads to minor league camp. Cabral has yet to appear above Class-A Advanced Clearwater.
The Phillies now have 60 players in camp.