Team Phungo's return to Spring Training for the first time in roughly a decade was one damp and dreary day.
Despite a forecast that stated 72 degrees and Sunny, It was a very grey day. There were several showers that passed through and we watched the temperature drop into the lower 60s.
Regardless we made the most of the afternoon and came home with these random observations.
Cole Hamels put together a solid two innings giving up a lone single and picking up a pair of strikeouts.
The Phillies offense hasn't changed, They managed just 4 hits versus Yankees pitching. Ryan Howard was 0-2 and went down on a called strikeout in his first AB. The Phillies sole run came on a Homer by Non-Roster Invitee Xavier Paul.
Rule 5 pickup Odubel Herrera looked decent enough and I think he could warrant a spot with the team. I was less encouraged by other players including Jeff Francouer, minor leaguers Mike Nesseth and Cord Phelps.
Didi Gregorious has the uneventful of replacing Derek Jeter. The Yankees have given Gregorious the #18 which was worn by Hiroki Kuroda last year.
Aaron Judge was the highest rated Yankees prospect (#2) in the game. It is easy to see why the Yankees get excited by the 22 year old outfielder. He is one big man - above he is pictured next to Ryan Howard.
Judge picked up a single and worked a walk. He was also picked off in the game - just after the above photo was taken.
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