10/13/23 : High Performance Camp
Last year the Phillies Player Development department held their initial off-season camps where strength and conditioning along with speed and agility were holistically prioritized. It was a very successful endeavor as it set the stage and expectations for the continuation of work by the players afterwards at their home bases prior to returning for spring training. The camps are entitled “High Performance Camps” as they are focused on getting players in the proper mind and body to play baseball at their highest level. Baseball instruction and practice is not part of the five week camp but group bonding is still an important element that implements/enhances the building of team spirit and trust. With that in mind there are even a few weekend events planned for the group.
This year there are concurrent camps scheduled for both the training center in Clearwater and the Dominican Academy. High Performance Camp One began on October 9th and will run thru November 16th. High Performance Camp Two will run from January 8th to February 9th leading into spring training.
There are forty-one players attending the Clearwater version of HP Camp One. Included are players from last year’s FCL roster thru AA level Reading. There are forty players attending the Dominican High Performance Camp One.
We watched a couple workouts this week, each day includes a weight room lifting session along with outdoor sessions focused on speed/power or agility/conditioning. The speed and power drills include use of weighted medicine balls that the players toss back and forth, swinging PVC poles for resistance and running drills involving different movements such as jumping and leg kicks. The agility/conditioning drills involve running and sprints as well as using the PVC poles on the shoulders while running to incorporate balance. It’s a baseball boot camp to build strength, endurance and muscle toning.
Fun Fact : the workout shirts the players are wearing say “Phillies Day Care” on the front 🤓.
Today I got to chat with multiple players and coaches as they moved from one drill to another, always a privilege to converse with the folks and offer support for their endeavors. I told them I came to watch so that I can claim I also got my conditioning work in 🤓.
Here’s a list of the players in attendance at each camp.
Clearwater High Performance Camp :
Marcus Lee Sang
Dominican High Performance Camp :
Alexis De La Cruz
Alexander De Los Santos
Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️
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