Two New Philadelphia Phillies Players Outstanding in Spring Training Victory

By Michael Terrill
Derick Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies newcomers Michael Young and John Lannan were outstanding in the team’s Spring Training 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

Young, who was traded by the Texas Rangers to the Phillies this past off-season, went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in on two singles. He was traded by the Rangers because the organization knew they would be cutting back his playing time even more in 2013 than they had in 2012 and decided to be respectful about the ordeal.

The 36-year-old is expected to be the starting third baseman for the Phillies, which is a nice change of pace because he will not have to play several different infield positions. Young is currently struggling at the plate, as has posted a .211 batting average with one home run and five RBI in 19 at-bats this spring. However, this should not carry over into the regular season.

Lannan, who made his second start in Spring Training, was fantastic once again as he gave up just one hit and two walks in three scoreless innings. The lone hit was a two-out double in the first inning, but the 28-year-old was able to shut it down after that.

The left-hander signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Phillies on Dec. 15. He is eligible to get an additional $2.5 million in performance bonuses this season. Lannan is competing for a rotation spot and is expected to serve as the fifth man behind Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Kyle Kendrick.

The Long Beach native pitched for the Washington Nationals the past six seasons in which he posted a career 42-52 record with a 4.01 earned run average.

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