Phillies president Pat Gillick offered his early take on Johnny Almaraz (above) at the end of spring training:

“Not saying that our former director didn’t like players, but our new scouting director likes players,” Gillick said. “People might not understand that, but sometimes you look at a player and you can talk about his minuses or you can talk about his plusses. Our new scouting director, he talks about players’ plusses. He wants to concentrate on what this player can do, not on what he cannot do. So I think it’s a little bit of a different approach.”