The Phillies have committed eight errors so far this spring to lead all NL teams. Only the Blue Jays have committed more, but they've played one more game.
Opposing baserunners are also 7-for-7 stealing off Phillies catchers, making them the most run-on team so far. Erik Kratz has allowed five of those SBs.
Errors don't tell the whole story of a defense, but it's worth mentioning that these miscues don't even take into account Michael Young's shaky play at the hot corner.
Only two teams have allowed more unearned runs than the Phillies' five this spring. It's a bit disturbing, given the defensive concerns most already had for this team and Charlie Manuel's insistence that the Phillies must improve their D to compete this season.
Last year the Phils gave up 62 unearned runs, which was about middle of the pack. It was, though, more than double the number of unearned runs they allowed in 2011, when they had a major-league low 28.
Going around the diamond, the Phillies don't have to worry much about their defense at second base, shortstop or centerfield, though Ben Revere does have a weak arm. There are well-documented defensive issues in the infield and outfield corners, with third base being the biggest worry.
But catcher is also an area to watch in April. Kratz threw out 15 of 33 would-be base-stealers last season, but he also committed three passed balls, just two fewer than Carlos Ruiz in 513 fewer innings behind the plate.
Another XBH for Brown
In three plate appearances out of the three-hole through five innings against the Twins, Brown was 1-for-2 with an RBI double, a walk and three runs.
He barely missed his second homer to dead center in as many days when he doubled in Revere against Jared Burton in the sixth inning.
Through five spring games, Brown is fourth in the majors in slugging percentage, with 11 total bases in nine at-bats. Five of his six hits since last Friday have been doubles or homers.