It became more likely that Andrew Knapp will start the season as the backup catcher after A.J. Ellis signed with Miami on Wednesday. The Phillies will likely target a veteran catcher as a non-roster invitee to spring training. That catcher would start the season at triple A to pair with Jorge Alfaro.
Knapp batted .266 with a .330 on-base percentage in 403 at-bats last season at triple-A Lehigh Valley. General manager Matt Klentak said Monday that Knapp could start the season in the majors as the backup to Cameron Rupp.