CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Odubel Herrera came to the Phillies as a Rule 5 draft pick from Texas with proven track record as a singles-hitting machine.
A middle infielder, Herrera is learning to play outfield this spring, and he made his debut Sunday, playing center field in the Phillies' 6-2 exhibition loss against Division II college power University of Tampa.
Herrera, 23, has just 13 home runs in 600 career minor-league games. Last week he joked about his power, or lack of it, and told reporters to just watch.
Herrera's first two at-bats Sunday resulted in a fly ball to medium right-center and a first-pitch popup to short. Two easy outs from a player whose best chance at success is to put the ball on the ground.
In his third at-bat, Herrera lined a single to left field and promptly smacked his hands together as he rounded first.
Consider that one of the highlights on a day devoid of dramatic hitting, a day in which the Phillies were outscored, out-hit and out-slugged.
Russ Canzler, a Triple A veteran, delivered the Phillies' first hit of the spring, a double in the second inning. He scored on Aaron Altherr's bloop single to right, narrowly beating a strong throw home. The crowd, a mix of nearby UT fans and Phillies fans, booed the call. Altherr scored on an errant pickoff attempt for a 2-0 lead. He later added a single to left, accounting for two of the Phillies' six hits.
Paul Clemens, a candidate to make the Phillies as a long reliever, started and hit 96 mph with a fastball in the first of two perfect innings. He struck out one and broke a wood bat against a college team unfamiliar with using them.
The Phillies didn't allow a hit until Elvis Araujo gave up a single with two outs in the fifth inning.
Phillippe Aumont, another bullpen candidate, started the sixth inning. Aumont's arm strength has never been in question -- his fastball sat at 94 mph Sunday -- but his ability to throw strikes likely will determine his future as a Phillie.
Aumont gave up three hits, including an RBI single on a 3-2 fastball and another single on a 3-2 pitch.
It got a little wilder in UT's 5-run seventh inning.
UT, ranked No. 1 in Div. II, tied it at 2 when Phillies reliever Nefi Ogando walked in a run with the bases loaded. That prompted a mid-inning pitching change to Hector Neris, who promptly gave up a grand slam to UT shortstop Giovanny Alfonzo.
The Phillies loaded the bases in the ninth, but Cord Phelps grounded out to the pitcher to end it.