With the Grapefruit League season wrapping up, the Phillies are bringing their preseason schedule north this week. Upcoming games will feature a pair of intrasquad contests with the big league roster taking on their organization’s top prospects.
The brand new concept falls in line with the celebration of Double-A Reading’s 50th season of affiliation with the Phillies. The debut game in the series will take place at Reading’s FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday, March 31st at 6:05 PM with another game between the two teams taking place on Saturday, April 2nd at 1:05 PM.
The roster set to be made up of the most promising rising minor leaguers includes eight of the top nine Phillies prospects, as ranked by Phillies Nation this year.
Futures Team roster:
C- Jorge Alfaro, Andrew Knapp
1B- Tommy Joseph, Brock Stassi, Rhys Hoskins
2B- Scott Kingery, Jesmuel Valentin, Angelo Mora
SS- J.P. Crawford, Malquin Canelo
3B- Mitch Walding
OF- Carlos Tocci, Andrew Pullin, Roman Quinn, Dylan Cozens, Aaron Brown, Nick Williams
P- Victor Arano, Zach Eflin, Ricardo Pinto, Edubray Ramos, Tom Windle, Joely Rodriguez, Miguel Nunez, Mark Appel
The game in Reading will feature an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and a Futures Series Fathead giveaway for the first 2,000 children 14 & under. Fans interested in purchasing tickets should dial the Reading Fightins box office at 610-370-BALL.
Thursday’s contest will mark the first exhibition game in Reading featuring the Phillies in 16 years. That match up drew over 9,307 fans to see the Reading Phillies defeat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-2, on May 8th, 2000.
On Friday, between the two slated intrasquad affairs, the Phillies will host Baltimore at Citizens Bank Park at 6:05 PM.