Prospect Education Program

For the second straight January, the Phillies have had some of their top prospects spend a couple of days (yesterday and today) at Citizens Bank Park for a “prospect education program.”

RHPs Michael Stutes, Michael Schwimer, Justin DeFratus and Chris Kissock were among the six prospects.  The others were 2B Harold Garcia and 1B Matt Rizzotti. 

The prospects got to hear from David Montgomery, and Ruben Amaro Jr. The itinerary included sessions with Frank Coppenbarger (clubhouse and travel etiquette), David Buck (the business of baseball), Larry Christenson (success and life after the game), Jeff O’Brien (branded a leader), Charlie Manual and Ryan Howard (playing preparation/expectations), Larry Andersen (how to be a professional ballplayer) and Ron Jaworski (guest speaker). Christenson, Andersen and Jaworski all played in Philadelphia and have had successful careers after their playing days ended.

The six prospects also had a tour of the ballpark and participated in media training headed by the
Communications Department along with Leslie Gudel (Comcast SportsNet), Paul Hagen (Daily News), Jim Salisbury (CSNPHILLY.COM) and Jayson Stark (

The two-day program was to conclude with the 76ers game tonight. Because of the predicted snow storm, the program started earlier this morning so the players could get 6 p.m. flights to their respective homes.

Want a warm thought?  Spring training is underway in five weeks.


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