Young Prospects In Town
Four days of the Phillies Prospect Program got underway today. New RHP Ben Lively has joined RHP Aaron Nola, SS JP Crawford, CF Roman Quinn, LHP Tim Windle, RHP Zach Eflin, LHP Joely Rodriguez, RHP Severino Gonzalez, RHP Neifi Ogando, and OF Cameron Perkins. Lively actually replaced Hector Neris who is remaining in winter ball, 0 runs, 18 innings over 20 appearances in the Dominican League.
Lively, Windle, Eflin and Rodriguez were all acquired in trades this winter. This week will be their official welcome. By being in the program, they’ll now know some faces when spring training begins next month in Clearwater, easing the anxiety of walking into a new clubhouse. They also get to see Citizens Bank Park and where they hope to have their own locker someday.
Among the guest speakers are Pat Gillick, Ben Davis, Charlie Manuel, Anthony Gargano, Jim Salisbury, Jayson Stark and Dickie Noles. Others who will participate include Joe Jordan, Mike Ondo, Bonnie Clark, Dave Buck, Ruben Amaro Jr., Ryne Sandberg, Frank Coppenbarger, Scott Sheridan and Shawn Fscani.
Tomorrow the group will tour the MLB Network Studio in north Jersey. Friday morning starts with a breakfast gathering of season ticket holders followed by a leadership roundtable discussion involving Larry Andersen, Larry Bowa, Mickey Morandini, Dave Hollins and Darrel Daulton from the 1993 NL champions.
A couple of blogs ago reader Jim Peyton inquired as to which roster Joely has been placed.
Joely has been added to the 40-man winter roster.
Wednesday: RHP Paul Fletcher (48), INF Derrell Thomas (64), INF Ron Clark (72) . . . Thursday: RHP Wayne Gomes (42) . . . Saturday: C Tyler Houston (44), 2B Denny Doyle (72) . . . Sunday: C Mike Lieberthal (43), INF Billy Grabarkewitz (69), CH Chuck Cottier (79) . . . Monday: RHP Amaury Telemaco (41), RHP Jeff Juden (44), CH Brad Mills (58).
During Phillies career, Robin Roberts won 20 games or more six straight seasons starting in 1950 and worked over 300 innings each of those seasons. Even more amazing, he completed 272 of his 472 starts.