Education Program for Prospects
How to throw a slider . . . how to hit a curve ball . . . how to learn to play the game right.
That’s all part of the development process of young professional baseball players during spring training and every day during a minor league season. The process is a long one and doesn’t necessarily end once a player reaches the big show.
But, there’s more to being a complete ballplayer. Once again, the Phillies are hosting a prospect education program this week at Citizens Bank Park.
Participating in the program are RHP Phillippe Aumont, RHP Brody Colvin, LHP Jake Diekman, 2B Cesar Hernandez, OF Jiwan James, RHP Trevor May, RHP Jon Pettibone, RHP Julio Rodriguez, RHP B. J. Rosenberg and C Sebastian Valle.
They’ll hear from and interact with David Montgomery, Dan Plesac, Dave Buck, Bernie Parent, Frank Coppenberger, Elaine Plasqua, Jim Thome, Charlie Manuel and Ruben Amaro Sr. Topics range from being a professional on and off the field, being an athlete in Philadelphia, participating in the community, the business of baseball, media training, clubhouse and travel etiquette, off-field choices, preparation and expectations.
The group will also get a tour of Citizens Bank Park. A road trip to the MLB Network studios is scheduled for Thursday.
Work outs at Citizens Bank Park are also on the schedule at the end of the day on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Next month some of the young prospects will join the Phillies big league camp at Bright House Field. Others will be part of the minor league camp that begins in March at Carpenter Field.
The ultimate goal: to be a well-rounded big league ballplayer.