For the Phillies, 42 players were chosen in the three-day draft last week. Those who sign soon begin their professional careers right away in a mini-camp that began yesterday at Carpenter Complex.
With spring training for minor leaguers, extended spring training, the fall instructional league program, the Gulf Coast League and a Class A team in the Florida State League, young prospects can spend a lot of time in Clearwater while on the road to Citizens Bank Park.
For some new signees, Clearwater will be their new home for the summer as members of the Gulf Coast League Phillies. Others may wind up in Williamsport, PA and if advanced enough, Lakewood or Clearwater. For many, this will be the first time away from home for an extended period of time, a huge adjustment.
New players underwent physicals at 7 a.m. yesterday and then worked out along with the players from extended spring training. Photo day is 7 a.m. tomorrow. Nothing like trying to look away for cameras early in the morning.
Workouts continue until Friday when rosters for Williamsport and Gulf Coast League Phillies will have been determined. That afternoon, Williamsport will fly to Philadelphia and then bus to their summer homes in Williamsport.
Season opener is 7 p.m., Monday, June 18, against the State College Spikes at Bowman Field. Williamsport is in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.
Season: 76-game schedule concludes September 4.
Staff: Andy Tracy, manager; Rafael DeLima, coach; Aaron Fultz, pitching coach; Takayuki Sakurai, athletic trainer.
Gulf Coast League Phillies
Season opener is 12 noon, Monday, June 18, against the Tigers at Carpenter Complex. Phillies are in the North Division.
Season: 60-game schedule concludes August 25.
Staff: Roly deArmas, manager; Kevin Jordan, coach; Les Lancaster, pitching coach; Troy Hoffert, athletic trainer.
There is no admission fee for Gulf Coast League games that are played at 12 noon or 10 a.m. Games are not scheduled on Sundays. Fans are urged to wear hats because of the strong summer sun and the potential of droppings from flocks of seagulls.
Major league and minor league injured players on rehab are assigned to the Clearwater facilities.
Staff: James, Ready, minor league athletic training and rehabilitation coordinator; Paul Fournier, minor league strength and conditioning coordinator; Carlos Arroyo, rehab pitching coach.
Chase is beginning a rehab assignment tonight with the Threshers. Howard, Stutes, Herndon and Nix are also part of the program and could eventually begin rehab assignments soon. At some point, the potential exists that Halladay will also report to Clearwater.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley was a 4-1 winner at Syracuse. RHS Tyler Cloyd (5-1) gave up one first-inning run in seven innings and added an RBI single (hitting .364). Including Reading, Cloyd is 9-1 this year, pushing his career total to 42-22.
**Reading, scheduled to begin a series in Binghamton tonight, spent a day off in Cooperstown touring the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
**Clearwater won, 7-2, at Dunedin. SS Edgar Duran had a pair of hits and three RBI. RHS Perci Garner (3-3), allowed one run in six innings.
**Lakewood split a doubleheader with Delmarva. Game #1, 2-1 win behind All-Star RHS Colin Kleven (4-5). Game #2, 6-4 loss in 11 innings.
June 12, 1939: Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Phillies is among the first group of players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
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