“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” –Malcolm X
The future of the Philadelphia Phillies will be on display today in Reading, as a team of the top prospects will take on the 2016 Phillies squad. Here’s what you need to know if you’re going to the game (or watching at home).
A team of “top prospects” has been assembled from the Phillies system. We know a few of these guys–and some we don’t. They are mostly guys slated for the IronPigs or Reading this season, but there are a couple of potential Clearwater guys included. The Phillies organization left off some of the more interesting lower-level prospects. It’s probably better–keep the youngsters in the warm of Florida for a couple more days and let them get their seasons off to a normal start.
You may need printer software to print these, but here’s some roster stuff. The entire “Futures” team, and yesterday‘s lineup from the Phillies. Other than the pitchers, they haven’t really told us who the Phillies with put out there, or how they will substitute.
Pitchers: Starters Zach Eflin and Mark Appel are scheduled to go for the Futures. The Phillies will conduct a “bullpen game” with lefty Brett Oberholtzer getting the start, followed in some order by Jeanmar Gomez, Dalier Hinojosa, and Hector Neris.
Managers: I’m under the impression that the Phillies will have their regular managers and coaches in town for the game. The Futures team will be managed by Reading skipper Dusty Wathan, with new Lehigh Valley pitching coach Dave Lundquist on staff.
Although not originally promoted as such, the game is now listed on the Reading site as “a seven-inning showcase game.”
It’s the end of Spring Training, and if these guys are anything like other players we’ve interviewed prior to the season in years past, they’re champing at the bit to get out there and play real games against other teams. This isn’t that. Plus, the weather’s not Florida, and they probably bused in from Philly for the game–I can see where they might only want seven innings. I wonder if Philly will get seven or nine on Saturday?
It’s a commonly held theory that the IronPigs will host a similar game at the start of next season, as we begin our 10th season of IronPigs baseball in Allentown. Here’s hoping they bargain for nine if they can–but it probably doesn’t matter that much.
Weather: It looks to be a nice 69 degrees with some wind and clouds as the gates open at 3PM in Baseballtown. At game time, the temperature may drop a degree or four, and there’s a 40% chance of showers.
The game will be at First Energy in Reading, “America’s Classic Ballpark.” We love it there, and I even bought a couple season tickets before they even announced this game. I’m anxious to see my seats for the first time today.
Game time is 6:05PM. I know there will be a fair amount of pageantry prior to the game, with Reading celebrating 50 years of Phillies baseball. The main gates open at 3:00PM for the plaza, and the seating bowl opens at 4:00PM.
The Phillie Phanatic will be in the house, and there will be a fathead giveaway for the first 2500 kiddos. There’s a happy hour for the adults, a pre-game concert, and some free time in Phunland for the tykes.
‘SRO’ tickets still remain for this game. There are some scattered seats available on the secondary market, as well.
The Phillies TV (and radio?) guys will be in town, as I believe the game will be available on TCN throughout the Philadelphia market, and on the Phillies radio network as well as far as I know. Service Electric TV-2 will also carry the game locally, and Mikey V tells me he’ll have the call on the Reading affiliate, 1240AM/98.5FM.
Look, baseball is back! It’s a chance to get out to the park early, have a beverage, and relax a bit–especially for those of us who didn’t get to Spring Training this season. Let’s have nobody get injured, see some strikeouts and home runs, and get home safely. Go Futures! Go Baseball!
See you at the park,