You Say, “IronPigs.” I Say, “Alternate Training Site.”

Scott Kingery Photo: Cheryl Pursell

As the Phillies put the finishing touches on their roster for Opening Day on Thursday, they’ll also form a roster for their “Alternate Training Site” which will again be Coca Cola Park in Allentown.  From April until the minor league seasons begins on May 4, players will work out and scrimmage at the site.  New for this year, they’ll also scrimmage nearby teams–which probably means the Yankees in Moosic for us.

I’m not sure how many players will be “coming north” with the Alternate Site squad, but I have heard 28 as a working figure.  Last minute roster changes could impact the lists of players below, and I’ll try to update the post or add information in the comments.

As the Major League team and their minor league invitees break camp this week in Clearwater, minor league players from the rookie level to Double-A will make their way to Florida for their own version of a distanced spring training.  Some players in the major league camp may over-lap and it will be interesting to see which players stay in Clearwater to work with the other lower level squads, and which come north to the alternate site to continue to train with the future AAA team–even if they’re destined to be in Reading on May 4.  I’ve tried to account for that below.  And what about Triple-A players who were not in the big league camp?  Will they come to Allentown to get ready or report to Clearwater?  We’ll see.

So let’s look at the 28 players I’ve got moving to Allentown.  I’m tempted to include more pitchers than position players, but once you get much beyond the 14/14 split, there won’t be enough innings to go around–or enough catchers to catch them.  So I’ll split it 13/15 to the pitchers.

1.Rafael Marchan, Catcher

2. Rodolfo Duran, Catcher

Marchan had an injury which limited him in spring training, but he’s better now.  Duran took advantage of the opportunity and represented himself well in the big league spring training games.  Ultimately, despite the departure of Mathis and Bethancourt, I see them signing a veteran catcher who may join in here right away or as late as May 4.  I have Duran in Reading, ultimately, along with Logan O’Hoppe, who may also show up here.

3.  CJ Chatham, Shortstop

4. Scott Kingery, Inf/CF

5. Nick Maton, Shortstop

6. Derick Hall, 1B

7. Bryson Stott, Shortstop

8. Luke Williams, 3B

The big news today was the option of Scott Kingery.  He hasn’t been hitting well and is said to be working on the mechanics of his swing, as well as his approach at the plate. He’ll work at 3B, SS, 2B and CF.  Chatham is a guy Phillies Baseball Chief Dave Dombrowski brought in from Boston.  Maton can play all over the diamond–he and Williams and Hall were on the Reading team in 2019 and looked good enough this spring for me to pencil them in for Triple-A.  Stott is the former first round pick who hasn’t really played above single-A, but who has looked OK both at the alternate site last summer as well as in the big leagues this spring.  Ultimately, I have Stott in Reading to start the season. 

Look for some other additions at some point, for both the IronPigs and the R-Phils.  Austin Listi, Arquimedes Gamboa, and Daniel Brito are the first names that come to mind.  Luis Garcia is a shortstop who is probably destined for the lower levels to start. 

9. Mickey Moniak CF

10. Travis Jankowski OF

11. Jhailyn Ortiz RF

12. Matt Vierling CF

13. Simon Muzziotti CF (reserve list)

Moniak is the first round pick everyone knows about.  He had a tremendous spring and statistically challenged for a big league job.  However, the Phillies rightly want him to continue his development so that he’s ready to play every day in the majors rather than having him ride the bench.  Jankowski is a veteran and adds depth at all three outfield positions.  We could see Odubel Herrera or Adam Haseley join this group as the Phillies settle on their center field rotation for the big league team. 

Ortiz and Vierling could be destined for AA, while Muzziotti is on the restricted list due to problems with his Visa to enter the United States from Venezuela.

Johan Rojas is a top prospect whom I think will be in High-A Lakewood to begin the 2021 campaign.  There’s not a lot of depth here, though, so you could see a veteran AAA addition as well. 

14. Adonis Medina 

15. Bailey Falter

16. Damon Jones

17. David Paulino

18. Spencer Howard

These are my starters, but Howard may not be a true starter in the sense because they’ll be strictly following his innings.  Medina, Falter and Jones are ready for Triple-A, and Paulino started for Buffalo in 2019.  We could also see guys added before the official season begins.  And, it could be a six-man rotation given the six-game nature of the schedule.   

19. Ramon Rosso

20. Ranger Suarez

21. Mauricio Llovera

22. David Parkinson

These guys could be grouped with the starters depending on how the Phillies envision them for this season.  Suarez hasn’t been healthy and was late to spring.

23. JoJo Romero

24. Kyle Dohy

25. JD Hammer

26. Neftali Feliz

27. Bryan Mitchell

28. Enyel De Los Santos

This group can and will contribute to the Phillies in some way this season as relievers. 

Other pitchers to know:  Christopher Sanchez, Tyler Carr, Julian Garcia, Jonathan Hennigan, Jakob Hernandez, Erik Miller, Zach Warren, Mark Appel (!), Nick Fanti, Luke Leftwich, Jhordany Mezquita, Jeff Singer and Francisco Morales.

Most of those guys will be on the IronPigs or the Reading Fightins.  A couple may get squeezed to High-A Lakewood or Clearwater.

Once the Alt Site roster is set, I’ll have a better guess at our 2021 IronPigs.  Once the AAA roster is set, my traditional player capsules will be available.  As always, I’ll try to include plenty of great photography from Cheryl Pursell, Steven Kiebach and Jack Mitroka wherever I can.  I’ll have a more abbreviated version of everything for Reading.  Unfortunately, the schedule is not conducive to me spending much time down there to start the season.


News and Notes:

  • It is not known whether fans will be allowed at Coca Cola Park for scrimmages in April–or how they would handle it.  I imagine they’re waiting on clarity from the Phillies, as well as concerns on getting the stadium ready for the season.  Then, they’ll need to see what the Yankees want to do.  However, some Alt Sites will have fans in attendance.
  • All season series will be six days, Tuesday through Sunday, with Monday off.  All six games against the same team.  A couple of times we have two series in a row either on the road or at home.  Otherwise, we mostly alternate home and away.
  • We only play the other teams in the ‘North:’ Scranton, Worcester (red sox), Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo.  So yeah, we’ll get sick of them.
  • As it stands now, the park will be at 50% capacity. Seats will be sold in ‘pods’ and distanced from other seats.  You can check online for tickets or call the ticket office for specific questions.  I believe you should be able to purchase groups and/or hospitality areas as well.
  • Word from the club level is that there will not be food available at the bar.  Some of those menu items will be available at the ‘Hog Heaven’ stand.  Other options like app ordering, in-seat delivery and such have been discussed.  I’m not sure the status at this time.
  • Picking up from where we left off in 2019, many things will be cash-less and touch-less and paper-less.  Parking will be credit card or pre-paid pass only (I’ve heard).  Ticketing will be mostly electronic, but as of this minute, home printing is possible from the web portal
  • I have not heard an update on “loaded credit” for season ticket holders.
  • I’m not optimistic about tailgating.

See you at the park, eventually,

@Kram207 (and, back to 209 as of June!)

 UPDATE: Here’s the way it actually panned out:

PS:  Surely I’ve missed a player or two.  Please add in the comments.  All reasonable responses will be immediately approved.


Featured Image by Cheryl Pursell

Categories: Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Reading Phillies

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4 replies

  1. Not two minutes after this was posted, news came down that CJ Chatham would be “released,” which I’m assuming is a DFA and subsequent unconditional release. Although, it’s not official and he could always “accept his assignment” and make his way to Allentown after the process plays out–or I suppose he could be traded.

    Rumors have it that the AAA guys we remember from 2019 and from the Alt Site last season will report to Allentown today or tomorrow and begin workouts on Wednesday. This is for guys like Austin Listi, whom I mentioned above.

    Another rumor has it that Adam Haseley will be optioned and join that outfield group above. I cannot verify the information and we still have one final spring training game today.

    If that’s true, and depending on Muzziotti’s status with the restricted list, a couple more DFA moves will need to be made to make 40-man room for the new additions to the Phillies. I’m expecting those transactions to involve a couple of the lower-electricity pitchers mentioned above. Hopefully they make it through waivers and can return to the organization. If not, a last-minute trade could also impact the 40-man roster in a way that makes room for the new additions.

  2. Hey Kram, great to see baseball talk again. Been wondering if you can use your connections to find out if will be around this summer, so we can watch our Pigs, Fightins and Blue Claws on supported devices. Now that the minors are run by the major leagues I’m hoping we can still follow our prospects as in past years. Hope so. See y’all at the Park. Be well.

    • Nicky! I cannot say for sure, but it does appear that MiLB.TV will be updated for the 2021 season, although it’s not current right now. We’ll keep checking. Glad you’re OK and so good to hear from you! Yeah hope to see you out at the parks this season.

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