The compressed Major League Spring Training schedule has created an oddity for the top levels of the minors: Players who should be on Triple-A and Double-A rosters are still in Clearwater supporting the big league club as their pre-season extends to Wednesday. Some players who might have been destined for the R-Phils are supporting the IronPigs as they prepare to start their season on Tuesday night versus Columbus. Philadelphia and Reading get started on Friday afternoon and Friday evening, respectively.
But we’re supposed to play baseball tonight. Weather permitting, the Reading Fightins will take the field at Coca Cola Park this evening in an exhibition, with ticket proceeds to benefit IronPigs Charities. (TICKETS HERE)
If there are rosters to be had for tonight’s contest, I’ll link or post them here prior to the game. In the mean time, as we look forward to the opener on Tuesday, I’ll try to have a full roster review ready for you, with player capsules and the like, as we’ve done in the past.
Here are some notes for tonight:
OF Jorge Bonifacio re-joined the organization this week. It didn’t appear that he was in camp with any other team, so he could get off to a slow start getting up to speed.
C Rafael Marchan is a prospect and on the 40-man roster, but will remain in Clearwater as he gets treatment for a pulled muscle in his leg. The other top catching prospect, Logan O’Hoppe, should be catching for the R-Phils tonight
Highly regarded pitchers Adam Leverett and Andrew Schultz could be involved in the pitching for the AA team tonight. OF Hunter Markwardt had a nice year at High-A Jersey Shore last season and will look to progress at Reading this campaign.
James McArthur, who pitched at Reading last season, could be in line to get the start for the Fightins tonight. Other prospects to watch on the AA squad: OFs Jhailyn Ortiz and Simon Muzziotti. Ortiz is a big dude, but photos from spring training suggest that he’s lost some weight and looks more athletic than ever. If you’re in the trough area tonight, look for one to go over your head. Top pitching prospect Francisco Morales has been converted to a reliever and will begin the season as Reading’s closer. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get the ball at some point tonight.
The following players are still in Clearwater as far as I know, so don’t look for them tonight: Ronald Torreyes, Yairo Munoz, Scott Kingery (inj), Nick Maton, Bryson Stott, Alec Bohm, Mickey Moniak, Bailey Falter, Cris Sanchez.
Here are some other IronPigs you might recognize: C Donny Sands (SWB last season), Ali Castillo (2019; last season with ROC), Dalton Guthrie, Darick Hall, P Jeff Singer, P Braedon Ogle, P Jakob Hernandez, P Kyle Dohy, P Mark Appel, P Hans Crouse.
This post will update if more information and resources become available.
See you at the park,