Although they will be finalized in April, one can picture how the farm clubs will look come opening day.
One of the great, untapped resources is the spring training guide on readingphillies.com, which features exhibition summaries of the four highest minor league teams. Here, you can read about how Fabio Castro worked three shutout innings in yesterday’s AA game. And on Tuesday, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Durham Bulls played to a 0-0 tie, thanks in part to four shutout frames by J.A. Happ.
From the looks of things, the IronPigs will have a solid team for their inaugural season. Pitchers Happ, Joe Bisenius, Brian Mazone, Shane Youman and John Ennis all figure to be there. Zach Segovia, who won 16 games between Clearwater and Reading in 2006, appears to be pitching from LV’s bullpen, as is Kutztown University product Ron Chiavacci. Once healthy, Mike Zagurski and Scott Mathieson could begin their journey back to the Majors here as well. Position talent Jason Jaramillo, Val Pascucci, Brandon Watson, Javon Moran, Brennan King, Andy Tracy, Gookie Dawkins, T.J. Bohn and Mike Cervenak have all seen time in the Triple-A games and figure to round out the veteran core. They’ll also absorb some of the players who miss the final cut, guys like Gary Knotts, Vic Darensbourg, Ray Olmedo, Casey Smith, and possibly pitchers such as J.D. Durbin, assuming he clears waivers, and possibly Travis Blackley, if the Giants don't want him back.
The IronPigs will be competitive, but Reading will be the team to watch. Castro will start here, and from the looks of things, Carlos Carrasco, Josh Outman and Drew Carpenter will be there, too, representing the most promising arms in the system. They're promising up the middle, too: Jason Donald, Brad Harman, Lou Marson and Greg Golson will likely be here.
At the Class-A level, first-round pick Joe Savery, Adrian Cardenas, Dominic Brown, D’Arby Myers, Quintin Berry, Edgar Garcia, Freddy Galvis, Heitor Correa and Drew Naylor are worth monitoring on the Clearwater and Lakewood teams.
Game chat: Comcast SportsNet carries the action as Chad Durbin and the Phillies take on the Tigers at Bright House Field. Game time is 1:05 p.m. Enjoy your Saturday.