Five teams, including the Phillies, will participate in the program, held Sept. 22 through Oct. 15. The Phils open their season today against the Jays.
A number of top prospects, including Joe Savery, Travis d’Arnaud, Kyle Drabek and Anthony Hewitt are included on the 25-man roster. As an interesting note, one reader on Phuture Phillies passes along word that shortstop Jason Donald will get in some work in as utility player, although he’s not listed on roster. That news came from a Phillies pregame radio show last week. The Jays, Pirates, Yankees and Rays will also participate in the Tampa-area program. Bill Dancy and Dusty Wathan will oversee field operations for the Phils.
Phils send three to Hawaii: Michael Taylor, Dominic Brown and Chris Kissock will play Hawaiian Winter Ball for the Honolulu Sharks, starting Sept. 27 through Nov. 16. The schedule includes 40 games. Outfielders Taylor and Brown are considered top 10 prospects in the Phillies' organization.