The exhibition schedule started last week for four squads representing the highest levels of the minor leagues. As usual, the R-Phils Web site sheds some light on the daily action. [Link]
Yesterday in Florida, Lehigh Valley blasted Pittsburgh’s Triple-A team 16-8, Reading pummeled the Double-A Pirates 18-6, Clearwater stifled Pittsburgh’s Class-A squad 3-1 and Lakewood shutout the Bucco’s Low-A affiliate 12-0. While the roster breakdowns aren’t truly indicative of where players will be assigned once the Phillies break camp, it’s a fairly reliable starting point. Farm system gurus might find it interesting that Dominic Brown, rated as the top prospect in the system by Baseball America, has been cutting his teeth with Team 2, which emulates Reading’s projected roster. Brown, who was a standout in the Hawaiian Winter League and may be on the fasttrack, started in left field yesterday and doubled twice, knocking in two while scoring a pair. Top-rated catcher Travis D’Arnaud, who also started for Team 2, went 3-for-3 with a homer.