Former standout Brandon Duckworth, who was signed to a minor league deal this winter, is one of five pitchers fighting for the last three spots in the IronPigs' bullpen, according to Morning Call beat writer Jeff Schuler.
Schuler, reporting from Clearwater, has been painting a picture of the Phillies' Triple and Double-A squads. According to Schuler, the Pigs' rotation is basically set with Nate Bump, Andrew Carpenter, Brian Mazone, Joe Savery and Ryan Vogelsong. He also believes Scott Mathieson, Mike Zagurski and veteran Jason Anderson are the only locks for the 'pen. Meanwhile, Oscar Villarreal, a higher-profile minor league signing, will likely start the season on the disabled list. The prospect-thin Pigs are facing another dearth in talent offensively. The roster will be filled with many of the players fans saw in spring, including guys like Cody Ransom, Wilson Valdez, Paul Hoover and Andy Tracy. Schuler sees Tagg Bozied, Melvin Dorta and Luis Maza battling for the final roster spot. [Complete Schuler Triple-A sneak peek]
As expected, Double-A will be the main attraction, with Domonic Brown and Tyson Gillies expected to patrol the FirstEnergy Park outfield. The Phillies have their work cut out for them trying to decide how to best to arrange a crowded pitching staff, a list that includes Phillippe Aumont, Tyson Brummett, Chance Chapman, Michael Cisco, Sergio Escalona, Yohan Flande, Edgar Garcia, Matt German, Santos Hernandez, Jason Macintosh, Drew Naylor, J.C. Ramirez, B.J. Rosenberg, Michael Schwimmer, Jason Stephens, Michael Stutes and Vance Worley. [Complete Schuler Double-A sneak peek]
Transactions: More minor leaguers received pink slips, a list headed by former Rays first-round pick Jason Standridge. The list of released players you haven't read about already includes RHP Mark Doll, RHP Miguel Matos, RHP Angelo Sanchez, LHP Walter Tejeda, 1B Gaby Martinez, SS Evan Porter, SS Jesus Villegas Andino, OF Javis Diaz, OF Carl Uhl (via Baseball America).
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