Many of the Phillies’ top young prospects, and a number of surprise faces, were invited to participate in the annual invitation-only league.
Pitchers: Gabriel Arias, Phillippe Aumont, Jesse Biddle, Lisalverto Bonilla, Jacob Borup, David Buchanan, Garett Claypool, Jarred Cosart, Jacob Diekman, Sergio Escalona, Craig Fritsch, Perci Garner, Nick Hernandez, Mario Hollands, Steven Inch, Colin Kleven, Tyler Knigge, Derrick Loop, Mike McGuire, Marek Minarik, Brian Morgado, Jon Musser, Hector Neris, Miguel Nunez, J.C. Ramirez, Juan Sosa, Ethan Stewart, Kevin Walter; Catchers: Angel Chavarin, James Klocke, Chase Numata, Cameron Rupp, Sebastian Valle; Infielders: Chris Duffy, Edgar Duran, Maikel Franco, Harold Garcia, Anderson Gonzalez, Cesar Hernandez, Stephen Malcolm, Geancarlo Mendez, Cody Overbeck, Joe Savery, Francisco Silva, Jonathan Singleton; Outfielders: Aaron Altherr, Miguel Alvarez, Zach Collier, Kelly Dugan, Kyrell Hudson, Jiwan James, D’Arby Myers, Brian Pointer, Domingo Santana, Jeremy Slayden.
Mathieson: According to PhuturePhillies.com, Scott Mathieson has also joined the roster and will not return to the big club this September. Mathieson had been on the DL with a lower back strain.
Notes: After his early July demotion to Clearwater, Aumont struck out 77 batters in 72 1-3 innings. Biddle debuted in the Gulf Coast League, where he went 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA. Cosart enjoyed a terrific, albeit injury-shortened, year at Lakewood, earning a nod to the Futures Game before heading to the disabled list in June. Escalona, who spent five separate stints with the Phils last season, notched 10 saves at Reading. Savery will try to channel his inner Rick Ankiel as the former number one pick continues his transition from pitcher to position player. Savery hit .348 with 22 total bases in 46 at-bats at Lehigh Valley. Collier, a first-round pick in 2008, sat out this year with a hand/wrist injury. Dugan was sidelined for the early portion of '10 with a foot infection, but returned to action with Williamsport in late August. Slayden, a non-roster invitee a season ago, announced his retirement from baseball late in '09, but it appears he’s giving it another crack at age 28.
(Roster provided by the Phillies, notes compiled by Matt Grassie for Beerleaguer)