Seven Phillies prospects will join forces with players from the Reds, Twins, Padres and Mariners on the Peoria Javelinas squad when fall league action gets underway Tuesday in Arizona.
Reading skipper Dusty Wathan will oversee a talented roster that includes several top-ranked Phillies, including catcher Tommy Joseph, who came to the Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade. Breakout third baseman Cody Asche tries to build on his sizzling summer in Reading, where he was a .300/.360/.513 hitter with 10 homers in 285 plate appearances. The Phils will also gain a better look at reliever Kyle Simon, who was acquired in the mid-summer Jim Thome deal with Baltimore. The 22-year-old righty posted a 1.42 ERA and 21/5 K/BB in 25 1-3 innings with Reading. Other participants include Reading relievers Tyler Knigge, Jay Johnson and Colby Shreve and 2008 supplemental first-rounder Zach Collier, who spent 2012 in Clearwater's outfield.