While we still don't know which of the Phillies top prospects will be in camp with the big league club, we can pretty much surmise what a roster filled with top prospects from the Phillies farm system would look like. Imagine that lineup going head-to-head with the Phillies big league club in an exhibition game at a minor league ballpark and you have the idea behind the Phillies Future Series.
The inaugural game is set for March 31, 2016 at Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium. It kicks off Reading's celebration of their 50th season as an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, the longest such affiliation in baseball.
“2016 is going to be a very special year in Baseballtown,” said Fightins General Manager Scott Hunsicker. “The Phillies Future Game is the first of its kind as we celebrate 50 seasons with the Phillies by showcasing the organization’s future. This game will be a must-see event for fans of the Phillies and the Reading Fightins. To have the longest affiliation in all of Minor League Baseball and be affiliated with such a classy organization like the Phillies is such an honor. The Phillies Future Game is the perfect way to kick off the next chapter of our tremendous and storied affiliation. We can’t thank the Phillies enough for bringing this event to Reading.”
In the past, the Phillies have played exhibition games against their minor league affiliates, with the last being in 2008 for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs inaugural season and the opening of Coca-Cola Park. The last exhibition game with the Phillies in Reading was on May 8, 2000, a rare in-season exhibition game.
The Fightins will be announcing a number of special promotions and celebrations to celebrate the 50th season of being an affiliate of the Phillies. One other promotion that has already been announced is to honor veterans and active duty military members at each home game. The honory for each particular game will receive complimentary tickets for themselves and their family, have their military story announced to the crowd and receive recognition by having the American flag flying outside the stadium flying in their honor for that game.
Anyone interested in saluting a veteran should contact the Reading Fightins at 610-370-BALL to reserve a date.