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The two top catching prospects in the Phillies organizations were given their starting points for the season

With two prime catching prospects, the Phillies had a bit of a dilemma on which one to put where. They settled the issue Friday when they sent one to Lehigh Valley and the other to Reading.

Sometimes, things turn out just how you kind of figured that they would. The long rumored move for the Phillies was that they would send Andrew Knapp to Triple-A Lehigh Valley as the every day catcher there and put Jorge Alfaro at Double-A Reading, so he too, could be catching every day. On Friday, the Phillies made those moves official when they optioned Alfaro to Reading and assigned Knapp to Lehigh Valley. Since Knapp is not on the 40-man roster, the Phillies would have to have a spot for him if they were to decide to bring him to the majors at any point during the season.

Reliever Jimmy Cordero was also optioned to Double-A Reading.

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While Knapp has been touted as a potential catcher of the future, his 2015 season really cemented that, at least until Alfaro was acquired in the Cole Hamels trade. Knapp opened the year at Clearwater, but was brought up to Reading in late June, after hitting .262 in 63 games at Clearwater. While his numbers with the Threshers were good, Knapp went on a tear once he reached Double-A, hitting .360 with 11 of his 13 home runs coming in the 55 games he played with the Fightin' Phils. He finished the season with an overall average of .308, the highest of his professional career. 

There was some speculation that the Phillies might move Knapp out from behind the plate, especially when they had him six of his 15 games in the Arizona Fall League at first base. Having either he or Alfaro change positions is still an option at some point, but for now, the Phillies will keep both behind the plate. First base at Lehigh Valley will likely be handled by Knapp's Reading teammate Brock Stassi, who was the Eastern League MVP last season.

A couple of weeks before Knapp was promoted to Reading, Jorge Alfaro's season was halted by a serious ankle injury that required surgery to repair a tendon in his left ankle. While he was on the DL, Alfaro was traded to the Phillies, but was only able to play three games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies before their season ended at the beginning of September. Alfaro played 13 games in the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .262 with one home run and three RBI.


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