It's been a long time since the Phillies had as many prospects in the organization as they do now. Two Futures Games give the organization an opportunity to showcase some of those young players and also gives them the chance to play at Citizens Bank Park. Plus, the series will make a stop in Reading as part of the 50th season of the Phillies Double-A affiliate being in Reading.
On Thursday night, both Zach Eflin and Mark Appel will get to pitch for the Prospects Team against the Phillies roster, which still hasn't been completely hammered out. Friday night, the Phillies will play the Baltimore Orioles at Citizens Bank Park, before welcoming the Prospects Team to what may eventually be their home ballpark. Jake Thompson and Ricardo Pinto will pitch on Saturday. Thursday's game in Reading is scheduled for just seven innings.
The list of players making up the Prospects Team was released Wednesday and features some of the best in the organization.
Reading manager Dusty Wathan will manage the prospects team, with Frank Cacciatore serving as the hitting coach and Dave Lundquist serving as the team's pitching coach.