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Some of the Phillies top prospects received invitations to join the team in Clearwater for Spring Training.

Many of the top Phillies prospects will automatically be in camp with the team this Spring, since they're on the 40-man roster. For others though, there were special invitations given out to the big party.

A Spring Training invitation doesn't mean you're being looked at seriously to make the big league club. In most cases, it's already known that you're not going north with the team and your stay could be pretty short. What it does mean, is that you're getting there. The team knows who you are, they like what they see and they at least want you to spend a little time with the big league club, see how things work and get to know some of the guys and the routines, because you're getting close.

Some of the players aren't even prospects. They're veteran players who have a shot at making the club, but are more likely serving as insurance in case a player is needed during the season. In the case of some, they're there to be an extra body. The best examples are catchers Logan Moore and Chace Numata, who will be able to help give all of the pitchers in camp somebody to throw to.

Before issuing their official invitations, the Phillies had already invited lefty Sean Burnett, infielders Pedro Florimon and Hector Gomez and outfielder Daniel Nava to Clearwater. Joining the list of invitees are...

LHP Cesar Ramos
RHPs Victor Arano, Pedro Beato, Dalier Hinojosa, Michael Mariot and Colton Murray
Cs Bryan Holaday, Moore and Numata
1B Rhys Hoskins and Brock Stassi
2B Scott Kingery
SS J.P. Crawford
INF Taylor Featherston
OFs Cam Perkins and Andrew Pullin

This is the second season that shortstop J.P. Crawford has gone to camp with the big league club. It's likely that he'll be in the majors for the first time at some point during the season, even if it comes as a September call-up. Hoskins gained recognition last season for his power display as a member of the Reading Fightins, finishing second to teammate Dylan Cozens for the minor league lead in home runs. As a member of the 40-man roster, Cozens will also be in camp, as will pitchers Mark AppelBen LivelyRicardo PintoNick Pivetta and Jake Thompson, catchers Jorge Alfaro and Andrew Knapp, infielder Jesmuel Valentin and outfielders Aaron AltherrRoman Quinn and Nick Williams.

Pitchers and catchers report to the complex in Clearwater on February 13th and the first full squad workout takes place four days later.

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