With Opening Day less than a month away and Spring Training nearing the halfway point, The Philadelphia Phillies made their first set of roster moves sending those players they feel need more seasoning and at bats to minor league camp.
Some of those names include potential future IronPigs and Phillies top prospects Rhys Hoskins, Dylan Cozens, Elniery Garcia and Victor Arano.
For Cozens, he burst on to the Spring Training scene blasting a two-run home run in the Phillies exhibition game on Feb. 23 against the University Of Tampa. In that game, Cozens went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI. In total for Major League Spring Training, Cozens batted .190-0-3 and stole three bases while appearing in 11 games.
As for his fellow Reading teammate from 2016 Hoskins, the power-hitting first baseman hit .278-2-3 with six walks and two doubles in 10 games.
Elniery Garcia and Victor Arano may not begin the season with the IronPigs, but fans may not have to wait long for the two to make their way to the Lehigh Valley.
Garcia, a southpaw, dominated the Florida State League with the Clearwater Threshers in 2016. The Cotui Santiago, DR, native went 12-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) and struck out a career-high 91 batters. For his efforts in 2016, Garcia was named an MiLB.com organizational All-Star for the Phillies and was also named a midseason All-Star in the Florida State League.
Arano, who split the 2016 campaign between Clearwater and Reading went a combined 5-2 with a 2.26 ERA in 46 appearances striking out 95 total batters. Arano, like Garcia was named an MiLB.com organizational All-Star for the Phillies for his 2016 season.
Phillies Triple-A action at Spring Training begins on March 14, at 1:00 p.m. as the Phillies Triple-A squad open play against the Blue Jays Triple-A team at the Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fl.