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Baseballtown Charities and the Reading Fightin Phils have joined together with the Philadelphia Phillies to present the fourth annual Baseballtown Charities Phillies Winter Tour! The tour will be an online series of interviews streamed on Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Twitter, Twitch and YouTube. It will include exclusive interviews of current Philadelphia Phillies players and coaches. Be a part of the show! All proceeds benefit Baseballtown Charities and its programs and facilities.

Schedule of Events

Online Auction (Ends March 14 -9pm)


Orion Kerkering had a 2023 season unlike many players have ever experienced. He began the season with Single-A Clearwater and impressed with an upper-90's fastball and wicked breaking pitch. Over nine appearances with the Threshers, Kerkering did not allow a run and only surrendered two hits. After earning a swift call-up to High-A Jersey Shore, Kerkering pitched to the tune of 1.77 ERA over 18 appearances for the BlueClaws. Kerkering was then promoted to Double-A Reading in July and once again impressed. Through the end of the Double-A season , he had a 2.05 ERA over 21 appearances, and registered seven saves. Following the conclusion of Reading's season in September he received a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. After only one appearance with the IronPigs, Kerkering got the call to the Phillies. He made his Major League debut on September 24 and made the Phillies postseason roster. Kerkering was drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2022 out of South Florida. He was born in Huntington Beach, California, but went to high school in Venice, Florida.

Al Pedrique will return as the Manager of the Fightin Phils in 2024 for his second season. Pedrique guided the team to a 59-77 finish in 2023, but the team boasted many accomplishments on and off the field. Three players from the 2023 team played in Major League games, while two made big league debuts in Johan Rojas and Orion Kerkering. Prior to joining the Phillies organization in 2023, Pedrique served as the third-base coach for the Miami Marlins. He also made previous stops with the Athletics, Yankees, Astros, Diamondbacks and Royals organizations as a coach and manager. As a player, Pedrique signed with the New York Mets at 17-years old out of Venezuela. During his playing career he made stops in the Mets, Pirates, Tigers, Athletics, Royals and Marlins organizations. He made his big-league debut in 1987 with the Mets.

Brock Stassi returns to Reading in 2024 as the hitting coach for the Fightin Phils. It will be his second season as a coach in the Phillies organization as he was the hitting coach for High-A Jersey Shore in 2023. Stassi spent multiple seasons as a player for the Fightin Phils. He notably spent time from 2014-15 in Baseballtown, and again in 2021. In 2015, Stassi turned in an excellent season, hitting .300 with 15 home runs and 90 runs batted in. The Phillies drafted him in the 33rd round of the 2011 drafted out of the University of Nevada. After spending nearly six years in the Phillies Minor League system, Stassi made his Major League debut in 2017, after making the team following an excellent spring training. Stassi played briefly in the Twins and Giants organizations, before playing Independent Ball and eventually signing back with the Phillies in 2021.

Andrew Baker joined the Fightin Phils in the later part of the 2022 season and returned to Baseballtown for all of 2023. His arsenal features a fastball that consistently sits in the upper-90's and will frequently hit 100 miles per hour. He also includes a wicked off-speed pitch, keeping opposing hitters off kilter. The Phillies selected Baker in the 11th round of the 2021 draft out of Chipola Junior College in Florida. Baker began his career at Chipola, spent 2020 at Auburn, and returned to Chipola for his final season in 2021. In 2022 with Reading, Baker had a 0.84 ERA to finish the season. In 2023, Baker boasted an impressive 14 strikeouts per nine inning ratio.

Preston Mattingly joined the Phillies organization in September of 2021 as the Director of Player Development. He was recently promoted this offseason to the Phillies Assistant General Manager, Player Development. Mattingly is the son of former Major League Manager Don Mattingly. Preston signed to play college baseball at Tennessee, but was drafted with the 31st overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Dodgers. Mattingly also spent time in the minor league systems of the Guardians and Yankees. Following his baseball playing days, Mattingly went on to play college basketball at Lamar University, where he became the team captain and graduated in 2016. Prior to the Phillies, Mattingly worked in the Padres Player Development System before joining the Phillies in 2021.