CLEARWATER, Fla. - A slew of former Clearwater Threshers will get a chance to make an impression with the Philadelphia Phillies this spring, with prospects JP Crawford and Scott Kingery headlining the list of Phillies non-roster invitees.
Of the 20 players invited to Major League spring training, ten are former Threshers.
Crawford, the top prospect in the Phillies farm system, played for Clearwater in 2014 and 2015 and hit a combined .305. The 22-year-old shortstop and former first round draft pick rose to Triple-A Lehigh Valley last summer after appearing in 11 games for the Phillies during spring training.
Kingery meanwhile is poised to make his debut in big league camp after an All-Star season for Clearwater in 2016.
As a mid-season and post-season All-Star in the Florida State League, Kingery hit .293 with 29 doubles, swiping 26 bases in 31 attempts as the Threshers second baseman. The 22-year-old has climbed quickly through the system after being drafted in the second round in 2015, He finished last year in Double-A Reading before representing the Phillies in the Arizona Fall League.
Catcher Chace Numata and pitcher Victor Arano will also don a Phillies uniform for the first time this February.
Numata is coming off a breakout season in which he contended for the Florida State League batting title and finished with a .308 average. The switch-hitting catcher ranked fourth in the FSL with a 39.8% caught-stealing rate, gunning down 33 of 83 would-be base stealers.
Arano also made a name for himself in 2016. The 21-year-old converted to the bullpen at the start of the year, pitching to a 2.29 ERA in 35 games with the Threshers. He was promoted to Reading on August 2, represented the Phillies in the Arizona Fall League, and was named an Organization All-Star by Milb.com.
Andrew Pullin earned a look from the big league club after a scorching .322 average combined between Clearwater and Reading last year. The 23-year-old outfielder also belted 14 home runs, matching his total from the previous year in which he led the Florida State League in that category.
First baseman Rhys Hoskins will make his Phillies spring debut after blasting 38 home runs for Reading last year, while outfielder Cameron Perkins earned his first invite after posting a .292 average for Lehigh Valley.
Catcher Logan Moore, first baseman Brock Stassi, and pitcher Colton Murray round out the list of former Threshers on the Phillies non-roster list.
Players who are not on a team's 40-man roster may receive a non-roster invitation to spring training, meaning a chance to attend Major League camp and compete for a spot on the big league club. While the majority will not open the season in the majors, it is a chance for prospects to showcase their skills on a bigger stage while facing a higher level of competition.
The Phillies open their spring schedule with an exhibition game against the University of Tampa on February 23, with first pitch at 1:05 p.m. at Spectrum Field.
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