Philadelphia Phillies (Grapefruit League 0-0)
vs. No. 10 Florida State Seminoles (6-1, ACC 0-0)
The Philadelphia Phillies will host the ACC’s Florida State Seminoles in an exhibition once again before opening the Grapefruit League schedule against the New York Yankees on Saturday.
Minor league prospect Austin Hyatt will get the start for the defending NL East champions, and he is expected to go for two innings before the Phillies begin rotating in a number of relievers and minor league starting prospects on the mound. Other pitchers expected to pitch Wednesday afternoon in Clearwater are Jake Diekman, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimmer, Joe Savery, J.C. Ramirez, B.J. Rosenberg and Phillippe Aumont.
While the Phillies will hold off on using their more big-name pitchers for Grapefruit League play, the starting lineup will feature some of the familiar faces, including Jimmy Rollins in the lead-off position, Hunter Pence in right field and Shane Victorino in center. Today’s game will also be an opportunity for Domonic Brown to begin making his case for a roster spot as he patrols left field. The likely left fielder, once Ryan Howard returns from a likely stint on the disabled list, John Mayberry, will get the start at first base. For both players it will be a chance to prove to manager Charlie Manuel what worth they bring to the club at the start of the season and beyond.
A few of the regulars will sit out the exhibition game. Ryan Howard is not expected any time soon of course, but Charlie Manuel will hold out Chase Utley, Placido Polanco, Carlos Ruiz and Brian Schneider as well.
While the Phillies will use this game as a warm up for the spring schedule, Florida State will use this as a chance to see what they have against one of the best in the major leagues.
“I think that it’s memories that they will cherish for the rest of their life, said Florida State manager Mike Martin on Seminoles.com. “It’s just fun for our guys to see how they stack up against major league pitching, playing with wood in a game that is attended by a lot of folks in the Clearwater area.”
“There’s not any pressure out there on them, we’re not there trying to win the game. We’re out there competing and if we happen to win it, fine but it’s just fun for everybody.”
Florida State’s James Ramsey was recently named the ACC Player of the Week, and for the second time in his career after leading the Noles to a 3-1 record last week. Ramsey hit .545 (6-for-11) and walked seven times in 19 plate appearances in four games against Jacksonville State and Florida International. He currently leads the ACC in batting with a .579 batting average, 13 walks, 15 runs, and an on-base percentage of .765 and slugging percentage of 1.105.
- SS Jimmy Rollins
- DH Juan Pierre
- CF Shane Victorino
- RF Hunter Pence
- 3B Ty Wigginton
- LF Domonic Brown
- 1B John Mayberry Jr.
- 2B Michael Martinez
- C TuffyGosewisch
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