I name-dropped the Phillies players on this year’s AFL Glendale Desert Dogs in Part 1. The other four clubs comprising the Dogs are the Dodgers, White Sox, Astros, and Pirates, and will be playing in Camelback Ranch Stadium in Glendale. This is the site of the Cactus League stadium that the Dodgers and White Sox share every Spring. So as you’ve learned from prior blogs, that means the Dodgers and White Sox are part of the Dogs every year, with the other three teams rotating. (The Phillies, Astros, and Pirates are Grapefruit League Spring teams, so they are part of the rotating pool every Fall.) Dogs got clobbered 18-3 yesterday, but are still off in first with their 6-2 record.
Here is the Dogs current team roster, and you can follow the check out the team stats here. The season is still young, but Phillies outfielder Aaron Brown is off to a pleasant start. Though Phils’ fans will be understandably reserved about promising OF prospects named Brown, he is a late replacement on the roster for the more promising OF prospect Dylan Cozens who hurt his arm trying to imitate Jeff Francoeur. Nick Pivetta, the pitcher the Phils acquired from the Nats in the Papelbon deal, hurt his oblique in his last start of the minor league season and was pulled from the AFL in favor of Yacksel Rios. Here’s the rundown on the Phils’ four relievers in the AFL.
Won’t know if there are any Phils’ players on the Taxi Squad until we get out there. Taxi Squad players can only be activated on Wednesdays and Saturdays, or to replace injured players on the roster. Go Dogs!