One of Spring Training’s great secrets in Clearwater is the opportunity to see minor league games on the back fields of Carpenter Complex located adjacent to the major league field.
You can park your car and stroll right into the cloverleaf of four fields, named after each of the four Phillies Hall of Famers of the modern era, Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Steve Carlton, and Mike Schmidt, where you’ll find at least one or two minor league teams playing a game. When you’ve heard that non 40 man roster players have been assigned to the minor league complex as cuts are made during spring training, this is what they mean. If you keep you ears open you might bump into Sal Agostinelli, International Scouting Directory for the Phils.
Given the proximity of Dunedin to Clearwater, you’ll often find the Phillies minor leaguers competing against players for the Blue Jays’ system. Names now recognizable to Phillies fans such as catcher Jorge Alfaro or outfielder Dylan Cozens, and to Blue Jays fans such as first baseman Rowdy Tellez, are readily accessible. It’s like being at a high school game with a handful of fans in the stands – more intimate than any other setting because they’re not playing in a stadium that seats thousands. A nice chance to see some of these prospects up close and personal in an intimate setting, particularly on a day or time when the big club isn’t playing. You might even see an old familiar face, like former Phils’ third baseman Charlie Hayes, now a coach for the rookie club of the Gulf Coast League Phillies, who still favors uniform #13, and a touching sight such as Dallas Green’s empty parking spot.