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Jack McCaffery is the lead sports columnist for the Daily Times and He has spent several decades covering everything from the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, to college hoops, to high school sports in Delco.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Crawford, Appel among Phillies prospects heading to Clearwater

The Phillies will give nine of their marquee farm-system players a look during spring training.
The prospects, all with familiar names, were formally invited Wednesday to Clearwater. They include:
n Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, a right-handed pitcher acquired from Houston in the trade for Ken Giles. He was 10-3 in the minors last season.
n J.P. Crawford, heralded as the Phils' top prospect. In Clearwater and Reading last season, the shortstop hit .288 with a .414 slugging percentage.
n Zach Eflin, a right-handed pitcher who was 8-6 with a 3.69 ERA in Reading. He arrived through Los Angeles in the trade for Jimmy Rollins.
n Andrew Knapp, a switch-hitting catcher who had 13 minor-league homers last year.
n Gabriel Lino, a 22-year-old catcher acquired in 2012 from Baltimore in a trade involving Jim Thome.
n Logan Moore, a catcher who hit .253 last season.
n Brock Stassi, whose .300 average, 32 doubles and 15 home runs helped him become the Eastern League MVP in 2015.
n Jake Thompson, a right-handed pitcher who went 5-1 with a 1.80 ERA in seven starts after arriving from Texas in the swap for Cole Hamels.
n Nick Williams, 22, a power-hitting outfielder also acquired in the Hamels trade. He had a .491 minor-league slugging percentage last summer.


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