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Phillies Minor League Affiliates

Posted by Brian Michael, Sat, November 06, 2010 05:15 PM | | Comments: 0

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Lehigh Valley IronPigsLehigh Valley IronPigs – International League (Class AAA)

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are the Phillies’ Triple-A level affiliate. The club plays its home games at Coca Cola Park in Allentown, PA. The team was originally founded as the Ottawa Lynx in 1993, when they were an affiliate of the Montreal Expos. They later signed a player developmental agreement with the Baltimore Orioles that lasted from 2003 to 2006 until they joined the Phillies family.

Prior to the arrivial of the IronPigs, the previous Major League-affiliated baseball team to play in the Lehigh Valley was the Allentown Red Sox, a Class A Boston affiliate that departed for Johnstown, PA in 1960. Prior to 2007, the Phillies’ Triple A club was the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.

Entering the 2012 season, Hall of Fame player and one-time Phillies prospect Ryne Sandberg is the manager of the IronPigs. Sandberg took over as the skipper of the team prior to the 2011 season.

That year, the IronPigs reached the postseason for the first time since moving to Allentown, after finishing the regular season with an 80-64 record. They went on to lose in the Governors Cup Finals to the Columbus Clippers, an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

Notable Phillies that have played for the IronPigs include Mike Stutes, Kyle Kendrick and Domonic Brown.

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Review of Coca-Cola Park in Allentown PA

Reading FightinsReading Fightins – Eastern League (Class AA)

Clearwater Threshers – Florida State League (Class A)

The Clearwater Threshers are the Phillies’ Class A Advanced affiliate. The team plays in the Florida State League where they have won the league title twice (1993, 2007). Formerly known as the Clearwater Phillies, the club updated its name prior to the 2004 season.

The Phillies began their player development relationship with Clearwater after their affiliation with the Peninsula Pilots, who later became the Wilmington Blue Rocks, of the Carolina League ended in 1984.

Initially, the club called Jack Russell Memorial Stadium home. However, in 2004 the debut of a state-of-the-art facility brought the Thresher a new home to go along with their fresh name. Bright House Field (formerly Bright House Networks Field) has a seating capacity of 8,500, although with standing room ticket sales, the venue often exceeds 9,000 or 10,000 during the spring training season.

Heading into the 2012 season, the Threshers’ manager is former big league player Chris Truby. Previous managers for the Clearwater team include a few names that are rather familiar to long-time Phillies fanatics like Mike Schmidt, Dusty Wathan and Greg Legg.

Notable players that are Clearwater Phillies/Threshers alumni include Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell, Carlos Carrasco and Carlos Ruiz.

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Lakewood BlueClaws – South Atlantic League (Class A)

The Lakewood BlueClaws are the Class A affiliate of the Phillies. The team was founded in 1987 as the Fayetteville Generals, an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. In 1997, they were renamed the Cape Fear Crocs and switched their big league affiliation over to the Montreal Expos. Just four years later, the Crocs would change their name and affiliation once again.

The club made its debut as the Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws in 2001, joining the South Atlantic League as their northern most franchise. Prior to that switch, the Phillies’ SAL affiliate was the Piedmont Boll Weevils, from 1995-2000.

FirstEnergy Park is home to the BlueClaws and has a seating capacity of 6,588, however attendance often exceeds the 8,000 mark thanks to seating areas available on the grass berms in the outfield.

Due to their proximity to Philadelphia, the BlueClaws are often tapped as a rehab location for Phillies players that are recovering from injuries. In recent years, the team has played host to big leaguers such as Brett Myers, Shane Victorino, Joe Blanton, Brad Lidge and others.

Ryan Howard was the very first BlueClaws alum to play in a Major League game on September 1st, 2004.

In their 11 year history, Lakewood has won the SAL championship three times (2006, 2009 and 2010).

Heading into the 2012 season, former Phillies All-Star Mickey Morandini is the manager of the BlueClaws.

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Williamsport Crosscutters – New York-Penn League (Class A – short season)

The short-season Class A affiliate of the Phillies call Bowman Field, the second oldest minor league ballpark in the United States, home. Bowman Field is also home to the Pennsylvania College of Technology baseball team. The Crosscutters play in the New York-Penn League, where they were named co-champion in 2001 and won the league title in 2003.

The history of baseball in Williamsport dates back to the 1920’s, when the Williamsport Greys came on the scene. That team ceased to exist in 1962.

Formerly an affiliate of the Cubs, starting in 1977, the club resided in Geneva New York and moved to Williamsport, PA in 1994. The Williamsport team previously shared the name of that big league parent club. In 1999, the club switched affiliations and became known as the Crosscutters after beginning a relationship with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Well-known alumni of the Crosscutters include Rajai Davis, Justin DeFratus, Sergio Escalona, Tom Gorzelanny, Paul Maholm, Andrew McCutcheon, Brian Schlitter, Michael Schwimer, Mike Stutes and Vance Worley.

Other Phillies minor league teams:

  • GCL Phillies – Gulf Coast Rookie League
  • DSL Phillies – Dominican Summer Rookie League
  • VSL Phillies – Venezuelan Summer Rookie League

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