Phils, prospects to square off in exhibition games

Eflin, Appel, Thompson, Pinto will see mound time

Phils, prospects to square off in exhibition games

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- 2016 is about the future, so it makes sense that the Phillies are playing two of their final three exhibition games against some of their top prospects.

They will play seven innings Thursday night in Reading, Pa., and Zach Eflin and Mark Appel will pitch for the prospects' team. The Phillies play the prospects again Saturday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Jake Thompson and Ricardo Pinto will pitch that game.

Top Prospects: Eflin, PHI

In between, the Phillies will host the Orioles on Friday night.

Here is the prospects roster:

Pitchers (nine): Right-handers Thompson (No. 2), Appel (No. 4), Pinto (No. 10), Eflin (No. 13), Edubray Ramos (No. 29), Victor Arano, Miguel Nunez, and left-handers Joely Rodriguez and Tom Windle.

Top Prospects: Thompson, PHI

Catchers (two): Jorge Alfaro (No. 6) and Andrew Knapp (No. 9). 

Infielders (nine): J.P. Crawford (No. 1), Scott Kingery (No. 11), Malquin Canelo (No. 12), Rhys Hoskins (No. 20), Tommy Joseph, Angelo Mora, Brock Stassi, Jesmuel Valentin and Mitch Walding.

Top Prospects: Crawford, PHI

Outfielders (six): Nick Williams (No. 3), Roman Quinn (No. 7), Carlos Tocci (No. 14), Dylan Cozens (No. 23), Aaron Brown (No. 28) and Andrew Pullin.

Kalas scholarship
The Phillies Broadcasters Foundation announced that the deadline to apply for its 2016 Kalas Award is May 31.

The Kalas Award is given to a college student(s) who has a stated desire and shown initiative towards a career in sports broadcasting. Applications are available online at phillybroadcasters.org.

Baron's book
Former Phillies public relations boss Larry Shenk has written a book, The Fightin' Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits. Shenk is the Phillies' unofficial historian, having spent more than 50 years with the organization.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.