CLEARWATER, Fla. — Sunday was a day of rest at minor-league camp, as the Phillies made their cuts and assembled the rosters for their four full-season minor-league affiliates. The most recognizable names cut were 22-year-old infielder Geancarlo Mendez and 23-year-old righthander Paul Cusick (a Penn grad and 2011 29th rounder).
But the more interesting factoids are the working groups the Phillies have established. Again, these aren't set in stone, but they are what the Phillies intend to use right now in Lakewood, Clearwater, Reading and Lehigh Valley.
Three of the four so-called "Baby Aces" are slated to begin at double-A Reading. Brody Colvin, as expected, will start at single-A Clearwater. Trevor May, Jonathan Pettibone and Julio Rodriguez are with the Reading group.
Reading will be teeming with well-known prospects, as Tyson Gillies and Jiwan James are also assigned to that group. Catcher Sebastian Valle will be there, too.
Both of the Phillies top two 2011 picks, Larry Greene Jr. and Roman Quinn, appear to be destined for extended spring training. They were both drafted out of high school and apparently didn't leave a good enough impression to break camp with a full-season team.
Tyler Greene, an 11th-round pick in 2011 who the Phillies paid well over slot to sign, should begin at single-A Lakewood. He's played shortstop to rave reviews at the Carpenter Complex this spring.
The Lakewood outfield will be an interesting spot to watch with Aaron Altherr, Gauntlett Eldemire, Kyrell Hudson and Brian Pointer slated to be there. Impressive third base prospect Maikel Franco will be in Lakewood, too.
At triple A, the Phillies have signed Chin-lung Hu to add infield depth. He began 2011 on the Mets opening day roster and hit .050 in 20 at-bats.
Finally, you should check out our extensive minor-league coverage, including our recently released Top 25 Phillies Prospect List.
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