The Phillies’ clubhouse was a little roomier Sunday morning after 10 players were shipped off to the minor-league complex on Saturday. For several of the players, the move was hardly a demotion. Some of the organization’s top prospects got a month-long taste of the big leagues and now must prepare for their respective minor-league seasons and the climb toward Philadelphia.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. mentioned that he was particularly impressed with third baseman Cody Asche, catcher Tommy Joseph and pitchers Adam Morgan, Ethan Martin and Jonathan Pettibone.
“I think our future is very bright with these players,” Amaro said.
Manager Charlie Manuel liked what he saw of Asche, 22, and Joseph, 21.
“They’re advanced players,” he said.
The Phils could have openings at third base and catcher next season as Michael Young and Carlos Ruiz are both in the final year of their contracts. Could Asche and Joseph be ready for prime time in 2014?
“Maybe,” Amaro said. “It’s hard to tell. It depends on how they advance. Neither has played Triple A ball yet.”
Here are a few notes, quotes and anecdotes about the time that Asche, Joseph, Morgan, Martin and Pettibone spent in big-league camp.
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