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February 13, 2013 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
Excerpt from Daly News staff writer David Murphy's post on High Cheese, Phillies blog: THE FIRST RULE of Clearwater is you do not talk about Clearwater. Actually, that's not true. In fact, it doesn't make sense. Because I'm about to talk about Clearwater to you. Every year around this time I get a slew of emails asking for some recon on the spring-training home of your Fightin' Phils. So, I figured, why not write up a little cheat sheet for everybody to access. This cheat sheet will be tailored to those who usually drink a beer or two when engaging in any sort of vacation activity.
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April 4, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most of the attention on the Phillies minor leagues will be focused in Reading, where the team's top pitching prospects will gather. But a step lower in high-A Clearwater, Fla., where there's far less public attention, the team is building talent just as significant for the long term. And one of the team's more intriguing talents is outfielder Aaron Brown. Brown, 22, was drafted last June in the third round out of Pepperdine. All of the team's first six picks were from college.
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June 17, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Joe Jordan, in preparation for his new job as the Phillies' personnel director, spent countless hours watching video of minor-leaguers this offseason. He also had numerous conversations with his fellow members of the player development department in an effort to get to know as much as he could about the farm system. Tyler Knigge's name was not one that came up often. "Coming into the year . . . we talked about him a little bit, but not a great deal," Jordan said last week at Bright House Field.
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June 3, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cameron Perkins was not taken until the sixth round of last year's draft, but he is the closest member from the Phillies' class of 2012 to the big leagues. "Cameron has been kind of a surprise," said Marti Wolever, the Phillies' assistant general manager in charge of amateur scouting. "When you look at him as an outsider looking in, he's a little knock- kneed and he kind of looks like Bambi when he runs sometimes. The bottom line is the results on the field and they were pretty good in college and they've been pretty good here.
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June 19, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
Chase Utley will take the next step in his rehab when he starts at second base Monday night for Class A Clearwater. Utley has been the designated hitter in his three Florida State League games. He played a few innings in the field Friday in a minor league exhibition between the Phillies' rookie leagues affiliates. Clearwater, coming off the All-Star break, hosts Dunedin at Bright House Field. Utley, who will hit third Monday, is 1-for-13 (.077) in three games with two runs scored.
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June 17, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford is being promoted from low single-A Lakewood to advanced single-A Clearwater. In an accompanying move, Clearwater's Roman Quinn is being moved from shortstop to center field, a position he played in high school. Crawford, a shortstop, will join Clearwater on Wednesday, a day after participating in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Hickory, N.C. "We felt that J.P. handled himself well at Lakewood and felt it was time for him to move to the Florida State League," Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, said Sunday.
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September 8, 1989 | By Peter Pascarelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
The shake-up in the Phillies' minor-league organization resumed yesterday with the announcement that Reading manager Mike Hart and Clearwater manager Glenn Gulliver had not been re-hired. Clearwater coach Tim Corcoran also was dropped. No replacements were named by general manager Lee Thomas and player- development director Del Unser, who assumed that position earlier this week. However, it appears that former Phils manager Lee Elia, who was fired recently as a coach with the New York Yankees, will be hired as manager of the Clearwater club.
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February 8, 2013 | BY MATTHEW ELWELL, Daily News Staff Writer elwellm@phillynews.com
IF OPENING DAY represents the entrée and spring training the appetizer, then Wednesday's moment could be considered the hot bread presented before the appetizer for Phillies fans. As pitchers and catchers prepare to report to Clearwater on Feb. 13, more than a dozen Phillies employees were busy packing up a 53-foot equipment truck early Wednesday morning before sending it on its way to the Sunshine State. The Phillie Phanatic was present, loading the last item, and the truck began the 2-day, 1,058-mile migration south to Bright House Field, traveling through eight states in the process.
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August 27, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the second straight season, lefthander Jesse Biddle is finishing fast after starting slow. Biddle, the Phillies' first-round draft choice (27th overall) in the 2010 draft out of Germantown Friends, was 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA in four April starts for high-single-A Clearwater, Fla. He bounced back to go 2-0 with a 1.36 ERA in six May starts and was on his way. With Thursday's 3-0 win over the Daytona Cubs, Biddle ran his scoreless inning streak to 16. In his previous start, he threw seven no-hit innings in an 11-0 win over Brevard County.
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July 22, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clearwater outfielder Cameron Perkins admits that his first ever baseball injury tested his patience. Perkins, a sixth-round draft choice in 2012 out of Purdue, fractured a bone in his left wrist when he was hit by a pitch on May 31. After sitting out five weeks, he played two games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies before returning to Clearwater's lineup on July 5. Entering the weekend, Perkins was hitting .317 with five home runs, 40...
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May 8, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
J.P. Crawford's season debut proved to be worth the wait. The Phillies top prospect went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run Wednesday afternoon for the single-A Clearwater Threshers. Crawford, 20, missed the first month of the season after straining his left oblique late in spring training. The shortstop batted leadoff and was used as a designated hitter. Crawford reached base four times, scored twice, and drove in three runs as the Threshers defeated Brevard County, 7-3. Crawford said he will play in the field Thursday and Friday.
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May 5, 2015
MIAMI - A left oblique strain cost J.P. Crawford the first three-plus weeks of his second full professional season, but the Phillies' top prospect is set to return to the field this week. The Phillies are targeting Wednesday as Crawford's day to come off the disabled list and make his season debut for high-A Clearwater. That hinges on the 20-year-old shortstop completing two more extended spring training games Monday and Tuesday in which he will play nine innings in the field, according to director of player development Joe Jordan.
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April 20, 2015
Clearwater Threshers 5-3 Tied-first in Florida State League North
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April 4, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Most of the attention on the Phillies minor leagues will be focused in Reading, where the team's top pitching prospects will gather. But a step lower in high-A Clearwater, Fla., where there's far less public attention, the team is building talent just as significant for the long term. And one of the team's more intriguing talents is outfielder Aaron Brown. Brown, 22, was drafted last June in the third round out of Pepperdine. All of the team's first six picks were from college.
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April 2, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
DUNEDIN, Fla. - On the list of things no Phillies fans want to see in the final days of spring training, watching a guy who might very well be the team's most popular player leave a game with an injury would rank fairly high. But that's what happened yesterday afternoon in Dunedin. Ken Giles, the 24-year-old reliever who provided must-see TV as a rookie last season with his triple-digit radar-gun fastball, came out after facing only one hitter during the eighth inning against the Blue Jays.
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April 2, 2015 | By Matt Breen and Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writers
DUNEDIN, Fla. - Sean O'Sullivan arrived at the Phillies' minor-league complex before sunrise Tuesday. The 27-year-old righthander did not know that in a little more than five hours he would start a 10-6 loss to the Blue Jays. "My wife was looking online and she said, 'Hey I think you're starting for the Phillies tomorrow,' " O'Sullivan said. "And I was like, 'I'm not going to believe anything until someone tells me what's happening.' " O'Sullivan, a potential temporary No. 5 starter, allowed four runs on five hits and was removed in the fifth inning after a leadoff home run. The Phillies could avoid using a fifth starter until April 12 and will likely need to fill only two or three starts until Chad Billingsley is ready.
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March 30, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Much of baseball's appeal relies on its unchanging nature. The 2015 game, between the lines at least, is virtually indistinguishable from that of 1965 or even 1915. It's a comfortable continuum that fosters, more than any other sport, generational interaction, comparisons between eras, and historical reverence. But baseball's ancient moat isn't so wide that it can exclude change completely. Right now, for example, in Clearwater, Fla., Phillies players are wrapping up a spring training their distant predecessors would have thought impossible.
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March 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The word "normal" has been uttered countless times early this spring training from Cliff Lee. That's nothing but a positive for the Phillies in the case of their 36-year-old lefthander, coming off last year's season-ending elbow strain. Thursday afternoon he will make his first start since July 31 when he pitches against the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Fla. Lee, one of the Phillies' potential trade chips, is expected to pitch the first two innings. Righthander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is scheduled to follow with his first outing of the spring.
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March 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jonathan Pettibone visited three doctors and underwent several MRI exams last year but never got an answer as to what was ailing his pitching shoulder. It was not until a surgeon looked inside his shoulder, the 24-year-old righthander said Saturday, that Pettibone learned the problem. He underwent an operation June 17 to repair a labrum tear. His 2015 season will begin after most of the other starters in the Phillies' major-league camp. "It was a relief, I guess, at the time," he said of finally discerning the reason for his shoulder problems.
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February 16, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Pitchers, catchers, and a bunch of guys the Phillies spent the offseason trying to trade will report to spring training Thursday. Contrary to popular belief, this team is going to be a contender. No, they are not going to be in the National League East race or even fighting for one of the league's two wild-card spots. They will, however, compete for the title of the Most Awkward Spring Training in franchise history. If you think that's an easy pursuit, you must have forgotten some of the absurd things that have happened in the past under the palm trees in Clearwater, Fla. Sure, that first Ryan Howard news conference of the spring is going to be uncomfortable for both him and the media.
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