Phils AAA squad opens spring with a win

While the rosters aren't set, the Phillies minor league players have been grouped into squads with a reasonable resemblance to where the players might be assigned to start the season. The AAA squad played their first game Tuesday, collecting a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays AAA team.

The Phillies' Triple-A Spring Training squad opened play Tuesday afternoon with a 4-2 win over the Blue Jays team in a shortened game in Clearwater.

Former IronPigs shortstop Michael Martinez went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, while first baseman Cody Overbeck contributed two hits and an RBI to pace the 11-hit attack.

Martinez, who batted atop the lineup also added a triple, one of seven extra basehits for the team. The other six were doubles, collected by Matt Tolbert, Cody Asche, Jim Murphy, Derrick Mitchell, Troy Hanzawa and Tyler Henson.

Tolbert and Asche also each added an RBI.

Left-hander Adam Morgan, ranked as the fifth best prospect in the system by Philly Baseball Insider, started and went four innings, allowing a pair of hits and runs while walking two and fanning four. The 23-year old was followed by Kyle Simon, who worked a perfect 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Asche, who enters the season as the number seven prospect in the system according to Philly Baseball Insider, was impressive with his play in Major League camp. The 22-year old third base prospect appeared in eight games, going 5-for-14 (.357) with a pair of doubles prior to his reassignment to minor league camp. While Asche had a good day at the plate, he did commit two errors defensively.

Although Asche was initially thought to be ticketed for Reading to at least start the upcoming campaign, he is certainly a candidate to open 2013 in the Lehigh Valley.

The Phillies' Triple-A squad (1-0) will next take on the Pirates in Bradenton Wednesday.


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