Fightin’ Phils Release 2018 Opening Day Roster

(Photo of Cornelius Randolph courtesy of the Lakewood BlueClaws.)

The Reading Fightin Phils released their 2018 Opening Day roster. Reading opens the season Thursday night at home against Erie.

The roster features four of the top 25 players on the PBI Top 80 Prospects List for 2018 and eight of the top 50 prospects. Of the 25 players on the roster, 13 are ranked among the top 80 prospects in the Phillies organization.

Pitchers
Harold Arauz – RHP
Trevor Bettencourt – RHP
Garrett Cleavinger – LHP
Seranthony Dominguez – RHP
Edgar Garcia – RHP
Tyler Gilbert – LHP
Franklyn Kilome – RHP
Luke Leftwich – RHP
Seth McGarry – RHP
JoJo Romero – LHP
Ranger Suarez – LHP
Jacob Waguespack – RHP

Catchers
Austin Bossart
Deivi Grullon

Infielders
Brendon Bednar
Malquin Canelo
Zach Green
Emmanuel Marrero
Kyle Martin
Heiker Meneses
Damek Tomscha

Outfielders
Zach Coppola
Jan Hernandez
Cornelius Randolph
Jiandido Tromp

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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