Yankees, Phillies alternate site squads to play exhibition games

Apr. 3—SWB, Lehigh Valley will host 18-game exhibition slate.

Even with a month chopped off their season, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Lehigh Valley IronPigs are slated for 36 meetings this year.

So, what’s 18 more?

The alternate site players for the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies are scheduled to meet for a series of games before the start of the minor league season, beginning today at 3:05 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown. On Sunday, the squads will play at PNC Field at 4:05 p.m.

For the most part, they’ll play four times per week, with the last coming May 1 in Allentown. The RailRiders begin the regular season May 4 at the Syracuse Mets.

Yankees-Phillies Alternate Site Exhibition Games

April 3: at Lehigh Valley, 3:05 p.m.

April 4: at Scranton/WB, 4:05 p.m.

April 6: at Lehigh Valley, 1:05 p.m.

April 7: at Lehigh Valley, 12:05 p.m.

April 10: at Scranton/WB, 3:05 p.m.

April 11: at Scranton/WB, 1:05 p.m.

April 14: at Scranton/WB, 3:05 p.m.

April 15: at Scranton/WB, 3:05 p.m.

April 17: at Lehigh Valley, 4:05 p.m.

April 18: at Scranton/WB, 4:05 p.m.

April 19: at Lehigh Valley, 3:05 p.m.

April 21: at Lehigh Valley, 12:05 p.m.

April 24: at Scranton/WB, 3:05 p.m.

April 25: at Lehigh Valley, 1:05 p.m.

April 27: at Scranton/WB, 3:05 p.m.

April 28: at Lehigh Valley, 3:05 p.m.

April 29: at Scranton/WB, 3:05 p.m.

May 1: at Lehigh Valley, 4:05 p.m.

Lehigh Valley announced it will allow fans for three of the games it hosts, April 17 (4:05 p.m.), April 25 (1:05 p.m.) and the finale May 1 (4:05 p.m.). Tickets went on sale Friday, and can be purchased in pods of two, three or four.

RailRiders president John Adams said he’s considering allowing fans for some games at PNC Field, too, but wants to see how things progress with the first handful of games.

“We just want to have more confidence in what the schedule is going to be,” he said. “Are they going to easily cancel these things for myriad of reasons? Are they going to consistently play a decent amount of innings?

“I just want to see some of it unfold before we make some commitments and build up anticipation for fans, etc. So, we’re going to monitor how it goes and it’ll be under consideration, but just, we weren’t ready to pull the trigger yet.”

It’s still a big change from last year’s alternate site bubble at PNC Field. Then, players were limited to intrasquad competitions and not actual games. Pitchers would face the same group of hitters without much of a defense behind them. Hitters took batting practices on some days and faced live arms on others. The site was closed to fans, scouts, media — anyone who wasn’t affiliated with the team.

Playing the Phillies could offer a little more normalcy this year, with the IronPigs even billing them as “spring training” games.

The Yankees have yet to release their alternate site roster, though top prospects like pitchers Deivi Garcia and Luis Gil and outfielder Estevan Florial, and some familiar RailRiders, like first baseman Mike Ford, infielders Thairo Estrada and Armando Alvarez and outfielder Trey Amburgey are certainly possibilities to be on the squad.

The Phillies’ roster includes utilityman Scott Kingery, outfielder Odúbel Herrera, pitchers Bryan Mitchell, Enyel De Los Santos and Neftalí Feliz and 13 of the team’s top 30 prospects, according to MLB.com. Pitchers Spencer Howard (No. 1), Franklin Morales (No. 4) and Adonis Medina (No. 11), catcher Rafael Marchán and outfielder Mickey Moniak (No. 12), the top overall pick in 2016, highlight that group.

The RailRiders have yet to put single-game tickets on sale for the regular season, but Adams said it’s possible at least the on-sale date is announced next week. The home opener is May 11 against Lehigh Valley.

“There’s a process that we’re going to go through with our season ticket holders and making sure that they’re seated and are taken care of first,” he said.

Philadelphia Phillies Alternate Site Roster

Pitchers (17): Tyler Carr, Enyel De Los Santos, Kyle Dohy (MLB.com No. 27 Phillies prospect), Bailey Falter, Neftalí Feliz, JD Hammer, Spencer Howard (No. 1), Damon Jones (No. 14), Mauricio Llovera (No. 18), Adonis Medina (No. 11), Bryan Mitchell, Francisco Morales (No. 4), David Parkinson, David Paulino, JoJo Romero (No. 15), Ramón Rosso (No. 21), Cristopher Sánchez (No. 25)

Catchers (3): Edgar Cabral, Rodolfo Durán (No. 20), Rafael Marchán (No. 5)

Infielders (6): Daniel Brito, Darick Hall, Scott Kingery, Austin Listi, Nick Maton (No. 19), Luke Williams

Outfielders (4): Odúbel Herrera, Travis Jankowski, Mickey Moniak (No. 12), Matt Vierling

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