Along with the instruction, teams do play games. It is very similar to Extended Spring Training. The Red Sox, Orioles and Rays have nearby facilities, so there are games. We won’t get any official statistics, but occasionally we get some reports on how players are doing.
With that introduction, here is a look at the players who will be participating in Florida Instructional League starting next week.
DJ Baxendale, Jose (JO) Berrios, Hudson Boyd, Josh Burris, JT (Jon) Chargois, Tyler Duffey, Andrew Ferreira, Dallas Gallant, Tyler Jones, Zach Jones, Yorman Landa, Brett Lee, Austin Malinowski, Andre Martinez, Chris Mazza, Mason Melotakis, Kaleb Merck, Josue Montanez, Luis Nunez, Hein Robb, Gonzalo Sanudo. (note – Luke Bard will be there rehabbing)
Kelly Cross, Jorge Fernandez, Tyler Grimes, Matt Koch, Bryan Santy
Niko Goodrum, Travis Harrison, DJ Hicks, Aderling Mejia, Levi Michael, German Minier, Jorge Polanco, Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano, Daniel Santana, Kennys Vargas
Byron Buxton, Romy Jimenez, Max Kepler, Zach Larson, Jeremias Pineda, Jake Proctor, Dereck Rodriguez, Adam Walker
When there are games, the team will be managed by Tommy Watkins with Henry Bonilla as his pitching coach. GCL manager Ramon Borrego , New Britain manager Jeff Smith and FT. Myers hitting coach Jim Dwyer will also be on the coaching staff. Pitching Coordinator Eric Rasmussen and Hitting Coordinator Bill Springman will work there. Paul Molitor will also be there as an instructor.
This is a good opportunity for more instruction for young developing players.