Sunday, December 17, 2017
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Florida State League area team capsules

For schedules, go to minorleaguebaseball.com.

Charlotte Stone Crabs

(Rays affiliate)

Address: Charlotte Sports Park; 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte. From Tampa/St. Petersburg take Interstate 75 South, get off at Exit 179 toward North Port/Port Charlotte and turn right onto Toledo Blade Boulevard, turn right onto El Jobean Road and Charlotte Sports Park will be on the left.

Tickets: $9-$11 day of game; box office, ticketmaster.com or (941) 206-3511

Home opener: 6:30 Saturday against Fort Myers

Notables: Felipe Rivero is one of two left-handers in the Rays system to play in the 2012 Futures Game. The nondrafted free agent finished third in the organization with a 3.41 ERA last year. Outfielder Drew Vettleson was promoted from Bowling Green, where he set a franchise record last season with 139 hits. Third baseman Richie Shaffer, the Rays' first-round pick in June, hit .308 with a .406 on-base percentage and .487 slugging percentage in his system debut at short-season Hudson Valley.

Clearwater Threshers

(Phillies affiliate)

Address: Bright House Field; 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater (near intersection of Drew Street and U.S. 19)

Tickets: $5-$12; box office, threshersbaseball.com or (727) 467-4457

Home opener: 6:30 p.m. Friday against Dunedin

Notables: The Threshers have eight players who spent at least part of last season with the team. The top returners are Perci Garner, a former second-round pick who made 26 starts for Clearwater last year, and Carlos Alonso, who had 43 RBIs. Maikel Franco was promoted from low Class A Lakewood, where he had 32 doubles and 14 home runs last season.

Dunedin Blue Jays

(Blue Jays affiliate)

Address: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium; 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

Tickets: $7 general admission; box office, dunedinbluejays.com or (727) 733-9302

Home opener: 6:30 tonight against Clearwater

Notables: The full roster was not available, but right-hander Aaron Sanchez, probably Toronto's best remaining prospect after the parent club's offseason shopping spree, is expected to be assigned here. The 2010 first-round pick, who sits 94-98 mph with his fastball, was 8-5 with a 2.49 ERA last season at low Class A Lansing. Right-hander Jesse Hernandez, a nondrafted free agent out of Central Michigan, will be tonight's starter after going 1-5 with a 6.61 ERA with Dunedin last season. Also here is left-hander Ricky Romero, working on his mechanics after a 9-14, 5.77 season.

Tampa Yankees

(Yankees affiliate)

Address: Steinbrenner Field; 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa (corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard)

Tickets: $4-$6; seniors, military and children under 12 $3-$5; (813) 875-7753

Home opener: 7 tonight against Lakeland

Notables: Though a completed roster was not available, expected to be assigned here are outfielder Mason Williams and catcher Gary Sanchez, rated as New York's Nos. 1 and 3 prospects by Baseball America. Williams batted a combined .298 with 11 homers and 20 steals at low Class A Charleston and Tampa last season. Sanchez hit .290 with 18 home runs for the same two squads.

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

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