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June 16, 2013

Minor league baseball: Prada brings winning spirit to Cutters

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A total of 29 players are on the opening-day roster including the Phillies second round draft picks of outfielder Dylan Cozens (2012), catcher Andrew Knapp (2013) and right-handed pitcher Mitch Gueller, who was selected 54th overall in the 2012 draft.

Knapp, a switch-hitter who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, played college ball at the University of California.

"I am super excited to be here and to finally play some ball," Knapp said. "The Phillies do a great job with their minor league affiliates and building their players up to get to the big league and that is what I am here for: to get better and hopefully make it to the big leagues."

Knapp's father, Mike, was a draft pick of the then California Angels, and played 11 season in the minors. He made it as high as Triple-A in the Pacific Coast League.

"They'll be seeing a hard-working kid who knows how to play the game right and a player that hustles everywhere," he said of what the fans will see when he's behind the plate. "I'm a student of the game and I like to see myself as one of the smartest guys on the field. Being a catcher, I have to be a quarterback out there and call the game."

Pitcher Josh Warner from Queensland, Australia, is among five players on the roster this year who have played in Williamsport before.

"This year we have to do the small things, get runners over, get them in," Warner said of having a better record than last year. "We have to score runs any way we can. That was what we had trouble with last year in the early part of the season. I think our pitching is going to hold us up again this year."

Warner was 4-7 last year with an ERA of 4.19 in 15 games.

This years team features 14 players from Latin America and 13 players who have played together last season for the Gulf Coast League Phillies.

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