The Gulf Coast League (GCL) Phillies are a minor league baseball team located at the Carpenter Complex, in Clearwater, Florida. A member of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, the Phillies are an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The team is composed mainly of players who are in their first year of professional baseball as either draftees or non-drafted free agents from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and various other countries.
The GCL Phillies played some games at the Joe DiMaggio Complex in Clearwater in 2009 while the Carpenter Complex was being renovated. The GCL Phillies also play some home games at Bright House Field.
Beginning in the 2018 season, the Phillies have fielded two GCL teams, "East" and "West", named for the division in which it competes.
|Gulf Coast League Phillies|
Founded in 1984
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Gulf Coast League|
|Division||Northeast & Northwest Division|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (3)|
|Division titles (4)|
|Nickname||GCL Phillies (1984–2017)|
GCL Phillies East & GCL Phillies West (2018)
|Ballpark||Carpenter Complex (1984–present)|
Joe DiMaggio Complex (2009)
|Manager||Roly de Armas|
Gulf Coast League Phillies East roster
7-day injured list
Gulf Coast League Phillies West roster
7-day injured list
(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)
|1984||27-36||9th||Roly de Armas|
|2001||31-29||7th||Roly de Armas|
|2002||39-21||1st||Ruben Amaro||League Champs|
vs. GCL Dodgers (2 games to 1)
|2004||36-24||2nd(t)||Roly de Armas|
|2007||28-32||9th (t)||Roly de Armas|
|2008||33-25||4th||Roly de Armas||League Champs|
vs. GCL Nationals (2 games to 1)
Won in first round
vs. GCL Pirates (1 game to 0)
|2009||31-28||6th||Roly de Armas|
|2010||32-24||2nd||Roly de Armas||League Champs|
vs. GCL Rays (2 games to 1)
Won in first round
vs. GCL Mets (1 game to 0)
|2011||27-32||9th(t)||Roly de Armas|
|2012||28-30||8th||Roly de Armas|
|2013||30-30||6th(t)||Roly de Armas|
|2014||36-23||3rd||Roly de Armas|
|2015||36-24||4th||Roly de Armas|
|2016||43-15||1st||Roly de Armas||Lost league finals|
vs. GCL Cardinals (2 games to 1)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Braves (1 game to 0)
|2017||36-22||1st||Roly de Armas||Lost in 1st round|
vs. GCL Yankees East (1 game to 0)
|2018||30-24||6th (tie)||Roly de Armas|
|2018||30-24||6th (tie)||Nelson Prada|
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