Puerto Rico high schoolers to play in Florida

Development Program slated for games vs. Canada Juniors, Minor Leaguers

Puerto Rico high schoolers to play in Florida

A team comprised of players from the Puerto Rico Development Program will participate in a series of practices and games at Spring Training complexes in Florida for six days starting Thursday at Huggins-Stengel Field in St. Petersburg.

The team, which is comprised of 33 Puerto Rican high school players, is scheduled to play against the Canada Junior National Team in its first game Friday at Huggins-Stengel Field. The team will also play against a team of Baltimore Minor League players Saturday at Ed Smith Complex in Sarasota, against Philadelphia Minor Leaguers at Carpenter Complex on Sunday and against a team of Toronto Minor Leaguers on March 16 at Cecil P. Englebert Complex in Dunedin.

The games conclude with another matchup against the Canada Junior National Team on March 17 at Walter Fuller Complex in St. Petersburg.

Former Major Leaguer catcher Raul Casanova, who played nine seasons in the Major Leagues with Detroit, Milwaukee, Baltimore, the Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay and the New York Mets, will manage the team. Jose Vidro, a three-time All-Star who played 12 seasons as a second baseman in the big leagues with Montreal/Washington and Seattle, will be the team's first-base coach.

Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.