Weekly Off-season League Updates: 12/23/12

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sun, December 23, 2012 01:15 PM | Comments: 6
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We’re back with another edition of the (usually) weekly off-season league rundown. Read ahead, as we take a tour around the globe for a look at Phillies talents participating in various autumn and winter league action.

Venezuelan League-

Freddy Galvis (pictured, right) is batting .296 with 11 doubles, two triples, five homers and 28 RBI along with four steals through 57 games. The switch-hitting 23-year-old is riding a nine-game hitting streak, during which he is 13-for-39 (.333 avg). Galvis has been playing shortstop exclusively with Zulia.

Catcher Humberto Quintero, 33, has posted a .314 batting average with five doubles, one home run and nine RBI in 23 games for Zulia. The righty hitting Quintero was signed by the Phillies last month after playing in 43 games with the Royals last season.

Rule 5 draft choice Ender Inciarte, 22, is batting .234 with five doubles and a triple along with three steals through 44 games for Zulia. The lefty hitting center fielder batted .307 with 46 stolen bases combined at Class A and Class A Advanced in the Arizona system in 2012.

Second baseman Cesar Hernandez is batting .266 with a homer, 16 RBI and 14 steals through 44 games with Margarita. The 22-year-old switch-hitter batted a combined .291 with two homers and 57 RBI in 133 games in Double-A and Triple-A during the 2012 regular season.

Shortstop Edgar Duran has had a rough stretch, going just 2-for-23 (.087 avg) over his last 11 games. In 34 contests for Magarita, the 21-year-old has posted a .250 batting average, along with a homer and eight RBI.

Infielder Andres Blanco has a .167 batting average with two doubles, a triple and seven RBI in 26 games for Magallanes. Last season, with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, the 28-year-old Blanco batted .235 with 10 homers and 40 RBI in 120 games.

J.C. Ramirez has had an extremely difficult time in Venezuela, serving up a 12.38 ERA through 12 relief outings. The 24-year-old righty went 3-4 with 4 saves and a 4.01 ERA in 45 combined games at Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2012.

Lefty Cesar Jimenez has a 0-2 record with three saves and a 3.79 ERA in 21 appearances. Additionally, the 28-year-old, who was signed to a minor league deal earlier this month, has struck out 22 and walked only four in 19 innings pitched for Lara.

Australian League-

Righty hurler Josh Warner (pictured, left) made his season debut on Friday, allowing five hits and two earned runs in 2/3 of an inning for Brisbane. The 20-year-old went 5-7 with a 4.28 ERA while striking out 63 and walking 30 in 90 1/3 over 17 combined starts for short-season Williamsport and Class A Lakewood in 2012.

Infielder Carlos Alonso is sporting a .217 batting average with four doubles, one homer and four RBI in 23 contests with Brisbane. Alonso, a University of Delaware product, was the Phillies’ 32nd round draft choice in 2010.

Catcher Liam Bedford is batting .189 with two doubles and two RBI in 14 games for Melbourne.  The righty hitting 19-year-old batted .190 in 19 games with the Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2012.

Dominican League-

Outfielder Leandro Castro has a .313 batting average and just one extra-base hit, a double, along with four RBI in 32 games with Oriente. The 23-year-old was an All-Star in the Double-A Eastern League in 2012.

Also with Oriente, infielder Michael Martinez finally got his batting average above .200 with a 1-for-4 night on Friday that placed him at the .205 mark. The 30-year-old Martinez also has three doubles and nine RBI in 23 games.

Lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo has allowed two earned runs in 2 1/3 innings of work (7.71 ERA) in four outings for Cibao. Bastardo, 27, posted a 2-5 record with one save and a 4.33 ERA in 65 big league appearances with the Phillies in 2012.

Catcher Steven Lerud posted a .212 average along with a double, a homer and five RBI through 23 games with Este. Lerud made his big league debut with the Phillies in 2012, going 2-for-10 in three contests.

Hector Neris (pictured, right) has a 0-1 record with a 5.68 ERA in six games with Este. The 23-year-old right-hander had a 4-2 record with six saves, a 3.55 ERA and a 10.75 K/9 mark in 50 games with Class A Advanced Clearwater in 2012.

In eight outings with Este, Raul Valdes has a 1-2 record with a 3.09 ERA and a .203 batting average against. The left-handed Valdes posted a 2.90 ERA in 27 games with the Phillies in 2012.

Righty hurler Juan Morillo is sporting a 2.79 ERA with no decisions in 11 games with Escogido. Morillo, 29, pitched with Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2012.

Juan Sosa, a right-hander, has tallied a 1-0 record and a 4.61 ERA while striking out 14 and walking just three over 13 2/3 innings, in 14 relief outings with Licey. Sosa, 23, went 5-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 46 games with Clearwater this year.

Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rican) League-

Righty pitcher Julio Rodriguez has a 1-1 record with a 3.32 in eight games (two starts) with Carolina. The 22-year-old sported a 7-7 record with a 4.23 ERA in 29 games for Double-A Reading in 2012.

Mexican League-

Catcher Sebastian Valle is batting .205 with two home runs and nine RBI in 27 games with Los Mochis. Valle, 22, was an All-Star in the Double-A Eastern League in 2012 prior to earning a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Valle is on the Phils’ 40-man roster.

Continue to check out this site in the coming weeks and months for off-season updates and interviews.

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  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    For the most part, it looks like our guys are showing folks what stink is all about in the Latin leagues. Not a lot to sing about for sure.

    • Posts: 373 Jay Floyd

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      That’s a fair summary, Bart. With the Arizona Fall League over and Ruf & Gillies all through with the Caribbean leagues, Galvis is the only one making an impact. Valdes, Hernandez and Castro are fairing well though too, but nearly all the others are disappointing.

    • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

      Another piece in the Lee deal not looking so good.

  • Posts: 0 CS

    Dare I say Gillies has a lot to prove this spring. I’d love to see one of these MiLB players break out in camp and make the big show.

  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    you will see one pal. galvis will break camp with them. i’m one of the few people i think in the tri-state area who actually think galvis will hit in the biggies! will he hit like a jimmy rollins ? a big no. good and bad. i don’t think he’ll be as good as rollins when rollins is on his game.(when he wants to be on his game). and i don’t think he’s gonna go through continued long periods of time doing absolutely nothing like rollins does. i think he’s gonna end up being a .270- .285 hitter. not gonna hit 20-30 home runs. probably in the 10-15 range once he fills out in about 2-3 yrs. but the one thing i think he’ll bring for us as fans, is chooch like clutch hitting.
    remember he let the team in rbi last spring, and when he broke north for the season his ave wasn’t real good but his rbi were if not tops on the club but close to tops. and that was hitting out of the eight hole! and it took rollins amost 3-4 weeks to top freddy’s rbi total.
    i think the kids a player. a lot of people always refer to the light hitting or, he’s a good field no hit player. he doesn’t have the speed of a great player or the power of a basher, or the hitting prowess of a batting leader. but what i see from him is a very excellant SS for us who will be a
    solid hitter eventually. but what i see or saw from him last year was a baseball instinct that not a lot of todays players have. and that will endear him to us fans!

    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Ryne, let me start by wishing you a very happy holiday and a great 2013.

      And I agree that Galvis is a great fielder, and shows very good instincts, and I even think there’s a chance he could develop into a decent hitter.

      But I am going to disagree on some points:

      “(when he wants to be on his game)”
      - I suspect that how you think Rollins best helps the team, and how Rollins (and I) think he best helps the team, are two different things.
      - secondly, I find the idea that he doesn’t always want to do his best and help the team, ridiculous.

      “i don’t think he’s gonna go through continued long periods of time doing absolutely nothing like rollins does”
      - I don’t know that Rollins is any streakier, and more subject to prolonged slumps, than most hitters are
      - Fangraphs recently did a study of hitter “volatility” as they called it for 2012, and Rollins was found to be more consistent than average (52nd least volatile out of 265 qualifiers)

      “but the one thing i think he’ll bring for us as fans, is chooch like clutch hitting.”

      First, 200 plate appearances is not much to base this kind of prediction on. But if you’re going to go down this road, let’s see how Galvis compared to, oh let’s say Rollins, in “clutch” situations:
      with runners in scoring position:
      Galvis: .236/.263/.364 (.627 OPS)
      Rollins: .277/.364/.545 (.908 OPS)

      or with 2 outs and RISP:
      Galvis: .212/.257/.333 (.590 OPS)
      Rollins: .262/.368/.523 (.891 OPS)

      or in high leverage situations:
      Galvis: .152/.152/.182 (.333 OPS)
      Rollins: .368/.397/.585 (.981 OPS)

      I think we would all be very happy if Galvis brought us “Rollins-like clutch hitting”.

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