Off-season League Notes: 1/13/13 – Phillies Nation
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Off-season League Notes: 1/13/13

It’s time, once again, to travel around the globe as we review how Phillies talents are performing in off-season and winter leagues.  Be warned that news is becoming quite limited, as the closer things get to spring training, the less there is to report.

In the Caribbean Leagues, teams have begun playing in their second wave of the season, as the top four teams from the Dominican and Puerto Rico leagues as well as the top five from the Venezuelan Winter League meet in a round robin style stretch of contests in their respective leagues, with the top two advancing to each league’s finals.

Shortstop Freddy Galvis (pictured) has been steadily batting lead-off with Zulia during their run in the VWL’s round robin semi-finals. In eight contests in the semi’s, the 23-year-old is batting .353 with 11 RBI. Galvis has seemed rusty in the field this month, after taking some time off at the close of the regular season, committing four errors in his first six round robin games.

Phillies Rule 5 pick Ender Inciarte has not been playing regularly, going 2-for-5 with two sacrifice bunts in two contests for Zulia last week. 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.

In Puerto Rico’s Roberto Clemente League, righty hurler Julio Rodriguez has struggled for Carolina in the round robin semi’s. In two games, the 22-year-old has tallied a 36.00 ERA. Last season for Double-A Reading, Rodriguez posted a 7-7- record with a 4.23 ERA and a 9.13 K/9 mark in 29 games (22 starts).

Outfield prospect Leandro Castro is 2-for-10 with an RBI in four Dominican League round robin games for Oriente, while Castro’s teammate Michael Martinez is 0-for-4 with two walks in three games.

In the Mexican League, which features a more traditional bracket style playoff system, righty hurler Rodrigo Lopez has helped Culiacan reach the semi-finals.  In seven regular season outings in the Mexican League, RoLo posted a 5-1 record along with a 0.91 ERA.  Additionally, the 37-year-old Lopez let up just one earned run in 6 1/3 innings in his lone playoff start thus far.

In the Australian Baseball League, which is still in the midst of its regular season…

Tim Kennelly was back in action this week, after the reigning league MVP took seven weeks off at the request of the Phillies. In three games, Kennelly went 4-for-13 with two RBI. Overall in seven games as an offensive player, the 26-year-old has a .276 batting average with a double and four RBI. Additionally, Kennelly has pitched in two contests, allowing three earned runs in two innings (13.50 ERA).

University of Delaware product Carlos Alonso, 24, is sporting a .200 batting average along with one homer and six RBI in 36 games for Brisbane. The righty hitting infielder posted a .278/.363/.352 line for Class A Advanced Clearwater in 2012.

Right-hander Josh Warner, who is a native Australian, has had a tough time in the ABL, posting a 7.11 ERA in five relief outings for Brisbane. On the bright side, the 20-year-old has struck out 10 batters and walked only one in 6 1/3 innings. Warner pitched with the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters and the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws is 2012.

Catcher Liam Bedford, also a native of Australia, has posted a .180 average with two doubles and two RBI in 22 games for Melbourne. The 19-year-old tallied a .130 average in 19 games for the Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2012.

Infielder Jeremy Barnes, who played with Clearwater, Reading and Lehigh Valley in 2012, is batting .321 with three homers and 21 RBI in 36 games for Canberra.



  1. Bart Shart

    January 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Nice to see Freddy Galvis improving with the bat. The rest of the guys looks like somewhat of a disappointment.

  2. The Original Chuck P

    January 14, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Larry Greene… still early but what do you make of him? Expected more raw power but was pleasantly surprised by his batting eye in terms of his walk rate and on base percentage (.373 OBP last year – a team high for the Crosscutters). He’ll definitely need to cut down on his strikeouts unless he taps into that power… As a left fielder, I’d say he’s definitely adequate – 7 assists and only 4 errors in 70 games is very good but the range is limited. I’d say 2012 presented a very mixed bag for the youngster – not to be overlooked is the fact that he showed up out of shape – but I think he has the potential to be great. I’m pretty excited to see what he can do in 2013 with a better grasp of what it means to be a professional.

    • Ken Bland

      January 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Little risky acknowledging a high OBP against a level of competition like as far south as the suburbs go. Consider how much of a problem there is finding a depth of MLB guys that throw striles, and it’s a real adventure in the low minors. Long, long way to go for Larry Greene.

      The MAN has been, and continues to be…

      • The Original Chuck P

        January 21, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        I like Quinn but he has a loooong way to go, too. 27 errors in 66 games… not the strongest arm, either. His speed will play at the big league level but his glove has to get better and they have to figure out if he can stick as a switch hitter (a long process).

        Greene, on the other hand, has to tap into his power and show up for an entire season. Otherwise, I’d say he’s ahead of schedule. Not a lot of range there but 4 errors and 7 assists in 70 games are both good enough to play at the big league level in left field. MLB prospect re-rank has him fourth in our system…

        Quinn got hit by 11 pitches in 66 games… that’s a lot. Utley was hit 12 times in 83 games last year.

      • Ken Bland

        January 22, 2013 at 10:50 am

        I’m not defending Quinn on the 27 errors in 66 games, but I will point out that in many instances, although I can’t think of one example, guys that wind up competent fielders in the bigs carry outrageously bad fielding percentages from MILB days. The fielding conditions at the big league level, between the lighting and field condition are said to be light years better.
        So for myself, I wouldn’t pay more than a fraction of an attention to his record to date.

    • Lefty

      January 21, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      OCP- In light of the Harbaugh brothers meeting in the Superbowl, I was wondering if you guys had ever done a list of baseball players or coaches that played each other in a league championship or world series?

      • Ken Bland

        January 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

        1964 Cards-Yanks. Ken and Clete Boyer. There was a 3rd Boyer, too, Cloyd.

        Somewhere along the line, it would seem likely that the Van Arsdales matched up in an NBA playoff series. That’s Tom and Dick. Wonder if there’s another Van Arsdale running around named Harry. It’s quite possible that Tom’s 10 or so year NBA career didn’t include 1 playoff game. I wanna say they both maybe played at Indiana, and maybe experienced some team success together in the college ranks. Same team is a little boring, I guess. Paul and Dizzy musta won World Series ring(s) together.

        Wonder if 2 brothers (or sisters) ever acted in the same movie, let alone a Super Bowl equal Oscar winner.

        Sutter family had 6 sons all play NHL hockey around a similar time. Probably some deep into the playoff family action there. Probably some teammates (probably on the Islanders, too).

        Wonder if 2 brothers or sisters ever co anchored local or network news, or played in the same rock band as professionals. The latter musta happened.

        Muhammad Ali and Rachman Ali were the Hank and Tommy Aaron of boxing, so no brotherly heavyweight matchup there.

        Seems like maybe Bruno Sammartino mighta had a little brother. If a guy in Bruno’s sport could have a little brother.

        Wonder if 2 brothers from the same mob family ever were involved in the same whack assignment.

        No matter how many examples of any of the above exsist, this must blow the Harbaugh family away. What really blows me away is just how close this rarity came to happeneing 2 years in a row. Once is mind boggling enough.

      • Lefty

        January 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        Mind boggling- Agreed and thanks.

  3. scott

    January 15, 2013 at 3:44 am

    PED issue aside, I have to say I’m bullish on Galvis. Watching his at bats in 2012, I think he could eventually end up being a slightly above average hitter. I hope he gets enough ABs this year to better show his potential. This is looking too far head, but for me his true value will be in 2014 due to the flexibility he provides from a positional and payroll standpoint.

    If he starts in 2014 at either 2b/3b, you can afford a big name at 2b or 3b. If he stays in a utility role, it makes it easier to gamble on Asche at 3b going into 2014 and/or sign Utley on an incentive laden contract. You could also slide Jimmy to 3b and put Galvis at SS if Jimmy’s defense goes downhill in 2013.

    Glad he’s doing well in winter ball and I hope it carries over to the season.

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