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2013 Spring Training

Phillies Send Four To Minors

Some of the tough roster decisions were started this morning as LHPs Jake Diekman and Cesar Jimenez, RHP Justin De Fratus, and INF Josh Fields were reassigned to Minor League camp this morning per Chris Branch. Diekman was the strongest Spring performer out of the four, posting a 5.00 ERA and 14 Ks in 9 IP and according to Ryan Lawrence, Diekman drew “(rave) reviews from teammates” while being told to focus on off-speed pitches. De Fratus ended his Spring campaign with five straight scoreless outings but will start the year with the IronPigs after posting a 6.43 ERA and 1.429 WHIP. Fields (.208/.269/.333 in 26 PA) and Jimenez (5 Ks, 5 H in 2.2 IP) seemingly never factored into the Phillies’ plans this Spring.

For those keeping score at home Diekman and De Fratus were optioned to Lehigh Valley while Fields and Jiminez were reassigned there as non-roster invitees.

The Phillies now have 35 players left in Big League camp.



  1. Lefty

    March 17, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I really like Diekman, but he just doesn’t appear to be able to control his pitches well enough for the bigs yet. He has good stuff, and is young enough to get his walks down. I’m hopeful he’ll be called on later in the year, but think the Phils are making the right move with him now.

  2. Tom

    March 17, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Diekman and DeFratus will be back in the near future.Better for them to get some work and improve in LH Valley so that they will be ready when needed!!

  3. Jaron B

    March 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I really like Diekman, too. He needs to take 1-or-2 mph off his 97-mph fastball to gain some control… did Dubee and Nichols work with him on this? For both Deikman and De Fratus, it is unfair to send them down to minor league camp this soon, especially with their potential. Diekman struck out 35 batters in 27 1/3 IP last year and De Fratus has a five-appearance scoreless streak. Well, at least both of them WILL see time with the Phils in 2013 given the team uses about ten relievers per season.

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