Phillies Add Five Players to 40-Man Roster

galvis.jpgThe Phillies added five players to the 40-man roster, which protects them from the Rule 5 Draft:

  • Right-hander Justin De Fratus. De Fratus, an 11th-round selection in the 2007 draft, split the season between single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading. In a career-high 49 games, the 23-year-old went 3-0 with 21 saves and a 1.94 ERA. He held opposing hitters to a .208 average and struck out 71 batters in 65.0 innings. In the Arizona Fall League, De Fratus threw 7.0 scoreless innings for the Mesa Solar Sox with one save and 11 strikeouts, earning him a selection to the AFL Rising Stars Game.
  • Shortstop Freddy Galvis. Galvis, who just turned 21 last Sunday, spent this past season with Reading. He led all Eastern League shortstops with a .982 fielding percentage in 2010, committing just 11 errors in 624 total chances. In 138 games, the switch-hitting Galvis batted .233 with five home runs, 48 RBI and 16 stolen bases. He was originally signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2006.
  • Second baseman Harold Garcia. Garcia, a 24-year-old second baseman, split the season between Clearwater and Reading. In July, he broke a 59-year-old Florida State League record by hitting safely in 37 consecutive games. Signed as an amateur free agent in 2004, the Venezuelan native hit .305 this season with eight home runs, 64 RBI and 29 stolen bases in 101 combined games.

  • Second baesman Cesar Hernandez. Hernandez, a switch-hitting second baseman, spent the entire season with single-A Williamsport. In 65 games with the Crosscutters, the 20-year-old batted .325 with 23 RBI and 32 stolen bases. Hernandez was originally signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2006 out of Valencia, Venezuela.
  • Infielder Matt Rizzotti. Rizzotti, 24, played at three different levels last season (Clearwater, Reading, and triple-A Lehigh Valley). A sixth-round selection in the 2007 draft, Rizzotti led the entire organization with a .343 average and slugged 36 doubles, 17 home runs and 76 RBI in 125 combined games. The first baseman was elected to both the midseason and postseason Eastern League All-Star teams, was named the Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for May and earned Eastern League Player of the Month honors for June. Rizzotti also batted .333 with 12 RBI in 19 games for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.

The Phillies now have 40 players on the 40-man roster.

Notables not protected for the Rule 5 Draft include Joe Savery, D’Arby Myers and Tuffy Gosewisch. It was not surprising they were not added.


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I guess Galvis is the top SS prospect in the Phils’ system? He’d better learn to hit. If he can field .982 on those Eastern League infields he ought to be able to do better on big league grounds.
With Amaro saying he’s going to let Jimmy play out his contract, all of a sudden it’s good to be a shortstop in the Phils system. Galvin is going to have to hit, though.
The shortstop position could wind up being what 3B was after Schmidt retired. Nobody to pick up the pieces.

Good stuff as always, Todd.
Do wish you’d add (OBP/SLG/OPS) with the stats, but that’s nitpicking.
One of the best blogs around. Can’t wait ’till pitchers and catchers.

I don’t think Amaro ever said that he was going to let JRoll play out his contract. He just said he wasn’t ready to do anything yet. JRoll has to prove he can stay healthy.
And yeah, Galvis is a wizard with the glove, but there are a million of guys like that. A guy like JRoll is one in a million.

Zach Duke was just designated by the Pirates. I’d sign him to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Perhaps he could win the 5th starter role over KK??

phan: Ruben Amaro on Rollins, October 25, 2010:

In a Monday morning meeting with the press, Amaro was asked if the team would look to extend Rollins with a new contract or let the 2011 season play out.

?I think we?ll probably let things play out,? Amaro said.

?There is some concern about his production obviously the last couple of years; he?s a much better player than he?s played,? Amaro said.

?We just have to make sure that he?s healthy. I think the most important thing is to get him back on the field.

?I don?t think he ever really got a chance to get into any type of rhythm offensively, and part of that as his health and it?s going to be something that he?s going to have to be mindful of. Jimmy is a guy that has probably played in more games over the last 10 years, or has more plate appearances than (anyone in the game). At some point that starts to take its toll. I think Jimmy will be cognizant of that.?

I do read, you know. I’m not making this stuff up.

Read the question Amaro was asked. “Things,” like the contract is a thing. It doesn’t mean that he won’t let his contract play out either. He has already said he wants the team to get younger.

?I think we?ll probably let things play out,?
This does not mean that he will play his contract through, merely that Amaro wants some reassurance.

I interpret it the same as verbalcyanide. If Rollins comes to camp in great shape and doesn’t break down, they will negotiate an extension at some point. He is too important to the makeup of this team, and he is still arguably the best fielding SS in the league.

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