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De Fratus, Rizzotti and Other 40-Man Players

defratus.jpgIt’s no secret the Phillies are looking for bullpen help.

They’re looking at left-handers like Hisanori Takahashi, Pedro Feliciano, Brian Fuentes and Arthur Rhodes. They could bring back Chad Durbin, too.

But the Phillies also will need help from pitchers already in the organization, like Antonio Bastardo, Scott Mathieson, David Herndon and Mike Zagurski. Throw Justin De Fratus into the mix. The Phillies must place De Fratus on the 40-man roster by tommorrow’s midnight deadline to avoid exposing him to the Rule 5 Draft, and they will.

The Phillies have other players they must protect or risk losing them. The most notable include Joe Savery, Matt Rizzotti, D’Arby Myers, Freddy Galvis and Harold Garcia. Savery is being converted from a pitcher to a hitter, so he is unlikely to be protected. Rizzotti is a talented hitter, but his path to the big leagues is blocked by Ryan Howard. Myers is a fourth-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft who had a .678 OPS last season with Class A Clearwater. Galvis is a top shortstop, although he has struggled with the bat. Garcia is a top second base prospect.

De Fratus, an 11th-round pick in 2007, certainly is worth watching next year. He went a combined 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA in 49 appearances with Class A Clearwater and Double-A Reading and has struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings in the Arizona Fall League.

“He hasn’t had a chance to perform in front of Charlie (Manuel), Rich (Dubee) and the Major League staff,” assistant general manager Chuck LaMar said. “I think he’s going to open up some eyes. I think he’s going to get people’s attention in Spring Training with not only his physical ability, but how confidently he goes about his business. Whether he’s ready or not is yet to be seen. Only time will tell that, but I think he’ll at least be on the radar screen by the end of Spring Training.


Savery Picks Up A Bat

Rick Ankiel resurrected his career when he stepped off the mound and grabbed a bat.

Joe Savery could do the same.

Phillies assistant general manager Chuck LaMar said yesterday that Savery will see some time this season as a hitter with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He also said the Phillies are considering bringing him to the instructional league to hit.

Savery, the team’s first-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, is 1-10 with a 5.09 ERA in 24 games (16 starts) with the IronPigs. He moved to the bullpen earlier this season, but returned to the rotation because of various injuries and roster moves.

Savery played college baseball at Rice, where he hit .360 with 18 doubles, four home runs and 54 RBIs in 64 games as a senior. He has hit .273 (6-for-22) with one double, one home run and two RBIs this season in limited at-bats with Lehigh Valley.

“We still think of him — and I still think he thinks of himself — as a potential Major League starter,” LaMar said. “He has struggled as a pitcher and he has shown some promise as a hitter. We knew he had the ability at home plate, but we wanted to let him pitch and let him get to the Triple-A level and see where pitching takes him. So we’ll give him the opportunity to hit in a couple games this year, and hopefully, we’ll bring him to instructional league and let him continue to swing a bat.”


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Domonic Brown Headed to Triple-A

The Phillies today promoted top prospect Domonic Brown to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Here is what Phillies assistant general manager Chuck LaMar had to say earlier today:

Question: You always say the player will tell you when he is ready to get moved up. Why was he ready?
Answer: He’s been impressive all year. He came into Major League camp (in Spring Training) with the right attitude toward improving his skills, working hard every day, finding that consistency. Consistency is the real difference between a Double-A prospect and a successful Major League player. There are a lot of Double-A prospects that have the physical ability to play in the Major Leagues, but it’s when they become consistent with their results and their mental approach to the game. People don’t understand how hard it is to play 162 games and then the postseason at the Major League level. Those guys have to be consistent every day, and Domonic came into camp with that mindset. When we set him to Minor League camp he didn’t miss a beat. When he went to Double-A he started out great then had a couple of injury setbacks. His approach to the game was as impressive as the results.

Question: Fans hear about his talent, they see his numbers in Reading and they wonder, why can’t this guy be in the big leagues right now?
Answer: Truly, he’s an athlete that continues to refine his baseball skills every day. Even though he grew up playing the game he also grew up playing another game, and was pretty good at it. Anytime you deal with a dual sport player with Domonic’s athleticism, usually it just takes time for him to grow into the game. Just continue to grow in all areas of the game, and he has done that. He has shown no sign of leveling off. We use the word high-ceiling a lot when talking about prospects. But Domonic Brown, even though he’s putting up good numbers in Double-A, he’s just now starting to scratch the surface on his ceiling as a potential Major League player. You don’t want to rush him, but you also want to challenge him. It’s a very fine line. We’ve tried to do that with him. We’ve tried not to rush him, but challenge him and that’s why the move to Triple-A we feel like he’s going to be challenged. And yet he’s not going to be over his head and I think he’ll respond. Even though he’s 22 going on 23, this is a player that we’re going to look up at and he’s getting better at 23, 24, 25, whereas a lot of guys are about as good as they’re going to get. I think Domonic is going to continue to get better over the next two or three years. We don’t see someone, ‘We better hurry up and get him to the Major League level because he’s developed and he’s about as good as he’s going to get.’ This kid’s got a chance to get better at all phases of the game.


Phanatic Meets the Simpsons

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In case, you haven’t seen this: the Phanatic made a cameo in an episode of The Simpsons. Thanks to The Fightins. The 700 Level has the video.


Got a couple e-mails wondering why Chase Utley wore his socks up during a Minor League scrimmage Saturday at the Carpenter Complex. First, the Phillies require all Minor Leaguers to wear their socks up. It’s a uniformity thing. Major Leaguers are exempt from this rule in spring training, but Utley followed the program anyway.

“I didn’t want to stand out,” Utley said. “They were nice enough to let me play in their game, so I figured I would respect them and do what they do.”

The subtle gesture did not go unnoticed.

“It just shows his humbleness, if you would,” Phillies assistant general manager Chuck LaMar said. “It shows his respect for the game. He was here at one time. He’s a star because of the way he conducts himself. It doesn’t surprise me.”


Give Julian Tavarez an award for honesty. He had no job offers other than one from the Nationals. He explained his decision to accept a minor-league contract from them to The Washington Post: “Why did I sign with the Nationals? When you go to a club at 4 in the morning, and you’re just waiting, waiting, a 600-pounder looks like J-Lo. And to me this is Jennifer Lopez right here. It’s 4 in the morning. Too much to drink. So, Nationals: Jennifer Lopez to me.”

Hey, everybody! I’m your new teammate, Julian!


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Hamels Looks Like Hamels In Spring Debut

hamels 0304.jpgCole Hamels
threw two scoreless innings today in a 9-2 victory over Team Canada, eh.

Hamels, who was making his spring debut, has been brought along slowly after he threw 262 1/3 innings in 2008. But Hamels is on target to start Opening Night on April 5 against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park.


John Mayberry Jr. went 2 for 3 with a two-run home run to left field in the fourth inning. He crushed it. The man has some serious power, and like I’ve said before he is giving the front office and coaching staff something to think about as they figure out how to compose their bench. … Raul Ibanez went 1 for 3 with a bases-loaded double. … Oh, yeah, because this game was an exhibition with Canada, you won’t find these statistics in their overall spring training statistics. So today happened, but it didn’t happen, you know?


Jimmy Rollins is having back discomfort? It appears so, although he played nine innings today for Team USA.


A report has linked Phillies assistant general manager Chuck Lamar to the GM vacancy with the Washington Nationals. It’s not far fetched. Nationals president Stan Kasten knows Lamar from their days in Atlanta. Lamar also worked with the Nationals in 2007 before he joined the Phillies last year.

The Nationals have not contacted the Phillies for permission to speak with Lamar about the job.

“I haven’t talked to Stan,” Lamar said.

Lamar didn’t say much when asked about his interest in the job or interest in becoming a GM again. Lamar served as the Tampa Bay Rays general manager from 1995 – 2005.

“All I’m worried about is tomorrow at 11 o’clock when we have our first minor league meeting,” he said. “We have a 150 players into camp, so I’m thinking about that right now.”


MLB Network features the Phillies tomorrow during its 30 on 30 program. We have a tie-in of sorts with a Q&A with Charlie Manuel, a minor-league organizational report and more tomorrow on the Web site.