Monday is the start of the 2011 Venezuelan Summer League season. The Phillies play a 72-game schedule through early August with games usually played in the morning Monday through Saturday each week with Sunday being an off day. Last year the Phillies finished in 5th place with a 32-36 record.
It looks like the VSL is down to six teams in 2011 as the Cardinals are no longer listed with a team. More major league clubs are going to multiple Dominican Summer League squads as political and social unrest in Venezuela presents challenges. The Phillies have invested in a state-of-the-art complex in the country, however, and appear willing to keep their team as long as they can.
While the listed rosters are probably nowhere close to final, the Phillies do have a number of new players listed on their roster. Note that none of these new players have received a published bonus as the Phillies typically announce the bonuses that exceed $100,000. Thus it is hard to project how good this team will be. They do appear to have a number of holdovers from last year such as 3B Willians Astudillo, CF Rosmel Fajardo and RHP Jorge Guzman.
The new players for 2011 include the following:
Keivi Rojas (age 18, RHP) 6'0" 170 Liberio Bohorquez (age 18, RHP) 6' 0" 170 Manaure Martinez (age 19, RHP) 6' 1" 155 Wilson Garcia (age 17, C ) 5' 11" 160, switch hitter Frank Rivas (age 18, C) 5' 11" 180 Jair Morelos (age 17, SS) 5' 10" 150, left handed from Columbia Francisco Herrera (age 17, 3B) 5' 11" 185 Alejandro Garcia (age 16, OF) 6' 3" 150 right handed Aaron Altherr clone