2010 VSL Phillies Debut Today

The season opener for the VSL Phillies is today.  The league started yesterday but with 7 teams in the league it was the Phillies that got the bye on day one.  Last year the team was a disappointing 27-42, though it should be noted that 8 players from that team plus newly signed Venezuelan LHP Lino Martinez were present in minor league spring training and in line to make their GCL debuts this summer.

A roster has been posted on the minor league site here: http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=t_ros&cid=661

A brief look at the roster shows 11 new players.  7 pitchers, 3 catchers, and 1 outfielder.  2 of the players are from Panama (OF Jorge Miranda, C Jose Mayorga) with the rest from Venezuela.  The youngest signee is 16-year-old LHP Audrys Mora with 3 additional 17-year-old pitchers (Ronald Mendez, Luis Morales, and Jean Calanche).  Mendez at 6’5″ and Morales at 6’3″ fit the mold of tall, projectable pitchers that the Phillie tend to like.

As for how good this team will be – it is hard to tell.  The team is relatively young, though should have a handful of veterans around that are not really prospects but should provide some leadership and quality play.  The biggest surprise is perhaps the return of LHP Ely Izturriaga this season.  Last year he played extremely well, putting up a 2.08 ERA in 39 innings before getting a promotion to GCL and being somewhat overmatched there (5.74 ERA).  On offense Luis Martinez is back in the outfield (.265, 2 HR) and Eduards Tolo (.284) is one of only 2 infielders listed on the roster.  2 catchers that showed some promise last year at age 17 (Enderson Villegas – .684 OPS, Willians Astudillo – .620 OPS) also return.

The graduates to minor league spring training are OF Bernardo Solarte, C Marco Davalillo, SS Nerio Rios, OF Rudney Balentien, OF Luis Unda, IF Carlos Perdomo, LHP Ervis Manzanillo, and RHP Juary Gomez.  Solarte and Rios are the high profile signings in that group (along with Lino Martinez this past winter).  Davalillo showed considerable offensive promise last year, hitting .336 with close to a .900 OPS.  Balentien also put up huge numbers on offense (8 HR in 91 AB) but was a little older and was in his 3rd complex season (it is rare when prospects spend more than a year or two in the complex leagues.)

The roster with only 2 infielders is probably a work in progress.  We will post some initial thoughts on the team after a couple of weeks along with a quick DSL preview when that season starts on May 29th.

5 thoughts on “2010 VSL Phillies Debut Today

  1. andyb – great post as always pertaining to the Latin leagues. Being able to get updates like these are one of the main reason’s why I come here at least 3 times a day to check for updates…cannot wait to see who shines in Venezuela this summer for the Fightin’s.

  2. Phillies have signed 16-year-old Czech pitcher Marek Minarik to a minor league contract.

  3. I noticed that a few days ago on Mister-Baseballs site. Not really sure what they are going for here.


    Thats the team he was playing on. Their stat categories are labeled a bit differently, but you should be able to get through it.

  4. Astudillo, listed as a catcher, played 2nd and Luis Martinez played 1st. The team had only 3 hits in their 1st game. A lot of the big boppers are in the US right now. It will be interesting to see who the hitters on this team.

    It’s just great to have another boxscore to visit.

  5. The position players from last season; Vernal Bogle, Nic Sosa, Hector Barrios, I suppose they’re out.

    According to the League Transactions, Ely Izzuriaga had been at XST and was sent to VZL. I did not see where he was there on a list to start Spring Training, nor did I Nerio Rios.

    With Rios and Perdomo as projected Middle Infield at GCL , Dominican signee Maikol Franco at 3B, I had thought they might list Dominican Geancarlo Mendez at 2B, but it looks like he slides to 1B, to compete with Luis Unda and the draftee Ryan Bollinger, that’s how I have it. If they slide Unda to the OF, he competes with Balentien and Solarte and Dominican Winder Torres. Then at Catcher I have Marco Davalillo competing with UDFA Ryan Gugel. That’s how I see it. Note: some some consider Rookie Level Types I see at Williamsport. So , the GCL Roster is now well positioned for a full complement of U.S. High School draftees, who may or may not supplant these guys as Starters.

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