This post will provide a brief summary about the new names seen on the minor league work groups this spring. There are more than 20 players on the minor league spring training rosters that are new signings or who played last year in one of the two Latin American complex leagues (the DSL and VSL).
The big news internationally for the Phillies this past year was the signing of OF Carlos Tocci for a reported bonus of $759,000. This bonus is one of the largest ever given by the Phillies to an International player, though the team’s largest bonuses in the past have a mixed record of success. The highest bonuses have generally been spent on players that did not work out (Seung Lee, Il Kim, Carlos Rodriguez), though the team has had some success with mid-level bonuses to players like Carlos Carrasco and new 2B Freddy Galvis. By all accounts Tocci is a highly skilled CF with plus tools but with major questions about how much power he might eventually add. Tocci is the big name in spring training, however, and it will be interesting to see where the team places him. Galvis was in a similar situation and he was given an aggressive placement in the NY-Penn league when he was 17. Tocci will not even turn 17 till later in the Summer, however, so a GCL destination is the most likely. Continue reading 2012 – New International Players In Spring Training