In the Dominican Winter League. Nefi Ogando made his debut for Aguilas Cibaenas. He pitched a 2-hit, scoreless inning. Luis Garcia made his debut in the same game for Estrellas de Oriente. He allowed a hit, walk, and unearned run in his one inning. Hector Neris had 2 more scoreless outings this past week.
In the Venezuelan Winter League, Ethan Martin was roughed up in his second appearance on the 24th, but came back with a scoreless effort in his next outing. He pitched a total of 4 innings and allowed 3 earned runs on 5 hits, 4 walks, and struck out four.
The ABL seems to be taking its toll on most of our guys. Dylan Cozens (.204) was 2 for 10 with 3 Ks this week and was relegated to pinch runner in Sunday’s game. Brian Pointer (.207) was 0-12 with 4 Ks. Mitch Walding (.218) was a productive 3-14 with a home run, walk, K, and 7 RBIs. Chace Numata (.271) was 3-15 with 3 runs scored, 1 RBI, 2 Ks, 2 SB.
Off season stats for all Phillies players can be viewed at: http://mlb.mlb.com/milb/stats/org.jsp?id=phi
With the signing of Yasmany Tomas by Arizona, the list of available free agent outfielders has become less appealing. If the Phillies are to upgrade, they’ll have to do it from among these players –
Left Fielders – Melky Cabrera (30), Mike Carp (29), Endy Chavez (37), Tyler Colvin (29),
Nelson Cruz (34), Chris Denorfia (34), Cole Gillespie (30), Jonny Gomes (34), Tony Gwynn Jr. (32), Scott Hairston (35), Reed Johnson (38), Jason Kubel (33), Ryan Ludwick (36), Nyjer Morgan (34), Mike Morse (33), Delmon Young (29)
Center Fielders – Emilio Bonifacio (30), Ezequiel Carrera (28), Endy Chavez (37), Nyjer Morgan (34), Colby Rasmus (28)
Right Fielders – Nori Aoki (33), Endy Chavez (37), Tyler Colvin (29), Nelson Cruz (34),
Chris Denorfia (34), Scott Hairston (35), Torii Hunter (39), Nick Markakis (31),
Alex Rios (34), Nate Schierholtz (31), Ichiro Suzuki (41)
On the pitching front, none of the top FA pitchers has signed. But Oakland has been shopping Jeff Samardzija. The Mets have been reported as actively trying to trade Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee or Jon Niese. Maybe the Mets are trying to exploit the market between the Phillies’ asking price for Cole Hamels and what teams are willing to trade.