Chris Kline of Baseball America alerts the world that Friday's win over the Athletics makes it 19-consecutive victories for the Dominican Summer League Phillies. [Link]
Winning is a part of development, and the youngest branch of the minor leagues is getting a good taste of success. The DSL Phillies, mostly 16 and 17-year-old players, are 42-17 this season. According to Kline, 16-year-old right-hander Reginal Simon is the best of the bunch pitching-wise. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder throws a three-pitch mix including a 86-90 fastball. Seventeen-year-old center fielder Leandro Castro is rated as the club’s best position player and is hitting .281/.363/.429 with six homers and 37 RBIs in 210 at-bats.
Ricky Ledee retires: Once thought to be the next Mickey Mantle, 33-year-old outfielder Ricky Ledee has called it quits, according to the New York Daily News. In 10 seasons with seven clubs, Ledee finished as a .243/.325/.412 hitter with 63 homers and 318 RBIs. He spent 2002-2004 in a Phillies’ uniform, before being traded to the Giants midway through ’04. His career flamed out in 2006 with the Dodgers and Mets. He had been playing for Triple-A New Orleans (Mets). When the Phillies blogosphere was in its genesis, writers considered Ledee an underrated commodity.
Byrd update: Did anyone catch who the cleanup hitter was Saturday night in the Rangers’ 5-0 win over Minnesota? That would be former Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd, who went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. The 29-year-old former top prospect is hitting .314/.361/.468 with five homers and has taken over as the club’s center fielder since the Kenny Lofton trade (another former Phillies outfielder).
Injury updates: The Phillies have had 16 players go on the disabled list since the start of Spring Training. Chase Utley can be counted as the most vital cog currently sidelined. He’ll see a hand specialist today, and if everything checks out, could return by the end of the home stand. Shane Victorino will begin a rehab assignment in Lakewood and could return shortly. Adam Eaton is long tossing. Rod Barajas is rehabbing in Lakewood. With Chris Coste hitting well, Barajas could still be traded, but interest would appear limited to the rival Mets. Mike Zagurski strained his hamstring and will see a specialist. Michael Bourn is off his crutches. Scott Mathieson was moved from the GCL to Clearwater, where he pitched yesterday. Francisco "Remember Me" Rosario is in Clearwater.