With baseball reaching a fever pitch in Philadelphia, it’s time to dial it down a notch with some buzz-killing minor league updates.
Yaquis de Obregon of the Mexican Winter League will be home to four Phillies prospects this offseason, including top prospect and 2009 Paul Owens Award winner Michael Taylor, 23. Taylor, a five-skill outfielder who hit .320/.395/.549 between Reading and Lehigh Valley, will share the corners with John Mayberry Jr., who appeared in 59 games for the Phillies this season. Obregon also welcomes noted relief prospect BJ Rosenberg, 24, and third baseman Neil Sellers, who, despite his advanced age of 27, is well-regarded by those close to the R-Phils after hitting .317/.383/.486 with 17 home runs. In addition, veteran Mike Cervenak, a September call-up the last two seasons, has laced up his cleats for the Tomateros de Culiacan. Opening day in the Mexican Winter League happened Friday.
Arizona Fall League first pitch today: The friendly folks at Phuture Phillies remind us that the Arizona Fall League is set to begin today at 6:35. This season, the Scottsdale Scorpions are home to several farmhands, including top prospect Domonic Brown. In addition, this year’s class also includes SS Troy Hanzawa, OF Steve Susdorf, starters Mike Cisco and Edgar Garcia, and relievers Scott Mathieson, Michael Schwimmer, and Mike Zagurski. Mathieson is a former Fall League MVP.
Venezuelan League reps: The Phillies have a few entries in the Venezuelan League as well, including second basemen Harold Garcia and Fidel Hernandez. Garcia, 23, is worth tracking after hitting .291/.350/.414 with 8 homers and 42 stolen bases with Lakewood. He was also named best Sally League second base prospect in Baseball America's tools issue.
Hewitt to center field? Courtesy of sources close to Phuture Phillies, 2008 first-round pick Anthony Hewitt was in center field during a recent instructional game and hasn’t been seen much, if at all, at third base.