Catching up on minor Phillies news from around the Web.
Every November, Beerleaguer defers to Baseball America and Phuture Phillies to get us through this November lull, especially over the Thanksgiving break. Aside from Jamie Moyer's successful follow-up procedure (he's set to be discharged from Jefferson tomorrow) the two biggest pieces of information recently include the minor signings of DeWayne Wise, Wilson Valdez and other organizational guys like Paul Hoover and Andy Tracy (reported first by BA), and the conclusion of the Arizona Fall League. Phuture Phillies is kind enough to supply stat summaries of all eight Phillies participants, including Domonic Brown and Scott Mathieson. Mathieson's progress would seem to be the best story of the bunch. Read the entire summary here.
Elsewhere, several other pharmhands are staying sharp internationally. The best story might belong to 19-year-old catcher and native Mexican Sebastian Valle, who, despite a handful of whiffs, is connecting for a .270/.313/.591 line with 10 homers in 122 plate appearances in a veteran Mexican League. Valle recently rated as the seventh-best prospect in the Phillies' chain, according to Baseball America. "We like his bat," assistant GM Benny Looper recently told the magazine. "He's got a ways to go behind the plate, but the tools are good."
Triple-A veteran Mike Cervenak is also tearing the cover off the ball in Mexico. In 184 plate appearances, the 33 year old has a 1.007 OPS. Outfielder John Mayberry Jr. is also having a good campaign, posting a .875 OPS and 7 homers in 155 plate appearances. Elsewhere, right-hander Carlos Monestarios is 5-2 with a 3.48 ERA in 8 games (7 starts) in the Venezuelan League. Monestarios was part of the package received in the 2006 Bobby Abreu deal. Converted catcher Jesus Sanchez, another part of that trade, was recently added to the Phillies' 40-man roster as a pitcher following a breakout year in the Sally League. Finally, outfielder Quintin Berry, another addition to the 40-man roster, is hitting .138 in limited action in Puerto Rico.
Notes: ESPN's Buster Olney reported yesterday that Roy Halladay would accept a trade to the Phillies, according to sources.