Several past and present Phillies factored heavily in yesterday’s Caribbean Series.
Outfielder Freddy Guzman, who was signed to a minor league deal recently, stole home in the seventh inning for the eventual winning run in the Dominican’s 3-2 victory over Venezuela. The speedy outfielder finished 1-for-2 with three stolen bases, helping the D.R. improve to 3-0 in the round-robin tournament. In the opposite dugout, infielder Luis Maza, who was signed in recent days, went 1-for-4. Earlier in the day, former Reading Phillie Randy Ruiz led Puerto Rico’s assault on 2007 Phillies Rule 5 pick Travis Blackley in a 5-3 victory over Mexico. Former Phillie Chris Roberson went 2-for-5,leading off in a losing cause and improving to 5-for-16 in the Series. Both Blackley and Roberson spent 2009 with Reno of the Pacific Coast League.
Transactions: The Phillies have signed John Purdom to a minor league deal. The 28-year-old catcher spent 2009 with Triple-A New Orleans (Florida) and also Camden and York of the independent Atlantic League. Over six seasons of mostly Double-A service, he’s a .247/.320/.335 hitter. Look for him lined up along a fence with a dozen other Phillies catchers in 12 days.
Helpful link: Unless I've been missing it, I think this is new; MLB finally created a page that sorts winter ball stats by parent club affiliation: [Link]