Just a couple of minor notes to pass along.
Julio Rodriguez, who pitched for Lakewood last season, becomes the first Phillie to pop up on the Puerto Rican Winter League radar. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts (10 innings) with Gigantes de Carolina. Rodriguez was used last season as a starter and reliever and pitched from the bullpen during the South Atlantic League playoffs. He is a native of Puerto Rico.
In the Arizona Fall League, Matt Rizzotti continues to be a tough out, CSN's Kevin Czerwinski reports. The 24-year-old first baseman is riding a 10-game hitting streak and leads the league with a .531 on-base percentage. A 2007 sixth-round pick, who hit .343/.430/.555 across three levels of the minors last season, may be playing his way into a spring invite. Even if he doesn't have a position, his numbers are getting tough to ignore.
Meanwhile, relievers Josh Zeid and Justin DeFratus were named to the AFL Rising Stars Game, which will air Saturday night on MLB Network. Zeid, who is being stretched out as a starter, is 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio in four starts (14 innings). De Fratus has fanned 10 in five scoreless innings.