The Dominican Republic, represented by winter league champion Escogido, cliched the 54th annual round-robin Caribbean Series on Monday.
The Dominican actually lost to former Phillies non-roster spring invitee Yorman Bazardo and the Venezuelan team 7-0 Monday, but because of Puerto Rico's 4-3 defeat of Mexico, the D.R. clinched the tournament with games still remaining. The Phillies were represented on the championship squad by only one current Phil: left-hander Raul Valdes, a non-roster spring invitee who earned the win with six shutout innings in Saturday's win over Puerto Rico. In addition, left-hander Juan Perez, who was a member of last season's bullpen and signed a minor league deal with Milwaukee in December, was also on the championship squad.
Other Caribbean Series participants with past ties to the Phillies include outfielder Freddy Guzman (DR), infielder Pablo Ozuna (DR), infielder Oscar Robles (MEX), outfielder Karim Garcia (MEX), outfielder Chris Roberson (MEX), right-hander Nelson Figueroa (PR), left-hander Bobby Livingston (PR - a Phillies for about 24 hours before his signing was voided by baseball), first baseman Randy Ruiz (PR), outfielder Jorge Padilla (PR), infielder Luis Maza (VZ) and right-hander Francisco Butto (VZ).
Phillies right-handed prospect Tyson Brummett, who split last season between Reading and Lehigh Valley, pitched 4 2-3 innings Friday for the Venezuelan squad and earned a no decision.