Nineteen-year-old catcher Gabirel Lino, who was part of the Jim Thome trade, also attempted a steal, but was caught.
Beerleaguer: Both Lino and right-hander Kyle Simon, who was also in the deal, have debuted; Simon pitched three innings in relief Sunday in a brief emergency stint with Reading before he was re-assigned to Clearwater. Mike Drago, R-Phils beat writer, covered that story in yesterday's Reading Eagle. There's also a good piece about Lino on Fangraphs.com today. The consensus in many internet circles, including sites covering the Orioles, is that the Phillies did OK for themselves in this deal.
They're part of a batch of positive developments happening in the minors these days, including another strong reliever class moving up the chain in Clearwater closer Tyler Knigge, who has held opponents to a .170 batting average and has converted seven-straight saves, Reading right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla, who has a 60/18 K/BB in 43 1-3 innings between Clearwater and Reading and will pitch in the Futures Game, and right-hander Justin Friend, who collected an Eastern League-best 14 saves and a 0.33 ERA before earning a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Reading is also home to a couple of good June stories in right-hander Jonathan Pettibone, who is 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA over his last four starts, and outfielder Leandro Castro, who homered Monday and has caught fire over the last two weeks, raising his season slash line to .311/.338/.483 with six homers.
If you're tired of flashy outfielders with high athleticism and low baseball skills, then Castro is just for you. He doesn't have a ton of power, but isn't a strikeout machine, hits consistently and is an above-average corner defender, scouts say.
The Phillies are hoping there's big league talent to be had somewhere in this unheralded group.