Games are underway in the Caribbean, where a couple of high-motor Phillies prospects have started hot.
After missing the second half of the season due to a 50-game suspension for performance enhancers, and also a fractured vertebrate in his back, defensive wizkid Freddy Galvis has resumed competitive baseball activities with Zulia of the Venezuelan Leauge, and the early returns have been impressive. In four games, the switch-hitting 22 year old is 8-for-18 with a pair of homers, batting second and playing shortstop.
Meanwhile, outfield Tyson Gillies, who is trying to work his way into the Phillies' outfield plans next season, went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in helping lead Cardenales de Lara to an 8-4 victory over Galvis and Zulia Sunday. In four games, he's 7-for-15 with a double, triple, three walks and no strikeouts. The 23-year-old lead-off hitter is coming off a sizzling qualifying round for Canada in the World Baseball Classic and a strong end to his season with Double-A Reading.
Other Phillies staying sharp in Venezuela include infielder Andres Blanco, who may or may not stick with the club after spending the season in Triple-A, Edgar Duran, Harold Garcia, Cesar Hernandez, Darin Ruf, who is 1-for-12 to start his campaign, Tyson Brummett, Justin Friend and Manaure Martinez. Catcher Sebastian Valle has started games in Puerto Rico.
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