Highly regarded reliever Lisalverto Bonilla, who had his season cut short due to a broken hand, is back on the mound alongside several Phillies prospects in the Dominican Republic.
Bonilla, 22, has taken the mound twice for Leones del Escogido, his first competitive action since breaking his pitching hand while horsing around with teammates at the All-Stars Futures Game in July. Rated as the Phillies' 12th best prospect by Baseball America before the season, and 8th in the Reading Eagle's postseason poll, Bonilla can dial it up to 95 mph and would have had a shot at a September call-up had it not been for the injury. In 46 1-3 innings split between Clearwater and Reading, the right-hander posted a 1.55 ERA and terrific 64/21 K/BB. He's certainly worth tracking this winter and is likely to receive an invitation to Phillies' spring training.
Outfielder Leandro Castro is also likely to get a look this spring. The 23-year-old outfielder had a consistent season with Double-A Reading (.287/.316/.427) and also made his DWL debut this week, as did third baseman Maikel Franco, who is ticketed for Reading in 2013. Right-handed reliever Hector Neris (94/24 K/BB in 78 2-3 innings for Clearwater) has also debuted in the D.R. and is another unrated prospect worth watching.