Friday was a busy day around the Phillies organization. While we haven’t even made it to Thanksgiving yet, it seems the Phils are making headlines everyday with some sort of news. Let’s take a look back at just what is going on around the organization.
First, the Phillies announced on Friday that they invited 12 players to spring training. Tagg Bozied, who spent the 2010 season in Baseballtown, and finished with a league-best .315 batting average, was among the 12 invitees. Bozied was a staple in the R-Phils lineup, and hit 27 home runs and drove-in 92 RBIs. Among the notable names receiving an invite include, Josh Barfield, Brandon Moss, Eddie Bonine, and Dan Meyer.
Second, the Phillies added five players to their 40-man roster, which put the roster at the limit. Four of the five players spent 2010 in Baseballtown. Here’s a look at the four who played for the R-Phils in 2010, along with my end of the season notes on each…
Justin De Fratus — Promoted to Reading
(A+) on 7/7… Appeared in 20 games… Saved six games in seven chances… Posted a
1-0 mark, 2.05 ERA with five saves on the road (18 games)… Lefties hit just
.140 against him, while righties hit .250… With RISP, batters hit just .125 (16
AB)… With RISP w/2 outs, batters hit .000 (0-9, 1 BB)… Posted a 1-0 mark with
one save and a 1.64 ERA in July (8 games)… Posted a 1-0 mark with six saves and
a 1.59 ERA after the All-Star break (18 games)…
Freddy Galvis — Led the Eastern League with a .982 fielding %…
Had the most putouts (220), most assists (393), and total chances (624) for all
E.L. shortstops… Hit .280 with two home runs and 42 RBIs with RISP… Hit .295
with RISP/ 2outs (61 at-bats)… Had at least three hits in eight games,
including a season high four-hit game on 4/27 vs. Harrisburg… Had 24 multi-hit games…
Harold Garcia — Promoted to Reading
on 7/7 from Clearwater
(A+)… Had four RBIs on 7/28 @ RIC… Had
20 multi-hit games… Had a 13-game hit
streak from 7/28-8/10… Had 11 at-bats as a third baseman and hit .364 (4-11)…
Hit .312 batting second, while just .233 batting first… Hit .368 with one home
run and 28 RBIs with RISP (57 ABs)… Four of his five home runs were solo home
runs… Had a four-hit game on 7/28… Scored at least two runs in a game five
times… Stole two bases in a game twice… Had an RBI in five-straight games
(8/28-31)… Hit .313 with two home runs and 17 RBIs over 23 games in July…
Matt Rizzotti — Named to the Eastern League Season Ending All-Star team… Won an Eastern
League Player of the Month award for the month of June… Eastern League Player
of the Week for the week-ending June 27… Was an Eastern League All-Star, and participated
in the E.L. Home Run Derby…
Named as a Philadelphia
Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for May… Hit .377 in May (17 games)
with four home runs and 14 RBIs… Hit two home runs and drove-in five RBIs on
5/26… Hit .369 in June with seven home runs and 24
RBIs (27 games)… Had a season-high two home runs and five RBIs on 5/26… Had a
five-hit game on 7/26 @ RIC… Had 28-multi-hit games… Had at least two RBIs in a
game 14 times… Hit .364 with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs with runners on base… Hit
.368 with six home runs and 46 RBIs with RISP…
Good morning — it’s time for part three of the year end wrap. Let’s take a look at some of the infielders who enjoyed solid seasons in Baseballtown in 2010.
Part 3 of 5
Freddy Galvis — SS
Galvis was a solid contributor to the Reading lineup this season, but will always be known for his outstanding defense. The 20-year-old won the Rawling’s Factory Outlet Gold Glove Award this season — leading the Eastern League with an impressive .982 fielding percentage. A native of Venezuela, Galvis played exceptional defense all-season long, but came through for the R-Phils with some clutch offense at times.
Galvis came up big on June 18, by ripping a game-winning triple in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Rock Cats in a 9-8 Reading victory. Two nights later, it was his three-run home run in the eighth inning which led the R-Phils to a 7-4 win over the Rock Cats. In all, he hit .233 with five home runs, 58 runs, 48 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases.
Harold Garcia — 2B
Out of all the performances in the Philadelphia system in 2010, Harold Garcia may have been known for the most impressive. The Venezuelan second baseman, who finished the year with Reading, made history by hitting in 37-straight games while with Clearwater. The astonishing streak broke the Florida State League record, and patrolled him to prospect status.
A pure-hitter, who is also a solid defensive player, Garcia, 23, hit a combined .305 between Reading and Clearwater, and launched eight home runs and drove-in 64 RBIs. After hitting .335 with the Threshers, Garcia was promoted to Reading where he continued to shine. He finished his season in Baseballtown — hitting .281 with five home runs and 32 RBIs for the R-Phils. He has a bright future ahead, one which could see him make an impact in Philadelphia sooner, rather than later.
Cody Overbeck — 3B
Much like Harold Garcia, Cody Overbeck really made a mark on the Philadelphia system in 2010.
After beginning the year in Clearwater, where he was a Florida State League All-Star, Overbeck was promoted to the Reading Phillies and became a staple in the R-Phils lineup. The 24-year-old hit 13 home runs for Reading in just 78 games, and proved to be a solid contributor each day at the plate.
For the season, Overbeck hit a combined 24 home runs and drove-in 82 RBIs, both very impressive numbers for the youngster.