What’s that, you say? They do what in the winter?
Why yes, they play baseball in the winter. No, not in Philadelphia or Lehigh Valley or Reading. The Phillies sent a bunch of players within the organization to places like the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Arizona to get some extra at-bats or innings. Though most of the players involved are minor leaguers who are either very far from reaching the majors or will likely never see big-league action, there are some big-name prospects and players that most fans would recognize. The most notable:
Wilson Valdez (Dominican Winter League):
Michael Martinez (Dominican Winter League):
Freddy Galvis (Venezuelan Winter League):
Sebastian Valle (Mexican Pacific League):
Tyson Gillies (Arizona Fall League):
Though most of these statistics should be taken with a grain of salt because of small sample size, each of these players hit pretty damn poorly. Freddy Galvis seems to have answered “probably” to those who were wondering if his 2011 AAA numbers were a fluke. Martinez managed to hit worse than he did with the big-league club this year. And Valdez…well he’s just Wilson Valdez.
For the rest of the players and other statistics, check this out.