Arizona Fall League
Two of the more surprising Phillies entrants in the AFL, Tyson Gillies and Cody Overbeck, are leading the Philadelphia contingent in hitting through the early going of the fall season. Gillies, who simply wants to play and stay healthy, is hitting .313 (5-for-16) in seven games with the Scottsdale Scorpions. An impressive sign is that he has also drawn seven walks, giving him a .542 on-base percentage. Each of his seven hits have been singles, but he's managed to score five runs and has driven in two runs.
Overbeck, who played at first base for much of last season, is hitting .318 (7-for-22) for Scottsdale and has drawn six walks to give him an OBP of .464 with the Scorpions. It's going to be interesting to see what lies ahead for Overbeck, and whether the Phillies will give him any consideration for a bench job with the big league club next spring since he can play both first and third base, two spots where the Phillies might need some back-up. Overbeck moved from Double-A Reading to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in June and after a slow start, seemed to adjust well to the higher level. He was able to finish his first tenure at Triple-A hitting .279 with six home runs and 26 RBI with the IronPigs. Between Reading and Lehigh Valley, Overbeck had an impressive season, hitting .277 with 24 home runs and 72 RBI.
First baseman Darin Ruf hasn't had the early success that either Gillies or Overbeck have had and is hitting just .111 (2-for-18) in five games. One of his two hits was a home run.
Tyler Cloyd (0-1, 1.80) has made two starts for Scottsdale and has allowed just one run over five innings of work. Jacob Diekman has been working in relief for Scottsdale and has 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball to his credit, with five strikeouts over three appearances.
The story isn't nearly as successful for B.J. Rosenberg and Colby Shreve. Rosenberg (0-0, 4.50) is more a victim of limited innings and has actually just allowed one run in two innings of work. Shreve (0-0, 7.36) has been hit harder though, giving up six hits and four walks over 3 2/3 innings of work.
As the Freddy Galvis debate continues here at home, the heir-apparent to the shortstop job in Philly is off to a decent start in the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .273 (3-for-11) in his first four games with Aguilas. Galvis has also drawn three walks in 14 plate appearances and has on OBP of .429 with three runs scored... Les Walrond is pitching for Tiburones in the VWL and is working as a starter, going six innings in his first start, while allowing just one earned run. In the outing, Walrond allowed four hits and a walk, while notching five strikeouts... A surprise member of the Phillies contingent in the Dominican Winter League is outfielder Rich Thompson, who is playing for Estrellas and is 1-for-8 (.125) in his first two games... Pitcher Juan Perez threw 1 2/3 innings for Cibao in the DWL and allowed just one hit, making it through the outing without allowing a run... Both Thompson and Perez are minor league free agents.