Phillies Final Report





Best Player: Shortstop Freddy Galvis, signed as a 16-year-old out of Venezuela in 2006, continues to make steady progress. Always a gifted fielder who can make any play at the position, he added strength to his 5-foot-10, 175-pound frame, and that led to better endurance and improved offensive production.

The switch-hitter hit balls harder than ever in 2011 on his way to batting .278/.324/.392 between Double-A and Triple-A. Galvis, 21, still needs development time, but many in the organization believe he will be the Phillies' shortstop one day.

"Freddy rose to the challenge of Triple-A and improved his hitting," assistant general manager Benny Looper said. "His defense is right where we expect it to be, and his instincts are tremendous for a player of his age."

Best Pitcher: Trevor May fit the profile of the big, righthanded power pitcher as he struck out 208 in 151 innings at high Class A Clearwater. He was the first Phillies minor leaguer with more than 180 strikeouts since Mark Davis had 185 in Double-A in 1980. Overall, he went 10-8, 3.63, with a .221 opponent average and seven double-digit strikeout games.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound May was a fourth-round pick in 2008. He sputtered in 2010 and backtracked from high Class A to low Class A, but surged again in 2011. He made great strides in repeating his delivery and keep his pitches down in the zone.

"Trevor's made great progress," Looper said. "His strikeout total is indicative of that."

Keep An Eye On: Scouts sometimes wonder how righthander Julio Rodriguez does it. Without a plus pitch, he went 16-7, 2.67 at Clearwater. He allowed just 102 hits in 156 innings and struck out 168. Rodriguez, 21, was an eighth-round pick out of Puerto Rico in 2008. He shows excellent pitchability and is ready to be tested at Double A.

PHIL-UPS

• Assistant GM Chuck LaMar, who oversaw the minors for three seasons, resigned. He has not commented on his reasons. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. provided mixed signals. While he said he was "disappointed" with LaMar's resignation, Amaro would not say if he had planned to have LaMar back in 2012.

• Outfielder Zach Collier will open next season on a 50-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine. The supplemental first-round pick in 2008 hit .255/.328/.349 at low Class A Lakewood with 35 stolen bases.