Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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A couple of notes

A couple of quick notes. . .

A couple of notes

A couple of quick notes. . .

1) The Phillies have claimed infielder Carlos Rivero from the Cleveland Indians to bring their 40-man roster total to 34 players. Rivero, a right-handed hitter from Venezuela who turns 23 on May 20, played short stop in the Indians system. He hit .232/.278/.325 with six home runs in 496 at-bats last season for Double-A Akron. He is a career .255/.315/.361 hitter in the minors.

He sounds like a minor league inventory guy, a la Brian Bocock.

2) If you have any interest in seeing a player who has developed into perhaps the top relief arm in the Phillies system, tune into MLB Network on Saturday at 9 p.m. to catch the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars game. Righthander Justin DeFratus, a will represent the Phillies.

DeFratus, who turned 23 on Oct. 21, has thrived since moving to the bullpen in 2009. At Class A Clearwater and Double-A Reading last season, he saved 21 games, posting a 1.95 ERA with a stellar strikeout rate (9.8-per-nine) and walk rate (2.2 per-nine). That success has carried over in the Arizona Fall League, where thus far he has pitched five scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and two walks (and one hit).

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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