It's never too early to start thinking about the future, so even though the Phillies are very much occupied with their present, let's take a moment to fill you in on some minor matters.
1) The Florida Instructional League recently wrapped up, with the two biggest story lines being Jonathan Singleton's move from first base to left field and Joe Savery's move from pitcher to first base. Singleton is making the transition to outfield partly because he is blocked at first base with Ryan Howard manning that position in the majors for years to come. Singleton, a left-handed bat, exploded onto the radar this season as an 18-year-old at Class A Lakewood, where he hit .290 with an .872 OPS, 14 home runs and 77 RBI in 104 games. The Phillies believe that Singleton can run well enough to make the transition to outfield, although he is still well away from the majors.
Savery, meanwhile, will likely open up next season at first base after failing to establish himself as an impact pitching prospect since the Phillies drafted him in the first round out of Rice in 2007. Savery went 1-12 with a 4.66 ERA at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season but spent some time at DH, where he hit .348 with a home run, three doubles and 10 strikeouts in 46 at-bats.
2) Rising relief prospect Justin DeFratus will join the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League now that USA Baseball's participation in the Pan-Am Qualifying Tournament is over. DeFratus, who posted a 2.19 ERA and struck out 28 while walking five in 24 innings at Double-A Reading this season (he also posted a 1.79 ERA and 43 strikeouts against 11 walks in 40 innings at Class-A Clearwater), will likely get an invitation to big league spring training for 2011. He appeared in five games for Team USA, allowing five hits, two runs (one earned), while walking none and striking out three in 4 2/3 innings. Team USA was knocked out in the semi-finals by Dominican Republic.
3) The Arizona Fall League is underway. The Phillies' prospects are on the Mesa Solar Sox. Matt Rizzotti entered yesterday 7-for-20 (.350) with no extra base hits, four runs, two RBI, five walks and two strikeouts.
Here are some other numbers:
John Mayberry: 0-for-2
Tim Kennelly: 2-for-4, R, RBIB.J. Rosenberg: 2 G, 3.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Tyson Brummett: 2 G, 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R/2 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 7 SO
Josh Zeid: 1 G, GS, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R/Er, 0 BB, 3 SO
Chris Kissock: 1 G, 1 IP, 1 SO