Sunday, May 24, 2015

The New Phillie Accent

The Phillies had eight Latin-born players on their Opening Day roster this season, continuing a decade-long trend that coincides with the organization's decision to reinvest in scouting and player development in the region.

The Phillies had eight Latin-born players on their Opening Day roster this season, continuing a decade-long trend that coincides with the organization’s decision to reinvest in scouting and player development in the region.

That change is not only reflected on the major league roster, but throughout their system, where many of the top prospects are from Latin America. It is a long way from 22 years ago when the Phillies ended the season without a single Latin-born player on their roster after Juan Samuel was traded to the Mets in June.

Daily News baseball writer Paul Hagen looks at the current group, and the organization’s past, present and future in Latin America.
Catcher Sebastian Valle is one of the cost-effective prospects the Phillies have plucked from Latin America. (David Schofield/Lakewood BlueClaws)
Catcher Sebastian Valle is one of the cost-effective prospects the Phillies have plucked from Latin America. (David Schofield/Lakewood BlueClaws)
By any measure, the Phillies have made real inroads into Latin America in the last two decades. They've spent to hire more scouts, to build and upgrade academies in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, to become a player once again in that baseball-mad region.
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