It almost seemed like a Phillies minor league intrasquad game late yesterday afternoon and early evening. Baseball Betsy and I watched the Dominican Winter League action matching Aguilas Cibaenas and the Licey Tigres from Santiago, Dominican Republic on the internet. (www.aguilas.com.do.)
On the bump for Aguilas was our good friend Ranfi Casimiro, a local guy from Santiago DR. Ranfi was making his second start of the season. In his first start he pitched a five inning shutout last week. Last night he pitched three scoreless innings to start the game but allowed three runs in his final inning of pitching in the fourth.
Ranfi has pitched well and appears to be eligible for the Rule Five draft which comes up at the winter meetings on December 10th. The 23-year old has been in the Phillies organization for five years.
In his second year this season with the Lakewood BlueClaws he made significant progress improving in all his stats across the board. He finished strong going 6-2 in the second half of the Sally League season and made all of his 23 starts for the season.
At 6’8″ the lanky, right-handed Casimiro, reminds me somewhat of 6′ 10″ Chris Young who pitched effectively for the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. Ranfi had a 1.15 WHIP last season, one of the best in the SAL last season I have seen his fastball top at 94 mph at times but he seems to pitch more effectively with a fastball sitting in the lower 90’s.
Lacey’s centerfielder in the game was Roman Quinn and its catcher was Logan Moore. Moore lined a double down the right field line and scored on a Quinn base hit to right center in the sixth inning. They both seem targeted for Lehigh Valley in 2016.
Quinn missed the entire second half of the 2015 season to a left upper leg injury but seems ready to go after playing for the Phillies fall instructs team and now in the Dominican League for Licey. He leads the DWL in stolen bases with six and runs scored with 13.
The 25-year old Moore just finished his fifth year in the Phillies organization which would make him Rule Five eligible to be drafted by another organization if not placed on the Phillies 40-man roster.
Moore hit a career high .276 in 42 games with Lehigh Valley in 2015. He was one of the few catchers in baseball to throw out more runners on the bases than runners who were successful in stealing base. He threw out 29 of 55 runners attempting to steal (52.7%) combined between Lehigh Valley and Reading.
We will be watching to see if Casimiro and Moore are added to the Phillies forty-man roster to avoid exposure to the Rule Five draft. They both have major league skill sets from the games we have seen them play the last several years.