Phillies Notebook: Rollins to play in World Baseball Classic

Posted: January 18, 2013

FREDDY GALVIS should have the opportunity to return to his natural position and get reps at shortstop this spring. The longest-tenured Phillie will be leaving camp.

For the second time in the last 5 years Jimmy Rollins will represent the Phillies as Team USA's shortstop at this spring's World Baseball Classic. Rollins is the lone Phillies player on the American roster.

Six other players in the Phillies organization will play for four other countries.

Reliever Phillippe Aumont, outfielder Tyson Gillies and infielder Pete Orr were on Team Canada's roster when the lists were distributed Thursday afternoon. Catcher Tim Kennelly will play for Australia, infielder Lucas Rojo for Brazil and lefthander Cesar Jimenez for Venezuela.

In 2009, Rollins was one of three Phillies regulars who left camp to compete in the WBC, joining outfielder Shane Victorino and catcher Carlos Ruiz. Victorino, now with the Boston Red Sox, is on the American roster again this year.

Ruiz' Team Panama failed to qualify for this year's WBC, losing to Brazil in November.

Joseph praise

When two popular top prospect lists were unveiled in the last month, Tommy Joseph wasn't snubbed. The 21-year-old catcher ranked third on Baseball America's list of the top 10 Phillies prospects and fifth on Baseball Prospectus' list.

Joseph, acquired in the July trade that sent Hunter Pence to San Francisco, hit .250 with three home runs in 28 games after joining Double A Reading late last season. In three minor league seasons, Joseph has hit .256 with a .308 OBP and 49 home runs in 352 games.

But scouts rave about his makeup and leadership, with some even likening him to Buster Posey.

"I've been with Posey the last 2 years in spring training so I definitely tried to be around him as much as I could to learn from him," Joseph said on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phils held an orientation program for seven prospects. "He's the National League MVP for a reason. He handles that staff the right way. I got to learn a lot, got to pick his brain. That's a key as a catcher, to understand what you're doing back there and to know everything about your pitchers."

Bastardo update

Unless a deal is reached beforehand, Antonio Bastardo and the Phillies will formally exchange arbitration figures today. Bastardo, 27, who struggled with consistency after a breakout 2011 season, will likely earn a salary just north of $1 million in 2013. Arbitration hearings begin Feb. 4 in Florida and Arizona.

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