With the trade deadline over, the Phillies had some spots to fill on minor league rosters. Then, a minor league deal to send Brian Bocock to the Pirates Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis was made and there was suddenly another spot to fill. With moves to be made, the Phillies took the opportunity to move some players up a level and bring in some new, but recognizable faces.
The biggest post trade deadline move has shortstop Freddy Galvis going from his familiar spot with the Reading Phillies to the world of Triple-A ball, effectively taking Bocock's place with Lehigh Valley. After 258 games at the Double-A level, you couldn't blame Galvis if he thought it was about time that he moved just below the major league level. Speaking with him earlier this season, Galvis had all the right answers to a possible move. "I think I'm ready, but right now, I'm here [Reading] and I'm going to continue to work on things and help my team until they're ready to move me and then I'll do the same thing at the next level," replied Galvis. At the time he was moved, Galvis was hitting .273, the highest he's hit in any full-season league and a number that is only eclipsed in his career by the time he spent with the Gulf Coast League Phillies in 2009 when he hit .276 in 7 games. Galvis, 21, wasted little time getting his first Triple-A hit and finished his first night with the IronPigs 1-for-4.
Just in case Galvis felt out of place with Lehigh Valley, the Phillies moved Reading teammate Carlos Rivero along with him. Both Galvis and Rivero are on the Phillies 40-man roster. The 23 year-old Rivero came to the Phillies during the off-season after playing five seasons in the Cleveland Indians organization, spending 242 games at Double-A Akron in 2009 and 2010 and another 105 games at Double-A Reading this season. You could call him Cleveland's version of Freddy Galvis.
Rivero was having his best professional season since 2008 when he hit .282 at High-A Kinston. With Reading, Rivero was hitting .285 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI. While primarily a shortstop with the Indians, Rivero's been playing at third this season and will find most of his time at third with Lehigh Valley as well. Rivero's addition gives Lehigh Valley a little more pop in their lineup and a suitable replacement for Jeff Larish, who broke his right leg in a play at the plate last month. The addition of Galvis and Rivero also means that the left side of the field has a new look for Lehigh Valley, with Domonic Brown coming down from Philadelphia and taking over in left field as he works to improve his skills on that side of the outfield.
To clear a spot on the Lehigh Valley roster, Tagg Bozied conveniently came up with a shin contusion and landed on the DL.
At Reading, Steve Singleton arrived to fill a roster spot. Singleton was hitting a combined .262 this season and had played for three other teams before moving up to Reading. Singleton, 25, was released by the Minnesota Twins last month and signed with the Phillies, who assigned him to Low-A Lakewood due to the lack of roster room at the higher levels of the organization that he was used to playing at in the Minnesota organization. Now, with plenty of movement, Reading had an opening for Singleton and he wasted little time making a name for himself with the R-Phils. While he arrived too late to be in the starting lineup on Tuesday, he did get to pinch-hit and hit his eighth home run of the season - first pitch grand slam of all things - and helped Reading to an 8-4 win over Harrisburg to move the R-Phils into second in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League.
The Phillies also signed former Phillies minor leaguer Ozzie Chavez and assigned him to Reading. Chavez was hitting just .175 with Lancaster of the independent Atlantic League, but the Phillies are familiar with him and he fit the role that they needed filled. Chavez played with Reading in 2009 and 2010.
Reading placed designated hitter Terry Evans on the DL Wednesday with a fractured left hand, while they were already a player short on their roster. Once again, the Phillies found replacements outside the organization in outfielders Chris Lubanski and Brent Clevlen. Lubanski, a product of nearby Lansdale, was the fifth overall pick in the 2003 Draft by the Kansas City Royals. Lubanski played just over 200 games at the Triple-A level with Kansas City and another 100 with Las Vegas, an affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Lubanski was released by Toronto and signed with the Phillies.
Clevlen was a second round pick of Detroit in 2002 and has played parts of four of the last five seasons in the majors, compiling a .234 average in 55 games with Detroit and four with Atlanta. The 27 year-old hit 3-10-.247 with Louisville this season before being released in June and went unsigned until the Phillies summoned him this week.
And finally, Lakewood's David Buchanan, who led the South Atlantic League with 11 wins, was promoted to High-A Clearwater on Monday. The 22 year-old right-hander was 11-5, 3.38 in 20 starts with the BlueClaws prior to his promotion. Buchanan picked up a win in his first start for Clearwater, throwing six innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits and two walks. Buchanan's real claim to fame with Lakewood was a nine-inning complete game win over Charleston earlier in the season. In a corresponding move, lefty Austin Wright joined Lakewood from the Williamsport Crosscutters roster and also had an impressive outing for the 'Claws. Wright also picked up a win and also threw six innings, but allowed just one earned run and struck out five. The 21 year-old was 3-1, 3.38 in eight games - seven starts - with Williamsport and is pitching in his first professional season.