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Top Prospect #19: RHP Francisco Butto

The Phillies have done well finding high quality players from Venezuela. Of course, Bobby Abreu is the standout, but there are others working their way through the ranks. One of the best is Francisco Butto. The young right-hander is set for a season at Clearwater in 2004 and is coming off an impressive winter league season.

Francisco Butto - who turns 22 in May – spent his first couple of seasons learning his trade in the Venezuelan Summer League before coming to the states to continue his journey toward the majors. Butto credits those two seasons with giving him a chance to fit in better when he did make it to the US. Pitching in front of his family and friends in his native Venezuela before moving along meant...

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