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Thursday, November 4, 2010

On the Beat: De Fratus-Rising Star

PBR - Right handed relief pitcher Justin DeFratus will represent the Phillies this Saturday in the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars game.

DeFratus, 23, has pitched in five games this year for the Mesa Solar Sox, allowing no runs in five innings to go along with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

ESPN scout Jason Grey reported on Monday that DeFratus "absolutely looks like a big league bullpen arm" and that DeFratus is not far from a call up.

With the possible loss of free agent right handed relief pitchers Jose Contreras and Chad Durbin, the Phillies could look to DeFratus as a bullpen solution come this spring.

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