Found January 06, 2013 on Phillies Nation:
Galvis is one of four Venezuelan-born players on the Phillies 40-man roster. Photo: AP When Nelson Prada was named manager of the Williamsport Crosscutters on Friday, I surmised that perhaps the Phillies brought Prada on board in hopes of enhancing the development of international players, perhaps specifically so the development of Prada’s native Venezuela.  The Phillies enter 2013 with four Venezuelans on their 40-man roster, including Freddy Galvis, second baseman Cesar Hernandez, Rule 5 draft pick Ender Inciarte, and lefty reliever Mauricio Robles, with Galvis and Inciarte having a pretty good shot of making the club. Major League Baseball’s first Venezuelan player was the Washington Senators starting pitcher Alex Carrasquel, whose nickname was paton, or bigfoot, because of his large shoe size. Carrasquel made his Major League debut in 1939, retiring Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Bill Dickey, in order, in a relief appearance. Carrasquel was the uncle of  All-Star shortsto...
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