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Phillies sign 16-year-old Venezuelan outfielder Carlos Tocci for $759,000

Aug 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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UPDATE: The deal is now official, with Tocci signing for $759,000.

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Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies are on the verge of signing 16-year-old Venezuelan center fielder Carlos Tocci for around $750,000, with the only holdup being that they have to wait until he turns 16 and is actually eligible to sign.

He’ll help restock a farm system that has seen numerous top prospects traded away in recent years, with Ben Badler of Baseball America writing that the 6-foot-2, 150-pound Tocci “is one of the more intriguing prospects in Venezuela” and “is a plus-plus runner who shows feel for hitting with a line-drive swing.”

Colorado was also reportedly in the mix for Tocci.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    15-16 year old kid? If you make it to the majors, we’ll see you in 6 years.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Cole Hamels placed on the 15 day DL today after experiencing some discomfort after throwing a bullpen session today. Pete Orr called up to replace him on the roster.

    Sh%t!!! Sh%t!!! Sh%t!!!

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      for real??

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:33 PM

        Yeah. Just broke a couple of minutes ago on sports radio here in Philly.

      • seanmk - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM

        not sure what to read into it since he was going to start friday, but is eligible to come off the dl on sunday since it’s retroactive. Orr could just be a bench help with ibanez hurt

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        Who knows when he will be ready to pitch again. A guy just called into WIP here in Philly and said that maybe this is a good thing, so Cole can rest for the playoffs. What a moron! When a pitcher goes on the DL, it’s never a good thing.

      • seanmk - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:39 PM

        he’ll be pitching monday

    • seanmk - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:33 PM

      for real

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM

      ouch, better throw weaver money at him. too soon?

      • seanmk - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        press release says hamels scheduled to start on monday against the reds, so this is no deal at all. if anything helps philles in contract since it’s a DL trip

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:38 PM

        Yep.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM

        Sean,

        Take that press release with a grain of salt. This guy won’t pitch at least for 2 weeks. If he’s experiencing pain today while throwing a bullpen session, how can they state he will pitch on Monday? Who knows.

  3. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    So how about them teams not named the Phillies? I figured this would be a good comments area/post to talk about all things not Philly related…

    I’ll start. Man, isn’t it funny how a bad Italian beef sandwich can taste just like a horsemeat sandwich? AH DAMN IT!

    • jimbo1949 - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:43 PM

      What? NO VELVEETA?

      • kopy - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:46 PM

        True story: I had to wait at the window for my Whiz wit’out one day because they needed to add more water to the Cheez Whiz as it was getting too thick. My appetite was slightly affected.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:59 PM

        gross. but then again, most of us eat hot dogs with no complaint or care for how they’re made…i care so much about hot dogs that i demand to never see how they’re made or what goes in them.

    • Alex K - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      How did you know that I had Portillio’s on the brain today? That, Sir, is not a bad beef.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 23, 2011 at 1:58 PM

        That is f@cking awesome beef. Portillo’s is the a reason to wake up in the morning.

      • Alex K - Aug 23, 2011 at 2:23 PM

        Yes, yes it is. And there is one like 2 miles from my office. But, alas, I haven’t been in months. I need to remedy that soon….

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 23, 2011 at 2:30 PM

        I wouldn’t frequent that place too much, in fact every few months is perfect, only b/c you will not live very long otherwise.

      • Alex K - Aug 23, 2011 at 2:35 PM

        Yeah, whatever. It doesn’t change the fact that I really want a beef.

  4. FC - Aug 23, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Gator would say you should put a picture of Arepas! The daily Venezuelan staple of choice.

  5. paul621 - Aug 23, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    6’2″ 150? Holy crap! I’m 6’0″ 155 and I’m generously described as “wiry.”

    • firedude7160 - Aug 24, 2011 at 8:38 PM

      Yeah, 6’2″ 150lbs is toothpick size. He needs to eat everything Howard stopped eating!

  6. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 24, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    this is news how exactly? One word for the kid, BUST

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