Long before he was an emerging Phillie with an "invisible" splitter, Hector Neris was a 20-year-old in the DR shunned by the Kansas City Royals.
The Phillies turn to Vince Velasquez for Friday's series opener in Miami against a Marlins team that has quietly won 10 of its last 11 games.
Right-hander Ben Lively and second basemen Scott Kingery and Josh Tobias won the Phillies' monthly minor-league awards for April.


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