Rafael DeLima

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Rafael Alonzo Delima

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Rafael DeLima has played and managed in the minors.

DeLima debuted in 1986 and made a minimal impact with the Elizabethton Twins (.228/~.367/.324) and Kenosha Twins (1 for 35, 4 BB, 11 K). He was much better with Kenosha in '87, hitting .273/~.381/.413 with 9 triples and 86 walks. In 1988, the 20-year-old outfielder batted .286/.380/.366 for the Orlando Twins, with 77 walks and 29 steals in 44 tries. He fielded .985, leading Southern League flyhawks.

DeLima made it to AAA still relatively young and hit .274/.330/.347 for the Portland Beavers, with just 18 swipes in 33 attempts. His walk total fell drastically to 37. In 1990, the Venezuelan batted just .202/.271/.271 for Portland. He was dropped back to Orlando in '91 and hit .249/.328/.335 (he once homered in both ends of a doubleheader), then wrapped up his stay in the Twins chain by going 6 for 36 with 8 walks and a double for the 1992 Orlando club.

In 1993, Rafael moved to the Mexican League and hit .327/.441/.431 with 92 walks, 86 runs and 32 steals in 48 tries for the Plataneros de Tabasco. He fell to .294/.398/.392 for Tabasco in '94. He split 1995 between Tabasco (.300/.391/.362) and the Ottawa Lynx (7 for 27, 5 BB). He was a replacement player with the 1995 Expos in spring training. In '96, he struggled with the Minatitlan Petroleros (.228/.342/.277 in 28 G). He got another chance in Mexico in 1997 and hit .269/.379/.349 between two clubs.

DeLima batted .304/.443/.380 for the 1998 Cafeteros de Cordoba, then wrapped up his playing career with the 1999 Rieleros de Aguascalientes (.298/.420/.404).

DeLima became manager of the VSL Phillies when the club was formed in 2005; he had already been coordinating the Philadelphia Phillies' Venezuelan academy for several years. He came stateside to coach for the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2012 GCL Phillies in 2013-2017, GCL Phillies East in 2018-2019, and Jersey Shore Blue Claws in 2021.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2005 VSL Phillies Venezuelan Summer League 37-27 2nd Philadelphia Phillies
2006 VSL Phillies Venezuelan Summer League 41-25 1st (t) Philadelphia Phillies League Champs
2007 VSL Phillies Venezuelan Summer League 36-31 5th Philadelphia Phillies
2008 VSL Phillies Venezuelan Summer League 32-33 4th Philadelphia Phillies
2009 VSL Phillies Venezuelan Summer League 27-42 6th Philadelphia Phillies
2010 VSL Phillies Venezuelan Summer League 32-36 5th Philadelphia Phillies
2011 VSL Phillies Venezuelan Summer League 32-38 5th Philadelphia Phillies