Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb and photojournalist David Swanson traveled to the Dominican Republic to chronicle the Phillies' efforts to improve their scouting and development in baseball's most talent-rich nation outside of the United States. It is a place where analytics matter less than a scout's trained eye, and where money, personal relationships and persistence matter most of all.

The result of their travels and reporting is a four-part series, "Phillies in the Dominican: Raising the Stakes." You can read Part 1 starting at 10 am Monday on