May 222011
 

Saturday May 14th through Friday May 20th:

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (25-16, 1st in IL North)

The IronPigs went 5-1 over the past week, and as of writing this, riding a four game winning streak.  They’ve won three series in a row, including a sweep over the rival Scranton Yankees in a series that just ended.  Lehigh Valley won four one-run games in the past week, and the sweep gave them some breathing room in the standings over second place Scranton.  David Herndon was very good in the minors between stints with the Phillies, and they’ll certainly miss Domonic Brown back in the majors.  Scott Mathieson is back with the club, and he’ll look to turn his season around.

Reading Phillies (24-17, 3rd in EL East)

Due to a day off and a rain postponement, the R-Phils only played five games in the past week, going 2-3.  In two of their losses, they gave up a combined 27 runs, but they also had two double digit run games themselves.  In two games against New Hampshire, Toronto’s affiliate, the Phillies allowed former prospect Anthony Gose to reach base five times, score five runs, hit a home run and drive in four runs.  Travis D’Arnaud, also in the Roy Halladay trade, had similar success against his former organization.  Matt Rizzotti had a great week to carry the offense that’s by far first in the league in runs.

Clearwater Threshers (26-16, 2nd in FSL North)

The Threshers have one of the most prospect laden rosters in the minors, but it’s their rehabbing major leaguers that have been the focus lately.  Utley hasn’t had any multi-hit game in the past week, but the important thing is he can now play a few full games in a row at second base.  This week, Utley was joined by reliever Jose Contreras, and it wasn’t very good.  He allowed three runs on four hits without recording a third out, but his health is the most important factor, not the results in a rehab assignment.  The offense has been struggling lately with only 10 runs in seven games, and as a result they only went 3-4.

Lakewood BlueClaws (19-22, 7th in SAL North)

The BlueClaws are currently riding a three game losing streak after losing four in a row.  Over the weekend while getting swept by Hagerstown, Washington’s affiliate, BlueClaws pitching ended Bryce Harper’s 18 game hitting streak, holding him hitless in both Sunday and Monday’s games.  The offense recovered from an atrocious start to the season, but this week they struggled again, averaging a little over three runs per game this week.  Manager Chris Truby continues to juggle the outfield situation with five young players who all need playing time to try to work their way towards the majors.

Hot:

Rich Thompson, Lehigh Valley: 7/23, 5 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 6 BB, 2 K, 5/5 SB- Veteran minor league is in the midst of his best season with Lehigh Valley.

Erik Kratz, Lehigh Valley: 5/19, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K- Hometown catcher is having the best season at the plate in his minor league career.

Matt Rizzotti, Reading: 9/20, 7 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 BB, 4 K- Minor league slugger is raking again, but what can we really learn when he’s done it at this level before?

Carlos Rivero, Reading: 7/22, 4 R, 3 2B, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K- Former Indians farmhand is enjoying a breakout year at the plate.  At 23 years old, he may have a shot at an ML career.

Jim Murphy, Lakewood: 7/23, 5 R, 4 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 5 K- Despite earning profuse praise from the Phillies’ awful TV broadcasting team during Spring Training, Jim Murphy is nothing but organizational filler, but he did have a nice week.

Jarred Cosart, Clearwater: 1-0, 15 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 11 K- Cosart is adjusting to new mechanics this year, and this week it seems like he’s settling in.

Garret Claypool, Lakewood: 1-1, 13 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 13 K- Claypool replaced Colby Shreve in the rotation and has been very good.  In his career, he has 93 K in 74 IP.

Michael Schwimer, Lehigh Valley: 1-0, 1 SV, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 13 K- This potential ML reliever had 7 K in just 3.1 IP in one outing this week.

Phillippe Aumont, Reading: 0-0, 1 SV, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K- His ERA is worse in May than April, but with a WHIP under 1.00, he’s probably just been a bit unlucky.

Lisalberto Bonilla, Lakewood: 0-0, 1 SV, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K- A move to the bullpen may allow Bonilla’s stuff to play up a bit and reach the majors faster.

Cold:

Kyle Lafrenz, Clearwater: 2/20, 1 R, 0 XBH, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K- With Sebastian Valle on the DL, someone had to step up to catch, and the Threshers obviously aren’t getting the same production.

Brian Gump, Clearwater: 0/8, 1 R, 0 XBH, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K- Gump had a nice start to May, but he’s been in a slump in part time duty this week.

Jeremy Barnes, Clearwater: 3/21, 2 R, 3 2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K- All of his hits are gone for extra bases, and despite this week he’s been very productive for Clearwater in 18 games.

Alan Schoenberger, Lakewood: 0/13, 0 R, 0 XBH, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K- Schoenberger was sent down to Lakewood after opening with Clearwater, and he’s still not hitting very well.

Aaron Altherr, Lakewood: 1/11, 0 R, 0 XBH, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K, 2/2 SB- With a packed outfield slated for Williamsport, Altherr may have to tough out this entire season with Lakewood.

Eddie Bonine, Lehigh Valley: 0-0, 3.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 5 K- Minor league veteran got off to a great start in April, but May has not been kind to him.

Jordan Ellis, Reading: 0-0, 2.2 IP, 4 H, 7 ER, 7 BB, 2 K- Local product has pitched well at lower levels, but he’s hit a wall with Reading so far.

Julio Rodriguez, Clearwater: 0-2, 12 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 6 K- It’s been another very good year for Rodriguez, but he only struck out one batter in his last start (7 IP).

Brody Colvin, Clearwater: 0-0, 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K- Colvin has only had two appearances since returning from his back injury, and working out of the bullpen this week could’ve contributed to his struggles.

David Buchanan, Lakewood: 0-1, 3.1 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 0 K- He typically doesn’t walk many batters, but Buchanan seems to be prone to a start like this once in a while.

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