Just a quick note on the minor league wrap ups. I won’t be able to do them for the next couple weeks. I’ll be out of town this weekend, and from the 15th-20th, I’ll be in St. Petersburg and won’t have time for it. After that, the Williamsport and GCL teams will start their seasons, so they’ll be a little expanded.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (34-20, 1st in IL North)
The IronPigs wrapped up a 5-2 week that featured consecutive shutout wins over the Gwinnett Braves. In that series, Lehigh Valley also got to top pitching prospect Julio Teheran, scoring five runs against him in six innings. They’re wrapping up their southern road trip with a series at Charlotte (White Sox) and then come home to a series against the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay). The IronPigs have the best road record in the International League this year, and this week they benefited from a couple questionable front office decisions by the Phillies with the demotions of John Mayberry Jr. and Vance Worley.
Reading Phillies (29-24, 4th in EL East)
The R-Phillies also posted a 5-2 record this week by completing a series split against Erie (Detroit) and winning a series against Akron (Cleveland) before hitting the road for Richmond (San Francisco). For two games against Akron, centerfielder Shane Victorino continued his rehab, and he hit a home run for his only hit in seven at bats with the team. On Friday, the Phillies got to Giants’ prospect Eric Surkamp for five runs in less than five innings, one of his worst outings of the year. Matt Rizzotti continued his assault on Eastern League pitching, and at some point he needs to be promoted.
Clearwater Threshers (35-20, 2nd in FSL North)
Earlier this week, it was announced that four Threshers would play in the FSL All-Star Game hosted by the home team: Sebastian Valle, Jonathan Pettibone, Julio Rodriguez and Justin Friend. They’re probably not the four I would’ve predicted before the season, but all of them are deserving. The other bit of news is the announcement that Jonathan Singleton will be back at first base for the remainder of the year. The Threshers also had a 5-2 record this week, highlighted by a series win against the St. Lucie Mets. Trevor May outdueled first round pick and very good prospect Matt Harvey, and it was the pitching that dominated the week, allowing only 13 runs over seven games.
Lakewood BlueClaws (28-26, 6th in SAL North)
The BlueClaws did not go 5-2, only finishing at 4-3 this week. They completed the week with consecutive 4-3 losses at Greensboro (Florida) after taking three of four from them earlier in the week. They were still unable to make any progress in the tough SAL North division, remaining in 6th place. Jim Murphy continues to dominate the level, two years after hitting 14 home runs and posting a .860 OPS with Lakewood. The BlueClaws’ pitching staff wasn’t quite as dominant as Clearwater’s this week, but they only allowed a total of 21 runs over seven games. With Williamsport starting soon, roster changes could be coming.
Matt Rizzotti, Reading: 7/21, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 BB, 5 K- Rizzotti will likely be a fixture on this list until he’s promoted to AAA and sees tougher pitching.
Derrick Mitchell, Reading: 9/27, 4 R, 2 2B, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 1/2 SB- Mitchell has 62 career steals in 497 games, and 28 of them came in 116 games last year.
Sebastian Valle, Clearwater: 14/25, 2 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K- It’s rare for players that walk as little as Valle does to make it, but maybe he can be an exception.
Geancarlo Mendez, Lakewood: 10/26, 5 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K- 21 year old Dominican has his decently in his pro career, but where is his defensive home?
Jim Murphy, Lakewood: 10/24, 5 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K- Logjam of minor league first baseman keeps this 25 year old in a level he dominates.
Justin De Fratus, Reading: 1-0, 1 SV, 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K- De Fratus has shown much improvement lately, and he’s getting more groundballs than usual this season.
Trevor May, Clearwater: 1-0, 13 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 19 K- Very good week for May was capped with a career long 8 inning outing on June 2nd and second time this year with double digit strikeouts.
David Buchanan, Lakewood: 1-0, 14 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 11 K- Command and control guy needs to be challenged at Clearwater, but there isn’t room in the rotation at the moment.
Cold : 2/19, 1 R, 0 XBH, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K- Bocock continues to linger on the 40 man roster despite barely contributing in the minor leagues.
Brian Bocock, Lehigh Valley
Niuman Romero, Reading: 3/20, 1 R, 0 XBH, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K- Unproductive utility infielder is essentially Reading’s version of Michael Martinez.
Fidel Hernandez, Clearwater: 0/12, 0 R, 0 XBH, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K- Hernandez was demoted to Clearwater due to the addition of Romero, and he doesn’t have a hit yet.
Darin Ruf, Clearwater: 5/29, 0 R, 0 XBH, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K- Perhaps coincidentally, Ruf has not been good at all since his pitching appearance in late May.
Les Walrond, Lehigh Valley: 0-0, 0 SV, 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K- Minor league veteran re-signed with the Phillies recently and has struggled in his return to the states.
Jacob Diekman, Reading: 0-0, 0 SV, 2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K- Former junior college pick has remained in the organization despite typically bad results.
J.C. Ramirez, Reading: 0-1, 10 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 9 BB, 2 K- Ramirez has shown an unusual lack of command with nine walks in his last two starts.
Mario Hollands, Lakewood: 0-0, 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K- After pitching seven scoreless innings against Greensboro on May 27th, the same team got to him on June 1st.
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