Lehigh Valley is quite happy to get out of Charlotte after losing four in a row in a five game series. They’re tied with Buffalo in 2nd place, 3.5 games behind division-leading Pawtucket. All-Star voting opened for the AAA ASG a few days ago, and Erik Kratz, Dave Bush and Tyler Cloyd could all earn an appearance. The biggest development in the farm system this week was certainly Domonic Brown getting a trial in center field. It’s certainly interesting, but if he was able to play the position the last few years, it’s unusual that he would have been moved from it in the first place. It’s been nearly four weeks since Phillippe Aumont pitched, and there isn’t any indication his return is imminent.
Reading remains a half game behind New Britain in the EL East standings with a 28-21 record. Julio Rodriguez was named EL Pitcher of the Week last week, and recent reports indicate he’s solidifying his ceiling at the back end of a rotation. After an outfield collision with Jiwan James Saturday, Tyson Gillies is now day-to-day with a bruise on his wrist. That’s an unfortunate break because Gillies is in the midst of a hot streak, batting .325 with a .936 OPS in his last 10 games. Although his final line Sunday didn’t look great, he didn’t pitch poorly, striking out four and only walking one in 6.1 innings at Harrisburg.
At 25-22, Clearwater has the third best record in the Florida State League, but unfortunately for them, they’re 6.5 games behind rival Dunedin with 17 to go in the first half. Over the past week, the Threshers embarked on their annual Big East Championship roadtrip and managed a 3-3 record against two of the worse clubs in the league. The most stunning note from Clearwater was certainly Brody Colvin’s Saturday relief appearance. 2012 has been another struggle for him, but it remains to be seen if this is just temporary to clear his head. Adam Morgan leads the league comfortably in strikeouts with 70 in 59 innings. Zach Collier could return from his 50 game suspension this week.
Any momentum Lakewood was building at the start of the week was gone when they lost five times in a six game series at home against Hagerstown. Over the course of that series, the BlueClaws barely averaged three runs a game while allowing nearly five. At 19-30, they’re out of the first half division race and are showing no indication they’ll be able to turn it around in the second half. Because of the doubleheaders, two pitchers made their full-season debuts, Ramon Oviedo and Josh Warner. Oviedo was decent, but Warner got bombed. After a prolonged slump that dropped his average below .230, Brian Pointer is showing some signs of life, but he hasn’t had a two hit game since 5/16.
Good performers (over the last 10 days or so)
3B Cody Asche: 13/39, 6 R, 5 XBH, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB 4 K, 3/3 SB, .333/.366/.538
OF Leandro Castro: 17/39, 9 R, 7 XBH, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/1 SB, .436/.450/.744
3B Drew Hillman: 10/29, 3 R, 3 XBH, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K, .345/.344/.586
LHP Jesse Biddle: 1-0, 13 IP, 11 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
RHP Dave Bush: 2-0, 16 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K
OF Anthony Hewitt: 7/35, 1 R, 1 XBH, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 12 K, 2/4 SB, .200/.275/.257
OF Kyle Hudson: 5/29, 2 R, 1 XBH, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K, 2/3 SB, .172/.250/.207
C Sebastian Valle: 8/40, 3 R, 4 XBH, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 10 K, .200/.200/.450
RHP Brody Colvin: 0-1, 11 IP, 16 H, 9 ER, 5 BB, 3 K
RHP Josh Warner: 0-0, 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
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