Jul 312011

Clearwater ThreshersLehigh Valley IronPigs (62-45, 1st in IL North)

The IronPigs wrapped up the last week with a 5-2 record, including a four game  series split with their main competition for the division championship  in the Pawtucket Red Sox.  Two major league rehabbers pitched in this week, but with Placido Polanco going 0/6 in two games, it’s debatable how much he actually helped.  Roy Oswalt pitched four solid innings in his return to the mound, and the IronPigs will benefit from those two moving back to the majors and replacing AAA players holding their places.  Their bullpen received a boost this week with Phillippe Aumont returning from the DL, and they received a boost in theory with the Phillies’ signing of Aaron Heilman, but he was charged with blown saves in each of his first two appearances.

Reading Phillies (55-50, 3rd in EL East)

The Reading Phillies went 3-3 this week with one postponement, and they slipped back to 3rd  in the standings.  Their pitching wasn’t very good, but their offense  was even worse.  They scored only 17 runs the entire week, and 11 of  them came in only two games.  With Steve Susdorf’s season ending injury early in the week, they’re going to be missing one of their best hitters, but they should still have enough bats for an  adequate offense. Tim Kennelly and Terry Evans should receive more at bats now, but they haven’t been very good this season.  Tyson Brummett returned to Reading after a stint with Lehigh Valley, and although he’s not great, he has a lot of experience with Reading and is a welcome addition.

Clearwater Threshers (18-17, 2nd in FSL North)

The Threshers were finally getting hot, but with two of their best players  now belonging to the Houston organization, they have a lot to replace.   My guess is that Jim Murphy from Lakewood will take Singleton’s roster  spot, and Garett Claypool from Lakewood will take Cosart’s.  Singleton is going to stay at the high-A level with Houston’s affiliate in the Cal League, but Cosart will be promoted to AA.  Why?  Their Cal League affiliate Lancaster  plays in a stadium that frequently features 40 MPH winds blowing out-  that means a lot of home runs.  The Astros have skipped other top pitching prospects over this level, and Cosart is no different.  The Threshers hope that Sebastian Valle picks up the power after the loss of Singleton.

Lakewood BlueClaws (18-16, 3rd in SAL North)

The BlueClaws moved up to 3rd in the division after a 3-3 week.  At the moment,  they’re on a two game losing streak after allowing 21 runs to West  Virginia (Pittsburgh).  They hadn’t allowed double digit runs in a game  since June 7th, so doing it twice in a row is certainly surprising.  Jesse Biddle  struck out four in six innings in his start, ending a streak of seven  starts where he averaged one or more strikeouts per inning.  For now, it appears he’ll remain in the organization and some could consider him to be the team’s #1 pitching prospect.  Per multiple reports however, the PTBNL as a part of the Hunter Pence trade will come from this Lakewood  roster.  If Jim Murphy is indeed promoted, this roster is suddenly  lacking power unless Anthony Hewitt makes contact for the first time in  his career.

Williamsport Crosscutters (22-19, T-3rd in NYPL Pinckney)

After a strong 5-1 week, the Crosscutters moved up two spots in the division.  They did it with outstanding  pitching, only allowing 12 total runs.  None of their starters allowed  more than three runs, and they racked up a lot of strikeouts too.  Their week even included a complete game one hitter, albeit one that only  lasted five innings.  A week after I said KyrellDugan Hudson couldn’t hit, he had seven hits and scored three runs.  Fellow 2010 draft pick Kelly  that’s also teetering on bust status had a big week as well, reaching base 10 times and driving in four runs.  Maikel Franco continued to turn heads in the middle of the lineup as one of the 10 youngest players in the New York Penn League.

GCL Phillies (19-16, 3rd in GCL North)

The GCL Phillies remained in third in a three team race in the GCL North division with a 3-4 week.  They started the week by getting swept in a doubleheader at the hands of the GCL Blue Jays.  They shut out the GCL Tigers the game after that but were shut out by the Tigers the  following day.  Tyler Greene made his professional debut and truly burst onto the scene with three doubles in his first three games.  Witer Jimenez was reassigned from Reading and while he’s not great, he should be a contributor in the outfield.  The pitching is the area of the team that could use some contributors after losing two games this week by  giving up double digit runs.  2009 overslot signing Steven Inch was moved into the rotation, but his present durability is a question mark a year removed from surgery.


Delwyn Young, Lehigh Valley– 12/25, 4 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K- Unusual power surge for a player mostly hitting singles this season.

Brandon Moss, Lehigh Valley– 9/27, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 9 K- Overall, Moss has a good statline this year, but it comes with a pretty substantial left/right split.

Cameron Rupp, Lakewood– 5/15, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K- Third round pick in 2010 is turning it around after a disappointing start.

Maikel Franco, Williamsport– 8/19, 1 R, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K- It’s a lot of singles, but this 18  year old is holding his own in a league with a lot of older players.

Tyler Greene, GCL– 5/12, 4 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K- Careers aren’t determined by three  games, but Greene has certainly gotten his off to a good start.

Austin Hyatt, Reading– 2-0, 12 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 12 K- Hyatt continues to show that there’s nothing left for him to prove in AA.

Trevor May, Clearwater– 2-0, 13.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 7 BB, 19 K- Too many walks in this stretch, but like Hyatt,  May now has a full season’s workload at his current level.

Adam Morgan, Williamsport
– 1-0, 11 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K- The trade of Jarred Cosart could cause a series of promotions throughout the organization, and Morgan could benefit.

Justin Friend, Reading– 0-0, 1 SV, 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K- After some initial struggles, Friend has adjusted  to AA and has been just as good with Reading as he was with Clearwater.

Bryan Morgado, Williamsport– 1-0, 1 SV, 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K- Heavily debated 2010 4th round pick is now healthy and pitching very well with Williamsport.


Kevin Frandsen, Lehigh Valley– 2/18, 1 R, 0 XBH, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K- Major League veteran infielder only has one extra base hit in July.

Terry Evans, Reading– 2/19, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K- Another slump has Evans’ average back below .200 and OBP below .250.

Tuffy Gosewisch, Reading- 3/17, 1 R, 1 2B, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K- Gosewisch has become a decent hitter the last two years at Reading, but this was not a good week.

Derrick Mitchell, Reading– 1/18, 0 R, 0 XBH, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 7 K, 1/1 SB- This year’s cause celebre prospect among some fans needs to avoid having one-hit weeks.

Miguel Alvarez, Lakewood– 2/19, 1 2B, 0 XBH, 0 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K, 0/1 SB- After a solid 2010 season with Williamsport, Alvarez hasn’t been able to adjust to full season ball.

Edgar Duran, Lakewood– 3/22, 1 R, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 9 K- Duran plays just about every day for the BlueClaws, but they probably wish he didn’t with his .542 second half OPS.

Aaron Heilman, Lehigh Valley– 0-0, 0 SV, 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K- It’s a no risk, potential reward signing for the Phillies, but there has been little reward for the IronPigs so far.

Joe Esposito, Reading– 0-1, 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K- B.J. Rosenberg is back in Reading’s bullpen, and Esposito should be the next to return to relieving.

Mario Hollands, Lakewood– 0-1, 2.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K- Command/control lefty has seen his stuff play up in the bullpen, but his ERA is over 6.00 in July.

Luis Gonzalez, GCL– 1-0, 5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K- The former Diamondback outfielder could probably pitch to a .340 opponents batting average in the GCL like this one.

Josh Warner, GCL– 1-1, 8.2 IP, 14 H, 10 ER, 2 BB, 10 K- Warner may now be working out of the bullpen, but allowing eight runs in his first 2.2 IP wasn’t a good start.

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