Minor League Report

Minor League Update

(Four Phillies minor league teams began their seasons last Thursday (April 6).  An report on the minor leagues will be posted here every Tuesday).

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
The Red Barons are in the midst of an 8-game Ohio road trip to start the season, Columbus and Toledo . . . Through the first 4 games, they were 1-3 . . . CF Chris Roberson got off to a tough start, .143; 2-for-2 in stolen bases . . . C Carlos Ruiz hit .273 with 2 RBI in 3 games . . . 3B Bobby Scales, .375, HR, 2 RBI . . . LF Ryan Fleming, .286, HR, 4 RBI.

Reading
The Phillies (1-3) are also road warriors to start the season playing 7 games away from home, first 4 in Bowie and now in Binghamton where Juan Samuel is the manager . . . CF Michael Bourn had only 4 hits in 4 games, but he scored 4 runs and was a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen bases . . . RHP Scott Mathieson pitched effectively in losing his AA debut, 3-1, on April 6 (5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 5 SO); he ranged between 88 and 96 mph on radar gun . . . LHP Gio Gonzalez had a no-decision on Saturday, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 SO; the hits were an infield single and a bunt single.

Clearwater
3B Mike Costanzo hit in the first 5 games, .333, with a double and homer, 4 RBI . . . RHP Zack Segovia fanned 11 in 7 innings vs. Dunedin . . . LHP Cole Hamels made an impressive debut in their opener, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO (also vs. Dunedin) . . . Dallas Green was there to see Hamels pitch.  “For the first outing, he stayed consistent with all his pitches,” reported Green.  “As with any young pitcher, he couldn’t get the feel of his curve ball early in the game.  His change-up was as advertised, outstanding.  Fast ball had good life.” . . .  Another LHP, Derek Griffith, made an impressive debut on Sunday in beating Dunedin, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 4 SO.   Griffith used four pitches, fastball, curve, slider and change . . . The Threshers got off to a 3-1 start.

Lakewood
BlueClaws, also starting the season with a 7-game road trip, were winless in four games . . . The team batting average of .156 with 2 runs scored, told it all . . . Staff ERA was a respectful 3.12 . . . Twice the BlueClaws were blanked 1-0 on Saturday at Lexington . . . RHP Carlos Carrasco absorbed one of the losses, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 SO . . . LHP Matt Maloney, lost the other, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 SO.

Home openers
Reading’s first home game is Thursday night (7:05) against Altoona . . . Lakewood hosts Delmarva the same night (6:35) and the SWB Red Barons play Norfolk on Friday (7:00) at Lackawanna County Stadium.

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