Minor League Notes

Players of the Week (April 24-30)
Pitcher: LHP Cole Hamels, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, made his AAA debut a week ago in Norfolk, fanning 14 in 7 shutout innings.  The 22-year-old from San Diego, CA, was the Phillies first round selection in June 2002.   Going into this afternoon’s start at Richmond, Hamels has given up 2 home runs in his 179.0 minor league innings. 
Player: 3B Brennan King, SWB.  For the week, he batted .542 (13-24) with a homer and 3 RBI.  He was signed as a minor league free agent last fall.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Loss on Wednesday ended the Red Barons’ club record 10-game winning streak . . . Won 14 of last 17 games in April to finish with a club-record 16-8 for the month . . . RHP Chris Booker made is AAA debut on Wednesday, 3 strikeouts in 1 inning . . . Hamels set a SWB record for LHP with his 14 strikeouts. He allowed a pair of one-out scratch singles in the first inning and then fanned 6 in a row.  His performance earned him the International League Pitcher of the Week.  Hamels’ 43 total strikeouts leads all minor league pitchers . . . C Carlos Ruiz was hit by a pitch in that game and missed the next 2 games.  RHP Yoel Hernandez, leading SWB with 6 saves, left the same game with a strained Latissimus Dorsi muscle on the right side of his back . . . RHP Brian Sanches stepped in as the closer and picked up 2 saves in 3 scoreless outings . . . Ruiz hit .500 for the week (4 games), boosting his average to .403, tops in the league.  His .701 slugging percentage also leads the IL . . . LHP Eude Brito was 1-0 for 2 starts, 12 total IP, 8 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 6 SO . . . 2B Joe Thurston has a team-high 12-game hitting streak going into this week . . . 3B Brennan King hit in all 6 games . . . 1B-C Chris Coste drove in 4 runs while wearing #10; he switched to #67 last week and collected 6 RBI.

Reading Phillies
Starting pitching has been the force for Reading, who went 4-2 for the week . . . In the last 7 games, starters have a 0.95 ERA for 47.1 innings . . . Leading the way is RHP Scott Mathieson, the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week: 2-0, 2 runs in 14 innings with 18 strikeouts.  His 37 strikeouts lead the EL . . . LHP Gio Gonzalez (6.1 innings) and LHP Brian Mazone (7 innings) turned in shutout outings . . . CF Michael Bourn, hit safely in all 6 games (.375).  He leads the league with 17 runs scored . . . Sunday’s game with Harrisburg drew 9,246, a Reading all-time record for a Sunday and an April game.

Clearwater Phillies
Tough week, 1-6 record with six straight losses carrying into this week.  Two of the losses came in the ninth inning; the sixth in 14 innings . . . Starting pitchers fared well . . . LHP James Happ gave up no earned runs in 2 outings, a total of 12 innings, during which he fanned 12.  His season ERA was lowered from 4.32 to 2.51 . . . LHP Derek Griffith suffered a loss in 2 starts, but lowered his ERA to 1.71 . . . RHP Zach Segovia had a no decision in 1 start, 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 5 SO. His 35.2 innings are the most in the FSL.

Lakewood BlueClaws
RHP Kyle Kendrick got the week started on Monday with 8 shutout innings at Delmarva.  He recorded 10 ground ball outs and 9 strikeouts.  On this day, Reading’s Scott Mathieson, Clearwater’s James Happ and Kendrick combined for 22 innings, 1 earned run and 27 strikeouts . . . Kendrick’s streak of 19.1 consecutive scoreless innings ended on Friday . . . LF Jimmy Slayden and RHP Aaron Rawl joined Lakewood from extended spring training and paid dividends in their first game with the BlueClaws on Friday.  Slayden homered and Rawl hurled 3 shutout relief innings in saving a 5-4 win over Hagerstown . . . RHP Andrew Barb picked up 2 saves in 4 relief innings . . . LHP Matt Maloney pitched 6 scoreless innings to pick up a 1-0 win on Sunday, Lakewood’s league-leading fifth shutout . . . 3B John Castellano was 13-for-24 for the week, extending his hitting streak to all 10 games since being signed as a minor league free agent last month.  His production earned him a promotion to Reading.

1 Comment

What does Ruiz have to do to make the Phillies? Hit .900?
On the plus side I’m just amazed the Phillies have arms on the farm for once.

How are the Phillies going to balance Hamels need for innings versus promoting him to the Majors?

If Wolf is healthy does that mean Hamels stays down all season at Scranton?

Or would the Phils let Hamels work out of the bullpen which worked well in preparing Madson for a starters role?

Isn’t carrying both Alex Gonzalez and Abe Nunez a luxury creating a backup in moving a Hamels or Wolf up to the big club?

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