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.
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.
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.
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.