Minor League Notes

Players of the Week (May 8-14)
Pitcher: RHP Zack Segovia, Clearwater/Reading.  Won final start at Clearwater and promoted to Reading where he won his AA debut.  (See below).  Segovia, 23, was the Phillies second round selection in 2002. This is his second full season since missing all of 2004 recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Player: SS Bradley Harmon, Clearwater.  Batted .364 for the week with 8 hits, 2 doubles, 1 homer and 2 RBI.  A right-handed hitter, Harman was signed as an amateur free agent out of Ferntree, Australia, in 2003.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Two wins, 3 losses (2 in extra innings) and 2 rainouts for the week . . . LHP Eude Brito won his fourth straight, 8 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 0 earned run, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts on Wednesday. He leads the staff with a 4-1 record and is fourth in the International League with a 1.58 ERA.  Opponents are batting .159 against him . . . CF Chris Roberson hit in his ninth consecutive game the same night . . . C Carlos Ruiz continues to share the IL batting lead (.385) even though he’s in the majors.  He shares it with OF Melky Cabrera, who is now up with the Yankees.

Reading Phillies
Tough week, 5 straight losses that ended with a Sunday win over Erie.  Segovia, just promoted from Clearwater, went 7 innings, allowed 5 hits, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts.  He leads all minor league pitchers in innings pitched, 56.1 . . . Reading wore pink game jerseys on Sunday which were raffled off after the game.  More than $4,000 was raised for the PA Breast Cancer Coalition  . . . RHP Nick Mattioni is 4-of-4 in saves since taking over as the closer on May 2 . . . CF Michael Bourn’s stolen base streak without being caught ended at 15 on Saturday.  His 27 runs scored lead the Eastern League . . . Among EL strikeout leaders: Scott Mathieson (54) is second; LHP Gio Gonzalez (47) is seventh andLHP Daniel Haigwood (38) is tied for eighth.  Haigwood had a no decision in a 1-0 loss to Erie.  He allowed just a bunt single in the fifth over 6 innings in which he fanned a season-high 10.

Clearwater Threshers
A 5-1 week in which a 6-game winning streak ended on Saturday . . . Friday win boosted their record to 19-16, best start in franchise history . . . Segovia improved to 5-1 with a win on Tuesday and earned a promotion to Reading.  His 5 wins shared the Florida State League lead . . . LHP James Happ fanned 10 in 8 innings, a 3-0 win at Brevard County on Wednesday.  RHP Nathan Johnson picked up his second save of the week in the same game . . . LHP Derek Griffith also picked up a win, getting 10 ground ball outs in 7 innings . . . 3B Pasquale Antoniato made his Clearwater debut in that game, 2 hits, a homer, 3 RBI.

Lakewood BlueClaws
Ended with week 4-3 by winning the last 3 games . . . Two of the wins were shutouts, giving the Lakewood staff 8 for the season, tops in the South Atlantic League.  Combined the four Phillies minor league teams have 16 shutouts, one more than all of last season . . . RHP Scott Mitchinson struck out a career-high 10 in picking up a 1-0 win on Tuesday . . . RHP Carlos Carrasco fanned a career-high 9 in 8 innings in a 4-0 win on Friday . . . RHP Kyle Kendrick lost on Wednesday, 3-1, but was promoted to Clearwater after going 3-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 7 starts.  He led the SAL with 54 strikeouts . . . RHP Patrick Overholt improved to 2-0 in the bullpen and lowered his ERA to 0.90 on Saturday . . . Closer RHP Andy Barb leads the staff with 5 saves and a 0.77 ERA for 11 appearances.

1 Comment

You really have to like the progress Segovia’s shown this season, somewhat overlooked by Hamels buzzsawing his way to the majors.
Will Segovia get any consideration at all as a late season callup when the rosters expand?

Nice to see the Aussie pipeline paying dividends already.

Brito was a pleasant surprise last season, if not for the pitching logjam he’d be a nice addition to the staff.

My question is:

Brito’s chances of making the roster clearly got hurt by playing in the IHOP,(WBC), are the Phillies going to restrict participation in future IHOP’s especially for a commodity in short supply like pitchers?

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