Minor League Notes
Players of the Week (June 26-July 2)
Pitcher: RH Julio De la Cruz, Clearwater Threshers. Beat Tampa on Saturday, 8 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Is 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA for last 2 starts. The 25-year-old was signed as an amateur free agent in 2001 out of the Dominican Republic. He did not pitch in 2004 and 2005 as he recovered from elbow surgery.
Player: OF Jay Miller, Batavia Muckdogs. Made pro debut last week and hit safely in all 5 games, a .611 average (11 for 18) with 4 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBI and 5 R. The 22-year-old was selected in the 17th round this June out of Washington State University.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Won 4, Lost 4, Rainouts 2 . . . RHP Brian Sanches had his second consecutive 2-save week . . . RHP Gavin Floyd rebounded from 2 tough outings for a 3-2 win on Wednesday, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, in first game of a DH . . . LHP Eude Brito also rebounded with a 5-2 win in the first game the next night, 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 SO; he gave up 4 hits, 2 runs to start the game and then pitched shutout ball through the sixth; he also picked two runners off first base . . . LHP Brian Mazone stretched his record to 6-1 during a 10-1 romp on Friday . . . 2B Joe Thurston hit in 17 of 18 games before being blanked in back-back games.
W 2, L 3, Rain 3 . . . RH reliever Nick Evangelista picked up first save; he’s
1 earned run in 15.1 innings since joining Reading from Clearwater on June 3 . . . RHP Zach Segovia evened record at 4-4 . . . LHP James Happ (3-7, 2.81 ERA, 77 SO, 80 IP at Clearwater) made his Reading debut on Friday, losing 5-3 (2 earned runs allowed); 3 Reading pitchers totaled 16 strikeouts in the 9-inning loss . . . Ryne Sandberg had his uniform number (26) retired on Sunday before 8,553. He was a shortstop at Reading in 1980 . . . CF Michael Bourn, LHP Gio Gonzalez and INF Carlos Leon were named to the AA All-Star Game, July 12 in Altoona . . . Gonzalez will pitch for the USA Team in the MLB Futures Game, July 9 in Pittsburgh.
While SWB and Reading totaled 5 rainouts, Clearwater, playing in the Florida muggies, didn’t have one last week, a week in which the Threshers split 8 games . . . LF J. J. Johnson drove in 5 runs on Wednesday, helping RHP Andrew Baldwin improve to 4-6 . . . 2B Tim Moss hit two homers in the week . . . Clearwater drew 8,216 on Friday night, a record for the Threshers . . . RHP Julio De la Cruz (4-4) and RHP Adam Shafer (10th save) combined on the 3-0 shutout of Tampa.
5-3 week ended with the BlueClaws in first place in the Northern Division . . . RHP
Andrew Barb recorded his 11th and 12th saves; he’s allowed 1 ER since May 29, picking up 6 saves . . . RHP Carlos Carrasco (5-4) won 2 games; he was named to the World Team in the July 9 MLB Futures Game . . . LHP Matt Maloney pitched Lakewood into first place on Tuesday but had his 4-game winning streak end Sunday.
W 2, L 3, Rain 2 . . . LHP Daniel Brauer made pro debut on Monday, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 SO . . . OF Quintin Berry ended a 0-for-29 pro start with an infield hit on Thursday . . . LF Jay Miller had 4 doubles among his 11 hits for the week. He’s hitting .441 in 10 games.
Gulf Coast Phillies
3-2 week . . . RHP Gilmar Pereira pitched 3 scoreless innings to pick up a “hold” on Thursday . . . RHP Darren Byrd got the win in that game, 6 SO in 5 IP . . . RHP Drew Naylor got his first win on Friday, 0 R in 5 IP . . . 3B Herm Demmink made his pro debut on Thursday; he hit .500 (5-10) in his first 3 games with 3 RBI.
SS Adrian Cardenas, the Phillies supplementary pick in the June draft, was named the High School Player of the Year by Baseball America. He and RHP Kyle Drabek, the #1 pick) were named to the publication’s All-American first team . . . Cardenas and Drabek also received All-American honors from USA Today.