Minor League Notes

Players of the Week (August 21-27)

Player: LF-DH Jacob Dempsey, Batavia.   Batted .485 for the week, getting 16 hits in 8 games.  Scored 11 times and drove in 12 runs. He’s also on a 13-game hitting streak, boosting his average from 222 to .275.  He leads the Batavia club with 7 homers.  The 22-year-old was drafted in the 21st round this summer out of Winthrop University.

Pitcher:  LHP Joshua Outman, Lakewood.  Was 2-0 for 2 starts, allowing 8 hits, 1 run and 4 walks in 12 innings.  He struck out 15.  He is 5-0 for August with a 0.28 ERA, allowing 1 earned run in 32 overall innings.  Teams are batting .148 against him this month. For the season, he is 14-6, winning his last 6, with a 2.89 ERA.  His 153 strikeouts rank 2nd in the South Atlantic League to teammate Matt Maloney’s 172. The 21-year-old was drafted in the 10th round in 2005 out of Central Missouri State University.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
6-1 week, all against Buffalo, boosted North Division lead to 4.5 games . . . LHP Matt Smith picked up 2 saves . . . RH reliever Clay Condrey, a win and a save . . . RH reliever Ryan Cameron also picked up a win in a big week for the bullpen . . . LH Brian Mazone (12-3) allowed an unearned run in 8 IP in Thursday’s 4-1 win . . . C Carlos Ruiz hit 14th and 15th HR . . . LF/DH Gary Burnham hit in last 9 games at Reading before Wednesday promotion to SWB; he hit in all 4 AAA games (.389) . . . LF Bobby Scales had 9 hits and scored 6 runs . . . CF Pedro Swann had a 14-game hitting streak end on Wednesday . . . Regular season ends Monday, September 4.

Reading Phillies
2-4 week pretty much eliminated Reading from a climb to a wild card berth in the Southern Division . . . LHP Chris Key recorded 19th save for Allen Davis (5-6) on Wednesday . . . C Jason Jarmillo had 5 doubles among his 7 hits; he’s hitting .313 for August . . . 1B Brandon Gemoll had 10 hits and 5 RBI . . . Season ends on Monday, September 4.

Clearwater Threshers
2-5 eliminated the Threshers from a second-half title in the West Division . . . RHP Kyle Kendrick (8-6) hurled a 7-inning shutout on Tuesday, 1st game . . . RHP Nathan Johnson (8-3) won in relief on Saturday . . . RHP Patrick Overholt fanned 7 in 5 IP in 2 relief appearances . . . 2B Tim Moss had 10 hits and saw a 10-game hitting streak end on Friday . . . Season ends Sunday, September 3.

Lakewood BlueClaws
5-1 week ended with North Division second-half title following 8-3 win on Sunday at Lake City, first playoff year in six seasons for the BlueClaws . . . Once again the big three starters produced: LHP Joshua Outman won twice to improve to 14-6; LHP Matt Maloney (15-8) was a Tuesday winner; RHP Carlos Carrasco (11-6) won on Thursday . . . Maloney’s 168 strikeouts are 2nd in all minor league baseball . . . Outman’s streak of 37 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run ended when he gave up a 4th inning HR in the clinching game on Sunday . . . Opposing hitters are batting .184 against Carrasco for the season . . . RHP reliever Wilfrido Laureano (2-0) won on Friday, 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO . . . RH reliever Brett Harker picked up 16th save on Monday . . . LH reliever Michael Zagurski has 71 SO in 53.1 IP . . . LHP Zachary Cline (7-3) was promoted to Clearwater; LHP Daniel Brauer (3-4, 1.96 ERA) joined Lakewood from Batavia . . . Regular season ends Monday, September 4.

Batavia Muckdogs
5-3 week kept their playoff hopes alive.  Batavia is in 4th place in the Pinckney Division, just 2.5 games out of 1st . . . RHP Reymond Cruz recorded 3 saves (4 for season) . . . RHP Andrew Carpenter, 2nd round pick in 2006, was promoted from Gulf Coast League; he had 2 no decisions, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 SO . . . DH Jacob Dempsey extended his hitting streak to 13 games.  He drove in 12 runs with 15 hits . . . Season ends September 7.

Gulf Coast Phillies
Ended 18-31 season with a win in the final game on Monday . . . LHP Antonio Bastardo fanned 5 of 6 hitters in relief that afternoon . . . SS Adrian Cardenas led club with a .318 average.

Minor League Playoff Picture (through August 27)
**International League . . . 3 Division winners and 1 wild card team in best of 5 round . . . Governors’ Cup championship, best of 5.
**Eastern League . . . Top 2 teams in each division in best of 5; championship also best of 5.
**South Atlantic League, season ends September 4 . . . First half champ meets second half champ in best of 3; championship, best of 5.
**New York-Penn League, season ends September 7 . . . 3 Division winners and 1 wild card team in best of 3; championship, best of 3.

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