Minor League Review, April 26
Weekly Minor League Review
Players of the Week
**Pitcher: RHP Michael Stutes, Reading. 1-0 for 1 start, 6 innings on Friday, 2 ground ball hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts, 0 3-ball counts. For the season, he’s 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA for 3 starts. Selected in the 11th round a year ago out of Oregon State University, the 21-year-old is 10-2 in 16 pro starts, winning 10 of last 11 decisions.
**Player: SS Freddy Galvis, Clearwater. Hit .417 in 6 games and led the organization with 10 hits, all singles. Hit safely in last 5 games, including a 4-hit game on Sunday. Average raised from .208 to .292 in the 5 games. For the season, hitting .290, 12 runs, 4 steals. The 19-year-old was signed as an amateur free agent in 2006 out of Venezuela.
Tuesday Punch Outs: Three right-handed pitchers had double-digit strikeout games: Lakewood’s Jason Knapp, 14 (7 innings), Lehigh Valley’s Carlos Carrasco, 10 (7 IP) and Clearwater’s Kyle Drabek, 10 (6.2 IP) . . . Kapp’s performance tied the Lakewood record set in 2001 by RHP Robinson Tejeda . . . Knapp was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week by MiLB.com.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
2-4; 5th place, International League North Division . . . OF John Mayberry, .389, 1 homer, 5 RBI . . . INF Pablo Ozuna, .389 . . . RHP Justin Lehr was the IL Pitcher of the Week (Apr. 13-19) after 2-0 start; he won his third straight on Friday . . . Carrasco was 0-2 in 2 starts, 13 strikeouts in 9.2 innings and his first 3 walks of the season. After 2 positive starts, he couldn’t get out of the 3rd inning in Sunday’s defeat . . . Three right-handers are anchoring the bullpen: Gary Majewski, Mike Koplove and Tyler Walker; combined (for the season) they’ve allowed 2 earned runs in 25.2 innings, while striking out 18 with 3 holds and 2 saves.
4-2; 2nd place, Eastern League Southern Division . . . OF Michael Taylor had a 4-hit game in 11 innings on Thursday, boosting his average from .229 to .293; half of the hits were homers, including the game-winner . . . SS Ozzie Chavez and OF Mike Spidale also had 4-hit games . . . LHP Antonio Bastardo picked up his second save on Tuesday and started his first game on Saturday, 5 hitless innings with 3 strikeouts . . . LHP Sergio Escalona picked up back-to-back saves, #4-5 . . . LH reliever Matt German had 2 scoreless outings; hasn’t allowed a run in 9.2 innings during the season, 4 hits and 16 strikeouts . . . OF Gus Milner was placed on the DL (left oblique muscle strain) . . . LHP Mike Zagurski was promoted from Clearwater.
Ouch: Reading Phillies photographer Ralph Trout was hit on the head by a flying bat on Friday night, was treated at the hospital and returned to action the next night. As Tony Zonca humorously reported on readingphillies.com: “Yes, you could say Ralph took his own head shot.”
4-2; 2nd place, Florida State League North Division . . . C Tim Kennelly played third base one game; for the week he hit .437 in 5 games . . . LF Derrick Mitchell had a 2-homer game on Saturday; went 5-8 in last 2 games, 5 runs, 4 RBI . . . OF Dominic Brown, .304 week on 7 hits . . . RHP Kyle Drabek (3-0) allowed 2 earned runs in first 3 starts before giving up 4 in 5.2 innings during a no decision on Sunday . . . LHP Yohan Flande, 1-0 for 1 start, 6 innings, 2 hits, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts; he’s allowed 1 unearned run in 18 total innings during the season with 17 strikeouts . . . RHP Chance Chapman, 2 relief outings, 1-0, 5.1 innings, 1 hit, 0 earned runs, 5 strikeouts . . . RH closer Jared Simon recorded 4th save . . . League Leader: Drabek, 24.1 innings, 30 strikeouts.
4-1; .018 out of first place in South Atlantic League Northern Division . . . 2B Harold Garcia, .400 with 2 triples among 6 hits . . . INF Jesus Villegas was 5-7 in last 2 games to boost average to .467; he lacks enough at-bats to qualify for the SAL lead . . . C Travis D’Arnaud, 6 RBI on 5 hits, including 3 doubles . . . RHP Jon Velasquez made his first start and improved to 4-0 . . . LHP Justin DeFratus, converted to a reliever, pitched twice, 4 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts . . . RHP Jesus Sanchez, converted from catcher to pitcher last fall, picked up first win as a starter on Thursday, 5 shutouts innings, 9 strikeouts, including the first 5 batters . . . RHP Tim Cloyd, fanned 9 in 7-shutout innings on Saturday but had a no-decision . . . League Leaders: Valesquez, tied with 4 wins . . . Knapp, 30 strikeouts . . . 3B Travis Mattair, 18 walks . . . CF Anthony Gose, 11 stolen bases . . . Cloyd, tied, 24.1 innings . . . Garcia, tied, 3 triples.