Minor League Review, April 26

 

Weekly Minor League Review
April 20-26

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.

Reading Phillies
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.” 

Clearwater Threshers
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.

Lakewood BlueClaws
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.

 

3 Comments

Ibanez vs Burrell

Clearly Burrell walks more than Ibanez and now balls hit to leftfield are boringly caught thus removing the added excitement you felt when Burrell was out there.

Charlie Manuel doesn’t have as much to think about in late innings which may ultimately affect his mental acuity in years to come and the dynamic Eric Bruntlett will see less playing time!

Conclusion – yet another in a very long line of bad decisions by Philadelphia. Almost as bad as Steve Carlton – Rick Wise; Curt Schilling – Jason Grimsley or Bobby Abreu – Kevin Stocker!

Yes, the Phillies have made some excellent moves in the past and lately. The best thing though is recognizing when they have not and biting the bullet such as with Adam Eaton. This is in my opinion the real difference between the Phillies of old and the Phillies today. While their payroll is almost $140 million, nearly $20 million of that is going to players no longer on the team.

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