Thursday is a day off for the Phillies, their first since May 12, a string of 20 games in 20 days.
They are enjoying the day in Pittsburgh while the Pirates are playing in New York in the afternoon.
PNC Park has not been a friendly park for the Phillies. They lost three of four there a year ago and are only 12-20 since the place opened. Oddly, the Pirates are just 9-14 at home this year.
Monday starts the longest homestand of the season, 11 games against the Dodgers, Cubs and second-place Marlins. Remember an April rainout has been rescheduled for a 1 p.m. game on June 15 with the regularly scheduled game that night at 7.
Another long day in the draft room at Citizens Bank Park for the Phillies scouting staff. 12 laptop computers fill a very large table. No longer are there thick three-ring binders filled with scouting reports. Scouting reports of nearly 800 players are stored in computers. Old-fashioned land lines have been replaced by cell phones as the staff keeps in touch with the area scouts scattered throughout the states. Marti and his staff are checking on updates on players they may draft, , recent performances, health status, signability, etc.
Eight magnetic boards circle the room. Players are ranked by two levels, high school and colleges. Dallas Green’s job is to place the magnetic names on the boards and then remove them as they are drafted. Tough job. Somebody has to do it.
First-Year Player Draft begins at 7 p.m. Monday on the MLB Network. The first round and compensation round will be live on the network and also MLB.com. Phillies will have the 39th, 66th and 90th selections in the first two rounds. The 39th selection (compensation round) will be sometime around 10:15 p.m. Rounds 2-30 will take place on Tuesday with rounds 31-50 on Wednesday. Starting time each day is 12 noon (EDT).
Down On The Farm
C Eric Kratz hit his 9th homer and RHS Brian Gordon improved to 4-0 as Lehigh Valley won, 8-0, in Gwinnett, which is located in Lawrenceville, GA . . . Homers by Shane (#1), C Tuffy Gosewisch (#5, a slam), 1B Matt Rizzotti (#10) and LF Cody Overbeck (#14) powered Reading to a 12-9 win over Akron . . . Clearwater lost, 3-0, to Port St. Lucie, the second loss in the last 8 games for the Threshers . . . OF Michael Dobbs hit two homers (#2-3) and drove in 4 as Lakewood opened a road series in Greensboro with a 5-4 win, the 12th in the last 14 games for the BlueClaws.
Players of the Week
Pitcher: RHS Garrett Claypool, Lakewood. 1-0 for 1 start, 7 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and 11 strikeouts. Lowered his ERA to 2.30, second in the South Atlantic League to teammate David Buchanan (1.97). The 22-year-old was drafted a year ago out of UCLA and signed by Shane Bowers.
Player: 1B Jim Murphy, Lakewood. Hit .364 in 6 games with 3 doubles, 3 homers (#11-12-13) among 8 hits. Drove in 9, pushing his RBI total to 36, tops in the organization. Homers lead the SAL. The 25-year-old was selected in the 17th round in 2006 out of Washington State University and signed by Dave Ryles.