August 7 Farm Recap

Top Performers: Trevor May, Anthony Hewitt, Kevin Brady, Roman Quinn, Tyler Greene, Christopher Serritella

AAA: Lehigh Valley OFF

AA: Reading Phillies 3 (61-54, 9 GB) at Trenton Thunder 4

Trevor May (8-10, 4.94) had a solid, unspectacular start against the Thunder. He lasted five innings, scattering seven hits allowing three runs. May allowed a baserunner in each inning but did strike out five bringing his total to 119 on the season. In 2012, May has struck out 21.9% of batters down from 33% in 2011 at Clearwater but a drop is expected with the increase in talent. His inconsistency is a little disconcerncing this year but, at 22, he is age appropriate for Double-A. I would not be worried if he has to spend the first half of next season in Reading before getting a promotion to Lehigh Valley which is the expected course of action. There has been a lot of talk about how good of a “prospect” Darin Ruf is in some circles. Despite him mashing at Reading this year with a slash line of .301/.397/.551, he is too old at this level to be considered a true prospect. Ruf recently turned 26 and this is his first year at Double-A. At the most, Ruf can be projected as a right-handed bench player who can add some pop but he will need to impress at Lehigh Valley immediately in 2013.

Hi-A: Clearwater Threshers 3 (23-21, 3GB) vs. Tampa Yankees 9

Jesse Biddle ran into some trouble coming off of an impressive seven shutout innings on August 1st. Biddle allowed five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, pitching only two shutout innings. Biddle did strike out six Yankees but he also allowed three homeruns. As the season comes to an end, I’d like to see Biddle have a stretch of five-six solid starts to carry him into the 2013 season. SS Edgar Duran (.261/.313/.353) committed his 16th error of the season at shortstop en route to a 0-4 night that included two strikeouts. RF Anthony Hewitt (.244/.283/.417) hit his 13th homerun of the year and included his 11th double of the year to end a 2-4 night.

Lo-A: Lakewood Blue Claws OFF

SS: Williamsport Crosscutters 6 (16-33, 13.5 GB) at Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2

Starter Kevin Brady (1-1, 0.81) had a superb start, the longest of his professional career. Brady lasted 5 2/3 innings, scattering four hits, allowing two runs while striking out seven Scrappers and only walking one. Brady has shown very good control, with stints at the GCL Phillies, and has accumulated a 31/3 K/BB ratio. The 21-year-0ld Brady is a 2012 10th round pick out of Clemson University signing for a reported $100,000. Brady spent his first two years at Clemson as a reliever before taking a step up to the starting rotation in 2011. Reports have Brady’s fastball anywhere from 88-94 MPH while also possessing a slider and a changeup that ranges from 76-81 MPH. If Brady continues to have these types of starts he will be on prospect lists in no time. SS Roman Quinn (.275/.353/.404) stole his 17th base in his 21st attempt of the 2012 season but also committed his 22nd error of the year. 2B Tyler Greene (.200/.235/.293) provided some pop for the Crosscutters with a 5th inning two-run homerun, his second of the year. 1B Christopher Serritella (.300/.367/.474) added two singles for Williamsport while splitting time with Cameron Perkins (.268/.328/.366) at 1B.

AAA: Tyler Cloyd (11-1, 1.93) vs. Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday, 8/8

AA: Ethan Martin (1-0, 1.50) at Trenton Thunder

Hi-A: Austin Wright (9-4, 3.20) vs. Tampa Yankees

Lo-A: Hoby Milner (3-2, 3.41) vs. Kannapolis Intimidators

SS: Ulises Joaquin (0-1, 4.63) at Mahoning Valley Scrappers


August 6 Farm Recap

Stars of the Day: Cesar Hernandez, Steve Susdorf, Josh Ludy, Kelly Dugan, Brock Stassi, Roman Quinn, Christopher Serritella

Triple-A: Lehigh Valley 1 (63-55, 2.5 GB) at Pawtucket 7

2B Cesar Hernandez (.306/.345 /.433) and RF Steve Susdorf (.281/.341/.376) provided the Iron Pigs with their four hits. Jake Fox, on a sacrifice fly in the top of the 9th inning, provided the only run of the game for the Iron Pigs by scoring Hernandez. Since being promoted to AAA on August 2nd, Hernandez has a hit in four out of five games; three of those being multi hit games. Starter Scott Elarton (5-9, 5.27) was roughed up in four innings of work, surrendering seven runs on nine hits. Relievers Tyson Brummett, David Purcey, and Joe Savery combined to shut out the Paw Sox for the remaining four innings.

Double-A: Reading Phillies; OFF

Hi-A: Clearwater Threshers; OFF

Lo-A: Lakewood Blue Claws 8 (22-19, 1GB ) at West Virginia 5

All but one of the BlueClaws starters recorded a hit in this game. Catcher Josh Ludy (.286/.371/.416) reached base three times in four plate appearances with two doubles and a walk as well as scoring two of the eight BlueClaws runs. The 22-year-old Ludy is a 2012 8th round selection out of Baylor University. In 16 games at catcher he has thrown out 28% of would-be base stealers. Ludy is still very raw but he provides a penchant for getting on base with little power thus far. RF Kelly Dugan (.288/.375/.475) added three singles and a run scored in five plate appearances. Dugan continues to impress and show off his hitting skills night in and night out. 1B Brock Stassi (.233/.317/.327) included his second triple of the year to go along with a three hit night with four runs batted in. Stassi, in his second year with the organization, was a 33rd round draft pick in 2011 out of the University of Nevada-Reno. At age 22 the Phillies have experimented with him in the outfield in 2012 after playing first base exclusively in 2011. Stassi provides solid defense at first while still learning to play left field. Since joining the organization in 2011 Stassi has failed to consistently hit for power or average. He shows a good eye at the plate as evidenced by his 39/38 K/BB ratio but has only three homeruns in 358 plate appearances. Stassi has had a three game stint in Hi-A Clearwater (.222/.222/.333) and a five game stint in Lo-A Williamsport (.217/.250/.217) before finally settling in at Lakewood.

SS: Williamsport Crosscutters 1 (15-29, 12.5 GB) vs. Connecticut 7

Shortstop Roman Quinn (.282/.357/.414) and first basemen Christopher Serritella (.296/.364/.473) were the lone bright spots for the Crosscutters in a game in which they had one hit in FIFTEEN opportunities with runners in scoring position. Quinn went 3-5 on the night with his fifth double and league leading ninth triple of the year while driving in the only Williamsport run. Serritella hit his 18th double of the year for his only hit in four plate appearances.

AAA: Off Tuesday 8/7; Tyler Cloyd (11-1, 1.93) vs. Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday, 8/8

AA: Trevor May (8-9, 5.00) at Trenton Thunder

Hi-A: Jesse Biddle (7-4, 3.23) vs. Tampa Yankees

Lo-A: Off Tuesday 8/7; Hoby Milner (3-2, 3.41) vs. Kannapolis Intimidators

SS: Kevin Brady (0-1, 0.69) at Mahoning Valley Scrappers


August 5th Farm Recap

Top Performers: Justin De Fratus, Brody Colvin, Darin Ruf, Perci Garner, Bob Stumpo, Maikel Franco, Kelly Dugan

The probables for tomorrow’s minor league games were not yet announced. Check back later today for an update on the probables.

AAA: Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 5 (63-54, 1.5GB) at Pawtucket 6

Reliever Phillippe Aumont blew the save in his one inning of work by allowing two hits, two runs and three walks. Jake Diekman, recently demoted with the roster shuffle in Philadelphia, also struggled in relief. Diekman gave up one run and surrendered three walks in 2/3 innings. At one point, the Iron Pigs were up by five runs but everything fell apart in the 9th and 10th innings. The Pawsox scored two runs in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game and in the very next inning scored the winning run. Justin De Fratus seems to be one hundred percent recovered from the right elbow strain that sidelined him most of the season. The 24-year-old has appeared in eight games for the Iron Pigs, working 8 2/3 innings while only allowing 7 baserunners. His control has been excellent as evidenced by his BB/9 ratio which stands at 1. De Fratus has not given up a run in his last 5 1/3 innings of work with the Iron Pigs. With his recent success, De Fratus is warranted a call up either when a reliever goes down due to injury or on September 1st, which ever comes first.

AA: Reading Phillies 5 (61-53, 8 GB) vs. Binghamton 2

Brody Colvin made his second start at Double-A since being promoted from Clearwater and turned in an okay start. The jump from Single-A to Double-A is a very hard one to make because the hitters are now more able to recognize off-speed pitches and catch-up with plus fastballs. Pitchers must be able to pitch at this level and not just throw. Colvin went 6 innings and surrendered only 1 hit, a far cry from the 9 hits he surrendered in his first AA start. He allowed all of Binghamton’s two runs in the first two innings when he struggled with his control (4 walks). He settled down for the rest of the game only allowing one base runner until he was lifted in the 7th inning. Colvin’s control has been inconsistent all year; sometimes turning in a 0 walk start and sometimes walking five or six batters. 3B Cody Asche (.233/.299/.407) hit a three-run bomb in the 5th inning, his 6th of the year. 1B Darin Ruf (.303/.399/.553) continues to hit as he added a homerun of his own, the solo kind, his 22nd of the year. Recently acquired catcher Tommy Joseph (.266/.321/.396) struck out three times in four plate appearances.

Hi-A: Clearwater Threshers 3 (23-20, 2.5 GB)) @ Lakeland 4

Threshers starter Perci Garner turned in a nice start for the Threshers throwing 5 innings of shutout baseball while only allowing 2 hits and striking out 3 Flying Tigers. 2011 7th round pick Kenneth Giles came in relief and added two of his own shutout innings while also striking out 3 batters. Mike Nesseth and Colton Murray combined to give up the lead and lose the game in the 10th inning for the Threshers. Catcher Bob Stumpo (.258/.351/.331) was the offensive star for the Threshers, driving in all three runs on a 2-4 night that included his 2nd double of the year. The 25-year-old out of West Chester University has done a little bit of everything for the organization in 2012, moving up and down among affiliates to fill the depth chart. Troublesome centerfielder Tyson Gillies also went 2-4 with a double. Gillies has been injury-prone since being acquired in the Cliff Lee deal two seasons ago. Combine that with his off field problems and he will soon be referred to as a former Phillies prospect.

Lo-A: Lakewood BlueClaws 4 (22-22, 3GB ) at West Virginia 8

3B Maikel Franco (.250/.313/.401) hit his 12th homerun of the year, a solo shot in the 7th inning. In four plate appearances he also walked and scored two runs. The 19-year-old has been solid at the plate showing off his power (12 HR’s and 21 doubles in 448 PA) and his defense has been improving at the hot corner. Franco needs to continue to improve getting on base, his pitch selection and his defense to be considered a top prospect in the future. RF Kelly Dugan (.283/.372/.473) continues to have himself a season. Dugan added the BlueClaws first run in the 7th inning with his own solo shot (11th). He has shown that not only can he get on base (37% of the time) but he can play multiple positions at an above-average rate. Dugan has played 1B and RF for the BlueClaws in 2012 and has shown, at the lower levels, that he can also play LF and CF. If Dugan keeps this up he will find himself at Clearwater in 2013 with a chance to make an impact at Reading.

Short Season: Williamsport Crosscutters 3 (15-32, 13.5 GB) vs. Connecticut 9

19-year-old Tyler Greene (.180/.248/.270) continues to struggle. Greene was the Phillies 11th round pick, signed out of West Boca Raton Community High School in 2011. Last year’s first round pick LF Larry Greene (.249/.348/.341) seems to be getting the hang of this professional baseball thing, having a hit in his last three games. Greene was drafted with the expectation that he would hit for big power. Thus far, he has 2 homeruns in 204 PA’s with 10 doubles. I do not give a total reprieve to prospects in their first professional season but it has to be understood that these are 18, 19, 20 year-olds playing for big money (even if it is “only” a $1mil signing bonus, most kids want to prove their worth it) and the pressure is enormous. The first season you like to see some flashes of what they can become and the second season you’d like to see them to start to put everything together because now they are used to the wood bats, recognizing pitches better, and realizing how the talent has changed from high school or college to professional baseball.

Tonight’s Probables:

AAA: TBD @ Pawtucket

AA: Off

Hi-A: Off

Lo-A: TBD @ West Virginia

SS: TBD vs. Connecticut


May 10 Recap

Top Performers: Cody Overbeck, Tyler Cloyd, Derrick Mitchell, Darin Ruf, Lino Martinez, Maikel Franco

AAA: Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (18-15, 3 GB) 5 vs. Indianapolis 1

1B Cody Overbeck (.265/.304/.402) went 2-5 with his first triple and eighth double of the year. Overbeck also scored two of the Iron Pigs’ five runs. RF Derrick Mitchell (.255/.302/.398) was the offensive star of the night, tying his career high with four runs batted in. Mitchell is currently on a seven game hitting streak. The pitching star of the night was 25-year-old RHP Tyler Cloyd. Cloyd, in his third AAA game, pitched seven innings, scattering three hits, giving up only one run and one walk while striking out six. In three AAA starts this year, Cloyd has pitched a total of 20 innings, allowing only two runs, striking out 17 and walking four. He has been very impressive and is making a case for himself in the organization.

INF Hector Luna, relief pitchers Raul Valdes and Jacob Diekman were all called up. Joe Savery and Brian Sanches were out righted to Lehigh Valley.

AA: Reading Phillies 10 (21-11, 1st) @ New Britain 3

The Phillies exploded on offense with 1B Darin Ruf (.395/.446/.623) once again leading the charge. Four of Ruf’s runs batted in came from a third inning grand slam, his sixth bomb of the season. His second hit, in four at bats, was his ninth double of the season. Ruf also added a walk. Ruf is in the middle of an eight game hitting streak. CF Tyson Gillies (.286/.367/.411) went 2-3 with two runs scored, a walk and showed off his speed with his fifth stolen base of the season. Starting pitcher Drew Naylor scattered seven hits in five innings allowing two runs. LHP Jay Johnson pitched the last inning of the game for the Reading Phillies and is currently sporting a 3.38 ERA as a 22-year-old.

Hi-A: Clearwater Threshers 3 (17-15, 4 GB) @ Bradenton 16

The Threshers pitching staff was beat up in this game, obviously. Starting pitcher Brody Colvin pitched two shutout innings before giving up seven runs with an unremarkable five walks and seven hits. Relief pitcher Garrett Claypool did horrible in one inning of work, allowing five runs on three hits. Although RF Anthony Hewitt (.267/.315/.430) hit his fourth homerun of the season in the ninth inning he also committed his sixth and seven errors of the year.

Lo-A: Lakewood BlueClaws 1 (11-20, 11.5 GB) vs. Greensboro 0

The only run that counted came on a game ending double by 3B Maikel Franco, his seventh of the year. Starting pitcher Lino Martinez pitched a spectacular seven innings by scattering three hits and striking out five. Matt Campbell came in to pitch two innings of perfect relief, striking out one Greensboro batter.

 

Tonight’s Probables:

AAA: Scott Elarton

AA: Trevor May

Hi-A: Jesse Biddle

Lo-A: Ervis Manzanillo


May 9, 2012 Recaps

Top Performers:Jonathan Pettibone, Darin Ruf, Adam Morgan, Cody Asche, Cameron Rupp

AAA: Lehigh Valley (17-15, 3 GB) 0 @ Indianapolis 5

SP Pat Misch (1-5, 6.91) lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs. Misch did not allow an Indianapolis runner to score until the 5th inning, giving up a two-run home run. He continued to unravel in the 6th inning, giving up two singles then getting an out on a sacrifice bunt before finally allowing a single to load the bases, his last batter of the night. Jeremy Horst relieved Misch and promptly gave up two inherited runners. Jake Diekman, expected to be sent up the big club tomorrow to strengthen the bullpen, pitched a perfect 8th inning. Diekman has allowed only one run in 17 plus innings this year. RF Derrick Mitchell (.242/.293/.352) kept his six game hitting streak alive with his fifth double of the season.

AA: Reading (20-11, 1st) 5 vs. Trenton 1

Starting RHP Jonathan Pettibone came within one out of a complete game. Pettibone lasted 8 2/3 innings, giving up a solo home run among five hits along with five strikeouts and only two walls. 1B Darin Ruf (.389/.483/.593) continues to rake at Reading, reaching base in all four plate appearances. Ref hit his 5th home run of the year, a two-run shot in the first inning and his 8th double of the year, along with a walk and four RBIs. Ruf needs to be given a chance to prove himself at Triple-A and his time might be soon. Laynce Nix is hurting and there is a possibility he will need some time on the DL to recuperate. There are no viable options at Lehigh Valley to take his spot so the front office could take a look at the Reading roster.

Hi-A: Clearwater (17-14, 4 GB) 5 @ Bradenton 3

SP Adam Morgan earned his first win of the season with a stellar seven inning, 10 strikeout, zero wall outing. Morgan has struck out 28% of the batters he has faced this year. 3B Cody Asche (.352/.383/.435) went 2-4 with a double and two RBIs. C Cameron Rupp (.259/.333/.370) added a double of his own along with a walk to conclude his 2-3 night. RF Brandon Tripp’s (.296/.333/.443) only hit of the night was an RBI triple, his third of the year. Tripp also contributed on defense with an outfield assist. SS Edgar Duran (.272/.313/.370) stole his second and third bases of the season. CF Anthony Hewitt (.256/.307/.390) struck out threes times in four plate appearances, increasing his season total of strikeouts to 23 in 21 games.

Lo-A: Lakewood BlueClaws (10-20)
OFF

Today’s Probables
AAA: Tyler Cloyd
AA: Drew Naylor
Hi-A: Brody Colvin
Lo-A: Lino Martinez


May 8, 2012 Recap

Top Performers: Darin Ruf, Julio Rodriguez, Tyler Knigge

AAA: Lehigh Valley (17-14, 2 GB) 2 at Indianapolis 7

SS Andres Blanco (.240/.306/.380) had two of the Iron Pigs ten hits, increasing his batting average by 11 points in one day, with his second double (3 on the season) in as many days. 2B Mike Fontenot (.349/.404/.488), signed as a minor league free agent on April 13th, added one double as part of his three hit night including one of the two runs scored for the Iron Pigs. RF Derrick Mitchell (.242/.293/.352) drove in the second Iron Pigs’ run on a double as part of his two hit night.

RHP Austin Hyatt pitched unspectaculary for Lehigh Valley in his worst start of the season. Hyatt last 5 1/3 innings but allowed 12 of the 26 batters he faced on base including two homeruns, three walks, and nine hits. Hyatt’s previous season high in earned runs allowed was on April 27th against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He only last 4 2/3 innings during that start giving up three earned runs and receiving the loss. We can chalk this up as an aberration for Hyatt.

AA: Reading (19-11, 1st) 3 at Trenton 5

1B Darin Ruf (.374/.421/.542) extended his hitting streak to six games with a two hit night including his fourth homerun on the year. Ruf also added his 7th double of the year and one run scored. Ruf is making a case to be thrown into the Phillies “prospect pool” with his scorching hitting. If he keeps this up, the front office will no longer be able to ignore him and he will be due for a promotion during the summer.

Leadoff hitter and CF Tyson Gillies (.274/.350/.406) was caught stealing for the second time this season. His partner in the outfield RF Jiwan James (.215/.255/.387) was caught stealing for his fourth time this season after a single in four plate appearances that including two strikeouts. The 23-year-old James has struggled in his first action in Double-A this year with 31 strikeouts and only 5 walks. His power is up this year (.387 slugging compared to .363 last year) but his strikeout to walk ration has also increased. In James case, I would rather the decrease in strikeouts and the decrease in homeruns than the other way around. Put the ball in play and good things will happen.

In his sixth start of the season, RHP Julio Rodriguez (2-0, 2.70) allowed a season high 4 walks. He also allowed 4 hits but he shutout Trenton and struck out 5 of their batters. In a perfect world, you would love to see Rodriguez become more efficient and walk less betters so he can last past the fifth or sixth inning; his longest outing this year is six innings.

Hi-A: @ Clearwater 2 (16-14, 5 GB) vs. Bradenton 5

LF Carlos Alonso (.340/.413/.434), after hitting his first HR of the year last night, added an RBI double, as one of the two Thresher’s runs, and a walk in four plate appearances. Alonso is on a three game hitting streak that has increased his slash line from .279/.327/.302 to .340/.413/.434. In those three games he has had six hits in ten at-bats including one homerun, one double, four RBIs and three walks. 3B Cody Asche (.347/.378/.423) and CF Anthony Hewitt (.269/.321/.410) added two singles a piece in four at-bats. Hewitt, like Alonso, has turned it in the last week. Hewitt is on a five game hit steak in which he has gone 12-21 with six RBI’s and has increased his slash line by over one hundred points in each category. Tyler Knigge (2-0, 1.02) has not given up a run in his last 7 2/3 relief innings. Knigge pitched two innings of relief for the Threshers, allowing three base runners (2 hits, 1 walk).

Former 2008 first round pick RF Anthony Hewitt (.257/.313/.405) added a two-run double (2 on the year), in the bottom of the 5th inning, as one of his two hits on the night. His first hit was a run scoring single in the bottom of the third. Hewitt has been the subject of much speculation since he was drafted in 2008 and hit a very disappointing .197/.256/.299 in 33 games with the Phillies rookie-league team. The most alarming fact about Hewitt is his astronomical strikeout to walk ratio. In five professional seasons he has struck out in nearly one-third of his plate appearance (1401 plate appearances/459 strikeouts) while managing to walk only 50 teams. In his last two full seasons at Lakewood he struck out 158/149 times while walking 13/17. Last year, however, he did hit a career high 14 homeruns and stole 36 bases while only being caught 5 times. His time as a prospect is dwindling, with his age (23) and his sub-par five seasons as a professional. If he can capitalize on his speed and power and make some more contact at the plate he could become an average regular in the majors at some point.

RHP Colby Shreve earned his first save of the season with a perfect inning that included one strikeout. On the season, Shreve has pitched a total of 7 innings and surrendered only 6 base runners (5 hits, 1 walk) while striking out a total of 6 batters. There will be a more in depth look into Shreve’s career plus a scouting report later in the week.

Lo-A: Lakewood BlueClaws 1 (10-20, 12.5 GB) @ Savannah 6

The BlueClaws continue to struggle on offense. They were shutout two nights ago and only scored one run last night. Their only run came in the top of the 4th inning after 3B Harold Martinez (.241/.276/.333) doubled to centerfield. 1B Bob Stumpo (.452/.500/.548 in Lakewood) then reached on an infield single. Then, RF Kyrell Hudson (.183/.206/.226) singled in Martinez. Stumpo has been tearing apart Lo-A hitting but do not get too excited just yet. The 2010 33rd round draft pick by the Phillies will turn 25 on July 17th, an advanced age for a league (South Atlantic League) where the average player is about 20-22.

Colin Kleven (1-3, 4.40) gave up all four of his runs on seven hits in the second inning, lasting a total of five innings. Kleven was able to strike out five Savannah batters while only walking two. The 21-year-old 6 foot 5 inch 200 pound right hander has shown flashes of being a quality starter. His problem is being consistent and I have no doubt he will improve as the season progresses.

Tomorrow’s Starters:

AAA: Pat Misch @ Indianapolis

AA: Jonathan Pettibone vs. Trenton

Hi-A: Adam Morgan @ Greensboro

Lo-A: OFF


May 7, 2012 — Recap

Top Performers: Carlos Alonso, Anthony Hewitt, Colby Shreve

AAA: Lehigh Valley (17-13, 2 GB) 0 at Indianapolis 4

The Iron Pigs struggled at the plate after scoring 11 runs in Sunday’s game against Syracuse. SS Andres Blanco (.229/.299/.365) and 3B Hector Luna (.278/.321/.402) added doubles for the Iron Pigs and RF Derrick Mitchell (.227/.281/.330) added a single. The team combined to go 0-5 with runners in scoring position along with 8 strikeouts. LF Domonic Brown (.247/.290/.355) continued to struggle at the plate, going hitless in three at-bats with two of those at-bats resulting in strikeouts. He also committed his 5th error in the field. Brown has failed to hit a homerun in 100 plate appearances this year and he has struck out over three times more than he has walked (21K/6BB). Brown is still relatively young, at 24, but his regression at the plate and field has taken him completely out of the question for a call up in case of an injury.

One of the bright spots was reliever LHP Raul Valdes who was able to eat the remaining three innings after starter Dave Bush hurled five. Valdes is strictly organizational depth at the ripe old age of 34 and should not expect a call up until September, if at all.

AA: Reading (19-10, 1st) — OFF

Hi-A: @ Clearwater 6 (16-13, 4 GB) vs. Charlotte 5

2B Carlos Alonso (.340/.407/.420) hit his first homerun of the year, a solo shot in the third inning to tie the game up at 3. The HR was only Alonso’s second extra base hit (1 double) of the year. He shows a keen eye and discipline at the plate (4BB/4K) although he obviously lacks power. Alonso has split time most between 2B and SS for the Threshers this year but has made one appearance at 1B as well as 3 appearances at 3B. The 24-year-old is very versatile in the field but adds little power (2 XBH) and little speed (0 SB in 2012, 4 in his 3-year career). Alonso could end up as a 24th-25th man in two-three years for the Phillies major league club.

Former 2008 first round pick RF Anthony Hewitt (.257/.313/.405) added a two-run double (2 on the year), in the bottom of the 5th inning, as one of his two hits on the night. His first hit was a run scoring single in the bottom of the third. Hewitt has been the subject of much speculation since he was drafted in 2008 and hit a very disappointing .197/.256/.299 in 33 games with the Phillies rookie-league team. The most alarming fact about Hewitt is his astronomical strikeout to walk ratio. In five professional seasons he has struck out in nearly one-third of his plate appearance (1401 plate appearances/459 strikeouts) while managing to walk only 50 teams. In his last two full seasons at Lakewood he struck out 158/149 times while walking 13/17. Last year, however, he did hit a career high 14 homeruns and stole 36 bases while only being caught 5 times. His time as a prospect is dwindling, with his age (23) and his sub-par five seasons as a professional. If he can capitalize on his speed and power and make some more contact at the plate he could become an average regular in the majors at some point.

RHP Colby Shreve earned his first save of the season with a perfect inning that included one strikeout. On the season, Shreve has pitched a total of 7 innings and surrendered only 6 base runners (5 hits, 1 walk) while striking out a total of 6 batters. There will be a more in depth look into Shreve’s career plus a scouting report later in the week.

Lo-A: Lakewood BlueClaws 0 (10-19, 11.5 GB) @ Savannah 5

The BlueClaws were nearly no-hit against Savannah. Their only hit came on a double by 3B Maikel Franco (.224/.303/.383) in the top of the 5th inning, his sixth of the year. RF Kyrell Hudson (.165/.198/.407) is completely overmatched in Lakewood, striking out three times in four at-bats giving him a total of 33 strikeouts and 2 walks on the year.

LHP Ethan Stewart (0-2, 2.61) pitched a fine game until he unraveled in the bottom of the 7th inning. After getting the leadoff batter to lineout to shortstop his control got away from him and he walked the bases loaded on three consecutive batters. Take that inning away and Stewart would have ended the game with 6 innings pitched, 6 strikeouts and 1 walk. One of the common themes you see at lower levels is leaving pitchers in a little longer than expected to find out if they can work themselves out of a jam. This was one of those instances and the 21-year-old 47th-round-pick in the 2010 draft will learn from it and undoubtedly come back to have another quality start his next time on the mound.

Tomorrow’s Starters:

AAA: Austin Hyatt (2-2, 3.09) @ Indianapolis

AA: Julio Rodriguez (2-0, 3.24) vs. Trenton

Hi-A: Perci Garner (1-1, 3.80) @ Brevard County

Lo-A: Colin Kleven (1-2, 3.86) @ Savannah


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