2010 BlueClaws catcher Sebastian Valle was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday, Below, find more on that and a few other things from around the farm and the desk of Larry Shenk.
Player of the Week: C Sebastian Valle, Clearwater. Batted .647 in 5 games (11-17) with 3 doubles, 2 homers and 5 RBI. Had 5 multi-hit games. His homer on Wednesday cleared the Tiki Pavilion roof at Bright House Field (see photo). Left Friday’s game after a home plate collision and was placed on the DL the next day with a concussion. Hitting .447 in his last 10 games, improving his season average to .337. The 20-year-old was signed as an amateur free agent, 10/6/06, by Sal Agostinelli and Norman Anciani out of Los Mochis, Sal Aloa, Mexico.
Pitcher of the Week: RHP Brian Gordon, Lehigh Valley. Made 2 starts, 1-0, 0.66 ERA, allowing 1 run, 6 hits and 1 walk in 13.2 innings. He struck out 9. Lost a no-hitter in Sunday’s win on a bunt single leading off the 6th inning. Wound up with a no-decision, 1 run in 7 innings, 3 hits. He was also named the IL Pitcher of the Week by MiLB.com. In 7 games (4 starts), the 32-year-old is 1-0 with a 0.36 ERA. He was signed as a minor league free agent, 1/29/10 and was originally drafted in the 7th round by Arizona in 1997.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League, North Division
5-2, 2nd place . . . C Eric Kratz homered in back-to-back games, Friday and Saturday (#5-6) . . . OF Delwyn Young, .357, with a club-high 10 hits . . . DH Tagg Bozied was activated from the DL on Thursday, 2-3, with a home run; hit .364 in his first 4 games. . . CF Rich Thompson, 4 hits and 3 steals in Saturday’s win . . . Josh Barfield, .296 . . . Three starters posted wins: LH Ryan Feierabend (1-2), 0 runs, 5 innings on Monday; RH Nate Bump (2-3), 1 run, 7 innings on Wednesday; RH Brian Bass (2-2), 2 runs, 9-inning complete game on Friday; 18 ground ball outs . . . Other win went to reliever David Herndon (1-0) on Saturday, 0 runs, 3 innings . . . Saves went to LH Mike Zagurski (#4-5) and Juan Perez (#4). For Zagurski, saves in 4 straight outings.
Reading Phillies, Eastern League, Eastern Division
3-5, 1st . . . 1B Matt Rizzotti, .414 in 8 games, with a club-high 12 hits; scored 3 and drove in 6; ended week riding an 8-game hitting streak boosting his season average to .351 . . . OF Matt Miller, .378 in 7 gamers; led organization with 7 RBI . . . 2B Fidel Hernandez, .617, 5 games; hitting .433 in last 10 games . . . 3B Cody Overbeck hit 2 homers (#10-11) to lead the organization . . . 3B Carlos Rivero hit two homers in Friday’s 2nd game . . . RHR Michael Cisco worked 3 scoreless innings on Monday, stretching his streak to 9 scoreless innings over 3 games . . . RHS Austin Hyatt won his 3rd straight to improve to 5-1, 2 runs, 6.2 innings on Wednesday . . . RH Tyson Brummett won in a spot start, Friday’s 2nd game, 0 runs, 5 innings . . . RHS J. C. Ramirez (5-2) was Sunday’s winner, with a save for RH Phillippe Aumont (#3)
Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League, North Division
4-3, 2nd place . . . 3B Jeremy Barnes, .400, in 7 games, including back-to-back 3-hit games; hitting .519 at Bright House Field; .361 in last 10 games . . . DH-1B Dari Ruf, .409, 3 doubles among 9 hits; ended week riding a 7-game hitting streak . . . 1B-DH Joe Savery was 0-5 on Monday, dropping him under .400 for the first time (.394) . . . RHR Joe Esposito (2-0) in 2 outings, 0 runs, 4.1 innings . . . RHS Julio Rodriguez (5-1) lost his first game on Saturday, 3 runs, 5 innings . . . RHS Jarred Cosart (4-3) had a perfect game through 6 innings on Sunday, 0 runs, 1 hit, 7 innings, 8 strikeouts . . . RHR Justin Friend recorded 4 saves in 4 appearances, improving his season to 14-for-14.
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League, Northern Division
2-5, dropping last 3; 7th place . . . SS Edgar Duran, .409, including 4 RBI and 3 stolen bases; hitting .387 over last 10 games . . . RF Zach Collier, .375, with a club-hit 12 hits and 3 steals; ended week riding an 8-game hitting streak, which included 4 consecutive multi-hit games . . . OF-DH Anthony Hewitt, club-high 6 RBI on 7 hits . . . 1B Jim Murphy went deep in back-to-back games (#9-10) as did Domingo Santana (#3-4); Murphy set a Lakewood career record with his 24th homer; old mark (23) was held by Juan Richardson . . . RHR Tyler Knigge (1-1) won his first pro game with 3 hitless, scoreless innings on Wednesday . . . RHS David Buchanan (5-1) won the next night, 7 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs; 1.51 ERA leads the organization . . . RHS Garrett Claypool (0-2) fanned 12 in 11 innings in 2 starts.