Below, find the weekly minor league review, courtesy of Larry Shenk. Read Larry’s blog here.
Players of the Week
**Pitcher: LH Jesse Biddle, Clearwater.
Was 1-0 for 2 starts, 0.64 ERA. Pitched 14 innings, allowed 8 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), walked 3 and struck out 21. Had no-decision on Monday and won on Sunday, a game in which he struck out a career-high 12 in 7 innings. Threw 104 pitches, 72 for strikeouts. Previous strikeout high was 10, 8/4/10, while pitching in the Gulf Coast League. Victory was his third in a row, 3-2 for the season with a 2.53 ERA. He’s given up 6 runs in his last 8 games, after allowing 9 in his first two starts. The 20-year-old was the Phillies first-round selection (27th overall) in 2010 out of Germantown Friends School and signed by Eric Valent.
**Player: C John Suomi, Lehigh Valley. Hit .600 in 5 games (12-20) with 4 doubles, 2 homers, 7 RBI and 8 runs scored. All 5 of his games were multi-hit games. Ended week on an 8-game hitting streak. Hit .385 during May after getting just 16 at-bats April. In each of the last three seasons, he’s played for three different Phillies minor league teams. The 31-year-old was originally selected by Oakland in the 22nd round 12 years ago. He was signed as a minor league free agent 12/11/09 by the Phillies.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division
3-4 plus 1 rain out, 3rd place . . . Included was their 5th walk-off win, 5-4, on Saturday, 1st game, Derrick Mitchell game-winning single . . . Mitchell hit .353 for the week and led the organization with 9 RBI. Drove in 4 runs in each of the Saturday; leads club with 30 RBI . . . LF Domonic Brown, .321, 8 runs, 9 hits, including 1st 2 homers . . . 1B Cody Overbeck, .320, 3 doubles, 1 homer among 8 hits . . . OF Steve Susdorf, .357 in last 20 games; has only 2 strikeouts in 39 AAA at-bats . . . Wins all went to relievers, RH B. J. Rosenberg (1-0), RH Phillippe Aumont (1-0) and RH Brian Sanches (2-1) . . . Lone save went to RH Michael Schwimer (6).
Reading Phillies, Eastern League Eastern Division
3-1, plus 2 postponements, 3rd place . . . Won, 8-0, on Monday with 7 different batters getting 2 hits each; lost on Sunday, 8-3, getting 11 singles . . . 2B Cesar Hernandez, .429 with club-high 9 hits, 6 runs; ended riding an 8-game hitting streak; hitting .341, last 10 games . . . C Sebastian Valle, .368, 7 hits, 5 RBI; .316 in last 10 . . . LF Leandro Castro, .412, last 10 . . . 1B Darin Ruf, 2 doubles, triple, home run, club-high 6 RBI (41 for season, tops in organization) . . . RHS David Buchanan (2-5) tossed 9-inning shutout on Monday, 7 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, snapping a 5-game losing streak. Has allowed earned run in last 16 innings . . . LHR Frank Gailey (2-1) was Wednesday’s winner, 3 strikeouts, 2 hitless, scoreless innings . . . RHS Austin Hyatt (1-0) was Saturday’s winner in 1st AA start after being sent back from LV . . . RHR Lisalverto Bonilla recorded 1st AA save that night . . . RHR Justin Friend, 12th save on Wednesday . . . RHS Trevor May (5-3) lost 3rd in a row on Sunday, 6 runs, 3.2 innings.
Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League North Division
4-2, 2nd place . . . RF Zach Collier, .382, 5 games . . . 3B Cody Asche, .375 with club-high 9 hits and 4 steals. Despite being 2nd in the FSL in hitting, was not selected to the North squad for the All-Star Game . . . CF Peter Lavin, .348, club-high 5 runs . . . OF Drew Hillman, .345, last 10 . . . 1B Jim Murphy, 5 hits, 5 RBI, giving him 39 for the season, second to Ruf’s 41 . . . RHR Tyler Knigge (2-1) lost on Tuesday, ending his 17 scoreless inning streak; picked up 3rd win two nights later and 4th save on Sunday . . . RH Brody Colvin (3-4) picked up win in relief on Wednesday . . . LHS Mario Hollands (1-0) won on Saturday, 5 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs . . . RHR Hector Neris, 5th save on Wednesday.
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division
L-o-n-g week, 0-7, including a 9-8 defeat on Thursday when Kannapolis scored 6 in the bottom of the 9th . . . 2B Alejandro Villalobos, .310, 9 hits, 5 runs, 4 RBI, 7 games . . . 1B Kelly Dugan, 6 hits, 6 games . . . Stolen base leaders: Kyrell Hudson (21, 4 caught), Aaron Altherr (17-4), Gauntlett Eldemire (16-4).