This is our first Atlantic City Cruises Cruising To the Majors Phillies Farm Report of the year, and several of the affiliates and former BlueClaws players are off to excellent starts to the season. Let’s take a look.
AAA Lehigh Valley
The IronPigs do not have a ton of former BlueClaws – a lot of their players have come from recent Phillies trades, but they have a few. Andrew Knapp is hitting .238 but has already hit 3 HRs and is second on the team with 12 RBIs. Pitcher Severino Gonzalez, who has pitched for both Reading and Lehigh Valley this year, has thrown 8.1 scoreless innings with the IronPigs.
The Fightin’ Phils are off to a great start, at 16-10 as we type this on Thursday morning. Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins each have five home runs to lead the team. Hoskins had a 19-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday night. Angelo Mora is off to a good start, at .289 with 2 HRs and 15 RBIs while playing second, third, shortstop, and the outfield. Roman Quinn already has stolen 10 bases. Among the pitchers, Miguel Nunez was recently promoted to Reading from Clearwater. Excluding an eight-run game on April 15th against Harrisburg, Ricardo Pinto has allowed just five earned runs over his other four starts covering 25 innings pitched.
The Threshers are 17-9 as we type this, carried by an outstanding pitching staff that has a 2.51 ERA through their first 26 games. Tyler Viza has been arguabley the best pitcher in the system; he’s 4-0, 1.14 in 23 innings over his first four starts. Ranfi Casimiro is 3-1, 2.70 while Elniery Garcia is 2-1, 1.82. All three were with the BlueClaws last year. Matt Hockenberry has allowed two runs in 12.1 innings while Jesen Therrien has allowed three in 11.2 innings with 18 strikeouts. Offensively, Kyle Martin is off to a great start, hitting .294 with 5 HRs and 21 RBIs though 26 games. Mitch Walding is off to a .275 start with six home runs while Scott Kingery is hitting .260 with eight stolen bases.