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BlueClaws Sweep Phillies Weekly Honors

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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BlueClaws 2B Andrew Pullin and RHP Jesen Therrien were named Phillies Minor League Player and Pitcher of the week for the period ending June 29th, the first BlueClaws sweep of the season.

Player – 2B, Andrew Pullin, Lakewood … 7 G … Batted .444 (12-27), .500 OBP, .444 SLG %, 4 R, 6 RBI, 3 BB …Pullin is honored as Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for the first time this season and third time in his professional career (others: 7/8-14/13 & 8/19-25/13) … Pullin ended the week riding a 12-game hitting in which he was batting .378 (17-45) … Selected by the Phillies in the 5th round of the 2012 draft out of Centralia High School (WA), Pullin was signed byRick Jacques.

Pitcher – RHP, Jesen Therrien, Lakewood … 3 G, 1-0, 0.99 ERA (1 ER, 9.1 IP), 3 BB, 12 H, 7 SO … Therrienearns Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week honors for the 2nd time in his career (other: 7/8-14/13) … The 6-foot-2 right hander made 3 relief appearances and picked up his 2nd win of the season (other: 6/8 at DEL) … The 21-year-old native of Montreal, CA, was selected by the Phillies in the 17th round of the June 2011 draft and signed by Alex Agostino.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division… 39-44, 6th place… 1-5 for the week … OF Leandro Castro batted .333 (8-24), 2 2B, 3B … INF/OF Tyler Henson batted .300 (6-20), 3 2B, SB … Henson’s 16 SB this season lead the PHI minor league system … C Sebastian Valle batted .333 including his 4th HR of the season … Valle’s 4 HR came in his first 50 AB in triple-A … 1B Jim Murphy belted his 9th HR of the season … INF Nate Spears hit .500 (7-14), 3B and 2 BB … Over his first 15 G with LV Spears was batting .333 … OF Grady Sizemore batted .308 (4-13), R, BB in his first 4 games with the IronPigs … RHP Nector Neris tossed 2.0 scoreless innings as he struck out 5 of the 6 batters he faced, without allowing a walk or base hit … RHP Phillippe Aumont tossed 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, striking out 5 as he allowed just 1 hit … LHP Greg Smith allowed 2 hits and struck out 5 over 6.0 innings in his only start … RHP Jason Marquis allowed a run and struck out 6 over 6.0 innings in his only start.

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division … 34-45, 6th place … 0-6 for the week  … OF Peter Lavin hit .381 (8-21) with 2 HR, 2 3B,  2B, and a 1.314 OPS … Lavin has 10 HR this season … 1b Jake Fox hit .375 with 3 HR and 8 RBI this week, Fox is hitting .361 with 6 HR over his first 15 games with the Fightins … OF Kelly Dugan hit .273 with 2 HR this week … OF Aaron Altherr hit 2 HR, his total this season is now 6 … Brock Stassi and Edgar Duran also homered this week for Reading … RHP Severino Gonzalez allowed just 1 H and struck out 7 over 7.0 IP in his only start… LHP Matt Hoffman did not allow a run in 3 relief appearances, and has only allowed 1 R in his 6 G (6.0 IP) with Reading …RHP Seth Rosin allowed just 1 run over 4.0 IP in relief.

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division… First Half – 17-51, 6th place… Second Half – 4-7, 4th place…1-6 for the week … OF Brian Pointer hit .400 (8-20), HR, 2 2B … SS J.P. Crawford slugged 2 HR as he totaled 8 hits … CF Roman Quinn had 6 hits and 4 BB as he went a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts … 1B Art Charles hit 2 HR this week giving him a total of 7 so far this season … INF Angelo Mora had 6 hits including his 2nd HR of the season …RHP Colin Kleven went 7.0 innings in his only start … Kleven didn’t allow a walk as he struck out 5 batters and allowed 1 run … RHP Mark Leiter made his first start at CLR since earning a promotion from LWD … Leiter allowed 2 runs and struck out 6 over 6.0 innings … Leiter has a combined 91 strikeouts between levels which leads the PHI minor league system … RHP Kevin Walter tossed 4.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, totaling 4 strikeouts … RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez pitched 5.0 innings in relief, allowing 1 run, with no walks and 7 strikeouts.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division – First Half – 27-42, 6th place… Second Half – 2-9, 7hplace… 1-6 for the week … POTW 2B Andrew Pullin batted .444 (12-27) and ended the week on a 12-game hitting streak … INF Zach Green batted .333 (9-27), 2 2B, 2 HR … Green went 3-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI on 6/29 at WV … C/1B Willians Astudillo batted .333 with a HR … POTW RHP Jesen Therrien pitched 9.1 innings of relief allowing just 1 ER with 7 SO …Therrien picked up LWD’s only win this week, 6/29 at WV … RHP Wil Morris did not allow a run in 4.0 innings this week …Morris totaled 5 strikeouts as he walked just 1 batter … In his first 13.0 innings for LWD this season Morris has 15 strikeouts to only 1 BB.

Williamsport Crosscutters- New York-Penn League … 7-9, T-4thplace … 3-3 for the week  3B Jan Hernandezhit .333 with 2 HR, 2 2B, 2 SB … C Deivi Grullon hit .400 with a team high of 8 hits this week … OF Jiandido Tromp had 6 hits including 2 HR, 2B, 2 SB, he leads the team with 4 HR … 10th round pick OF Matt Shorthall hit .333 this week including his first professional HR … 7th round pick SS Emmanuel Marrero hit .389 (7-18) with one 2B and one SB … 3rd round pickOF Aaron Brown and 5th round pick Rhys Hoskins both hit their first professional HR this week …  16th round pick RHP Calvin Rayburn pitched 3.2 scoreless innings out of the pen and picked up his 2nd save of the season (other: 6/19 vs JAM)  … Mitch GuellerFrank Rivas and Alejandro Arteaga all picked up wins this week for the Crosscutters.

GCL Phillies-Gulf Coast League … 5-4, 2nd place … 2-4 for the week … SS Grenny Cumana hit .353 including 2 2B and his 1st HR … 3b Damek Tomscha (17th round pick) stayed hot hitting .316 on the week including 4 2B , he is hitting .423 over his first 7 professional games with a HR and 5 2B … OF Chase Harris (14th round pick) hit .381 including a 2B, 3B and 4 SB … Luis Encarnacion hit his first professional HR … 2nd round pick LHP Matt Imhof made his professional debut this week pitching 3 scoreless innings … RHP Seranthony Dominguez pitched 6 innings out of the bullpen and gave up 1 R, 2 BB and threw 8 SO … RHP Luis Morales picked up a win in his only start this week, he allowed just 1 run and struck out 5 in 5.0 innings of work.

Phillies Minor League Review

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Courtesy of the Phillies…

Players of the Week 

Pitcher – RHP, Tyler Knigge, Reading … 1 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 3.0 IP), 0 BB, 1 H, 4 SO … Knigge earns Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week honors for the 1st time in his career … Knigge has not allowed an earned run in his last 21 innings pitched.  During that span Knigge has allowed just 14H and 4BB while striking out 14.  Knigge’s streak earned him a promotion to Lehigh Valley on Sunday … The 6-foot-4 Oregon native was signed in the 12th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Lewis & Clark State College.

Player – OF, Leandro Castro, Lehigh Valley … 8 G … Batted .345 (10-29), .387 OBP, .448 SLG %, 4 R, 3 2B, 2 BB 2SB … Castro is honored as Phillies Minor League Player of the week for the 1st time in his professional career … Having hit safely in 16 of his last 20 games played going into tonight, Castro is batting .298 (20-67) in that span … The Dominican Republic native was signed as a non-drafted free agent on March 7, 2007.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division… 29-28, 5th place… 4-4 for the week … INF Ronny Cedeno hit .400 (8-20) HR, 2b, 4 RBI and has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games and hitting .381 during that time … OF Leandro Castro hit .345 (10-29) 3 2B, 2 SB … UTL Tyler Henson hit .310 (9-29) HR, 2B … Henson has hit safely in 9 of his last 12 games, Henson leads the pigs with 12 2B’s this year … OF Tyson Gillies, C Cameron Rupp, and 1b Jim Murphy all added HR’s for the pigs this week … LHP Cesar Jimenez threw 2 scoreless innings before being promoted to Philadelphia this week, he extended his scoreless innings streak to 15 innings … RHP Philippe Aumont was also called up to the big leagues after tossing 3 scoreless innings this week in Lehigh … Aumont struck of 4 and allowed just 1 hit … RHP Chris Bootcheck picked up a win in his only start going 7 innings allowing just 1 run … RHP Ethan Martin threw 3 scoreless innings this week – Martin has a 1.69 ERA over his first 8 appearances in AAA … RHP Ken Giles was 2 for 2 in save opportunities this week – Giles now has 4 saves on the year for LV.

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division … 29-25, 3rd place … 1-6 for the week … OF Cam Perkins hit .389 (7-18) on the week with a HR and 2 2B – Perkins is hitting .342 with 19 2B and 3 HR on the season – Perkins’ 19 2B’s leads the eastern league and his .342 AVG ranks 4th … 2b/OF Albert Cartwright and 2b Carlos Alonso both added HR for Reading this week … RHP Colton Murray threw 3.2 scoreless innings allowing just 1 hit and striking out 4 – since being promoted to reading Murray has not allowed an earned run over his first 12 IP … RHP Tyler Knigge threw 3 scoreless innings and picked up a win in his only appearance for reading this week – Knigge has not allowed an earned run over his last 21 IP, … RHP Ryan O’Sullivan allowed just 1 run over 6.2 relief innings, he has allowed just 2 ER over his last 20 innings (0.90 era) … LHP Jesse Biddle made 1 start on the week allowing 2 ER over 6.2 innings.

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division… 12-43, 6th place… 2-4 for the week … 1b Art Charles hit his team leading 13th double and also hit his 3rd home run of the season … C Andrew Knapp hit his first HR of the year … INF KC Serna had 7 hits on the week including 2 2B’s … LHP Adam Loewen made one start allowing just 1 ER over 4.2 innings … RHP Lee Ridenhour allowed just 1 hit and struck out 6 over 4.2 scoreless innings out of the pen … RHP Jordan Guth picked up a win and a save in 3 relief outings this week, the save was Guth’s 4th on the season.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division – 20-34, 6th place … 1-6 for the week … C/1b Willians Astudillo led the claws with 8 hits on the week including 2 2B’s – Astudillo leads the team with a .341 batting average and only has 9 strikeouts in 182 AB’s … OF Sam Hiciano had 6 hits including his 6th HR of the season … SS JP Crawford had 4 hits and 3BB’s on the week – Crawford is hitting .322 on the year with 27BB and 28K … RHP Jon Prosinski picked up a win in his only start this week – Prosinski did not allow an earned run over 6 IP … RHP Julio Reyes threw 3.1 scoreless innings out of the pen , allowing just 1 hit … LHP Cody Forsythe picked up his 8th save of the year – Forsythe did not allow a run over 3 appearances this week.

Rios Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

From the Phillies, the weekly minor league review:

Players of the Week

Pitcher – RHP, Yacksel Rios, Lakewood … 3 G, 1-0, 1.13 ERA (1 ER, 8.0 IP), 3 BB, 4 H, 8 SO … Rios earns Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week honors for the 2nd time in his career (other: 8/12-18/13) … Rios made 3 relief appearances and picked up his 1st win of the season, 5/22 at West Virginia … A 2011 graduate of Dra Conchita Cuevas High School in Puerto Rico, the 6-foot-3 right hander was selected by the Phillies in the 12th round of the June 2011 draft and signed by Alan Marr.

Player – 2B, Albert Cartwright, Reading … 7 G … Batted .379 (11-29), .471 OBP, .517 SLG %, 7 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB … Cartwright is honored as Phillies Minor League Player of the week for the 1st time in his professional career … Having hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games played going into tonight, Cartwright is batting .300 (12-40) in that span … On 5/21 vs New Hampshire, Cartwright reached safely in each of his 5 plate appearances (2 H, 3 BB, 3 R) … Originally selected by Houston in the 36th round of the June 2007 draft, the 26-year-old was acquired on 1/10/11 for LHP Sergio Escalona.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division… 25-24, 4th place… 2-4 for the week … INF Ronny Cedeno had his 11-game hitting streak snapped on Sunday, but managed to hit .389 (7-18), 3 2B, 2 RBI … OF Steve Susdorf batted .300 (6-20) and is hitting .349 since 4/15 … OF Leandro Castro hit .292 (7-24), 2 HR and is riding an active 7-game hitting streak … 3B/1B Maikel Franco belted his 4th HR of the year and is hitting .301 during the month of May … 1B Jim Murphy, C Cameron Rupp and 1B/OF Darin Ruf each hit HR for LV … LHP Cesar Jimenez tossed another 3.0 scoreless innings and has extended his scoreless streak to 13.0 innings … RHP Ken Gilesconverted each of his 2 save opportunities as he tossed 4.0 scoreless innings allowing only 1 hit over 2 appearances …RHP Phillippe Aumont struck out 4 over 3.1 scoreless innings in relief as he allowed just 1 hit … RHP Chris Bootcheck made his 1st start for LV this season and picked up the win after tossing 5.0 scoreless innings … Last week’s POTW RHP Barry Enright picked up LV’s other win as he allowed 2 ER over 5.0 innings, 5/20 at Buffalo.

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division… 28-19, 2nd place… 7-1 for the week … INF/OF Albert Cartwright hit .379 (11-29), 2B, HR, 3 SB and scored a team-best 7 R over his 7 games played … SS Edgar Duran hit .321 (9-28) and belted his first HR of the year … OF Cam Perkins hit .290 (9-31), 3 2B, 4 BB … Perkins is tied for the Eastern League lead with 17 2B this season …OF Aaron Altherr1B Brock Stassi and C Sebastian Valleall hit HR … RHP Tyler Knigge made 4 scoreless appearances and picked up 2 saves over 6.0 innings in relief … RHP Ryan O’Sullivan allowed 2 hits over 4.2 scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts … RHP Hector Neris allowed just 2 hits over 6.2 innings in relief … Neris has held opposing batters to a .188 average in his 11 games (19.1 IP) with Reading this season … RHP Colton Murray did not allow an ER over 6.1 innings in relief, walking just 1 with 6 SO …RHP Nefi Ogando picked up 2 SV … RHP Ryan Demmin made 2 starts and allowed 1 ER over 10.0 innings … RHP Perci Garner allowed 3 ER in 12.0 IP (2.25 ERA) as he went 1-0 in over 2 starts … LHP Hoby Milner made 1 start and tossed 6.1 scoreless innings … The Reading pitching staff combined to allow 17 ER in 78.0 IP (1.96 ERA) as they went 7-1 as a team.

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division… 10-39, 6th place… 1-8 for the week … 1B Art Charles hit .310 (9-29), 2 2B, HR, 4 BB … Charles leads the Threshers 12 2B this season … OF Peter Lavin batted .375 (12-32), 2 2B, HR … INF KC Serna hit .353 (12-34), 3 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 7 R … SS Roman Quinn was activated off the DL and hit .286 (6-21), 3 SB in his first week back … RHP Jordan Guth appeared in 2 games and picked up his 3rd save of the season while only allowing 1 hit over 3.0 innings out of the bullpen … RHP Daniel Childtossed 4.1 scoreless innings in relief … RHP Miguel Nunez allowed 1 ER over 4.2 innings of relief with 6 SO … RHP Ramon Oviedo tossed 1.2 scoreless innings.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division – 19-28, 6th place… 3-3 for the week … SS J.P. Crawford hit .455 (10-22), 2 2B, 4 BB … Crawford’s .346 batting average ranks 3rd in the South Atlantic League …C/1B Willians Astudillo hit .321 (9-29) and ranks 2nd in the SAL with a .348 batting average … OF Samuel Hicianohit .350 (7-20), 2 HR … Hiciano has 5 HR this season … OF Dylan Cozens belted 3 HR increasing his team-leading total to 7 HR this season … 2B Andrew Pullin batted .333 (8-24), 2 HR, 3 BB … C Deivi Grullon hit .385 over 5 games played … 3B Mitch Walding hit his first HR of the season … RHP Drew Anderson picked up the win in his only start going 6.0 scoreless innings with 7 SO … RHP Yacksel Rios allowed just 1 ER over 8.0 innings as he struck out 8 batters in 3 appearances … RHP Julio Reyes made 2 appearances (1 start) and allowed only 2 hits with 7 strikeouts over 7.0 scoreless innings … RHP Ranfi Casimiro allowed 1 unearned run over 5.0 innings in his only start … LHP Cody Forsythe picked up a win and his 7th SV in his 2 appearances.

Phillies Weekly Review

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Sent over by the Phillies… 

Pitcher – LHP, Cesar Jimenez, Lehigh Valley … 4 G, 1-0, 1 SV, 1 SVO, 0.00 ERA (4.1 IP), BB, H, 4 SO …Jimenez earns Phillies POTW honors for the 1st time in his career … Jimenez ended the week with an active 7.2-inning scoreless streak (7 G, since 4/28) … A non-roster invitee each of the last two seasons to Spring Training in Clearwater,Jimenez appeared in 19 games for the Phillies last season … The 29-year-old left-hander was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent, 12/5/12.

Player – OF, Peter Lavin, Clearwater … 6 G … Batted .500 (12-24), .538 OBP, .792 SLG %,    4 R, 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, BB, HBP, 4 SB … Lavin earns Phillies POTW honors for the 1st time in his career … The 26-year-old was also honored as the Florida State League POTW … Lavin has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games (15-41, .366 AVG) … The 26-year-old Lavin was selected by the Phillies in the 20th round of the 2011 draft out of the University of San Francisco … Lavin was signed by Joey Davis.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division… 18-18, 5th place… 3-4 for the week … 3B/1B Maikel Franco batted .345 (10-29), 2B, HR, 4 BB … Franco is batting .313 since 4/20 and has a slash line of .347 AVG /.439 OBP /.551 SLG in the month of May … Franco has 7 BB to 8 SO during the month … INF Ronny Cedeno has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games as he batted .348 (8-23), 2 2B, 4 RBI … OF Tyson Gillies has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games as he batted .375 (6-16), 2 2B, SB … OF Leandro Castro batted .316 (6-19), 2 2B, 6 RBI … OF Steve Susdorfbatted .333 (7-21), 3 2B, 3 RBI … Susdorf is hitting .377 over his last 22 games … RHP Sean O’Sullivan made 2 starts as he posted a 1.93 ERA (3 ER, 14.0 IP) … RHP Justin De Fratus made 3 scoreless appearances totaling 4.1 IP as he allowed only 2 hits … POTW LHP Cesar Jimenez appeared in 4 games and did not allow a run over 4.1 IP … Jimenezalso picked up his 1st SV of the year, 5/8 at Charlotte … Jimenez ended the week with an active 7.2-inning scoreless streak (7 G, since 4/28) … RHP Luis Garcia recorded his 6th SV of the season prior to his promotion to PHI … RHP Ken Giles was promoted from double-A Reading after posting a 1.20 ERA (2 ER, 15.0 IP) for the Fightins in 13 appearances while averaging 17.40 SO/9.0 IP (29 SO, 15.0 IP) … Giles made his 1st appearance for LV on 5/9 (1 ER, H, SO, BB).

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division…16-17, 4th place… 2-5 for the week … INF/OF Cesar Hernandez hit .500 (10-20), 2B, 3B and a team-best 5 BB … Hernandez batted .340 (35-103) at REA and had a 10-game hitting streak snapped on 5/12 before his promotion to PHI today … 2B Carlos Alonso batted .308 (8-26), 2B, SB and is hitting .284 this season … OF’s Aaron Altherr and Zach Collier each totaled 7 hits on the week with a 2B …LHP Hoby Milner picked up a win in his only start, 5/7 at Portland, going 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 SO … RHP Tyler Kniggetossed 8.0 scoreless innings over 3 relief appearances with 4 SO … RHP Hector Neris tossed 5.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen as he allowed just 2 hits in 3 appearances … RHP Colton Murray made his 1st double-A appearance after his promotion from Clearwater where had a 2.04 ERA (4 ER, 17.2 IP) on the season. 

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division… 8-25, 6th place… 3-3 for the week … POTW OF Peter Lavin hit .500 (12-24), 2B, 2 HR, 4 SB … The 26-year-old Lavin was also honored as the Florida State League POTW … Lavin has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games (15-41, .366 AVG) … 1B Art Charles batted .313 (5-16) with a team-best 3 2B … C Gabriel Lino, OF Brian Pointer and INF KC Serna all homered for the Threshers this week …RHP Colin Kleven picked up a win in his only start, 5/6 at Brevard County … Kleven has allowed 3 ER or less in each of his last 4 starts … RHP Jordan Guth tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of relief as he picked up a SV, 5/9 at Dunedin …RHP Colton Murray recorded 2 SV during the week and was rewarded with a promotion to double-A Reading.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division – 13-21, 6th place… 1-4 for the week… Coming off POTW honors last week, SS J.P. Crawford picked up right where he left off batting .400 (8-20), 4 2B, 3 BB, SB …Crawford had a 13-game hitting streak snapped earlier today … Crawford, 19-years-old, ranks in the top 10 in the South Atlantic League in AVG (.328), OBP (.421) & OPS (.902) … 3B Mitch Walding batted .294 (5-17), 3 BB … 1B/C Willians Astudillo has an organizational best .371 AVG after 5 hits during the week … RHP Delvi Francisco earned a win for LWD, 5/11 at Delmarva as he totaled 3.2 innings of scoreless relief over 2 appearances … RHP Yacksel Riosallowed just 1 ER over 4.0 innings in relief … LHP Cody Forsythe picked up his 5th SV of the season, 5/11 at Delmarva.

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Phillies Minor League Weekly Review

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

For the week ending Sunday, May 4th.

Players of the Week

Pitcher – RHP, Perci Garner, Reading … 1 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA (6.0 IP), 2 H, 2 BB, 9 SO … Garner set a career-high with SO in his only start this week (previous: 8 SO, 7/13/13 with CLR vs Dunedin) … Garner has allowed 3 ER or less in all 6 starts this season and 2 ER or less in 5 of 6 … He 3-1, 2.98 ERA (8 ER, 29.0 IP) through 6 starts … Garner was selected by the Phillies in the 2nd round of the June 2010 draft out of Ball State University and signed by Nate Dion.

Player – SS, J.P. Crawford, Lakewood … 6 G… Batted .440 (11-25), .500 OBP, .680 SLG %,    5 R, 3 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, SB … Crawford has hit safely in 8 straight including a 4-for-5 game on 5/4 at Asheville … Through 81 career minor league games Crawford is batting .313 (95-304) with 21 SB and 48 walks to 51 strikeouts … Crawford, 19, was selected by the Phillies in the 1st round (16th overall) of the June 2013 draft out of Lakewood High School and signed byDemerius Pittman.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division… 15-14, 4th place… 4-2 for the week… LV finished the week winning 4 straight games … IronPigs closed out their week on Sunday by hitting a season-high 4 HR in an 11-7 win at Gwinnett … 1B Jim Murphy batted .300 (6-20), 2 HR, 2 2B … Murphy has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games … INF Reid Brignac hit .412 (7-17), 3 2B, 4 BB … Brignac has hit safely in 7 of his last 8 games … 3B/1B Maikel Franco hit .300 (6-20), 3 2B, HR … Franco has gone 17-for-56 (.304 AVG) since 4/20 after starting the year in a 6-for-54 slump (.111 AVG) … INF/OF Tyler Henson went 4-for-5, 2 HR, 7 RBI in LV’s win 5/4 at Gwinnett … Henson’s 2 HR and 7 RBI tied a LV franchise record … RHP David Buchanan earned the win in his only start going 6.0 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 6 SO … Buchanan is 8-2 since joining LV last season … RHP Luis Garcia tossed 2.0 scoreless innings while recording 2 saves … Garcia has not allowed an ER through 12.2 IP this season and dating back to last season has not allowed an ER over his last 19.0 IP with LV … RHP Jonathan Pettibone picked up a win in his only start as he struck out 5 and allowed 1 ER over 5.0 innings … RHP Seth Rosin picked up his 2nd SV of the year on 5/4 at Gwinnett … Rosin totaled 3 scoreless appearances with 5 SO and only 1 H allowed during the week … RHP Phillippe Aumont tossed 3.0 scoreless innings and allowed only 1 hit with 4 SO.

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division…14-12, T-3rd place… 3-3 for the week … OF/1B Cam Perkins led the Fightins with 10 hits on the week, including 2 2B which brings his season total to 11, T-1st in the Eastern League … INF Cesar Hernandez batted .308 (8-26), 2B, 2 HR … Hernandez is batting .341 (28-82) with a .914 OPS through 20 games for Reading … C Tommy Joseph returned from the DL and went 4-9 (.444), 2 R in 2 G with a 3B and HR … 1B/DH Chris Serritella went 5-for-12 at the plate (.412), 2B, 2 HR and 4 RBI in 5 G … 2B Carlos Alonso hit .333 (8-for-24), 3 2B … POTW RHP Perci Garner picked up the W in his only start and is now 3-1, 2.48 ERA (8 ER, 29.0 IP) through 6 starts … Garner has held opponents to a .190 average (19-100) … RHP Severino Gonzalez went 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 SO, picking up the win in his only start … RHP Ken Giles recorded his 7th SV and totaled 6 SO in 3.0 IP … Giles is averaging 17.36 SO/9.0 IP (27 SO, 14.0 IP) through 12 appearances this season.

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division… 5-22, 6th place… 0-4 for the week…  Clearwater was rained out 3 straight days (5/1-3) including back-to-back doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday … OF Peter Lavinbatted .333 (6-18) and belted his 3rd HR of the season … 3B Harold Martinez tallied 4 hits, 3 of which were for extra bases (2 2B, HR) … OF Brian Pointer connected on his 1st HR of the season, 4/30 vs Brevard County … INF KC Sernabatted .398 (7-18), 2 2B … RHP Jordan Guth tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in relief … RHP Colin Kleven was activated from the DL and allowed 1 ER over 3.2 IP … RHP Ramon Oviedo struck out 2 over 2.0 scoreless innings.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division – 12-17, 6th place… 5-1 for the week… Lakewood scored 46 runs over 6 games (7.67 runs per game) … POTW J.P. Crawford batted .440 (11-25), 3 2B, HR, 3 BB, 0 SO …Crawford has hit safely in 8 straight including a 4-for-5 game on 5/4 at Asheville … Through 81 career minor league gamesCrawford has 48 walks to 51 strikeouts … OF Dylan Cozens, 19, was honored as the South Atlantic League Player of the Week as he batted .435 (10-23), 4 2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI (.826 SLG) … Cozens finished the week with 3 straight multi-hit games … 1B Willians Astudillo hit .400 (10-25), 5 2B, 3B, HR, 8 RBI (.800 SLG) … Astudillo is batting .393 on the season and has hit safely in 20 of 23 games this year … 2B Andrew Pullin batted .381 (8-21), 2 2B, 2 HR with an team-best 9 runs scored … 3B Mitch Walding was activated off the DL and hit .360 (9-24), 2 2B … OF Samuel Hiciano batted .381 (8-21), 4 2B, 2 HR … C Delvi Grullon hit his 1st HR for LWD … RHP Drew Anderson was activated off the DL and picked up the win in his only start tossing 5.2 innings of 1 run ball with 7 SO … RHP Alejandro Arteaga made 2 starts, picking up a win in both games including a 6.0 inning CG … LHP Cody Forsythe and RHP Ulises Joaquin each picked up a SV for LWD.

Phillies Minor League Review – Leiter Pitcher of the Week

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

BlueClaws RHP Mark Leiter Jr. was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week as part of this week’s Phillies Minor League review.

Players of the Week

Pitcher – RHP, Mark Leiter, Lakewood … 2 G, 1-0, 0.64 ERA (1 ER, 14.0 IP), 8 H, 4 BB, 12 SO, 0.86 WHIP … Leiter earns POTW honors for the 2nd time in his career (other: 8/19-25/13) … Through 5 starts this season Leiter is 3-1, 1.97 ERA (7 ER, 32.0 IP) with a 4.5 SO/BB ratio (27 SO, 6 BB) … In 21 career games (9 starts), Leiter is 7-1, 2.19 ERA (13 ER, 77.0 IP) … Since being converted to a starter last season on August 13, he is 6-1, 1.36 ERA (8 ER, 53.0 IP) with a 4.25 SO/BB ratio (51 SO, 12 BB) in 9 career starts between Lakewood and Clearwater … The 23-year-old right-hander, who is the son of former Phillies pitcher Mark Leiter, was selected by the Phillies in 22ndround of the June 2013 draft out of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and signed by Paul Murphy.

Player – C, Tommy Joseph, Reading … 4 G… Batted .375 (6-16), .412 OBP, 1.000 SLG %,    3 R, 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, BB … Joseph is honored for the 1st time in his career as Phillies Minor League Player of the Week … Was placed on the DL, 4/26 … Joseph was acquired from the San Francisco Giants with RHP Seth Rosin and OF Nate Schierholtz for Hunter Pence, 7/31/12.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division… 10-12, T-5th place… 3-2 for the week… OF Steve Susdorf batted .421 (8-19) and has hit safely in 6 of the last 8 G for LV … OF Leandro Castro posted a .961 OPS and batted .333 (6-18), 3B, HR … After starting the season 4-for-33 (.121 AVG) over his 1st 11 G, Castro has hit .310 (9-29) over his last 8 G … 1B Jim Murphy had 4 2B and batted .250 with 5 RBI … C Koyie Hill has hit safely in all 10 of his starts this season … Hill went 4-for-13 at the plate (.308 AVG) this week and currently leads LV with a .366 AVG … C Sebastian Valle batted .364 (4-11) with 2 2B … 3B/1B Maikel Franco belted his 1st career triple-A HR and in doing so, became the youngest IronPig to hit a HR in franchise history at 21-years-old (7,911 days to be exact), passing C Tommy Joseph (7,937 days) … RHP David Buchanan picked up a win in each of his 2 starts totaling 9 SO in 11.2 IP … RHP Luis Garcia notched 2 saves over 3 scoreless appearances … Garcia has yet to allow an ER this season for LV and dating back to last season has not allowed an ER over his last 17.0 innings in the International League. … Last week’s POTW, LHP Greg Smith went 6.0 innings, ER, BB, 3 SO and picked up the win in his only start … RHP Phillippe Aumont tossed 2.2 scoreless innings … RHP Justin De Fratus converted a SV, 4/22 at NOR.

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division…11-8, T-3rd place… 2-3 for the week … POTW Tommy Joseph batted .375 (6-16), 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI before landing on the DL, 4/26 … OF Aaron Altherr hit his 1stcareer double-A HR … C Logan Moore was promoted to REA from CLR and in his only start recorded his 1st career double-A hit … OF Cam Perkins hit .273 (6-22), 2B, HR … Perkins has a PHI system best .373 AVG so far this season … Last week’s POTW LHP Jesse Biddle picked up the win in his only start going 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 10 SO … Biddleleads the Eastern League with 38 strikeouts … RHP Ken Giles picked up his 6th SV of the year as he totaled 5 SO in 4.0 IP … Giles sports a 0.82 ERA (1 ER, 11.0 IP) with 23 SO, 3 BB … RHP Ryan O’Sullivan tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in relief with 5 SO … RHP Luis Paulino picked up a win in his only start as he allowed just 1 ER over 5.0 IP … Paulinohas earned the win in each of his 2 starts for REA this season.

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division… 6-16, 6th place… 3-3 for the week…  3BHarold Martinez batted .300 (9-30), 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SB … Martinez had 3 multi-hit games as he hit safely in 6 of 7 during the week … C Gabriel Lino was promoted to CLR from LWD and hit a HR in his 1st game for the Threshers … SS Angelo Mora belted his 1st HR of the season … OF Peter Lavin picked up his 1st SB this season and had 6 hits, 4 of which went for extra bases … LHP Ethan Stewart had another strong week as he picked up a win in his only start allowing 2 ER over 7.0 innings of work … Stewart has a 1.47 ERA (5 ER, 30.2 IP) over his 1st 5 starts this season …RHP Jeb Stefan allowed 1 run over 5.0 innings of work as he picked up with win in his only start … RHP Colton Murray had made 5 scoreless appearances to begin the season before allowing his 1st ER on 4/21 vs DAY … RHP Dan Child picked up his 1st SV of 2014, 4/23 vs DAY … Child has a 1.17 ERA (1 ER, 7.2 IP) over his 1st 5 appearances this season.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division – 6-16, 7th place… 2-5 for the week… Last week’s POTW OF Carlos Tocci batted .321 (9-28), 2B, 2 3B … After starting the season 5-for-40 (.125 AVG), Toccihas hit .400 (20-50) over his last 13 G to raise his AVG to .278 on the season … 1B Willians Astudillo hit .318 (7-22) …Astudillo has hit safely in 14 of his games and has his AVG at an even .400 (24-60) for the season … SS J.P. Crawford batted .292 (7-24), HR, 6 R, 8 BB (.469 OBP this week) … Crawford has 13 BB to 15 SO this season … 1B Wilmer Oberto had 5 H including 3 HR … OF Dylan Cozens hit his 2nd HR of the season … POTW RHP Mark Leiter went 1-0, 0.64 ERA (1 ER, 14.0 IP) … … Since being converted to a starter last season on August 13, he is 6-1, 1.36 ERA (8 ER, 53.0 IP) with a 4.25 SO/BB ratio (51 SO, 12 BB) in 9 career starts between LWD and CLR … RHP Keivi Rojas tossed 5.0 scoreless innings with 7 SO over 3 appearances … In 14.1 IP this season Rojas has a 1.88 ERA (3 ER) … LHP Cody Forsythe picked up a win and a SV in 2 appearances this week as he tossed 3.0 scoreless innings … RHP Tyler Vizapicked up the win on 4/27 as he allowed 2 ER over 6.0 IP.

Baseball America Phililes Top Ten

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

top ten logoBaseball America released their annual Phillies top ten prospects list earlier this week. Of the players on the list, seven have played with the BlueClaws and we can expect at least one and probably two of those ten to be back with the BlueClaws in 2014.

The list in full (years with BlueClaws):

  1. 3B Maikel Franco (2011-12)
  2. LHP Jesse Biddle (2011)
  3. SS JP Crawford (2013)
  4. RHP Miguel Gonzalez (–)
  5. SS Roman Quinn (2013)
  6. OF Carlos Tocci (2013)
  7. RHP Ethan Martin (–)
  8. 2B/OF Cesar Hernandez (–)
  9. OF Aaron Altherr (2011-12)
  10. RHP Severino Gonzalez (2013)

We would expect to see Crawford and Tocci at the very least to open the season in Lakewood and we suppose Quinn is possible but would be surprised if he’s not in Clearwater when the season starts on April 3rd.

Quick run-throughs on these 10:

1. Maikel Franco: The third baseman spent 2012 with the BlueClaws as a 19 year old and after a big second half with the BlueClaws that year (.346, 8 HRs, 57 RBIs) into 2013, where he sizzled in Clearwater (.299, 16 HRs, 52 RBIs) and carried that to Reading (.339, 15 HRs, 51 RBIs) after a June promotion. He ranked 8th on this list last year. Franco will certainly be placed on the Phillies 40-man roster and almost certainly will open next year with Triple-A Lehigh.

2. Jesse Biddle: Biddle topped this list last year. With Lakewood in 2011, the Philadelphia native and Phillies 2010 first-round pick, Biddle this year pitched for Double-A Reading, where he hada  3.64 ERA in a hitter-friendly park despite a 5-14 record (Biddle didn’t get any run support in Lakewood either, going 7-8 despite a 2.98 ERA).

3. JP Crawford: The Phillies first-round pick this year made a huge impact, leading the Gulf Coast League in hitting at .345 before a late August promotion to the BlueClaws. He went 11-53 with two stolen bases over 14 games. Crawford turns 19 in January and finishes

4. Miguel Gonzalez: Gonzalez doesn’t fit in with the others on this list as he was a free agent signing after defecting from Cuba last year. He signed a 3-year, $12 million contract and could be in the big league rotation in 2014. He originally agreed to a 6-year, $48 million contract but had issues with his physical, per media reports, so the Phillies and Gonzalez eventually agreed to a smaller deal.

5. Roman Quinn: Quinn, a 2nd round pick of the Phillies in 2011, turned down a scholarhip to Florida State to sign with Philadelphia, and after leading the NY-Penn League in stolen bases in 2012, he joined the BlueClaws in 2013. In 67 games, he hit .238 with 32 stolen bases before unfortunately breaking his wrist in Delmarva on June 25th, which ultimately ended his season. He’ll play winter ball and we’d expect to see him in Clearwater to open 2014.

6. Carlos Tocci: Tocci was the youngest player in BlueClaws history last year when he joined the team on Opening Day at age 17. He didn’t even turn 18 until August 23rd. Tocci held his own, excelling in centerfield. At the plate hit .209 with 26 RBIs in 118 games. We’d expect Tocci, to return to Lakewood in 2014, where he will still be one of the youngest players, if not the youngest, in the South Atlantic League. (As a point of comparison, he is seven months younger than JP Crawford, who began the year playing as a senior in high school, while Tocci was in the Sally League.)

7. Ethan Martin: Martin came over to the Phillies from the Dodgers in 2012. He spent this year with Lehigh Valley, going 11-5, 4.12 and was called up to the Phillies in August, making 15 appearances and going 2-5, 6.08.

8. Cesar Hernandez: Hernandez skipped Lakewood, going from Williamsport in 2010 to Clearwater in 2011. This year, he had an excellent year, hitting .309 with Lehigh Valley over 104 games and hitting .289 in 34 games with the Phillies. He figures to get a shot to make the big league Opening Day roster in 2014.

9. Aaron Altherr: Altherr, a former 9th round pick of the Phillies in 2009, hit .275 with a career-high 12 home runs and 23 stolen bases (in 28 attempts) after hitting .252 with 8 home runs and 25 stolen bases with the BlueClaws in 2012, which was up from .211 which he hit with the BlueClaws in 2011 (over the first half before finishing the year with Williamsport). Altherr has to be placed on the 40-man roster by the Phillies or he will be subjected to the Rule-5 Draft.

10. Severino Gonzalez: Of all the players on this list, the one that was probably the least likely to be here entering the season is Gonzalez. The right-hander joined the BlueClaws and made four starts, going 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA, which included one game in which he retired all 18 hitters he faced. Gonzalez then went to Clearwater, where he had pitched in relief earlier this year as a fill-in (he finished with a 2.02 ERA in 75 Clearwater innings), and made one start with Reading on Labor Day, giving up two runs in 6.2 innings. There aren’t too many players that open one year in extended spring training and then open the next year in Reading, but Gonzalez will have the chance.

We’ll have more with this list over the coming weeks. As in the past, we have tried to interview a Baseball America writer, regarding this list, and that is again the plan.

Quinn Named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

From the Week of May 20-26 and courtesy of the Phillies, the weekly Phillies Minor League Review:

Players of the Week

 Pitcher - RHP, Seth Rosin, Reading… Two starts… 2-0, 2.28 ERA (2 ER, 14.0 IP), 8 H, 2 BB, 13 SO… Rosin started the week strong setting career highs in both strikeouts and innings pitched on 5/20 vs Altoona… Rosin went 8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 8 SO in REA’s 6-3 win… Rosin followed up his 8.0 inning gem with 6.0 innings in his next start, allowing 1 unearned run in a 5-1 REA win 5/25 at Harrisburg… Rosin held opponents to a .163 AVG (8-49) this week and has a .230 OPP AVG (50-217) this season… The 6’6 righty has been a model of consistency this year, giving up 3 ER or less in 9 of his 10 starts… Rosin, who is in his first full season as a starter, ranks 6th in the EL with a 1.08 WHIP… Rosin also took home honors from the Eastern League as their Pitcher of the Week for the same time frame… The 24-year-old Rosin was acquired from the San Francisco Giants with Tommy Joseph and Nate Schierholtz for Hunter Pence on 7/31/12… Rosin was originally selected in the 4th round of the 2010 draft by San Francisco.

Player SS, Roman Quinn, Lakewood… Batted .370 (10-27) in 7 G, 6 R, 3 RBI, 6 BB, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 SB… On May 6, Quinn’s batting average stood at .196 (22-112), in the 17 games since that point Quinn has hit .358 (24-67) with 9 multi-hit games and has raised his batting average 61 points to .257 for the year… Quinn leads the organization in stolen bases with 24 and has been thrown out only five times in 29 chances… In only his second season of professional baseball, Quinn has scored 81 runs in 111 career games between Williamsport and Lakewood… The 20-year-old Quinn was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2011 draft out of Port St. Joe High School and signed by Aaron Jersild.

Team reports below…

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Anthony Hewitt Walk-Off HR

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Former BlueClaws OF Anthony Hewitt, now with Reading, hit a three-run walk-off home run last night at FirstEnergy Stadium.

We posted this video on the BlueClaws Facebook page and saw this response.

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That’s really cool too.

Weekly Minor League Review

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

From the Phillies and thru games of Sunday, May 5th…

Players of the Week

Pitcher- RHP, Tyler Cloyd, Lehigh Valley… 1 start, 1-0, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 10 SO… Cloyd’s 10 SO tied a career-high… Over his last two starts Cloyd is 1-0, 2.40 ERA (4 ER, 15.0 IP) after starting the year 0-3, 7.65 ERA (17 ER, 20.0 IP) through his first four… The 25-year-old right-hander was an 18th round selection in the 2008 draft out of The University of Nebraska at Omaha… Cloyd was signed by Jerry Lafferty.

Player- OF, Cameron Perkins, Clearwater… Batted .360 (9-25) in 6 G, 7 R, 2 RBI, 4 2B, 1 HR… As of print, riding a 12-game hitting streak where he is hitting .422 (19-for-45), 7 2B, 3B, HR … Perkins has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games and is batting .355 (43-for-121) on the year which ranks 6th in the FSL… His 43 hits are good for the organizational lead and are T-1st in the FSL… Perkins hit .304 (82-270) last year at Williamsport… Promoted from WIL to Clearwater, Perkins has hit .320 (125-391) with 35 2B over his last 96 G between WIL & CLR… The 22-year-old Perkins was selected in the 6th round of the 2012 draft out of Purdue University… Perkins was signed by Nate Dion.

Team notes below the fold -

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Phillies Minor League Review

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

From the Phillies, last week’s minor league review (games through April 28th).

Pitcher- LHP, Jesse Biddle, Reading… 2 starts- … 1-0, 13.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 26 SO… Honored as the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, 4/22-28… At the time of print, Biddle is top-5 in the EL in the following categories… 1st in strikeouts (40) & batting average against (.114), 2nd in WHIP (0.77), 3rd in innings pitched (31.0) and 4th in ERA (1.74)… The 21-year-old lefty was a 1st round (27th overall) selection out of Germantown Friends School and signed by Eric Valent. Note: For more on Biddle, please see the Reading Fightin’ Phils section.

Player- 2B, Cesar Hernandez, Lehigh Valley… Batted .423 (11-26) in 7 G, 5 R, 3 RBI, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 SB and 4 BB (currently riding a 10-game hitting streak)… Hernandez is batting .364 (32-88) on the year… His 32 hits rank T-1st in the organization as well as the International League… The 22-year-old Hernandez was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on July 2, 2006 by Sal Agostinelli and Jesus Mendez.

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Charles Named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

BlueClaws 1B Art Charles has been named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for the week of April 15-21. Further, 2010 BlueClaws LHP Nick Hernandez, attempting a comeback after missing the two previous seasons with injury, was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week. The full story is below. Congrats to both players.

Courtesy of the Phillies:

Players of the Week

Pitcher- LHP, Nick Hernandez, Clearwater… 1 start- 1-0, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 7 SO vs Brevard County… After missing the last two years with a shoulder injury, Hernandez picked up where he left off prior to injury; in 2010 he allowed 1 ER or less in six of his eight starts for Lakewood… On the year Hernandez is 2-0 in 3 starts with a sparkling 2.12 ERA (4 ER, 17.0 IP)… The young lefty has baseball in his blood; his father, Nicolas Hernandez, a catcher, was selected by the Brewers with the 8th overall pick in the 1978 draft… Furthermore, his Uncle is current MLB umpire Angel Hernandez… The 24-year-old Hernandez was selected in the 12th round of the 2009 draft out of the University of Tennessee.

Player- 1B, Art Charles, Lakewood… Batted .423 (11-for-26) in 7 G with 5 R, 3 2B, HR, SB, 6 RBI and 2 BB… After beginning the season in a 2-for-24 (.083) funk, Charles has gone 16-for-41 (.390) to raise his average to .277 for the season… Charles has been a force with runners on in front of him hitting .375 (6-16, 10 RBI) with RISP and .500 (1-2, 4 RBI) with the bases loaded. The 22-year-old Charles was originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 20th round of the 2010 draft out of Bakersfield College… The Phillies acquired Charles via trade on 2/23/13 for RHP Michael Schwimer.

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Sparkling Night for Two Alums

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

We knew Monday night would be a special one for Jonathan Pettibone, no matter what happened, as the 2010 BlueClaw made his big league debut.

We didn’t know Monday night would be so special for 2011 BlueClaws LHP Jesse Biddle.

We’ll start with Pettibone, who didn’t earn the win, but gave up just two runs in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and no walks as the Phillies topped Pittsburgh 3-2.

“The first couple of innings the nerves were going a little bit,” Pettibone said. “Once I settled down, I got in a nice little rhythm there.”

There were a couple of unique layers to Pettibone’s debut with the Phillies. 1) Charlie Manuel managed Jay Pettibone, Jon’s father, in the minors with the Twins. 2) Jon Pettibone is the first player born in the 1990s to play for the Phillies.

Did managing the son of a player he managed in the minors make the 69-year-old manager feel old?

“Not really,” Manuel said. “I think old is about how you feel, what you make of yourself.

“If I manage his grandson, I think that would be great. I’d like that. That’d be super.”

Here is the updated Shore to the Show list, with Pettibone at #50.

“The game plan was being aggressive,” Pettibone said. “I didn’t want to pick around the strike zone. I wanted to pitch to my strengths and go after them.”

He’s earned another couple of starts with John Lannan expected to be out for a little bit.

Meanwhile, Jesse Biddle was phenomenal for Reading in a win at Harrisburg.

He retired the first 19 he faced, with 14 strikeouts, losing the perfect game and the no-hit bid in the 7th inning, and picking up strike out #16 in his 105th pitch stranding the bases loaded. The Philly native likes the cooler temperatures.

“I love it out here,” said the Double-A Reading hurler and Pennsylvania native following a game in Harrisburg. “I think in the beginning, it was 53, but in the end it was like 46. For me, I don’t think bats work as much then. But as long as I’m feeling comfortable and controlling everything the way I want, it’s all great for me.”

From MILB.com:

Tonight what I saw was maybe as dominant a start as I’ve seen in my career as a coach,” said Reading pitching coach David Lundquist. “I mean, when you’re talking command-wise and his overall stuff, that’s probably as good as you’re ever going to see at this or any level of the game.”

Biddle differed slightly on the semantics, but still felt that he had thrown the best outing of his Minor League career, now in its fourth year.

“I don’t like to use the word ‘dominant’ so much, but it’s the most in control I’ve felt for sure,” he said. “In control of my emotions, in control of my composure, in control of the baseball, all that stuff. It all starts with my delivery. If I can get that down, I can get the ball going where I want it too.”

Gregg from Phuture Phillies I noticed tweeted that he’d be heading over to Harrisburg for the game. Good choice!

Weekly Minor League Review

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Courtesy of the Phillies. These are through Sunday’s games. Congrats to one of our favorite former BlueClaws on winning Minor League Player of the Week.

Players of the Week

Pitcher- LHP Adam Morgan, Lehigh Valley… In two starts- 1-0, 1.29 ERA (2 ER, 14.0 IP), 9 H, 2 BB, 9 SO for the week… 4/12 vs Syracuse- W, 8 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 SO, his first triple-A win in only his eighth start above single-A… 1-for-3 as a hitter, first-career RBI… Morgan faced 28 batters on the night; recording 22 four-pitch outs … Retired the lead-off hitter in all 8 IP, topping out at 93 on the gun… Honored by the International League as the IL Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 8-14… The 23-year-old lefty was a 3rd round selection in the 2011 draft out of the University of Alabama and signed by Mike Stauffer.

Player- 1B Jim Murphy, Reading… Batted .381 (16-for-42) in 10 G with 8 R, 5 2B, 2 HR and 10 RBI… .545 with RISP (6-for-11)… After a hitless, 0-for-4 Opening Day, Murphy roared back with a nine-game hitting streak which is currently tied for the longest active streak in the Eastern League… At time of print, Murphy is in the lead or tied for the organization lead in runs, hits, total bases (27) and multi-hit games with six… The 27-year-old was a 17th round selection in 2006 out of Washington State University and signed by Dave Ryles.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs- International League North Division…4-5, 4th place

LHV is home to six (Joseph -3, Pettibone-4, Morgan-5, Martin-6, Asche-7, Ruf-9) of the top ten prospects in the Phillies organization as ranked by Baseball America… First W of 2013 came in walk-off fashion, a 5-4 W over Syracuse (LHV led the IL in 2012 with 13 walk-off W’s, a franchise record)… 2B Cesar Hernandez went 4-for-6 including the game winning walk-off single in the 11th inning… Hernandez accounted for six-multi-hit games this week on his way to a .389 AVG… OF Darin Ruf, hitting .286 with 5 2B and 4 RBI to begin the season, had a seven-game hitting streak snapped on 4/14 vs Syracuse… That hitless night also snapped Ruf’s streak of reaching base safely in 31 consecutive MiLB games, a streak which began back on 8/11/12… C Tommy Joseph led the team in RBI with eight, also slugged his first career triple-A HR off recent Red Sox call up Alex Wilson of Pawtucket… 3B Cody Asche belted his first triple-A HR off Ruby De La Rosa… RHP Justin De Fratus (4.1 IP), LHP Cesar Jimenez (5.2 IP) and LHP Joe Savery (4.2 IP) have combined for 14.2 IP of scoreless relief to begin 2013; dating back to 2012 Savery has not allowed a run over his last six appearances (8.2 IP).

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