Minor League Notes

Players of the week:
Pitcher: RHP Kyle Kendrick, Lakewood: 1-0 for 1 start, 2 hits, 8 IP, 1 BB, club-high 12 SO.  For the season, Kendrick is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA for 3 starts, 23 SO in 18.2 IP.  A 21-year-old from Mount Vernon, WA, Kendrick was a 7th round selection in 2003.
Player: C Carlos Ruiz, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: .462 in 7 games, 12 hits, 2 doubles, 1 HR and 4 RBI.  For the season, Ruiz is hitting .377, 5 HR, 13 RBI. A right-handed hitter, the 27-year-old Ruiz was signed as an amateur free agent in 1998 out of Panama. 

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Climbed from fourth to second place with an undefeated week (7 wins) stretching their winning streak to 9 in a row . . . RHP Yoel Hernandez picked up 3 saves during the week and shares the International League lead with 6 . . . C Carlos Ruiz had 3 3-hit games . . . LF Shawn Garrett had a pair of triples, 3 RBI on Monday . . . 2B Joe Thurston, 2 homers the next day . . . LHP Eude Brito allowed 1 hit in 6 innings on Wednesday but didn’t get a decision . . . LHP Cole Hamels (Florida State League-leading 29 strikeouts in 20.1 innings) and RHP Chris Booker (0-0, 5.40 ERA also at Clearwater) will join the Red Barons tonight in Norfolk.  Hamels will make his AAA debut at Norfolk on Thursday.

Reading Phillies
Won 3 out of 5 games and had 2 postponements . . . LHP Daniel Haigwood picked up 1st win, one of four Reading hurlers to combine on a 3-0 shutout on Tuesday; Haigwood’s line: 6 IP, 3 H, 5 BB, 6 SO. “Fast ball was sneaky quick, downward plane; curve was more consistent,” reported pitching coach Tom Filer . . . Reading pulled out an 8-7 win at New Britain on Thursday by scoring 7 runs over the final 2 innings.

Clearwater Threshers
Had a 4-3 week . . . LHP Cole Hamels had a pair of no-decisions, allowing 8 runs (4 earned) in 9.1 innings . . . DH Brian Sellier had a 2-homer game . . . 3B Mike Costanzo hit homers in back-to-back games for the first time in his pro career . . . RHP Zack Segovia won 2 games, boosting his season record to 3-1.  His 27.2 innings lead the Florida State League . . . RHP Joe Bisenius hasn’t allowed an earned run in his first 6 relief appearances.

Lakewood BlueClaws
After starting the season 0-9 and being guaranteed a win by the club’s front office, the BlueClaws ran off a 5-game winning streak . . . For the week they were 4-1 . . . RHP Kyle Kendrick, in working 8 IP of a shutout on Tuesday, retired the first 13 batters and fanned the first 6.  He was named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week . . . LHP Matt Maloney (6 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 SO) and 3 others combined for a shutout the next day . . . Greensboro scored in the first inning on Thursday to break Lakewood’s consecutive scoreless streak at 22.0 innings . . . On Friday, LHP Joshua Outman (6 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 SO) and two others combined for Lakewood’s third shutout of the week.


But the big story is Cole “Slaw” Hamels triple alphabet debut, whiffing 14 in a 3 hit seven frame shutout over those Metropolitan prospects.
At our Phillies board much praise is being heaped on Mike Arbuckle and the incredible job he’s done retooling the farm.

Please, don’t rush Hamels to the bigs.
There was a lefty a few years back, who started in April in Class A ball and wound up pitching for the Phillies a couple months later.

That I can’t remember his name, is reason enough to proceed with caution.

I just remebered, it was Pat Combs and my son said it was around 1990. So much for a few years, eh?

Well you should also remember they seriously climbed inside Combs head more or less the same way Bowa terrorized Burrell. The Phillies have to be patient with young starters like Floyd or Madson if you don’t give them their 30 starts how do you ever know or prepare them for a successful career? Playing yoyo with them, can permanently ruin them. In fairness last year Floyd completely melted down but if they have to sweat their lumps as well as learning to pitch in the bigs they’ll become useless head cases.

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