Minor League Notes

Players of the Week (May 22-28)
Pitcher: LHP Eude Brito, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.  Picked up a win on Saturday, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO.  The 27-year-old from Sabana de La Mar, DR, has allowed one run or less in six of his 10 starts.  Opponents are batting .188 against him.  For the season, Brito is 5-2 with a 3.02 ERA.  Brito was signed as an amateur free agent in 1998.
Player: SS Fidel Hernandez, Lakewood.  Posted six straight multi-hit games last week and is currently on a 10-game hitting streak (.487).  14 hits matches SWB’s Bobby Scales for the most hits in a week by a Phillies minor league player this year.  For the season, the 20-year-old from Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar, VZ, is hitting .289.  He was signed as an amateur free agent three years ago.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Split six games . . . LHP Brian Mazone (2-0) picked up a win on Wednesday, 1 R in 6 IP . . . LHP Jim Crowell was pressed into a start two days later.  He pitched 5 hitless innings and was lifted after a 55-minute rain delay . . .  RF Josh Kroeger hit in all 6 games, extending his hitting streak to 10 games (.405) . . . 2B Joe Thurston had 10 hits and batted .400 during the week.

Reading Phillies
Began the week with 3 straight losses, stretching the losing streak to 8 . . . Rebounded to win the next 4 . . . A streak of 11 straight 1-run losses ended with a 7-6 win on Thursday even though Reading was out-hit, 12-6.  RHP Zack Segovia (2-1) got the win . . . The next night was filled with a little of everything.  Reading won, 3-0.  RHP Scott Mathieson improved to 4-2 but was ejected after 5.2 IP when he hit his 3rd batter of the game.  A brawl followed in which 4 Reading players and 5 from Connecticut were ejected.  To top off the night, the game included a 54-minute rain delay . . . LHP Gio Gonzalez was 1-1 for 2 starts, 16 SO in 13.2 IP, 6 runs (2 earned).  His win came Sunday.  Pitching coach Tom Filer: “Best overall outing of the year.  Mike Lieberthal worked him well” . . . Veteran OF Matt Padgett and former Reading star Gary Burnham were signed as minor league free agents . . . C Jason Jaramillo has a broken bone in his right hand.  He hasn’t played since May 7 and will be out a couple more weeks.

Clearwater Threshers
Ended a 1-5 week with 4 straight losses . . . RHP Julio De la Cruz picked up a 2-1 win on Tuesday, fanning 11.  He has 29 strikeouts in his last 21 IP . . . RH reliever Nathan Johnson gave up 3 runs (2 earned) in the last of the ninth for a 5-4 loss the next day.  The earned runs were the first off Johnson since his first game on April 9 . . . RHP Kyle Kendrick dropped a 2-1 decision on Thursday, allowing 4 hits (2 solo homers) in 7 IP.  Other than the homers, only 1 other base runner reached second base . . . CF Brian Burgamy has reached base in 25 consecutive games.  He hit .364 for the week.

Lakewood BlueClaws
Week included a 4-game winning streak out of 7 games . . . LHP Joshua Outman struck out 11 in 7 IP but didn’t get the win in an 8-7, 11-inning Wednesday victory . . . RH reliever Justin Blaine picked up the win the next day with 4 scoreless innings . . . RHP Scott Mitchinson was a 6-2 winner on Friday, throwing 70 strikes out of 94 pitches . . . LHP Matt Maloney split a pair of decisions, fanning 16 in 12.1 IP . . . LF Jeremy Slayden drove in 8 runs on 9 hits during the week . . . CF Greg Golson hit .323 for the week.

Strikeout leaders
Phillies have five pitchers among the top 11 strikeout leaders in all of the minor leagues: LHP Matt Maloney (74), RHP Kyle Kendrick (72), RHP Scott Mathieson (71), RHP Carlos Carrasco (70) and LHP Gio Gonzalez (69).

1 Comment

Thank you for posting minor league notes, Larry. The minor leagues can always use more fans. Now, if we can just get Wolf to rehab in Lakewood when he is ready….




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