September 2010

End of Season Wrap — (Part 3)

Good morning — it’s time for part three of the year end wrap. Let’s take a look at some of the infielders who enjoyed solid seasons in Baseballtown in 2010.

Part 3 of 5

Freddy Galvis — SS
Galvis was a solid contributor to galvis_freddy_6_11_10.jpgthe Reading lineup this season, but will always be known for his outstanding defense. The 20-year-old won the Rawling’s Factory Outlet Gold Glove Award this season — leading the Eastern League with an impressive .982 fielding percentage. A native of Venezuela, Galvis played exceptional defense all-season long, but came through for the R-Phils with some clutch offense at times.

Galvis came up big on June 18, by ripping a game-winning triple in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Rock Cats in a 9-8 Reading victory. Two nights later, it was his three-run home run in the eighth inning which led the R-Phils to a 7-4 win over the Rock Cats. In all, he hit .233 with five home runs, 58 runs, 48 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases.

Harold Garcia — 2B
Out of all the performances Garcia_Harold_8-5-10_full.jpgin the Philadelphia system in 2010, Harold Garcia may have been known for the most impressive. The Venezuelan second baseman, who finished the year with Reading, made history by hitting in 37-straight games while with Clearwater. The astonishing streak broke the Florida State League record, and patrolled him to prospect status.

A pure-hitter, who is also a solid defensive player, Garcia, 23, hit a combined .305 between Reading and Clearwater, and launched eight home runs and drove-in 64 RBIs. After hitting .335 with the Threshers, Garcia was promoted to Reading where he continued to shine. He finished his season in Baseballtown — hitting .281 with five home runs and 32 RBIs for the R-Phils. He has a bright future ahead, one which could see him make an impact in Philadelphia sooner, rather than later.  

Cody Overbeck — 3B
Much like Harold Garcia,overbeck_cody_full_8-19-10.jpg Cody Overbeck really made a mark on the Philadelphia system in 2010.

After beginning the year in Clearwater, where he was a Florida State League All-Star, Overbeck was promoted to the Reading Phillies and became a staple in the R-Phils lineup. The 24-year-old hit 13 home runs for Reading in just 78 games, and proved to be a solid contributor each day at the plate.

For the season, Overbeck hit a combined 24 home runs and drove-in 82 RBIs, both very impressive numbers for the youngster.

End of the Season Wrap — (Part 2)

Welcome back to the “Philling You In” blog, and today we continue with the five-part blog series of the End of the Season roundup. Let’s take a look at some of the starting pitchers who competed in Baseballtown in 2010 — enjoy!

Part 2 of 5

Drew Naylor — RHP naylor_drew_8-8-10_full.jpg
A native of Brisbane, Australia, Naylor was on the mound for the R-Phils final game of the season, and, the young righty tossed one of his best games of the season. Naylor, 24, finished the 2010 campaign with a 12-10 mark and a 4.63 ERA. His 12 wins were tops on the R-Phils, and he also led the club in innings pitched (167), complete games (3), shutouts (2), and strikeouts (113).

On Monday, September 6, in what was the final game of the season, Naylor tossed a complete game three-hit shutout in Altoona against the Curve. In his final two starts of the season, he posted a 1-1 mark with a 1.84 ERA. A member of the Philadelphia Phillies 40-man roster, Naylor fanned a season-high 11 batters on August 27 against the Binghamton Mets. He won three of his last four starts, and finished the year as one of the best starters on the R-Phils staff.

Yohan Flande — LHP
Flande, 24, struggled at times Flande_Yohan_full.jpgduring the 2010 season, but finishedthe season on a high-note. The Dominican native threw seven solid innings in his final start of the season, en route to notching his tenth win of the year. During his final start, which helped lead the R-Phils to a 4-1 win over New Britain, Flande fanned a season-high 7 batters, and allowed just one run on seven hits.

In all, Flande finished the year 10-8 with a 4.38 ERA, and while his final win came at home, the young lefty shined on the road in 2010. In 13 road starts, Flande posted a 7-3 mark with a 2.93 ERA. At home, he went just 3-5 with a 5.86 ERA in 14 starts.  

J.C. Ramirez — RHP
The Philadelphia Phillies ramirez_j.c._7-10-10_full_2.jpgtraded Cliff Lee in the offseason, and in return received three players who all spent time in Reading during the 2010 season. Ramirez, 22, was the one that made the most impact in Baseballtown.

A native of Nicaragua, Ramirez began the 2010 season with Clearwater (A+), and after posting a 4-3 mark with a 4.06 ERA, was promoted to Reading, where he would make 13 starts. Over that time with the R-Phils, Ramirez had mixed results. His best month came in July when he posted a 2-1 record with a 4.62 ERA, including one complete game.

The former Seattle product missed the final week of the season due to a hip injury, and while he recently had surgery to repair a torn labrum (cartilage) in his hip, he should be ready for spring training.   

End of the Season Wrap —

The 2010 season has come and gone bozied_4_11_10_FULL.jpgand the R-Phils finished the year in fourth place in the Eastern League East division with a 69-72 record.

While the team struggled at times, and in the end, was unable to make it to the playoffs, there were many great individual performances from this year’s squad.

For the next five days, I will take the time to look back at some of the impressive seasons we witnessed in Baseballtown this season. Players like Michael Spidale, Tagg Bozied, Drew Naylor, and more, enjoyed breakout performances, and set career-highs in several different categories.

Check back each day for another three players from the 2010 R-Phils team. Enjoy for now…

Part 1 of 5

Tagg Bozied — 1B/3B
The 31-year-old enjoyed a solid season in bozied_tagg_9-1-10_full.jpgBaseballtown,leading the
R-Phils in batting average (.315), home runs (27), RBIs (92), doubles
(29), OBP (.402), SLG (.631), and OPS (1.033). He led the Eastern
League in batting average, OBP, SLG, and OPS, and finished near the top
in both home runs (tied for 2nd) and RBIs (fourth).

While he missed over 30 games with a strained left quad this season,
Bozied never stopped hitting. Over his last ten games of the season, he
continued to shine, hitting .316 (12-38) with five home runs and eight

Michael Spidale — OFspidale_michael_6_18_10_ful.jpg
During his fourth year in Reading, Michael Spidale patrolled the Reading outfield and did a great job defensively, and offensively, and in turn, was named as the FirstEnergy Reading Phillies 2010 MVP.

At the plate, the Illinois native compiled a .303 batting average — third best in the Eastern League, and hit 3 home runs, while driving home a career-high 50 RBIs. His 145 hits were good for sixth-best in the league, and his 31 stolen bases (a career-high) were good for fifth best. Originally selected by the White Sox in the 12th round of the 2000 draft, Spidale, 28, also set a career-high in runs (74), doubles (21), and games played (131).

Tuffy Gosewisch — C
The 2010 season will go down asgosewisch_tuffy_8-4-10_full.jpg a very positive one for R-Phils starting catcher Tuffy Gosewisch. In August, Gosewisch was named by Baseball America as the Eastern League’s best defensive catcher. The Freeport, IL native finished the season with the best fielding percentage among Eastern League catchers (.997) and had just two errors in 674 total chances.

While his defense was spot-on from day one, the 27-year-old backstop also was solid at the dish — posting nine home runs (tied a career-high), 32 RBIs, and 46 runs scored. Originally selected by the Phillies in the 11th round of the 2005 draft, Gosewisch had his best game of the season on August 27 against the B-Mets. He ripped three hits — two home runs and drove-in four runs en route to a 9-1 R-Phils win over Binghamton at FirstEnergy Stadium.