After one week of games, it’s time to take a look at some of the leaders. Today we will begin with the pitchers. Come back on Tuesday for the hitters.
Zeid, a native of New Haven, CT, has made two starts for the Double-A Phillies and has been sharp on both occassions. Selected by the Phillies in the 10th round of the 2009 draft, Zeid, posted an 8-4 mark with a 2.93 ERA for Lakewood last season. He fanned 111 batters over 107.1 IP. He split the season between the Lakewood rotation and bullpen.
The soon-to-be 24-year-old (turns 24 on Thursday) has tossed five shutout innings for the Double-A club this spring. He’s allowed four hits and just one walk, while fanning a team-high seven strikeouts. In his last outing, on Saturday, Zeid tossed three scoreless innings. He threw 51 total pitches.
Ranked as the 23rd-best prospect in the Phillies organization by Baseball America, Zeid is 16-9 with a 2.94 ERA over two pro seasons (2009 in Williamsport).
Friend, 24, spent the 2010 season with Midland (AA) of the Oakland A’s orginzation. The California native posted a 3-3 mark with a 3.70 ERA over 36 games last season. He was originally selected by the A’s in the 13th round of the 2007 draft.
Through two appearances this spring, Friend has allowed just two hits over four shutout innings. In December, the Phillies selected Friend in the Minor League phase of the Rule 5 draft. He has been strictly a reliever over his four Minor League seasons and posted a career-high 11 saves in 2008 with Kane County (A).
Hyatt made his first Double-A start this spring on Friday and was sharp over three innings. The Georgia native allowed just one hit and one walk, while striking out four Detroit hitters. Ranked as the 24th-best prospect in the Phillies organization by Baseball America, Hyatt appeared in just four games for the R-Phils in 2010 and went 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA.
A 15th round selection of the Phillies in the 2009 draft, Hyatt excelled on the mound for Clearwater in 2010 — earning Florida State League most valuable pitcher honors, before his promotion to Reading. With the Threshers he posted an 11-5 mark with a 3.04 ERA over 23 games (21 starts).
Aumont, the 14th-best prospect in the Phils organization, as ranked by Baseball America, has appeared in two games this spring for the Double-A club. Now a reliever, the Canadian native has not allowed a run over his two appearances (two innings), while fanning four batters. He closed-out Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Toronto.
Acquired by the Phillies in the trade with Seattle for Cliff Lee, Aumont, 22, went just 1-6 with a 7.43 ERA for the R-Phils over 11 games. On June 7, however, Aumont was transferred to Clearwater, and remained there the rest of 2010. With the Threshers, he went 2-5 with a 4.48 ERA over 16 games (10 starts).
Other Notable Numbers:
Trevor May, who is ranked fifth in the Phillies organization by Baseball America, has not allowed a run over two innings pitched.
Tyler Cloyd started and tossed three no-hit innings on Sunday. Cloyd, 23, allowed just one walk and fanned five batters, while throwing 42 total pitches. In two appearances this spring, Cloyd has allowed one run on two hits, while fanning six batters (four innings).
Eric Pettis has not allowed a run over three innings of work this spring. Pettis was selected in the 35th round of the 2010 draft. Last season, the Califonia native posted an impressive 8-0 mark with a 1.37 ERA (59 innings).
Jacob Diekman, 24, has not allowed a run over three innings this spring. A 30th round selection of the Phillies in the 2007 draft, Diekman posted an 0-2 mark with a 3.66 ERA for Clearwater, and a 2-0 record with a 1.90 ERA for Lakewood in 2010.
Ryan Edell, who split last season with Akron (AA) and Midland (AA), has tossed three scoreless innings this spring for the Double-A squad. The 27-year-old lefty was signed by Philadelphia as a Minor League free agent during the offseason.
Happy first day of spring games for Minor Leaguers!
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Today was an extremely busy day, and while we are exactly one month from Opening Night (April 14),
it’s really starting to feel more like the season is here.
Alex, my Media/PR assistant has really been a big help. We are just about done creating our media guide — then we can move on to the Baseballtown Gazette.
Tuesday will serve as a good day to proof-read the media guide, since the press box will not have power all day! Combine that with the internet being down for the majority of today (Monday), and the pressure of being ready for Opening Day has hit.
Also today, WFMZ ran a story on the $10 Million Renovations during their 5:30 newscast. I think that went extremely well. Great coverage all offseason from WFMZ!
Okay, as for today’s games, check out my full recap here. Now let’s go beyond the recap, with some additional notes from today:
Michael Spidale — Spidale, an Illinois native, who has spent parts of the past four seasons in Baseballtown, went 1-2 with a stolen base and RBI for the Triple-A squad today. Last season he was named the R-Phils MVP after hitting a solid .303 in 131 games.
Matt Rizzotti — Rizzotti, a member of the Phillies 40-man roster, went 1-3 with a stolen base. The New York native was reassigned to Minor League camp on Friday after hitting .265 with one home run and two RBIs in Major League camp this spring. A sixth round selection of the Phillies in the 2007 draft, Rizzotti, 25, hit a remarkable .361 with 16 home runs and 62 RBIs for the R-Phils in 2010.
Tagg Bozied — Bozied, who was also assigned to Minor League camp on Friday, shined for the Triple-A squad today. The South Dakota native launched a home run and finished Monday afternoon 2-4. Bozied hit 27 home runs and an Eastern League-best .315 last season as a member of the R-Phils.
Francisco Diaz — Diaz, who will celebrate his 21st birthday one week from today (March 21), went 2-3 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI for the Double-A Phils. Last season, the Venezualan native hit .307 in 29 games for the GCL Phillies.
Eric Pettis — Pettis tossed a scoreless inning in Monday’s opener. Last season, as a member of the Williamsport Crosscutters (A-), Pettis posted an impressive line. He went 8-0 with seven saves and a 1.37 ERA over 20 games.
Jeremy Barnes — Barnes homered and drove-in two runs today for the Single-A club, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays Single-A squad 6-2. An 11th round selection in the 2009 draft by Philadelphia, Barnes, 23, finished Monday’s contest a perfect 2-2 at the dish. Last season he posted a .292 batting average for Lakewood (A-) over 109 games.
Jim Murphy — Murphy, who spent the entire 2010 campaign in Clearwater (A+) with the Threshers, went 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored today. Murphy has appeared in two games for the Major League club this spring, but has yet to register a hit (0-5 with a run scored). In 397 at-bats for Clearwater last season, the Washington native hit .239 with 6 homers.