The Phils Double-A team is now 4-3-1 on the spring season after a 5-5 tie on Tuesday. On Monday, I looked at the pitching leaders and now, its the hitters turn.
Phillies Double-A Offensive Highlights:
Galvis, 21, is a slick-fielding shortstop, who led all EL shortstops last season with a .982 fielding percentage. So far this spring, the Venezuelan is hitting .333 with two runs, two triples, three RBIs, and three stolen bases. A member of the Phillies 40-man roster, Galvis is 5-15 this spring for the Double-A Phils. His three stolen bases and two triples are a team-high.
Overbeck hit 13 home runs and 41 RBIs for the R-Phils last season after posting All-Star numbers with Clearwater (A+) earlier in the season. The Tennessee native enjoyed a solid August — posting an impressive .316 average with eight home runs and 22 RBIs. This spring, Overbeck leads the Double-A team with two home runs.
Savery began the spring as a member of the Double-A Phils, but has recently been playing for the Single-A squad. In 16 at-bats for the Double-A squad, the Texas native hit .375 with two doubles, a run, and three RBIs.
On Tuesday, Savery went 0-4 with an RBI for the Single-A Phils, a day after hitting a home run for the club. He played first base on Monday and DH on Tuesday.
Susdorf has excelled at the dish this spring for the Double-A Phils. The soon-to-be 25-year-old (turns 25 on Monday, March 28) has posted team-highs in at-bats (28), average (.357), hits (10), doubles (5), and RBIs (4). On Tuesday, he went 3-3 with three doubles, a run, and an RBI.
Selected by the Phillies in the 19th round of the 2008 draft, Susdorf spent all of 2010 with Clearwater — posting a .278 mark with 11 home runs and 77 RBIs. The California native appeared in 24 games with the R-Phils in 2009.
Michael Spidale, the R-Phils team MVP last season, appeared in his first Double-A game of the season on Tuesday, and went 1-4 with two strikeouts.
Jeremy Slayden, who is also familiar to R-Phils fans, has appeared in one game this spring for the Double-A club. On Sunday, Slayden went 3-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
The Phillies Double-A squad faced the Double-A Pirates on Tuesday afternoon and the game ended in tie 5-5. The Phils Double-A squad out-hit the Pirates team 12-9.
Let’s take a look at the highlights:
Freddy Galvis went 1-4 with a triple and an RBI. Galvis hit leadoff and is now batting .333 with two triples and three RBIs this spring. He has hit in all four games he’s played in for the Double-A squad.
Michael Spidale went 1-4 and struck-out twice in his first Double-A game this spring. Spidale was the R-Phils 2010 MVP.
Derrick Loop tossed a scoreless inning. He has not allowed a run in two Double-A appearances this spring.
Jacob Diekman also tossed a scoreless inning on Tuesday. Diekman has now not allowed a run in four innings this spring.
Stephen Susdorf had the best line of the game, as he went 3-3 with three doubles, a run scored, and an RBI. Torre Langley went 1-1 with a stolen base. Darin Ruf went 0-2 with two walks and two runs scored. Cameron Rupp went 1-3 with an RBI.
On Monday afternoon, the Phillies Double-A club beat the Pirates
Double-A team by a score of 7-2. The Double-A Phils are now 4-3 on the spring season.
Here are some of the highlights:
Edell, 27, has been mentioned in this blog a few times as of late, and on Monday, he was impresive on the hill for the Double-A Phils. The Boston native tossed 4.2 no-hit innings — helping to lead the Double-A squad to a 7-2 victory. So far this spring, the lefty has allowed just one hit over 7.2 innings pitched and has fanned five batters in the process.
Last season, he spilit time with two Double-A teams (Akron and Midland). After posting a 1-1 record with a 6.85 ERA for the Aeros, Cleveland decided to release Edell. He signed a Minor League deal with Oakland and quickly made an impact at the Double-A level. In 21 games, he posted a 10-4 mark with a 3.17 ERA (20 starts).
It will be interesting to see where the 27-year-old starts the 2011 season. In six Minor League seasons, Edell has compiled a 36-31 mark with a 3.65 ERA.
Other pitchers from Double-A game on Monday:
Jordan Ellis tossed 1.1 scoreless innings in relief of Edell. Ellis has now allowed three runs on five hits over 3.1 IP this spring.
Chance Chapman allowed two runs on four hits in two innings on Monday. Chapman, 27, threw a shutout inning in his last appearance.
Tyson Brummett allowed just one hit and fanned one batter over one inning on Monday. It was Brummett’s first appearance in a spring game for the Double-A squad.
Offensive Highlights for the Double-A Phils on Monday:
Catcher Torre Langley has been solid at the plate this spring for the Double-A Phils. On Monday, the 23-year-old backstop went 2-4 with a run, a double, and a game-high three RBIs. Last season he appeared in two games with the R-Phils and went 1-6 with a walk.
Overbeck, who impressed fans with his bat last season, went 2-4 with a run and a stolen base on Monday. In 19 at-bats this spring for the Double-A Phils, Overbeck is hitting .263 with a team-high two home runs.
Other Offensive Hightlights:
Freddy Galvis has now had a hit in all three of the Double-A games he has played in this spring. The Venezuelan native is hitting .364 with a triple, two RBIs, and three SBs in three games this spring.
Sebastian Boucher went 2-4 with a run and an RBI for the Double-A squad on Monday. Boucher, who was signed by the Phillies as a Minor League free agent this offseason, is hitting .316 this spring with five runs scored, two RBIs, and a team-high five walks.
Other Spring Highlights from Monday:
Joe Savery appeared in his first Single-A game of the spring and rewarded his team with an impressive day at the dish. The Rice University standout went 2-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. He also was hit-by-a-pitch and stole a base.
Brody Colvin tossed four solid innings for the Single-A team on Monday in their 5-4 win over the Single-A Pirates. Colvin, who is ranked as the third-best prospect in the Phillies organization by Baseball America, allowed five hits and one unearned run. He thew 58 total pitches.
Friday was a busy day around the Phillies organization. While we haven’t even made it to Thanksgiving yet, it seems the Phils are making headlines everyday with some sort of news. Let’s take a look back at just what is going on around the organization.
First, the Phillies announced on Friday that they invited 12 players to spring training. Tagg Bozied, who spent the 2010 season in Baseballtown, and finished with a league-best .315 batting average, was among the 12 invitees. Bozied was a staple in the R-Phils lineup, and hit 27 home runs and drove-in 92 RBIs. Among the notable names receiving an invite include, Josh Barfield, Brandon Moss, Eddie Bonine, and Dan Meyer.
Second, the Phillies added five players to their 40-man roster, which put the roster at the limit. Four of the five players spent 2010 in Baseballtown. Here’s a look at the four who played for the R-Phils in 2010, along with my end of the season notes on each…
Justin De Fratus — Promoted to Reading
(A+) on 7/7… Appeared in 20 games… Saved six games in seven chances… Posted a
1-0 mark, 2.05 ERA with five saves on the road (18 games)… Lefties hit just
.140 against him, while righties hit .250… With RISP, batters hit just .125 (16
AB)… With RISP w/2 outs, batters hit .000 (0-9, 1 BB)… Posted a 1-0 mark with
one save and a 1.64 ERA in July (8 games)… Posted a 1-0 mark with six saves and
a 1.59 ERA after the All-Star break (18 games)…
Freddy Galvis — Led the Eastern League with a .982 fielding %…
Had the most putouts (220), most assists (393), and total chances (624) for all
E.L. shortstops… Hit .280 with two home runs and 42 RBIs with RISP… Hit .295
with RISP/ 2outs (61 at-bats)… Had at least three hits in eight games,
including a season high four-hit game on 4/27 vs. Harrisburg… Had 24 multi-hit games…
Harold Garcia — Promoted to Reading
on 7/7 from Clearwater
(A+)… Had four RBIs on 7/28 @ RIC… Had
20 multi-hit games… Had a 13-game hit
streak from 7/28-8/10… Had 11 at-bats as a third baseman and hit .364 (4-11)…
Hit .312 batting second, while just .233 batting first… Hit .368 with one home
run and 28 RBIs with RISP (57 ABs)… Four of his five home runs were solo home
runs… Had a four-hit game on 7/28… Scored at least two runs in a game five
times… Stole two bases in a game twice… Had an RBI in five-straight games
(8/28-31)… Hit .313 with two home runs and 17 RBIs over 23 games in July…
Matt Rizzotti — Named to the Eastern League Season Ending All-Star team… Won an Eastern
League Player of the Month award for the month of June… Eastern League Player
of the Week for the week-ending June 27… Was an Eastern League All-Star, and participated
in the E.L. Home Run Derby…
Named as a Philadelphia
Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for May… Hit .377 in May (17 games)
with four home runs and 14 RBIs… Hit two home runs and drove-in five RBIs on
5/26… Hit .369 in June with seven home runs and 24
RBIs (27 games)… Had a season-high two home runs and five RBIs on 5/26… Had a
five-hit game on 7/26 @ RIC… Had 28-multi-hit games… Had at least two RBIs in a
game 14 times… Hit .364 with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs with runners on base… Hit
.368 with six home runs and 46 RBIs with RISP…
Well, the 2010 season is officially over, which means, its now time to look ahead to the 2011 season. With that being said, it’s time for a little Hot Stove talk, and as the weather begins to get colder, the trade talk begins to heat-up.
During the next few months, I’ll do my best to keep fans up-to-date with the all latest in Philadelphia Phillies and Reading Phillies news. Let’s start with the latest in Phillies news, as the club has already added a player via waivers to their 40-man roster — let the Hot Stove talk begin!
Carlos Rivero, who spent the 2010 season with Double-A Akron, was claimed yesterday by the Phillies, and was added to their 40-man roster. The Phillies 40-man roster is now at 34 players.
Rivero, 22, hit .232 with six home runs and 43 RBIs in 110 games with Akron last year. A native of Barquisimeto, VZ, Rivero was originally signed by the Indians as a nondrafted free agent in 2005. In 2009, Rivero was named as an AFL Rising Star.
Perhaps the main reason the Phils decided to claim Rivero, was the fact that he hit well against the R-Phils this season. The 22-year-old appeared for the Aeros in 20 games against the R-Phils in 2010, and enjoyed success at the dish.He hit four home runs and added 12 RBIs in those 20 games.
It will be interesting to see where Rivero will end up in 2011. Freddy Galvis, who is also from Venezuela and is just 20 (will turn 21 on November 14), is the top shortstop prospect in the organization. Galvis spent the entire 2010 campaign in Reading, and it will be interesting to see if he makes the jump to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2011. Either way, the Phillies now have two bright young shortstops in the organization — both in their early 20’s and both from Venezuela.
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 the 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 in 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, 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.
The 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game will be played tomorrow (Wednesday, July 14) in Harrisburg, PA, and the Reading Phillies will be well represented.
When the original rosters were announced, four R-Phils were selected to the team (MIchael Schwimer, Vance Worley, Tagg Bozied, and Matt Rizzotti). As things change, and players are promoted, or injured, the rosters began to change — by the day.
Not too much later, R-Phils SS Freddy Galvis was added to the roster, running the total of R-Phils players to five. Then, Michael Schwimer, who was enjoying an impressive 2010 in Baseballtown, was promoted to Lehigh Valley. Wth Schwimer off the roster, starter Drew Naylor was added to take his place.
Yesterday, Kevin Mahar was added to the roster for Brandon Laird, who was unable to participate. Now, seven R-Phils in all were selected, and six will go to represent their club. An impressive number of All-Stars!
Let’s take a look at your 2010 R-Phils All-Stars…
Vance Worley —
Worley, 22, makes the Eastern League All-Star team for the
second-straight season. The Sacramento, CA native is 8-4 with a 3.44
ERA over 18 starts this season. In the month of June, Worley went 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA (five starts). Originally selected by Philadelphia
in the third round of the 2008 draft, Worley is the reigning Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, after tossing a complete game, three-hit shutout on July 11..
Tagg Bozied —
Bozied, 30, is in his first season in the Philadelphia organization,
and has excelled at the plate this season for Reading. A native of
Sioux, Falls, SD, Bozied is currently hitting .293 with 13 home runs
and a team-high 55 RBIs. He, as well as Matt Rizzotti, will participate in the HR Derby.
Matt Rizzotti —
Rizzotti has enjoyed an impressive season in Baseballtown since his
promotion from Clearwater (A+) on May 13. The Floral Park, NY native is
hitting .355 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs. This season, Rizzotti has already won such awards as — Eastern League Player of the Month (June), Eastern League Player of
the Week (for the week ending June 29), and Philadelphia
Phillies Minor League Player of the Month (May). Originally selected
by Philadelphia in the sixth round of the 2007 draft, Rizzotti, 24, is
hitting .379 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in the month of June.
Freddy Galvis —
A native of Punto Fijo, Venezuela, Galvis is hitting .221 with two home
runs and 30 RBIs over 89 games with the R-Phils this season. Originally
signed by Philadelphia as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2006,
Galvis has enjoyed a successful season at the plate, on the bases (eight stolen bases), as well as in the field for Reading this season.
He is ranked by Baseball America as the number 13 prospect in the
Philadelphia Phillies organization.
Drew Naylor —
A native of Brisbane, Australia, Naylor has posted an 8-6 mark with a
4.01 ERA over 17 games (16 starts) with the R-Phils this season. His
best game of the season came on May 25 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The 6’4″
Naylor threw a complete-game, three hitter, en-route to an impressive
6-0 victory over Portland. He allowed just one walk and fanned six
batters on the evening.
Kevin Mahar —
A product of Indiana University, Mahar has enjoyed a successful season
with the R-Phils in 2010. In his second-straight campaign in
Baseballtown, the 29-year-old is hitting .270 with eight home runs and
33 RBIs. The 6’5″ slugger has been red-hot in July – hitting .300 with
three home runs and ten RBIs.
Last night’s pie fest was not the first here in Baseballtown this season, but, it was certainly the longest.
In what was a thrilling 9-8 walk-off victory for the R-Phils last night, the pie returned, and returned, and returned, and well, returned for the first time in awhile.
Freddy Galvis ripped a game-winning triple in the ninth after a mammoth game-tying two-run blast from Matt Rizzotti, and then was mauled by his teammates who celebrated the spectacular win. Galvis was the Railroad House Player of the Game, and it was my chance to talk to him about that great at-bat, or so I thought.
Sergio Escalona, who has been the pie guy this season, was back at it again on Friday — this time with a pie in each hand and he got Galvis good. While the 20-year-old shortstop was trying to dry off, he was hit again, and again, and again — five pies!
It was an unbelievable night in Baseballtown. The fans were in to it from the first pitch on — and when the game was over, the fans were treated to a game they will never forget.
Cody Overbeck ripped three hits, Freddy Galvis added an RBI single, but the Phillies Double-A squad dropped its third game of the spring season on Saturday with a 5-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Double-A team at Carpenter Complex in Clearwater.
On the mound for the Phils was righty J.C. Ramirez, who started and allowed three runs on five hitsoverfour innings of work. Ramirez, a member of the Philadelphia Phillies 40-man roster, threw 65 pitches and walked two, while fanning one over his four frames. Acquired in the Cliff Lee trade with the Seattle Mariners this offseason, Ramirez, 21, went 8-10 with a 5.12 ERA in 28 games with the High-Desert Mavericks (High-A) last season.
Offensively, the Phillies were lead by 3B Cody Overbeck, who went 3-4 with an RBI single. Selected by the Phillies in the ninth round of the 200 amateur entry draft, Overbeck, 23, appeared in 96 games with Clearwater (A) last season, hitting .230 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs.
The Phils, who out-hit the Jays 10-9, were also led by Steve Susdorf, who finished the afternoon’s contest 2-4 with a runs scored. Susdorf went through three levels in 2009, beginning the season with Lakewood (.333-2-15), continuing with Clearwater (.371-3-22), and finishing up with Reading, where he hit .221 with two homers and seven RBIs.
Spring Phillers…Tyson Gillies, acquired in the Cliff Lee trade, went 1-3 with a triple and a run scored…Freddy Galvis, 20, went 1-3 with an RBI…Domonic Brown, the system’s number one prospect went 0-3 with a walk…On the hill, Mike Cisco allowed a run and one hit, while fanning three over three innings…Sergio Escalona, recently demoted from Major League camp, allowed a run in his first inning this spring for the Double-A team.
The Philadelphia Phillies had a good day today as they hosted the Detroit Tigers in spring action. Five Philadelphia pitchers combined on a shutout — three of which have spent time in Reading over their careers — ENJOY!
Freddy Galvis (2009) – Galvis, 20, started today at SS for the Phillies and went 1-3 with an RBI — his first of the spring season. A native of Venezuela, Galvis appeared in 16 games with the R-Phils last season and hit .197 with a homer and 5 RBIs. Ranked as the number 13 prospect in the Phillies system by Baseball America, Galvis is known for his remarkable defense and will most likely find a way to make it to the Majors due to his range and arm strength.
Joe Savery (2009) – Savery, who went 12-4 with a 4.41 ERA with the R-Phils before a promotion to Lehigh Valley in 2009, tossed two scoreless innings for Phillies in their 4-0 victory over Detroit earlier today. Savery, a product of Rice University, is in camp with Philadelphia as a non-roster invitee and was solid today in relief — earning a hold for his work (2 IP, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 SO).
Others of Note –
Domonic Brown (2009) – went 0-1 in his only at-bat — currently hitting .389 this spring
Pat Burrell (1999 & Rehab in 2004) – homered for the 1st time this spring today – 2-2, HR(1)
Jason Donald (2008) – started at SS and went 1-3 with an RBI for the Tribe earlier today
Yohan Flande (2009) – tossed a scoreless inning for Philadelphia today (1IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K)
Lou Marson (2008) – started for the Indians behind the dish and went 0-2 with R and SB
Scott Mathieson (‘06, Rehab in ’07 & ’09) – walked 1, fanned 2 over scoreless IP for Phils.
Carlos Silva (2001 & Rehab in 2002) – tossed 3 shutout innings for Cubs today