As I began to sit down and write a new entry today, I found out some interesting news.
I just noticed that this blog was named as one of the Top 50 MLB Pro blogs. And, my photo is one of the ones featured on the www.mlblogs.com home page. I am ecstatic! It’s really nice to know that there are people out there who enjoy the things I write here. Thanks to all the readers, I appreciate everything!
Before I start to take a look at the first round of Phillies cuts, I wanted to share with you one more interesting tidbit.
Yesterday, before leaving the office for the weekend, I had a chance to take a look at the $10 million renovations to FirstEnergy Stadium with my fellow employees. Each day, I am more impressed. And, when fans get into the ballpark on Thursday, April 14, they are going to be impressed as well. Things are really moving along nicely. I can’t wait for Opening Night!
Among the 16 cuts on Friday were non roster invitees Brian Bass, Eddie Bonine, Andrew Carpenter, Matt Feierabend, Michael Schwimer, Joel Naughton, Matt Miller, Tagg Bozied, and Robb Quinlan. Quinlan asked for his release and it was granted.
Seven 40-man roster players were also sent to Minor League camp on Friday. Those players were Justin De Fratus, Drew Naylor, J.C. Ramirez, Matt Rizzotti, Carlos Rivero, Harold Garcia, and Cesar Hernandez.
J.C. Ramirez – Ramirez, a native of Managua, Nicaragua, posted a 3-4 mark with a 5.45 ERA for the R-Phils in 2010. Acquired in the Cliff Lee trade, along with Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies, Ramirez will look to get back on track in 2011. He won his Reading debut and posted a 1-1 mark with a 3.81 ERA at home for the R-Phils. There’s a good possibility we will see J.C. in Reading this season.
Drew Naylor – Naylor posted a 12-10 mark with a 4.63 ERA for the R-Phils in 2010. The Aussie native finished second in the Eastern League with three complete games, and was solid at home — posting 8 of his 12 wins at America’s Classic Ballpark. Naylor appeared in one game this spring for the Phils, and allowed just one hit and one walk over 1.1 innings pitched. He also fanned three batters.
Two more days until Phillies Minor Leaguers begin play. Check back here each day, as well as www.readingphillies.com for all the latest spring news. There will be news and notes, as well as podcasts and more!
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
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 during 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 traded 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.