The Phllies minor leaguers were back in action on Friday, as they faced the Tigers minor leaguers for a second-straight day. The Double-A Phillies team beat the Double-A Tigers team 4-0.
Let’s take a look at some of the leaders:
Austin Hyatt –
Hyatt, who ended the 2010 campaign as a member of the R-Phils, started for the Double-A squad on Friday, and was sharp. He tossed three scoreless innings, and allowed just one hit, one run, while fanning four batters. He threw 44 total pitches.
Hyatt, a Georgia native, posted a 1-0 mark with a 4.91 ERA over four games last season for the R-Phils. He began the season with Clearwater and was solid over 23 games (21 starts). Hyatt, 24, posted an 11-5 mark with a 3.04 ERA. Originally drafted in he 15th round of the 2009 draft, Hyatt should be in for a big 2011 season.
Joe Savery –
The Texas native continued his assault on Double-A pitching on Friday — ripping two more hits. Savery, 25, is now hitting .500 (6-12) this spring, as he continues to try his hand at an everyday hitting role. Savery started at DH on Friday, and finished the contest 2-4 with a run scored.
Fidel Hernandez –
Hernandez had a nice day at the dish on Friday. Hernandez, who spent the majority of the 2010 season with Clearwater, went 2-5 with a run and a stolen base for the Double-A squad on Friday.
The Venezuelan native spent four games last season with the R-Phils and hit .467 (7-15). hernandez, a middle-infielder, has spent most of his Minor League career with Clearwater. The 25-year-old has played for the Threshers for four-straight seasons (2007-2010). It will be interesting to see where Hernandez begins 2011.
Stephen Susdorf, Darin Ruf, & Travis Mattair each had an RBI for the Phils Double-A team on Friday. Justin Friend, Jonathan Velasquez, and Eric Pettis each tossed two scoreless innings.
Other News & Notes from Phillies Minor League camp:
Schwimer tossed two scoreless innings for the Triple-A Phils on Friday. Schwimer, 25, posted a 5-3 mark with 11 saves and a 3.60 ERA in 32 games for the R-Phils last season. He threw 32 total pitches on Friday and fanned three batters.
“Rizz” went 1-3 with a run scored in the Triple-A team’s 5-3 loss to the Tigers Triple-A team on Friday.
Suomi ripped two hits on Friday for the Triple-A Phils. He finished 2-3 with an RBI. A native of Ontario, CA, Suomi, 30, is back for his fourth season in the Phillies organization (2007-2008, 2010).
Leandro Castro and Cameron Rupp each had two hits for the Single-A Phillies on Friday.
Yes, I know…it’s been awhile since I last blogged. The season, which is in full swing, is a long and grueling season, and while I have gotten used to tweeting hours on end each day, I have somehow forgot to keep my blog going.
Well, today it returns, and it is back and in full force for the foreseeable future. Expect daily updates on all things R-Phils. I’ll take an in-depth look at who’s hot, who’s not here in Reading, as well as a look at some alumni who are enjoying the 2010 season.
Yohan Flande — Flande takes the hill tonight for the R-Phils as they open a four-game series with the Portland Sea Dogs at 6:35 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. Flande, a member of the Philadelphia Phillies 40-man roster, enters tonight’s contest with the third best ERA in the Eastern League (2.39). The Dominican native was truly impressive in the month of April — posting a 0-1 mark with a 1.52 ERA in four games. He’s followed that up by going 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA over four games this month.
B.J. Rosenberg — Rosenberg was placed on the disabled list all the way back on April 12 due to a right lat strain. Four days ago the young right-hander was activated and sent to Clearwater (A+). The Virginia native made his 2010 Clearwater debut on May 20 and tossed a scoreless inning — allowing two hits, one walk, while fanning two batters. Yesterday, he tossed 1.1 scoreless innings and fanned two more batters. He should be back in Reading at some point here in 2010.
Scott Rolen — Rolen is on a tear during the month of May. After hitting a solid .257 with five homers and 10 RBIs in April, the former R-Phils 3B has hit .318 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in May. Yesterday, against the Cleveland Indians, the Jasper, IN native launched two home runs including a solo shot in the top of the sixth, which tied the game at 3-3.
John Suomi — Suomi, who was promoted to Lehigh Valley after Paul Hoover was recalled by Philadelphia, enjoyed a solid day at the dish on May 20 in Allentown. The 29-year-old backstop launched a three-run homer, and helped lead the IronPigs to an 8-4 victory over Louisville. It will be interesting to see if Suomi sticks around with Lehigh Valley as Hoover was put on waivers yesterday due to Brian Schneider being activated off the disabled list.
Welcome back to day #10 of my daily coverage of Spring Training. It was nice relaxing today in front of the tv and watching the Phillies beat the Twins by a score of 5-4. Let’s take a look around and check in on some former R-Phils from today — ENJOY!
Monday marks the start of Minor League spring training games and today the Phillies assigned 14 players to Minor League camp — 8 of the 14 have spent time in Reading at some point over the past couple of seasons (Tuffy Gosewisch, John Suomi, Kevin Nelson, Joe Savery, Scott Mathieson, Yohan Flande, and Freddy Galvis).
Let’s take an in-depth look at a few of those who were cut today:
Quintin Berry (2009) – Berry, a member of the Phillies 40-man roster, found himself among today’s cuts. A native of San Diego, California, Berry, 25, had just one at-bat this spring for the Phils, and finished 1-1 with 3 runs scored, one RBI, and two walks. With a crowded outfield in Philadelphia this season (Werth, Victorino, and Ibanez), Berry will begin the season in the minors — where, will depend on his next couple of weeks in Minor League camp.
Joe Savery (2009) – Savery, a product of Rice University, was among eight pitchers reassigned today. The 24-year-old Houston, Texas native appeared in two games for Philadelphia this spring (3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 K, 3 BB). Savery will most likely start the year at Lehigh Valley, where he could work on his control.
John Suomi (2008) – Suomi “the money”, was among three catchers cut today. Suomi, a native of Toronto, Ontario, appeared in just two games this spring with the Phils and went 1-2 at the dish. Much like the crowded Phillies outfield, Suomi finds himself in another crowded position at both the Major and Minor League levels — catcher.
Welcome back to another edition of “Philling You In”.
With just one week of football left before the Super Bowl, I am getting more and more excited for the thought of baseball coming back.
And, it feels even better now that the snow is gone, the Cowboys are out of the playoffs, and in just 80 days there will be a baseball game here at FirstEnergy Stadium — yep, just 80 days until Opening Day.
What a week for baseball too! Mark McGwire admitted to steroids, Jose Offerman threw another punch, and the New York Mets soap opera took center stage once again.
While those stories, as well as many other ones have been in the news, my focus, at least in this blog, will be more towards the news surrounding current and former R-Phillies.
Let’s take a look at this week’s blog — enjoy
Brett Myers – 2001, 2008, & 2009 (R) – signed one-year contract with Houston Astros
Myers, 29, posted a 4-3 mark with a 4.84 ERA over 18 games with the Phillies last season. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Myers owns a career mark of 73-63 with a 4.40 ERA over eight Major League seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. While he spent most of last season recovering from surgery to repair a torn hip labrum, he did return to make eight relief appearances down the stretch — including two in the postseason.
Myers posted a 13-4 mark with a team-best 130 strikeouts and a 3.87 ERA on the 2001R-Phils Eastern League championship team. He started strong, posting a 20-inning scoreless streak in April and ended strong, winning his last six regular season decisions. Myers later returned to the R-Phils on rehab appearances in both the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Jorge Padilla – 2002 & 2003 – signed Minor League contract with Toronto Blue Jays
Padilla, 30, hit .367 with four homers, 21 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases for Triple-A Syracuse in 2009. Those numbers earned Padilla his first-ever call to the Big Leagues, as the Nats promoted Padilla to replace the injured Austin Kearns. A native of Puerto Rico, Padilla appeared in 29 games with Washington, posting a .120 batting average (3-25).
Originally selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the 1998 draft (74th overall), Padilla posted a .256 average with 7 homers, 65 RBIs, 32 stolen bases, and 71 runs scored in 2002 — his first of two straight seasons with the R-Phils. A year later, Padilla hit .295 with 2 homers and 23 RBIs in just 46 games. Over the course of 12 Minor League seasons, Padilla has posted a .289 career batting average.
Zack Segovia – 2006-2008 – signed a Minor League contract with the New York Yankees
Selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2002 draft (58th overall), Segovia was ranked as the number ten prospect in the Phillies organization in 2003. He made his Major League debut with Philadelphia on April 8, 2007, appearing in one game (L, 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K). The 27-year-old righty from Dallas, Texas, appeared in eight games with the Washington Nationals in 2009. Over that span, he posted a 1-0 mark with a 7.84 ERA, while finishing two games.
His best years, however, came with the Reading Phillies. In2006, Segovia posted an 11-5 mark with a 3.11 ERA over 17 games (16 games started). He returned in 2007 and went 5-3 with a 4.84 ERA over ten starts for the R-Phils. He last appeared in Baseballtown with the R-Phils in 2008, where he went 0-1 with a 14.40 ERA over just four games.
Brandon Duckworth – 2000 & 2003 (R) – signed a Minor League contract with Philadelphia
The 34-year-old Duckworth spent the past three seasons in the Kansas City Royals organization. In 2009, Duckworth made 19 starts (appeared in 20 games) for Omaha (AAA), and posted a 3-6 mark with a 5.31 ERA. He last appeared in the Bigs in 2008, and went 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in seven starts for the Royals. Over eight Major League seasons, Duckworth has compiled a 23-34 mark with a 5.28 ERA over 511 innings pitched.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Phillies in 1997, Duckworth first appeared in Reading during the 2000 season. A native of Salt Lak City, UT, Duckworth enjoyed a solid campaign with the R-Phils in 2000, posting a 13-7 record with a 3.16 ERA over 27 games. The 6’2 righty fanned an impressive 178 batters over 165 innings pitched that season, helping the R-Phils to an 85-67 finish (1st place).
John Suomi – 2008 – signed a Minor League contract with Philadelphia
Suomi spent the 2009 season in the Kansas City Royals organization, splitting time with NW Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA). In 37 games with NW Arkansas,Suomi hit an impressive .311 with 7 homers and 19 RBIs. Over nine Minor League seasons, the Toronto, Ontario native has posted a .258 batting average with 42 homers and 316 RBIs. Originally selected by the Oakland A’s in the 22nd round of the 2000 draft (660th overall), Suomi has once called Reading home.
In 2008, Suomi split time with both Reading and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, as the team’s catcher. With the R-Phils, Suomi posted a .236 average with 3 homers and 13 RBIs over 32 games played.