The Double-A Phillies fell to the Double-A Blue Jays on Sunday by a score of 5-4. The club received a solid outing from Tyler Cloyd, but dropped to 3-3 on the spring season after six games.
An 18th round selection of the Phillies in the 2008 draft, Cloyd, 23, started and went three no-hit innings for the Double-A squad on Sunday afternoon. The Nebraska native allowed just one walk and fanned five batters. Last season Cloyd appeared in two games for the R-Phils and compiled a 1-1 mark with a 4.00 ERA. He began the 2010 campaign with Cleawater (A+) and appeared in 35 games — posting a 4-3 record with a 5.32 ERA.
Slayden, 28, retired after the 2009 season, but is now back and playing games for the Phillies this spring. In his first Double-A appearance on Sunday, the Kentucky native went 3-4 with two doubles and two RBIs as the number three hitter in the lineup. Slayden spent the entire 2008 season in Baseballtown and posted a solid .298 batting average with 17 home runs and 81 RBIs.
In 2009, Slayden split the year with Reading and Lehigh Valley — posting a combined .257 batting average with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs. It will be interesting to see where Slayden begins the 2011 season. Stay tuned!
Galvis enjoyed a solid day at the plate on Sunday. Batting in the number two hole of the order, Galvis went 2-3 with two runs, a triple, and an RBI. The slick-fielding shortstop, who is known for his superior defense, has three hits over his last two Double-A games. Galvis is just 21-years-old.
Spring Phillers… Joe Savery went 0-2 with a walk… He’s 0-4 in his last two games… B.J. Rosenberg allowed one unearned run over two innings on Sunday for the Double-A team… Mike Stutes did not allow a hit or a run over two innings on Sunday for the Triple-A Phils… Matt Anderson took the loss by allowing a run on two hits and three walks in just one inning of work for the Triple-A squad… Tagg Bozied, who led the EL with a .315 batting average last season, went 2-3 with two doubles for the Triple-A team.
The Phillies minor leaguers were at it again on Thursday, as they faced minor league players from the Tigers organization. The Double-A squad dropped their second-straight contest — falling by a score of 4-3. Let’s take a look at the highlights!
Ryan Edell –
Edell, a native of Boston, MA, tossed three scoreless innings for the Double-A team in a 4-3 loss to the Tigers Double-A club on Thursday. The 27-year-old left-handed pitcher split the 2010 season with Akron and Midland — both Double-A teams.
Signed by the Phillies as a Minor League free agent on 12/20/10, Edell has already appeared in one Major League Spring Training game this season for the Philies. Edell allowed just one hit over 1.2 innings pitched for the Phillies, and also fanned three batters. Over two spring appearances (one Major League, one Minor League), Edell has tossed 4.2 IP without allowing a run.
Joe Savery –
A former pitcher, Savery has been trying his luck at hitting full-time this season, and the former Rice University product has excelled at the dish so far. On Thursday, he went 1-2 with a double and two walks — upping his average to .500 (4-8) on the season.
Alan Schoenberger –
The 22-year-old Australian native appeared in his first Double-A game on Thursday, and went 1-1 with a double, walk, and two RBIs. Schoenberger spent the entire 2010 campaign in Lakewood, and hit .253 with five home runs and 35 RBIs.
Triple-A News & Notes
Chris Frey went 2-4 in the Triple-A game on Thursday. The Triple-A Phillies lost to the Triple-A Tigers however, by a score of 9-2. Reliever Matt Anderson allowed four runs on two hits over just one inning of work.
Tagg Bozied (0-3), Harold Garcia (0-4), and Matt Rizzotti (1-3), combined to go 1-10 yesterday. Troy Hazawa had two hits, an RBI, and a run scored.
Single-A News & Notes
Jared Cosart started and went three shutout innings for the Single-A team on Wednesday. The squad went on to beat the Tigers Single-A club 7-4. Cosart is ranked as the fourth-best prospect in the Phillies organization by Baseball America. Patrick Murray (1B) went 3-4 with a run and RBI.
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.
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…
Congrats to Tagg Bozied, who was among 12 players invited to Spring Training by the Phillies earlier today, as announced by Phillies Assistant GM Scott Proefrock.
I am going to work on a piece about Bozied, who was very impressive in his first campaign in Baseballtown. He led the Eastern League with a .315 batting average, and was named as Double-A Hitter of the Year by MiLB. More to come on Tagg a bit later.
For now, below is the press release straight from Philadelphia.
The Phillies have invited 12 players to Spring Training as
Here are their names and bios from the Phillies
- Josh Barfield, INF … Barfield, 27, spent last
season with triple-A Portland in the San Diego Padres organization
where he batted .294 with five home runs and 36 RBI in 78 games. For
his major league career, he has hit .264 with 16 home runs and 112 RBI
in 309 games between the Padres (2006) and Cleveland Indians (2007-09).
Barfield’s father, Jesse, spent 12 seasons in the majors between the
Blue Jays and Yankees from 1981-92.
- Eddie Bonine, RHP … The 29-year-old Bonine spent
his first full season in the major leagues with Detroit where he went
4-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 47 appearances (one start). A Rule 5 draft
selection of the Tigers in 2005, Bonine set career highs in wins,
appearances and innings (68.0) in 2010. In 62 career appearances in the
majors, he has posted a 7-3 record with a 4.74 ERA.
- Tagg Bozied, INF/OF … In 104 games for double-A
Reading last season, Bozied, 31, batted .315 and led all Phillies minor
leaguers with 27 home runs and 92 RBI. The Eastern League All-Star also
led the league in batting average, on-base percentage (.402) and
slugging percentage (.631). Bozied appeared at both first and third
base as well as left and right field for Reading.
- Ryan Feierabend, LHP … Feierabend, 25, spent
last season between three levels of the Seattle Mariners organization
after missing the entire 2009 season due to “Tommy John” surgery. In
2010, he appeared in 25 games (24 starts) and went 5-8 with a 5.14 ERA
between triple-A Tacoma, double-A West Tennessee and single-A High
Desert. Feierabend has appeared in 25 major league games (19 starts),
all for Seattle (2006-08).
- Erik Kratz, C … In 70 games last season for
triple-A Indianapolis in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, Kratz,
30, hit .274 with nine home runs and 41 RBI. The native of Telford, PA,
batted .336 over a 36-game span in May and June to earn a promotion to
Pittsburgh in July. Kratz collected two hits in his big league debut,
July 17 against Houston.
- Jeff Larish, INF … Larish, 28, split last season
between four teams in the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics
organizations. He began the year with triple-A Toledo and appeared in
three games with the Tigers in late July before being claimed off
waivers by the A’s on August 3. After playing in eight games with
triple-A Sacramento, he finished the season with the A’s where he
appeared in 24 contests. Following the season, Larish, a .224 hitter
with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 101 major league games, played for
Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.
- Dan Meyer, LHP … A native of Woodbury, N.J.,
Meyer, 29, spent last year in the Florida Marlins organization. He
spent the majority of the season with triple-A New Orleans where he
went 1-2 with two saves and a 3.38 ERA in 32 games. In 2009, Meyer
appeared in a career-best 71 games for the Marlins, posting a 3.09 ERA
and holding opponents to a .219 batting average. For his major league
career, he has gone 3-9 with two saves and a 5.46 ERA in 103 games
(seven starts) for Atlanta (2004), Oakland (2007-08) and Florida
- Matt Miller, OF … A Pacific Coast League
All-Star in 2010, Miller, 27, hit .325 with 10 home runs and 81 RBI in
136 games for triple-A Colorado Springs. He led the team in hits (165)
and runs scored (90) and finished second in RBI. Miller finished the
season with a .345 batting average with runners in scoring position.
- Brandon Moss, OF … Moss, 27, spent the majority
of the 2010 season with triple-A Indianapolis where he batted .266 with
22 home runs and 96 RBI in 136 games. He led the team in several
offensive categories including hits (133), home runs, RBI and runs
scored (73). In 2008, Moss was a part of the three-team trade between
the Red Sox, Dodgers and Pirates that included Manny Ramirez and Jason
Bay. For his major league career, Moss has hit .238 with 15 home runs
and 78 RBI in 244 games between the Red Sox (2007-08) and Pirates
- Pete Orr, INF … Orr, 31, hit .264 with 12 home
runs and 45 RBI in 137 games for triple-A Syracuse in the Washington
Nationals organization. He led the team in hits (129), doubles (32) and
runs scored (63). For his major league career, Orr has hit .260 with
three home runs and 35 RBI in 347 games for the Braves (2005-07) and
- Juan Perez, LHP … The 32-year-old Perez spent
last season with triple-A Albuquerque in the Los Angeles Dodgers
organization where he was 4-3 with one save and a 2.96 ERA in 45
appearances. For his major league career, he is 0-1 with a 5.17 ERA in
24 games for Pittsburgh (2006-07). Perez is currently pitching for
Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League.
- Dane Sardinha, C … Sardinha, 31, was also a
non-roster invitee to Phillies spring training in 2010. He spent the
majority of his season with triple-A Lehigh Valley where he hit .207
with five home runs and 24 RBI in 67 games. Sardinha also appeared in
13 games for the Phillies and belted his first major league home run in
his debut with the team on June 24 against Cleveland.
The 2010 season has come and gone and 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
The 31-year-old enjoyed a solid season in Baseballtown,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 — OF
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 as 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.
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.
The Month of May had its ups and downs for the Reading Phillies.
In 28 games in May, the club posted a 13-15 mark, and had some incredible wins, combined with some heart-breaking losses.
The month saw the emergence of Vance Worley (3-0, 3.35), Yohan Flande (3-2, 3.72), and Drew Naylor (3-2, 3.68), who all enjoyed success on the hill.
Offensively, Domonic Brown got off to an incredible start to the month, and finished with a .296 BA, 8 HR, 21 RBIs, and 7 SB. Tagg Bozied also was a solid contributor in the everyday lineup. Bozied hit .321 with 4 HR, 17 RBIs.
Let’s take a look at the Reading Phillies May Leaderboard:
BA — Tagg Bozied hit .321 in 81 at-bats. Matt Rizzotti hit an impressive .353 in 51 at-bats. He was promoted from Clearwater on May 14.
HR — Domonic Brown ripped 8 of his 10 home runs in May. Bozied & Rizzotti each had 4.
RBI — Brown led the way with 21. Bozied was second with 17.
2B — Bozied had 8, while Brown was second with 7.
3B — Brown had 2, both came in one game. The last R-Phils player to have 2 in a game was Pat Burrell in 1999.
SB — Quintin Berry stole 12 in May.
SLG % — Brown had an impressive .622 Slugging Percentage, which led the E.L.
Pitching Leaders —
Wins — Yohan Flande, Drew Naylor, and Vance Worley all had 3 wins.
ERA — Naylor’s 2.68 in 40.1 IP was impressive.
SV — Michael Schwimer led the way with 3 saves.
SO — Vance Worley had 29.
SHO — Drew Naylor had a complete game, three-hit shutout on May 25 against Portland.