Back to blogging, but first off, how about this cold weather? This is only the beginning to the winter season, and man is it COLD!
Anyways, things are moving along in the baseball world — especially this week with the Winter Meetings. It’s a great time of year for rumors, trades, free agent signings, and everything else associated with getting ready for the 2011 season. I wish I was in Orlando so that I could be a part of the excitement — but for now, I’ll follow all the news from Reading.
Let’s take a look at some news and notes around the Phillies organization — enjoy!
Yohan Flande — Flande, who spent the entire 2010 season with the R-Phils and posted a 10-8 mark with a 4.38 ERA in 27 starts, was released by Philadelphia on Tuesday. The 24-year-old, who was a member of the Phillies 40-man roster, allowed 178 hits over 158.1 IP.
Here are some more notes on Flande from the 2010 season:
Made 27 starts and went six or more innings 19
times… Led the club with 4.38 ERA… Posted a 7-3 mark with a 2.93 ERA in away games (13 games)… Had a
season-high seven strikeouts in his final start of the season (9/2 vs. NBR)…
Won back-to-back starts (8/10 @ AKR) and (8/17 vs. AKR)… Posted a 1.52 ERA in
April (4 starts)…
It will be interesting to see where Flande ends up. Before the 2010 season, the Dominican native posted a 27-15 mark with a 2.78 ERA in 76 games in the minors. Originally signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2004, Flande pposted a 7-1 record with a 2.52 ERA with Clearwter in 2009 — before his promotion to Reading.
Among his accomplishments in 2009, the lefty was named as the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week twice, Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for Apriil, and was a Florida State midseason All-Star. Also in ’09, Flande pitched for the World Team at the MLB Futures Game in St. Louis.
The Phillies also released RHP Jesus Sanchez, who was also a member of the Phillies 40-man roster. Obtained by the Phillies in the Bobby Abreu deal in 2006, Sanchez, 23, posted a 9-7 record with a 2.99 ERA for Clearwater in 2010. The release of both young pitchers opens up two spots on the Phillies 40-man roster.
The Rule 5 Draft is Thursday, let’s see what happens next!
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.
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.
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.
April was an up and down month for the R-Phils (8-13).
First, they won five of seven games at home, beating the Portland Sea Dogs three of four, and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats two of three. They then took to the road, and well, the road was not kind. They dropped five of six on the road, before coming home to drop four of six at home. They closed out April losing to the Fisher Cats in New Hampshire on April 30.
Let’s take a look back at the Month that was, as we take a look at the hitting and pitching leaders…
Hits – Freddy Galvis led the team with 18.
2B – Tagg Bozied and Domonic Brown were tied with 6
3B – Tyson Gillies and Domonic Brown were tied with 1
HR – Tagg Bozied, Tyson Gillies, and Brandon Pinckney were tied with 2
RBI – Mike Spidale led the club with 14
R – Freddy Galvis led with 11
SB – Kevin Mahar led the team with 2
OBP – Domonic Brown led the way with a .373
AB – Freddy Galvis led with 80
Wins – Mike Stutes – 2
Losses – Mike Cisco and Drew Naylor tied with 3
ERA – Based on innings, Yohan Flande’s 1.52 ERA
SO – Drew Naylor & Vance Worley tied with 16
IP – Yohan Flande – 23.2
SV – Sergio Escalona – 3
G – Sergio Escalona, Michael Schwimer, and Mike Stutes tied with 8
So, the first homestand of 2010 season is already in the books, and the R-Phils showed early on that they could be a tough team here this season.
And, for me, well, it was my first taste of action in Reading — the first game working at FirstEnergy Stadium, and the first of what I hope will be many great nights at this beautiful historic ballpark.
Early on here in Reading, I have already seen a team, which I believe, can compete for a spot in the playoffs — I know, it’s way to early too talk playoffs, but let me explain.
With a mixture of some very good young talent (Domonic Brown, Tyson Gillies, Freddy Galvis, and others), and a mix of some valuable veterans (Michael Spidale, Tagg Bozied, and Kevin Mahar), this Reading team is built to play late into the season.
Early on here, I have been impressed with the speed of Tyson Gillies — he can run it down in the outfield as good as I have seen, he can leg out an infield single, and he can make a triple look easy.
I have been impressed thus far with Yohan Flande, who tossed has two solid games already this season. In his first outing of 2010, Flande, 24, allowed just one hit over six shutout innings — earning a no-decision. In his second outon, on April 16 at Richmond, Flande once again was solid — allowing just two unearned runs through six frames and was the hard-luck loser. The native of the Dominican Republic has shown good command over his first two outings, and has kept his opponents off-balance.
Also impressive are the valuable veterans who help make this team go on a daily basis. Spidale, who entered his fourth season in Reading on Opening Day, lead the entire Eastern League in RBIs through the first seven games of the season with a remarkable 10 RBIs.
Pickney, who was selected in the 12th round of the 2003 draft by Cleveland, launched his first home run of the season in front of the Reading faithful on April 14.
Mahar, who was a solid contributor a year ago in Baseballtown, returned to R-Phils this season, picking up right where he left off. The former Texas Ranger, Mahar has already had three multi-hit games, including his first home run of the season.
Bozied, who spent part of last season with Indianapolis (AAA), has enjoyed a good amount of success early on this season with the R-Phils. One game in particular stands out, as Bozied, 30, was solid on April 11, launching his first homer of the season, and adding a team-high 5 RBIs on the afternoon.
And, early on, I have seen some impressive things from Drew Naylor, a 40-man roster guy, Michael Stutes, who has looked good in save chances — he’s 2 for 2 in save chances this season, and the slick fielding of Freddy Galvis, who looks great at shortstop.
Let’s go for Day #4 — ENJOY!!
Domonic Brown (2009) – Here we go again — Brown went 3-5 today with a double and 2 RBIs, continuing to put together a very solid spring out of the gate. While Brown is just 22-years-old and has not played past the Double-A level — he continues to make a name for himself in Clearwater this spring — proving that sooner, rather than later, there will be a spot for him in the Philadelphia outfield. And, as good as his offense has been (hitting .538 so far this spring), the number one prospect in the Phillies organization threw out another runner at the plate today — showing off the skills that have made him a five-tool player.
Yohan Flande (2009) – Flande took the loss after allowing two runs on six hits in two innings of work for the Phils earlier today. A native of El Seybo in the Dominican Republic, Flande went 4-4 with a 4.58 ERA over 13 starts for the R-Phils last season and was put on the Phillies 40-man roster earlier this offseason.
J.A. Happ (2005) – Happ, who went 12-4 with a 2.93 ERA in his rookie season with the Phils, started today and went 2.1 shutout frames against the Tampa Bay Rays in a rematch of the 2008 World Series. The 27-year-old lefty allowed two hits, two walks, and fanned two batters in his second spring outing of the season. Happ will be back in the Philadelphia rotation in 2010 and looks to build off a solid rookie campaign.
Others of Note –
Pat Burrell (1999 & R-2004) – Pat “the Bat” went 0-2 with a walk in LF for the Rays
Greg Golson (2007-’08) – Trying to win a spot on the Yankees — Golson went 0-2 with a K
Jason Michaels (2000) – Started in CF for ‘Stros and went 1-2 (batting .571 this spring)
Nick Punto (2000) – Punto started at 3B for the Twins and went 1-2
Jimmy Rollins (1999) – J-Roll went 1-3 with his first homer of the spring season
Joe Savery (2009) – Savery struggled earlier today against Tampa Bay — allowing three runs on four hits in just one inning of work.