Happy Sunday everyone! Let’s take a look back at some former R-Phils from earlier today — ENJOY!
Kyle Kendrick (2007) – Kendrick, who spent the majority of 2009 in Lehigh Valley (AAA), has been lights out this spring for the Phils — and today was no different. Starting for the Phils against the Orioles today, Kendrick, 25, tossed four shutout innings, allowing just two hits, and no walks, en-route to another step forward in the fifth rotation battle. A native of Houston, Texas, Kendrick has now tossed nine shutout innings this spring, allowing just four hits, and no walks — pretty impressive for someone who has battled control problems over the past two seasons.
Brett Myers (’01, ’07, & Rehab in ’09) – Myers, who signed with the Houston Astros this offseason, started for the ‘Stros today against the Braves, and tossed four solid inning en-route to his second win of the spring. The 29-year-old Myers allowed just two runs on six hits, three walks, while fanning six, to improve to 2-0 with a 6.00 ERA. Thr former Phil will start for the ‘Stros this season, and will fall into a solid rotation, alongside Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez.
Randy Ruiz (’05 & ’07) – Ruiz, 32, went 1-3 with a HR (2) and 2 RBIs as the starting DH for the Jays earlier today. Ruiz enjoyed a solid season for the Jays in ’09, hitting an impressive .313 with 10 homers and 17 RBIs in just 33 games played. Fans of the Reading Phillies will never forget the season he put up in 2005, when he hit a Reading record .349.
Others of Note –
Michael Bourn (2005-2006) – Bourn went 1-3 with 2 RBIs for the ‘Stros. He won his first Gold Glove last year
Drew Carpenter (2008) – Carpenter, who is battling for the 5th spot in the Phillies rotation, tossed three solid innings today for Philadelphia, but was saddled with the loss. A tough luck loser today, Carpenter allowed just one run on three hits, while fanning five batters in the Phillies 4-3 loss to the Orioles.
Sergio Escalona (2008-2009) – Escalona, battling for a spot in the Phillies bullpen, struggled against the Orioles, allowing three runs on four hits, earning his second blown save of the spring season.
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Fabio Castro (2007-’08) — Castro tossed a shutout inning for the Boston Red Sox earlier today in their game against the Florida Marlins. The 25-year-old has appeared in 30 games in the Majors and has compiled an 0-1 mark with a 3.30 ERA.
Matt Maloney (2007) – Maloney struggled for the Reds as they took on the D’Backs earlier today. Maloney, who was traded by the Phillies for Kyle Lohse in 2007, allowed four runs on four hits over just 0.2 IP today out of the pen. A product of the University of Mississippi, Maloney made his Major League debut last season for the Reds.
Brett Myers (2001, 2007, & Rehab in 2009) – Myers who spent his entire career in the Philadelphia organization, signed a free-agent contract with Houston this offseason and looks to rebound from a 2009 season which saw the righty appear in just 18 games. Earlier today, Myers, 29, started for the ‘Stros against the N.Y. Mets and allowed two runs on four hits over three IP to earn his first win of the spring season. If Myers is healthy in 2010, he should help solidify a pitching staff for the Houston Astros, which includes one of the best pitchers in the game — Roy Oswalt.
Michael Taylor (2009) – Taylor, the 2009 Eastern League Rookie of the Year, started for the A’s earlier today and went 1-3 with an RBI. Dealt in the Roy Halladay deal — twice, Taylor is battling for a spot in the crowded Oakland outfield in 2010. While a start to the 2010 season in the Majors is certainly not out of the question, Taylor may end up April in Triple-A. A fan favorite, who is going to be a great Major Leaguer someday, keep in mind that Taylor is still just 24-years-old.
Others of Note –
Marlon Byrd (2001 & Rehab in 2003) – Byrd started in CF and went 1-3 for his new squad — the Chicago Cubs.
Greg Golson (2007-’08) – Golson, who is looking to catch on with the Yankees, walked and was caught stealing earlier today against the Pirates.
Jason Jaramillo (2006) – Jaramillo went 1-3 as the starting catcher for the Pirates today.
Jason Michaels (2000) – Michaels started today and went 1-3 with 2 RBIs for the ‘Stros.
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.