It’s day # 7 of my daily blogs, keeping you up-to-date with all R-Phils news from spring training — ENJOY!
Kyle Drabek (2009) – Drabek, who was ranked as the number two prospect in the Philadelphia organization by Baseball America before being dealt in the Roy Halladay trade, started for the Toronto Blue Jays today and was sharp. The former R-Phils phenom tossed two shutout innings, allowed one run and one walk against his former ‘mates. Drabek will most likely begin the year in the Minors, but is not too far away from getting a shot at the Major League level.
Greg Golson (2007-’08) – Golson, who was acquired by the Yankees this offseason, is making a case to start the season in the Bronx. A native of Austin, Texas, Golson, 24, went 1-2 with a 2 run-homer (1) in replace of Yankees starting CF Curtis Granderson. While Golson finds himself in a crowded Yankees outfield, a good showing this spring will help his case in 2010.
Cole Hamels (2005) – Hamels started today for the Phils in their game against the Jays and was solid over 3.2 IP. The 2008 World Series MVP retired the first 9 batters he faced, before allowing a solo homer to the Jays’ Jose Bautista in the fourth. In all, Hamels allowed just one run on one hit and two walks and fanned three batters.
Others of Note –
Pat Burrell (1999 & rehab in 2004) – Burrell continued his spring struggles as he went 0-3 and he’s batting just .077 so far this spring.
Michael Taylor (2009) – Taylor started for the A’s and went 0-3 with a K – he’s hitting .154
Keep an eye on –
J.C. Ramirez – Ramirez, 21, was ranked as the 18th prospect in the Seattle system by Baseball America, before coming over to the Phillies this offseason as part of the Cliff Lee trade. Ramirez, who is now on the Philadelphia 40-man roster, tossed three impressive innings today for the Phils, earning his first save of the spring. A native of Nicaragua, Ramirez, could very well end up in Baseballtown at some point in 2010. Today against the Jays, the young righty fanned three and allowed just two hits over three shutout frames.
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.