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.