Hey folks, just in case you haven’t seen it, here’s a link to the fund-raising page of Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs Josh Fields and his wife, with a note about their efforts and those of Reading Fightins’ Tyler Henson. Many of the Reading guys are also donating a small sum for every retweet on Twitter, so find Henson on there @Hendog4 and you can seek those guys out to retweet their messages. I think it’s Rupp, Biddle, Jim Murphy, Jay Johnson and David Buchanan, and maybe more.
Both Henson and Fields are new to the Phillies this year, and their efforts to help people in their home state of Oklahoma should be commended.
If you weren’t planning to give anything, I’d like to challenge you right now. I’m going to put up $50 myself as a matching gift for a bunch of us to give small donations through the Fields’ site or another Oklahoma Relief Charity, or to Red Cross (Text ‘redcross’ to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross at large – they’re helping in Oklahoma of course, though it’s not a targeted donation, per se). Five people giving $10 or ten giving $5 or any combination thereof. Whatever you give, I will give.
Please be honest - just comment on this page by the end of Memorial Day Weekend (extended from Friday – brad) and say how much you gave after reading this, (sign in anonymously if you don’t want to brag or whatever), and if any of you guys want to challenge others with matching goals, let me know in the comments and I will add it to the top.
Cody Asche has been turning it up a little bit at the plate. He’s got 9H, 6 of them for extra bases, in his last 7 games. The middle of the CLR lineup racked up some hits in 11 innings last night. Not so for the middle of the LKW lineup, and they had 12 innings to try, though Art Charles hit his 6th HR of the year. Yoel Mecias struck out 7 in 5IP in that one.
And a good line from Kyle Simon on last night’s supspended Reading game. Tried to get the tweet to embed, but I don’t think it worked. Click through if you like.
After taking a week and a half off from looking at the draft it is time to look at what high school pitchers might be available in the 1st and 2nd round this year.
Off the Board:
Kohl Stewart – RHP – Texas
Stewart might have the best raw stuff of any pitcher in the draft and has been climbing quickly up draft boards. Stewart won’t fall out of the Top 10 but what the Astros do at #1 could affect where he will end up. At that high a pick all of his signability concerns are irrelevent
Trey Ball – LHP – Indiana
A month ago there was a realistic chance that Ball could fall to 16 but he has shown a fastball that is 91-94 even in the cold wet whether and is now firmly in the Top 10 discussion. He has some promise in the field do but at 6′ 6″ with great athleticism his future is on the mound. Continue reading
Who is hot, and who is not for the time period of May 16 through May 22….Some ramblings…the concern for Austin Wright grows as he comes off the DL with another troubling performance…Mitch Walding is heating up but needs to hit with some power to be considered a legit 3B prospect….Darin Ruf has been struggling and his average is down into the .260′s with alot of strikeouts….Good to see names like Rosin, Hernandez and Garner in the hot starter list…Again, why can Durbin/Aumont/Rosenberg do that Mike Stutes can’t. The Phils bullpen only becomes stronger with him in it.
Hot Hitters: Pete Orr (.500, 7R 2HR 8RBI, SB), Zach Collier (.412); Mitch Walding (.368, 4R 6RBI); Art Charles (.364, 6R); Jim Murphy (.348, 4R 2HR 5RBI); Willie Carmona (.333, 8R 1HR 4RBI); Maikel Franco (.333, 2HR); Josh Fields (316, 6R). Honorable Mention: Asche, Hewitt, Dugan Continue reading
Brody Colvin comes back into the pen in Reading with mixed results, giving up a HR and a walk (and a tie game) in two innings, before Anthony Hewitt gets his first AA HR in 3-run-walk-off fashion. Cameron Rupp also had a 3-run HR in that contest – his ISO sits at .228 right now, inflated by two 2B and two HR in three days, but impressive, nonetheless.
Two hits, two steals, and another throwing error for Roman Quinn.
And Perci Garner with another pretty good start. He’s still walking a few too many men, but not by much, (3.64/9, and just over 10%, which is manageable), and his K rate remains high for the year. Still not sure what more A+ innings are doing for him that AA innings wouldn’t at this point. IMO, even if Colvin is eventually going back into the rotation, there’s a spot available. Hector Neris should be back in the pen, and David Buchanan is not a starting pitching prospect at this point, and not worthy of taking up someone else’s innings.
I have been wanting to put together a mailbag for a while to address questions that often don’t deserve a whole post as well as just casual questions. Feel free to submit questions regarding prospects, the majors, the draft, baseball in general, or just about any other topic. I will answer the whole batch early this weekend.
To submit questions you can post them here, email me at mattwinkelman136(at)gmail(dot)com, or on twitter at @Matt_Winkelman.
If you would like to direct questions at Brad, Joe, or Gregg if you are really nice here or on Twitter they may answer.
A 4-3 week for Lehigh Valley, who now stand at 20-25 and in 4th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 6.5 games behind division leading Buffalo. After an off day on Wednesday, the ‘Pigs play four at home against Norfolk, before hitting the road for four games in Rochester.
‘Pigs Leaders (Hitting): Cesar Hernandez is 9th in AB’s (169), 7th in SB (12), 4th in hits (54), leads the league in triples (6); Jermaine Mitchell is 2nd in triples (4); Cody Asche is 3rd in triples (3) and 8th in RBI’s (29); COdy Overbeck in 5th in HR (9); Darin Ruf is 6th in strikeouts (48). Continue reading
Another really nice outing from Jesse Biddle – 3H 4BB and 9K over 7 2/3 scoreless IP. Not bad by any stretch, but I could do without 4 walks. Seem like I’m nit picking, really. Shane Watson with 1H 2BB and 4K over 5 scoreless IP - nice effort there as well. He’s been kind of a mixed bag this year. The BB rate is fair, the K rate is low, and he’s giving up too many HR.
Roman Quinn gets to 20 steals, but commits his 16th and 17th errors. Those two numbers shouldn’t be that close. He is OPSing .857 in May, though, and 1.069 in his last ten games, (with 7BB and just 7K in those ten), so that’s helpful.
On May 13th the Phillies signed Julsan Kamara out of Germany, not much was know at the time but some more has come out since.
Before proceeding read Crashburn Alley’s Eric Longenhagen’s article that includes a quote from Phillies Director of International Scouting, Sal Agostinelli http://crashburnalley.com/2013/05/21/lass-uns-verstecken-spielen-brief-findings-on-julsan-kamara/
Let me start off by saying I was wrong about Rosin. I thought that he was a bullpen piece all the way and so far he has gone a long way to proving other wise.
How We Got Here:
Rosin was a 2010 4th round pick by the San Francisco Giants out of the University of Minnesota. In college his fastball worked 91-92 touching 94, though the summer before he touched 96 on the Cape. His secondary offering were fringy and most scouts thought he belonged in the bullpen possibly in a high leverage role. The Giants moved him to the bullpen part time after drafting him, but after acquiring him in the Hunter Pence trade the Phillies moved him back to the rotation. Continue reading