Three transactions of note were just announced by the Reading Phillies. First, friend of Phuture Phillies, Michael Schwimer was promoted to Lehigh Valley. Schwimer, 24, was 5-3 with a 3.60 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 32 games with Reading. He threw 40 innings, allowing 34 hits, walked 14 and struck out 58. As the RPhils closer, Schwimer had 11 saves. Opponents were hitting just .225 against him, .184 with RISP. Schwimer and Scott Mathieson give Lehigh Valley a formidable late inning one, two punch. Starting pitcher Nate Bump, who is among the IL leaders in several categories was placed on the DL with Lyme Disease, making room on the roster for Schwimer. It is expected that Bump’s spot in the rotation will be taken by JA Happ.
23 year old Harold Garcia, on the heels of his Florida State League record 37 game hitting streak was promoted from Clearwater to Reading and should take over the regular second base job in Reading. Fidel Hernandez was sent back to Clearwater to make room on the Reading roster. Garcia, who missed a portion of the beginning of the year injured was hitting .335/.397/.492 in 179 AB’s for CLearwater. He had 3HR and 32 RBI’s in his 46 games, while stealing 17 bases. Garcia carries an outstanding .396 avg. with RISP into Reading. Additionally, he has been very solid in the field.
Taking over for Schwimer in Reading as their closer will be 22 year old Justin De Fratus, called up from Clearwater. De Fratus is 6’4 RHP is 2-0 with a 1.79 ERA and 15 saves in 29 games. He has thrown 40.1 innings, allowing 31 hits, 11 walks and has struck out 43. Opponents are hitting just .215 against him, .150 with RISP.