Signings have begun trickling in with the news that the Phillies have resigned 2B Fidel Hernandez as well as Catcher Torre Langley. In addition, the Phils have signed Free Agent Pete Orr, who has over 500 major league plate appearances and can play 2b, SS, 3B and the corner OF if necessary. Orr spent last season in the Nationals organization playing for (AAA) Syracuse, where the 31 year old hit .264/.326/.436 with 12 HR and 35 RBI’s, to go along with 25 stolen bases. Orr will almost assuredly open the season in Lehigh Valley as either their starting 2B or 3B.
Langley, 23, was the Marlins 3rd round pick in the 2006 draft and saw time behind the plate for Lakewood, CLearwater and Reading last year. With Sebastian Valle most likely starting in Clearwater and Joel Naughton still unsigned, Langley currently has AA Reading as his likely landing spot.
Fidel Hernandez, 24, has spent most of the past three seasons at CLearwater, accruing well over 1100 High A plate appearances. Last season, which was abridged by 50 games because of a suspension for using performance enhancing drugs, was a good one for Hernandez where he hit .289/.322/.332 with 1 HR and 23 RBI’s, while playing 2B.
Catcher Dane Sardinha was also resigned to a Minor League deal where he will spend time once again in Lehigh Valley.
AFL Update: Matt Rizzotti played in all three games Monday thru Wednesday and was a combined 1-8 with an RBI, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Rizzotti is at .360/.484/.400 in 50 AB’s in the Fall League. He hasn’t homered and has 10 RBI’s.
Tim Kennelly played in LF on Monday and Tuesday going a combined 1-5 with a run scored. In 31 AB’s, Kennelly has hit .323/.400/452 with 0HR and 3 RBI’s.
Brian Rosenberg continues to get rocked, this time giving up 3 runs in the 8th inning on Wednesday on 3 hits. He walked 2 and struck out one, raising his ERA to 10.24. In his 8 games, the opposition is hitting .357 against him, to go along with 8 walks in 9.2 innings.
Chris Kissock continues to throw very well earning the win in a scoreless inning on Wednesday, his 8th scoreless appearance in the AFL. He is yet to give up a run, has allowed just 4 hits and is making Rule 5 decisions for the Phillies brass difficult. Opponents are hitting just .167 against the lanky right hander out of Lewis and Clark.
The season has ended for Josh Zeid, who was sent home after reaching his innings limit. A very successful stint for the AFL Rising Star who appears to be headed into the Reading rotation for the 2011 season. 4 starts, 3-0 with a 3.86 ERA; 14IP 11H 1BB 12K, .204 opp avg., 0.86 WHIP.