Life has slowed down to a pace where I have ten minutes to out some thoughts together this morning. Here it goes….
–Although I didn’t expect much when JC Ramirez was called up to help out in the Lehigh Valley bullpen, his first two outings have been very strong.
–Lehigh Valley OF Derrick Mitchell, coming off an 8 RBI night (in a double header), broke his wrist and will miss at least the next 6 weeks recovering.
–Tyson Gillies has begun only very minimal physical activity recovering from his wrist injury/concussion and he still is at least a week away from a return. This is just another in a long series of physical set backs for Gillies, who was playing well up until the time of his injury.
–It is time to start paying some real attention to 21 year old Dominican Lisalberto Bonilla. During his 22 games between Clearwater and Reading he has held opponents to a .191 average and is striking out 12.3 per nine.
–Jesse Biddle was scheduled to start last night for CLearwater and did not. Clearwater is on the road, so it is more difficult to get information. Stay tuned.
–It is time to take a look at why Lakewood is performing so badly. They are now equally miserable swinging the bat, as well as throwing the ball. Coming into the year, Lakewood looked to be a team with talent. 61 games in they are without a major bright spot. Having a dozen 20 year olds performing below expectations is very problematic for the system.
–Williamsport and the GCL Phils begin play a week from tomorrow, the 18th. Look for rosters to be filled out after a 5 day mini camp in Clearwater this week.