Monthly Archives: April 2007

Clearwater Threshers April Wrap-Up

The Clearwater Threshers have gotten off to the team’s best start in their fourth year of existence. The team owns the Florida State League’s best record at 16-8 and they have won 8 of their last 10 games.

It has been a solid team showing lead by a very strong effort from the pitching staff. As a team they own the league’s lowest ERA at 2.39, rank second in Ks with 186 in 211.0 innings pitched. They own a division best 4 shutouts, and WHIP (1.13), but also have a league high hit batters (16) and rank second in walks (93).

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Interview With Lynx Catcher Jason Jaramillo

Jason Jaramillo

Ottawa Lynx catcher twenty four year old Jason Jaramillo is one of the jewels of the Philadelphia Phillies farm system. In this, his first full season at the Triple A level, Jaramillo to this point, doesn’t seem fazed at all by his debut in the highest level in the minor leagues.

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Who’s Hot, Who’s Not, Week 4

Welcome to the latest installment

Hot…

Carl Henry Jr: 6/20 — 2 2B — 1 3B — 1 HR — 4 R — 4 RBI
Greg Golson: 10/29 (3 BB) — 3 2B — 6 R — 2 SB
Jeremy Slayden: 9/28 (4 BB) — 2 HR — 8 RBI
Josh Outman: 12.2 IP — 2 ER — 10 H — 6 BB — 9 K
Mike Constanzo: 8/25 (4 BB) — 1 HR — 6 RBI

Not…

Gus Milner: 2/22 (5 BB) — 6 R
Jason Donald: 6/27 (1 BB) — 1 HR — 6 RBI
Alex Concepcion: 3.1 IP — 6 ER — 7 H — 2BB – 2 K — 2 HR
Matt Maloney: 8.2 IP – 5 ER (7 uER) — 13 H — 6 BB – 4 K
Michael Dubee: 3.2 IP — 4 ER — 5 H — 2 BB – 4 K

Weird stat of the week…

Gus Milner got on base a total of 7 times in 27 plate appearances and scored 6 times. Similarly, Lou Marson had only 3 hits in 17 AB but drew 5 walks and 1 HBP and scored 6 times.

Draft and Follow Update

Time for another update on our final DFE class. Here is a piece on Shawn Epps, talking about his recent performance, and noting he’s touched 94 mph this spring.

Rashad Taylor: 145AB — .434/.520/.724 — 11 2B — 3B — 7 HR — 24 BB/25 K — 13/18 SB
Shawn Epps: 42 IP, 3.00 ERA — 1.14 WHIP — 35 H — 13 BB — 35 K
Bobby Haney: 104 AB — .308 BA — 6 2B – 2 3B – 1 HR – 27 RBI – 3/4 SB
Gerard Mohrmann: 14 IP, 9.64 ERA — 1.64 WHIP — 13 H – 10 BB — 16 K
Daniel Faulkner: 30 IP, 4.20 ERA — 1.43 WHIP — 22 H — 21 BB – 27 K
Yazi Arbelo: MIA
Patrick Murray: 158 AB — .392/.453/.494 — 32 R — 8 2B — 1 3B — 2 HR — 30 RBI
Ty Manumaleuna: 112 AB — .277 BA — 8 2B – 5 HR – 28 RBI
Nick Morreale: MIA

Of the group, I think only Taylor and Epps will warrant nice bonuses. Faulkner may opt to head to a 4 year school to try and raise his draft stock, or may choose to re-enter the draft and stay in JuCo again next year. I’ve been banging the drum for Taylor for a while, we’ll see what happens.

Ottawa Lynx Report Week Three

Fourteen games into this 2007 season, Lynx third baseman Brennan King struck the first Lynx home run of the season Tuesday night. But Ottawa hasn’t needed the long ball to this point to win games. This version of the Ottawa Lynx managed only eighty three all of last year while in Scranton, (twelfth in the International League), but finished on top of the Northern Division. Ottawa had scored seventeen runs against Scranton three days previously- seventeen runs with nary a long ball. Pitching, defence and clutch hitting. Home runs simply make a win easier to come by-it can erase any previous mistakes or failings in a game. The pitching staff have given up only eleven this year the strangest stat being Brian Mazzone having given up three home runs but only four earned runs. This proves the importance of not giving up walks.

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Player Profile: Jason Jaramillo

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(courtesy ottawalynx.com)

Player profiles return today, and as I mentioned yesterday, I’m hoping to crank out more of these going forward. Next up is Welinson Baez, but if anyone has requests thereafter, I’m all ears. So far, we’ve done Zach Segovia, Mike Zagurski, Adrian Cardenas, Michael Bourn, Edgar Garcia, Brett Harker, Dan Brauer, Andrew Carpenter, Fabio Castro, and Mike Costanzo. Today, we profile the top catching prospect in the Phillies organization, and one of the hottest hitters in the young season, 2004 second round draft pick Jason Jaramillo.

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Thinking about the 2007 draft

Some various odds and ends on the brain today, so let’s crank through them. First, take a few minutes and head over to the Ottawa Lynx blog and check out the various pictures, and even some video footage of our affiliate north of the border. Second, a bit of troubling news yesterday, as Dan Brauer left after two innings pitched in Clearwater. I’ve looked, no indication yet as to what happened, but let’s hope it isn’t serious. If you hear/find anything, drop me a line. With the addition of new correspondants who will be helping with the weekly reports for each affiliate, I’ll be getting back to writing more feature pieces and profiles. First up is a profile of Jason Jaramillo (hopefully tomorrow), I’d like to also look at Welinson Baez, but after that, I’m open to suggestions. To read all past profiles, check here and if a guy you’d like to see hasn’t been done yet, let me know and I’ll do my best. I’m also planning a piece on minor league park factors, something that I think is of real importance when looking at minor league statistics. But for today, let’s take a look at the upcoming 2007 draft. I’m also pleased to announce that JE at PhilliesDraft.com has agreed to provide some insight on who the Phillies might target, as well as scouting reports on players as we get closer to the draft. Be sure and check out his site for more info than you could ever ask for on past Phillies drafts.

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Reading Phillies– Week Three

Im starting off my rookie year as a correspondant with Phuture Phillies focusing on the Reading Phillies. Im a long suffering Philadelphia sports fan and my goal is through my focus on the Reading Phillies, to quickly forget the horrid year the Sixers and Flyers had and not have to listen to the Eagles explain why they took “the best athlete on the board” next week.

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A tale of three pitchers

Tuesday night proved to be an interesting night for the Phillies stable of pitching prospects, as three of the most interesting guys in the system all took the mound, and two of the three were pitching against highly rated pitching prospects for their respective teams. The night also proved to be a continuation of early trends for all three pitchers.

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Prospect v Non-Prospect, Part 2

Way back when, when this blog first started up, I wrote a piece about the timetable for prospects, and how to look at a player and properly assess his “prospect status” and things like that. I wanted to write a followup, go over some of those ideas again, and expound on them a bit, because I’ve been getting a bunch of questions via e-mail, and here in the comments section, asking about guys like Landon Jacobsen and Greg Jacobs. So, I felt like I’d try and answer them in a broad manner and give sort of guide for you to make things easier.

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