A second consecutive winning week for Lehigh Valley as they went 5-2, and are now in fourth place of the Northern Division of the International League, chipping away at the lead of the division leading Yankees which now stands at 8 games. In hitting categories, Andy Tracy is 8th in runs (42), leads the league in walks (37), 2nd in homers (13) and 2nd in RBI’s(51), Rich Thompson is 8th in triples (3) and 8th in stolen bases (14). Mike Cervenak is 7th in average (.313). On the pitching side, Andrew Carpenter is 6th in wins (6) , 5th in homers allowed (11)and 7th in IP (80.1), Carlos Carrasco is 8th in IP (79.2) and 5th in strikeouts (77).
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No surprise on Drabek, but Flande is a bit of a surprise. He wasn’t really on the radar entering this year, but has been great in the FSL, despite being old for the level. His stuff is fringy, but he apparently has solid control and command, so he could be a back end type.
As reported yesterday on Scott Lauber’s blog, Philled In, Jason Donald has been in Clearwater for about a week rehabbing from knee surgery. Donald should be back in the Lehigh Valley lineup right around the International League all star break.
Andy Martino, the beat writer from the Inquirer mentioned yesterday that he believed the best candidate for the Phillies bullpen may come from within. He specifically mentioned the possibility of Kyle Drabek in a bullpen role in Philly this year. Thoughts?
Several additions to the Lakewood roster today: Of Vladimir DeLos Santos, C Ryan Gugel, RHP Jordan Ellis and RHP Freddie Ballestas.
In Williamsport, 7 shutout innings from 22 year old Siulman Lebron, in the 1-0 Crosscutter victory last night. Lebron (2-0) gave up just two hits over his 7 innings, while walking one and striking out 10.
A transaction of note has catcher Sebastian Valle being sent from Lakewood to Williamsport. In Williamsport he will presumably play every day, rather than sit behind Travis D’Arnaud in Lakewood.
A rough first couple of games for top Phils pick Kelly Dugan. 0-8 with 3 strikeouts in the GCL. On the bright side, 18 year old pitcher Julio Rodriguez threw five shutout innings in the GCL Phils 2-1 win last night. He gave up just 3 hits and struck out 7.
Oh, and Michael Taylor had another three hit game for Reading raising his average to .340. He is making it extremely tough to keep him at AA, and dare I say “untouchable”?