In a somewhat surprising move, 27 year old OF Jeremy Slayden has announced his retirement according to readingphillies.com. Slayden has had a tough year after being demoted from AAA Lehigh Valley back down to Reading after struggling both at the plate and in the field for the IronPigs. His production has picked up at the plate in Reading, and was hitting .281 with 9 HR and 30 RBI for the RPHILS, while seeing limited action in the field. While having a fair amount of success through his minor league career at the plate, SLayden was a defensive liability because of a weak arm and a lack of speed. After a solid season last year at AA Reading, SLayden was left exposed in the Rule 5 draft, however, was not taken.
Taking Slayden’s place on the Reading roster is 23 year old Fresno State product Steve Susdorf. Susdorf started the year at (A) Lakewood, and hit .333 in 78 at bats before getting called up to Clearwater. In CLearwater, Susdorf hit .373 with 3 HR and 22 RBI, with a .423 OBP. He hit a huge .467 with RISP. With Domonic Brown/Quintin Berry/Susdorf in the Reading outfield, it becomes an area of alot of interest.
Tyson Brummett was placed on the Reading DL with elbow inflammation, making room on the roster for Brian Rosenberg.