Daily Archives: May 3, 2010

Report from LV tonight

I went to the Pigs’ game tonight, so I thought I’d post a few brief observations (from my earlier message board at philliesphans.com):

First, Savery. He had decent control for the most part, threw an 86 mph fastball (touched 87, occasionally sunk to 84), an 80-79 mph slider, and a slower change-up (around 73). This guy will never pitch in the majors. Every single batter on the Indians squared him up pretty much every at bat. Line-drive outs, hard hit foul balls, and their share of hits. Savery seems to nibble when he’s behind in the count, but on the few occasions he gets ahead, he almost invariably throws a waist-high FB that gets smacked. He clearly needs another pitch, an out pitch to use when he gets ahead. Without that pitch, he’s not even a LOOGY.

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Two Reading Pitchers Placed on DL

A tough day for the Reading pitching staff with both Mike Cisco and Jason Stephens placed on the DL, both with right elbow inflammation.  Cisco, a starter is 1-3 with a 3.68 ERA in his 4 starts, to go along with a WHIP of 1.08.  Stephens has thrown 13.1 scoreless innings to start the year all in relief.  Jason Anderson was sent from Lehigh Valley to Reading to take one of the two roster spots in Reading.  Lehigh Valley needed to make a move after Antonio Bastardo was returned to Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia.

Around the System–Middle Infield

A first look up the middle where again prospects are limited but the Phils needs are limited to a back up middle infielder next year and the possibility that the SS position opens up for the 2012 season.  Some observations:  The Good:  Freddy Galvis is making contact and his fielding has been just as advertised, excellent.While hitting just .227, a 7% K Rate is reason for hope.  Fidel Hernandez has been playing a solid 2B and hitting relatively well in CLearwater, while Jeremy Barnes has been raking it in Lakewood.  Villar at just 19 deserves an honorable mention. The Bad: Troy Hanzawa, after playing in the Arizona Fall League, has been struggling at the plate to start the year, with glovework that has been average. The Ugly: Brian Bocock. See below the fold. Continue reading Around the System–Middle Infield