Hi everyone. As a special treat, frequent reader of the site jkearse123 (Jordan) has had the opportunity to conduct a number of interviews with Phillies prospects. His first interview is with Golden Spikes finalist and recent draftee Chris Duffy, who has already signed and gotten into the system. So, enjoy this interview and look for a few more from Jordan down the road. I’m going to log all of his interviews in the * interviews page on the left side of the site. Below is Jordan’s interview with Chris Duffy, enjoy!
A myriad of roster moves by Lehigh Valley, most importantly, the promotion of OF Domonic Brown to Lehigh Valley. The 22 year old was hitting .318/.391/602 with 15 HR 47 RBI and 12 SB’s for Reading so far this season, and hitting .345 during the month of June. Outfielder Rich Thompson who was hitting .287 for Lehigh Valley and was among the league leaders in stolen bases was sent down to Reading, as Reading OF Tyson Gillies was placed back on the DL with his ongoing hamstring issue. Gillies came off the DL to play a few games but was quite obviously still injured, and needs more time.
As Greg Dobbs is joining Lehigh Valley this evening, 1B/3B Neil Sellers has been sent down to Reading. Sellers, 28, was hitting .268 with 1 HR and 17 RBI’s for Lehigh Valley. After two years approaching 20 HR in Reading, Sellers lost his power game in Lehigh Valley. Although hitting fairly consistently, he simply was not driving in the runs expected from a corner guy. This move will obviously allow Dobbs regular at bats.
Infielder Luis Maza was sent to the Houston organization without the exchange of compensation. Maza started the year as the starting 2B in Lehigh Valley, but struggled mightily recently and the 2B job has been taken over by Melvin Dorta. Acquired by Lehigh Valley from the Toronto organization was OF Chris Aguila, 31. Aguila was playing at the Toronto AAA affiliate in Las Vegas and was hitting .275 with 4 HR and 21 RBI in 160 AB’s. He was a 3rd round pick in the 1997 draft by the Florida Marlins and saw some major league time with Florida. He figures to be a 4th OF in the Lehigh Valley mix.