Daily Archives: July 9, 2010

BA’s midseason Top 25 + more tidbits

Baseball America is doing their midseason reports, and with it comes their Top 25 still in the minors, 25 more in alphabetical order, and then a chat. Some Phillies content here.

1. Domonic Brown, of, Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley): The power has come through as the Phillies predicted, as Brown has started to fill out at age 22 and surpassed his career home runs total in his first 65 games at Double-A Reading. Then he went out and hit four in his first 13 games after a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He ranks 10th in the minors in OPS, and he’s doing it with big tools at upper levels. His still-raw defensive skills (his defensive tools are fine) are his only major flaw.

Brown is a beast, and I think the qualms over his defense might be a bit overstated. He’ll be fine defensively.

Cosart and Singleton were both listed in the 26-50 range.

Check below for the comments given by John Manuel in the chat

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As Cliff Lee is about to be traded again…

With rumors swirling that Cliff Lee is about to be traded again, I’m sure the discussion of that trade, in comparison to the trade the Phillies made with the Mariners in December, will find its way into every discussion on this site. So I’m going to cut that off at the pass right here. I’ve already discussed the trade here before, in great detail, but it seems there are still a number of misconceptions about the deal, and a lot of yelling and shouting that seems, to me at least, to be very misguided. Find out why I feel that way below.

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Several transactions by Lehigh Valley today.  Brian Bocock was outrighted to Lehigh Valley after being designated for assignment and was placed on the active Lehigh Valley roster.  2B/SS Keoni DeRenne who hit .250 in his 12 AB’s with Lehigh Valley was sent down to Reading, making room for Bocock.

Relief Pitcher Brian Gordon (hip strain) and Starting Pitcher Brian Mazone (turf toe) were placed on the disabled list.  I would expect Mazone’s “turf toe” to clear up, just after the all star break. JA Happ was officially added to the Lehigh Valley roster and will start this evening.

One more transaction of note, Reading OF Quintin Berry was designated for assigment as the Phils needed room on the 40 man roster with the activation of Ryan Madson.