Reading got off to a horrible re-start immediately after the EL all-star game losing their first three games to Trenton (2 by one run) but rebounded to take three in a row after shutting out Trenton on Sunday.
Matt Rizzotti went 7/20, hitting in all six games, blasting 3 HR and drawing 3 walks. He’s slugged .900 since the break and has a .370 OBP giving him a 1.270 OPS over the last week. Honestly, people need to start looking past his age, since as soon as he qualifies by reaching 2.7 PA per Reading game (which should happen next week), he’ll be leading the EL in BA, OBP, and SLG (currently at .355/.425/.645/OPS 1.071, better than Domonic Brown’s stats in Baseballtown).
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It continues in Philly, with Vance Worley, 22, getting called up to the big club one day after Jamie Moyer went down with an elbow strain and Andrew Carpenter lasted one outing (3IP, 3ER) in his latest attempt with the Phils. Carpenter was optioned back to AAA Lehigh Valley. One other notable transaction today, from a Phillies perspective had Nelson Figueroa getting picked up on waivers by the Houston Astros. Worley the Phils 3rd round pick in the ’08 draft has been very strong as of late going 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA in his 3 July starts for AA Reading. On the year he is 9-4 with a 3.20 ERA. He has thrown 112.2 IP, allowed 114 hits, walked 36 and struck out 83. Opponents are hitting .264 on him for the year with a WHIP of 1.33.
An interesting move to say the least when the presumption was that JA Happ was pulled from yesterdays start for Lehigh Valley after 3 innings in preparation for a possible weekend start for the big club. That could still happen, but this is interesting nonetheless. And let the talk continue….
Another look at how relievers are performing at the top half of the Phils minor league system as the trade deadline approaches. Look for reliever updates for Lakewood, Williamsport and GCL this weekend or next week.
Antonio Bastardo, 24, 7 games with Lehigh Valley and has not allowed an earned run while striking out 10 in 5.2 innings. Bastardo has bounced around so much the last two years, that the fact that he is still just 24 is easily forgotten. He continues to have good stuff. Staying off the DL and command issues are the key.
Alex Concepcion, 25, 22 games, 2-2 with a 5.10 ERA; 30 IP 23H 16BB 18K, 5 hr allowed, 1.30 WHIP; 0.92 GO/AO; .205 opp. avg., .280 with RISP; .260 vs. LH, .161 vs. RH. Concepcion has been hurt badly by the home run ball. He throws strikes and has a very good change up but needs more consistency. Continue reading Around the System–Relievers, Top Half
I won’t even bother with the box scores. All anyone is going to discuss are the trade rumors surrounding Jayson Werth and Roy Oswalt and whoever else. So just have a go, no using fighting it.