Nic Hanson made his first start of the season with the Threshers after 3 rehab starts in the GCL where he pitched 5 hitless innings in his last appearance. Hanson pitched well in Lakewood last season before being promoted to Clearwater for 5 so-so August starts. He’s tall at 6’7 and features 3 pitches – a high 80s fastball that ranges from 86-90, a change up, and a slider. The slider is still a work in progress, but the change up is an effective secondary pitch. Hanson came into the game on an 80 pitch limit. Continue reading Mets Drub Threshers; August 4, 2014
I’ll post a bit of news here – Phils have signed Panamanian SS Jonathan Arauz for $600k, per Jim Salisbury and other media reporting. Arauz joins SS Arquimedes Gamboa, ($900k) SS/CF Daniel Brito ($650k) and C Lenin Rodriguez ($300k) as six figure signings from the International Amateur market. Including P Jhon Nunez, who got $90k, the club has now spent $2.54M on five known signings. With a budget of $3.22M, and lots of other guys sure to be signed for dollar amounts over $10k, (under $10k is a freebie, essentially), this is probably the last of the high dollar signings. I was a little surprised to even see this many, but more power to the club for getting some nice looking guys for fairly reasonable dollars. We’ll see how many of them make their way stateside for instructs this fall.
Back home, the first round of revocable waivers were discovered, with Howard, Burnett, Bastardo, Kendrick and Roberto Hernandez reported earlier by Ken Rosenthal. Teams can claim the players and their contracts, or the Phillies can negotiate trades if they don’t want to let the player walk. I would imagine they’d let Howard go if someone wanted him, and insist on a return for the rest, or pull back the waiver. Once cleared, the men in question can be traded just like they would have been in July, with no-trade clauses and options in place.
A look back over the last 10 days…..Roman Quinn is putting up some eye opening numbers on the basepaths…An awkening from the dead for Zach Collier….Dylan Cozens has emerged as a “must watch” and is as exciting a prospect as there is in the organization…What has happened to Cameron Rupp? He looks totally lost at the plate…Cord Sandberg stays on the Not Hot list….Aaron Nola continues throwing well for CLearwater, the transition to Reading should be interesting in the short term…Colin Kleven is quitely bouncing back over the last month, pitching very well…As one of the very few high schoolers the Phils decided to spend money on, Sam McWIlliams has gotten out of the gate very slowly.
Hot Hitters:(16 AB min) Roman Quinn (.389; 8RS, 1HR 5RBI, 6sb)Tim Zier (.375, 4RBI); Willians Astudillo (.371); Andy Knapp (.355); Jim Murphy (.350, 5RBI); Zach Collier (.333, 7R 3HR 6RBI 2SB); Clete Thomas (.333); Jake Fox (.325, 4R 1HR 9RBI); William Cuicas (.318, 5R); Dylan Cozens (.316, 1HR 7RBI, 2SB); Maikel Franco (.306, 6R 3HR 8RBI, SB)
Not Hot Hitters: Cameron Rupp (.000, 0-17); Albert Cartwright (.034, 1-29); Angelo Mora (.050); Koyie Hill (.059); Derek Campbell (.087); Anthony Phillips (.115); Trey Williams(.115); Deivi Gruillon (.143); Aaron Altherr (.146); Cord Sandberg (.148); Wilmer Oberto (.158); Art Charles (.161); Brock Stassi (.162); Aaron Brown (.167) Continue reading Hot or Not