Monthly Archives: August 2010

Hoover wins battle for promotion to Philly

Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ catchers Paul Hoover and Dane Sardinha have been in an unofficial battle for a spot on the Phillies 40 man roster. Hoover has won the battle and will have his contract purchased by the Phillies on September 1. Hoover left Lehigh Valley to make the cross-country flight to join the team in Los Angeles.

Hoover spent almost two weeks with the Phillies in May when Brian Schneider was on the DL and hit .278 in six games. At Lehigh Valley this season, Hoover hit .247 in 77 games.

The Phillies will likely wait to make any further roster additions until they come off of their current road trip and may wait until the Double-A and Triple-A seasons end on Monday September 6. One exception would be to add a starting pitcher – most likely either Nate Robertson, who threw six shutout innings for Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night, or Drew Carpenter, who has been up with the Phillies on a couple different occasions.


Hyatt gets Florida State League honor

Austin Hyatt, who started the season with Clearwater before being promoted to AA Reading on August 10, has been named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Year.

Hyatt made 21 starts for Clearwater, posting an 11-5, 3.04 mark before moving to Reading where he has made four more starts and posted a 4.91 ERA with the R-Phils. Between Clearwater and Reading, Hyatt has pitched 146 1/3 innings and has a total of 178 strikeouts to his credit (10.9 per nine innings).

The 24 year-old Hyatt was a 15th round pick by the Phillies in the 2009 Draft.

Thompson could be September surprise

One of the types of players that the Phillies love to bring to the big league club each September is the type of guy who can pinch-run and make things happen on the basepaths.  Names like Chris Roberson and Greg Golson made late season appearances in Philadelphia and were relied on to handle baserunning chores when necessary.

This September, the Phillies have another potential baserunning specialist to call on if they so desire; Rich Thompson
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Savery Wants To Leave No Question Marks

When the Phillies took Joe Savery with the 19th overall pick in the 2007
Draft, they had a decision to make. Would they draft the Rice University product as a first baseman or as a pitcher? He had done both well while at Rice, but that’s not the way things play out in the professional ranks, so there was a decision to make. The Phillies made the choice to draft him as a pitcher, considering that pitching is always at a premium and that Savery is a
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Lehigh Valley IronPigs Update – August 25

How are things?

The IronPigs took two-of-three from Rochester to give them back-to-back
series wins for the first time this season. The ‘Pigs have already been
eliminated both from postseason play and from finishing above .500 and they’re
currently one game behind their inaugural season pace in 2008 when they finished
55-89. They need to finish 4-11 to finish ahead of their mark from that season.
Coming into play Tuesday, Lehigh Valley is 3 1/2 games behind Pawtucket to
finish fourth in the six-team International League North Division. Several
players have admitted to doing a little bit of scoreboard watching as they look
to salvage whatever they can from the season. Monday night’s win over Rochester
put the Red Wings 4 1/2 games behind Lehigh Valley at the bottom of the
division.

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Sutter Looks To Save Phils’ Pitching Prospects

For the rest of the minor league season, the Phillies will look to Bruce Sutter to evaluate the pitchers at both the Triple-A and Double-A levels of the system. Sutter was hired by the Phillies on Monday and is scheduled to work just through the rest of the season, at least as things stand now.

“Over the next several weeks, Bruce is going to help us evaluate our pitching staffs at Lehigh Valley and Reading,” assistant general manager Chuck LaMar announced on Monday. “Having someone with his expertise who can help us with our prospects is outstanding.”

There was no immediate indication as to whether Sutter would be hands-on in helping any particular pitchers or if he will simply take a look-and-see approach to evaluating what the Phillies have at the upper levels.

Sutter entered the Hall of Fame in 2006.


Reading Phillies Update – August 23

How are things?

Following a split of a Sunday double-header with Erie, the R-Phils are five
games below .500 at 60-65 on the season. Reading has been volleying back and
forth between four and five games under the .500 mark through their past six
contests. The IronPigs have been within five games of the .500 mark for 53 of
the past 54 games this season.

For a while, Michael Spidale and Tagg Bozied were one-two in the Eastern
League in hitting. After Sunday’s games, Bozied has overtaken Spidale and
claimed the top spot in the league in hitting with a .314 average, while Spidale
(.304) is tied for third in the Eastern League in hitting. Bozied also leads the
league in on-base percentage (.402) and slugging percentage (.618) and is fifth
in the league in home runs (21) and RBI (81). Spidale is fourth in the league
with 30 stolen bases.

Reliever Sergio Escalona has pitched in 46 games, ranking him fourth in the
league in appearances and Drew Naylor’s two complete games has him tied for
second in the Eastern League, two behind Erie’s Brooks Brown.

Who’s Hot?

Bozied had two hits in each game of Sunday’s double-header split, going
4-for-7 on the day. That extended his current hitting streak to 12 games, during
which, he has six multi-hit games and is hitting .391 (18-for-46) since August
8. The streak has also seen Bozied drive in 20 runs over those 12 games and
launch six home runs during the stretch.

Harold Garcia has been a multi-hit machine for Reading lately. Garcia has
hits in five of the last seven games and multiple hits in four of those games,
totaling nine hits in those four games. Garcia is hitting .316 with Reading,
which would lead the Eastern League, but Garcia is well short of the needed
at-bats to be ranked with the league leaders, since he started the season with
Clearwater.

With Freddy Galvis collecting hits in five of his last seven games, it’s not
exactly a huge hot streak to talk about. During the stretch, he’s hitting .292
(7-for-24), which certainly isn’t bad. Galvis has always been known as a
defensive shortstop who might not hit enough to make it to the top levels of the
minors and would certainly have a tough time hitting in the majors, but he’s
shown some stretches of offense this season. Galvis came into the season as a
career .234 hitter in the minors and is hitting just .239 overall this season,
but hit .268 in June and is hitting .288 this month for the Reading Phillies.
The strides, at least so far, aren’t great, but there are at least some signs of
hope for Galvis to find enough defense to make it to the majors. It’s also worth
noting that he won’t turn 21 until November.

On the mound, Tyson Brummett (1-2-1, 4.96) made his first start of the season
for Reading on Sunday and got hit around in 3 2/3 innings of work, giving up two
earned runs on five hits and a walk, but his overall numbers lately are still
good. In allowing three runs in back-to-back outings almost a month ago,
Brummett had allowed just one earned run in his last 13 innings of work, good
enough for a 0.69 ERA coming into Sunday’s start.

Transactions:

Pitcher B.J. Rosenberg was promoted from Clearwater to Reading. This
has been a rough season for Rosenberg, who started the season at Reading and
wound up on the DL with a right lat strain on April 12 and wasn’t activated
until May 20 and was immediately sent to Clearwater, only to come back to
Reading a week later and then wind up back on the DL with another lat strain in
early June. This time, Rosenberg missed six weeks with the injury and pitched
one game with the Gulf Coast League Phillies before moving up to Clearwater for
eight more games before his recent return to the R-Phils.

On the agenda

After one of those legendary minor league bus trips from Erie, PA to
Richmond, VA, the R-Phils play three games against the Flying Squirrels. After
that, Reading comes home for a nine-game homestand with Binghamton (five games)
and New Britain (four games). Then, the season winds up with a four-game trip to
Altoona.