Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs:
*Antonio Bastardo has been perfect. How perfect? 14 games, 12.1 ip, 19 k, with only 7 baserunners allowed and no runs (0.00 ERA/0.57 WHIP). That's awesome, Danys Baez sucks!
*Vance Worley has pitched exceptionally well since his promotion. 2 starts, 13.2 ip, 0.66 ERA, 0.95 WHIP. This after going 9-4 and 3.20/1.33 over 19 starts in Reading.
*Michael Schwimer has done nothing but strikeout batters throughout the minor leagues. The 6'8" 246 lb. reliever has sat down 219 batters in 158.2 innings. The 24 year old is now getting his feet wet in Triple-A and is likely to get a shot at the Phils bullpen next season.
*Since Domonic Brown joined the Phillies, it leaves the Iron Pigs void of any offensive prospects, but minor league veteran Andy Tracy continues to hit- .280/.882, and could be a stopgap at 1st base should Howard need a 15-day DL stint.
*Matthew Rizzotti/1B is quickly working his way up the Phillies prospect list. His eye-popping season continues, currently batting .364/1.104 with 25 2b, 16 hr, 60 rbi in 73 games at Double-A. Can we teach him to play leftfield?
*Harold Garcia/2B broke the Florida State leagues hitting streak record then was promoted to Reading where he remains raking. In 23 games he's batted .333/.902, after batting .335/.889 with Clearwater. Let him tryout some shortstop and we're possibly looking at the Phillies future utility infielder...one that can actually hit.
*Justin De Fratus has pitched well since his promotion and now has a 1.75 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP through 51.1 ip this season (combined numbers from Clearwater).
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*The Threshers have fallen on hard times since the promotion of most of their offensive talent (Cody Overbeck, Rizzotti, Garcia) and the trade of Anthony Gose. The only threat with the bat that remains is Steve Susdorf/OF (.276/.764), but he's struggled off-and-on this season.
*Some pitching remains though in the form of Jesus Sanchez and Austin Hyatt. Hyatt has the making of a future top-of-the-rotation pitcher. 146 k in 111.1 ip this year, and since being drafted in the 15th round in 2009 he's put up nice numbers: 12-5, 170.1 ip, 235 k, 2.59 ERA, 1.01 WHIP.
*Jonathan Singleton/1B has cooled off since we last checked in on him, but his season line remains solid- .312/.935, 18 2b, 12 hr, 60 rbi in 73 games.
*Lakewood's success comes from their pitching staff which is laden with gifted arms (Brody Colvin, Colby Shreve, Joshua Zeid, Ebelin Lugo, Jordan Ellis, and Trevor May). However, two relievers have put themselves on the map with outstanding performances recently- Julio Rodriguez and Luke Wertz. Rodriguez is only 19 and has struckout 41 batters in 27.1 innings at Lakewood with a 1.98 ERA. Wertz is finally healthy and is blossoming. Since 2007 he owns a 1.10 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, and a 7-2 record, albeit in only 49 games.
A Short Season
*Cesar Hernandez/2B and Miguel Alvarez/OF continue their development. Each is batting over .300, is young, and has good speed.
*Eric Pettis was selected in the 35th round of this year's draft, but you would be hard pressed to find another player having as fantastic of a debut as him. In 10 games he's won 5, saved 4, posted a 1.13 ERA and 0.73 WHIP over 39.2 innings.
*2009 32nd round draft pick Kevin Angelle isn't doing too shabby either. Over 20 minor league starts (combined with last season), Kevin is 6-4, with a 1.65 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 85 k in 103.1 ip.