Zach Eflin - he's set to make his MLB debut this week in place of the injured Vince Velasquez. He's earned it too, having gone 5-2 over 11 starts, 68.1 IP, with 55 K, 2.90 ERA, and 0.88 WHIP in AAA.
Ben Lively - he's seen his stock rise as he's split 2016 between Reading and Lehigh Valley compiling a 10-0 record over 13 starts and 79 innings with 69 K, 1.94 ERA, and 0.89 WHIP. Added bonus, he can handle himself at the plate too, .267/.698 in 52 minor league plate appearances.
Jake Thompson - one of the highest rated pitchers in the Phillies system continues to impress in Triple-A. He's posted a 3.42 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 12 starts and 68.1 innings. Not bad for a 22 year old that is roughly 5 years younger than the average age of the competition he faces.
Hoby Milner - a relief pitcher that is making a case for himself to be recognized. He's split his season between the Fightins and IronPigs, appearing in 20 games, pitching 30 innings, and posting a sparkling ERA/WHIP combo of 0.30/0.83; those are video game type numbers.
Edubray Ramos - a highly touted reliever, and for good reason, posting a 1.34 ERA and 0.65 WHIP over 33.2 innings combined between AA/AAA. Personally, I'd like to see him summoned immediately to take the roster spot of Elvis Araujo.
Nick Williams - the outfielder started the season slowly, but he's now having a nice campaign hitting .287/.790 and flashing glimpses of the power/speed combination that has fans in Philly clamoring for his promotion.
Jorge Alfaro - the catcher of the future and damn he can hit. .319/.834 in 37 G with 33 RBI. He's also gunned down 39% of would-be base stealers.
Rhys Hoskins - this dude can mash. The first baseman teams up with Cozens in the middle of Reading's lineup to wreak havoc on opposing pitchers. He's hit .283/.892 with 41 R, 13 DBL, 16 HR, and 46 RBI.
Roman Quinn - yet another outfielder, the Phillies are brimming with talent in the minors at this position. He's a speedster and has swiped 25 bases thus far while posting a respectable slash line of .289/.781 with 43 runs scored in 49 games.
Others of Note:
Cam Perkins/OF, Taylor Featherstone/UTL, Brock Stassi/1B, Alec Asher/SP, Andrew Knapp/C, and KC Serna/UTL.
Founders Brewing Company - Mosaic Promise. You'll be hard pressed to find a more aromatic pale ale than this (unless you travel to New England, wait in line, get limited bottles, and pay a pretty penny). In other words, this is pretty damn good and is available in UNlimited quantities (from April - September) in your area for a fraction of the cost. As you may know, I have an affinity for Founders beers, and this one is just another reason why. It packs so much flavor and aroma into a mere 5.5% ABV. Aroma of citrus, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, grass, and slightly dank. Pours almost clear golden color with a nice dense white head. Taste is medium bitter and lightly sweet. Medium light body, easy drinking, average carbonation, enjoyable.
Commercial description - Mosaic Promise showcases two unique ingredients: Mosaic hops and Golden Promise malt. The versatility of the hop’s pleasing aroma and flavor characteristics and the traditional barley’s depth of flavor comprise this clean, rich, golden beer. We can brew complex beers with the best of them, but we recognize that there is also beauty in simplicity.