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April Minor League Report

Despite the team’s recent struggles, the Philadelphia Phillies are off to a decent start. Several current Phillies are homegrown, so it is important to keep an eye on some potential future Phillies. Here are the latest updates from the minor leagues:

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs: AAA (7-10, 3rd in International League North)

The IronPigs find themselves three games under .500 despite having a 3.60 team ERA and .274 team batting average, which are better than the league average.

John Mayberry Jr. and Chris Duffy have been the two best hitters for IronPigs. Both have 13 runs batted in. Mayberry is batting .288 with two home runs, but he still continues to strike out at a high pace. Cody Ransom has provided most of the power for the ‘Pigs, crushing a team-leading four home runs.

Nate Bump has been the most consistent starter, posting a 1.35 ERA in 20 innings. He has been pitching to contact; he has allowed a lot of hits, and has a low total of strikeouts.

Scott Matheison has done well in 8.2 innings. Opponents are batting just .179 off the right-hander who is returning from Tommy John surgery. On the other hand, Drew Carpenter (7.15 ERA) has been rocked.

Reading Phillies: AA (8-9, 5th in Eastern League)

The Reading Phillies are a game below .500, despite having several of the Phillies’ top prospects. Domonic Brown has yet to disappoint though. Brown is batting .325 with a .936 on-base plus slugging percentage.

Phillipe Aumont had his troubles during spring training, but he threw six no-hit innings on Sunday. Overall, Aumont is 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA.

Yohan Flande is 0-2, but that is mainly due to a lack of run support. Flande’s ERA is 0.96 in 18.2 innings. He has allowed a lot of hits, but he has not walked many batters.

Lakewood Blue Claws: A (9-9, 4th place in Northern South Atlantic League)

The Blue Claws were the 2009 South Atlantic League champions, so they will have some expectations for 2010.

Darin Ruf has opened some eyes this April. The first baseman is batting .328 with a .921 OPS. 2008’s first round draft pick, Anthony Hewitt, has two home runs and a .282 average.

Nicholas Hernandez is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA in four starts. Jarred Cosart is 3-1 with a 3.26 ERA and has 0.88 walks and hits per innings pitched.

Clearwater Threshers: A+ (11-6, 1st place in Florida State League North)

Record-wise, the Threshers have been the best team of all the Phillies affiliates. Cody Overbeck leads the team in home runs (3) and RBI (11). The third baseman also has a .333 average and .965 OPS.

Anthony Gose has struck out a lot, resulting in a .247 average, but he has six stolen bases to lead the team.

Austin Hyatt is 3-1 with a 1.99 ERA and 0.75 WHIP. Also, he has struck out 27 batters in 22.2 innings. Other pitchers to watch are J.C Ramirez and Trevor May, who have both pitched well so far.



  1. mikemike

    April 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Did you forget to mention flande topped out at 84 miles per hour in his last start. not a prospect. Overbeck is in a ball at 24 yrs old. 4 year college player. who is a butcher at third.ruf is another kid who is too old for the league not a prospect. hyatt is 24 in a ball too, he must be moved to see if he can get people out in higher league.nate bump is a career minor league not a prospect. Cosart is on dl I believe nothing serious. Trevor May is a stud even though last outing wasnt good. Anthony Gose is 19 in high a ball he is being challenge could be a real stud propect with his speed ,arm .But the jewel of the system might be 17 year old Santana/

  2. BurrGundy

    April 26, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks for the added info, Mikemike. I appreciate all updates as to how are minor league associates are doing. Hopefully we will have some talent coming up. Moreover I do realize that Nate Bump is no youngster. Maybe the Phils have him with the Pigs to groom him for a relief role? I think he is 34.

  3. NJ

    April 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    such BS, Flande is a prospect period. Just because a pitcher isn’t throwing 90+ or a position guy is in his mid-twenties doesn’t mean the guys isn’t a prospect otherwise he’d be playing independent ball or in Japan or Korea… It’s such an archaic, naive and blind way of assessing players.

    Not all prospects are going to become stars and I’m not just talking the failures like an Andy Marte. There are so many guys around this league who are going to contribute on the big league level as specialist and role players and are just as important and right now probably more so than stud prospects. When you have a team of stars you have a bunch of guys looking at eachother wondering why no-ones coming through, role players are the glue that mold a team together and the Phils are stacked with them.

    The crown Jewel of the system isn’t a guy like Santana (and I love what the kid could do given time) he’s shown power in rookie-league, he hasn’t seen anything close to a plus off-speed pitch, he’s years away for the majors.

    Start loving PROSPECTS that can make the majors because for every burnout stud in his early twenties is a guy there’s a ‘non-prospect’ who’s contributing at the major league level.

  4. BurrGundy

    April 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Well put, NJ. Excellent perspective.

  5. Manny

    April 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Howard got extended!! No discount but at least he’s ours long term!

  6. BurrGundy

    April 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Five years –$123 million. Whew !!! Plus it looks like he’s staying off the fast food.

  7. Mazinman

    April 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Oh hell yeah! No more talk about how look he is going to look in a Yankees uniform! With a reported sixth year as a club option Ryan could very well be a Phillie for life. I doubt we keep Werth after this but, you never know. I certainly didn’t expect this extension either.

    In a word: Woo!

  8. SDO

    April 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm


    I wonder how much Werth is looking for?

  9. SDO

    April 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Looks like RA kept the numbers down for the next two years…. According to Matt Gelb, “Howard will make $20 mil in 2012-13; $25 mil in 2014-16. The club option for 2017 is worth $23 mil with a $10 mil buyout.”

    With Moyer falling off the payroll next year, does that mean we have room for a Werth extension?

  10. The Original Chuck P

    April 26, 2010 at 3:41 pm


  11. The Original Chuck P

    April 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Knee-jerk would be to say, “We got Howard so that means Werth is gone” but I know that there were a lot of people on here saying that there was no way that the Phillies were going to be able to afford to keep Howard.

    Yankees signed Tex to 8/180… the knock on Howard has always been his defense but anyone watching the Phillies this year will tell you that one of the biggest surprises has been the emergence of Ryan Howard as a legitimate gold glove contender. I love the guy… keeping this team together means that he’s going to have the guys around him that will push him to be better. Great news…

  12. Mazinman

    April 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I disagree with you Manny about the no discount part. I have to believe that he would have found someone to give him more than 20 million a year in 2012 and 2013 assuming he keeps performing at the level we know (and love). He didn’t come cheap but certainly not the ARod numbers we have heard in the past.

  13. Don M

    April 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I’ll go on the record as NOT being a huge fan of the Howard extension… and MLBTRADERUMORS recap describes my feeling almost perfectly:

    “so the contract begins with his age 32 season. The length makes this an unnecessary risk, and at $25MM a year the Phillies didn’t get a discount for taking the gamble and locking him up two years before free agency.”

    Generally the reason you would lock up a player to an extension well before his Free Agent period, is that he gives you a slight DISCOUNT… because you are still giving him enough money that its GREAT FINANCIAL SECURITY

    In this case.. the Phillies will now be paying almost above the market value for Ryan Howard. the trend is for salaries to start coming back down to earth…. look at Matt Holliday and Jason Bay this past year.. as compared to Carlos Lee and Alfonso Soriano a few years ago.

    I think that in 2012.. I would be surprised if Prince Fielder gets offered more than $20 M per season ….

    I will say that I ALWAYS give the Phillies credit for knowing much more than I do.. and for being correct with the majority of their decisions over the past few years … but my gut feeling is that this was an unneccessary move right now, especially because we got $0 discount (or so it seems)

  14. Chuck

    April 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    I agree Don.

  15. The Original Chuck P

    April 26, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Maybe they didn’t have to go as long as they did… maybe they did. At the end of the day, the question I ask is, would you rather be looking at a future with Ryan Howard or a future without him? This is where you have to stop thinking like a GM and start thinking like a fan. Even if we only get four good years, I would rather that than the alternative.

    Speaking of alternatives… if not Howard, then who? None in house, Pujols (who would cost more than Howard), Fielder (no thanks), Gonzalez (a very nice player but I’ll keep Howard) or a second tier 1B…

    I applaud the Phillies for doing what they had to do to keep this team in tact. If it cost them a little more or a year longer to keep him around, so be it… with Utley, Howard, Halladay and crew, we are the team to beat for at least four years.

  16. The Original Chuck P

    April 26, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I don’t get it… I love the fact that they’re trying to keep this team together. I always admired the Braves because they kept their guys… Smoltz, Maddux, Glavine. At one point, all three of them were among the top 10 highest paid players in baseball and all three of them played in Atlanta a looooonnng time (but we already know that). It’s not without risk but I don’t think you can avoid signing one of your own guys because you’re afraid that it won’t work out. I say, keep them together as long as they’re winning pennants. They’ve earned the right to play together…

  17. Don M

    April 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I like that they kept Howard.. but why sign him RIGHT NOW??

    The only reason would be that they think as a 32-year-old Free Agent … that someone would offer him MORE than the 5 year, $125 M deal they just gave him …

    which I don’t think would’ve happened.. . .

    they better bring Werth back now..

  18. The Original Chuck P

    April 26, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Maybe they just wanted to get it out of the way. Maybe they’re seeing what I’m seeing; a player that is developing into one hell of a baseball player (not just a hitter). I don’t care when it happened… just as long as it happened. Like I said, maybe they could have waited and squeezed a few million or a year out of Ryan… maybe they could have let him walk and gotten a marginally better “deal.” As a fan, I’m just extremely happy that the right side of our infield is locked up for a long time. We’ve got potential hall of famers at three positions plus the ace for a few more years. Glory days…

  19. loupossehl

    April 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    ” salaries starting to come down to earth … look at Matt Holliday and Jason Bay this past year”

    Ryan Howard ain’t no stinkin’ Matt Holliday or Jason Bay. The fans won’t fill the stands to watch Jason Bay.

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