Minor League Rundown: Hernandez, Biddle, Milner, Cutters Updates – Phillies Nation

Minor League Rundown: Hernandez, Biddle, Milner, Cutters Updates

It’s another weekly rundown of the Phillies’ minor leagues with details on some recent noteworthy performers…

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

Cesar Hernandez w/ Reading in 2012, image- Jay Floyd

International League All-Star Cesar Hernandez is back in action after missing a few weeks with a wrist injury.  In three games since rejoining the Pigs’ starting lineup, Hernandez has gone 3-for-9.  Overall this season, the switch-hitting 23-year-old has posted a .315 average with two homers, 35 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 95 minor league games.

Righty hurler Tyler Cloyd in his last seven starts has tallied a 4-1 record with a 0.77 ERA while striking out 32 and walking five in 47 innings.  In 12 big league starts, the 26-year-old is 4-4- with a 4.14 ERA.  Cloyd was the Phils’ 18th round draft selection in 2008.

Double-A Reading Fightin Phillies-

Left-hander Jesse Biddle struck out seven and walked none while allowing three earned runs in six innings in his latest start on Sunday.  The 21-year-old has a 3.13 ERA in four starts this month after posting a 7.11 mark in five July outings.  Biddle was the Phillies’ first round draft choice in 2010.

Third baseman Maikel Franco is 13-for-39 (.333 avg) with three doubles, a homer and eight RBI in his last 10 games.  Overall at two levels this season, the 20-year-old Dominican is batting .315 with 20 home runs and 90 RBI.  Franco, a righty batting slugger, represented the Phils in this year’s MLB All-Star Futures Game.

In 15 games this month, All-Star first baseman Jim Murphy is batting .185 with a homer and seven RBI.  This season, the 27-year-old is batting .270 with 20 home runs and 72 RBI in 122 games.  Murphy was the Phillies’ 17th round draft pick in 2008.

Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers-

Corner infielder Harold Martinez is 15-for-35 (.429 avg) with six doubles and three RBI in his last 10 games.  The right-handed hitting 23-year-old has a .269 average with two homers and 24 RBI in 78 games with the Threshers this year.  Martinez was the Phils’ 2nd round draft pick out of the University of Miami in 2011.

Hoby Milner with Lakewood in 2012, image- Jay Floyd

In his last four starts, lefty Hoby Milner has a 2-1 record and a 1.88 ERA.  The 22-year-old, who was the Phils’ 7th round pick in last year’s draft, has an 11-6 record with a 3.94 ERA and a 6.73 K/9 mark in 24 games this year.

First baseman/outfielder Brock Stassi is 8-for-18 (.444 avg) with four RBI in his last five contests.  The lefty batting 24-year-old is batting .300 with three homers and 29 RBI in 76 games this season.  Stassi was the Phillies’ 33rd round draft pick in 2011 out of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Righty hurler Nic Hanson has a 7.90 ERA with 21 hits allowed in 13 2/3 innings over three starts with Clearwater since his promotion from Lakewood.  With the BlueClaws earlier in the season, the 21-year-old posted a 2-2 record with a 2.49 ERA.  Hanson was the Phils’ 16th round draft selection last year out of Golden West College.

Class A Lakewood BlueClaws-

Short stop J.P. Crawford was promoted to the BlueClaws from the Gulf Coast League this past weekend, but has not appeared in a game, as he was not in the lineup on Saturday and the team was rained out on Sunday.  During his time in the GCL, the 18-year-old, who was drafted this year as the Phillies’ top pick, sported a .345 batting average along with eight doubles, three triples, a home run and 12 steals.

Class A Short-season Williamsport Crosscutters-

Outfielder Samuel Hiciano slammed a pair of round trippers and drove in eight runs while going 3-for-5 in the Cutters’ win over Batavia on Saturday.  In 30 games this season, the 19-year-old Dominican Republic native is batting .240 with three doubles, a triple, six homers and 17 RBI.

On Sunday, a trio of Cutters righty hurlers combined to toss a no-hitter in an 8-0 victory over Mahoning Valley.  Righty Yacksel Rios struck out six and walked three in six innings of work for his fourth win of the year.  21-year-old Mark Meadors, the Phillies’ 21st round draft choice this year, worked the next three frames, while another 21-year-old Manaure Martinez closed out the landmark effort with an inning of work.

Rookie level Gulft Coast League Phillies-

Outfielder Wilmer Oberto is the league leader in batting with a .351 mark.  The lefty hitting 20-year-old is also tops in the league in RBI with 42. Oberto, a Venezuela native, was signed by the Phillies in June, 2010.



  1. Hogey's Role

    August 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Is Hernandez still playing cf?? How long until revere gets back?

  2. freesamuel

    August 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Wow – I hope Cesar’s return doesn’t jeopardize Michael Martinez’s chances at getting more CF starts in the big leagues. Phils are 1-0 since he’s been hitting leadoff.

  3. Lefty

    August 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Jay, Is there a reason why they have not tried either Franco or Asche at other positions? I see that Asche was once a 2B, but that was when he first started. Lately both have been playing third only ( besides DH) . If both have the potential they seem to have, I would think it would be wise to try one or the other somewhere else.

    • George

      August 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Amaro probably hopes that they both perform well at 3rd. That way he can trade the better of the two for a washed up middle reliever.

      • schmenkman

        August 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm

        Is this the same George? In any case I don’t think Amaro’s recent history indicates he’ll do anything of the kind.

      • George

        August 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

        Yes, it’s the same me. I’m just feeling a little feisty today, and a little facetious.

        I have grown a bit frustrated with the Phils’ current direction, though. It’s not so much because Amaro isn’t trying, or that he’s made nothing but bad choices, because he hasn’t. It’s simply because many of his moves appear to have painted the team into a corner. I also didn’t like the timing or the handling of the Manuel “firing.” I think the team could probably use a new direction in the dugout, but I believe letting Charlie walk on the day he was to be honored was crass. They should have waited a bit.

        I’m hoping Amaro has something up his sleeve, because the team looks pretty sad right now. Someone in the front office needs to figure out how to evaluate bullpen arms, especially, and someone else should be looking into potential, not just past performance, when new players are added.

        I also will be very curious to see just how Ashe and Franco are handled in the near future. It’s a good problem, because there is the possibility that one of them could be traded for a quality player at a position of need, not just a burnt out arm or a bad bench bat.

      • Hogey's Role

        August 19, 2013 at 2:32 pm

        There was talk of one of them moving perhaps to either left or right field or second… hard to say how long it’ll be before Franco is ready, depending on who you talk to… but perhaps with a good spring he might make the big club, then we’ll have a good problem… and one of them will have to be moved to a different position,I wish it would happen before that but I doubt it…

        We also have encarnacion, who we just signed, and green that look to be pretty good third base prospects that will either have to move or get traded too…

        It’s nice to see that we’ll have some right hand power coming soon…

    • Jay Floyd

      August 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      @Lefty….check out my previous posts- interview w/ Joe Jordan and I’ve had quotes from Franco & Asche in a dual piece about them too. Both pieces were in July. Jordan talks about the situation with both guys at the same spot.

      Expect Franco to get time elsewhere in the DR league this winter. He told me he used to play SS before signing and he’d go to the OF as well. He’d be excited for a challege of switching positions. I’d expect Asche to play some VZ league this offseason, like Ruf did last yr, and potentially get some time elsewhere in the field too.

      • Lefty

        August 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

        I’ll catch up on those pieces Jay, thank you.

    • Lefty

      August 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      CD- I enjoyed that, thanks.

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