Minor League Notebook: Hot/Cold List, Injury Updates – Phillies Nation

Minor League Notebook: Hot/Cold List, Injury Updates

The latest semi-weekly rundown of your top performers from the Phillies developmental ranks and those that need to turn some things around includes a few injury notes on some key prospects.  Read ahead on the latest from the minors.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs (25-24 record, 4th place in the International League North division)-

Who’s hot…

Maikel Franco, Image- Jay Floyd

Third baseman/first baseman Maikel Franco has tallied a .301/.389/.482 slash line in 21 games this month.  The 21-year-old, who is rumored to be a candidate to join the big league roster this week, missed two games over the weekend due to a respiratory illness.

Outfielder Steve Susdorf is having quite a month, sporting a .344 average with seven doubles and nine RBI in 22 games.  The 28-year-old lefty batter went 1-for-7 in three games with the big league Phillies last season.

Who’s not…

Catcher Cameron Rupp is batting .208 with a home run in seven games since returning from the disabled list following an oblique strain.  Rupp, 25, went 4-for-13 (.308 avg) in four games in the majors last season.

In his most recent start against Toledo, righty pitcher Brad Lincoln allowed five earned runs in five innings.  While the 29-year-old has tallied a 3.71 ERA in four starts, he’s averaging less than five innings per start.  Lincoln allowed three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings for the Phillies this season.

Double-A Reading (28-19, 2nd place in the Eastern League’s Eastern division)-

Injury notes…

Lefty ace Jesse Biddle missed his start on Sunday after experiencing headaches which stemmed from being struck in the head with ice during a hail storm on Thursday. The 22-year-old has a 3-4 record with a 3.18 ERA and a 9.69 K/9 mark in 10 games this year.

Outfielder Kelly Dugan is still rehabbing his oblique strain in Clearwater and expects that he could return to game action in the coming days.  Through 14 games this season, the 23-year-old was batting .275 with a home run and five RBI.

Who’s hot…

Lefty hurler Hoby Milner has been great lately, going 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last four starts.  The 23-year-old was the Phillies’ 7th round draft choice in 2012.

Having taken over the closer role since the promotion of Kenny Giles to Lehigh Valley, right-hander Nefi Ogando has been excellent, posting a 1-0 record with six saves and a 0.87 ERA in his last eight appearances.  The 24-year-old was acquired last August from Boston for John McDonald.  The Domincan Republic native regularly hits 95 MPH with his fastball.

Who’s not…

First baseman Chris Serritella is 2-for-31 (.065 avg) over his last eight games.  A 4th round draft pick in 2012, the 24-year-old is batting .186 with two homers and seven RBI in 31 games this season.

Outfielder Anthony Hewitt, 25, is batting .097 with two RBI in his last ten games for the Fightins.  The Phils’ top draft pick in 2008 (24th overall), Hewitt has a .136/.143/.170 slash line in 29 games this season.

Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers (10-39, last place in the Florida State League’s North division)-

Who’s hot…

Former big league hurler Adam Loewen returned to the mound on Sunday, earning a win by allowing three earned runs over six innings for the Threshers.  Loewen experienced multiple stress fractures in his throwing elbow back in 2008 and a four-and-a-half-inch screw was used to repair the damage, seemingly ended his pitching career.  He was a positional prospect in the Toronto system in recent years, but signed with the Phillies as a pitcher last month.

Who’s not…

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez has a 0-2 record with a 6.75 ERA through three starts with the Threshers.  In 9 1/3 innings, the 27-year-old has struck out three and walked nine.

Outfielder Brian Pointer is 3-for-31 (.097 avg) over his last nine games.  The lefty batting 22-year-old has a .186/.266/.314 slash line in 41 games this season.  Pointer was a 28th round pick in 2010.

Class A Lakewood BlueClaws (19-28, 6th place in the South Altantic League’s Nothern division)-

Injury Update…

Righty hurler Shane Watson is slated to begin his throwing program on Monday.  The 20-year-old underwent surgery in January to repair an enlarged capsule in his throwing shoulder.

Who’s hot…

J.P. Crawford has been scorching hot of late, posting a .455 average over his last six contests.  The 19-year-old was the Phillies’ top draft pick (16th overall) last year.

Righty starter Ranfi Casimiro has a 1-0 record with a 0.56 ERA in his last three starts.  The 21-year-old sports a 2-4 record with a 5.40 ERA and a .262 batting average against in nine games this year.

Venezuelan Summer League Phillies (8-3, tied for 1st place)-

Who’s hot…

Outfielder Joseph Miranda leads the VSL in both home runs (three) and RBI (14).  The switch-hitting 19-year-old has posted a .326/.418/.609 slash line in 11 games. The Panama native was signed by the Phillies in December, 2012.



  1. Robotnik

    May 26, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Time for Crawford and Franco to be promoted to the Phils. Let’s see what these guys can do. They should cut loose Hewitt who is 25 yo and still struggling.

    • schmenkman

      May 26, 2014 at 10:26 am

      Absolutely not yet on Crawford. Franco, possibly by July.

      • Hogey's Role

        May 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm

        Franco I say yes, Crawford is only at single a, so no way, I would like to seem him at double a eventually this year though

  2. PaMikeyDC

    May 26, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Franco started the season off on a disgusting slump. So, let’s relax a hair w him. And he still needs to establish a position right?

    And one would have to think that the Ceawford comment wasn’t serious.

  3. Robotnik

    May 26, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Both comments are serious. The Phillies farm system is weak at developing players skills. Franco and Crawford have the natural skills to play in the big leagues. Promote them now so the Phils big club benefits from them.

    • Hogey's Role

      May 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm

      It’s way too early to promote Crawford… I am generally all for promoting a player and seeing what they are made of, and I do agree with you that I would bring up Franco right now, however, Crawford on the other hand is 19 years old and playing at single a, he’s gonna need time at double-a at least before he is ready to be called up, it is way too early for Crawford…. I do think they should move him to double-a soon though, he’s been tearing up single-a pitching for a while now

  4. lefty

    May 26, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    It seems reasonably possible that Chase Utley has a chance to break the team single season record for doubles. The record is 59 by Chuck Klein according to two sources, and Chase is tied for the MLB lead 21 in the first 48 games.

    • schmenkman

      May 26, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      He does have a shot. 21 in 48 games is a pace that, if he could keep it up, would give him 71 by the end of the season.

      In order to reach 60, he would have to hit 39 in the last 114 games.

      The most he has ever hit in a FULL season is 48. That was in 2007, when he had 19 in the first 48 games, before going on to finish with the 48 total for the year.

  5. Keith

    May 27, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Crawford should wait until next year, but Franco will be up before 4th of July.

  6. The Original Chuck P

    May 27, 2014 at 10:22 am

    No one else seems to think it’s comical/ironic/apocalyptical that Jesse Biddle missed a start after getting hit in the head with hail?

  7. wbramh

    May 27, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Chuck P: I did – and I was contemplating some combination of those same three adjectives.

    But I would have added the word, “metaphorical.”

    • George

      May 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

      There is absolutely nothing humorous about being hit with hail. It’s a good thing Biddle wasn’t seriously injured. I’ve been through a hailstorm that smashed the windows of every car that wasn’t garaged, collapsed a store’s roof, and killed a man.

      • wbramh

        May 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm

        I don’t believe Chuck was using the word “comical” in the ha-ha sense.
        The idea of a pitcher concussed, not with a screaming line-drive but with a baseball-sized hail stone, technically falls more closely under the category of tragicomedy.
        Again, tragicomedy should not to be confused with side-splitting burlesque.
        And Chuck’s accurate use of the word “Irony” in this case shouldn’t require explanation.

        I’m a frustrated keyboardist.
        If a piano ever falls on my head, feel free to release a brief snort while you sadly shake your head. If I had a split second to see it coming, I’d probably do the same.

      • wbramh

        May 27, 2014 at 12:43 pm

        I don’t believe Chuck was using the word “comical” in the ha-ha sense.
        The idea of a pitcher concussed, not with a screaming line-drive but with a baseball-sized hail stone, technically falls more closely under the category of tragicomedy.
        Again, tragicomedy should not to be confused with side-splitting burlesque.
        And Chuck’s accurate use of the word “Irony” in this case shouldn’t require explanation.

        I’m a frustrated keyboardist.
        If a piano ever falls on my head, feel free to release a brief snort as you shake your head in sadness. If I have a split second to see it coming, I’d probably snort, too.

  8. wbramh

    May 27, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I never thought Richie Ashburn would ever have a rival for the title of “Wbramh’s All-time Favorite Phillies Player” but Utley has done it in his dotage (no slight intended to Allen, Callison, Lefty and Schmidt).

    I mean, here’s this old guy who is lucky to be able to walk onto the field under his own power yet he’s the only player who runs out ground balls or has his mind on the game, at hand.

    Weird, but magnificent at the same time.

    Two years ago he was a lame thoroughbred headed for the glue factory. Now, he’s running the Belmont and kicking at the hallowed Doors of Greatness.

    I often wish Whitey could have seen Utley play the game. He would have loved this guy. It also amazes me that Whitey was gone a full 3 years before Utley signed his first minor league contract with the team. Perhaps my life-long adulation of Whitey (the great player and the ever-interesting acquaintance) coupled with the shock of his sudden passing is still too fresh in my mind. I don’t know about the rest of you but It just doesn’t seem like 17 years have passed.

    Whitey is interred in a tiny cemetery just a block from my house so I stop to give my respects. from time to time. About a month or two back, a couple of Revolutionary War patriots were discovered buried in unmarked graves just a few feet away from Whitey’s marker. He would have liked that, too… but on the whole, probably would have preferred being roommates with Chase.

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