Always good to get off to a good start, stay consistent and finish strong. Not only have Phillies minor league guys Cameron Rupp, Ken Giles, Carlos Alonso and Pete Lavin started the 2014 good, they have been eye catching after the first weekend of action. No way to expect these outstanding performances every weekend but if these guys can play consistently well all season, they will soon be in the major leagues somewhere.
No doubt Cameron Rupp has emerged as the Phillies catcher of the future. His three homers in three starts to go with five walks has him a top the AAA OPS leader board. He is coming off a hot major league spring training where he hit .346, 9 for 28, with a homer.
What can we say about Ken Giles. We have been following the flame thrower the last two seasons with Clearwater. It was apparent after his outstanding performance in the Arizona Fall League he was ready for something special. To go two for two in save opportunities over the weekend getting all six outs by strikeouts was something legends are made.
Carlos Alonso was about the only reason we kept going to Thresher games last season after Kelly Dugan and Maikel Franco were called up to Reading and Cameron Perkins broke his wrist. Finally he was penciled in at second base yesterday after playing in left and at third to start the season for Reading. The minor league gold glove winner last season at second did not disappoint in the field as he was key in two double plays. He threw in a three run homer for good measure to provide for the 4-3 win yesterday.
The Clearwater Thresher were over matched in three of the four games to open the season against the Dunedin Blue Jays. Even with Cole Hamels starting yesterday they could not win. But don’t blame Pete Lavin. Back for his third season for the Threshers, the 26 year old went six for eight with a triple and a double in the Saturday and Sunday games. More importantly he kept running down balls hit his way in center and threw out runners at third and home Saturday night and a runner at second yesterday. What more can one player do for a not very good team. Pete would look very good in center for Reading.