The first two weeks of the 140 game minor league schedule are in the books. The only Phillies farm team over .500 is Clearwater at 10-4 after last night’s win over Bradenton. Strong starting and relief pitching plus the long ball have been the keys to the Threshers success, hitting 14 homers in 14 starts to lead the FSL
Last night for the Threshers, third baseman Jan Hernandez went deep for his third homer in only nine games in which he has played to give the Threshers an early 1-0 lead, Watch his first homer of the season in this compilation we put together earlier, HERE.
After going 0 for 7 in his first two starts, Jan has gone 10 for 22 in his last seven games in which he was in the lineup. He has not played in five games already this season but it has paid off with his torrid bat when he is in the lineup.
Closer Jeff Singer took over the Florida State League lead in saves after picking up his fourth save of the season to go with his one win. He struggled mightily for the first time last night but he was more lucky than good to get the save. A good closer needs that too from time to time.
Singer came on in the ninth inning protecting a 3-1 lead for starter Jose Taveras (2-0, 1.08) . Jeff had given up a run on two hits and two walks with two outs at that point in the ninth. With runners at first and third he uncorked a wild pitch but the ball bounced off the backstop, back to catcher Deivi Grullon. He applied the tag to the runner attempting score the tying run to end the game.
In other action, another league leader, Rhys Hoskins, continues to hit for Lehigh Valley. He went two for four hitting his fourth home run of the season to start a seven-run, fifth inning which lead to an 8-4 win last night. Hoskins now leads the International League with a .623 slugging percent and is second in OPS with a 1.123.
In Lakewood last night, Mickey Moniak came out of the game after an apparent injury sliding into home in the Lakewood’s defeat. After a 4-0 start the team has lost 7 of their last 10 games. The BlueClaws have been hard hit with the injury bug. Opening night starters, first baseman Darick Hall and shortstop Arquimedes Gamboa are already out with injuries.
The last two seasons the Phillies Front Office has gone out and acquired veteran starting pitchers. Read HERE. Two of the young players they gave up are off to great starts with their new teams.
In the Jeremy Hellickson deal, the Arizona Diamondbacks received a 21-year-old right-hander, Sam McWilliams. He has gone 2-0 and is yet to give up a run in two starts for Kane County in the Midwest League. Second baseman, Josh Tobias acquired by Boston in the Clay Buchholz trade is off to a great start for the Salem Red Sox in the Carolina League, hitting .345 with two homers and ten RBIs.
The first 14 games of the minor league season are already in the books. In summary with the exception of the Clearwater Threshers, the teams of the Phillies farm system are off to slower than expected starts.
Hoskins, Singer, Taveras and Hernandez are just several of the Phillies farmhands who played last night and have had great starts to the season. And two young former Phillies prospects traded for major league veteran starting pitchers are off to great starts with their new organizations.