With only two weeks left in the minor league regular season let’s take a look at the MiLB statistical leader boards as they relate to the Phillies organization.
What does jump out is the dominance by Phillies pitching prospects in WHIP (walks, hits per innings pitched). Lehigh Valley’s Cole Irvin leads in WHIP at the AAA level with a 1.07. Irvin is also in the top five of AAA pitchers in Wins (12, second) and ERA (2.71 fourth). Clearwater’s Maurico Llovera is second in WHIP with a 1.13 at Advanced A. Lakewood’s Will Stewart is second in WHIP at 1.00 in Low A.
Lakewood’s Spencer Howard with his seven strikeouts in four innings yesterday is now only a strikeout away from leading Low A with his 131 strikeouts in only 101 innings.
Let’s take a look at some of the players who are finishing strong in August at the team level.
Yesterday, Zach Green hit two doubles. He now has 34 doubles on the season with 23 earlier in the season with Reading and 11 now with Lehigh Valley. The current leader in doubles in the International League has 35. Green is having a spectacular August for Lehigh Valley hitting .348 with a 1.083 OPS. Of his 16 hits this month, eight are doubles, one triple and two home runs.
Reading’s catcher Deivi Grullon hit a homer in four straight games in which he played last week. He now has 21 homers in the 80 games he has played this season. He is hitting .292 with an .888 OPS on the season. He hit .333 in his last ten games despite going 0 for 7 in his last two games.
For Lakewood another catcher, 20-year-old Rodolfo Duran in his last ten games has hit .459 with five home runs. He has hit 17 long balls in 78 games for a .260 avg. and an .823 OPS.
Mickey Moniak finally hit the wall on Saturday night going 0 for 5 for Clearwater. The Phillies minor league department immediately gave him Sunday off after he hit in 11 straight games until Saturday night. Still, Mickey is hitting .325 in his last ten games.
Reliever Addison Russ has been steady all year. He is 12 for 12 in saves for Clearwater and 13 for 13 in saves earlier in the season for Lakewood. Lehigh Valley’s Pedro Beato has led the minor in saves most of the season with 30 but he blew his second save of the season yesterday.
Three starting pitchers who has been the hottest for the Clearwater Threshers have been Bailey Falter, Mauricio Llovera and Adonis Medina. Since coming off the disabled list, Falter won all three starts giving up only one earned run, 14 hits, walking one and striking out 16 in his last 18 innings. Llovera has gone 3-0 in his last four starts giving up five runs, twelve hits, walking four and striking out 28 in 24.2 innings. Medina in his last two starts has pitched 13 innings giving up only one run, eight hits, walking three and striking out 17.
With only two weeks left in the minor leagues regular season, it is so important for everyone to “finish strong”.