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Pig Report: Tyler Cloyd

Phillies SP Tyler Cloyd (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Position: Starting pitcher
Age: 25
Prospect Level: Mid-level prospect.
2012 Major League Stats: 6 starts, 2-2, 4.91 ERA, 33 IP, 30 K.
2012 Minor League Stats: (Reading & Lehigh) 26 starts, 15-1, 2.26 ERA, 167 IP, 113 K.

Season in Review: Tyler Cloyd is one of the most interesting pitching prospects to come up through the Phillies system in quite some time. Cloyd absolutely dismantled Double-A and Triple-A hitting for 26 games, posting an astounding 15-1 record and 2.26 ERA.

But when the 25-year-old righty got up to the Majors, he struggled greatly against far superior batters, and that all falls back on the velocity of his fastball.

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Pig Report: Domonic Brown

RF Domonic Brown. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Position: Starting right fielder
Age: 25
Prospect Level: Major League ready.
2012 Major League Stats: 56 G, .235 AVG, 11 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 26 RBI, .712 OPS
2012 Minor League Stats: 60 G, .286 AVG, 13 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, .767 OPS

Season in Review: Domonic Brown is Major League ready. But he’s still a question mark in terms of how much of an impact he will have in right field for the Phillies.

Brown has survived three trade rumors, a barrage of knee and hand injuries and a myriad of doubt to cement himself a spot on the Opening Day starting lineup in 2013. But let’s look at Brown’s 2012 season to decipher why fans should be content with what Brown is.

First off, Brown isn’t what he was advertised to be. He won’t be a 30-plus, 100-RBI guy everyone was hoping he’d be. He may still be, but he’s probably not going to be. Instead he’s going to be a guy the Phillies are going to rely on to get on base, take bases with his legs and score runs. Brown can very easily do that.

Brown’s season started off on the wrong foot again. In 2011, Brown broke the hamate bone in his hand, halting his chances at making the Phillies then. But in 2012, Brown jammed his thumb on a diving play and had minor neck problems, causing him to again start in Triple A where he would work on playing in left field.

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Pig Report: Phillippe Aumont

RHP Phillippe Aumont (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

Position: Back-end reliever/closer
Age: 23
Prospect Level: Top prospect (5th according to BaseballAmerica.com)
2012 Major League Stats: 18 G, 0-1, 3.68 ERA, 14.2 IP, 14 K, 2 SV
2012 Minor League Stats: 41 G, 3-1, 4.26 ERA, 44.1 IP, 59 K, 15 SV

Season in Review: For Aumont, his hype level was pretty high ever since he was the main trade chip at the end of 2009 for Cliff Lee. He finally started to live up to the hype this past season with both the Iron Pigs in Triple-A and the Phillies for the final month of the season.

Aumont started out horrible for the Pigs, posting a 6.48 ERA in April, a rough start that really made people question Aumont’s value in the Lee deal. But Aumont bounced back, posting a 2.45 ERA in May, a 3.97 in June and a 2.38 in July before being called up in August.

The Phillies view Aumont as a future closer in the organization, and allowed him to pitch in the back-end of the rotation while he was up with the Phillies. He impressed in most of his outings, striking out 14 batters in 14 2/3 innings of work.

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Phillies Coaching Shuffle: Ryne Sandberg to Coach Third Base

Former IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg (Yong Kim/Inquirer Staff)

PHILADELPHIA — Yesterday, the Phillies fired first base coach Sam Perlozzo as well as cut ties with hitting coach Greg Gross and bench coach Pete Mackanin.

With those spots vacated it left room for a certain minor league manager to get his first real crack at Major League coaching.

Hall of Fame second baseman and former IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg will coach third base. Last year’s third base coach Juan Samuel will move to first base.

Sandberg will also become the infield instructor, which was Perlozzo’s job.

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Diekman, De Fratus Join Phillies

RHP Justin De Fratus (Photo by John Russo/Team to Beat)

ATLANTA — Lehigh Valley’s season is officially over, and that leaves the Phillies with a handful of young arms and positon players for the remaining month of the season.

Jake Diekman, who had an earlier stint with the Phillies this season, was recalled Saturday afternoon.

In 23 appearances, Diekman posted a 4.64 ERA. He started pitching incredibly well for the Phillies but the left-handed side-armer ran hit a wall and found himself with the inability to find the strike zone.

As a result of that, Diekman walked 17 batters in 21 1/3 innings, affecting his WHIP which stands at a 1.594 as well as his 6.3 BB/9.

The other arm being called up was Justin De Fratus, who the Phillies selected this morning.

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IronPigs, R-Phils Shuffle Includes Sanches, Valle

ALLENTOWN, PA — The Phillies weren’t the only team in their organization that did a little bit of shuffling at the trade deadline.

With the addition of some prospects, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Phillies moved some guys around to make room for the return the Phillies got for Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino.

C Sebastian Valle in 2009. (Crosscutters/Dick Hostrander)

Right-hander Brian Sanches was released, ending his second stint with the Phillies.

Sanches, 33, was 3-2 with a 2.50 ERA (39.2IP, 15R/11ER) in 25 games this season with the IronPigs. With the Phillies, Sanches was 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA in 6 1/3 innings.

The Pigs also reassigned right-handed pitcher Justin Friend to Reading.

Last night, the Phillies sold Pigs catcher Tuffy Gosewhisch to Toronto for cash. The Phillies also reassigned LHP Jake Diekman and Joe Savery back to Lehigh.

The R-Phils promoted two players to Lehigh. They were catcher Sebastian Valle and infielder Cesar Hernandez.

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Valle Promoted With Acquisition of Joseph

Reading catcher Tommy Joseph (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Disatch)

With the acquisition of Tommy Joseph, the Phillies found themselves with two good young catchers on their Double-A squad in Reading.

Joseph joined top catcher prospect Sebastian Valle in the Phillies organization when he was included in the trade that sent Hunter Pence to the Giants earlier this afternoon. But with Joseph’s presence, Valle got the promotion he undoubtedly deserved.

Valle, who turned 22 last week, was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 80 games with the R-Phils, Valle was hitting .261 with 13 homers and 44 RBIs.

Joseph, 21, was hitting .260 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 80 games for the Richmond Flying Squirrels in Double-A. They play Reading tonight, so his trip to the R-Phils’ dugout was very short.

The move was made for two reasons. First, Valle deserved the call up. Second, Joseph will play every day with Reading for the remainder of the season while Valle gets time in Lehigh to maximize both catchers’ playing time.

The move also ends Tuffy Gosewhisch’s time in Philadelphia with Brian Schneider being activated and Erik Kratz soon to be sent back to Lehigh. Gosewhisch was sold to Toronto.

Phillies Call Up Domonic Brown

Phillies OF Domonic Brown. (Photo by Ron Cortes/Philly Inquirer Staff)

With Shane Victorino on his way to Los Angeles, the Phillies have called up outfielder Domonic Brown from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Brown was scratched from today’s noon lineup and is currently on his way to Washington D.C. to meet up with the team.

In 60 games with the IronPigs, Brown was hitting .286 with 13 doubles, two triples, five homers and 28 RBIs in 236 plate appearances.

Brown has battled injuries twice this year with his hand and his knee. Both injuries kept him out of action but none of them were serious, nor have set his skills back.

Brown has played all three outfield positions with the IronPigs so far this season so it isn’t clear where he’ll play in the field in Philadelphia. He should be an every day starter though, with there seemingly nothing to lose on this season for the Phillies.

Down on the Pharm: Pigs Dominating International League

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
Record: 52-39 (1st in North Division)
How the Team is Doing: Lehigh Valley went 4-4 this past week and won three out of five against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees. Kevin Frandsen had a nice week as he hit .303 with 10 hits in 33 at-bats. The IronPigs are starting to get some players back in their lineup as Hector Luna and Michael Martinez were optioned from the Phillies due to the return of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.
Featured Prospect Watch – RP Phillippe Aumont:  Aumont was the main piece in the trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners a few years back. He hasn’t appeared in the major leagues and hasn’t had spectactular numbers in the minors. In 2012, Aumont is 2-1 with a 4.33 ERA with 10 saves. The most surprising stat is he has 23 walks in only 27 innings pitched. He does have 37 strikeouts and hitters are hitting .208 against him.

Pigs Brown Injures Knee

Just when Domonic Brown was swinging a good bat for the IronPigs, another knee injury slows down his path back to the Phillies.

The Phillies have diagnosed Brown with right knee inflammation and he underwent an MRI this afternoon, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said today.

As posted by Matt Gelb, Brown was hitting .300 in 11 games this month with three home runs and a .939 OPS.

Brown, 24, as a pretty rough history with injuries. Last month, he was hampered by a lingering left hamstring injury. Brown was sidelined this past spring training by thumb and neck injuries.

Last spring, Brown fractured the hook of the hamate bone that cost him most of Grapefruit League play and a shot at cracking the Opening Day roster.

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