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Prospect Report: Jesse Biddle

Threshers LHP Jesse Biddle (Photo by Bryan Greene/Flickr)

Position: Starting pitcher
Age: 21
Prospect Level: Top prospect (2nd according to BaseballAmerica.com)
Team: 
Clearwater (Single-A+)
2012 Minor League Stats: 26 starts, 10-6, 3.22 ERA, 142.2 IP, 151 K.

Season in Review: Local product and former first round pick Jesse Biddle began his first season at Class A Clearwater with lofty expectations.

Biddle had a very good 2012 season as he had his highest win total in his Phillies career with 10. The Germantown Friends product tossed his first complete game in nearly two years.

The Threshers left-hander tossed seven no-hit innings against Brevard County on Aug. 17. Biddle also struck out 12 batters in that contest.

In 2012, Biddle shaved down his walks total and struck out 27 more batters in only a few more innings than in 2011 with the Lakewood Blue Claws.

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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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Phillies To Call Up Ruf Monday

R-Phils DH/OF Darin Ruf. (David M. Schofield/The Druid’s Eye)

PHILADELPHIA — Minor League phenom Darin Ruf will get his big call to the Majors.

A week after manager Charlie Manuel said he would like to get a first-hand look at Ruf, the Phillies will call-up the 26-year-old slugger on Monday, according to Reading Eagle reporter Mike Drago.

Ruf broke the Phillies single-season Double-A marks for homers and RBIs with 38 and 104 this season. He hit .317 in the process with an OPS of 1.028.

Ruf isn’t a very good fielder, bouncing back between first base and left field when he isn’t DHing. But Ruf is a right-hander and the Phillies could use a power bat like that from the right side of the plate.

The Phillies host Miami on Monday.

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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Phillies Prospect Tyson Gillies Suspended For Outburst With Bus Driver

Gillies (Akira Suwa/Inquirer)

READING, PA — The other day, it was found out that Phillies centerfield prospect Tyson Gillies was suspended for disciplinary reasons.

Today, details came out on why Gillies was given a ban.

Gillies, 23, of the AA Reading Phillies, was suspended an undisclosed amount of games for an outburst on an R-Phils bus driver.

Matt Gelb writes that Gillies was emotional according to a source because he had re-injured his hamstring just days after returning from a concussion that kept him out of action for seven weeks.

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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.

Frandsen, Brown Involved in AAA Bench-Clearer

Check out this video between the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta’s AAA team) from yesterday’s 10-1 IronPigs win.

Pigs second baseman Kevin Frandsen was nearly hit by a pitch from Braves pitcher Todd Redmond in the bottom of the 4th inning with the Pigs leading 6-0. After lining out, Frandsen and Redmond exchanged words from the dugout and mound.

The next batter was Domonic Brown. Brown ripped a solo home run off Redmond, and then flipped his bat and beat his chest to send a message and stand up for his teammate. Brown celebrated all the way round the bases and into the dugout.

Redmond then hit Erik Kratz with the following pitch and was ejected. The benches cleared as well but no punches were thrown.

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Phillies Trade AAA OF Thompson

OF Rich Thompson hits a single in last year’s International League playoffs. (Photo via Express Times)

The Philadelphia Inquirer was fresh off of running a feature on career minor leaguer Rich Thompson this past weekend.

It looks like someone in the Tampa Bay system has a subscription.

The Phillies traded Thompson to Tampa Bay for outfielder Kyle Hudson. Thompson is currently on his way to join the Rays now, the first time he has been on a big league club since having one Major League at-bat with the Royals in 2004.

“It’s awesome,” Thompson told Matt Gelb from the airport in Charlotte.

Thompson, 33, was hitting .307 with four doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs in 29 games with the IronPigs this season. In his last game yesterday, he went 3-for-4, falling a home run shy of the cycle.

Hudson, 25, was hitting .291 with a double and triple in 31 games with the Durham Bulls, Tampa Bay’s AAA affiliate. He will join the IronPigs.

Hudson played in 14 games last season with the Orioles, hitting .143 (4-for-28) with two RBIs.

Down On the Pharm: A month into the season

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
Record: 13-10 (3rd in North Division)
How the Team is Doing: Lehigh Valley went 2-4 this past week and lost two of three games against Buffalo and Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Dave Bush and Raul Valdes picked up wins in those respective games. Catcher Erik Kratz hit his first two home runs of the season this week.
Featured Prospect Watch – 1B Cody Overbeck:  Overbeck has been one of the best players for the IronPigs in 2012. For the season, he is hitting .304 with a home run and 12 RBIs. Over the past week, Overbeck hit .333 with a pair of RBIs including multi-hit games against Buffalo and Scranton-Wilkes Barre. This is his first full season in AAA and he is off to a great start.

AAA Recap: IronPigs 4, Bisons 3 (Tuesday Night)

TTB Staffer Chris Bengel was in attendance for a AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs game Tuesday night against the Buffalo Bisons (NY Mets) and recapped the game.

IronPigs SP Tom Cochran. (Douglas Kilpatrick / LHV The Morning Call)

The IronPigs came away with a 4-3 win in 11 innings on Tuesday night.

Domonic Brown was one of the guys I was most intrigued to see. Obviously, Brown wasn’t expected to make the Phillies roster and the team wanted to see him get more seasoning at Lehigh Valley.

Brown was impressive against the Buffalo Bisons as he went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

In his first at-bat, Brown was patient. He waited for his pitch and delivered a single into left field.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Brown was up again with a chance to bring Scott Podsednik home. Brown did the job as he skyed a pitch to left field to give the IronPigs a 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly.

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