BROWN, MATHIESON HONORED — Domonic Brown and Scott Mathieson were both awarded the Paul Owens award, given to the best batter and pitcher in the Phillies farm system.
Brown enjoyed a nice AA and AAA season that resulted in him coming up to the bigs. Brown batted .327 with 20 homers and 68 RBIs in 93 minor league games between Reading and Lehigh.
Mathieson had himself a very successful minor league stint, going 3-6 with a .280 ERA and 26 saves in 56 relief appearances (64 1/3 innings).
BROWN SCRATCHED — Brown was scratched from today’s line up. He was originally going to start again in place of Jayson Werth but his sore right quad prevented that. It’s nothing serious, just a day of rest said Ruben Amaro, Jr.
Werth is hitting .059 (1-for-17) against Marlins starter Chris Volstad. Manuel put him in the seven-hole behind Jimmy Rollins (five) and Raul Ibanez (six).
BROWN MAY PLAY WINTER BALL — In the third and final news piece including Brown, he may be playing some winter ball this off season to make up for the at-bats lost while sitting on the Phillies bench.
“He’s not the perfect, finished product yet,” Amaro said. “He’s got things to learn, things to do, things to improve upon. We’ll see how it goes.”
Brown is hitting .214 with three doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs in 30 games in the bigs this season.
NEW FIFTH STARTER? — After Vance Worley’s solid starting debut yesterday and Kyle Kendrick’s recent lack of success, it’s unknown whether or not Worley will take the fifth starting job over Kendrick. Worley allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five in the Phillies’ 7-1 loss to Florida. They were trailing 2-0 and pulled him in place of a bat to try and score.
The way the pitching is lined up, the Phillies will most likely have to use their fifth starter only three times seeing as they will skip that spot twice when they face Atlanta two more times. In fact, they will have Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, and Roy Halladay going against the Braves in both series if it works out that way.