Down On the Pharm: A month into the season
April 29, 2012
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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.
Reading Phillies (AA)
Record: 14-7 (1st in Eastern Division)
How the Team is Doing: Reading went 3-2 this past week with a pair of wins over the Richmond Braves and a win against the Portland Sea Dogs. Starter Tyler Cloyd picked up another win to improve his record to 3-0 with a 2.37 ERA. Cloyd and May have provided quite the one-two punch for Reading thus far. Leftfielder Steve Susdorf hit .500 last week with two RBIs against Portland.
Featured Prospect Watch – SP Trevor May: Along with Jesse Biddle, May is the Phillies’ top pitching prospect. After having a solid season in Clearwater in 2011, May is picking up right where he left off. He is having a phenomenal year thus far as he is 4-0 with a 2.35 ERA in four starts. In his most recent start on Wednesday, May pitched six shutout innings and only surrendered one hit while striking out 7. He has only give up 6 runs on 12 hits in 2012.
Clearwater Threshers (A)
Record: 10-10 (2nd in North Division)
How the Team is Doing: Clearwater had an impressive week as they went 5-1 with their only loss coming against the Daytona Cubs. Third baseman Cody Asche has been hitting well for the Threshers. Asche hit .250 with 3 RBIs over the past week and is hitting .294 for the season.
Featured Prospect Watch – SP Jesse Biddle: Biddle is not off to a good start in his first season with the Threshers. The former first round pick is 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA. In his start on Thursday, Biddle pitched six innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits with only one of the runs being earned. This was his best start of the season so far. Hopefully things continue to improve for Biddle from this point forward.
Lakewood BlueClaws (A)
Record: 8-13 (5th in Northern Division)
How the Team is Doing: The Blue Claws went 2-3 this past week and lost three of four to Asheville. Centerfielder Aaron Altherr is having a very good year for Lakewood. Altherr is hitting .308 over his last 10 games and has 5 RBIs in that span. Lefty Ethan Stewart is pitching well despite an 0-1 record. Stewart has a 1.33 ERA and has only given up 3 runs in 20.1 innings.
Featured Prospect Watch – 3B Maikel Franco: Franco is the #10 prospect in the Phillies organization according to Baseball America. Franco only hit .227 this past week but did drive in four runs to give him 10 RBIs for the season. He also had a pair of multi-hit games.