Thursday, April 30, 2009

Reading Phils -- So Far a Bit Better than Harrisburg...

So to supplement Boss' dismal post on the Harrisburg Senators (I need to find out a similar site for the Phils as to where you get all of your Nats Minor League information -- you seem really well informed Boss) I thought I'd post a few tidbits for the other team we follow on this blog -- a few of the Phighten Phils minor league prospects. You will find in the early going this season that Reading's outlook seems a bit brighter than Harrisburg's, but again -- IT'S EARLY! ;-)

The Reading Phils 12-5 record puts them squarely in 2nd place in the Eastern League's Southern division (which they share with the 2-15 Nats.)

Some early season highlights (by the way -- I will only focus on pitching as the Phils big club is pretty much set at every position for the next several years, maybe aside from third base, which I'll actually cover):

Joe Savery, 1st round (19th overall) pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft (Rice University):
Savery seems to be holding his own in AA ball for Reading in the early going at 1-1, 3.68 ERA after four starts. 22 IP, 1.36 WHIP, 18 K. Savery spent all of 2007 with the Clearwater Threshers (A) and finished 9-10, 4.13 ERA, 122 K in 150 IP with a high 1.53 WHIP. The young lefty's 150 IP (good) and 171 Hits against (not so good) were both Florida State League (FSL) highs last year. Apparently Savery also had a solid fall playing for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League (1-1, 0.64 ERA, 5 GS.) The point here is he's piling up innings. The interesting thing with Savery in the National League (potentially) is he can rake -- he was a hitting machine for Rice. We'll see how that could play out in the big leagues.

Antonio Bastardo, amateur free agent (Dominican Republic):
Another southpaw, Bastard-o is interesting because I love his name, but also because he was invited to Phils spring camp in Clearwater. He dominated in Clearwater (A) last year, was promoted to Reading in the second half of '08, and is still in Reading. In the early going he seems to continue to progress -- in five games (1 GS), he's racked up a 1-0, 0.73 ERA 11 K in 12 IP line and a miniscule 0.56 WHIP; opponents are hitting a dismal .146 against him. I see Bastardo as a potential relief call up if Eyre or the awful SF Giants pickup continue to falter or get hurt.

Kyle Drabek, 1st round (18th overall) pick in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft (HS Texas):
Drabek, coming off Tommy John surgery (seemingly right after he was selected in the draft), is off to a solid start in Clearwater -- 3-0, has won all three starts, 2.22, with 31 K's in 24 IP. His WHIP is a fraction under 1.00. If this continues, most likely he'll be leaving the fine T&A in Clearwater for the Reading farmland by mid-summer.

One League down from the big club, finely represented by the Lehigh Valley (Allentown) IRON-PIGS, 3B prospect Jason Donald seems to be struggling after not making the big club breaking spring training, but John Mayberry, 1st round selection (Texas Rangers) who impressed in spring training and who was returned to the Phils for in exchange for another 1st round selection last fall (Greg Golson), seems off to a solid start -- .277, 12 R, 7 2B, 5 HR, 13 RBI in 65 AB's (.615 slugging); but the problem continues -- 18 K in 65 AB's, under K/4 AB's.

2 comments:

  1. For the phillies, i'd do this:
    - http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=phi (MLB's phillies home page)
    - roster->minor league affiliates

    Then, this year the mlb.com sites have really nice summaries of all the minor league affiliates. You can get the roster, stats and schedule for each team from here.

    Now we're lucky as nats fans b/c there's a guy out there who runs natsfarm.com, a fantastic blog tracking our minor league affiliates as well as our rosters, our draft picks etc. In fact, the "Big Board" and "Draft track" google spreadsheets are some of my favorite resources to find out where all our players are and where our draft picks are...

    Perhaps there's something like that out there for the Phillies affiliates.

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  2. Thanks Boss. I have frequented the Clearwater Threshers, Iron Pigs, and Reading sites over the years, but yea there seems to be links now through the Phils site; they didn't do that in the past.

    And yes, it took quite a while to find all of that information; luckily I'm short-timing here and all of my deliverables are completed. Info is available, but w/ guys scattered all over three or four different teams you have to meander around quite a bit between sites.

    Last day on the project here and rolling off tonight. Been quite a rollercoaster of a year. Will have some bench time so expect quite a few entries over the next few weeks.

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