Monday, July 10, 2017

Phils Minor League Notebook, 7/10/16

Just a quick rundown of some noteworthy performers throughout the Phillies minor leagues.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs- 

Hoskins & Kingery, image- Jay Floyd
International League All-Star Rhys Hoskins went 1-for-2 with a single and was hit by a pitch in Sunday's MLB All-Star Futures Game.  In 88 games this season, the righty hitting first baseman has a .289 batting average with 20 home runs and 66 RBI.

Also in the Futures Game, second baseman Scott Kingery went 0-for-1.  In 12 games since he was promoted to Triple-A, the 23-year-old is batting .306 with four homers, eight RBI and four steals.

Right-handed pitcher Tom Eshelman sports a 7-2 record with a 1.96 ERA through 11 starts as a member of the Lehigh Valley rotation.  Eshelman was acquired as part of the Ken Giles trade to Houston in 2015.

Double-A Reading Fightin Phils-

Third baseman Mitch Walding has been ripping up the opposition of late.  Named the Eastern League player of the month for June, Walding tallied a .337 batting average with 13 homers and 27 RBI in 25 games.  Walding, the Phillies' 5th round draft choice in 2011, will represent Reading in the Eastern League All-Star Game and the EL Home Run Derby this week.

After posting a 5.52 ERA in 10 games as a starter, right-hander Shane Watson was moved to the bullpen, where he has posted a 2.51 ERA in nine relief outings.  The 23-year-old was taken 40th overall by the Phillies in the 2012 draft.

Righty Yacksel Rios, another Reading All-Star, has a 1-2 record with two saves and a 1.89 ERA and has struck out 47 while walking 10 in 38 innings this season.  The 24-year-old was a 12th round pick by the Phils in 2011.

Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers-

Including a game in which he was hit by a pitch on June 27th, outfielder Cornelius Randolph has reached base in 21 straight games.  The 20-year-old lefty batter has a .245 average with eight home runs and 35 RBI in 76 games this season.

Outfielder Jose Pujols has been struggling throughout the season.  In 60 games this season, the 21-year-old righty batter is hitting .169 with three homers and 16 RBI.  Thus far in July, Pujols is 0-for-20 with 10 strike outs.

Class A Lakewood BlueClaws- 

Darick Hall, image- Jay Floyd
Through 69 games, first baseman Darick Hall sports a .277 batting average with 17 homers and a league-leading 67 RBI (he is 18 ahead of the second place guy).  The 21-year-old was a 14th round draft selection last year.

Outfielder Mickey Moniak, last year's first overall draft pick, is batting .270 with four homers, 31 RBI and nine steals in 80 games this season.  The 19-year-old lefty hitter need to improve against left-handed pitchers, as his slash line (.214/.256/.298) against them isn't very good.

Lefty starter Ranger Suarez has been remarkable all season long.  The 21-year-old has a 6-2 record with a 1.59 ERA and a 9.5 K/9 mark in 14 starts for the 'Claws.

Class A Short-season Williamsport Crosscutters-

Outfielder Adam Haseley, who was the Phillies' 1st round draft selection this year, sports a .440 batting average with a home run and eight RBI since signing.  He has notched a hit or a walk in each one of his 13 games as a professional.

Through four starts, left-hander Kyle Young has a 3-0 record and a 1.47 ERA while having struck out 26 batters and walking five in 18 1/3 innings.  The 19-year-old was a 22nd round draft pick last year.

Rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies-

Simon Muzziotti, an 18-year-old outfielder, has a .304 average with a double and three triples in 11 games.  The lefty batter is making his stateside debut this season, after spending last year in the Dominican Summer League.  He played in two games with Clearwater prior to the GCL season getting started recently. 
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