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Phillies Minor League Review (August 19-25)

Players of the Week

Pitcher - RHP, Mark Leiter, Lakewood… 2 starts… 1-0, 0.00 ERA (11.0 IP), 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 SO… Earns POTW honors for the 1st time this season… Leiter was drafted in the 22nd round of this year's draft out of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Players of the Week

Pitcher - RHP, Mark Leiter, Lakewood… 2 starts… 1-0, 0.00 ERA (11.0 IP), 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 SO… Earns POTW honors for the 1st time this season… Leiter was drafted in the 22nd round of this year's draft out of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Player - 2B, Andrew Pullin, Williamsport… 7 G… Batted .400 (12-30), 2 R, 4 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB… Pullin earns POTW honors for the 2nd time this season (7/8-14)… A 5th round selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Centralia HS (Washington), Pullin was signed by Rick Jacques.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division…69-63, T-3rd place… 3-3 for the week… INF/OF Cesar Hernandez batted .471 (8-17), 2B, 3B, SB in 5 G… Hernandez has posted a .382 OBP this season for LV and has hit safely in 7 of his last 8 G… Hernandez is batting .317 with 31 SB for LV this year… INF/OF Pete Orr batted .304 (7-23), 5 R, 2 2B, 3B prior to his promotion to PHI…. Orr has hit safely in 19 of his last 23 G (.344 AVG at press time)… C Cameron Rupp had a 7 G hitting streak snapped on 8/26… Rupp has hit safely in 8 of his last 9 and is batting .326 over his last 25 G…  RHP David Buchanan picked up a W in his only start going 6.0 innings, 4 H, 1 ER, 7 SO… Buchanan has made 5 starts for LV since his promotion (all quality) and is 4-1 with a 2.16 ERA in that span… RHP Phillippe Aumont allowed only 3 H in 4.0 scoreless innings… RHP J.C. Ramirez tossed 3.0 scoreless innings before being promoted back to PHI… Ramirez had an active 14.1 IP (9 G) scoreless streak at the time of his promotion… Before allowing a single on 8/19, Ramirez had held opposing batters hitless in 37 AB after being sent down... Between ML stints Ramirez held opposing hitters to a .054 AVG (2-37) at triple-A…. LHP Mauricio Robles is riding a 17.0 IP scoreless streak at the time of print as he tossed 3.0 scoreless innings this past week… LHP Adam Morgan has posted a 1.59 ERA (5 ER, 28.1 IP) in 7 starts since coming off the DL… RHP Justin Friend didn't allow a baserunner in 3.0 scoreless innings… LHP Jay Johnson tossed 3.1 scoreless innings in relief (3 G)… RHP Mike Nesseth earned a promotion from Reading (AA) where posted a 1.64 ERA (8 ER, 44.0 IP) this season in 35 G… RHP Perci Garner earned his 1st win at triple-A as he was called up from Clearwater (A) for a spot start… Garner went 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7 SO, 2 BB in his start.

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division…57-77, 6th place… 5-4 for the week… 3B/1B Maikel Franco belted 4 HR as he batted .294 (10-34), 8 R, 2B, 8 RBI… OF Zack Collier backed up his POTW honors from last week as he hit .310 (9-29) 5 R, 2 2B, 3B… The 34th overall selection in the 2010 draft, Collier is batting .349 (29-83) in August… OF Kelly Dugan had 8 H including 2 2B and 2 HR... 1B Jim Murphy belted his 21st HR of the season… OF Anthony Hewitt belted his career-high 16th HR this season while swiping his 18th SB of the season… INF/OF Albert Cartwright swiped 4 bases this week bringing his season total to 26 on the season… Reading pitching combined to post back-to-back shutouts this week (8/20-21)… RHP Hector Neris made 3 relief appearances (1-0, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO)… LHP Jesse Biddle picked up the W in his only start going 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 SO… LHP Austin Wright tossed 5.0 scoreless innings of relief… RHP Seth Rosin (2 G, 2.0 IP) made his 1st relief appearance in the PHI organization (63 of his 79 appearances with SF were in relief)… RHP Juan Sosa posted a 2.70 ERA this week as he was called on to make 2 spot starts (10.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO… In Sosa's 2nd start he went 6.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 7 SO… RHP Kyle Simon picked up a SV and a W in 2 appearances as he allowed just 1 H over 4.0 IP… Prior to his promotion to LV (AAA), RHP Mike Nesseth picked up his 9th SV of the season.

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division…First Half - 35-33, 4th place… Second Half - 30-29, 2nd place… 3-2 for the week… OF Aaron Altherr batted .429 (9-21), 2 2B, 2 HR, SB… Altherr has 12 HR, 36 2B & 21 SB at the time of print this season… OF Cameron Perkins batted .389 (7-18), 2 2B… Perkins (28 2B) ranks 2nd on the club behind Altherr this season… 1B Brock Stassi batted .471 (8-17), 2 2B, 3B… Stassi is batting .329 (28-85) during the month of August… 1B/DH Chris Serritella batted .333 (6-18), 2B… LHP Hoby Milner picked up his 12th W of the season (leads the Phils ML system)… Milner went 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO… RHP Luis Paulino picked up a W in his only start going 5.0 IP, H, 4 SO… RHP Colton Murray picked up a W as he tossed 4.0 innings of scoreless relief… RHP Ryan O'Sullivan chipped in with 3.0 scoreless innings out of the bullpen… LHP Ethan Stewart allowed only 1 ER over 6.0 IP in his only start.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division - First Half-26-41, 7th place… Second Half - 27-36, 6th place… 6-2 for the week… SS J.P. Crawford picked up right where he left off with GCL as he spent his 1st full week in LWD… Crawford reached base safely in his 1st 8G for LWD as he batted .321 (9-28), 5 BB, 2B, 2 SB… OF Larry Greene batted .320 (8-25), 7 R, 4 2B… 1B Art Charles had 8 H including 3 2B… Charles leads the club with 23 2B on the season… C Gabriel Lino batted .357 (5-14), 2 2B, 3B in 4 G… OF Jiandido Tromp batted .313 (5-16), 2B, 2 3B… Lakewood pitching was led by a group of 2013 draft picks… RHP Mark Leiter (22nd round) earned POTW honors as he made his 1st 2 starts for LWD going 1-0, 0.00 ERA (11.0 IP), 9 H, 2 BB, 12 SO… RHP Jon Prosinski (10th round) picked up a W in his only start going 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 SO… RHP Chris Burgess (26th round) picked up 2 SV in 4.0 scoreless innings of relief… RHP Lee Ridenhour (16th round) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in relief… Ridenhour posted a 1.87 ERA in 19G between WIL and LWD before earning a promotion to CLR… Ridenhour has 28 SO to only 4 BB this season… RHP Miguel Nunez picked up his 10th W of the season this week as he went 1-0 in 2 starts striking out 13 while allowing just 1 BB in 10.0 IP.

Williamsport CrossCutters - New York Penn League Pinckney Division - 30-34, 4th place… 2-5 for the week… 2B Andrew Pullin picked up POTW honors as he batted .400 (12-30), 4 2B, HR… Pullin was riding a 7G hitting streak as the week came to an end…. OF Dylan Cozens batted .304 (7-23), HR, 4 RBI… Cozens has 7 HR this season and leads the club in OPS (.806)… SS Malquin Canelo batted .412 (7-17)… C Andrew Knapp (2013 2nd round selection) belted his 4th HR of the season… OF Samuel Hiciano hit his 7th HR this season… RHP Julio Reyes made 2 starts where he allowed just 2 H and 1 R over 10.0 IP… On 8/24 Reyes did not allow a H in 6.0 IP… Over his last 5 starts Reyes has allowed just 7 H in 23.0 IP (.095 OPP AVG, 7-74)… RHP Matt Soren tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in relief… RHP Tyler Buckley made 2 scoreless appearances out of the pen this week and at press time has a 2.31 ERA over 18 G for WIL this season.

Gulf Coast League Phillies - 28-28, 2nd place… 3-3 for the week… GCL struggled with the lumber as they batted just .190 (35-184) as a team this week… 2B Robinson Torres led the team with 6 H including 2 2B… OF Venn Biter hit .294 (5-17), 2 2B… Biter is batting .300 through his 1st 50 AB's as a professional… OF Jose Pujols hit his 6th HR of the year for GCL… 1B/3B Trey Williams belted his 2nd HR of the season… RHP Tyler Viza made 2 starts picking up a win going 10.0 IP, 6 H, R, BB, 9 SO… Viza has posted a 1.55 ERA through his 1st 29.0 innings as a professional… LHP Elniery Garcia made 1 start going 4.0 IP, 1 R, 5 SO… RHP Richard Bielski picked up a W as he tossed an inning of scoreless relief… Bielski has posted a 1.23 ERA in 22.0 IP this season… RHP Lewis Alzones tossed 2.0 scoreless innings out of the bullpen… Alzones has a 1.59 ERA through 22.2 IP this season.

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