Phillies Minor League review for April 16-22

April 16th, 2018

Players of the Week
Player - SS Arquimedes Gamboa, Clearwater… Gamboa, 20, batted .368 (7-19) with three extra-base hits, two RBI, five walks to one strikeout and posted a 1.132 OPS in five games. Defensively this season, he has committed just one error in 63 total chances at shortstop (16 starts). The Venezuela native was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on July 17, 2014.
Pitcher - LHP , Reading … The 22-year-old, who was also named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, posted a 1.20 ERA (2 ER, 15.0 IP) with 12 strikeouts and one win over two starts. He held opponents to a .218 average and did not surrender a walk in either of his outings. Suarez was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on April 1, 2012.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division… 7-9, 5th place… Offensively, the IronPigs lead the IL with 67 walks.
Top hitting performers - INF hit .353 (6-17) with a double, home run, three RBI, four runs scored, five walks and led the club with a 1.110 OPS in six games… OF batted .273 (6-22) and stole three bases over five games. He is now 7-for-8 (87.5%) in stolen base attempts this season, leading the International League in steals… SS went 8-for-23 (.348) with a triple, two RBI, two runs scored and three walks in six games.
Top pitching performers - RHP earned a win after surrendering two runs (one earned) on five hits over 5.2 innings, while walking two with eight strikeouts in his lone start. He has recorded 22 strikeouts over his first three starts (13.2 IP) of the season… RHP Zach Eflin allowed two runs (one earned) over 5.0 innings, striking out three in his only start… LHP struck out five and allowed one hit across two scoreless relief appearances (2.2 IP).
Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division… 7-11, 5th place… Reading's pitchers have recorded 169 strikeouts, which ranks second in the EL.
Top hitting performers - OF Zach Coppola led the team with 10 hits, batting .400 (10-25) with four runs scored, four walks and two stolen bases in seven games. His 11 walks rank tied for fourth in the Eastern League this season… 3B Damek Tomscha hit .333 (7-21) with a double, three RBI, three runs scored and four walks (.440 OBP) over seven contests… OF Jiandido Tromp posted a .435 on-base percentage and batted .316 (6-19) with four walks in six games.
Top pitching performers - LHP Ranger Suarez, who was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week as well as Eastern League Pitcher of the Week, went 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA (2 ER, 15.0 IP), 0.80 WHIP (0 BB, 12 H) and struck out 12 over two starts… RHP retired all 12 batters he faced, recording seven strikeouts in 4.0 innings (two relief outings)… RHP won his lone start, allowing two runs over 5.1 innings with six strikeouts.
Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division… 5-13, 6th place… Offensively, the Threshers lead the FSL with 19 home runs.
Top hitting performers - SS Arquimedes Gamboa, the Phillies Minor League Player of the Week, slashed .368/.500/.632 (7-19) with a double, two triples, two RBI, four runs scored and five walks over five games… OF Jose Pujols hit .300 (6-20) and slugged two home runs with four RBI in five games… OF Adam Haseley went 8-for-27 (.296) with two doubles, three RBI and four runs scored over six contests… INF Jose Gomez batted .300 (6-20) in five games.
Top pitching performers - LHP McKenzie Mills logged a quality start in his only outing, tossing 7.0 innings, while allowing one run on three hits with no walks and six strikeouts. He has posted a 0.88 WHIP in three starts this season… RHP Sixto Sanchez surrendered two runs over 6.0 innings and allowed one walk with five strikeouts in his second start of the season… LHP Jakob Hernandez made two scoreless relief appearances (3.2 IP), allowing one hit, one walk and striking out six.
Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League Northern Division… 9-9, 5th place… The BlueClaws have posted a 2.66 team ERA, the third-best mark in the SAL.
Top hitting performers - INF Jake Scheiner collected a team-high seven hits, including three doubles and one triple in seven games… 1B Quincy Nieporte batted .273 (6-22) with two doubles and six RBI over six contests.
Top pitching performers - RHP Connor Brogdon went 1-0 and did not allow a run in two starts (11.0 IP). He pitched to a 0.64 WHIP (3 BB, 4 H) and totaled 10 strikeouts… RHP Spencer Howard fanned nine over 5.0 innings in one start, allowed two runs and earned his first win of the season. He now has 22 strikeouts and just one walk this season… LHP Kyle Dohy tossed 4.2 scoreless innings (three relief appearances), striking out eight.