Phillies Minor League Review, June 1-7
Players of the Week
Player - OF Cam Perkins, Reading...Perkins, 24, was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for the second straight week after continuing to put on a power display for the Reading Fightin Phils. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound outfielder hit another three home runs to go along with nine runs, six RBI, six doubles, an .867 slugging percentage and a 1.233 OPS. He has now hit six home runs in his last 14 games, and over that stretch has also driven in 15 runs and recorded five multi-hit games. His recent power surge has him tied for second in the league with 24 extra-base hits and tied for third with eight home runs. Perkins, who was also named the Eastern League Player of the Week, was selected by the Phillies in the sixth round of the 2012 draft out of Purdue University and was signed by Nate Dion.
Pitcher - RHP Reinier Roibal, Reading...The 26-year-old Cuban native earned Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week honors after two dominant outings last week for Reading. On June 6, he held the Binghamton Mets to just three hits over 5.0 shutout frames. This came four days after he retired all six batters he faced in a 2.0-inning relief appearance. He struck out six in those 7.0 innings, posting a 0.57 WHIP and .130 batting average against. In five games now with Reading (two starts), he has posted a 1.20 ERA over 15.0 innings and has struck out 12 batters while allowing nine hits. Roibal was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on January 23, 2015, and was originally signed in 2010 as an amateur free agent by the San Francisco Giants.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division…21-37, 5th place…Lehigh Valley's bats fell silent, as they managed to score more than two runs in just two of their six games last week. Their bright spot came in the first game of a four-game series against Indianapolis, when they exploded for eight runs and held the Indians scoreless for their second shutout in five days. The IronPigs will be on the road in Durham and Norfolk for their next seven games.
Top hitting performers - OF Brian Bogusevic's hit streak now sits at 10 games after he collected at least one hit in each game last week and posted a .444 average with two runs and two RBI. He now has three separate hit streaks this season of 10 games or more….SS Chase d'Arnaud went 8-for-24 (.333) with a .360 OBP and two multi-hit games, raising his season average to .310.
Top pitching performers - LHP Anthony Vasquez had his second straight scoreless start, tossing 7.2 innings and allowing only three hits to Indianapolis on June 4. He has allowed only six hits and struck out nine in his last 15.2 innings, and was the starting pitcher for both of Lehigh Valley's shutouts this season…LHP Adam Morgan tossed 6.1 innings and allowed four runs (only two earned) in his start against the Indians, striking out five for the third consecutive start.
Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division …31-25, 3rd place… The Fightin Phils won back-to-back series, taking two of three from both the Erie Seawolves and Binghamton Mets to pull six games over the .500 mark. Reinier Roibal helped earn Reading a shutout on Saturday in a spot start, and the offense put up 14 runs on 15 hits Sunday to end the week strong. They are now hitting .270 as a team, which is second highest in the league.
Top hitting performers - OF Cam Perkins belted three home runs for the second straight week and also had nine runs scored, six RBI, six doubles, an .867 slugging average and 1.233 OPS. He was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week for the second consecutive week and also picked up Eastern League Player of the Week honors…In his first full week with Reading, SS J.P. Crawford showed he belonged. He had hits in all but one game, including multi-hit efforts three times. Crawford hit .367 and capped his week with a four-hit game on Sunday which included a home run and three RBI…C Rene Garcia hit a lofty .438 in four games with three doubles and three RBI. He has six hits, three RBI and two runs in his last nine at bats…1B Brock Stassi leads the Eastern League in batting after a week in which he hit .333 with three RBI, three runs, two walks, a double and a stolen base…CF Roman Quinn stole three more bases, giving him 27 for the season. His stolen base total is as many as the second and third place players have combined.
Top pitching performers - In a spot start last week, RHP Reinier Roibal tossed 5.0 shutout frames, allowing just three hits. This came after a perfect 2.0 innings of relief four days prior. Roibal earned Phillies Minor League pitcher of the Week for his shut-down outings, and he now boasts a 1.20 ERA since joining Reading…RHP Aaron Nola surrendered one run and scattered five hits over 7.0 innings on June 4, marking the seventh time in 11 starts that he has gone 6.0 or more innings and allowed one run or fewer…RHP Hoby Milner had relief appearances of 3.0 and 2.0 innings and did not allow a run in either of them…LHP Adam Loewen also had two scoreless outings in relief, combining for 4.0 innings while allowing just two hits.
Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division…27-29, 4th place…Clearwater swept a short two-game series with Dunedin early in the week, but was then swept in three games by Tampa, scoring just two runs total in those games. The Florida State League All-Star rosters were also announced this past week, and the Threshers will be represented by RHP Mark Leiter, LHP Brandon Leibrandt, C Andrew Knapp and INF Angelo Mora.
Top hitting performers - C Chace Numata hit .333 with a .400 on-base percentage, five runs scored, two walks and a stolen base…OF Dylan Cozens posted a couple of multi-hit games and batted .273 with two RBI, two runs and two walks.
Top pitching performers - RHP Yacksel Rios allowed a run on two hits over 5.0 innings against Tampa on June 5 and now has allowed only three earned runs in his last 22.1 innings (seven appearances, three starts)…RHP Colin Kleven held Tampa to a run on six hits in 7.0 innings of work, extending his streak of starts with two earned runs or fewer to eight straight…RHP Mark Leiter tied a season-high 8.0 innings pitched on June 2 against Dunedin. Leiter has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his 12 games with Clearwater, and he now ranks first in the league in WHIP at 0.86 and average against at .188.
Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division…27-27, 4th place…Only five of Lakewood's seven scheduled games were actually played, as they were rained out in Delmarva on June 2, and the doubleheader scheduled for the following day was postponed indefinitely due to wet grounds. A series split with the first-place Hickory Crawdads helped the BlueClaws back even at 27-27, as they sit 8.0 games out of first place.
Top hitting performers - SS Malquin Canelo clubbed three doubles and a triple to help him to a .632 slugging percentage for the week. He collected seven total hits in 19 at-bats (.368) and was tied for the team-high with four runs scored. He leads the South Atlantic League with 17 doubles…1B Rhys Hoskins' RBI total is up to 38 for the season, as he drove in five more last week while hitting .353 with a 1.009 OPS…OF Herlis Rodriguez hit in all but one of his five games, posting a .333 average with a couple of RBI.
Top pitching performers - RHP Tyler Viza struck out five and yielded two runs (one earned) in his 6.0-inning performance on June 1 at Delmarva, earning his first win since April 23…LHP Elniery Garcia has not allowed more than three earned runs in a game since April 20 after his 6.0-inning, two-run start against the first-place Hickory Crawdads on June 6…LHP Joey DeNato converted two saves in two chances, including a six-out save over Hickory June 6.