Minor League Report - April 24, 2004

Just who would the Phillies go to if they needed an emergency starter? It's an interesting question and three Scranton pitchers have to figure they would get consideration. Rain ruins a top prospect's night, while a cold streak hits Clearwater's bats. In Lakewood, the biggest news comes from a utility infielder.

AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons The Phillies are intrigued by Clay Condrey (2-0, 1.59). The Phillies traded with San Diego to get Condrey late in spring training and he has pitched very well for AAA Scranton. Condrey threw seven shutout innings Friday as the Red Barons shutout Rochester 5-0. Condrey allowed just two hits and no walks, while striking out six.

Condrey was originally drafted by the Yankees in the 94th round of the 1996 Draft. He was later traded to San Diego and made his major league debut in 2002, going 1-2, 1.69 in three starts and six relief appearances. The following year, he struggled early and was sent back to AAA and never got another shot with San Diego. If the Phillies needed an emergency starter, it would be interesting to see if they would move Ryan Madson to the rotation or take a look at Condrey. Josh Hancock (1-2, 2.93) and Brian Powell (2-0, 2.45) would also get at least some consideration. The fact that Hancock is on the 40 man roster would help his odds considerably.

AA Reading Phillies: Rain may have ruined Gavin Floyd's latest outing. Floyd threw two perfect innings against Trenton Friday night when rains forced the suspension of the game with the R-Phils leading 1-0. It's unlikely that Floyd will return when the game is resumed on Saturday. Floyd is scheduled to pitch again Wednesday night in Reading when Portland is in town.

A Clearwater Threshers: The once hot Threshers offense has cooled to say the least. Dunedin pitching has limited Clearwater to just six hits in the last two games and Clearwater has just 19 hits in their last five games.

Elizardo Ramirez (1-1, 3.33) got just two hits from his teammates Friday night as Clearwater lost to Dunedin 1-0. Ramirez allowed five hits in seven innings, walking three and striking out five. Thursday night, Layne Dawson (1-0, 2.25) got just four hits, but they resulted in three runs and a 3-0 Clearwater win. Dawson allowed just two hits and no walks in seven innings, while striking out eight. Cary Hiles and Francisco Butto each pitched a perfect inning in that game, limiting the Blue Jays to two hits.

A Lakewood BlueClaws: Utility infielder Omar Bramasco is on a mini-hot streak. Bramasco has five hits in his last eight at bats and has scored three runs over the two game span. Bramasco has played one game at second base and two each at third and short this season and is a combined .353 hitter thanks to the recent streak.

Lakewood is 2-5 in their last seven games. Friday night, usually reliable Dan Hodges gave up two earned runs in 2/3 of an inning, blowing a save opportunity for the first time this season and getting tagged with the loss. Hodges had not allowed a run in seven innings coming into Friday night's game.

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