Minor League Report - May 6, 2004

David Coggin's numbers aren't so great this season, but at least he's got his health - finally. In Reading, things aren't going too well either as the R-Phils limp home after being swept in a double-header. At Clearwater, you never know where Nick Tempesta is going to show up. And, the BlueClaws let the hits just keep on rollin'.

AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons David Coggin (1-1, 5.40) continues to struggle, giving up four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday. At times, Coggin has had problems with his control, walking eight in 21 1/3 innings this season. The good news is that Coggin insists he is throwing pain-free and that it's just a matter of putting it all together.

Pablo Ozuna went 2-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI Wednesday to up his average to .325 for Scranton. Ozuna's defensive play has also picked up and has been dazzling at times. If nothing else, Ozuna can say that he's been involved in a couple big major league trades. In December of '98, the Cardinals sent Ozuna, Armando Almanza and Braden Looper to Florida for Edgar Renteria. Four years later, the Marlins sent Ozuna to Colorado along with Preston Wilson, Charles Johnson and Vic Darensbourg for Juan Pierre and Mike Hampton. The question is, if Jimmy Rollins continues to struggle, would the Phillies consider taking a look at Ozuna for the shortstop job?

AA Reading Phillies Things aren't going well in Reading right now. The R-Phils have lost eight out of their last ten games. During that stretch, they're hitting .262 with ten homeruns. The pitching staff has been the problem, with a 5.31 ERA during the skid. Even Gavin Floyd allowed two earned runs in his outing Tuesday night. Floyd (2-1) suffered his first AA loss and saw his ERA "skyrocket" to 0.82 on the season. Floyd now has a career minor league record of 20-19, 2.73 at three different minor league levels.

If Josue Perez could ever cut down on his strikeouts, he would be a superstar. He is the classic singles hitter – all 17 of his hits this season are singles – and is in the true Juan Pierre mold. The problem is that Perez has whiffed 13 times in 80 at bats, putting him on a pace to strikeout close to 80 times this season. He has also walked just eight times and has an OBP of just .289 for Reading. Defensively, he's one of the most solid center fielders around and he has comparable speed to Pierre and has stolen five bases this season. That's not a bad number considering his lack of opportunities.

Clearwater Threshers Mike Schmidt should get together with Larry Bowa and talk about having an overworked bullpen. Starter Nick Bourgeois didn't make it out of the third inning on Wednesday and Schmidty turned to Nick Tempesta to pitch the final inning in Clearwater's 12-2 loss to Jupiter. Tempesta didn't allow a hit and struck out two while walking one. A secret weapon? Tempesta was one of five pitchers for the Threshers on Wednesday and the only one not to give up a hit or a run. Now, Tempesta can add pitching to his season resume, which already includes second base, third base, shortstop and catching. Tempesta played second, catcher and pitched all in Wednesday's game.

The Threshers have again gone four games without hitting a homerun.

A Lakewood BlueClaws The BlueClaws pumped out a season high 15 hits on Wednesday, giving them 26 hits in their last two games. Their previous high was 13 hits, which they had done twice this season. Newcomer Randy Ruiz went 3-6 with his first homerun of the season. Everybody in the lineup had at least one hit with the exception of Carlos Rodriguez (0-3) and Tim Gradoville (0-5). Rodriguez' average fell to .152 and Gradoville now has a .130 average on the season. Michael Bourn swiped two more bases, giving him 20 on the season. Bourn went 2-4 with two walks and is now hitting .263 with a .393 OBP.

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