A Look at the Newest Phillies

Like all teams on September 1st, the Phillies called up some of their prospects and some back-ups. We will be giving you, the fans, a look at how these players have done in previous seasons in the minors or majors, in some cases, and how they have faired this year.

Let us start off with A.J. Hinch. A.J. Hinch was signed to a minor-league contract this off-season after playing for Detroit in 2003. Besides Detroit, he has played for Oakland (1998-2000) and Kansas City (2001-2002). Hinch was promoted to be a back-up catcher behind Mike Lieberthal and Todd Pratt. A.J. is a career .220 hitter in the majors and has not done much better in the minors. As a 30 year old this season he hit .230/.310/.294/.604 with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Ryan Howard was also brought up. Now, most of you should know about him because he tore up AA. He hit .297/.386/.647/1.033 in 102 games. He had 111 hits, 73 runs scored, 18 doubles, 37 homeruns (a AA record for the Phillies), 102 runs batted in and 46 walks. Howard also had 7 errors in 97 games at first base for the Reading Phillies.

Howard was promoted to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and started off slow but he returned to the regular Ryan Howard we all knew. In 29 games Howard hit 9 homers with 29 RBI's and 21 runs scored. He also hit .270/.362/.604/.966. His strikeout-walk ration was high (37K/14BB). In AA he had a 129K/46BB ratio.

Shawn Wooten started off the year with the Philadelphia Phillies but did not produce at all. He hit to the tune of .184 (9 hits in 49 at bats) while only scoring 2 runs. After a very, very slow start in AAA he has raised his average to .293 but has not shown a lot to the Phillies organization. A bust? I would say so. Only 4 homeruns and 34 runs batted in in 61 games for the Red Barons.

Last, but definitely not least is pitching prospect Gavin Floyd. Gavin Floyd will make his first start tonight (Friday) against the Mets of New York. His stats in AAA were less than stellar (1-3, 4.99 ERA) but he is better than his W-L records say he is. In AA this year he went 6-6 with a 2.57 ERA in 119 innings of work while have a K/BB ratio of 94K/46BB. The organization and the fans are very excited to see this prospect pitch.

Hopefully, he will continue to be in the rotation the rest of September and throughout the 2005 season.

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