SWB Red Barons Pitcher of the Year
Yoel Hernandez missed the last month of the 2004 season with right elbow inflammation and the Phillies really weren't sure what they would get from the 25 year old right hander coming into the 2005 season. An early rehab assignment to Clearwater didn't go especially well, but Hernandez was at least throwing pain free, so the Phillies bumped him to AA Reading to see what he could do there. Hernandez quickly started to put it all together and after nine appearances, was moved to AAA where the Phillies had hoped to have him all season long.
Between his three stops, Hernandez went 9-5 with a 3.62 ERA. At Scranton, Hernandez pitched in 40 games, posting a 3.40 ERA. With Franklin Perez serving as the Red Barons' closer, Hernandez worked primarily in setup roles, but did save three games at Scranton. Only Erick Burke had a lower ERA (2.97) among Scranton relievers with 30 or more innings.
The Phillies should give Hernandez a look for a spot in their bullpen in 2006, but he can become a minor league free agent, so there is the chance that he'll look for an opportunity elsewhere. Granted, Hernandez isn't as dominating as he was early in his career when his walk / strikeout ratios were downright amazing, but he still appears to be a quality pitcher who might be able to help at the big league level. The Phillies insist that he can be more help out of the bullpen than he can as a starter, which is why they moved him out of the rotation a couple seasons ago and he seems to have adjusted pretty well.
Yoel Hernandez' career stats
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SWB Red Barons Player of the Year
Shane Victorino had a breakout season and caught a lot of people by surprise. After all, this is a kid who the Phillies grabbed in the Rule 5 Draft and then decided they didn't want to keep on the roster after he had a horrid spring. The Dodgers could have taken him back, but they passed and any other team could have taken a shot on him, but didn't. Instead, he returned to the Phillies organization and played at AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre where he put up huge numbers. Victorino fell one homerun short of his career minor league high of 19 in 2004, but he also increased his RBI, doubles, triples, walks, on-base percentage and average, while cutting down on his strikeouts.
The numbers not only got Victorino a promotion to the majors when the rosters expanded, but have him in the thick of things to possibly take over as the Phillies' every day center fielder in 2006. There is stiff competition for the center field job coming along through the minors, in fact, it may be the deepest position in the organization, but Victorino could become the center fielder and leadoff hitter that the Phillies have been looking for.
The Dodger castoff turns 25 late in November and the Phillies will be interested in seeing what he can provide them with when spring training comes around.
Shane Victorino's career stats
|Year / Team||HR||RBI||AVG||G||AB||R||H||2B||3B||SB||BB||KO||OBP|
|1999 Great Falls (R)||2||25||.280||55||225||53||63||7||6||20||20||31||.343|
|2000 Yakima (A)||2||20||.246||61||236||32||58||7||2||21||20||44||.310|
|2001 Wilmington (A)||4||32||.283||112||435||71||123||21||9||47||36||61||.342|
|2001 Vero Beach (A)||0||0||.167||2||6||2||1||0||0||0||3||1||.446|
|2002 Jacksonville (AA)||4||34||.258||122||481||61||124||15||1||45||47||49||.328|
|2003 Jacksonville (AA)||2||15||.282||66||266||37||75||9||4||16||21||41||.340|
|2003 Las Vegas (AAA)||1||9||.390||11||41||6||16||1||2||0||1||5||.395|
|2003 San Diego||0||4||.151||36||73||8||11||2||0||7||7||17||.232|
|2004 Las Vegas (AAA)||3||20||.235||55||200||28||47||9||1||7||11||37||.278|
|2004 Jacksonville (AA)||16||43||.328||75||293||70||96||13||7||9||20||64||.375|
|2005 Scranton (AAA)||18||70||.310||126||494||93||153||25||16||17||51||74||.377|
|Minor League Career||52||268||.282||685||2677||453||756||107||48||182||230||407||.339|
|Major League Career||0||5||.158||39||76||9||12||2||0||7||7||18||.235|