The Best of April

The first month of the season is in the books. We take a look at our player and pitcher of the month, plus run down some of the stats for the hottest players in the organization for the month of April.

Pitcher of the Month: You don't really have to guess here, do you? Cole Hamels was simply dominating at two different levels. After being promoted from High-A Clearwater to AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Hamels showed no ill effects of skipping over the AA level.

The best news is that he's shown no ill effects from any of his previous injuries, including his chronically bad back. Simply the fact that he's healthy and making every start is great news and that he's been dominating in doing it makes it even that much better.

So, when do the Phillies move Hamels to the majors? Let's not get hasty. Keep in mind that Hamels is still behind in the number of minor league innings that the Phillies figured on him having before he would hit the majors. Yes, both Gavin Floyd and Ryan Madson have been question marks in the starting rotation, but at least Floyd has shown signs of snapping out of the slump. Let Hamels make a few more minor league starts and let's see what happens with the Phillies' rotation before we make a move. Give it until at least Memorial Day. Keep in mind that the Phillies could consider dealing either Jon Lieber or Cory Lidle to make room for Hamels, should Floyd and Madson turn things around.

Player of the Month: Carlos Ruiz is a guy who probably should be in the majors right now. The fact that the Phillies didn't give him much of a shot at the backup catcher's job this spring was a mistake. Ruiz hasn't pouted though. Instead, he's gone back to AAA and shown that there is no reason for him to be there. Ruiz led all minor league regulars in hitting for the month of April and also led the organization in homeruns and RBI.

Eventually, the question is going to turn to whether the Phillies are better off with Sal Fasano as their backup or whether they should see what Ruiz could do at the major league level. After all, Mike Lieberthal is in the final year of his contract (and possibly, the final season of his career) and the Phillies will need catching help next season. The question of whether Ruiz could handle that job until Jason Jaramillo is ready needs to be answered.

Top Minor League Stats for April

PLAYER HR RBI AVG G AB R H 2B 3B SB BB KO OBP
John Castellano (LKW) 3 7 .528 10 36 7 19 8 0 0 5 6 .605
Bobby Scales (SWB) 3 12 .408 16 49 9 20 5 1 1 7 12 .474
Carlos Ruiz (SWB) 6 15 .403 21 77 17 31 5 0 2 7 10 .455
Brennan King (SWB) 2 7 .375 15 56 3 21 6 0 1 3 10 .407
Carlos Leon (RDG) 0 10 .338 20 68 12 23 3 1 3 6 7 .430
Danny Sandoval (SWB) 0 3 .311 12 45 4 14 2 0 0 1 6 .326
Branden Florence (CLW) 2 7 .296 19 71 9 21 4 0 2 4 2 .338
Joe Thurston (SWB) 4 10 .295 23 78 16 23 6 0 4 9 13 .371
Avelino Asprilla (CLW) 0 5 .293 14 41 5 12 5 0 0 2 10 .341
Peeter Ramos (CLW) 0 7 .284 20 81 7 23 3 1 1 5 6 .337
Clay Harris (LKW) 1 7 .282 19 71 10 20 5 0 0 7 20 .350
Sean Gamble (LKW) 1 5 .275 13 51 4 14 1 0 1 2 5 .302
Jesus Merchan (RDG) 0 5 .275 15 40 4 11 1 0 3 2 3 .326
Lou Marson (LKW) 0 7 .273 15 44 6 12 2 0 0 9 13 .400
STARTERS W L ERA G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB KO
Cole Hamels (CLW/SWB) 3 1 0.99 6 6 1 36.1 21 8 4 0 10 55
Giovany Gonzalez (RDG) 1 1 1.48 4 4 0 24.1 15 4 4 1 8 28
Carlos Carrasco (LKW) 0 2 1.50 3 3 1 18.0 14 5 3 0 3 19
Kyle Kendrick (LKW) 2 1 1.60 5 5 0 33.2 24 9 6 0 8 42
Derek Griffith (CLW) 2 1 1.71 5 5 0 31.2 24 8 6 1 7 18
Brian Mazone (RDG) 1 2 1.73 4 4 1 26.0 19 5 5 1 4 20
Eude Brito (SWB) 2 1 2.08 5 5 0 26.0 18 9 6 0 11 12
Matt Maloney (LKW) 2 2 2.17 5 5 1 29.0 18 9 7 1 7 35
J.A. Happ (SWB) 1 2 2.51 5 5 0 28.2 22 13 8 1 7 26
Zack Segovia (SWB) 3 1 2.52 5 5 0 35.2 26 11 10 2 10 29
Daniel Haigwood (RDG) 1 1 2.61 4 4 0 20.2 17 6 6 0 17 17
Maximo De La Cruz (LKW) 1 0 3.04 4 3 0 23.2 23 12 8 2 4 14
Matt White (SWB) 2 1 3.20 4 4 0 25.1 20 10 9 0 6 17
Josh Outman (LKW) 1 2 3.32 4 4 0 21.2 16 9 8 0 9 20
Scott Mathieson (RDG) 2 1 3.62 5 5 0 32.1 28 13 13 2 7 37
Seung Hak Lee (SWB) 3 1 3.65 5 5 0 24.1 23 10 10 1 14 13
RELIEVERS W L ERA SV G GS IP H R ER HR BB KO
Dan Giese (RDG/SWB) 1 0 0.69 0 8 0 13.0 13 1 1 1 1 19
Ryan Cameron (SWB) 2 0 0.87 2 10 0 10.1 3 1 1 0 4 10
Andrew Barb (LKW) 2 1 1.20 2 6 0 15.0 11 2 2 0 4 10
Brian Sanches (SWB) 1 0 1.50 3 10 0 12.0 4 2 2 0 3 12
Nathan Johnson (CLW) 2 0 1.54 0 7 0 11.2 10 3 2 0 2 7
Yoel Hernandez (SWB) 1 0 1.74 6 9 0 10.1 11 3 2 0 4 8
Joe Bisenius (CLW) 0 1 2.19 0 9 0 12.1 11 5 3 0 4 11
Clay Condrey (SWB) 0 0 2.19 1 8 0 12.1 4 3 3 0 3 9


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