Minor League Update: April 25, 2007

With three weeks of action done down on the farm, there's plenty of news to talk about. So, Philly Baseball News takes you for a trip around the Phillies farm system.

Ottawa Lynx
Jason Jaramillo picked up the Phillies Minor League Player of the Week award for the week ending April 22nd. Jaramillo played five games during the week and had a hit in each of them, finishing the week 10-for-21 (.476), with two RBI. Actually, Jaramillo hit safely in his final two games the week before to give him a seven game hitting streak which was snapped Tuesday night against Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

On the season, Jaramillo is hitting .375, good enough for fourth in the International League and has a .458 on-base percentage, which ranks fifth in the league.

The Lynx officially added pitcher Rick Bauer to the roster and said good-bye to another veteran pitcher when Jim Crowell was released. Bauer had been working out with the Phillies players and staff in Clearwater after signing a minor league deal with the Phillies on April 6th. Crowell had started two games for the Lynx, posting a 15.19 ERA.

Ottawa also said good-bye to Pedro Swann, who was sent to Double-A Reading. Catcher Dusty Wathan was activated from the Temporarily Inactive List.

The Lynx are 8-6 on the season, two games behind Rochester in the North Division.

Reading Phillies
The R-Phils enjoy playing the Harrisburg Senators. Coming into Wednesday [April 25] night's action, Reading has won all seven games that the two teams have played this season by a combined score of 37-20. Meanwhile, Reading has gone 4-6 against their other opponents [Bowie, Altoona and Akron]. The wins over Harrisburg have helped the R-Phils (11-6) to lead the Southern Division of the Eastern League by one game over Akron (9-6).

Branden Florence has had his fast start slowed by a left biceps injury. Florence has started three games in left field and two as a designated hitter and is hitting .350 on the season. He's been especially productive as a pinch-hitter, going 3-for-5 (.600) coming off the bench. The biceps injury forced Florence to the DL on April 23rd.

Landon Jacobsen finally had a meltdown. He came into Sunday's game against Akron with a 0.50 ERA, but was pounded for 8 earned runs in just two innings of work by the Aeros, which pushed his ERA all the way to 4.05 for the season. Jacobsen had allowed just one earned run in 18 innings of work coming into the game. The problem was his control - he walked five hitters - after walking just eight through his first 18 innings of work.

Meanwhile, Anderson Garcia continues to dominate out of the 'pen. The 26 year old right-hander has a 1.46 ERA and six saves in nine appearances this season. He has yet to walk a batter in 12.1 innings of work and opponents are hitting just .182 against him. You have to figure he'll be moved up to Triple-A Ottawa before too long.

Clearwater Threshers
Patrick Overholt is in overdrive. The 23 year old right-hander has allowed just one earned run over his last 16 innings of work. His two starts last week earned him the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week honors for the week ending April 22nd.

Overholt's selection gave the Threshers their second Pitcher of the Week winner in a row. Dan Brauer won the award the week before, but Brauer was nowhere near consideration for the award this past week. In two starts, Brauer posted a 5.63 ERA and saw his season ERA jump from 0.82 to 2.84 over those two starts.

Derek Griffith was 2-0 to start the season and didn't allow an earned run in 7.1 innings of work. He was inexplicably released by the Phillies and hasn't found work elsewhere - yet!

Welinson Baez continues to hit and has taken an 0-for in just two of the 13 games that he's played in this season. The third baseman is hitting .306 on the season and has a .414 on-base percentage.

At 11-8, Clearwater is in second place in the West Division of the Florida State League, 2.5 games behind Sarasota.

Lakewood BlueClaws
Any ball hit to the BlueClaws' infield is a bit of an adventure. Their starting infield of C.J. Henry, Adrian Cardenas, Jason Donald and Doug Morales have made 16 errors this season. It's especially bad when you consider that Morales hasn't made an error this season. Bradley Key gets a lot of time at first base and he's contributed two errors to the mix.

Ben Pfinsgraff has been simply awesome out of the Lakewood bullpen. Pfinsgraff has a 0.61 ERA and has struck out 17 in 14.2 innings of work out of the bullpen this season. The 23 year old right-hander has been a strong bridge to closer Andrew Cruse, who has three saves on the season to go with his 3.38 ERA.

The BlueClaws are off to a 7-8 start, 5.5 games behind West Virginia in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League.


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