Phillies Minor League Report

The past week has seen some nice numbers in the organization and things are even turning around at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. So, let's take a look back at who did what.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Season: 8-30 (.211) 18.5 GB
Last Week: 4-3 (.571)

The arrival of Jon Knott has helped the IronPigs offense immensely. Last week, the former Twins minor leaguer, hit .417 (10-for-24) over the past week and played a key role in a couple of 'Pigs wins by providing a walk-off hit. Friday night, it was a walk-off home run and he followed that up Sunday by driving in Mike Cervenak (who had tied the game with an RBI double) with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for the 'Pigs third straight win.

Brandon Watson also picked up the pace over the past week, going 8-for-19 (.421) in five games, pushing his season average to .298, the highest it's been since April 9th. Watson also scored seven runs in five games.

Lehigh Valley doesn't have to rely just on Brian Mazone to win games anymore. At one time, Mazone had four of the five wins that the 'Pigs had notched, but their recent win streak now gives them eight wins, with Stephen Randolph, Steve Green and John Ennis each picking up wins. Randolph got the win in his first game with Lehigh Valley after the Phillies acquired him from Houston.

J.A. Happ continues to get better and better. In his last start, he pitched seven innings, striking out 13 and allowing just one earned run. Happ got a no-decision, but left the game with a 3-1 lead. Happ has pitched in tough luck, especially lately. In his last four starts, he's 0-1 and has given up just two earned runs in 27 innings (0.67 ERA) and has struck out 31 hitters in that span. On the season, he's now 0-4 with a 2.72 ERA. His 55 strikeouts on the season leads the NL.

Reading Phillies

Season: 17-19 (.472) 6.0 GB
Last Week: 3-4 (.429)

Javon Moran hit an even .400 (12-for-30) over the past week and swiped five bases to go with his strong numbers at the plate. Since returning from a stint at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Moran is hitting .442 (19-for-33) and was slowly, but surely pushing his season average higher and higher, but eight hits in his last nine at bats pushed the average up at the speed of light. What was a .228 average is now a .282 season average for Moran.

Greg Golson is scoring runs in bunches and added eight more runs to his season total over the past week. Golson has now scored 27 runs on the season and is benefiting from Moran's hot bat and also from Jason Donald, who drove in seven runs on the week.

Kip Bouknight allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings against Altoona Friday night and evened his record at 3-3. He also lowered his ERA to 3.83 on the season.

Andrew Carpenter and Carlos Carrasco have been eating up innings for the R-Phils. Carpenter and Carrasco each made two starts over the week and each threw 14 innings and have a combined ERA of 2.89 over the stretch. Carrasco got rocked for five earned runs in seven innings in his last outing, or their combined numbers would be much better.

Clearwater Threshers

Season: 14-22 (.388) 9.0 GB
Last Week: 4-2 (.667)

Zack Segovia made his first start of the season for Clearwater Friday night and threw 5.2 innings, giving up three earned runs. Segovia suffered the loss and the Threshers lost their four game win streak that they started earlier in the week. Segovia is working his way back from off-season shoulder surgery and was sent down to Clearwater after some struggles at Reading.

Brian Schlitter (1-2, 2.82, 4 SV) picked up a win and a save in three games over the past week. Schlitter had to work for his numbers though, throwing 6.2 combined innings in those games. He allowed four hits and one walk, while not allowing a run during the week. In fact, Schlitter hasn't allowed a run over his last ten innings, spanning five appearances.

Sam Walls helped out Schlitter by pitching in three games and notching two saves, while not allowing a run. Walls has thrown 5.1 scoreless innings and his ERA now stands at 1.33 on the year.

Schlitter is 22 and pitched at Lakewood for part of the season last year, putting him in line for a possible promotion should he continue to pitch well. Walls is interesting, because he only pitched at Batavia in 2006 before missing all of last season with an injury and he's now 24, meaning that the Phillies may want to push up his pace a little.

John Urick hit .421 (8-for-19) last week for Clearwater and hit two home runs and drove in seven. Urick is now hitting .283 on the year.

Quintin Berry posted a .480 OBP over the past week and is third in the Florida State League with 11 stolen bases on the season.

Lakewood BlueClaws

Season: 19-17 (.528) 3.0 GB
Last Week: 5-1 (.833)

Michael Taylor had four home runs, 11 RBI and a 1.105 SLG% over the past week. Taylor has a five-game hitting streak and is hitting .333 on the season for Lakewood. Somewhat surprisingly, the right-handed hitter is pounding right-handed pitching this season, going 33-for-92 (.359) against righties.

Drew Naylor continues to post impressive numbers and has shrunk his ERA down to 2.04 in eight starts this season. He threw a complete game two-hitter against Kannapolis Saturday, walking just one and striking out 12 hitters along the way. Naylor leads the South Atlantic League with 62 strikeouts and in innings pitched (53.0) and is sixth in ERA.

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