Phillies Minor League Roundup - April 21, 2014

No this isn't your grandpa, it's Tommy Joseph. Its very good to see him healthy. - Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Lehigh Valley 4, Scranton/WB 2

David Buchanan - 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 6 GB, 3 FB (throwing error)
Seth Rosin - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K, WP
Luis Garcia - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, WP
Tyson Gillies - 1 for 3, K, 2 HBP, SB
Clete Thomas - 1 for 4, R, K, 2 SB (throwing error)
Maikel Franco - 0 for 4, R, BB, K
Steve Susdorf - 2 for 4, RBI, K
Leandro Castro - 2 for 4, RBI, CS
Sebastian Valle - 1 for 3, RBI, K

David Buchanan with an effective outing and the Iron Pigs gather 4 runs in the 1st inning, nearly batting around. Seth Rosin with a nice little performance. After a shaky welcome home party, he is starting to settle in. Clete Thomas is probably my favorite name on the Iron Pigs this year. He sounds like he should be a linebacker. He's struck out nearly a third of his at bats, but has stolen 4 bases and sports a .281/.378/.422 slash line with a homer and 9 walks. Maikel Franco continues to make adjustments and they might take awhile. Lehigh wins the series 3-1 and square off in a 4 game set with Norfolk at home. The immortal Greg Smith takes the mound tonight.

Reading 7, Richmond 3

Luis Paulino - 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6 GB, 7 FB
Mike Nesseth - 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K, WP
Ken Giles - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K
Carlos Alonso - 1 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB (fielding error)
Cesar Hernandez - 0 for 4, RBI, K
Cam Perkins - 2 for 4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
Aaron Altherr - 0 for 3, R, BB
Kelly Dugan - 2 for 3, RBI, BB
Tommy Joseph - 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
Zach Collier - 0 for 4, K
Albert Cartwright - 2 for 4, R, K, SB

After a long break between starts, Paulino was once again highly effective. In two starts (10 IP), hitters are only batting .162 against him. The fly ball tendencies weren't great this game, but he is certainly a pitcher to keep an eye on as the season moves along. Ken Giles was his electric self. No need to rush him, but a promotion to AAA could be in his future come late May or early June. Cam Perkins getting some action at first base last night and mashed his 2nd tater on the year. Tommy Joseph also getting his 2nd dinger on the year, while Kelly Dugan shows no signs of lingering injury with a fine performance himself. Aaron Altherr was moved back to Reading after a rehab stint in Clearwater. This lineup is kind of loaded now. Zach Collier might even find himself the odd man out soon. Perci Garner gets the start tonight.

Daytona 6, Clearwater 5 (11 innings)

Jon Prosinski - 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 GB, 4 FB
Lino Martinez - 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K, 1 GB, 4 FB
Colton Murray - 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 GB, 1 FB
Brian Pointer - 1 for 4, R, BB, 2 K, SB (outfield assist, 2B)
Peter Lavin - 2 for 4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB (outfield assist, 1B)
Harold Martinez - 1 for 5, HR, 2 RBI
Art Charles - 2 for 5, 2 K
Angelo Mora - 1 for 4, HR, K

Batters just continue to rip Prosinski to shreds (.368 AVG), but he would oddly not factor into the losing decision. The game was tied after the 4th and would stay that way until the top of the 11th. Colton Murray would strike out the side in the inning, but not in order. He would strike out the first batter, walk the second, allow a double and then intentionally walk the bases loaded. He would get a strikeout for the 2nd out before throwing a wild pitch to score the go-ahead run. This game was certainly the Peter Lavin and Brian Pointer show. Lavin is a bit old for the league, but the Reading outfield is a bit crowded at this point. Until there are some promotions at Reading, he will remain here and probably continue to perform pretty well. Miguel Nunez hopes to build on his best start last week tonight.

Charleston 4, Lakewood 1

Mark Leiter - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 4 GB, 3 FB
JP Crawford - 0 for 4, K
Carlos Tocci - 1 for 4, 3B
Dylan Cozens - 1 for 4, 2 K
Willians Astudillo - 3 for 4
Andrew Pullin - 1 for 4, R
Larry Greene - 0 for 4, 3 K
Samuel Hiciano - 0 for 4, 2 K
Gabriel Lino - 1 for 3, 2B, RBI, BB 2 K (passed ball)

Keith Law was at this game and had some interesting things to say about some of these prospects. He views Mark Leiter as org filler (might not be far from the truth, but who knows at this point), who had another nice game. JP Crawford was held hitless and Carlos Tocci smacks his first professional triple (I think I'm reading this right). #FreeWillians just won't quit. How soon does WIP call for this guy? Lino with the lone RBI in this one, oh and hey he had another passed ball (I think we see a move from behind the plate soon). Keith Law also mentioned he doesn't think much of Cozens and Pullin (the former of which I think is very much a prospect) and was only there to see Crawford, Tocci and Green (who did not play the game due to injury). Lakewood was in this one until the very end. After all the nice things I said about Ulises Joaquin yesterday, he gives up 3 runs in the top of the 9th to sink the Blue Claws. Tyler Viza gets the start tonight.

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