Phillies Minor League Roundup - April 4-6, 2014

Cameron Rupp has 3 homers in 3 games. - Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

A weekend roundup of all things Phillies prospects.

Pawtucket 9, Lehigh Valley 4 (April 4, 2014)

Barry Enright - 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 GB, 3 FB
Kyle Simon - 0.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Maikel Franco - 0 for 4, 2 K
Jim Murphy - 1 for 4, 2B, K
Cameron Rupp - 1 for 3, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K

Barry was not so right as he entered the 5th inning, failing to record an out before being replaced by Kyle Simon (who as you see fared no better). Enright was cruising through 4 innings of shutout baseball and had received support in the form of a 3 run homer from Cameron Rupp (his 2nd in as many games). Franco with a not-so hot day at the plate. The Iron Pigs were 2 for 13 with RISP and left 9 batters on base. This game was ended mercifully in the bottom of the 8th inning due to rain.

Pawtucket 6, Lehigh Valley 4 (April 5, 2014)

Sean O'Sullivan - 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4 GB, 3 FB
Mike Nesseth - 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Phillippe Aumont - 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 K
Maikel Franco - 1 for 4, 2B
Jim Murphy - 1 for 3, R, BB
Koyie Hill - 1 for 4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K

O'Sullivan tried to do his best Barry Enright impression by repeating his line from Friday. Iron Pig batters could not solve Sox pitcher Rubby De La Rosa through 5 innings. The Iron Pigs would put up a 4-spot in the 7th inning against the bullpen to make it a 2 run game, but would not be enough.

Lehigh Valley 5, Pawtucket 4 (April 6, 2014)

Jonathan Pettibone - 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 GB, 4 FB, 2 WP
Jeremy Horst - 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 K
Luis Garcia - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Clete Thomas - 1 for 5, R, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 K
Maikel Franco - 0 for 4, K
Jim Murphy - 0 for 3, BB, K
Cameron Rupp - 1 for 2, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Pettibone makes his first start of the season, but wasn't particularly sharp. He was effective enough to earn the win and the Iron Pigs capitalize by going 3 for 4 with RISP.  After a leadoff triple from Reid Brignac, Cameron Rupp launched a 2 run homer in the 6th inning to put LHV up 5-3. Cameron Rupp now has 3 homers in 3 games he has played this season (4 games have been played). Rupp has proven all he can at AAA. Lehigh Valley splits the season opening series with Pawtucket. Tonight they will open at home against Buffalo with journeyman Greg Smith getting the ball.

Portland 4, Reading 1 (April 4, 2014)

Severino Gonzalez - 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5 GB, 4 FB
Austin Wright - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Zach Collier - 1 for 3, BB, 2 K, CS
Cam Perkins - 2 for 4, R, 2B
Kelly Dugan - 1 for 4
Tommy Joseph - 0 for 4, 2 K

This game had a pitchers duel between Sev and Portland pitcher Keith Couch. Ryan O'Sullivan would relieve Gonzalez in the 6th, allowing a 3 spot and the lead. Both Reading hitters Albert Cartwright and Zach Collier combined for 5 K's at the top of the order. Not necessarily going to help your formidable middle of the order in driving in runs. Severino had himself a fine 2014 debut as he looks to prove doubters (including myself) wrong about his future projection. In cases like this I like being wrong.

Reading 3, Portland 2 (April 5, 2014)

Hoby Milner - 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 6 GB, 3 FB
Ken Giles - 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K (!!!!!)
Zach Collier - 1 for 4, K, SB (fielding error)
Cam Perkins - 2 for 4, R, 2 2B, BB
Kelly Dugan - 2 for 4, RBI, BB
Tommy Joseph - 0 for 4, BB
Sebastian Valle - 1 for 5, 2 K
Edgar Duran - 1 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI

Hoby Milner with an excellent AA debut on the season. He will be a guy to keep an eye on through the season. I see a Jonathan Pettibone-like ascension in the works for Milner. Kenny Giles has great, great stuff as evidenced throughout his minor league career. If he can ever harness his control, he could be the next great Phillies closer. Once again the middle of this lineup (Perkins and Dugan) are getting on base and driving in runs. Tommy Joseph hasn't exactly started on the right foot yet.

Reading 4, Portland 3 (April 6, 2014)

Perci Garner - 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 6 GB, 4 FB, WP (pickoff error)
Brody Colvin - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB
Ken Giles - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K (!!!)
Carlos Alonso - 1 for 4, HR, 3 RBI
Zach Collier - 0 for 4, K
Cam Perkins - 1 for 4, 2B
Kelly Dugan - 1 for 4, 2B, K
Sebastian Valle - 1 for 4, 2B, passed ball
Chris Serritella - 1 for 3, R, RBI, K

Garner with a much better AA debut on Friday than he did late last season. Reading put up a 4-spot in the 2nd inning and never looked back. Giles with his second straight 3 K performance helped close out the game and the series for a split. Cam "The Man" Perkins with 5 hits in his last 3 games (4 of those are doubles). Luis Paulino makes his AA debut tomorrow against New Hampshire.

Clearwater 2, Dunedin 1 (April 4, 2014)

Ethan Stewart - 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, K, 9 GB, 6 FB, WP
Justin Parr - 1 for 4, RBI, K
Brian Pointer - 1 for 3, R, 3B, 2 K, SB
Anthony Phillips - 1 for 3, RBI, BB

Ethan Stewart with an odd line as a lot of balls were put in play, but only allowed 2 hits. He has been known to issue the free pass quite frequently throughout his minor league career, something he will need to correct if he wants to make the jump. This game was tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the 10th before Logan Moore drew a walk (pinch ran by KC Serra) and Anthony Phillips delivering the eventual walk-off single.

Dunedin 8, Clearwater 2 (April 5, 2014)

Jon Prosinksi - 4 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 7 GB, 3 FB
Justin Parr - 1 for 3, R, 2B, BB, K (fielding error)
Peter Lavin - 3 for 4, 3B, RBI (2 outfield assists, home & 3B)
Harold Martinez - 0 for 4, 2 K
Nick Ferdinand - 0 for 4, 2 K
Brian Pointer - 1 for 3, 3B

Prosinski makes his Clearwater debut after a fantastic 2013 with Lakewood/Williamsport. This did not go as planned. Thresher pitchers gave up a combined 17 hits in the game, while they only countered with 5. I'm no Einstein, but odds are you aren't going to win that way. Old friend J.A. Happ made a rehab start for Dunedin.

Dunedin 5, Clearwater 2 (April 6, 2014)

Cole Hamels - 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 2 HR, 2 GB, 2 FB
Miguel Nunez - 5 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 5 GB, 4 FB
Peter Lavin - 3 for 4, 2B (outfield assist, 2B)
Harold Martinez - 2 for 3, R, 2B, RBI, K
Brian Pointer - 1 for 3, RBI

Cole Hamels makes a rehab start (yay!!) and inches closer to returning to the Phillies. It's not exactly the greatest of outings, but you have to imagine he was working on pitches much like Spring Training. Nunez came on in relief and despite missing some bats, allowed more than he missed. Clearwater loses the series 1-3 and were quite lucky to get even 1 win out of it. Clearwater is off today.

Savannah 10, Lakewood 1 (April 4, 2014)

Tyler Viza - 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 GB, 3 FB
Jesen Therrien - 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, BB
JP Crawford - 1 for 4, K
Carlos Tocci - 1 for 4, R, 2B
Dylan Cozens - 1 for 4, K
Zach Green - 0 for 4, K (two throwing errors)
Andrew Pullin -1 for 4, 2B, 3 K
Larry Greene - 0 for 3, BB, 2 K
Gabriel Lino - 1 for 2, 2 BB, K
Wilmer Oberto - 1 for 4, 2 K

Viza makes his Lakewood debut and gets the loss. The Blue Claws had 6 hits and were 0-10 with RISP. JP Crawford has hit safely in his first 2 games, though only getting 1 hit in each. The outcome of this game looks a lot worse because of Jesen Therrien, who is doing his best to repeat his lackluster GCL performance in 2013.

Lakewood 6, Savannah 2 (April 5, 2014)

Alejandro Arteaga - 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 K, HR, 5 GB, 4 FB
Julio Reyes - 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K
JP Crawford - 1 for 5, 2B (fielding error)
Carlos Tocci - 0 for 5, 2 K
Dylan Cozens - 2 for 5, 2 K, SB
Zach Green - 0 for 3, R, BB, SB
Larry Greene - 1 for 3, 2 R, BB
Gabriel Lino - 1 for 2, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Willians Astudillo - 2 for 4, 2B, 4 RBI

Arteaga had an excellent start, while some guy named Willians Astudillo (I don't know how to pronounce this) had 4 RBIs (including a bases loaded/clearing double in the 4th inning). I see this guy didn't play in 2013 and I know literally nothing about him. He played 1B on Saturday, but is listed as 5'9 182 pounds. So I see that as rather odd. JP Crawford now has 3 hits in as many games (including his 2nd fielding error...). Larry Greene is on fire and I'm sure is making a certain TGP blogger a little happy.

Lakewood, Savannah (April 6, 2014, postponed due to rain)

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