Busy day for the Phils so far: Giles to AAA, Brignac up to Phils, Shawn Camp elects free agency. Brignac was hitting .284, .871 OPS at LHV— Corey Seidman (@CoreySeidman) May 9, 2014
As was mentioned this morning, Brignac has hit well while playing for the Iron Pigs this season. He hit two home runs Thursday night for the Piggies and is hitting .284/.357/.514 with 5 HRs and 21 RBIs in 123 PAs for the season.
Interestingly, Cesar Hernandez was passed over this time around. As noted by Phuture Phillies' Victor Filoromo today, Hernandez has been excellent at the plate during his time in Reading, hitting .353/.423/.518. However, Hernandez has been trying to learn a new position, third base, and it has not gone well defensively. Cesar has committed seven errors in 14 games at third base, likely pushing the Phillies to go with Brignac this time around.
Camp, meanwhile, rejected his assignment to the minors and is now an unrestricted free agent.
But perhaps the more intriguing news is that right-handed fireballer Ken Giles has been promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley today. In 15 innings spanning 13 appearances, Giles struck out 29 hitters, walked five and left Reading with a 1.20 ERA and a WHIP of 0.87. Giles' promotion, of course, will lead to a fair amount hyperventilating among Phils fans looking for the quick fix to a pretty terrible bullpen.
With his promotion to AAA, Ken Giles retakes the lead from JP Crawford in the unreasonable expectations power rankings— Matt Winkelman (@Matt_Winkelman) May 9, 2014
Nah, Phillies fans wouldn't do that, do you think?