Welcome back! I’m working on getting more frequent interviews with the prospects in the system, and this first one is big. A few months ago I had a chance to talk with Tyson Gillies, and he was gracious enough to give some more of his time for a check-in about his season so far. Jump it to read the latest interview with Reading outfielder and leadoff man.
It’s a brand new season! Well, it’s a month into a brand new season, but still, early baseball is a really exciting time. So far the affiliates (aPhillyates?… nah) have gotten off to drastically different starts, from the 17-5 Reading Phillies to the 9-4 Lakewood Blueclaws. On every team, there have been some standout stars, and here are, at least what I think, are the best from each time in the first month of 2012.
Cody Overbeck, 1B: the only qualifying hitter on the IronPigs hitting over .300 (he is currently at .313), Overbeck seemed to pop up in the highlights of every game in April. He leads the team in RBIs at 14 for the month, and is tied for the lead in doubles (6) and home runs (2). He is also the only position player with at least ten games played and zero errors in the field, and his slugging percentage is the highest in Lehigh.
April Stats: .313 AVG in 24 games, 14 RBIs, .458 slugging
Jake Diekman, Relief: Diek has been dominant out of the bullpen so far, allowing just one earned run in the month of April. In 11 innings of work, he has struck out 17 while only walking three, and has picked up three saves. I’m starting to see what Rich Dubee likes about this kid.
April Stats: 0-0 in 9 games, 11 IP, 0.82 ERA. 17 Ks
Triple-A: Rochester 3, IronPigs 2
Austin Hyatt started, three runs (two earned) on six hits in five innings. Hector Luna made his fifth (FIFTH) error in the field today, but did have an RBI. Cody Overbeck also drove in a run, his tenth of the year, in a 1-4 performance.
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Triple-A: IronPigs 8, Buffalo 4
Cody Overbeck went 4-5 with two doubles and an RBI, he scored twice. Dom Brown had the night off, Scott Podsednik (who is currently being scouted by the Red Sox) went 2-3 with two RBIs. Scott Elarton had another great start, five innings w/no runs and five hits. His ERA this year is 0.56. Michael Schwimer gave up a run on a homer in an inning and a third, Phillippe Aumont gave up two runs in just a third of an inning of work, while Joe Savery pitched well to earn the save (1.1 innings, 1 hit). JUMP FOR THE REST
Triple-A: Buffalo 4, IronPigs 1
Only four hits for the club today, so not much to talk about offensively. Kevin Frandsen, Scott Podsednik, Rich Thompson and Andres Blanco (none of whom are prospects) were the only batters to reach base. Jeremy Horst and Jake Diekman did well out of the bullpen, though, each pitching an inning (Horst allowed a hit and a walk, Diekman struck out the side).
Double-A: Richmond 2, Reading 1
A little less offense today for the club that drove in 19 yesterday, David Buchanan started and was saddled with the loss after giving up two runs, a two-run homerun and five other hits, and a walk. He struck out four. Tyson Gillies was 1-4 with two Ks, but did hit a double, as did Cesar Hernandez, who was also 1-4. Darin Ruf was 0-4 but did drive Gillies in for the R-Phils’ only run. Leandro Castro was 0-4 today, and Jiwan James got the day off.
Single-A: Greensboro 9, Lakewood 1
The ‘Claws got spanked today, ruining a decent start by Ethan Stewart. He pitched five scoreless, walking four but striking out four as well. Ryan Sasaki and Colton Murray gave up all nine runs (four and five respectively). Steal happy Aaron Altherr swiped his sixth base, gaining an RBI on a 2-4 night. Brian Pointer went 1-3 with a double and a walk, and both Kelly Dugan and Tyler Greene had one hit. Greene also made his third error of the season, but still threw a man out at home on the play.
Oh and the Threshers were off Today.