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2012 Minor League Opening Day Review

Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, April 06, 2012 08:00 AM | Comments: 6
Blueclaws, Fightins, IronPigs, Minor Leagues, Posts, Threshers

The big league Phillies weren’t the only ball players kicking off their 2012 campaign on Thursday. Here’s a glance how the Phillies’ minor league clubs and their players did on opening day…

In a rain-shortened 8 inning affair, the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws dropped their South Atlantic League season opener by a score of 4-2 against the Red Sox affiliate Greenville Drive. Lefty hurler Lino Martinez got the start on the mound and allowed 1 earned run in 5 2/3 innings while striking out 4 and walking none. Righty reliever Gabriel Arias took the loss, allowing 3 earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. On the offensive side, Kelly Dugan, the Phillies’ top draft pick from 2009, notched 2 hits in his full season Class A debut. Third baseman Maikel Franco (pictured, right) went hitless in 4 at bats, lowering his batting average in the SAL to .116 in 19 games, including time spent with Lakewood last year.

The Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers fell to Dunedin (Toronto affiliate), 6-3. Phils hurler Jose Contreras, on the disabled list with arm trouble, appeared in a rehab start in this contest, but got taken deep for a 2-run HR by Blue Jays’ clean up hitter Marcus Knecht and threw 2 wild pitches en route to allowing 3 earned runs in 1/3 of an inning. The poor outing to kick off the game was enough to earn Contreras the loss. Offensively, Jim Murphy knocked in 2 runs with a double and Peter Lavin drove in 1 with a double of his own. Shortstop Edgar Duran is back at full health and notched a hit after suffering a badly broken finger late in the 2011 regular season.

Double-A Reading kicked off the season with a double header against the Portland Sea Dogs (Boston affiliate). In game 1, catcher Sebastian Valle notched two hits, including a homerun. Outfielder Leandro Castro launched a homer of his own as well, a 2-run walk-off shot in the bottom of the 9th inning to lock down a 4-2 victory. Starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone allowed 10 hits and 1 earned run in 6 innings of work. Reading turned five double plays in the contest.

In game 2, Reading completed the sweep, winning 7-4. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez slapped 2 doubles in 4 at bats and drove in 2 runs, while Castro knocked in 2 more. Chris Kissock earned the win in relief of Tyson Brummett.

Triple-A Lehigh Valley got a dominant performance from Tyler Cloyd (pictured, right), who was perfect with 8 strike outs through 6 innings against the Yankees’ affiliate, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Cloyd earned the win in his Triple-A debut. Phillippe Aumont, Jake Diekman and Michael Schwimer each worked a scoreless inning of relief to lock down the 3-0 win for the Pigs. Rich Thompson recorded the game’s only RBI with a bases loaded walk in the 2nd inning. The other Lehigh Valley runs scored on an error that same inning. Domonic Brown went 0-for-4 in the contest and played left field.

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Jay Floyd is PhilliesNation’s minor league insider. You can read more from Jay by visiting his site, PhoulBallz.com.

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  • Posts: 436 Ian Riccaboni

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    The Pigs are going to have an awesome pitching staff. Jay – Any chance Cloyd sticks with the Pigs moving forward? I know he was a temporary call-up for Bush.

     
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    Has Cloyd figured something out or is this smoke and mirrors. I mean, he has had ok numbers for most of his minor league career, bounced around between starter and reliever and then last year he had a tremendous year, advancing from A+ to AA, sporing an ERA below 3 and, more importantly, a WHIP of 1.055. He’s throwing strikes, he’s striking guys out at a decent enough clip to suggest that he has a decent out pitch in his arsenal… haven’t read anything that mentions a blazing fastball so I’m assuming he has a go-to secondary pitch. He’s a right-hander… it doesn’t seem that anyone is suggesting he’s the next Tim Lincecum but I’ll take Kyle Lohse.

     
  • Posts: 298 Jay Floyd

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    Cloyd had a 2.78 ERA in 18 games at Double-A last yr. He turns 25 next month. Not sure what he has left to prove at Reading, but he has not been viewed as a real high ceiling prospect within the system, so if roster room is a problem, he could certainly end up back in Double-A.

    He is certainly deserving of being on that IronPigs roster right now though.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    saw cloyd pitch a game at reading last year. i was impressed! he had 7 or 8 strikouts in i think6 0r seven innings with no walks! it loked like he had a nsty curce and a rising heater. i don’t know if he has blazing stuff but pitchers who can get it done without blazing stuff are worth keeping around. it looks to me like he could be a good mid inn reliever with all the baby aces in the wings.

     
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