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Weekly Minors Wrap: Buchanan, Cloyd, Giles, Buckley Heat Up

Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, August 05, 2013 08:00 AM | Comments: 2
Blueclaws, Crosscutters, Fightins, IronPigs, Minor Leagues, Posts, Prospecting, Threshers

It’s another weekly rundown of the Phillies’ minor leagues.  Take a look at details on some recent noteworthy performers…

Triple A Lehigh Valley IronPigs-

David Buchanan, image- Jay Floyd

Right-hander David Buchanan got the call up on Sunday, and notched a win, throwing seven innings and allowing just two runs while striking out four and walking one.  Buchanan, the Phillies’ 7th round draft pick in 2010 out of Georgia State University, posted a 6-11 record along with a 4.82 ERA in 22 starts with Double-A Reading this year.  According to Reading coach Dave Lundquist, the initial plan was to have the 24-year-old make one start with the ‘Pigs, then return to Reading for his next start, but things can always change.

Tyler Henson, promoted from Reading when Cody Asche got the call to the big leagues, launched four home runs in his first four games with the IronPigs, after recording just four round trippers in 80 Double-A games this season.  Henson has a .368 average in six games with Lehigh Valley.  The 25-year-old infielder was signed as a minor league free agent last fall.

Righty Tyler Cloyd is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in his last five starts for Lehigh Valley.  Overall with the IronPigs this year, the 26-year-old has a 5-8 record with a 5.42 ERA in 16 starts.  Cloyd, the Phillies’ 18th round draft choice in 2008, also started six games in the big leagues this year, going 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA.


Double-A Reading Fightins-

Third baseman Maikel Franco has gone 4-for-27 (.148 avg) over his last seven contests.  Prior to his current cold spell, the 20-year-old Dominican Republic native was batting .385 in 33 games for Reading.

Right-hander Seth Rosin lost for the first time in 10 starts this past week, allowing an earned run over five innings against Erie.  During that stretch, Rosin, who the Phillies acquired in the Hunter Pence to San Francisco trade last year, posted a 6-1 record and a 4.08 ERA.


Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers-

Righty reliever Kenny Giles has posted a 1.50 ERA and an 11.25 K/9 mark in his last nine appearances for the Threshers.  The Phillies’ 7th round draft pick from 2011 is 1-0 with four saves and a 4.41 ERA in 14 outings this year.  The 22-year-old missed time this year with two separate oblique strains.

Starting pitcher Severino Gonzalez is 1-2 with a 0.95 ERA over his last three games.  Overall this season, the 20-year-old Panama native has a 5-4 record along with a 1.86 ERA in 20 combined games with Lakewood and Clearwater this season.


Class A Lakewood BlueClaws-

Art Charles, image- Jay Floyd

Heading into the weekend, first baseman Art Charles had gone 15-for-30 (.500 avg) over an eight-game stretch.  Charles, who was acquired for pitcher Michael Schwimer from Toronto this past spring, sports a .248 average with 10 homers and 60 RBI in 98 games this season.  The 22-year-old was a 20th round draft pick of the Blue Jays in 2010.

Righty starter Nic Hanson has tallied a 1.64 ERA over his last 10 starts with the BlueClaws.  Hanson, who missed time with a reported groin issue this season, is 2-2 with a 2.49 ERA and a 7.11 K/9 mark in 16 games in the Sally League this year.


Short-season A level Williamsport Crosscutters- 

Righty Drew Anderson, 19, has allowed just one unearned run in his last three starts.  The Phils’ 21st round draft pick last year has a 5-2 record with a 2.24 ERA in 10 games this season.

Reliever Tyler Buckley has allowed just two earned runs in 13 pro games since the Phillies made him their 27th round draft pick this year.  The 22-year-old product of the University of Arkansas Little Rock sports a 0.93 ERA with two saves and a .113 batting average against for Williamsport.  Buckley is one of four ‘Cutters to make the NY-Penn League All-Star game.  Joining him are catcher Gabriel Lino, third baseman Zach Green and outfielder Jiandido Tromp.


Rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies- 

Phils’ 1st round pick this year J.P. Crawford ranks 2nd in the GCL in batting with a .367 mark.  The 18-year-old California native sports a .946 OPS and has swiped 10 bags in 26 pro games.

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  • Posts: 0 Alex M.

    This has been a great year so far for this farm system, we are getting a lot more young players that are looking like decent players and some are cementing themselves as prospects. I would like to see Buchanan stay at LHV and then let the Greg Smith go to the show (I would like to see what he can do, and I think its time for Lannan to go). With that then Perci Garner could make the move the AA. Franco will continue to develop but he should stay in Reading, he is not the type of player we can afford to overwhelm. Severino Gonzalez and Nic Hanson are making themselves into legitimate prospects, Gonzalez has some very impressive stuff could be a great find for our scouts. Anderson has quietly pitched himself into the prospect discussion, Lakewood could use a better starter Anderson should get the call if he puts together another good outing or two. Buckley looks impressive for a 27th round pick this year. Cozens, Lino and Green are all developing into solid prospects, Lino will add another option to the catcher of the future discussion. Hopefully the success for many of our minor leaguers continues, I have been more optimistic about the future than I have in a long while.

     
  • Posts: 0 Bob D

    Alex. I feel the same. Crawford looks like a legitimate prospect and is producing. Not like these hey he has good tools guys but has poor stats. They may not be real prospects.

     
 
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