Posted by Jay Floyd, Mon, May 26, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 15
The latest semi-weekly rundown of your top performers from the Phillies developmental ranks and those that need to turn some things around includes a few injury notes on some key prospects. Read ahead on the latest from the minors.
Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs (25-24 record, 4th place in the International League North division)-
Third baseman/first baseman Maikel Franco has tallied a .301/.389/.482 slash line in 21 games this month. The 21-year-old, who is rumored to be a candidate to join the big league roster this week, missed two games over the weekend due to a respiratory illness.
Outfielder Steve Susdorf is having quite a month, sporting a .344 average with seven doubles and nine RBI in 22 games. The 28-year-old lefty batter went 1-for-7 in three games with the big league Phillies last season.
Catcher Cameron Rupp is batting .208 with a home run in seven games since returning from the disabled list following an oblique strain. Rupp, 25, went 4-for-13 (.308 avg) in four games in the majors last season.
In his most recent start against Toledo, righty pitcher Brad Lincoln allowed five earned runs in five innings. While the 29-year-old has tallied a 3.71 ERA in four starts, he’s averaging less than five innings per start. Lincoln allowed three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings for the Phillies this season.
Double-A Reading (28-19, 2nd place in the Eastern League’s Eastern division)-
Lefty ace Jesse Biddle missed his start on Sunday after experiencing headaches which stemmed from being struck in the head with ice during a hail storm on Thursday. The 22-year-old has a 3-4 record with a 3.18 ERA and a 9.69 K/9 mark in 10 games this year.
Outfielder Kelly Dugan is still rehabbing his oblique strain in Clearwater and expects that he could return to game action in the coming days. Through 14 games this season, the 23-year-old was batting .275 with a home run and five RBI. Continue reading Minor League Notebook: Hot/Cold List, Injury Updates