Posted by Jay Floyd, Wed, April 02, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 3
-Both the Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading coaching staffs openly addressed an organization-wide focus on small ball prior to both clubs opening their seasons. The directive, handed down by new Phils skipper Ryne Sandberg, will have the entire Phillies system playing a more aggressive style of baseball.
“I think we’re going to utilize a National League style of baseball dating back to the 70′s a little bit. You’ll see some triples, some hit-and-run and some bunting. I think it’s kind of an organizational philosophy since Ryne has taken over. You’re going to see it implemented not only at the big league level, but at the minor league level. It’s something we really stress, is base running, being aggressive, taking extra bases, sacrifice bunting, hitting and running. So, you’re going to see a very aggressive game and it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch,” Reading manager Dusty Wathan said on Tuesday.
“I guess it’s just a little more attention to detail, doing the little things and, you know, we never really got away from it, but the home run was a big part of the game not too long ago. So, we’re trying to get back to the stolen bases, the bunts, the hit and runs, you know, the little things that’ll help you win ball games,” Lehigh Valley bench coach Mickey Morandini stated.
-Wathan expressed confidence that last year’s Paul Owens Award winner Severino Gonzalez has the stuff to compete at the Double-A level, citing a mature frame of mind, describing a situation in spring training where the 20-year-old changed from the windup to pitching from the stretch on his own, in order to find his rhythm.
On the youngster with great control, Wathan added, “(Severino) can make the ball go both ways, up and down. He changes speeds, his change up’s come a long way, so I absolutely think he can (compete in the Eastern League) and I think we’re in a good situation with him, because you can teach a guy to throw balls. It’s more difficult to teach a guy to throw strikes.” Continue reading Minor League Notes and Quotes: Fightins & IronPigs Updates