Another weekend of action ahead of us with 8 teams going per day. No matchup really stood out, but I can always highlight days that Franklyn Kilome starts.
Lehigh Valley: (vs Louisville)
Friday: Chad Billingsley
Saturday: Jason Berken
Sunday: Severino Gonzalez
After Maikel Franco got his promotion the IronPigs were rather bare. Since then they have gain Aaron Nola, Aaron Altherr, Gabriel Lino, and now Nefi Ogando. It isn’t exactly the full cavalry but it is an improvement. The rotation is a train wreck after the promotion of Adam Morgan and Phillippe Aumont electing free agency. I would assume that someone will get the bump from Reading rotation to Lehigh Valley.
Reading: (vs Akron – Friday, @Portland)
Reading continues to be the center of the Phillies prospect world as they trade out Aaron Altherr for Andrew Knapp. Jesse Biddle has looked better of late, and Zach Eflin goes back and forth between good and dominant. Lively looks like a back end starter and Windle has been a disaster (but is still early in his career). Otherwise J.P. Crawford is a stud and Kelly Dugan just keeps hitting.
Clearwater: (vs Dunedin – Friday @Charlotte)
On the hitting side, Clearwater loses Knapp to Reading, but adds Rhys Hoskins and Malquin Canelo to the already added Carlos Tocci. Overall the Threshers are red hot right now after charging to a first half title in the FSL North. Victor Arano will look to turn his season around, he is very young and his stuff is still good, he just needs to get through a lineup twice. Ricardo Pinto was masterful his first time out as he was able to pitch at 91-94 touching 96 while mixing in his plus changeup. Sunday’s starter is still TBD as rainouts shuffled the rotation up.
Lakewood might get the short end of the roster shuffle this week. They shipped out Carlos Tocci, Rhys Hoskins, Malquin Canelo, and Ricardo Pinto in exchange for Kyle Martin, Scott Kingery, Gustavo Martinez, and Yoel Mecias. Martin and Kingery will be interesting as they make their pro-debuts at the full season level. Both started their careers off with hits yesterday. Cord Sandberg has been “hot” of late, but the in person looks have been far from optimistic. The rotation is a bit thin as Casimiro has been less than sharp for a few starts now. Oliver has struggled of late, especially with his control. Garcia is solid if unspectacular.
Williamsport: (vs Batavia – Fri/Sat @Mahoning Valley – Sunday)
Williamsport is now the most exciting team in the Phillies system. #KilomeDay has become a trending thing, but Denton Keys actually had the best performance of the Crosscutters’ 7-0 start. Jose Pujols and Venn Biter are destroying baseball and Pujols in particular seems like he is teetering on just exploding. So far he has had a ton of success lining the ball the other way, once he starts to pull the ball he could go on a home run tear for a while.
Outside Pujols and Biter, Jesus Posso is unfortunately stuck at first base right now and should be playing catcher where he has good upside. Jose Taveras throws a ton of strikes and doesn’t have terrible stuff either. Mitch Gueller is nearing the end of the line because of all of the depth around him, but he has looked marginally better of late. In the lineup Zach Coppola and Brendon Hayden have come out on fire (Hayden hitting and Coppola with everything involving running). This all isn’t doing the Crosscutters justice as they are playing loose and easy with aggressive baseball and lots of hitting to go with solid pitching.