Wednesday, April 26, 2006

8-11...and Minor League Wrap

Rough night for the Gavin Floyd and the Phillies last night...lots of stuff happened (best game recap of the year, right there, huh? Very descriptive...), but all the storylines afterward were connected back to Floyd. Soooooo, that's the direction we'll take today. Here's what I wrote about Floyd way back when (3/31/06):

Gavin Floyd making the team is complicated (to me anyway)...Phillies fans have followed his career closely since the time he was drafted, yet I don't think anybody can honestly say they know what to expect out of him this year. Making decisions based on spring stats can be a risky way of doing business - I hope the Phillies know what they are doing with Floyd. If he flops yet again...I'm not sure what the ramifications of that would be on his professional development. It is has well publicized that many of Floyd's struggles last season could be traced back to the lack of self-confidence that set in after he got beat down in the majors early on in the season (his own admission by the way). It is undeniably risky for Floyd to be on this team from a developmental standpoint, but it is a risk the Phillies were smart to take.

Has anything changed? When the Phillies decided to break camp with Floyd as the fifth starter, they locked themselves into sticking with him until it is 100% clear that his presence on the 25-man roster is hurting the team and hurting his own personal development as a pitcher. Some fans may think this is the case now, but I'll do what it always seems like I'm doing these days - allow me to preach on about the values of patience once again. Floyd has been terrible so far, but it's only been 18 innings - sending him back to AAA may help the team in the short-term (though who takes his spot in the rotation?), but it certainly won't help in the long-term. It's sink or swim time for the young righty. That fastball can't be as flat as it was last night, that curveball (as beautiful as it is) needs to be located with more consistency, and a third pitch (maybe a better change? Is a slider worth a risk? In a perfect world I'd love to see him incorporate some kind of splitter...but can any kind of new pitch really be added while keeping him in the bigs? Did I just contradict my whole point? Young pitchers confuse me...) desperately needs to be added to the repertoire.

Let's give the kid some time...what choice do we have?

AAA Scranton-WB

  • Carlos Ruiz: 1-5, R, 2 K
  • Chris Roberson: 1-4, 2B, RBI, CS, OF assist
  • Josh Kroeger: 1-3, RBI, R, BB, K
  • Danny Sandoval: DL
  • Brennan King: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, K
  • Angel Chavez: 0-4
  • Chris Coste: 0-3, BB, 2 K
  • Bobby Scales: injured (DL?)
  • Eude Brito (W, 2-1): 5 IP 3 H 1 ER 3 BB 2 K
  • Brian Sanches (S. 2): 1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 2 K
  • Lastings Milledge (Mets): 1-3, R, BB (hitting .403)
  • Jeff Keppinger (Mets): 1-4
  • Victor Diaz (Mets): 0-4, K
10 wins for Scranton in a row...not bad...10/3 GO/FO for Brito for the night...also not bad. I wonder how much consideration Brito got for a big league spot? Chances are they want to keep him stretched out and in the rotation just in case, but still got to imagine his name was brought up as an option...Roberson's OF assist was on a play at the plate...

AA Reading

  • Michael Bourn: 2-5, 3B, 2 R
  • Tim Moss: 1-4, R, 2 K
  • Jason Jaramillo: 1-5, 3B, RBI, K
  • Bryan Hansen: 0-1
  • Daniel Haigwood: 6 IP 4 H 1 ER 4 BB 3 K

High A Clearwater

  • Mike Costanzo: 0-4, K
  • Brad Harman: 0-3, 2 K, 2 E (9)
  • Derek Griffith (L, 2-1): 6 IP 6 H 3 R 1 ER 0 BB 3 K
Very bad night for the two key bats, but Derek Griffith continues to impress...he may be buried by all the pitching depth in the system, but if keeps throwing well then he'll get his chances to move up...

Low A Lakewood – win in 13 innings, Golson’s assist saved the game

  • Greg Golson: 1-4, R, 2 BB, OF assist
  • Welinson Baez: 1-5, K
  • Lou Marson: N/A
  • Matt Maloney: 6 IP 5 H 2 R 1 ER 2 BB 10 K
Lakewood won this one in 13 innings...Greg Golson had a game saving OF assist at the plate in the bottom of the 10th...Matt Maloney opening some eyes, is a promotion forthcoming?


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