Players of the Week
Player - 3B/1B Maikel Franco, Lehigh Valley ... 7 G … Batted .500 (14-28), .500 OBP, .893 SLG, 6 R, 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI … Franco hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats in Game 2 of the IronPigs doubleheader against the Syracuse Chiefs ... He doubled in the 1st inning, tripled in the 3rd, singled in the 4th, and hit a solo home run in the 6th, becoming just the second IronPig in franchise history to hit for the cycle ... The 22-year-old finished the day 6-for-7 with a double, triple, 2 HR, 4 RBI, and 4 runs scored in the doubleheader … Signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on January 13, 2010, Franco was signed by Koby Perez.
Pitcher - RHP, Ricardo Pinto, Williamsport ... 1 G, 0-1, 1.50 ERA (6.0 IP), 0 BB, 6 H, 1 ER, 9 SO … Pinto earns Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week honors for the 1st time in his career … In 8 games this season the 20-year-old has posted a 2.25 ERA (10 ER, 40.0 IP) … The 6-foot righty began his pro career in 2012 with VSL Phillies … A native of Venezuela, Pinto was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2011 by Jesus Mendez.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division… 62-74, 6th place… 3-4 for the week ... 3B/1B Maikel Franco hit an even .500 (14-28) as he continued his torrid stretch of play … Franco added 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR … On 8/23 Franco hit for just the second cycle in club history in game 2 of LHV's doubleheader … Franco's cycle came in his first 4 at bats … In that doubleheader Franco went 6-7, 2 HR, 4 RBI as he totaled 15 bases … Since 7/2 Franco is batting .330, 9 HR & 38 RBI … INF/OF Tyler Henson hit .313 (5-16), 2B, 2 HR … 1B Jim Murphy and OF Russ Canzler each hit a HR for LV … Canzler leads the International League in OPS, extra-base hits and home runs since 7/31 … LHP Jeremy Horst tossed 4.0 scoreless innings in his start this week … Horst finished the week riding an 11.0-inning scoreless streak … RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez tossed 3.1 hitless innings in relief as he totaled 3 strikeouts … RHP Hector Neris tossed 3.1 scoreless innings as he struck out 6 without allowing a single walk … Neris has posted a 2.15 ERA in August and has struck out 20 over 12.1 innings of work (14.60 SO/9.0 IP) … RHP Sean O'Sullivan struck out 6 batters and allowed 2 ER as he went 7.0 innings in his only start.
Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division … 60-76, 6th place … 3-3 for the week … DH Jake Fox hit .348 (8-23) this week including 2 more HR, Fox now has 21 HR in 71 G with the Fightins … INF Carlos Alonso hit his 10th HR of the year as part of his 6 H on the week … OF Peter Lavin hit .320 (8-25) … C Raywilly Gomez hit his first HR since joining Reading … RHP Severino Gonzalez won his only start of the week, going 6.0 shutout innings and striking out 3 … RHP Colton Murray allowed just 1 H over 4.1 relief innings with 4 SO …. Murray has 57 SO in 54.2 innings with Reading … RHP Aaron Nola posted a 2.70 ERA over 2 starts this week, in 10.0 IP Nola allowed 3 R and struck out 7.
Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division… First Half 17-51, 6th place… Second Half 28-36, 5th place… 3-5 for the week … OF Roman Quinn hit .333 (10-30), 6 R … Quinn belted his 6th HR of the season and stole 2 bases giving him 30 for the season … Quinn's 30 SB lead all Phillies Minor Leaguers … 1B Art Charles hit .333 (9-27), 9 R, 5 HR as he posted a 1.345 OPS in 31 total plate appearances this week … Charles' 5 HR added to his season total of 19 thus far … SS J.P. Crawford hit 2 HR and swiped 2 bases giving him a total of 11 HR and 23 SB on the season … 1B Chris Serritella had 7 hits including 2 HR … OF Brian Pointer slugged 2 HR adding to his total of 15 this season … 2B Jesmuel Valentin had 5 hits, walked 3 times, scored 5 runs and stole a base in his first week with the Phillies organization … Valentin is one of the two players to be named later in the Roberto Hernandez trade with LAD.
Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League North Division… First Half 27-42, 6th place… Second Half 23-38, 7th place… 1-3 for the week … C/1B Willians Astudillo hit .538 (7-13), 2 2B … Astudillo is batting .485 during the month of August as his season average has climbed all the way to a South Atlantic League-best .339 ... OF Dylan Cozens belted his 15th HR of the season and swiped his 21st base, both of which lead the BlueClaws … 3B/1B Zach Green belted his 5th HR this season … C Andrew Knapp hit .400 (4-10) and has raised his season average to .296… RHP Yacksel Rios picked up a win in his only start as he tossed 6.1 scoreless innings with 4 SO … RHP Jesen Therrien recorded a save in his only appearance as he threw 2.2 innings of no-hit relief.
Williamsport Crosscutters - New York- Penn League Pinckney Division… 32-38, 3rd place … 2-3 for the week … 1B Rhys Hoskins hit .313 (5-16) on the week with 2 2B and his 8th HR of the season … OF Jiandido Tromp hit his team leading 13th HR of the season which is good for 2nd in the NY-Penn league … RHP David Whitehead threw 6.0 scoreless innings and allowed just 3 base runners in his only start this week as he lowered his ERA to 2.38 … Pitcher of the Week RHP Ricardo Pinto went 6.0 innings in his only start this week allowing just 1 R and striking out 9, lowering his ERA to 2.25 on the season … RHP Alejandro Arteaga had his best start of the season going 6.0 IP, allowing just 1 R and striking out 8 … RHP Calvin Rayburn picked up his 9th save and 2nd win of the season in 2 appearances this week. Rayburn threw 2.0 scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to 1.32 on the year … RHP Edubray Ramos threw 2.0 scoreless innings, striking out 3. Between the GCL and Williamsport, Ramos has a 0.98 ERA with 30 SO and 6 BB over 27.1 IP
GCL Phillies - Gulf Coast League Northwest Division… 30-0, 2nd place… 4-1 on the week … INF Damek Tomscha hit .316 (6-19), 3 2B on the week. For the season Tomscha is hitting .251 with a .385 OBP … OF's Olvy Marte and Venn Biter each had 5 H on the week … RHP Elniery Garcia threw 6.0 shutout innings in his only start allowing just 2 H and striking out 5 … RHP Lewis Alzones allowed just 1 R over 6.0 innings in his only start … RHP Denton Keys allowed 1 ER and struck out 6 in his only start this week … LHP Josh Taylor picked up a win in relief this week and struck out 6 over 5.1 scoreless innings.