Phillies Minor League Review: July 6-12

Players of the Week

Player SS/2B Jonathan Arauz, GCL Phillies...The 16-year-old Arauz was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week after batting .429 (9-21) with two doubles, two triples, four RBI, four runs scored, a .500 on-base percentage and a .714 slugging percentage in five games. Arauz recorded multiple hits in three of those five games, including a career-high four hits in six at-bats on July 7 against the GCL Blue Jays. He raised his batting average 99 points with his productive week. Arauz was signed by the Phillies and Norman Anciani as an amateur free agent on August 7, 2014.

Pitcher - RHP Will Morris, Lakewood...Morris, 22, appeared in two games for the BlueClaws last week and did not allow a run in either of them. In his start on July 6, he held Hagerstown to just two hits over 5.0 scoreless innings, and he followed that with a 5.0-inning scoreless relief performance against Hickory on July 12. Morris struck out eight batters, allowed just six total hits and did not walk anybody. He has now surrendered just one run in 16.0 innings with Lakewood (0.56 ERA), and none in his last five appearances. Morris was selected by the Phillies in the 24th round of the 2013 draft out of the College of Southern Nevada, and was signed by Mike Garcia.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division…40-51, 4th place…Five of Lehigh Valley's six games last week came against the struggling Pawtucket Red Sox, and the IronPigs were able to take advantage and win four of those games to move into fourth place in the IL North. It is the highest they have been in the standings this year. Lehigh Valley has now won three straight series for the first time since 2013.

Top hitting performers - INF Chase d'Arnaud batted .407 in 27 at bats with two doubles, a triple, five runs scored and four RBI. He had multiple hits in four of his six games…INF/OF Russ Canzler hit two home runs while batting .348 with a 1.075 OPS. He knocked in five runs and scored another five…OF Aaron Altherr homered and drove in a team-high six runs while batting .296 for Lehigh Valley.

Top pitching performers - RHP Aaron Nola allowed two runs and struck out six over 6.0 innings in his fifth start for the IronPigs. He has a 2.43 ERA and is averaging more than a strikeout per inning in those five starts…LHP Cesar Jimenez pitched in two games out of the bullpen and surrendered just a run on four hits in 5.2 innings of work.

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division …48-42, 2nd place…The Fightins had a packed week heading into the All-Star Break as they played eight games, including a doubleheader against Akron on July 11. Reading went 5-3, winning the series finale against Trenton on July 6 before taking two of three from Portland and splitting four games with Akron. The Fightins sit just 1.5 games back of the Thunder for the top spot in the division.

Top hitting performers - C Andrew Knapp collected nine hits in 24 at bats (.375), scored five runs, drove in another five and hit three doubles. He has hit safely in all 13 games with Reading, and in 16 straight going back to his final three games with Clearwater…3B Harold Martinez went 8-21 with three doubles, a triple, five runs scored, three RBI and a .409 on-base percentage in six games…OF Kelly Dugan hit four doubles, scored four runs and walked three times. He is hitting .327 in 28 games with the Fightins.

Top pitching performers - RHP Ryan O'Sullivan turned in four scoreless relief appearances and earned his second save of the season for Lehigh Valley…LHP Tom Windle did not allow a hit and walked just one over two separate 2.0-inning appearances. Since joining the bullpen he has allowed just one run in 7.0 innings of work…RHP Edubray Ramos did not allow a run in his first two games with Reading. He was promoted to Reading after posting a 1.46 ERA in 49.1 innings with Clearwater.

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division…13-5, 1st place, 50-38 overall…Clearwater continued build on a strong start to the second half by winning a pair of series and five of seven games overall last week. Their pitching led the way, holding opponents to just 17 runs over those seven games (2.43 runs per game), including two shutouts.

Top hitting performers - OF Chase Harris raised his average by 19 points after batting .435 (10-23) with double, a triple, five runs scored, four RBI and two stolen bases. He now has an 11-game hitting streak dating back to June 29…C Chace Numata hit safely in all six of his games last week, batting .391 with a .440 on-base percentage (nine hits and two walks)…OF Carlos Tocci batted .296, scored three runs, walked twice and drove in a run.

Top pitching performers - LHP Brandon Leibrandt tossed 4.0 innings and gave up a run on three hits on July 7. He followed that with a 6.0-inning, one-run performance against Fort Myers on July 12. Nine of his 13 starts have been quality starts…RHP David Whitehead earned the win on July 10 against Fort Myers after throwing a season-high 8.0 innings of scoreless ball…RHP Victor Arano made two starts, combining to allow five earned runs in 12.0 innings while striking out seven batters. His 7.0-inning start against Brevard County was his first complete game and shutout of the season (the game was called because of rain after the seventh inning)…RHP Miguel Nunez came out of the bullpen for a perfect 3.0 innings on July 8, and followed that with 2.0 scoreless frames on July 12. He struck out six in those 5.0 innings and now has a 2.65 ERA since moving to the bullpen.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League Northern Division…10-8, 2nd place, 43-43 overall… The BlueClaws made an assertive playoff push last week by taking four of five games from the Hickory Crawdads, who won the first half by 7.5 games. Lakewood finished the week a 5-2 record, pulling their overall record to .500 at 43-43. They have won seven of the last 10 games overall.

Top hitting performers - 1B Kyle Martin recorded three multi-hit games on his way to a .391 average with five runs scored and another three driven in. He is batting .358 with 24 hits in just 17 games…OF Cord Sandberg had hits in all but one of his games last week, batting an even .400 with a team-high five RBI. He is hitting .410 (25-61) in 17 games in the second half…C Deivi Grullon smashed three extra-base hits, including his third home run of the season as he went on to slug .667 for the week with four RBI and 12 total bases…INF Drew Stankiewicz went 9-27 (.333) with two doubles, a triple, five runs, three RBI and three walks in seven games…OF Herlis Rodriguez had nine hits in 28 at bats (.321), knocked in four runs and scored three.

Top pitching performers - RHP Will Morris pitched in two games (one start, one relief appearance), allowing just six hits combined in 10.0 scoreless innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight, earning him Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week honors…RHP Ranfi Casimiro earned the win in his lone start after lasting 6.0 innings and yielding just a run on six hits to Hickory.

Williamsport Crosscutters - New York-Penn League Pinckney Division…17-5, 1st place…Williamsport had been caught in a four-game losing streak, but they rebounded following a rainout on June 9 to win four straight games to end the week. In those four games they outscored their opponents 17-7, as the first-place Crosscutters continue to marry dominant pitching with timely hitting.

Top hitting performers - OF Jose Pujols continues to reach base at an astounding rate, as he put forth a .667 on-base percentage last week thanks to seven walks and seven hits in just six games. Pujols, who also hit .467 in those six games, is fifth in the league with a .351 average overall…C Austin Bossart collected six hits in 10 at-bats, driving in four runs. He has at least one RBI in five of his seven games so far…1B Brendon Hayden hit his second home run of the year and drove in five runs for the Crosscutters. He also walked five times, helping him to a .500 on-base percentage for the week.

Top pitching performers -  LHP Tyler Gilbert had a 3.0-inning scoreless start on July 6, then came out of the bullpen for 4.0-inning, one-run outing (none earned) on July 12…RHP Alejandro Arteaga surrendered two hits and walked two over 6.0 innings in his start last week. He has now allowed just three earned runs in 23.0 innings (1.17 ERA)…RHP Luke Leftwich combined to pitch 6.0 innings with one run, one walk and five strikeouts in his two games (one start, one relief appearance)…RHP Robert Tasin nailed down both of his save opportunities with a pair of scoreless innings. He now has five saves in five chances.

GCL Phillies - Gulf Coast League, Northwest Division…14-4, 1st place…The Phillies won three straight against the GCL Yankees in the middle of the week, and bookended that streak with splits against the Blue Jays and Yankees. They have now won five of the last six games and still do not have consecutive losses this season.

Top hitting performers - SS/2B Jonathan Arauz was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week after batting .429 with four extra-base hits (two doubles, two triples) and a 1.214 OPS for the Phillies. He scored four runs and knocked in another four…SS Arquimedes Gamboa hit .333, thanks to back-to-back multi-hit games against the GCL Pirates. He also led the team with five runs scored…OF Cornelius Randolph rapped out three doubles and reached base at a .370 clip while knocking in four runs and scoring four more…1B Luis Encarnacion hit safely in four of five games and drove in three runs.

Top pitching performers -  RHP Sam McWilliams faced the Blue Jays in his first started of the week, tossing 5.0 scoreless frames and allowing just three hits. He then had a 5.0-inning, one run start on July 11, giving him a 0.90 ERA and 0.70 WHIP for the week…LHP Ranger Suarez has now pitched 17.0 innings for the Phillies and has not allowed a run. His latest scoreless performance was 6.0 innings of three-hit baseball against the GCL Yankees on July 9…RHP Adonis Medina did not allow a run in 5.0 innings in his start against the Yankees. He has one earned run in 10.0 innings pitched this season (0.90 ERA)…RHP Felix Paulino made one start, allowing a run on three hits in 5.0 innings of work…RHP Sutter McLoughlin struck out four in 4.1 scoreless innings over two appearances. He is unscored upon in his five games (7.1 innings) this season.