Phillies Minor League review, July 27-Aug. 2

Players of the Week

Player C Andrew Knapp, Reading…Knapp, a 23-year-old in his third professional season, was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week after batting .444 (12-27) with six doubles, a home run, five RBI, five runs scored, a .500 on-base percentage and 1.278 OPS in seven games. He hit safely in six of those seven games, and now has hits in 25 of 28 games since joining Reading on June 26. His .358 batting average would be highest in the league by 30 points if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. Knapp was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2013 draft out of the University of California at Berkely, and was signed by Joey Davis.

Pitcher - RHP Tyler Viza, Lakewood…Viza, 20, made one start, tossing a complete game and allowing just one run on six hits to the Kannapolis Intimidators on July 27. He walked none and struck out six in what was his first ever 9.0-inning effort. Viza has now allowed just one run and one walk in his last 16.0 innings pitched. The 6-foot-3 right-hander was selected by the Phillies in the 32nd round of the 2013 draft and was signed by Brad Holland.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs - International League North Division…48-61, 4th place…The IronPigs lost their first series since June early last week, dropping three straight against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after winning the series opener. They were unable to rebound against the Norfolk Tides over the weekend, as they lost that three-game set two games to one and fell to 13 games under.500.

Top hitting performers - INF/OF Tyler Henson continues to swing a hot bat, as he batted .429 with four doubles, a triple, four RBI, four runs scored and a 1.110 OPS. His four doubles were as many as the rest of the team combined during the week…OF Aaron Altherr reached base at a .400 clip due to four walks and seven hits in seven games played. He scored four runs and drove in three…INF Chase d'Arnaud played in four games, going 7-17 (.412) with five runs, a pair of walks, a double and an RBI.

Top pitching performers - LHP Adam Loewen pitched in two games, recording 2.0 scoreless, hitless innings in his first game and 1.2 scoreless frames with a save in his second. He struck out seven in those 3.2 innings…RHP Colton Murray allowed one run in 3.2 innings over two games, striking out four. He did not allow a base runner in 2.2 innings in his second appearance.

Reading Fightin Phils - Eastern League Eastern Division …58-50, T-2nd place…A 4-3 week helped Reading keep pace with the division-leading Mets, as they sit just 1.5 games back. The Fightin Phils won a three-game series with Erie before splitting four games against New Hampshire to end the week.

Top hitting performers - C Andrew Knapp was named Phillies Minor League Player of the Week after posting a .444 average with six doubles, five RBI, five runs scored, and a 1.278 OPS…CF Destin Hood tallied nine hits in 26 at-bats (.346), including a season-high four-hit effort on August 1. He drove in a team-high seven runs…2B/SS Angelo Mora drove in six runs, hit two triples, scored four runs and batted .333 in seven games…3B Harold Martinez scored a team-high seven runs and drove in three more. He hit safely in all but one of his seven games…OF Cam Perkins hit two home runs, doubled twice and knocked in five. He reached double-digit home runs for the first time in his career.

Top pitching performers - RHP Zach Eflin went 1-1 in two starts, lasting 7.2 innings and allowing just two runs on four hits in his second start on August 2…RHP Mark Leiter made one start, allowing three runs (two earned) over 7.0 innings of work…LHP Joely Rodriguez earned the win in his start, surrendering two runs on seven hits in 6.1 strong innings.

Clearwater Threshers - Florida State League North Division…23-15, 1st place, 60-48 overall… Clearwater's week consisted of a three game set with Bradenton followed four games against St. Lucie, with Reading winning the first series and dropping thee of four in the latter. One game in each series was postponed due to rain, marking the sixth and seventh time this season they have had a weather-related postponement.

Top hitting performers - SS Malquin Canelo went 8-24 (.333) with three runs scored and another three driven in…OF Dylan Cozens tallied 12 total bases, batting .350 with a home run and a pair of doubles. He recorded his fourth four-hit game of the season on July 29…1B Rhys Hoskins pulled his batting average up over .300 by batting .333 with three doubles, three walks, two runs and two RBI last week…CF Carlos Tocci recorded three multi-hit games for Clearwater, batting .292.

Top pitching performers - In his start on July 28, RHP Yacksel Rios went 5.0 innings and struck out five while allowing just one run. He followed that up with 3.0 scoreless innings of relief on August 2…LHP Matt Imhof did not allow an earned run in his one start last week and now has not allowed more than three earned runs in six consecutive starts…RHP Miguel Nunez appeared in two games out of the bullpen, combining to throw 2.1 scoreless innings with just one hit allowed.

Lakewood BlueClaws - South Atlantic League Northern Division…20-16, T-3rd place, 53-51 overall… It was a tough week for the BlueClaws, who lost five straight to the Kannapolis and West Virginia before salvaging one game against the first-place Power. Lakewood's silent offense was the reason for their struggles, as they scored just seven runs in those five losses and were shut out twice.

Top hitting performers - OF Herlis Rodriguez played in six games, going 7-23 (.306) with a couple of walks…SS Emmanuel Marrero pulled his average up by 41 points after batting .300 (6-20) in six games played.

Top pitching performers - RHP Tyler Viza was named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week after throwing his first ever 9.0-inning complete game on July 27. He allowed just one run, struck out six and did not walk a batter…RHP Ranfi Casimiro yielded three runs (two earned) over 6.2 innings during his start against Kannapolis…RHP Will Morris has three straight quality starts after tossing 6.2 innings and letting in just two runs in his lone start of the week…LHP Joey DeNato lowered his season ERA to 1.44 after two more scoreless relief outings. He has not allowed a run since June 25.

Williamsport Crosscutters - New York-Penn League Pinckney Division…27-15, 1st place…Williamsport retains a five-game lead in the division after going 3-3 last week with a series loss to Lowell followed by a series win over Vermont. The Crosscutters' pitching has been their strongest point all season, ranking second among the league's 14 teams with a 3.05 ERA.

Top hitting performers - OF Mark Laird had hits in all five of his games, including three multi-hit games. He batted .450 with a .500 on-base percentage, five RBI and four runs scored…2B Josh Tobias went 7-19 (.368) and drove in four runs in five games.

Top pitching performers -  RHP Mitch Gueller lasted 5.0 innings in his one start, striking out five while allowing two runs (one earned)…RHP Jacob Waguespack tossed 2.2 scoreless frames in relief on July 30 and then another 1.2 scoreless innings on August 2…LHP Tyler Gilbert has not allowed an earned run in his last two starts after surrendering three unearned runs over 4.1 innings on August 1…RHP Robert Tasin nailed down both of his save opportunities with a scoreless inning on both July 28 and 31.

GCL Phillies - Gulf Coast League, Northwest Division…21-12, 2nd place…Four consecutive losses to start the week were forgotten when the Phillies exploded for a season-high 17 runs in a convincing win over the GCL Astros on Friday. That ended up being the last game of the week for the Phillies, who had a suspension due to rain on Saturday and a scheduled off-day Sunday.

Top hitting performers - 1B Luis Encarnacion tallied a couple of multi-hit games and hit .364 over four games with a team-high five RBI…OF Yunior Reyes also batted .364 in four games with a couple of runs scored a double and two RBI…SS Jonathan Arauz tallied his fourth game three-hit game of the season, doubled twice, scored two runs and drove in two.

Top pitching performers -  RHP Sam McWilliams shut out the GCL Tigers over 6.0 innings, lowering his season ERA to 3.18…In his first start of the season, RHP Carlos Indriago surrendered just one hit in 5.0 scoreless innings on July 28. He has a 0.98 ERA in seven games…LHP Bailey Falter started one game, allowing no runs and just two hits in 4.0 innings.