“Here we go now, here we go now, here we go now
Here we go, here we go, now listen”
Those of us who follow the Phillies’ minor leaguers are always ready to make promotions. It’s not to say that some of these players aren’t ready for the next level, but I think it’s prudent to make sure all the little parts to each player’s game are in order before making the move. It’s one thing to have a hot-streak, where everything is just clicking–it happens to baseball players from Little League up through the Majors, all the time. It’s another to have truly mastered a level of play. You really don’t want to have players really struggle at the next level and have to send them back down. Sometimes, it has to be done, but in general you’d like to avoid that.
So we’ll wait. We’ll wait for Carlos Tocci and Rhys Hoskins to move from Lakewood to Clearwater. We’ll wait for JP Crawford to move from Clearwater to Reading. We’ll wait for Aaron Nola to move from Reading to Allentown, and we’ll wait for Maikel Franco to move to Philadelphia. Certainly, there are other players who deserve to–and will–move up levels this season, all in the fullness of time.
But that’s not what this is about. This is about getting some guys to the Majors, and for the Phillies to stop trotting out Grandpa Francoeur and the corpse of Grady Sizemore every night. It’s about Darin Ruf hitting .140 against right-handed pitching. There’s a lot wrong with the IronPigs right now, but left-handed outfield bats are available. Brian Bogusevic, Domonic Brown, and Jordan Danks are ready and available. They can keep Frenchy around for his right-handed bat and his locker-room presence if they want, but Sizemore has to go, and Ruf needs to sit against right-handed pitching. It needs to happen now.
In 2013, Brian Bogusevic hit .317 over 79 games with AAA Iowa before getting promoted to the Cubs. Last season, he was slowed by a broken shin early on. In fact, he played on it, thinking it was a shin contusion–known in these parts as a “Velandia.” When he returned healthy in August, he hit .305 for AAA New Orleans. After 27 games this season with the IronPigs, he’s hitting .336/.407/.464/.870. He has 299 games of Major League experience, and although he’s a career .236 hitter, he’s also a career .291 hitter against right-handed pitching–IN THE MAJORS. It’s time to end the Sizemore experiment and reserve Ruf for 1B against LHP. Bogusevic can play all three outfield positions, too, and has a good arm. Now he’s been named IL Batter of the Week! Here we go now!
The ‘Pigs closed out the three-game set with Gwinnett with a rousing 9-1 loss yesterday. Another close game where you step away for a minute and come back to “That escalated quickly”–but not in a good way. The G-Braves took the three game series 2-1.
Now comes Columbus and their 17-13 record. They begin their road-trip here in Allentown just having swept both Charlotte and Pawtucket at home to go 6-0 on the home stand. Some names you might recognize on the Columbus roster: Jeff Manship and Michael Martinez. Cleveland Indians top prospects on the Clippers: 1. SS Francisco Lindor, 4. 3B Giovanny Urshela, 6. CF James Ramsey, 13. 1B Jesus Aguilar, 18. RHP Austin Adams.
Today is Bark in the Park Dog Day #2, and Kenny Giles “Mine goes to 100” bobble head night. Tomorrow is Irish Night on T-Shirt Tuesday, and the Columbus series wraps on Wednesday with Education Day #3 and a 10:35AM start time. The Pigs will then head up to Rochester and Syracuse before returning home a week from Thursday for four with Charlotte heading into Memorial Day weekend.
Here are the pitching probables for the series:
Monday: Joely Rodriguez vs LHP Michael Roth
Tuesday: David Buchanan vs RHP Jordan Cooper
Wednesday: Phillippe Aumont vs RHP Shaun Marcum
See you at the park,