Phillies minor details

Posted: June 02, 2014

1. Clearwater shortstop Roman Quinn, The Inquirer's No. 4 Phillies prospect, is getting back in the groove after not playing for 11 months. He suffered a season-ending hairline fracture of the right wrist last June while playing for Lakewood, then tore his Achilles tendon in offseason workouts. After spending time in extended spring training, Quinn returned to action for Clearwater on May 19. He was hitting .212 in his first eight games. "I feel I am still getting a rhythm since I hadn't been in a game since almost a year," Quinn said in a phone interview. "It's been tough, and now I just want to get back in the rhythm of things."

2. Lakewood shortstop J.P. Crawford, who began the season leading off, is occasionally batting third with Carlos Tocci hitting in the top spot. Crawford, The Inquirer's No. 2 Phillies prospect, entered the weekend hitting .335. "J.P. is playing great, and he is pretty much making all the plays at shortstop," Lakewood manager Greg Legg said. "He is getting in the routine of how to be a pro and what the lifestyle is like." With Quinn at Clearwater, it would be interesting if Crawford would be promoted to Clearwater or even double-A Reading later this season. "He is a pretty good two-strike hitter, a great bunter, and now we will let him play every day and see what happens," Legg said.

3. Reading lefthander Jesse Biddle, who missed his last start due to a concussion, took the mound on Saturday. Biddle, The Inquirer's No. 3-ranked Phillies prospect, was struck by an ice pellet during a hail storm on May 22.

4. Righthander Jimmy Yacabonis has picked up in professional baseball where he left off at St. Joseph's University. Yacabonis set a single-season school record with 10 saves for the Hawks in 2013 and was then drafted after his junior season in the 13th round by the Baltimore Orioles. "I loved it at St. Joe's," he said. Yacabonis is enjoying professional baseball just as much. Pitching for the low-single-A Delmarva Shorebirds, Yacabonis entered the weekend 13 for 13 in save opportunities as the team's closer and had not allowed a run in 20 innings. A product of New Jersey power Christian Brothers Academy, Yacabonis relies on a killer sinker. His 13th save came during Thursday's 4-3 win at Lakewood, and the Matawan, N.J., product had many fans attend the game. Despite his success, the 22-year-old Yacabonis insists he isn't thinking about moving up this year in the Orioles minor-league system. "I don't even check what is going on with the other teams [in the Orioles system]," he said. "I just worry about this team and what I have to do."

5. Lehigh Valley IronPigs closer Kenny Giles earned the save in Thursday's 4-3 win at Norfolk, but it was the first time since he was promoted from Reading that the righthander allowed more than one earned run in an appearance. He allowed two. In his first nine games for Lehigh Valley, Giles, known for his 100-m.p.h. fastball, has struck out seven and walked seven in his 112/3 innings.

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