August 14, 2015 |
READING - Selected in the 33rd round of the major league baseball draft in 2011, Brock Stassi was never expected to be a rising star in the Phillies' organization. In high school, he wasn't even expected to play collegiately; Stassi's younger brother, Max, now a catcher in the Houston Astros organization, received a scholarship offer as a sophomore before his big brother started drawing even a hint of interest from scouts. "All my friends started signing in that early signing period after their junior year during the fall of their senior year, and I still didn't have any college offers," Stassi said.
March 20, 2014 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Lefthander Jesse Biddle prepared for another day with the rest of the Phillies' minor-league players in a crowded clubhouse that contained prospects of all levels. The team's first-round draft choice out of Germantown Friends in 2010, Biddle said he enjoyed his brief time in the major-league camp this year. Even though he did not achieve the results he wanted in his two outings, Biddle feels he will be better for the experience. Biddle, 22, was sent down to the minor-league camp on March 8. He was not disappointed because he knows the landscape.
August 12, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Reading third baseman Maikel Franco understands the excitement and expectations his play has generated in a Phillies minor-league system that could definitely use an impact player. After dominating at high-A Clearwater earlier this year, Franco is doing the same since he was called up to double-A Reading. Yet when asked about appearing with the Phillies, possibly as early as next season, Franco smiled broadly. "Everybody wants to play in the big leagues, but it is not my decision," he said before a game last week against the Harrisburg Senators, the double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
June 10, 2013 |
READING - Crowded into a corner of the Reading Fightin Phils team store, nestled between rows of New Era caps, key chains, and foam fingers, Carlos Zambrano was a long way from the big- league lifestyle he had become accustomed to over a 12-year career. The veteran righthander fielded questions in a makeshift news conference Saturday night, minutes after he'd turned in his third start of the season in the Phillies farm system since signing as a minor-league free agent May 15. "You have to do what you have to do," Zambrano said after a 2-1 Reading victory.
April 25, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - Dusty Wathan played 14 minor-league seasons, and this is his sixth year managing in the Phillies system. But the Reading Fightin Phils manager is having a difficult time recalling a more impressive performance than the one that lefthander Jesse Biddle delivered Monday. The Phillies prospect pitched seven shutout innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out 16 in a 3-2 win over the Harrisburg Senators, the double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Biddle had a perfect game before he walked a batter with one out in the seventh inning.
August 14, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Zoilo Almonte's first-inning grand slam was the highlight of the Trenton Thunder's 7-4 Eastern League victory over the Harrisburg Senators on Saturday night. Altoona 6, Reading 3 ALTOONA, Pa. - The Altoona Curve clinched their fourth consecutive Eastern League series with a win over the Reading Phillies. Tyson Brummett took the loss after allowing five runs in four innings. Greensboro 4, Lakewood 2 GREENSBORO, N.C. - Isaac Galloway's two-run homer off Austin Wright helped the Grasshoppers get past the BlueClaws in a South Atlantic League game.
August 5, 2011 |
READING - Reading's Ozzie Chavez was picked off first base and run down for the second out in the 10th inning, but while that was going on, teammate John Suomi scored from third with the winning run as the R-Phils beat the Harrisburg Senators, 2-1, Thursday in the completion of Wednesday's suspended Eastern League game. In the regularly scheduled game, Harrisburg broke up a pitching duel with two runs in the ninth and held on for a 2-1 win over Reading. Akron 7, Trenton 4 TRENTON - Austin Krum had four hits as the Thunder battled back from a 6-0 deficit but fell short in the Eastern League loss to the Aeros at Waterfront Park.
July 14, 2009 |
Doubles by Ozzie Chavez and pitcher Mike Stutes sparked a three-run rally in the sixth inning yesterday as the Reading Phillies beat the Harrisburg Senators, 5-3, in the Eastern League. Mike Zagurski picked up his sixth save for Reading. Connecticut 4, Trenton 3 NORWICH, Conn. - Richie Robnett homered for the Thunder, but the Defenders held on for the Eastern League victory. Lakewood 9, Bowling Green 4 LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Troy Hanzawa had a pair of doubles and two RBIs to spark the BlueClaws over the Hot Rods in the South Atlantic League.
May 18, 2009 |
READING - Mike Spidale scored on a bases-loaded groundout in the bottom of the ninth to give the Reading Phillies a 7-6 victory over the Harrisburg Senators yesterday in the Eastern League. The game had been suspended Saturday night because of rain. The Senators pulled out a 3-1 victory in the second game as Michael Daniel had an RBI triple and scored on a groundout in the fifth inning. Binghamton 2, Trenton 1 Binghamton 4, Trenton 3 BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Lucas Duda's RBI single scored Josh Tholes in the eighth inning of the second game to give the Mets a sweep of the Thunder in the Eastern League.
August 20, 2008 |
George Kontos allowed three hits and a run in six innings last night as the Trenton Thunder beat the Harrisburg Senators, 6-4, in the Eastern League. The win, combined with Portland's loss to Altoona, reduced Trenton's magic number for clinching the EL North to five. Buffalo 10, Lehigh Valley 1 BUFFALO - IronPigs righthander Carlos Carrasco took the loss against the Bisons, giving up six runs in five-plus innings while striking out seven. Bowie 3, Reading 2 READING - Carlos Rojas' home run in the 10th off Justin Pope gave the Baysox the Eastern League win over the Phillies.