Here is an update on how the Phillies’ top prospects at AA Reading are doing this season.
J.C. Ramirez: One of the Cliff Lee Kids, Ramirez is finally showing why the Phillies wanted him included in their trade of Cliff Lee to Seattle. After a disappointing first year in the Phillies’ organization, Ramirez is 5-2 with a 2.93 ERA in seven starts. He does need to work on his strikeout to walk ratio if he wants to pitch in Philadelphia. This year, Ramirez has 11 strikeouts and 9 walks.
Justin De Fractus: The young right-handed reliever has impressed the Phillies’ brass over the last year in the minors and in spring training.
De Fractus has had a decent start to the year in the Reading bullpen. In 18.1 innings, he is 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA. However, opponents are hitting at a .311 clip against him and he’s already walked 10 batters.
Philippe Aumont: The much maligned piece of the Cliff Lee to Seattle deal, Aumont has been all over the place since becoming a part of the Phillies organization. He has gone from starter to reliever, from AA Reading to A Clearwater and back to Reading.
This year, in the R-Phils bullpen, Aumont is 0-2 with a 3.15 ERA. However, he has dominated AA hitting. Opponents are only hitting .160 against Aumont, and he has a 27 : 5 strikeout to walk ratio. If he keeps this up, he should be making to trip to Allentown before the end of the 2011 season.
Matt Rizzotti: This is a guy that needs to play in the American League. He has no position he can play in the field, but he is raking in AA Reading. The R-Phils’ designated hitter is hitting .359 with 8 homers and 30 RRI. Despite his torrid hitting pace, he doesn’t appear to have a future on the Phillies. He recently cleared waivers without being claimed, which shows he is not a sought after prospect.
Check out all of the Reading Phillies’ stats.