Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle reports that left-hander Josh Outman is scheduled to start Saturday’s game against Trenton. Meanwhile, the Clearwater Web site confirms that outfielder Greg Golson’s will also join the R-Phils for their four-game home stand, beginning tonight.
Outman’s promotion was a long time coming. The 22-year-old is considered the top lefty in the organization and was having a great season with Class-A Clearwater, going 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 20 games for the Threshers. Outman, a great pitchers’ name, also has the makings of an excellent groundball threat for a future at Citizens Bank Park.
Golson, the Phillies first-round pick in the 2004 draft, was hitting .286/.326/.452 with 12 homers and 124 strikeouts for the Threshers. Rated as the Phillies 10th best prospect before the season by Baseball America, the 21-year-old was leading the Florida State League in hits (119) and ranked in the top five in stolen bases (25), doubles (27), extra-base hits (42) and runs scored (66). Golson had been targeted for a late-season call-up to Double-A, so this is right on schedule.
Ruiz released: The Phillies have released Ottawa first baseman Randy Ruiz. The 29-year-old career minor leaguer was hitting .219 with 4 HR and 11 RBI in 22 games since being transferred from Double-A Reading June 26. A terrific minor league power hitter, Ruiz has been troubled by character issues and twice failed the league’s drug test.
Ottawa stinks: The Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate continues the trend of producing very few positive results. The Lynx are 41-63 (.394) after getting shut out last night. Practically all their higher-end talent (Joe Bisenius, J.A. Happ, Zach Segovia) have taken backward steps in one form or another. Even players who broke into the majors at one time (Danny Sandoval, Chris Roberson, Eude Brito) have been so bad, they’ll probably never taste the Majors again.