Reading catcher Lou Marson, 21, is hitting .344 and riding a 12-game hitting streak. As the R-Phils press office reports, he would be in elite company if he can keep up the pace.
The last catcher to win an Eastern League batting title was two-time All-Star Victor Martinez of the Cleveland Indians back in 2002, when he also named EL Player of the Year. In the last 12 games, Marson is hitting .418 (18-43) with two homers and 17 RBIs, which includes a grand slam. Marson, along with outfield prospect Greg Golson, are featured in today’s Inquirer. Marson and the R-Phils fell to Erie 9-7 yesterday. They return home tonight to begin a three-game homestand with Harrisburg. Carlos Carrasco gets the start.
Errors infect Reading: The R-Phils have committed 32 errors in their last 28 games and rank next-to-last in the Eastern League in fielding percentage, according to the Reading Eagle.
Pitchers slumping: After a blazing start and call-up to Double-A, Antonio Bastardo has run into problems with his control, walking 11 in his last two starts. And in the bullpen, fast-tracked lefties Josh Outman and Fabio Castro were roughed up this week.
Triples: Last season, the Phillies ranked in the top three with 41 total triples, including 20 by Jimmy Rollins. This season, they’re near the bottom, with six total coming from six different players, none of them named Jimmy.
Swindle featured: Beerleaguer favorite R.J. Swindle is the subject of a long article on MiLB.com. Check it out here.
Win Shares added: Recently, the Hardball Times activated Win Shares for the 2008 season, the signature stat of Bill James. The Hardball Times formula isn’t exactly the same; frankly, I don’t really follow all that goes into the formula. Win Shares are a good tool for measuring overall contribution in a general sense, and it serves as an excellent resource when comparing players from others teams or by position. For example, remember all that hoopla about Pedro Feliz being the worst offensive regular third baseman in the NL last season? Well, history is set to repeat itself. Feliz’s 0.1 batting Win Shares is right at the bottom among regulars. A permanent link to Win Shares has been added to the top left sidebar.
Trust the eyes: Carlos Ruiz is hitless in his last seven ABs, but the numbers don’t reveal the whole story lately. Chooch made several outstanding defensive plays in the Colorado series and has also been the man behind the plate for the latest strong efforts by Kyle Kendrick and Adam Eaton. ... Speaking of Eaton, the maligned right-hander has been solid ever since Rod Barajas hit that grand slam in the second inning on May 17. Both Kendrick and Eaton have been pitching aggressively. Still, there is one school of thought that believes Eaton has little or no shot at helping them in October, so why beat around the bush and deny opportunities for prospects like J.A. Happ to develop?