Marquee farmhands like Michael Taylor and Kyle Drabek may monopolize discussion, but the higher levels of the Phillies’ system have been getting a boost from their mercenaries.
At Lehigh Valley, first baseman Andy Tracy, who spent time on the Phillies’ bench last season, was named International League Batter of the Week for the week of June 15. The veteran hit .381 with 10 RBIs over that span and is second in the league in home runs (13) and RBIs (50). Man, minor league pop is at a premium, isn’t it? Right-hand man Mike Cervenak, another reservist during the title season, is also having a well-rounded season, hitting .313. Then at Reading, the R-Phils are getting good miles out of first baseman Kevin Mahar and third baseman Neil Sellers. Mahar, 28, collected his fifth homer in June yesterday, while Sellers, 27, has started all 70 games for the Phillies, according to Mike Drago, and has a nifty .834 OPS to go with it. A big Beerleaguer tip of the cap to our faceless farm heroes.
Lidge activated: As expected, Brad Lidge has rejoined the roster. To make room, Sergio takes the Escalona express shuttle back to Allentown.