Players of the Week
Pitcher- RHP, Tyler Cloyd, Lehigh Valley… 1 start, 1-0, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 10 SO… Cloyd's 10 SO tied a career-high… Over his last two starts Cloyd is 1-0, 2.40 ERA (4 ER, 15.0 IP) after starting the year 0-3, 7.65 ERA (17 ER, 20.0 IP) through his first four… The 25-year-old right-hander was an 18th round selection in the 2008 draft out of The University of Nebraska at Omaha… Cloyd was signed by Jerry Lafferty.
Player- OF, Cameron Perkins, Clearwater… Batted .360 (9-25) in 6 G, 7 R, 2 RBI, 4 2B, 1 HR… As of print, riding a 12-game hitting streak where he is hitting .422 (19-for-45), 7 2B, 3B, HR … Perkins has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games and is batting .355 (43-for-121) on the year which ranks 6th in the FSL... His 43 hits are good for the organizational lead and are T-1st in the FSL… Perkins hit .304 (82-270) last year at Williamsport… Promoted from WIL to Clearwater, Perkins has hit .320 (125-391) with 35 2B over his last 96 G between WIL & CLR… The 22-year-old Perkins was selected in the 6th round of the 2012 draft out of Purdue University… Perkins was signed by Nate Dion.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs- International League North Division…13-16, 4th place… 3-3 for the week… Led by RHP Tyler Cloyd, OF Leandro Castro and a bullpen that was close to perfection, Lehigh Valley finished the week strong on a three-game winning streak (1st 3G W streak in 2013)… With two walk-off wins to end the week, LHV now has 3 walk-off W's in 5 home victories… Castro had a week for the books, walking the 'Pigs off back-to-back nights with RBI-singles… Castro ended the week riding an eight-game hitting streak (both GW hits were needed to extend his streak) in which he is batting .344 (11-for-32)… Prior to joining the big club on 5/6, LHP Joe Savery became the first pitcher in IronPigs franchise history to earn a W in back-to-back games (5/4 vs IND & 5/5 vs IND)… Cloyd spun a gem 5/3 vs IND (W, 8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO) and seems to have gotten back on track after a rough start to 2013… 2B Cesar Hernandez continues to swing the bat well, hitting .333 (7-for-21), 4 R, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 3 SB for the week and has reached base in 18 of his last 20 games… The LHV bullpen has put together an 18.0 IP scoreless streak as of print (8.0 IP of scoreless relief in 13-inning W, 5/4 vs IND) led by RHP Michael Stutes (6.0 IP) & RHP Justin De Fratus (4.0 IP)… OF Darin Ruf went 4-5 (2 2B, 2 HR 5 RBI) on 4/30 at LOU… The 12 total bases for Ruf set a LHV franchise record in a 9-inning game… Over his last eight games, Ruf is batting .382 (13-for-34), 7 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI.
Reading Fightin Phils- Eastern League Eastern Division…12-16, 6th place… 0-6 for the week… Reading has lost six straight, eight of their last nine, and were swept in back-to-back series for the first time since 4/27-5/2/10 vs Harrisburg and New Hampshire… Strong Fightin Phils pitching was equalized by an offense that hit only .204 for the week… LHP Jesse Biddle was honored by the Eastern League, receiving Pitcher of the Month honors for April… LHP Mauricio Robles twirled 4.2 IP scoreless in relief, putting his season ERA at 1.50 (3 ER, 18.0 IP) with 12.5 SO/9.0 IP… RHP Seth Rosin was solid in two starts, falling victim to a lack of run support, going 0-2, 2.70 ERA (4 ER, 13.1 IP), 0 BB, 8 SO for the week… RHP Mike Nesseth was promoted from Clearwater (A) and pitched 1.2 IP scoreless in his only appearance… 2B Albert Cartwright hit .273 (6-for-22), 5 R, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI for the week… SS Edgar Duran and SS Troy Hanzawa each had three-hit games this week… 1B Jim Murphy struggled at the plate hitting .095 (2-for-22) for the week, however both hits left the yard.
Clearwater Threshers- Florida State League North Division…14-15, 4th place… 3-3 for the week… Clearwater is a proving to be an offensive power in the FSL league… They lead the FSL with 299 hits and 66 doubles… OF Aaron Altherr, 3B Maikel Franco & OF Cameron Perkins are tied for the FSL lead in doubles with 13… Franco hit .360 (9-25), HR, 2 2B for the week, leads the organization in HR (6) and RBI (27), and is currently riding a seven-game hit streak…. OF Cameron Perkins is excelling after a change from 3B to OF and jumping from Williamsport to CLR… Perkins batted .360 (9-for-25) 7 R, 4 2B, HR for the week… 1B Chris Serritella hit .308 (8-26), HR, 2B, 4 RBI… RHP Gabriel Arias was great in two starts going 1-0, 0.75 ERA (1 ER, 12.0 IP) with 9 SO… RHP Perci Garner made one start going 7.0 innings, allowing one run… RHP Mike Nesseth made two scoreless appearances before getting the call to Reading.
Lakewood BlueClaws- South Atlantic League North Division…9-20, 7th place… 2-5 for the week… LWD has gone 8-11 over their last 19 G after starting the year 1-9… C Willie Carmona is batting .438 (14-for-32) over his last 8 G after beginning the year hitting .182 (10-for-55)… OF Carlos Tocci had two multi-hit games over the weekend (5/3 vs CSC & 5/4 vs LEX) giving him five games with two or more hits this year… Tocci is batting .333 (7-for-21) to begin May… SS Roman Quinn had four stolen bases during the week and is now 14-for-16 in stolen base attempts this season… Twice, Quinn has stolen 2nd and 3rd in sequence… RHP Nick Hanson made his first start of 2013, getting the W in 5.0 IP of two-hit baseball… RHP Geoff Broussard made two relief appearances during the week (5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 SO).