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Overbeck, Zeid Win April Honors as Phillies Minor League Players of the Month05/07/2010 10:28 AM ET
Clearwater third baseman Cody Overbeck is the Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for April. Pitching honors go to Lakewood closer Joshua Zeid.
Overbeck, 23, hit .333 in 20 games with the Clearwater Threshers last month. Among his 25 hits were seven doubles and an organization-high six home runs. He drove in 16 runs and scored 13. His .667 slugging percentage was also the highest among Phillies minor leaguers.
Selected in the 9th round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Mississippi, Overbeck was signed by Mike Stauffer. He broke into pro ball hitting .272 in 75 games at Williamsport the same summer with 12 homers and 57 RBI. His RBI total was tops in the New York-Penn League. A year ago at Clearwater, the right-handed hitter batted .230 in 96 games with 12 homers and 51 RBI.
"Cody has had a wonderful month not only with the bat, but also with his glove," said Clearwater manager Dusty Wathan. "It's as if he has something to prove to some people and I think he is doing that right now. I managed him in Williamsport in '08 and he has picked up right where he left off. It's as if '09 never happened for him."
Zeid, also 23, was a 10th round selection a year ago out of Tulane University and was also signed by Mike Stauffer. The 6-foot-4 right-hander was a starting pitcher last season at Williamsport, going 8-5 with a 2.94 ERA in 15 starts. He was moved into the closer's role this year by Lakewood manager Mark Parent.
In nine April appearances for the BlueClaws, Zeid was 2-0 with three saves and a 0.00 ERA. He allowed an unearned run in his fifth outing and nothing the rest of the month. Opponents batted .096 against him (five hits, 15.2 innings). He walked eight and struck out 12.
"Josh has done a great job transitioning to the bullpen, handling late-game situations and even throwing on back-to-back days. He's a hard worker and a tremendous young man. We look for big things from Josh the rest of the year," said Parent.
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