Players of the Week

Pitcher: RHR Kyle Simon, Reading. 3 relief appearances, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 save, 7 innings, 2 hits, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts; finished regular season with 9.2 scoreless innings. In 13 games with Reading, he had 10 scoreless appearances; finished 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 2 saves, 25.1 innings, 12 hits, 5 walks, 21 strikeouts. Opponents batted .133. Began the season at Frederick, 14 games started, 3-8, 3.96. Acquired by Phillies from the Orioles along with C Gabriel Lino for Jim Thome, July 1. Converted to a reliever by Phillies; combined Clearwater-Reading, 4-0, 3 saves, 20 games, 1.36 ERA. Selected by Baltimore in the 11th round, 2011, out of the University of Arizona.

Player: 3B Maikel Franco, Lakewood. Hit .556 in final 7 games with 15 hits. After an 0-4 on his 20th birthday on Aug. 26 finished season with 6 multi-hit games, 4-2-2-2-3-2. Hit .346 in second half, 57 RBI, 68 games. Hit .207 1st half. Led club in hits (141), home runs (14), extra-base hits (49), total bases (221) and 84 RBI. Second in doubles (32). In 503 at-bats, 38 walks, 80 strikeouts. Going into this season, Minor League totals: .237, 48 runs, 109 hits, 30 doubles, 5 homers, 73 RBI, 461 at-bats. Selected as SAL Player of the Week by MiLB.com. Signed as an amateur free agent, January 13, 2010, by Koby Perez.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division
76-68 final record, 3rd place. ... Eliminated from postseason berth on Sept. 1 . . . Season ended with a rainout on Sunday. ... Attendance: 622,421, leading all the Minors for the third straight season. ... 1B Cody Overbeck, .304, 2 homers, 9 RBI. Led club with 14 homers and 71 RBI . . . OF Jason Pridie, 6 hits . . . INF Pete Orr and OF Steve Susdorf, 3-hits each in final game . . . LHP Tom Cochran (9-5), 1-0, 1.64 ERA for final 2 starts, 2 earned runs, 11 innings, 12 strikeouts; won final 3 decisions, including what turned out to be the final game on Saturday, 0 runs, 6 innings. ... RH Scott Elarton (6-11) won his final start last Wednesday, 2 runs, 5 innings. ... RH Justin DeFratus, final 2 games, 0 runs, 5 innings, 1 hit, 6 strikeouts.

League Leader: ERA (2.35), Tyler Cloyd.

Reading Phillies, Eastern League Eastern Division
76-66, 2nd place. ... Win in final game on Sunday clinched 2nd place and a Wild Card entry in the division; New Britain won last 6 games but finished 1 game behind the R-Phillies, who won 3 of their last 4 games. ... Attendance: 426,623 ranked 2nd; 9,153 average, ranked 1st.

Playoffs: Trenton Thunder in best-of-five series. Winner advances to best-of-five championship round.

CF Tyson Gillies, .333, 8 games with club-high 11 hits. ... LF Leandro Castro, .333, 7 games. ... 2B Cody Asche, .323, 8 games, with club-high 8 runs and 4 doubles; finished .301 vs. LHP, .300 vs. RHP. ... 1B-LF Darin Ruf, .300, 8 games, with organization-high 3 homers and club-high 9 RBI. ... C Tommy Joseph, 3 doubles, 2 homers among final 8 hits; 5 RBI. ... RHS Trevor May (10-13), 1-1, for final 2 starts. ... RHS Austin Hyatt (8-5) won final start . . . RHS Ethan Martin (5-0) tossed 7 scoreless innings, 2 hits, 0 walks, 8 strikeouts in his final start; finished 13-6, 3.48 ERA between Chattanooga and Reading. ... LHS Adam Morgan (4-1) was winner in season finale. ... RHR Justin Friend, 2 saves in 3 appearances, 2.2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts. Finished with 24 saves, tying a Reading record. Record-tying save came on Aug. 30, the last home game; got last 2 outs on 3 pitches.

League Leaders: Games (139, tie 1st), home runs (38), total bases (303), RBI (104), on-base percentage (.408), slugging percentage (.620), Ruf. ... Triples (11, tie 1st), Cesar Hernandez. ... Saves (24), Friend. ... Walks (78), strikeouts (151), May.

Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League North Division
72-60, 3rd place. ... 36-30 2nd half; finished 2nd, 1 game out of first and the postseason. ... 4 wins in final 6 games. ... Attendance: 7,054 for final home game on Sept. 1 pushed season total to a club-record 177,297.

1B Jim Murphy, .375, organization-high 5 doubles (43 for season, tops for organization), 17th homer and 4 RBI (85 season); hit .395 in last 10 games . . . INF Carlos Alonso, ended on a 5-game hitting streak (.381). ... C Cameron Rupp, 4-4, 4 RBI on Aug. 31 . . . LHS Austin Wright (11-5) won last start the same night. ... RH Perci Garner (7-9) won his last start the night before. ... RH Ryan O'Sullivan (2-1) picked up a win in relief. ... LHS Jesse Biddle (10-6) lost his final start on Aug. 29, 4 runs, 6 innings, 5 strikeouts. ... RHR Michael Nesseth (8), RHR Colton Murray (4) and RHR Ken Giles (3) picked up saves. Giles topped the radar gun at 101 mph and reached 100 in his next outing, the final game on Sept. 1 when he was the winner in a 12-inning game. INF Drew Hillman tossed 1 inning that day, struck out 1 and got the save in his first time on the mound.

League Leaders: Doubles (43), Murphy. ... Wins (11, tie 1st), Wright . . . Strikeouts (151), Biddle. (Adam Morgan, 140, and Wright, 133, followed Biddle.

Honors: Wright was named FSL Pitcher of the Year.

Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division
62-76, 4th. ... 36-33, 2nd half, 4th place. ... Won 4 of final 5 games. ... Attendance: 410,113; led SAL for 12th consecutive season.

OF Miguel Alvarez, .375 in 5 games, 4 RBI; hit .417 in last 10 games. ... RF Kelly Dugan, .333 with 4 multi-hit games (11 total hits); 3-3 in final game to end season at .300; led club with 33 doubles, 83 runs. ... 2B Alejandro Villalobos, .348 in the last 6 games, 4 of 8 hits were doubles; ended season with 4 hits in final game. ... OF Aaron Altherr, last 10 hits included 5 doubles, 1 triples, 1 homer. ... RHS Colin Kleven (9-8) won final 2 starts, 2 runs, 13.2 innings; ended season with a 3-game winning streak. ... LHS Ethan Stewart (1-0) for 2 starts, 12 strikeouts, 13 innings. ... LHS Hoby Milner (6-3) closed out his first pro season with a win, 0 runs, 6 innings, 8 strikeouts; including Williamsport, he was 7-3 for 12 starts . . . RHR Yaris Sosa (3-2), a win and a save (2) in last 2 appearances. ... LHR Austin Brough, joined Lakewood on July 4; last run allowed was August 3, 12.2 scoreless innings, 0 walks, 11 strikeouts.

Leading hitter: overall honors went to Ryan Howard, .625, for 3 games.

Mr. Versatility: On final game (Labor Day), Colin Kleven did everything -- dressed as a hot dog and took part in a BlueClaws staff meeting in the executive conference center; helped the ground crew remove the tarp; greeted fans and took tickets at the gates; took the lineup card to home plate; ran in the pork roll, egg and cheese race -- he won as cheese; spent the 7th inning in the radio booth and helped with musical chairs between innings.

Williamsport Crosscutters, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
Ended season on Wednesday. ... Won 4 of final 5 games to close the season at 30-46, 6th place. ... Attendance: 62,901.

C Logan Moore, .467, 5 games, 2 doubles, 4 RBI; ended on a 7-game hitting streak, .500. ... LF Larry Greene, .353, 10 games; 5 doubles among 12 hits; ended on an 8-game hitting streak, .379. ... 1B Chris Serritella, .333, 10 games, 15 hits; ended on a 6-game hitting streak, .467. ... OF Jiandido Tromp, ended on 5-game hitting streak, .412. ... SS Roman Quinn set club records for runs (56) and triples (11); old records belonged to Mike Moreno, 51 runs, 1998; Terry Joseph, 10 triples, 1995. ... Wins went to RH Josh Warner (4-7), RH Jordan Guth (2-2), RF Matt Sisto (1-3), RH Jonathan Mussder (2-4) and RH Jeb Stefan (2-4); 13 strikeouts over final 9.2 innings. ... Saves: RH Geoff Broussard (6-7).

League Leaders: Runs (56); triples (11), stolen bases (30), Quinn. ... Doubles (24), RBI (47), total bases (131), Serritella. ... Innings pitched (81.2), Warner.

2013
Minor league seasons begin April 4. Next Minor League Report due on April 15, same date income taxes are due!

For all Lehigh Valley fans: single-game tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 2, during the annual National Pig Day celebration at Coca-Cola Park..