Reds announced that Joey Votto is able to return.  Crickets, pin dropping, echo…echo…echo… “God?  It’s me, Dusty Baker.  If I need him, is Votto ready to pitch?”  “I’m afraid not, Dusty.  He’s not a pitcher.”  “In the traditional sense?”  “In every sense.”  “How about as a reliever?”  “No, Dusty.”  “As a LOOGY?”  “Fine, Dusty.”  “Thanks!   Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Philadelphia Phillies 2011 Minor League Review

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America:

2012 (27) | 2011 (11) | 2010 (18) | 2009 (12) | 2008 (22) | 2007 (21) | 2006 (22)

2011 Affiliate Records

MLB: [102-60] NL East

AAA: [80-64] International League – Lehigh Valley

AA: [74-68] Eastern League – Reading

A+: [75-63] Florida State League – Clearwater

A: [68-69] South Atlantic League – Lakewood

A(ss): [43-33] New York-Penn League – Williamsport

The Run Down

The Phillies graduated quite a bit of talent in 2011.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Philadelphia Phillies 2010 Minor League Review
Overall Farm Rankings via Baseball America (2010)
2010 (5) | 2009 (12) | 2008 (22) | 2007 (21) | 2006 (22) | 2005 (20) | 2004 (21)

Record of Major and Minor League Teams
MLB: [97 – 65] NL East
AAA: [58 – 86] International League – Lehigh Valley
AA: [69 – 72] Eastern League – Reading
A+: [67 – 72] Florida League – Clearwater
A: [84 – 55] South Atlantic – Lakewood
A(ss): [43 – 33] New York Pennsylvania League – Williamsport
R: [32 – 24] Gulf League

The Run Down
The Phillies 2010 farm system ranking is prior to acquiring Cliff Lee. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Seattle Mariners 2009 Minor League Review
Overall farm ranking via Baseball America:
2009 (24) | 2008 (11) | 2007 (24) | 2006 (27) | 2005 (11) | 2004 (12)

Records of Major and Minor League Teams
MLB: [85 – 77] AL West
AAA: [74 – 70] Pacific Coast League
AA: [62 – 78] Southern League
A+: [83 – 57] California League
A: [69 – 68] Midwest League
A(ss): [39 – 37] Northwest
R: [28 – 36] Appalachian League
R: [33 – 22] Pioneer League

The Run Down
Seattle had a massive turn around from 2008 when they were 61 – 101. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

It has been quite a week in baseball. All this Jeter coverage is getting old, especially when that is all EPSN talks about, which coincidentally means all media outlets will too. While somehow this passed me by – Madison Bumgarner debuted in the majors last night throwing 5 1/3 innings of 2 run ball while having a 4:1 K/BB ratio (all in 76 pitches) against the offensively challenged Padres. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?