Phillies Farm System Report: Lakewood Puts Together Flawless Week

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Oct 2, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Pat Venditte (61) throws the ball right handed against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Pat Venditte (61) throws the ball right handed against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 14, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; Cal State Fullerton Titans pitcher Thomas Eshelman (15) throws against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first inning at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; Cal State Fullerton Titans pitcher Thomas Eshelman (15) throws against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first inning at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports /

I may have put a bit of a jinx on the Phightins’ last week when I wrote that they might not be able to lose with the offensive output they were getting.

Reading Fightins’

Week Record (3-4)

Year Record to Date (14-11)

The only real highlight of the week was the continued consistency of hopeful prospect, Scott Kingery. He played in six of the seven games this week, and reached base safely in every one of them, scoring in all, except one matchup. His strong start, coupled with the All-Star performance of Cesar Hernandez and the emergence of Daniel Brito in Lakewood should have fans excited about the future at second base.

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Mar 3, 2017; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Scott Kingery (80) makes a diving grab on a ground ball in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins during spring training at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports /

Reading’s best offensive performance this week was on Tuesday when they pounced on New Hampshire for a 7-2 victory.

Kingery and Carlos Tocci both had three hits, while Andrew Pullin added his sixth bomb of the season.

Thomas Eshelman improved to 3-0 with his seven inning, one-hit performance that dropped his ERA closer to the 3.00 mark.

Other than Eshelman’s gem, there was nothing to shout from the mountain tops about in Reading’s rotation. They are not necessarily prospect-laden in that area of the roster. However, Eshelman, a Cal-State Fullerton graduate, who was the lesser-known piece to the Ken Giles trade, was called up to start in Lehigh Valley on Monday night.

It will be interesting to follow the starts of Drew Anderson, Brandon Leibrandt, and Shane Watson in Reading from this point now that Eshelman appears to be heading to Allentown.

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