As Reading Fightin Phils beat writer Mike Drago pointed out today, no Phillies affiliates have winning records, with one oft-forgtten exception.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (37-37)
The 'Pigs don't even have a losing record anymore, thanks to a Maikel Franco walkoff last night.
But things get far worse on the way down, so know this: .500 is your benchmark for these teams. It's good enough for third place in the International League North division, where the four lowest teams are separated by three games.
In this farm system, the IronPigs are the team we deserve, but not the one we need right now.
Reading Fightin Phils (33-36)
They may not have a winning record in Baseballtown, but they do have their pride:
Lakewood BlueClaws (27-43)
The Lakewood lineup was the most intriguing in the system at the season's start; so much so that certain members of it have been shipped out to be intriguing in other places. But that's just something MiLB teams are forced to deal with.
The BlueClaws finished the first half of their season with a losing record, then got started on the next half with a vigorous 2-1 loss., in which their starter (Mark Leiter, Jr.) threw seven innings of shutout ball with nine strikeouts and no walks. But somehow, the West Virginia Power, a team riding a 14 game losing streak, prevailed.
Clearwater Threshers (17-52)
J.P. Crawford, the promoted BlueClaw in question, just showed up in Clearwater for his Class A Advanced debut, which was a walkoff, 5-4 loss for the Threshers.
And, AND - for anybody wondering where the Phillies most shaowy pitcher is currently:
Also, yeah. Brody Colvin is now gone.