MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Two high-profile minor leaguers were honored by the Phillies as their best farmhands for the month of April.
First baseman Joe Savery was named player of the month after a scintillating beginning to his career as a full-time position player. Righthander J.C. Ramirez, one of the three prospects acquired in the Cliff Lee trade, was named pitcher of the month.
The 25-year-old Savery batted .450 with nine extra-base hits in his first month a single-A Clearwater, facing players mostly three to four years younger than he is. He's actually down to .394 (43 for 109) after an 0 for 5 night Monday. Incredibly it took 29 games for Savery's average to dip below .400.
Ramirez, 22, has been spectacular for double-A Reading despite a very low strikeout rate. In four April starts, Ramirez was 4-0 with a 1.86 ERA. He struck out only six in 26 1/3 innings, though.