When the Phillies dealt Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners, the thought was that they had acquired two young pitching prospects and a quality outfield prospect. Coming into this season, it didn't look like there was anything resembling that among J.C. Ramirez, Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies.
A month into the season though, Aumont is performing well as Reading's closer and J.C. Ramirez has established himself as the type of pitcher that the Phillies thought they had acquired when they agreed to the trade.
Ramirez won all four of his April starts and finished the month with a 1.03 ERA as Reading got off to an impressive 15-7 start. The four wins are a good start, considering that Ramirez won just four games all of last season, combining his time with Clearwater and Reading.
The highlight of the month for Ramirez was a complete game shutout over Akron on April 23, when Ramirez allowed just three hits and a walk over seven innings in the first game of a double-header.
May has not been kind to Ramirez early on. In his two May starts, Ramirez has lasted just a combined 5 2/3 innings, giving up ten hits and four walks while posting an 11.12 ERA.
As for Joe Savery, the Phillies started to slowly transition him off of the mound and into the batter's box last season with Lehigh Valley, when he was used as a pinch-hitter and DH. With his decent showing at the Triple-A level and his hot start to the 2011 season, Savery seems to have officially made the transition.
Savery started the season on a 13-for-18 (.722) pace and his average finished the first month of the season at a robust .450, good enough to be leading the Florida State League.
Savery had multi-hit games in each of his first give games of the season and produced multiple hits in 13 of the 21 games that he played in the month of April
Savery's defensive transition has also gone well and he has made just one error in 13 games as a first baseman this season.
Like Ramirez, Savery's stats have come down to Earth in the month of May, with his monthly average sitting at .241 through eight games.