2015 Draft Tracker

This is the place to keep track of all signings, bonus information, pool spending, and media regarding all 40 2015 Draftees. I’ll accept any help you can provide as reports surface through articles from local, national, or social media. Please post any links you have, or if it’s a tweet, just post the text or however you like. I would ask only that you post any new information as a new comment so it appears at the bottom and makes it easier to find amongst what’s likely to be a pretty large post with possibly hundreds of comments. If you have something you want to draw my attention to and you don’t think it can wait until I get back on and check this page, you can always tweet at me @jimpeyton19. I’ll date/time stamp notes as I add them below.  A special “Thanks” to Brad.  I stole most of this from his 2014 Draft Tracker. Link to the 2015 Draft Tracker.  The most recent updates will be above the fold, older updates will move below.

6/28 – Per MLB, Laird did sign for 100% of slot, Tobias for $10K.  We can now speculate on how/if the Phillies spend (or have spent) the $569,725 of slot savings plus 5% of total bonus pool.  Tracker updated.

6/27 – Phillies announce that they have signed 9th round pick, Mark Laird and 10th round pick Josh Tobias.

29th round pick, high school outfielder Von Watson has announced thru Twitter his intention to attend school.

31st round pick, high school LHP Nick Fanti has announced thru Twitter that he has reached an agreement with the Phillies.

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Open Discussion: Week of July 6th

Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.

In the past week, the Phillies have –

  • Announced the hiring of Andy MacPhail to succeed Pat Gillick as club President.
  • Announced interim mgr. Pete Mackanin will be remain thru the end of the season.
  • Announced the signing of international free agents Jhailyn Ortiz & Rafael Marchan.
  • Opened up a 7.5 game lead over Miami. Colorado & Milwaukee are a half game back.
  • Released Yoel Mecias (Prospect rank: #19 MLB, #10 PP Top 30, #6 Fangraphs, #12 BA, #14 Sickels, #4 BP, #4 MinorThoughts, unranked by Law)
  • Announced the trading of Future Considerations, RHP Chris Oliver and LHP Josh Taylor to Arizona for Future Considerations.

The two pitchers represent one-third of Lakewood’s starting rotation.  Shane Watson replaced Yoel Mecias (released) who replaced Ricardo Pinto (promoted to Clearwater).  Taylor’s spot comes up tomorrow.  Oliver’s on Thursday.  Their rotation looks like this over the next 6 days – Not Taylor, Viza, Casimiro, Not Oliver, Garcia, Watson.  Fill in the blanks!

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Box Score Recap; (and International Bonus Pool Primer) – 7/5/2015

Lehigh Valley (36-49) beat the Rochester Red Wings 4-2.  Jason Bergen came within one out of a complete game.  After a two-out, two-run HR, he was lifted in favor of Dustin McGowan who came in to pick up the save.  Aaron Altherr (.327) went 1-4 with a double.  Gabriel Lino (.291) went 1-4.  Chase d’Arnaud had 3 hits, a double, a HR, and an RBI.  Tyler Henson had 2 RBI.

Continue reading Box Score Recap; (and International Bonus Pool Primer) – 7/5/2015

Phils Make a Trade

No, Hamels, Papelbon, Utley, Howard, Revere and everyone else on the 25 man roster are still here, but the Phillies did acquire the #1 International Signing Slot from Arizona for the 2015-16 signing period.  In return, the Phils gave up their #9 slot, and Lakewood pitchers Chris Oliver and Josh Taylor.

Oliver was the Phils 4th round pick in 2014 and has been disappointing since coming aboard last year.  Oliver, who is soon to be 22, was 4-5 with a 4.04ERA in his 13 starts.  The problematic part of Oliver’s development has been bb/k ratio.  He is averaging 4.2BB/3.5K per 9 this year which leads to trouble on both ends of the spectrum.  The opposition was batting .291 against Oliver (.352 over the last 30 days).

Josh Taylor, 22,  was an undrafted free agent out of Georgia State and is 4-5 with a 4.63ERA in his 13 starts this year. His bb/k ratio is good at 3.2BB/9.2K per 9 and the opposition was hitting .265 off of him.  Over the last 30 days, Taylor is holding the opposition to an average of just .213.

Box Score Recap – 7/4/2015

Lehigh Valley (35-49) beat the Rochester Red Wings 4-3.  Aaron Nola allowed 3 runs and 9 hits while striking out six over six innings.  Five hits including a home run in the fifth put the IronPigs in a 3-2 hole.  A late rally and strong pitching out of the bullpen by Seth Rosin and Adam Loewen, who picked up his third save, preserved the win.  Aaron Altherr (.333) went 2-3 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI.

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Box Score Recap – 7/3/2015

Lehigh Valley (34-49) lost to the Rochester Red Wings 6-5 in 16 innings.  Seve Gonzalez allowed 5 runs on 5 hits including 2 home runs in seven innings.  Adam Loewen and Hector Neris pitched five innngs of perfect relief.  Juan Gutierrez threw three shutout innings.  Chris Leroux gave up the go-ahead run in the 16th inning.  Aaron Altherr (.310) went 0-6 with 2 walks.  Gabriel Lino (.293) went 2-7.  Tyler Henson went 4-8 with 3 doubles and 2 RBI.  Brian Bogusevic went 1-7 with a walk and an RBI.  The Red Wings’ pitchers struck out 23 IronPigs.  Every ‘Pig who got into the game struck out at least once.  Lino led the way with five.

Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/3/2015

Box Score Recap – 7/2/2015

Lehigh Valley (34-48) beat the Rochester Red Wings 7-1.  David Buchanan pitched into the seventh inning.  Nefi Ogando stranded 3 inherited runners and finished the game for his first save.  Aaron Altherr (.361) went 1-3 with a triple.  Gabriel Lino went 1-3 with an RBI.  Chase d’Arnaud had 2 hits, a double, and 3 RBI.  Brian Bogusevic went 2-4 with an RBI.

Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/2/2015

Box Score Recap – 7/1/2015

Lehigh Valley (33-48) beat the Scranton RailRiders 3-2 in 10 innings.  Seth Rosin, Cesar Jimenez, and Juan Gutierrez combined to throw six shutout innings as the IronPigs came from behind to win in a walkoff on Tyler Henson’s triple and Russ Canzler’s RBI single.  Aaron Altherr went 1-3 with a walk.

Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/1/2015

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

The ‘Pigs are in the midst of an eight game home stand that concludes Friday and they are currently 4-2 on the home stand and 33-48 on the year, still in 5th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 11 games behind division leading Rochester. Lehigh Valley visits Rochester for three games Saturday thru Monday before returning home for three against Pawtucket.

News and Notes: Many thought that OF Brian Bogusevic would exercise his July 1 opt out option, however, he has chosen to remain in the Phillies organization.  While details of discussions were not given, my “educated?” guess is that Bogusevic was given a guarantee of sorts that if his production remained consistent he would come up to Philly come September 1, if not sooner.

Cord Phelps has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games (.383, and is now above .255 for the first time this year. Notably, he has 14 RBI in his last 11 games after an Asche like 9RBI in his first 58 games. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Box Score Recap – 6/30/2015

Lehigh Valley (32-48) beat the Scranton RailRiders 12-8.  Anthony Vasquez gave up 7 runs in the first 3 of his 5 innings, but benefitted from the IronPigs 17-hit attack.  Hector Neris came in for a couple innings and gave up a run.  Adam Loewen struck out four in his two, one-hit innings and picked up his second save.  Aaron Altherr (.367) went 3-5 with 2 RBI.  Gabriel Lino (.292) went 2-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.  Brian Bogusevic (.305) went 2-4 with a walk in what could have been his last game for Lehigh Valley since he has an opt out clause that goes into effect July 1st. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/30/2015

Box Score Recap – 6/29/2015

Lehigh Valley (31-48) beat the Scranton RailRiders 8-1.  Aaron Nola pitched five innings and left with a 7-0 lead.  His line was – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 90 pitches, 54 strikes.  Nefi Ogando and Adam Loewen pitched three shutout innings.  Cesar Jimenez gave up the ‘Riders only run.  Aaron Altherr (.320) went 1-4 with a double, walk, and an RBI.  Gabriel Lino went 2-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.  Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/29/2015