Box Score Recap – 8/18/2014

Not much to talk about from the two games on the schedule. Jason Zgardowski, the new UDFA, got his first pro start for GCL. Venn Biter has five triples on the year. Tow DSL guys hit their first home runs of the season. Ran and off-days everywhere else.

Heading out to see Aaron Nola and the RPhils tonight at Bowie Baysox. Anyone who might be around, please give me a shout on Twitter or send me an email in advance (brad dot dc dot engler at gmail) and maybe we can say hello. I’m going to try to squat on some seats behind the scouts if I can and then go out to the bullpen and ask them who reads and offer them my autograph.

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Box Score Recap – 8/17/2014

Maikel Franco hit a walk-off three run home run for Lehigh Valley (12). Phillippe Aumont with two clean innings, including 15/17 pitches for strikes and three Ks. Hoby Milner threw a three-hit shutout, striking out five Binghampton Mets. He’s been hot and cold his last five starts. Roman Quinn 1-4 with a BB and a steal, and he was caught stealing on a pickoff. JP Crawford was 3-5, Brian Pointer was 1-4 with a double and a walk, and Art Charles was 0-0 with five walks, (five!!!). Kevin Walter threw five shutout innings and struck out six. Good for him. Jim Peyton wrote up that game here.

Five guys had multi-hit games for Lakewood, lead by Carlos Tocci’s 3-4 plus a walk and Andrew Knapp’s 3-5 with a double. Aaron Brown has multiple hits in all four of his games with Lakewood. Brandon Leibrandt had another strong outing, striking out five and allowing 1R on 5H and 1BB.

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Walter Completes Sweep of Lakeland; August 17, 2014

After 124 games and 37 series, the Clearwater Threshers finally swept a team in a three game series this weekend.  Thanks to some timely hitting and excellent starting pitching the Threshers have their fourth 3-game winning streak of the second half and the season.  Friday, Jordan Guth pitched 7 innings of 4-hit ball allowing 1 earned run.  Saturday, Colin Kleven pitched 6 innings of 5-hit ball allowing 2 earned runs.

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Box Score Recap – 8/16/2014

Lots to talk about today – I neglected to mention a promotion yesterday – Jose Pujols was moved up to WIL after they moved Aaron Brown to Lakewood. The 18-year-old Pujols has two doubles and three Ks in eight NYPL PAs thus far, after OPSing over .700 in his return trip through the GCL, with 15 XBH (5HR) in about 165 PAs. Striking out over 30% of the time is not going to cut it, though. Also of note from a personnel standpoint, JP Crawford was back on the field after a couple days on the shelf with what Amaro described to reporters as a “twisted ankle”.

Jesse Biddle left his start after some poor results, and once it became apparent to his coaches and trainers that he was hurt.

So he was hurt before the game even started, which means he tried to pitch through an injury. This is generally seen in the public as a good thing when it works (toughness) and a bad thing when it doesn’t (dumbness). Hopefully this one turns out to be in between – the “it didn’t work but he didn’t further damage himself.”

Seth Rosin pitching well lately – 12K and 4BB in his last 13.1 IP. And so the club will again have to decide whether to protect him in the Rule 5 or leave him exposed. For the record, I don’t know what to think about that. Aaron Altherr with his 14th home run, his fifth in the last ten games. He’s hit two more than his previous career high with some 70 fewer PAs, and his K Rate is below 22%, a 5% improvement on last year. Center field defense remains the key to his game. If he can do it, for real, he could be a valuable big league regular.

The aforementioned JP Crawford was 2-4 plus a walk and a steal (7, he’s 21/31 across two levels this year), Roman Quinn was 1-4 plus his 27th steal in 34 tries (79%), and Brian Pointer was 1-4 plus a walk, and hit his 13th HR – he’s OPSing over 1.000 for the month and .760 for the year. That’s nearly a 100 point OPS improvement over last year, and his .904 OPS in the second half of the year is about 275 points higher than his first half. Colin Kleven was good in that one, and he’s got an FIP of 3.68 on the year. Not bad at all. We’ll see how he handles AA next year. For LKW, Cozens, Brown and Astudillo had multi-hit games. Astudillo actually drew a walk, (18 on the year matches his 18 Ks), and Cozens stole his 20th base. Sam McWilliams allowed 3H 0 BB 2K in 5 scoreless IP for GCL. Solid, if not spectacular.

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Offense Supports Kleven; August 16, 2014

Colin Kleven posted his 4th consecutive quality start, and third win among those starts, with a solid 105-pitch effort against the Lakeland Flying Tigers.  The offense, which was non-existent in Kleven’s 5-hit, 1-0 loss in his last start, staked him to 6 runs Saturday night.  Kleven rebounded from a couple of mistakes and left after 6 innings with a 6-2 lead.  The big righty kept the Tigers’ batters off balance most of the night and the Threshers held on to win 7-5.  Kleven’s final line was – Continue reading

Jesmuel Valentin announced as first PTBNL from Dodgers

The Phils announced this evening that they have added 20 year old Jesmuel Valentin as the first of the two “players to be named later” in the Roberto Hernandez deal.  Valentin had been the Dodgers 1st round pick (51 overall) in the 2012 draft and is a Puerto Rico native.  He is currently ranked anywhere between #12 and #18 among Dodgers prospects.

In 2014, Valentin is hitting .282/.352/.433 for Class A Great Lakes, with 7HR 47RBI and 24 SB, to go along with a .976 fielding percentage in 104 games at 2B.  Valentin, the son of former major leaguer Jose Valentin, is likely to report to High A Clearwater, unless the Phils decide to bump up Andrew Pullin (a worthy candidate for promotion) for the final two weeks of the season.  Originally a shortstop, Valentin is considered a plus defender who has swung a good bat this year and shown a good deal of speed.


Box Score Recap – 8/15/2014

Kelly Dugan stays hot with a 2-5 night, including his fifth home run of the year. He’s got 16 doubles and a triple to go along with a 307/395/452 slash in essentially a half a season’s worth of PAs, with a K Rate around 19% and a BB Rate around 10%, but he hasn’t ISOed as low as his current .145 since 2011. I’d be curious to hear where you all would likely rank Dugan among your Top 30.

Brian Pointer was 2-3 with a double, a walk and a steal. He remains hot. Andy Knapp was 3-4 with two doubles, while Astudillo, Tocci, Brown and Green all had multi-hit games for Lakewood. Matt Imhof with a shaky start there. David Whitehead’s only walked 8 men in 62IP on the year. That’s some serious control. His K Rate remains quite low, so who know what the club has there, but worth watching as he completes his comeback from TJ surgery.

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Hot or Not

Second to last edition of Hot or Not for 2015, with a look back at August 5th-15.  I would like to see Kelly Dugan spend the last two weeks in Lehigh Valley…Freddy Galvis, 5 tool player?…Getting excited about Andrew Pullin who has been very consistent since early May…Cameron Perkins has fallen below the Mendoza line, approaching 200 AAA AB’s…Adam Loewen has shown me enough to scare me if the Phils dont give him some sort of opportunity.  He could end up in another organization and have success…I expected to see Dan Child in Reading at some point this year.  Instead, he was just demoted back to the GCL. 

Hot Hitters: (Min 18 AB’s)  Kelly Dugan (.441, 5R 6RBI); Willians Astudillo (.423); Malquin Canelo (.412); Tim Zier (.395, 7R 9RBI); Freddy Galvis (.366, 10R 3HR 8RBI); Carlos Duran (.361, 6R 4SB); Andrew Pullin (.353); Zach Collier (.348, 7R 4HR 6RBI);  Russ Canzler (.342, 6R 2HR 8RBI); Rhys Hoskins (.333, 8R 2HR 6RBI); Brian Pointer (.333); Anthony Phillips (.333).

Not Hot Hitters: Gabrial Lino (.107); Leandro Castro (.114); Cameron Perkins (.121); Carlos Alonso (.120); Emmanuel Marrero (.125); Deivi Gruillon (.125);  Derek Campbell (.138); Angelo Mora (.138); Chris Serritella (.143); Art Charles (.156); Dylan Cozens (.161) Continue reading


Box Score Recap – 8/14/2014

Kelly Dugan with another multi-hit game. He’s got six of those in his last ten games. OPSing .835 on the year. If only he hadn’t gotten hurt again this year. Injuries are dumb and bad and we should get rid of them. A pretty good night for Severino Gonzalez – 2R on 4H 3BB and 10K in 7IP. He seems to have benefited from skipping a start and resting. We’ll see how he holds up through the rest of the year. Also, depending when he throws, maybe I can slip out to see him next week in Bowie as well. Probably not. Also for Reading, a nice night from KC Serna, just a triple short of the cycle. He remains an interesting pick-up from the Indy leagues. We’ll see if they think enough of him to bring him back and give him regular time next year again. I would think they would.

Roman Quinn’s not been on base as much lately, and so he’s not been stealing as much. He’s right around the number of PAs he had in each of his last two years, and his steal total is just a couple shy of those other years (30, 32, 26, all at similarly good rates, though this year is the lowest). Still, with as well as he was doing the last month, I’m very satisfied about his return from injury. Brian Pointer drew three walks – half way through this month and he’s OPSing .926. He remains intriguing.

Aaron Brown was 2-4 with a double in his Low-A debut, and Andrew Pullin matched that line. Malquin Canelo hit his first home run of the year. Nice start from Ricardo Pinto – he’s been pretty good in his stateside debut, with a pretty good K Rate and a reasonable BB rate. The Phillies did sign another UDFA, Jason Zgardowski from Angelo State. Here’s the article from his school announcing the signing. He threw a scoreless inning for GCL in his debut. Sounds like he found some velo after the college season (up to 94-95) and pitched well in summer league.

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