Maikel Franco 2-3 with a double and a walk (wait, a walk?!?!?). Which is more surprising, Franco walking or Tony Gwynn Jr. hitting a home run? It’s the home run, but it shouldn’t be as close as it is. Logan Moore (4) and Jake Fox (22) went deep for Reading. Six CLR guys had multi-hit games and every starter had a hit except Brian Pointer, who drew two walks and stole a base, as the Threshers came from behind to beat Tampa in 11 innings. Roman Quinn was a late scratch. We’ll see if that was just an off-day they decided on late or if there’s something more going on.
Seven Ks for Jon Prosinski in a good outing for Lakewood. Mitch Walding hit his seventh home run. His August was respectable after a scalding July. Don’t give up all hope yet, I suppose, but take any success this year with a grain of salt, as he was repeating the league. Two hits a piece for Cord Sandberg and Jose Pujols as they got blanked by State College.
And a nice one from Denton Keys. His August – 5R 2ER on 20H 5BB 18K in 23 IP. He didn’t allow a home run all year and is third in the league in ERA and fifth in WHIP with just one day left for anyone to change those rankings. Good season for the late signing 2013 draft pick. The GCL club was eliminated from playoff contention yesterday. The Phils had a rain-out on the 16th and it won’t be made up, so while they’re only a game down in the loss column, NY1 is two up in the win column and clinched the division’s only playoff spot. Had they tied, a one game playoff would have occurred, but it just was not in the cards for the Phils. A bummer for those guys, I imagine, especially if they win and NY1 loses today. They should just tank to they don’t suffer from “what-if”s all winter long.
Ok, probably teaching young guys to tank isn’t wise. I’ll admit that.
Maikel Franco again – grand slam on his 22nd birthday. He’s the King of August this year. Mike Adams worked a rehab inning for Lehigh Valley. So that’s something. Sounds like Kelly Dugan is out for the rest of the year with a broken bone in his foot. Bummer. Seven shutout innings for Ryan O’Sullivan. He’s done alright as a starter. We’ll see what they let him do in the AFL – he may be innings limited, but if they really want to see how he handles a good roster the second time through, starting him there would be a way to do it. Brian Pointer was 2-4 for CLR. Dylan Cozens hit his 16th home run of the year. Playing half his games in that Lakewood hitting environment, that’s pretty good.
Seven Crosscutters had multi-hit games, led by Jia Tromp’s 3-4 with a double and a walk. Cord Sandberg took the collar. 0-6. A good outing there from Feliberto Sanchez. 7H 0BB 5K in 5.2 scoreless IP. And nice work by two NDFAs for GCL – Jason Zgardowski and Josh Taylor combined to allow just 1R 5H 2BB and 13Ks in beating the Yankees1 squad to come within 1 game of a first place tie. Two games remaining in that league.
And Arizona Fall League Rosters were announced yesterday. The Phillies have six guys on the list, with one pitcher to be determined. Roman Quinn and Ethan Stewart make up the A ball contingent, with Ryan O’Sullivan, Colton Murray, Nefi Ogando and Logan Moore from AA. No AAA guys were announced, but I’m guessing you could see Ethan Martin from the Pigs, or Seth Rosin from Reading. Matt suggested Austin Wright on Twitter yesterday, and that could be a possibility, too, I suppose, or someone seen as less prospecty like Mike Nesseth or Tyler Knigge. Either way, Quinn’s the headline, and getting Ogando is interesting because it means his Dom Rep Winter team had to allow him to go to AFL – they have right of refusal.
Maikel Franco hit his 15th home run of the year off a good prospect in A.J. Cole Hmm…been starting a lot of posts with “Maikel Franco” lately. That’s a good sign. Kelly Dugan’s been out two days in a row now. That’s the opposite of a good sign. Haven’t heard about it, hopefully he’s just dinged up and will be back shortly.
Three hits and three strikeouts in three innings for Edubray Ramos for WIL. His ERA is sliding down to near 1.00. And GCL lost to the rival Yankees to fall two games back of the Bombers’ affiliate in the playoff hunt. The 7-2 score could have been worse, but the Phils managed two double plays and three pick-offs. Three games left in their regular season. Not looking good for a playoff berth there.
Just FYI – there’s a good conversation about historically lousy Phillies pitchers going in the General Discussion thread. Head on over there to join in.
August 31 marks the end of the biggest period of waiver trades, as any club looking for help that could be with them through the postseason needs to add that player to their active roster by August 31. There are a couple Phillies who have not cleared waivers, namely Hamels and Byrd, (I think that’s it), but pretty much every other healthy veteran is likely available for the right payoff. I wouldn’t count on much happening, though. Hopefully Bastardo finds a new home, and maybe Burnett, but probably not, IMO. Who else are you thinking might be moved?
Maikel Franco was 2-4 with a double following up his Cycle from Saturday. Cam Perkins went 3-3 – his first multi-hit game since August 2. Aaron Nola gave up 1R on 4H, 1HR, 1BB and 5K in 5IP – his best outing at AA.
Art Charles hit his 19th home run, and his fifth in his last seven games. JP Crawford hit two bombs, his second two-homer game this month. Matt Imhof allowed 2R on 6H, 1HR, 1BB and 4k in 4IP. His 27K:5BB in 26.1IP at Lakewood is real nice.
Wanna see something not so nice? Check out MItch Gueller’s road splits for the year. I showed them to my dog and he ran to hide behind the couch. True story, I swear.
One week and one day to go, folks, as four teams, LV, REA, LKW and WIL have wrap-around series ending on Labor Day. CLR wraps up Sunday. DSL ended unceremoniously with a rain cancellation yesterday. GCL still fighting for a playoff spot – they’re one game back of the Yankees to be their division’s representative and that regular season ends on Thursday.
Maikel Franco hit for the cycle. If you’re expecting a big analysis on that, here it is:
MAIKEL FRANCO HIT FOR THE CYCLE WOW!!!
Also worth noting that Franco had two homers on the day, the other was in game one of the double header. He was 6-7 on the day, proving that Syracuse’s manager hates pitch-arounds and intentional walks, I guess.
MAG has worked eight scoreless innings in a row, Jeremy horst struck out six in four innings as the bullpen starter in game 2, and Freddy Galvis wasn’t in the line-up because he was called up to Philly. He’d earned it – he had seven multi-hit games and was OPSing .867 for the month of August. Carlos Alonso hit a grand slam and Jake Fox hit his 21st home run of the season for Reading. Fox was behind the plate for that game.
Brian Pointer went deep (15) and Roman Quinn stole a base (30), while Kevin Walter worked well for the second straight start. Not at all sure what to think of that. Dylan Cozens also went deep for the 15th time this year, while Zach Green was 2-4 with two doubles. Willians Astudillo is hitting .492 for the month with an ISO of .048. Catching will be his salvation. Otherwise, he’s a singles-hitting, never walking first baseman.
Rhys Hoskins was 2-3 with a double and a homer, and David Whitehead took care of business as usual. CLR for him in April, I’d guess. And Lewis Alezones allowed 1R on 2H 0BB and 4K in 6IP in what was his longest outing of the year. The 18-year-old has an 0.87 WHIP and 27K:5BB in 30IP this season. Really impressive. Kind of excited for his prospects going forward.
I love that the Red Sox employ a guy at their AAA affiliate called “Steven Wright”. Any ballplayer out there named “Denis Leary” will always have a home. Nice night from Adam Loewen for Reading – 3R 2ER 3H 4BB 8K in 7.2IP. Colt Murray pitched well in relief again, 1H 1K in 2.1 IP and he stranded Loewen’s last runner. Jason Parks wrote up Murray at recently Baseball Prospectus, in case you missed it. Reading came back in the ninth on a tying homer from Raywilly Gomez, and you know I wasn’t going to miss a chance to mention that name. Pete Lavin walked it off with a single in the 12th.
Art Charles had home runs in both games of CLR’s double header (17,18). He’s got homers in four of his last six games, and four in the last four days, (they’ve had two double headers in four days – poor pitchers). Charles, Roman Quinn, Jessie Valentin and Herlis Rodriguez all had two-hit games in the opener, Chris Serritella followed suit in the night cap. Cody Forsythe has struck out 42 and walked just 9 in 32 A+ innings this year. Impressive numbers for last year’s 25th round pick. Expect him in AA next year.
Lakewood’s Yacksel Rios threw 6.1 shutout IP, allowing 6H 2BB with 4K. He’s worth considering in the back of the Top 30, IMO. Willians Astudillo is now 29-59 on the month. All but two of them have been singles. OPSing 1.042 in August. And Dylan Cozens stole his 21st base. For whatever that’s worth. Ricardo Pinto struck out nine men in six innings of one run ball for WIL. Solid once again. And 21-yr-old UDFA Josh Taylor, a big lefty from Georgia College & State University, which sounds like a collegiate merger gone horribly wrong, pitched really well for the GCL – 2BB and 5K in 4.1 hitless, shutout innings in relief of Sam McWilliams. There seems to have been an uptick in interesting UDFA activity since the draft dropped rounds 41-50 a couple years ago. Maybe those next 300 guys are producing about as many interesting names as they would have otherwise, and it’s just magnified since they stand out as undrafted guys more than they would have as 47th round picks.
Failed to mention this yesterday – Marc Narducci of the Inquirer is reporting that Jesse Biddle is shut down for the rest of the year after his quad injury on Saturday night. Not a real surprise there. Probably not enough time to properly rest and rehab even a middle-of-the-road muscle injury before the end of the season.
For those of you who don’t follow the comments at all, you can probably ignore this, but it’s been brought to my attention that someone’s been using one of the regular commenter’s handle to make up posts under the other name. So you all know, I’ve identified the guy via the site’s administration pages, and he’s posted in the comments under his own name before, though he’s not what I would call a regular. He used Romus’ name today to comment. While what he said wasn’t necessarily offensive or anything of the like, it’s just in poor taste and shows a lack of respect for the site and for Romus himself.
So, listen up, “guy”. I am being far too nice to right now in not identifying by name. If this happens again, we’ll get your IP blocked from commenting on the site, and just for fun, I’ll comment under your name and say all kinds of dumb things that make everyone here think you don’t know what the heck you’re talking about/are too dumb to be taken seriously/are a terrible person otherwise. And if you gripe about it, we’ll all know that you were the one who started it all.
So drop it, and we’re cool. Or keep it up and see how creative I can get in trying to shame you when you treat part of our community poorly.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Cameron Rupp went 3-3 with a double, his second multi-hit game in the last three. I imagine a solid last ten days or so would be welcome for him at the end of this total bummer of a season. Brian Pointer was 2-4 with a double and Gabriel Lino was 2-4 with his fourth home run for CLR, (5th on the year across two levels). Edubray Ramos with a good outing – three Ks and one hit over two scoreless. He’s struck out 14 and walked just one in 14.2 IP for WIL.
Winding down here, folks. Not much left for these guys to do except stay healthy, and for the GCL squad, push for the playoffs. Many guys will be hitting instructs, and we could get some info on our 2014 July 2 international guys. Of course we’ll get a list of AFL players from the US born/Canadian ranks sometime shortly after the season, where hopefully we get a lot of scouting on the real prospects in that group, and a lot of the upper level foreign born players will play in their home countries’ pro leagues this winter, where we likely won’t get any scouting at all.
Lehigh Valley was stymied by Pawtucket pitching, managing just three hits and four walks. MAG threw two scoreless innings of relief, allowing a walk and striking out one. Kelly Dugan was 2-3 with two doubles plus two walks for Reading as Severino Gonzalez shutout Bowie for six innings and the bullpen completed the job. Gonzalez was throwing strikes, about 2/3 on the night, and he’s allowed 2R, 8H, 4BB and 13Ks in 13IP over two starts since being skipped at the beginning of the month to keep his innings down as he finishes out his first full season as a starter. Seems like the rest did him some good.
Roman Quinn was a triple short of the cycle, including his sixth home run of the year. Art Charles hit his second in as many nights (16), and Mark Leiter was strong over seven innings – he struck out seven after striking out 10 in 6.2 last time out. He’s walked just 35 men in 135 IP this year over two levels. I imagine he’ll start the spring fighting for a spot in Reading’s rotation. Jia Tromp hit his 13th home run, tying a Williamsport franchise record, shared by Zach Green from 2013. And I imagine the off-season can’t come soon enough for Chris Oliver. Another pretty good performance from Denton Keys – 2R 1ER 8H 1BB 6K in 6IP – he’s had four pretty good ones in a row. His offense did just about nothing to support him.