Box Score Recap – 8/25/2014

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.

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Hot or Not

A final Hot or Not, spanning the last 11 days from August 14th thru present….Two words, Maikel Franco…Wondering if the acquisition of Jesmuel Valentin had a short term effect on Andrew Pullin’s production?Can we implement the additional position of “short fielder” for Willians Astudillo….?Outstanding numbers for Art Charles this week, including a game where he walked five times….Mitch Guellar has regressed to pedestrian numbers once again…Expect to see Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez in Philly this time next week…Very disappointing season for Jan Hernandez.

Hot Hitters: Willians Astudillo (.625, 15-24); Andrew Knapp (.526); Tyler Henson (.421); Chris Serritella (.364, 6R 2HR 9RBI); Maikel Franco (.364, 8HR 4HR 8RBI); Jake Fox (.351, 6R 3HR 7RBI); Carlos Tocci (.333); Aaron Brown (.333); Peter Lavin (.324); Art Charles (.323, 12R 4HR 8RBI); Honorable Mention: Crawford, Quinn, Green Continue reading

GCL Phillies Drop 2 Games Back With 3 to Play; August 25, 2014

The Phillies lost a “must” game to the Yankees, 7-2.  Now, even if they win out, they need help from the Blue Jays to win or force a tie for the division.

Elniery Garcia started and battled with less than his best stuff.  The Yankee batters were able to sit on his fast ball and make solid contact in a lot of their at bats.  Even so, he kept the Phillies in the game and certianly deserved better defense than that played behind him today.  My line for Garcia was 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.  However, I am not the official scorer and his actual line was – Continue reading


General Discussion – Week of 8-25-14 – Waiver Trade Deadline Edition

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?


Nunez Pitching Gem Wasted; August 24, 2014

Miguel Nunez Faced the Brevard County Manatees Sunday afternoon and pitched one heck of a game.  He threw a season high 8 innings, and 67% strikes before leaving with a 2-1 lead.  The bullpen failed to hold on and a ninth inning rally fell short as the Threshers dropped a heart breaker 5-4.

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Box Score Recap – 8/24/2014

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.

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Box Score Recap – 8/23/2014

Maikel Franco hit for the cycle. If you’re expecting a big analysis on that, here it is:


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.

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Walter Wins Again; August 23, 2014

Kevin Walter made his third start of the season and recorded his second win with 5 solid innings against the Brevard County Manatees.  The Threshers used a four run fourth inning to erase an early deficit, and the bullpen kept the Manatees at bay to post a 6-2 victory.

Brevard County is an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.  They boast 7 of the Brewers’ top 20 prospects.  Their line up includes #1 Tyrone Taylor (2012, 2nd round, 92nd overall), #2 Orlando Arcia (2010, international free agent), #9 Victor Roache (2012, 1st, 28), and #12 Michael Reed(2011, 5th, 161).  They hold down the second through fifth positins in their line up.  The Threshers’ staff held them to 4 singles in 15 at bats with a walk and 6 strike outs. Continue reading

Phillies Pull Within One Game of Yankees1; August 23, 2014

The Phillies came from behind to beat the Blue Jays 2-1.  They pushed across a run in the eighth inning to gain a tie, and scored the walk off win with another run in the ninth inning.  The game featured excellent pitching by both teams.

Lewis Alezones started for the Phillies and logged six innings of 2-hit ball.  Austin Davis chipped in two inning of 1-hit ball.  Jared Fisher threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning and picked up the win. Continue reading


Box Score Recap – 8/22/2014

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.

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