Open Discussion: Week of August 29th

Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.

The Phillies went 2-3 last week.  They split with the White Sox and dropped 2 of 3 against the Mets.    Their record stands at 60-70 (16-22 since the break).

The Phillies traded catcher Carlos Ruiz to the Dodgers.  That means the Dodgers have more 2008 world champions on their roster than the Phillies.

Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of August 29th

Box Score Recap – 8/28/2016

Lehigh Valley inched closer to a playoff berth behind Ben Lively’s solid start.

Reading maintained their narrow lead in the division race despite a shaky outing by their bull pen.  Jake Fox clobbered two home runs

Clearwater kept their slim, playoff hopes alive with a come back victory fueled by Jiandido Tromp.

Lakewood maintained their three game lead behind solid pitching by Jose Taveras and clutch hitting by Damek Tomscha.

Williamsport lost and several teams caught them for third position in a wild card race for one spot. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/28/2016

Box Score Recap – 8/27/2016

Lehigh Valley won behind Anthony Vasquez’ quality effort and reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff  berth to six.

Reading lost again.  They have lost six of their last seven games.  Good thing they’ve already clinched a playoff berth.

Clearwater won behind Will Morris and Zach Coppola and remain alive in their division race, barely.

Lakewood lost but still has a 3.0 game lead.  Their magic number is six.

Williamsport won but is 5.0 games back in the wild card race.  Their elimination number is four.

And, the GCL Phillies lost.  But they are very much in control of their own destiny.  And Kevin Gowdy returned to the mound in a short rehab appearance. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/27/2016

Box Score Recap – 8/26/2016

The two hottest teams in the organization won again behind strong pitching performances by Seranthony Dominguez for Lakewood and Mauricio Llovera for the GCL Phillies.  JoJo Romero pitched a strong six innings for Williamsport but the Crosscutters were unable to take advantage.  The most dramatic offensive highlight was Josh Stephen’s two-run home run that provided the late inning runs the Phillies needed to extend their winning streak to seven games. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/26/2016

Box Score Recap – 8/25/2016

The GCL Phillies, one of the youngest teams in the GCL, opened up a 2.0 game lead over the Blue Jays with their second victory in as many days over the team with whom they are contesting the division.  They received stellar pitching from Kyle Young, Jordan Kurokawa, Oskerlly Sanchez, and Tyler Frohwirth coupled with timely hitting from Mickey Moniak, Lenin Rodriguez, Jose Antequera, Nerluis Martinez, and Danny Zardon.  Total team effort.

Phil Klein pitched Lehigh Valley to an imporatnt win.  John Richy pitched Reading to a much needed win.  As did Elniery Garcia for Clearwater.

Alberto Tirado pitched the rampaging BlueClaws to another win as they remain atop their division.

Cole Irvin rounded out the role call of starters who pitched well.  Shoddy defense cost the Cutters 2 unearned runs. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/25/2016

Box Score Recap – 8/24/2016

Sixto Sanchez shone as the GCL Phillies took over sole control of first place.  Cole Stobbe and Rudolfo Duran homered in support.

Tyler Gilbert, Blake Quinn, and Scott Harris pitched a combined shutout for Lakewood. The BlueClaws hammered out 16 hits and 13 runs.

Featherston, Ruf, Lino, Quinn, and Canelo all homered in losing causes.

And, the 2017 Rule 4 Draft will be held on June 12, 2017 (a Monday). Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/24/2016

Box Score Recap – 8/23/2016

The big story today isn’t an individual performance, but rather a team performance.  The Lakewood BlueClaws lead their division by 3.0 games in the second half, and with last night’s win have a winning record for the first time this season.  As recently as seven weeks ago, they were still 14 games below .500 for the season.  Jan Hernandez hit 2 home runs in Tuesday’s game.

Also, the GCL Phillies are tied with the Blue Jays for first place and begin a home-and-home series with them today.  They finish the season against the Jays with another home-and-home next week.

Individually, Ben Lively pitched kinda good last night for Lehigh Valley.  Brandon Leibrandt and three relievers pitched a shutout for Clearwater.  And, Bailey Faltr laid the foundation for Williamsport. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/23/2016

Box Score Recap – 8/22/2016

Grant Dyer and Jose Taveras pitched well for Lakewood as they swept a double header. Cornelius Randolph and Jose Pujols had 4 hits each on the night, and Pujols hit his 24th home run.  Randolph had four RBI, Pujols two.

Williamsport got excellent starts from Ranger Suarez and Felix Paulino, but dropped a double header.

Will Stewart turned in today’s GCL Phillies solid start.  Cole Stobbe and Malvin Matos hit home runs.

Mitch Walding hit his third home run in Reading’s loss. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 8/22/2016

Lehigh Valley Report

Prior to their rain out yesterday, Lehigh Valley had won four of their last six games and return home for a quick two game home stand against Scranton before hitting the road for three games against Pawtucket.  At 76-52, Lehigh Valley sits in 2nd place of the Northern Division, four games behind division leading Scranton, however hold a 5.5 game lead in the wild card race with 15 games remaining in the season.

News and Notes: Darin Ruf has hit safely in his last 7 games, during which he is hitting .400 with 3HR and 8RBI.  Over the last month, Ruf leads the IL in slugging %.

Cody Asche has hit in all 9 games since being optioned from Philadelphia.

Anthony Vasquez continues pitching well wherever he is throwing.  Over his last 8 starts for Lehigh Valley, Vasquez is 3-0 with a 2.23ERA and 5 quality starts.

–P Phil Klein has been added to the rotation and is throwing very well, going 2-0 with a 1.40ERA in his last 3 starts.

–Over his last 12 games, RP Colton Murray has a 1.53ERA; and has struck out 16 in 17.2IP.

JP Crawford was out on the lineup for an 8 game stint between 8/10 and 8/17.  Since returning to the lineup, Crawford is 3-14 (.214) and his average has fallen to .255 since joining Lehigh Valley.

Andy Knapp continues to progress defensively and has now thrown out over 36% of would be base stealers this season.

–Over the last 2 months, 1B Brock Stassi is hitting .287 with 10HR 37RBI and 14 go ahead RBI. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Report

The First End of Season Poll, 2016

Over the past weekend, Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle published his yearly prospect survey (The Eagle is a subscription site).  Mike requested input from about two dozen industry people who watch or cover a fair amount of games and players among the Phillies’ affiliates.  He received 15 responses and used a weighted scoring system to determine a player’s perceived value (first-place votes earning 20 points, second place 19 points, etc.).   I was one of the 15 respondents. Continue reading The First End of Season Poll, 2016