Williamsport and GCL Weekly Report

Williamsport: 13-11, 3 GB, T2 in the NYPL Pinckney Division

Is Anthony Hewitt’s light bulb coming on? Is Matt Way the next JA Happ? Take a look inside the weekly recap and start the discussion.

Williamsport defeats State College 8-1

Barnes was 1/3 with a GS, 5 RBI and a BB. Valle was 1/4 with 2 RBI and Dabbs was 2/4 with a R and a SB. Matt Way continued his impressive start, allowing only one hit over his 6 IP and striking out 5 and walking none in the process to pick up his first professional win. Austin Hyatt allowed a HR in his 3 IP, but racked up 6 Ks as well.

Williamsport defeats Jamestown 1-0 (F/10)

Anthony Hewitt hit a GW solo HR in the 10th inning to give the Cutters the win. He added another hit in his previous 3 ABs. Evan Porter was 3/4 with a 2B and Barnes also hit a 2B in 4 ABs. Nick Hernandez pitched 6 shutout innings, allowing 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. Justin Long got the win despite allowing a hit and 4 walks in his 2 innings.

Jamestown defeats Williamsport 4-3

Hewitt had another good night, going 3/4 with a 3B and 2 RBI. Valle added a 2B and an RBI in 4 ABs and Stephen Batts had a hit and 2 R in 4 ABs. Josh Zeid went 6 solid innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 ER. He struck 5 without walking a batter. Reginal Simon got the blown save and loss by allowing 3 ER on 3 H and 2 BB in 0.2 IP.

Jamestown defeats Williamsport 7-3

Valle was 2/5 with a 2B and an RBI. Hewitt was 1/3 with a BB. Leandro Castro went 3/5 with a 2B and a R while Barnes added a 2B, RBI, R and BB. Lebron gave up 3 ER on 4 H in 7 IP, striking out 6 and walking none.

Auburn defeats Williamsport 6-3

Hewitt was 1/4 with a 3B and an RBI. Valle was 1/3 with a 3B, R and BB. Barnes, Warren and James (2B,R) accounted for the Cutters other three hits. Pettibone had a poor outing, allowing 6 ER on 5 H and 4 BB in 3.2 IP. He struck out 5. Hyatt struck out 4 in 3 innings of relief, allowing only one hit.

Williamsport defeats Auburn 4-3

Big night for Hewitt as he goes 3/4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 3 R. Buschini was 0/2 with 2 BB and a R. Matt Way pitched two perfect innings (0.56 ERA in 16 IP, 16:1 K/BB) with 3 Ks before the game was suspended due to rain.

Williamsport defeats Auburn 2-1

Hewitt was 1/2 with a BB, raising his average to .250. Castro was 2/4 with a 3B and 2 RBI while Buschini went 1/3 with a SB (6). Hernandez went 6.1 innings, allowing 1 ER on 1 H and 4 BB while striking out 9.


GCL Phillies: 10-7, 3 GB, 2nd Place in the GCL North

Phillies defeat  Pirates 8-3

Dugan was 2/3 with 2 2B, 2 R and an RBI. Santana was 1/2 with 2 RBI, R and a BB.  Brian Gump was 2/4 with a 2B, 2 RBI and 2 R. Julio Rodriguez went 4.2 innings, allowing 2 ER on 4 H and a BB while striking out 6.

Phillies defeat  Pirates 6-2

Gump was 3/3 with 2 2B, 3 RBI, R and a BB. Cory Wine was 2/3 with a 2B and 2 R while Jonathan Villan went 2/4 with 2 R. Korey Noles pitches 4 scoreless innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 BB while striking out 5.

Phillies defeat  Pirates 5-2

Gump was 2/4 with his first professional HR. Phil Aviola also hit his first pro homer. Kevin Angelle allowed an ER in 5 IP. He gave up 5 H and walked one. He also struck out 2. Mathieson had a nice outing by going 2 scorelss innings, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out 3.

Phillies defeat  Yankees 5-2

Freddy Galvis went 3/4 with a 2B, SB and 2 R in a rehab assignment. Wine went 1/2 with 2 RBI and a BB. Dugan was 2/5 with 2 SB and a R while Matt McConnell was 2/4 with a 2B. Aaron Altherr went 0/4 in his pro debut. Ryan Sasaki went 3.2 innings, allowing 2 ER on 4 H and 2 BB while striking out 3.

Phillies defeat  Yankees 5-3

Gump was 2/4 with a 2B and 2 RBI. Santana went 1/2 with an RBI while Dugan was 1/4 with a 2B. Todd Van Steensel allowed 4 H over 4 scoreless innings. He struck out 4 and did not allow a walk.

Phillies defeat  Braves 2-1

Wine was 1/1 with 2 BB. Galvis went 1/4 with a R and Villan was 1/3 with a BB and a R. Noles gave up an ER in 4 IP on 4 H and a BB. He struck out 2. Mathieson struck out 2 in his perfect inning and Clay Condrey allowed a hit in his inning of rehab work.

Braves defeat Phillies 7-6

Dugan was 2/4 with a 2B (5) and a R. Santana was 0/1 with 2 BB and Galvis was 2/4 with a R. Rodriguez went 5 innings, allowing 2 ER on 3 H and a BB. He struck out 7. Migual Matos gave up 5 R (4ER) in 0.2 IP to take the loss.

Phillies defeat  Braves 3-0

 Villan was 0/1 with a R and 2 BB. Gump was 1/3 and Miguel Alvarez was 2/3 with a 2B and an RBI. Ely Izturriaga got the win in an impressive stateside debut. He went 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out 5. He had struck out 47 batters against 10 walks and posted a 2.08 ERA in 39 IP in the VSL.


31 thoughts on “Williamsport and GCL Weekly Report

  1. Im definitely excited to see what Hewitt does. Hes going to require a lot of time in the minors, but if he can unlock the tools, the sky is the limit.

    Thanks for the report.

  2. Despite our … ahem… conservative approach to signing HS draftees, we were one ugly blown save away from a perfect GCL week. Think where we’d be with Cosart and Singleton and…

  3. While the swing-and-miss is going to be a constant battle for Hewitt, I think some are going a bit overboard with the constant, “Oh Jesus, he struck out twice again tonight!!!” attitude. Small sample size, but he’s ISOing .224 so far, so he hits the ball very hard when he makes contact. In my mind, I think of him as Mark Reynolds with actual 3B defensive skills if it all clicks.

    And speaking of guys who just decimate the ball on impact… Domingo Santana went 0-for-1 today with 2 BBs. It seems that he’ll be a lot like Hewitt in that he’ll move as quickly as his ability to make contact will let him, so it’s great to see him have the patience to take two walks in a day without striking out.

  4. It is very nice to see Hewitt and Dugan mentioned a few times in the write-ups. I was getting worried for a while. Pettibone was the big starter to watch in Williamsport and he started off really well. He’s had 2 bad outings in a row. He gave up 1 run in his first 16 innings and 12 runs in his last 6 2/3 innings. The other starters have picked up the slack and been very solid. Matt Way has been “lights out”. Nick Hernandez and Josh Zeid have been good. Even Lebron has been decent.

    I’d sure like to know when we might see Colby Shreve. He’s listed on the roster but still showing on the DL. Any word on him?

  5. First game yesterday, Dugan caught stealing home. Interesting. Anybody see that?

    Good pitching at 2 levels, though many of the less highly touted variety. Izzuriaga, Julio Rodriguez, K. Hernandez, Way, others. Maybe a couple more can filter through to higher up the maze , soon.

  6. Maybe a couple more can filter through to higher up the maze , soon.

    And a fine maze it is.

  7. I went and saw the GCL Phils and came away really impressed with
    a few phils:
    D. Santana. He was the one kid I couldn’t keep my eyes off of. He actually had an approach with every at bat and showed somewhat of a good eye. He had 2ks which is a bit misleading. One came on a high outside called strike that shouldn’t had been.
    Scott Mathieson – Threw really hard, I’d say he was in the 95 range easy. His change up noticeable seperation from his fastball.

    Also saw Cosart and Shreve both were sitting Side by side and talking the whole time. Shreve had a sleve on his elbow so I would say he isn’t close to ready. While Cosart seemed fine but i understand his injury is groin.

    Thats all i got.

  8. Dom Brown making his first rehab start for the GCL Phils today. Thus far he’s 2 for 3 with a triple and a run scored through 5 innings. Glad to see him picking up right where he left off (though obviously at a much lower level).

  9. Marfis, generally when a player is caught stealing home it’s a pitch that got away from the catcher, runner breaks for home but the catcher recovers the ball in time. Doubt it was an attempted straight steal.

    I’m looking at taking the Williamsport trip next Tuesday. For those who’ve never been it’s a terrific value.

  10. Codyrhoads, thanks for the write-up, and Will, thanks for the first-hand report. Keep those coming!

  11. First game yesterday, Dugan caught stealing home. Interesting. Anybody see that?

    Dugan stealing home, Braves put on a 1st and 3rd play, and Dugan broke home, ball went to the shortstop who was playing in and was an easy tag out at the plate

  12. Cosarts was his shoulder was also at the game Will. Apparently he is throwing a bullpen tomorrow and going from there. Excited to see him get going.

  13. For anyone who lives close to NY, they said that SNY will be showing the Williamsport/Brooklyn game tomorrow. So if anyone could tune in and give some reports on Hewitt(and anyone), it would be greatly appreciated.

  14. Keep an eye on Valle. He is becoming the Michael Taylor of the NY-Penn League. After hitting two homers and driving in 5 runs tonight in Brooklyn, he is leading the league in hitting with a .392 avg., tied for first in homers and second in rbi’s. And he turns just 19 years old in 10 days.

  15. But he couldn’t hit at lakewood. Why get excited until he proves he can handle better.

  16. “But he couldn’t hit at lakewood. Why get excited until he proves he can handle better.”

    Because he’s only 18 and a catcher.

  17. b I just want to see him go back to lakewood and prove himself. Before I jump on the bandwagon.

  18. Valle will be 19 next week. I was surprised that he started at Lakewood because D’Arnaud was there. When Valle was moved to Williamsport, he was out hitting Travis (Avg.). .217 is pretty weak but Collier was also struggling and they are only a month part in age. His OBP was .307 which was (and is) far better than Travis, Zack and a number of other guys on the team. They were using him as a DH for the most part and I’m sure they moved him to Wmsprt so he could catch more. If D’Arnaud wasn’t in Lakewood, I think Valle would still be there. I’m not ranking him higher than Marson or D’Arnaud but as prospects go, I like his upside.

  19. Bellman maybe that is really the answer, moved too fast to lakewood , needed more time in williamsport before advancing.

  20. The news on Scott Mathieson is excellent – they need to ease him back into the rigors of professional baseball, but if he’s throwing the mid 90s again, at this point, it’s like getting a brand new prospect. I expect they’ll be very easy on him this year (as they did with Drabek when he first came back) and, then, next year, he’ll probably start a Clearwater and begin the process of becoming a prospect again. It takes a lot of guts and courage to hang in there for two surgical procedures and two rehabs – good for him.

  21. Not only has Valle picked it up but Travis doing very well in
    June and July. win/win

  22. 3 years from now just remember my words about barnes. whats with this valle i dont know anything about him.

  23. I think that a comparison of Mark Renyolds and Anthony hewitt is unfair to both players. Hewitt is fast, and has good defensive tools, but he strikes out a ton and doesn’t walk.

    Renyolds has power now, strikes out a ton, but also walks a lot. he is a very valuable player.
    hewitt needs to get the walk rate up higher.

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