120 thoughts on “Box Score Recap, 22 May 2011

  1. 1. OF – Domonic Brown (Lehigh Valley) – (.341) Up with the big club
    2. RHP – Brody Colvin (Clearwater)- (0-1, 6.97) – DNP
    3. OF – Jon Singleton (Clearwater)- (.267) –1 for 4 with a run, an RBI and 2 K’s
    4. RHP – Jared Cosart (Clearwater) – (4-3, 3.17) – DNP
    5. RHP – Trevor May (Clearwater)- (3-2, 4.13) – 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB and 7 K’s
    6. C – Sebastian Valle (Clearwater) – (.333) – 1 for 4 with a run and 2 K’s
    7. LHP – Jesse Biddle (Lakewood) – (2-5, 4.70) – DNP
    8. RHP – Vance Worley (Lehigh valley) – (2-2, 3.51) – DNP
    9. OF – Tyson Gillies (Reading) – DNP
    10. RHP – Justin De Fratus (Reading) – (2-0, 2.66, 4 SV) – DNP
    11. RHP – Julio Rodriquez (Clearwater)- (5-2, 2.44) – DNP
    12. 2B – Cesar Hernandez (Clearwater) – (.204) 2 for 3 with 2 runs, a BB and a K
    13. OF – Domingo Santana (Lakewood) – (.270) 3 for 4 with a HR (5), 2 RBI and a K
    14. RHP – JC Ramirez (Reading) – (5-3, 3.00) – 8 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB and 6 K’s (loss)
    15. OF – Aaron Altherr (Lakewood) – (.186) – DNP
    16. RHP – Jon Pettibone (Clearwater) – (4-3, 1.98) – DNP
    17. C – Cameron Rupp (Lakewood) – (.224) – 2 for 4 with a run and a K
    18. OF – Jiwan James (Clearwater) – (.241) – 2 for 5 with a run and a K
    19. 2B – Harold Garcia (Reading) – (.300) Out for the season with a torn ACL
    20. RHP – Kevin Walter – Season hasn’t started
    21. RHP – Colby Shreve (Lakewood) – (2-3, 4.25) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB and 2 K’s
    22. RHP – Phillippe Aumont (Reading) – (0-2, 3.00, 3 SV) – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB and a K
    23. RHP – Michael Schwimer (Lehigh Valley) – (2-0, 1.90, SV) – DNP
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (Reading) – (.351) – 1 for 4 with 1 run and a K
    25. RHP – Austin Hyatt (Reading) – (5-2, 4.19) – DNP
    26. OF – Leandro Castro (Clearwater) – (.271) – 0 for 5
    27. OF – Miguel Alvarez (Lakewood) –(.273) – 1 for 5 with a run, SB (8) and a K
    28. OF – Kelly Dugan – Season hasn’t started
    29. RHP – Josh Zeid (Reading) – (2-3, 5.19) – DNP
    30. RHP – Percival Garner – Season hasn’t started


    1B – Cody Overbeck (Reading) – (.276) 1 for 4 with a run and 2 RBI
    1B – Darin Ruf (Clearwater) – (.287) – 2 for 4 with an RBI and a BB
    3B – Ronnie Belliard (Lehigh Valley) – (.267) – 2 for 4 with a run and 2 K’s
    3B – Geancarlo Mendez (Lakewood) – (.265) 0 for 4 with a BB and a K
    SS – Freddy Galvis (Redding) – (.239) –0 for 4 with 3 K’s
    OF – Derrick Mitchell (Redding)- (.246) – 0 for 3 with a K
    OF – Joe Savery (Clearwater) –(.336) – 0 for 4 with a K
    OF – Anthony Hewitt (Lakewood) – (.255) – 2 for 5 with a HR (5), 2B (8), 2 RBI and 2 K’s
    RHP – Justin Friend (Clearwater) – (0-0, 0.90, 16 SV) – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB and a K (save)
    RHP – David Buchanan (Lakewood) – (6-2, 2.21) – 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB and 2 K’s (win)
    RHP – Lisalberto Bonilla (Lakewood) – (0-1, 1.17, 1 SV) –DNP

  2. Lehigh Valley jumped up to a five game lead in the IL North. Easily the best week in the franchise’s history.

  3. Nice to see JC miss some bats despite giving up 3 runs. Hewitt 2 hits again, but 2 Ks A’s well.

  4. Its really enough with some of these guys. By that I mean its just getting redundant seeing the same guys doing the same things at the same levels.

    Overbeck and Rizz need to be at AAA

    Hewitt needs to go up to high A. Either he can adjust or he cant and then its time to let him go.

    A few more guys like that I can’t think of off the top of my head, but we have enough scrubs at A, AA and AAA that we can afford to bump some ppl and see how they adjust.

    1. This is the first taste of success Hewitt has had in his career, and it’s really not much more than a nibble. There is no reason to push him to Clearwater at this point.

    2. No- Hewitt is 7 months younger than Cameron Rupp and just starting to show signs at LKW. Still only at the .255 rate. Showing power. They should make sure he gets regular AB’s through till the end of LKW season, if he continues on, and then make the plan for the next season.

  5. One of the real pleasures at the quarter mark this season has been the opportunity to watch Cody Overbeck hit home runs. They have gone all over the place. He has hit the long ball to all fields and even dropped one into the pool down the right field line at Reading and cleared the “cheap seats” in left at Harrisburg . Today was no exception driving one 400 ft. or so out to left and just missed winning the game as his final drive to right center cut through the wind but died on the warning track just a few feet from the wall. I have made an extra effort to see him against the two national league teams the R-Phils have played to date to watch him play left field. If I were running the Phils minor league department Cody would stay in Reading the rest of the season and play all the remaining games in left field. Let’s see what we got at season’s end and then send him to the AFL and have him play left some more because the ball jumps off his bat to all fields but he needs a position to play.

  6. I think the Lakewood team has the talent to win. They just need everything to click at the same time. Early in the year, the hitters were stone cold. Then the hitting started to come, but the pitching would have bad games. Now hopefully its all starting to click.

    1. They have a lot of young players and like Collier, Santana, Rupp, Alvarez, and Altherr. Good to see them start to hit. Is Altherr hurt or is he being benched because Alvarez is hitting .400 this month.

  7. Incredible what Ryne Sandberg and LHV is doing. The will only get stronger as Pete Orr will be there to play 2b/3b and possibly some outfield. I would like to see Rizzoti make the trip to Lehigh. Maybe replace Larish.

  8. All baseball fans–in the past, Phillies fans in particular–have to deal with the chance of expectations for prospects. Disappointments have been displayed by many concerning Hewitt, especially, and Santana both of whom have been noted for their high strikeout rate and low ba and oba.

    Suddenly we have both of them, at the 1/4 mark , hitting in the .250s and above, along with some gaining displays of right-handed power hitting. Patience may yet pay off for these two; they both have a lot to learn and refine so we’ll keep a careful watch on both. A possible promise of righty power in the big lineup is something a pleasure to contemplate: to join with the likely lefty power guys (Brown, Howard).

    Yes, this is but a future dream but never before have we seen such success at the plate before in what now seems their worthwhile learning process.

    Add to the success of Valle, now at .333 BA (only one BB) who also has power but is learning how to hit better (w/o BBs?) as he is the main guide for the outstanding pitching prospects at Clwtr, whose defense improves each season. And, Cesar Hernandez is beginning to accomodate to high A pitching; by season’s end IMO he should be up to at least .260.

    Add in the other fine results at Lkwd in Duran, SS (about whom I’ve heard precious little Re: his fielding) but is at .300 BA with some extra base power to be developed. And, finally, we are MAYBE getting to see what the org saw in Collier…after his two year hiatus from decent play and injury. He is rising fast at bat and steals bases.

    The system deserves a big vote of approval and gives a lot of unexpected promises in some of these.

    Now, if only we could have a good 3rd base prospect…

  9. DSL starts on Saturday. Another box score to peruse. I’ll be keeping an eye on Franklyn Vargas, a 6’4″ 205 lb lefty who won’t turn 17 until August. Andyb will probably do a nice write-up later this week. I look forward to that.

    1. Will have something up by the weekend, though most of the roster is not posted yet (other than a new Colombian SS). We now have Colombian SS at both VSL and DSL in the wake of the two high profile SS contracts being voided.

      BTW I would expect Vargas to go straight to GCL though he might get a start or two in DSL to get his feet wet like Nunez did last year.

  10. If they go for a rental I hope it is mostly a money deal. Overbeck seems to be the only hope for LF next year. Please no more FAs that get locked in for 3 yrs or more.

    I think we will know when Hewitt is ready to move when he starts taking some BBs.

    1. If Overbeck can fill the position until Singleton is ready, I think they should save cash and try and deal for a top flight 3rd baseman sometime between 2012 and 2013. Id love to see them go after Evan Longoria. His contract is done after 2013 and then there are options. Maybe he becomes too expensive for the rays and we resign Ruiz, then deal a few of the young righthanders and Valle.

  11. Valle’s inability/refusal to take walks, combined with his bizarre recent Philly.com interview, makes me wonder about his makeup. He’s so young and doesn’t speak English, so this may be inappropriate, but he came off as awfully cocky in the interview & claims to have given Carlos Ruiz advice on blocking pitches during his rehab assignment. He also didn’t seem loyal to the squad that signed him, saying he’d like to play for us “or another team”. Now again, there must have been a lot lost in translation & he clearly hasn’t received much advice on how to deal with the media, but he’s our only young catcher going forward. His gaudy numbers are easy to fall in love with, but I hope this guy matures into the reliable team leader you want in an everyday catcher.I have very little to go on, so a positive report would be welcome & ease concerns about the strangeness of his interview.

    1. Baxter,

      You may want to go re-read the article you mention. I had read it previously so was confused by your comments, so I just re-read it. (Not a knock on you, you may have just read quickly, etc. Or maybe it’s YOUR translation:-) ) He actually says that Ruiz was giving him tips, not the other way around as you mention it. I also don’t think his comment about “or another organization” is bad at all. Most prospects will make that comment – meaning preference is to stay here, but if it takes moving to get shot they are ok with that too. Can’t blame someone for thinking like that at all. I just didn’t see the “arrogant/cocky” thing at all.

    2. The kid has some swagger I like it but seriously I don’t put a lot of stock in what a 20 year old kid says in an interview. I’d look to see what his coaches say about his work ethic to determine his make-up.

    3. By all reports, Valle is a good guy, nothing wrong with his makeup. Does need to develop a more patient approach at the plate, but I’ll take him not being overmatched at A+. That’s a big indicator. Let’s get him to Reading next year in that ballpark and see how many dingers he can jack out.

    4. I agree with SteveB. Ruiz was the one who made the comments about Valle asking him for catching tips. As far as the other organization comment, I don’t blame the kid for thinking that way. I mean look at other top catching prospects the Phillies have had. They’re all in other organizations now. I think that comment was more of a compliment to Ruiz than a shot at the organization. Nothing was lost in translation in this article.

  12. LVIP- with the return of Pete Orr and the add of Scott Podsednik, here is what they should do. Orr Takes 2B , with Barfield sliding to 3B, Ronnie Belliard goes to 1B (they continue with Bocock backed by Niuman Romero at SS). OF- they can continue on with Rich Thompson in CF and Brandon Moss in RF, and Podsednik can take LF, with Sullivan as the OF reserve. Delwyn Young moves to 1B reserve/ DH. They bounce Larish and Bozied. If Belliard and Young hit in the 1B/DH roles they can continue to plug it up till September 1. If one or both fall off they then can bring up the Reading guys. If Barfield opts out at some point, they can slide Belliard back to 3B and add one Reading guy.

    1. Kind of ashamed that there is not 1 position player in AAA that is considered a true prospect. Most of these guys are just fringe players/prospects. Brown was there till a few days ago. Rizzotti should get a look there if he continues to rake AA pitching. Overbeck could also find himself there at some point this year.

    2. You have to think that given Posednik lasts until August, once rosters expand he comes up and gives the Phillies bench speed, veteran presence and defense. I think this is a prudent pick up.

    3. Crimony, the best week in franchise history, and you’re dismantling my team. 😉

      I think Orr can backup SS, and I’d send Niuman on his way. One of the outfielders may stub his toe on the turf and need a week of DL in order to get Podsednik on the field (assuming he passes his physical).

    4. There are soooo many issues with what u suggest that Im not gonna bother addressing it other than to say it wont happen.

  13. Also think that Posednik is security for Victorino’s leg injuries. They really don’t have OF’s in the high end of the system who can play CF defensively.

      1. Should also add that Thompson has had 1 official ML at-bat where he grounded into a DP.

        I know that everyone loves the underdog but the people pulling for guys like Thompson to get “his chance” are the same people complaining about how bad the current line-up is with career backups/AAA guys playing everyday.

        If healthy, Posednik is a much better option

        1. Well, yeah, but that’s a small sample size…. 😉

          Look, Thompson’s not a guy who’s gonna beat anybody with his bat–especially in the Majors. But he can run like crazy, beat out a bunt, and make a ton of plays in the outfield. I was thinking that might be a good idea for the pitching-rich Phils for a while in place of Vic. And, it’s no big deal to let him ride the bench. I still would have kept Brown at AAA a while longer–but that’s me.

            1. Which is why good defense and a running game become important, as well. Loose or not. Manufacture runs and play good defense.

            2. Yes, they are losing so much that they only have the best record in the National League now, not the entire majors any more. How very depressing.

    1. Don’t know if y’all have see this, but Pod has had plantar fascists. Wondering if that is what has slowed him down and taken him out of the CF picture. Worth a look to see if he can be .85-.90 of the Pod of yore, if they are paying him minor league rates.

    2. Thompson can, without question play CF in the major leagues. He has alot of problems hitting lefties, that has always been his issue. That being said, Podsednik can do more than Thompson. Good pick up.

      1. Gregg, you have my immense respect and know a lot more about baseball than I ever will. I just hope this works out better than the Chris Duffy, Jason Ellison, endless list of forgotten outfielders the front office has dumped our way in the last couple of years……….usually at the expense of better players who get demoted, etc etc. (The best of the lot was D. Wise before he opted out) Do you have any career stats for how Podsednik does against lefties? This year he’s .118, but during a handful of opportunities.

        1. Your really comparing Scott Posednik to Chris Duffy and Jason Ellison?

          Scott Posednik has 1,000 hits, 300 SBs, a .279 BA and an all star game appearance in the majors.

          Chris Duffy has 187 hits spread out over 4 major league seasons.

          Jason Ellison has 139 hits over parts of 6 major league seasons.

          I wouldnt put these 2 guys names in the same conversation with Scott Posednik.

          That being said, Posednik’s career average is a respectable .270 against lefties

          1. Respectable indeed. Your points are well taken. I’m looking forward to seeing him play.

  14. Rich Thompson can play CF as well as anyone. His offense is subpar though (specifically his power) and he’s already 32. I don’t know how good Podsednik’s defense is as he has played little CF the last few seasons. I like Podsednik as a fifth outfielder provided he’s not getting paid a million a season.

    Thompson though has really had as good as career as anyone can have as a career minor leaguer. 404 career stolen bases is nothing to sneeze at. He seems like a player who came along in the wrong era for his skills.

  15. Anyone know why May was pulled after 4 innings? Hopefully, it was just a matter of performance (or lack thereof by allowing 7 hits), not of some injury.

    1. He’d faced 21 batters. I’m guessing they saw that as 5-6 innings worth and he struggled a bit, so take him out, get him ready for the next start.

  16. I don’t get the signing of Podsednik as I believe at this point he is no better then what Mayberry or Francisco can give you in that role. And now that Brown is up I would like to give up on the Michael Martinez experiment. I see a guy who is good defensively and versatile but can’t hit.

    Something has to give right when Vic comes back right? The OF looks really crowded at that point.

  17. can someone give me some info on riviero( in car so i hope i got spelling close) at 3b…he seems to be young with good avg and showing a little bit of power recently…thanks!…also i did not take anything negative from valle piece…that clearwater team is fun to follow!

    1. Yesterday, Bob Brookover quoted Phillies’ FO as saying Rivero has a major league glove at 3B. He was the Indian’s 17th rated prospect going into 2010, but he had a terrible age 22 season at AA. Strange, because he actually hit a little better at age 21, in AA. It looks like something finally clicked, because he is hitting now. He has always shown patience.

  18. Lakewood is playing this morning. Hewitt is really playing well. He got a hit and stole another base.

  19. can someone give me some info on riviero 3b (in car i hope i got spelling close)…seems like young, good avg and showing some power…also i didnt take anything negative from valle piece…threshers are fun to follow…thanks!

  20. Couple of points… with Glavis down to a .233 ba, when does the team start to consider cutting him? 1 more year of pretending to be a baseball player? or 2?

    Santana’s recovery is boarderline amazing news. Last year really made me nervous. The interesting part is his plate patience has disappeared, atleast partially. He’s now up to .270 w/ power iso at .185 (fangraphs needs to update data). That’s awesome for such a young age.

    As for Hewitt, his year thus far is impressive, there is no way to see it in any other way. His power iso at .200 and an average at .255 (highest by a large margin) is great. As is the stolen bases. His upside is still All Star level, and his odds are reaching it are still slim (1%), but there is some hope! The concerns here at this point are his high BABIP and low walks… but you can’t be picky at this point, improvement is improvement.

    1. I don’t see why they’d cut Glavis, do you mean cutting from the 40 man so they can promote someone or literally releasing him? I don’t see them doing anything but leaving him where he is, not like we have a lot of SS prospects he’s keeping down.

    2. Galvis is still only a kid. He has plenty of rope left, certainly more than 1 or 2 years

    3. I agree Hewitt’s upside is still All-Star level. if he can continue hitting like he has the past few weeks, he will certainly be a Sally All-Star

    4. sarcasm? I don’t see how you can praise Hewitt in the same thread as dissing Galvis. Galvis has shown a noticeable increase in power, and is no longer quite as overmatched in AA. Give him time, he is still a kid (like Hewitt) playing at a high level.

    5. I’m still optimistic about Galvis, especially since he seems to be driving the ball a little more. He hasn’t been a complete singles guy this year.

  21. I listened to the Clearwater game yesterday, the commentators said that the fielding was pretty rough for the first few innings because of the sun. May actually didn’t throw too bad, there were several misplayed balls and 3 or four infield singles that could have gone both ways. Still had 7 ks even with all of this.

  22. mike77 thanks for info and i apologize to everyone for posting but my phone has a sense of humor…im wondering if there is more to rivero because it seems like indians gave up on him…how did we get him minor league free agent? he may be our best 3b prospect (or only)

    1. The phillies claimed him off of waivers from the Indians. The Indians wanted to take him off of their 40 man roster and to do that he had to clear wavers.

  23. Gillies tweeted that he ran at 100% yesterday for the first time in over a year. He’ll start playing simulated games today. Good to hear. Would love to see him back on the field next month

    1. I didn’t expect him to turn this corner, not even a A ball, but good for him. He certainly appears to be a great athlete. But, gosh, was he ever raw for a first round pick. For a pitcher, I get it. If a guy throws 100 MPH he would seem to have a future. But it’s a lot harder for a postion player because so much of what makes a baseball player great is reactive. You can look like an Adonis, but if you can’t hit a curveball, you will not become a major league hitter.

  24. Lakewood 2 fo15 with runners in scoring position. Phillies need to address through out the organization.

    1. Boys, we need you to get lucky more. Make sure you perform exactly at your expected level of ability every single time you’re at the plate. No hot or cold streaks.


  25. Hewitt with another great game this morning, 3-5 with a homer and stolen base with 1 K

    1. Last 47ABs for Hewitt, 17 ks and no BBs. At age 22, he should continue to develop but I think the possibility of becoming a major league prospect again has come and gone. His K-BB ratio eeah year are some of the worst I have ever seen.

      Still, at least we’ve had something to get excited from him this year. A few good games and he’ll be flirting with a .300 Avg (and a .301 OBP)

      1. I didn’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but there it is. He’s a Low A mistake hitter. he still strikes out prodigiously, and has no eye to speak of. He will get eaten alive by better pitching, and on a lot of levels, is getting eaten alive by Low A pitching.

        Curious to see if he hits more HRs than has walks though. That would seem to be an unusual feat.

  26. About the Valle article- the TITLE said “Ruiz mentors Valle”, but in the interview, Valle repeatedly talked about giving Chooch advice and didn’t say anything about learning from him.

      1. It’s pretty clear what happened here, isn’t it? There are 2 relevant quotes, one from Valle and one from Ruiz. Obviously baxter misread it and thought that the Ruiz quoter came from Valle.

        Baxter, you need to read more carefully.

    1. Valle talking about learning from Ruiz: “I was able to spend some time with him and talk to him,” Valle said. “He’s a good friend. He gave me some tips on receiving the balls, tips on blocking balls in the dirt. And the biggest thing is how to call and manage a game. That’s the big thing.”

      Ruiz (“the big leaguer”) talking about teaching Valle: “He’s a nice guy. I like the way he plays behind the plate,” the big-leaguer said of Valle. “He’s always asking me about giving him some tips on catching. He’s fun to talk to. I try to help him. We sat down here and he told me he had some problems with balls to his right side. And I said, ‘Hey, you can work on this and that.’ He said thank you. A lot of times he asked me questions about the game and that’s good for him. He’s a smart guy and he has the talent to be in the big leagues.”

  27. Hewitt has a good chance to hit over .300 for May. That seems to have some people upset.

    1. Nope, just amused at the people now happily projecting a 2014 outfield with Hewitt, Santana and Collier. With Justin Friend as the closer and David Herndon snapping wicked sliders in middle relief.

  28. Valle speaks in broken English similar to chooch but worse – remember the old SNL skit w/ Garret Morris ? Baiseaball bean berry berry good to me.

    same thing

  29. I told you guys but you didn’t believe me…I will be in A+ in no time. I am going to be a star.

  30. steve read it too cant find anything bad he said. Maybe baxter thought it was valle saying about tips on catching but it says if you read it the major league said he is always asking me on tip about calling a game and so on.

  31. btw, there was a baseball america story about singleton. one of the phillies beat writers tweeted about it. did anyone here read it? i don’t subscribe so i couldn’t read it.

  32. Agreed with Baxter, seems like Valle needs an attitude adjustment. Hewitt for September callup like Golson got a few years back just to run?

  33. The Clearwater game is getting ready to go into the 16th inning. Its tied 1-1. Colvin had a great game and the bullpen hasnt let up any runs after 7 innings thanks to Pettis, Loop, and Esposito.

  34. Its actually amazing that they have basically played two games in 4 hours especially for a minor league game. Most be a crazy game to be at.

  35. Just checked the box score….before they had Colvin pitching 8 now it says 6 and Lugo 2. I was wondering why Savery was pitching.

  36. Listening to the audio, the poor announcer sounds like he’s about to cry after every out.

  37. that Savery kid is dealing…not much of a hitter 1-9 so far…wonder if he can convert to P…2 shutout innings??????

  38. now Ruf is pitching…they still have Friend and Whatcott I thought…Cloyd pitched 3 innings the other day so he is probably a no

  39. I guess Singleton got pulled after tweaking something while running out a grounder to first.

  40. This Clearwater game is one for the ages… Or I guess one for the new dead ball era we find ourselves in.

  41. Thanks for updates. I hope someone can do a writeup on this Clearwater game. Not a blown save for Friend though…

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