49 thoughts on “Box Score Recap, Weekend Edition

  1. Sunday’s action… the rest of the weekend is in other threads…

    1. OF – Domonic Brown (Phillies) – (.304) 2 for 5 with a 2B (5) and 2 K’s
    3. OF – Jon Singleton (Clearwater)- (.270) –1 for 3 with a 2B (6), BB and a K
    6. C – Sebastian Valle (Clearwater) – (.349) – 1 for 4 with 2 K’s
    12. 2B – Cesar Hernandez (Clearwater) – (.212) 0 for 4 with a K
    18. OF – Jiwan James (Clearwater) – (.249) – 1 for 5 with a SB (10), RBI (12) and 2 K’s
    21. RHP – Colby Shreve (Lakewood) – (3-3, 3.89) – 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB and 2 K’s
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (Reading) – (.323) – 2 for 4 with 2 RBI (38) and a K
    26. OF – Leandro Castro (Clearwater) – (.289) – 1 for 4
    27. OF – Miguel Alvarez (Lakewood) –(.295) – 2 for 4 with a run and RBI (11)

    Others:

    1B – Cody Overbeck (Reading) – (.267) 0 for 3 with 2 K’s
    3B – Carlos Rivero (Reading) – (.275) – 1 for 3 with a SB (1)
    3B – Geancarlo Mendez (Lakewood) – (.273) 1 for 5 with a 2B (13) and a run
    SS – Freddy Galvis (Redding) – (.254) – 2 for 5 with a 2B (10) and 2 runs
    OF – Derrick Mitchell (Redding)- (.272) – 0 for 1
    OF – Steve Susdorf (Redding) – (314) – 0 for 2 with a BB
    OF – Zach Collier (Lakewood) – (.247) – 0 for 4 with a BB and K
    OF – Anthony Hewitt (Lakewood) – (.259) – 1 for 4 with a run and a K
    RHP – B.J. Rosenberg (Reading) – (1-1, 2.56) – 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB and 3 K’s

  2. As penance for my early skepticism, I think I’ll post a comment raving about Galvis every time he has a good night.

    Seriously, though, seeing this kind of broad based improvement in the metrics that matter most – combined with reports regarding his added muscle – is just very, very encouraging. This kind of improvement is (1) likely to be sustained, and (2) evidence of a work ethic/physical ability that augurs well for further future improvement.

    1. I am also encouraged by Galvis so far. Though considered an elite defender, it seems that his defense has not been outstanding from reports and his number of errors (flawed stat I know).

      1. The number of errors is probably a good thing; it means he has great range and is getting to a ton of balls, even ones he has little shot of making a play on. I’d trust the scouts (who all say he has one of the two or three best gloves in the minors) over the traditional defensive metrics here.

  3. So who in the system has done the most to raise his stock so far this year, using PP’s pre-season rankings as a baseline:

    Galvis
    Pettibone
    Collier
    Mendez

    maybe: Aumont, Rosenberg, Castro

    I feel like Santana is finally starting to translate his raw ability into performance, but PP already ranked in pretty aggressively (correctly in hindsight).

    Is anyone else at this point? Obviously there are a few who haven’t played yet this year who could still rise in the rankings. I may have missed a pitcher or two.

    I’m not including players who are in/have been in the majors this year; Worley, Stutes, Bastardo are no longer “prospects.”

    1. It’s getting close to the point where we might seriously be thinking of Galvis as Rollins’ successor which has a broad set of potential ramifications, including the possibility of renting another player for a couple of years while Galvis finishes his preparations. I was not ready for Galvis to take this type of step forward.

      And, yes, I think Santana has taken a big step forward. It’s not easy to be 18 and hit in A ball with an okay average and power. He’s still got quite an upside.

    2. Interesting topic that will probably be a separate post at midseason. For me Savery is probably the biggest mover in the rankings. I have no idea where he would have ranked as the ‘potential’ was there but so little information was known. He still has a long way to go and has 40-man roster questions.

      1. I should have listed him among the maybes. IMO his low ceiling – back up at best – prevents him from being higher on this particular list. Even as a back up, he faces a challenging road.

        But I am intrigued by him because of the perhaps unrealistic possibility that he can fill a truly unique role on a major league roster: 12th pitcher/ back-up OF/1B. It’s SUCH a non traditional role that likely he never gets a shot at it, and maybe for good reason. Can one perform both roles at the same time at a major league level? Maybe not.

        But such a player, if he really could be effective at both roles, could have significant value – almost like playing with a 26 man roster while everyone else is playing with a 25 man roster.

        1. I’ve thought the same thing with Savery. His ceiling is Ross Gload at the plate with the ability to come in and pitch in blowouts to save the bullpen. I hope it works out for him.

    3. Agree with these names, except for Castro . I’m seeing him as expected. He’s performed about as well in previous years and has been a fringe guy, maybe 4/5 OF type for a couple years.

      1. He’s playing significantly better actually. I agree that he is fringey though, which is why I listed him as a maybe.

    4. To me, Pettibone and Aumont have really helped themselves this year. So has Santana but to a lesser degree. Probably need to add Overbeck to that list too.

    5. Aumont. I think Galvis’ improvement is nice, but he’s still a year or two of (uncertain) development away from the big leagues, while Aumont has pitched himself into consideration for a significant bullpen role next season. It’s the old proximity vs. potential argument–if Galvis’ becomes a regular MLB ss, he’s got a lot more value than Aumont as an 7th-8th inning guy–but I think the latter scenario is a lot more likely to actually materialize, and fairly soon.

  4. Can somebody please explain why Tagg Bozied, who leads the Iron Pigs with an OPS greater than 1.000, bats 6th, 7th and 8th!?

    1. Tough to argue with how Sandberg is doing things. Bozied only has 60 plus AB’s. He has hit 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th. Sandberg has basically hit everyone, everywhere.

  5. Brummett is still getting no love on this site. Very dissappointed out here in Little ole Lehi Utah.

    1. Get yourself a screen name and you’ll be taken a little more seriously. I don’t want to burst your bubble especially if you are a relative or former roommate but Tyson will be 27 years old in August. He’s had significant playing time in Reading for 4 years now. He moved up 3 levels in 2008 and had a 7.28 ERA in 80 innings @ Reading. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt here. He had a 5.22 ERA in nearly 100 innings in 2009. In 2010, he had a 5.01 ERA in 55 innings. I know he was hurt but his age is starting to be a great weight.

      Finally this year, Brummett has shown some promise. He had a rough outing yesterday but has been pretty solid. He has a very small margin of error because of his age and level. He also gets squeezed out but the number of younger and higher potential arms like Stutes, Schwimer, Rosenberg, DeFratus, Aumont, Carpenter and I’ll even throw Cisco on the list. Mathieson and Zagurski are older but he’ll have to climb over them too. He’s been a good trooper as he moves to different levels, as needed. He’ll have to do what he’s been doing until he can’t be ignored. It’s a tall order. I think he’d have a better chance in another organization but even then it’s a steep cliff to climb.

      ps. I like Tyson. I’ve seen him pitch. I root for him but I’m also a realist. Look at many of the relief pitchers in the Majors. Many of them are over 30 but most of them had some success at a younger age (most likely as a starter)or had a huge upside pitch and then learned how to pitch with age.

      1. Thank you mr bellman I appreciate your honesty hopefully he can climb over those other people he’s a hometown hero out here and me and the kids love watching his progress especially this year. The the new Lehi Man

  6. Early season not striking out award-
    VSL- Willians Astudillo- 71 AB’s and 0 strikeouts, only 2 walks

    LVIP- I see Jeff Larish played the entire game in LF. Overbeck has also had a trial in LF in Reading. Giving guys who have played 3B an opportunity in LF. Derrick Mitchell has played CF in Reading. Past mini-controversies..

    DSL- around barely 17 SS’s Jairo Cardoza and Angelo Mora at .278 & .3oo respectively . both have played alot since Mora’s signing with Cardoza taking 2B recently.

    VSL- barely 17 SS- Jair Morelos , played all games at SS, at .340.
    Maybe the crying need at SS, not so much.

    LKW- listened on radio for a couple of minutes yesterday. Seems like they brought the Starting Pitcher, Ervis Manzanillo back after rain delay and he sustained an injury.
    Shreve received all the warm-up time he needed.

    More stock up guys:
    LKW- Edgar Duran, SS- Carlos Perdomo 2B-INF
    Like for possible bench roles in future- CLW- Ruf, RDG- D. Mitchell

        1. I know … and it is too early to say maybe a problem is solved with a 16/17 year old not yet in the states. No one has a CLUE as to what they are, so right now, they are what they are, not even remotely to be considered the solution to a problem … especially when the problem that exists is here now.

  7. Cosart was scratched yesterday due to a blister. Does anyone recall him having this problem in the past?

    1. all pitchers get that from time to time. Probabley just precautionary since All-Star break not far off.

    2. He was removed from his last start with a blister. I recall he had this problem before also but its not a big deal.

  8. I don’t frequent the comments, so excuse me if this has been asked? Why is Rosenberg being stretched out as a starter?

    1. From what I’ve read, they’re just giving him more innings; he’s still in their view a bullpen guy. It feels similar to what they did to Aumont last year… except Rosenberg has responded better.

  9. Wonder if that blister was a way to limit his innings so that he’s available in the 2nd half and possible playoffs.

    1. why would he not be available? Really don’t think they would come up with an excuse like that. If that was what they wanted to do they would just skip him in a few starts.

      1. Agreed I am sure the blister was a real issue. They don’t worry about excuses at that level to limit innings. It’s evident they follow the Verducci rule pretty close with their young and promising starters.

        I would guess his # of innings for this season was predetermined in February.

  10. Just finished watching the young aces in Clearwater. Only Rodriguez did not appear to have major league stuff. Was at best sneaky fast, probably mid to high 80’s but lacked command. Used a big loopy curve as his off speed pitch. Sorta like a right handed soft tosser. Don’t how he will play as a starter at a higher level. Cosart threw mostly fastballs before coming out with the blister in the 6th but if he can stay healthy he will be fine. Pettibone did not seem to have an out pitch. He struck out only four. They kept fouling off his pitches the other way before either walking or putting the ball in play. May was dominate and was helped by getting an extra inch or two low on the outside corner early then just overpowered the opponents with high heat in the 7th and 8th innings. Always good to see a pitcher stay strong late. He was the best of the bunch as long as he got that outside corner. You can see the potential in Colvin with a big 12-6 breaking pitch that he got swings and misses on and he is getting better command after a slow start. Should have a big second half. Bet they all stay in A+ the rest of the season unless May uses his last start to break out.

    1. I disagree. The Phillies are 2nd in the NL in run prevention. Along with the Braves and Giants they are clearly among the cream of the crop in the league. They won World Series with Greg Luzinski and Pat Burrell in left field. Yet his defense is the downfall of the Phillies? I know his defense is subpar though I think the metrics are overstating the case. But swap him for Mayberry and you’re just switching one problem for another.

      1. Alan,

        Good point about run prevention, but it doesn’t explain Lee’s and to a certain extent hamels FIP v ERA differences. I’ll agree some of it is small sample size, but at the same time the phillies over all defense speaks nothing of the quality of left field play. I figure at this point, Ibanez has probably cost the phillies around 5-8 runs due to his defense alone. (Thinking of plays where his crap arm or crap range caused a run to score where a an average or above average outfielder would have prevented it).

        1. I think the cost is even higher, maybe closer to 12 runs, which is one reason for my continued harping on the Francisco versus Ibanez issue. Still don’t think Francisco is the long term answer, but IMO compared to Ibanez over the rest of the season he would save at least 10 runs in the field, probably more, and contribute equally with the bat (or maybe even better).

          1. I think Ben is likely slightly worse offensively but quite a bit better defensively (especially if playing in left field as I consider him a average RF, but an above average LF)

            1. Francisco is average in LF but way below average in RF with that rag arm of his. Mayberry and Brown both throw much, much better. Victorino’s arm is a shell of what it used to be but his reputation still helps him. As long as Raul gets to all teh easy stuff and catches it, there won’t be any change made. Next year there will be someone not in the organization currently playing LF.

      2. If Ibanez was as good offensively as Luzinski or even Burrell you would have a point. He isn’t, at least not at this stage of his career.

    2. I read that article when it first came out and thought if it’s that drastic then there are surely specific instances where he cost them game(s), not just runs. If those instances don’t exist then the statistics are just showing a potential to cost games. There are lots of intangibles to be considered with those statistics.

      1. Right, but since the past is a moot point in this scenario, the only predictor of the future is runs given up (not when they happen to be given up).

        Like if you think of it that way, a player who scores 100 runs but only 5 game winning runs, is worse then a player who scores 50 but 10 game winning runs.

  11. In the event that the draft swallows up what happened on the field yesterday.

    Monday’s action:

    1. OF – Domonic Brown (Phillies) – (.300) 1 for 4
    3. OF – Jon Singleton (Clearwater)- (.265) –0 for 3 with a run and 2 BB
    6. C – Sebastian Valle (Clearwater) – (.353) – 2 for 4 with 3 RBI (22)
    10. RHP – Justin De Fratus (Reading) – (4-0, 2.05, 5 SV) – 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB and 6 K’s (win)
    12. 2B – Cesar Hernandez (Clearwater) – (.219) 2 for 4 with a HR (1), 3 RBI (15) and a K
    13. OF – Domingo Santana (Lakewood) – (.273) 3 for 4 with a 2B (10), RBI (16) and a run
    15. OF – Aaron Altherr (Lakewood) – (.211) – 1 for 4 with 2 RBI (15) and a K
    16. RHP – Jon Pettibone (Clearwater) – (6-4, 2.265) – 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB and 4 Ks (win)
    18. OF – Jiwan James (Clearwater) – (.257) – 3 for 5 with a 2 runs, SB (11) and a K
    23. RHP – Michael Schwimer (Lehigh Valley) – (2-0, 1.67, 1 SV) – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB and 5 K’s
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (Reading) – (.316) – 0 for 4 with a run, 2 BB and 2 K’s
    26. OF – Leandro Castro (Clearwater) – (.281) – 0 for 5 with a K
    27. OF – Miguel Alvarez (Lakewood) –(.318) – 4 for 5 with a run and a K
    29. RHP – Josh Zeid (Reading) – (2-3, 6.44) – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB and 4 K’s

    Others:

    1B – Cody Overbeck (Reading) – (.274) 3 for 6 with 2 HR (16), 5 RBI (43) and 3 runs
    3B – Carlos Rivero (Reading) – (.272) – 1 for 6 with a 2B (16) and a K
    3B – Geancarlo Mendez (Lakewood) – (.278) 2 for 4 with an RBI (21) and a run
    SS – Freddy Galvis (Redding) – (.261) – 3 for 5 with 2 runs and BB
    OF – Scott Podsednik (Lehigh Valley) – (.275) – 3 for 5 with a run and 2 K’s
    OF – John Mayberry (Lehigh Valley) – (.167) – 0 for 2 with a run, RBI (1), BB and 2 K’s
    OF – Derrick Mitchell (Redding)- (.269) – 1 for 6 with a RBI (36) and a K
    OF – Steve Susdorf (Redding) – (314) – 0 for 0 with a run
    OF – Joe Savery (Clearwater) –(.328) – 1 for 4 with a 2B (9) and RBI (20)
    LHP – Mike Zagurski (Lehigh Valley) – (0-0, 1.76, 10 SV) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB and 2 K’s (save)
    RHP – Brian Gordon (Lehigh Valley) – (5-0, 0.74) – 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB and 11 K’s (win)
    RHP – Eric Pettis (Clearwater – (1-1, 1.02) – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB and 2 K’s

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