31 thoughts on “Box Score Recap, 7 June 2011

  1. really rough day for the teams today. I do like seeing Collier creep back up towards .250 after the start he had.

    1. Must have missed a few steps. Collier did indeed get off to underpar start, but then got off really well and was around .275 for a period with alot of good stuff and then fell off again, and only recently fell off again to be below .250 and work back up. Not like he is just beginning to hit for season, and the build up iis after a major lull, so to be determined.

  2. Always like to make pilgrimages to Clearwater before the FSL All Star break and end of the season to see what’s up there. Last year it was Derrick Mitchell who caught my eye in the outfield there and he is now having the season of his life at Reading with back to back walk offs the last two games and is hitting .358 with runners in scoring position and closing in on the Eastern League RBI lead. This season it is Cesar Hernandez at second who has caught my attention.for the Threshers. Monday night it was his long home run and Tuesday it was his glove, arm and range at second with two outstanding defensive plays. He has turned the corner with the bat as well and is squaring up and barreling the ball the last couple of weeks from both sides of the plate with the best of them.

    1. Rickey, I was noticing Cesar’s average. His defense has been mentioned as very good for the last two seasons. I hope he’s finally comfortable and can eventually be moved to #2 in the order. That’s where he can cause real damage.

      Mitchell is a guy I like a lot. Last year, it was power and speed. This year there are far fewer SBs but he’s gotten the RBIs and clutch HRs. He has moved slowly through the system and that makes sense. I’ve heard people mention that he’s a “flash in the pan” or at best a AAAA guy. I don’t know. He’s taken to AA well. This is where he would falter badly if he was just an average OF’er. He hasn’t. I’m not saving him a spot in the Philly OF next year but I like how he’s progressed.

      1. As usual, Rickey, your comments are intriguing and helpful.

        On Hernandez, it is so easy to forget that this guy is not only young, he skipped Lakewood altogether – that’s a very big jump – and he’s now coming into his own as a hitter. Very encouraging.

        On Mitchell, although it would be nice if he were a little younger, he’s still not too old and he seems to have a broad skill set. I also like seeing that, as he goes up a level at a time, his statistics continue to improve. It would be nice to see him put together a few months where he really dominates, but, on the whole, he is now a guy we have to take pretty seriously as a potential 4th or 5th outfielder.

        1. This is neither here nor there, but I like to take every chance I can get to back up my man Galvis. Cesar Hernandez is young enough, but not that young. He just turned 21, the same age as Galvis (Galvis is 6 months older). Galvis’s line in AA: 261/318/390 vs. Hernandez in A+: 219/256/269. I know we have a lot more data on Galvis saying he cannot hit, whereas we have some data on Hernandez saying he can indeed hit. Still, I think people are a little too hard on Galvis.

          A side point: Mitchell is 24, 2.8 years older than Galvis, and the only thing he has on Galvis is 50 pts in SLG (269/313/441).

            1. Wait, what? Are you’re saying Mitchell has more raw talent than Galvis??!! That runs counter to .. well, just about every piece of evidence I’ve ever been exposed to. Mitchell is a small step above org filler. Galvis is a real prospect.

        2. The other thing – aside from the fact that a lot of people still haven’t grasped the extent to which Galvis has improved his hitting – and I prefer to boost players, not bash them, but … set aside for a moment whether in some perfect world Mitchell would make a decent 4th/5th OF – I have my doubts, but I could be wrong, and as I said I don’t want to bash the guy.

          But do guys like this ever really get a shot at a major league role? 24 years old in AA, not a high round pick or someone who was ever regarded as a prospect, late developer – improving, but still not setting the world on fire – is there really any chance any organization will give this guy a shot at a major league job?

          He’s fun to follow, but I still don’t see it. Sorry.

          1. I disagree with Anonymous, but it’s not all that crazy. Mitchell was one of those typical “toolsy” picks: good power, speed and a decent arm. He wasn’t a top prospect, but that’s because he was so raw. And while he may not be hitting like Rizzotti, he actually has a defensive position.

            Mitchell is starting to remind me of JMJ. I don’t think it would take a perfect world for him to make it as a 5th outfielder: Power, speed and good outfield defense is a sound combination. Is 24 and at AA that much worse than 26 and at AAA?

            1. I don’t think it’s crazy … my point had more to do with what kind of players in fact get shots at 5th OF jobs, as opposed to whether Mitchell woulddo well in such a role. And maybe I’m wrong. It would be interesting to see some systematic evidence on this. I get the impression that a disproportionate number of 5th OFers are (a) former regulars on the downside of their career, (b) younger players who had a shot at a regular role and didn’t quite play well enough to keep it, or (c) young players auditioning for a role as a regular. Mitchell doesn’t fit in any of those categories. Of course Mayberry didn’t either, but then he was a guy who had been highly regarded as a prospect at one point. That counts for maybe more than it should.

        3. Cesar will not only make the bigs, but he will be an all star / borderline hall of fame player for the Phils at second base. With back to back long tenured second basemen in the HOF, the Phillies will be the MLB equivalent of Linebacker U. I’m being very serious about this, I’ve seen many young kids come through Clearwater in my years and this kid has “it” and then some. What a joy to watch

  3. Reading bullpen coming through in back to back walk offs. De Fratus 3innings 6ks on Monday, mid 90’s FB and a nasty slider according to broadcast.

  4. 1. OF – Domonic Brown (Phillies) – (.283) 0 for 3 with a run, BB and 2 K’s
    3. OF – Jon Singleton (Clearwater)- (.259) –0 for 4 with a K
    5. RHP – Trevor May (Clearwater)- (4-3, 3.41) – 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB and 7 K’s (loss)
    6. C – Sebastian Valle (Clearwater) – (.357) – 2 for 4 with a K
    12. 2B – Cesar Hernandez (Clearwater) – (.227) 2 for 3
    13. OF – Domingo Santana (Lakewood) – (.267) 0 for 4 with a run and 2 K’s
    17. C – Cameron Rupp (Lakewood) – (.219) – 2 for 3 with a HR (2), 2 RBI (11) and a K
    18. OF – Jiwan James (Clearwater) – (.252) – 0 for 4 with 2 K’s
    22. RHP – Phillippe Aumont (Reading) – (1-5, 2.60, 4 SV) – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB and 3 K’s (win)
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (Reading) – (.310) – 0 for 4 with a K
    26. OF – Leandro Castro (Clearwater) – (.276) – 0 for 4 with a K
    27. OF – Miguel Alvarez (Lakewood) –(.316) – 1 for 4 with 2 K’s

    Others:

    1B – Cody Overbeck (Reading) – (.268) 0 for 4 with 3 K’s
    3B – Carlos Rivero (Reading) – (.271) – 1 for 4 with a run
    3B – Geancarlo Mendez (Lakewood) – (.274) 0 for 3 with a BB and K
    SS – Freddy Galvis (Redding) – (.261) – 1 for 4 with 2 K’s
    OF – Scott Podsednik (Lehigh Valley) – (.273) – 1 for 4 with a 2B (5) and a K
    OF – John Mayberry (Lehigh Valley) – (.100) – 0 for 4
    OF – Derrick Mitchell (Redding)- (.275) – 2 for 3 with a HR (9), 2B (9), 2 RBI (38), 2 runs and a SB (7)
    OF – Zach Collier (Lakewood) – (.247) – 1 for 4 with a 2B (10), run and 2 K’s
    OF – Anthony Hewitt (Lakewood) – (.254) – 0 for 4
    RHP – Tyler Cloyd (Redding) – (0-0, 3.00) – 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB and 4 K’s
    RHP – Justin Friend (Clearwater) – (1-1, 1.03, 18 SV) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB and a K
    RHP – David Buchanan (Lakewood) – (7-3, 2.68) – 3 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 3 BB and 4 K’s (loss)
    RHP – Lisalberto Bonilla (Lakewood) – (0-1, 1.07, 4 SV) – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 B

  5. Cesar Hernandez has been opening my eyes as his average continues to creep upwards. Then he finally connected for a home run. Averages: April .143, May .262, June (6 games) .304. After a double jump this season he seems to be settling in at Clearwater. The switch hitter is struggling batting right handed, but perhaps that is because of lack of opportunities since most pitchers are right handed. Then again, I’ve never seen him, but if he is a slap hitter who relies on legging out infield hits to the right side of the infield batting left-handed then that could be another explanation for the difference. Hopefully that is not the case or if it is he learns to pull the ball batting right-handed. Defensively, I was never worried coming into the season, but he’s impressed me there too, with a career high 5.05 RF/G and just 4 errors for a career high .982 Fld%.

  6. Mitchell not hitting lefties is understandable but why such a low average at home?

    BTW Mistery time Why are AMERICAN LEAGUE and NATIONAL LEAGUE batting and pitching stats so similar?
    It’s like the DH didn’t exit.

    1. I know this sounds crazy but I did an analisys going back several years, and the DH doesn’t make nearly the difference that you’d think it would make. And get this, the biggest reason why? By enlarge, the best hitters are in the national league. If you go back over the past 5-10 years, something like 70% of the top hitters in MLB are in the NL.

  7. Please add Cardenas and Taylor to the ole friends list both are hitting. I expect Adrian will be called up soon 2nd is a dark hole on the A;s.

    1. Old friend Andy Tracy has played as much 3rd base as 1st base for Reno in the PCL. Interesting… The reason I mention him is I still think he’d make a great coach. The Phils might need a new hitting coach at the big league level and it could come from the minors. I wouldn’t mind seeing Andy take the spot that gets vacated.

  8. LKW- David Buchanan- bombed out in 3 innings but had 4 K’s. Feeling more optimistic now?
    Geancarlo Mendez- 3 errors for game.making it 7 for season. Just from a couple of minutes of radio on last 2 days, easy chances they say. Maybe they change at 3B, but where for Mendez. Don’t think they move Murphy off of 1B, no room in OF or Middle Infield (where less experienced and not good) 4 OF’s who should play and one would DH.Don’t see much at the prospective Williamsport for playing time either.
    RDG- cursory look at Mitchell’s record through minor league career starting to show some progression. Hope they re-sign him for an OF spot ion LVIP next season, instead of annual minor league veteran influx.
    VSL- Significant performance by Audrys Mora and a win for youngest pitcher they got. Young SS Jair Morelos continues to hit.

    1. I would hope that the phillies are smart and send Mitchell to LVIP next season and hope he gets a invite to big league camp next spring.(He’s doing everything asked of him)

  9. I think the Derrick Mitchell pimping is crazy. Right now he’s the Jeff Francoeur of the Eastern League. Great tools, power, speed and a .322 OBP. And now that he’s in Reading I HAVE seen him play personally. And I’m not convinced. His pitch recognition skills are not good enough to carry him.

    1. I will not get into long drawn out banter with amateur sports analysts that are under the impression that they can forecast who’s going the to be the next 5 OF in the big show. I will say this; anyone who would count out an athlete that is 6’4’’ 210lb who can steal a base, hit a homerun, track any ball hit, and who is not even close to filling out his frame, is not the best baseball scout in the world. Opinions are one thing, but please don’t make such an ignoramus comment like “his pitch recognition will not carry him.” I have been around baseball at every level for the last 25 years and I will stand by this comment: Derrick Mitchell has enough talent, ability, and drive to make the big show. If there is any discrepancy with what I have said then just hold your comment for two years and get back to me then, I think you will be convinced by then.

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