93 thoughts on “Box Score Recap, 30 June 2011

    1. 25 pitches, 20 strikes. Getting closer. Two years younger than DeFratus. Out performing him right now.

      1. Still a bit inconsistent. but overall, pitching great for a guy his age, especially considering his struggles a year ago.

    2. When you see the stuff he has on video (I”ve never seen him pitch live), you understand why he is so tantalizingly interesting to the team as a potential starting pitcher. He is big, he throws hard, his pitches naturally move AND he has very good breaking stuff. Basically, he has Kevin Brown type stuff – very, very nasty. If I’m the Phillies, I try to promote his as a middle relief guy and get him used to both relieving and pitching multiple innings. This may sound odd, but a lot of very fine pitchers broke in as relievers and gradually built themselves into candidates for the starting rotation. I think the most important thing with Aumont is to build his confidence and have him develop gradually. But, gosh, he is extremely talented.

      1. Agreed Catch. I don’t think it’s an accident that many of his outings are of the multi-inning variety.

        PP – Colvin was rated much higher coming into this season than perhaps he should of been. In fact, the Phillies org as a whole was rated higher than it should have been. Now, if Cosart was putting up Colvin-esque numbers, I would truly be disappointed.

        1. I disagree about Colvin’s pre-year ranking. If you exclude April from last year, he had a K/9 of 8.3, BB/9 of 2.5, HR/9 of 0.3, WHIP of 1.2, and ERA of 2.3. He was 19 in low-A. That’s pretty stellar stuff and was backed up by reports of mid-90s heat. That’s easily a top 5 prospect in any system. I think most people had him #3 or #4.

        2. I don’t know that the system was overrated last year – there were a lot of really good performances last year. This year has mostly been a down year for the system with many of the top prospects regressing and only a few mid-level break-outs like Collier, and Galvis.

      2. I’ve seen him pitch live a few years ago, he’s a huge guy with a seriously nasty breaking ball. However, his control was off and he’s very animated on the mound.

  1. Joe Savery had himself a nice bullpen outing, 3k in 2 IP.

    Maikel Franco, Aaron Altherr, Harold Martinez, Brian Pointer continue to impress.

  2. That’s two outings in less than a week for Aumont, correct? I haven’t been checking the box scores for Reading too closely in the past two weeks or so, but I don’t believe he’s been DH’ing or playing the field too often. I wonder if this means he’s back to being a pitcher?

  3. Watching espn last night and they mention some right hand bats, that might be available seems that guys like willingham will cost a ton according to keith law, t

  4. Nice nights for Altherr and Maikel Franco, not so much for the WPT pitching staff. Singleton has been really crushing the ball since the first half ended. I was starting to worry, but extremely happy to see that those who argued for patience based on his continued selectivity were proven right. I suspect next year at hitter-friendly Reading his numbers may really explode. Now, if only they could find him a viable position…

  5. I’d question Brody Colvin as the most disappointing prospect performance this season. He’s not been that bad and he’s a second half player. I’d go with J.C. Ramirez as the most disappointing performance, and Gillies as the most disappointing prospect nonperformance — will he ever be able to stay on the field?

    1. The Phils have to be rapidly approaching the point where they just give up on Gillies. 2 years with zero return?

  6. Sorry, maybe I missed this, but do we have any idea what’s wrong with Gillies now? I remember him going out with some foot thing and being day to day, and he hasn’t played since.

      1. And he bought that hyperbaric chamber! I think he needs to check the return policy on that thing.

    1. I’ll use the usual party line here. Santana hits down in the 7 hole most of the time because he’s so young and they don’t want to heap the 3 to 5 hole pressure on him. Murphy on the other hand is a lot older. He can and does handle the pressure well. You need guys like him to help the younger guys understand character, professionalism and responsibility. He’s an all-star in the league but on our prospect meter he’s org filler. Very important org. filler on an A ball team. He serves an important purpose.

  7. And Murphy. Murphy is 25 in Low A ball yet he gets more at bats. Unless the Phils don’t think Santana is a prospect, it doesn’t make sense to be below those three.

  8. 2. RHP – Brody Colvin (Clearwater)- (1-3, 4.61) – 6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB and 2 K’s (win)
    3. OF – Jon Singleton (Clearwater)- (.287) –2 for 4 with a run and RBI (32)
    12. 2B – Cesar Hernandez (Clearwater) – (.254) – 1 for 3 with an RBI (20)
    13. OF – Domingo Santana (Lakewood) – (.268) 2 for 4 with a 2B (18), run, and K
    15. OF – Aaron Altherr (Williamsport) – (.340) – 3 for 4 with 2B (4), 2 runs and 2 RBI (9)
    18. OF – Jiwan James (Clearwater) – (.260) – 0 for 3 with a run and BB
    21. RHP – Colby Shreve (Lakewood) – (3-4, 3.94) – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB and a K (loss)
    22. RHP – Phillippe Aumont (Lehigh Valley) – (0-0, 3.52) – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB and 4 K’s
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (Reading) – (.282) – 0 for 4
    27. OF – Miguel Alvarez (Lakewood) –(.273) – 0 for 5 with 2 K’s
    28. OF – Kelly Dugan (Williamsport) –(.245) – 0 for 4 with a run and 2 K’s
    29. RHP – Josh Zeid (Reading) – (2-3, 6.66) – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB and 3 K’s

    Others:

    1B – Cody Overbeck (Lehigh Valley) – (.146) 0 for 1
    2B/DH – Cody Asche (Williamsport) – (.256) 1 for 5 with a 2B (3), RBU (3) and a K
    3B – Maikel Franco (Williamsport) – (.347) – 2 for 5 with a run, 2 RBI (10) and a K
    3B – Harold Martinez (Williamsport) – (.243) – 1 for 4 with 3 runs, RBI (4), 2 BB and a K
    SS – Freddy Galvis (Redding) – (.265) –1 for 4 with a BB and K
    SS – Jair Morelos (VSL) – (.313) – 1 for 4 with an RBI (20)
    OF – John Mayberry (Lehigh Valley) – (.296) – 2 for 4 with a HR (3) and RBI (13)
    OF – Derrick Mitchell (Redding)- (.278) – 1 for 4 with a SB (10)
    OF – Steve Susdorf (Redding) – (314) – 1 for 1
    OF – Joe Savery (Redding) –(.190) – 0 for 1
    OF – Zach Collier (Lakewood) – (.267) – 1 for 4 with 2 K’s
    OF – Anthony Hewitt (Lakewood) – (.245) – 2 for 4 with an RBI (33) and a K
    OF – Kyrell Hudson (Williamsport) – (.235) – 0 for 3 with 2 runs, RBI (5) and 2 BB
    OF – Brian Pointer (GCL) – (.314) – 1 for 3 with a run, RBI (8), BB and 2 K’s
    OF – Herlis Rodriguez (VSL) – (.320) – 3 for 5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI (11)
    LHP – Joe Savery (Redding) – (0-0, 0.00) – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB and 3 K’s
    RHP – Eric Pettis (Clearwater – (1-1, 1.24, 2 SV) –1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB and a K (save)
    RHP – Garett Claypool (Lakewood) – (2-3, 3.16) – 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB and 5 K’s

  9. Noticed Josh Zeid back after not pitching for over 3 weeks, now as a reliever. Certainly struggled as a starter, but don’t remember hearing anything about an injury. I wonder if it was a tired arm/mental break kind of thing, with him moving forward now as a reliever only. His velocity is reportedly mid 90s in short stints, so if so, we can add him to the burgeoning stable of young relief arms in the upper minors. Too bad such doesn’t have much trade value.

    1. Zeid was injured. Went and looked it up. League transactions of the Eastern League listed the injury as biceps tendinitis.

      1. Thanks for looking it up. that strikes me as the kind of diagnosis one gives a player who needs a break. I’m betting he’s seen his last days as starter, which I for one think is a good thing at this point.

    1. I don’t have enough of a handle on Franco yet to comment beyond the obvious point that #3 seems a little aggressive. Aside from that, considering the source, the list seems almost reasonable.

      1. My sense about Conlin is that he still has friends in the organization dating back to the Owens/Green era. If he’s got Franco ranked there, it may be a reflection of anecdotal evidence he’s hearing from those people. It’s just too weird of a ranking to be explained otherwise, unless he just picked a crazy name and stuck it up there so he can write and “I told you so” column in three years. Anyway, for now, I’m going to take this as an indication that someone with the Phillies really likes the guy. Which is good to hear.

        1. Agree on all counts. There’s circumstantial evidence supporting this: the Instructional league participation (how did he do there?), the promotion to A-, which IMO was not a given under the circumstances. BB & contact rates are really nice – again, yes, I know, tiny sample size, but still.

      2. Maikel Franco being ranked #3 makes more sense than Cody Asche being ranked #10 on an organization list.

        1. you know if you’re going to be an ass, there are tons of other Phillies sites out there where you can take your talents. Your passive aggressive shots at me are pretty played out

          1. No need to name call, because someone disagrees with you. I didn’t use low grade language or mention your name. Being this sensitive about being disagreed with isn’t necessary.

            1. Go back and read your comment again. It was obviously a shot at me. And you don’t honestly believe what you typed, you just wanted to get in a dig. Fair enough. I’m eager to check out your site, send me the link.

            2. Whether it was a shot or not, when you publicly express your opinion on a blog (yours or anyone else’s) you should anticipate some criticism or disagreement. You should be mature enough to take it. And as a matter of fact, you should be able to put me in my place by giving an intelligent rebuttal.

    2. Wow, amazing how little information is available on Franco at this point. 49 PA is a tiny sample, but it’s hard not to get a little excited. Especially given that the metrics that matter most are encouraging. Even last year’s performance is a little better than you would think at first glance. Would like to hear a lot more about him.

      1. I’m actually going to go see the Crosscutters when they play a three game set against the Brooklyn Cyclones in early August. Between Franco, Altherr and a couple of the new draftees, I’m pretty excited. Maybe by then we’ll know a bit more about the mysterious Franco. I don’t suppose he’s related to this guy: http://youtu.be/tr2_BLv4IBk?t=8m1s

      2. Franco is kind of a Miguel Alvarez or Leandro Castro clone at the plate who makes more consistent contact. He swings out of his shoes – breaking ball or fastball – early in the count, but has way of settling down and going with the pitch as he gets deeper in the count. Last week in the series against Batavia, he had an at-bat with a runner on second where he almost fell down swinging at a first-pitch hanging breaking ball. He then flailed at a breaking ball in the dirt to go down 0-2, worked the count full and got another good breaking ball and drove it back through the middle for an RBI single.

        He’s got power that’s probably going to be nullified for the most part by the big ballpark in Williamsport. Absolutely crushed a ball late in the game last night that was as high as it was far and it died on the warning track. Anybody who’s ever been to Bowman Field knows that from gap to gap it’s just a cememtary for would-be home runs.

        He’s got a very good awareness of the strikezone, something I think Alvarez and Castro lacked at this level. His pitch recognition is actually pretty good as well, thus his low K rate. He’s got lots of room to grow into more power and I think he’ll eventually be a better power prospect than Castro or Alvarez.

        Defensively he is absolutely slick. Really strong, accurate arm, something that doesn’t usually go hand-in-hand at this level. One day during BP last week Morandini was hitting him ground balls and testing his range. He hit one about 15 feet to the foul side of third base that Franco tracked down on the backhand and then fired a strike across the field to first. Now, I know that’s BP, but I think Mickey was pretty impressed that it’s almost impossible to get one past him.

        1. Thanks for the report. I was already excited by his performance, now he is going up my list with a bullet.
          Pretty good signing for only 100K.

      3. I agree. Last years performance stuck out to me, even with the eye popping traditional numbers. One statistical savvy commenter here, mentioned recently, that he was a big bonus signee, who had bad season last year. Completely wrong. Anytime a 17 year old Dominican skips DSL, leads his GCL team in ABs, and doesn’t strike out, that should tell you something.

        1. Is $100K cosidered a big bonus these days for the Latin players from the Caribbeans?
          The Yanks on the other hand dished at $3M for Gary Sanchez,, 19, number two ranked catcher in the minors.

    3. Whether he put Maikel at 3 or 10 the point is he is and has been on the radar for most of us since we did the top 30.

      Interesting he mentions Gose I did get to see him and D’Arnaud in Trenton on Wednesday. They went up against Phil Hughes making a rehab start. Gose certainly looked the part in his first two ABs hitting the ball hard and deep to the RC and LC gaps however the CF made great plays on both balls.

      I didn’t see anything from D’Arnaud that suggested he’s going to be an above average offensive catcher but defensively he looks really good.

      1. There’s a big difference between on the radar and top 3. And for an on the radar guy, there is a real dearth of scouting information.

        There’s a lot of “ifs” here, but if the plate discipline and contact abilities are for real, if he is a guy who will hit for some power if he ges older, and if he can stick at 3rd – he certainly could rocket up everyone’s prospect list pretty quickly.

        1. Not really in my opinion and that was my comment above by the way. I’m so put off by rankings or should I say how people try to argue their rankings. Its way to subjective to sit here and say he’s wrong or he’s right. I don’t agree but its not absurd.

          If you like a guy and he has some tools and some numbers consistent with age and level go ahead and rank him #1 if you like and we’ll see how it all shakes out. DBROWN was #1 and there are still a ton of “ifs” as you say with him.

          1. I think you have a point. There’s an awful lot of groupthink when it comes to prospects, which I think is a product of basically all working with the same (usually scant) information. Over the winter, there was a contingent of people who were making an argument about Derek Mitchell being a prospect, and they were basically ridiculed/shouted down, and now he’s having himself a decent season at Reading. I’m not saying that I agreed with their assessment at the time, but maybe the site would have benefitted from a little more acceptance of alternative views/methods of assessment, including subjective observation, which is impossible to quantify but certainly of value.

            1. There are really two seperate issues here:

              I don’t think we need to give any weight at all to the ramblings of ignorant people who mostly don’t watch the players and base their opinions on wishful thinking and/or a flawed understanding of raw stats or age/level, even if they do, rarely, get something partially right. Even a stopped clock, etc.

              That said, group think is a real risk, and it’s great to get positive reports from a knowedgeable eye witness regarding an under the radar player. I’ll give MUCH more credit to the people who were touting Franco before the season, compared to the Mitchell fans. Mitchell is still at best a 4th/5th OF. Franco seems to be someone who COULD be much more.

              I ‘ve said this before, but the knowledgeable people on this site are very open to subjective observation and other legitimate methods of assessment. The only “viewpoint” that gets shouted down is the raw stats shorn of context/small sample size/age /level ignoring contingent. And that crowd already gets way too much credence around here.

          2. I think you’re missing my point. Maybe I didn’t comminicate it well. As I said at the start, I don’t have a real feel for Franco. But IF the #3 ranking is in the realm of the reasonable – and I have no idea one way or the other whether it is – I think it’s fair to say that he’s a bit of a surprise to most people here – even those who had him “on the radar.” And there is a dearth of subjective scouting type reports – which is too bad, as for a prospect like Franco the subjective reports are more important than the stats at this point.

            And the whole “it’s subjective” thing I think is not the best way to look at it. The fact that subjective ratings by knowledgeable people (usually but not always professionals) are very important in evaluating prospects does not mean either:

            (1) Everyone’s opinion is of equal value, or
            (2) That subjective opinions by casual fans, most of whom haven’t even seen the player in question, or who have maybe seen him just a couple of times, should be given any weight whatsoever.

  10. Interesting how Conlin actually has 14 guys in his top 10. He lists the baby aces but doesn’t say which two of the 5 will make it big.

    1. I think that’s actually the best way to look at it. I think it’s pretty clear which of the 5 have higher upside, but the main determinant as to which of the 5 end up starting in the majors is going to be which of the 5 can stay healthy.

    2. I think he’s too high on Franco and Hyatt, and I wish he’d applied the correct numbers to his rankings after sticking the five pitchers together. I’d feel Biddle at 9 was reasonable/low, but Biddle at 13 is too low. List could suck a lot worse, though.

  11. First, Conlin himself probably has no idea who Franco is. I’m sure someone in the org who he talks to mentioned Franco, so he name dropped him.

    Franco is definitely on the prospect radar. But ranking him 3rd in the system, ahead of guys like Cosart, Colvin, May and others based on a tiny sample is pretty crazy. His list as a whole isn’t bad, and I’m sure he just plopped Franco there figuring most people don’t follow the minors and don’t really care.

    Franco is a top 20 guy. Probably closer to 10 than 20.

    1. Just got an email from Conlin a couple weeks ago with some thoughts of his on the Crosscutters outfield. I believe he either lives in Clearwater or has a vacation home there. Said he saw a lot of the Phils minor league camp and extended camp. My guess is he’s got a pretty good feel for who the prospects on his list are by both having seen them and having talked to people within the organization.

      1. Well we’ll see. I haven’t paid much attention to Conlin in years, largely because he thinks hes William Shakespeare and he focuses more on that than the content of his actual pieces.

        As I said, Franco is on the radar, but there’s no way he’s the third best prospect in the system right now. I appreciate the first hand report on him Mitch

        1. Conlin replied to me on M. Franco’s high lsiting:
          ‘Because I have seen him play at least 30 times. That OK with you, pal, actually seeing a player rather than sitting at a computer and regurgitating what I have “heard?” In fact, I have seen every player on my list multiple times over the past three months. That includes the rehabs of Utley, Oswalt and Dom Brown.’
          ………………….Billy can be a bit crusty and defensive at times.

          1. Mitch, thanks for the insights and you are right in that Conlin is not Mr. Personality. Lets hope that he is right about Franco’s talent as we have a gaping hole for 3B in the farm systems and can be Polanco’s replacement.

          2. I went back and forth with him as well and he said something similar. Whatever you think of Conlin (I often disagree with him but always read him), he’s seen more baseball in his time than any of us have or likely will, and he does check out a lot of these guys firsthand. If he’s excited about Franco it’s an interesting data point, and we shouldn’t ignore that.

      2. Mitch, I’d just like to second PP and say thanks for your insights on this board. You’ve added a lot in a short time! Please keep it up (and don’t be afraid to link to your articles)

  12. The two 17-year-olds playing up the middle in the VSL continue to impress.

    Herlis (CF) at .321/.391/.487
    Morelos (SS) at .312/.368/.355

    Garcia is also 17 and looks pretty good, though I don’t know if he’s a Catcher or not as listed.

  13. I always like conlin but can’t figure out why he would rate this kid that high, makes no sense to me wonder what he sees or was told that rates this young kid that high?

    1. Says he has seen him over 30 times—–he does have a long tenure for ‘scouting’ going back almost 60 years.

  14. Conlin knows baseball. If he says Franco is for real then you should listen. He was the Phillies beat guy for 25 years.

  15. Why do I have to waste my time cleaning up the comments section and removing flame wars nonsense?

    I’m just going to start banning IP addresses and be done with it. Knock it off. That is a general statement, not directed at any one person. The next step is changing the comments to make everyone sign up for wordpress and create an account before they can comment. Don’t make me do that. If someone makes an an over the top inflammatory comment, don’t respond to it. Email me and tell me where it is and I will remove it.

    Thanks.

    1. Agree with you on that point—–everyone should be open-minded on this board—for the most part subjective views, some based more on first hand knowledge and reid and true measurable stats and others on ‘wishful’ thinking. But every man or women is entitled to opine—-courteously and respectfully to others.

  16. I don’t mind Conlin sometimes but he does echo “phillies speak” once in a while. Why the organization would have him promote Franco is a mystery to me, but they have their own agenda.

    BTW. I hope they are truthful regarding Hamels. Not many ready starter in the Phils minors.

    1. Bill Conlin is part of the Phillies minor league lore. There he was sitting out in the hot Florida sunshine at Bright House with his camera and his little pitch speed reader for a GCL championship game last year. In the minor league camp this spring there he was watching a game with his big brim outback type hat. While sitting behind him on a bleacher at Ashburn Field he turns around and gives a long very interesting soliloquy on pitching and the minor league prospects in general to my friend who is a twilight league pitcher back In Pennsylvania. It is not unusual to see him wondering around the minor league Complex. I don’t doubt him on Franco.

    1. Bob, you never know the Phillies might surprise you as they have made inroads in Latin America. There are also more Latin players than before on the farm teams and the big club.

    2. I would guess, once John Middleton becomes majority owner, perhaps after Claire Betz passes, then the Phillies will jump into the international venue with a large pocket- book, ala Yankees, Cubs, Red Sox and even lately the Reds

  17. Maikel Franco – Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 13, 2010.

    Had to go find him.

  18. Friday’s lines…

    1. OF – Domonic Brown (Phillies) – (.216) 1 for 4 with a run, SB (3) and a BB
    3. OF – Jon Singleton (Clearwater)- (.284) –0 for 2 with 2 BB and a K
    4. RHP – Jared Cosart (Clearwater) – (6-6, 3.10) – 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB and 2 K’s (loss)
    6. C – Sebastian Valle (Clearwater) – (.330) – 0 for 3 with a K
    12. 2B – Cesar Hernandez (Clearwater) – (.251) – 0 for 3 with a K
    13. OF – Domingo Santana (Lakewood) – (.265) 0 for 3 with a BB and 2 K’s
    15. OF – Aaron Altherr (Williamsport) – (.327) – 0 for 2 with a BB
    17. C – Cameron Rupp (Lakewood) – (.227) – 1 for 3 with a K
    18. OF – Jiwan James (Clearwater) – (.260) – 1 for 4
    23. RHP – Michael Schwimer (Lehigh Valley) – (5-0, 1.93, 4 SV) – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB and 2 K’s (win)
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (Reading) – (.285) – 1 for 4 with a run and RBI (48)
    27. OF – Miguel Alvarez (Lakewood) –(.273) – 1 for 4 with a run and a K
    28. OF – Kelly Dugan (Williamsport) –(.245) – 1 for 4 with an RBI (4)

    Others:

    1B – Cody Overbeck (Lehigh Valley) – (.156) 1 for 4 with a K
    2B/DH – Cody Asche (Williamsport) – (.255) 1 for 4 with a K
    3B – Maikel Franco (Williamsport) – (.340) – 1 for 4 with a K
    3B – Harold Martinez (Williamsport) – (.250) – 1 for 3 with 2 runs and a BB
    SS – Freddy Galvis (Redding) – (.265) –1 for 4 with a BB and SB (11)
    SS – Jair Morelos (VSL) – (.312) – 1 for 4 with an RBI (21)
    OF – John Mayberry (Lehigh Valley) – (.284) – 1 for 4 with K
    OF – Derrick Mitchell (Redding)- (.278) – 1 for 4 with a 2B (13), run and a K
    OF – Steve Susdorf (Redding) – (319) – 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI
    OF – Joe Savery (Redding) –(.182) – 0 for 1
    OF – Anthony Hewitt (Lakewood) – (.241) – 0 for 4 with 2 K’s
    OF – Kyrell Hudson (Williamsport) – (.268) – 3 for 5 with a 2B (2), run, 2 RBI (7) and a K
    OF – Herlis Rodriguez (VSL) – (.321) – 1 for 3 with 2 runs and 2 BB
    LHP – Mike Zagurski (Lehigh Valley) – (2-0, 1.95, 10 SV) – DNP
    LHP – Austin Wright (Williamsport) – (0-0, 2.08) – 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB and 7 K’s
    RHP – B.J. Rosenberg (Reading) – (2-2, 4.64) – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB and a K
    RHP – Justin Friend (Redding) – (0-0, 3.18, 3 SV) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB and a K (save)
    RHP – Lisalberto Bonilla (Lakewood) – (0-1, 1.79, 4 SV) – 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB and 6 K’s

    1. no one has seen him face live pitching apparently either. According to BA he has a huge leg kick and tons of power but a really sketchy hit tool and average other tools.

    2. Not so unusual these days—–look at Yanks top two catchers in the minors, Montero and Sanchez, also ranked one-two by MilB—together they garnered approx. $5M. Once the day comes when John Middleton takes over sole ownership and startegic planning, the Phillies will get away from their present day philosophy and be able to jump into the large monetary bidding. Until then, we will have to settle on their current direction.

  19. So, this is kind of random, but is anyone else as interested in Harold Martinez’s prospects as I am? He certainly hasn’t been tearing up Williamsport or anything like that, but all of his scouting reports seem to be glowing. I think I’m going to adopt him as my personal “rooting for” project.

    1. Word is pain in his oblique, the same injury that had him on the DL to start the season. Good news is that it’s not the shoulder he had problems with last year. But wouldn’t be surprised to see him back on the DL. I’ll be sure to talk to him Monday when they come back home.

  20. DeFratus hopefully getting more comfortable at AAA as he pitched 2 innings 3Ks and the win
    Schwimer gets the save and is now 5-0 1.89 ERA 5 SVs…possible Paul Owens award winner
    JC Ramirez starting to look better 7-7 now and pitching not to contact w/9Ks in 6 IP
    Zeid in the BP where he belongs..4Ks in 2IP and the save
    Susdorf batting .329,,,he can hit
    Clearwater in a slump
    Moose with the slam
    19 yr old Manzanillo now with 6 wins for Lakewood
    Altherr swinging the bat at Williamsport like we wished he would have at Lakewood
    GCL with a split…Pointer struggles in game two with 3Ks

  21. Saturday’s lines…

    1. OF – Domonic Brown (Phillies) – (.217) 1 for 4 with a K
    3. OF – Jon Singleton (Clearwater)- (.278) –0 for 5 with a K
    5. RHP – Trevor May (Clearwater)- (5-4, 3.58) – 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, BB and 6 K’s (loss)
    6. C – Sebastian Valle (Clearwater) – (.328) – 1 for 4 with a 2B (13), run, RBI (26) and a K
    10. RHP – Justin De Fratus (Lehigh Valley) – (1-0, 5.79) – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB and 3 K’s (win)
    12. 2B – Cesar Hernandez (Clearwater) – (.256) – 2 for 3 with 2 runs and a BB
    13. OF – Domingo Santana (Lakewood) – (.264) 1 for 4 with a run and RBI (20)
    14. RHP – JC Ramirez (Reading) – (7-7, 4.06) – 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB and 9 K’s (win)
    15. OF – Aaron Altherr (Williamsport) – (.327) – 1 for 3 with a HR (2), RBI (10), BB and a K
    17. C – Cameron Rupp (Lakewood) – (.227) – 1 for 4 with a 2B (10) and a K
    18. OF – Jiwan James (Clearwater) – (.262) – 1 for 2 with 3 BB and a K
    23. RHP – Michael Schwimer (Lehigh Valley) – (5-0, 1.89, 5 SV) – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB and a K (save)
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (Reading) – (.285) – 1 for 3 with a HR (15) and 3 RBI (51)
    27. OF – Miguel Alvarez (Lakewood) –(.265) – 0 for 5 with a K
    28. OF – Kelly Dugan (Williamsport) –(.228) – 0 for 4 with a BB and K
    29. RHP – Josh Zeid (Reading) – (2-3, 6.39, 1 SV) – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB and 4 K’s (save)
    30. RHP – Percival Garner (Williamsport) – (0-0, 0.00) – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB and 3 K’s

    Others:

    1B – Cody Overbeck (Lehigh Valley) – (.188) 2 for 3 with a 2B (3)
    2B/DH – Cody Asche (Williamsport) – (.228) 0 for 3 with a BB
    3B – Maikel Franco (Williamsport) – (.321) – 0 for 3 with a BB and 2 K’s
    3B – Harold Martinez (Williamsport) – (.233) – 0 for 3 with BB and 2 K’s
    SS – Freddy Galvis (Redding) – (.262) –0 for 3 with a BB, K and SB (12)
    SS – Jair Morelos (VSL) – (.307) – 0 for 2 with a BB and K
    OF – John Mayberry (Lehigh Valley) – (.276) – 0 for 3
    OF – Derrick Mitchell (Redding)- (.282) – 2 for 3 with an RBI (52) and K
    OF – Steve Susdorf (Redding) – (.329) – 3 for 4 with a HR (6), 2B (9), 2 runs, RBI (25) and a K
    OF – Joe Savery (Redding) –(.174) – 0 for 1
    OF – Anthony Hewitt (Lakewood) – (.242) – 1 for 3 with a run, RBI (34), BB and 2 K’s
    OF – Kyrell Hudson (Williamsport) – (.254) – 0 for 3 with 2 BB and 2 K’s
    OF – Herlis Rodriguez (VSL) – (.317) – 1 for 4

  22. 3 walks to Jiwan James and 2 for Hudson! This is why I’m patient with raw players who don’t walk enough- you can’t teach physical talent but you can teach a guy to take a pitch.

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