44 thoughts on “Box Score Recap, 6 August 2011

  1. Musser got destroyed today. Eight hits including four doubles in two innings, that’s awful.
    Triple for Dugan is nice. Hit and walk each for Altherr and Martinez also good. Strong start for Kleven. Like the 0 walks. And a great relief appearance for Garner. I didn’t realize he’d be 23 at the end of the year, though. That’s unfortunate.
    Good start for J-Rod, although I don’t like all the fly balls.
    Rizz trying to equal in one night Valle’s yearly walk number…
    Two hits for Galvis and a brief but decent outing from Savery. That’s good.

    1. Galvis has really not missed a beat with his promotion.

      He’s just 21 still so his prospect status has taken a giant leap forward this year.

      1. Yeah, I’m really happy about his development this year. He seems to have gone from “maybe he’ll be Wilson Valdez” to “he’ll probably be Wilson Valdez and he could actually be starter-caliber if he keeps improving.”

    1. I’d imagine they’d sign a 1 or 2 year rental before they’d give Galvis a shot next season.

    2. Yes——–at LHV. Seriously doubt RAJ will have Freddy starting as a rookie at SS behind Roy H, Cliff L. and Cole.

      1. I would argue this the opposite way. Freddy, with his defense, is far more likely the start at SS with the pitching staff the Phils have. If they can get a rental SS who won’t hurt them badly with his D and can hit well, then they’ll get him. Otherwise, take the D and let Freddy grow as a MLB hitter. Giving up less runs is nearly equivalent to scoring more. It is slightly less equivalent because you have to score at least 1 run to win

        1. Far too many times, rookies and 2nd year players fade in August and September during pennant chases—you see it every year. Why put a player like Freddy G. in this position when he can get more seasoning at a lesser pressure level at LHV.

    1. Stop with the Rollins to 3B stuff.

      Do you know how dumb that makes you sound? (Even dumber than usual)

      Why would you move a well above average SS to 3B? Why? Seriously why would you move a really really good defensive player at the most important position to another position? Seriously what is your reasoning? To sound clever (in your mind) on a messageboard?

      And Rollins goes from being a top 10 offensive SS to a middle of the pack offensive 3B. Does Rollins provide enough power to play a corner infield spot? I’m sure your answer will be that Polanco doesnt either. And that is true, but you can get away with that when you have guys like Rollins and Utley providing power at positions that you normally dont see much power from. But if Rollins is playng 3B (and providing below avg 3B power numbers) then he obviously cant also be playing SS (and providing above average SS power numbers).

      All in all, just a terrible idea.

      1. I have proposed the idea before but I’ve proposed it a few years down the road. How many SS’s have been great defensively and continued that into their mid and late 30’s? I can think of just a few over the past 20-30 years – Ozzie, Cal, Vizquel. I don’t see Rollins as such a bad third baseman at 35. Several others have switched in recent history.

      2. I think you are ultimately correct that it would be a bad move, but I think it’s a lot less absurd than it would be under normal circumstances. There is a real shortage of third basemen, and major league third basemen aren’t collectively doing any better than shortstops offensively at this year – identical .691 ops for each.

        I think it’s plausible under those circmstances that the Phillies could consider moving Rollins to third. I don’t think it’s likely, and I don’t think it would be a good idea, but given the dearth of decent major league third basemen at the moment, and the lack of an internal option for the Phillies beyond Polanco, I think it’s not as terrible an idea as you make it out to be. Rollins, performing as he is this year, and assuming the average numbers don’t change (they might), would be an above average thrid baseman offensively to the exact degree that he he is an above average shortstop as a hitter.

        1. ………’dearth of decent major league third basemen at the moment’……….—have you forgot about Pedro Feliz? And his younger ‘twin’ Carlos Rivero?

  2. Reigning No.1 – OF – Domonic Brown (LHV-9/13/87) – (.318) 0 for 2 with 2 BB

    Current Mid-season Top 30

    3. C – Sebastian Valle (CLW-7/24/90) – (.306) – 2 for 4 with a 2B (18), 2 RBI (39), 2 K
    5. OF – Domingo Santana (LWD-8/5/92) – (.270) 0 for 4 with a run, K
    6. OF – Zach Collier (LWD-9/18/90) – (.254) – 0 for 3 with 2 K
    9. SS – Freddy Galvis (LHV-11/14/89) – (.400) –2 for 3 with a run
    10. 3B – Maikel Franco (LWD-8/26/92) – (.133) – 0 for 3
    11. RHP – Julio Rodriquez (CLW-8/29/90)- (15-6, 3.13) – 5 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K (win)
    13. OF – Jiwan James (CLW-4/11/89) – (.270) – 0 for 4 with an RBI (26), 3 K
    15. SS – Tyler Greene (GCL-12/1/92) – (.222) 0 for 3 with a BB, 3 K
    17. 3B – Harold Martinez (WIL-5/31/90) – (.257) – 1 for 4 with a 2 runs, BB, K
    19. C – Cameron Rupp (LWD-9/28/88) – (.276) – 0 for 3 with K
    21. OF – Kelly Dugan (WIL-9/18/90)–(.287) – 1 for 5 with a 3B (4), run, RBI (21), 2 K
    23. 3B – Carlos Rivero (LHV-5/20/88) –(.083) 0 for 4 with a K
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (REA/12/24/85)– (.289) – 0 for 1 with 3 runs, 4 BB, K
    26. OF – Kyrell Hudson (WIL-16/6/90) – (.258) – 1 for 3 with a 2B (3), 2 BB
    27. OF – Aaron Altherr (WIL-1/14/91) – (.279) – 1 for 4 with 2 runs, RBI (21), SB (15), BB
    30a. 2B– Cody Asche (WIL-6/20/90) – (.185) 0 for 3 with a BB

    Other names of interest

    1B – Cody Overbeck (LHV-6/5/86) – (.222) – 0 for 3 with a K
    2B – Carlos Valenzuela (GCL-9/18/90) – (.328)- 1 for 4 with an RBI (11)
    3B – Travis Mattair (CLW-12/21/88) – (.254) 1 for 4 with a run
    3B – Willians Astudillo (VSL-10/14/91) –(.361) 1 for 2
    SS – Edgar Duran (LWD-2/10/91) – (.252) 0 for 3 with a run, BB, K
    OF – Anthony Hewitt (LWD-4/27/89) – (.239) – 1 for 4 with a 2B (15), 3 RBI (48), run, 2 K
    OF – Herlis Rodriguez (VSL-6/10/94) – (.289) – 0 for 1 with a BB
    LHP – Joe Savery (LHV-11/4/85) – (3-0, 3.27) –0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, K
    RHP – Justin Friend (REA-6/21/86) – (0-2, 2.20, 7 SV) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K
    RHP – Eric Pettis (CLW-6/9/88) – (1-2, 2.93) –1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 0 K
    RHP – Percival Garner (WIL-12/13/88) – (1-0, 1.35) 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (save)
    RHP – Colin Kleven (WIL-4/15/91) – (3-4, 4.40) – 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (win)
    RHP – Jonathan Musser (GCL-12/19/91) – (1-5, 6.51) – 2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (loss)

  3. found this on Philly.com; good stuff

    trade for Pence. Here is a look at the 10.

    1. Domonic Brown, 24 years old next month, 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, LF, Lehigh Valley. After the Pence trade he was sent down to triple A to learn to play left after batting .246 with five homers and 19 RBIs in 183 at-bats as a rightfielder for the Phillies. Through Friday he was hitting .328 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 18 games over two stints this year at Lehigh Valley. With 39-year-old Raul Ibanez’s contract expiring after this season, Brown is still considered the Phillies’ leftfielder of the future.

    2. Trevor May, 22 next month, 6-5, 205, LHP, Clearwater. May is nearing the career-high 135 innings that he pitched last season. Through Friday he was 8-6 with a 3.40 ERA. May had 169 strikeouts and 55 walks in 1241/3 innings.

    “He has had ups and downs over the last couple of years mainly from command issues more than anything else,” LaMar said. “Over the last couple of months he has pitched extremely well.”

    3. Sebastian Valle, 21, 6-1, 170, C, Clearwater. After batting .255 at Lakewood, he has blossomed at high-A Clearwater. Entering Saturday he was hitting .303 with five home runs and 37 RBIs.

    LaMar said that Valle has made great strides receiving and throwing, but that his biggest improvement has been at the plate, where he is not trying to pull every pitch.

    “This year he has learned he is capable of using right-center field, especially with two strikes, and because of that it has been his best year development-wise,” LaMar said.

    4. Jesse Biddle, 19, 6-4, 225, LHP, Lakewood. Last year’s first-round pick is 5-7 with a 3.20 ERA. He has pitched much better after a difficult start this season.

    “We’re pleased with how he has competed,” LaMar said.

    5. Jonathan Pettibone, 21, 6-5, 200, RHP, Clearwater. The 2008 third-round pick is 8-9 with a 3.08 ERA in 1341/3 innings. He has 96 strikeouts and has issued 30 walks.

    “He has outstanding command of a good fastball, shows an above-average change-up to lefthanded hitters, and the only pitch he has to continue to work on to gain more consistency is his slider,” LaMar said.

    6. Justin De Fratus, 23, 6-4, 220, RHP, Lehigh Valley. After starting the season with Reading, he is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA and two saves in 18 games for the IronPigs.

    7. Phillippe Aumont, 22, 6-7, 255, RHP, Lehigh Valley. Like De Fratus, Aumont started the season in Reading and has moved up to the bullpen in Lehigh Valley. In eight games for Lehigh Valley through Friday he was 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and two saves in nine appearances.

    “I thought both would take a few lumps early [in Lehigh Valley] and they did, and now both of them are on a roll and pitching competitively,” LaMar said of De Fratus and Aumont. “It’s always a gamble to take two of the organization’s top prospects, but we felt they were ready to compete [at triple A] and were right.”

    8. Domingo Santana, 19, 6-5, 200, RF, Lakewood. A free swinger who turned 19 on Friday, Santana was hitting .273 with seven homers and 31 RBIs entering Saturday, but he had struck out 114 times in 326 at-bats.

    “He is one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League and continues to show the total package of running, throwing, hitting with power,” LaMar said.

    9. Michael Schwimer, 25, 6-8, 240, RHP, Lehigh Valley. Through Friday he was 7-1 with a 1.43 ERA and 10 saves in 621/3 innings.

    “I think it’s only a matter of time, whether this year or next year, he could be ready for the opportunity to be pitching in Philadelphia,” LaMar said.

    10. Freddy Galvis, 21, 5-10, 170, SS, Lehigh Valley. He was just called up in the last week after playing parts of three seasons at Reading. This year at Reading he showed his best offensive progress, batting .273 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs. He had 19 stolen bases but was caught stealing 11 times.

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  4. I think everyone is on board on the top 4. Surprising to see Pettibone at 5. He has had a good year. This list seems to be based more on accomplishment than potential, which is fair. But on that note It is amazing that JRod can win 15 and can’t get any love. Noticeable absences; Colvin and James.
    Bullpen is stacked. Would really love to see a lefty step up out there, Diekman is lights out vs. LH batters but walks too many.
    Galvis is looking good at AAA. What do we do with ss and 3b next year? JRoll is gonna be a tough call as he won’t take less than 3 and 36, if he signs for that even. It is clear Polanco is breaking down and fast. We have to patch him up to finish this year and that may not be possible. Tough decisions lie ahead. Let’s win a World Series and then make those calls.

    1. If Valle is actually 170 lbs as listed, and 6’1″—then he needs to gain some muscle over the next few years because at that weight it will not cut it in over along MLB season. Most MLB catchers are 200 plus pounds.

      1. I saw him play in the futures game. He looked to be between 185-195 lbs. He’s a big, strapping kid these days. Those numbers were probably from rookie ball.

      2. He’s more than that. I say around 6’1 190. Usually , say for Valle, they got his height and weight when he signed out of Mexico and posted it to the roster in the Dominican Summer League, and every season when he is assigned to another team they simply carry it over.
        It would likely only be changed if he like made the Majors or something and somebody decided to change it. Never heard of a male staying the same height and weight from 16 on through 20 or whatever.

  5. Freddie Galvis batting .400 early on!! Not a bad start for Clevlen for Reading with 4 hits and 5 rbi. JRod keeps winning…he has 7Ks in 5 innings..only mistake was 3 run HR in last inning he pitched..Valle and Barnes with 2 hits and 2 rbi apiece. Lakewood with a late comeback thanks to everybody’s favorite Hewitt with a 3 run double. Duke keeps on pitching well and gets the save. Good week for Williamsport. Kleven and Garner both pitched well. Alot of people chipped in. Altherr and Dugan both knocked in runs. Both now have 21 rbi for the year.

  6. With Galvis’ performance this year, he has become, for the first time, a viable candidate for an infield utility job in the next year or two. He is not a candidate to replace Rollins any time soon. More reps and more success are needed before he can be considered the future SS for a championship-caliber team.

    1. Polanco’s true condition and money will determine where Galvis lands since he can do a major league defensive job already. Complicated would be a good word. Plus the fact that Rollins is having health problem himself per RAJ. How serious who knows.

        1. I am surprised you are down on Ricky but that is why they raised the flag.

  7. Scott Mathieson was DFA’d yesterday. I’m indifferent towards him as a baseball player (he seems like a great guy who’s had a lot of tough luck) but I know he has a lot of supporters on this site. He now has 10 days to clear waivers and if he does, they can re-assign him to LHV. What are chances somebody picks him up and we lose him?

      1. Not really, he is arbitration eligible after this year (according to philly.com) so not only does a team need a spot on their 40 man roster for him, they’ll have to pay him a few bucks. Most teams know the Phils will non tender him (he obviously has no trade value if he cleared waivers) and that he’ll bbe a free agent who will sign for the major league minimum. He is just not that good.

    1. It was simply procedural revocable waivers like he went through last season. MLBTR says that players on these type of waivers are not claimed due to a gentleman’s agreement. I say it is because, being revocable waivers the other team can not really get him, they might merely jam up Mathieson’s recall to Philly, if desired, and maybe create some discord with MLBPA. Maybe this rule changes with new CBA.

  8. LVIP- well, Galvis, aside from hitting .400 in quite limited appearances, appears to be the top AAA SS option, with the moving on of Bocock, so it could be the normal progression, when they add some extra guys past September 1, Galvis would then be one added. When this happens , more to follow.
    Above standard start by Galvis, but below standard start for Rivero, more repititions can bring him up, it could be hoped.
    Overbeck not above the mean yet. Back when they promoted him, there was a rash of articles on http://www.philly.com asserting that Overbeck was a much , much better prospect than Rizzotti. Suspect that those articles were penned by Chuck LaMar of the Follies LaMar.
    RDG- Rizzotti 0-1, but with 4 walks. Certain factions should be singing his praises.
    LKW- somebody said that batting .250 is really bad. Now, board wunderkind, Zach Collier is batting right around .254 in the full season league. Looks like he might go into the on-again, off-again bin and sometime scuffler.
    Beginning to think more and more that Cameron Rupp will be the Player to be Named Later in the Astros trade. Being a last season draftee, I believe he can’t be traded until August 15, so since they could have checked out the pitchers already, and they already know about the other position players, and other players drafted last season may not be to that quality, Rupp looking like a favorite at this point. Best of luck in your new location.

    1. Rupp will find it hard getting to MLB since Castro comes off the 60-fay DL soon and is projected as ‘Stros opening day catcher next year. But they may need depth.

    2. August 15 doesn’t mean anything. It’s one year from when they signed their contract, so Rupp could already be named if that were the case as he signed long before 8/15.

    1. Former Tigers’ prospect. Has pop and a good athlete but his plate discipline limited his production at higher levels.

  9. Steve Noworyta on Tyson Gillies:
    “It’s already the first week of August and now we’re saying the end of the month,” said Steve Noworyta, the Phillies’ assistant director of minor league operations. “You really can’t show much at that point. Somewhere along the line, he has to show us what he’s got.”

  10. Stephen Malcolm, the Phillies’ eighth-round pick in last year’s draft, likely won’t be returning to the field this season or for instructional league. He was suspended for violating unspecified team rules at the end of spring training. One Philly team official said he’s “done for the year but he’ll be back next year”.

  11. If Madsen goes then Bastardo would have to be the man and lead the youngster. Is he ready?

    1. It isn’t good enough to pollute the Phillies chatter thread. Still can’t help leaking over into the minor league box scores.

      1. Bastardo started the year as a prospect and this is related to the young kids in the bullpen next year, It’s not as off topic as you make it sound… if it is at all.

        I think Bastardo could lead the youth movement next year… whether or not the Phillies let that happen is another story.

        1. Thank you. It is cowardly to hide behind no name status especially in a group with only screen names. It takes a very small person.

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