24 thoughts on “Box Score Recap, 9 August 2011

  1. Lehigh Valley with a late surge scoring 6 runs in the 9th inning. Rivero and Galvis with a 4 hits and 5 rbi tonight. Schwimer had a blown save but came in with a based loaded situation by Perez. Hyatt crushed early. Reading almost cameback as they had the tying run on 3rd in the 9th. Adam Morgan’s ERA under 2. Hasn’t received much support this year. Is he a candidate for a jump to Clearwater next year? HMart with the walkoff single.

  2. Hopefully Carlos Rivero can become internal option for replacing Polanco. All of a sudden Lehigh Valley is prospect-heavy. This is exciting because these guys are so close to the bigs.
    I think Juan Perez is a guy who can help the Phils. He has great stuff and he could help against a tough lefty. Yeah, he could walk the guy but the guy probably won’t hit it. We only have one lefty in the pen. September call-up for me.

    1. Rivero would need to really up his glove to be considered a credible prospect, let alone a major league replacement for an excellent defender in Polanco.

  3. Everytime I see Singleton in the Reading box score I get confused for a half second, then bummed. Not used to that yet.

    Good to see Galvis and Rivero have big nights in AAA. If Freddy puts up numbers similar to what he had in AA I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

  4. Another great start for Morgan.
    Nice hitting for Rivero and Galvis tonight. Dominant relief outing for Carpenter too,

  5. Reigning No.1 – OF – Domonic Brown (LHV-9/13/87) – (.303) 0 for 3 with a run, SB (4), 2 BB

    Current Mid-season Top 30

    9. SS – Freddy Galvis (LHV-11/14/89) – (.286) –2 for 5 with a 2B (1), run, 2 RBI (4)
    14. RHP – Michael Schwimer (LHV-2/19/86) – (8-1, 1.80) 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (win)
    17. 3B – Harold Martinez (WIL-5/31/90) – (.261) – 1 for 4 with an RBI (16), K
    18. LHP – Adam Morgan (WIL-2/27/90) – (1-2, 1.99) – 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 4 K
    21. OF – Kelly Dugan (WIL-9/18/90)–(.284) – 0 for 2
    22. RHP – Austin Hyatt (REA-5/23/86) – (10-6, 4.03) – 0.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, K (loss)
    23. 3B – Carlos Rivero (LHV-5/20/88) –(.150) 2 for 4 with a 2B (1), 3B (1), 3 RBI (3)
    24. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (REA/12/24/85)– (.284) – 0 for 4
    26. OF – Kyrell Hudson (WIL-16/6/90) – (.250) – 0 for 4
    27. OF – Aaron Altherr (WIL-1/14/91) – (.276) – 1 for 4 with a run, K
    30a. 2B– Cody Asche (WIL-6/20/90) – (.203) 0 for 3
    30b. OF – Derrick Mitchell (REA-1/5/87)- (.268) – 0 for 5 with 2 K’s

  6. Is it me or does Derrick Mitchell always seem to have a great game or a terrible game? I am not looking at any stats but it just seems like he is either 0 for 5 or 3 for 4.

  7. Mitchell seems to have hit some kind of a wall. Agree to bad Rivero’s glove is not major league ready as I think his bat would play as good if not better than MM or Valdez. Not at all comfortable with any of our internal options to fill the Polanco void.

    Like that Martinez showed a flare for being clutch with a Walk Off Single but still no signs of any power from him and an error to boot.

  8. I was thinking about Jiwan James this morning, and took a look to compare his stats to Doug Glanville’s career stats. Quite similar: don’t really draw a lot of walks or hit for much power, but put up decent enough numbers with good speed and good defense. In other words, a fairly serviceable MLB player. Thoughts?

    – Jeff

    1. I was under the impression that scout’s felt Jiwan’s power would come with more experience, but I could be wrong. He could add bulk and not lose much speed.

    2. Terrible comp. James didn’t even attend an Ivy.

      Seriously, I think the Phillies would be thrilled if he turned in a Doug Glanville-type career.

      1. Saw this ….

        James begins to bloom as outfielder after Phillies move him off the mound

        Developing a five-tool prospect is always difficult. Even moreso when that wasn’t even what the organization was originally looking for.

        When the Phillies drafted Jiwan James out of high school in 2007, they had visions of the lithe, 6-foot-4,180-pound righthander one day taking his place at the front of the major league rotation.

        James’ athleticism and makeup were top notch, which only served to steel the Phillies’ faith in his potential as a pitcher. Four years later, James still has the makings of star, but he’s looking to crack the majors roaming the outfield and swinging the bat as opposed to toeing the rubber.

        It wasn’t a lack of production that prompted a move from the mound to center field for James, but recurring health problems. He encountered arm trouble early in his career, most notably a stress reaction in his forearm.

        It caused the young Florida native to lose considerable time on the mound; James pitched just 33 innings in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League during the 2007 season, and he didn’t pitch at all in 2008. In the end, James ended up approaching the Phillies about a possible transition.

        “I had the arm injuries and I was pretty much just fed up with it,” he said. “I felt like I was just wasting my time, really. It wasn’t that I couldn’t (pitch) anymore, I just knew that I could play the outfield every day and be a position player. I felt like I had a better chance of making it that way than to keep fighting through the arm injury.”

        The Phillies were on board with the decision, and James began the transition with short-season Williamsport in 2009. He completed his first full year as a position player with low Class A Lakewood in 2010.

        James quickly showed that his impressive physical tools, especially his speed (he stole 33 bases in 53 attempts for the Blue Claws), could translate to production on the field.

        “Most of the time, the young player will show you immediately that the conversion will work, and then ifs just about repetition and building good habits,” Phillies assistant general manager Chuck LaMar said. “Jiwan showed us that it would work because of the way he has gone about it with (a great deal) of desire.”

        James batted .270/.321/.365 with five home runs in 556 at-bats last year for Lakewood. He went on a 24-game hitting streak and drew comparisons with Domonic Brown, the organization’s top prospect. The 22-year-old James was building on that this summer, batting .281/.339/.391 with 22 stolen bases in 100 games for high Class A Clearwater.

        “Jiwan James has done an outstanding job with his conversion from pitcher to hitter,” LaMar said. “Usually the conversion is the other way, (so) he’s unique in that respect. He’s handled things extremely well and continues to get better. This last month in the Florida State League was probably his best month of play since (switching) to the outfield.”

        Strong Summer in Clearwater

        The numbers certainly fall in line with that statement. Over the course of 106 July at-bats for Clearwater, James hit .330/.408/.453 and reduced his strikeout total to a season-low 22. It isn’t just the raw production that has caught the eye of the Phillies, however.

        “Sometimes in the Florida State League the heat and the humidity can wear on players as the year goes on,” LaMar said. “Historically, you start to see young players’ numbers, their effort and their desire to improve start to wane into July and August but Jiwan is getting better as the year goes on.

        That’s a credit to his makeup and the type of worker he is.”

        James certainly needs to be a diligent worker with the amount of responsibilities he has on his plate. Not only is he learning the critical defensive position of center field—an endeavor which LaMar notes he’s doing a “very good” job at—but he’s also a switch-hitter who has to spend his time improving swings from both sides of the plate.

        “Ifs a lot more hitting than everybody thinks it is,” James said. “It takes a lot of work and a lot of mental (preparation), really. I definitely have to get a lot repetitions in both lefthanded and righthanded, and do a lot of early work on my own from both sides of the plate.

        “Right now I feel comfortable (from both sides of the plate) and my right-handed swing has come along a lot. Before, I was a lot better lefty… I guess I still am. I just have to do a lot more work righthanded and focus.”

        James’ lefthanded swing certainly seems to be more advanced at this point, a common theme among switch-hitters who see far more righties than southpaws. All of James triples (six) and home runs (three) this season have come from the left side of the plate, and he slugs nearly 50 points better as a lefthanded batter.

        But for James, a player with limited experience, it’s not so much about having all the shiny numbers right now, but laying the foundation for numbers in the future. One of the most glaring needs is to cut down on his strikeouts. He had 132 last year in 556 at-bats (23.7 percent), and 95 in 404 at-bats this year (23.5 percent).

        “I feel like I learn something different every single day,” he said. “The more you do it, the more you pick up.”

        James, a confident young man, finds himself at least somewhat surprised by how quickly he has come along.

        “I feel like (my tools) have translated well,” he said. “They could actually be a little above where I thought they’d be. I don’t want to sell myself short. I feel like I can do anything.”

    3. Very good comp for Jiwan James. I was very disappointed where PP ranked James in the pre-season. So right after the top 30 was posted, I actually went digging for comparable past and current major league outfielders that had similar numbers to Jiwan James at similar stages in the minor leagues. Doug Glanville was the one who seemed the closest. It is very hard to find a successful starting OF with K/bb rate that James has had at these levels, so I tempered my optimism slightly. His rates got better in July, so maybe he has turned a corner.

  9. I know I seem to be the laggard when it comes to Jiwan James, but right now, I view his defense as his only plus tool. He’s made improvements in other areas, which is promising, and he’s tougher to evaluate because hes a conversion project, but his secondary skills are still unrefined. I may have underrated him slightly in my last Top 30 update, and I’ll certainly re-visit him this winter.

  10. I actually saw a quote from Mark Parent earlier this season praising Rivero for his glove, and I think he said that Rivero’s defense was major -league ready. The error stat is not always a good indicator of how good someone is defensively. He may be getting to balls few others could get to and having trouble with these and this is why he is getting charged with errors. This is what Lamar said about Galvis. Besides, there is always the possiblity that people get better at what they do. Polanco has extremly soft hands, but his mobility is limited and his arm as well as his bat is better suited for second base.

    1. For the most part. third base is more about glove and reaction than it is about range- that’s what makes Polly a very good one. Granted it was one game but I saw Rivero blow three plays at 3B at Reading. One was a potential DP that he misplayed, one was a bunt single that he threw poorly on and one he just plain booted. Only one went as an offical error but all 3 were makeable plays.

    2. If Parent said that, his view doesn’t seem to be widely shared; everything else I’ve read seems to indicate scouts (the same ones who tell us that Galvis is plus plus, and to ignore the errors) don’t see Rivero as a good defensive third basemen. Which isn’t to say he can’t be one down the line, but I don’t think it is error rate that is causing people to see him in that light.

    3. I thought I read this too. Rivero was a SS throughout his career and so he’s learning 3B. I’d expect him to botch some plays. I saw him air mail a throw on a bunt early in the season. A SS doesn’t have to make that play. Quickness side to side is most important at 3B. At SS you range more. The ball gets on you so fast at 3B. That’s why they call it the hot corner. He’s not Mike Schmidt but who is?

  11. I think a position like 3B is one you can improve at with reps. It may take longer for some guys, and some guys may never get it, but if he gets to the point where he makes the routine plays, and his bat continues to progress, then you can evaluate it.

    As with most positions (except 1B, LF, and possibly RF), you can be a big league regular if you are an exceptional fielder with only modest offensive talent. If you have exceptional offensive talent, teams will live with your defense at almost any position (except C), and if you can be just average defensively but above average offensively at a position, you will be an asset.

    Rivero has had a breakout year this year, and looks for real. But his future big league role doesn’t have to be determined now. He’s got some time.

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