77 thoughts on “Box Score Recap, 20 August 2011

  1. Tyler Greene has been really impressive in his GCL stint so far. Almost batting .300 he has a .400 obp a handful of stolen bases. The only thing he could stand to do a little more of is hit for power but even so he has 5 doubles. How has he looked defensively does anyone know?

    1. I think the GCL league is really hard to hit homeruns in. I remember reading how Domingo Santana had 6 homers in the GCL and this led the league or something. Also, if everyone doesn’t already know, Leandro Castro, Juan Sosa and Jiwan James were the other three players the Astros could have chosen as the PTBNL in the Pence trade. Santana did some damage recently against Stephen Strausburg in a rehab start, for what it’s worth.

  2. I know that we are not to take wins and losses too seriously, but to concentrate on the performances. However, tonight Reading showed that they want to be in the post-season by willing a win with their bats. It is noteworthy that most of the damage was done by players who were purchased or moved to Reading to make up for the late movement of prospects to Lehigh Valley. Brent Clevlen, Steve Singleton, and Fidel Hernandez came through in the ninth.
    More purchases outside the draft are helping at lower levels. Bill Rice, James Birmingham, Friend (the Rule Five pickup) have added to the players drafted to produce winning teams, all of which are still in the picture for post season with two weeks to go.
    I am impressed by the number of players who have come back from dips through good coaching. Buchanan, Neris, Garner, Morgado, Galvis, Knigge, Diekman, Pettibone, Claypool, etc.
    This is a good system.

          1. We drafted and signed Michael Dubee. He played at GC, Batavia, and Lakewood as far as I remember- not sure if he was released traded or moved via some milb draft.

  3. Mickey Morandini told me today Bryan Morgado is likely done for the year. Has some inflamation in the muscle by his elbow (actually sounds similar to what he had earlier this year) and is going to be shut down from throwing for the next 10 days. That means by the time he gets back to throw, season will be just about over. This means Garner will stay in the rotation.

  4. Good start for Inch. Nice to see Giles debut, even if the results are flawed.
    Great start for Morgan.
    Good overall start for Claypool with 2 runs and 8 Ks in 5 innings, but somewhat concerned that three of the four hits were for extra bases.
    James with two hits…Colvin destroyed again. He’s been truly atrocious this month and not good this year. Hopefully he comes back next season and does well repeating Clearwater.
    Galvis walks. Strong outings for Savery and DeFratus.

    1. Good thing May, Rodriguez and Pettibone have all been pretty darn good. Colvin has been less than stellar to put it delicately

    1. I wouldn’t go that far just yet, but Colvin has definitely taken a big step backward in 2011, which is very disappointing. Hopefully he can get it together for 2012, but he clearly has work to do.

    2. While he is repeating Clearwater, he can have a firsthand view of Jesse Biddle passing him on the organizational depth chart.

  5. From the beginning of spring training we read that Colvin reported out of shape. He’s paid the price and getting the hint should hit the gyms 3-4 times a week until ST. His talent just got a wake-up call.

    Expect a much better ’12.

    1. Was about to say the same thing. I’m guessing he won’t live with a quart of Ben and Jerry’s in his lap in the off-season.

      1. I would re-read that if I were you. Let me ask, do you regularly mess up the punchline on jokes? Would love to see all your uncles with boobs. That would be a bit Twin Peaks.

  6. Chris,

    I’ve seen Tyler once in GCL. From what I saw no errors. He got to one ball up the middle so I think his speed plays up the middle. His throwing was a little inconsistent. He made Duffy stretch for one…again this was one game.

  7. Biddle on velo and other things —– Biddle’s fastball has dipped to around 91 m.p.h., which is around 4 m.p.h. slower than usual. In high school, Biddle said he was concerned about velocity. But not anymore, he said. “It’s been all over the place,” said Biddle. “Especially this late in the season, I feel like it might be going down a bit naturally. It’s not like I’m trying to throw slower or anything.”
    Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20110821_Phillies_prospect_Biddle_s_first_season_winding_down.html#ixzz1VfQVVbWu

  8. Went to my first Reading Phils game last night. Nice ball park. I’m 6’4″ so I don’t fit in the seats very well. I took 3 kids so I couldn’t keep good notes. I did notice a few good things, though. Riz had 2 good AB’s. In the 1st, he took a pitch on the outer half of the plate to LF for an RBI single. He later fought off an inside pitch to hit one into shallow RC. SP BJ Rosenberg threw hard. Most of his fastballs showed 94 on the stadium gun. He hit 95 a couple of times. He had several opposing batters off balance with (what looked to be) sliders. He missed off the 3rd base side of the plate an awful lot, though. Walked 2 in a row to start the 3rd and they both scored on a HR. That’s never good. Not sure if the gun in Reading is accurate or not. There were several pitches where the gun didn’t register anything. The opposing SP was throwing 88 which would lead me to believe the gun wasn’t too far off. Singleton played SS and had 3 hits on the night and in his other AB he smoked a line drive right at the 2Bman. Played a pretty good SS, too. He showed good range to his left on a ball up the middle and turned a couple of nice DPs with Figueroa. On the Curve, their SS is very impressive; quick soft hands and a good arm. Their RF Lambo absolutely crushed a HR off Kissock. It looked to me like it went over the 2nd set of billboards in RC field. Their CF, Marte is also a heck of a player, fast, energetic & a good hitter. In the 1st with 2 out and runners on, Figeuroa hit a hard ball to the track in dead CF. Marte looked like he paused for a split second and used his speed to go back nicely to catch the ball near the wall to end the inning and kill a rally.

  9. Remember him—–Tyson Gillies remains sidelined with a foot injury, played just three games this season, whoa.. He recently shed his walking boot and has returned to physical activity. But Gillies will miss the remainder of the season. Chuck LaMar expects him to be back for the fall instructional league.

    1. Maybe the Phils should invest in lifts in all the organization’s dugouts. This would reduce the risk of Gillies hurting himself while taking the field…if he ever takes the field again.

  10. Reigning No.1 – OF – Domonic Brown (LHV-9/13/87) – (.257) 1 for 3 with a BB and 3 SB (9)

    Current Mid-season Top 30

    4. RHP – Brody Colvin (CLW-8/14/90)- (2-8, 5.02) – 5 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, BB, 2 K (loss)
    5. OF – Zach Collier (LWD-9/18/90) – (.245) – 1 for 4 with 2 runs, RBI (28), SB (29)
    7. RHP – Justin De Fratus (LHV-10/21/87) – (2-3, 4.11) –2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (save)
    8. SS – Freddy Galvis (LHV-11/14/89) – (.302) –0 for 3 with a BB, run
    9. 3B – Maikel Franco (LWD-8/26/92) – (.131) – 0 for 4
    12. OF – Jiwan James (CLW-4/11/89) – (.271) – 2 for 4 with a run
    14. SS – Tyler Greene (GCL-12/1/92) – (.295) 1 for 3 with a BB, K
    17. LHP – Adam Morgan (WIL-2/27/90) – (2-2, 2.11) – 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
    19. OF – Brian Pointer (GCL-1/28/92) – (.273) – 2 for 2
    22. 3B – Carlos Rivero (REA-5/20/88) –(.288) 0 for 5 with 2 K’s
    23. 1B – Matt Rizzotti (REA/12/24/85)– (.287) – 2 for 3 with a BB
    25. OF – Kyrell Hudson (WIL-16/6/90) – (.284) – 0 for 3 with a run, BB, K
    28. 2B – Cesar Hernandez (CLW-5/23/90) – (.250) – 0 for 4 with 4 K’s
    29. 2B– Cody Asche (WIL-6/20/90) – (.194) 1 for 3 with an RBI (16), K
    30. OF – Derrick Mitchell (REA-1/5/87)- (.271) – 0 for 2 with 2 BB

    Other names of interest

    1B – Cody Overbeck (LHV-6/5/86) – (.242) – 1 for 1 with a 2B (11), 3 RBI (22)
    2B – Carlos Valenzuela (GCL-9/18/90) – (.340)- 1 for 4 with a run
    3B – Travis Mattair (CLW-12/21/88) – (.216) 0 for 4 with a K
    OF – Anthony Hewitt (LWD-4/27/89) – (.230) – 0 for 3 with a run, BB, K
    LHP – Joe Savery (LHV-11/4/85) – (3-0, 2.00) 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
    RHP – B.J. Rosenberg (REA-9/17/85) – (4-6, 4.59) – 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, (loss)
    RHP – Justin Friend (REA-6/21/86) – (1-3, 2.78) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K (win)
    RHP – Garett Claypool (LWD/8/21/88) – (4-7, 3.63) – 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K (win)
    RHP – Juary Gomez (WIL-5/23/90) – (4-0, 2.97) –1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, K
    RHP – Kenny Giles (WIL-9/20/90) – (1-0, 9.00) – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K (win)
    RHP – Steven Inch (GCL-2/1/91) – (0-1, 5.30) –4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

  11. Good stuff again from the crew at Bowman Field last night. Morgan keeps on proving that he was definitely worthy of a high draft selection. He and Austin Wright are definitely on the radar going forward.

    Morgan’s first inning was a little shaky, as he had two on with two out, and the Jammers’ next batter ripped a sinking liner to center which looked like a two-run single. However, the Cutters outfield came to the rescue again, as the ball was caught on an all-out dive by Hudson to end the threat. After that, the Cutters racked up four runs in the first and pretty much never looked back.

    Other performance notes: Can’t say enough about what Pete Lavin is doing…the guy has done everything and more expected of him filling in for Dugan. Lavin went 3 for 4 last night with, and was right in the mix of all the offense. Geancarlo Mendez doubled and tripled out of the three-hole…apparently he wasn’t all that thrilled with being “demoted” to WIL but I think it was more of a move to give the Cutters a bat than a negative reflection of his performance in Lakewood…Mendez did have a shaky performance at third, committing two errors and nearly throwing another one away on a relay to second.

    Pitching: Morgan went five innings, probably could have thrown more, but I’m guessing he’s being monitored pretty closely… It’s just not fair when opposing teams have to face Austin Brough this year…the FA lefty doesn’t appear to have electric stuff, but it seems like nobody can hit the ball hard off him, and he has a rubber arm to boot. Gomez allowed a run in the ninth…he may be tiring out just a tad, as he’s become much more hittable late in the year.

  12. Several very interesting seasons to play out next year, some make or break…..

    JRod in AA, May in AA
    Hyatt in AAA
    Biddle and Bonilla in A , as well as Colvin’s repeat

    Most likely to succeed big next year? Colvin IMO.
    Most likely to flop next year? I’m not sure any of them do but if I had to guess I’ll go with Hyatt although I’m guessing most will pick JRod

  13. Interesting that they sent junior college pitcher, Kenny Giles, straight to Williamsport and not the GCL. They must have a high opinion of him.
    It will be very interesting to see how some of these Williamsport pitchers are assigned next year. There seems to be a lot of potential there. Kenny Giles, Lino Martinez, Adam Morgan, Perci Garner (with Austin Wright and Buchanan already promoted) are all interesting.

  14. David Buchanan pitched a good game today at CLW—scattered 7 hits over 6 with only one BB. Take big first baseman Jordan Lennerton out of their lineup and Buchanan would have been more dominating,

    1. Being 22 yrs old, is it possible he jumps to AA to start next year? Know he hasn’t had a full year in A but his numbers are strong.

      What about Cloyd? What is his upside? His numbers are good at AA but don’t hear much about him?

      1. Yes, I agree that “Bucky” is aimed to start ’12 at Reading…which is likely why he is now pitching at one rung lower now to finish this season. For some unexplained reason I’ve had the sneaking suspicion that he is a duplicate of our former draft choice, Carpenter who hasn’t helped much. Hope I’m wrong. But their skill sets seem very comparable.
        Cloyd somewhat unnoticed, has become an intriguing guy. Though he does give up a tad too many HRs, he doesn’t walk anybody to speak of. I’d hope he is or will be somewhat heavier in weight because that would give a chance to add to his FB MPH.

        Along with Buchanan to Reading should be Pettibone, J-Rod, and May. IF Colvin has learned his lesson, he could be added to Reading at mid-season.

        Biddle to Clwtr FSL, certainly, to get his innings up to 150 plus.

  15. Tyler Cloyd turning heads. Look at his AA numbers as a starter. Impressive. What’s he throwing up there in Reading?

  16. Good job by Schwim today (despite the ABs by Espinosa)

    They needed 3 innings and he came through big… Hopefully they can score a run in the 9th and give him the win

  17. Schwim really has great stuff, first time I’ve watched him pitch. Good movement on a 92-94 mph fastball, and a real nice breaking pitch that he seems to command well and righties were struggling with it. Think he has a real chance to make the playoff roster after seeing his stuff. Good composure also after giving up the bomb and pointing at it to come back and get 8 straight outs.

    If Aumont and DeFratus are as good as advertised, this bullpen is going to be Philthy for several years with young arms – Bastardo, Stutes, Schwimer, Aumont, DeFratus. They really don’t need to overpay for Madson at this point – bring him back on a fair deal or let him walk, go with Bastardo, and if he struggles acquire a veteran closer mid season.

    So maybe in 2012 they go Bastardo, Contreras, Stutes, Schwimer, FA LOOGY, Aumont or DeFratus, and a long man like Herndon or Kendrick, with either Aumont or DeFratus waiting in the wings at AAA. Wouldn’t be surprised to see the Phils try making Herndon a starter next year and have him pitch at AAA. Hard to see much of a role for him in the pen and our starting pitching depth at AAA is not all that hot.

    1. It is not a bad plan, but I don’t see Amaro entering the season without an established closer. I also expect them to spend (really, waste) a few million on another bullpen arm they do not need. I hope I am wrong.

    2. That looks good on paper. However, I can’t see RAJ going into the season (with a WS or bust mentality) with Bastardo as the only closer with any experience. BTW…I don’t count Contrares b/c he’s 50 years old and breaks down too much.

    3. What do you see Schwimers role will be 7th or 8th inning or does he have the potential to be a closer someday.

  18. I don’t disagree with the argument but we basically went into this season without one either. Hard to think RAJ saw Lidge as “the guy” this year with all of his injury history, etc. I think they signed Contreras because they thought he was an insurance policy and everyone thought Madson might develop but he had failed in all his other tryouts to close. And nobody saw Bastardo coming to the degree that he would close some games in 2011. If you think of it this way – would you rather go into 2011 with Lidge, Madson, and Contreras knowing what we did on 4/1/11 or go into 2012 with Bastardo, Contreras, and Stutes knowing what we do now? Its not that big of a difference…a lot will depend I think on how they handle the rotation – can they / do they want to bring Oswalt back on a lower price 1 or 2 year deal? Will Blanton be healthy? If Oswalt comes back, and Blanton is healthy, who is the 5th starter and where does the other go? Do they trade / non-tender Kendrick?

    1. No, send down Fransisco. He’s doing nothing. I think Ben would have been sent down earlier but Vic got suspended and we needed an extra outfielder. And call up Moss and DL Gload. And what’s all this talk about Schwimmer not throwing all that hard? He was throwing 92-94.

  19. Polanco will be activated Monday and Rollins could go on DL. I’m guessing they’ll just move the Valdez Mini Mart show from 3B to SS for 15 days, but wouldn’t it be fun to see Freddy G get called up? I’m guessing they wouldn’t do that but you never know…

  20. Schwimmer was awesome, but I’d love to see him add to his arsenal against lefties. Madson 3/24, but knowing Boras he’s gonzo. Definitely see 2 or 3 young guns join Stutes and Bastardo next year. Orr gets the call up over Galvis. I hope Galvis does the sane off season regiment this year as he did last year. It sure is working.

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