28 thoughts on “Box Score Recap 9-9-2012

    1. You volunteering?

      Also, is this Colin Kleven? Cause that’d be cool to have a prospect reporting on instructs, especially if they are willing to throw their teammates under the bus.

      Honestly, I don’t know if Gregg has anyone lined up but I think whoever is around will usually give us some reports.

      1. Hahaha, no not Colin Kleven…sorry to burst your bubble!! I would love to volunteer for such a gig, but I live in the great mid-Atlantic state of Maryland so it’d be difficult to get down there…

  1. The end of the minor league season is a bummer. At least we had a pretty good one altogether. I’m excited about the pitching we should have at AAA and AA next year. Hopefully most of those guys are still with the org when the season starts.

      1. I’d have Morgan start at Reading, but definitely Martin and Pettibone, plus a good number of relief prospects. Morgan and May could be there before too long though.

  2. There seems to be little reason to go out and get FAs especially like the crew Ruben came up with last winter..
    Which begs a question
    No one doubts that Ruben did a tremendous job in the recent trades.unlike the winter failures . How these two Rubens fit together? Are there organizational interferences?

    1. Yeah, Ruben is a really hard guy to peg. He’s impatient and mercurial, but he’s not stupid and the system is becoming extremely adept at drafting and acquiring good young players, although whether you agree on his deployment of those players (through trades, promotions, etc. . . .) is wise is another question entirely.

      Now, on another topic. I think we need to absolve Ruben a little bit on the second Cliff Lee trade. It was probably foolhardy to trade Lee when the team was on the cusp of another title – I won’t question that. However, if you are just looking at the merits of the trade itself, to my mind, when you do this, you have to ask the fundamental question of whether the team accurately assessed the talent it was acquiring and whether the raw talent it acquired was reasonable for what was given up. Having watched Aumont and Gillies this year, I safely conclude that the team’s talent evaluation was spot on – both players have enormous potential. After renting Cliff Lee for 3 months the Phillies, in a truly rushed trade (the Halladay circus), clearly obtained more value than they gave up when they acquired him earlier in the year. It was still not a great trade because it may have cost them a WS, but they did a really good job of getting talent in that deal. Aumont and Gillies can just flat out play.

      1. Ruben has done a nice job with trades in general and has rebuilt the farm system but he is a little too generous with the contract negotiations. Maybe that is why Ed Wade was brought back to the fold to temper the spending and increase farm system contributions.

      2. Not to take that much away from Ruben, since he still heads the negotiations, but the scouting staff has to get most of the credit as far as the players they got back in trades this year. The Phils seem to employ a lot of scouts who are very good at what they do.

  3. At the game yesterday. Not a fan of Leandro Castro. Always the last one off the field, tries to be a little too flashy with stuff. His last at bat of the game, he asked for time, the ump did not grant it. Strike one was called. He steps out, smiling like it’s a big joke. The next two pitches were soft and he was wildly out in front. Stuck out in 3 straight pitches. Came back to the dugout smiling. Threw some equipment and Bob Milicki went right after him and ripped him a new one.

    1. I was at the game as well, and agree with your take on Castro. He was chasing breaking stuff outside and in the dirt the entire game, and got everybody hacked off when he asked for time.

      Gillies also bunted at an ill-advised time, popped out. Think it was the 9th, when they got leadoff runner, pinch-hitter D’Arby Myers, on base with a single up the middle. Very odd time to bunt.

      But the Ruf HR, what a bomb. I posted in the Ruf thread that I think it went all the way out to Route 29 that runs along the stadium. It cleared the stadium by quite a bit.

      1. To me, the ultimate lithmus test for a bomb is this: would it have landed in Ashburn Alley? What say you?

        1. I say yes. Trenton park is 330 down the line, 407 to dead center. About a 30-40 foot high fence running along outfield wall for advertisements. Ruf’s ball cleared that fence by plenty.

    2. Andrew, went to Fridays game and I was not impressed with Castro either along with Myers, Tripp and Hulett batting approaches.

  4. last i checked martin was at reading, and so is morgan, and morgan got banged in playoff game,he might not be ready for triple a. so no i am not excited about elbarton,and the thirty year olds at triple a.

  5. Lol they will be moved up next year so you should be excited about them Martin pettibone May and Bonilla all will prob be at aaa so idk what’s not to like

  6. I attended the last playoff game for Reading at Trenton on Sept 9, 2012. Attendance was very low and probably more than half attending were wearing Phillie colors.

    I sat right behind home plate. Right across the aisle in the same row sat Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg. In the row in front of Sandberg sat Trevor May who was charting the velocity with a radar gun, next to May sat Ethan Martin who was charting the type and location of the pitches. In the row in front of May sat Austin Hyatt who was also charting the velocity with a radar gun and next to him was Colvin Brody.

    I was amazed, how few people recognized Ryne Sandberg. Only 3 or 4 kids were sent down by their parents and in addition to one adult who asked for Ryne’s signature on various items. In contrast probably 20 to 25 kids some with their parents came down and got Trevor May’s signature. I was amazed because I would think that more people would value the signature of a Hall of Fame baseball player much more than the signature of a current minor league pitcher. I was also surprised that very few kids recognized the other Reading Phillie pitchers to ask for their signature.

    My observation on Adam Morgan’s pitches is that he had a wide variety of pitches with a great variety of speeds. His breaking balls seemed to have a great deal of movement. I charted the velocity and result of his pitches from the 3rd inning on. The following is that chart:

    b – ball, ss – swinging strike, cs – called strike, f – foul, — no velocity reading

    3rd Inning
    1st batter – 87 b, — ss, 88 b, 91 ss, 77 f, — f, 95 b, — f, 83 ss strike out
    2nd batter – 83 f, 78 cs, 93 ss strike out
    3rd batter – 80 cs, 85 ss, 92 ground out to 1b

    4th Inning
    1st batter – 76 ground out to 2b
    2nd batter – 82 b, — ss, 80 b, 93 b, 79 ground out to 1b
    3rd batter – 92 f, — line drive single to cf
    4th batter – — home run
    5th batter – 77 cs, 77 b, 91 fly out to cf
    6th batter – 94 f, — pop up to 2b

    5th Inning
    1st batter – 77 cs, — b, 92 f, 92 fly out to cf
    2nd batter – 92 fly out to rf
    3rd batter – 94 cs, 79 ss, 86 b, 89 ground out to3b

    6th Inning
    1st batter – — cs, 75 b, 77 ground out to ss
    2nd batter – 74 f, 77 pop out to 2b
    3rd batter – 92 b, 74 f, 73 cs, 94 home run
    4th batter – 78 f, 78 cs, 94 ss strike out

    Kyle Simon came on to pitch in the 7th. He throws sidearm and most of his pitches have sink on them. In addition he hides the ball very well so his pitches tend to seem faster than they really are. He appears to be a high ground ball pitcher as 4 of 5 outs put in play were ground outs. The following is his velocity readings for the 2 innings he pitched:

    7th Inning
    1st batter – 89 b, 90 ground out to ss
    2nd batter – 91 f, 91 ss, 83 b, — f, 87 b, — f, 90 f, 91 b, 90 f, 89 f, 89 f, 88 ground out to 3b
    3rd batter – 92 cs, 85 ss, 93 b, 93 b, 85 ss strike out

    8th Inning
    1st batter – — fly out to rf
    2nd batter – 82 b, 85 cs, — f, 93 ground out to 2b
    3rd batter – — ground out to ss

    As to the Phillie Hitters

    Darin Ruf seen to be very selective in the pitches he swung at. I did not see his first at bat but in his 2nd at bat he hit the first pitch very hard but grounded into a double play. In his 3rd at bat he destroyed a 3-1 pitch over the “ad monster” in left. The field in Trenton has 8 foot wall throughout the outfield with a yellow line that defines the home run barrier. Several feet behind that first wall is a second wall that is 32 feet high and covered with billboards. This wall runs all the way from the left field line to the batting eye in centerfield. The ball that Ruf hit cleared the 32 foot billboard wall by 15 to 20 feet. The point that he hit it out was probably 360 feet from home plate but at that very point it was about 50 feet off the ground. There is a parking lot behind the wall with Route 29 behind it. It is not inconceivable that ball could have hit a car in the parking lot and reached Route 29. On his 4th at bat he hit a 2-1 pitch that he just missed hitting it out. From behind home plate it looked at first like a pop-up to shortstop. The ball looked like it went straight up like a pop-up but in fact he tagged it. It carried to the left centerfield wall about 390 feet from home plate. If he had not swung so far under it would have easily carried for a home run. In his last at bat he hit a screamer to shortstop for a double play on a 1-0 count. In his four at bat that I saw every ball was hit hard. The only play that Ruf had in the field while I was there was a double in the second inning that no other outfielder would have caught either.

    Cody Asche had two hard line drive singles to rightfield and in his other at bats he hit a fly ball to rightfield and grounded out to shortstop. On one of his plays in the field he almost made a wild throw but the 1st baseman snagged it and recorded the out. He did ok on his other plays in the field.

    Tyson Gillies had a good day at the plate hitting two line drive singles to left and one line drive single to center. However Gillies who is supposed to be a super bunter popped up a bunt attempt at a critical point in the 9th.

    Tommy Joseph did not impress me at all batting. He did not appear to be very patient at the plate. In the 3 at bats I saw he saw a total of 7 pitches fly out to the outfield in all 3 at bats.

    1. I was sitting behind home plate as well. Hope that wasn’t your row we spilled our soda into!

      I can’t believe I missed Sandberg. Shoot, I was wearing a Phillies cap that had his autograph on it!

      Ruf’s HR was one of the hardest hit balls I have ever witnessed. Only thing comparable that I’ve personally witnessed was Fred McGriff’s HR against Tommy Greene in Game 2 of the 1993 NLCS. I was sitting in the 700 level in RF and I have a very distinct memory of that ball rising up in the air so high that I could look in a straight line in front of me and see it. Only the 7th ball ever hit to the upper deck of the Vet. John Kruk was quoted after that game saying “Crime Dog killed a family of four out there.”

      Anyway, I digress. Ruf’s ball was absolutely crushed, and it was a pleasure to sit behind home plate and watch its trajectory. I could not believe how high he hit it. I’m certain it reached Route 29. And you’re right, he scalded everything else he hit on Sunday. Was a little disappointed he didn’t get a start last night.

      1. By the way, to add some balance, I saw Ruf play a few times this year. I did not see any home runs, but he always looked good at the plate – very disciplined with excellent plate coverage and outstanding balance. He also was excellent at hitting the ball where it was pitched and not trying to do “too much” with each pitch. I can’t wait to see him play.

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