Box Score Recap – 5/10/2014

J.P. Crawford extends his hitting streak to 11 games, as he went 3-3 with a double and drew another walk to match his season K total. He’s OPSing 1.242 this month thus far, no big deal.

Delmarva, Orioles affiliate in the SAL, has a guy with a familiar last name – Mike Yastrzemski. He is, in fact, Yaz’s grandson, and he was a home run shy of the cycle to help The Shorebirds take down The BlueClaws. Not sure how I missed young Yaz last season in the NYPL. I blame Mitch.

Maikel Franco had a double and drew a walk in the Iron Pigs extra inning loss. He’s now drawn five walks in his last seven games, after drawing just six on the year prior to that point. He’s OPSing .959 in May. Clearly he’s turned the corner from his slow start.

Reading’s game was suspended by rain in the 13th inning. Chris Serritella had three hits, including two doubles. Colton Murray gave up an unearned run and walked two in his AA debut. They’ll finish up that game on Sunday, and I suspect Tyler Knigge will come out for the 13th so as not so burn another pitcher. They’re quickly running out.

And finally, don’t forget to read Jim’s game story from CLR tonight. Good notes there on a couple guys.

Here’s the affiliate Scoreboard from MiLB.


23 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/10/2014

  1. Crawford is hitting the crap out of the ball but he has had an error in like 4 of his last 5 games or something

    1. I tried to give that two thumbs up ,wow that guy gives me some hope. .and im happy to see that Franco is coming around

      1. Nearly one-third of his 42 hits have gone for extra bases, so … yeah, I’m gonna say he’s hit a gap here or there.

  2. I watch the Leigh valley game on tv. Franco showed some nice fielding, but he isn’t ready imo for majors, The kid is really bad on pitch selection, He gets himself out on bad sliders and curves. The hit he got was on a bad pitch, the guy threw him two sliders which he miss badly, then he throws him a fastball belt high down the middle and he singles. Simon and rosin really had nothing, I don’t know if it was just that game, but they really imo aren’t anything to brag about. This draft is a real need for pitching and outfielders, hope they can get some help. The announcers said how the braves have four home grown guys ready now at there triple a team. We really have very little there, no pitching and one or two guys in galvis and Franco. I believe its time to get Crawford up to Clearwater, I know he is young, but some guys just show they can move faster, Some of the real talented kids should be challenge, This kid is just a advanced prospect, and show move faster, not like they handled others,

  3. I agree about Crawford being advanced but I don’t think I’d move him quite yet. I say let him finish May out in LWood and if continues to hit move him up. That’ll be give him 2 solid months there. Plus, at that point Quinn may be ready to come back. Only thing is they may start Quinn in LWood at that point.

    1. Interesting to see JPC batting in the 3 hole. That’s certainly not where he profiles in the long term. Why not leave him at lead-off where he might get more AB’s and can continue working on his base stealing (not that you can’t steal when batting 3rd)? LOVE the way he is hitting the ball.

      1. I’d imagine the idea is to get Tocci ABs. That said … Crawford has seven doubles in his last nine games. He’s clearly driving the ball consistently. Add a little more strength, and he’s an ideal 3-hole hitter.

      2. Maybe they are satisfied with Crawford’s ability to hit with nobody on-base. They may want to see how Tocci hits, with nobody on-base. Crawford is great, but they have to evaluate other prospects as we’ll.

  4. I’m planning a longish comment on Rollin’s remarkable rebound season so far. But a teaser – when one considers the very different run scoring context, his performance this year, projected over a full season, arguably rivals his MVP season. He’ll regress some, for sure, but let’s not forget that the consensus around here juts a couple of months ago was that Galvis was a better choice for shortstop this season.

      1. Ironically not much longer than my comment below arguing against his HoF chances. 🙂 But I wanted to wait until the next general discussion thread to avoid going too far off topic. Oops.

    1. I know it is not popular to mention Rollins and a Hall of fame in the same sentence in front of most Phillies’ fans, but he is going to be right at the edge of the statistical baseline for HOF Shortstops, at the end of next year.
      He is going to make the last year of his contract vest. And unlike Allan Trammel (similar career, not in HOF) Rollins’ numbers haven’t fallen off a cliff after year 14.

      1. His numbers compare favorably to many shortstops in the HoF now…granted some were back awhile in history, like a Pee Wee Reese or Lou Boudreu.
        His glove rates right up close to the best like Ozzie.
        Once he passes Schimtty this year sometime, for the Phillies in all-time hits, he has to be a lock.
        Is there anyone in baseball history who is the all-time hits leader from any team that is not in the HoF?

        1. Let me rephrase that last statement……I do not want to include the newer teams like the Marlins, Rays etal

      2. Let me start by saying that the future is unwritten. It’s possible, albeit unlikely, that he’ll continue his current rebound for 3 or 4 more years, and last season’s seeming rapid decline will seem a bump in the road, before his inevitable final decline. If that’s the case, we’ll be having a very different conversation. That said …
        Despite being one of Rollins’ biggest fans, I don’t think he is – at this point – currently in the conversation. Yes, his raw numbers on a career basis are indeed “going to be right at the edge of the statistical baseline for HOF Shortstops, at the end of next year.” But:

        (1) Some of the guys at or over that baseline probably shouldn’t be in the HOF.
        (2) Most of the guys at or over that baseline have higher “peak” careers.
        (3) Many of the guys at or over the baseline were better defenders.
        (4) Most of the guys at or over the baseline played in a less favorable run environment.

        To just take one example: Trammel wasn’t truly similar, but was much better. His counting stats may look superficially similar (though I would say better even out-of-context – his better on base abilities outweighing Rollins’ greater power), but considering offensive context were much better. Also, while it’s true that he suffered a more rapid decline than Rollins, the flip side of that was a longer/higher peak – which is IMO more important. He was also a better defender, though that was partially outweighed by Rollins’ superior base running. And of course trammel, while he should have gotten in, didn’t.

        Baseball reference com’s “JAWS” system ranks Rollins 35th of all time, quite good but not HOF worthy. He’ll rank higher by the end of his career, but probably not high enough to be a serious candidate. Yes, I know that the voters don’t look at the JAWs numbers, but I think those numbers – in Rollins’ case – reflect what the voters DO look at.

        1. I totally agree. I was going to make a similar point with wRC+ as Rollins has a career 97 mark. The voters won’t look at that but I think they will look at his BA and OBP. And while Rollins has always been considered one of the best SS in the league I don’t think he’s ever really been seen as an elite player. At least, aside from his MVP season. He’ll get some support but ultimately not enough, I think.

          1. And there is a new train of thought among writers that longevity and statistical number accumulation could be a hindrance now to selection. I guess you could call that the ‘Jamie Moyer Effect’.
            So if Jimmy can keep this pace for 3/4 years, then call it a career, it could be in his favor.

        2. Well then you are correct, by all accounts there are 12 shortstops that they rank higher then Rollins who are not in the HoF.There are currently 22 ss in the HoF.
          So at this moment he is not HoF worthy.

        3. If Rollins makes it, I think it will be because he is able to remain a starter for another four or five years after this season and because he is able to accumulate counting stats that the writers won’t be able to ignore. It’s still a long shot, but Rollins is steadily moving up the ladder.

          3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 250 HRs, close to 1,000 XBHs, 500 SBs and very good defense at a premium position is a cinch HOFer.

          By the end of 2015, he should be close to 2,500 hits, over 500 doubles, 225 HRs, and 450 SBs. He already has well over 100 triples.

          Will Rollins then have another 500 hits, 100 doubles, 25 HRs and 50 SBs in his tank?

          He should be able to get a two-year deal as a starting SS after 2015, just not with the Phillies. Rollins will need to perform well enough offensively and defensively in 2016 and 2017 to hold onto his starting job. He’ll then probably need close to two more years as a starter after that to get to 3,000 hits. It’s a long shot.

      1. Well consensus was perhaps an exaggeration. But I would say that somewhere between a large minority and a small majority of commenters on this site argued as much. (That is, of people who ventured an opinion – maybe there is a selection bias as perhaps many of Rollins’ supporters didn’t comment.) Including several knowledgeable commenters. The argument went like this:

        (a) As a hitter, Galvis caught up with Rollins last year (or almost did), and, given age profiles, would likely pass him this year.
        (b) Galvis is a better defender, maybe a lot better given Rollins’ decline.
        (c) Any base running advantage that Rollins had was small,, declining, and not enough to outweigh Galvis’ advantages.

        Now, this isn’t really an “I told you so” post. I even somewhat bought into the argument, albeit only to the extent of arguing that Rollins likely would be somewhat, but not dramatically better. Where did we go wrong?

        (1) Placing too much weight on aging profiles. Often the opposite is the case (I’m looking at you, Reuben Amaro), but in this case we didn’t fully appreciate the fact that aging curves aren’t destiny.
        (2) Even apart from aging curves, probably somewhat over valuing Galvis.
        (3) Both of those enhanced by “luck” – that is, Rollins is going to regress somewhat from where he is now, Galvis is better than his SSS performance indicates.

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