Hot or Not

The attention this week should go to the relief pitchers who put on quite a show during the time period of May 22-28.  Tyler Knigge is making people notice once again, while Kenny Giles simply keeps doing what he does.  Colton Murray, who spent a bit of time at High A before promotion, has had an outstanding start for Reading…Samuel Hiciano is taking the attention away from the other, higher ranked prospects in the Lakewood OF simply by performance…Cameron Rupp has been really struggling since his return from the oblique injury, while Brian Pointer remains consistently on the Not Hot list….I intend not to waste another word discussing Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez.

Hot Hitters: (MIN 13 AB’s): KC Serna (.400, 7R HR 4RBI, AB); Samuel Hiciano (.370, 2HR 4RBI); Deivi Gruillon (.357); Everett Williams (.357, 4RBI); Cameron Perkins (.345, 3R, HR, 6RBI); Ronny Cedeno (.341, 5RBI); JP Crawford (.333, 3R, 3RBI, SB); Tyler Henson (.333)

Not Hot Hitters:Malquin Canelo (.000, 0-13); Brian Pointer (.071); Andrew Knapp (.118); Cameron Rupp (.136); Addison Maruszak (.143); Nick Ferdinand (.143);  Roman Quinn (.150); Carlos Alonson (.154) Chris Serritella (.167); CHris Swauger (.176);Albert Cartwright (.179)

Hot Starters:Drew Anderson (6IP 4H 0ER 3BB 7K); Ryan Demmin (5IP 3H 0ER 0BB 7K); Chris Bootcheck (5IP 5H 0ER 2BB 3K); Ranfi Casimiro (5IP 3H 0ER 2BB 2K); Sean O’Sullivan (6IP 3H 1ER 2BB 1K); Adam Loewen (6IP 4H 2ER 2BB 5K); Perci Garner (6IP 7H 2R 0ER 2BB 2K);

Not Hot Starters: Michael Nesseth (1.2IP 7H 6ER 2BB 2K); Brad Lincoln (6.1IP 17H 11ER 1BB 7K); Ethan Stewart (3.1IP 8H 6ER 2BB 3K);  Alejandro Arteaga (3.2IP 11H 6ER 1BB 2K); Miguel Gonzalez (2IP 4H 2ER 2BB 1K); Mark Leiter (10IP 13H 8ER 4BB 11K)

Hot Relievers: Tyler Knigge (6IP 5H 0ER 1BB 6K); Ryan O’Sullivan (5.2IP 3H 0ER 0BB 4K); Kenny Giles (4.2IP 2H 0ER 0BB 3K, SV) Phillippe Aumont (5.1IP 2H 0ER 2BB 7K); Colton Murray (4.1IP 5H 0ER 1BB 3K); Julio Reyes (4.1IP 1H 0ER 1BB 1K); Dan Child (4.1IP 3H 0ER 1BB 1K); Yacksel Rios (5IP 2H 0ER 3BB 5K); Cody Forsythe (2.2IP 3H 0ER 1BB 3K, 2SV); Lee Ridenhour (6IP 2H 1ER 0BB 7K);  . Honorable Mention: Guth, Jiminez

Not Hot Relievers: Delvi Francisco (1.2IP 2H 8ER 6BB 2K); Kyle Simon (4IP 7H 5ER 2BB 1K);Kevin Walter (5IP 8H 6ER 2BB 1K);  Lino Martinez (2.2IP 3H 2ER 3BB 2K); Miguel Nunez (5.1IP 7H 4ER), Jeremy Horst (4.1IP 5H 4ER 5BB 2K);

22 thoughts on “Hot or Not

  1. Still surprised that Pointer never turned that sweet swing into any sort of production whatsoever but now even I’m ready to admit its not going to happen.

    J.P. Crawford hits .333 for the week and his average goes DOWN. The dude is awesome and I’m really looking forward to later in the summer when he’s pushed up to High-A.

    1. Another sweet swinging player who seems to be heading in the wrong direction is.Mitch Walding

    2. Crawford rocks – he’s the number one prospect for me by quite some distance.

      I’ve been a fan of Hiciano since last year, so I’m on board with him – he’d definitely be in my top 20 now, probably just edging past Cozens by a little bit, but not as high as Pullin (due to positional issues) or Grullon (very encouraging debut thus far). I think Hiciano’s walk numbers will normalize – he’s always taken his fair share of walks. But I’m intrigued by Hiciano.

  2. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez – what happens what the Phillies’ “crack” scouting team and “expert” medical team get together and recommend a prospect to the Phillies’ “sophisticated” management team. Yikes!!!!

    1. Well kudos to the finance guys, saving money when they renegotiated with his agent and him last summer.
      MAG could still come thru…….perhaps they should try TJ and wait for next year!

    2. I seem to recall everybody saying that even if MAG doesn’t work out, at least the Phils were willing to spend money for a big time int’l free agent. I’m still of that mindset, and I just hope this doesn’t make them gunshy in the future.

      1. I like that they spent money, but it’s certainly open for debate whether they spent it wisely and did their due diligence correctly. What I’m most concerned about is that, when the Phillies half-heartedly try to do something new and fail, the lesson they take away is that they better not take those types of risks again. That’s what worriest me the most and, given their track record, it’s a legitimate concern.

        1. They did the same thing with the two Korean pitchers about 12 years ago…Lee and Park????………and then went silent-mode for a decade.
          What strikes me as strange….why take risks on pitchers!
          They took a risk on MAG, but then Ruben shies away from Soler, Puig and Cespedes because of whatever reasons.
          As one scout said….pitchers are not even prospects…too many things can go haywire on them in a matter of their development.

          1. MAG may indeed turn into classic Phillies jumping onboard something and wasting money just because they’re extremely late to the party.

            All of a sudden seeing all these Cuban players making an impact so they jump onto MAG when it appears not very many other teams were in the same neighborhood as the Phillies.

            That overreact was there with those Korean signings coming after other teams had started having success in Asia and Phillies feeling a need to get on the ship.

    3. This comment was meant to be funny, not an indictment of their desire to spend money and obtain better players.

  3. Six of the 11 “Not Hot Hitters”, 2 of the 6 “Not Hot Starters”, and 3 of the 6 “Not Hot Relievers” are on the Threshers’ roster. Expalins a lot, I guess.

  4. What’s most impressive about Giles is he went the whole week without a walk. I’d say another good week or two and he should be in the major league bullpen.

      1. Good point, although Giles is allowing fewer baserunners than Martin so far at AAA. I think there should be room for both of them in the bullpen, given its performance. Maybe Martin takes over the Manship role to begin with (since he has experience starting/going multiple innings) and Giles replaces one of the fungible bench guys (Ruf, Hernandez, Brigniac) when Asche comes back from the DL. I think the bench is a bit heavy, because Ruf effectively replaced Garcia right?

        If you replace Manship with a healthy Martin and bullpen slot formerly occupied by Garcia with Giles, this bullpen looks a lot better on paper. Of course, it looked deep on paper before the season, and that has not worked out so well.

        1. Also could send Hollands or defratus down … I agree bullpen would look alot better with both Martin and Giles

        2. As soon as I wrote this, Giles had a fairly crappy outing today: 2 hits, 2 walks, and a runner thrown out at the plate to end the inning. I’m going to stop saying nice things about people, it is clearly working against them.

  5. May need to change the requirements for “hot” when it comes to Perkins and Crawford. It is now almost two months in, a week in the .330-.350 range is par for the course… Or do we prefer just another day(week) at the park?

      1. Dugan, like Biddle, seems to attract calamities.
        Perkins has to get hit by a ball and fracture a bone of some sort, to incur a DL stint.

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