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Crawford Debuts with Threshers; June 19, 2014

Charlie Manuel and Dallas Green were in the stands when JP Crawford made his long awaited debut with the Clearwater Threshers Thursday evening in Dunedin.  It was not a performance he, or they, will want to remember.  JP went 0 for 4 with 3 strike outs.  He also commited 2 fielding errors.

Crawford’s first chance came in the second inning when he was the pivot for a 4-6-3 double play.  His next 2 chances came with 2 outs in the third inning.  Dwight Smith Jr., rolled a ground ball slowly toward short.  Crafword charged to get the speedy Smith, but didn’t get his glove down and the ball rolled under it.  The next batter popped up to left toward the line.  The left fielder, Brian Short, should have taken charge.  Instead, he let Crawford attempt the catch.  Looking back into the sun with his body contorted Crawford saw the ball pop out of his glove for his second error.

Crawford’s next chance didn’t occur until the eighth inning.  With one out and a runner on first, he bobbled a double play ball but recovered to get the force at second.  His last chance came in the ninth inning with the score tied, one out, and a runner on first.  The runner broke for second and the batter hit a ball to second baseman KC Serna.  He fielded the ball and threw to Crawford at the second base bag.  Crawford, the runner, and the ball all arrived at the same time.  Crawford accepted the toss and completed the throw to first to get the batter.  This play had the potential to be a train wreck.  That the base ump ruled the runner safe at second shows how close they came to a collision.  But Crawford hung in there to make the catch and relay the throw to first.  A single to shallow center by the next batter ended the game.

Roman Quinn had a good defensive game.  In the first inning, he covered a lot of ground into left center to take a fly ball away from Short.  The next batter tripled on the same trajectory but much deeper.  Quinn closed ground again but pulled up to field the carom off the wall when he realized he wouldn’t get to the ball.  He made a strong throw in to the cut off man, on the fly, no bounce.  His second chance was a routine fly ball in the fifth inning.  His next chance came in the eighth inning on a drive to  deep right center field.  Quinn ran it down on the warning track as he approached the wall.  In the ninth he fielded the game winning single and attempted to throw home.  The runner had too good a jump and scored standing up.  Quinn’s throw was late, but that didn’t matter.  What I did notice was that it was considerably off line.  I think he was just trying to put extra on a throw that had no chance of getting the runner.

Matt Boyd pitched for the Jays.  He owned the Threshers earlier this year.  In two starts, he shut them out over 15 innings allowing 7 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 17.  After his 8 inning, 2-hit, 12 K effort against the Threshers on April 25th, Boyd was called up to AA.  So, he’s back in the FSL and starting the second half.  Tonight, the Threshers hit him pretty good.  He was pulled after facing 2 batters in the 5th inning.  He had allowed 7 hits, 3 runs (1 earned), 2 walks, while striking out six.

Most of the offense came from the bottom of the order.  Harold Martinez went 3-4 with 2 runs scored.  Gabriel Lino went 2-4.  Brian Pointer went 4-4 with a double, 2 RBIs, and a run scored.  Quinn went 2-3 from the leadoff spot and went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI.  He had an infield single and a ground ball up the middle that tied the game.

Miguel Nunez started and pitched well for 6 innings allowing 3 hits and a walk.  He came undone in the 7th inning.  He left with a 3-2 lead and 2 runners on base.  Ramon Oviedo came in and retired 2 conscutive batters to end the inning – but not until after  a sac bunt, intentional walk (after he threw 3 consecutive balls), infield single, and single allowed the 2 inherited runners to score.

When are these kids going to learn not to walk batters.  Nunez started the 7th with a walk.  Dan Child, who started the 9th inning, walked his second batter.  Both walks scored.  I can’t wait to see if Nola’s control carries over from college.

GCL starts tomorrow at noon in Dunedin.  Threshers/Jays continue their series in Clearwater Friday night.  Hunks of Funk and Black Honkeys in concert after the game.


2014 Draft Pool Complete

Jon Mayo reported today that 3rd Round Pick Aaron Brown has signed for a good bit over slot, $750,000. This completes the Bonus Pool for the first ten rounds, and gives us a pretty good idea what The Phillies have to spend on the rest of their picks. I’ve updated the Draft Tracker, and you can take a quick look at what we know below if you haven’t been following closely. There’s more analysis after the jump…and click the graphic to make it, you know, readable.

Draft Tracker 2014

The long and short of it is this – The Phils have a total of $111,400 to spend over the $100k they’re allotted for any pick after Round 10. So they could give someone $211,400, and be limited to $100,000 each for any or all of the rest of the picks. Continue reading 2014 Draft Pool Complete

Box Score Recap – 6/18/2014

Cameron Rupp went 2-4 with two doubles and Cody Asche was 2-3 with a home run for Lehigh Valley. Rupp could have really stood to string together a couple multi-hit games in a row for the betterment of his offensive game, but he may be derailed from that for a bit. I imagine he won’t argue with a call-up – his brother sent him Twitter congrats last night for going back to the bigs. I guess that’s a pretty good source, even though it sounded late last night like Wil Nieves was planning to reevaluate today. I suppose Rupp could be on his way to St. Louis and get turned around if Nieves is actually ok. We should know in a few hours.

All nine R-Phils were on base, eight by hit and Logan Moore drew a walk. Zach Collier hit his first home run of the year, and Jesse Biddle worked through early trouble to put up a decent start – he threw 63% for strikes, which is almost halfway between really not good (<60%) and good (>2/3), so I’ll call it “meh”. Marginally ok. He allowed two home runs among the four hits and three walks he served up, while striking out five in seven innings.

J.P. Crawford’s A+ debut was rained out, and Lakewood was on the last day of their All-Star Break, while Williamsport needed 11 innings to beat Jamestown. Aaron Brown debuted with a 1-4, Cord Sandberg continued his season-long hitting streak and Jia Tromp went 4-5 with a double. He’s outclassing the league. Maybe someone can move up to A+ from Lakewood to get him time on the field there, but who that would be remains a question. I’d say pushing either Cozens or Tocci seems unwise right now, but Hiciano has probably proven himself enough at the plate, so maybe that would work. I’d guess they won’t do that for a couple weeks now that they’ve sent Tromp to WIL, but they could push it whenever if they really want to.

And in all the Jesus Alastre talk, I’ve kind of ignored Luis Mendoza, but the 17-year-old outfielder is OPSing .844 in nine June games and close to .700 on the year now. You’ll see below that I included a stat view of Manny Chavez, Phillies guy on loan to the Mexican League. Keeping in mind he’s never pitched stateside, and he’s facing lineups that include guys like Jake Fox, Chris Roberson and many former high-level minor leaguers and mostly-cup-of-coffee major leaguers, (plus Willy Taveras), this assignment is a huge test for him. Seeing how he handles himself after a couple bad outings like he’s had recently could tell us a lot about where he stands right now. I’ll try to remember to check back in a few weeks.

Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/18/2014

Hot or Not

A look back at the 6/12-6/18 time frame…David Whitehead is the story of the week with 6 no hit innings in his first start off TJ surgery, great to see…Jiandido Tromp is doing everything he can to show the Phils they made a mistake sending him backwards to Williamsport…Carlos Tocci with several hot weeks in a row…After a hot start for Lehigh Valley, the last two weeks have landed Cameron Perkins on the not hot list …Hoby Milner is quietly putting up a very solid half season of work in Reading…Luis Garcia adds 4 saves this week to his resume which includes having allowed nary an ER this year in AAA…As he knows, big difference in the bigs…Exciting week of baseball for Cord Sandberg who showed each of his five tools.

Hot Hitters:Peter Lavin (.471, 4R HR 3RBI, 2SB); Jiandido Tromp (.450, 4R 2HR 6RBI, 2SB); Jake Fox(.429, 4R 3HR 8RBI);  Andrew Pullin (.400, 4R); Carlos Tocci (.400); Cord Sandberg (.370, 6R HR 6RBI, SB); Steve Susdorf (.364); Andrew Knapp (.357); Albert Cartwright (.333)

Not Hot Hitters: Drew Stankiewicz (000, 0-12); Cameron Perkins (.083); KC Serna (.133); Cameron Rupp (.143); Tyler Henson (.143); Chris Serritella (.154); Malquin Canelo (.154); JP Crawford (.167); Rhys Hoskins (.167); Delvi Gruillon (.176) Continue reading Hot or Not