Cam Perkins went 2-4 with 2Ks. He’s been scuffling since his call up, OPSing just .558 at AAA. Hector Neris and Jose Garcia pitched three scoreless innings to close out the Pigs win. Aaron Altherr was 2-5 with a double for Reading. Kelly Dugan left that game after a play down the right field line that Carlos Alonso fielded. Not sure what happened as I wasn’t watching the game. Anyone see it?
Roman Quinn and JP Crawford each walked twice, and Quinn stole two bases and had an outfield assist. Art Charles and Brian Pointer went deep – Pointer’s on a nice stream right now, OPSing .955 over his last ten games. He’s been known to be streaky, so we’ll see how cool he gets after the hotness wears off. MAG pitched an inning out of the CLR bullpen tonight, which makes you wonder if that’s what they’re plan is for him the rest of the year. Could be.
Malquin Canelo was 4-4 for Lakewood, and Jesen Therrien pitched three scoreless innings out of the pen. Cord Sandberg hit in his eight straight game dating back to the last game of 2013. He’s got a pair of home runs on the year now after hitting just two all year last summer in GCL. David Whitehead pitched well in the follow-up to his remarkable pro debut last weekend.
And the GCL season kicked off, with Damek Tomscha hitting his first pro home run and Olvy Marte getting on base three times. Larry Greene was 1-4 with 3ks on his rehab assignment, I think it was Jay Floyd who first reported Greene was going to have surgery, but I guess that didn’t happen. Matt Hockenberry and Brandon Liebrandt worked 5.2 scoreless innings and struck out seven. College starters throwing strikes.
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The Threshers beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 6-5 to even their record at 1-1 in the second half of the FSL North Division. During the game a top prospect reached base for the first time in his FSL career, a refugee rehabber took the mound for the first time in a few weeks, a batter was called out on rare type of interference call on a strike out, and the game ended on a rare double play on a single to the outfield. Continue reading Threshers reach .500!!! June 20, 2014
The GCL Phillies opened with a 7-3 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays. Luis Morales got the start and pitched 3.1 innings. Matt Hockenberry pitched 2.2 innings and got the win. Brandon Liebrandt pitched the final 3 innings and got the save.
I got to the field a little late and saw that Chris King (StatsKing) from BP was in the tower scoring the game, so I didn’t bother to score it myself, just took notes.
The roster that was posted this morning included 19 pitchers (No Aaron Nola) , 3 catchers (including Jake Sweaney), 8 infielders, and 4 outfielders (including 2 who had been injured all of XST – Carlos Duran and Gustavo Martinez). The first thing I did was take role. Everybody who was listed on the roster was in attendance. So was Larry Greene, who was rehabbing in left field. Aaron Nola was in uniform and on the bench. More on Nola later. Continue reading GCL Phillies; June 20, 2014
A look at starting pitching around the system. Some good, more bad, a few ugly. Next up, relievers.
Chris Bootcheck, 35, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 6 starts; 2-3 with a 4.09ERA; 33IP 31H 14BB 19K; 4HR allowed; 0.79 GO/AO; .252 opp. avg; 1.36WHIP; 3.8BB/5.1K per nine; .179 vs. LHH; .313 vs. RHH; .111 with RISP. Bootcheck has been pitched fairly well since coming off the DL in late June. He is a capable innings eater that knows how to pitch.
Barry Enright, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 14 starts; 3-6 with a 4.77ERA; 77.1IP 88H 22BB 45K; 15HR allowed; 0.80 GO/AO; .283 opp avg; 1.42WHIP; 2.6BB/5.2K per 9; .252 vs. LHH; .318 vs. RHH, .288 with RISP. Enright throws strikes but they are often hit for homers. Simply has to allow far fewer gopher balls.
Brad Lincoln, 29, Acquired from Toronto in 2013; 14 games (9 starts); 4-3 with a 4.24 ERA; 51IP 50H 21BB 47K; 4 HR allowed; 0.76 GO/AO; .254 opp. avg; 1.39WHIP; 3.7BB/8.3K per nine; .302 vs. LHH, .208 vs. RHH, .270 with RISP; 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in 4 June starts. Lincoln just came off three starts where he did not allow an earned run and has been throwing very well as of late. WIth the lack of depth the Phils currently have, I would put Lincoln as the first call up if there were an injury to a Phillies starter at this stage. Continue reading Around the System–Starting Pitchers
Rosters out…first game is today. Still looking for Aaron Nola(expect him on Clearwater’s roster by July 1). Quite a few pitchers who should eat up the GCL and expect Jake Sweaney in CF, converted from his catching position.
Catchers: Joel Fisher, Gregori Rivero; Jake Sweaney
Infield: William Cuicas; Grenny CUmana; Luis Encarnacion; Olvy Marte, Jesus Posso; Damek Tomscha, Trey WIlliams, Tim Zier
Outfield: Gustavo Martinez; Carlos Duran, Chase Harris, Jose Pujols
Pitchers: Francibel Alejo; Lewis Alezones; Austin Davis; Jacques Du Gruy; Seranthony Dominguez; Jared Fisher; Scott Harris; Matt Hockenberry; Matt Imhof; Denton Keys; Brandon Leibrandt; Franklyn Kilome; Sam McWilliams; ANgel Mejia; Luis Morales; Chris Oliver; Edubray Ramos; Matt Southard; Gregorio Santos
Jim had a nice write-up of JP Crawford’s not-amazing Clearwater debut – give it a look. He talked a good bit about Roman Quinn’s defense as well, which sounded really encouraging.
Seth Rosin’s been good at AA – too bad he’s repeating that level after not making it at AAA, (and MLB, though you can’t blame him for that). Hopefully this success is a precursor to him going back to AAA and hopefully turning into a useful bullpen arm that he seemed on track to be before The Phils acquired him and tried him in the rotation.
Newly-signed Aaron Brown led the way for WIL with three hits and a steal as the Cutters knocked off former Phils farmhand Marek Minarek. Cord Sandberg continued his hitting streak – it’s eight games if you include the last game of 2013. Which I’m willing to do because no one has told me I can’t. I may have been willing anyway. I’m a rebel like that.
Carlos Tocci had two singles and Zach Green was 2-3 with a walk, a double and his first 2014 home run, but The Blueclaws couldn’t get anything else on the board in support of a fine start from Mark Leiter Jr. He’s had two pretty dominant starts in a row, setting down 16 by strikeout while allowing just nine hits in 14.1 innings. Andrew Knapp left that game in the bottom of the sixth – it’s unclear why from the recap, but you just hope it isn’t related to the surgically repaired elbow he’s just starting to use at full speed again. He was involved in a game-speed throw in the fifth that pegged a runner at second after a late throw home. Maybe that or when he was caught stealing in the fourth. Hopefully we’ll get more info on that later today.
Speaking of later today – The Gulf Coast League kicks off at noon today. @statsking says he’s been asked to embargo the roster until 11am, so we’ll have to wait until then. The glut of college draftees is really going to clutter up the GCL this year, I fear. Not sure I’m happy about that – could lead to a lot of guys too often sitting on their hands until Instructs.
Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/19/2014