GCL, FSL, and Biddle; August 13, 2014

I attended my first GCL game in several weeks today.  Denton Keys pitched a solid 5 innings against the GCL Pirates.  He scattered 5 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter allowing 2 runs, only one of them earned.  The defense was a little shaky all day.  The 3 errors charged were a little generous.  A couple more could have been charged.

Austin Davis and undrafted free agent Kyle Bogese combined to pitch the final 4 innings.  Davis allowed 3 hits in 2.1 innings but was aided by a pick off and a caught stealing.  Bogese got the win with 1.2 innings of no-hit ball.  Each reliever recorded 3 strikes out.  The Phillies won 3-2.

Although no-hit until Jose Pujols singled in the 5th inning, the Phillies hit some balls hard and made the most of their 6 hits.

GCL game notes –

  • Venn Biter was hitless but made solid contact on 2 line drives to the outfield.
  • In addition to his single, Pujols was also retired on a deep fly ball to left center.
  • Olvy Marte gapped a double and drove in a run.
  • William Cuicas had 2 hits, one a ground rule double that landed on the warning track and bounced over the right field fence.
  • Cuicas also scored twice, and drove in a run.
  • Damek Tomscha provided a go-ahead, RBI single.
  • Marte was awarded a steal of third base on a wild pitch but was out trying to score on the same play.
  • Luis Encarnacion just turned 17.  He looks shaky at first base, bad fielding error in the second inning.
  • Chace Numata threw out 2 would-be base stealers, box score says three.
  • Davis picked off a base runner, 1-3-6.  (They gave the battery of Davis/Numata credit for the caught stealing.  Is that correct?  If so, that would be the third caught stealing.)
  • The Pirates play their outfield defense very shallow.  Took a couple hits away from Phillies.
  • I haven’t seen these guys in a while.  Pujols looks a little bit bigger.  Keys looks like he’s filled out a little, too.

The Threshers took on the Dunedin Blue Jays in the evening.  Miguel Nunez pitched into the 6th inning.  His line was – 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.

Nunez pitched into and out of trouble in the first.  He walked 2 batters, but got out of the inning without allowing a run.  He pitched better through the next 3 innings,  before giving up 2 runs each in the 4th and 6th innings.  He had two 20-plus pitch innings and began the 6th inning having thrown over 90 pitches.  Lee “Rocket Arm” Ridenhour came on to end the rally, recording 2 strike outs in 1.2 innings.  Lino Martinez allowed one hit, a home run, in 2 innings and struck out 3 batters.

Threshers’ game notes –

  • Roman Quinn hit his 5th home run of the season to break a 2-2 tie in the 5th inning.
  • Brandon Short hit a game-tying 2-run home run in the 8th inning.
  • Chris Serritella and Gabriel Lino had RBI hits to give the Threshers an early lead.
  • J.P. Crawford had the night off.
  • Serritella and Brian Pointer had 2-hit games.
  • Ulises Joaquin gave up 4 runs in the 10th inning as the Jays defeated the Threshers 9 to 5.

An odd play occured with one out in the 10th and runners on the corners.  Marcus Knecht took off for second on the pitch and Lino threw to second.  Second baseman, Angelo Mora, cut the ball off in front of the base, ignored the runner approaching second, allowed the steal, and pumped toward third.  But, he had the runner on third, Dwight Smith Jr., in full view the whole play and Smith showed no inclination to break for home.  I’m sure of this because my attention focused on Smith when Lino released the ball.  With the infield drawn in, the batter hit the next pitch past third baseman Harold Martinez, driving in two go-ahead runs.  The next batter hit his first homer of the season.  Seemed like Joaquin let Mora’s play affect him.

Jesse Biddle was scheduled to pitch for the Threshers this Monday, however, the Phillies released a statemant that Biddle will pitch for Reading on Saturday.


16 thoughts on “GCL, FSL, and Biddle; August 13, 2014

  1. I love your first hand reports. Really gives a unique perspective. There is so much you see when at the game that you don’t see in the box scores.

    I wish Jessie the best of luck. IMO it is too quick to move him up. Especially after a 5 walk in 5 ip game. But we’ll see how it goes. Go get ’em kid!

    1. You and I seem to be on the same page with Biddle. And, for me, it wasn’t so I could watch him pitch again. His 3 remaining starts down here were all likely to be on the road.

  2. A little susprised Biddle got bumped up after that game but I guess Phils figure there’s only a few weeks left. May as well see what happens. Hopefully, Biddle gives them reason to move him to AAA next year. Not sure if they’d send him to Reading for a 3rd straight year either way.

    1. I believe you bump a player for two reasons:
      1. Mastery of a level (see JPC)
      2. Org filler and need bodies at a higher level.

      Service time at a specific level for anyone who is a legit prospect should have no impact on that decision IMO.

      1. there is another reason and that is they were rehabbing and now feel healthy and need to moved back to their original level or it will be viewed as a demotion. Which can be just as bad for their mental development.

        1. if a player goes in the tank because he gets demoted, rather than respond to the challenge, then that player will NEVER be successful as an MLB player. Every professional faces tough times. Only the mentally strong, the ones who attack, will make it.

          1. Technically, there may be exceptions to that rule that I am aware of…Roy Halladay’s 2000 season when he was demoted to AAA after a horrendous start with the Jays that year,and still struggled mightily at AAA thru that season. He started 2001 in A ball and climbed all the way back. Not sure what you mean ‘going into the tank’. Some players take a few more season, like a Brandon Moss, Ryan Vogelsong, or a Jason Grilli.

            1. by “go in the tank” i mean mentally. the comment above mine was about getting demoted being bad mentally. and if that’s the case, then the player is weak mentally and will never make it. Halladay is the exact opposite. He attacked his demotion and showed his mental strength.

          2. Right and i am not saying that will lend him to the tank but you are forgetting that these guys have expectations in their mind and when they are not met they tend to slack off. This is because they are not being challenged in their own mind. This is why you move up a Tocci even though he has not “mastered” it yet. If he were to repeat the level next year you lose him mentally and that is not because he is weak mentally just a natural reaction to disappointment.

            1. not sure how much sports you played, but i think that is exactly the opposite of how athletes think. winners like to dominate. they try to dominate any challenge in front of them. if they “slack” off then they are not winners. that’s how great athletes act IMO.

    1. I’m not sure anyone on this site would disagree with you. They have been playing Astudillo all over the place. He’s played C, 1B and now they’re trying him in LF. If they can find a position for him, his bat looks like it’s ready for much higher levels. I believe they are sending him to Fall Instructs so they want to find him a position.

  3. Cuicas is a guy I’ve been looking at lately. The 19 year old is hitting .311 on the season and .583 in his last 10 games. He spent 2 years in the VSL and looks to be more of a hitter than slick fielder but I don’t see him so I can’t say for sure. He has played 3 infield positions (2B, SS, 3B). He gets on base a lot and I love saying his name. You probably say it like your stepping on a squeaky toy.

    1. Yeah, he’s more of a hitter. Playing SS on Wednesday, he had 2 of the 3 fielding errors charged. And it seemed everyone took a turn pulling Encarnacion off first with horrid throws that weren’t charged. Cuicas had another solid day at the plate today in Bradenton, 2-3 with a 2B and 3 RBI I think. He played 3B today.

  4. Why is it that no one is talking about Grenny Cumana? He’s an 18 year old ss hitting .338 in the GCL. I know he’s small (only 5ft 5in) but it looks like he can really hit.

    1. Presumably because no one knows much about him from a scouting point of view, he’s very small and he’s been hurt some this year. I’ve been paying attention since his VSL debut last year and he’s one of my favorite prospects to root for. He has some speed and a solid arm too (so I’ve read on twitter).

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