Florida Instructional League Game #12; 10/6/2014

Monday afternoon, the Phillies played the Blue Jays at Bright House Field. The weather was as comfortable as we’ve seen down here in a while, and the game was among the best pitched so far this fall. The Phillies came back to win 2-1. The line up/box score/write up –

  • Pos; Player:                             H-AB,   Results
  • 2B; Grenny Cumana:             1-2,     single, HBP, caught stealing twice
  • LF/DH; Bryan Martelo:          0-3,     BB, 2 K
  • DH/LF; Willians Astudillo:    1-3,     single, K, run scored
  • 1B; Rhys Hoskins:                    1-3,    double, RBI
  • C; Chace Numata:                   1-1,     single, BB
  •                    C; Joel Fisher:         0-2,    2 K
  • CF; Carlos Duran:                     0-2,    BB, run scored, 2 DP
  • RF; Jesus Alastre:                     1-3,    single, stolen base
  • 3B; Jan Hernandez:                 1-3,    single, run scored
  • SS/DH; Jonathan Arauz:        0-3,    2 K
  • DH/SS; Daniel Brito:                0-3,    K


  • Pitcher:                  Fastball,                   Strike/Ball;     Stats
  • Ricardo Pinto:     91-92 mph fastball,   25/12;    3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, HBP
  • Edubray Ramos: 92 mph fastball,         13/2;       2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, HR
  • Chris Oliver:          90-92 mph fastball,   22/5;       2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Nick Rodesky:      91-93 mph fastball,   16/6;       2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

As expected a 2-1 game featured good pitching. Not only were the pitchers at 91-92 with most of their fastballs, but they were able to throw them and their other offerings for strikes. Of the total 101 pitches thrown by the Phillies, 76 were thrown for strikes. The staff scattered 7 hits and only walked one batter. Two Blue Jays reached on errors by shortstop Daniel Brito and Ricardo Pinto did hit one batter. But the Jays only managed their one run on a home run off Edubray Ramos in the fifth inning.

Inning-by-inning recap –

  1. Ricardo Pinto started the first inning in the low 90s and induced a come-backer by the leadoff batter. Having established fastball, he got the next batter on a soft fly ball to center on an off speed pitch. He surrendered a 7-pitch walk and line drive single to center before getting the next batter on a ground ball to third.
  2. Pinto was better in the second inning, getting 2 outs on 4 pitches – a strike out and another soft fly to center. He threw consecutive 93 mph fastballs to the next batter, hitting him with the second. The batter was helped off the field with a leg injury. Grenny Cumana, the Phillies leadoff hitter had been hit in the bottom of the first on a 3-0 pitch. The umpire warned both benches, stating that he wanted to “stop this before it gets out of hand”. Pinto retired the next guy on another soft fly to center.
  3. Pinto had thrown 17 pitches in the first and 8 in the second. He was sent out for the third inning and appeared to be even stronger, striking out the side on a variety of pitches. He only needed 12 to get through the inning. All 4 of his strike outs were of the swing-and-miss variety. He had a remarkable strike-to-ball ratio of 25/12 and only needed 37 pitches in his 3 innings.
  4. Edubray Ramos came on in the third inning. He needed only 7 pitches, 6 strikes, to record 3 outs on a ground ball to third, fly ball to right, and an infield pop up. Ramos’ fastball was at 92 mph and his off speed pitch was at 83 mph, consistently through both of his innings.
  5. Ramos needed 8 pitches to get through the fifth, unfortunately one of them ended up in front of the Oakley sign on the right field berm. Prior to the home run, he had retired the leadoff batter on a ground ball to first. After the home run he allowed a bloop single over the second baseman. Ramos ended the inning with a double play ground ball to second. Ramos needed only 15 pitches to get through his 2 innings. He posted an even more remarkable strike-to-ball ratio of 13/2.
  6. Chris Oliver pitched the sixth inning. He got the first batter on a fly ball to right. The next batter bunted and Oliver pounced on the ball. His throw looked like it would have beat the runner but Rhys Hopkins came off the bag to make sure he caught the low throw. The next pitch resulted in a ground ball single up the middle. The next batter chopped a ball to Oliver who took the force out at third rather than try for a double play, probably the right decision. It took him 9 pitches to get the third out on a fly ball to right.
  7. Oliver had needed 18 pitches to get through the sixth; he needed only half that number to get through the seventh inning. The first batter reached on a first pitch ground ball to shortstop, Daniel Brito. His high throw pulled Hoskins off the bag. Somehow, the batter missed the bag but was able to get back before Hoskins could apply a tag. The runner stole second, but then inexplicably tried to steal third. He broke way too soon and Oliver tossed the ball to Jan Hernandez to apply the tag. Oliver finished strong with two strike outs. He threw 27 pitches and posted another remarkable a strike-to-ball ratio of 22/5.
  8. Nick Rodesky came on to pitch the last two innings. He faced 5 batters and threw only ten pitches in an eventful eighth inning. The first batter reached on a throwing error by Brito. The next pitch was lined into left field to put runners on first and second. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third. With the infield in, the next pitch was hit to Jan Hernandez at third. He grabbed the ball and ran at the runner off third who was caught in no man’s land. Hernandez forced him to commit early and quickly got the out at the plate. With runners on the corner, Rodesky induced a come backer to record the third out.
  9. The ninth inning started with a ground single up the middle. Cumana showed great range, gloving the ball behind second. He showed even greater instincts when he didn’t try for a hero throw to first. After a 6-pitch strike out, the runner was caught stealing. A ground ball to first ended the game. Rodesky threw 22 pitches in his two innings. His strike-to-ball ratio was 16/6.

The Blue Jays staff also pitched well. They held the Phillies hitless until the fifth inning. The Phillies did manage to get runners on base in seven of the nine innings (the Jays got an inning of work for one of their pitchers in the bottom of the ninth).

  1. Grenny Cumana was hit by a pitched ball to leadoff in the first but was caught stealing. Bryan Martelo struck out and Willians Astudillo popped out.
  2. In the second, Rhys Hoskins grounded out sharply to third. Chace Numata drew a walk but was erased on the first of Carlos Duran’s two double plays.
  3. The Phillies went 1-2-3 in the third inning. Jesus Alastre grounded out to second, Jan Hernandez popped out, and Jonathan Arauz struck out.
  4. Daniel Brito flew out to left to start the fourth inning. Cumana popped out and Martelo walked on four pitches. Astudillo struck out to end the inning.
  5. Trailing 1-0, Hoskins led off the fifth inning with another ground ball to third. He got a bad call early in the count and was put on the defensive throughout the at bat. Numata flared a single over the third baseman into left field but was erased on Duran’s second double play ball.
  6. Alastre lined a single to center to start the sixth inning. He stole second during Hernandez’ at bat. Hernandez successfully bunted Alastre to third but was ruled to have been outside of the batter’s box and called out. Alastre returned to second as Shawn Williams lost the argument with the umpires. Arauz struck out and Brito grounded out to end the inning.
  7. Cumana led off the seventh inning with an infield single between the first and second basemen. The pitcher was late getting off the mound. Martelo struck out. Cumana was caught stealing again. This time he had the base stolen, but when he popped up to his feet, he lost his balance. When he finally lost contact with the bag, he was tagged out. Astudillo lined a soft line drive to left for a single. Hoskins followed with a shot into the left field corner that rattled around a little bit. The “speedy” Astudillo ran through Williams’ stop sign and slid under the tag at home to tie the game. Hoskins took third on the throw to the plate. Joel Fisher, who had replaced Numata, ended the inning with a strike out, but the game was tied. (While leading off third, Hoskins took a hard foul ball off of Fisher’s bat, but remained in the game.)
  8. The eighth inning began with a 4-pitch walk to Duran. Alastre flied out to left. As Hernandez entered the box, the field umpire called a balk on the pitcher moving Duran into scoring position. Apparently, the balk put the pitcher over his pitch limit since the manager came out to change pitchers. Hernandez greeted the new guy with a solid line drive single to center on a hit-and-run, and Duran scored without a throw. Arauz grounded out to the right side as Hernandez moved up to second. Brito struck out to end the inning, but the Phillies had a 2-1 lead.
  9. In the meaningless ninth inning, Cumana flew out to right, Fisher (moved up to insure a second at bat) struck out, and Martelo grounded out.

Regardless of the final score, this was a much better game to watch than the last one against the Blue Jays. The pitchers were very sharp and were able to pitch out of any trouble in which they found themselves, like the 2 errors by Brito.

Individually, among the position players, Hoskins looks like someone worth keeping an eye on. He seems to make hard contact most at bats. Cumana made a couple of nice stops. I mentioned one above. He also laid out to grab a ground ball to his right then flipped to Arauz from his stomach to start an inning-ending double play to end the fifth. Numata seems to get on base a lot, but he’s probably not age-appropriate for this group. Alastre looks every bit like a kid who hit .300 in the VSL. He has a nice swing and makes decent contact. The 16-year olds (Arauz and Brito) look a little over-matched at the plate, but they are getting more playing time than I anticipated. It was great to see Hernandez come back after the umpire’s “box” ruling and drive in the go ahead run with a line drive. And Astudillo looks like someone you can use as a pinch runner. (tic)  I believe that Williams didn’t think Astudillo was going to try and score.  When he realized Astudillo’s intentions, he threw up a stop sign.  Astudillo was motoring and I don’t think he could have stopped and gotten back to the bag in time, so he just kept going.  The catcher didn’t field the throw cleanly and Astudillo slid under the tag.

Road game tomorrow, intrasquad game on Wednesday. Then they finish with 2 at Bright House.


18 thoughts on “Florida Instructional League Game #12; 10/6/2014

  1. I really appreciate the reporting effort here but will we ever see one of these souls in Philadelphia?

    1. Yes, of course. Every player who passes throught the organization and makes it to the team in Philadelphia has spent at least one fall in the Instructional League. Of the 55+ players on the roster, most will languish somewhere in the minor leagues. However, I’m certain that Nola, Imhof, and Crawford will advance to the major league team. I’m sure that a handful of others will also advance to that level, too. They just haven’t separated themselves from the crowd, yet. This is an instructional league. Those who learn and adapt will enhance their chances of promotion. I’m not prepared to single anyone else out as likely to make it to the majors, but those who make it to AA and excel will at least have a chance of making the Phillies’ roster someday.

      1. A real good chance that Crawford becomes a star and Nola a solid #3 starter. They are both high probability future major leaguers. Imhof is a couple steps behind that level. He’s got a decent chance to make the majors. I’d feel a lot better about him if he had a couple more mph on his FB.

        1. I know during the end of the year Imhoff was down a little but he clicked 92-93 with good downward movement in college. For a lefty, if he does that he’ll be fine. I think maybe fatigue set in a little for him. I’m more concerned about him developing a good secondary pitch or 2.

        2. Yeah, “certain” was too strong a word for Imhof at this point, but the uncertainty surrounding the Phillies’ starting rotation and the question mark that Biddle has become opens up a chance for Imhof if …

  2. Thank you for writing these reports. I really enjoy them. Your love of baseball comes through. Great detail! I don’t always comment, but that doesn’t diminish how much I enjoy the reports.

  3. Great report. That’s the type of velocity and ball/strike ratios you love to see in fall ball (knowing that many of these pitchers may add some velocity as they mature and are not worn down after a full season of ball). I agree that we might have something in Hoskins – it will be interesting to see if he starts in Lakewood or Clearwater. I like what I see and hear about him (including the reports of tape measure home runs).

    1. Thanks. Yes, I was encouraged by the velocity and the highly favorable S/B ratio. A further breakdown of the 76 strikes shows 14 swing-and-miss, 17 called, 19 fouls, and 26 balls in play. I’m not sure what to make of these numbers, or that they are even relevant, but Pinto induced 9 of the swing-and-miss strikes. I think that speaks well of his stuff. I do not understand the “thumbs down” for your comment.

      1. There are a few folks on this site who disagree with me on some things and apparently hold a grudge, and so give me a thumbs down each time I wrtie something regardless of what I’ve said. I wrote a post thanking Brad for his good work and wishing him good luck and nothing more – and I got 4 thumbs down.

        So I’ve just decided to ignore it but I invite them to comment and engage me if they disagree with something I’ve said and I promise to be on my best behavior if I decide to reply.

        1. Ha ha now I wanna give you thumbs down now too. But just because I know it gets to you a little. Don’t worry about the thumbs down what do they anyway, say what you want !!

        2. I’ve been wondering why you always have so many thumbs down. I wish the thumbs up/thumbs down thing didn’t exist..it adds nothing.

    2. I suspect Hoskins will start at LWood because of playing time. Green and Walding are ahead of him at CWater although we’re not sure whether Green will stay at 1B or move back to 3B.

  4. It’s nice to see those strike/ball ratios from everybody, but especially from Oliver. I remind you guys that a lot of us were excited about him after the draft and then he walked 23 batters and struck out 10 in 17 pro innings.

    Matt has said he has excellent stuff but his inability to harness it led to those ugly numbers. It seems that, at least for one day, his mechanics were working for him.

    1. I agree about Oliver. He was a 2nd Rd talent the Phils got in 4th. I was pretty excited to get him , too. I wonder if Phils will keep him in rotation or move him to pen.

      1. I would say that he will start out in the pen with the chance to move up if he gets his control back.

    2. Have the Phillies determined where the players will be assigned this Spring? I noticed that a few teams already have their rosters filled in for next year.

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