Box Score Recap – 4/22/2015

All four affiliates lost Wednesday night.

Lehigh Valley lost 3-2 to Scranton.  Adam Morgan pitched 7.0 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits.  Maikel Franco went 1 for 4 and was left standing at the plate when Brian Bogusevic was thrown at trying to steal second to end the game.

Reading was shut out 2-0 by Akron.  Ben Lively held the RubberDucks to 3 hits over 6.0 innngs.  Ethan Stewart took the loss.  Reading was held to one hit.  They did manage to get the tying run to second base in the ninth when Brian Pointer walked and pinch hitter Brock Stassi doubled with one out, but were unable to push them across.  Roman Quinn was ejected at the beginning of the fourth inning.  He had been ruled out to end the third on batter interference on a bunt ground out to the pitcher.

Clearwater lost 9-4 to Tampa,  Victor Arano got the start and shut out the Yankees for the first four innings.  They got to him for 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth.  The Yankees stretched their advantage against the bull pen.  The Threshers had opened with a couple runs in the first, but didn’t score again until the game was out of hand.  Willians Astudillo and Angelo Mora had 2 hit games.  Twelve Threshers struck out.

Lakewood was shut out 6-0 by Greensboro.  The ‘Claws faced the Miami Marlins’ 2014 first round pick (#2 overall) Tyler Kolek.  He held them to 2 hits over 5.0 innings and struck out six.  Carlos Tocci had one of the three BlueClaws’ singles in the game.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

 

28 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/22/2015

  1. Was at the Threshers game and Arano was good for 4 innings. He was consistently between 92 and 94 but didn’t get many swing and misses with his FB, while he was getting them with his off-speed stuff. In the 5th when they got to him he was still throwing 92-94 but must have been getting the ball up because all three run scoring hits went to the opposite field. One of the doubles he gave up in the 5th went off of Cozens’ glove so he was close to getting out of the inning unscathed. There is video at :https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGkita

    1. Thanks for this gkit. Good to know his velo is still there despite the shoulder issue he had (was it shoulder?)

    2. gkit – how did Willians Astudillo look behind the plate? I saw he threw out a baserunner.

      If he can progress as a catcher, he has a possibly intriguing future because he’s just one of these guys who can flat out hit – I think he’ll hit at every level – but, because he doesn’t walk or have much power, his value as a hitter is significant only if he can remain behind the plate; hence the question.

      1. It’s really hard to gauge when he only catches as rarely as he does. Even in ST I only saw him catch once or twice so from that it appears he could at least serve as a backup, but you will never know unless he gets more time in that position. Only thing is it doesn’t look like that is likely to happen with Knapp on the same team.

    3. Thanks and good job gkit.
      Arano could be a special pitcher…LA really liked him last month when he saw him pitch, he stood out among all the young pitchers.

  2. Threshers batters had 12 Ks to 2 BBs, while their pitchers recorded 3 Ks to 5 BBs. Wow.

  3. Not a great night obviously but getting Morgan to go 7, and apparently look decent, plus get Arano back and have him go 4 strong, before he tired, are certainly positives. Also, Astudillo absolutely rakes for average and I could see him as a bench guy in the majors at some point. However, he’ll never be good enough to start there and I think his only possible future is as a backup catcher. He doesn’t give you much power but what a terrific line drive stroke.

        1. Placido won gold gloves at 2B and 3b if I’m not mistaken and its safe to say that Astudillo will never win a gold glove. But I do agree with you that their hitting styles are pretty comparable with an occasional dinger but mostly just line drives all over.

  4. Tocci has struck out 3 times in 58 PAs, which is a 5% rate. (Note: K rates are the first batting stat to stabilize, at 60 PAs.) He has also walked in 10% of his PAs.

    If he can maintain a K rate under 10%, walk roughly as much as he strikes out . . . I think he’ll hit around .300 and OBP around .400 (and probably slug around .400 too, maybe a bit better). And by all accounts he has premium defensive potential. As a 19 y.o. in the Sally league, that would be huge — and would earn him a move to Clearwater by June. And he would move up prospect lists quickly.

    For comparison, Crawford put up those numbers as a 19 y.o. at Lakewood, and got promoted to Clearwater after 60 games.

  5. Thanks, Jim, for continued great work on this site.

    Would love to know Morgan’s velocity.

    1. I was at the Lehigh Valley vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre game last night. Game time temperature was in the mid 50’s but it felt much colder. A number of the players were bundled up like ninja’s. As the game went on the temperature dropped, in addition the radio announcer kept saying that there was rain all around us and that it should start raining at any time. However the rain did not begin until I was walking to my car in the parking lot. It rained on and off on the way home. By the time I got home the rain had changed to snow.

      I was interested to see how Adam Morgan was pitching. I had seen him pitch several times in Reading before he was hurt and once when Reading was playing in Trenton during the playoffs.

      The cold damp night had the hitters hitting early and often. In the three innings between the bottom of the 2nd to the top of the 5th only an incredibly low total of 46 pitches were needed to get through both ½’s of those innings.

      It appeared that it took a while for Adam Morgan to get loose as he struggled a bit in the 1st inning. He needed 21 pitches to get thru that inning, 14 of which were fastballs. Of those fastballs, one pitch was 88 mph, eight were 89 mph, two were 90 mph and 3 were 91 mph. He also threw 2 curveballs, one at 72 mph and the other at 73 mph. He also threw five change-ups, four at 77 mph and one at 79 mph. He seemed to get in a grove for the 2nd 3rd and 4th innings throwing only eight, seven and five pitches respectively for those innings. By the 4th and 5th innings his fastball had improved to around 91 mph.

      This is the final tally of Adam Morgan’s pitches on the night:

      Adam threw 86 pitches on the night, 57 for strikes.

      Adam threw 58 fastballs:
      1 at 88 mph
      18 at 89 mph
      21 at 90 mph
      17 at 91 mph
      1 at 92 mph
      He threw 8 Sliders:
      2 at 80 mph
      3 at 81 mph
      1 at 82 mph
      2 at 83 mph
      He threw 14 Change-ups:
      4 at 77 mph
      3 at 78 mph
      7 at 79 mph
      He threw 6 Curveballs:
      2 at 72 mph
      1 at 73 mph
      3 at 74 mph

      These are my observations on Adam Morgan. I believe that both the weather conditions and his coming back from injury had a negative effect on his velocity. I believe that as warmer weather arrives and as he continues to pitch, it is not out of the realm of possibilities that he could add 2 to 3 mph to all his pitches. His slider did not have the sharp break that he had in the past as it was more slurvey yesterday. But as with his velocity, I believe that the more he pitches the sharper the break will become on the slider. He also did not have the sharp drop on his change-up that he has had in the past. But again only time and practice will bring it back. As I watch him pitch while both the slider and change-up may not be the strikeout pitches of the past they were good enough to keep the hitter from squaring up the pitches. Additionally, they were good enough to induce weaker contact. It should be noted that the two strikeouts Adam got swinging were on the Slider. He also got a strike looking on a fastball. It should also be noted that all night he was effective in pitching both up and down in the strike zone as well as in and out. A few of the hits Adam gave up were hard hit balls.

      The other pitcher who pitched for Lehigh Valley was Rosin. He pitched the 8th inning. He threw ten pitches – nine of which were fastballs. His fastball varied from 89 to 93 mph. He also threw one change-up at 85 mph.

      As I said earlier, it was not a good day for the hitters. The hitters chased pitches early in the count.

      Franco did not continue the good plate discipline he has showed the previous day. He had four at bats and was up for a fifth when a runner was thrown out stealing to end the game. In those four plus plate appearances he did take the 1st pitch four of five times including three balls. In the 1st inning he did work a 2-0 count and then a 2-1 count before he weakly grounded into a force out. In the 3rd he swung at the 1st pitch and weakly grounded out to third. In the 6th he crushed a single to center on a 1-0 count. Franco struck out in the 8th chasing a low and away slider that was outside the strike zone.

      Domonic Brown had a solidly struck single and in another plate appearance looked bad striking out.

      1. Good report NEPA.
        Morgan sitting at 89/91 this early in the season and in chilly temps is, I would think, a good sign. I hope he does get back his CU as he had a few years ago.

      2. Thanks for charting those pitches, NEPA. It would be nice to see Morgan add another couple mph to his fastball, and it may happen in time, but if can maintain the velocity he’s showing now and regain the feel for his secondary stuff, that would be a pretty satisfying outcome.

      3. Thanks, it sounds like Morgan still has a ways to go in his return to being the pitcher that he was. He needs to improve more or he’ll max out as a 4A guy. Franco didn’t have a good game, let’s see how he bounces back. He’s here until mid to late May to work on his game and his approach.

      4. Nepa – much appreciated report on velocity! Let’s see how Morgan does in typical baseball weather. I’d say promising at this point.

      5. He needs that slider and ch to come it’s a good sign that his Slider and ch were weakly hit.

  6. Quinn looked safe on his stolen base attempt. Then he was called for interference for running up the first baseline. He ran into the first baseman who was fielded the ball on the line. After being called out he argued and then threw his helmet causing the ejection.

    1. My understanding was the pitcher fielded the ball and hit Quinn in the back and he ran into the 1st baseman then

  7. Yes. That’s what I saw. I meant fielded the throw on the line. Because after the ball hit him the first baseman was in the base path.

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