Finally, something official on J.P. Crawford.
It looks like Phillies’ prospect J. P. Crawford could come off the DL for the Threshers’ Wednesday afternoon game this week. The Phillies follow a protocol that requires a position player to play back-to-back nine inning games before being activated from a rehab assignment. Crawford played his first nine inning game Saturday, but Sunday was an off day in XST.
Joe Jordan was in Clearwater last week, watching Crawford at the Complex. He is quoted in Jake Kaplan’s story (link to article).
Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.
Jonathan Papelbon made 3 appearances and finished 3 games this week, converting his only save opportunity. After 26 games, Papelbon has made 10 appearances, 9 games finished (5 saves, 4 non-saves).
Some other random stuff to light the fire –
- Chase Utley .108/.181/.217/.398 (lowest BA of any Phillie with a hit, 3 SP have higher BA – Hamels, Buchanan, and Harang)
- Phillies .221/.276/.324/.600 (worst in NL, still)
- The batting averages of the Phillies starting eight from Sunday’s game after completion – .239, .108, .186, .193, .191, .271, .200, .167
- Sorta makes Seve Gonzalez’ victory even more improbable.
- Hard to believe that Dom Brown couldn’t crack that line up.
- Does Utley have any options remaining?
Lehigh Valley lost to Indianapolis, 6-2. Maikel Franco went hitless, but reached on a fielder’s choice in the top of the first inning. He moved to third on Dom Brown’s only hit of the day, a single. As part of a double steal, Franco stole home. Paul Clemens promptly gave the run back. His wild pitch helped insure the run would score. A couple innings later, he allowed two inning opening walks to scored. He lasted 4.1 innings, and threw 85 pitches (48 strikes/37 balls). Tommy Joseph suffered through another oh-fer and is how at .140 roughly 100 points below Rene Garcia. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 5/3/2015