Box Score Recap – 5/30/2015

Lehigh Valley (20-31) beat the Charlotte Knights, 1-0.  Anthony Vasquez allowed 0 runs, 3 hits, and 2 walks in 8.0 shutout innings.  Jayson Nix, one of the “AAAA Phillies”, homered in the seventh to provide the only run the ‘Pigs could score.  TBD pitches tomorrow.

Reading (26-22) beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 4-3.  Aaron Nola allowed 1 run on 5 hits while walking none and striking out seven.  He left with a 3-1 lead.  Nefi Ogando blew the save in just 4 batters.  J.P. Crawford debuted with the Phils and went 1-4.  He lined a two-out single to center that scored Roman Quinn from second for an important insurance run in the seventh.  He also commited a fielding error leading off the fourth and was picked off first in the seventh.  So, a mixed bag for J.P. tonight.  Quinn went 2-4 with a stolen base and an RBI.  Cam Perkins went 1-3 with a solo home run in the second.  He also sacrificed the go-ahead runners to second and third to set up Gabriel Lino’s sacrifice fly that put the Phils back in the lead in the eighth.  Unfortunately, this made Ogando the winning pitcher.  Jesse Biddle (4-1, 4.46) pitches tomorrow.

Clearwater (24-25) began life after Crawford with a loss.  They lost to the Daytona Tortugas, 4-2.  Colin Kleven gave up 3 runs (only 2 earned) on 6 hits and 3 walks in 5.0 innings.  Chase Harris led off and went 1-4.  Angelo Mora played shortstop and went 2-3 and played error-free.  Willians Astudillo went 2-4 with a double.  The Threshers only managed 6 hits, Aaron Brown (1-3) had their other hit.  They worked zero walks and struck out 12 times.  Both their runs were unearned.  Yacksel Rios (1-1, 2.12) pitches tomorrow.

Lakewood (24-24) beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers, 2-1.  Ricardo Pinto allowed 1 unearned run on 7 hits and a walk.  He struck out seven.  Malquin Canelo went 2-4 with a solo home run.  Carlos Tocci went 1-3 with a double and an RBI.  Josh Taylor (2-4, 5.79) pitches tomorrow.

Williamsport (0-0) starts their season on the road against the State College Spikes on June 19th, home opener on June 20th.

GCL Phillies (0-0) starts their season across the bay against the GCL Yankees1 on June 22nd, second game at the Carpenter Complex on June 23rd.

DSL Phillies (0-0) were postponed due to rain.  Off Sunday, at DSL Royals on Monday.

VSL Phillies (6-5) lost 1-0 to the DSL Rays.  Sergio Velis allowed a hit and a walk over 6.0 innings and struck out nine.  Luis Carrasco retired 8 consecutive batters before hitting a batter who stole second and scored on the Rays second hit of the game.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • First, I would like to say that of all the players that I have seen come through Clearwater and play for the Threshers, including Asche, Rupp, Biddle, and Morgan in 2012; Dugan, Franco, Seve Gonzalez, and Giles in 2013; Crawford, Quinn, and Nola in 2014; and this year’s team; Crawford was easily the best while in Clearwater.  He has improved his play at short (learning that backhand thing they asked him to learn over the winter instead of getting in front of every ball hit to his right).  He’s hitting much better than expected over an extended period of time across multiple levels (he was a “glove first” shortstop when selected, all his offense is more than was expected).  And his plate discipline rivals that of Kelly Dugan who was the most secure batter I’ve seen taking close pitches when he had a two-strike count.  Crawford had a 15-pitch at bat Friday night.  I’ve watched far too many innings where Threshers batters would see less than 15 pitches in an entire inning.  I’m sorry that his spring injury delayed his arrival in Reading.  I’m glad his injury allowed me to watch him play for three weeks in Clearwater this season.  I wish him all the best as he follows his dream up through the organization.  And I am a little envious of you fans who live close to Reading.  Enjoy.
  • J.P. Crawford assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Reading Fightin Phils released 2B Tony Thomas.
  • Clearwater Threshers activated 2B Devin Lohman from the 7-day disabled list.
  • RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to DSL Phillies.
  • A lot of action in XST today.
  • Ethan Martin pitched a couple innings.  He threw all 4 of his pitches (FB, CH, SL, CB).  He was 88-89 in his first inning, 86-87 in the second.  His pitches were up in both innings and he got hit around a little in the second.  That inning was rolled after 3 runs.  He was on a pitch count, threw 34 total pitches.
  • Kelly Dugan played 7 innings in centerfield.  He went 1-2 with 2 walks and a massive 2-run home run to right.  I would say he’s ready, but the Phillies like to see 9 innings on back-to-back days before coming off rehab.  So maybe Wednesday?
  • Jose Pujols went 1-4.  He had a solo blast over the left field fence near the foul pole in his first at bat.  But our enthusaism was tempered by a couple strike outs in two of his later at bats.
  • Luis Encarnacion went 1-4 with an RBI single in his last at bat.  He had two strike outs in earlier at bats where he didn’t look very good at the plate.
  • Franklyn Kilome pitched 5.0 innings with less than his best stuff.  He shut the Jays out for the first four, but gave up 2 runs in his final inning.  He was 93-94, T95; mostly 93.  His command was a little off, he threw more balls out of the strike zone than I am used to seeing.  He lost his grip or something on three curve balls that at or behind hitters’ heads.  Still, he only allowed 2 runs and the team got the 2 runs back in the bottom of the inning.
  • Ethan Stewart came in to pitch the ninth in a tie game (I think).  He must have been on a 25 pitch count.  He threw about that many while walking the four batters he faced.  He was 89-91 early in the inning, but I didn’t try to get near the chart as more coaches gathered behind the cage to watch.

41 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/30/2015

  1. Jim, sounds like Crawford’s promotion is bittersweet for you? You’d love to watch him play every day but knowing moving him along is the best thing for the organization.

    The new Reading lineup looks pretty exciting. Quinn, Crawford and Altherr at the top. The red hot Stassi batting #4. Cam Perkins hit #5 and has 3 HRs in his last 10 games. I don’t think he’s had 3 HRs in a season before, let alone 10 games. I wonder if the Phils tried to put a little upper cut in his swing when they moved to AAA last year. It’s not natural for him and it showed in his BA and every other offensive stat. This year, they drop him back to AA, hoping he’ll have it all click. He’s still hitting .231 but with more power. If he gets a merger of the old and new, he could hit .300 with 15 HRs. That is pretty valuable. That’s a gigantic ‘IF’ though. We can only hope.

  2. We added someone named Sixto!! I thought Sixto Lexcano would be the only Sixto I ever got to see (besides a 3-toed sloth at the zoo- yeah that was bad).

  3. Pinto and Canelo are really doing well and are shooting up my prospect list. I’m sure there’s been talk about sending Canelo to CWater. They could send Marrero down to play every day there. As for Pinto, he sounds like he’s improving every start.
    As for JP, all I have to say is that I will definitely get out to Reading soon. JP and Quinn plus that pitching is a don’t miss opportunity.

  4. I honestly can’t remember the last time we’ve had this much potential mlb talent on one minor league team in aa or aaa.

  5. I would suspect Pinto get called up to clearwater mid June. I am trying hard to find a hitting prospect at Clearwater level but just seeing JAGs in that lineup.

    1. I agree Dom. Astudillo really has a special hit tool, but the lack of power profile and true position on defense would make for nothing more than a pinch hit specialist at the big league level. His less than 5% K rate is superb though.

      Knapp and Pullin have been OK at best, less so for Knapp given his age. Cozens is a repeat candidate and can afford to do so given he’s just turned 21 today. Not a whole lot else worth mentioning

  6. I’m just so excited waiting for the next Sean O’Sullivan start and watching his electric stuff on the mound, its a shame there are no other options..

    1. Fans being tired of watching specific vets is a bad reason to call up a prospect. O’Sullivan is there so they don’t have to push a younger guy into the rotation before the team thinks they’re ready. That’s his sole function.

      1. I didn’t see him say call up a prospect that isn’t ready, he just said that it’s a shame there’s no other better options. Which to me seems sadly true.

  7. I didnt know RAJ was on this board.

    Find one person not named RAJ that believes NOLA isnt ready for the Big show…

    Sending him to LHV to face a ton of Has-beens and journeymen would be a waste of time.

    1. To me the most important consideration on Nola is giving him a seasonal workload that challenges but doesn’t overtax his arm, pitching every fifth day. He can be paced in the minors and brought up in September as far as I am concerned. He’s one of 5 starters (Yohan Flande anyone?) who are lighting it up in AA. I won’t get into a debate as to relative ability but the notion that the Phils are an outlier by keeping Nola in AA is a fantasy I won’t indulge.

      1. Nola has 21 minor league starts….calling him up now would put him at as one of the fastest first round collegiate call-ups as a pitcher. Of course Leake and Lincecum did not play in the minors.
        I do not see the rush in calling him now…like you mentioned…a September call-up is fine.

    2. I don’t think that anyone doubts whether Nola can hold his own at the major league level, but I doubt he would thrive right now. He does need more seasoning, part of which includes building arm strength to prepare him for the rigors of a major league season. I also think AAA will serve as another test for Nola. Though there might be better talent at the AA level in terms of prospects, AAA is full of hitters who have seen major league caliber pitching. In this respect, I’d like to see Nola get 10 starts or so at LV. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, why start his arbitration clock during a wasted season?

      Not only would I wait until rosters expand before promoting Nola to the majors, I’d also arrange for him to be assigned to LV when the 2016 camp breaks and would only call him up after the deadline for super two eligibility.

      1. This.

        Assuming Nola keeps pitching well, he can move to LHV for the 2nd half of the AAA season, then move to the big club in September when the roster expands and get a few starts against MLB teams.

        In 2016, put Nola back at LHV to start the season, then bring him up to Philly after the arbitration deadline expires in April or May. Again, all this is contingent upon Nola continuing to pitch well.

        This plan puts Nola in the Phillies’ rotation in early 2016, after being drafted in 2014. That’s a pretty fast track to the bigs. There is no good reason to rush him any faster. The Phillies stink in 2015 and would stink almost as much with Nola in the rotation.

      2. I think you bring up a good point. The phillies currently are not the type of team you would want to bring up a young promising prospect who would virtually get minimal support from phillies batters.

    3. What’s the benefit of bringing Nola up now? He’s not going to help the team win and he starts burning ML service time on a bad team.

      The Phillies are winning anything in 2016 either which is when he should be ready to join the rotation by mid May..

  8. I drove an hour and a half from Bucks County up to Reading list night to watch Nola Pitch last night and boy was it worth it

    Is pitching was smooth he was poised and polished and professional perhaps a few more starts at AA bite help but later this summer I would say he should get a call up to the majors

    The team is talented and for more entertaining than the overpaid embarrassment we are putting on the field at citizens Bank Park

  9. Strasberg was another who made only a handful of minor league starts before going up to the show, the only good part of him staying down is that the big club is so PATHETIC and inept at this time , having him up really wouldnt help anyways.

  10. Im pretty sure i read that Vasquez had like a tumor or something. Was he a prospect before that in another organization?

  11. Biddle…according to the box/recap looked like he pitched well for the first 5 innings , then the sixth haunted him with a few walks and single between the walks.
    Anyone see how his pitching was?

    1. He was going well for 5 innings, but I think he just ran out of gas in the 6th. He was losing command of his pitches in the 6th, and walked two in the inning. All in all, it was a pretty good outing for Biddle. Could it have ended better? Yes. But IMO, he’s got two good solid starts in a row, which is encouraging.

      1. Well I hope that was all it was.
        Still wondering if he gets the promo to LHV in a few weeks.

        1. Either a poster here or an article I read somewhere had opined that Biddle should just be promoted to LV. The point was raised that whatever Biddle needed to work through he could accomplish just as easily at AAA. To be honest, I like this idea even if he hasn’t earned the promotion. 2014-2015 at Reading have been a disaster for Biddle. Perhaps a change of scenery would help. One thing is for sure, his rapid decline is certainly a big blow to this franchise. He was looking like a sure fire no 3 as recently as 2013

          1. I wouldn’t say his 2015 season so far is a disaster. Has it been great? No. But it hasn’t been terrible either.

          2. I don’t know that it’s a “BIG” blow to the franchise. The Phillies system has a lot of good and interesting arms, Biddle would certainly bolster the minor league crop of pitchers if he can get it together but it’s not like he’s the only pitching prospect the phillies have.

  12. Clearwater opened up there offense 18 runs , Lakewood lost 8 to 7 Mecias was hit so was HARRIS. Lakewood did hit Kolek pretty hard where is Dsl and VSL ? BTW Herlis Rodriguez is on fire .429 8 his last 10 . Cozens 29 rbi he’s just starting to hit.

  13. Yeah, Herlis has been hitting well enough to bring his BA up from the low .200s to .280s now w 3 hits today. He is a lefty hitting CFer…BUT he, so far, shows little power. Hope it arrives soon because their system is bereft of good candidate OFers…especially ones w some power.

    1. His slg per 401 8 doubles 1 tri 2 hrs not bad for cf . I not saying he has a lot of pop his is the first time he really had a chance above Williamsport.

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