Monthly Archives: June 2015

Box Score Recap – 6/29/2015

Lehigh Valley (31-48) beat the Scranton RailRiders 8-1.  Aaron Nola pitched five innings and left with a 7-0 lead.  His line was – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 90 pitches, 54 strikes.  Nefi Ogando and Adam Loewen pitched three shutout innings.  Cesar Jimenez gave up the ‘Riders only run.  Aaron Altherr (.320) went 1-4 with a double, walk, and an RBI.  Gabriel Lino went 2-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.  Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/29/2015

Welcome, Andy MacPhail!

John Middleton, plurality ownership partner of the Philiadelphia Phillies, announced this afternoon the hiring of Andy MacPhail to succeed Pat Gillick as club President.

MacPhail will serve as Special Assistant to Gillick until the end of the 2015 season.  He will use the time to observe the organization.  Middleton said during the press conference that MacPhail’s primary focus will be on baseball operations.

MacPhail served as the general manager of the Minnesota Twins when they won the 1987 and 1991 World Series. He was president of the Chicago Cubs from 1994-2006, helping them reach the postseason twice. He was president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles from 2007-2011 when he made some of the trades that helped return the team to the postseason.

MacPhail noted that this was the first time the Phillies have gone outside the organization to fill an executive position in … oh, forever?

Around the System–Catchers

A look at how catchers around the system are performing.

Lehigh Valley

Gabriel Lino, 22, Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; .266/.319/.387 in 173 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 3HR 22RBI; 7%BB/23%K rates; .266/.294/.313 in 64 AB’s for Lehigh Valley; 50 games caught with 3 errors (.992); 5 passed balls; 23/49 caught stealing (47%).  Lino has done an outstanding job defensively and has more than competent with the bat, raising his stock to the point where a 2016 major league debut in if not likely, than certainly possible.

Logan Moore, 24, Phils 9th round pick in 2011; .219/.282/.314 in 137 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 2HR 15RBI; 8%BB/18%K rates; Hitting .214 in 42 AB’s for Lehigh Valley; 39 games caught with 5 errors (.982); 4 passed balls; 18/35 caught stealing (51%).  Moore continues to excel defensively with very little to show with the stick.

Blake Forsythe, 25, Acquired from Oakland in 2015; Hitting .244 with 1HR 4RBI in 41AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 13 games caught with 2 errors (.976); 1 passed ball; Thrown out 5/10(50%) base stealers.  Very limited playing time in his role as 3rd catcher.


Andy Knapp, 23, Phils 2nd round pick in 2013; .261/.354/.364 in 253 AB’s between CLearwater and Reading; 2HR 29RBI; 11%BB/24%K rates; .216 vs LHP; .288 vs RHP; .243 with RISP; .239 in June; 48 games caught with 6 errors (.984); 3 passed balls; 16/45 (36%) CS.  Decent progression from Knapp who professional career started slowly after Tommy John surgery.  Need to see a bit more from him with the bat. Continue reading Around the System–Catchers

Open Discussion: Week of June 29th

Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.

We now know the bonuses of the top 10 picks.  The 2015 Draft Tracker has been updated.

Some random stuff to light a fire –

  • Andy McPhail
  • Ryne Sandberg
  • The Phillies begin a crucial 4-game series at home against Milwaukee.  You know why it’s crucial.
  • Maikel Franco is leading the Phillies with his .304 BA.  He is second in HR and RBI with 10 and 32 to Ryan Howard’s 13 and 36.  He has a mere 25 K in 172 PA (14.5%).  He has only walked 9 times (5.2%).  That should maybe go up when pitchers stop challanging him.  Sound about right?

Box Score Recap – 6/28/2015

Lehigh Valley (30-48) split a pair of seven inning games with the Louisville Bats, losing 6-1 and winning 8-3.  In game one, Jason Berken went 6.0 innings and gave up 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K.  Seth Rosin put the game out of reach with 4 R on 3 H and 2 BB in the 7th inning.  Probably didn’t matter since the Bats pitchers held the ‘Pigs to 2 hits.  Aaron Altherr went 1-2 with a walk and his 1st AAA HR. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/28/2015

Box Score Recap – 6/27/2015

Lehigh Valley (29-47) postponed, rain.  Double header Sunday.

Reading (39-35) beat the Portland Sea Dogs 8-5.  Ethan Martin got his first win, Ryan O’Sullivan his first save.  J.P. Crawford went 1-4 with a triple and an RBI.  Kelly Dugan (.362) went 2-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.  Brian Pointer went 3-4 with 3 HR and 5 RBI.  (I’m sure Brian hit these home runs to cheer up Brad.  No one will be able to accuse you of “having the gall to …”  anymore.  Nyuck, nyuck, nyuck.  Best of luck with your recovery.)

Clearwater (40-33) beat the Charlotte Stone Crabs 8-2.  Ricardo Pinto gave up 2 runs (1 unearned) on 6 hits and 4 walks in 6.2 innings on his way to his second win in as many starts.  Harold Guerreo finished up for his first save.

Andrew Pullin went 3-4 with a triple, HR (6), and 3 RBI.  Rhys Hoskins went 1-3 with an RBI and his second HR in his 3 games as a Thresher.  Angelo Mora went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  The Threshers winning streak has reached eight.

Lakewood (35-36)  beat the Hickory Crawdads 6-3, again.  Just like last night, the ‘Claws starter, this time Chris Oliver, gave up all 3 Crawdads’ runs.  He allowed 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out none in 5.0 innngs.  The bullpen came through again.  Manny Martinez pitched two, one-hit innings and got the win.  Austin Davis pitched a shutout eighth, and Matt Hockenberry pitched a perfect ninth to register his seventh save.

Scott Kingery went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBIs.  His eighth inning double plated the tying and go-ahead runs.  Herlis Rodriguez (.310) went 1-4 with a double and an RBI (36).  Cord Sandberg went 1-4.  Kyle Martin went 1-4 with an RBI and his first HR.  Emmanuel Marrero went 2-4 with a double, RBI, and his first HR.  Joel Fisher went 1-4 with an RBI.

Williamsport (8-0) postponed, rain.  Single game Sunday.

GCL Phillies (4-1) beat the GCL Tigers 8-1.  The Tigers faced a tough morning as 2 pitchers made rehab appearances.  David Buchanan gave up one run on 5 hits and struck out three in five innings.  Brandon Leibrandt followed with three perfect innings and also struck out three.  Ranger Suarez finished up with another perfect inning.

CF Juan Luis went 4-5 with 2 runs scored from the leadoff position.  2B Jonathan Arauz went 2-5 with a double and an RBI.  DH “C” Randolph went 1-5 but hit his first professional HR and had 2 RBI.  LF Bryan Martelo went 2-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.  3B Luis Espiritu went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.  SS Arky Gamboa went 1-4 with an RBI.  1B Luis Encarnacion went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.  Randolph has yet to play the field during a game.

DSL Phillies (12-10) suspended trailing the DSL Rays 5-0 in the fifth.

VSL Phillies (16-20) beat the VSL Tigers 2-0.  The Phillies only managed 4 hits, all singles, one walk, and a hit batter.  The Tigers commited 4 errors and both Phillies’ runs were unearned.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Signed 9th round pick Mark Laird. Probably 100% of slot.
  • Signed 10th round pick Joshua Tobias.  Bonus unknown.
  • 31st round,high schooler, LHP Nick Fanti has agreed to terms with Phillies per his Twitter account.  Bonus unknown.
  • Signed free agent OF Drew Heid to a minor league contract.
  • OF Drew Heid assigned to Reading Fightin Phils.  He played last night.
  • Clearwater Threshers sent LHP Brandon Leibrandt on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
  • 2B Joshua Tobias assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • OF Mark Laird assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • RHP Luis Gonzalez assigned to VSL Phillies.




Box Score Recap – 6/26/2015

Lehigh Valley (29-47) lost to the Louisville Bats 11-5.  Chad Billingsley gave up 1 run on 5 hits in 5.0 innings and had been provided with 4 early runs.  Adam Loewen pitched a scoreless sixth inning, striking out 2 batters.  Then came the soft underbelly of the bullpen.  Cesar Jimenez blew his fourth save in one inning of work.  After the ‘Pigs offense retook the lead (and put Jimenez in line for the win), Dustin McGowan blew his save opportunity and put the game out of reach.  Not to be outdone, Juan Gutierrez allowed 4 hits and a run in the ninth.

Aaron Altherr went 0-5.  Gabriel Lino went 1-4 with 3 RBI.  Russ Canzler went 2-4 with a walk, double, and 2 RBI.  I wonder if a prospect would ever regret a promotion into a mess like this.  I also wonder if an older player who has an opt out clause would have his opt out date circled on the calendar and his opt out statement already prepared.

Reading (38-35) split a double header with the Akron RubberDucks.  They won the makeup game 4-3 and lost the scheduled game 2-0.

Ben Lively took the loss in game one. He pitched well – 7.0 IP (complete game), 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 102 pitches, 69 strikes. The Phils could only manage 3 singles and KC Serna’s double. The most excitement moment might have been generated by manager Dusty Wathan’s ejection from the game in the fourth inning.

Later, Joely Rodriguez won what amounted to a “bullpen” game.  The Phils stroked 10 hits, 9 singles and J.P. Crawford’s second home run.  J.P. went 1-4.  Kelly Dugan (.349) went 2-4.  Andrew Knapp went 1-4 with his first RBI for the walkoff win.  Art Charles and Brian Pointer chipped in with 2 hits each.  Hitting coach Frank Cacciatore was ejected in the sixth inning.

Clearwater (39-33) beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 5-4.  It marks their 7th consecutive win.  Victor Arano picked up his first win of the season in spite of a late rally by the Jays.  Arano went 7.0 innings gave up 4 singles and struck out three.  He also hit a batter.  His FB was 92-94.  Cody Forsythe worked for the first time in 10 days and was touched for 4 runs on 2 home runs.  Ulises Joaquin entered the game in the ninth inning after the Jays had pulled within one run.  The inning continued as a bit of a roller coaster until the final ground out with 2 runners on base.

Malquin Canelo went 1-3 with a double and an RBI.  Carlos Tocci (.226) went 0-4.  Andrew Pullin went 2-3.  Rhys Hoskins went 1-3 with a 2-run HR, his first.  Aaron Brown, Willians Astudillo, and Angelo Mora each had 2 hits.  Astudillo hit his second HR of the season in the eighth inning and it proved to be the final margin of victory.  He also started at catcher for only the fifth time this season.

The Jays’ brought in Miguel Castro in relief in the seventh inning.  He started the season in Toronto and made 13 appearances for them.  Tonight he came in and hit 98 and 99 on his first two pitches.  He struck out Pullin and Hoskins in his one inning of work.

The Threshers are 2-0 in the second half.  Their magic number to clinch is 69.

Lakewood (34-36)  beat the Hickory Crawdads 6-3.  Ranfi Casimiro went 5.0 innings.  He gave up all 3 Crawdads’ runs but only 2 were earned.  He allowed 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out four.  Scott Harris pitched 2 perfect innings.  Alexis Rivero picked up his 7th save with two one-hit innings.

Scott Kingery went 0-3 with a walk.  Herlis Rodriguez went 1-4 with a double and a walk.  Cord Sandberg went 3-4 with a double and his second HR, a grand slam.  Kyle Martin went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.

Williamsport (8-0) beat the Batavia Muckdogs 8-1.  Franklyn Kilome went 6.0 innings of shutout ball.  He allowed 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out six.  But, it was not vintage Kilome.  He was up most of the game and only threw 55 strikes among his 95 pitches.  That’s pretty good though, that he would have such good results on a night he labored with control.  Lewis Alezones allowed a home run and a walk over three innings, striking out 3 while picking up his first save.

Jose Pujols (.469) went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.  Brendon Hayden (.429) went 1-4 with an RBI.  Zach Coppola went 1-3 with an RBI.  Venn Biter (.462) went 1-4.  Grenny Cumana went 2-3 with an RBI.  And, Jesus Posso went 1-4 with a 2-run HR.

GCL Phillies (3-1) lost to the GCL Tigers 6-2.  Seranthony Dominguez gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 4.0 innings of work.  Will Stewart pitched his first inning and gave up a solo HR.  Tanner Kiest pitched 2 shutout innings.

DH Cornelius Randolph went 0-4 with 2 K.  Greg Picket DNP.  Scott Tomassetti went 2-2 with an RBI.  Luis Espiritu went 2-4 with an RBI.  Jonathan Arauz went 2-4 with a double.

DSL Phillies (12-10) beat the DSL Athletics 1-0 on unearned run.  Daniel Brito (.296) went 1-3 with a walk.

VSL Phillies (15-20) lost to the VSL Tigers 11-2.  Lenin Rodriguez went 2-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Manager Ryne Sandberg tenderd his resignation to the Phillies.  Pete Mackanin named interim manager.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs released RHP Paul Clemens.
  • Nefi Ogando assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • C Wilson Garcia assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters.



Around the System–Middle Infield

Second look at the system’s middle infielders.  Have at it!

Lehigh Valley

Tyler Henson, 27, Re-signed as a free agent in 2015; .240/.280/.301 in 196 AB’s; 0HR 26RBI; 14SB; 5%BB/23%K rates; .214 vs LHP, .254 vs RHP; .185 in June; .340 with RISP; 30 games at 2B with 10 errors (.942); 5.43 R/F; 18 games in the OF without an error.  After a very good 2014 in Lehigh Valley, Henson has been very average this season, albeit while hitting consistently with RISP.

CHase D’Arnaud, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .272/.308/.324 in 213 AB’s; 1HR 13RBI; 10/15SB; 3%BB/12%K rates; .260 vs LHP; .279 vs RHP; .235 last 30 days; .209 with RISP; 43 games at SS with 12 errors (.944); 4.67 R/F; 8 games at 3B with 1 error; 2 games in the OF without an error.  D’Arnaud has been slightly better than medicore for the ‘Pigs.

Edgar Duran, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2007; .161/.232/.207 in 87AB’s; 0HR 5RBI; 6%BB/12%K rates; .126 vs. LHP; .182 vs RHP; 30 games at SS with 6 errors (.959); 4.73 R/F.  Duran missed a good portion of the early going with hamstring issues.  WHen he has played he continues to be a good fielder with no bat.


Brodie Greene, 27, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .285/.359/.335 in 200 AB’s between Clearwater and Reading; 0HR 12RBI; 3SB; 10%BB/11%K rate;  For Reading: .273/.354/.335 in 161AB’s; .268 vs LHP; .275 vs RHP; .207 last 30 days; .233 with RISP; 48 games at 2B with 4 errors (.976).  Greene has provided the experienced consistency needed once Carlos Alonso was lost for the season due to injury Continue reading Around the System–Middle Infield

Box Score Recap – 6/25/2015

Lehigh Valley (29-46) lost to the Bufalo Bisons 7-2.  Vasquez gave up 5 runs in 3.1 innings and earned the loss by issuing 5 walks and allowing 6 hits.  Aaron Altherr went 2-4.

Reading (37-34) was postponed because of rain.  The game will be made up as part of a double header Friday.

Clearwater (38-33) beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 8-7 in 10 innings.  Harold Guerrero and Jesen Therrien blew a 6-3 lead, but Therrien was the pitcher of record when the Threshers went ahead in the tenth.  Miguel Nunez earned his first save.

Malquin Canelo and Rhys Hoskins made their FSL debuts.  Canelo went 2-6 with a 2-run HR.  Hoskins went 2-4 with 2 walks.  Chace Numata had 2 RBI.  Every starter had at least one hit except Mitchell Walding who went 0-2 with 3 BB and 2 K.

Lakewood (33-36)  lost to Hickory Crawdads 8-7 in walk off fashion.  Scott Kingery went 2-5 with a triple.  Herlis Rodriguez went 2-4 with his 6th HR and 3 RBI.  Damek Tomscha went 3-4 with his 3rd HR and 2 RBI.  Cord Sandberg went 3-4 with a double.  Kyle Martin went 1-4 with an RBI.  Calvin Rayburn pitched 2.2 innings of shutout ball in relief.

Williamsport (7-0) beat the Batavia Muckdogs 6-3.  More good pitching.  Alejandro Arteaga pitched 4-hit ball for 7.0 innings and allowed one unearned run on 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  Andrew Godail p[itched a perfect eighth,  And Robert Tasin stranded 2 inherited runners in the 0.2 innings he was called upon to pitch to earn the save.

Venn Biter (.500) went 3-4 and scored 3 runs.  Jose Pujols (.500) went 2-4.  Brendon Hayden (.471) went 1-4.  Only 3 of their runs were driven in – one each by Biter, Pujols, and Jan Hernandez.  The other three runs scored on a wild pitch, a fielding error, and Jose Pujols stole home.

GCL Phillies (3-0) took 2 from the GCL Pirates 7-3 and 2-0.  In the first game, DH Cornelius made his debut and went 3-3 with a triple, RBI, walk, and run scored.Luis Encarnacion went 1-4 with a 2-run HR (2).  Jose Antequerra went 1-2 with a triple, RBI and a walk.

In the second game, Greg Picket went 1-3 with a double.  Yunior Reyes and Scott Tomassetti each went 1-2 with a walk and an RBI.  Felix Paulino pirched 5.0 shutout innings for the win.  Ismael Cabrera pitched a perfect inning for a hold.  Sutter McLoughlin picked up the save.

DSL Phillies (11-10) lost to the DSL Athletics 2-1.  Both teams were held to 3 hits..

VSL Phillies (15-19) beat the VSL Rays 3-2.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Logan Moore assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Boston Red Sox optioned Joe Kelly to Pawtucket Red Sox. (haha, Red Sox)
  • Jose Mayorga assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • C Andrew Knapp assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Reinier Roibal from the 7-day disabled list.
  • Reading Fightin Phils activated C Rene Garcia from the bereavement list.
  • Reading Fightin Phils placed LF Cam Perkins on the 7-day disabled list. back tightness
  • Drew Stankiewicz assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Malquin Canelo assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • Rhys Hoskins assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 2B Scott Kingery assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 1B Kyle Martin assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws.



Box Score Recap – 6/24/2015

Lehigh Valley (29-45) beat the Bufalo Bisons 5-4.  Nola won.

Reading (37-34) lost to the Akron RubberDucks 4-0. Leiter lost.

Clearwater (37-33) swept the Daytona Torguas and won the FSL North first half.  Sorry, all me energy went into these games and this story.  I got nuthin’ left for the box score report.  Read about the Champion Threshers here.

Lakewood (33-35)  All Star break until Thursday when TBD pitches.

Williamsport (6-0) beat the West Virginia Black Bears 2-1 in 15 innings.  Lots of good pitching here.  Some Cutters will probably be on the Threshers playoff roster come September.

GCL Phillies (1-0) postponed.

DSL Phillies (11-9) postponed.

VSL Phillies (14-19) beat the VSL Rays 3-2.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • placed 2B Chase Utley on the 15-day disabled list. Right ankle inflammation
  • Philadelphia Phillies recalled Darin Ruf from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • RHP Phillippe Aumont elected free agency.
  • Gustavo Martinez assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.