Box Score Recap – 6/1/2015

Lehigh Valley (20-32) – no game scheduled.  Joely Rodriguez (2-4, 5.27) pitches tomorrow.

Reading (27-23) lost to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 6-3.  Zach Eflin pitched well but gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks over 7.0 innings.  He shut the Squirrels out for 6.0 innings on 1 hit.  Unfortunately, a walk and home run put the Phils behind in the seventh.  The offense scored single runs in the final three innings, but Colton Murray had come on in relief to make sure that 3 runs wouldn’t be enough, and Eflin got his fourth loss.  Roman Quinn and J.P.Crawford each had 2 hits.  Brock Stassi had the Phils only RBI, his 41st.  Quinn was caught stealing twice, both on pickoffs.  Tom Windle (1-3, 4.53) pitches tomorrow.

Clearwater (25-26) lost the rubber game of the series with the Daytona Tortugas, 7-4.  As usual, Victor Arano was effective the first time through the line up.  In the fourth inning, the middle of the Tortugas’ order launched a couple of extra base hits to score the game tying run.  They broke the game open with 4 runs in the fifth with an assist from Cody Forsythe who allowed 2 inherited runners to score when he gave up a triple to the first batter he faced.  Ulises Joaquin allowed a couple of runs in his 2.0 innings, and the offense scored 2 meaningless runs in the ninth.  The Threshers amassed 9 singles.  Mark Leiter (3-1, 1.48) pitches tomorrow.

Lakewood (25-25) beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 4-2 in a rain-shortened game.  Tyler Viza allowed 1 earned run on 3 hits over 6.0 innings.  Joey Denato picked up his first save.  Malquin Canelo went 2-4 with a double, triple, RBI, and is back above .300.  Cord Sandberg picked up an outfield assist.  Ranfi Casimiro (2-3, 2.96) 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 (1-1) split two games with the DSL Royals.  They won the make up game 1-0 and lost the regularly scheduled game 2-0.  They two-hit the Royals in their win, and were two-hit in their loss.

VSL Phillies (6-6) came from behind with a 4-run seventh inning to take a 4-2 lead only to lose the lead in the bottom of the ninth.  They ended up losing to the VSL Cubs 5-4 in 12 innings.  Enger Jimenez had a 3-run triple and scored on Lenin Rodriguez’ RBI single.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Philadelphia Phillies released RF Grady Sizemore.
  • Daniel Romero assigned to DSL Phillies from GCL Phillies.
  • LHP Jhon Nunez assigned to DSL Phillies.
  • SS Daniel Brito assigned to DSL Phillies.
  • XST played a rain-shortened game against the Yankees.
  • Matt Imhof pitched 3.0 innings.  He threw 55 pitches and was consistently 87-88 with his fastball.  He gave up a couple runs, a couple walks, a couple doubles, a wild pitch, picked off a runner, and benefited from 2 caught stealings.
  • Tanner Keist had trouble gripping the ball during a light rain and hit the backstop on the fly once.  Pretty high up on it too.  They delayed the game while they retrieved a rosin bag from the clubhouse.  His command was better after that.
  • Sam McWilliams finished up and was 90-91 in his one inning.
  • Kelly Dugan played CF and batted third.  He hit a soft, line drive to left-center for a single in his first at bat.  He was hit on the ankle in his second at bat.
  • Jose Pujols struck out and was late running to first on a passed ball.  He later grounded intop a fielder’s choice.
  • Luis Encarnacion grounded out in his first at bat, then hit a hard line drive to the left fielder in his second at bat.  It was probably the hardest contact I’ve seen from him this spring.

28 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/1/2015

  1. “Matt Imhof pitched 3.0 innings. He threw 55 pitches and was consistently 87-88 with his fastball. He gave up a couple runs, a couple walks, a couple doubles, a wild pitch, picked off a runner, and benefited from 2 caught stealings.”

    That’s why I’m always suspicious of using high draft picks for polished control pitchers. If Matt Imhof throws 87-88, he has very little projection – maybe a #4, but a low, low ceiling. I’m sorry, but 2nd round picks shouldn’t be use to draft low ceiling guys. I’m not sure last year’s draft was a bad draft, but there was a lot of desperation in that draft (“quick, we need players NOW!”) and while I think that resulted in some very good picks (Nola and perhaps Hoskins and Leibrandt), it also resuled in some forced picks that will probably not pan out. Imhoff looks like a forced pick to me and Brown might have been a reach as well – and I am sure there are others, although, frankly, in a baseball draft, once you get past the 6th or 7th round it’s kind of a crapshoot.

    1. Are you one of the people who also complained when the Phillies drafted Anthony Hewitt?

      I’m so tired of hearing people complain about everything. One day they complain about drafting high ceiling, low floor players and now people complain about low floor, high ceiling players.

      If you want to be unhappy that the Phillies have failed to draft and develop talent that’s fine. I’m unhappy about it as well but the people on these boards have got to stop with the constant moaning.

      Find me one team that hits on every draft pick?

      Find me one team that has been successful on even 1/2 of their 2nd round picks over the last 10 years?

      1. amb find me a team who drafts as bad as the Phillies have, Not one outfielder developed by this team since pat burrell and he was a third basemen, You should work for the Phillies as there assistant gm.

        1. Or maybe you meant to say not one outfielder whose name does not start with the letter “B.” Byrd, Bourne, and Brown were all came up to the Phillies after Burrell.

        2. To be fair, the Phillies have changed their scouting focus and director of scouting. The previous guy was 5 tools, high upside while the new one is more pragmatic.

          You have to compare apples to oranges.

      2. There actually have been quite a few good players taken in the 2nd round. I agree with Catch that Imhof doesn’t give me that feel.

      3. Let me respond.

        First, why shouldn’t we complain? How have the Phillies done over the last 10 years in developing players? On the whole, they’ve done very poorly. From the appearance of Ryan Howard, they did not develop another regular until Maikel Franco. That’s wretched. They also have not done much better developing pitchers during that time period although the record is much better than for position players.

        Second, a lot of people on here complain about a lot of things for different reasons. Guess what? We’re all different people with different perspectives. Again, there’s a lot to complain about, but I’m not going to accept criticism regarding somebody else’s comments. I’ll be happy to tell you what I believe, and you can like it or dislike it.

        Third, I think when the Phillies deserve credit we give it to them. They’ve done an awfully nice job of acquiring young pitchers in the last year. Of the Reading 5, only one was with the team at the beginning of 2014 – so that’s great. Also, we give them credit when they draft well. Not all of their drafts have been bad. Some of have been decent and guys like J.P. Crawford and Nola can almost validate a draft by themselves.

        Fourth, everyone knows that most draft picks don’t pan out. We get that. We accept that. What we can rightly criticize, however, are certain draft philosphies with which we disagree. For instance, I’m not a big fan of drafting for need. You draft the best player every time at every slot. This is true in most sports, but it’s especially true in baseball because draft hit rates are lower and developmental times are longer (what you “need” today may not be what you need in a few years). Second, on position players, having watched the Phillies draft poorly in this regard for more than a quarter century, I am NOT a big fan of drafting guys who are toolshed athletes who have little demonstrated baseball ability. Fourth, AGE MATTERS. Anthony Hewitt was puzzling pick because he had little demonstrated baseball ability and he was already too old. Fourth – you need to value the right tools. The Phillies under Amaro have not placed a sufficiently high emphasis on on base percentage – a good batter eye is a hugely important tool. Fifth, VELOCITY MATTERS. When a guy throws 87-89, unless the teams projects a huge boost in velocity (it happens but it’s especially rare for college pitchers), it’s extremely, extremely unlikely that the pitcher will develop into anything but an afterthought in the majors. But if as people say Imhof was throwing hitting 93 and throwing 90-92, then maybe the pick was okay – things change and guys lose velocity – all you can do is go on the data available at the time of the pick.

        So, in conclusion, I actually do have some idea what I’m talking about and I’m not responsible for other people’s ill-conceived opinions. Have a good day.

        1. catch…..very good argument.
          And, I hope Asche becomes an exception to the regular position developed scenario, other then Franco, and becomes a viable MLB all-around productive LFer.

      4. AMB – Phillies draft for tools instead of drafting baseball players. It’s a failed philosophy. If I was a GM of a little league team I may draft for tools, but if a 20 yr old doesn’t have good baseball extincts at that age it’s unlikely that they’ll ever develop them. See the Cardinals who employ the anti-Phillies philosophy

    2. When he was drafted, the scouting reports had him sitting 89-91 with a max of 93. That would be fine for a lefty imo.

    3. I hate to break it to you, but the baseball draft as a whole is a crapshoot. You’ll be lucky to get 2 starters out of 1 draft, let alone an elite starter.

    4. I wouldn’t call it a forced pick. As Mike Honcho said, the reports when he was drafted had his velo sitting a little higher than that and it can play up a bit because of his size and deception. A #4 starter might have been the most reasonable projection, but it’s possible the Phils liked him more than most. Plus, there’s value in getting a guy who is “safe” and can move quickly through the minors.

      On Brown, maybe I’m in the minority but I’m actually pleased with him so far. I didn’t have super high expectations and was worried that Hi-A pitchers would take advantage of his approach and force him into a bunch of weak contact. It seems like he’s barreling the ball at a decent rate though; hopefully as the season goes on he refines his approach a little.

    5. He has to be getting back to strength cause a lot of scouts had him 91 93 with natural cutting action. He throw 85% fastballs in college last yr he lead div 1 college’s in strikeouts. He a usual delivery where he hid the ball . This yr he’s never been right I think the Phillies were changing his delivery over the winter that many be it.Fangraphs had him 4th prospect in the being off the seaso.BA had him in the top 10 something off with him.

      1. One scouting report on Imhof from 2014:
        Fastball: 55/60…………There are advantages to being left-handed, which Imhof capitalizes; fastball sits in the low 90s, touches 95 mph and moves in on left-handed hitters, giving it the illusion of being a cutter; gets excellent plane on the pitch and throws it for strikes with regularity; more velocity in the body coming, which leads to a plus projection for the heater.

        Slider: 45/55…………..Imhof’s breaking ball flashes above average at times, showing hard tilt down in the zone; can be the swing-and-miss pitch he needs to be a mid-rotation starter, though there are times when he will short arm the pitch, causing it to break with less tilt and staying in the zone long enough to find a barrel; good velocity, often in the high 70s, and the shape often suggests an MLB-quality pitch.

        Changeup: 45/50…………..A pitcher with Imhof’s size, natural fastball movement and quality slider doesn’t leave a lot of room for a third pitch; has some feel for the changeup, but throwing it for strikes is still a problem; needs to keep it around the zone for hitters to respect it; arm speed is solid with good velocity separation from the fastball.

        Control: 45/55……….Imhof has no problems throwing the fastball for strikes; knows how to sequence well, working primarily off the heater while continuing to develop the secondary stuff; feel for the slider and changeup are still coming along; long arm action can lead to erratic moments, but he usually finds himself quickly.

        Command: 40/50…………..
        Best thing that can be said about Imhof is that he knows how to use the fastball; young pitchers can get lost while trying to pile up their stats that throwing off-speed stuff in fastball counts, which leads to speeding up the bats of a player who wouldn’t be able to catch the heater; needs better placement of all his pitches in the zone, especially the off-speed stuff; as long as fastball is around the zone, he will be solid.

        MLB Player Comparison: Mike Minor

    1. He’s had 500+ PA since 2013 in Reading so I would guess LHV. I’m hoping he gets a shot at a September call up this year.

  2. provided Dugan is not back on the DL after getting hit by a pitch I would assign him to LHV although 30-50 PA’s in CLW is a possibility first.

    Someone up at LHV has to get moved to make room.

  3. Good for Lino I hope he does ok. I think that’s a little fast though I thought he would be in AA the hole yr.

  4. Another tough year for Phillies’ fans to stomach – no immediate change in sight unfortunately.

  5. Lakewood BlueClaws activated LF Jiandido Tromp from the 7-day disabled list.

    Jose Mayorga assigned to Phillies Extended Spring Training from Lakewood BlueClaws.

  6. Lino up to Lehigh Vally, (AAA). If he keeps up his fine defense (threw out 45% of would-be base stealers) then his hitting can be learned at AAA…and in the bigs. Hope they promote him to the bigs before the end of this season–September, please.

    The Giants have prpmoted a catcher, Susac, to fill in for Posey now&then. Susac has not been known for heavy hitting, but is learning that at the MLB level. His defense is like Lino’s: very good and getting better. Lino will spell Ruiz maybe–I hope–for the last month of this season.

    With good defense, Lino can learn the hitting game while he catches for the Phils who have nothing to lose by elevating him to the big club after play at AAA Lehigh Valley.

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