Box Score Recap – 6/16/2015

Lehigh Valley (24-43) won the completion of their suspended game 3-1.  Chad Billingsley took over in the fifth when the game resumed and pitched 3.0 innings for the win.  He gave up an unearned run on 3 hits and a walk.  Jake Diekman picked up his 3rd save.  Darin Ruf started at first and went 1-4 with 2 RBI. C  Gabriel Lino went 1-4 but struck out 3 times.  Jordan Danks and Cord Phelps had 2 hits each.

The IronPigs dropped the second game 3-1.  Seve Gonzalez took the loss with the following line – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.  Adam Loewen pitched the final 2.0 innings allowing 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out four.  (1-1, 4.74) pitches second game tomorrow.  The ‘Pigs managed only 4 hits by LF Tyler Henson (RBI), CF Brian Bogusevic (.319), 3B Cord Phelps, and C Blake Forsythe (R, 2B).

Adam Morgan (0-6, 4.61) pitches tomorrow as the IronPigs face former Phillies’ pitcher Randy Wolf (5-1, 2.70).

Reading (34-29) beat the Trenton Thunder 8-2.  Jesse Biddle got the win with the following superb line – 7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 94 pitches, 60 strikes.  Keith Law posted this after the sixth inning, “Jesse Biddle through six innings for Reading. He has looked fantastic – like 2014 never happened”.  ‘Nuf said.  Colton Murray struck out 2 in 1.1 innings of relief.

J.P. Crawford led off again and went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI.  RF Kelly Dugan went 1-3 with a double, walk, and RBI; but commited an error that led to the unearned run.  CF Aaron Altherr, Brock Stassi, and LF Cam Perkins had 2 hits each as every player had at least one hit.  C Rene Garcia chipped in with 2 RBI.

Zach Eflin (4-4, 3.12) pitches tomorrow.

Clearwater (32-33) lost to the St. Lucie Mets 5-2.  Mark Imhof lasted only 2.1 innings in his first home start since April 9th.  He labored through a 24-pitch first inning facing 4 batters and walking one.  Eighteen of those pitches were FB at 87-89 on our generous radar gun.  Imhof fared better in the second inning.  He needed only 13 pitches to retire the side.  He dealt with an inning-opening error by one of his fielders and survived a subsequent base hit with a strike out and a double play.  In the third inning, the command and control he relies on deserted him and he threw 25 pitches to seven batters and only recorded one out.  He pitched from behind to most batters.  His velocity was only marginally lower than at the start of the game, but still within his normal range.  The only fly ball he allowed was a sacrifice fly, softly hit down the RF line.  He did walk a batter, but the 5 hits he allowed were ground balls that were just outside of the reach of his infielders.  His uncharacteristic line was – 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 62 pitches, 36 strikes.

Overall 40 of Imhof’s 62 pitches were FB 87-89.  I had seen him hit 90 as recently as ten days ago on hand held guns at the complex and in Dunedin. If our stadium gun is hot, tonight’s readings should have been higher.  I shared the booth with Kris Dunn from  I provided him with my pitch count and velo for a prospect report he was writing.  Give him a look for an outside perspective.

The Threshers’ offense was stymied through the first five innings, managing only 3 singles.  Their best scoring chance came in the sixth when they combined three 2-out singles, a double, and a walk to score 2 runs and load the bases.  However, that is all they could muster.  Their only base runner over the final 3 innings reached on a HBP.  Dylan Cozens went 2-5.

Carlos Tocci made his Clearwater debut, and although he struck out in his first 2 at bats, he didn’t look over matched.  He just struck out.  He finished 1-5 with the Threshers’ only extra base hit (a double) and one of their two RBIs.  He reached on an error by the SS in his second at bat.  He might have beat the throw anyway, the fielder had to move to his right and hurried to field the ball and missed it.  Tocci’s double was a hard ground ball to the left of the SS that he couldn’t get to.  Tocci hustled it into a double.  He grounded out hard down the third base line in the ninth inning.  It’s too early to pass judgement on the young man, but he looks like he’s wearing a jersey that comes off the kids rack.  And that still looks loose on him.

Yacksel Rios (1-2, 2.67) pitches tomorrow.

Lakewood (32-31)  Delmarva took both games of double header.  9-6 and 4-0.

In the first game, Tyler Viza had a rough 3.1 innings.  Cord Sandberg went 4-4 with a HR and 2 RBI.  Damek Tomscha went 3-3 with a double and an RBI.  Malquin went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.

In the second game, the pitchers for both teams performed well.  Delmarva finally broke through in the top of the sixth with Joey De Nato in his third inning of relief. He and seventh inning reliever Alexis Rivero both gave up two runs, one of which was unearned for each pitcher.  Meanwhile, the Shorebirds held the BlueClaws to 4 base runners, 3 hits and a walk. Canelo had one of the singles.

Chris Oliver (3-4, 3.44) pitches tomorrow.

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

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

DSL Phillies (9-6) lost to the DSL Rays 9-2.  The DSL Phillies were held to 2 hits.

VSL Phillies (10-15) beat the VSL Tigers 4-3.  Enger Jimenez went 0-3 and dropped below .400 to .398 for the season.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • 20 new signees were on the field today in Clearwater this morninig.  Reported here.  The 2015 Draft Tracker has been updated to show the new reports and signing bonuses.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs released LHP Nick Hill.
  • LHP Joely Rodriguez assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Adam Loewen assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • RHP Paul Clemens assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Reading Fightin Phils released RHP Lee Ridenhour.
  • Reading Fightin Phils activated SS KC Serna from the 7-day disabled list.
  • RHP Ricardo Pinto assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • CF Carlos Tocci assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • Chase Harris assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Yoel Mecias assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Phillies Extended Spring Training.
  • Lakewood BlueClaws released RHP Nick Rodesky.
  • Calvin Rayburn assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Phillies Extended Spring Training.
  • DSL Phillies placed RHP Juan Torres on the restricted list.
  • Williamsport has not updated their 2015 roster but the following 23 were present for Media Day today.  Sure to be changes in the next few days.  Bold are returning.  Bold/Italics are from 2015 Draft.
  • RHP: Lewis Alezones, Alejandro Arteaga, Jared Fisher, Mitch Gueller, Franklyn Kilome, Luis Morales, Will Morris, Feliberto Sanchez, Jose Taveras, Jason Zgardowski
  • LHP: Juan Figueroa, Denton Keys
  • C: Wilson Garcia, Jesus Posso, Gregori Rivero
  • INF: William Cuicas, Luis Espiritu, Jan Hernandez, Scott Tomassetti, Andrew Amaro
  • OF: Venn Biter, Carlos Duran, Jose Pujols

49 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/16/2015

  1. Good Luck to Lee Ridenhour, whose father has contributed to our on line community. I wish him the best.

  2. This might be the 3 or 4th time I’ve seen Biddle pitch in Trenton and he always seems to perform well there even in losses. He must like the mound.

    What else can be said about Crawford other than this is what he was born to do. Dugan looked good and looked his usual self I just don’t get how he gets hurt so often…bones of glass I guess.

    I’ll be there again tonight to see Eflin pitch.

      1. NP Tonight’s game should be a really good challenge for our hitters. Kyle Haynes has pitched well of late. In his last 24.2 IP he has only yielded 4 ER. Looks like they started him in a relief role and are now stretching him out to a starters role.

        Of course I am really excited to see Eflin in some live action. I didn’t think I was going to get to this game given that its my anniversary but the wife said go ahead that’s your present.

      1. I would agree that Crawford is in the Jeter mold of player – he’s that style of player. He’s probably never going to hit 25 homers and maybe he won’t be the very best fielder in the league, but he is above average to plus in so many areas that the whole package is overwhelming.

        As for Biddle, my general response is that I’m really proud of this kid. It’s obvious that he’s had to fight through a lot of things to improve and he’s been stalled in AA a long time. But he has undeniable talent and he’s hung in there and done better. My view is that as soon as he has a fairly sustained period of success, if the team believes the improvements are permanent it should move him to AAA and give him the psychological boost that has been so elusive for him the last few years. I am so rooting for this kid – he’s a good guy, a loyal local guy, has real talent, works very hard by all accounts and has tremendous heart and desire. I will admit that I have a bit of a personal bias in that Biddle’s cousin was a high school team co-captain with my son – but I am acquainted loosely with his aunt and she and the entire family all seem like great people. Here’s to your success, Jesse. Good luck, pal.

        1. I am happy for Jesse as well…really rooting for him.

          I am wondering if his night should have ended after 7 innings. I myself thought it was good to send him out for the 8th – his pitch count was relatively low and getting through that 8th inning unscathed would have been another feather in his cap. But it turned out to be the wrong decision. While his performance to that point was “in the books”, only a big third out by reliever Colton Murray with the sacks loaded prevented up to several runs added to Biddle’s line.

          Obviously what counts is how Jesse takes it from here.

          1. I’m glad I included the Keith Law comment in the story. I even verified that it was really Keith Law and not one of those “pretend” accounts. It’s good to hear the opinion from an outsider, especially one as prestigious as Keith Law.

        2. Agree catch…time for him to be moved up. Let us see what he can do at the AAA level.

    1. When his curve ball is on and we all know that is a plus pitch it gives hitters fits. His FB sat mostly 91-92 the trenton pitch speed reading is buried in the scoreboard so its hard to follow all the radar readings but he seemed to have enough deception with it as he appeared to be up in the zone with it.

      My guess is he was getting away with it because he had them looking for the CB.

      Jeter is lofty praise for me more Barry Larkin from the left the side.

      1. Haha, this one Hall of Famer is too lofty of praise for me, so I’ll comp him to a different Hall of Famer….

        1. Did you like that? But really the whole time you were watching Larkin did you think to yourself he was a HOF

    2. Here is another great tweet on Crawford

      1. By the way, I saw the double and it was really impressive (although, admittedly, the video feed from Trenton was atrocious – much worse than the pretty strong video pictures you usually get from Reading). The pitch was low and outside – a real pitcher’s pitch, and Crawford reached down and just drove it to the outside field in the left field alley. It was a very impressive display of hitting.

  3. The major league club is so horrible that it is actually a waste of time to discuss how bad they are. So let me paint a positive picture.

    There is a very real chance that we will have the best left side of infield in all of baseball in a few years. What Franco is doing right now is unbelievable. His combination of power and low k rate is otherworldly. It is still early in him but his bat looks elite right now.

    And Crawford could easily be the #1 or #2 prospect in baseball.

    Those are 2 GREAT building blocks. An elite 2-hole and 3- hole hitter for the next decade is something to get excited about. Still so much needed, but it is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    1. Agreed. There is finally a light at the end of the tunneland it doesn’t appear to be a train. Crawford and Franco are very valuable building blocks. Quinn has shown a lot, they appear to have a bunch of promising mid range pitchers, and still have some raw but talented players in A or below. Add in this year’s draft class, next year’s high pick, and whatever haul they get at the deadline, and the minor league system has the potential to take off very soon.

    2. I’m hoping by some miracle that JP, Franco and Nola can be our version of Posey, Sandoval and Bumgarner – a nucleus around which we can build a contender. Now we just need to replace RAJ with Giants assistant GM and South Jersey native John Barr, so he can put the pieces around them.

    1. They can still add up to 7 players, I think. But, he’s only 17, he doesn’t turn 18 until August. They might want to start him off in the GCL. He’s really still a work in progress.

  4. So who fills the spot of Jerome Williams? Biddle is on the 40 man roster and is would be pitching on his regular day. Seve seemed overmatched. In a similar spot some years ago, Kyle Kendrick was plucked from Reading and did well. Maybe now it’s Jesse’s turn to have crazy luck of a different kind.

    1. Could be very dangerous. Biddle is too fragile to be thrust into the “limelight”. Could be shades of how Gavin Floyd was treated.

      1. I’d like to see another month of Aumont at AAA, just in case the added time as a starter there might help him. By middle of July, I agree you give Aumont a shot – he either shows he’s worthy of it or you release him and let him win 15 games a year for the Giants or A’s.

      2. Can Aumont be worse than Jerome Williams last night? We should give him a shot to see what he can do.

  5. So who are the prospects to watch in Williamsport?

    I guess Kilome and Pujols. And any high picks that gets assigned there. Anybody else?

    1. I like Keys. I thought he should have gone up last year after watching him in XST. I’ll be interested to see how he performs. The 2 young catchers, Posso and Rivero, have progressed well down here. It’ll be interesting to see how they do in WPT.

  6. Also, good game by Sandberg, but he’s had flashes before. Would love to see a recent scouting report on him.

  7. If Ranger Suarez is indeed in Williamsport, I’d follow him; also, Carlos Duran and Lewis Alezones.

  8. This might be a strange question, and irrelevant at this very moment, but who on the farm looks like a strong potential leader(s) in the upcoming years for the big club?

    I’m personally thrilled at how much turnaround has taken place in the last 6-8 months, and think that the likes of Crawford, Franco, Kingery, Quinn, Nola, and Randolph in 2-4 years appears to be a strong core. That said, it would be nice to know who has the leadership gene similar to that of guys like Utley, Ruiz, etc.

    Any insight is appreciated…

  9. eematusko You need stronger prospects then we have right now to think we are on the upswing. There are no sure things. I like nola and of course Crawford. kingery what did he do? Quinn’s bat is a question mark still. Randolph could be another greene. we are ranked 24 by mlb after the draft for our minor league system. That’s why its important imo that we get a gm in place today, to make the pap. and hamels deal. I just don’t truck Gillick or Amaro at this point. someone has to make hard decision regarding. Howard and ruiz, and Utley.

    1. The names mentioned were speculation, but the trajectory is much better than this time a year ago. Kingery and Randolph are at least baseball player instead of athletes who play baseball. As for the rankings, they’re fairly

      I fully agree with you that there are no guarantees, and the names I listed were only a few of the players with pro potential. Eflin, Dugan, Canelo, Tocci, Hoskins, A Brown, Knapp, Cozens and more have pro potential. I saw that we’res still ranked in the mid-20’s, but I’ve also seen/heard that we’re closer to the mid-teens. That’s not the makings of a dynasty, but a sharp improvement when compared to the state of affairs this time last year.

    2. I would love it but there no way unless Giles , Monty just give up. Quinn been doing good he’s been above 300 most of the time . Quinn speed is elite and if he doesn’t make it there is H Rodriguez he’s getting hot , Tocci , plus the Phillies just drafted 3 more cf. 2nd base not really an issue as long as they can play defense. We have been lucky to get chase. Crawford, Franco, Nola is a good start now they need 2 more studs and a pitching staff which some are going to be free agents. The good thing is there’s no where to go but up.

  10. I find it hard to believe that our system is still only ranked in the 20’s. I think somewhere around 13-15 sounds more appropriate and feel like we could easily be a top 10 system going into 2016 and maybe a top 5 after potential Hamels, Papelbon and Harang trades. Just off of the top if my head I can see 5-6 guys who are possible top 100 guys:

    1. JP Crawford 1-5
    2. Aaron Nola 20-25
    3. Roman Quinn 60-70
    4. Zach Eflin 70-80
    5. Franklyn Kilome 90-100
    6. Cornelius Randolph 90-100

    With some on the outside looking in like Carlos Tocci. Plus we should net AT LEAST one top 100 guy in trades. Hell if we got 2 top 100 guys in trades then we COULD have 5-8 top 100 prospects.

  11. He may not be considered as high a prospect but Biddle is looking good this year. He had a little hiccup a couple games back but he is pitching pretty good again. Hey what happened to Morgan tonight he got taken out after two innings?

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