Box Score Recap – 6/18/2015

Lehigh Valley (26-43) beat Bufalo Bisons 3-0 in Aaron Nola’s debut at AAA.  In a marquee match up with the Blue Jays #1 prospect (pre-season #4), Daniel Norris, Nola shined.  He needed 98 pitches (66 strikes) to throw 5.0 innings, but allowed only 5 base runners on 4 hits and a walk.  One runner was caught stealing and the walk occured on the second to the last batter he faced.  Nola punctuated his evening by striking out the next batter, his seventh, to end the fifth inning and his evening.  The IronPigs plated a run in the bottom of the inning to give Nola a chance for his first AAA victory and the bullpen took over.  Adam Loewen allowed 2 base runners but struck out 6 Bison in 2 innings.  Juan Gutierrez allowed 2 base runners in each inning but recorded the 2-inning save.

Norris dominated the IronPigs through the first four innings, allowing just 3 base runners.  The ‘Pigs broke through in the fifth when they converted a Jordan Danks walk and a Jayson Nix double into the game’s first run.  They applied more pressure in the sixth when they scored a one-out insurance run on a Darin Ruf single, Russ Canzler single and a Cord Phelps double.  However, that is all they could manage as the Bison brought in a reliever to end the threat.  Lehigh Valley tacked on an additional run on a Darin Ruf single in the seventh inning.

Ruf went 2-4 with a run and an RBI.  Danks added 2 hits.  Gabriel Lino went 1-4 and threw out a would-be base stealer.  Brian Bogusevic (.318) went 1-3 with a walk and stole his 10th base.

Jason Berken (3-4, 3.88) pitches tomorrow.

Reading (34-31) lost to the Trenton Thunder, and Aaron Judge, 5-0.  The Phil’s fell behind in the first inning on an Aaron Judge sacrifice fly, and were never really in the game.  Judge drove in 2 more runs on a third inning double and tacked on his fourth RBI on a solo HR (11) in the eighth inning.  The 6’7 Judge is the Yankees #5 prospect (pre-season #5).

Tom Windle lasted 5.0 IP, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out four.  Joely Rodriguez and Hoby Milner each threw a one-walk, shutout inning in relief.  Tyler Knigge finished up with a one-hit inning, Judge’s HR.

Reading could only manage 4 hits – one by J.P. Crawford, one by Brian Pointer, and 2 by Aaron Altherr.  Pointer worked the team’s only walk.  Altherr had their only XBH, a double.

Recently promoted, Mark Leiter makes his AA debut at First Energy Stadium tomorrow.  Leiter posted a 3-1 record.  He made his first 5 appearances from the bullpen this season before making 8 starts for Clearwater.  He had a 1.97 ERA, .202 BA, 1.18 WHIP.  He struck out 60 and walked 15 in 68.2 IP.  He has a low 90s FB and throws a 4-seam, 2-seam, cutter and change up.  He has a slo-curve that he shows to hitters and has gotten some A hitters out with it.  Might be a dangerous pitch to throw in the strike zone against AA hitters.  He also has a low 80s split finger in his repertoire.

Clearwater (34-33) beat the St. Lucie Mets 9-8 on Aaron Brown’s walkoff RBI single in the 9th inning.  David Whitehead had his worst outing of the season.  He lasted 3.0 innings and gave up 7 runs on 9 hits.  Victor Arano followed with 4.0 innings on a night when the bullpen probably needed a rest.  He gave up 5 hits and probably cost himself a win on a single-stolen base-single sequence in the seventh inning.  Jesen Therrien threw 2 shutout innings to pick up the win.

The Clearwater offense seems to perform best when they are faced with a large deficit.  Tonight when trailing by seven, they mounted their own 7-run rally in the fourth inning, highlighted by Andrew Pullin’s grand slam to tie the game.  They took the lead the following inning on a Drew Stankiewicz sacrifice fly.  Faced with another extra-inning game, Dylan Cozens singled to leadoff the ninth.  After he stole second, Andrew Knapp drew a walk.  A wild pitch advanced the runners before Brown grounded the game-ending single to right, his second walkoff hit in as many games.

Stankiewicz went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Pullin went 2-5 with a HR (5) and 4 RBI.  Cozens went 1-5 but stole 2 bases (12).  Knapp was 0-2 with a HBP and 2 BB.  Brown went 2-3 with an RBI and 2 BB.  Harold Martinez went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.  Carlos Tocci went 0-4 with a walk.  Brown also picked up an outfield assist and a stolen base (4).  The Threshers collected 7 walks.

All Star Break.  Next game is on Monday, June 22nd.  Pitcher TBD.

Lakewood (32-33)  lost to the Delmarva Shore Birds 6-1.  Chris Oliver had his worst game of the season giving up 6 runs on 8 hits in 4.0 innings.  He walked 3 and struck out one.  Scott Harris and Alexis Rivero combined to pitch 5.0 shutout innings, striking out eight.

Cord Sandberg went 2-3 with a double and a walk.  Derek Campbell pitched with 2 hits and a double.  Rhys Hoskins went 1-4 and drove in his 50th run of the season.

Elniery Garcia (4-5, 3.36) pitches tomorrow.

Williamsport (0-0) starts its season on the road against the State College Spikes on Friday, June 19th, their home opener on June 20th.  Roster is finally posted on their web site

Alejandro Arteaga has been announced as the pitcher for the opener.  TBD for Saturday, but expect to see Franklyn Kilome start the home opener.

GCL Phillies (0-0) start their season across the bay against the GCL Yankees1 on Monday, June 22nd.  Their second game is at the Carpenter Complex on Tuesday, June 23rd.  The GCL plays Monday thru Friday at noon.  Saturday at random times, usually 10:00AM.  Off Sunday.  The first Sunday game is August 30th, the first game of the playoffs.  They also haven’t posted a current roster online.  It still includes last year’s players.

DSL Phillies (9-8) lost to the DSL Rays 4-3 in a rain-shortened game.  SS Daniel Brito (.278) went 1-3 with an RBI from the leadoff position.

VSL Phillies (11-16) beat the VSL Cubs 6-1.  CF Enger Jimenez (.411) went 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI.  1B Joseph Miranda went 3-4 with a double and 2 RBI.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • The Phillies have finally released their signing dates.  The 2015 Draft Tracker has been updated to show all recent announcements.
  • A nice story on why a draft pick decided NOT to sign with the Phillies.  Lauria
  • I had a brief conversation with Roman Quinn behind the batting cage during the intrasquad game.  When I offered him the best wishes for a speedy recovery from all our readers, he said not to worry, it was only a slight strain.
  • Philadelphia Phillies recalled Jake Diekman from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Philadelphia Phillies designated RHP Dustin McGowan for assignment.
  • Philadelphia Phillies signed LHP Bailey Falter.
  • Philadelphia Phillies signed C Edgar Cabral.
  • Alejandro Arteaga assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Denton Keys assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • Franklyn Kilome assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • Luis Morales assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 1B Scott Tomassetti assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • Jesus Posso assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • Venn Biter assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • Lewis Alezones assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • Gregori Rivero assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • Jared Fisher assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • Ranger Suarez assigned to Phillies Extended Spring Training from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • Jason Zgardowski assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Phillies Extended Spring Training.
  • William Cuicas assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Phillies Extended Spring Training.
  • SS Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • IF Andrew Amaro assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.

51 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/18/2015

    1. So, Amaro has watched Hamels value increase because he didn’t settle for a package of lesser prospects, but he still needs to be “realistic” and stop asking for top prospects? That seems incongruous to me.

      1. Exactly. That article was typical national media BS. Horrible.

        I refuse to agree that Amaro should take anything less than what the Cubs got for Samardzidja. We have the extra pieces to make it work too. And I have no problem holding on to Hamels if we don’t get it. Personally, it is very enjoyable watching him pitch for the Phillies.

        1. Yeah, exactly.

          Hamels offers something that is very rare – a top of his game ace who could easily vault a team to championship almost by himself if he’s on at the time. The Phillies need to pit bidders against one another and get the highest offer. After he’s gone I sure as hell don’t want to hear that they took an okay offer because they didn’t want things to “turn into a circus” or because they were “comfortable” with a trade partner. Highest offer wins, folks (assuming Hamels can’t or won’t block it).

        2. I’m with you. There’s no reason to trade Hamels for nothing. The Phils are in the driver’s seat here.

      2. I think by being creative we could accept much more money for the Latin American signings, get compensatory picks or pay for Hamels option year which should work. The Phillies will need some players of real talent that will have to be traded to us. I despise the national media perception that Johhny Cueto who will be a Free Agent next year and will earn much than Hamels will is more valuable than Hamels.

  1. Cord Sandberg’s name has been mentioned a little more lately. He has hit .297 in his last 10 games but he hasn’t shown much in the hitting department through his 3 years in the organization. His triple slash this year is very underwhelming (.219/.279/.285). He has 10 assists in 54 games so you’d be stupid to test his arm very often. He’s only 20 but he has to stand up and show something with the bat… and soon.

    1. It would probably serve Sandberg well to repeat LKW again next season, to start at least. That may give him a boost if he starts well, then a mid-season promotion to CLW.

  2. After following the exploits of Ranger Suarez in the VSL last year, I was interested to see that the Phillies were thinking of using him as a reliever in Williamsport. Now I see that they have sent him from Williamsport to EST. Will he be assigned to GCL as a starting pitcher or work on a few things and go back to Williamsport? He has super control of his pitches, but VSL to Williamsport is a big jump.
    That said, the Phillies must think a lot of Luis Espiritu, the SS who replaced Suarez for the Cutters.
    I’ll be watching William Cuicas this year. Last season in the GCL he stood out while sharing time with Grenny Cumana.

    1. Suarez/Espiritu wasn’t a one-for-one swap. The Cutters have 7 slots open on their roster. (A short season club is allowed to have 30 players on the roster/25 max suit up for a game.) Look for them to add some middle infield depth, an OF or two, and pitching from within the org or NDFA. Pitchers Leftwich and Gilbert may be headed north this weekend.

      1. Who is Espiritu jr he’s from Brooklyn NY unless there’s a Brooklyn NY in DR he Can’t be a Latin signing.

  3. Aaron Nola has 24 GS since his LSU days.
    He is projected to get 12/14 more, barring injury, with LHV.
    Compared to many other first round pitchers’ collegiate draft picks in the past, that should be enough to qualify for a MLB rotation debut in 2016.

    1. No chance. If Nola keeps pitching as he has, the Phillies will call him up before the beginning of August. I’m not saying whether or not they should do this (although, frankly, he really should be ready by that time), just that I think they will do this in an effort to encourage the fans. Expect Nola to be called up right around the time Hamels is traded. The Phillies often attempt to cushion the blow of large and unpopular moves with other moves that they think the public will like. They’re really cute that way, as if any moves this season should be motivated by publicity;as if they can somehow save their jobs or improve the public’s perception of one of the worst teams in franchise history by properly timing the promotion of a prospect like Aaron Nola.

      1. Yes, I can understand the rationale behind the Phillies public perception image.
        I would hope they would use a patience with Nola and let him finish the season with LHV.
        He still has not thrown over 177 IP in a season, and I would think they would use more common sense in that regard.
        This season he has 13 starts and 82 IPed

  4. I had a nice Twitter exchange with a scout who was at the LV game last night about Nola. tl;dr he is probably better than we give him credit for

    1. That’s somewhat encouraging, since in the last few months there have been people limiting him to a #2 and possibly a #3. I remember back almost ten years ago, there was those who had Kyle Kendrick comped to Jason Schmidt of the Giants.

      1. I doubt you found a real scout who though KK was going to be an ace. I don’t recall ever hearing he was more than a #4 or #5

        1. You could tell from the moment he came up that he would always be a 4 or a 5 – agreed. He was always struggling to be average. I’m pretty confident saying that Nola’s ceiling is at least a 2 and, frankly, I’m pretty sure he’ll be at least a 3 the day he makes his major league debut. He’s an extraordinary pitcher – a true, traditional, change speeds, throw multiple pitches, get superb movement, throw to precise location pitcher – the old fashioned kind. A true throw back.

  5. I Personally don’t want him brought up now. I want to see him next year. no sense letting him pitch up here now . for what reason to be around this bad bunch of players. makes no sense. The only reason they would bring him up is to stir up interest and increase attendance. He will be pitching for the worst offense in baseball. that wouldn’t help his confidence.

    1. rocco…agree. Personally I rather see all the other ‘young’ prospects up….and let them get the experience and auditions needed to maybe be back-of-the-rotation starters, for example, Severino Gonzalez, Philippe Aumont, and maybe MAG if ever gets healthy, and also David Buchanan when he gets healthy again.

      1. Sorry. I forgot to mention that Buchanan pitched in the intrasquad game Thursday. He pitched three innings, although he pitched to 3 extra hitters in the second and 1 extra in the third. He looked good. He retired 13 of the 14 batters he faced, allowing one soft, opposite field line drive to Luis Encarnacion. He moved extremely well off the mound to cover first on balls hit that way. I think he was showing off for Joe Jordan. He even raced to the bag to take throws on balls fielded in foul territory to show his mobility. He ended one inning with a leap to snag a chopper up the middle, and after the toss to first was gesturing toward Jordan and the coaches. I would expect his next start to be in LHV before moving him up to the Phillies.

        Watson also pitched. He wasn’t quite as sharp as Buchanan, but he pitched 5 innings against a team made up mostly of draft picks. He gave up 4 hard base hits, 2 line drives to CF, a GB back thru the box, and a line drive poked the other way between third and short by Martin. If he can last 5 IP down here, he should be ready to do the same in Lakewood or WPT.

    2. What they need to do is get press out in front that he only translates to a 3 or at best a 2 so that there is no unreasonable expectations from the start.

      I can see a spot start in September against a weak opponent to get his feet wet.

    1. Kingery will be moving north some time within the next week, I think. Randolph might spend some time in GCL like Crawford did when he was drafted. He has to learn a new position when he gets down here.

        1. Depends on his performance and those ahead of him, but if he performs well and there is no serious prospect blocking him (can’t think of any…Pujols maybe?) then reasonable to think he is at LKW next year.

        2. Sure. Crawford jumped from GCL to Lakewood after 39 G, 168 AB in 2013. Then played half season at Lakewood before promotion to Clearwater in 2014. HIs performance will determine his progress. The Phillies have shown that they will not hold top prospects back at lower levels. And I don’t see anybody ahead of him who would block him.

    2. Martin and kingery assigned to Lakewood, hopefully that means canelo and Hoskins get promoted..

      1. Cumana got moved to WPT. Kingery plays second so it looks like he will slot into the keystone with Canelo at SS and Campbell will hit the bench.

  6. Keith Law did a quick top ten update and put JPC as the #2 prospect in all of baseball. He is such a Phillies hater, always has been.

    1. Keith absolutely hates the Phillies approach since it is non-analytics driven. That is not hidden. If you follow him, he makes his opinions clear. That is different than saying that he is not objective on individual prospects, which he is.

      Although, I think he was dead wrong about Franco. He gave Franco a major downgrade coming into this season and I think he will say at some point that he missed on him.

    1. I was there. I don’t know where he gets the velo. I stood next to the kid with the gun, it didn’t work after the first inning. Battery issues. I didn’t see another gun there. That said, he did look to be throwing hard. I inserted observations on both Buchanan and Watson above in response to a previous comment.

  7. Hoby Milner assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils.

    Ethan Martin assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.

  8. Adam Morgan to start Sunday for Phils. Really liked him when he was drafted, and I hope he can make it all the way back from his injury. I will certainly root for him, but I did not read that he was looking particularly sharp. Did I miss something?

    1. Phillies are running out of arms to trot out there. Buchanan going down really hurt them. Morgan is already on the 40 man, so he gets next. He doesn’t really deserve it, but the team is so bad, who cares. Aumont should get DFAd for Morgan on Sunday. Aumont looked better than he did in previous years, but his control is still iffy and he needs a 3rd pitch. If Morgan performs in the next 2 starts, I wouldn’t be shocked that once Jerome Williams gets healthy, he gets cut.

      1. I guess MAG will not be a Phillies’ pitcher any time this season!
        Have not heard anything on him to date.

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