Box Score Recap – 6/22/2015

Lehigh Valley (27-45) Off day Monday.  Seve Gonzalez (1-4, 4.23) pitches Tuesday.

Reading (37-32) beat the Portland Sea Dogs 3-2.  Zach Eflin pitched 6.0 shutout innings.  He gave up 6 hits, struck out 4, and walked none.  He threw 65 pitches, 45 strikes.  Nefi Ogando pitched two, one-hit innings.  Stephen Shackleford made it interesting with 2 walks, a wild pitch, and a two-out, two-RBI single before notching his 15th save.

J.P. Crawford went 2-4 with a walk.  Kelly Dugan went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.  Aaron Altherr went 1-3 with a double and a walk.  Brock Stassi went 1-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI.  KC Serna chipped in with 2 hits.

Tom Windle (2-4, 5.00) pitches tomorrow.

Clearwater (35-33) beat the Daytona Tortugas 4-3.  Ricardo Pinto made his first Advanced A start.  Story HERE.  Also some news on Dylan Cozens.  (The Threshers finished the 2014 first half with a 17-51 record.  With 2 games remaining in the 2015 first half, they can tie Daytona for the best record in the North Division.  The Threshers would win the division based on head-to-head record.  Not a bad turn around no matter the outcome, eh?)

Matt Imhoff (2-3, 3.63) pitches tomorrow.

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

Williamsport (4-0) beat the West Virginia Black Bears 7-4.  Mitch Gueller pitched six, three-hit innings.  He was charged with 3 runs, but only one earned.  He allowed one walk and struck out four.  Kenny Koplove pitched a one hit inning.  Andrew Godail allowed a run in one inning on a hit and 2 walks.  Jason Zgardowski picked up his second save with a two strike out, shutout inning.  I read tweets that Gueller was 88-90 early but settled in at 86-88.

Venn Biter went 2-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI.  Jose Pujols went 3-4 with an RBI.  Brendon Hayden went 0-2 with a walk and an RBI.  Jan Hernandez went 1-4 with his 2nd HR and 2 RBI.  Carlos Duran had 2 hits.  Gregori Rivero went 2-3 with a walk and an RBI.  Dylan Bosheers got his first professional hit, a triple.

Luis Morales starts tomorrow.  (Larry Shenk is reporting that Denton Keys is starting today.  Keys is listed as the Wednesday starter on the Cutters web page.)

GCL Phillies (1-0) opened their season with a 5-2 win over the GCL Yankees1.  Every starter got at least one hit except Arquimedes Gamboa who went 0-5 with 4 Ks.  Luis Encarnacion opened the scoring with a 2-run HR in the first.  Jonathan closed out the Phillies scoring with a 2-run HR in the seventh.  C Rodolfo Duran drove in the other run in the second.  Arauz went 2-5.  Greg Pickett went 2-4 with 2 doubles.

David Buchanan made the rehab start.  He pitched 4.0 innings.  He gave up one hit, struck out two, and walked none.  Ranger Suarez got the win with four two-hit innings.  He walked one and struck out two.  Victor Delgado gave up two runs in the ninth on a walk and two hits.

FWIW, I don’t think Randolph made the trip to Tampa.  He was active on social media during the game, and I can’t imagine that would happen from the dugout.  Especially with several Phillies exec types in attendance, like Dallas Green.

DSL Phillies (10-9) lost to the DSL Astros Blue 7-3.

VSL Phillies (12-19) lost to the VSL Cubs 6-4 in 11 innings.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs sent RHP David Buchanan on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
  • Jose Mayorga assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • Harold Martinez assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Devin Lohman assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Reading Fightin Phils placed C Rene Garcia on the bereavement list.
  • Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.
  • Clearwater Threshers placed LHP Hoby Milner on the temporarily inactive list.
  • Ranger Suarez assigned to GCL Phillies from Phillies Extended Spring Training.
  • RHP Adonis Medina assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • LHP Zach Morris assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • LHP Jake Reppert assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • RHP Kevin Walsh assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • LHP Bailey Falter assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • RHP Victor Delgado assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • RHP Felix Paulino assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • RHP Edgar Garcia assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • RHP Sutter McLoughlin assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • LHP Will Stewart assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • RHP Horace Stubblefield assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • C Nerluis Martinez assigned to DSL Phillies.
  • C Gregory Brodzinski assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • C Rodolfo Duran assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • C Edgar Cabral assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • SS Jonathan Arauz assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • SS Arquimedes Gamboa assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • OF Juan Luis assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • OF Yunior Reyes assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • OF Bryan Martelo assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • OF Henry Santana assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • OF Greg Pickett assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • OF Cornelius Randolph assigned to GCL Phillies.

76 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/22/2015

  1. The GCL game had all Latin American guys except Greg Pickett and Dave Buchanan. I guess most of the new signees weren’t ready yet. Pickett was close to being the oldest position players for the Phils. There were 17 year olds galore and even a 16 year old. Jonathon Arauz will be 16 until August and he hit a HR.

    Who woke up Venn Biter? After his disastrous 2nd year, I thought he might be gone but he’s back with a vengeance. Nice! 4 games is not a trend it’s still nice to see.

    I guess Hoskins will be moved up after the SAL All Star break. Martin can step into 1B in LKW and Rhys continues on his career path.

    1. Think about it. Gueller could play 3 more years in WPT as an outfielder. Law rated him the 39th best in the draft as an OF’er.

  2. Can someone tell me why they’re even wasting money on airfare for Martinez at this point??

  3. JPC has an 8-game hitting streak. So far in AA he has 15 R, 15 BB, and 10 K. He is four years younger than Altherr and Dugan! He is amazing.

    1. And on top of his impressive offensive numbers his defense is getting excellent reviews from scouts. Very exciting.

            1. Yes, even if he keeps playing like this. He’s 20 yo and has a whopping 98 AB @ AA. He’s going to play out this season @ AA and at best start next year @ AAA. If he continues on this path, next September is the earliest he gets called up.

            2. From what I’m hearing, if he keeps playing this great at AA and stays healthy, there is a very real chance he spends the last 30 days of this season in Lehigh Valley. His most likely path is to do that, and then spend a few months of next season in AAA, but there is a best case scenario that his him playing SS early in 2016 in Philly, depending on how the rest of this season goes.

            3. I just saw the tape of part of last night’s game in order to see Eflin’s performance (very impressive and very subtle – Eflin pretty much only throws pitcher’s pitches – pitches that are difficult for the batter to hit), but I also saw Crawford personall turn 3 double players – he’s so smooth and effective – awesome range, great footwork around the base, and superb arm. My guess is that he’s so good he’s going to force the issue – he will be ready for promotion by early next year (May or so). If they keep him down on the farm it will only be an arb clock calculation or because they are working on something very specific with him (what that would be would be anyone’s guess – I don’t see any weakness in his game, except perhaps for power and I don’t think that’s something they can really work on specifically – he will grow into that).

    2. Yes, he’s just amazing. 65/70 hit tool, 75/80 plate discpline (really, it’s other worldly), 60 speed, 65/70 field tool. He’s an amazing player. If he develops even moderate power you are talking about a guy who, potentially, is one of the elite players in major league baseball for a generation. I’m sticking with my prediction – he ends his career as the Phillies’ all-time hits leader.

      By the way, as I noted last week, folks should be paying attention to Cesar Hernandez. He is a player who works hard all the time at improving all aspects of his game – we saw this the other year at AAA. He hits the ball hard everywhere and has developed an extraordinary eye at the plate. When Ryne Sandberg explains that he’s going to “try” to get Cesar at bats or talks about the “importance” of Chase Utley continuing to play I practically get an aneurysm (and don’t get me wrong, Chase Utley is probably my favorite Phillie of all-time, but it really looks like it’s over and even if it isn’t there’s no reason why the team shouldn’t be playing its younger players to the exclusion of almost-out-the-door veterans).

      1. I’ve never been a proponent of the DH, but I would be for it just in this situation where Hernandez and Utley can both be in the lineup. Still, I agree Cesar deserves a shot no matter what.

      2. catch….want to upgrade your seats to the HoF club…..our association is looking for some additional partners to come on-board.
        Section 229…two seats. Association pres is a fellow named Paul.
        Contact him at paul.ferrante@comcast.net

        1. Do you guys have a ticket share – like a 1/5 or 1/6 share? That might be of interest to me – currently I’m in 145 about 4 rows from the field on a partial (17 game) plan – not bad at all except for the brand of baseball I’ve been saying. Plus with having your own plan is that you directly control playoff seat rights – I know, it’s funny right now, but when the team is good it’s something that is useful to have.

          1. catch……more or less…..each partner can claim up to a certain limit of games for the season. Some guys get as few as 4/5 and some go up to 20 I believe.
            And you are correct about the playoff feature….though there you are ‘competing’ for the games with the other partners choosings.
            And then there are promotions/events that come along thru the yea if yuo wish to attend.

          1. You betcha rocco…..but not sure we will be able to hook up….there are only the two seats in Sect 229.

      3. Cesar has been a pleasant surprise. He plays solid D and his eye at the plate is improving steadily. I think the jury is still out whether or not he could be a regular. Hopefully, he’ll be able to hit enough to be a placeholder until somebody is ready, like Kingery.

      4. Herandez is not the future at 2nd he makes Tocci look fat . He has no options left so he’s knows the writing on the wall. Hes’ kinda like a poor man’s Galvis without the glove. He can run little , hit and play some defense . He’s 165 pds at 26 yrs old not much power good pitcher’s will bust him in. He’s bin up and down for 3 yrs now I like him too but with Galvis here and Crawford and kingsley on there way in the near future there no room.

  4. Tocci had a good game. Eflin should get a AAA promotion in July, unless he takes a step back.

    1. Keep in mind that Eflin only tossed 128 innings last season. 2015 is as much about building up innings as it is about performance. I suspect he stays in Reading all season irrespective of his performance. They’ll likely shut him down early as well

    2. Eflin is also only 9 months older than Crawford. He is doing amazingly well at such a young age.

      I find it interesting that there were complaints about Reading IF defense (at least before JPC) but it has not seemed to impact Eflin despite being a groundball specialist.

  5. So much to comment on;

    Altheer, after OPS’ing .969 in 84 June PAs, heads to LV. The key for him will be to maintain the improved plate discipline we saw at Reading. If he can maintain his ratios, he’s a legitimate starting outfield candidate. I expect a bit of struggle to begin with and he may need 300 or so AAA PAs before we start seeing results to get excited about. I’ll be keeping my eye on two stats only during his stay at LV – BB and K rations

    Pujols is raking right now. Perhaps what is most impressive is the number of hits to the right side of the field and only 1 K in 17 PAs after K rates north of 30% the past two seasons.

    Pinto working 91-94 and touching 95-96 is exciting to hear. With that kind of velocity he becomes a serious prospect if he wasn’t already

    Eflin – can anyone recall a more efficient pitching prospect for the Phillies? I can’t. He regularly averages 10-11 pitches per inning which is superb

    Jonathan Aruaz (http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/08/phillies-sign-jonathan-arauz.html), all of 16 yrs old, was placed in the 3-hole in the Phillies opening day lineup and responded with 2 hits including as homer.

    Add in Franco’s performance at the big league level and a 4-win sweep for the Pharm teams and we had ourselves a very exciting Monday. How bout a repeat today?

    1. As I said last week. EFLIN IS NOT JUST ANOTHER GUY. His command as is good as you are going to find in a young pitcher – right there with Nola. As he learns to set up hitters and refines his breaking pitches, you will seek the K rates rise. Normally, I’m really worried about K rates with a young pitcher – but with Eflin much less so, especially since he throws fairly hard.

      1. Also worth noting that Eflin’s K per 9 is up considerably in June. Still on the low end but much improved over the first two months

      2. I love everything about Eflin except his K rate scares me. My hope is that he develops one out pitch. If he does, then I think he is a quality MLB pitcher. But his control is very, very impressive.

        1. Yeah, I hear you. He threw one pitch all night that had the look of an “out” pitch. It was either a nasty slider or a splitter – bottom dropped out of the pitch right before home plate.

          I am also hopeful that, as he progresses, he can sit 91-94 (like Halladay used to do) rather than 90-91 – it will make him that much more effective.

    2. Eflin reminds me of Randy Wolf during his first year+ in the minors. Very efficient without that power arm.

      1. Eflin cooled down Sox prospect rumored in the Hamels trade…Manuel Margot…he had been very hot in his last 5/6 games and Eflin stymied him.

      2. Eflin throws much harder than Wolf did and he’s a big righty, not a smaller lefty – they are quite dissimlar. Eflin is more in the Roy Halladay mold of pitcher – big guy, great command, good movement, mostly works down in the zone, almost no walks, changes speeds (actually he changes speeds more than Halladay did), can fool people but lives primarily on weak or awkward contact (ground balls, lazy fly outs, etc . . . ).

  6. Reading has several players that could/should be sent to LHV. Most obvious is Stassi. Then Altherr. One more effective start from Biddle and he should go (if not already). Ogando’s getting close. And only the ages (and therefore development) of Crawford and Eflin are keeping them down. However, if Eflin keeps up the pace, he should be moved too. What about Crawford? If he would continue at a blistering pace, do you still leave him at Reading the rest of the year?

    1. And let’s not forget Dugan – a few more weeks of what we expect from him (and injury-free!) merits a promotion.

      1. I’d love to see Dugan get a promotion soon and do well enough in Lehigh Valley to get some playing time in the majors in the late summer or September. There’s definitely some interesting upside there. What I’m really loving – and I don’t know how much of this is coincidence, training or just getting a new group of players – is finally, at long last, we are seeing some prospects who display real plate discipline and, better yet, improving plate discipline. It’s a very big part of what makes Dugan intriguing.

  7. I don’t see on advantage in bringing up Crawford now. I like to see him in there big league camp next year, I haven’t seen him in person. but listening to some on here who have. and the girl who does the play by play in Lakewood he still needs to tighen up his footwork on defense, I have a real problem with any of these kids coming up with sandberg as manager. I believe he is lam duck and will not give these kids the chance they derserve, so let them stay down until next season. We should be trying to unload as much dead wood as possible this year. So hoping guys like Howard and ruiz get hot and harang has some good outings to get them traded, At this point I don’t care what we get for Howard ruiz or harang.

    1. “the girl who does the play by play in Lakewood”
      Do you mean Kirsten Karbach in Clearwater? As far as I know she is the only woman doing play-by-play in all of baseball. And she’s darn good at it. I listen to Karbach and her broadcast partner, Josh Appel, during the games I cover. They are as good a pairing as I have listened to. Most in the FSL are “un-listenable”. The guy in Daytona is pretty good, too.

      1. They did a feature on her the other night. It aired on Phillies Clubhouse. She was pretty good. And it is true she is the only female baseball play by play in the game right now.

  8. The 2015 season in terms of what it means about the 2017 Phils season has gone as well as anyone could possibly hope it could thus far. Think about this, in no particular order…

    1. JP Crawford will likely be the #1 or #2 prospect in all of baseball by the end of this season, and looks like a future star in the big leagues.

    2. Aaron Nola has pitched outstanding and is virtually guaranteed (assuming healthy) to be a regular in the Phils rotation for years to come, and potentially a strong #2 starter.

    3. Mikael Franco looks like the real deal and is off to a great start in the bigs, hitting for power, playing strong defense, and hitting for average. I’m sure pitchers will make adjustments, but he seems to have a great attitude and has made numerous adjustments at every level, and I expect he’ll do the same at this level.

    4. What I’ll call “fringe” prospects, or guys that have the potential but there was some doubt about them, seem to be turning into legitimate prospects at a significant rate – Tocci, Biddle, Altherr, Dugan, Lino, Herrera, Hoskins, Canelo, Quinn, and I’m probably forgetting a few…

    5. Phils have the worst record in baseball and are in line for a top 3 pick in next year’s draft, will have draft pick protection going into free agency, and will get higher allotments of spending in next year’s draft and the international pool.

    6. The Phils are poised to break through the cap of the international spending pool and hopefully land several big name international prospects.

    7. Ben Revere, Ryan Howard, Aaron Harang, and Jonathan Paplebon have all performed well enough to likely be traded before the deadline and net the Phils at least a couple of marginal prospects and shed some salary going into next season, although minimal.

    8. Cole Hamels is pitching great and the market around him is setting up ideally and hopefully the Phils can take advantage and land a great deal for him.

    9. Between Herrera, Galvis, C Hernandez, and the drafting of Kingery, the Phils look to have many options at 2B going forward, both next year and beyond.

    10. The performance and emergence of both Rupp and Lino has been positive, and with Knapp and Gruillion further back, even catcher is looking promising at this point.

    There are probably more positives I’m leaving out, but this season could not be going much better in my opinion, despite the poor results at the major league level, but we all knew that’s not what this year would be about. When I look at the 2017 time frame, the Phils have the possibility not just to have several starting jobs occupied by minor league talent, but several of them appear to have star potential, and the others can be filled in through smart free agency / international signing decisions. Here’s how I look at it for 2017:

    C – Lino and Rupp
    1B – ?
    2B – Kingery hopefully (if not, possibly Herrera, Galvis, or C Hernandez)
    SS – Crawford
    3B – Franco
    LF – Hopefully one of Asche, Altherr (could be in CF), Dugan, or Herrera works out
    CF – Quinn (although health is a big question)
    RF – ? (hopefully a prospect obtained for Hamels)

    Rotation:
    1 – ?
    2 – Nola
    3 – ? (hopefully a prospect obtained for Hamels)
    4 – Eflin
    5 – Free Agent / Buchanan type

    For the bullpen, hopefully Giles, Diekman, and DeFratus are mainstays, and along with some of the big power college arms just drafted, some of them can fill in the balance here.

    If the above were to play out, the Phils would have PLENTY of money to spend big on 1B, LF if needed, and for a top of the rotation starting pitcher if need be. I think there is light at the end of the tunnell………

      1. It will be interesting to see if someone can get Upton for a 5 year deal convincing him that he will have the chance for another large contract at 32 years old. More likely he will want a 7-10 year contract.

        1. For anyone who is interested on the topic, I think I’ll initiate a comment over in the weekly comment field on this topic – how, when, and if the Phils should jump into the high end Free Agency market.

  9. Franco is raking now batting over .300 with 9 HR could he be better then Kris Bryant? #francoforroy

    1. He could be yes but both players have a long way to go and a few cycles through league will be more telling. I’ll say this Franco is better than he defensively already.

      That play he made to his backhand last night was sick!

    2. I love franco , most on here know that I have been on him. from two years ago. The improvement in his approach is unreal. compared to what he was like in lhv at the beginning of last year. But lets wait and see the next set of adjustment by the league on him will tell us a lot. You guys saw it with dom brown who I never liked. The league knows him now and he cant adjust. Franco I believe will be a power guy. What I worry about is his obp and average.

  10. Buddy, you made some terrific points. The year has gone the opposite, prospect-wise, than the Major League team. The Hamels future deal is huge for them, and there should be no way that Gillick is right and it could take a few more years after the 2017-2018 he originally predicted. They will have all the $ necessary to augment the prospects with a couple of smart free agent signings, figure on a bat and a top of the rotation SP.

    1. I wonder if Keith Law just saw bad fielding games from Franco before. His fielding has been this good for two years at least. The concern was that he might get too big to be a third baseman not that he wasn’t a good one.

  11. At the Reading game last night, Eflin was very efficient. I actually thought his control was going to be better. He fell behind guys quite a bit but he was very good at getting ground balls when he needed them. He got 4 double plays and Ogando got another one for 5 in the game, very impressive. JP is smooth, as I’ve said before many times. He’s fun to watch play as he glides around the field. His footwork is very good around the bag and his arm is very strong. Charlie plus the minor league director were at the game yesterday and supposedly Charlie was there Sunday also. After the game, Altherr was promoted, deservedly so. He has improved so much from when I first watched him play. He glides to balls in the OF, covering lots of ground and he hit a ball to RF last night, something he couldn’t do before this year. Dugan need his usual hitting the ball hard most times. He won’t be at Reading long but he’s still getting acclimated to playing and he looked a little slow on recognizing a short fly ball to RF last night that fell in front of him. He’ll improve from playing more. With Altherr going up, I guess they’ll just put Pointer in CF for now unless another move is coming from CWater (Brown up?). I assume one of the 4A guys will be released or maybe opt out July 1. Still waiting for a Hamels trade…..

    1. Thanks Murray for the report. I’m surprised to hear Eflin was falling behind guys. Glad to hear he made it work anyway.

    2. Murray – I saw the game on the TV tape archive. What you couldn’t see from the camera was the location of all the pitches. Almost all the pitches that missed, missed by a hair and, in the long run, he didn’t walk anybody and would not have walked anybody. What were the velocity readings? Especially interested in the high numbers as Eflin is known to intentionally vary the speed quite a bit on his own.

      1. He was around 90 all night, touching 92 once and 91 a few times. Yes, it did look like his ball was on the corners all night. This guy throws effortlessly as compared to other max effort guys. Eflin looks like a horse (he’s a big guy) and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him add a little more speed but his style plays fine already. Its all about location with him, he got a lot of bad swings with balls off the end of the bat and off the handles. Its funny but it was a quiet and efficient six shutout innings. He had base runners but was never fazed. Very composed kid. He’ll be in Philly next Sept. (at the latest)

    1. Yes, Jayson Nix released, and about 2 weeks ago when I questioned his signing, some one commented it was for MLB backup…which was a ridiculous comment then….and still is…goodby Jayson..a waste of paper and ink

  12. Also, we’ll get a high rule 5 pick. Probably no superstar, but at that pick it’s nothing to sneeze at

  13. The Halladay and Eflin comps (as minor leaguers) isn’t that far off. If you take a look t their numbers they are fairly comparable (k/9, bb/9 and h/9).

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