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.




51 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/27/2015

  1. Randolph with a HR already. Can’t complain there. Also can’t say enough about the huge strides Hoskins has made this year. Maybe we do have an mlb first baseman in the system? Does anyone know if he’s a solid fielder too?

    1. His defense is a tick above average. Definitely MLB adequate. Seen Rhys play several times this year. His approach at the plate should really have him @ Reading honestly.

      1. Hoskins is a legitimate beast – I am really psyched about him and, as I and others have noted, he passes the eye test. He stood out in spring training hitting in an enclosed batting cage – he has a short, powerful swing.

        As for Dugan – he’s really come into his own. He has no business being in AA – I think he’ll hit in AAA too – his test, in my opinion, is whether he can hit enough to be a major league corner. Extra base power and OBP will be huge for him.

        1. I think he has the hit tool catch. In fact, I’m very confident of that. He has the defensive profile and arm to be at least an average defender, if not a tick above. He also should be able to hit 15-20 HRs. The key to him is staying on the field, which I’m less confident of. At the very worst, Dugan and Altherr can make for a nice platoon. Dugan should move up to LV any day now, and I think both he and Altherr will get a good look at the major league level come September

        2. Per the scout I spoke to last week, Hoskins should have started this season in Clearwater, and he is proving that now. I also believe starting Kingery in Lakewood is a joke, and he’s in the process of proving that.

  2. Thanks Jim. Best part about laproscopic surgery as opposed to the old “giant incision across you abdomen” is I’ll easily be ready for Pointer in Bowie in 3 weeks. (And Crawford and others, I suppose).

  3. With 4 wins and no losses yesterday, Phillies minor league teams move over .500 on the season at 155-152

  4. Pullin is coming on.
    He is intriguing….still not sure why he could not stay at 2nd.
    But now with Kingery and maybe Valentin again someday, plus all the other LAs ss who will need to be moved eventually, it would be a pretty crowded position.

    1. I can’t remember so looking forward to reading the boxscores every morning. In the past, there were maybe 3-4 guys to get excited about- now it seems like they’re everywhere! Hoping to see the GCP tomorrow!!

  5. Pinto people! He keeps coming. A name we don’t mention is Manny Martinez. Remember when he came out of nowhere and was lights out two years ago? This kid might have a major league bullpen arm, he seems that good.
    Congrats on getting the high school arm signed.

    1. The three-quarters or more likely side-arm delivery at that speed can be a plus once he can control the pitch.

  6. I’ve seen Manny pitch. He can throw 98. He just needs to learn to control it. However it’s never a comfortable at bat against him. Neither the batter or him have any idea where the ball is going when he releases.

  7. A good separate thread could be “Things I’d tell McPhail to do” to give him our suggestions. Such as, promote Dugan and release Danks, etc

    1. It’s funny you say that because, I’ve been thinking to myself that the perception of the average fan and the media is that MacPhail is walking into a disaster. I think exactly the opposite is true – he’s walking into almost the perfect situation and here are the reasons why:

      1. The Phillies have enormous resources for a poorly performing team. They have one of the best new TV contracts, a great stadium, and fans who are looking for a reason to fill the park and have shown in the past that they will if they have a good reason to come out.

      2. The ownership group is patient and appreciative. Not all attributes of this ownership group are bad. These are patient people who will generally allow those who are hired to do their jobs, give them time to perform and will be almost too loyal if they succeed. Unlike the jerks who own the Marlins and the Orioles – these are nice people and that has its definite minuses but also its pluses. For a new President who basically knows what he is doing and has Gillick’s vote of approval, it’s an enormous plus.

      3. If he shows he has a good plan and knows what he is doing, the fans will be reasonably patient, as they have been with the Sixers. The Philadelphia fan base is, as a whole, very sophisticated – in fact, more sophisticated than the media.

      4. Salary is falling off the Phillies’ books at a record pace. Assuming Hamels and Paps are traded, by next year, they will have a moderate payroll in 2016 and by 2017, before new FA contracts, it will be one of the lowest in baseball. The new President and GM will have so much financial flexibility it’s insane.

      5. The farm is as deep and as good as I can ever remember with tiers of prospects that I expect to make the majors and really perform when they get there. Read that again – it’s true. I’ve seen a few times when our best prospects were a little better, but I’ve never seen as strong and deep of a group as this one. And it should be better and deeper after the next round of trades and next year’s draft.. What is also cool is that several of the prospects were recently promoted or are less than a year away – so we are about to get a steady stream of talent. So, Andy and company are not in year 1 of a new rebuild – they hit the ground with talent in like year 3.

      1. I totally disagree with number 2. This ownership group is bad and we all know it, They have no sense of direction. Keeping ruben in charge is a joke. and the one guy who can change things is middleton and he has no say, with giles and Montgomery still there. I Think some of the kids are showing promise. but remember you need a whole new team. Will giles and Montgomery let mc phail spend the money to rebuild? even with salary relief. This ownership has to realize what got them in this mess. Not looking into the future and bring in new talent as guys got older. Not having replacement, throught bad trades and lack of vision in latin market and Cuban market. Will they spend even if they have to pay the tax.? I know people are excited, but lets hope middleton buys them out or at least can do what has to be done without giles and Montgomery stopping him.

        1. Roccom strikes again to try to destroy any future hope but fails. The Phillies have more going for them and Catchman22 has the right view.

          1. Hey phil I am curious. Have I been wrong on my post? I know you cant handle the truth, you want the truth. but you cant handle it. same as the fo for the Phillies.

            1. rocco……you have to remember this ownership group also brought the ’08 Championship and five years of outstanding baseball that we have not seen around here for awhile before. So there is a plus. Ruben made his mistakes, and so did Pat Gillick, ie Floyd and Gio trade to WSox, but things did work out eventually.

          2. He missed the entire point. I didn’t say it’s a great ownership group – but from the standpoint of a new President – they are going to be as patient and stable as anyone could expect.

      2. No.5 seems extremely optimistic (i.e., unrealistic) in severals respects. Rather than arguing individual points, I’ll just leave it at that.

      3. “So, Andy and company are not in year 1 of a new rebuild – they hit the ground with talent in like year 3.”

        this is because we are in year 3 of the rebuild. Looking at Amaro’s moves over the last 2 clearly show this. But the problem was they were 1 late with that move.

      4. I agree with you generally but I would say this is a rebuild, it’s just not a tear down. Salaries are coming off and this management group absolutely had spent for free agents in the past and will do it again. Having the first or second pick will be a nice enticement also.

  8. If you’re going to see some Phillies Minor League games, this is the year to go. All levels have someone to see and even LHV will have some prospects to watch. WPT and GCL have a lot of young talent that should be worth the price of admission. I envy Jim this year. He might want to move into a closet in the stadium so he can watch GCL or CLW on a perpetual basis. Last year I really felt badly for Jim but not this year.

    Reading is traveling into my neck of the woods by the end of this week. I’m trying to rearrange some things so I can get over to a game or two.

  9. watched the Reading game, tough break for Biddle who going into the 6th had given up 2 runs but in the 6th he gave up a hit up the middle that he just missed getting, if he did it would have been 2 outs bases empty but instead it was 1 out 1 on and he later gave up the HR.

    Pointer though that first HR just sounded like it was gone as soon as he hit it, the 2nd one just kept carrying but the 3rd he nailed good.

    Crawford’s eye at the plate is amazing, the announcers for Portland kept talking about how impressed they were with it and he has been getting on base every game going back to Clearwater (something like 42 games now)

    Too bad about the phils game, was really looking forward to seeing how Adam Morgan would do in his 2nd start. Liked what I saw in the short outing at least.

    1. Yeah, I saw the game too. It was an unfortunate 6th inning. After striking out the first batter in the inning, he just lost his command, but up until that point he was pitching well.

    2. The guy who hit the HR off Biddle could be his teammate next month…Manuel Margot….if Cole Hamels ends up with the Sox.

      1. Romus I don’t mean to brush your bubble but the sox r 9 games out of 1st. I don’t think there buyer’s come trade dead line.that does mean the yanks, LA , Texas, Houston maybe.

  10. Joseph is now a 1B. That’s going to make it very hard for him to make it.

    Anyone know anything on Mecias? He’s still just throwing 3 innings and not doing that well with it. At what point do we worry?

    1. Mecias is a starter now in Lakewood. Only going 3 innings last time out probably had something to do with the 3 walks; he’s still building up stamina to handle a starter’s workload. Also, his stuff hasn’t come all the way back following TJS, which is probably concerning by this point.

  11. Lots of good things have happened on the farm this year, but one of the biggest bummers for me has been Chris Oliver and his inability to strike anybody out. He was looking good through his first 4 starts too, but not since. Seems like his stuff has gone backwards since college.

    Brian Pointer has quietly had a nice season, but he’s done it all against RHP. Now it seems that he’s got the chance to be an everyday guy. Even if he struggles against lefties, he may have a future as a ML bench guy.

    1. Yes, all 3 home runs for Pointer were bombs with all going over the CF wall. I have never seen that before. Wow !!!

    1. I think it is ok to be hopeful about Hoskins but it is a mistake to get too high on him. He is a 22-year-old first base-only player with four games of experience in A+. He needs to continue to mash to prove that this year is not a fluke.

  12. I saw that tobias only got 10000 to sign. I Thought he would get more. he is a gold glove third basemen with a great college program. That saving must be how they sign nick fanti. I guess.

  13. Great that we got Fanti. Just adds to a great ( Seems like It) draft. What does everybody think about…There are SP at each level that seem to be doing very well – maybe not Lehigh – when do we advance some of these guys. Williamsport especially.

  14. And take a look at Altherr. Hit a HR in each game of double-header today and at .340 (?). He is continuing his AA mojo and keeping that up should lead him to a MLB entre in Sept.

    A good view: Altherr, Lino and Nola to begin ’16 in the starting lineup…with a strong possibility that Crawford join the team in mid-season.

    That’ll be a strong “new beginning” we long for. Hoskins not long after; possible he could move up to Reading during this ’15 season. And possibly he could join the big club in mid-season of ’16, too.

    That would be FOUR newbies in the lineup in addition to “newbie” Franco.

    Should all that happen, and adding in any players received in Hamels, Paps….Revere, Harang (?) trades, the ’16 season could turn out to be a helluva lot more fun than this season.

  15. They have down Tobias as a 2nd baseman.2 yrs now that phillies have signed most of there draft picks . They mixed in college with some hs players. LA players are also doing well. The minor league are starting to win and produce prospects. All we need now is time and hope that some will be stars some solid everyday players , some role players. We need a team plus a coach , a GM , a strong president to run the team.

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