Lehigh Valley (31-48) beat the Scranton RailRiders 8-1. Aaron Nola pitched five innings and left with a 7-0 lead. His line was – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 90 pitches, 54 strikes. Nefi Ogando and Adam Loewen pitched three shutout innings. Cesar Jimenez gave up the ‘Riders only run. Aaron Altherr (.320) went 1-4 with a double, walk, and an RBI. Gabriel Lino went 2-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/29/2015
John Middleton, plurality ownership partner of the Philiadelphia Phillies, announced this afternoon the hiring of Andy MacPhail to succeed Pat Gillick as club President.
MacPhail will serve as Special Assistant to Gillick until the end of the 2015 season. He will use the time to observe the organization. Middleton said during the press conference that MacPhail’s primary focus will be on baseball operations.
MacPhail served as the general manager of the Minnesota Twins when they won the 1987 and 1991 World Series. He was president of the Chicago Cubs from 1994-2006, helping them reach the postseason twice. He was president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles from 2007-2011 when he made some of the trades that helped return the team to the postseason.
MacPhail noted that this was the first time the Phillies have gone outside the organization to fill an executive position in … oh, forever?
A look at how catchers around the system are performing.
Gabriel Lino, 22, Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; .266/.319/.387 in 173 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 3HR 22RBI; 7%BB/23%K rates; .266/.294/.313 in 64 AB’s for Lehigh Valley; 50 games caught with 3 errors (.992); 5 passed balls; 23/49 caught stealing (47%). Lino has done an outstanding job defensively and has more than competent with the bat, raising his stock to the point where a 2016 major league debut in if not likely, than certainly possible.
Logan Moore, 24, Phils 9th round pick in 2011; .219/.282/.314 in 137 AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 2HR 15RBI; 8%BB/18%K rates; Hitting .214 in 42 AB’s for Lehigh Valley; 39 games caught with 5 errors (.982); 4 passed balls; 18/35 caught stealing (51%). Moore continues to excel defensively with very little to show with the stick.
Blake Forsythe, 25, Acquired from Oakland in 2015; Hitting .244 with 1HR 4RBI in 41AB’s between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 13 games caught with 2 errors (.976); 1 passed ball; Thrown out 5/10(50%) base stealers. Very limited playing time in his role as 3rd catcher.
Andy Knapp, 23, Phils 2nd round pick in 2013; .261/.354/.364 in 253 AB’s between CLearwater and Reading; 2HR 29RBI; 11%BB/24%K rates; .216 vs LHP; .288 vs RHP; .243 with RISP; .239 in June; 48 games caught with 6 errors (.984); 3 passed balls; 16/45 (36%) CS. Decent progression from Knapp who professional career started slowly after Tommy John surgery. Need to see a bit more from him with the bat. Continue reading Around the System–Catchers
Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.
We now know the bonuses of the top 10 picks. The 2015 Draft Tracker has been updated.
Some random stuff to light a fire –
- Andy McPhail
- Ryne Sandberg
- The Phillies begin a crucial 4-game series at home against Milwaukee. You know why it’s crucial.
- Maikel Franco is leading the Phillies with his .304 BA. He is second in HR and RBI with 10 and 32 to Ryan Howard’s 13 and 36. He has a mere 25 K in 172 PA (14.5%). He has only walked 9 times (5.2%). That should maybe go up when pitchers stop challanging him. Sound about right?