Box Score Recap; (and International Bonus Pool Primer) – 7/5/2015

Lehigh Valley (36-49) beat the Rochester Red Wings 4-2.  Jason Bergen came within one out of a complete game.  After a two-out, two-run HR, he was lifted in favor of Dustin McGowan who came in to pick up the save.  Aaron Altherr (.327) went 1-4 with a double.  Gabriel Lino (.291) went 1-4.  Chase d’Arnaud had 3 hits, a double, a HR, and an RBI.  Tyler Henson had 2 RBI.

Reading (43-39) lost to the Trenton Thunder 14-2.  Colin Kleven retired the first eleven batters and had the twelfth struck out, but was pinched on the call.  He went on to give up ten runs in six innings.  He threw 105 pitches, and I can’t figure out why he was sacrificed in the sixth inning.  His replacement fred no better, but Brodie Greene pitched a scoreless ninth.  Art Charles had two of the three Phils’ hits.

Clearwater (45-36) lost to the Brevard County Manatees 5-4.  David Whitehead gave up five runs in five innings.  Cody Forsythe followed with three scoreless innings.  The offense pulled within one but fell short.  Andrew Pullin went 2-5.  Rhys Hoskins (.325) went 2-3 with a double and a walk.  Chace Numata (.276) went 3-5 with a double and RBI.  Willians Astudillo (.314) went 1-5 with an RBI.  Angelo Mora (.300) went 1-4 with an RBI.  Mithell Walding went 2-4 with a double.  Chace Harris went 1-3 with a double and a walk.

Lakewood (38-41)  lost to the Hagerston Suns 7-5.  Shane Watson had an erratic 3.2 innings.  He only allowed 1 earned run, but was charged with 7 total runs on 7 hits.  He struck out seven, but two of those batters reached on a wild pitch and a catcher’s throwing error.  Watson commited 2 errors of his own.  Joey DeNato and Manny Martinez allowed 2 hits and struck out 6 over the remaining 5.1 innings.  Drew Stankiewicz went 2-4. Herlis Rodriguez went 0-3 with 2 RBI.  Kyle Martin (.341) went 2-4 with a double, triple and RBI.

Williamsport (13-3) lost to the Brooklyn Cyclones 9-2.  Mitch Gueller gave up a grand slam in the first inninig, but settled down and held the Cyclones to 2 hits and a walk thru the fifth inning.  The ‘Cutters were able to close within 4-2, but the bullpen gave up 5 runs over the final 3 innings.  Brendon Hayden went 2-4.  Zachary Coppola and Jose Pujols each drove in a run.

GCL Phillies (9-2) No game scheduled.

DSL Phillies (16-13) No game scheduled.

VSL Phillies (18-24) No game scheduled.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings – No transactions, but here’s an International Bonus Pool primer

  • “Philadelphia Phillies traded Future Considerations, RHP Chris Oliver and LHP Josh Taylor to Arizona Diamondbacks for Future Considerations.”  According to MLB Trade Rumors, the teams’ future considerations are the exchange of Arizona’s #1 slot in the Intrnational Bonus Pool for Philadelphia’s #9 slot. 
  • Baseball America published the International Bonus Pools in February.  The Phillies’ entire allocation was $3,041,700; far short of the amount needed to cover the contracts reported to have been offered to outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz and catcher Rafael Marchan.  
  • Baseball America published the International Bonus Slots in April.  The International Bonus Pool is comprised of a $700,000 base plus the four Internatinal Bonus Pool Slots assigned to each team.  The slots are awarded to teams in reverse winning percentage order from the previous Championship Season.  Philadelphia received slots 9, 39, 69, and 99.
  • So, the exchange of the Phillies’ #9 slot ($1,352,100) and Arizona’s top slot ($3,590,400) results in a net gain of $2,238,300.  Their total International Bonus Pool would rise from $3,041,700 to $5,280,000.
  • But, a team is not permitted to increase their Bonus Pool by more than 50%.  So, the Phillies would only have $4,562,550 available in their new International Bonus Pool.  The reason they have to exceed the amount they can actually spend is that the rules stipulate teams can only trade International Bonus Pool money in values assigned to the International Bonus Pool Slots.
  • Why was all this necessary?  Well, if a team exceeds their International Bonus Pool, they are prevented from signing a player for over $300,000 during the next International Signing Period.  Arizona exceeded their allotment last year.  The Phillies struck a deal so that they wouldn’t suffer the same punishment next year.
  • Got it?

26 thoughts on “Box Score Recap; (and International Bonus Pool Primer) – 7/5/2015

  1. Got it Jim. Thanks for clarifying a mind-boggling rule.
    I think we have to have patience with Shane Watson. I am glad he is pitching again.
    I had the idea that he left Kleven in because all the pitchers are either at the Pan-Am Games or they are on the all star team. I am probably wrong.

    1. A team can acquire up to 50% of its pool. No more than that. So we do not have 700k to trade, any more than we have it to spend. It just went away.

      1. From my understanding above, I think they could trade away their other bonus slots to “lose” the $700k overage. With that thought process, they could trade bonus slot 39 ($466k) and slot 99 ($207k) which would make up the roughly $700k overage they currently have. Is this correct?

        1. Correct…Phillies cannot use the excess but other teams could….in exchange for a 2nd/3rd tier prospect or as they say, a ‘lottery pick’, I would assume.

    2. David…and what teams , of those rumored in a Hamels deal, could utilize the $700K? Some are under penalty restrictions to the $300K threshold.

  2. Rhys Hoskins continues to impress….. Cesar Hernandez continues to put up numbers..
    ‘Hamels continues to laugh at the teams production in his start.. .

    1. Yes, Rhys Hoskins is ridiculous. Good prospects go up a level and hold their own; excellent prospects go up a level and just continue to accelerate. I view Hoskins as an excellent prospect at this point. He’s checking all the right boxes. Hit tool, plate discipline, power – seriously, you cannot compare him to Matt Rizzotti or some of the other college power hitting first baseman we’ve had in the recent past, including Ruf or Stassi (who I actually like a little bit). Rizzotti, Stassi and Ruf sort of felt their way through low and high A ball for a couple of years before taking off in hitter-friendly Reading (and, for Stassi, after a year of not doing well in Reading). This is NOT the case at all for Hoskins. After his adjustment period last year for a half season, he’s just taken off like a rocket this year. I think there’s an understable tendency to downgrade first base prospects and even further downgrade college first base prospects. But there are exceptions for every rule and Hoskins is looking exceptional. I know we have a lot of super prospects and the top 10-15 is getting very crowded, but if he keeps on at this pace, I don’t see how I can keep Hoskins out of our top 10. This is especially true since this team is in desperate need of another power hitter and the value of a power hitter, particularly one with decent hit and on base skills, is at a premium in major league baseball. He couldeasily be with the Phillies by next year – I think he’s that good.

      1. Hoskins has approx. 50 PAs at CLW. I can see the Phillies org promoting him to Reading for the last month of the season, so he gets a taste of AA level pitching. And I think, he also becomes eligible for the AFL this fall.
        Not sure he is eligible for the AFL right now….does anyone know his status for that?
        The Phillies positional contingents in the AFL this season should be outstanding.

        1. I think he is indeed eligible for the AFL:
          1. All Triple-A and Double-A players are eligible, provided the players are on at least a Double-A level roster no later than Aug. 1.
          2. One player below the Double-A level is allowed per Major League team.

          Rhys Hoskins can be the one exception below the AA level if he is not promoted before August 1st.

      2. Catch, I understand Hoskins is performing well and you have seen him play. But history is littered with 22-year-old 1Bs who looked like studs in single A.

        I looked back at some of the Phils previous college 1Bs and you are right – he looks better than all of them so far. I just think you might want to temper your enthusiasm until perhaps he performs at AA.

        Has anyone seen scouting reports on him on the web? I would be interested to hear how much of his performance is backed up by his perceived skill level.

        1. I think the real test will be at AAA – most guys who hit at Clearwater also hit at Reading. AAA is much tougher and the park and league are less forgiving for hitters. But I like Hoskins’ chances at all of these stops.

  3. Went to Coney Island last night to see the Cutters. Not their best performance. A few takeaways:

    — Guellar has to be considered a non-prospect, or a marginal prospect, at this stage. Was a little bit unlucky to load the bases in the first, a few seeing-eye singles, but the HR was absolutely blasted and hitters were rocketing more balls around for the next few innings. Still, good of him to battle back and pitch three or four more scoreless frames — he looked about done in the first and someone was warming.

    — No gun readings at the Cyclones park, but Guellar was throwing noticeably slower than the Cyclone starter, Jose Celas — a typical Cyclones overager at 24. The Cyclones like to win and sells tickets and tend to keep a bunch of overagers on the team.

    — Lots of walks and deep counts from Guellar and the relievers, they just kept digging holes. But Lewis Alezones, despite his poor line, is a very interesting pitcher. Love the arm action.

    — Overall, this is a much more disciplined bunch of Cutter hitters this year — last year’s group was free-swinging all the way. These guys worked a lot of deep counts and stayed patient.

    — One notable exception was Luis Pujols. Pujols likes to swing the bat. Was behind in pretty much every count. Did rope one to center for a 1B (first pitch swinging again) and stung one ball so hard that it had HR distance, but he pulled it all the way into the fan concourse.

    — Nobody else really jumped out at me. Jesus Posso didn’t play. Andrew Amaro was the DH, did nothing to make you notice. Was intrigued by Gregori Rivero, the catcher. He is that rarest of commodities, a left-handed hitting catcher. That alone should get him plenty of looks going forward. Seemed like a decent enough catch-and-throw guy — very strong arm and accurate to 2B.

  4. Oh, and I forgot to mention. Pujols got a few opportunities to air it out from RF — he has a tremendous arm.

  5. My take away is that Middleton has finally liberated the FO to make the appropriate moves to put the franchise back on track to contending.

    I don’t think this move for international bonus pool money gets made a year ago and not because the baseball people wouldn’t have wanted it done.

  6. Heard Shane Watson was sitting 91-92 T94. That’s encouraging. Yes, he allowed 7 hits, but coming back from an injury and walking 0 while striking out 7 is encouraging.

  7. What is the news with Quinn I saw he tore his flexor, how long is he out? Is that something that shuts him down for the season?
    Sorry if it has been talked about already.

    1. I think they were saying August. He might be done for the whole season or he’ll play part of a month. Yet another year for Quinn with a major injury disruption.

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