Box Score Recap – 7/9/2015

Lehigh Valley (38-50) The final game of the series with the Pawtucket Red Sox was rained out.  Nola Night will be held against the Sox in Pawtucket on Friday.

Reading (46-40) lost to the Portland Sea Dogs 9-1.  Mark Leiter opened the game by hitting the lead off batter.  Over the first two innngs he gave up eight singles and six runs.  He remained in the game however, and held Portland to a single and walk over the next four innings.  Reading was unable to mount a comeback and the bullpen turned in a horrid performance.  Joely Rodriguez allowed a run in his two innings on 2 hits and 3 walks.  Ethan Stewart submitted a “Stewart Special”.  He struck out the side, but allowed 2 runs on a leadoff single and four walks.

The top of the Phils line up went a collective 0-16.  Rene Garcia and Brian Pointer each went 2-4.  Art Charles went 1-4 with a double and their lone RBI.  Brodie Greene got the only other hit.  KC Serna had to leave during the second inning with an apparent arm injury.  Pointer had two outfield assists.

Clearwater (48-37) lost to the Lakeland Flying Tigers 4-3  in 13 innings.  Matt Imhof yielded to Yacksel Rios after a single and walk with one out in the seventh inning.  He had a 3-1 lead.  He had only allowed two hits but had walked four.  Rios was charged with 2 inherited runners scored.  However, on this occasion, a throwing error prolonged the inning.  The Threshers missed a few opportunities to re-take the lead, and Rios, Yacksel Rios, and Harold Guerrero kept the Tigers off the board until the thirteenth inning.  Guerrero struck out the side.  Unfortunately, he surrendered the lead before getting that third K.

The Threshers took the lead in the middle innings on Andrew Pullin’ two-run home run (9) in the fourth and Malquin Canelo’s RBI single in the fifth.  Until tonight, the Threshers had been something like 34-1 when leading after five innings.

Malquin Canelo (.233) went 3-6 with a double and RBI.  Carlos Tocci (.256) went 1-6.  DH Andrew Pullin (.272) went 1-5 with a HR (9) and 2 RBI (53).  Rhys Hoskins (.255) went 0-6.  Chace Numata (.288) went 2-4 with a walk.  Aaron Brown returned to the line up for the first time since July 3rd and went 1-5.  Mitch Walding went 1-5 with a double.  Harris stole 2 bases (14) and Canelo stole his first.  Brown was credited with an outfield assist.

Mistakes probably cost the Threshers the game.  They commited three errors.  Hoskins was charged with a missed catch at first  in the third inning, and Walding was charged with a throwing error in the same inning.  Neither led directly to a run but they did extend the inning by two batters and add to Imhof’s pitch count.  Canelo commited the throwing error that prevented the Threshers from exiting the seventh inning unscathed.  On the bases, Numata was thrown out trying to go first-to-third on a single to the center fielder (not Jiwan James).  The Threshers went 1-10 with runners in scoring position.

Lakewood (41-42)  beat the Hickory Crawdads 5-2 in a rain-shortened game.  Austin Davis pitched the five-inning, complete game.  He struck out four.  Herlis Rodriguez (.304) went  1-3.  Drew Stankiewicz went 1-3 with an RBI.  Scott Kingery went 2-2 with his first HR and 2 RBI.  Kyle Martin had the night off.  Cord Sandberg went 0-2.

Williamsport (13-5) was rained out.  They will play two against the Tri-City ValleyCats on Friday.  Alejandro Arteaga (3-0, 1.59) and Jose Taveras (1-1, 0.64) will try and break the Cutters four game losing streak.

GCL Phillies (13-3) beat the GCL Yankees1 3-1. Ranger Suarez had another dominant outing – 6.0 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 3 strike outs.  In four appearances (that include two, 6-inning starts), the Ranger has 17.0 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 2 BB (he’ll have to work on this), and 11 K.  Opponents are averaging .140.  He has a 0.59 WHIP and 3.75 GO/AO.  He turns 20 on August 26th.

The Phillies only managed four hits.  They used two singles, two  stolen bases, two walks, a force out, and a throwing error on the second stolen base to score three runs in the sixth inning.  Suarez, Tanner Kiest, and Zach Morris made them hold up.  Morris notched his first save and struck out the side in the ninth inning.

Jesus Alastre went 1-4.  Cornelius Randolph (.295) went 0-2 with a walk and HBP.  Scott Tomassetti (.412) went 1-4 with an RBI.  Lucas Williams went 1-2 (his first professional base hit).  Yunior Reyes went 1-4 with an RBI.  Alastre and Reyes stole bases.

Scott Tomassetti.  He was drafted in the 34th round in 2014.  He just turned 22 last weekend.  He attended the College of Southern Nevada (Henderson).  He was drafted out of high school in the 46th round of the 2011 Amateur Draft by the Phillies.  He’s built like a catcher – 6’1, 195.  He’s R/R.  I know he’s not a player that anyone on this site would consider a prospect.  BUT, everytime I see his name, he has contributed.  He has gotten into 7 games and has hit in 6 of them.  Seven hits total.  He has only 18 PA in those 7 games because he rarely gets more than 2 AB.  He has an RBI in 4 of his 7 games, for 4 total.  He has caught 4 times, DH-ed twice, and played first Thursday.  He’s hitting 7/17, .412 with 2 R, 4 RBI, 7 singles, 1 walk, 4 K.  I know this isn’t earth shattering.  But it’s the type of information you have to dig for, after you know to dig for it.  I know he’s not a “name”, but I thought I would share the accomplishments of a kid who is taking advantage of the few opportunities afforded him.

DSL Phillies (20-15) lost to the DSL Rays 7-1 in a continuation of a game suspended on June 27th in the fifth inning when training 5-0.  The Phillies amassed three hits in the game along with seven walks.  They won the second game 5-2.  Daniel Brito (.281) went 2-4 with an RBI.  The Phillies are second in their division, five games behind the DSL Astros Blue.  They are the only two teams in the six team division with winning records.

VSL Phillies (19-27) lost to the VSL Cubs 7-4.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • #34 pick, Ben Pelletier tweeted, “Proud to have agreed to terms with the Phillies”.
  • Tyler Knigge assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Chris Leroux on the temporarily inactive list.  (Pan-Am Games.)
  • Ethan Stewart assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • RHP Jairo Munoz assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.
  • Jason Zgardowski assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.

64 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/9/2015

  1. So it is official now with Jhailyn Ortiz, since his signing yesterday.
    Have to assume 19-year old 6’2″, 190 lb right handed hitting Cuban OFer Eddy Julio Martinez is not on the Phillies radar.
    I guess it will be the Dodger’s getting their next Puig or the Cubs getting their next Soler.
    Have to believe Phillies do not want to incur the restricted $300K future signing penalty.

    1. The Phillies will have the highest slot next year in a signing period with two high profile names (so far) and the usual suspects out of the running to sign them. And you want them to go over this year? Am I missing something?

      1. No your are not missing anything.
        The highest they get next year is $5M plus (50%) in trade…..$7.5M….for 16-year olds….with a questionable success rate
        Why not go after a much better caliber positional players from Cuba, who already have players on record that have achieved MBL success.
        It is a big risk also….but someone like Martinez could be 2/3 years away vs a 16-year old who could 4/6 years away.
        Doesn’t seem to deter some of the other big market spenders.

        Here is the catch….what if MLB institutes an international draft….and lo and behold….all penalties on teams, due to past excess spending, are now exonerated.
        The Phillies are once again behind the eight-ball, since they played by the rules but short-changed themselves without acquiring better talent.

        Teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, red Sox, Cubs, Rangers all are big market clubs….that could persuade the new commissioner to do just that.

        1. Romus, I think the Phils are in a good position for next July 2. Many large market teams will be limtied to $300k so competition for the best prospects will be lower and the Phils will have the biggest intl pool. This does not sound like being behind the eight ball.

          Regarding the international draft, most of the commentary I hear now is that penalties will carry over. Are you hearing differently?

          1. No, I am not hearing anything different.
            But when you think about it…..the chief opposition to the draft three years ago under Bud Selig’s proposal came from the almost 30% of the Latin players in MLB…..who threatened to strike if the draft was instituted…since they believed many poor young teenage Latin players would be harmed from future financial opportunities, since the draft would be slotted. So Selig backed off.
            Now, fast forward to 2016 or 2017…..the draft is being formulated again….but now big market clubs are excluded from it to the tune of just a $300K threshold due to past penalty over-spending restrictions. Do you think that the Latin MLB players will agree to that….with markets like New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Ft Worth/Dallas and whoever else, not able to financially endow a young Latin [player.

            The commissioner , IMO, will acquiescence to them and start from scratch.

            1. I think the commissioner works for the team owners so that will drive the ultimate decision. But I hope the LA players are able to fight it, as they are correct – a draft shifts dollars from young players to teams.

          2. Boston how do we know that the market next year is as good? I like the idea of going after more establish guys like in the Cuban market. But I understand what you are saying, now that the big market teams have raided this market and Cuban market for years. we can now as a small market compete with the royals and marlins. great job phillies

            1. I have no idea which is better – LA or Cuba. Cuba you get more developed players so perhaps you have a more clear sense of their ability? But in LA you can get the players cheaper? Hard to say.

        2. Have to disagree. Phils are in pole position to trade for more $ next year and add to their large pool and really make a splash. Signing another guy this year and incurring a penalty makes zero sense at all.

            1. Ruben uses logic all the time…..risk averse logic ….and look what that got him….possibly a 90-day warranty run out.
              Me…I rather get the next Soler/Puig/Cespedes/Abreu for 10 years and worry about the Latin 16-years old in 3/4 years down the road for the pipeline.

              AND……the Rule 4 draft is the most viable replenishment tool.

            2. Franco cost us $100,000.

              Not every Cuban has worked out. You don’t know until after you paid.

              They have a shot at a nice young corner OF prospect so I fail to see the screaming.

              Same goes for Amaro leaving. I have been saying for months that they will just let his contract run out like they did with the scouting director.

              A lot will depend on their pipeline in LA. Guys like Ortiz you work with him and his family for years. That is why you cannot just toss relationships out the window in LA.

      1. And this is what I am alluding to at the end of the Phillies synopsis
        “Yesterday, the Phillies made their signing of Dominican slugger Jhailyn Ortiz official, landing him for a $4 million bonus. That left them enough pool space to sign Venezuelan catcher Rafael Marchan and avoid future signing restrictions. That’s huge for the Phillies because they’re in position to have the No. 1 bonus pool next year. *****On the other hand, for a team that’s rebuilding, exceeding the pool to land a top Cuban player like Gutierrez, righthander Norge Ruiz or infielder/outfielder Randy Arozarena would be smart investments too.”

  2. I believe the dodgers are favored to sign this kid. and another guy who is 23 whos name I forgot. When they get done it will be around 40 million spent this year so far in latin and Cuban market. nice job by dodgers.

    1. Which is why the Phillies make the big splash next year when the Dodgers, Red Sox, Yankees and other big spenders are restricted in their spending.

      1. Is there any evidence that the Phillies will do this? It’s completely contrary to their m.o.

        They’ll have the biggest bonus pool and can trade for more and that’s great, but what evidence is there that they’ll sign any cuban players or others who will put them over the limit?

        People were saying the same about this signing period.

        1. No evidence just something that showed up in Ben Badler’s column in BA. I am not sure that would be a Andy McPhail tactic but would like to see it.

        2. The current International period if you have not been following.

          Franco cost the Phillies $100,000. That is a pretty good ROI.

          Spending money because you want something does not always lead to success. You have to find guys at positions of need that fit within your budget and in the pipeline.

          Expect a lot more of these articles since a good amount of teams are now locked out of the market. The agents need to keep the values pumped up and try to convince others to jump in and spend blindly.

          1. Well if that is going to be your logic……then blow the cap….and get Cubans like Eddy Julio Martinez…..then also get great LAs for $300K or less……look it….we got Franco, Chooch, Freddy and Cesar for less the $300K.
            Really, luck has nothing to do with it!

          2. No, no, no. You don’t draft 16-year olds based on ‘positions of need’. They are probably 5-6 years away from the majors and you have no idea what our positions of need will be 5 or 6 years from now. And bonus $ matter. You can get a Ruiz or a Franco at relatively low bonus, but the high bonus guys have a greater likelihood of success. This is like saying we got Ryan Howard in the 5th round, Asche in the 4th, and Ken Giles in the 7th, so why bother paying the $millions to sign first and second rounders in the draft? Of course then we wouldn’t have had Burrell, or Hamels, or Rollins, or Crawford, or Nola, or Dugan.

      1. Even the Cubs have rules to follow and spending limits without incurring major penalties.

    2. Well, we certainly should compete for the 23-year old. That doesn’t count against the international allocation and we certainly reduced this year’s MLB salary budget enough to well afford it. I would not blow out our under-23 allocation next season.

    1. He would, but I still probably wouldn’t have him in my top 30. I looked up his numbers just now and I actually thought he was doing better than he is, probably because he had a good June. I wonder if he still would have been moved off 2B if Valentin hadn’t been acquired.

      Speaking of Valentin, in Mitch Rupert’s interview with Joe Jordan the other day, Jordan was listing guys that make the talent in the system better this year and “are impacting our system in some part to some degree”. Valentin’s name was among those he rattled off, which surprised me somewhat. I’m not sure if there’s anything to read into that about his possible eventual return.

    2. I read where he made 26 errors at 2nd last yr. They put him back in the left field where he felt more comfortable.

  3. Ranger!

    What sort of support system do the Phils have for young Latin players like Suarez, Alastre, etc? It must be hard for them , having a high-pressure job in a new country. And how does it affect their assignments?

    1. Good question. I’m heading for the Complex shortly, and can’t give this the necessary attention right now. I’ll try and get to this later.

  4. Hoskins is hitting 333 during the day and 239 at night. Until he cooled off recently, it was 500 and 250. Any reason for the difference? Just a fluky stat that will even out?

  5. I was at the Blue Claws game with my kids. Kingery’s home run was a lined shot to the Left field power alley. The only doubt was if it was going to be high enough to get out. His other hit was a hard grounder to the right side. I only saw those two swings, but it looks really compact.

      1. Sorry for the late reply. He didnt really give up any hard hit balls. He was cruising along through the first thee inning, then his command started getting rough in the 4th and 5th.

  6. Looks like Davis had a good debut as a starter. He seemed like an interesting pick last year for a 12th rounder so I’d be curious to hear any insight on him if anybody has seen him pitch. Here’s what mlb.com said about him last year in the draft tracker:

    “An up-and-down collegiate career that saw Davis ruled ineligible in 2013 took an upturn this spring. He has overcome many obstacles in his college career and has come on strong this spring. Davis will sit in the low 90s with his fastball and hit 95 on occasion, with good, late sink. His slider and curveball will both need work in pro ball, but both have the chance to be average pitches in the future, especially if he focuses on one breaking pitch. Davis’ best secondary pitch is his changeup, which he shows good feel for and has solid deception and fade. He does have some problems repeating his delivery and will need to improve his command at the next level. Davis’ frame and velocity alone make him intriguing, especially coming from the left side.”

  7. Have to love Kingery getting back into the hitting way and Ranger clearly looks too good for GCL. Imhof continues to get outs while we complain about his speed and stuff. There’s definitely something there. Leiter is falling back to earth unfortunately, as is Hoskins.

    1. Gosh, you can’t judge prospects outing-to-outing, week to week. I don’t think Hoskins is falling back to earth at all – he hasn’t had many ABs and he had one 0-6 day. Plenty of walks and plenty of power. Imhof is a college pitcher – we won’t know much about how effective he can be until he gets some time at Reading. With Ranger I care more about the scouting reports than I do the stats. A lot of guys with good control dominate in lower leagues but really have little upside – see Seve Gonzalez who appears to be a #5/AAAA guy at this point with little projection.

      1. Ranger, maybe touching 6’0″ and 180 lbs….may be a bit short in stature to project long-term as a starter. Hate to say that, but the little guys, pitchers that is, have difficulty as they take the big steps moving up the ladder to the top.

          1. Patience. We had another guy about 6 or 7 years ago who had similar command. He never amounted to anything in the majors. It’s a very good thing but it doesn’t make him a great prospect standing by itself.

            1. Especially in rookie ball. Do the same thing at Reading and it make more of an impression.

          2. Right, which is why everyone should take some notice.

            Ranger may not have the power but he apparently has great command, does not walk a lot of guys, and gets an outsized number of ground ball outs.

            Some guys just have it. Maybe Ranger is one of those guys. Nobody knew what to expect when he came over but in just a few starts he is repeating what happened last year in the VSL.

            They thought about starting him in WIlliamsport but pulled him back to GCL. His first start was out of the bullpen and the rest starting.

            I get the impression that they are a bit unsure as to what they may have here. Ranger is not fitting under the normal parameters and he appears to be repeating his VSL success.

            Could he be a long bullpen guy? Maybe.

            Could he be a starter? Maybe.

            But we should pay attention to his sick walk rate, K rate, GO/AO rate, and other metrics.

          1. He has superior stuff along with that funky max-effort delivery. Once the stuff faded, so did he.

  8. seeing the Dodgers DFA’d Chris Reed today, their first round pick in 2011, had moved him to bullpen this year. way too many walks but a lefty who can hit 96 might be worth looking at. was still listed as #10 dodgers prospect on mlb.com

    1. Is a legit gamble that could pay out.
      For a lefty who hits 96 velo, but has a K/9 of 7 seems like, not too much swing and miss.

    2. He wouldn’t be the first guy who learned to increase control and gained FB movement by cutting back a few mph on the FB. Worth seeing what he can do.

  9. Does Dom Brown get DFA’d at this season’s end? He certainly deserves it. Sad when we consider the long-ago enthusiasm we invested in him.

    Aaron Altherr would look good in RF or CF to begin in this Sept. Fresh blood. This guy is on an upswing. It seems that–as one scout said–he could “suddenly” put all of the pieces he has together and would emerge from a past cocoon…all the while continuing to improve.

    He is said to be very athletic (one of THOSE finally paying off). Together with Lino and Nola there should be these 3 new faces to the Phils in ’16. With Franco showing a likely long term guy at 3rd base and Hernandez’ form at 2nd base…the lineup would be more fun.

    Pitching? Gotta fill that great need. Draft and trade(s). Stay tuned.

    1. i guess it would be non-tendered? he’d be arbitration elgible- dont know what you get these days for numbers that bad though- but this just feels like his last shot-
      i just wonder since we’re not trying to win anyway, if maybe you put him in the 2 or 3 spot instead of the 6/7 spots just to see if something happens.

      with lino, unless they can dump ruiz on someone, id guess he’d be back with Rupp, and then Lino is just called up when one of them gets hurt?

  10. Okay I was wrong. I am in shock lucas Williams just got another hit. I cant believe it. he has a rbi too. so wrong I was on him.

    1. rocco……I thought Chase was thinking of retiring…I was wrong also.
      “……….Amaro maintained that Utley is not considering retirement, “No, he’s absolutely unequivocally not ready to do that. He’s got plenty in the tank left. I think that he believes that getting over some of those ankle issues that have been nagging at him for quite some time, I think he feels that’ll get him turned around and hopeful that it does for a variety of reasons. For him, for us, for everybody.”

  11. J.P. Crawford is a walking reminder that athleticism is about body control and not about being fast and strong at the same time.— Eric Longenhagen (@longenhagen) July 12, 2015

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