Box Score Recap – 7/21/2015

It was Nola Night in Philadelphia.  The Phillies drew 28,703 people to the game to watch Aaron Nola make his long-awaited debut in a Phillies uniform.  They even sponsored a “two-fer” ticket special – two tickets for $27.00.  Nola’s number is 27.  Pretty clever, eh?  I’m surprised they didn’t try to boost receipts by issuing him a higher number.

Nola was impressive in his first major league start.  He held the Rays to five hits and struck out six batters.  He completed six innings and threw 88 pitches, 59 for strikes.  Nola appeared to tire in the sixth when he went deeper in counts and walked his only batter.

Nola’s only blemish was a solo home run by the Rays starting pitcher, Nathan Karns on the first pitch of the third inning.  It was one of the few pitches he got up in the early innings and was in where even a pitcher can drive it.  

Nola’s fastball was 92-93, T94 early and settled in to a consistent 91-93 through his later innings.  However, I was watching this with friends in a “Rays bar”, so I wasn’t charting or paying as close attention to every single pitch as I normally would.  It looked like he kept most of his pitches down, and it was only when he elevated them that the Rays were able to put balls in play.

Lately, we’ve been discussing whether Nola is a #2 or #3.  Well, Tuesday night he got to experience life as a #2 on the Phillies’ roster – quality start, no run support.

Clearwater (55-41) beat the Lakeland Flying Tigers 10-5.  David Whitehead benefitted from the Threshers 15-hit attack.  He pitched 5.2 ininngs and allowed 6 hits and 3 walks.  He left with the bases loaded.  Yacksel Rios relieved and allowed one of three inherited runners to score (when he hit the first batter he faced) before pitching 2.1 innings and allowing an unearned run to score (set up by his wild pitch) on a passed ball.  Harold Guerrero allowed a run to score (on a bases loaded walk) in a shaky ninth inning..

Carlos Tocci (.297) went 3-5 with a double and RBI.  Andrew Pullin (.271) went 3-5 with a HR (10) and 2 RBI.  Rhys Hoskins (.280) went 2-3 with a double, and 2 walks.  Willians Astudillo (.313) went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Chace Numata (.284) went 1-4 with a triple and 3 RBI.  Angelo Mora (.305) went 3-4 with a triple and 2 RBI in his first game back from the Pan Am Games.

The Threshers are a season high 14 games over .500 again.  They return home for a four-game series against the Jupiter Hammerheads Wednesday.

Lehigh Valley (43-54) beat the Toledo Mud Hens 5-1.  Anthony Vasquez allowed one run on five hits and a walk in six innings.  Juan Gutierrez and Adam Loewen combined to throw three perfect innings.  Aaron Altherr (.297) went 2-4 with an RBI.  Erik Kratz made his first start and went 3-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI.  Chase d’Arnaud went 2-4 with a double HR (3) and 3 RBI.  Altherr stole his 5th base, Bogusevic his 14th.

Reading (53-43) beat the Bowie Baysox 6-4.  The Phils built an early 3-0 lead only to see it become a 4-3 deficit before rallying to tie and then win the game.  Ethan Martin gave up 4 runs in five innings on 8 hits.  Hoby Milner restored order with two, two-hit innings.  Colton Murray picked up the win with two perfect innings.  All three pitchers walked none and struck out 3 batters each.

Kelly Dugan (.316) led off again and went 0-4 with a walk.  J.P. Crawford (.266) went 2-4 with a double, HR (4), walk, and RBI.  Cam Perkins (.266) went 1-2 with an RBI.  Brian Pointer (.245) went 1-3 with an RBI.  Andrew Knapp (.348) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.  Art Charles (.244) went 1-2 with a HR (7) 2 walks, and an RBI.

Lakewood (48-45) No game scheduled.

Williamsport (21-10) lost to the Hudson Valley Renegades 7-6 in 12 innings.  Feliberto Sanchez pitched two shutout innings before giving up a leadoff home run in the twelfth inning.  Brendon Hayden (.318) went 2-5 with 2 doubles, a walk, and RBI.  Josh Tobias (.289) went 1-5 with an RBI.  Jan (pronounced John) Hernandez(.275) went  4-5 with a HR (6) and 3 RBI.

GCL Phillies (20-6) beat the GCL Yankees2, 3-0.  Phillies’ pitchers held the Yankees to three singles.  Starter Ranger Suarez (3-0, 0.65) allowed two hits and a walk over six innings.  He struck out five.  Carlos Indriago (1.35) walked one in two innings.  Horace Stubblefield (S 4, 0.00) allowed one hit in one inning.

The Phillies only managed five hits and one RBI.  Juan Luis (.266) went 1-1 with 2 walks and a stolen base (9).  Jonathan Arauz (.289) went 0-3 with a walk.  Cornelius Randolph (.291) went 1-4.  Dylan Cozens went 1-4 with a double and RBI.  Lucas Williams (.250) went 2-3 with a walk.  Arquimedes Gamboa stole his 5th base.  Luis, Yunior Reyes, and Williams were each caught stealing.

DSL Phillies (25-19) lost to the DSL Athletics on Monday.  They beat the Athletics 4-3 in 11 innings  on Tuesday.  Alexi Feliz (.364)went 2-6 and  singled in the winning run in the walkoff win.

VSL Phillies (23-33) lost to the VSL Rays 3-2.  The Phillies held the Rays to just 2 hits and issued 3 walks.  Two of the three runs were unearned.  Starter Freddy Zorilla (1.88) went 3.2 scoreless, one-hit innings striking out eight.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Clearwater Threshers activated 2B Angelo Mora from the temporarily inactive list.  Mora is returning from the Pan-Am games.
  • Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to GCL Phillies from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Williamsport Crosscutters released LHP Juan Figueroa.
  • Sutter McLoughlin assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • Jacob Waguespack assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • RHP Lewis Alezones assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport Crosscutters.

And so it begins … A couple GCL pitchers have forced their way up to Williamsport. This caused the release of one pitcher and the demotion of another. As these promotions continue, sooner or later, the dominoes will start forcing decisions at the middle and upper levels of the organization.

85 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/21/2015

  1. And wow Crawford is starting to power up lately. I can’t wait to see him up at the big show.

  2. Ranger Suarez is showing some eye popping numbers. He’s a smallish lefty who has been effective in his 4 years in the organization. Three of them in the VSL — and he’s only 19 through late August. In his 27 innings he’s given up 15 hitsx and 2 ERs. He has 20Ks to only 4 BBs. He has a GO/AO ratio of 3. Yesterday alone he had 10 GO to 1 FO. We liked him a lot last year and he’s showing he can do it in the states. Wmsprt might give him a call soon.

    1. You may be on to something. My man has only walked 8 batters in 4 years (130 innings) and has never given up many runs.

  3. WPort @ Hudson Valley Renegades July 21 Game Report

    Batting:
    Coppola: K’d looking after fouling off a few pitches the other way/Lined out to center on a 3-1 pitch- sinking liner/5 pitch walk/Sac Bunt (well executed 5-3 moved Cumana over to 3rd)/Infield single- chopper to the pitcher on first base side of the mound- the pitcher had momentum going toward first so he decided to run to the bag himself- he must have underestimated Coppola’s speed because Coppola beat him to the bag. He most likely would have been out if the pitcher flipped the ball to the 1st basemen/Fly out to left

    Laird: 2-3- looked like he fouled it off his foot, and he didn’t run- umps conferred and said he was out./4 pitch walk/opposite field single to RF/6-3 (routine)/1-3 comebacker/6-3

    Pujols: Not a good day for Jose. Two trends I noticed, he fouled a lot of balls off the other way (3-4 out of the stadium but at about 1st base level), he swung and missed by a wide margin a number of times. 5-3 (hard hit) on a 3-2 pitch after fouling off 3 pitches/K’d swinging/BB on a 2-2 pitch after 3 Foul Balls/K’d looking/K’d looking

    Hayden: Doubled in LC gap (centerfielder dove but couldn’t make the catch)/Broken bat F-9/Hard hit RBI double down LF line/4-3/K’d swinging against a very tough pitcher who backed up a 98 mph fastball with an 85 mph off-speed pitch that he sung through/Walked

    Tobias: Opp Field Hard shot near the track in RF, deep enough for Hayden to tag to 3rd/Very high flyout to fairly deep CF/Sac Fly to Deep CF/1-3 (weak)/Ground single the other way vs Hudson Valley closer/3-6 FC. He hit the ball very hard most of his AB’s.

    Hernandez: One word- WOW. If one month is a small sample size then, one game is a miniscule one, but boy did he put on a show in all facets of the game. He made 2 dynamite plays at 3B, in both cases showing off a rocket arm (RIP Ridenhour). On another play, a chopper down the 3rd base line was over his head, and he made a very impressive leap to snag the ball well above his head (it ended up being foul, but was still a nice athletic grab) . He went 4 for 5 hitting hard shots every time up. He also went 1st to 3rd on a 5-3 groundout when the Renegades 3B made a diving stop and and threw out Rivero at 1st. I have seen Jan play at both GCL and WP and he seemed like a different player. He seemed way more focused. Perhaps 3 years in the system without too much success has given him a sense of urgency. On to the AB’s… Very hard ground single through a drawn-in infield (surprising HV had infield in with a scoreless game in the 2nd inning)/Line single to CF/2 Run no-doubt HR to LC (his 6th of 2015)/Smoked a lineout to CF/Line single to LC- good hustle by Tobias to go 1st-3rd with ball in front of him/Was at bat in the 12th when Tobias was caught stealing to end the game.

    Rivero: Did not show much: 2 groundouts, 2 Flyouts and a K though he was robbed by the 3rd basemen as mentioned above.

    Bossart: High Flyout to shallow CF/6-3 (tremendous play by SS who backhanded ball and threw from OF grass while going away from 1B- Bossart “runs like a catcher” and was out/Flyout to LF (near the track)/6-3 (high chopper)/Double over CF’s head (Amaro pinch-ran and got picked off- fire him too). Bossart showed some power hitting the ball quite hard 3 of 5 AB’s.

    Cumana: 1 for 4 with a BB. His first AB was a strange one. He looked to bunt for a hit and then pulled back the bat, he then took 2 strikes. After another ball, and the count seemingly 2-2, the ump called him out. I am guessing that he felt he offered at the bunt and realized he had the count wrong, but it is weird to call him out on strikes after 2 straight pitches were balls. Cumana was nuisance on the bases- causing a balk, and later scoring on a WP.

    PITCHING:

    Arteaga started and went 5. He got hit around (8 hits, 4 ER). The radar gun wasn’t working for the first 6 innings and then suddenly came on. I would not think he was throwing overly hard. He did fool a few batters badly but overall, they squared up against him pretty well.

    Tasin came in for two innings. The first was a smooth 1-2-3 inning but the second was a long inning where he gave up 2 doubles, 2 walks and 2 runs. He was consistently at 92 mph.

    Sequeira followed with 2 scoreless innings with the only blemish being a walk- he K’d two and reached 91 on the gun. One thing I noticed about him was that he is a very fast worker.

    Feliberto Sanchez pitched the 10th and 11th with no difficulty though he was in the high 80’s at best. He came out for the 12th and was greeted with a walk-off HR.

    It appears that Pat Borders is doing an excellent job with the Cutters. They play disciplined ball, they hustle, and they really play as a team. I saw Sutter McLaughlin who was dominant at GC, and Jacob Waguespack (not sure what he did to get promoted). Tomorrow night is Kilome night!!!

    1. Would be great if Jan Hernandez comes around.
      But his K rate is still over 30% this year, and that is troublesome, and he has had over 500 PAs in the minors so far. .

      1. And not just a 30% k rate, but a 2% walk rate as well. He seems to be hitting the ball better than ever so hopefully there’s been some legit development but it seems like he’s still got a long way to go.

    2. Good report, and have fun @ the game if you’re there tonight. I got to watch one game on TV (WNEP aired it on a…Monday, I think), and through Mitch Rupert’s Twitter. That team is exciting as hell.

      I’m not sure why Waguespack is there either; there were guys in the GCL that did a much better job, and his #s weren’t promotion-worthy. Why not promote one of them?

    1. I like Knapp, but the reports on his defense are horrible and he has no power. In his favor is that he has several years to fix those things as Catchers have a long leash.

      1. Power is really one of your sticking points? How many catchers do you know that have power? McCann, Posey, Gattis ,Perez. It’s a pretty short list.

        1. and Mesoraco and Zurino and Grandal. The list grows. And the next tier down of some 15 more names has more power than Knapp.

          1. Point being Knapp would need either Ruiz like defense or Mauer like hit tool to be considered a first division regular.

            1. One plus in his favor…he is a natural ‘non-Phillies embryonic developed’, ‘come with- the- package’ …switch-hitter.

          1. Scouts I’ve talked to say hell eventually be moved to 1B/DH type role, but doesn’t blame Phils for continuing to try him as C. Said he can switch positions down the road, but not sure hell hit enough for those positions.

  4. GCL starting pitching has been exceptional. I mentioned Ranger Suarez earlier in the thread but a .65 ERA is great. Medina has a 1.20 ERA. He’s been very good in every outing. Paulino had one bad outing. If you take that out, he has a 1.35 ERA. McWilliams has also had one bad outing and with it he has a .56 ERA. Starters in the GCL will give their team a big boost every time out — well nearly every time out. If the guys in Wmprt weren’t doing so well, they’d have a few guy moving up.

    Promoting Waguespack — probably pronounced exactly as it looks — over Stubblefield is a head scratcher but you need a guy to close out games for these GCL starters.

    1. It is great to see. I am really intrigued by Medina and McWilliams, hopefully there is something there with these two.

  5. Tobias is an interesting prospect to me if he can handle 2B. Also, look out. JP Crawford looks to be out of his mini-slump and is pissed. Tocci and Hoskins seem to be settling in.

    1. Forgot to mention that Tobias played an excellent 2B- as far as I know he played third at Miami. I will be at tonight’s game also.

  6. Funny. I always pronounced it “Yan” in my head. For some reason, I’m disappointed. I’ve been pulling for him, though, ever since Keith Law was so high on him coming out of the draft.

    1. Me too. Mitch Rupert reported it earlier this season. He also had pronounced it “Yan”. Jan only corrected it this year. Also, Rupert reported that Kilome is three syllables “Key-low-may”. I had always pronounced it “Key-yome”.

  7. I had an interesting Twitter exchange with a scout who covers the GCL (Chris King). He is extremely high on Randolph. Tweets about him almost daily. Anyway, I asked him if he would take Randolph over Tucker in a 2015 redraft. Here is his response:

    1. Thanks for this v1. So far so good on Rando. There is something comforting about having a first round pick produce right away…just like JPC and Nola.

            1. What will you do if the Phillies ever decide to move the Lakewood club to the Camden Riversharks’ ballpark?

    2. All of the armchair GMs who complain about draft picks but have never scouted a game in their lives nor seen any of the picks play an inning should remember this.

    3. For a “scout” it’s kind of ridiculous to believe that he’s really going to give up on a guy after 100 AB’s.

      1. I don’t think he said he was giving up on Tucker. I think what he said was he would still take Tucker over Randolph unless Tucker continues to struggle on offspeed pitches.

  8. I wanted to see how the GCL hitters are doing relative to league as sometimes the GCL is a tough hitting environment. I used wRC+ which is a metric that looks at offensive performance relative to league. a wRC+ of 100 is average. Small sample sizes and all that…I also don’t think this includes last night’s game

    Randolph – 164
    Arauz – 149
    Encarnacion – 130

    That is super encouraging for such young players. They routinely are facing much older pitchers with years more experience. For example, yesterday against GCL Yankees the youngest pitcher they faced was 22 years old – more than five years older than Arauz. I am very impressed with these guys so far.

  9. 1000 times this >>>

  10. Lmao did he say 90 mph fastball command is far and away.blah blah no viagain really you aren’t worth answering. cause any one who knows this game knows its rare low velo guys are good.

    1. No one understands baseball but you.

    2. also it is V “1” again, not viagain. V1 stands for version 1 for technologists. The “again” part is because i am a multiple time entrepreneur.

          1. Me too. I think basing your screen name off of the apparition of an 80’s Phillies prospect is a lot easier on the eyes, myself.

      1. Joe I said 89-90-91 is to me low. 93 and up is good for righthander. unless he is lefthanded or knuckballer.

      2. 91-93 is above average, but not plus (because the velocities for each fastball would average out to less than 93 mph). The below is from FanGraphs (Kiley McDaniel) –
        80 – 97 mph
        75 – 96 mph
        70 – 95 mph – plus-plus
        65 – 94 mph
        60 – 93 mph – plus
        55 – 92 mph – above average
        50 – 90-91 mph – average
        45 – 89 mph – below average
        40 – 88 mph
        35 – 87 mph
        30 – 86 mph
        These scales will vary team to team, possibly shifted one notch in either direction, or maybe separate grades for fastball velocity for righties/lefties or starter/reliever but these are essentially industry consensus scales.

  11. So far Cornelius Randolph’s GCL start is as impressive as JP Crawford’s. JP had a higher BA avg, but some of that was due to a higher Babip (many infield hits). Randolph has a slightly higher K% but, makes up for that with the higher ISO.

    C. Randolph: GCL, 98 PAs, .415 wOBP, 14.3 bb%, 16.3 K%, .165 ISO, babip .344
    JP Crawford: GCL, 149 PAs, .435 wOBP, 14.9 bb%, 14.9 K%, .120 ISO, babip .414

    1. i was actually going to post the same analysis. Randolph looks like an elite hitter with an elite eye. and some reports on his defense is that it is at least average.

      1. I would say it looks like the new draft guy did a nice job. I really questioned Lucas Williams at the three pick and especially for full slot, but maybe that will turn out well also. I think he has earned the benefit of the doubt up to this point.

      2. It looks like we’ve now really hit on 3 first round picks in a row and that can really speed up a rebuild.

        Randolph appears to be a great pick – aside from him having a huge HR rate, I don’t think we could have asked for any more. This is where one can really notice the difference between Almaraz and Woelover. While it’s impossible to know for sure, I wouldn’t see Woelover using a first round pick for a high school bat with only moderate athleticism. Athleticism is important, but for hitters, I want guys with great hit tools and great plate discipline. Finally, after years and years we are starting to see guys like that filling up the system. There’s a lot of talent now in the pipeline and I’m pumped about it.

        1. Catch I am still not in love with Williams. but small sample. but who knows i could be wrong. I wish I knew how to get someone to answer the question why a 315 hitter in high school. who doesn’t look that good on the tape I saw. Drafted so high.

        2. Think you’re also seeing the difference between picking in the top 15 of the draft vs. picking in the 20’s. It’s a little easier to get the pick right at the top of the first round.

          I agree that the drafting philosophy has changed a bit but also think having higher picks makes the changes of success higher.

    2. jim How does Cornelius look in outfield and does he have enough speed. I don’t remember anyone talking about his speed. might have missed it when it was posted.

      1. MLB had him at a 40 Run rating. But then again speed in LF is not as a critical component as it would be for a CFer. But interesting to see a ‘live’ scouting report on Randolph.

      2. It’s hard to grade him in the field on the few balls that are hit his way. He looks competent so far. He has covered ground to make a couple of great catches in foul territory. He over ran a ball yesterday charging a base hit, but recovered quick enough to prevent the runners moving up. It’s also tough to grade his on base speed. I haven’t seen him try to steal. He goes 1st to 3rd and 2nd to home as well as anyone. He’s no Quinn. But he could be an Utley.

        His calling card is his hit tool. I’ve seen it described as elite. It certainly is advanced for a high schooler. I wish you guys could see him. Not just a selected youtube post but in the on deck circle, between pitches, all through an at bat. I know a lot of readers were upset that Randolph was selected with our first pick. But, he really is as good as anything you’e read. He is the reason I drag myself to the field on days I don’t feel like going.

        Today for instance. I dragged my butt to the field in Dunedin. The game was suspended after a half inning. But, it wasn’t a lost day because I got to see Randolph drive in the game’s first run. He pulled a single through the right side on a 1-2 pitch. Teams have been pitching him away and he just goes with the pitch. Today, the pitcher made a mistake and came inside, and he pulled it through the hole. I’m sure that if he wasn’t learning a new position they would consider moving him up, and maybe they should anyway.

  12. I attended the Lakewood game today (Wednesday). Posting this because tomorrow is a pretty full day.

    First time I had a chance to see 6-8 200 RHP Ranfi Casimera pitch. He was absolutely a joy to watch. His control for 7 innings was flat out silly. Averaged 10 pitches an inning and better than 70% strikes. The eight inning did him in. Don’t know if it was the heat or what but he lost a little of that control. Went 7.2 innings with no runs, 3 hits allowed only 2 walks and hit a batter (on a 3-2 count). Struck out 6. Very impressive. Just turned 23. Threw in the low 90’s with T94. His breaking stuff was good. Got one K on a 77 and another on 75.

    Herlis Rodriguez had only one hit but it was as they say “long towering drive”. Hit the top of the grassy bern in rightfield. Not sure if he’s a serious prospect but he has 8 HR this year for a recent 21 year old.

    Grullon was a disappointment to me. I don’t know if he just grew into his body or he put on a lot of weight but he’s a lot bigger than when I saw him last year. He was awful at the plate. Timing was off. Struggled with the off speed pitches. When he swung his top hand came off the back every time. Big sweeping swing. Lo and behold, he got a high and away fastball and drilled it to the alley in right center for an RBI triple. I thought they were going to call time so he could catch his breath. I question his conditioning.

    Not really much else to discuss. One of those games. Drew Stankiewicz made an error at SS but redeemed himself with a great middle of the double play. Kingery gave him a good feed and Drew fired a strike to first with the runner taking him out.

  13. Very disappointing in Grullon’s reported physique and weight gain.
    You would think he would be more conscious of this and management would make him more aware of it also.

  14. Clearwater Threshers activated RF Dylan Cozens from the 7-day disabled list

    Ethan Stewart assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils

    Reading Fightin Phils placed C Logan Moore on the temporarily inactive list.

  15. Kilome out after three. Topped out at 98, consistent 95-96, off-speed as low as 77 usually 80. Gave up more hard hit balls than I would expect. Would assume it was planned that he would only go 3 or was on a low pitch count, in his first start back

    1. I thought it was strong. After they squared up on some FB’s, he started throwing a lot more off-speed pitches. He pitched out of a Jam (runner on 3rd none out). Two looking K’s and then a crazy play that hit the ump on a WP that led to an out at the plate

    2. I would call his off-speed stuff a work in progress (and he is a hard worker). His change was as good as it had to be with a fastball like his. He had difficulty getting his curve down in XST. But showed improvement with both pitches toward the end of spring training. I would assume he has continued to show improvement since going to Williamsport. Those pitches only need to reach average to complement his fastball. If one becomes above average, he’s really going to be someone to watch.

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