Box Score Recap – 7/24/2015

GCL Phillies (20-8) postponed, rain. Double header v. Yankees1 Saturday at 10:00AM.

Clearwater (56-42) postponed, rain. Double header v. Hammerheads Saturday at 5:00PM.

That’s a lot of baseball.  The morning games are at the Carpenter Complex.  The evening games are at Bright House Field.  Thankfully, they’ll be seven inning games.

Lehigh Valley (45-55) beat the Syracuse Chiefs 3-2 in 11 innings.  Seve Gonzalez went 6 innings and allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and a walk.  Dalier Hinojosa, Adam Loewen (2.45), and Juan Gutierrez (1.71) held the Chiefs to one hit and struck out 6 over the last 5 innings.  They faced a line up that included some familiar names – Darin mastroianni, Jayson Werth, and Tony Gwynn.

The IronPigs collected just 4 hits.  They saved two of them for the 11th inning and won in a walkoff on a Brian Bogusevic RBI double.  Aaron Altherr (.298) went 0-5.  Chase d’Arnaud went 2-5 with a triple and 2 runs scored.  Brian Bogusevic (.299) went 1-5 with a double and RBI.

Reading (54-45) the New Britain Rock Cats 6-3.  Ben Lively threw 95 pitches (62 strikes) in 5 innings. He allowed 3 runs (2 ER) on 7 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out five.  Colton Murray struck out 3 in 3 perfect innings.  Stephen Shackleford picked up his 22nd save.  Andrew Knapp and Kelly Dugan were hit by pitched balls in the 6th and 7th innings.  No Reading pitcher retaliated.

Kelly Dugan (.315) went 0-4 with a HBP from the leadoff slot.  J.P. Crawford (.266) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.  Brock Stassi (.312) went 1-5 with 2 RBI (64).  Andrew Knapp (.346) went 2-4 with a double, HBP, and RBI.  Cam Perkins (.264) went 2-5.  Destin Hood (.301) went 2-5 with a double and RBI.  Harold Martinez (.312) went 4-5 with an RBI.  Ben Lively went 1-2 with a triple.

Lakewood (50-46) beat the West Virginia Power 1-0.  Elniery Garcia (3.16), Calvin Rayburn (2.35), and Matt Hockenberry (2.27) combined to shutout the Power on 5 hits and a walk.  Hockenberry notched his 9th save.  Herlis Rodriguez (.301) went 2-4 with an RBI.  Scott Kingery (.265) 1-4 with a double.  Kyle Martin (.352) went 1-4 with a double.

Williamsport (23-11) beat the Aberdeen IronBirds 4-2.  Mitch Gueller allowed 2 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 6 in 6.2 innings.  Anthony Sequeira came on to strand two runners and finish up with 3 strike outs in 2.1 innings for his 3rd save.  Zachary Coppola (.330) went 2-4.  Josh Tobias (.307) went 2-4.  Jose Pujols (.295) went 1-4 with an RBI.  Brendon Hayden (.323) went 1-4.  Mark Laird (.250) went 1-4 with an RBI.

DSL Phillies (26-21) lost to the DSL Indians 3-2.

VSL Phillies (24-35) beat the the VSL Cubs 3-2 in 14 innings.  Sergio Velis (1.27), Oskerlly Sanchez (2.68),  Abdallah Aris (1.30), and  Luis Gonzalez (2.00) combined to hold the Cubs to 6 hits and 2 unearned runs.  Tney yielded 4 walks and struck out 14 batters.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • The Mets have designated outfielder John Mayberry Jr. for assignment
  • Phillippe Aumont, fresh off Pan Ams gold with Canada, signed a minor eague deal with Toronto.
  • Lakewood BlueClaws placed 2B Drew Stankiewicz on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 23, 2015.  (left oblique strain)
  • SS William Cuicas assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • Lakewood BlueClaws released LF Gustavo Martinez.

32 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/24/2015

  1. Reports say that Gueller Stuff is still underwhelming but I’d imagine they have to promote him sometime soon. What Is everyone’s thoughts? Also how about Lively? Is there still a major league starter in him?

    1. Was at the Cutters game last night. Guellar, while not overpowering was able to spot and get swings and misses with an offspeed, 79 mph pitch. Not a scout so I am unsure if it was a slider, curve or changeup. I counted around 8-10 swings and misses. He was throwing it front door to righties. His fastball seemed to be in the 88-91 mph range all night. He got into trouble in the 7th because of a 4 pitch, leadoff walk.

      No one really stuck out on offense…Pujols, Hernandez, Coppola and Tobias did, but mainly because of their respective statures.

      On defense, Cumana and Hernandez made excellent plays…Grenny’s was a play deep in the short/3rd hole. Grabbed it and had enough arm to beat the play at first. Hernandez made a wonderful play off of a bunt attempt. He sprinted in from 3rd, grabbed the ball, turned and threw to Cumana who was covering 3rd for the force.

      That’s all I got from these untrained eyes! Might try to get to tomorrow’s game as well. Wish Kilome was pitching in the series…

      1. Guellar seems a little older for the league. That is probably a positive for him when facing younger batters. And being drafted in 2012 and signed then, after the 2016 season he will need to be 40-manned or exposed to the Rule 5. And more then likely, he will be pitching in Lakewood next season. He probably will not get selected by any club for the major league portion of the draft.
        Him and Watson had so much promise three years ago, disappointedly sad how things have worked out so far for them.

  2. Lively seems to have the goods but he needs plenty of refinement of his command. He has plenty of “stuff” but has got to put his pitches where they are intended to go. It is possible that he could put things together during the rest of this season sufficiently to graduate forward to Lehigh Valley in ’16. Worth following.

  3. A different day and a better outcome. Yesterday the organization was 2 – 7. Today they’re 6 – 1 including the that team in Philly. In past years, I was getting used to losses mounting day after day. At least they are winning much more this year. A lot of new players are making the difference in the organization from the top to the bottom. Even LHV is playing great baseball for the last month or so. There are still players who can and should be moved up. Dugan is #1 on that list. All the first baseman can be moved up a level starting with Stassi and ending with Hayden. Altherr should get to Philly pretty soon. Let’s see what’s there. It’s easy to try things when the team is so bad. As some of the younger pitchers are slowed down or even have their innings maxed out, some other guys can be moved up. If you think a guy will start next year a level higher than he is now, then August might be a good trial period for that step.

  4. Seve Gonzalez and Ben Lively (end of 2016 maybe), along with experienced David Buchanan…all pitchers that are young and could challenge for the Phillies rotation next season…..though it appears all are back-of-the-rotation starters at this point.
    Plenty of 4th/5th starters.

    1. I think the next offseason will be interesting in terms of rotation battles. Morgan and Nola should be locks. Buchanan should be a lock. I think the Phillies will give Biddle a chance during spring training to show them something. Severino should get a chance but he just doesn’t have enough fastball to compete so I think he’s ticketed for a long man/relief role. And the Phillies will likely bring in a couple of vets also.

  5. Of this year’s draft class, Randolph notwithstanding, Kyle Martin is beginning to stand out to me as a potential draft hit. The left handed hitting Martin has a severe split right now, OPS’ing 1.038 and .567 against right handed and left handed pitching respectively. His BB rate of 5.4% isn’t going to cut it either, though he sports a more than respectable K rate at 17.1%. He began his Phillies career at Lakewood as a 22 yr old after being drafted in the 4th rd of this year’s draft and has done nothing but hit since his arrival. His current slash sits at .352 / .389 /.533 (OPS .923). He hit .360 in 25 June ABs then hit .350 in 80 July ABs. Not too shabby. I contemplated a start at Clearwater in 2016 as a 23 yr old then considered that he may move up at some point this season.

    Since mentioning Randolph; his BB rate is nearly 16% in the early going (does anyone appreciate how sick that is?) and his K rate is under 17%. There are certain statistics that carry more weight for me under a SSS, and I can honestly say that I am starting to get excited about Randolph. He just turned 18 in June

  6. Steve I believe right now martin should be in Clearwater. and start next year in reading If he does well in Clearwater. He is a college bat and could move a lot faster imo.

    1. Hoskins isn’t ready for AA yet, that’s holding Martin back in effect.
      Garcia is really dealing and is moving up my prospect list. I’m also quite impressed by what Knapp is doing.

      1. Hoskins may be an AFL candidate. Which if he is eligible, then makes it maybe a smoother transition to AA level pitching next season.

  7. What the heck has changed the last 2-3 drafts with the phillies? I don’t understand why hit tools and more polished pitchers were not stressed earlier in Amaros tenure? This horrible major league situation could have been avoidable. It’s sad. I will say it brings a smile to me the success of the minors this year. I see Randolph and kilome being top 100 prospects after this season.

      1. Yes, Just wait until the 2016 draft — they ought to be able to get a pretty good player at 1-1!

          1. I can’t remember a consensus 1-1 since Harper.

            And remember that it’s not necessarily bad there’s not a consensus. Buxton was considered by many to be the better choice than Correa, but I think the Astros are pretty happy with that pick. Then you have the whole Mike Trout situation…

    1. New head of scouting this year and a different emphasis last year.

      It used to be toolsy guys but the new regime has a different focus.

      In fact, Nola might not have been taken last year if the same people were in charge.

      1. I would guess it would have been Touki instead. Ironically, that also seems to be a hit at the moment. Although it would have made the major league club this year even more unbearable to watch…

  8. If Hoskins is not ready for reading then jump Martin up to reading and bump stassi up and Hayden up . Knapp needs to be up at LHV regardless of his power numbers.
    Tobias will need to advance soon considering his age.
    Sequiera continues to dominate….

    What are the thoughts on H. Rodriguez and H. Martinez???

    1. Hoskins may be ready, or close to it, but if the Phillies see value in having him stay at Clearwater for now, that’s fine. He hasn’t been there long.

      As for Martin jumping ahead or moving up, he’s still benefiting from a .400 BABIP and Hoskins is outperforming him even though he’s at a higher level. Hoskins now has a 13% BB rate and a 14% K rate in Clearwater, which is really good to see.

    2. IMO, I would temper the Martin hype for now….he is a 4-year college guy from the SEC, hitting against Sally League pitchers.
      If he were to hit against AA level pitching, people could be a little disappointed in the outcome
      Hoskins was a three-year college coming out and held his own with the Crosscutters.

  9. Didn’t mention Randolph or JPC because they’re obvious, would like some live reports on pinto pitching today

  10. Long time follower, first time poster. I too made the trek to Aberdeen last night to check out the Cutters. Williamsport is just to far of a drive, although I’ve done it the last 3 years. Gueller was dealing last night, but it was all about location and off speed stuff. Really good breaking ball and change up, but sorry to say, he never hit 91. I was 7 rows right behind home plate sitting next to a Padres scout, right behind today’s starter Tyler Gilbert, and right in front of our old friend Ed Wade. All had guns. I didn’t see anything higher than 89 on the scoreboard gun and neither did the scout next to me. It’s a shame, because he really seems to know what he’s doing out there, pitching off of his off speed stuff and spotting his fastball, but topping out at 89 isn’t going to cut it. I saw Cumana earlier in the year at Lakewood and the kid can really play defensive. The play he made in the hole last night was special. He has plus speed too, but not sure if he’s ever going to hit.
    Love this site…great info and great posters!

      1. This is strange to me. At the time he was drafted out of high school, Gueller was already throwing into the mid-90s. I have to wonder if he’s holding back so as to have more control/command or if he genuinely lost velocity. If he really lost velocity, what’s to blame for that?

        1. It’s been interesting over the last three years how both Mitch and the pitching coaches have discussed his diminished velocity. Each of the last two years they both said it was imperative he dial back on the velocity to gain control. This year, Les Lancaster has told me a number of times their focus has been on learning to pitch with diminished velocity. So I think they always thought it would come back and never did. It doesn’t look like he’s gotten bigger from a muscular standpoint, so it’s not that he’s lost flexibility in his arm.

          I’m surprised, especially with him coming back to Williamsport this year, that they didn’t put a bat in his hands. He’s still only 21, he’s still under the league average age. So there’s still time to make that transition, albeit not a ton of it. But for now, he’s a key cog in the Cutters’ rotation, especially if they want them to make a playoff run.

  11. Just a general comment. It seems to me that all in all, there are a number of guys hitting with less power than I would have expected in the system, but for higher averages. I get the feeling that the development staff may be in line with the scouting staff in emphasizing development of the hit tool as the primary objective, with the power to be emphasized once the hit tool is developing. Any thoughts?

    1. When you look at all AAA/AA levels in the minors….there are only 8/9 players with 20 HRs or more and the leader has 26 from the Southern league.
      The majority of power guys are in the mid-teens range right now.
      Of course with Bryant called up to the majors and others like Franco, Sano and Gallo at times, that number is skewed a bit.

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