Jesmuel Valentin made his 2015 debut with the Threshers in the second game of double header against the St. Lucie Mets.
Ben Revere was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for 2 minor league pitchers. RHP Jimmy Cordero split time as a reliever at the Jays Advanced A and AA clubs in Dunedin and New Hampshire. The 6’3, 215 lb., 23-year old has seen his peripherals dip a little with the advancement to the higher level. RHP Albert Tirado has spent all season as a reliever in Dunedin where he is three years younger than the league average. The 6’0, 180 lb., 20-year old is striking out a batter an inning, but needs to lower his 5.1/9 walk rate. Tirado was rated the #76 prospect in the 2014 pre-season rankings.
And, it looks like have decided to go in a different direction than a lot of us wanted. They have recalled RHP David Buchanan, RHP Dalier Hinojosa, and OF Jordan Danks from Lehigh Valley. Danks? Why not Altheer? They both play center field. Geez!
GCL Phillies (21-12) edged the GCL Astros 17-2. This game wasn’t as close as the score would indicate. The Phillies broke open a 2-0 game with a 10-run 5th inning. They unleashed a 17-hit attack and supplemented it with 8 walks and a hit batter. The Astros also chipped in with 2 fielding errors, 3 wild pitches, and a fielder’s choice that failed to produce an out. The Astros best defense was the 4 double plays the Phillies hit into to thwart their own offense. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/31/2015
Next to go is OF Ben Revere who was traded this afternoon to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Pitchers Alberto Tirado and Jimmy Cordero.
Cordero, 23, is a big RHP that split time this year between High A and AA (New Hampshire) in the Blue Jays organization. In 32 games combined, he was 0-1 with a 2.70ERA; 1.20 WHIP to go along with a 3.6/8.3 walk to strikeout ratio. Cordero is known as a flame thrower who can consistently hit 100 on the radar gun, but is also someone prone to control issues. He has been a reliever throughout his tenure in the Jays organization and profiles as a set up guy in years to come. Cordero’s command has been markedly better this year, than in years past.
ALberto Tirado, just 20, was the Jays #17 prospect entering 2015 according to the Jays Journal. . Playing for High A Dunedin this year, Tirado is 4-3 with a 3.23ERA and 1.30 WHIP. He allows a troubling 5.1 walks per 9 innings while striking out a hitter and inning(9.0/9). Once rated a top 10 prospect, Tirado had a difficult 2014 with both control issues and fatigue eating away his effectiveness. He has thrown better this year, but with continued command issues.
As an aside, I don’t quite get the call up of Jordan Danks to fill Revere’s roster spot. While Danks has a spot on the 40 man roster, he has done nothing this year to warrant a call up. He has been sub .250 all year with little to no run production and is among the IL leaders in strikeouts. While really wanting to see Aaron Altherr, I understand the concept of wanting him to get more AAA AB’s. Brian Bogusevic is really the guy that should be complaining. He has been among league leaders in avg, runs, and stolen bases all year and plays very good defense. In any event, maybe this will help solidify the #1 pick in the draft.
Be sure to read to the bottom of the report. There’s a link to an interview that should be of interest.
GCL Phillies (20-12) lost to the GCL Tigers 1-0 in 10 innings for their 6th straight loss. They are winless since coach Roly de Armas returned from the Pan Am games. Sam McWilliams rebounded from 2 losses (where he gave up 9 ER in 6.1 innings) with a solid 6.0 innings. He gave up 5 hits, a walk, and struck out four. Two of his early base runners were erased by Edgar Cabral on steal attempts. McWilliams was in and around the strike zone, needing only 66 pitches to complete his six innings. His fastball was 88-91, touching 92 on several pitches. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/30/2015