Box Score Recap – 7/31/2015

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.

The Phillies produced seven, 2-out RBIs.  They stranded only 4 runners with 2 out.  They were 8-21 with runners in scoring position.  And 15 of their 17 runs were driven in.  Conversely, both Astros’ runs were unearned.  I hope they hit this well at home tomorrow morning.

Lewis Alezones pitched 4.0 solid, 2-hit innings.  He issued no walks and struck out three.  Of course, since he only pitched four innings, he can’t get the win.  But Will Stewart would get the win with 2 unearned runs on 1 hit and three walks.  The 2 runs he allowed to score came with 2 out on an errant throw by the shortstop.  But he walked both runners and wild pitched them over to second and third.  (This is one example why W-L record is not a good indicator of a pitcher’s success, especially in the minor leagues.)  Stewart did strike out 3 batters in his 2 innings.  Tanner Kiest gave up a hit and 2 walks in 2 innings, also striking out three.  Victor Delgado rebounded from his recent struggles with a 1-2-3 ninth.

I wasn’t at the game, but C Rodolfo Duran was lifted after Stewart’s wild pitch.  Prior to that Duran had commited a throwing error and been charged with 2 passed balls.  So, I don’t know if the change was due to injury or for defense.

Arquimedes Gamboa led off and raised his average to .200 with a 2-5 that included 3 runs scored, a walk, and 2 RBI.  Jonathan Arauz (.284) went 3-4 with 2 doubles, 2 walks, and 2 RBI.  Cornelius Randolph (.280) started in left field and played 6 innings before being replaced by a pinch hitter in the 7th.  Randolph went 1-3 with a walk and RBI.  Yunior Reyes, who came on for Randolph, went 2-2 with a triple and 2 RBI.  Tommy Joseph started at first and went 2-2.  He was replaced by Luis Encarnacion (.260) in the fourth.  He went 2-3 with 5 RBI.  Lucas Williams (.265) went 2-6 with an RBI.

Lehigh Valley (47-60) lost to the Norfolk Tides 10-6.  Each of the IronPigs’ pitchers was assaulted by the Tides’ batters.  Nefi Ogando blew a save and took the loss.  The Lehigh batters had provided the team with leads of 1-0, 4-3, and 6-4.  Ogando entered in the 6th inning and was able to strand an inherited runner.  But, he couldn’t hold the lead as he remained in for the seventh.  Recent call-up, Colton Murray, pitched the ninth inning and gave up a run on 2 hits and struck out one batter.

The Pigs 12-hit attack included 2 doubles and 10 singles.  Aaron Altherr (.305) went 3-5 with a double.  Chase d’Arnaud also went 3-5 with a double.  Six different batters had an RBI – Henson, Bogusevic, Phelps, McGuinness, C Eric Kratz, and DH Lino.  Four different Pigs stole 5 bases – d’Arnaud (2), Bogusevic, Altherr, and Serna.

Reading (57-49) beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 5-3.  Joely Rodriguez allowed 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 6.1 innings.  Ryan O’Sullivan stranded the one runner he inherited but gave up an unearned run in his 1.2 innings.  Stephen Shackleford picked up his 23rd save.

The Phils overcame an early lead to take a 5-1 lead in the fourth.  Their nine hits included 3 doubles and 6 singles.  Kelly Dugan (.315) went 1-3 with a walk, HBP, and RBI.  J.P. Crawford (.255) went 0-4 with an RBI and 2 K.  Cam Perkins (.265) went 1-5 with a double and RBI.  Andrew Knapp (.330) went 2-4 with a double.  Harold Martinez (.309) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.  Angelo Mora (.333) went 2-3 with a walk and RBI.  Perkins recorded an outfield assist on a play at the plate.

Clearwater (60-46) split a double header with the St. Lucie Mets, 4-3 (W) and 6-2 (L).

Game One.  The Threshers held on to beat the St. Lucie Mets 4-3.  Ricardo Pinto (4-2, 3.33) pitched well through his 5.2 innings.  He was charged with 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out 4 Mets, including the side in the 4th inning.  He left with 2 out and runners on first and second.  Ulises Joaquin came on to give up a single to the first batter to allow the obligatory inherited runner to score.  Joaquin escaped the inning without allowing the other runner to score.  He remained in the game to allow another run and pick up his 14th save.

Aaron Brown (.243) started the scoring with a 2-run HR (8).  He went 1-3.  Carlos Tocci (.305) went 0-4.  Andrew Pullin (.262) went 0-3 with 3 K.  Rhys Hoskins (.290) went 1-3 with a double.  Dylan Cozens (.286) went 1-3.  Chace Numata (.285) went 1-2 with a walk.  The Threshers scored their 3rd and 4th runs on a bases loaded wild pitch in the fourth inning.

Game Two.  Matt Imhof retired the first 8 Mets he faced.  The Mets’ announcers were incredulous at how a pitcher, who barely reached 87 with his fastball and who had thrown 16 strikes to 14 ball in 30 pitches, could be so dominant against the Mets’ batters.  The ninth batter grounded sharply to third and it went through the fielders’ legs into left field.  Big error.  A walk and a single brought home the games’ first run.  The next batter launched a 3-run, no-doubt-about-it HR tostretch the lead to 4-0.  Two singles and a walk ended Imhof’s night, but not his final line.  Ethan Stewart came on to get the final out.  (I can’t think of a worse choice to bring into a bases loaded situation.)  Well, Stewart walked in the Mets’ fifth run.  Then he gave up a ground single to second to plate their sixth run.  He finally escaped the inning with another ground ball and pitched a one-hit fourth.  But he was able to keep his ERA clean at 0.00.  Alexis pitched the fifth and recorded a 1-2-3 inning in a low leverage situation.  Harold Guerrero gave up a walk in his one inning.

The Threshers came right back to score 2 runs in the fourth, but couldn’t mount another comeback in the remaining innings.  All 6 of their hits were singles.  Carlos Tocci (.310) went 2-4.  Rhys Hoskins (.302) went 2-2 with a walk. Dylan Cozens (.283) went 0-3.  Willians Astudillo went 1-2 with a HBP and 2 RBI.

Lakewood (52-50) lost to the West Virginia Power 9-2.  Five BlueClaws’ pitchers were abused for 18 hits and 6 walks.  Elniery Garcia took the loss but had only given up 1 run in 3 innings when he was lifted.

Lakewood didn’t get their first base runner until a walk in the fifth.  They got their first hit in the 7th inning when they bundled three singles with a throwing error to score their 2 runs without benefit of an RBI.  Herlis Rodriguez (.293) went 1-4.  Cord Sandberg (.257) went 1-4.  Scott Kingery (.266) went 1-4.  Kyle Martin (.344) went 0-3 with a walk.  Chase Harris went 1-2 with a sacrifice.

Williamsport (26-14) came from behind to beat the Vermont Lake Monsters 6-3.  Mitch Gueller (2.21) gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 5 hits and 3 walks in 5 innngs.  He struck out five.  Denton Keys gave up a solo HR in his one inning.  Andrew Godail pitched 2 shutout innings for the win.  Robert Tasin (1.69) earned his 8th save.

Zachary Coppola (.316) went 1-4 with a double, walk, and RBI.  Mark Laird (.281) went 2-5 with 2 RBI.  Josh Tobias (.297) went 1-5.  Jose Pujols (.280) went 1-4 with a double.  Brendon Hayden (.336) went 3-4.  Austin Bossart (.367) went 1-3 with a double and RBI.

Vermont’s leadoff batter has an interesting name – Skye Bolt.

DSL Phillies (29-23) beat the DSL Athletics 3-0 in a game called after 6.5 innings.  Jhon Nunez and Anderson Nunez combined to throw a 6 inning, 4-hitter.  And, no, they are not related.

VSL Phillies (27-38) lost to the VSL Rays 10-2.  Lenin Rodriguez (.254) went 2-3 with a walk, HR (3), and 2 RBI.  Enger Jimenez (.291) went 2-3 with a double, triple, and walk.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Phillies traded Ben Revere to the Toronto Blue Jays for RHPs Jimmy Cordero and Alberto Tirado.
  • Philadelphia Phillies recalled David Buchanan from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.  Started against the Braves.  Pitched into the 8th inning.  Got the win.  What’s going on here?  11-2 since the All Star break.  2.5 game lead over the Marlins.  Eight teams within 7.5 games of the Phillies, ALL sellers at the deadline.  How comfortable are you about getting 1:1 in next year’s draft?
  • Philadelphia Phillies recalled RHP Dalier Hinojosa from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Philadelphia Phillies recalled Jordan Danks from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Colton Murray assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Philadelphia Phillies optioned Jerad Eickhoff to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Philadelphia Phillies sent Seth Rosin outright to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Philadelphia Phillies optioned Jorge Alfaro to Reading Fightin Phils.
  • RHP Jimmy Cordero assigned to Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.

70 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/31/2015

  1. Who is Luis Espiritu? He’s 18 years old. It says he’s from Brooklyn, NY. I can’t find him on a draft list. He must have been a LA signing who has permanently moved to NY?

    1. Luis Espiritu is a 5’11, 175 lb., R/R middle infielder. He is 18 years old and was born on 9/21/1996. He is a first year professional from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

  2. JimP…agree with you on Altherr. He deserves the promo.
    But if he can’t start and play every 3 of 4 games at CBP, but instead plays sporadically like Darin Ruf does for the most part, then let him get his PAs at LHV thru August.

    1. Yes, I certainly agree with you on that. But I wouldn’t have a problem with him playing ahead of Herrera. We’ve seen what Odubel is and that he needs more attention. The kind he could get in the minors. I wouldn’t be surprised if Herrera starts next year in AA or AAA. If he were to go back to the minors, the level would depend on our other CF prospects.

      1. Herrera….not sure where the Phillies stand him…after 50/60 some games over the winter in the Ven as strictly a CFer..i would think come March they will determine how much or little he progressed as a CFer. His bat is another issue and his Krate and low BBrate….though it is amazing how many doubles he already has with limited PAs.

      2. One thing who’s the phillies CF next season and his back up. Revere in Toronto and Herrera would be in AAA. The phillies could start Altherr but that means your right get him up hear now to see if he could do it. The might have to sign a free agent if Altherr isn’t ready .

  3. Whatever happened to Alec Rash? He was the Phillies 2nd round pick in the 2012 draft. He didn’t sign and went to Missouri (I think). He was drafted in the 23rd round in 2015 by the Nationals but he didn’t sign. Is he still in school or a total washout? He turned down $500K and will probably end up schlepping for work as a gardener’s assistant.

    1. He is still at Missouri and from what I recall had some injuries (nothing serious) but has not set the world on fire.

  4. Pinto pitched well but why only 3 innings for Garcia? We certainly have lots of legit prospects to follow now, if we didn’t before. Lots of changes still to come from all the trades and new guys arriving. There could still be a few more waiver trades in August so we might still get another few pieces. We’re at a point now where it will be very competitive for jobs next spring. Promotions will really have to be earned.

  5. I know we have gotten a lot of prospects and that’s great. But it really makes my blood boil that we have all of these former second round picks that can’t hit 90 on a radar gun. It’s like throwing away a draft pick.

    1. I was just talking about that at the store. Guellar was at 87 last start. bucanan cant hit 90. denton keys just hits 90. stewart is at 88-89. so many don’t have velo.

      1. I hear ya, but none of those guys are the colossal bust that Larry Greene, Jr. is. I get that most prospects don’t make it, but for a #30-something draft pick to be completely overmatched in low A ball indicates a serious miscalculation in the scouting department.

        I guess it’s part of the previous regime’s emphasis on tools at a seemingly complete disregard to contact skills, pitch recognition, plate discipline, etch. Hopefully those days are gone.

        And let’s not forget that Amaro threw away a 1st round pick with the timing of the Papelbon free agent signing.

        1. Our condemnation of Marti Woelever (or at least some of his picks) should not be construed as praise for Ruben Amaro. To be fair, Marti was not as bad as he’s being portrayed now. He had some ill-advised preferences (crazy tool fixation at the expense of baseball demonstrated skills), but he operated with bad picks and many of his good picks were traded away.

  6. Jim Salisbury, CSN on Amaro and the ‘Deal:
    Amaro was the “point man” for the deal, but Gillick was present and had to sign off on it. Andy MacPhail, who will become club president at the end of the season, was also on hand with input. “I’ve been working with (the Rangers) on this deal for seven or eight months,” Amaro said. “With the depth of talent in their system, we felt they were the right match for us. As far as doing the deals, it was no different than how I’ve been operating since I took over in 2008. I had Pat Gillick in the room with me and Andy MacPhail in the room with me. But I’m the GM and we made the deals. Clearly, the process with how we do these deals is all encompassing and I’m the point guy, I guess the talking head, whatever you want to call me. The point is that it was no different than a deal for Cliff Lee or anyone else.”
    When the Phillies acquired, traded, then signed Lee, Amaro answered to former club president David Montgomery. Amaro’s contract expires later this year. MacPhail will make the call on Amaro’s future”

    1. Romus, maybe the same people who are roasting Amaro have been really easy on Pat GIllick as Gillick left Baltimore’s and Seattle’s farm systems in wrecks. At least Amaro has accumulated some talent for the future and our farm system has young talent.

  7. Harang, Chase and Frenchy are candidates for August trades. If Chase shows he is healthy, he is most likely to agree to go. He already is short of vesting bonus, so that is no issue for acquiring team.

    1. Chase lives in the Bay area in the off-season….so maybe the Giants…but they have Panik playing pretty good. LAD/LAA are also spots for him since he played ball and grew up down there. Not sure you will get much of a return, but seems Hernandez brought back some ‘lottery’ assets of note.
      But whatever, return , Ruben needs to get away from his current philosophy of ‘close to MLB ready’ Double-A prospects like these past three deals and go for the short-season/Low-A prospects for long-term…he may get more of a value player.

      1. Romus I was wondering if you looked at buying Cole house or Sandbergs or pap’s. They really look like nice places to live. and you would be closer to the ball park. and you could rent it out for the popes visit.

        1. rocco…already have a place of domicile. But living next to the Nova Care in the Britton’s on Hartranft could be an attractive alternative…..walking to all the games.
          But game day traffic during Eagles games would be a nuisance I would think.

          1. I live 5 blocks from nova care we could be neighbors. I walk around the complex in the mornings. 1.3 miles after that I have a donut.

  8. I don’t fully understand the Arb clock rules but is it possible the reason they didn’t call up Altherr is due to service time?

    1. 15 K’s in 12 games, all 12 with at least 1 K.


      Reading – 229/28/40
      LHV – 141/11/37

      Whatever advancements Altherr made in Reading to start the year have reverted in LHV. While he is hitting the ball quite well it is not sustainable at the MLB level. Whatever the pitchers have keyed in on will be amplified at the MLB level.

      It is better that Altherr plays everyday in LHV and corrects this problem than sits as a 4th OF at the MLB level.

      Another month or so in LHV is not going to hurt him at all.

      1. I agree with this. The amount of service time he has in the minors is not all that relevant. If he’s at AAA and he’s using the time to make adjustments, he’s better off down there rather than wasting time on the major league outfield carousel. An extra month won’t hurt him and could possibly help him.

    2. v1again you don’t understand the arb clock? that’s nothing I don’t understand davids comments and its driving me nuts.

  9. I agree that the reason Danks got called up vs. Altherr is that Asche, Doobie and Brown play most of the games, and Danks is a back up. They want Altherr to play every day. I still don’t know what he is, but I would like to see him get a chance. Where the winning is coming from is mystifying. Our insurmountable lead for 1.1 is no longer there.

    1. Dominic Brown is making solid progress lately and is hitting .248(and rising) while playing good defense and hitting the cutoff men better. His last two homers were well hit so maybe the Phillies were right to hold on to him.

      1. They were right to hold onto him at the trade deadline because he had negligle trade value – it was the only logical decision.

      2. Mac said in story today that they are fine tuning his swing , they want him to keep the bat head and barrel ahead of the ball, said he was swinging defensively too much and not aggressive enough

        1. But he could be a good waiver deal claim if he keeps his bat hot for another 2/3 weeks…if not and he stay above-average…maybe a GM in the off-season may want to try to get him

      3. Yeah great defense. First game against Atlanta I think he misplayed about three balls. got lucky they didn’t get by him. he has a arm. Don’t pls try to make it seem like he is a good outfielder.

      4. None of this makes up for things like being tagged out at second on a pickoff throw because he took his hand off the bag before he put his foot on. The guy makes a boneheaded play like that once every three games.

        1. You can lump a few others in that category of bonehead plays…I have over the past 5 years seen….Hernandez missing bags, Werth getting love-struck by Myers tongue off 2nd base, Vic….a few lapses on the bases, Revere over sliding bags,
          All are tremendous athletes first, and baseball common-sense guys second. And, except fro Werth, they were all pretty young.

    2. The winning is coming from Sandberg leaving the team.

      Go back and look at the lineups he was trotting out and their averages at the time.

      They were horrid and mystifying yet he kept writing the same names in the same spots every day. No attempts to shake up the lineup at all.

      Mackanin does not want the job but he has a feel for where guys should hit and moves people around the lineup.

  10. Hoskins and tocci continue to show good, really good game at plate for young Arauz, 3-5 AND 2 bbs
    Thought Alfaro would be at Clearwater considering he is injured

    1. Hoskins is the man – because he’s not hitting a ton of homers (yet) people are forgetting about him. But check out the FSL stats. If he had enough qualifying at bats he would be first in OBP AND Slugging. This guy can play.

  11. All of a sudden we have deep catcher depth in the minors between Alfaro, Lino and Knapp at the high levels.

  12. Question for Jim Peyton: Have you seen the two Toronto pitchers we traded for this season and what were your opinions(if applicable)?. Thanks for your daily work and articles.

    1. I had a short conversation with Tirado this morning. He was in civvies during the game. Felix Paulino had just finished up a 25-pitch first inning. Gamboa was the leadoff batter and popped up to left field. To no one in particular I blurted out, “Was that another first pitch?”. Albert was next to me and replied “Yes”. (Up until this point the pitchers behind the cage had been chattering away in Spanish.) I responded with, “You better get used to that. Sometimes our guys get the pitcher to throw more than 6 pitches in an inning.” He chuckled and said “Thanks”.

      I know that’s not what you meant.

      Both pitchers made 3-4 appearances each against the Threshers. Looks like they did okay. But, I don’t remember either of them. Honestly, I focus mostly on our guys. I’m not very aware of even the big names on the other teams unless I see a guy like Anthopoulos (when Jeff Hoffman threw a rehab against the GCL Phillies), or a lot of scouts (for a guy like Luis Severino or Aaron Judge), or a guy with over the top success at A+ level (like Matt Boyd in 2014). But, the Blue Jays always seem to have good pitchers coming through the GCL and FSL.

  13. I’ve decided to officially be concerned as to whether Imhof will be a bust. He somehow gets outs most of the time but he struggles to hit 88. Come on, that’s rediculous. Same with Gueller. High picks, wasted.

  14. Murray what I read was that gueller velocity was higher when they drafted him. You think the gun was off. he was at 87 last night. 87 that stinks, even for a lefthander. I would love to know the scouts who recommend these kids. and the cross checkers I swear I would fire them all. Blowing these picks on soft tossers is a disgrace.

    1. rocco…..the Northwest region (northern Calif to Washington state), is below par….when it comes to HS players over the recent past.
      Look at the relatively high picks….Gueller, Collier, Hudson, Walding….it almost appears that each region gets their own quota for selection on draft day.
      So far , your favorite, Lucas Williams is holding his own.

    2. Don’t forget, it’s also about projection. The drafted player is by no means a finished product. Perhaps he gets bigger and stronger and ends up throwing 93-95. But what people don’t realize is that the opposite is possible. The players regresses for some reason or another and ends up throwing 87-88. To say that the Phillies are intentionally drafting soft tossers is lunacy. Look at our 5th round pick this year, Bailey Falter. The dude is 6′ 4″, 170lbs and he throws 87. You project that he can get up to 200 and add more miles on his fastball. But that’s not always the case, and it’s possible he never gets the added fastball.

  15. New MLB Top Ten:
    1. Crawford
    2. Nola
    3. Thompson
    4. Williams
    5. Alfaro
    6. Randolph
    7. Quinn
    8. Kilome
    9. Eflin
    10. Kingery

    1. Don’t get how they could keep Tocci out. He should definitely be ahead of Eflin and I’d argue Kilome as well but I know people are in love with Kilome but he’s still pretty far away here.

    2. Having watched a lot of Reading games, Knapp should be up there in the top 15 or so as he’s really hitting the ball well and has been very consistent as he has a hit in every start in AA but 1.

        1. Not as good as say Lino who I’ve seen a few times at LV or Grullon at Lakewood who didn’t impress at the plate in the games I was at or saw on but he looks the part as he’s got the frame and the arm. But with Knapp he just gets a hit or two every game I’ve seen so I guess he’s just gotten my attention.

  16. Nola is in the Majors, so how do we adjust for his spot? Everybody up 1, then Tocci? I might put Corny ahead of Alfaro, at least until Alfaro shows he is healthy.

    1. I would have both Tocci and Pinto in my top 10, with Kingery just missing the cut. And I’d have Corny (don’t like this nickname, I prefer Nelly or Yukon and I hope we can come to some consensus soon) below the new guys and Kilome.

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