Box Score Recap – 8/2/2015

Chase Utley made a rehab start as DH for Lehigh Valley.

Lehigh Valley (48-61) lost to the Norfolk Tides 4-0.  Jesse Biddle (2-1, 4.44) was charged with 4 runs on 3 walks and 8 hits in 6.1 innings.  He picked up his first AAA loss.  Colton Murray allowed one of two inherirted runners to score on a sacrifice fly , butu retired all eight batters he faced.  He struck out three in 2.2 innings.  Chase Utley went 2-3.  Logan Moore went 3-4 with a triple.  Aaron Altherr (.297) went 0-2 with 2 walks.  Kelly Dugan got his first AAA hit and went 1-4 with 2 K.

Reading (58-50) beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8-2.  Zach Eflin (6-6, 3.41) gave up 2 first inning runs on a 2-run HR, then shut the Cats down until he was relieved after the 7th inning.  Overall, he limited the Cats to 4 hits and 2 walks.  Ryan O’Sullivan and Reinier Roibal each pitched a shutout inning in relief.

The Phils used a 13-hit attack to tie the game in the fourth and go ahead and pull away over the last three innings.  J.P. Crawford (.255) went 1-4 with a walk.  Cam Perkins (.264) went 2-4 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI.  Brock Stassi (.306) went 0-5 with 2 K.  Andrew Knapp (.358) went 3-5 with a 2 doubles and an RBI.   Destin Hood (.303) went 2-5 with 2 RBI.  Brian Pointer went 2-3 with a HR (10) and 3 RBI.

Clearwater (60-48) lost to the St. Lucie Mets 7-2.  Victor Arano (4-10, 4.57) ran into early trouble and gave up 7 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 3.0 innings.  He struck out four.  Yacksel Rios pitched 3.0 shutout innings, striking out four.  Jesen Therrien and Ethan Stewart each threw a shutout inning.

Jessie Valentin got his first hit and RBI of the season.  He entered the game as a defensive replacement for Malquin Canelo at short.  Aaron Brown (.244) went 3-5.  Rhys Hoskins (.303) went 1-3 with a walk.  Dylan Cozens (.279) went 0-4.  Willians Astudillo (.307) went 2-4 with an RBI.  Brown stole his 6th base.

Lakewood (53-51) beat the West Virginia Power 5-3.  Will Morris (4-0, 2.21) gave up 2 runs in 6.2 innings on 8 hits and 2 walks.  Joey DeNato stranded an inherited runner and threw a shutout inning.  Matt Hockenberry allowed a run but still picked up his 11th save.

Manager Shawn Williams flipped the top of the batting order, dropping Herlis Rodriguez to second and moving Cord Sandberg to the leadoff slot.  Sandberg (.257) went 2-4 with a walk.  Rodriguez (.296) went 2-3 with a walk.  Scott Kingery (.261) went 0-3 with a walk.  Kyle Martin (.326) went 0-3 with a walk and 2 K.  Joel Fisher went 2-4 with a grand slam HR (2) and 4 RBI.

Williamsport (27-15) beat the Vermont Lake Monsters 7-4.  Luke Leftwich gave up 1 run on 3 hits and 5 walks in 4.0 innings.  He struck out four.  Leftwich was lifted after two walks and a wild pitch in the fifth.  Kenny Koplove stranded the 2 runners and picked up the win.  He gave up 3 runs and struck out three in 2.1 innings.  Jacob Waguespack allowed 2 inherited runners to score.  Anthony Sequeira picked up his 4th save with a shutout inning.

Zachary Coppola (.320) went 3-4.  Mark Laird (.284) went 1-3 with 2 RBI.  Josh Tobias went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.  Jose Pujols (.278) went 1-4 with a double and 2 RBI.

GCL Phillies (21-12) No game scheduled.  Currently tied with the Pirates for first place, but .009 points behind in winning percentage, which is the determining factor for reaching the playoffs.  There are 27 games remaining which includes three double headers (including back-to-back with Yankees1 on the 24th/25th).  Season ends on August 29th.

DSL Phillies (31-23) No game scheduled.  Currently in second place, two games behind the Astros Blue.  Five games behind for the one wild card.  Eighteen games remaining.  Regular season ends on August 22nd.

VSL Phillies (28-38) No game scheduled.  Currently in third place (of four) and eliminated from post-season play with six games to play barring any make-ups.  Season ends on August 8th.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Philadelphia Phillies sent 2B Chase Utley on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

27 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/2/2015

  1. 2nd base is looking better Valentin is at A+ Kingery is at A and Tobias is at Williamsport. 1st base hoskins clearwater martin at lakewood Encarnacion at Williamsport . Big difference from last yr getting some depth at all positions .

    1. Not to mention SS and 3B locked down for the foreseeable future. A lot of positive happenings at the lower levels.

  2. Eflin came back from 2 straight bad outings and found himself again. I’m sure when he gave up the 1st inning HR he thought, Oh no, not again. But he bore down and did a nice job after that.

    The bottom 4 in the LKW lineup, on paper, looks like easy street for the opposing pitcher. Grullon (.196), Tromp (.182), Fisher (.188) and Marrero (.182). Although Fisher did smack the grand slam and the 4 combined to hit .211 yesterday. This was the problem we all identified when their big 3 were promoted. Tocci, Hoskins and Canelo were the only LKW offense prior to promotion. But Herlis, Sandberg, Martin and Tomasca have picked the team up a little. Even Kingery has helped, although not seeing top 10 talent there yet but it’s early in his career. He might be top 10 on paper but it hasn’t shown quite yet on the field.

    1. I never put too much stock on the first half year a college player plays after being drafted. Most college guys start in Williamsport or the GCL, so for Kingery to be at Lakewood and more than holding his own is great. I think he’s doing just fine.

  3. Is Andrew Knapp still a catcher? I never hear anyone talk about him, but it looks like he’s raking at Reading. Could he be our catcher of the future?

      1. However, Lino and him will have to share the catching chores…I assume, one can always DH when the opp presents itself.

      2. He’s been in Double A for a month and he apparently still needs work behind the plate. I’m guessing he goes to the AFL and starts next year in LHV, which will be fine as Alfaro will be slotted at AA. But you can’t help but marvel at Knapp’s hitting – talk about a breakout – wow!

  4. Can Knapp move to first? From reports only…His defense seems to lack some… The way he is hitting could…Offense only… Be like a Olerud Type…Great average Gap Power.

    1. Knapp is hitting well above his career averages, including earlier this year a Advanced A. We might want to give him more ABs before deciding whether this is a break out or he’ll revert to the mean.

      1. The exceptional gap power is what has me most excited. A catcher with, say, a 60 hit tool and gap power can be a very dangerous player. There’s nothing like having a team where the opponents get to the 7th guy in the lineup hoping for a break and what they get is a guy who hits like a demon and can clear the bases with an extra base hit. Knapp could be that guy.

        1. 60 hit seems very unlikely for Knapp, given his strikeouts. Even if they are heading in the right direction.

          If he had a 60 hit tool, he might be a candidate to move to an OF corner. I’m not sure if he can move around well enough to play RF/LF but he did play out there in college.

  5. Spoke to the same scout as a few weeks ago during a rain delay last week about Knapp. I shared previous comments from the same scout that stated he is not real high on Knapp. I tried to get some further detail.

    – His negative comments were entirely based on his defense. This scout does not believe he has the skills to be an average defensive catcher in the majors.
    – He said if he could make it to average defense, his bat would be fine and expects his swing to generate 10+ HR power in time.
    – Projected role in majors would be a bench bat that could serve as a third catcher, backup 1B, and possible backup LF.
    – Scout said “he has a AAA ready bat, while his glove belongs in the GCL”. Tough dilemma for the player development guys.
    – Said to check for correlation between Reading pitching performances and who is catching. Said the Phillies should be concerned about developing young pitchers while throwing to someone who struggles so much defensively. Said Phils should consider catching him at AAA since there aren’t as good of a prospect base there on the pitching staff. Downside is it would slow Lino’s development who is a better prospect in scouts mind.
    – Believes Phils will switch Knapp to 1B and LF by this time next year, and he’ll be a solid reserve by next September.

    On another note, I’m writing up a couple of long pieces on a few topics that I’ll post in coming days and weeks, likely in the general thread (although they don’t fit perfectly under any one topic – and not sure i post enough to earn my stripes as an author to post them as separate stories). Some are related to the big club, some are related to scouting, but all are based on a variety of people I’ve talked to this year at various minor league games in the Eastern League, South Atlantic League, the California League, and a few games in the Texas League. Hope they are valuable to read but this will be my first stab at it.

    1. BuddyB…ask your scout about the defensive skills of other catchers….Sanchez, Alfaro, Schwarber and Nottingham…..all good bats with flaws in their catching skill set. Ask him to compare….Knapp though does not have the arm like the others…and that is a big thing it seems.

  6. Thoughts on Jesse Biddle: At least he is getting some pretty effective innings in as opposed to early exits as were a few earlier this season and of course sporadically in the past. He appears to be making slow progress (but still age appropriate). His promotion to LHV, quite a topic of discussion when speculated upon, turned out to be a worthy move as he is pretty much holding his own there. He will just need to mature with better command to go forward.

    1. I completely agree VermontPhilsPhan. Jesse IS making progress. His start yesterday was pretty good. Could it have been better? Yes. But like you said he’s making slow steady progress.

    1. Yes …never been so he is eligible…..hoping A guys like Cozens, Hoskins , Pullin and Knapp (AA) also….but they have some sort of a quota rule about lower then AA level players eligibilities.

    2. The West Division Glendale Desert Dogs will be home to prospects from the White Sox, Astros, Dodgers, PHILLIES and Pirates. Bill Hasselman will be the manager, and Jose Bautista and Justin Meccage will be his pitching coaches. Nelson Prada will serve as hitting coach.

      The eligibility rules to play in the AFL are simple.

      The roster size is 30 players per team.

      Each Major League organization is required to provide six players subject to the following requirements:

      – All Triple-A and Double-A players are eligible, provided the players are on at least a Double-A level roster no later than Aug. 1.
      – One player below the Double-A level is allowed per Major League team.
      – One foreign player is allowed, as long as the player does not reside in a country that participates in winter ball, as part of the Caribbean Confederation or the Australian winter league.
      – No players with more than one year of credited Major League service as of August 31 are eligible, except a team may select one player picked in the most recently concluded Major League Rule 5 Draft.
      – To be eligible, players on Minor League disabled lists must be activated at least 45 days before the conclusion of their respective seasons.

      The teams are broken into two divisions, East and West. Each Major League Baseball team sends six top prospects to the Arizona Fall League, 180 players in all. The games are played in the Spring Training stadiums used by the Giants, Mariners, Padres, Cubs, A’s, Royals, Rangers, D-backs and Rockies.

      Each August, Major League clubs hold a position draft to determine the players who will go to Arizona.

      1. Looks like Cozens, Hoskins and Pullin all cannot go……maybe Hoskins at this point I would think.

        1. Seems like a good opportunity to get Knapp some more experience behind the dish. Maybe send Williams and Crawford too so they can get some more ABs.

        2. Wouldn’t be a bad idea to send Cozens since he did miss some time due to injury or Hoskins in preparation for starting in Reading next year.

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