Box Score Recap – 8/4/2015

Clearwater (60-48) was shutout 8-0 by Lakeland Flying Tigers on 2 hits. The loss was their 4th in a row, and they have now dropped out of first place for the first time this half. They are curently a half game behind the Daytona Tortugas, 2 games in the loss column.

Brandon Leibrandt (7-3, 3.11) threw 87 pitches, 50 strikes. He lasted only 4.1 innings. He was charged with 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks (a career high). He struck out two.  Leibrandt throws a fastball, change, slider, and curve. His FB was 86-87, T88.

Harold Guerrero pitched 1.2 innings. He allowed one of two inherited runners to score (on a wild pitch), and gave up 2 runs on 2 walks and 2 hits. Guerrero has struck out 31 in 33.1 innings. However, he has also walked 31 batters.

Before the game, Manager Greg Legg took responsibility for Alexis Rivero’s slow start at Clearwater. He stated that he would use him in lower leverage situations until he gets comfortable. So, he brought Rivero into a game where they trailed 6-0. He responded with 4 strike outs in 2 innings. Unfortunately, in this low leverage situation, Rivero gave up a long, 2-run HR (to the track behind the berm in right center field), 2 hits and a walk.

Ulises Joaquin struck out the side in the ninth.

Malquin Canelo doubled with one out in the first inning. Mitch Walding doubled with two out in the eighth inning. In between, Dylan Cozens was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth and stole a base. Aaron Brown crushed a ball in the 8th that Jiwan James leapt and caught against the right field wall. End of offensive highlights. The lowlights – 11 Ks and 0 BB. The Tigers starter (Kevin Ziomek) had all 11 Ks. He pitched 8 innings. At one point he struck out 6 batters in a row. When Leibrandt had thrown 60 pitches thru 3 innings, Ziomek had only thrown 30 thru the same 3 innings.

Listen to Legger in this pre-game interview.  He discusses Malquin Canelo, Jesmuel Valentin, Wilson Garcia, Alexis Rivero, Alberto Tirado.

Lehigh Valley (50-61) beat the Toledo Mud Hens 5-1.  New guy, Jerad Eickhoff made his first start and won.  He went 6.0 innings, gave up 1 run on 6 hits and 1 walk.  He struck out seven.  He threw 97 pitches, 64 strikes.  Dustin McGowan struck out 2 of the 5 batters he faced in 1.2 innings for his 8th save.

Aaron Altherr (.299) went 1-4 with a HR (7), walk, and RBI.  Brian Bogusevic (.290) went 3-5 triple, HR (7), and RBI.  Kelly Dugan went 1-5 with an RBI.  Erik Kratz went 1-3 with 2 BB.

Reading (59-50) beat the Trenton Thunder 7-1.  New guy, Jake Thompson made his first start and won.  He went 7.0 innings and gave up 1 run on 6 hits.  Jimmy Cordero, in his 2nd appearance, struck out 2 in 1 inning of relief.  Edubray Ramos got a walk and strike out in 1 inning.

The Phils collected 15 hits.  Another new guy, Nick Williams started and led off.  He went 2-5.  J.P. Crawford (.254) went 1-5.  Chase Utley went 1-4.  Brock Stassi (.308) went 2-5 with an RBI (69).  Andrew Knapp (.372) went 3-4 with 2 doubles, a BB, and 3 RBI (30).  Cam Perkins (.266) went 2-5 with an RBI.  Destin Hood (.307) went 2-4 with a HR (6) and 2 RBI.  Williams had an outfield assist at second.

Lakewood (55-51) beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 2-1. Ranfi Casimiro (7-6, 3.10) gave up 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 4 in 6 innings.  Manny Martinez and Scott Harris each pitched a perfect inning.  Matt Hockenberry loaded the bases in the ninth before wrapping up his 12th save.

Cord Sandberg (.257) went 0-4.  Herlis Rodriguez (.294) went 1-4.  Scott Kingery (.257) went 2-4.  Damek Tomscha (.268) went 1-4 with a double and an RBI.  Chase Harris went 1-3 with an RBI.

Williamsport (28-16) lost to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers 10-5.  Franklyn Kilome (2-1, 2.08) gave up the first 3 runs (2 ER) on 5 hits and 2 walks in 3.0 innings (65 pitches/39 strikes).  Three relievers gave up runs to further bury Kilome and the team.  The crosscutters used 6 hits and 5 walks to stay in the game until a 3-run 8th by the Scrappers sealed the game.

Zachary Coppola (.313) got the day off.  Mark Laird (.292) led off and went 1-3 with 2 BB.  Andrew Amaro went 2-5 with 2 RBI.  Josh Tobias (.312) went 1-4 and 2 RBI.  Jose Pujols (.269) went 0-4 with 2 K.  Brendon Hayden (.322) got the day off.  Jan Hernandez (.216) went 0-4.  Austin Bossart (.364) went 1-2 and reached twice on HBP.  The Cutters had 3 runners thrown out on the base paths, 2 at home.

GCL Phillies (22-13) split a double header with the GCL Braves, losing 5-4 in 8 innings and winning 3-1.

Game One.  Nick Fanti came on in relief and stranded 2 inherited runners.  He pitched a total of 2.1 innings and struck out five.  Ismael Cabrera (1-2, 0.96) gave up a walk-off HR in the bottom of the eighth.  Arquimedes Gamboa went 3-4 with a BB and RBI.  Jonathan Arauz (.290) went 2-5.  Cornelius Randolph (.277) went 0-1 with 2 BB and a HBP.  Tommy Joseph went 1-2 with a BB and RBI.  Lucas Williams (.288) went 2-3 with a BB.

Game Two.  Bailey Falter (2.65) pitched 4 innings, gave up 2 hits, walked none, and struck out three.  Lewis Alezones (1-0, 1.50) picked up his first win with 1 run on 2 hits in 2 innings.  Gandy Stubblefield picked up his 5th save with 2 Ks in 1 inning.  Arauz (.282) went 0-3 with 2 K (4 K in both games).  Randolph (.281) went 1-2 with a double (10) and HBP (that’s twice for the day).  Tommy Joseph went 1-2 with a BB, HR (1), and 2 RBI.

DSL Phillies (31-25) lost to the DSL Rays 9-3.

VSL Phillies (29-39) lost to the VSL Cubs 7-2.  Enger Jimenez (.305) went 3-4.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Philadelphia Phillies sent 2B Chase Utley on a rehab assignment to Reading Fightin Phils.
  • RHP Jake Thompson assigned to Reading Fightin Phils.
  • OF Nick Williams assigned to Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Clearwater Threshers placed LHP Cody Forsythe on the temporarily inactive list.
  • RHP Alberto Tirado assigned to Clearwater Threshers.
  • Traded 3B Gustavo Pierre (REA) to Toronto Blue Jays.
  • The Detroit Tigers released GM Dave Dombrowski from the remainder of his contract.

109 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/4/2015

  1. Really Fanti 5 stikeout 2 ings Falter 4 shout out ings . Nick Williams 2 -5 Kingsley 2 for 4 Knapp 3 -4 2 doubles.

  2. A lot of people on this site were down on the 3rd round selection of Lucas Williams, me included. He’s looking pretty good in his first taste of pro ball. He seemed to come out of nowhere. He’s listed as a SS on the roster but he’s only played flawless 3rd base. He’ll be 19 on August 9. Kirby Pickett, I mean Greg, an 8th round pick, is hitting no where near hit weight and he’ll be 19 in October. Lucas got the bigger bonus and seems to be earning it. I only question the size of his bonus but so far, he’s earned it.

  3. I was at Tuesday’s Reading vs. Trenton game and thought I would share some of my observations with the phuture phillies community as I watched the talented AA team for the first time. Disclaimer: I am not a professional scout, just a guy who watches a lot of baseball.

    Due to Chase’s rehab assignment and Thompson & Williams Phillies debuts, Arm & Hammer stadium was packed. Ruben Amaro Jr. and company were there behind home plate to watch some talent shine, and they certainly
    weren’t disappointed.

    Jake Thompson. This dude has a slider. I liked it more than his fastball. He threw at as a get-me-over strike, a swing-and-miss strike, and seemed to have fairly decent control of it throughout the evening. His fastball, however, did not have the same type of command; he sat 88-93 with his fastball, high70s-low 80s with his slider, and low 80s with a change up. Overall, I would’ve liked to seen more swing & miss stuff from him and better fastball command, but he got in such a groove that he was effective regardless. He worked very quickly and efficiently (75 pitches in 7.0 innings). There’s definitely something here, maybe he’s not a top-of-the-rotation horse but theres a potential for a innings-eating mid-rotation starter, he just needs to get more consistency from his fastball.

    Jimmy Cordero. I think I was most impressed with him in all honesty. He has an electric arm. He could be in a big league pen right now. His first fastball was 95, and after that he kept pounding the strike zone, with an overpowering easy 98 mph fastball that touched 100 at one point and some nasty off speed stuff. He retired the 3 batters he faced with ease. I see him as the setup man for Giles in 2016 with not much competition stopping him.

    Now the position players.

    Nick Williams looks like an NBA guard and is very athletic on a baseball diamond. He hit some balls hard and threw a couple lasers from the outfield. I think he’ll be able to
    play a corner spot pretty easily. His approach worries me but hopefully with age comes plate discipline. I also hope that he doesn’t become too pull-happy. With an improved approach, he could become a hell of a player.

    JP Crawford can play shortstop. There’s no chance he plays any other position. His actions are so smooth and his arm is strong. He has sneaky good range too. He made a diving play on a grounder up the middle that half of the current starting big league shortstops couldn’t reach; the throw after the dive wasn’t in time, but the fact that he got to the ball in the first place was absurd. He will save runs defensively, maybe not as many as Freddy Galvis but he will be a plus defender. At the plate he looks very comfortable and relaxed. On the bases he is a plus runner. He’s just a really solid ball player already, can’t wait to see what he develops into.

    Chase Utley. scrub.

    Andrew Knapp sports a mustache that may or may not be as shady as his defensive skills. All joking aside, I didn’t notice any faults in his receiving and the Reading pitchers seemed to
    perform pretty well with him behind the plate. Of course I am sure there are many things he needs to work on that I don’t know about. That being said, I was very impressed by his offense. His bat is nice. He ripped two doubles to right-center field, one right-handed and the other left-handed. The gap power is real and it’s beautiful. I hope he can stay at catcher because with that bat he would be valuable, very valuable.

    Other thoughts: Cam Perkins tries to be Wil Myers way too hard with the no glove look. Art Charles is a large human being. Stassi wasn’t very impressive, was expecting a little more from him. Neither was Harold Martinez.

    To conclude, the farm system is in as good as shape as it’s ever been during this era of Phillies baseball. Jake Thompson is another intriguing starter in the Reading rotation. Jimmy Cordero has closer’s stuff. Nick Williams, JP Crawford, Andrew Knapp, as well as Roman Quinn and Jorge Alfaro form a set of very solid position prospects that profile as big league regulars. At the very least, the AA team is solid and oozing with potential all over the diamond.

    1. Thanks for your observations from the game. Good to hear about Thompson’s slider although not so much the fastball. I’d like to see them give Williams some games in right field to see if he can stick there given he has the bat to do so right now. Was he swinging a lot early? Did he take any counts to 2-2, 3-1, 3-2 or was he mostly seeing just 2 to 3 pitches because from what I’ve read about him was that he was swinging a lot early in counts in A ball and ths lower minors, but this year has improved with going deeper in counts and taking more pitches.

      1. If Williams can play CF, he can almost certainly make the adjustment to RF. Plus, he has a strong arm that will play in RF. He’s more valuable as a CF, though many think he will eventually move to a corner OF position. But there is no need to move him to RF before you have to.

        1. While I have seen reports that Williams is a 5-tool player, the scouting grades only give him a 45 Arm and 55 Speed. That does not suggest major league CF or RF to me.

          1. I think there’s a reason he played LF in Texas. They have a young CF in the majors and were grooming him for LF. Williams will stay in CF until Quinn comes back healthy, whenever that is.

          2. Just based off last night, I’d raise both of those grades +5. He’s fairly athletic from what I saw.

    2. Thanks for this very good report. Jake Williams 1K was an anomaly as he has averaged close to 8 this year and 9 in his career. So he does have swing and miss stuff.

        1. I think the Phillies likely now have 3 RH starters who will slot in as 2s to 4s , in Nola, Eflin, and Thompson. Now they need a #1 starter preferably a LHer. Living in the SD area I have tickets for the Friday night game, which I think will be Nola’s turn

            1. His start was impressive. He could be the sleeper of the trade. We will see what he does going forward, but he has very good stuff and has some swing-and-miss stuff up in the zone. Really encouraging. The fact that he is a little older doesn’t bother me a lot as it would with a hitter.

            2. I watched his start last night and was impressed, big frame and seems to have good control of his FB. Wonder if they give him a look next month when rosters expand.

      1. here is what he said about his lack of strikeouts

        “This isn’t the first time I’ve been traded,” said Thompson, who was traded from Detroit to Texas in 2014. “My debut with the Rangers, I was really, really nervous and went out there and didn’t throw very well, so I tried to stay calm and stay within myself, and I think I did a pretty good job of that.

        “The first few innings I didn’t try to blow people away with fastballs, really wasn’t going after strikeouts, was trying to generate weak contact and I was able to do that.”

        Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20150805_Phillies__new_prospects_make_impressive_Reading_debuts.html#iaQ2gsqhWz66AAYj.99

        1. Thanks for the quote, Tom. I think it’s a pretty good sign that Thompson can decide he wants to pitch to contact and end up throwing only 75 pitches in 7 innings and getting 11 groundouts to 2 flyouts. That’s impressive.

        2. This is where BIddle needs to be mentally.

          Thompson has confidence in his arsenal of pitches and do various things.

          BIddle has that but he tends to lose focus during games. He needs to learn not to get thrown when he misses a corner or pitch.

          1. David…Chris LaBarge on Biddle and a recent outing with LHV:
            Jesse Biddle – My most recent trip to CCP was this past Sunday. Not only were we treated to a rehab game for Chase Utley, but we got to see one our family favorite, Jesse Biddle, as he made his 5th AAA start. After Jesse’s debut on 7/8, he’s settled in quite nicely in his new surroundings. A new friend of mine with some inside information tipped me off that I was about to see Jesse attack the Norfolk Tides with a steady diet of 2-seam fastballs and changeups, very likely his fourth and 5th best pitches. That was exactly what we witnessed. As uncomfortable as it may have been for Jesse, he performed quite well. He did surrender a home run to Henry Urrutia on a curveball, but I still haven’t figured out how Urrutia managed to muscle it out. He was so far off balance at contact it is a credit to him to have hit a ball that far after being fooled so badly. But again, I left a Jesse Biddle start impressed that he doesn’t allow things to snowball on him like he did the past few seasons. I really like how he is progressing as he matures.”

        3. Little fact about Eickhoff Texas took in the 15th he was from a little CC college. He had nice sinking fastball. So they gave him 150, 000 to sign that’s right a bonus baby.

    3. Good report.
      Assume, along with that great slider, Thompson prefers to throw more two-seamers then four-seamers FBs, getting off-the barrel contact from the hitters vs swing and miss, ala Zach Eflin. He said later he did not want to overthrow or try to overpower the hitters this time.
      Cordero’s stuff , if under control, could be a key bullpen guy next season.
      And:
      ‘Chase Utley. scrub’…really, is that called for?
      One of the top highest WAR players in the entire Phillies 100 plus year existence!.

      1. I took that as a joke … the whole “they had this kid named Utley playing second” meme for players on rehab assignments.

        1. Ok…got it now…..sometimes hard to read intentions of humor or sarcasm and certainly inflections, in print format.

    4. Thank you for the scout – sounds like a good game to see.

      You’re just realizing Harold Martinez isn’t very impressive?

  4. Wow Knapp is white hot right now. I really hope he can make some defensive improvements to the point that he can at least be average behind the plate because that kind of bat would be a big plus at catcher. Another homer and walk from Altherr is good too see since for a little bit there he wasn’t really walking. I think he has 4 in his last 3 now. Still he’s striking out a little too much so I hope he can get that down.

    Good first game for a few new guys. I did like that Williams played center in Reading after doing so in Texas’ system this year too. Might as well see if he can stick there at all or at least be able to cover it occasionally with his kind of athleticism. I’m very excited to see him continue his hitting ways and he’s an interesting lead off hitter with his high contact rate and power.

    Would have liked to see some more strikeouts from Thompson, but otherwise looks like he pitched a very strong game. Anyone happen to attend or watch the game and see how his velocity/command looked?

    How many times has Randolph been HBP this year? It seems like he’s been hit a lot. Anyway he continues a already fantastic first year. I do hope he gets a chance to start in Lakewood next year because I kind of feel Williamsport might not be much of a challenge for him. Good for Lucas Williams way to keep getting thay average up and he’s walking a good amount too just not any extra base power yet. I know the very little we have heard about him says he is a good athlete with terrific speed, any reason they aren’t trying him in the outfield or second?

    1. On Randolph, I found 5 HBP and 19 BBs with 20 Ks. I don’t like when young guys get hit by pitches a lot because all you need is to break a wrist or something and that can set things back (like Brown with his Hamate bone). If the guy can protect himself and get hit in soft cushy spots of his body, then that’s fine.

      Everything I’ve read about Thompson was he was not trying to overthrow and blow people away. He learned from his trade to the Rangers that you can’t impress everyone all at once. He got some very weak grounders and kept his total number of pitches down. I’m sure the Ks will come with familiarity.

      1. Yeah I don’t like seeing it either because like you said it only takes one injury to turn their development sideways. Tocci was getting hit a lot in Low A this year too.

        I saw that with Thompson as well and it’s good to see he’s confident enough in his ability to pitch differently.

  5. Bellman I was number on on that list of guys down on the selection of Williams With our third pick. The part besides his hitting is he is playing third. and I watch video and thought no way. with his arm .On tape he look like he was straining to make the throws from short. I am glad I was wrong if he becomes a real good prospect.

    1. At least from the stats so far he seems to have a good approach and some plate discipline. I still want to see a little more power at some point.

  6. Could someone list the LHV and Reading rotations now and summarize who was displaced on the rosters by the acquisitions? Thanks.

    1. AAA – Asher/Eickhoff/O’Sullivan/Vasquez/Biddle
      AA – Thompson/Lively/Rodriguez/Pivetta/Eflin

      Leiter, Berken, Leroux to bullpens, and Severino Gonzalez to the DL.

      1. Even though he’s not a high-end prospect, I would have preferred Leiter remaining in the rotation and removing Rodriguez who has been a huge disappointment.

        1. Rodriguez has more upside. I would assume that’s why they’re leaving him in the rotation.

        1. Leiter to the bullpen was bound to happen. During spring training, the organization decided that Leiter’s future was in the bullpen, and he began the season there in Clearwater. He took Miguel Nunez’ spot in the rotation after Nunez struggled in his first 4 starts. Leiter pitched well as a starter until his promotion to Reading. His returning to the bull was probably inevitable.

      2. I am more than aware that Berken is an org guy and nothing more, but it stinks that he has to move to the pen while O’Sullivan takes up space. I never saw what the team did in Sully in the slightest. I am pretty sure I could hit him. Even for an org guy who only gets called up when an injury occurs, u can do much better.

  7. I couldn’t be more excited about a prospect in rookie ball than I am about Randolph. Reports and stats give me the feeling that he has an easy 60 hit tool and maybe 70. His approach for an 18yo is insane. Reports on his defense is he should be average with at least an average arm. Power will come.

    1. You could argue that the Phillies are potentially in the midst of their best run of consecutive first round picks in the franchise’s history. Crawford is a 60 FV prospect, Nola is 55 FV and already performing in the big leagues, and Randolph is an 18-year-old who sits among the GCL leaders in wOBA (.417) with eye-popping BB/K rates. If these guys keep progressing, and the top three picks they should nab in the next two drafts perform as one would expect, you’re talking about 4-5 consecutive first-division regulars (with at least one star).

      The closest run of consecutive first rounders that compares is 99-02, with Myers/Utley/Floyd/Hamels being drafted. Floyd did little for the Phils, but did average 3 fWAR for the ChiSox after being jettisoned in the Freddy Garcia abomination … er … trade.

        1. The really positive thing about these first round picks is where they were picked in the first round and how. For Randolph, getting picked at #10 and not being a consensus top ten pick makes his selection and early success very exciting.

          And even though Nola was an “obvious” pick at his spot (was it #7?), they made the right choice and one year later he is in the starting rotation in the big leagues.

          And for Crawford, he was picked later in the first round and was far from a sure thing the way a Bryce Harper or Strasburg was, but his development has been consistent and great all along.

          To add these 3 guys, plus hopefully a slew of international free agents in less than 11 months, and a top 3 pick in 10 months, things could get really good really soon. The next big task, probably more important than all of this, is picking the right GM, Manager, and MLB coaching staff.

          1. Buddy I love your enthusiasm and positive thinking. I’m also excited for next summer re: draft and 7/2 signings. Really are in position to stockpile some talent.

      1. That should read 98-02, adding newest Wall of Famer Pat Burrell at the beginning of that run. Not a bad stretch! Gives you a newfound appreciation for Ed Wade! 🙂

        1. Perhaps for some of us. I think the praise sholud go mostly to Mike Arbuckle, although, outside of some huge hits, Arbuckle’s drafts were not nearly as good as he is given credit for and Marti’s drafts were quite a bit better than he was given credit for.

          1. catch…don’t forget picking deep in the 20s and 30s is hard to get those impact players….unless you are the St Louis cardinal GM.

            1. The Cards are helped by those absolutely ridiculous “Competitive Balance” picks. If the Phils were getting 2 first round picks each year I’m sure they’re be in much better shape as well.

          2. Maybe i am wrong but Comp Bal picks were only instituted for small-market/revenue teams after the CBA of 2011. I believe the years in question were when the Phillies were winning their division.

            1. Now that the Cardinals have a 1 billion dollar TV contract, I wonder if they still qualify as a small market (for competitive balance picks).

  8. Been very impressed with the stats for Falter and Fanti- Both HS kids getting their first taste and having a lot of success. Falter had that one blowup game but his stats still look good. Excellent game from Eickhoff, solid start from Thompson. So much to get excited about. Kilome hasn’t been so good since returning from injury.

  9. Just love Corny, and yes, we need to give him a better nickname! Knapp seems like a legit hitter. Is there something I am missing? Most of you have a much better analytics viewpoint, but he is succeeding very well at AA, and I know about his defensive shortcomings. What is wrong with a gap hitting, high average LF, who hits a lot of 2Bs?

    1. I think the concerns are over his strikeout and walk rates, and that they won’t translate to being a high average/OBP hitter in the majors. If he’s a low or medium OBP LF without home run power, that’s not too exciting.

      1. What are you talking about?
        1. there are a ton of high ob% guys who don’t hit a lot of homers (meaning less than 15/yr)
        2. it is not like he is going to be a 3 HR per year guy. He is already 205. he stings the ball. he could easily grow into a 15-20 HR per year guy.
        3. his strike out rates are very low.

    2. The fact that he most likely can’t play LF. No speed, limited power, arm is fringe after the TJ surgery. He’s a high contact, doubles power bat. That works for a catcher, but nowhere else if he’s not bringing elite defense, which he won’t.

      1. A question: Is Knapp a good athlete? Their are many examples of players who are knocked for their defense who make themselves pretty good by hard work. For one example, I seem to recall knocks on Utley when he fist came up. I live in the SF bay area, and have to watch (painfully) Giants games (my wife is a big Giants fan), When Posey first came up, there was concern about his defense and now nothing but praise.

        1. He is. He doesn’t have the tools (speed, arm) to play the outfield or the bat to carry him as a 1B, but he’s a good athlete. So there’s hope he can come together as an average catcher defensively. The arm probably limits him from being anything more, but he only needs to be average to be a very useful player. But you never know, we’ll see what happens.

  10. I know Tommy Joseph has been a catcher his whole life, but I’ve never seen him before the quick glances at the end of the videos posted by BaseballBetsy. He doesn’t look like anything other than a catcher by his body shape. Has anyone seen him play the field before or is/was hit bat good enough to carry him at another position?

    1. His bat had some projection in it that MAYBE he could be a fringe 1B. But those were his only options defensively. There’s an outside chance his bat ticks up with the demands of catching gone, but it’s pretty unlikely he becomes a major league player if he’s not behind the dish.

      That being said, you take the miniscule chance of him becoming a 1B over risking his life (which is the point we’re at with his concussions) 100 times out of 100. I really, really hope for his sake he starts just demolishing baseballs and becomes a premier 1B in baseball. He deserves it. He’s been putting himself on the line just to stay at catcher even when he most likely was being pressured by EVERYONE to move off the position. He really cares and I would very much enjoy for that to be rewarded.

    2. Well, he’s playing 3B today in the GCL. If he can play somewhere besides 1B he might still have a shot.

    3. saw him at the complex this spring and remarked at that time that his body type is solely a catcher’s. much like astrudillo. hope he’s successful at first, but it’s hard to see it happening.

      1. Older baseball Cornelious names just dropped the r. They became Connie Mack, Connie Ryan. I could see him as Conn too

  11. Tommy Greene was pretty good for the Phils in 1991 and 1993!

    Nick “Green” Williams just clubbed his second homer. Cryo freeze me now, this looks like a good trade!

    1. Now Andrew Knapp has two home runs tonight. Okay, this is all getting pretty exciting. I had a feeling, from the moment I reviewed all players to the trade, that Nick Williams would probably be the key. The idea is that he’s the Adam Jones of the trade. That’s the hope anyway. Get a mid rotation starter and some depth and you’ve got yourself a nice trade.

      1. Ya J64, I was a little bummed (mainly nostalgia) to see Hamels go, but if they can get a 3 out of Thompson, and a MLB outfielder who can hit and hit with some pop, and maybe even bottom of rotation guy out one of the other two? A catcher with some pop as well. Ya it was a good trade.

  12. Gaudy Nick Williams slash line tonight. Pinto very impressive game. I try not to get too high or too low looking at system but will be interesting to see where Jim Callis ranks this system by end of season.

  13. Wow what a night Nick Willams 2 Homers 1 doubles 5 for 5 Chase 3 hits 1 double Knapp 2 Homers . Tommy Joesph played 3rd went 2 for 2 and stole a base that’s right be stole a base. Kingery hit his 3rd Homer both hitters and pitches did well tonight.

    1. Nick Williams doesn’t know what an out looks like. Saw on twitter both his homers went over the scoreboard in Trenton.

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