Box Score Recap – 8/17/2015

Clearwater (68-53) beat the Dunedin Blue Jays 6-3.  It was Pinto Night again for the Threshers.  Ricardo Pinto (7-2, 2.50) breezed through the Jays line up most of the night.  The Jays got their first two batters on in the first inning, but Pinto pitched out of the trouble.  He scattered four more base runners into the seventh inning.  He was relieved after a lead off walk and two strike outs.  His line – 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 6 K.  Jesen Therrien (1.80) recorded a strike out to retire the side and strand the base runner.  Therrien continued into the eighth where he had mixed results – a single, walk, and 2 doubles while striking out the side.  His line – 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.  Miguel Nunez (3.14) provided some excitement while notching his sixth save.  After two quick outs, he loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batter.  He ended the game with his second strike out.

The Threshers provided Pinto with an early three run lead.  Rhys Hoskins opened the second with his 6th home run.  Later in the inning, Mitch Walding stroked an RBI double, and Aaron Brown scored on a passed ball.  The Threshers added single runs in the final three innings on Walding’s second RBI double, Dylan Cozens’ RBI triple, and Carlos Tocci’s RBI single.

  • Carlos Tocci (.265) went 1-5 with an RBI.
  • Andrew Pullin (.252) went 0-4.
  • Five Threshers had 2 hits each.
  • Rhys Hoskins (.306) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a HR (6), and RBI.
  • Dylan Cozens (.278) went 2-4 with a triple and RBI (44).
  • Willians Astudillo (3.29) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.
  • Aaron Brown (.248) went 2-4 with a run scored and 2 K.
  • Mitch Walding went 2-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
  • Walding stole his 4th base.
  • Canelo (3), Cozens (5), and Tocci (8) were all caught stealing.

Lehigh Valley (54-69) No game scheduled.

  • Brian Bosusevic (.293)
  • Aaron Altherr (.294)
  • Kelly Dugan (.220)
  • Tommy Joseph (.136)
  • Logan Moore (.287)

Reading (70-51) beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 8-1 for their 16th win in their last 19 games.  Joely Rodriguez (5-2, 4.47) held the Cats to a seventh innings, solo home run.  He scattered four hits and a walk over seven innings while striking out five.  Tom Windle (4.47) followed with two shutout innings.

The Phils had rushed out to an early lead with three runs in the second and two runs in the third.  In the second, the scored on Destin Hood’s RBI double, Harold Martinez RBI ground out, and a wild pitch.  An RBI double by Andrew Knapp and a bases loaded walk by Angelo Mora accounted for the runs in the third.  The put up another crooked number in the eighth on RBI singles by Hood, Mora, and KC Serna.

  • Nick Williams (.345) went 0-5 with 2 K.
  • J.P. Crawford (.253) went 1-4 with a run scored, double, and walk.
  • Cam Perkins (.257) went 0-4 with a run scored and a HBP.
  • Brock Stassi (.307) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and a walk.
  • Andrew Knapp (.406) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, a double, walk, and RBI.
  • Destin Hood (.284) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, 2 RBI and 2 K..
  • Angelo Mora (.328) went 1-2 with 2 walks and 2 RBI.
  • Harold Martinez (.303) went 1-4 with an RBI and 2 K.

Lakewood (61-57)  lost to the Delmarva Shorebirds 6-2.  Ranfi Casimiro (7-7, 3.45) gave up six runs in three innings on nine hits.  Manny Martinez (2.60), Jason Zgardowski (3.15), and Calvin Rayburn (3.51) no-hit the Shorebirds over the remaining six innings, striking out seven.  The BlueClaws scored two late runs on an RBI single by Jiandido Tromp and a force out by Deivi Grullon.

  • Herlis Rodriguez (.302) went 1-4 with a walk.
  • Drew Stankiewicz (.240) went 1-4 with walk and 2 K.
  • Scott Kingery (.264) went 2-4 with a run scored.
  • Kyle Martin (.289) DNP
  • Cord Sandberg (.255) went 0-3 with 2 K.
  • Tromp and Joel Fisher had 2 hits each.
  • Tromp threw out a runner at home.

Williamsport (35-21) All Star Break.

  • Zachary Coppola (.298)
  • Mark Laird (.280)
  • Josh Tobias (.314)
  • Jose Pujols (.242)
  • Venn Biter (.275)
  • Jan Hernandez (.212)
  • Jesus Posso (.264)
  • Austin Bossart (.367)

GCL Phillies (29-18) split a pair of games with the GCL Astros.  They won the continuation of a suspended game from August 1st, 5-3; and lost the  seven inning, second game, 5-2.

Game One had been suspended with the Astros batting, one out, and a one ball count with Felix Paulino on the mound.  He had given up one hit, been charged with an unearned run, and struck out three in the first 2.1 innings.  Lewis Alezones took over today with a 5-0 lead.  He was effectively wild.  He allowed one run on two hits while walking four and throwing a wild pitch.  He struck out four in 4.2 innings.  He benefited from a caught stealing and three double plays.

The Phillies had scored five runs in the first inning 17 days ago.  “C” Randolph had gotten the rally started with a two out single and stole second.  He scored on Tommy Joseph’s RBI double.  Edgar Cabral followed with an RBI single.  Luis Encarnacion reached on an infield single (I had originally scored this an E6).  Yunior Reyes followed with an RBI single.  Jesus Alastre’s two-run single closed out their scoring.

  • Arquimedes Gamboa (I think they’re calling him Gumby) went 0-5 with 4 K.
  • “C” Randolph went 4-5 with a run scored and a double.
  • Luis Encarnacion went 2-5
  • Yunior Reyes went 2-4
  • Greg Pickett went 1-1 with 2 walks.
  • Randolph stole 2 bases. He got a huge jump on a steal of third. Some friends have been worried that he hasn’t pulled the ball.  Two of his hits went to RF (one down the line). Another went to center.  Hi9s double was crushed into the LCF gap.
  • Pickett’s single was a line drive over the infield into right.  He’s patient at the plate, not swinging at non-strikes.  He’s looking more comfortable.  That said, he broke in on a triple hit over his head.  I don’t know if he could have made the catch, but …
  • Randolph caught the final out a fly ball in foul territory.  He was playing a normal left field and had to cover a lot of ground just to get to the foul line.  The game was on Roberts Field.  He made the catch just before the reaching the “out of bounds” area in foul territory, for those familiar with the Complex.

In Game Two, the Phillies scored first again on  Juan Luis’ RBI triple in the second inning.  Carlos Indriago (2-1, 2.25) had pitched well through the first two innings.  However, after being staked to a 1-0 lead, Indriago was greeted with five consecutive hits to open the third inning.  A sac fly and another hit closed out the scoring in the five run inning.  Zach Morris came in to record a strike out for the third out.  Morris (2.84) struck out two more to start the fourth.  Tanner Kiest (4.24) and Will Stewart (5.65) closed out the no-hit performance by the bullpen.

The Phillies scored a run in the bottom of the seventh on Juan Luis’ second triple leading off the inning.  He scored on a double play.  The Phillies only collected three hits in the game.

  • Arquimedes Gamboa (.203) went 0-3 with 2 K.
  • Jonathan Arauz (.250) went 0-3.
  • DH “C” Randolph (.309) went 1-2 with a walk.
  • Luis Encarnacion (.296) went 0-2 with a run scored and a walk.
  • Lucas Williams (.289) went 0-3.
  • Juan Luis (.266) went 2-3 with a run scored, 2 triples, and an RBI.
  • Bryan Martelo went 0-1 with 2 walks.
  • The field umpire called an infield fly on a pop up.  The shortstop intentionally let it land on the infield dirt.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before.

There is no wild card, only the four division winners qualify for the playoffs.

  1. GCL Blue Jays   31   15      —     —
  2. GCL Phillies        29   18     2.5   12
  3. GCL Pirates         26   19     4.5   10
  4. GCL Yankees1    15   28  14.5     2

DSL Phillies (37-30) beat the second place DSL Indians 6-2.

  • Daniel Brito (.280) went 2-5.
  • Ronaldo Marrero (.265) went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI.
  • Geury Ortiz (4-4, 2.33) struck out 8 in six, one-run innings for the win

The Phillies have five games remaining (one more against the Indians and two against the Astros).  They have been eliminated from the Wild Card.  They are in a two-way tie for second, 3.0 games behind the first place Astros.

  1. DSL Astros Blue      41   26    —
  2. DSL Indians               37   30   3.0
  3. DSL Phillies               37   30   3.0
  4. DSL Rays                     36   31   5.0

VSL Phillies (30-40) Season completed.  Finished tied for third with the VSL Cubs in a four team league.

  • Their leading hitter was Enger Jimenez – .307, 36 R, 33 RBI, 15 SB.
  • Jimenez was second on the team with three HR.
  • Lenin Rodriguez led the team with four HR.
  • Sergio Velis (4-2, 1.33) was their best pitcher – 74.2 IP, 50 H, 14 BB, 59 K, 0.86 WHIP.

Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • No transactions, but I’ve been paying attention to some of our hitters.  Here are a few observations.
  • Gamboa – Slightly open stance.  Hands about shoulder high within the frame of his body.  A little waggle but quiet at load.  Nice, short, compact swing.
  • Arauz – Almost a carbon copy of Gamboa.  A little less waggle.  similar swing, but generates more power.  His lower body looks extremely well-built for a kid who jus turned 17.
  • Randolph – Stance a little more open than Gamboa and Arauz.  Looks to be closer to the plate because of the placement of his back foot.  He does a modified version of the Thome/Howard bat thing, but not as long.  His hands are also well placed at his shoulder and with in his frame.  Very little waggle, quiet load.  I’ve seen quieter by statues and my wife’s cousin’s kid.  (He should be on the draft radar soon.  He’ll be a HS Junior.)  The adjustments he makes from pitch to pitch are more noticeable than any that other batters may make.  He swings with authority early in the count, but I’m sure he intentionally shortens his swing with two strikes without choking up on the bat.
  • Pickett – Starts his hands around neck high, drops them down to shoulder high within his frame at his load.  I haven’t seen enough of his swings, but I think I see a dip in his shoulder or hip during his swing (or something, I can’t put my finger on it yet).  He appears more confident recently.  He is patient waiting for his pitch.  Apparently he has a good idea of the strike zone.  He was suffering from concussion symptoms earlier, so that would explain his slow start.
  • Williams – I haven’t see enough of him.  He looks like a good hitter similar to Randolph.  All business once he’s in the on deck circle.  Looks like a similar professional approach.  His stance seems a little more erect than most, but i need to see more.  I can’t argue with his results though.
  • Antequera – He holds his hands helmet high and has a lot of waggle.  I think this leads to some of the inconsistency in his contact, which is hard at times.  It belies his short frame.  He has a stockier body than some of the little, big swinging, middle infielders who have come through the GCL in the past couple years.  He generates better power than those kids who consistently showed warning track power.
  • Encarnacion – Has really improved since last year.  He still has “trouble with the curve” when he swings at it, but has really cut down on the number of times he chases it.  He doesn’t have as much extraneous movement as he used to.  He has a powerful swing and really powers the ball when he gets his arms extended.  What I don’t like is where he starts his hands – helmet high. They are still up there when he quiets down after his load.  I guess maybe it helps him generate bat speed, but it seems to create a big, loopy swing sometimes.  I remember Coach Cacciatore working on getting batters hands down last year.  I’m surprised Encarnacion has been able to progress with his hands up so high.


47 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/17/2015

  1. Tom Windle, the left for dead Tom Windle, has been resurrected as a reliever. In the 20 IP as a reliever, he’s given up 13 hits, 3 ERs, a 16/6 K/BB and the opponent is hitting .181 against him. I’m sure they haven’t given up on him as a starter but he could prove to be an effective reliever.

    Pinto is doing better in CLW than in he did LKW. He has less K/9 but BB/9 is slightly better. He’s given up far fewer H/9 in CLW and thus an opponent BA of .221. I wish he had more size. He’s listed at 6′ 165 lbs but I hoped the weight is from when he was signed and not his current poundage. I like him. I like him a lot.

    Pullin is running out of gas. He hit .212 in July and .178 so far in August. He was highly effective in June but he’s fallen badly since. As a a 2nd baseman, he might be okay but not as an OF’er. He’s still only 21 but will definitely have to repeat CLW to reestablish himself. What’s that I hear? The sound of footsteps from younger guys chasing him.

    1. I’m also glad to see Pinto doing so well. However the drop in K% from 8% to 5% in A+ is concerning regarding his prospect-hood. Not a lot of guys with a K% of 5% in the minors turn out to be good MLB starters. I hope he keeps getting results!

        1. I am not worried about Pinto…his SO/9 has dropped from mid-season, but his BB/9 has also ticked downward, along with an improved WHIP..and 21-years old in the FSL is noteworthy

    2. When Windle came to the Phillies, he was projected as a reliever. That is where he probably will find success.

      1. When Windle was drafted, the commentary was that he would have to be a reliever because he didn’t have the pitches (change-up) to be a starter.

    3. Regarding Pinto, I was going to say that his strikeouts have ticked up over his last four starts. He’s got 20 Ks in his last 25.1 IP, so hopefully that continues. He’s been working to improve his slider. I’d like to hear how that pitch has progressed over the course of the season.

      1. Lastly on Pinto, what some posters may overlook…..he now has doubled his IP . Never reaching this point in the last three years. He is 21 and all of 170/175 lbs, so the Phillies will either limit his IP or he could also go thru a ‘dead-arm’ period.
        IMO, he is right on schedule

        1. Good point. Only 47 IP in Williamsport last year, plus whatever he did in XST. He’s still holding strong at #10 on my Phils’ prospect list.

  2. The knappster, showing more power and throwing out more runners, the critics are writhing…
    C 5-7 , dbl, bb, NICE

    Hoskins, Cozens, Stassi cruising along.

    Bye, thanks for extended write up on the GCL.

  3. Gamboa, for all his form, can’t seem to hit the ball. He has killed many rallies in the past week. As for the GCL Phillies, their pitching has gone downhill since Suarez has gone down with arm problems. The starters are giving up a lot of runs. The hitting has developed holes in the line up that go hitless frequently. Hopefully they will snap out of it. They don’t have much time.

      1. It is too early for any of that. Injuries have an impact as do other factors. He also isn’t proven it at a higher level. but his ability to adjust and his plate discipline along with his bat speed make me think that his hit tool is elite.

      1. Sometimes the scouting grades remind of the scouting grades you often see with football players – essentially nobody gets more than above average marks and you think to yourself “wait, this can’t make sense, somebody from this group has to become elite.” I think a lot of times its like that on the MLB scouting website – they kind of grade toward the middle so they are never that far off when they turn out to be wrong (or right!). From what I’ve read, it sounds like Randolph has a much better hit tool than 55.

        1. I think this is true with the hit tool, and especially with players in rookie ball. You almost never see guys that far from the majors graded as having a 60+ hit tool.

          At the same time, it makes sense that there are few. That’s why players with 60+ grades are so valuable.

          1. Chat Sheet from Friday, August 14th:
            Al (New Jersey): Cornelius Randolph, how good is his hit tool? Enough to carry him in LF?
            Ben Badler: I love the bat. He’s a natural hitter with a terrific eye for the strike zone. The power hasn’t shown up yet in pro ball, but you can see it during BP with his strength and the bat speed he produces.

    1. I may be getting ahead of myself on Randolph. But what he is doing in Rookie ball is very, very impressive:
      – .427 ob% after 42 games is insane
      – similar k rate to walk rate
      – with nice .151 ISO

      But also the scouting reports on him are just as glowing.

      He still has to prove it at higher levels. But you couldn’t have asked for much better of a start.

    2. I think that’s a little aggressive. But more interesting to me is the definitional issue – “hit tool” doesn’t seem to have a consistent definition. Nor does it encompass only one element (each of the other tools arguably does). We have:

      (1) plate discipline;
      (2) contact ability
      (3) Ability to make GOOD contact.

      So far Randolph is doing very well on 1 and 3, and quite well on 2. BB totals are often misleading in the low minors, but in his case he does seem to have a very advance approach for his age.

      I think for him to be a star, given that he’s going to be a corner outfielder, he has to develop some power. But his hit tool/approach is good enough that he could easily be at least a solid regular even if the power doesn’t come. His ceiling is, of course, higher than that.

  4. It is nice to see players improving with instruction. Tanner Kiest has become more and more reliable. His control is still in need of improvement, but I don’t flinch anymore when I see his name as the next pitcher.

  5. Pinto, Cozens, and Knapp are certainly guys who have picked it up in the 2nd half of the season. And Astudillo keep hitting… He has to go to Reading next year but they’ll struggle to get him at bats with guys locked in at C and 1B (Alfaro and Hoskins) so look for him to be the DH at Reading next year. Cozens will definitely be at Reading next year, with Quinn, but will Brown or Pullin be with him? I think this is the year where lots of guys will get passed and released in the off season. Btw, Joely Rodriquez has really turned things around since he went into the bullpen for a while. He’s been very good since rejoining the rotation. Of course, Reading’s whole team is in a groove right now. I would really like to see them go on to win their championship and get those guys the feeling of winning. That club is loaded with prospects who will be in Philly in 2017.

    1. There will be a lot of tough decisions to be made this offseason with respect to who gets moved up.

      You see Joseph who may be relegated to org body as a backup C/1B watching Stassi as the starting 1B.

      Even Stassi is not safe with Hoskins nipping at his heels.

      Stassi cannot repeat AAA like he did AA or A+ because of a lack of prospects.

      1. Stassi is 26 years old in AA and this is the 1st year he has put up great numbers. The organization isn’t going to block any real prospect for him.

      2. You have to excuse DavidUrban. He doesn’t have a real good sense of how to value prospects or even non-prospects (like Stassi).

        I’m gonna start keeping track of the things he says. This is a good start.

        And I’m ready for your next ones David:




        1. Herrera will start next season in AAA

        2. Brock Stassi is some sort of priority prospect that will get AAA ABs over tommy Joseph next year

  6. Next year’s Top 20 or whatever we do will be a lot of fun. We will have some legitimate arguments as we get into it. I expect 1 of the SPs from Texas to be in the Phils’ rotation, but not much more moving up to the majors unless Altherr makes the team.

    1. The best part of the top 20 is that they are legit top 20. Not like last offseason when the guys we were getting back may have been rated 6-10 in other orgs but slotted in the 3-6 area in the Phillies org.

  7. I’ve been starting to assemble a group of prospects that I see as top 10. Unlike prior years, the list is pretty long. I like how the signing period is shorter and these guys get a decent amount of ABs. In past years, 2 years or more ago, the current class always slid far down my list but now they have to be included. Kingery, no way no how. “C” Randolph will probably be there but the guys with longer resumes will get a longer look. Martin and Williams will not be in the top 10 and possibly top 20.

    1. With so so many prospects on the farm now….Ruben needs to start to cull the herd!
      ….that was a joke.

    2. The top 7 or so prospects for next year are pretty easy…

      01. Crawford
      02. J Thompson
      03. N Williams
      04. C Randolph
      05. Alfaro
      06. Kilome
      07. Z Eflin

      After that, some combination of Quinn, Knapp, Pivetta, Tocci, Kingery, Lively, Eickhoff should make up the next 7. After that it’s probably Pinto, Tirado, Imhoff, Windle, Grullon, Pujols, Encarnacion, in some order.

      1. I Like to know your reason for putting Alfano. who if I am right is hurt. and a 260 hitter over knapp.

        1. His injury has no effect on his prospect status beyond this season. Knapp certainly has him on hot tool right now, but So dark has a huge arm and huge raw power that gives him a better likelihood of becoming a first division catcher imo

      2. Forgot about Arauz. He’ll be top 20 at the beginning of next season and if J Ortiz hits in instructional, he may push into the BA top 20.

    1. too bad for Franco- his season might be over. With Altherr up wonder if that means they will play Asche at third at least some?

  8. Oh Great? We just might see MAG in the big leagues in September. He pitched 2 innings today in the GCL.

  9. Nick Pivetta was hammered today reading hitters came back and it 5 – 5. Guess who hit a Homer. Knapp still hitting , Clearwater hitters were on fire too.

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