Box Score Recap – 8/20/2015

Clearwater (71-53) beat the Brevard County Manatees 11-1.  Yacksel Rios (6-3, 2.81) pitched six, three hit innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  Jesen Therrien (1.93) gave up an earned run in two innings, and Ulises Joaquin (3.00) mopped up.

The starting pitchers were locked in a duel until the sixth inning.  The Threshers staked Rios with an early one run lead on an RBI single by Chace Numata.  The Threshers struck again with three runs in the sixth inning on a two-run single by Numata.  He came home while Mitch Walding was thrown out attempting to steal second base.  They broke the game open with seven runs the next inning on an RBI double by Rhys Hoskins, a throwing error on a ground ball by Andrew Pullin, a throwing error on a double by Aaron Brown, an RBI double by Numata, an RBI single by Malquin Canelo, and a two-run triple by Jessie Valentin.

  • Jessie Valentin (.220) went 2-5 with a run scored, triple, and 2 RBI.
  • Carlos Tocci (.262) went 0-4 with a walk.
  • Dylan Cozens (.285) went 1-5 with 3 K.
  • Rhys Hoskins (.313) went 2-3 with 3 runs scored, a double, triple, walk, and RBI.
  • Andrew Pullin (.254) went 1-5 with a run scored.
  • Aaron Brown (.259) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 doubles.
  • Chace Numata (.273) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, and 4 RBI.
  • Mitch Walding (.230) went 3-4 with a run scored.

Lehigh Valley (55-70) Posponed, rain.

  • Brian Bosusevic (.297)
  • Kelly Dugan (.212)
  • Tommy Joseph (.126)

Reading (72-51) Postponed, rain.

  • Andrew Knapp (.409) .458 OBP, .704 SLG
  • Nick Williams (.373) .400 OBP, .627 SLG
  • Angelo Mora (.361) .446 OBP, .597 OBP
  • Rene Garcia (.324)
  • Brock Stassi (.309) 11 HR, 81 RBI, 65 BB, 55 K
  • Harold Martinez (.302)
  • Destin Hood (.290)
  • Brodie Greene (.257) 34 BB, 32 K
  • J.P. Crawford (.255) 40 BB, 34 K
  • Cam Perkins (.254) 11 HR
  • KC Serna (.251)
  • Brian Pointer (.228) 10 HR
  • Art Charles (.225)
  • Ryan O’Sullivan (1-0, 1.50) 3 saves
  • Reinier Roibal (5-1, 1.71) 0.93 WHIP
  • Jake Thompson (3-0, 1.80) 0.95 WHIP
  • Stephen Shackleford (4-1, 2.40) 28 saves, 51 K, 48.2 IP
  • Edubray Ramos (0-1, 2.57)
  • Jimmy Cordero (0-1, 3.27) 30 K, 33 IP
  • Hoby Milner (2-1, 3.47)
  • Zach Eflin (7-6, 3.56) 21 BB, 113.2 IP
  • Ben Lively (8-7, 4.17) 127.1 IP
  • Ethan Martin (2-0, 4.33)
  • Joely Rodriguez (5-2, 4.47)
  • Tom Windle (4-5, 4.47)
  • Nick Pivetta (1-3, 6.82)

Lakewood (63-58)  beat the West Virginia Power 6-4.  Jairo Munoz (3.66) gave up four runs in four innings.  Manny Martinez (3-1, 2.39) earned the win with three, one hit innings.  Calvin Rayburn (3.46) walked the bases loaded in two-thirds of an inning.  Matt Hockenbery came on to strand the three runners and complete the four-out save (14).  He recorded 2 strike outs.

The BlueClaws struck first with two runs in the first inning on RBI doubles by Scott Kingery and Damek Tomscha.  After falling behind 4-2, the Claws rallied on a sac fly by Kingery in the fifth and a three-run home run by Deivi Grullon in the sixth.

  • Herlis Rodriguez (.300) went 2-5 with 3 runs scored and 2 doubles.
  • Drew Stankiewicz (.243) went 0-4.
  • Scott Kingery (.261) went 1-3 with a run scored, double, and 2 RBI.
  • Kyle Martin (.281) went 0-4 with 2 K.
  • Damek Tomscha (.272) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, and RBI.
  • Cord Sandberg (.260) went 2-4.
  • Jiandido Tromp (.207) went 2-4 with a run scored.
  • Deivi Grullon (.200) went 1-3 with a run scored, HBP, HR (5), 3 RBI, and 2 K.
  • Tromp stole his 10th base.
  • Rodriguez threw out a base runner at third.

Williamsport (36-22) beat the State College Spikes 9-4.  Jose Taveras (6-2, 2.89) tossed 6.2 four-hit innings.  He allowed three runs (2 ER) and struck out seven.  Jacob Waguespack (0.00) stranded two runners in 1.1 innings.  Robert Tasin (2.45)gave up a run on three hits in the ninth.

The Cutters put together a 14-hit attack in their come from behind victory.  Every starter collected a hit.  They tied the Spikes in the fifth inning on Jan Hernandez’ two-run home run.  They came back again in the sixth inning and tied the game at three on Brendon Hayden’s RBI single.  They went ahead on Venn Biter’s RBI single and a ground ball force out by Hernandez.  They added another run in the eighth on Hernandez sac fly; and three runs in the ninth on William Cuicas’ RBI double, Zack Coppola’s sac fly, and Josh Tobias’ RBI double.

  • Zachary Coppola (.298) went 1-3 with a run scored, walk, SF, and RBI.
  • Mark Laird (.278) went 2-4 with a run scored and double.
  • Josh Tobias (.317) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, and RBI.
  • Brendon Hayden (.319) went 1-4 with a run scored, walk, and RBI.
  • Venn Biter (.275) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, and RBI.
  • Jan Hernandez (.210) went 1-3 with a run scored, HR (10), SF, and 4 RBI.
  • Carlos Duran (.245) went 2-4.
  • Austin Bossart (.351) went 1-4 with a run scored.
  • Coppola was caught stealing, Laird and Tobias were picked off.

GCL Phillies (31-19) beat the GCL Braves 7-2.  Felix Paulino (5-3, 2.45) gave up one run in six, five-hit innings.  FA signee, Ryne Frankoff, made his debut throwing one, one-hit inning.

The Phillies overcame an early 1-0 deficit with four runs in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Scott Tomassetti, an RBI force out by Rodolfo Duran, an RBI single by Arquimedes Gamboa, and a throwing error on a ground ball by Jonathan Arauz.  They put the game away with three runs in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Gamboa, a bases loaded HBP by “C” Randolph, and a ground out by Luis Encarnacion.

  • Arquimedes Gamboa (.204) went 2-5 with a run scored, double, 2 RBI and 2 K.
  • Jonathan Arauz (.243) went 1-5.
  • “C” Randolph (.304) went 0-2 with a walk, HBP, RBI, and 2 K.
  • Luis Encarnacion (.288) went 0-4 with an RBI.
  • Lucas Williams (.289) went 1-3 with a run scored, double, and walk.
  • Juan Luis (.260) went 2-3.
  • Scott Tomassetti (.281) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.
  • Greg Pickett went 1-3 with 2 runs scored a walk, and 2 K.
  • Randolph was  caught stealing for the third time.

There is no wild card, only the four division winners qualify for the playoffs.  The Phillies have the third best record in the GCL and as things stand today would miss the playoffs. They begin a crucial  home-and-home series with the division leading Blue Jays Friday and Saturday.  They play back-to-back double headers against the cellar dwelling Yankees1 Monday and Tuesday of next week.  After a home-and-home series with the Pirates they finish with another crucial  home-and-home series with the division leading Blue Jays.

  1. GCL Blue Jays   33   17      —     —
  2. GCL Phillies        31   19     2.0     9
  3. GCL Pirates         27   23     6.0     5

DSL Phillies (38-32) beat the division winning DSL Astros Blue 8-3 in 10 innings.  Robert Paulino led off the tenth with his 1st home run.

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 –

  • Phillies selected the contract of 2B Darnell Sweeney from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • After tonight’s loss, the Phillies DFA-ed Cesar Jimenez to clear a spot for Jerad Eickhoff.
  • Former Phillies OF Marlon Bird was traded by the Reds to the Giants for a AA pitcher. That probably removes a possible trading partner for the Phillies and Jeff Francoeur.
  • Former Phillies’ LHP Randy Wolf was bought by the Tigers from the Blue Jays.  He had been a member of their AAA affiliate Buffalo Bisons where he went 9-2, 2.58 .
  • I learned the following from Larry Shenk.  OF Ben Pelletier, selected in the 34th round and OF Reggie Wilson two rounds earlier, were signed to 2016 contracts, a common practice for late-round selections.

37 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/20/2015

  1. I wonder if the players got a little extra money for signing 2016 contracts. This gives the team an extra year of control of these guys from the rule 5 draft.

    1. I know Ben Pelletier was 16 when the Phillies drafted him. He signed 2016 so he would be 17 and legal . Wilson I have no idea on he was from Oklahoma st I believe.

      1. I saw Pelletier at the GC game yesterday so he must be working out with the team but not on the roster until next season.

      2. Is this new- drafting 16 year olds or did Pelletier graduate HS early? Is it allowed because Pelletier is Canadian? I remember Bryce Harper desperately trying to enter the draft but not being allowed to due to his age.

  2. Let’s take a look at the hitters from the 2015 draft class. “C” (age 18) is hitting .304/.426/.446/.872 (the last number is OPS) in the GCL. Kingery (21) is .261/.309/.360/.669 in LKW. Lucas Williams (19) is .289/.402/.333/.735 in the GCL. Pickett (18) is .154/.225/.231/.456 in the GCL. Laird (22) is .278/.362/.298/.660 in Wmprt. Tobias (22) is .317/.349/.464/.813 in Wmprt Some of the SR signs, after the 10th round, are having pretty good opening seasons. Coppola, Bossart and Hayden have all hit the ball very well.

    Pickett is the outlier here. His 40% K rate is very alarming. He’s been hurt and he is young so this season’s a pass. Tobias should be playing at LWD but Kingery is there so it is what it is. He’s hit very well in a less difficult league. “C” has been everything that was advertised. Williams is a big surprise to me, like getting a new BMW on your 16th birthday type surprise. Laird is holding his own but could be the least likely to do well up the chain.

    1. It’s a pretty big jump from Williamsport to Lakewood. I also tend to look at first year half season statistics with some skepticism – the adjustment period to pro ball and all wood bats is not easy and so guys off leap forward in year 2, as Hoskins did. I think Kingery is doing well; he could easily just take off next year.

      By the way, speaking of Hoskins, his OPS at Clearwater is now essentially the same as it was at Lakewood. In 192 offical at bats (about 220 plate appearances), Hoskins’ OPS is 112 points higher than the league leader with a sufficient number of plate appearances. About the only criticism (if you could call it that) that one might have of his stat line is that, for him to progress, he will probably have to hit more home runs, but he’s been no slouch in that category either as neither league is a big home run league. Hoskins could be the first baseman of the future as soon as next summer. He’s had a superb under-the-radar year.

        1. I agree – it’s typical for power to explode at Reading and then recede again at AAA and the big leagues. Ryan Howard played full seasons at Lakewood and Clearwater (yes, Hoskins is now a league ahead of where Howard was when he was in the minor leagues) and I believe he never hit 25 home runs (I think it was like 19 and 23 if memory serves me correctly).

      1. I posted this comment about Rhys in another thread, but wanted to re-post it here because it is very encouraging:

        In 2014, there were 42 MLB players listed in Baseball-Reference with a 2 or greater win over average player from the bat alone. I chose to focus on the bat contribution to WAR because the focus is on Rhys’ hitting stats. Of these 42 players, 38% of them were 22 or older in high-A (ie same age as Rhys now). If you throw out the extreme outliers (Trout, Pujol, Stanton, etc), the number is about half. Rhys has an OPS higher than 44% of these older players, so his performance is about right in the middle.

        If you go down to 1-2 wins above average with the bat, then the stats look more favorable to Rhys.

        I am not saying that Rhys will be an elite MLB hitter. Just that his stats are legit and his age is not a disqualifier of his stats for A+ level.

        1. good analysis. .

          If he keeps it up next year in Reading, it will be interesting. His stats compare very favorably to most of the top 10 MLB prospects, but less power than some.

          V1- what do you grade Rhys’s tools?

          1. I don’t grade tools. I am not a scout. I just read a lot. It seems that his hit tool will range 50/55. He needs to prove it at higher levels. He takes a lot of walks and has good contact ability. His power is probably a 60 raw and 50 in-game. His defense is probably 50/55.

            Some of those tools might tick up to 60 once he proves it at the higher levels.

        2. v!,,,very good , keeping it more in perspective today, if you know what i mean. However, why dwell on his age….it shouldn’t be all that much of a relevant factor in his case?
          I hope he gets nominated and accepted to play in the AFL this season, and want to see how he does against older more experienced pitchers…though some are of the relief variety.

      1. Viagain What do you think of altheers swing and approach to hitting. From what I have seen in short time. he really has a nice swing, but ss.

        1. I don’t pass myself off as a swing coach, but looking at the way he steps into the pitch and keeps his hands high, I would expect him to be very susceptible to inside heat. But he turned on a 96 mph fastball for a homer the other night.

          and his approach seems awesome. this example is impressive:

  3. Hoskins heard about his name coming up and added a little fuel to the fire, NICE.
    Tobias advanced bat still too much for that league, could he overtake kingery next season
    Good game for Numata

    1. Re: Tobias/Kingery, apparently Tobias needs work in the field. I don’t see him passing Kingery, at least not yet.

      1. I was wondering how they will place the 2B’s next year for Reading, Clearwater and Lakewood between Valentin, Kingery and Tobias. Since Valentin has missed so much time this year I had wondered if maybe they would consider double jumping Kingery to Reading, having Valentin repeat at Clearwater and have Tobias at Lakewood.

    2. Kingery is light years ahead of Tobias defensively. If you get a chance to see both, you would see the difference. I agree, Tobias should have been moved because of his bat. I guess they have no other place to play him. Nice log jam at 2B. Throw Mora into that bunch too.

  4. Logan Moore (I think he must be added to the 40-man roster this year) is someone I would have interest in if I were a team looking for a back-up catcher. He has developed his hitting to a respectable level. He hits in the clutch. He would be a competent major league catcher at this point. He should be available for Rule 5. I doubt the Phillies will add him to the 40-man roster.

  5. Angelo Mora has developed into a prospect. He hits for average and with pop. He fields his position adequately. He has been a contributor to Reading’s potent line-up. I would like to see him advance to AAA with an eye to a 2016 appearance with the Phillies.

  6. Not trying to call him a prospect, but Jacob Waguespack had a 7.94 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP at GC, and somehow got promoted to WP. What has he done since his promotion? Pitched 15 scoreless relief innings with only 8 baserunners. Gotta give him credit.

    1. He was terrible his first two outings in the GCL. Phillies fixed a flaw in his delivery and he hasn’t given up a run since. Even with the terrible first outings in the GCL he had a 1.39 FIP to go along with his 7.94 ERA, the biggest difference I think I’ve ever seen.

  7. In case nobody noticed, Jairo Munoz started for Lakewood yesterday and it was Shane Watson’s turn in the rotation.

    I’ve been impressed with Altherr these last couple games. It’s not much but I have to echo the sentiments of the people who saw him in LHV and gave praise. He’s looked relaxed at the plate, had good at-bats and spit on some pretty good chase pitches. Also, the home run he hit was off a fastball up and in from a guy who was topping out at 97, so his long arms didn’t hurt him too much there. He’s made a good first impression.

    1. I also noticed the home run swing on a ball in on his hands. It was an impressive swing. If he can do that while also hitting the pitch away to RF, then we might have something in him. I enjoy watching him in the OF also, a legit outfielder finally.

  8. Watching Reading and Clearwater win almost every night, and come back late in games routinely, has really been enjoyable. There is lots of talent on those two teams that will be in Philly by Sept 2017.

  9. I’d like to list for our evaluation of starter arms in the system with their projections. Feel free to discuss moving guys up or down this list, in addition to adding more. I’m sure I’m missing some. I also tried to order within the levels as closest to achieving their projection.

    Aces: Kilome
    #2: Nola, Thompson, Pinto, Medina
    #3: Eflin
    #4: Eickhoff, Morgan, Biddle, Pivetta, Arano, Elniery
    #5: Buchanon, Severino, Asher, Joely, Lively, Leibrandt

    4s and 5s look packed as expected, and probably a couple of the 2s could slot in as 3s. It is interesting to see these all in one place (at least for me it is).

    1. Kilome is so far far away…only 75 total IPed and many have anointed him the future ace So many things happen to pitchers along the way.
      I see the ace in June 2016 draft…be it Puk or Groome if they go lefthanded.
      Groome as a HSer would also be a distance away…maybe 2020 ETA.
      But the rest of your categories are spot on and they are close to MLB ready…Nola and Buchanan already there and Eickhoff tonight.

    2. Rei De Bastoni….do not discount Shane Watson and Jon Pettibone…they could still come back to old form. And Imhof will be given an opp based on his high draft status, then there is also Windle if he comes back to starting.Leiter is still out there also.

    3. Imo Buchanon servino and joely aren’t starters on a winning team. They really aren’t major league pitcher,s unless we turn into the marlins and just want to keep getting payed by mlb and sponsers to stink and collect a ton of money.

    4. If this is all about upside, then I think Eickhoff, Pivetta and Arano could move up to #3 status. If you mean reasonably likely outcome, then everybody listed as a #3 or higher should probably move down at least one spot.

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