Box Score Recap – 8/28/2015

GCL Phillies (35-24) lost to the GCL Blue Jays7-4.  Adonis Medina gave up four runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings.  He walked two and struck out six.  Kevin Walsh stranded two inherited runners but couldn’t recover from a fielding error the following inning and gave up two unearned runs.  Will Stewart came in with the bases loaded and stranded all three runners.  Ryne Frankoff struck out two in the final inning.

The Phillies scored a run in the fifth on Jonathan Arauz’ RBI single.  They added three late runs in the eighth inning on Luke Williams’ RBI double, Juan Luis’ sac fly, and a fielding error.

Jorge Alfaro started at catcher again and played three innings on the field.  He batted twice and flew out to left both times.

  • Jorge Alfaro went 0-2.
  • “C” Randolph (.302) DNP.
  • Lucas Williams (.293) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, and RBI.
  • Juan Luis stole his 13th base.

Lehigh Valley (60-74) lost to the Buffalo Bisons 7-2.  Seve Gonzalez gave up seven runs on 12 hits in 3.1 innings.  Brian Bogusevic went 2-4 and pushed his average back over .300, Chase d’Arnaud and Erli Kratz alos had two hits each.

  • Kelly Dugan (.213) went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Tommy Joseph (.180) went 1-4 with an RBI.

Reading (76-55) rallied from a 4-3 deficit with six unanswered runs to beat the Bowie Baysox 9-4.  Joely Rodriguez was responsible for all four Baysox runs.  Reinier Roibal picked up the win with 2.1 innings of one-hit ball and five strike outs.

The Phils collected 16 hits.  Every starter had at least one.  Six had multi-hit games.  Brian Pointer went 3-4 with a double and RBI.  The Phils went ahead on KC Serna’s sac fly in the sixth inning.  Dylan Cozens played his first game at AA.

  • J.P. Crawford (.268) went 2-4.
  • Andrew Knapp (.381) DNP.
  • Dylan Cozens went 1-4 with a HR (1), SF, and 4 RBI.
  • Brock Stassi (.312) went 2-4 with a double.

Clearwater (75-56) swept the Brevard County Manatees 2-1 and 7-0.  Ricardo Pinto Night came in the first game, and he held the Manatees to one run in five innings on four hits.  Miguel Nunez picked up his 7th save.  Andrew Pullin erased an early deficit with his two-run double in the fifth inning.  Pinto and Willians Astudillo each picked a runner off first.  Astudillo threw out a base stealer at third base.  Aaron Brown went 2-3 and stole his eighth base.  Rhys Hoskins stole his second.

David Whitehead pitched five shutout innings in the second game.  Alexis Rivero struck out two in one inning of relief.  Rhys Hoskins went 3-4 with a double.  Aaron Brown went 1-3 and drove in three runs on a sac fly and his 11th home run.  Malquin Canelo went 3-3 with an RBI.

Lakewood (66-62)  beat the Hagerstown Suns 4-1.  Will Morris gave up an unearned run and four hits in seven innings while raising his record to 6-0.  Joey DeNato struck out two in one inning.  Matt Hockenberry picked up his 16th save.  Deivi Grullon went 2-3.

Williamsport (42-24) lost to the Batavia Muckdogs 6-0.  Alejandro Arteaga struck out seven in 5.2 innings but gave up five runs.  Four Cutters had two hits – Coppola, Laird, Tobias, and Bosheers.  Muckdogs’ pitchers struck out ten – Biter (3), Espiritu (3), and Tobias (2) led the way.

DSL Phillies (40-32) Season completed.  Finished tied for second place, three games back.

  • AVG – Henry Santana .278
  • OBP – Daniel Brito .421
  • SLG – Santana .411
  • OPS – Brito .728, Santana .725
  • Edgar Gacia – 71 G, 255 AB, 47 R, 68 H, 14 doubles, 4 triples, 24 SB
  • Nerluis Martinez – 5 HR
  • RBI – Garcia and Ronaldo Marrero 28, Martinez 27, Santana 26
  • Brito 35 K, 22 BB

VSL Phillies (30-40) Season completed.  Finished tied for third 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 placed LHP Elvis Araujo on the 15-day disabled list. Strained left groin
  • Philadelphia Phillies recalled RHP Nefi Ogando from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • Reading Fightin Phils placed OF Nick Williams on the 7-day disabled list. concussion
  • RF Dylan Cozens assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • Jose Antequera assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.

72 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/28/2015

  1. Cozen first hit in AA is a homer nice . Pinto on fire 3 teams from the Phillies minor teams my be playoff bound. Nola is starting to set up hitters real nice .

  2. Phillies drafted Dylan Cozens over Nick Williams in 2012. Now teammates, Cozens gets to replace Williams in the lineup due to injury.

  3. Congrats to Cozens on his promotion and to homer in his first game is terrific. Pinto night is becoming quite a treat! Hard not to get excited by this kid’s upside. Congrats to Asher on his call up.

    1. Reading should have another interesting team next year with many Clearwater members being promoted.

  4. Cozens slugging .411 on the year. He slugged .415 last season when he hit 16 hrs for Lakewood. Lots of doubles this year.

    While not quite on the level of an Altherr breakout, I truly feel this season has been a big step forward for Cozens. He’s still young, only 21 thru May of 2016. I really didn’t see the need for a promotion though. Regardless, he’s on my high list for breakout player in 2016.

      1. Yeah. I’m aware Reading was down an OF’er after losing Williams, I just didn’t agree that Cozens was the best candidate. Not a big deal either way to me given the few weeks remaining in the season

  5. Once Williams returns next week or so, according to what Joe Jordan said, does that mean Cozens gets sent back down to CLW, or is he here to stay ‘prepping’ for his next season at Reading?

        1. Agree…Stassi stays with Reading thru the end. CLW already has brown , Tocci and Pullin across the OF……Cozens should also stay, especially since concussions are so unpredictable as to complete recovery times. Hopefully Williams does get back next week, but those things are hard to predict.

    1. I think they send Cozens back because he’s needed for the CLW playoffs. He’ll be redundant at Reading. Both have a good chance of making or are in the playoffs already. I hope that was explained to him. A lot of guys that get moved up and then are dropped back take it as a failure on their part. Look at Altherr last year. He comes up for a few games and then drops back to Reading. The guy couldn’t hit a lick after that. He had the winter to straighten himself out.

    1. Unfortunately his story isn’t unique, except for the success part. When my son was playing baseball, I was coaching. I had 13 year old kids with killer curve balls — for their age. I would tell them not to throw it a lot but 13 y/o kids can’t hit a curve ball so they used it a lot. Every one of them ended up under the knife. Asher is a nice story because it has him pitching in the Majors but so many of them don’t even see college ball.

      1. Yep…happens a lot these days…dads take their 5/6-years olds and get them into it and by time Little League rolls around they are doing curves.
        happened when I played way back when….though one kid’s Dad taught him to throw a knuckle ball….now that was weird at the time, but he won and his team went to the District finals.

  6. A lot to be excited about in our farm system. The future is very bright. Gonna take a few years but it is easy to see the path to another great Phillies team.

    1. I was taking a good look this morning. So many high ceiling guys. NWilliams, Hoskins, JThompson in particular are key for me. I think the ceiling for Hoskins has been underestimated by some, but if we could hit on 2 of those 3, and JPC is what he is, we might actually have an interesting big club in 2017.

      1. I could not agree more. Hoskins just keeps getting on base, pounding out hits and having an OPS way higher than anyone else in the league, even though he started the year at a lower level. It’s a joke that Hoskins isn’t rated in the team’s top 30 prospects by – is Tom Windle a much more valuable prospect than Rhys Hoskins? Not by a mile. This is what happens when you are a college drafted player, play a low priority defensive position, were not heralded coming out of college, are not known for being “athletic”, have not yet a ton of home runs (although he has hit more than a respectable number and the slugging numbers are solid), and have played in challenging offensive environments. Next year, when he lights up Reading like a video game, his time will come.

        1. Paul Goldschmidt OPS’ed .990 in High A in 2010 (after posting a 1.045 in Rookie ball in 2009). He was not listed among or Baseball America’s top 10 prospects the following year (BA had Bobby Borchering as the franchise’s 1B of the future). had him ninth, with the following writeup:

          9) Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Grade B-: California League power monster has strikeout issues that could prevent a good batting average/OBP at higher levels.

          20 fWAR bewteen 2012-2015.

          1. When he was asked about projecting Hoskins, KLaw has admitted to the fact he overlooked Goldschmidt, and the same can apply.

    2. Years? With this talent they’ll make the playoffs in 2017 and be a World Series contender by 2018 assuming the have a great player draft in 2016.

  7. Very happy so far with the Cole return, and BTW, Cole threw a gem last night. Phils have seen Nola improve just since he has been up, and he was very impressive last night. Eichkoff looks good and I am excited to see Asher tomorrow. And, Thompson was my pick as the best of the 3, so it is looking good prospect wise.

    1. I think Nola’s improvement was always there but in the minors they had him work on certain pitches. So other pitches, that he’d use in a shutdown situation, were left out. In the Majors, you throw your best pitch for the situation and who cares what it is.

    2. This trade has a chance to be among the very best, perhaps the best, in franchise history, but we have to let it play out. It always amazes how much a team will pay for an elite player who is being paid only slightly below the market rate. I realize the team did take on part of the salary of Hamels and the injured Harrison, but still, it was quite a haul.

          1. Plus if Hamels helps Texas win the world series it could be even . I wouldn’t be mad If that happen . The Texas farm sys is so loaded they could be young again fast .

        1. How can someone who claims he knows the game. Make that kind of statement WE ROBBED THEM BLIND. when we don’t know if one of those prospects will be anything. omg I think its me. I am the nut. Larry m might be right. I still cant believe you said that at this stage of the trade.

          1. I don’t believe in 20/20 hindsight. That’s BS. You have to make a decision based on the information you have at the time. And based on that information, we got 5 prospects that all look like MLB players and a few of them have the potential to be elite MLB players. That is a huge haul for one player.

            1. Agree that you evaluate based on what was known at the time of the deal. It definitely looks like a good return, but, I would say, a fair one. To say we “robbed them blind” is to say that what we got far exceeds the value we gave up. We gave up one of the best pitchers in franchise history, and a boatload of money and didn’t get any prospect that’s seen as elite. Texas held onto the two guys that they wanted to keep the most.

            2. Rangers are hot….Hamels will get hotter…if he leads them to the WS and they win it……the trade takes on a different evaluation criteria…am I seeing this the wrong way?

            3. @Handzuz,
              Exactly, the Phillies didn’t rob them blindly. They got 2 guys who may be 1st division starters at their peaks, a potential #3 pitcher and two #5 pitchers. That’s the optimistic view of the prospects. That’s not robbing anybody.

      1. Perhaps the best trade in franchise history? Let’s not get carried away. Or maybe you don’t remember the Phils trading Rick Wise for Steve Carlton?

        1. I said we had to let it play out, but it could play out that way and could certainly be among the best in franchise history. But we need to give it a good 3 or 4 years before we start drawing any conclusions.

          1. Understood. I just think it’s silly, after 1 month into a 3 to 4 year evaluation period, to characterize the trade as possibly among the very best (or perhaps the best) in franchise history.

      2. Would only have happened with a team with excess. Rangers pulled off Hamels without giving up their top two guys in Gallo and Mazara. The Dodgers, Cubs, Astros and Yankees had the pieces to pull if it off without dealing their top two guys. Phillies got some serious chips back though, Alfaro being the wild card

  8. I don’t think there is much chance that Dugan gets called up. He has been unimpressive so far at LHV. Ogando up for the injured Elvis and Asher to the rotation. Who else is in line for September?

    1. Seve Gonzalez could work out of the bullpen.
      Biddle and Joely Rodriguez are also on the 40.
      And then there is David B. again
      All can get bullpen time if need be..
      WTF…..bring them all up.

      1. They always bring up a third catcher. Either Lino will get the call, or they throw Kratz a bone.

    2. If it were me, I’d add Erik Kratz to the 40 roster (there are at least 2 slots with guys on DL), Kelly Dugan (pinch-hitting, spot starts), Dalier Hinojosa, David Buchanan, Jesse Biddle (long man role) and recall whoever gets sent down when Asher is officially added before Sunday.

      1. i’m guessing no on Dugan, and maybe one of the middle infielders from Lehigh Valley instead- any chance of Miguel Gonzalez as he’s been pitching of late?

  9. Romus remember that draft where we went for relief pitchers? Damm most are terrible. think we need to do it again. got to get some better options in the pen. Or did these guys fade because of over use. When was the last time besides coles no hitter did a starter finish a game? Seve Gonzalez imo would be perfect for fifth or sixth inning in blowouts. he can throw some innings. that is a role he might be good at. he isn’t a starter in the majors..

    1. rocco……all the starter arms Ruben gathered up since the JRoll trade, plus the draftees…will not all reach the majors as starters with the Phillies…some become relievers, and others will get injured, or traded.
      This years relievers…..overused, misused and abused. JDF is top three in MLB in usage and it showed starting in EOM June when he started his descent and drop in velo.
      Excluding the closer, there are good signs in Elvis, a little from Gomez, maybe a well-rested JDF in 2016, maybe Nefi Ogan. or Edubray Ramos, and even MAG, near the end of his contract now, may work out well in the pen.
      Relievers are so fluid year-to-year…like punt returners in football, every year you have to start anew….hopefully excluding the closer.

  10. Other good games —

    Will Morris now 6-0 with nice ERA

    Lucas Williams, Aaron brown, Joshua Tobias all with multi hit games…
    JPC and Hoskins are just sick right now…

    Nice to see Rupp playing this good.

  11. Will definitely be interesting to see Cozens at Reading. We know the FSL, and Clearwater specifically, is definitely not power friendly (Pullin leads the league in homers with only 14). If you see the video of the home run it’s amazing it went out. Cozens lunges at the pitch that is low and outside and is almost falling over and it goes out. So guess we’ll have to see if it’s him or Reading:) But should be interesting. Here is the video if you are interested:

    1. When that guy (a 21 year old in AA with huge raw power and a cannon arm) struggles to break your top 20 prospects, you have an elite farm system.

      Thanks for posting.

      1. v1………farm can rank in top five soon. This Phillies team’s future is a gold-mine….not my words but a rival exec……one reason MacPhail jumped back into the fray.
        Ironically, Ruben is ultimately responsible for the downfall since 2012, now he may be credited, by the media, as the king-pin for its revitalization….but hope he is comfortably perched upstairs somewhere after October.

      1. rip Its more amazing how many people judge a player based only on sabermetrics in minor leagues. t

    1. Tobias played 3rd at Miami U , he’s in Williamsport Kingery in lakewood he hit .393 in Zona st. Lakewood is a horrible stadium to hit in plus he just turned 21 . I can’t wait to see how he does in clearwater next yr. Tobias maybe to lakewood Valentin will be in Reading.

  12. We have to add “C” to the list of who could be a top prospect. He seems to be a legitimate hitter, and has looked terrific so far. Franco, JPC, Williams, Knapp/Alfaro and “C” form a very nice nucleus. A number of good SP prospects and we can still hope on Roman Quinn, who I really like. Then we have the next tier that is much stronger than what we have seen here in maybe forever

  13. Jesse Biddle being put on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. I remember reading an article right before this season started, that Jesse suffered a strained lat in his shoulder during his last spring training start. They decided to rest it, and afterwards, Biddle felt exponentially better. That was before the season started.

  14. Stassi named Eastern League MVP, and his brother called up by the Astros.

    Pivetta bad again tonight.

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