Box Score Recap – 8/31/2015

Lehigh Valley (62-75) beat the Syracuse Chiefs 8-3.  Anthony Vasquez gave up three runs in six innings.  Chris Leroux struck out two in two, no-hit innings.  Nefi Ogando struck out two in one inning.  

Vasquez also had two hits and an RBI.  Jordan Danks hit a grand slam home run (6) in the sixth.  Erik Kratz had three hits.

  • Kelly Dugan (.210) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, walk, and RBI.
  • Tommy Joseph (.181) went 1-4.

Reading (78-56) came from behind to beat the Binghamton Mets 6-2.  Jake Thompson pitched seven innings and gave up two runs on eight hits and no walks.  Ryan O’Sullivan picked up the six-out save (4).

The Phils rallied with four runs in the seventh and two in the eighth.  Brodie Greene had an RBI single, KC Serna a sac fly, and J.P. Crawford a two-run double in the seventh.  Dylan Cozens hit a two-run home run (2) in the eighth.

  • J.P. Crawford (.270) went 2-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
  • Andrew Knapp (.367) went 0-3 with a walk.
  • Dylan Cozens went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (2) and 2 RBI.

Clearwater (75-56) was rained out, again.  They had changed the double header to a single game and scheduled the double header for Tuesday.  If that stays in effect, Matt Imhof and John Richy are listed as starters.  Both teams have an off day Wednesday, but make up games will not change the playoff match ups.  We’re getting a lot of rain in southern Florida and up and down the Gulf Coast from the remains of Erika.

No matter what happens this week, The Threshers will begin the playoffs with a road game at Daytona Tueday, September 8th.  They will return home for game two on Wednesday, September 9th.  If a third game is needed in the best of three series, it will be played at Bright House Field on Thursday.  The Threshers, as first half winners, were given the choice of hosting game one or games two and three.

Lakewood (69-62)  beat the Greesnboro Grasshoppers 5-3.  Austin Davis gave up three runs on seven hits and six strike outs in seven innings.  He walked none.  John Zgardowski allowed five base runners in two innings but struck out the side, twice.  Matt Hockenberry notched his 18th save.  Deivi Grullon had a RBI single and Cord Sandberg had a sac fly in the first.  Grullon hit a solo home run (8) in the third.  Herlis Rodriguez hit a tie-breaking, RBI single in the sixth.  Jiandido tacked on a run with a sac fly in the seventh.

  • Herlis Rodriguez (.297) went 2-5 with a double and RBI.
  • Scott Kingery (.252) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored and a walk.
  • Deivi Grullon (.219) went 2-3 with 2 walks, a HR (8), and 2 RBI.
  • Damek Tomscha (.279) went 1-3 with a walk.
  • Cord Sandberg (.252) went 1-4 with a double and RBI.
  • Sandberg threw out a runner at home.

Williamsport (44-25) beat the Auburn Doubledays 12-2.  Luis Morales gave up two unearned runs in five innings.  Kenny Koplove, Skylar Hunter, and Robert Tasin pitched four shutout innings in relief.  The Cutters collected 15 hits and six walks.

  • Venn Biter went 3-4 with a double and RBI.
  • Josh Tobias (.318) went 1-2 with 2 walks.
  • Brendon Hayden (.310) went 1-4.
  • Jan Hernandez went 3-4 with 3 runs scored, a double, triple, walk, and 4 RBI.
  • Carlos Duran went 4-5 with 3 runs scored, a double, triple, and 3 RBI.
  • Austin Bossart (.346) went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.

GCL Phillies (36-24) Season completed.  Finished in second place in Northwest Division, 4.0 games behind the GCL Blue Jays.  They had the fourth best record in the GCL. Unfortunately, they finished 8-10 over the last three weeks while the Blue Jays finished 14-4 over the same span.

  • “C” Randolph led the team with a .302 AVG, 52 H, 34 runs, 15 doubles, 3 triples, 32 BB/32 K, .425 OBP, .442 SLG, .866 OPS
  • Luis Encarnacion led with 52 H, 4 HR, 36 RBI.
  • Felix Paulino was tied with 5 wins and led with 46 K, 2.34 ERA, 0.92 WHIP.
  • Paulino 46 K/5 BB in 50.0 IP, Bailey Falter 25 K/3 BB in 28.2 IP

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 22 K, 35 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 –

  • Luis Morales assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • Ismael Cabrera assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • In an article by Todd Zolecki, the Phillies might add three players when rosters expand C Erik Kratz, RHP Dalier Hinojosa,  and RHP Colton Murray.  And maybe RHP Nefi Ogando.  The Phillies would like promote a couple players from Reading, but prefer allowing those players to experience the postseason.
  • In another article by Todd Zolecki, Maikel Franco could return to the Phillies before the end of the season.  However, Chad Billingsley’s season is over.  Elvis Araujo is also probably done.
  • The Toronto Blue Jays released Phillippe Aumont.  He had been pitching for their AAA affiliate in Buffalo.  In 18 innings he struck out 23, but walked 22.

65 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/31/2015

  1. They say that seeing something more than 20+ times, burns it into your brain so you remember it. Daniel Brito’s Ks and BBs are reversed in the DSL write-up above. It has been that way since their season ended over 20 days ago. Brito had 22 Ks and 35 BBs. Thanks

    I guess a change of scenery hasn’t helped Aumont.

    Deivi Grullon had a bookend year. He hit .297 in April, sunk to miserable status in May (.193), Jun (.098) and July (.186) and is finishing strong in August (.301). In his last 10 games, he’s hitting .419 with 3 HRs and 10 RBIs. He’s a guy who has picked up the Lakewood team and carried them on his back lately. A very uneven year but maybe this will spring him forward for next year.

    1. Thanks! 22 K v. 35 BB was the reason why I listed Brito. Certainly more accurate than what I inadvertently typed, and carried over from report to report since the DSL season ended.

  2. That’s a shame about Phillippe Aumont. Its sad when someone fails to harness gifts they’ve been bestowed.

    Though unlike some of the guys who’ve come through our system–Asche comes to mind–Aumont never seemed like a good guy; not someone you’d want to have a beer with, or be stuck sitting next to on a plane.

    1. Well, it’s no surprise about Aumont, really. In Buffalo, he basically just continued his performance when he was with the Phillies – swing and miss stuff, but undone by lack of control. There really was no good reason to expect a much different outcome. It’s often more difficult for real tall pitchers to develop consistency, and that definitely appears to be the case with Aumont.

  3. JPC and Cozens are white hot.. Good game by Thompson, too many hits but only two runs and no walks…

    Bossart adds to the plethora of catchers..

    Chad Billingsley season is over, NNNOOOOOOOOOO

    1. JPC is hitting .375 over his past ten games with 7 BBs and 8 Ks.

      In Reading, JPC has more Rs (50) and BBs (47) than Ks (42). And he is 20 and he plays SS!!!

  4. Glad to see Grullon coming around.
    HR power starting to increase.
    This off-season it would behoove him to shed some poundage – add more muscle.

  5. They def gotta let the Reading stars go through the playoff run, but it would be cool if once its over we got to see Thompson start one game at the end of the year in Philly

    1. The Phillies are very close to the 40 man limit and Thompson still has 1 more year before he needs to be added to the 40 man. I seriously doubt he’ll be added.

      1. I am really confused. People keep looking at the 40 man like we have all these studs. Right now you can let brown, asche chooch, bucannan. osullivan brothers Gonzalez. harang billingley.lowen, neris. should I go on. Really there are enough stiffs on that 40 man roster,

        1. The 40 roster becomes important in mid to late November, the last call for placements and removals before the Rule 5.

        2. Every spot you waste unneededly on the 40 man now is one less waiver claim, Rule 5 pick, or other roster flexibility you get this offseason. Additionally the 60 day DL goes away the day after the World Series

        3. As much as you hate some of these players on the list, they are needed on a roster. You will not have 40 players, all superstars. You’ll have 25 for the major league roster, some to stash to avoid being taken in the rule V draft, and the rest for depth. As much as you want Brown and Asche gone, they are good enough to make a MLB roster. You cut those guys, they’ll get snatched up fast. Then when somebody goes down, when you need somebody to pinch hit, you’ll be picking from players that are likely NOT good enough to make a MLB roster, like Steve Susdorf or Michael Martinez or Tyler Cloyd.

          1. Herrera and Altherr will potentially start as regulars next year with (healthy) Dugan and Sweeney/Hernandez/Galvis (and veteran OF like Frenchy) as back ups. Williams, Quinn, Cozens, Tocci and (possibly) Pullin needs to be protected next year. 2016 is still development stage and these are decent OFs that the Phils can utilize to continue development so they can already move on from Asche and Dom Brown. If Dugan is healthy i rather see him in LF than Asche/Brown until Williams and/or Quinn will be called up. The Phils are not contending in 2016 so a FA like Bogu, Frenchy, etc if a starter (likely Dudan) will be injured. The Phils preferably moved on from both Asche and Brown if not, at least one of them.

            1. It must be the grass is greener syndrome because I don’t see the value in Dugan. Dugan has battled injuries and he’s stinking it up at AAA. Why you would think that Dugan can succeed on a major league roster is beyond me. If you don’t want to see Asche or Brown play, that’s fine. But Dugan has done nothing to warrant a callup.

            2. I really don’t understand this logic. I don’t think Dugan has been unhealthy for most of this season. He was hitting for OBP in AA. He just isn’t hitting — at all, in AAA. At both levels, power is lacking. Why should we want Dugan to be the Philadelphia LF next season? He has a .587 OPS in AAA. Why should we assume that totally unacceptable stat for a LF improves with a promotion to the major leagues? Dugan needs to stay in AAA, until he shows that he can hit AAA pitching. Asche and Brown may be less than ideal, but they both have major league OPS in the .600s and they had a lot higher OPS passing through AAA than Dugan has shown. Dugan would be an offensive downgrade to either Brown or Asche at this stage of his development. Another half year of AAA may allow him to surpass Asche and Brown, but he’s not there yet. Dugan simply is not a major league starting LF for even a second division team.

            3. guru/allen – not sure if you read my whole post or just stop when you see Dugan’s name. I didn’t say that Dugan is our saviour in LF. I just said that “for 2016, i rather see Dugan than Asche/Brown at LF until Williams/Quinn is called up”. We all know what we can get from Asche and Brown ergo there’s nothing to hope there. Dugan probably stinks in AAA, well, that’s probably the same thing most said about Morgan. If Dugan indeed stinks, we don’t need to wait long since Quinn will be added in 40-man this year and Williams can be called up by mid-next year. So I will roll with Dugan than Asche/Brown in LF in 2016 and see if a buchanan/morgan type performance and flip for some prospects.

      2. I’d bet good money that Thompson is in the rotation by July at the latest next year. No reason not to get a look at him, especially with Williams, Harang, Brown, Rupp and probably DeFratus coming off the 40 man at some point this off season. Besides not like they couldn’t dfa a Danks, Jospeh, Dugan, Severino, etc if need be.

        1. I meant Ruf, not Rupp. Kratz could even be off the 40 man by the end of Reading’s playoff run should they decide to get a look at Knapp.

        2. For 2016, i think the Phils might hold on to deFratus, Severino, Dugan, Joseph and Asche for depth since they are still young and cheap. They might be traded or DFAd after 2016 when a bunch of better prospects will be eligible for Rule 5 next year. For C, the Phils will have Rupp, Chooch, Alfaro and Joseph/Lino. Knapp will be added when Phils moved on from Chooch or a trade involving Rupp/Joseph/Lino.

            1. Aces – he was drafted in 2013, right? so 2016? Matt @ PMT made a early Rule 5 primer and didn’t see Knapp in his list as well.

            2. @kurdt
              My mistake if that’s the case I thought I’d read he needed to be added this year. If that’s the case then no reason to call him up and sit him on the bench.

            3. No, he doesn’t. Knapp is only in his 3rd year. He still has 1 more year before he needs to be added to the 40 man in 2017.

        3. The key here is that you only add to the 40 man roster only if you absolutely need to. If Thompson comes up in July, you add him then, not before. This gives you flexibility for waiver claims, and you can use that spot to evaluate another player for a few months.

          1. I personally think he’s up by May. (Similar to Franco last year). I only originally said July to leave room for a potential hiccup in AAA. If he has 4-5 good starts in April he’ll be up once he clears service time hurdles.

            If a waiver claim is necessary in addition to the names I mentioned above, Frenchy won’t be here, Buchannan is replaceable, etc. there’s plenty of options to DFA should a spot need to be cleared.

            Thompson is basically major league ready (in fact Texas considered calling him up mid season). It’s not like they’d be rushing him up to show off a Hamels trade return. Bring him up, evaluate him for a start or two, bring him to spring training, give him a month in AAA and call him up for good. No harm done. I think all signs point to him being called up anyway.

            1. Franco is a little difference since he is already in the 40-man roster while Thompson is not required until the end of 2016 season so bringing Thompson sometime in 2016 will require taking out a spot in the 40-man roster. 2016 will be a development and evaluation state so Phils might want to see more of the pre-Arbritration guys and see if they flip them for some value. Injury and trades will be the best bet if we want to see Thompson by July. So far we have Nola-Morgan-Eikhoff-Asher and potentially Phils might want to see a battle between Joely/Biddle/Buchanan/Severino in SP.

            2. I don’t foresee a competition for a rotation spot unless one of the guys we think are probably penciled in (Nola, Morgan, Eickhoff, Asher) fail to perform in September or get hurt. Unless the Phillies strike out on the free agent market, they’re signing a Price or a Cueto type no doubt in my mind.
              I don’t mean to veer off topic, but I don’t think their performance will be as bad next year which is why I see Thompson being the first call up (Mayish) should someone go down in season with an injury. I don’t think they are going to be able to waste starts on guys with #5 upside unless they’re ravaged by injuries and rainouts.

            3. Romus, you are missing the bigger picture. Not only does Aces think the Phillies will sign Price or Ceuto, buthe thinks the Phillies will be competative with them, four rookie starting pitchers and this offense!

            4. I guess I do miss the point…..IMO, Price and Cueto will be looking to go to contenders, not be a part of a team under rebuild for another 2/3 years, and further wait for a maturation of winning and then a decline of the Nats and Mets in the division, which I do not see for another 4/6 years minimum..

          2. The Phillies have a boatload of money and Ruben went on WIP and said the Phillies will be in the market for Top Shelf pitching. Since they have no more MLB assets to trade to acquire them via prospects 1 + 1 = 2 they’re going to be in on Price and Cueto. The only team with the means to out bid the Phillies on one of these guys is the Dodgers. The Phillies may not be a contender on paper in 2016 but though the life of a contract they should be very competitive.

            Lester turned down the Giants to go to the Cubs there’s precedence.

            So they sign an Ace, Nola pitches like he’s been, Morgan takes a step forward another year away from surgery Eickhoff pitches like a #4 and they get decent production out of the #5 spot until Morgan arrives. The offense isn’t ideal but I expect them to sign an outfielder if not two. If they can mix and match a .500 team together to buy time for Crawford and Williams I think they could be in the mix for a Wild Card spot. I don’t think they would get it but they could surprise next year.

        4. No! You don’t add prospects unnecessarily to the 40-man just to get a look at them, even if you expect them to be on the 40-man and 25-man withing the next year. That would be stupid baseball management.

          1. Who do you think the Phillies are going to put on the 40 man roster between now and July 1st that would warrant a spot over Thompson?

            If need be you designate one of the AAAA fillers on the 40 man currently (Buchannan, Severino, Joseph, Dugan, Danks, DeFratus, Ruf, Asche, etc) all guys easily replaceable by minor league free agent types that do not require a 40 man spot.

            1. That’s not the point. Thompson is clearly better than those guys. But you don’t add somebody to the 40 man unless you have to. Right now, the Phillies don’t have to. Thompson is still only in AA. The Phillies rarely promote guys from AA straight to the bigs. If he was in AAA, you might have a case but he’s not.

              If you add players to the 40 man who’s not on the 25 man roster, it means that the Phillies consider him to have some value, to avoid him being taken in the rule V draft. Granted, you may not think the same way, but that’s how it works. You keep him on the 40 man roster until you’re absolutely sure that he’s crap. Then you DFA him.

            2. I’m 100% sure Severino and Buchanan are crap. The only value they have is the ability to be optioned to and from the Minor Leagues for a spot start which Thompson would have as well. Thompson at least has the potential to stick in the rotation.

              Baseball gods forbid that if Aaron Nola went down with an injury next year the first name I would call up is Jake Thompson.

  6. The Reading game was against Steven Matz. He only gave up one hit (to KC Serna) in his 5 and 1/3 innings. He struck JPC out twice swinging. When the Mets brought in Goeddel to relieve in the sixth, he got Serna out then JPC doubled off of him. I think JPC was glad to see Matz go…

    1. Another Mets arm to dread in the future.
      The again I though Bartolo at the start of this year was their weak-link for the Phillies..

      1. I , like the one last night Colon 5 strikeouts in a row 215 wins to. Tim Hudson is the active leader in Wins with 220 both pitchers are hard to hit.

    1. Indeed, it’s been a good year for player development. Excited to see what he can do in a full season at Reading.

  7. Kurt, back to Dugan, we understand that you don’t want to see Brown and Asche play. That is understandable. But Dugan has done nothing to warrant a callup. Calling him up without justification would set a bad example to the other players. You play well, you get promoted, plain and simple. Now obviously, there are injury exceptions. If you absolutely need a starter, you have no choice. You pick the one that kinda deserves it. That`s how Kyle Kendrick got jumped from AA to the majors for his debut. And that’s more or less how Morgan got his shot. Buchanan was hurt and Seve already got his and sucked. Morgan was next in line. Right place, right time.

    1. I have been a big Dugan fan since his days at Lakewood. That said, you are right Guru, he hasn’t done anything yet to deserve a shot. I still have hope it will happen some day, but it has to be earned on the field and by staying on the filed. If he could have stayed healthy, I believe he would be in the mix, at least as a platoon OF. But, I’m also in the same boat as Kurt…I can’t stand watching Brown. Every basebal friend I have feels the same way. In fact, he makes me not want to watch. I like Asche, but I think the book has been written on him and his ship should sail too. I don’t know what happened to Dugan’s power stroke. I hope he can recapture it.

  8. Guru – i mention Dugan as part of 2016 Phillies not part of the September call up. i think it was clear in my message. for september call ups, i rather see the reading guys and some arms from clearwater like rios, joaquin, nunez, JDT who can be exposed to Rule 5.

    1. Unless Dugan gets crazy hot in the last remaining games, he’s extremely likely to start 2016 at Lehigh. Now if gets hot in 2016, then we’ll tackle that when it comes.

      Again, it’s rare that the Phillies will promote somebody from AA. And the Phillies will never promote anybody just to get a look at them. Asher got his promotion because he was performing well at Lehigh. If he sucked, he wouldn’t have gotten the promotion and then he will be added to the 40 man after the season.

      So at the end of the season, the Phillies will go through the list and figure out which guys to add to the 40 man.

      1. guru – i guess our difference is how we view 2016. For me it’s evaluation, development and economics. Dugan has been in the 40-man roster since 2013 and it’s either they move on from him and left him unprotected or give him his shot in the big league with shorter leash. whether your hot ot not in minors may not factor since the Phils ARE NOT WINNING in 2016. But I can see the Phils giving their older prospects a shot (especially the ones in the 40-man roster) before they cut ties with them — so i’m not just talking of Dugan here, it includes Joseph and the other pre-abritration guys. Phils already seen enough of Domo and he will probably cost more than most OF prospects. They either trade him for a change of scenary or just move on since he will COST more. Same thing will Asche – 2+ yrs already with the team. My point is you might see prospects like the Dugans, the Josephs, more next year NOT for production but for evaluation. Because in IMO (assuming no big FA will be signed), the Phils OF in 2016 will be Williams in LF, Quinn/Herrera in CF and Altherr in RF. Dugan will be a Bench OF coming in and out of LHV and PHI.

      2. guru – just to summarize my point…i want to see Dugan in 2016 for EVALUATION (no need to do that for Brown and Asche) since Dugan is taking a spot in the 40-man roster. By end of 2016 season, the Phils 40-man roster will include the following OFs —- Williams, Quinn, Herrera, Cozens, Tocci and potentially a FA signing or Rule 5. Sorry no Domo and Asche so why play them in 2016 unless they play in AAA or in the bench.

        1. I understand what you’re saying. But you’re still missing the point. Dugan will get promoted only if he plays well. Dugan is getting evaluated at Lehigh every time he steps on the field. If he can’t perform at AAA, he’s not performing at the major league level. As an example, look at Zach Collier. He was on the 40 man roster at one point, he stalled in the minors, he got DFAd. That will be Dugan’s fate if he continues to struggle at Lehigh.

          And you may hate Brown and Asche, but they’re still good enough to make a major league roster. If you cut those guys, and they perform for somebody else, you look real bad. As an example, look at Yan Gomes. Blue Jays let him walk and he’s been performing for the Indians (although this year not as much).

          1. Guru – not sure what we are arguing here but Asche and Brown will be gone by end of 2016 and i’m not sure how much time you want to give them to perform. They might perform for somebody else, good for them. The Phils had given them opportunity but they failed so that will not be taken against the Phils. That applies to Ruf too. The 2016 class will be a good one so say Bye Bye to Asche, Brown and Ruf. They might say bye bye to Dugan and Joseph too and the Phils can’t wait for Dugan and Joseph to be hot in AAA. I think they will give Dugan and Joseph a shot in 2016 because they will not get any chances anymore after 2016.

            1. I think Brown will be gone by the end of 2016 because he’ll be entering his last year of arbitration and his value may not match his salary. I think Asche will stick around because he can play multiple positions and he won’t be arbitration eligible until 2017.

              I’m just keeping it real. I hope all Phillies players do well. As of right now, there’s no reason to bring up Dugan. There’s no reason to bring up Thompson. Right now, Asche and Brown are losing playing time to Frenchy and Altherr. Does that mean they should get cut? No. Asche is making peanuts, and Brown is only making a few million. They both can be bench players. But right now, no matter how bad they look, they are not blocking anybody in the minors, so they stick on the roster until that changes. And if a player in the minors gets hot in 2016, then that will be a discussion for 2016.

          2. And i don’t hate Brown and Asche. I just think that the Phils have better OF options (talent and $$ wise) in the farm than both of them. you can block Williams, Quinn, Cozens and Tocci for the FEAR that Asche and Brown will perform for somebody else. The least that the Phils can do is to see if they can get something from Asche and Brown than outright releasing them.

      3. Even if he gets crazy hot, he still should start back in LV, unless he has an outrageous spring.He needs more time on the field.

    1. Wow, that is some serious talent going to the AFL, probably the best players the Phillies have ever sent.

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