Daily Archives: September 8, 2015

Post Season Report Card–Starting Pitching, High A, AA, AAA

A look at Starting pitching in the upper portion of the organization. A reminder that grades are based on expectations against that particular player pre-season, as opposed to each other.  Next up: Third Baseman


David Whitehead, 23, Phils 34th round pick in 2013; 25 starts, 9-11 with a 4.44ERA; 135.2IP 152H 51BB 94K; 10HR allowed; .291 opp avg; 1.50 WHIP; 1.50 GO/AO; 3.4BB/6.2K per 9; .292 vs LHH, .290 vs RHH, .316 last 30 days; Double bumped after a successful 2014 in Williamsport, Whitehead was simply “ok” this season.  He showed he can pitch a full season which is a plus after injury issues years ago, but he was pretty consistently hit.  Grade: C;  2016: Whitehead may get caught in the numbers game.  I see him being kept in the Extended Spring awaiting roster shake ups in the Spring.

Victor Arano, 20, Acquired from Dodgers in 2014; 24 games 22 starts; 4-12 with a 4.72ERA; 124IP 131H 26BB 69K; 7HR allowed; .276 opp avg; 1.27 WHIP; 0.75 GO/AO; 1.8BB/5.2K per 9; .350 vs LHH, .239 vs RHH, .298 last 30 days; At times excellent and more often brutal, Arano was up and down, getting absolutely crushed by left handed hitters and running out of gas at years end.  Only 20, there is still time.  Grade: C; 2016: Back to Clearwater

Brandon Leibrandt, 22, Phils 6th round pick in 2014; 17 games; 7-3 with a 3.11ERA; 101.1IP 83H 21BB 67K; .227 opp avg; 1.03 WHIP; 0.84 GO/AO; 1.9BB/6.0K per 9; .213 vs LHH, .232 vs RHH, When healthy, Leibrandt was outstanding.  That said, he missed three plus weeks in June and the last month of the season with arm issues.  He generally has excellent command, which is his bread and butter.  When off, even a little he will be hit hard.  Grade: B; 2016: Reading Continue reading Post Season Report Card–Starting Pitching, High A, AA, AAA

Box Score Recap – 9/7/2015

For the first time since 2012 when Reading lost in the first round of the Eastern League playoffs, teams from within the Phillies’ organization will play in the post season.

Clearwater begins the playoffs on the road Tuesday in Daytona for the first game of a three-game series.  Games two and three (if necessary) will be played in Clearwater.

The announced match ups are –

  1. RHP Ricardo Pinto (9-2, 2.87) v. LHP Amir Garrett (9-7, 2.44)
  2. RHP John Richy (0-0, 2.84) v. TBD
  3. RHP David Whitehead (9-11, 4.44) v. TBD

Game one will be a match up of staff aces.  Pinto faced Daytona once and beat the Tortugas.  He pitched 6.1 innings and gave up two runs (2.86 ERA).  He allowed six hits including a home run.  Pinto struck out seven and walked none.  More below the fold.

Amir Garrett faced the Threshers six times and had a 1-2 record.  Two of his starts experienced long rain delays.  He pitched two innings in one and recorded one out against two batters in the other.  He pitched at least six innings in each of the other four starts.  In all, he pitched 27.1 innings and gave up seven earned runs (9 R) on 26 hits including one home run.  He posted a 2.31 ERA against the Threshers.  Garrett struck out 25 and walked nine.  Five of the walks occurred in one start, three in another.

Richy faced Daytona once and shut them out over seven innings.  He allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out three.  However, he didn’t figure in a decision.  Overall, Richy went 10-5 in 20 starts (24 appearances).  He pitched 137 innings and allowed 153 hits, 12 home runs.  He struck out 115 and walked 35.  Richy posted a 4.07 and spent most of the season in the California League.

Whitehead faced Daytona once and gave up four runs in five innings on seven hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  He is coming off consecutive good starts where he beat Brevard County and Dunedin.  Whitehead went five innings in each game and gave up one run on 11 hits and three walks while striking out six.

The Threshers will have to do without Dylan Cozens’ bat in the playoffs, but Jesse Valentin has been hitting his stride since being activated.

  • 2B Jessie Valentin (.273)
  • CF Carlos Tocci (.258)
  • LF Andrew Pullin (.258), 14 HR, 73 RBI
  • RF Aaron Brown (.257), 11 HR, 47 RBI
  • 1B Rhys Hoskins (.317), 8 HR
  • DH Wilians Astudillo (.314) 49 RBI
  • 3B Mitch Walding (.233) 48 walks
  • SS Malquin Canelo (.250)
  • C Chace Numata (.263)

Reading begins their five-game series against the Binghamton Mets Wednesday.  Games one and two are on the road.  The Phils return home for games, four, and five (if necessary).  Pitching match ups are not set.

Williamsport begins their three-game series against the West Virginia Black Bears Wednesday.  Game one is on the the road.  The Crosscutters return home for games two and three (if necessary).  Pitching match ups are not set.

Lehigh Valley (63-81) lost to the Rochester Red Wings 8-1 and finished fifth in the International League North.  Seve Gonzalez struck out five in six innings and walked none.  However, he gave up four runs (3 ER) on eleven hits including 3 doubles and a home run.  Joey DeNato allowed an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch, then gave up three more in the ninth.

  • The “prospects” turned in the following in their season finale:
  • LF Kelly Dugan (.221) went 0-4.
  • 1B Tommy Joseph (.193) went 3-4 with a run scored and 2 doubles.
  • C Gabriel Lino (.215) went 1-4.

Reading (80-61) lost to the Richmond Flying Squirrels 2-1.  Nick Pivetta was removed after four pitches with a possible oblique injury (per manager Dusty Wathan).  Joely Rodriguez came in and threw five solid innings.  He gave up one run on four hits and struck out six.  Ethan Martin gave up the tie-breaking run and earned the loss.  A Cam Perkins sac fly accounted for the Phils’ only run.

  • The Phils go into the playoffs with the following performances:
  • Nick Williams (.320) just off the DL went 1-5 with a stolen base.
  • J.P. Crawford (.265) 3-5 with a run scored and double.
  • Andrew Knapp (.360) went 2-4 with a walk.
  • Brock Stassi (.300) went 0-1 with 3 walks.
  • Cam Perkins(.252) went 0-3 with a SF and RBI.
  • Dylan Cozens (.350) went 0-4.
  • Rodriguez picked a runner off first.
  • Destin Hood hasn’t played since Thursday and may miss the divisional playoffs with a knee injury he suffered diving for a ball (per manager Dusty Wathan). He was reassigned to the GCL Phillies roster.

Clearwater (79-58) starts their playoff run Tuesday night in Daytona.

Lakewood (73-65) beat the Delmarva Shorebirds 12-3 and finished second for the second half in the SAL Northern Division.  They had the third best overall record in the division, fourth best in the league.  Jairo Munoz reaped the benefits of the BlueClaws 16-hit attack.  He went five innings and gave up two runs on six hits and no walks.  He struck out four.  Munoz gave up a two-out, two-run home run in the first but shut down the ‘Birds while the ‘Claws scored all twelve runs in the second through fourth innings.

  • The BlueClaws turned in the following in their season finale:
  • Herlis Rodriguez (.294) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
  • Drew Stankiewicz (.288) with a run scored, 2 doubles, a walk, and 2 RBI.
  • Damek Tomscha (.282) went 1-4 with a double and 3 RBI.
  • Deivi Grullon (.221) went 0-3 with a walk and 2 K.
  • Kyle Martin (.279) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, walk, and RBI.
  • Cord Sandberg (.255) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, a double, and 2 walks.
  • Scott Kingery (.250) DNP.
  • Jiandido tromp (.216) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, HR (9), and 4 RBI.

Williamsport (46-30) lost to the State College Spikes 5-3.  Jose Taveras gave up four runs on eight hits in six innings.  Greg Brodzinski drove in two runs, Jesus Posso one.

  • The Crosscutters go into the playoffs with the following performances:
  • Josh Tobias (.321) went 0-4.
  • Jose Pujols (.238) went 1-4 with a run scored and 3 K.
  • Brendon Hayden (.291) went 0-3 with a walk.
  • Mark Laird (.285) DNP.
  • Zachary Coppola (.271) went 1-1 as a pinch hitter.
  • Venn Biter threw out a runner at home, Pujols threw one out at second.

GCL Phillies (36-24) Season completed.  Finished in second place, four games back.

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

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

Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • Reading Fightin Phils activated OF Nick Williams from the 7-day disabled list.
  • Destin Hood assigned to GCL Phillies from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • RHP David Buchanan, RHP Nefi Ogando, and LHP Ken Roberts will be called up to the Phillies before tomorrow’s game against Atlanta.
  • The Phillies are going to institute a 6-man rotation for the remainder of the season.