Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/11/2015

The organization’s two remaining playoff teams received excellent starting pitching and won their respective games.  Both are one win away from the championship series at their levels.  Jake Thompson, who was a part of the Colebert Hamels’ trade, threw a complete, game shutout for Reading against the Binghamton Mets.  Franklyn Kilome tossed five shutout innings to lead the way in Williamsport’s victory over the West Virginia Black Bears. Both teams can clinch in their home parks tomorrow.

Reading (80-61)  defeated the Binghamton Mets 3-0 behind Jake Thompson’s three-hitter to take a 2-0 lead in their best of five series.  Thompson walked one and struck out eight. He racked up a few short-pitch innings and was able to complete the game throwing 108 pitches.

Thompson gave up a one-out single in the third, but ended the inning with a fly out after a sacrifice bunt moved the runner to second.   The Mets opened the fourth with a lead off double and Thompson responded by retiring 15 Mets’ batters in a row.  He took a two-hitter into the ninth.  A one-out double and a two-out walk brought the tying run to the plate, but Thompson quickly got ahead of the next batter before recording a backwards K for the final out.

Cam Perkins drove Brock Stassi across with the Phils’ first run on an RBI single in the second inning.  He was thrown out at home later in the inning.  Perkins drove J.P. Crawford home with their second run on an RBI single in the third inning.  Nick Williams closed out the scoring with a home run just inside the right field fair pole in the sixth inning.

The Phils’ explosive offense collected ten hits, three walks and left the bases loaded twice. Perkins went 3-4 with a double to go with his 2 RBI.  Williams went 2-5.  Crawford, Andrew Knapp, Stassi, Harold Martinez, and Angelo Mora each chipped in with a hit.  Dylan Cozens was walked twice, once intentionally.  Knapp worked the other walk.

Game three is on Saturday at 7:05 pm at First Energy Stadium.  RHP Ben Lively v. RHP Gabriel Ynoa. Fans holding tickets to Game Three/Game A will now be able to use their tickets for Saturday’s game between the Fightins and B-Mets per press release on  Reading’s web page.

Williamsport (46-30) forced a deciding game three in their series with a 3-1 victory over the West Virginia Black Bears.  Franklyn Kilome turned in five shutout innings.  He held the Bears to two hits, three walks and struck out six.  Skylar Hunter walked a tight rope in the sixth when he walked one and gave up three hits.  Fortunately, he limited the damage to a single run.  Anthony Sequeira struck out three of the five outs he recorded.  And, Robert Tasin picked up the four-out save.

Kilome’s night was eventually cut short by the 26 pitches he threw in the first inning.  He threw 83 through five innings.  He was 91-93, T94 early when he threw predominantly fastballs.  Mitch Rupert reported that Kilome looked out of sync early, but a strike out to end the second inning seemed to get his juices flowing.  The Bears inflated his pitch count fouling off pitches, but Kilome countered with a nasty curve ball.  Rupert got the following quote from Kilome, “Today my curveball was great. Beautiful. This is the first time I’ve thrown the breaking ball like that. It was good.”

Austin Bossart drove in the Cutters’ first runs with a two-run home run in the fourth, his second of the year.  Mark Laird scored their third run on Venn Biter’s RBI double in the fifth.

The Cutters collected eight hits.  Laird and Carlos Duran had two hits each.  Biter, Josh Tobias, Bossart, and Cuicas had one each.  They had three XBH, Bossarts’ HR, and doubles by Biter and Tobias.  Williamsport went 0-9 with runners in scoring position.

Game three of the best of three series will be played on Saturday at noon at Susquehanna Bank Park. RHP Mitch Gueller v. TBD.

Lehigh Valley (63-81)  Finished fifth in their division.

Clearwater (79-58)  Finished first in their division both halves.  Best overall league record. Eliminated in best-of-three divisional series 2-0 by Daytona Tortugas.

Lakewood (73-65)  Finished in the second place in their division (2nd half).  Third best overall record in their division, fourth best in the league.

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

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

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

Here’s the affiliated scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • No player transactions, but a couple interesting posts over on BA.
  • 2015 Minor League All-Star Teams by Class as selected by Baseball America. Several Phillies were selected – Nick Williams, Aaron Nola, Carlos Tocci, Rhys Hoskins, and Josh Tobias.
  • 2015 Organization Standings.  The Phillies six domestic teams (AAA thru GCL) posted the fourth best combined winning percentage this season.

And finally, Romus, you mentioned in another thread that you would value my observations on Rhys Hoskins because you estimated that I saw about 200 of his at bats.  Well, I actually saw quite a bit less, 140 maybe between home games and Dunedin.  But here goes.

I was happy when Hoskins was promoted.  We needed his bat to balance the line up after Andrew Knapp was promoted.  Otherwise, Dylan Cozens would have been isolated and alone in the middle of the line up.  And he put up good numbers, if a person just went by the box scores.  Personally, I was a little disappointed because he hit better on the road than he did at Bright House Field.  So, while he “looked good”, his production at home was just okay.  I think he hit .250-.260 with a couple HRs at home.

However, he makes hard contact, doesn’t strike out too much, and isn’t adverse to taking a walk.  He doesn’t swing at the pitcher’s pitch just because the count is in his favor.  It’s possible that his low home numbers are just SSS and would normalize with more at bats. But because of his home field production, I didn’t really understand why he was so valued here.  He’s just a first baseman.  I would have expected more.  That said, I have two observations where I was impressed with him.

The first occurred in his final game.  The home run he hit was an eye opener.  I assume he was sitting “dead red” and got the fastball he was looking for (yes, it was a fastball).  I hadn’t heard a ball hit that hard since Cozens hit what I referred as a “Jim Thomian” shot out toward Route 19.  It wasn’t as towering as Cozens’, but more on a line.  It was only his third HR at home, and came at an important time in the game.

The second occurred during the last series of the regular season.  Against Dunedin, he pulled a single through the hole his first at bat.  His second at bat, Dickie Joe Thon and the third baseman pinched in closer together, and Hoskins pulled a second single through the smaller hole.  After an out in his third at bat, the Blue Jays went into a full shift for his fourth at bat, three infielders on the left side of the infield, just to take away a single.  Well, Hoskins guided the first pitch that was out over the plate through the spot where a second baseman would normally stand.  I know it’s not the drive over the wall we would like to see from one of our big guys, but I was really impressed with that at bat.

And Hoskins plays good defense at first.  His presence manning the position helped cut down on infield errors.  Zack Green was a converted third baseman, but presented a big target.  When he went on the DL, we had a collection of middle infielders and Willians Astudillo try the position.

I placed Hoskins in the top 20 that I submitted to Mike Drago for the Reading Eagle’s end of season poll.  I don’t know if that is a completely defensible position when you consider that some of the better pitchers in the FSL would have been promoted to AA by the time he arrived.  But, he did hit well on the road in a league that is considered a “pitchers’ league”.

I’m looking forward to seeing how he performs next season whether he starts at Clearwater or Reading.

27 thoughts on “Playoffs Box Score Recap – 9/11/2015

  1. Hey Jim. Can’t thank you enough for a all the time and effort you out into this site and the terrific game reporting. Thanks again – it is really appreciated!!!

  2. Your observations of Hoskins are encouraging for me. Just the fact of hitting the ball the opposite way makes him hard to defend. If Howard ever figured out how to go the other way, he would have been a lot more valuable. I used to scream for him to tap the ball down the 3rd base line. That’s a double everytime and eventually they forget about the shift. But on the opposite side of the discussion is Ted Williams. When the Yankees start employing the shift he always hit into it. When asked why he didn’t go the other way with it, his arrogance showed through, He said something like, they can put 12 guys on the right side and they still can’t keep me from hitting.

    A very nice outing by Thompson. Kilome kept his team in the game and that’s great. Perkins come through which was very nice. It would be a lot more fun if the bats could take over the game, as well as the pitching.

    1. Howard used to do nothing but hit the ball the other way. He started pulling after winning the HR Derby messed up his swing.

  3. Thanks Jim for the incite on Hoskins.
    When the Phillies prospects pass thru CLW you see them just as much as most all scouts.
    And lot of it is peer evaluation and comparables to other players that you have witnessed
    Also understand there are nuances of scouting unknown to me…but then again it isn’t rocket science, especially when one has seen baseball and the players that play baseball for 45/50 years.
    Thanks again.

  4. Jim – you da man!

    I was very excited last night following the two games. These two guys, Thompson and Kilome, could be in Philly in a few years if they each progress. I’m really happy that Wathan let Thompson finish it out. That’s not typical in the minors. I now think we might see a Thompson start in Philly in the last week of the season. Let’s go Reading boys, to the Ship!

  5. Good piece Jim.

    Funny that Hoskins also had awkward home/road splits in 2014, OPS only .533 at home but .909 on the road. Still, I’d find it curious if Hoskins didn’t start his 2016 season as a Fightin. He’ll turn 23 in March, and has nearly 300 PAs at High-A with an OPS north of .900.

    I’m personally expecting, or predicting, a big year for Hoskins next season at Reading and I would not be at all surprised if he gets his fist ML AB next season, whether that come in September or otherwise.

    1. regarding the home/road splits, the only time that it concerns me is the opposite scenario. where a player hits amazingly at home and poorly on the road. especially if the home field is known to be a hitter’s field. that makes me discount their production. Like Reading for example. But having better performance on the road in the FSL doesn’t raise a flag for me.

  6. Jim – Thanks again for all that you do for the site. I appreciate your report on Rhys.

    This part in particular is interesting to me “he makes hard contact, doesn’t strike out too much, and isn’t adverse to taking a walk. He doesn’t swing at the pitcher’s pitch just because the count is in his favor.”

    You ask, why people are so excited about him because “he is just a first baseman.” I assume that your point is that a 1B has limited defensive value. But a hard hitting 1B is very valuable and we don’t have one in the system besides him. This year, 13 teams will have 1B with a WAR greater than 3. Most of those guys hit in the middle of the lineup. So while a 1B’s defense doesn’t provide huge value relative to other positions, a great hitting 1B does provide a lot of value to a lineup. And if you can get that value inexpensively, then you can generate a lot of surplus value for your team. A great example is the kind of impact that Rizzo provides the Cubs.

    1. Jim,
      Thanks for the eyes on report. v1 has been banging the Hoskins drum for quite some time, he is no way alone, and your observations certainly fortify his beliefs about this kid. I am older and really haven’t bought into and started to understand the numbers until about 2 years ago. Sound familiar? Like out outgoing GM? Anyways, I still like to see a kid before I pass judgements based soley on numbers, especially since I still don’t totally understand all of them. Nice report n observations! Your feedback is most appreciated.

      1. If you put a few pieces together, it can get you excited. For example:
        – the BA pieces says he has plus bat speed and plus raw power
        – Jim indicates he has a great eye. The BA piece confirms that. His high walk rate and low k rate support that.
        – Jim’s example shows he has bat control
        – both Jim and BA report suggest average defense.

        Combine that with elite stats and you the the profile of an impact player IMO. I could see him get a call up as soon as late 2016.

        1. When it comes to Hoskins…his fellow draft class mates-2014- Reed and Gillaspie will be a measure for him. To date it looks like Reed is head-and-shoulders advanced of all three…but they do have similar peripherals.
          A.J. Reed…Astros….05/10/93 Bats: L Throws: L Ht: 6′ 4″ Wt: 240 lb. . Drafted-2014Rd2-(42)….Hit: 55 Power: 60 Run: 30 Arm: 60 Field: 50 Overall: 55
          PA- 907 …HRs-46… 19%-K…13%-BB….Slash.324/ .415/ .583/ .997…….current level-AA
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          Casey Gillaspie…Rays…..01/25/93 Bats: S Throws: L Ht: 6’4” Wt: 240 lb. Drafted 2014Rd1-(20)……….Hit: 55 Power: 60 Run: 20 Arm: 40 Field: 50 Overall: 50
          PA- 628…..HRs-24…..19%-K…12%-BB…..Slash .257/ .349/ .447/ .795….current level-A+
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          Rhys Hoskins…Phillies….03/17/93 bats: R Throws:R Ht: 6’4” Wt 230 lbs Drafted2014Rd5-(142)…….PA-840….HRs-26…..18%K….9%BB……Slash .292/ .368/ .482/ .850….current level -A+

    2. Sorry for being vague with my “he’s just a first baseman” comment. I was referring to the hitting profile attached to the position. In the games I saw, he provided a steady influence in the line up, but hadn’t produced in a manner that is generally expected from a first baseman.

    3. Guys,

      I can’t begin to match Jim for his knowledge, eye and experience seeing Hoskins, but what impressed me in the games I saw this year were two things that Jim mentioned: plate discipline and making hard contact. Even in the outs during the admittedly just five games I saw, he hit the ball hard. And he didn’t do impatient, arrogant or stupid things and the plate. He made intelligent decisions on his swings.

      I’m a Rhys Hoskins fan and hope the concerns about swings and catching up to fastballs prove to be past worries as he progresses.

  7. Jake Thompson with a real big Playoff shutout. He may be # 2 on our prospect list after JPC. Some interesting debates are coming up. Great to see. Need the good Ben Lively tonight!

  8. Really appreciate the report on Hoskins. Just typing up that little bit provides a lot more than most do. It might not mean a lot to you but it’s part of why people like me read this site over others. Along with the crazy detailed box score recaps. Those I appreciate the most.

    What impresses me about Hoskins is your second example. If he can hit like that and find the holes, that’s the kind of hitter we haven’t had at a power position since Howard’s early years.

  9. When I woke this morning, this report was on my mind. I remembered an instance where Hoskins impressed me with his base running. He was on first, and Coach Legg called for a hit-and-run. I forget who was at the plate, maybe Chace Numata. Anyway, the batter lined a ball to LEFT field. Because of the H+R, Hoskins had broken for second early, never broke stride, and slid safely into third. Now, maybe a perfect throw would have had him, but the fact that a big guy like Hoskins took the initiative to go from first to third on a ball to LEFT field … I’ve seen other, faster players pull up short at second on similar plays.

    1. From some of the descriptions I’ve read about Hoskins he sounds like an Anthony Rizzo type in that he’s a big guy who can field the position well and can hustle on the basepaths when he wants to. Even if he gets to the majors and only hits like 10-15 HRs max a year, I’d take a first basemen like that in a heartbeat. Especially if he can hit for average.

  10. I recommend holding the phone just a bit on Hoskins. I am a huge fan and you cant ask for more than he gave us this year. But I read some reports that say his swing is absolutely not going to transfer to upper minors and def not majors. Obviously that is just one report, and he has plenty of time, but I was reading that he has trouble with even the 88 mph fastballs. I just want to see him do it at every level before I pencil him in as a ML 1b. thats all, not ripping the guy, and was really thrilled with him. just read some reports that make me a little hesitant

    1. Watch out. That’s the old Lou Marson Scouting report. Please don’t out that writer. He’ll instantly be labeled a hack.

  11. Thanks Jim, once again Great Job!

    Colebert though? I had to do a double take since I never saw that before. Went to go to Google for the call to make sure you were not just making stuff up. Yes the cool name Cole is actually derived from a dorky one although the site I saw had it spelled Colbert. I guess if you say it in another language like French you get rid of the hard “t” at the end and make it less dorky .Either way, thanks again for bringing more light into my life 😉

  12. Reading won Nick Williams and Crawford hit homers. Cozen with a double and Perkins with 2 , Lively pitched well and the bullpen held the lead.

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