Box Score Recap – 4/17/2016

Five wins for the organization, from the Phillies down thru Lakewood.  Lots of good pitching as the the org outhit the opposition 47-23 and outscored them 33-5.

Lehigh Valley (4-5) Beat Rochester 3-0.  Zach Eflin gem.  Two hits, zero walks in 8.0 innings.  Edward Mujica picked up his second save with 2 K in a 1-2-3 ninth.  Cam Perkins broke a scoreless tie with a 2-run HR in the seventh.

  • Featherston went 2-4 with a 3B.
  • Perkins went 1-3 with a HR and 2 RBI.
  • Williams not in the line up.
  • Knapp committed his third error, Joseph his second.

Reading (7-4) Beat Harrisburg 14-2.  Alec Asher went 6.0 innings and gave up 2 ER on 6 hits.  The Fightin’s pounded out 16 hits, 5 XBH, and went 11-18 with RISP.  They faced the Nationals’ and MLB’s #1 prospect in RHP Lucas Giolito and hung 5 runs and 7 hits on him in 3.2 innings.  Only one run was earned, but he gave up 5 consecutive singles after throwing away a pick off attempt.  Favorable home scoring to keep his ERA down?

  • Quinn and Crawford were not in the line up.
  • Valentin led off and went 2-6 with an RBI.
  • Serna went 4-6 with a 2B and 4 RBI.
  • Alfaro (18-36, .500) went 3-4 with a 3B and 4 RBI.
  • Hoskins went 1-5 with a HR (1) and 2 RBI.
  • Martinez went 3-5 with 4 runs scored.
  • Asher went 1-2 with an RBI.
  • Fox went 1-1 with a HR (2) and BB.
  • Valentin and Serna each stole their first base.
  • Brown was picked off and caught stealing although he reached second on a throwing error by Giolito.

Clearwater (7-4) Beat Jupiter 4-1.  Held Jupiter scoreless for first 8.1 innings after pitching shutouts in the first two games of the series.  Tyler Viza went 5.2, shutout innings and struck out nine.  He was lifted after 98 pitches, 73 strikes.  Eight of his nine strike outs were swinging.  Viza struck out the side swinging in the fifth inning on 16 pitches, 15 strikes.

  • Viza – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K.
  • Arano – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
  • Rivero – 0.2 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
  • Rivero allowed one of two inherited runners to score on a SF.
  • Stankiewicz went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Martin went 2-4 with a 2B and RBI.
  • Walding went 1-2 with a BB, SF, and 2 RBI.
  • Numata stole his first base.
  • Rodriguez was caught stealing.
  • Martin was picked off first.

Lakewood (2-9)  Beat Greensboro 9-0.  Harold Arauz pitched 7.0, 2-hit, shutout innings.  Robert Tasin struck out 3 in 2.0 innings of relief.

  • Coppola (15-38, .395) went 2-4 with 3 R, a 3B and RBI.
  • Tobias went 2-3 with 2B, BB, and 3 RBI.
  • Wilson Garcia went 3-4 with a 2B and 2 RBI.
  • Pujols (7-36, .194) went 1-3 with a HR (1), 2 RBI, and BB.
  • Marrero went 2-4.
  • Jan Hernandez was picked off and caught stealing.
  • Bossart committed an error.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings – 

  • 4/17 – Severino Gonzalez assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

31 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/17/2016

  1. Watched the Reading game, what a bomb by Hoskins for his first HR. Man did he crush that one. Fox’s as well as it was around the same spot. Alfaro seems to hit everything. Rios has looked good so far in the pen, interested in seeing more of him.

      1. Arauz becomes the 4th pitcher in that trade to not give up a run in his last start. 28.2 innings.

    1. You might remember Jonathan Arauz going to Houston in the Giles trade but his brother from another mother (and father) came the other way. Harold is 20 years old and in his 5th season in professional ball. He’s mostly been a better than a K per inning guy who can start or finish a game. Lottery ticket is a good approximation but he may play 10 professional seasons before he gets a whiff of the big leagues, if ever.

      1. If Arauz can keep putting up high 70s Game Scores he will be more than just a 10 year minor leaguer.

  2. Zach Eflin kinda gets forgotten about in this system; he’s off to a great start, i’d imagine he’d be the first starter called up given an injury to the starting 5.

    1. If Eflin had Eickhoff’s curve, he would be a top 25 prospect. Everything about Eflin’s profile is good except that he hasn’t developed an out pitch, and thus he is a back of the rotation starter. I think he can develop one. Just hasn’t happened yet. And until it does, he isn’t a hype worthy prospect IMO.

      1. Did you actually watch him pitch yesterday? I did. Your concerns about Eflin were understandable, but he has developed considerably since last year. They have worked with him on how to miss bats and it’s paying off. Including, by the way, the advent of a seriously nasty curve that few can touch – a pitch he did not have last year. So he’s actually in the process of doing precisely what you say he cannot do. Add to that mid 90s velocity and very good command and you have an intriguing prospect.

        1. At some point in the majors….he can give you what Charlie Morton did yesterday…..plenty of off the square GBs.

        2. i did not watch him pitch yesterday. nice to hear. although 8 Ks in 14 IP does not scream “missing bats.” but a small sample size, so hopefully we will see more of that soon.

          1. He’s not quite there yet, but he’s making significant strides. A few of the curves he broke off looked like something that Eickhoff or Neris might throw – nasty, nasty pitches that he did not have last year. My view is that both Eflin and Appel would be well served by developing a cut fastball – a ball that looks like a FB coming out of their hands and most of the way to the batter, but that just moves a little at the end and is slightly slower. I’m tell you, both Appel and Eflin are close – it’s not a guarantee that either or both will get there, but they are clearly making progress.

            1. Very encouraging. The recent results certainly back you up. Fingers crossed on both guys because they both have lots of talent but just need a little more. As does Thompson who is not a finished product yet either. That’s the point of minor league instruction.

            2. At the start of last year Efluin used a 2 seam fastball almost exclusively. It was a low 90’soffering with movement which is how he generated his high ground ball rates. The second half of last year the Phillies had him switch to a four seamer which was up in the mid 90’s. I don’t know when or if the Phillies will have him mix the 2 seamer back in.

    2. I suspect that would be Morgan, but thrilled the thrashing the big Phillies gave Eflin didn’t lead to any psychological damage

  3. I am really impressed by the improvement that Viza has shown over the past few seasons. I saw him his first year in Lakewood and the kid sat in the high 80s. Everything was hit hard against him. But he has really developed. 9 Ks in 5+ innings is impressive in high A. You have to have some stuff to make that happen. It’s a tribute to his hard work and the Phils coaches developing him. Excited for his future. He may break out this year.

    1. The game was in Jupiter FL. I tried listening to Jupiter’s radio coverage, but it was … very difficult to follow, several levels below amateurish. I switched over to Gameday and did without audio.

      Viza’s scheduled to pitch again Saturday against Brevard County, another team (like Jupiter) that ranks toward the bottom of the league’s offensive stats, 11 games into the season (SSS, I know). We may have to wait for his starts against Lakeland in late April and Tampa in the first week of May to get an accurate read on VIza and the rest of the Clearwater pitching staff. Depending on how they work around their off days (and any rainouts), Viza could draw the hard-hitting Tampa Yankees 3 times in the 4-week stretch from May 6th to June 1st.

  4. Arauz, Lottery ticket. LOL.
    I Digged a bit last night and found out the Arauz wasn’t allow to use his breaking stuff last year, so that he learn his change up. Result: he got pounded, but manage to collect 9k/game. The previous season, he outsmarted the DSL and GCL. His signing bonus back in 2011 was 300k when he was only 16 y.o.
    Let’s see if this is a steal like Velasquez is seeming to be.

    1. What is also impressive about Arauz….in close to 200 total innings pitched…his HR/9 is less than 1.
      Even with the experimenting he did last season.

  5. from baseball america today:
    Jorge Alfaro, c, Phillies. Regardless of where Alfaro ends up defensively, the bat is what excites the Phils and scouts most—and early in 2016 that is evident. Part of the return from the Rangers for Cole Hamels, Alfaro had yet another multi-hit game Sunday and has 17 hits in the past seven games. He was 3-for-4 Sunday with four RBIs in Double-A Reading’s win over No. 5 overall prospect Lucas Giolito and Harrisburg (Nationals). Alfaro is a below-average defender now, needing plenty of work in receiving and blocking. Most scouts believe he’ll end up in right field, where his strong throwing arm profiles well. He has been compared to former Phillies outfielder Jeff Francouer.

    1. I’ve been watching most of Reading’s games so far on and this is the first time i’ve seen Alfaro, the bat has been really impressive so far of course but what surprised me was that arm. Talk about a cannon back there, he can really fire it to 2nd.

    2. Alfaro has hit extremely well all spring and with power too. If he makes it as a catcher he will be the fastest catcher in the league, but if he switches positions he speed rates average. The Phillies could end up with Rupp as the primary catcher with Alfaro and/or Knapp as corner OF or 1B and backup catchers. But for now Alfaro seems to be on a mission to hit his way to AAA very quickly.

      1. If you can hit, the Phillies will find a spot for you. But I think Alfaro stil has time to develop into an average defensive catcher (he’s still in AA and will be turning 23 in a few months).

    3. Jeff Francouer defensively with that bat and speed is pretty exciting profile. Would be great if he sticks behind the plate but that’s an awesome backup.

  6. Kilome scheduled to pitch on Tuesday vs Hagerstown….weather should be warmer,maybe in the high60s at game time. Will like to see how he does.

    1. Don’t know if there was another weather discussion here that I missed, but I often think about this with guys who grew up in the southern tier. I mean if that is an issue the biggest issue is October. Not sure how big of a problem that is but it would to hear if there is anything to it from a long term view. I hope not.

  7. I was at the Pigs game yesterday and as others noted above Eflin did look real sharp. There was also some discussion about him missing bats, which he did seem to get a bunch of his pitches wiffed at. However what is even more impressive over games of his I watched last year was that he had people off balance all game. Very few players were getting good wood on the ball and there were several times where people were fooled on pitches. He definitely looked sharper than the 4-5 times I have seen him before.

    Cam looked real good as well. Besides the blast he was getting solid contact. I noticed last year that he bulked up which may have hurt him early last year but he seemed to come on in the second half of last year and is continuing this one. In 2014 he was having a good year until they called him up to triple A so glad to see him doing well there this year.

    Darnell looked ok but until he shows something more……

    From a prospect standpoint Andrew Knapp and Joseph looked good, although Tommy made an error that hopefully is just because he is still raw at first.

    Past that they had a bunch of quad A people playing. Its amazing how good guys like Ryan Jackson and Taylor the Feather look at triple A. Just goes to show there is nothing like the big show.

    1. Featherston was in the majors last yr rule 5 player. He never was in AAA but his AA are impressive maybe he’s now the getting the time in AAA he needs. He hit a Lazer off of Berrios 93 fb.

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