Box Score Recap – 4/20/2016

Lehigh Valley (7-6) swept  Syracuse 3-2 and 5-4 in a pair of seven inning games.

Game One.  Jake Thompson picked up his first win.  He gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in 6.0 innings.  Edward Mujica picked up his third save.  

  • Knapp (.360)went 1-3 with an RBI.
  • Stassi went 1-3 with a 2B and RBI.
  • Hunter picked up an RBI on a ground out.
  • Knapp suffered his third passed ball.
  • Thompson – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, WP

Game Two.  Bull pen game.  Reinier Roibal started and gave up 3 runs in 3.0 innings.  The IronPigs came back to tie in the seventh on Darnell Sweeney’s 3-run home run and Tommy Joseph’s go ahead RBI double.  Gregory Infante got the win and Luis Garcia got his first save.

  • ‘Pigs outhit Syracuse 13-11.
  • Sweeney went 2-4 with a HR (2) and 3 RBI.
  • Featherston went 4-4 with a 2B.
  • Perkins went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Joseph went 3-4 with 2 2B and an RBI.

Reading (9-5) Lost to Richmond 5-4 in 11 innings.  Ricardo Pinto pitched seven, 4-hit innings.  He gave up one unearned run.  Joely Rodriguez loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, and Yacksel Rios entered to walk in the tying run.  Jeremy Bleich came in to get out of the inning.  Tom Windle gave up a game winning home run in his second inning of relief.  Jake Fox provided the offense with a 2-run home run.

  • Crawford (.294)went 1-5 with 3 K.
  • Fox went 1-3 with a HR (3) and 2 RBI
  • Crawford stole his third base.
  • Quinn was picked off and caught stealing for the first time this season.
  • Pinto, Valentin, and Moor all committed their first errors.
  • Pinto – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Rios blew his first save.

Clearwater (9-5) Beat Daytona 4-2.  Matt Imhof allowed 1 H in 6.0 IP.  Cord Sandberg was moved up to the second spot in the line up and collected 3 hits and a stolen base.  More here.

  • Kingery (.288) went 2-4 with 2 R, and a 3B.
  • Sandberg (.326) went 3-4 with a 2B, RBI, and SB
  • Imhof – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 93 pitches/55 strikes, FB 89-91 mph.

Lakewood (2-12)  Lost to Hagerstown 9-1.  Tyler Gilbert gave up 10 hits and 7 runs in 4.0 innings.  “C” Randolph got 2 more hits.

  • Randolph (.217) went 2-4.
  • Garcia went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Joel Fisher caught, Samuel Hiciano played first base.
  • Gilbert picked a runner off first.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings – 

  • 4/20 – Philadelphia Phillies designated LHP James Russell for assignment.
  • 4/20 – Philadelphia Phillies selected the contract of Andrew Bailey from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/20 – Hoby Milner assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 4/20 – C Joel Fisher assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 4/20 – Lakewood BlueClaws placed 1B Brendon Hayden on the 7-day disabled list.

55 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/20/2016

  1. Congrats to Milner. I like Stassi’s game but I think it’s time to play Joseph every day to see what he has. He’s doing a great job so far in limited action. The same applies to Perkins.
    Great news on good games by Thompson, Pinto, and Imhof plus C with another good game. Lakewood’s overall roster is much worse than I thought….

    1. Aside from C, the Lakewood roster is abysmal. I guess you can point to Pujols as a potential prospect but that’s pretty much it.

      1. Assuming you were just talking about position players, there’s also Tobias and Grullon (though he’s DL’d).

        1. Sorry, yeah I was. Not exactly excited about Tobias anyway. Two years older than Kingery and a level below. As a 23 year old college player, Low A isn’t where he should be.

          1. He’s in a tough spot because of his age and because he plays a position where the org is sort of deep now. If Kingery wasn’t in the system, he might be at Clearwater, but he needs the reps at 2B. He’s got some pop and some speed, and he’s really hit so far, so he’s doing all he can. I think if you look at the reason why he’s in Lakewood he can be forgiven for it, as long as he shows good things on the field.

  2. I want Joseph and Stassi called up to platoon 1b. Sick of this dreck. Sorry I know it’s early but I’ve had enough.

    1. Had a nice conversation with Eric Karebell on Twitter the other night and he thought it was a matter of time before Joseph or Knapp gets called up to play 1B. He believes – not that this is a big secret – that the Phillies don’t want to embarrass Howard since he’s the best 1B in franchise history but also realize they can’t keep sending him out there.

      FYI, I was opposed t bringing Knapp up just to play 1B. Think he’s better served by getting reps @ catcher in AAA.

      1. (Editor’s note: This and the next several comments remained too far off topic. You want/need to talk about the Phillies and Howard, Blanco, Herrera, and Hernandez? Take it to the weekly Open Discussion thread which was created/and is maintained for Phillies talk. This is a Prospects and Minor League thread. Thank you. Although the butter, marginal and parkay comments were pretty good.)

      2. Rick,

        I’m happy with letting Ruf pay every day, but that just ain’t gonna happen.

        So if Joseph keeps hitting — just hit another HR a few minutes before I wrote this — I’d say nothing lost in bringing him up, especially if Howard can bring himself to retire gracefully.

  3. Featherston for not being in a AAA before other then a small time last yr . He raking it’s funny he looked jumpy at Spring Training . Pinto is back too normal and Joesph is looking better maybe he found his spot.

  4. Ironpigs infielder Taylor Featherston currently leads the International League with a .462 BA (18-39). Since going 0-3 in his first game he has hit in 10 straight games.

  5. Might as well bring up Featherston. Not feeling Burriss in bench role. Looking forward to JP later in season so Freddy can be our true if utility which is what he was born for.

    1. Burriss may be the worst player on the Phillies roster the last decade. I’d rather let any pitcher bat than put him up as a pinch hitter. I dont like Featherston, but sure bring him up if it means no more 8th inning Burris at bats

  6. Okay I read the scouting report. I just like to know if he is a real prospect. Maybe a good ulitity option. What confuses me is he was sold. So they couldn’t have thought a lot of him. or am I wrong.

    1. I think you’re in trouble when you start worrying about who the 24th and 25th man is on your roster.

        1. I don’t think he is Rocco I mean we have in my opinion only 2 everyday players currently on the 25 (Franco and Herrera) the rest are just place holders until the others arrive and frankly I’m only confident in saying JP and Randolph are everyday players with JP being pretty close to ready in another month or 2.

          I think Knapp’s bat is an everyday bat but his position is a ?

          1. Totally agree with two legit right now. I Believe we have a three in Herrera and cleanup in Franco. I do like Knapp and that sweet swing. But can he handle first or outfield? I Think Crawford will be a leadoff or second hitter. What I believe has to happen and it will be tough is to find that power bat in the fa market. who wants to come here. I don’t think harper will ever leave Washington they will give him the most .

            1. IMO – we will probabaly see a Quinn (LF/CF)-JPC(SS)-Doobie(CF/LF)-Franco(3B) top of the line up in Sept and probably followed by Knapp (C), Williams (RF) then the 1B/2B.

            2. Everybody knows Herrera , Franco , Knapp , Nick Williams , Jp. Who’s In RF , 1st , 2nd , C , Knapp bat will get him here but hid D has to be at least avg. Sometimez It’s not the prospects in the top ten that makes the Difference it’s the surprise ones .

    2. rocco…again great logic and wisdom on you part. the Angels system is rated near the bottom of the majors, and he was 20th in their system. But, he still could be a serviceable utility guy at some point, but seems the Phillies are chock full of nuts with those kind of players.

      1. He could be the next 2nd baseman even for a short while . I did some more digging after he had a good yr in AA in a pitchers league. He was set to the AFL where raked he was then picked by The Cubs ( Theo) then sold to the Angels , 2 Good GM ‘ S . I saw I play on you tube which he looked good . Sweeney can’t field a common grounder in LV at 2nd .

    3. Why did the Dodgers return Shane Victorino or Texas leave Herrera exposed . I’M not saying Featherston is as good them but could be better then the 25 man. Joesph hit another hr today with a double. Knapp 1 for 5 4 k’s .

  7. Ok that’s 3 more hits for Sandberg, which is great, but was wondering if some off season adjustments have led to this year’s hot start? Or is this just a case of a multi-sport athlete focusing on baseball full time and finally having the switch go on?

    It’s a nice surprise to the new season, that’s for sure.

    1. Sandberg did play in the Aussie league this winter, approx. 150PAs, and did well. He makes decent contact, but for his size and strength he doesn’t hit the long ball all that often.

      1. Funny you mention that b/c I see that his SLG is still sub-.400

        That will need to improve greatly if he’s going to be considered a serious prospect.

      2. The power some times is the last thing to come. Last yr he was pull happy maybe he changed that .

  8. Speaking of Randolph. If he progresses at s reasonable pace, might he be promoted to Clearwater this summer? Reading next year? Or is that too urgent?

    1. That’s possible but I don’t think they will handle him that way. I think if he really comes on they will still keep him at LKW for most of the year, a late call up to CLW and probably start him at CLW again in 2017.

      1. I agree and I think they would do that even if he was ready for Clearwater. They tend to be more conservative with these moves as much as anything knowing that these are young people getting used to adjusting to so many new things, including life on their own and being a professional. Being stable for a year is part of the development equation for players just out of high school, in my view.

        1. Don’t know how the new FO will approach this compared to the previous regime, but Crawford only spent half a season in Lakewood (though he did get a small taste in his draft year). One of the ideas behind moving Randolph to LF right away was so that he would move as quickly as his bat could carry him. If he rakes for half a season or so, I think he goes to Clearwater.

  9. The little I have read on him. Its not only hitting, but needs to work on his fielding. 2018 If he is on the doorsteps to bigs would be great. he is young.

  10. Williams great ab in 1st inning today vs Syracuse. Worked full count, fouled off pitches and got a base knock.

  11. If anyone is in the Syracuse area today, pick up a bat. Everybody hits! And Morgan 7 strong innings.

    1. Eflin going tomorrow night against a tough Pawtucket team on the road.
      This will be a real test for him facing the likes of Sam Travis, Rusney Castillo, Deven Marrero, Sean Coyle, Allen Craig and I think even recent send down Blake Swihart.

      1. Eflin was acquired by RAJ. Appel by Klentak. It will be interesting to see how they are handled, this being an important season for both. Is Eflin a steadily developing arm OR secondary back of the rotation option? Is Appel as originally advertised OR a potential closer?

  12. How long before the big club realizes they’d be better off with Morgan replacing Hellickson. There is a reason the diamondbacks gave him (and his $7MM salary) to us for a “A” pitcher not on our top 30 list.

    1. Adam Morgan was a very good prospect before he was injured. The recovery from the injury has been slow in terms of his re-gaining velocity, but he’s getting pretty damned close now to his pre-injury form. But he’s a better pitcher now than he was before the injury because he had to learn how to pitch to overcome his deficiencies. As I’ve said, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Morgan became a really solid 3 or 4. He’s a good pitcher.

      1. Tommy Joseph’s development as a hitter is fascinating. I tried to tell people that he was absolutely pounding the ball in ST – it’s good see that this apparently was no mirage. He’s become an extra base hit machine and it’s noteworthy that, for all his developmental delays, he’s still in his age 24 season.

      2. My main question with Morgan now isn’t his fastball, it’s his slider. I didn’t see Morgan pitch pre-injury but I believe the slider was his main secondary pitch. The slider he throws now doesn’t seem to have a ton of bite to it, so I think he would need to see more progress with it to become that #3 starter. He’s beaten the odds to get healthy and regain most of his fastball, so maybe he’s not done yet.

  13. Hellickson could be this year’s Harang except he should be dealt (for what who knows) by deadline. Morgan may be up here before that.

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