Box Score Recap – 4/21/2016

Lehigh Valley (8-6) collected 17 hits in a 10-2 victory over Syracuse.  Adam Morgan picked up his first win with 6 strike outs in 7.0 innings.  Hoby Milner mopped up with 5 strike outs in 2.0 innings.  Every starter had at last one hit.  Six IronPigs had multi-hit games Pigs, including Cedric Hunter with 3 and Morgan with two.  Tommy Joseph hit his second HR.

  • Morgan – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP
  • Williams (.214) went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Knapp (.333) went 1-5 with 4 K.
  • Joseph went 2-5 with a 2B, HR (2), and RBI.
  • Venable and Jackson had 2 hits.
  • Morgan went 2-3 with a 2B and RBI.
  • Featherston (1) and Sweeney (3) committed errors.
  • The Chiefs A.J. Cole was roughed up – 4.2 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP, 1 HR.

Reading (9-5) Scheduled off.  Next up, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.  Anthony Vasquez, 2-0, 1.88 ERA scheduled to start.

Clearwater (10-5) Beat Daytona 1-0 to complete a sweep of the three game series.  Ranfi Casimiro picked up his third win wit 6.0, 3-hit innings.  The Threshers scored an unearned run on Kyle Martin’s opposite field single.  More here.

Lakewood (3-12)  Pounded out 14 hits in a 10-3 victory over Greensboro.  Josh Tobias and Emmanuel Marrero each had 3 RBI.  Shane Watson went 7.0, 1-run innings, striking out 8.

  • Randolph (.240) went 2-4.
  • Tobias (.358) went 2-5 with a 2B and 3 RBI.
  • Pujols (.259) went 3-5 with an RBI.
  • Hernandez (.217) went 2-4 with a HR (1) and RBI.
  • Marrero (.300) went 4-4 with a HR (1) and 3 RBI.
  • The BlueClaws drew zero walks.
  • Watson – 7.0, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 Bb, 8 K, 1 HR, Balk, HBP
  • Tobias was picked off second base.
  • Coppola picked up an outfield assist at second.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings – 

  • Since sitting two games this weekend, Randolph has gone 8 for 13 (.615) and raised his average from .108 to .240.

53 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/21/2016

    1. If Watson could emerge as a legit prospect WOW. Had written him off along with Gueller as a busted draft.

      1. For Watson to get on the map as a legit prospect( making the top 30) he needs to tear up Lakewood and get at least 1/3 of a good season in Clearwater. However if he doesn’t tear it up and just has a really good season I could see his ceiling as a 4/5 with the chance to be a #3, but needs this season and next to get back on the map.

  1. Three games played and very good starting pitching performances. Very nice indeed. Randolph starting to feel more comfortable.

  2. With the exception of Randolph, can’t get too excited about anybody on Lakewood’s roster. Need to see a full season from Watson or anyone else before they’re on the map. Clearwater is worth keeping an eye on and there’s plenty of legit talent higher. REALLY looking forward to June draft and international pool come July 2.

    1. Our lower minors talent is pretty meager, especially when compared to the goldmine at Reading and Lehigh Valley. Lakewood has a few good prospects but otherwise it’s not a particularly talented roster.

      1. That would appear to be the case.
        MLB’s Top 30, lists 11 of the Phillies prospects in A ball or lower.
        Randolph, Kilome, Kingery, Tocci, Eshelman, Medina, Tirado, E. Garcia, Pujols, Ortiz and Grullon.

      2. @catch – agree is some sense. except for Randolph, the rest of the team may not make it to the Big Show. However, LWD is particular can be source of the sleepers and below the radar breakouts especially pitchers like Arauz, Anderson, Leftwich, Gilbert and some bullpen arms.

    2. Why isn’t Tobias considered a prospect. He has now put together 2 good years in a row since he was drafted in 2015. Does he have a fielding problem?

      1. I think he is a prospect. He’s a little old for Lakewood, but he’s a definite sleeper. I like what I saw of him in ST too (he’s a nice, compact, strong kid – he looks like a player). He’s on my radar, that’s for sure.

      2. Tobias has a Kingery problem. He’ll always be one level behind and when he’s ready for the big leagues , Kingery will be standing on 2nd base. He should keep Kingery looking over his shoulder to see if he’s catching up.

  3. Jim- when is the GCL schedule coming out? I keep checking milb.com but it still lists 2015. See you down there in late June

  4. It seems as though Tommy Joseph is hitting his way to citizens bank park. I’d love for that guy to resurrect his career in some capacity and make an impact for this organization. Really pulling for him.

    1. Absolutely. Imagine where he might be now if he hadn’t had the concussion problems and remained behind the plate? He’d probably be one of the top young catchers in baseball. It’s a salute to his determination and talent that he’s still a prospect at first base, where the offensive bar is so much higher.

    2. The Phillies will need a 1b replacement for Howard/Ruf in ’17. Hoskins is off to slow start in AA and Stassi needs to show some power and consistency at the plate. Tommy Joseph is beginning to show why the Phillies traded for him. If he works out, it will redeem what has been, up to now, a disastrous trade of Hunter Pence.

      1. This really has the possibility to be a great, feel good story. Having said that, no matter how dire the offense is at the MLB level, and 1B in particular, I would leave him at Lehigh Valley for at least two full months to settle in and be successful, prior to a callup. If by June 1st, the situation hasn’t changed with Howard/Ruf and TJ continues to perform well, I see no reason why not to give him a chance to play almost every day in the big leagues and see what happens.

          1. He’s only played 79 games at 1B. He’ll need some more games at the position to know how well he’ll play it. Right now he has 10 errors in those 79 games and a .986 Fldg%. He only has 29 games at 1B in AAA. If he was a 3rd baseman before, that might be projectable but he’s only played 1 game at 3rd base his whole career. A door stop could play it better than Howard right now.

    3. He crushed his HR to RF, the double he had he also hit really hard to center, as it didn’t miss by too much from going out.

      1. He has got bigger over the last yea or so…surprised to see he is listed at weighing 255 lbs. He didn’t look that big in ST.

          1. I assume he is heavier with more bulk muscle.
            Lets put it this way….he looked more sculpt than Cameron Rupp and they are listed the same.

  5. Joseph should bring some stability to 1b at least temporarily. How the big club has handled Ruf these past few years in inexplicable. While everyone waits for Howard to somehow disintegrate, TJ is yet another reason to look forward to the 2nd half of ’16.

  6. Possible Sept ’16:
    c Knapp
    1b Joseph
    2b Hernandez / Galvis
    ss Crawford
    3b Franco
    lf Williams
    cf Herrera
    rf Altherr (let’s hope)
    Good young raw lineup to keep fans interested…..health permitting.

    1. Possible rotation in September: 1 Nola
      2 eickhoff
      3 Velasquez
      4 Eflin
      5 Appel

      Obviously, the order can be changed however you want to, but those five would make it worth watching the big club closely every night.

      1. Long term I would say
        1 Velasquez
        2 Eickhoff
        3 Thompson (though he’s not sharp now I think he’s farther along than Eflin or Appel)
        4 Nola
        5 Eflin or Appel

        1. You’re right I forgot Thompson…. It’s easy to forget a guy with this many quality arms at the top levels. Morgan is a consideration too, being the only lefty around

          1. Oh yes and Morgan. Somebody’s always on the DL so he’ll do well as a legit #4 or #5 alternate. Ceiling not so high but much better than what we’ve put out there last few years.

        2. And Nola as your number 4 there. I think his floor is a 3 but I guess he can be passed by some of those arms. I think he will end up as a perrinial 3.00-3.30 era guy who pitches to contact thus gives up home runs and eats innings. Maybe a less explosive, more consistent and less wild AJ Burnett

  7. Don’t mean to be a Debby Downer here on Alfaro but right now I am having this same creeping feeling that I had about Kelly Dugan…guys with lots of talent and an almost complete inability to stay healthy. I always felt Dugan was one of the best hitting prospects in the system but, my gosh, the guy was a walking X-ray chart with injuries throughout his body.

    In fact, it looks to me like he must be hurt again since he has not played yet in the Cubs organization. My fear is the same with Alfaro. This makes 3 injuries in less than a year for him…ankle, hamstring and now oblique strain. It just seems we are forever waiting for him to play, the same thing that always happened with Dugan.

    My fear is that Alfaro’s Greek god like body will prove to be his worst curse and that nagging injuries will forever be his legacy. I have always been skeptical of the baseball player with the sculptured body, players like Aaron, Mays, Callison, Kaline, Clemente and the like were lithe, thin and flexible. In fact, Mickey Mantle had the most powerful looking frame and we know what an injury mess his career was.

    I hope I am wrong, there seems little doubt Alfaro has special talent. But any organization will tell you that a player who is always hurt, regardless of his talent, is ultimately not much of an asset. I hope this doesn’t prove the case with Alfaro.

    Its definitely something worth keeping an eye on and if I were to predict, my guess is we will be wringing our hands at nagging Alfaro injuries more often than not.

    1. And he is playing a position that tends to put some wear on the body.
      Of course, with that athletic body, they could move him to a corner OF position at some point in the future as the former GM had alluded to prior to his leaving..

    2. Excellent point on Alfaro. Put him in RF! That arm will still play well there….lots of assists!

      1. If you do that, then who’s your catcher of the future? Grullion? We can’t keep changing our catcher prospects to other positions. Their bats don’t play up as much at those positions and you run out of positions for those types of athletes. Right now we are already going to struggle with finding a place for Joseph and Knapp. I would not give up on Alfaro behind the plate unless absolutely forced. We NEED this kid to stick

        1. Keep Knapp behind home plate at least for now. There are several legit DEFENSIVE catching prospects in our system. If I get good offensive production from positions 3 thru 9, I can live with a no hit backstop as long as he can call a game. No worries. California Dreamin’s post above is spot on in my opinion.

          1. It does appear to be spot on, but let’s not bury the kid yet. His bat is a high percentage more valuable behind the plate than right field. If he has another injury or two in the next few months then we can start the conversation. But knapp is extremely unlikely to stick in my opinion. His arm just stinks. I’ve seen it live. I’ve tracked him from afar. He’s not a major league catcher. I wish it was so, and that we could move Alfaro. But it isn’t happening man. I agree on not necessarily needing an offensive catcher, but if you have a chance to have one with the arm Alfaro has you do everything to harness that.

            1. Let patience rule, I defer. I tend to look down the road a bit. The fact that we can have a debate on this is pretty cool, considering there was nothing to debate a year ago, aye?

  8. To add an addendum to my previous post, I always thought it suspicious that Texas never even played hard to get when it came to Alfaro in the Hamels deal, heck we were reading his name several months before the deal was even announced.

    And this from a team that is now looking for catching? I suspected that maybe, just maybe, Texas had the same long term injury fears that I just expressed and were willing to use him as a valuable trading chip. They simply never wavered on moving him.

    Nazara…no way. Brinson…oh my no. Williams….okay but only because we won’t move the other two. They were tough to pin down on almost all their prospects…except Alfaro.

    I can’t help but believe that in Texas they are not surprised that A] we all marvel at his skills and B] we all now worry about his injury issues.

    1. Calif….you make a very interesting point. Alfaro was rated a top 5 catching prospect by a number of publications, but the Rangers seem not to balk in his inclusion. Additionally they really have no prospects, what to speak of, in that area, other then one Jose Trevino….and he is 23 years-old, also ranked 22nd in their system.
      And scouting grades are not that glowing.
      Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 50 | Run: 35 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

  9. My bad on future rotation above, Romus …..I should have been more specific with my terms. Guess I meant ‘intermediate’ (’17). Let’s do ’18 then:
    1 Velasquez
    2 Groome
    3 Eickhoff
    4 Thompson
    5 Nola
    …..Wow! We just knocked Eflin, Appel & Morgan from starting rotation. And what if we go free agency……are you kidding me? Forget about ’11’s Four Aces….yikes!

    1. Understand.
      I myself avoid making long term predictions on pitchers.
      They are a separate category onto themselves, than positional players, as to longevity and for the most expectations.
      I have seen too many staffs disintegrate within a 2/3 year timeframe due in part to arm issues and health. The old Atlanta Brave staff of the 90s, the core of Maddux/Smoltz and Glavine hung for over a decade….but that is an exception anymore. Plus two were soft-tossers (Maddux and Glavine) so losing velo was not a big issue with them.
      The Mets at one time had a young core coming up that was to rival Seaver’s corps and his crew….Isringhauser (sp), a guy named Wilson and two others….they seemed to fizzle.

      1. You’re a wise man, Romus. I’m too impulse to refrain from such foolishness. I will say that again, our pitching DEPTH is what is most encouraging to me. We don’t have to hang all our hopes on Groome or VV or anyone. Plus the organization’s economic muscle to acquire top arms puts us in an enviable position.

      2. You are wise behind your years m8. I remember my grandfather when he was 74 like you, He seemed so smart to me. Age has made you wiser.

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