Box Score Recap – 5/5/2016

Lehigh Valley (13-13) Lost to Scranton, 10-1.  Darnel Sweeney and Tommy Joseph had two hits each.  The rest of the IronPigs line up combined for two more hits.  Brock Stassi pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two batters.

  • Appel – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 2 WP.
  • Infante – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 HR, 1 HBP.
  • Sweeney (.233) went 2-3 with a walk.
  • Joseph (.353) went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Opponents have been successful on 11 of 13 steal attempts on Knapp (15.4 CS%).

Reading (17-10) Beat New Hampshire, 4-2.  Nick Pivetta battled into the sixth inning and the bullpen limited the Fisher Cats to a walk over the last 3.2 innings.

  • Pivetta – 5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP.
  • Bleich stranded 2 inherited runners and retired all 5 batters he faced, 2 by strike out.
  • Nunez picked up his first save.  He walked the leadoff batter in the eighth and retired the next 6 batters.
  • Quinn was not in the line up.
  • Mora (.284) led off and went 1-5 with an RBI.
  • Crawford (.275) went 1-5.
  • Hoskins (.253) went 2-4 with a walk and RBI.
  • Cozens (.273) went 2-4 with a double and walk.
  • Serna (.341) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.
  • Brown (.176) played CF and went 0-2 with walk and SB (2).

Clearwater (18-9) Beat Tampa, 7-5.  Matt Imhof was somewhat effective through 5 innings, allowing ten base runners but leaving with a 6-2 lead.  Kyle Martin went hitless in 4 AB but had two RBI.

  • Imhof (3-1, 3.90) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K.
  • Arano (2.87) – 1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.
  • Joaquin (1.42) faced and retired 5 batters.
  • Therrien (2.84) picked up his second save.
  • Imhof picked a runner off first base.
  • Imhof committed an throwing error (1).
  • The Threshers turned 2 DP.
  • Kingery broke out of a 4-25 slump that saw his AVG drop 33 points from .293.
  • Kingery (.269) went 2-4 with a double, HR (2), walk, RBI, and SB (9).
  • Sandberg (.289) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.
  • Numata (.310) batted third and went 3-5 with a double.
  • Walding (.286) went 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Green (.256) went 1-4 with a double, walk, and 3 K.
  • Canelo (.244) went 3-5 with a triple and RBI.
  • Canelo was picked off first base.

Lakewood (8-18) Beat Asheville, 13-6.  The teams combined for 16 runs in the first two innings.  Starter Shane Watson persevered through five innings.  The bullpen held the Tourists to two base runners over the final four innings.  Jose Pujols had 5 RBi.  Brandon Hayden and Austin Bossart each stroked 4 hits.

  • Watson – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 2 WP.
  • Tobias (.348) went 3-5 with an RBI.
  • Pujols (.265) went 2-5 a double, HR (5), 5 RBI, and 2 K.
  • Tomscha (.219) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.
  • Hernandez (.266) went 2-5.
  • Hayden (.273) went 4-5 with an RBI.
  • Bossart (.271) went 4-5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI.
  • Hernandez (2) committed a fielding error that led to tree unearned runs.
  • Tomscha was thrown out at home.
  • Bossart threw out a runner trying to steal third.
  • Austin turned 3 DP.
  • The BlueClaws put 8 consecutive batters on base in the second inning before a batter was retired.
  • The BlueClaws went 10-16 with RISP.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.


52 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/5/2016

  1. Kingery professional career 20 sb 1 cs that’s like Ultey numbers . Pujols either hits the ball ready hard or k’s. Appel was a 1.1 a whatever he did in college please do now. Phillies 2 LA players need more will there slot money.

    1. Well Kingery better start getting on base more because Tobias is still killing it, just like last season…

      1. Refuse to get excited about Tobias until he’s performing in a league where he’s not 3 years older than everyone else.

  2. Stassi, future 1B and closer. How does that sound? Maybe like a #1 pick a few years ago?

    Mitch Gueller to the bullpen? I think that’s fair.

    Pujols looks pretty good but he does have a lot of swing and miss in him. If he can be taught more contact, he could become a big time prospect. If only Howard’s bat was 3 feet wide, he might hit .250. It’s great to live in what-if land until the wife yells for me to mow the lawn.

  3. Kingery 2018 opening day 2b. I can see him in that 9 spot in lineup rolling over to Herrera, JP, Franco….

    Stassi! Have we discovered our future closer? Aaron Brown should be closing for Reading about now.

    1. Given that he’s RH, Kingery may fit better in the 2 hole. I was dreaming of Herrera, Kingery, JP, Franco followed by some combination of Williams, Cozens, Knapp, Alfaro, Hoskins, Altherr or Joseph.

    1. I was looking at Tobias yesterday. I know he is 23, should be higher. My question is to romus. Do you move kingery who is the guy most think is a better prospect?, or do you move Tobias to double a , Where I think he should be. But I don’t know if kids at double a, are better prospect or not. I meant there really are two second basemen at reading Mora and Valentin. Nice problem to have, but what do they do?

      1. rocco….I think if they start to move anybody it will be at the all-star league breaks in June . For Lakewood the break starts June 20th and for CLW it is June 17th.
        Tobias, Kingery, and Valentin could all go one rung up the ladder respectively at that time. That is pretty aggressive for Kingery, but he is a 2nd round pick and the Phillies may want to challenge him…plus he probably will start 2017 at Reading anyway. Valentin and Mora may be utility guys long-term, so not sure what their plan is with them.

        1. R&R,

          The prospects at catcher are starting to remind me of the prospects at 2B — lots to like and be hopeful about with a lot of guys, but no sure future MLB starter.

          Knapp and Alfaro we know about — good hitters learning defense, maybe.

          Lino and Moore their opposites.

          Numata and even Bossart show signs at times.

          Likewise, 2B. Kingery the anointed top prospect. Tobias tearing it up but maybe because he’s too advanced for the competition. Mora and Canelo show signs. Valentin, too.

          If I had to pick thoroughbreds among them, it would be Alfaro, off what I’ve seen, and Kingery off what I read.

          1. One more catcher to throw into the mix — Grullon. Might develop into the best of the lot, though I’m still most excited about Alfaro.

            1. FrankF……hopefully Alfaro can stay at catcher, but his injuries just keep coming.
              The ankle last year, then some issue with the hammy in the GCL or FIL and now the oblique. I hope he doesn’t start having health issues like former prospect Kelly Dugan or current prospect Roman Quinn.

            2. Romus, would you agree that the injuries that are creeping up on Alfaro are not necessarily related to being sustained at the catching position? Wasn’t the ankle injury running the bases? Hammy as well, with the oblique getting strained during an at bat? Seems to me that it is not the “wear & tear” of being behind the dish that is biting him.

            3. TRiles….yes that is what is so odd about all his injuries, non from behind the plate. Though the wear and tear of catching could be an issue with sustain endurance and may contribute to the others. Who knows!

    2. I think he’s a 23 year old college player beating up on Low A pitching. Uneventful.

    3. I believe that he’s a legit prospect, but it’s a fair criticism that he’s older than his competition. His bat is clearly too advanced for the league he’s in, but Kingery and Valentin both need to play 2B too. I’d like to get some reports on Tobias’ defense because that’s an area where he needs to improve and he can do it in Lakewood.

      Kingery seems like he’ll be ready for AA soon, but I don’t know if Valentin will be ready for a promotion this year. Maybe they’ll send Mora to AAA and let Valentin play SS to accommodate Kingery.

  4. Pujols….only sits one HR behind league leaders…but his 33% Krate is a bit too much with also a low OBP of.318.

    1. After watching him, he reminds me of Dom Brown a good bit. Hopefully he will be more like the good Dom Brown we saw for those 6 weeks

  5. Tough night for Appel. His next start will be very important as he tries to put this behind him. Joseph keeps hitting and is now playing 1b more regularly. With Ruf not hitting and the Phils looking for a spark against left handed pitching (they’re hitting under 200), Joseph could get a surprise call up before June. Crazier things have happened. Knapp’s throwing ability is looking more and more like he won’t be able to stay as a catcher.
    Good to see Kingery and Sandberg bounce back with good games. Pujols is getting better and just needs to continue to improve. We might have something special in him if he does.

    1. Not only his throwing, but his ability to block balls in the dirt looks ragged to me. Also, I wonder if the steady diet of catching is affecting his bat.

    2. I saw knapp live a few weeks back and it was very obvious he cannot stick with his arm. Which is a shame, and nice try by the organization to infuse that kind of bat into the catcher spot. He is not a waste, however. And I think a change of position will ease his mind and make his bat better with less responsibilities elsewhere. He is plenty athletic enough for left field. And has good enough size for first base. Perhaps he can become a guy who platoons at a couple positions since he is a switch hitter, that will get him into 4-6 starts a week and a valuable bat off the bench when he doesn’t start. All in all, his eventual change of position is not the end of the world, and he should be a key piece of the phuture.

  6. JP:
    What is the best way to navigate to the thread, “2016 Draft Discussions”?
    In ‘Site Features’ I do not see it.
    In “Recent Article’…only shows the last five.
    And ‘The Draft’ at the status bar on top …just shows past drafts.
    The only way I got to it before was to wait for ‘Hinckie’ to post.

    1. Romus,
      I lumped the previous weekly Draft Discussions under the existing menu option “The Draft” and the existing sub-menu “2016 Draft Picks”. I tried to follow the format from previous years. But, if it makes the content clearer, I could change the sub-menu title to “2016 Draft Discussions and Picks”. And I can put a better link in the weekly discussion.

      1. Jim ty . I Appreciate you making it easier for m8 romus. I have heard when you reach 80 like him. Its hard to understand things like a computer.

  7. Does the fact that the Phillies have only two on the top 30 in the MLB international prospect list mean that they are more “in” on Vladimir Gutierrez than we realize? Or is this wishful thinking on my part?

    1. MLB’s Jesse Sanchez puts out the top 30 International list…….in Morales at number 16…the Phillies have the 2nd best pitcher , according to Sanchez’ rankings, labeled for them, behind Vladimi Guiterrez. IMO, I do not think the Phillies will pursue Guiiterrez.
      However…..Sanchez does not even have Panamanian Edinsson Gonzalez on his list…..but was on his tp ten 4 months ago.
      Phillies like Panamanians….IMO, I am hoping the Phillies will make a play for tall RHP Edinsson Gonzalez..
      10 players to watch from February’s List:
      Luis Jose Almanzar, SS, Dominican Republic
      Yasel Atuna, SS, Dominican Republic
      Edisson Gonzalez, RHP, Panama…********
      Abraham Gutierrez, C, Venezuela
      Kevin Maitan, INF, Venezuela
      Adrian Morejon, LHP, Cuba
      Jorge Ona, OF, Cuba
      Tirso Ornelas, OF, Mexico
      Alfredo Rodriguez, SS, Cuba
      Jeisson Rosario, OF, Dominican Republic

    2. I saw Sanchez list…but didnt see who were linked to Phils…who 14 and? And only 2 doesnt seem like a splash??

  8. Appel with extreme difficulty out of the stretch last night. Mowed through first two innings and first two outs of third, and then it all went sideways. Whispers I’ve heard about “tiring” and “fatigue” could actually be this stretch problem. Mechanics are heavily involved, and they’ll be working on it. Next two starts probably come on the road, pending rain changes. I’ll have more on this going forward.

    1. agree and he got squeezed on a 3rd strike call to Judge. More concerning he started game at 93-96mph and never hit 90 after the Judge AB in the 3rd. Did pitch 2 mor scoreless innings to his credit

    2. during the game they said that batters hit .220 off him with a man on vs .160 with no one on.

  9. Roman Quinn made the BA Hot Sheet this week

    16. Roman Quinn, of, Phillies

    Team: Double-A Reading (Eastern)
    Age: 22
    Why He’s Here: .423/.500/.654 (11-for-26), 6 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBIs, 4 BB, 6 SO, 3-for-5 SB

    The Scoop: Wrist, heel and quad injuries have thwarted Quinn’s ability to stay on the field the last three seasons, with 88 games in 2014 his career-high. Just staying healthy will be critical this year for Quinn, who packs explosive speed and athleticism into a small frame, turning singles into doubles and doubles into triples with 80 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale.


      1. I said this before. near beginning of season. Odurebel Herrera has a chance to be better than Franco. imo. So Quinn better be great to move this kid from center. Herrera I believe in a year or two will also increase his power. This kid has a chance to be a stud. Allstar for years to come/

        1. rocco…IMO, he can be a 12-15 HR guy, when he barrels the ball it goes…I wonder what his exit velocity averages out .

      2. Quinn is an exciting prospect, but I don’t see CF with the Phillies as the birthright it may have been this time last year. Herrera’s adjustments at the plate this year are truly staggering: his BB rate has nearly quadrupled, his K rate is down, and he has a higher BA despite a lower BABIP. A lot of us, myself included, saw him as kind of fluky last year, but he’s clearly put in the work to grab the mantle as the club’s presumptive future CF IMO.

        That’s not to say Quinn couldn’t man a corner (he lacks ideal power there, and the arm might not be great in RF, but his speed would cover a lot of ground, and he’d be great at the top of a lineup). If the first four outfielders in a few years were Herrera, Williams, Quinn and Altherr, I wouldn’t be disappointed.

  10. If Knapp is not in the conversation for catcher, it is not the end of the world. Rupp is showing that he may be a solid major league catcher. With him and Alfardo behind the plate, the situation may be far from bleak.

    Moreover, the Phillies badly need power bats at 1b and the corner outfield. Putting Knapp in that mix with Altheer, Williams, Cozens, Hoskins, Joseph, and Martin increases the odds that a power line-up can be constructed from Phillies’ system.

  11. Even though the evaluation process for guys like Appel is just that and time is the essential factor, it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility that he and Morgan be considered bullpen candidates not too far down the road….and not by default but merit. They have excellent stuff that might play better in relief. Add Neris, Ramos, and Cordero? That could shape up to be quite a pen. Nothing is more frustrating than a top heavy pitching staff that MUST get 7 ip/game from its starters. Sign a Strasburg (or another top FA) this off season and with our starting depth we begin to see an even more imposing cast.

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