Box Score Recap – 5/9/2016

Lehigh Valley (15-15) Lost to Columbus, 2-0.  James Russell went four shutout innings in a bullpen game.  Bobby LaFromboise gave up a solo home run in the middle two innings.  Reinier Roibal struck out three in the final two innings.  No offensive star when you only get four singles.

  • Russell – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K.
  • LaFromboise – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.
  • Roibal – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
  • Perkins (.310) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • Williams (.271) went 0-3 with a sac.
  • Joseph (.386) went 1-4.
  • Knapp (.221) went 0-3.

Reading (20-11) Beat Binghamton 5-3.  John Richy gave up 3 runs in his second AA start. Reading scored a pair of runs in both the sixth and eighth innings to record the comeback victory.  Jorge Alfaro had 3 hits.  KC Serna had 2 RBI and hit his first home run.

  • Richy – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP.
  • Milner – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
  • Infante – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.
  • Quinn (.261) went 1-4. Ejected by HP umpire in eighth.
  • Crawford (.269) went 1-4 with a double.
  • Alfaro (.468) went 3-4 with a double and RBI.
  • Cozens (.268) went 1-2 with a HR (6) and 2 RBI. Replaced by Serna in the fifth.
  • Hoskins (.239) went 0-4.
  • Quinn (13) and Cozens (8) stole bases.
  • Brown was picked off first.
  • Crawford (6) committed a throwing error.
  • Serna was thrown out at home.
  • Serna’s 2-run HR (1) in the eighth provided the winning margin.

Clearwater (19-11) Lost to Dunedin, 6-2.  Tyler Viza gave up 10 hits in five innings.  Mario Hollands made his first rehab appearance.  The defense was uninspiring.  And the offense managed 3 singles.

  • Viza – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.
  • Hollands – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
  • Kingery (3) and Canelo (9) committed throwing errors.
  • Numata committed 2 passed balls.
  • The Jays went 2 for 2 stealing bases.
  • Two more Threshers were HBP (Kingery and Sandberg).  Finally, a pitcher not named John Richy (Joey DeNato) hit an opposing batter in the ninth inning.

Lakewood (10-20) Beat Kannapolis, 4-1.  Jose Taveras pitched seven, 2-hit, shutout innings.  Robert Tasin got the final four outs for his 4th save.  Jiandido Tromp had 2 hits and an RBI.

  • Taveras – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.
  • Tobias (.330) went 1-5 with an RBI.
  • Pujols (.281) went 2-4 with a double and BB.
  • Grullon (.276) went 1-4.
  • Tromp (.227) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.
  • Hayden drew 3 walks.
  • Pujols (2) stole a base.
  • Marrero (4) was caught stealing.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • The Threshers were busy today, the Rosters are up to date here.
  • 5/9 – Philadelphia Phillies sent RHP Michael Mariot on a rehab assignment to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 5/9 – Philadelphia Phillies sent LHP Mario Hollands on a rehab assignment to Clearwater Threshers.
  • 5/9 – RHP Matt Hockenberry assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 5/9 – Mark Leiter activated by Clearwater Threshers and assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 5/9 – Clearwater Threshers added Drew Stankiewicz to the 7-Day DL retroactive to May 7th.
  • 5/9 – Jose Antequera assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.

58 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/9/2016

  1. Jose Taveras looks like a prospect. I remember a few publications pointing him out and he’s been solid in LKW so far. He’s a big kid (6’4″ 210) and averages better than a K an inning. He doesn’t BB many and he’s stingy giving up hits. He’s not young for the league but looks like a guy to keep an eye on.

  2. Taveras problem last year was in sustaining his excellence from the early innings. He was getting hit from his fourth inning on. Last night he pitched efficiently into the seventh running up his pitch count in the last two innings. He kept the shut out though. He shows lots of improvement.

  3. If Alfaro keeps this up, he could find himself in LHV for June, with Knapp back at AA. Nice to see Leiter get activated. Congrats to Serna on his game winner.

      1. And how many will have on June 1? Over 100. If he’s still hitting over 400 then and Knapp is still struggling, yes, I believe a swap is likely.

  4. Are we assuming that Hollands is doing a rehab stint and then joins the ML team? Because I didnt think that was at all assumed. They mentioned him on the phils broadcast the other day like hes a surefire major leaguer beginning a rehab assignment. Even at full health I am not sure if he is in the ML pen anytime this year.

    1. Yeah, I wasn’t assuming that, either. I think he gets up to 30 days on rehab, so I figure they’ll use most of that, bring him North to either Reading or Lehigh Valley, then activate/option if they want. He’ll need a 40-man spot to come off the 60-day, too.

      1. The 40 crunching can be a difficult decision for the F.O.
        Dave Buchanan and Sev Gonzalez may be victims.

      2. krams…Mario Holland’s 60 day DL began on April 2nd… by the math he is good for approx another three weeks.

        1. Right, so figure they’ll have him use up most of that 30 days as needed, then worry about it later. There are some different ways to find a 40-man spot–wasn’t really looking at that, just noting that it would need to be done.

  5. We have to be thrilled with what Pujols is doing so far in Lakewood. For a guy that has never really shown much in game action, both with his hit tool and in game power, he is really having a nice season.

    granted the BB% and K% are pretty ghastly right now, but in my opinion we almost have to disregard that right now and just appreciate that he is hitting .281 with 7 HR and is slugging .509. The fact that is actually producing in game action all of a sudden, and is still is only 20 in Lakewood is a hugely noteworthy development and has been flying under the radar a little bit on this messageboard….

    1. I had my doubts early on about Pujols, due to his past two year struggles, but he is starting to make me a believer.
      In the SALLY, tied with the lead in HRs with hot prospect Brendan Rogers with 7 and second to Rogers in RBIs with 24.

    2. I’m also really impressed by Cozens. 7 home runs, 8 stolen bases, 0 caught stealing, 15/34 BB/K. I think he’s really had a break through and could be a contender for top 5 prospect by the end of the year.

      1. ReiDeBastoni….agree…..but there are so many other writers/analyst who put little faith in his bat. I can see him playing MLB ball for sure…his ceiling is what puzzles me. He may have to go over to first base at some point.

        1. There’s a nice article on him explaining that he trained differently this offseason. He lost weight and feels stronger. There’s no question his play is opening eyes. He has a strong arm in RF also. There’s no rush but he should get to LHV during the 2nd half.

        2. @romus – Cozens ceiling is with the Eagles as tackle or guard and his floor can be a bat from the bench. i’m not really high on him as others, since i don’t see him stick in the OF, but his athleticism somewhat surprises me.

        3. Romus funny thing I saw An article on my phone about Cozens. He lost 15 lbs he didn’t left weights he speed trained this yr. He wanted too take the stiffness out of his swing.

          1. KuKo/Tim…..hope it continues with Cozens…..I wonder who he can be comped to?
            Two yrs. ago I was leaning , someone close but not quite there, like a Paul O’Neill

            1. @romus – i can’t think on top of my head any comparables to Cozens because i always see him as NFL player. i can no longer remember a young Paul O’Neill, but the optimistic side of me wants to dream of Cozens being a LH version of Aaron Judge (also a Yankee) especially if Cozens can stay at RF.

            2. Duda and a other-side hitter Judge are probably good comps.
              A physical comp is not too difficult, and he really needs to keep his contact skills up and not let his K rate climb.

    3. There was talk last year of a hitch in Pujol’s swing that the Phillies didn’t want to fix mid-season but were going to work on during fall instructs. Perhaps this was a result of that. Do we have any eyes on him to confirm/disavowal this hypothesis? Now he needs to work on his approach.

    4. Agreed – if he does this a little longer, Pujols will rocket up the charts. Very impressive. Cozens has been impressive as well. The power is real, the speed is deceptively real and the plate discipline is improving. The question with him is whether the hit tool will continue to evolve at higher levels, but the raw talent is there and is being developed.

      As for Alfaro, I saw him ST and loved what I saw – I’m a believer. The catching tools are all there so I’m sure he’ll iron that out. He has as much raw ability as anyone in the system, including Crawford. Not many catchers have 80 raw power and an 80 arm. If his approach at the plate evolves, you are looking at a possible perennial all-star. He oozes potential and seems to have a great attitude and approach.

    5. i can see pujols having a similar upside as alfaro – 2 loud tools – power and arm. plate discipline is key.

  6. Alfaro mashing is awesome, any reports on how he is holding up behind the plate? To me that is the #1 question for him since it looks like he will be an above average offensive catcher at ML level at the very least but can he be good enough defensively to make that advantage hold up.

    Also are the Crawford errors starting to concern anyone else? For all the Galvis haters out there he is an elite defensive SS which I’m hesitant to give up on. If Crawford isn’t going to be a high level defender at short I’m tempted to let him play a little 2nd to see how he does there

    1. I’m concerned about the errors but only to a small amount. I’m more impressed with his K/BB ratio in his first go at AAA, especially at his age.

      Galvis is a fine player in the field, but he is no where close to be elite defensively.

      1. Offensively I love Crawford I didn’t mean to suggest that I’m down on him there at all. He can hit anywhere 1-3 in a batting order and be a great weapon, on base all the time some pop in the bat he’s great there. SS is such a pivotal defensive position in my mind though that if the errors are a concern there needs to be a discussion on putting him at 2nd and letting a superior defender stay at SS. Assuming they one day have Crawford at 2nd and Alfaro behind the plate Galvis at SS batting 8th doesn’t drastically hurt the team offensively

        1. Crawford has amazing hands and glides around SS, where he will definitely stay. His problem, like many young SSs, is he has to learn to be more consistent with his throws. It takes time and I’m sure he’s working on it and I’m confident he’ll improve. Its a process.

        2. Last night’s error was a perfect example of this. Gets to a ball I don’t think most people get to without a dive and throws to first with his body moving away from first and Hoskins can’t pull out the scoop. I throw that right out the window, and I assume there’s many others like that one.

          1. The guys who sit next to me in my regular Reading section are “JP Truthers” if you want to call them that–they swear that his footwork is all wrong and that’s why he’ll always have trouble. Personally, I think, like Mitch, sometimes he’s trying to make the fabulous play. Other times, I think maybe he loses concentration a bit.

    2. Everyone who sees him talks about how smooth he is. The errors show up on every stat sheet, but not a single scout is worried about them.

      It’s bugged me in the past too, but that’s how I rationalize it.

      1. The Wizard of Oz came out of Cal Poly with three years experience, and had 23 errors in his first season at A ball.
        And he was older than JPC….so I wouldn’t be too concerned.

    3. Friend of mine made good point. Minor leaguers generally make more errors cuz minor league fields/lighting/etc are not the quality of big league venues.

    1. I wondered myself why he wasn’t ranked higher among prospects. Perhaps competition level has caught up with him. He does have arguably the sweetest swing in the organization. Let’s move him to 1b once Alfaro comes up from AA. Knapp has already shown he can hit AA pitching. It doesn’t seem that, outside of Joseph, they hold any other 1b-men with much esteem. Stassi was player of the year in Eastern League in ’15 and look…..stuck at AAA cuz of the albatross still with the big club. Peculiar but they’re paid to make these calls.

    2. I always thought he might have some difficulty in AAA. He didn’t spend THAT long at AA, although he certainly performed admirably. Catching almost every day is a tall order; perhaps they need to give him an extra day off now and again or a turn with the DH spot. There are plenty of other DH candidates, though, and if you want Joseph with the big club, he’s going to need to play 1B every day in the short term which leaves Stassi without a spot, too. Nice problems to have, I guess, for my ‘Pigs.

      No hurry with the catchers. Alfaro is certainly hitting well, but missed a ball in the dirt last night–as has Knapp on occasion thus far. They both need to catch, and unless you wanna swap them it’s probably gonna be status quo for now.

  7. If you’re driving through Reading, grab a bat. Everybody hits! Yoohoo! Lively 5 shutout innings thus far. Season era 1.85, gotta be heading to Lehigh soon.

    1. And cozens yet another dinger! Time to move him, Quinn, Alfaro, Lively and Crawford up to Lehigh Valley! And Tommy Jospeh, featherson, Perkins and Eflin to Philly to make room, and Knapp over to first base.

  8. That is 4 guys to be promoted? I think the Phils may have 40 Man Roster issues, and I believe they will move much slowly than we may want them to. I expect Perkins or TJ in June, and Eflin or another SP towards the trade deadline if they are able to trade Hellickson. That is barring injury or a poor few performances from Adam Morgan.

    1. I read 3 promoted to big club. Not all at one time BUT over the course of the next month you’ll definitely see Burriss and Ruf DFA’d, maybe Bourjos if the Avg doesn’t move well above .200

      1. Unless there’s an injury, no SPs moved up to big club until trade deadline. Eflin first. Please no Buchanan or Sev Gonzalez. No retreads, just fresh meat.

      1. Yes…Alfaro is hitting but no so much the HRs yet…and Hoskins can still do more of his thing when it comes to the long ball also.

  9. Starting OF 2018 Williams Herrera Cozens? Williams with a call up this year…maybe Cozens takes similar path…starts at AAA maybe a late call up in 2017?

  10. Cozens today 1 hr 2 rbi 1 BB throw 1 out at home , 1 cs . 2 for 4 hitting .343 for March ops over .800

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