Box Score Recap – 5/11/2016

Lehigh Valley (15-17) Lost to Columbus, 10-2.  Mark Appel was stung by some shoddy defense that led to 3 unearned runs in a 6-run second inning.  More bad defense allowed a couple more unearned runs later in the game.  Andrew Knapp’s 4th home run accounted for all of the IronPigs runs.

  • Appel – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 3 WP.
  • Williams (.282) went 1-4 with a double.
  • Joseph (.352) went 0-4.
  • Knapp (.235) went 2-4 with a HR (4) and 2 RBI.
  • Featherston (7) committed 3 errors, Jackson (2) one.
  • Hunter picked up an outfield assist.

Reading (22-11) Held on to outlast Binghamton, 9-6.  Nick Pivetta pitched well and left with a 7-1 lead after six innings.  Tom Windle had an ERA-crushing line.  Miguel Nunez picked up his second save.  Dylan Cozens hit another home run. Jorge Alfaro had 2 RBI.

  • Pivetta – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 WP.
  • Windle – 0.0 IP, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR.
  • Quinn (.265) went 1-2 with a triple, BB, 2 HBP,.
  • Crawford (.257) went 0-5 with 2 K.
  • Alfaro (.451) went 1-4 with a SF and 2 RBI.
  • Cozens (.273) went 1-5 with a HR (9) and RBI.
  • Hoskins (.237) went 0-4 with a BB.
  • Brown , Mora, and Serna each had 2 hits.
  • Serna and Pivetta had 2 RBI each.
  • Serna worked 3 walks.
  • Quinn was picked off first.
  • Pivetta was also HBP.

Clearwater (21-11) Ran out to a 9-1 lead against Dunedin on the strength of a 7-run fifth inning.   But Tom Eshelman rejected this largesse and pitched the Blue Jays back into the game.  Ulises Joaquin pitched 3 innings and Joely Rodriguez picked up his second save. Andrew Pullin signed a FA contract and was in the line up Wednesday night.


  • Eshelman – 5.01 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, 1 HBP.
  • Joaquin – 3.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP.
  • Rodriguez – 1.0 IP, 0 h, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
  • The three Threshers’ pitchers combined to strike out 15 Blue Jays.
  • Twelve Threshers struck out.
  • Kingery was not in the line up again.
  • Sandberg (.257) went 1-3 with a double and 2 BB.
  • Tocci (.248) went 2-5 with 2 RBI.
  • Martin (.262) went 0-5 with 3 K.
  • Walding (.263) went 1-5.
  • Pullin (.000) went 0-3 with a BB and RBI.
  • Gabriel Lino hit his first home run.
  • Campbell (.241) went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
  • Sandberg (3) stole a base, and Tocci (6) two.
  • Dunedin’s Jason Leblebijian went 0-5 with 5 K.

Lakewood (11-20) No game scheduled.  Shane Watson (2-1, 3.10) is scheduled to pitch against West Virginia on Thursday.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • 5/11 – Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent OF Andrew Pullin to a minor league contract.
  • 5/11 – Reading Fightin Phils placed RF Christian Marrero on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 9, 2016.
  • 5/11 – OF Andrew Pullin assigned to Clearwater Threshers.
  • The Rosters are up to date here.
  • This afternoon, Matt Gelb reported via Twitter: “Phillies released righthander Mitch Gueller, a former 1st rounder (54th overall) in 2012. He had an 8.10 ERA at single-A Lakewood.”  The transaction hasn’t been reported by Lakewood yet, though.
  • I stopped by the Complex this morning and watched Cody Asche shag fly balls and take batting practice against Coach Truby.  He looked smaller than I remember and a lot of his hard hit balls died on the warning track.  He did clear the RF fence once.  He had a nice, easy, uninhibited swing.  It was reminiscent of position players early in spring training.
  • Before Asche came to bat, I watched Jhailyn Ortiz on one Carlton field.  Boy, when he runs into a pitch it just carries.  And he ran into quite a few.  He has steady hands and a quiet load for a big guy.  He still has some “baby fat” in one or two areas, but I can see that he is more chiseled in other areas.  As I left, I saw the security guard picking up balls in the parking lot.  He had a dozen in his arms.  Most of them were Ortiz’, but Edwin Rodriguez and Malvin Matos jacked a couple, too.
  • Jason Groome pitched two innings against Donovan Catholic as a warm up for next Monday’s game against Gloucester Catholic and its highly-touted pitcher Tyler Mondile.  Groome threw 38 pitches, 27 strikes. He gave up one hit and walked one batter.  He struck out the other 6 batters he faced.  His FB was 90-93, t94 mph. His CB was 75-79 mph.

61 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/11/2016

    1. Why would I be concerned about a 21 year old in AA with a .391 ob% and a 25:21 bb:k ratio? I don’t really understand the question.

      1. I noticed he’s been in a little bit of a slump. Not unusual for a young player, but still. You’re correct in that the BB/SO ratio is still good. I just wanted to gauge other people’s opinions.

        1. Slumps are not reasons to be concerned about a player. Every player has slumps. That said, JP has a hit in 10 of his last 12 games to go along with 10 bob in that stretch. I mean, the guy isn’t Superman. WTF do you want him to do? You see one 0’fer game and all of the sudden he is in a slump and you are concerned? Doesn’t make sense.

          1. I dont think Crawford is ever going to be the guy with a .330 average and all of those “gaudy” statistics. He is always going to hit around .280, get on base a ton, not strike out, play great defense at a premier position, and offer decent pop. Hes going to be great, but not put up the kind of numbers that like Nomar and ARod did during the shortstop era in the late 90s. And that is completely ok.

            1. It’s a good point. Right now, Crawford doesn’t project to have a ton of power – but that could be something that changes, at least a bit, over time. Even if he doesn’t, however, he should be very good, perhaps near great. Statistically, Crawford reminds me a lot of a shortstop version of Willie Randolph and, before you think I’m damning him with faint praise, that is not the case. Randolph was a superb player – great fielder who drew a ton of walks and a great base runner. he played to a 65 bWAR – I’d take that!

      2. Also, Reading faced a knuckleballer yesterday that Crawford struck out both times against. So I kind of throw that out.

      1. .191, .182, .161, .159, .080… concern is bearing with 5 of 13 position players on big club.

  1. More concerned about Kingery 2 days in a row what’s up with that.nice to hear about Groome seems settled down, can’t wait until monday. Man we have some power coming Tj, Cozens, Pujols , Ortiz, Encarnacion, Knapp, Martin, Hoskins. Pitching could be doing a little better but over all nice.

    1. Are you going to go to the Groome start at Campbell Field and then come back and tell us he should be the 1:1 pick because you’ve never seen a high school pitcher as good as him (which I’m sure is true since you’re not a major league scout or scouting director)?

      1. There will be plenty of Phillies representation there I am sure.
        Maybe even ESPN’s KLaw will make an appearance and give his analysis…just saying.

      2. I realize that you think Groome is not a good choice for many reasons.

        However, could you please reduce your use of snark and condescension? I would like to hear what you have to say, because you have very good points, but the tone is very abrasive.

      3. True I’m neither but I have found no one that said his delivery and stuff are not elite . The Boards are every where k law doesn’t have Lyle Lewis in his top 5. Puk has going down like stone . Yet if Puk or Groome can pull a Great start out they will go back up.

  2. I like seeing this Tommy Joseph resurgence into prospect status. A former top 100 who fell for reasons out of his own control. They removed him from the 40 man and was one season away from being a 25 year old minor league free agent. He’s doing what he needed to do. Good for him.

    1. Hey, Jim, how many people picked Joseph as their break-out/resurgence candidate in this spring’s poll?

  3. Jim, good to read about Jhailyn Ortiz. Any word on where he’ll be assigned this summer? Short season?

    1. Being 17 and new to the states I would have to think they will start him in the GCL unless he absolutely blows them away I can’t see them sending him to Williamsport to start.

    2. The two groups are somewhat fluid down here, but he seems to be with the De Armas/Delima group most often which would seem to indicate GCL. I would expect him to play his first professional season at the Complex.

  4. what cozens is doing right now is special. I don’t know if he can maintain it throughout the year. And I don’t know how h projects to the majors. But his start to the season is really special. And for those who don’t know, besides the power, he has a 60 arm. Guy throws lasers to home.

    1. He’s on a path to becoming a Domingo Santana type prospect if he keeps this up. Big arm, big power, good BB rate, high K rate. Its fun to watch.

      1. Aaron Judge RH 6’7″ 270 lbs
        AA stats at age 23:
        284/350/516, 280 PA 12 hr, 44 RBI,
        1 sb, 36 R
        Dylan Cozens LH 6’6″ 235 lb
        AA stats at age 21/22:
        292/363/578, 182 PA, 12 hr, 33 RBI,
        10 sb, 29 R

        1. I looked up Judge as a comp this morning too. Pretty interesting comp although it has yet to be proven that Judge can hit MLB pitching.

      2. Hope he’s a much better prospect than Santana who’s looking more and more like Ryan Howard at age 33.

      1. Cozens has lost weight and actually looks very good in RF with his strong arm. His HR yesterday was a line drive that just got out in a hurry. He definitely is continuing to improve and will find himself in LHV sometime after the all star break. He and Alfaro will be the first two to move up. JP needs more time at AA as does Quinn

    2. Cozens no. 8 prospect for me in reader’s poll. No. 7 in 2015 when the system wasn’t as deep. His first full season as a 20-yr old at Lakewood in 2014 was vastly underrated in my opinion. The one flag being a 26% K rate. He then goes to Clearwater in 2015 and drops the K rate to 19%. That’s an eye opener. The hit tool is what it is, but if the discipline continues to improve he could post some productive seasons as a starter in the bigs.

      For what it’s worth, his K rate is back up to 26% in 2016 at Reading, but his BB rate is up to 11.6%, nearly double his rate of the past two years. Another eye-opener.

      Cozens should be moving up everyone’s prospect lists right now. I wouldn’t clamor for him as a top 100, but he was certainly underrated by most outlets coming into this season

  5. Some players fly under the radar for a while and then come into their own. Cozens has the frame and athleticism that once he gets IT, special things begin to happen. That’s the talent you don’t want to hold back to long. Hope he gets a look up here in September if not sooner. Could he be ahead of Williams right now?

  6. Few things, first off I am a big Cozens fan but lets not forget how good of a place Reading is for hitters. Im on board, just hope it continues.

    Also, for you phillies fans in the philadelphia area, Reading is in Trenton tonight and for the weekend. Might be a great time to go see that great lineup.

    1. I will be at Reading game tonight.

      However, tonight is a last second trip to take my 3 year old daughter to see the Phillie Phanatic and I wasn’t able to get directly behind homeplate like usual. And I’m sure I’ll be out of there by 5th or 6th inning since it a school night — so hopefully I can get at least an AB or two for each guy…and a little Pinto video

  7. Sutter McLoughlin (WPT) and Edgar Garcia (GCL) have been called up to Lakewood from XST. Mitch Guellar and Anthony Sequeira have been released by Lakewood.

    1. Mitch Gueller, though the 54th pick in ’12, just never lived up to his HS hype or numbers. That Northwest region really has not been a fertile prospect ground for the Phillies. Results just seem too mediocre.
      I might be wrong, but I think Kyle Kendrick might the last guy from up there who has done anything. Trevor May can still emerge with the Twins.

  8. On Crawford—->there is and should be concerns about him and his ’16 Reading results. Yes, he is only 21. But there have been many of us here that hoped for him to become “ready” for the Bigs this year or in ’17. Not only has his BA sunk, but his fielding shows too many errors which is supposedly due to his errant throws. He continues to have a high OBA which is outstanding where his BBs and Ks are about equivalent. THAT is great and shows his potential dependent on his making more and better contact.
    All in all, he continues to show that, with more seasoning, he could fulfill his obvious promise. But his arrival to the big club will have to wait for the final product arrives. So, this year and maybe a portion (1/2 ?) of ’17 seems a realistic target date for him.

    P.S. I’d like to see Bowa join up with him during the All-Star break to help refine his fielding. Bowa did that with Rollins, making him one of the best in the field.
    P.P.S. Should Alfaro continue his great offense while learning more about game-calling, I’d really like to see him moved up to AAA LV in June-July this year. Ruiz will be gone and Knapp is showing his inabilities behind the plate…and is not doing the kind of hitting we were expecting. I’d like to see Alfaro become a realistic chance to join the big club beginning in ’17. Right now, Rupp is their only catcher for ’17.

    1. Read kramskorners recent post on Lehigh Valley thread a short while ago. He makes some good points…..

  9. I’ve been watching 2 players that came up often in trade talks Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. I watch them to remind myself how tough this game really is. Fortunately for JBJR the Sox never gave up on him and something has seemed to click this season and for Mookie it’s been pretty much mediocre city thus far.

    Point is success isn’t linear or guaranteed.

    15-20 years ago there was virtually no spotlight on prospects and today fans are much more aware of the names and comparisons put on them. That must be an immense amount of pressure and expectation.

    1. DMAR…….agree, good point.
      Prospects all evolve at differing paces. Bradley, Castellanos and to some degree Wil Myers come to mind. Would be nice if all our prospects were Harper and Trout clones, but doesn’t happen like that. Takes time. .

      1. This is why depth is most important in an organization. You never know where the diamonds in the ruf….I mean rough….are. It’s too easy to fall in love with one player only to have him break your heart. A winning team has a different hero almost every night.

  10. Asher pitched well today…Game Score 63, with only one walk into the 7th.
    Even last year, his brief time at LHV saw him pitch well also.
    Hopefully when his time comes again in the bigs it is more fruitful for him

  11. DMAR, that is a great point, and I was one who was down on JB, Jr as were others, and we need only look at the Cubs where Jake Arrieta and Anthony Rizzo were basically given up on and look at them now. And that is after both has, at least, appeared in the Majors. Now, we go to the Draft and have to project even further ahead where there is no Strasburg or Harper.

  12. If you look back at what I said about Cozens when he was playing at Williamsport and I lived right down the street. I have watched thousands of minor league games and said he was the best minor leaguer I ever saw.

    1. LOL and my retort would have been “wayne you haven’t watched must baseball have you?”

  13. I watched all of Jim Rice’s home games. I also watcher Richie Allen’s, Ron Swoboda, Ray Culp, and Earl Weaver was managing Elmira and also watch George Brett, Frank White, Mark “The Bird”, Ron LaFlore, and Bob Hoerner in the College World Series since he did not play in the minors.

  14. Romus remember Richie Allen in the old ball park. Hitting those monster homeruns. He would just flick his wrist and the ball would just jump off his bat. My favorite was the one he hit to center field which if I remember was 447 and they keep the batting cage there and the ball landed on the batting cage in deep center. monster shot

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