Box Score Recap – 5/26/2016

Lehigh Valley (25-21) Beat Pawtucket 11-4.  Jake Thompson gave up 3 runs on 6 hits in 5.2 innings.  He struck out only two.  Seve Gonzalez gave up a solo home run in relief.  The IronPigs scored 5 runs off Red Sox’ starter Henry Owens in 3.1 innings (wasn’t he a part of a lot of the Hamels-to-Boston trades that were suggested a couple years ago?).  In addition to 6 hits and 5 walks, Owens gave up a Darin Ruf home run AND hit 3 batters.  Four IronPigs had 3-hit games – J.P. Crawford, Nick Wiliams, Ruf, and Cedric Hunter.  Ruf hit 2 HR, Hunter and Angelys Nina contributed one each.  Ruf had 5 RBI, Hunter three.

  • Thompson – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
  • Crawford (.300) went 3-5 .
  • Williams (.276) went 3-3 with a double, BB, RBI (20) and HBP.
  • Ruf (.231) went 3-4 with 2 HR (4) and 5 RBI (10).
  • Knapp (.254) DNP.
  • Perkins (.297) went 0-3 with 2 BB.
  • Hunter (.300) went 3-5 with a HR (4) and 3 RBI (13).
  • Perkins (3) and Hunter (3) stole bases.
  • Perkins was CS (1).

Reading (32-15) Beat Erie, 7-4.  John Richy only lasted 4.2 innings and Jeremy Bleich picked up his first win.  Miguel Nunez earned his 4th save.  Jake Fox, KC Serna, Jesse Valentin, and Angelo Mora had multi-hit games.  Jorge Alfaro, Rhys Hoskins, and Valentin hit home runs.  Valentin had 3 RBI.

  • Richy – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP.
  • Bleich – 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, and stranded 2 inherited runners.
  • Rodriguez – 1.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 WP.
  • Nunez – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, and 2 of 3 inherited runners scored.
  • Quinn (.258) went 0-5 with an RBI (9).
  • Asche (.125) went 0-4 with a BB.
  • Alfaro (.353) went 1-4 with  HR (4) and RBI (22).
  • Cozens (.278) went 1-4 with a double.
  • Hoskins (.260) went 1-4 with a HR (9) and RBI (31).
  • Fox (.257) went 2-4).
  • Mora (.281) went 2-4 with a double RBI (25).
  • Valentin (.281) went 3-4 with a HR (2) and RBI (20).
  • Serna (.315) went 2-3 with a BB.
  • Quinn (22) and Cozens (10) stole bases.
  • Cozens had an outfield assist.
  • Mora (6) and Serna (2) committed errors.

Clearwater (28-19) Beat Brevard County, 1-0.  Elniery Garcia (4-2, 2.08) threw a hundred pitches in six shutout innings.  Ulises Joaquin and Alexis Rivero faced the minimum over the final three innings.  Garcia face 24 batters, and allowed 4 hits and 3 walks. He picked off two runners.  Joaquin’s only blemish was a walk which was erased by a double play.  Scott Kingery tripled to open the game.  He scored on Carlos Tocci’s sacrifice fly.  The pitchers made that run hold up.  Kingery had 2 of the Threshers’ four hits.

  • Garcia – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
  • Joaquin – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
  • Rivero – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K.
  • Kingery (.269) went 2-4 with a double and triple.
  • Tocci (.256) went 0-3 with a SF and RBI (19).
  • Pullin (.231) went 0-4.
  • Green (.273) went 1-3 with a double.
  • Martin (.250) DNP.
  • Walding (.264) DNP.
  • Sandberg (.247) went 0-3.
  • Campbell committed a fielding error (2).

Lakewood (17-29) Lost to Delmarva, 1-0 in 11 innings.  Both pitching staffs pitched well. The BlueClaws kept the Shorebirds off the board until Sutter McLoughlin walked the leadoff batter in the eleventh.  A sacrifice and single ended the contest.  Harold Arauz and Robert Tasin had held the ‘Birds to 6 hits and 2 walks hits the previous 10 innings.  Carlos Duran had 2 of the BlueClaws 5 hits.

  • Arauz – 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.
  • Tasin – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.
  • Tobias (.270) DNP.
  • Pujols (.242) went 1-4 with a double and 2 K.
  • Hernandez (.259) went 1-4 with 3 K.
  • Duran stole a base (2).
  • Hernandez (3) and Biter (1) were CS.
  • Bossart (3) committed 2 throwing errors.
  • Biter had an outfield assist.
  • Bossart threw out 1 of 2 base stealers.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

87 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/26/2016

  1. Love the write-ups. A quibble — Hagerstown team is the Suns. Shorebirds are Delmarva out of Salisbury.

    1. If the Knapp situation was cleared up in Lehigh, then you could reasonably expect Alfaro to move up almost immediately. I would think something has to happen before long. Alfie pretty much has AA in his pocket. It’s early in the season but he’ll need to move along before he gets stagnant. Knapp is a valuable piece of the future puzzle, BUT he can’t block the beast that Alfaro just might be. They’re gonna have to make a move.

      1. There is no rush to move either Knapp or Alfaro right now. Knapp is a lot more valuable if he can stick at catcher. Both guys need to play on a regular basis to develop (particularly defensively), so until the Phillies give up on Knapp as a catcher and move him to OF or 1B (reducing his value in the process), Knapp and Alfaro need to be at different levels. But it’s okay if Alfaro spends the entire season at AA.

        Longer term, you are probably correct. If Knapp and Alfaro can both improve enough defensively to stick at catcher, then there could be a conflict. But that would be a very good “problem” for the Phillies.

        1. Understood, but at a certain point the needs of the team outweigh the needs of the player. If Knapp is what he is, a poor defensive catcher with a good bat, you find a spot for him in the Phillies lineup because right now they are offensively challenged.

          1. Knapp is more valuable as a catcher to the team. Alafaro is not guaranteed to be an above average MLB player so the team needs depth. If Alafaro turns into a stud then you still leave Knapp at catcher you just try to trade him.

        2. I think Alfaro is looking like the better prospect but I would keep him at AA, assuming health for all concerned, until September 1 call-ups. Then I would promote Alfaro, who is on the 40 man, bypassing AAA altogether. If Ruiz gets traded by August 1, then that should be Alfaro’s opportunity as next man up.

  2. @jimpeyton19
    This is definitely my go to site for prospect talk, scouting, and all things Phillies. I appreciate the daily write ups and the depth that you go into when you can. The updated roster looks really good, the only thing I saw is you have Asher as left handed, but besides that little nitpicking in the grand scheme of things you do a fantastic job. Thank you

    1. Nitpick away! I block-and-copied the info from one of the Phillies ST sheets so I wouldn’t have to enter the original data by hand. Any errors have probably been on the sheets for months. So, thank you!

      1. Not trying to nitpick at you Jim, just bringing it to your attention. Some people aren’t as well informed as others about prospects, wouldn’t want them to be confused about the handedness of a pitcher.

          1. Mike lmao you got me looking at film of franco. Trying to pick up this bar swing. I don’t see it on you tube. I guess it because he is hitting homeruns. He doesn’t do it.

            1. rocco..prior to the pitcher releasing the ball look where his load is. It may not be the exact way it was in 2014…but you really need to look at video from him 2/3 years ago and now to see what if any difference there is.

            2. Watch his hands in this video. (unfortunately, its from a few years ago, but you can still see them drift while he waits to swing).

              Compare it to Cornelius Randolph’s hands when he swings:

              Again, it hasn’t been a detriment to his game — Franco’s a great hitter. But the hitch was there when the criticisms surfaced, and you can still see it watching him hit today.

          2. Harold Arauz in 2011 (16 years old) versus KC Mondesi Jr., AZ Dawell Lugo, and NYY Miguel Andujar in a showcase before signing with the Astros. This kid definitely got some upside. Again, Deal with Astros paying off big time for the Phillies. Looks like a ripoff now. Velazquez may make it to the All Star Game, Arauz is poised to move quickly to Clearwater to joint Eshelment if he still there.

        1. I wonder what happened to Jonathan Arauz? Did he get hurt in the off-season? So far he hasn’t recorded a PA in 2016.

          1. Probably slated to play in a short season league which hasn’t started yet. Prob in extended spring training until short season starts

            1. I love Jon Arauz – Houston might definitely get some value on the back end of that trade.

        2. Vermont….if you go by Bill James’ Game Scores on pitchers….in his 8 starts he is averaging a 57………but three of his first four starts in April were non-descript and below the 50 mark. His last three starts he really has picked it up averaging 73 GS.
          If he continues at the rate, he could get a promo to CLW in late June.

  3. Kingery heard Roccom so he been on doubles and triple’s tear . Cozens is on a 30 30 season Alfaro boy can he hit . Williams heard Roccom too nice 3 for 3 , Garcia great season also Rivero too been on him seen last yr . What’s up with Austin Davis I really don’t know his injury. GRULLON should be playing more nice game by Arauz nice game too.

    1. I wonder if Ruf heard anybody – two jacks…what we were hoping to see from him in the majors. Oh well, too little, too late (and he’s no longer a youngish prospect).

    2. Anything I could do to help him is okay with me. Cant wait to see Williams tomorrow. Only be the second time I will have seen him.

    3. It appears that Kingery’s triple is all CLW need to win the game. I don’t normally get sucked up by stats – prospects needs time and opportunity to fully develop. Kingery is still a very good prospect.

  4. Owens was discussed as the CENTERPIECE of a Hamels deal. That’s how much Bosox fans wanted to fleece the Phillies.

  5. What are everyone’s thoughts on Roman Quinn and his approach at the plate? Seen one Reading game this summer and go figure he did not play. Boom or bust at the moment, and maybe he is squaring up baseballs at people. You can never make full assumptions out of a box score, however I would like to see how many pitches Quinn sees per AB with an uptick in strike zone awareness and plate discipline. For what it is worth, Moniak is my guy #1 overall.

    1. Like so many players, the hit tool will be what makes or breaks him. If he has that, I think everything else will fall into place. The talent is scintillating, he is a plus plus runner (stolen base percentage way up this year) and has the ability to be a plus or plus plus fielder. If the hit tool comes, the power will develop.

      1. It was the same thing that was said about Michael Bourn, whether or not he’ll be able to hit enough to stick.

  6. Appel goes on DL with shoulder strain. His velocity was down a bit, and now they think they no why. I have no further info on seriousness. I hope it is not too bad. I still have high hopes for him.

        1. he took a line drive off his ankle I believe, I know during the game tonight they said that he failed the agility test and the results were worse then first thought but no word on how much longer he will be out.

  7. What kind of package do you think it would to get a guy like Puig? Do you think Cozens, Thompson, Eickhoff, Pinto would get it done? Eventually we will need to package some of these guys I think. Not enough spots for all these right handed arms, and the outfield is getting crowded as well. Boy would Puig and Herrera look good together in the outfield and the top of the lineup Herrera Crawford Puig Franco. Id love to set my sights higher like Stanton, but Puig has been talked about as a trade chip for LA, hence the focus on him.

    1. Puig is at best intriguing with other bigger pieces in place. I would NOT build a foundation with him….and I definitely wouldn’t give higher level prospects for him. Maybe a few low level arms.

    2. I wouldn’t want to trade Thompson, at this stage of the rebuild. The Phillies only have two-5ths of a long-term starting rotation set. The last thing they should do is trade Thompson (or Eflin for that matter).

      1. That being said, on June 10th, I’d trade AJ Puk and Pinto for Puig without blinking.

          1. I have no problem with Moniak as the pick. If the Phillies feel he’s the best bat available this year, he is a worthy pick. You don’t get many chances to get the best bat in a draft.

          2. I’ve mentioned this before in other posts, so excuse me if I sound like a broken record, but I really think this guy should be their pick. If you read about him you’ll be hard pressed to find anything negative, besides his lack of in game power, which stems from the expansive dimensions of his home ball park (larger than CBP). Right now he’s a 4 tool player with potential to become a 5 tool player if he can add some muscle. Different articles say he’s well liked in the club house and off the field, too. So, no character or maturity issues. Just an overall good ball player who can hit like it’s nobody’s business.

      2. Ok I hear you. Just want to get conversation started on types of players we could target with our surplus positions. Any players you would target and which players are expendable in your mind?

        1. Gonna be hard to acquire an impact outfielder without giving up a high level prospect unless it’s a last yr contract/salary dump/rental, for which we aren’t in the market. Hold tight, see how Altherr heals, Williams develops, and if we’re still wild card relevant, maybe package a couple prospects for an decent veteran on a second division team.

        2. It all depends on what you call surplus. I don’t see a lot of surplus. The Phillies have 2 or 3 starting rotation spots that need to be filled and the only guys I’m confident can fill those spots are Thompson and Eflin. Appel isn’t anything. Pivetta, Lively and Pinto are likely relievers.

          The OF needs two guys. Williams may be one. Quinn and Cozens have a shot at becoming major leaguers. Where is all the excess?

        3. to the Red Sox:
          Jeremy Hellickson and Jeanmar Gomez, 1B Brock Stassi

          to the Phils:
          2B/3B/LF Brock Holt, LHP Brian Johnson, 1B/LF Sam Travis & P Clay Buchholz (salary dump)

    3. IMO, avoid Puig.
      JPC is going to drive the Phillies bus, with Herrera and Franco taking tickets…..Puig may not want to be a passenger.

  8. On the Williams HBP, it barely touched him and was ball 4, would have been 2 BB’s in one game which would have been impressive considering he only had 7 going into the game.

    1. SSS (53PAs)….but Williams needs to see more LHPs at the AAA level…..26% K rate and a slash of .234/ .269/ .588 vs LHPs is not what I am sure he wants.

    1. With Appel out with the shoulder issue, and no definite return determined at this point, Lively is probably up to stay for the remaining of the season

  9. Zach Eflin, RHP, Phillies (Triple-A Lehigh Valley, International League)
    Ht/Wt: 6’6”/215 | B/T: R/R | Age: 22 yrs, 2m

    I got my second live look of the year of Eflin during his May 24th start at Pawtucket. The first thing to stand out with Eflin is the desirable 6-foot-6, 215-pound frame with broad shoulders, athleticism and a repeatable delivery. Also, the fact that he just turned 22 years old this past April, and is pitching in the IronPigs’ rotation at the Triple-A level.

    During this outing; the right-hander’s fastball sat 89-to-93 mph, with most in the 91-to-92 mph range. This was a slight tick down from when I first saw him on April 22nd, when he was comfortably at 92-to-93 (T95). In both outings; the slider was his best secondary pitch, at 81-to-85 mph with 10-to-4 break, grading out as an average pitch. Eflin also throws a changeup and curveball that showed average potential, but he appears to slow down his arm speed, making those two offerings easy to pick up early.

    He does have present command and control of four offerings with future average potential, which should lead to continued success at the Triple-A level. However, he lacks any present plus offering or swing-miss put-away pitch at present. Given Eflin’s age, frame, and present command and control profile of his four pitches, there’s still a lot to like. If the secondaries can continue to develop, it gives him a chance at being a back-end of the rotation starter in the big leagues. – Chaz Fiorino

    http://2080baseball.com/2016/05/2080-prospect-spotlights-notes-from-around-the-minor-leagues-5-27-edition/

    1. This is the first scouting report that I have seen on Eflin this year and it is not that encouraging. The thing we all forget is how big of a gap there is between AAA and the majors. If he truly does not have an plus breaking pitch, then he will be nothing better than a #5 starter. But hopefully, they will develop.

      The accounts from posters on this blog that he has a “great slider” seem to be a bit exaggerated.

      1. I felt Eflin made progress this year so he is more importantly showing ability to learn and adjust. I would wait another next year before we start forming floors/ceilings on him.

      2. That is a joke of a scouting report – his ceiling is way higher than a number 5. Way higher.

    2. Eflin is learning and improving this year. He’s already better than last year and still only 22. His fast ball in his recent start was apparently slower than what we’ve been told he’s throwing this year. If he had a dead arm game, and that certainly happens at times, he still managed to throw a good game.

  10. Lightening it up a little (….and maybe very little)….not since the hayday of Padilla’s Flotilla and the Wolf Pack…..future fan clubs coming to a ballpark near you:

    Kingery’s Court
    Cozens’ Dozens
    Moniak’s Maniacs
    Eflin’s Elves
    Nick’s Nook
    Roman’s Legion

    ….alright, help me out here….

    Jake’s________
    Alfie’s________

    1. Puk’s People
      Groome’s Gallery
      Thompson’s Tigers
      Alfaro’s Atom Bombs
      to be continued….

  11. Dam Romus I thought this kid viza might break out. But 11 stikeouts in 6 innings tonight. Someone has to tell us his velo and offspeed stuff

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