Box Score Recap – 5/28/2016

Lehigh Valley (25-23) Lost to Louisville, 2-0.  James Russell and gave up two solo home runs in the first inning.  He gave the IronPigs five innings, but the offense couldn’t overcome the early disadvantage.  Three relievers provided four innings of one-hit ball.  Nick Williams had three of Lehigh Valley’s eight singles.

  • Russell – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR.
  • Ramos – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
  • (#1) Crawford (.214) went 0-4.
  • Asche (.111) went 0-4.
  • (#3) Williams (.286) went 3-4.
  • Ruf (.234) went 0-4.
  • (#9) Knapp (.244) went 1-4.
  • (#23) Sweeney (.229) went 0-3.
  • Featherston was picked off and CS (2).

Reading (33-16) Lost to New Hampshire, 3-1.  Nick Pivetta turned in a quality start, two runs in seven innings. Jeremy Bleich was responsible for an unearned run that resulted from his errant pickoff throw.  Ironically, he picked off the guy who drove in the unearned run.  Roman Quinn and Jake Fox had two-hit games.

  • (#18) Pivetta (4-4, 3.81) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 100 pitches/62 strikes.
  • (#7) Quinn (.262) went 2-3 with a double and BB.
  • Valentin (.265) went 0-4.
  • (#6) Alfaro (.339) DNP.
  • (#22) Cozens (.274) went 0-4.
  • (#19) Hoskins (.254) went 0-3 with a BB and RBI (33)
  • Fox (.267) went 2-4 with a double.
  • (#27) Brown (.230) went 1-3.
  • Quinn (4) was CS.

Clearwater (30-19) Beat Lakeland, 3-2.  Tom Eshelman provided a quality start for the Threshers, two runs in seven innings.  Matt Hockenberry got a hold, and Ulises Joaquin struck out three in one inning to get his second save.  Carlos Tocci and Malquin Canelo had two-hit games.  Canelo, Andrew Pullin, and Samuel Hiciano had RBIs.

  • (#15) Eshelman (3-2, 3.61)- 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 94 pitches/65 strikes.
  • Hockenberry (1.86) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
  • Joaquin (1.37) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP.
  • (#11) Kingery (.272) went 1-5.
  • (#14) Tocci (.260) went 2-4 with 2 doubles and a BB.
  • Pullin (.214) went 0-5 with an RBI (11).
  • Martin (.244) went 0-3 with a HBP.
  • Green (.278) went 1-4.
  • Walding (.260) went 0-2 with 2 BB.
  • (#12) Canelo (.220) went 2-4 with an RBI (14).
  • Sandberg (.247) was a defensive replacement.
  • Tocci (8) stole a base.
  • Tocci picked off and CS (5).
  • The Tigers stole 2 bases off Lino.

Well, so much for the speculation on a possible Viza promotion to Reading.  Will Morris was sent up Saturday.  Pinto, Vasquez, and Richy have the next three starts.

Lakewood (18-30) Lost to Delmarva, 7-1.  Drew Anderson pitched into the sixth inning in his second start since coming off the DL.  One of the two earned runs he was charged with came in the sixth when Edgar Garcia couldn’t extricate himself from a two out, runner on first situation without allowing the inherited runner to score.  Kenny Koplove got roughed up for four runs in the eighth.  Zach Morris was able to strand two inherited runners.

The offense was lacking.  Josh Tobias had two of the BlueClaws six hits.  He had one of their 3 doubles.  Jan Hernandez and Brandon Hayden had the other two.  Hayden had the only RBI.

  • Anderson (0-1, 2.53) – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K.
  • Tobias (.285) went 2-4 with a double.
  • (#24) Pujols (.251) went 1-4 with 2 K.
  • (#29) Grullon (.227) went 0-4.
  • Hernandez (.261) went 1-3 with a double.
  • Hayden (.269) went 1-3 with a double and RBI (6).
  • Hernandez (6) committed a fielding error.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings –

  • 5/24 – Reading Fightin Phils placed 3B Harold Martinez on the 7-day disabled list. Sprained right ankle.
  • 5/28 – Carlos Alonso assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/28 – Will Morris assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • The Rosters are up to date here.

48 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/28/2016

  1. Pitchers day Drew Anderson , Eshelman, Pivetta, all doing good . Williams looked good I watched the game .

  2. Since Crawford was promoted on 5/20, Williams has been on a .444 tear. He’s hit in all 7 games. Maybe having his good friend on the team has helped him to get focused.

    Zach Green and Mitch Walding’s stats are pretty similar. Green has hit .278/.343/.464/.807. Walding’s are .260/.343/.474/.817 (OPS is the last number of each). Green has 10 dbls and 6 HRs with 25 RBIs. Walding has 6 dbls, 3 trpls, 7 HRs and 28 RBIs. Green has 42 Ks and 7 BBs in 151 ABs. Walding: 47 Ks and 19 BBs in 154 ABs. Walding is getting all the reps at 3B while Green gets 1B and DH duty. Green can still play 3B. I know he can. If Green separates himself from Walding, as the season progresses, I’d like to see more of him at 3B. If he doesn’t out hit Walding, I’m fine letting them play as they have been.

    Kenny Koplove is playing himself into a release. The 22 y/o has pitched 11 innings in 9 outings and has given up 17 hits and 17 ERs. He has 9 Ks and 12 BBs. In fact, by the time I hit post comment, he might be gone.

    1. Watch some of the game at lhv last night. Boring game. Knapp first abat he swung at two curves way out of the strike zone. Triple a baseball is nuts. Williams hit a grounder to first. right at the guy, He never got down for it and went thru his legs. They give him a hit. joke. The umps strike zone is so inconsistent its hard to judge guys. The pitcher for reds was a good test, He was already in the majors. threw 94 with a good breaking ball. I really didn’t see anyone really tag him. Russell to me is a loogy at best. Crawford in two at bats I saw, worked the count which is good. I don’t know how total pitches. but only saw two at bats.

      1. I got a good chuckle seeing JP bark at the home plate ump on a called strike. JP has a great sense of the strike zone. He was probably right that the ump missed the pitch.

        Ramos was very impressive in relief. Has nasty stuff.

        1. joe,

          Ramos was one of my favorites last year and I tagged him earlier this year as a top prospects, so I’m patting myself on the back for appearing to get at least one right. LOL

          Right now, his numbers at AAA are incredible: 7 games, 11.1 innings, 1 walk, 13 K, 0.71 WHIP and no runs of any kind, earned or unearned.

          I wonder what his chances of getting to Philly this year are. It would be a fast promotion for a guy who was at advance A just last year, but if he stays lights out.

          1. If Jean-Mar keeps going at this pace…closing that is….he becomes a valued trade chip perhaps….maybe he gets moved to a contender in July who could use an 8th inning guy or closer who is injured.
            Ramos may have a chance this year.

          2. Relievers can move pretty quickly. I think it’s just a matter of there being an opening in the major league bullpen now. He looked like he was too good for AAA last night.

      2. Crawford’s last at bat did hit a bullet up the middle over second base….unfortunately the infielder was playing right there flip behind his head, from his seated position to the 2nd baseman and turned a DP.
        And you are correct….score keeper was very liberal on Nick Williams hit under the first baseman’s mitt.

  3. Anybody know when MLB and BA will update their top 30 prospects? Seeing quite of few names of players who either don’t belong on the list or at least nowhere near where they’re slotted.

    Also, anyone have an Adonis Medina report? Thanks

      1. 8mark:
        1.MLB…is after the season… trade deadline they paste and plug, not so much a rework.
        2.BA and BP—-do a mid-season rework sometime in July
        3. ESPN(Keith Law) and Fansgraph…..haven’t any idea how they do their mid-season rankings.

        1. Thanks Romus. Makes sense after draft and trade deadline, at least BA and BP. MLBs gets kind of stale.

    1. FWIW, here’s my newest top ten:


      Knapp and Medina on the outside looking in. Knapp has dropped a bit in my eyes due to the growing doubts that he will stick behind the plate (I still want him to catch the entire year at LHV). I’m bullish on Medina this year (He’s my breakout prospect), but I couldn’t justify putting him into a top 10 loaded with LEGIT big league prospects. (How often could we say that about a Pharm Top Ten in recent years?)

      Alfaro and Cozens are my two biggest risers. The hit tool Alfaro continues to exhibit is really encouraging — I wonder if they’ve told him to focus on making consistent contact instead of selling out for power, similar to what they did with Cozens in CLW last year. It would explain the gap in HR between he and Cozens, given that Alfaro has at least as much (and probably) more power, according to most reports. Cozens rising does not need an explanation, but the K-rate still troubles me.

      1. Appel, Kilome, and Pinto seem to have had their stock slide at least a bit. On the plus many others are doing ok to excelling and are climbing the list.

        1. Lively probably slots into the 12-15 range. He’s a good bet to be a back-end starter, but nothing really stands out that shows me he’ll be more than that. I would argue that all of the prospects in the top ten above have a better-than-longshot chance of becoming above average regulars in MLB. I wouldn’t say the same about Lively, based on the reports I’ve read.

          1. Thanks Romus, that is a pretty informative read. I have seen him live this year, however, and unless the radar gun was broken he dialed up 95 mph a few times when he got into trouble. His 85ish mph slider looked dangerous as well. I’m no scout, but he looked like a horse up there. Let’s just enjoy the ride and try not to label him a backend starter until he shows he can’t handle the level he is at. The numbers he put up in a stadium like first energy is pretty damn impressive if you ask me.

            1. Agree Lsigal…..hope it keeps going for him. For sure he will pitch in the majors….as what type of pitcher and for whom remains to be seen.

      2. Mike,

        A good list. I haven’t refreshed mine, but agree about Crawford, Alfaro and Cozens as the top three. I’d put Quinn next. Elfin, Kingery and Ramos are up there for me, too. And several starting pitcher prospects after that.

        Hoskins is less of a favorite for me after having been hot on him all last year and this spring. He’s coming around but doesn’t appear to have many strengths beyond decent power and hitting. And, as has been here mentioned repeatedly, a right-hander at 1B needs to dominate.

        On the other hand, Rhys has moved along pretty fast. He was in college this time just two years ago. He might just need a little more time to adjust to the better pitching he’s facing this year and that he will face when he moves up. Maybe he’s be ready for Philadelphia in 2018.

        As for Knapp, I never have been a big believer despite his sweet swing. Ditto Williams, though he’ll move back up in my mind if he starts hitting lefties.

        1. it might be that hoskins inexperience against quality pitching has finally caught up to him. though much is made of cozens lack of experience due to playing football, the reality is that he only played for one season. on the other hand, in addition to baseball hoskins played aau and high school basketball for all 4 years, as well as football for 3. he did not start playing baseball full-time until college, where he played in a weak conference. like most (all?) hitters new to aa, he is seeing consistently better pitching on a nightly basis. i am a big fan, but it remains to be seen at this point whether he can make the necessary adjustments

      3. I’d like to see Alfaro get that walk rate above 2% before ranking him that high. It could be one of those situations where he needs to be at a more advanced level before it catches up to him, or it could be a bit of a SSS issue.

        1. Yeah, it’s a definite red flag. His BB rate has never been great (5 percent range), but it’s really low right now. The good thing is that his K rate is also down, which tells me he’s just seeing the ball really well right now. Again, I wonder if they’ve told him just to try to make good, consistent contact this season. Hopefully the BB rate somewhat normalizes as pitchers adjust. I still think the high ranking is justified by the hit tool and power potential from a huge-armed backstop.

        2. I see it as same situation as Franco was in…when your crushing no real reason to take walks when he can devastate with bat. Now as pitchers adjust to him and give him less hitable pitches and he doesn’t start taking walks then you could consider it red flag.

      4. Ive got a problem with Quinn so high…i know all about potential and game changing speed…but i have seen enough results …i actually have him 11 -12…i dont think he ever sees a day as a Phillie…i think more of a chance he is trade. Herrera is my CF

        1. That’s fair. The hit tool has shown itself here and there, but it hasn’t been consistently on display in his career. I like that he’s a switch hitter, has shown a tiny bit of pop and seems to have a good approach at the plate. If he can get on base consistently in the bigs, his speed would be a huge asset at the top of the order.

          I’m also not moving Herrera off CF. Quinn could play RF in Philly, however (as has been posited by others on this board). The lineup would sacrifice power, but imagine a defensive OF of Williams/Herrera/Quinn, with Roman and Doobie hitting 1-2. They’d be a fun pair for some small ball action.

          1. Mike,

            Agree. Quinn has shown the arm to play RF. Cozens has, too. And he hits for power.

  4. Do we really have 2 Edgar Garcia’s in the organization? A 19 y/o is a reliever in Lakewood and another guy is in EST (based on the rosters). I could see that name being popular but only lists 1 with the Phils. I think B-R only lists guys who have pitched in pro ball already and the 2nd Edger G might be a recent signing.

      1. Correction….see your puzzlement now….both Garcias are on the same roster…Edgar and Enmanuel in EST

    1. Baseball Reference doesn’t begin to list players until they have Rookie League stats. You won’t find Rafael Marchan or Jhailyn Ortiz. in BR either. It’s possible I got lists crossed up. We’ll know better when the DSL1 and DSL2 lists come out this week.

  5. Nick Williams has an interesting line the last 5 games. Nothing but Strikeouts and hits. 20 At-bats, 9 hits, 9 K’s. BABIP of .900?

  6. When do you guys think we’ll see Ramos make his MLB debut? The guy is most deserving of a promotion.

  7. Phillies bullpen is pretty solid so I think that works against Ramos at this point. Plus i think Russell is next reliever up.

      1. The guy has 400 Major League Appearances as a LOOGY. I’m not really sure you can take credit for calling this one.

    1. Russell is very mediocre. He was sent down for a reason.

      Ramos is a really nice piece, could be a middle to back end guy.

    1. Oberholtzer cannot be sent down, he is out of options….he will need to be DFAed and in that 10 day period he will be snatched up I am sure…..Astros I would think may take him back since they get to select in the beginning process based on their poor record this year.

  8. I think Alfaro needs to see AAA within the next month. I want him to get some work in with Eflin and Thompson, and some more with Lively so that when Alfaro breaks into the bigs he is as comfortable as possible. I’ve said that Knapp just doesn’t have the arm to stick, but he has thrown out a few guys lately and the organization seems determined to keep him behind the plate. Maybe he and Alfaro should switch places until next year. It could revive Knapps bat to see First Energy again, and take the pressure off of the defensive side a little bit as well. He clearly is not going to be ready to play catcher in the bigs before Alfaro is.

    1. Lsigal,

      Maybe Knapp needs to see First Energy again because that’s his limit as a hitter, sweet swing or not.

        1. rocco……maybe a little too rash a judgement on Knapp. Even Swhihart has struggled in the majors and then for a bit at Pawtucket. Growing pains of a prospect.

  9. Gator will the time missed by Alfaro I wonder if we would be rushing him sending him to triple a now?

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