Monthly Archives: June 2016

Box Score Recap – 6/29/2016

Wednesday, the Phillies’ future walked to the plate with one out in the first inning. Number One pick, Mickey Moniak, began his professional career as the DH in his first professional ball game.  He faced a 25-year old pitcher who was rehabbing from the FSL Tampa Yankees in his first at bat.  The at bat ended with a called third strike.  (Videos in the GCL Recap) Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/29/2016

Around the System–Starting Pitching

Lehigh Valley

David Buchanan, 27, Phils 7th round pick in 2010; 14 games (13 starts); 4-4 with a 4.54ERA; 83.1IP 88H 19BB 38K; 10HR allowed; .275 opp avg; 1.28 WHIP; 1.08 GO/AO; 2.1BB/4.2K per 9; .240 vs LHH, .296 vs RHH; .288 opp avg in June.  Buchanan has given the ‘Pigs nothing more than innings this year.  Mostly unimpressive, his run with the organization is likely coming to an end this off season.

Ben Lively, 24, Acquired from Reds in 2014; 15 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 10-0 with a 2.12ERA; 93.1IP 55H 26BB 75K; 6HR allowed; 2.5BB/7.2K per 9; .168 opp avg; 0.87 WHIP; 0.88 GO/AO; For LV: 6 starts, 3-0 with a 2.45ERA; .144 opp avg; 0.77 WHIP; 2.5BB/5.8K per 9.  Lively has dominant all year whether pitching for Reading or Lehigh Valley.

James Russell, 30, SIgned as a free agent in 2016; 15 games (8 starts); 2-3 with a 5.01ERA; 41.1IP 47H 13BB 28K; 6HR allowed; 2.8BB/6.1K per 9; .114 vs LHH, .328 vs RHH, .350 opp avg in June; Russell had been throwing well until a very ugly June turned his season around.  He appears clearly better suited for a situational lefty role than starting. Wouldnt be surprised to see Russell back in the bullpen if Morgan moves down to Lehigh Valley on Monday.

Jake Thompson, 22, Acquired from Rangers in 2015; 15 starts; 6-5 with a 2.88ERA; 90.2IP 79H 27BB 63K; 9HR allowed; .238 opp avg; 1.17WHIP; 0.99 GO/AO; 2.6BB/6.2K per 9; 3-0 with a 0.76ERA in 5 June starts; .198 vs RHH, .259 vs LHH, .211 opp avg in June; After somewhat of a slow start, Thompson has been outstanding since the beginning of May and is on course to be one of the primary members of the 2017 rotation.

Anthony Vasquez, 29, Re-signed as a free agent in 2016; 15 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 8-3 with a 3.46ERA; 96.1IP 99H 27BB 69K; 6HR allowed; 2.5BB/6.4K per 9; .275 opp avg; 1.31 WHIP; 1.06 GO/AO; Vasquez knows how to pitch and he has been effective this year.


Tom Eshelman, 22, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 12 starts between CLearwater and Reading; 4-2 with a 3.22ERA; 64.1IP 65H 12BB 69K; 7HR allowed; 1.7BB/9.7K per 9; .259 opp avg; 1.20WHIP; 1.20 GO/AO; Eshelman has progressed very nicely this season with 11 of his 12 starts coming for CLearwater before his recent promotion to Reading.  His pinpoint control is certainly the first step towards success.

Mark Leiter, 25, Phils 22nd round pick in 2013; 10 games (6 starts) for Reading; 3-0 with a 3.50ERA; 36IP 25H 12BB 28K; .198 opp avg; 1.03WHIP; 0.95 GO/AO; 5HR allowed; 2.7BB/7.0K per 9; .228 vs LHH, .174 vs RHH, .193 opp avg in June; Leiter has thrown well after missing the first month plus of the season injured. Continue reading Around the System–Starting Pitching

Open Discussion: Week of June 27th

Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.

The Phillies are 32-45.  They went 2-5 last week.  They closed out their home stand with a loss against Arizona then went 1-2 in both Minnesota and San Francisco.  Their win against the Giants came against Bumgarner.  Go figure. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of June 27th

Box Score Recap – 6/26/2016

Lehigh Valley (45-32) Beat Durham, 3-2 in 10 innings.  The IronPigs tied the game on a two-out, RBI  single in the ninth inning.  They went ahead in the tenth on David Lough’s RBI ground out and Logan Moore’s RBI double.  The extra run came in handy when Edward Mujica loaded the bases with one out and Tahylor Featherston committed a run scoring error.  Former IronPig J.P. Arencibia saved the day by grounding into a game-ending double play. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/26/2016

Box Score Recap – 6/25/2016

Lehigh Valley (44-32) Beat Durham, 7-1.  Anthony Vasquez (1-0, 4.32) scattered 7 hits and struck out 7 while allowing one run in 6.1 innings.  Andrew Knapp had 3 hits, J.P. Crawford had two.  Carlos Alonso had 2 RBI.  Brock Stassi (.265) drew 4 of the IronPigs’ 11 walks.  The Bulls struck out 15 IronPigs’ batters.  Taylor Featherston (.267) led the way with 4 K.  Darin Ruf (.291) followed with three. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/25/2016

Box Score Recap – 6/23/2016

Lehigh Valley (42-32) Lost to Norfolk, 6-0.  James Russell (2-3, 5.01) had a rough outing that culminated with a sixth inning grand slam by the Tides.  Phil Klein made his IronPigs’ debut in relief.  Mario Hollands (2.31) pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning.  He went 1.2 innings and allowed a walk and a single on 21 pitches/15 strikes.  The IronPigs were limited to 4 base runners, 4 singles. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/23/2016

Box Score Recap – 6/22/2016

Lehigh Valley (42-31) Beat Norfolk, 2-1.  Ben Lively allowed a first inning run on a solo home run then held the Tides to 2 more hits and a walk in 7.0 innings.  Colton Murray (1-1, 5.56) got the win.  Edward Mujica (4.06) got his 17th save.  J.P. Crawford and Emmanuel Burriss had 2 hits apiece.  Crawford drove in the go ahead run with a single to right in the ninth.   Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/22/2016