Box Score Recap – 6/13/2016

Clearwater (36-26) Beat Charlotte, 3-1.  Yacksel Rios (1.89) went 5.2 innings, allowed one earned run on 4 hits and 2 walks, and struck out six.  Alexis Rivero (4-1, 1.16) entered the game with two out and a runner on first.  He retired all ten batters he faced to earn the win.

The Threshers faced a LHP and coach Legg split his left-handed batters.  Andrew Pullin (.264) went 2-3 against the lefty.  Kyle Martin and Mitch Walding combined to go 0-6 with 4 K against the starter.  Carlos Tocci led off and Scott Kingery batted third again.

The line up almost paid dividends in the first inning,  Pullin singled up the middle with one out.  Kingery bluffed a bunt on the first pitch, pulling the third baseman onto the grass.  He chopped a routine ball down the line that went for a double when the third baseman was in too close to make the play.

The Threshers put runners on base in each of the first four innings, but couldn’t come up with the clutch hit that would put them on the board.  Finally, when trailing in the sixth, Kingery lined a single to left with one out.  He stole second early during Martin’s AB. However, he struck out.  Zach Green followed with a 2-out, RBI single to left.  With two out, Kingery easily scored the tying run.

In the eighth inning, Martin worked a one-out walk.  Zach Green was hit by a pitch and Derek Campbell was sent in to pinch run.  Walding flew out to deep center and both runners moved up a base.  Malquin Canelo came through when he grounded an 0-2 pitch into center field for a 2-out, 2-run single.

  • #11 Kingery (.267) went 2-4 with a double and SB (14).
  • #12 Canelo (.230) went 3-4 with 2 RBI (23).
  • #14 Tocci (.246) went 0-2 with a sac and BB.
  • #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) – DNP.
  • #20 Tirado – assigned to XST.
  • #21 Garcia (6-2, 1.97) – DNP.

Rios began the season with Reading where he made 13 appearances including 1 three-inning start.  Tonight’s start was his second consecutive start with Clearwater.  His first 4 appearances had been in relief.  He had thrown 79 pitches in his 5.0 inning start against Tampa last week.  Tonight, Rios threw a career high 95 pitches.

Rios’ trouble in the past has been his walk rate.  In fact, it was probably his 7.1  BB/9 (14 BB in 17.2 innings) that led to his demotion.  His improved walk rate out of Clearwater’s bullpen earned him another chance to start when Matt Imhoff pitched himself out of the rotation.

Rios throws a fastball, change up, and curve ball.  He relies on his FB about 65% of the time.  He sits 93-95 mph, but touched 96 (twice) and dips down to 90 (thrice).

He got 3 swinging Ks at 94, 76, and 82 mph.  He induced 6 other misses at 93, 95, 95, 96, 93, and 94 MPH.  He caught 3 Ks looking at 80, 79, and 94 mph.

Rios only issued 2 walks, but both were on 4 pitches.  (Good thing we weren’t in front of a Texas A&M crowd.)  He ran 3 additional 3-ball counts.

Rivero needed only 32 pitches/24 strikes to retire the 10 batters he faced.  He struck out 3, two in the ninth.  All three came swinging.  He ended the game with a strike out.

The Threshers now have 9 players on the FSL North All Star team.  OF Cord Sandberg was added over the weekend.  3B Mitch Walding was added Monday.  They join 2B Scott Kingery, CF Carlos Tocci, RHP Elniery Garcia, RHP Tom Eshelman, RHP Alexis Rivero, C Chace Numata, and 1B/DH Zach Green.

Lehigh Valley (34-29) DNP.

  • #1 Crawford (.165)
  • #2 Thompson (5-5, 3.42)
  • #3 Williams (.282)
  • #4 Appel – DL, shoulder strain.
  • #9 Knapp (.267)
  • #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90)
  • #17 Cordero – DL.
  • #23 Sweeney (.235)
  • #26 Asher – DL, shin fracture.
  • #28 Ramos (0.48)
  • #30 Lively (3-0, 2.09)

Reading (45-19) DNP.

  • #6 Alfaro (.311)
  • #7 Quinn DNP.  Tightness in his hamstring.
  • #10 Pinto – (4.25)
  • #18 Pivetta – (6-4, 3.67)
  • #19 Hoskins (.278)
  • #22 Cozens (.290)
  • #28 Brown (.241)

Lakewood (25-38) Beat Hagerstown, 5-0.  Luke Leftwich (5-3, 2.15) pitched 7.0 shutout innings.  He allowed 4 hits, walked none and struck 11 Suns.  Robert Tasin struck out 4 in 2.0 innings of relief.  Jiandido Tromp, Deivi Grullon, and Grenny Cumana had 2 hits apiece. Tromp (10) and Grullon (2) hit home runs.  Tromps was his 4th in 5 games.  Zach Coppola (.377) was activated and returned to the line up.  He led off, played RF, and went 1-4.

  • #8 Kilome – DNP.
  • #24 Pujols (.235) DNP.
  • #29 Grullon (.221) went 2-3 with  HR (2), BB, and 3 RBI (14).

DSL1  (2-6 Lost to the DSL Athletics, 11-3.

  • Dixon Gutierrez (.393) went 0-4
  • Keudy Bocio (.143) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • Jonathan Guzman (.294) went 2-4.
  • Ismael Rosado (.067) DNP.
  • Jean Carlos Valdez – DNP.
  • Jesus De Los Santos – DNP.

DSL2  (2-6)  Lost to the DSL Rangers2, 12-5.

  • Luis Ramirez – DNP.
  • Leonel Aponte (0-1, 2.08) – DNP.
  • Jose Jimenez (5.40) – 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP
  • Carlos Oropeza (.231) went 0-2 with a BB.
  • Rafael Marchan (.143) DNP.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 6/14 – Phillies optioned Luis Garcia to Lehigh Valley.
  • 6/13 – Lakewood activated Zachary Coppola from the 7-Day DL.
  • 6/13 – Lakewood released Venn Biter.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.
  • 2016 Draft Tracker is available.

69 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/13/2016

  1. Jim- Thanks for the great write ups. Rios seems like if he can find the plate a little more consistently he could be a wildcard for possible MLB bullpen.

    1. We need to get some eyes on this guy. Until he gets to CLW, and Jim can give us a scouting report, we might not know what he’s about. He’s not old for the league, as he just turned 22 a week ago. His K per 9 of 11.5 is awesome. His BB/9 is 2.5 or so. He might be a soft tosser with good secondary stuff or have an electric fastball with secondary pitches that are good enough fool A ball guys.

    2. I’ve heard:
      FB 89-93
      CB
      Slider
      Learning change up.
      Another strike pounder.
      Leftwith, Arauz, and Gilbert would have way more Ws if run supported. Bat are either dead or rarely alive.
      Tonight is Arauz turn, and Kilome tomorrow. I foresee a combined 12-13 zeros on the board from these 2 as kilome seems to be bouncing back, and hope the bats are alive.

  2. Nice start by Leftwich again , Kingery with a well rounded game double , single , run, s b . I hope Rios can stay in the rotation the Phillies may need some pitching help.

    1. I picked Lively as my sleeper pick and boy he has not disappointed. Alfaro as my breakout, but he is being overshadowed by Cozens and Hoskins so far. I’m hoping to see Lively in ML by end of season

      1. I’m hoping that the young arms coming up can throw strikes, pitch out of trouble, and stay off the DL. Nola and Ike are refreshing examples of guys who don’t throw fire but know how to pitch. Lively could fit that bill if only as a 4/5.

    1. Happy to be able to see Elfin.
      Yesterday ESPN wrote that the Phillies could be saling this July if not contending. I hope we keep Elfin. He’s a keeper IMO

      1. I would be stunned if any of our top 20 players were traded. Unfortunately I don’t know what we could get for who is available on the big club. Hope Hellickson doesn’t turn into this year’s Aaron Harang. Chooch was a commodity about a month ago. Could be rather uneventful trade season this time around.

        ….but LOTS of movement on the organization’s escalator !!!

        1. there will be 4-5 top 20 prospects that are expendable if traded for value – Tocci, Pivetta, Canelo and even Appel should be made available if opportunity to get (more) is there. I don’t see them as “regulars” for the next great phillies. Pivetta and Appel might be pitching out of the bullpen to make the team, Randolph and Moniak will catch Tocci in the next couple of years and Canelo is a prototypical prospect that you get from LA which the Phils has a lot.

          1. Tocci and Canelo have little to no value in trades. Throw-ins at best. Pivetta has some value, and Appel likely still has some value in a trade but that is rapidly disappearing.

            If we are going to actually trade prospects at some point (and it seems a bit early for that now), it will be guys with actual value that are redundant, or at a position of a strength, such as Roman Quinn (we already have a better version of him in Herrera), Andrew Knapp (assuming Alfaro is the future), or one of the upper level RHP’s (Eflin/Thompson/Appel/Pinto)

            1. Some of the pitchers…Richy, Gilbert, Arauz, Arano maybe even Imhof may bring back international slot 2 or 3 money, like Oliver and Davis did last year.

        2. 8,

          Agree. It’s a little early in the rebuild to be trading away prospects. Not so concerned about Hellickson given all the young talent on the team and coming up over the next year or so.

        3. I think the approach this trade deadline is going to be different than the last two years. The past two years the team had no depth near the top of the system, and very few real prospects at the top as well. Now the opposite is true – tons of depth and lots of our top prospects are near or in the big leagues. Because of that, and the 40 man roster crunch next off season, I think the Phils are likely to trade guys like Hellickson, Ruiz, Hernandez, Bailey, etc for lower level minor leaguers with big upsides but big risk, and hope they hit on one of them. I think an example of this from the past is when the Phils traded I believe Jim Thome for Gabriel Lino. Doesn’t look like that trade will get the team much, but it was a chance worth taking for a guy like Thome.

          The other approach I could see them taking is where they could acquire a bad contract, along with a strong prospect, to free up money for another team to acquire a deadline contributor. Could be part of a 3 way deal, or two separate deals.

          I personally think they are one year away from packaging a bunch of prospects for a controllable young star player or pitcher. If I were the Phils, I’d go into 2017 by letting as many young players play as possible and see what you have before doing that. I’d run guys like Knapp, Rupp, Joseph, Galvis, Crawford, Franco, Williams, Herrera, Altherr, and Quinn out there to see what you have first. On the pitching side, I’d go with Nola, Eickhoff, Eflin, Asher, Morgan, Lively, and Thompson as rotation options and relievers like Ramos and Appel and Hollands and other young arms. There could be some real stars in the names above that shouldn’t be moved. They can then spend free agent money or trade assets on acquiring the missing pieces for late 2017 or 2018.

        1. Louis,

          Selling or sailing, both could be read as positives. Sometimes, you need the well placed typo.

    2. I am assuming (hoping?) Eflin was in the dugout last night to witness Eickhoff’s performance and to better familiarize himself with BJ hitters.

  3. The DSL has been pretty bad this year. I can understand the troubles of the #2 team since they are guys who were displaced from their native Venezuela (most of them). But both teams are equally bad both in wins and losses and statistically. I usually like to keep track of these guy and post often about how they are doing but I haven’t been able to get past the boxscore to look into these guys. Maybe things will change a few weeks down the road?

    1. I’ve heard:
      FB 89-93
      CB
      Slider
      Learning change up.
      Another strike pounder.
      Leftwith, Arauz, and Gilbert would have way more Ws if run supported. Bat are either dead or rarely alive.
      Tonight is Arauz turn, and Kilome tomorrow. I foresee a combined 12-13 zeros on the board from these 2 as kilome seems to be bouncing back, and hope the bats are alive.

    2. Hoping to see how Rafael Marchan would do.
      So far it is an adjustment for him.
      He is still very young but was noted for his bat in the MLB international scouting report last year.

  4. Leftwich really pitched well again as did Romero in relief. Both could be promoted soon. I want to see Kingery continue to improve his numbers and truly earn his way to Reading. The downside of the draft is that there will be guys getting released soon as guys get signed and placed on teams. There’s only so many spots.

  5. Great to see Coppola come off the DL. He was tearing apart A ball and looked like an early candidate for promotion. Then he gets hurt. He needs to get it going quickly and get moved to CLW. When Randolph comes back, he’ll be all the talk of LKW and Coppola will be an afterthought. A stain on the windshield of life.

  6. Seems like a lot of players in the system are really developing this year. is that due to a change in teaching philosophy directed by the new GM or just superior talent working its way up?

    1. Helps also to finish lousy for 3/4 years in a row, ’12 thru’15, draft high….and not sign veteran FAs, lose draft picks.and finally…. trade prospects for superstars

        1. Yes….superior talent. Most all the Reading /LHV/Phillies young talent was obtained prior to the new GM’s arrival….sans VV and Goeddel.

          1. The LA guys helped Franco, Pinto, Neris etc . The Cozens , Rupp, Nola , Knapp, Crawford , C, Kingery were drafted and not traded. your right but it’s not all traded for talent . The Phillies have to rebuild the Boston Red Sox reload their in the international market alot more. When the Philies came calling for their top talent they said NO now Betts, Rodriguez , Bradley are there new core. The new Phillies new Talent personal are doing fine so far. Funny how the owners didn’t like prospects now they love them.

    2. A little of both. Phillies have been picking in the top 15 the last few years so they’re getting better talent into the system. They are also targeting specific characteristics like contact for hitters and control for pitchers. No more going after toolsy players early in the draft.

    3. it’s a combination of teaching philosophy (for pre-alamaraz draft) and the type of players (focus of hit tool and discipline) drafted under JA watch.

      1. Kurt, the JA hiring was one of Amaro’s best decisions but it was made too late for his sake. Marti Wolever should have been let go many years before but the old FO did not want to fire him.

  7. Wsport roster will be announced tomorrow. I’m looking forward to seeing it. Any recent college draftees on it? I also think we’ll start to hear more names of guys getting released, in addition to Biter.

  8. Williamsport will have players in town tomorrow for autographs, team always has drafted players stay a week in FL before moving to Williamsport, so roster will be last years GCL team.

    1. He had family cross the border to see his debut. If they arrived late at the park, they missed their boy.

  9. I watched the first 3 innings of the game today and despite the results, I came away pretty impressed with Eflin’s stuff, but his command was not good. I think it’s probably pretty typical for a guy who is nervous like that to struggle with command, but I think his stuff will play in the majors over time.

    His fastball was 92-94, he threw a very sharp slider at about 85 that got some bad swings in the first inning, he threw what looked like a curveball at about 81-82 which wasn’t anything special compared to Nola’s and Eickhoff’s, but wasn’t terrible, and a changeup about the same speed as his slider. To me, his stuff is superior to that of Morgan’s and Eickhoff’s for sure, but Eickhoff thus far has had much better command. I think Eflin will do well over time and could see him as a regular part of the rotation, despite the disastrous results.

    1. Eickhoff’s slider , when on, and curveball are really exceptional pitches and not sure Eflin is quite there with those two pitches.

    2. I saw that game too, Eflin definitely has the pitches. But man, he left a bunch up and they got smoked. Probably the worst place to make a debut (in Toronto against that lineup) but hopefully, he’ll learn from it. Note that Eflin is almost 4 years younger than Eickhoff and Morgan.

      1. Maybe this is the Phils dreaming of a Quinn, Herrera, Altherr outfield in September!!!! Just kidding, probably the hammy, probably not the diarrhea

  10. Murray he is in left because, my friend romus told me yesterday. Quinn has diarrhea and the bathroom is closer in left field.

        1. I’m sure we’ll hear but was this short stint as planned or a reoccurrence? LF was probably just to accommodate the Cuban

    1. Guy needs to see more of the Phillies locales outside of Lakewood…parts of 4 years there now. Maybe Clearwater will be his next stop soon.

  11. Pharm teams 4 for 4 tonight!
    Couple of 1b men came up huge.
    Stassi walk off bases clearing double and Hoskins 3 hits, hr, double, 6rbi!

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