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.

  • #1 Crawford (.213) went 1-3.
  • #2 Thompson (6-5, 3.09) – DNP.
  • #3 Williams (.289) DNP.
  • #4 Appel – DL, shoulder strain.
  • #9 Knapp (.261) went 0-4 with 3 K.
  • #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #17 Cordero – DL.
  • #23 Sweeney (.235) went 0-3 with 2 K.
  • #26 Asher – Restricted List.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – DNP.
  • #30 Lively (3-0, 2.09) – DNP.

Reading (51-22) Beat Akron, 6-5 in 11 innings.  Tom Eshelman (0-0, 1.80) Had a successful AA debut.  He allowed one run on 7 hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  Tom Windle (6.35) gave up 2 runs on 3 hits while facing 4 batters.  He was awarded a Hold for this mediocre 0.1 inning.  Alexis Rivero made his AA debut and gave up a run on a hit and 2 walks, but struck out 3 in his 1.0 inning.  Hoby Milner (1.24) completed the inplosion when he blew the save with an ER in the eighth.

The Phils scored the winning run on the rarely seen walk off wild pitch/intentional walk. Dylan Cozens had reached on an error, moved to second on Rhys Hoskins’ single, and both runners advanced a base on a passed ball.  Jake Fox was intentionally walked but a wild pitch on ball four allowed Cozens to score.  Andrew Pullin made his AA debut and went 3-5 with a double.

Reading turned a triple play in the top of the ninth.  New pitcher Gregory Infante put two runners on base with a single and a walk.  The batter popped up a sacrifice bunt attempt that Infante allowed to drop, and start the triple play.

Infante escaped more trouble in the tenth.  He put two men on base with one out.  A passed ball allowed both runners to advance, but the lead runner was caught off third and retired in an Alfaro-Martinez-Alfaro rundown.

  • #6 Alfaro (.301) went 2-5 with a double and RBI (38).
  • #7 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique.
  • #10 Pinto – (2-2, 4.25) – DNP.
  • #15 Eshelman (0-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.
  • #18 Pivetta – (7-4, 3.27) – DNP.
  • #19 Hoskins (.276) went 2-5 with a HR (19) and RBI (56).
  • #22 Cozens (.272) went 0-5.
  • #27 Brown (.233) went 0-3.

Clearwater (40-29) Beat Brevard County 7-4.  They erased an early deficit with a third consecutive game with double-digit hits.  Yacksel Rios (2-1, 2.16) gave up 4 runs (2 ER) in 6.0 innings and struck out six.  Victor Arano (2.93) earned his second save with 3.0 innings of shutout ball while also striking out six.

Chace Numata (.270) had 3 hits and an RBI.  Carlos Tocci, Scott Kingery, Malquin Canelo, and Herlis Rodriguez chipped in with 2 hits apiece.  Zach Green had 3 RBI (41) and hit his 9th HR.  Jiandido Tromp made his Clearwater debut and went 0-4 with an RBI on a SF.

Tocci picked up an outfield assist when he threw a runner out at home.

  • #11 Kingery (.264) went 2-5.
  • #12 Canelo (.239) went 2-4 with a BB.
  • #14 Tocci (.274) went 2-5.
  • #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) was promoted to Reading.
  • #20 Tirado – assigned to XST. (pitched 4.0 innings in a practice game Tuesday)
  • #21 Garcia (6-2, 1.97) – DNP.

Lakewood (30-40) Beat Greenville, 8-7 in 11 innings on Wilson Garcia’s 10th inning home run.  Harold Arauz (3.86) struck out 7 in 5.0 innings, but he also gave up 5 runs on 8 hits.  Edgar Garcia (1.19) and Jacob Waguespack (4-1, 3.48) each struck out 3 in 2.0 innings.  However, Waguespack gave up 2 runs and blew the save.

Wilson Garcia (.307) came off the DL and went 3-5 with a double, his first HR, and 2 RBI (22). Josh Tobias ( .290) and Damek Tomscha (.307) also had 3 hits each.  Jose Pujols, Deivi Grullon, and Grenny Cumana (.272), had 2 hits apiece.

  • #5 Randolph – DL, shoulder.
  • #8 Kilome (1-6, 5.09) – DNP.
  • #24 Pujols (.237) went 2-5 with a double and RBI (43).
  • #29 Grullon (.250) went 2-5 with 2 RBI (20).

Williamsport (3-4) Beat Mahoning Valley, 2-1 in 10 innings.  Arquimedez Gamboa tied the game with a two-out, ninth inning sacrifice fly.  Jesus Alastre drove home the winning run with a tenth inning single.

Ranger Suarez (1.69), Scott Harris, Jose Nin (2.70), and Alex Kline combined to shutout the Scrappers for 8.1 innings on 5 hits 0 walks, and struck out eleven.  Randy Alcantra gave up an unearned run.

  • #16 Medina (1-0, 0.00) – DNP.

GCL Phillies (0-0) Season starts June 24th at Tampa.

  • #? Mickey Moniak
  • #25 Jhailyn Ortiz

Moniak RH I arrived at the Complex and found Mickey on the Robin Roberts Field taking BP off Ismael Cabrera with Cody Eldridge.  I couldn’t get closer, the gate was closed. Looks like the Phillies are going to have him become a switch hitter. Nah! Just kidding.  When a pitcher throws live BP, they finish with pitch outs.  The batter switches sides so the pitcher can throw one to each side.

Moniak Bunting


When Moniak rejoined the players on Mike Schmidt Field, he took part in batting practice off one of the coaches.  They start off with a couple bunts during their first set.  That’s Phil Garner in the picture to “field” the ball.


Moniak AB This was the best shot I could get of Moniak where I could read his name.  I had to climb the bleachers so that the horizontal pole didn’t block his name.




Moniak AB2

This was my favorite shot.  Look at his hands.  Look at the step.  You can’t tell from a “still” but he has a fairly quiet load. He took 6 swings during his last set.  Six line drives.  Gap to gap dropping well in front of fielders.  Five were sure hits.  The sixth hit the screen protecting the pitcher. Might have been a sixth hit up the middle.


DSL Phillies (6-11) Lost to the DSL Astros Blue, 3-2.  Miguelangel Bastidas (2.25) gave up one run in 6.0 innings and struck out six.  Alfredo Benitez (7.56) struck out the side in 1.0 inning of work.

  • Dixon Gutierrez (.371) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • Keudy Bocio (.204) went 1-3 with a HBP.
  • Jonathan Guzman (.324) went 0-4.

DSL Phillies2 (7-10) Beat the DSL Rangers2, 1-0.  Gustavo Armas (2-0, 0.39) struck out seven in 7.0 innings.  Enmanuel Omana (.250) and Ronaldo Marrero (.292) had 2 hits apiece.  The only run scored on a double play.

  • Leonel Aponte (1-1, 0.87) – DNP.
  • Carlos Oropeza (.250) went 0-2 with 2 BB.
  • Rafael Marchan (.143) DNP.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 6/23 – Gabriel Lino assigned to Reading from Clearwater.
  • 6/23 – Andrew Pullin assigned to Reading from Clearwater.
  • 6/23 – Reading placed C Joel Fisher on the 7-day disabled list. Right shin contusion.
  • 6/23 – Austin Bossart assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood.
  • 6/23 – Jiandido Tromp assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood.
  • 6/23 – Lakewood activated C Wilson Garcia from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 6/23 – Edgar Cabral assigned to Lakewood from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/23 – RHP Grant Dyer assigned to Williamsport.
  • 6/23 – RHP Blake Quinn assigned to Williamsport.
  • 6/23 – C Henri Lartigue assigned to Williamsport.
  • 6/23 – RHP Jake Kelzer assigned to Williamsport.
  • 6/23- RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Williamsport.
  • 6/23 – Williamsport released OF Jake Sweaney.
  • The deadline for submitting GCL rosters is 10:30AM Friday.  The Phillies will submit their roster pretty close to the deadline.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.
  • Reported signing bonuses for Josh Stephen ($600K) and Justin Miller ($100K) have been added to the Tracker.  That leaves $1,115,160 available for #5 Cole Irvin (slot $417,500) who signed today and other over slot signings.
  • 2016 Draft Tracker is available.
  • 6/23 – Martinelli and Barbier are in Williamsport.

    David Martinelli & Brett Barbier are also here in Williamsport but won’t be added until 2 roster moves are made. Cutters are at the 35 limit

76 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/23/2016

  1. Armas with another dominant pitching performance. I thought he would be at least in the GCL. He is wasting time in the DR. He was very good in Venezuela last year.

      1. I noticed Armas last year. He’s 20 y/o and this is his 3rd season in the Phillies organization. Last year he seemed to break out giving up 52 hits in 73 IP. Guys hit .208 off him but he didn’t have big K numbers and his BBs were very high. This year, in 23 innings, he’s given up 17 hits and 1 ER. He has 20 Ks to only 3 BBs. He’s taking another step forward and probably should be in Williamsport right now. But when they’re releasing guys like Jake Sweeney, there probably aren’t a lot of slots available.

  2. I have a question. Above it says they have 1.1 left to spend less Cole Irvin. But doesnt the 500k extra spent on Stephen come out of that? Or did that already come out. Im confused because its listed after the top ten on the tracker. Thanks in advance!

    1. Yes, I subtracted the Stephen’s overage. Once they publicize Irvin’s bonus, I’ll subtract that from the $1,115,160 listed above and on the Tracker. The remainder should represent the amount available to sign additional picks above $100K after the 10th pick (who haven’t already signed).

      Note that unless they publicize the bonus amounts for all the players signed outside the top 10, we will not know exactly how much they have available to sign additional payers.

      In the past we could always assume that the Seniors were signing below (well below) $100K after 10, but there 7 underclassmen among their post-10 signings – Darrick Hall (j,), Brett Barbier (jr.), Jake Kelzer (jr.), Caleb Eldridge (j1), Tyler Hallead (j2), Alexander Kline (jr.), and Daniel Garnier (jr.).

      I’m not suggesting any of the above got more than the $100K allotted for picks past 10, but I just don’t know. I was surprised that a HS kid at 11 got $600K but a HS kid at 12 only got $100K.

  3. Wow Jim ty for the pick Mickey Mo in Clearwater. Kingery 2 more hits , Pujols starting to hit again , Eshelman did good in his first AA start, Reading wills the win again that team doesn’t want to lose. Heris Rodriguez back with 2 hits good to see.Ranger comes though again great rotation in Williamsport.

    1. I watched it last night. Bats were red hot. Greenville sems like a hitters park. Garcia looks like he can hit anywhere. Pujols needs to hussle more, and cut on his swagger and body language, otherwise his development is going to take a while. I love Coppola attitude. He looks like a natural 1st batter. Did not hit much but one can clearly see how hard it was of the pitcher and defenders to work him out. Love this kid. Tons of positive energy. As for Arauz, it is clear that he is on a program to learn a change up. Nice mechanics and loose like a goose. Really deep CB. His 2S fastballs also moved away and down a bit. His cutter has a potential for a plus pitch. Struck out 7. Ironically, all 5 runs came in two innings where he had 2 outs and 0-2 counts. So I guess, he either relaxed an strike too early. Overall, arauz is definitely a starter. As for Garcia, he pitched excelent, very energetic body language and a trully attacker. He even ran te get unreachable foulballs. We need to really keep eyes on this kid. With a third pitch he could be a starter, although he says he love to relief.

      1. I watched it as well, just saw them live a few weeks ago. Was glad to finally see Garcia pitch, liked his CB, agreed that he’s someone to keep an eye on.

        The bats were hot, one AB that bothered me was Pujols. Up 3-1 in the count, fouls one off to the left and then cases one in the dirt. That said the power i’ve seen from him with the Crosscutters and Lakewood is impressive especially when you consider he’s still a bit skinny as he looks like he could fill out a decent amount more over the next few years.

    2. Daniel,

      i caught the latter part of last night’s game and it was really great to see guys like Pujols, Grullon and Tomscha who I’ve only read about. Pujols does look athletic. Tomscha looks more fit and athletic than I expected; somehow, I had the idea he was a hulk. Waugenspack did not impress, a disappointment to me.

      Haven’t seen any live baseball since spring training ended and I’m looking forward to the four games Clearwater will play at Ft Myers at the end of next month.

  4. Uh yeah what happened w Jake Sweeney? What I never understood is why release someone who was a high pick? You need fillers why not use them as org fillers? And if somehow they stumble on what scouts saw then it’s plus. Just never understood this.

    Just a suggestion . . You do an amazing job w the site btw. He about for the starting pitchers in stead of (DNP) how about the date of their next start. Or what their numbers were from their last start.

    1. Fun fact – Jake Sweaney was hitting .500 at Williamsport when he was released. He played in a grand total of 58 games in the Phillies farm system, getting 134 AB.

      Jake, we hardly knew you.

  5. Hey.. Alex Kline is a ‘Nova boy. Wait… it was actually Nova Southeastern. Oh well.

    Williamsport lineup is mostly Latin American guys (7 of 9 starters). 3 of the 5 pitchers yesterday are from LA. Shows better signings in LA and they are working into the US. I was going to call Encarnacion a bust but remembered he’s still only 18 y/o. I’d like to see him pick it up a bit but I can wait.

    1. Jimmy Cordero:
      “Yeah, he’s making progress. We’ve taken a real slow process to get him ready, so he’s throwing again, but he’s somewhat early still in his throwing progression. You know, we’re hoping that by the middle of July he’s ready. He feels good, but we’ve taken a slow go at trying to get him strong and get him back to throwing. But he is throwing now and we just need to get him ready”….Joe Jordan June 17th

      1. Thanks Romus (and Joe). Names like Cordero, Ramos, Hollands, Neris, add to that a recast Appel and maybe Morgan, probably leaving out one or two, interesting bullpen.

  6. Nice to see good starts at AA by Eshelman and Pullin. Hoskins’ power is for real but Cozens has cooled off. Alfaro is the real talent at Reading and needs to be promoted. What do they do with Knapp? No sooner was I excited about Sweaney getting two hits …..

    1. One reason for Cozens’ cooling effect…..they may be pitching around him… last 10 games his BB rate rose from approx 11% for his first 267 PAs to 19% over his last 42 PAs.

      1. I agree. They are definitely pitching around him, but Hoskins is making them pay for it. Great comination! I hope they can stay together when moved to LHV. It should be soon.

    2. Knapp should continue to catch as much as possible. The arm is coming around, but his catching needs development. If they send Alfaro to LHV, I hope they find a way to keep Knapp catching where his value is high as a switch-hitting catcher …maybe Reading.

      1. Agree that Knapp should continue at catcher, where he could really be of value. For this reason, it doesn’t make sense right now to have Alfaro and Knapp on the same team. Both need to catch on a regular basis. It’s perhaps not ideal, but having Alfaro spend the entire season at AA isn’t the worst thing in the world. In a way, it’s a good problem to have.

        1. It won’t hurt for Cozens, Hoskins, and Alfaro to stay in AA, but I could see the team promote all 3 possibly together. It could mean Stassi and Knapp switching places to AA, but neither deserve a demotion down. A Ruf and Ruiz trades could create room at 1B and C but who knows what they will do.

        2. Agreed. Really good prospects aren’t blocked by non-prospects, but sometimes, one good prospect can block a slightly better prospect, which is what is happening here. To put it as you have – Knapp needs to play more than Alfaro needs to be promoted.

    3. Murray, I’m with you on Hoskins and Alfaro. I became a big Hoskins fan last season and was concerned that his detractors were right when he got off to a slow start at Reading, but steady wins the race. Alfaro is such a great athlete. Hope he moves up this season.

  7. Pitching around Cozens thoughts by pitcher, ” I dont wanna pitch to this guy with 19 HR and 55 rbi, so ill pitch around him to get to the other guy with 19 HR and 56 rbi…”

    Tocci still RED HOT….. Put on some weight son!!

    Andrew Pullin also red hot…

    Williamsport looks like a great 1-2 with Medina and Ranger

    1. This great. If Tocci keeps hitting like this, he can definitely have a chris Roberson or Quentin berry type career.

      In all seriousness….I just don’t see what the ceiling is with Tocci at this point. He’s at best a good field, not hit OF in the majors. I just cant see him putting on the weight or developing the power to have even below average power. I just don’t see the value…

      1. It always cracks me up when people say he can’t put on weight. The kid is 20, when I went to college I was 5’11” 170lbs, and by my senior year I was 6’2” 185 and a lot more muscle (my sport was rowing). It just blows my mind that people think a 20 year old kid will never fill out. The guys who are 6’2” 195lbs at 19 are the exception, they’re freaks of nature. Tocci has 3 more years before hes probably maxed out his weight, just cause he hasnt built 30lbs of muscle from 16-20, doesnt mean he can’t add weight at 20-23.

        1. I know how to put on weight. wish I could get it off. But look at sixers simmons he put on 25 pounds of muscle in a short time. With todays trainers and learning what to eat. There is no way he shouldn’t be able to add 20 lbs of muscle .your so right billy

        2. Billy..ditto….prime example this year…Severino Gonzalez…..two years ago he was rail thin.

  8. Pullin would be a cool story if it keeps going…prospect…briefly out of baseball…prospect again!

  9. from Keith Law article about where newly drafted players slot into their teams prospect list. I happen to agree with this:

    1st pick: Mickey Moniak, OF
    Philadelphia Phillies
    New No. 2 prospect

    The Phillies already have one of baseball’s best prospects in shortstop J.P. Crawford, recently promoted to Triple-A, so anyone they took from this year’s draft class was going to slot in second, at best. Moniak is obviously much farther away than the likes of Jake Thompson or Nick Williams, but he has more upside.

  10. GCL roster up and none of big names on it…guess they want to have them in extended Spring Training for a bit first. I understand but i hope the Phillies understand my disappointment !

  11. two items:

    (1) Moniak being rated #2 prospect – absurd…make him do something to warrant this. He cannot be better than Williams never having taken an AB in minor league ball.

    (2) Anyone recall a Phillies minor league team that had two 30 HR sluggers on it who were actual prospects, not journeymen. I go back to the days that Richie Allen was in the minors and I don’t recall any.

    1. Your point about Moniak is well taken, Phil, though I’m not sure that ranking prospects is more about merit than projection. We tend to wanna guess right about a guy who just became a professional then wait and later say, “Geez, he really is good, isn’t he!” There isn’t a rule book.

    2. having grown up in Reading question 2 got me racking my brain and then going down the rabbithole of baseball . hard to get 30 homers in a 5 month season- realize a guy could do it over multiple minor league levels, but since late 60’s i see only Ruf, Howard, Luzinski and Willie Darkis going over 30 for Reading. From what i could see the greatest duo in Reading History was Bobby Estallela and Dan Held combining for 49.
      there were seasons when the entire team combined for 60 or less.

    3. Phil – totally agree – no way can he be ahead of Williams, Thompson and Alfalo for me. These are nearly ready prospects with pretty high ceilings.

      By the way I was surprised when I saw your name/image here as I read your work on the semiconductor industry all the time and it is first rate.

    4. philgarrou…Phils had two sluggers named Greg Luzinski and Mike Anderson coming up through the system in the early 1970’s, not to mention Michael Jack Schmidt. Anyways, both the Bull and Anderson had prodigious power and one of the sad things that happened was a terrible beaning of Anderson in, I believe, 1970 or 71. He was never the same after that/.

  12. Adonis Medina made the BA Hot Sheet

    19. Adonis Medina, rhp, Phillies

    Team: short-season Williamsport (New York-Penn)
    Age: 19
    Why He’s Here: 2-0, 0.00, 12.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 5 SO, 5 BB

    The Scoop: The Phillies No. 9 prospect pitched six scoreless innings on Opening Day of the New-York Penn League season against State College and followed up with 6 2/3 scoreless against Mahoning Valley in his second start. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Dominican showed some wildness with five walks and two hit batters, but didn’t allow a single hit with runners on base (0-for-11) to limit the damage. (KG)


        1. Sam….strange you should bring up Chuck Barris’ Gong Show and the ‘unknown comic’……he was my friend’s cousin…he passed away in 2014.

    1. Years later, when asked why his charge at Gettysburg failed, Pickett replied: “I’ve always thought the Yankees had something to do with it.” A baseball reference even back in 1863.

        1. Sam I thought you knew. Romus was pitching that day against abner at gettsburg .Romus was pitching for the Indians and walked in the winning run. when he saw Custer on the fence and got scared .and wild pitch in crazy bull from third.

  13. In the GCL Phillies game, all but one starter was from Latin America. Two of the pitchers today were rehabbing: Yoervis Medina and Jesen Therrien. Tyler Frohwirth got into the game also. Sixto Sanchez, a 17 y/o kid from the DR, had a great state-side debut: 5 IP, 3 hits, 0 runs, 4 Ks and 2 BBs. Nice! Very Nice!!

        1. No reason for Jeanmar to get traded unless the Phillies get a crazy offer. Jeanmar is making peanuts and won’t be a FA until 2018.

          1. That may be one reason that the Phillies get some kind of crazy offer. Even one premier prospect would be a plus.
            As a closer he is a bit different, so a contender could use him as a set-up 8th inning guy.
            According to Brooks….Gomez has relied primarily on his 2Smr sinker (92mph), also a CU(84mph), Slider (84mph) and Splitter (86mph)…. rarely throws a 4Smr but it is 94mph when he does.

            1. His value right now is derived mostly from how cheap he’d come. He’s been more hittable of late.

  14. Getting interesting now. Pete is getting a little restless now from post game comments he’s been making. The better prospects are beginning to trickle up to the big club. has Ramos as Phillies’ 29th top prospect. They need to update that more regularly. Gets stale as season progresses and writers still refer to it.

    1. MLB (Jon Mayo/Jim Callis) do not do a rework until January…..they will ‘cut and paste’ prospects after the trade line.
      BP and I believe Fangraphs do complete reworks at mid-season.
      Not sure about BA

    1. rocco…soon.
      But first comes the international signings in less than 10 days.
      Looks like the Phillies are in on high price Ven kids this year.

    2. On my way there right now (does Virginia ever end…). Looking forward to meeting the legendary Roccom and romus almost as much Mickey Mo!

  15. Gomez needs to pitch more he has one of those rubber arms . I say let him close for the yr get like 30 saves, his Value will be more as a closer. Let Ramos get his feet wet and get comfortable. Green starting to get that back good longer list of power prospects. Falter, Gowdy, Eshelman all seem like they have the same kind of control , Gowdy walk 6 this yr 6 that’s pretty good.

    1. That’s what I was about to say Hollands is the only Lefty but he’s coming off Tj surgery.maybe The Phillies can scan the waver wire.

    2. Guru I have seen so many guys like Araujo who stinks. but are lefthander and get more chances. Then they should. I turn off the game. Pete never should have left him in the game, He had nothing. If you listen to ben davis. on him. How in wasn’t for a better word. making the effort. Pete should have never let him pitch, I don’t care about left to left. If the pitcher is that wild and bad. get him out. He shouldnt have faced belt imo.

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