Monthly Archives: July 2016

Box Score Recap – 7/31/2016

Sunday was another rainy day causing another suspension and a couple of short games. All five affiliates notched a win.

Lehigh’s Jake Thompson produced another sterling effort collecting his organization high 11th victory.

Reading completed one suspended game only to have Sunday’s game suspended.

Will Morris pitched a complete game.  Cord Sandberg had a 3-hit game.  And, Zach Morris hit his 12th home run in a rain-shortened game.

Lakewood made reliever Zach Morris a winner with a 10-run inning.

And, in Williamsport, JoJo Romero notched his first professional win, a complete game, in a rain-shortened game. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/31/2016

Box Score Recap – 7/30/2016

Lehigh picked up a win with a little D&D.  David Buchanan tossed seven, shutout innings and Darin Ruf drove in the game’s first run with a home run.

Reading was ahead by a run when the game was suspended in the bottom of the ninth, to be completed Sunday.

Clearwater broke a tie in the eighth inning on Cord Sandberg’s 2-out, RBI single.

Edgar Garcia pitched well in Lakewood’s loss.

Cole Irvin pitched equally well in Williamsport’s win.  L3 provided the offense – Mark Laird had four hits, Luke Williams had 2 hits, and Luke Maglich had 3 RBI. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/30/2016

Box Score Recap – 7/29/2016

There weren’t very many stand out performances last night as most of the affiliated teams lost.

Chace Numata drove in three runs for Clearwater including the go ahead run in the ninth.  He also homered earlier in the game.

Sixto Sanchez posted the best pitching line with six shutout innings in a GCL loss. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/29/2016

Box Score Recap – 7/28/2016

Rhys Hoskins’ 30th home run and 94th RBI weren’t enough for Reading.

JoshTobias went 4-4 for Clearwater in a losing effort.

Lakewood’s Franklyn Kilome rebounded from a two-run first inning to shut down Augusta in a strong effort. Zach Coppola had four hits as the lead off hitter.

Bailey Falter pitched a solid five innings (one ER) in a Williamsport loss.

And, Brandon Liebrandt pitched six shutout innings for the GCL Phillies in a game they eventually lost. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/28/2016

Around the System–Middle Infield

Lehigh Valley

Emmanuel Burriss, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .294/.325/.361 in 119AB; 0HR 11RBI; 3SB; 5%BB/15%K; .273 vs LHP; .313 vs RHP; .304 in July; 24 games at 2B with 2 errors (.983); 5 games at SS without an error; 4 games at 3B without an error; 3 games in the OF without an error; I never would have thought but Burriss has really been a steadying force for Lehigh Valley, playing extremely well up the middle and has been more than competent with the bat.

JP Crawford, 21, Phils 1st round pick in 2013; .262/.360/.362 in 370AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 6HR 37RBI; 11/17SB; 13%BB/14%K;  For Lehigh Valley: .261/.336/.346 in 234AB; 10%BB/15%K; .289 vs LHP; .243 vs RHP; 96 games at SS with 15 errors (.968); Continued progress for Crawford whose production is just a very small tick less in AAA than it was in AA this year.  Expect him in Philly for good come September.

Darnell Sweeney, 25, Acquired from Dodgers in 2015; .238/.297/.370 in 311AB; 6HR 28RBI; 10/19SB; 8%BB/22%K; .246 vs LHP; .234 vs RHP; .269 in July; 52 games at 2B with 4 errors (.983); 22 games at 3B with 2 errors (.962); 12 games in the OF without an error; More was expected by Sweeney with that bat, although he has been improving as of late.  Has been solid but not outstanding with the glove.

Jesmuel Valentin, 22, Acquired from Dodgers in 2014; .270/.344/.391 in 348AB(almost all with Reading); 5HR 38RBI; 4/7SB; 10%BB/15%K; 80 games at 2B with 10 errors (.974); 9 games at SS with 3 errors (.900); Valentin has put himself on the map as a prospect this year after missing the 2015 season suspended.  He has produced with both the bat and glove and scouts have said that he now projects as a major leaguer, albeit likely a reserve.


Angelo Mora, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .256/.316/.375 in 301AB; 4HR 33RBI; 3SB; 8%BB/19%K; .289 vs LHP; .244 vs RHP; .226 in July; 14 games at 2B with 3 errors (.961); 32 games at SS with 7 errors (.953); 24 games at 3B with 4 errors (.907); 14 games in the OF without an error; Mora has done a good job and shown his versatility throughout the year.  Problem is, I believe he maxes offensively where he is at.

KC Serna, 26, Re-signed as a free agent in 2016; .287/.380/.384 in 237AB; 3HR 28RBI; 6/11SB; 13%BB/14%K; .250 vs LHP; .302 vs RHP; .273 in July; 29 games at SS with 5 errors(.962); 16 games at 3B with 2 errors (.935); 6 games at 2B with 1 error (.955); 23 games in the OF with 1 error.  Serna has been consistent all year, been asked to do many things and has done them well.

Scott Kingery, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2016; .295/.360/.416 in 387AB (almost all with CW); 4HR 29RBI; 26/31SB; 8%BB/13%K; .383 vs LHP; .257 vs RHP; .193 with RISP; 91 games at 2B with 10 errors (.975); The numbers are exactly where you want them with the exception that his work with RISP sticks out like a sore thumb.  That said, this year has been very successful. Continue reading Around the System–Middle Infield

7/27 LV Game Report

This was game 3 of my annual 2-day minor league blitz.  The Pigs won (or flew as the announcer likes to say).


Ben Lively started and went almost 7 full innings.  His velocity was not impressive as he was regularly in the high 80’s with a few 90’s, a 91 and a 92.  A few times throughout the game the gun came up with readings in the 40’s so it may not have been accurate at all.  Here is Ben’s breakdown by inning:

1) Easy Flyout to RF/1-3 easy comebacker/4-3 groundout (the recently promoted Jes. Valentin made an excellent backhand pick and Ruf scooped the throw out of the dirt).

2) Infield single (Valentin again made a nice grab but couldn’t make a strong enough throw)/Sac Bunt/RBI line drive single to CF/Lineout to RF/Looking K on a full count (89 mph)

3) Looking K (88 mph)/Blooper just over Jes V’s head/Opposite field line single to LF/Lineout to Left-center/RBI double to CF (Cam Perkins got turned around and the ball went over his head to the wall- a better CF would have made the play)/Swinging K on 3 pitches (89)

4) 3-1 groundout/Routine flyout to RF/Hard ground single up the middle/Swinging K (86)- *opposing pitcher*

5) 6-3 groundout/4-3 hard hit groundout/bunt single/Flyout to medium CF

6) Swinging K (76)/4-3 easy groundout/6-3 groundout (JP made an awesome pick on a sharp hitter on one hop- definite web gem which showed off his great hands and reflexes)

7) Routine Flyout to RF/Lineout to LF (Nick Williams covered a good amount of ground and made a real nice diving catch in left center/soft single up the middle which Jes V gloved couldn’t get enough the throw.  Lively was then removed at 92 pitches (65 strikes).  Elvis Araujo came on to retire the last batter.

In the 8th, Elvis was greeted with a HR and then after plunking the next batter, he got ejected (so yes, Elvis left the building- couldn’t resist).  Brundage (LV manager) also got the boot.  It was strange since there had been no warnings that I know of and it was the first HBP of the game.

A combo of Frank Hermann and Luis Garcia finished out the game though Luis had to pitch out of a bases loaded 1 out jam to close it out.


JP Crawford went 1-4:  K’d swinging on a 3-2 pitch where he seemed to pull his head out/6-3 groundout/Foul popout to 1B/Hard RBI single up the middle (he was caught stealing soon after).

Nick Williams also went 1-4 (with 2 runs scored- he reached on an error by the 2B).  His one hit was a solid double that one-hopped off the wall in left-center.  His other 2 AB’s were a 5-3 groundout (where he HUSTLED up the line and made it a close play) and a swinging K

Aaron Altherr was rehabbing and went 1-4 with an RBI single that he fisted into RF over the 1B’s head.  He also K’d twice (one swinging and one looking on 3 pitches), and was retired 2-3 on a swinging bunt in front of home.

Andrew Knapp went 0-2 but did walk twice (one on a 3-2 pitch where he really worked the count well, and one on 5 pitches) and scored a run.  He grounded out twice to 2nd base- one was hard hit and one not at all.  In addition, he stole a base.  He literally just took off while the pitcher was still in the stretch and the pitcher never even noticed (must have really caught him by surprise).

Cam Perkins went 1-4 with an RBI single (which scored Knapp after his stealth stolen base) and a K (looking).  His other 2 AB’s were easy outs.

Jesmuel Valentin was unable to secure his first AAA hit as he went 0-2 with a swinging K on a ball in the dirt, a walk,  and a routine 4-3 groundout.

Also- Darnell Sweeney hit leadoff (with Featherston called up) and went 2-4 with a double and an RBI.  I didn’t realize he played third base.

–That concludes the nyphilsmaniac19 trilogy.  Makes me appreciate Jim P all the more- it’s hard work, but it’s fun.  I could never do all the work he does!




7/26 Reading Game Report

Reading took on Binghamton on Tuesday night and lost 5-2 so let’s get right to the good stuff:


Thomas Eshelman started and did not impress.  He only lasted 4 innings and threw first pitch strikes to 9 of the 18 batters he faced.  His fastball was recorded at 91-92 with one 94 and a few 93’s.  On the low side, He was usually around 83 and one pitch registered 76 (change-up I’m sure).  Here are his innings:

1) Nice easy 1-2-3 with two 6-3 groundouts and a foul popout to Alfaro

2) Leadoff 5-pitch walk/flyout to deep right/hard line single to left-center/Flyout ro RF/hard RBI single up the middle.  Alfaro deked the runner at home and acted as if there was no play at the plate and then tried to scoop the ball and make a sweep tag in one motion.  It didn’t work, but it was an interesting move.  The inning ended 0n a lazy pop up to 1st.

3) Another leadoff 5-pitch walk was followed by a long HR to RF.  After that, Esh settled in and finished with two line outs to left and a line out to right.  Sandwiched in there was a routine liner (not hit very hard) right to Cozens who dropped it for a 2-base error.  Cozens is anything but fluid in the outfield, and the way he catches the ball is kind of awkward (reminds me actually quite a bit of Domonic Brown the way he holds the glove).  He can’t afford to use one hand to catch anything.  I like Cozens a lot but his play in the OF is a concern for me.

4) Nice inning for Esh with 2 swinging K’s sandwiched around a lineout to RF.

Esh was lifted at 63 pitches (only 34 strikes).  Mark Leiter came in and looked very good.  He pitched the final 5 and had 4 scoreless innings until he gave up a 2-run homer in the top of the 9th.  Leiter was recorded at 91-92 reaching 94 once.  On the bottom end, he threw some 85-86 and some 70-71.  I would assume those were curve or slider and changeup. All totaled, Leiter struck out 8 in his 5 innings (3 looking) and only gave up 4 base-runners.


Scott Kingery played his second game at Reading and went 1-5.         Line single into RC with 2 strikes/Flyout to CF- didn’t seem like he got much on it but it was pretty deep/hard lineout right at the CF/6-3 chopper/5-3 routine groundout

The reborn Andrew Pullin batted second and went 1-5 also.  His only hit was a bloop single to CF that should have been caught but the CF seemed to get a slow jump on it.  His other 4 AB’s: Hard lineout right to CF/very high Flyout to RF and 2 swinging K’s on off-speed pitches

Jorge Alfaro was 0-3 until his last AB in the 8th when he clocked an opposite field solo HR that landed right in the pool in RF.  He also K’d on a curve away, had a broken bat 6-3 groundout and a 4-3 groundout during which he showed outstanding hustle and made it a pretty close play.  Only one runner tried to steal on him and he was caught though it was because he overslid 2nd base.  In Alfaro’s defense, he had a great jump and the play was still very close.

Dylan Cozens batted clean-up and was also 0-3 until homering in the 8th.  It was a moon shot to right-center that cleared everything including the back wall.  His first 3 AB’s- swinging K on a 78 mph curve/hard liner to RF that was dropped for an error/very hard one hopper that the 1st baseman made an impressive pick-up on.  All in all, he hit the ball very hard 3 of 4 AB’s.

Rhys Hoskins had a perfect day at the plate walking 3 times (first two on full counts) and hitting a hard ground single right between the SS and 3B.  He showed excellent patience and was willing to take the walk- which is becoming a trend for him as he does not have the protection in the lineup that Alfaro and Cozens do.  Rhys looked smooth at first and even stole a base.

I figured I’d track Osmel Aguila since he is new to the organization.  He went 0-4 with 1 K and only one hard hit ball.

The highlight of the game was definitely the back-to-back jacks in the 8th from Alfaro and Cozens which pulled the Fightins to within one run.  After another walk to Hoskins, Jake Fox pinch hit for Harold Martinez which brought the crowd to its feet (he didn’t start since there was no DH) but he lined out to LF.




Phillies Mid-Season Top 30 Prospects by MLB

The long-awaited, mid-season Top 30 was posted by MLB.  Speculation on where analysts rank top performing players, top draft picks, and fading prospects can finally end.  The discussion on the accuracy of the rankings will commence.

The prospect rankings are available on the Phillies site.  I have listed them here with pre-season rankings where applicable. Continue reading Phillies Mid-Season Top 30 Prospects by MLB

Box Score Recap – 7/27/2016

MLB has posted their Mid-Season Top 30.  Lots of movement and new faces.  I was most surprised, I think, by Jake Thompson’s drop from two to five.  Dylan Cozens moved up to seven.

Lehigh’s Ben Lively posted a quality start against Syracuse.

In Reading, the bats came alive.  Scott Kingery, Jorge Alfaro, Dylan Cozens, and Jake Fox led a 14-hit, 11-run attack behing Ricardo Pinto’s five shutout innings.

Luke Leftwich had a quality start for Clearwater in a losing effort.  Josh Tobias made his High A debut.

Daniel Brito reached base four times for the GCL Phillies scoring twice.

Down in the DSL, Sandro Rosario DSL1 and Rafael Carvajal (DSL2) pitched well as starters.
Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/27/2016

7/26 Lakewood Game Report

The Blue Claws had an 11 AM game yesterday vs Hickory which I attended and am reporting on.


Seranthony Dominguez started the game (A rain out the previous day caused me to miss Kilome, but anyway…)  In the first inning, I though maybe the radar gun wasn’t functioning properly when his pitches that seemed so effortless registered in the mid-to-upper 90’s.  After the Hickory pitcher recorded significantly lower speeds, I thought (hoped) the gun was accurate.  SD was consistently in the 95-96 range and reached 98 and 97 a few times.  On the low end, he was throwing 87-88 (not sure what kind of pitches).  Strike one could have been his best friend, but he recorded only 9 first pitch strikes out of 21 batters faced.

Inning 1:  After retiring the first two (3-1 groundout and a swinging K), he had a 6 pitch walk, a single, and another 6 pitch walk.  He escaped unscathed as a chopper to 3rd base marked the last out.

Inning 2:  2 straight singles were followed by a K in the dirt which allowed the runners to advance.  The Hickory manager got ejected for arguing the swing call and would not leave the field for like 10 minutes which couldn’t have helped SD’s rhythm.  An RBI groundout on a 2-0 pitch was followed by a hard hit single right on the right field line and a lucky cue shot that Cumana made a great grab on but he couldn’t throw out the runner.  The inning ended on a 4-3 routine groundout.  ( 2 runs, 4 hits – all singles)

Inning 3:  He hit the first batter on a 1-2 count, then retired the next three (Looking K, Deep flyout to right, and Lazy flyout to right)

Inning 4:  Lead off HR to right, then got the next 3 out- (Mile high popout to SS), A lineout to right that was pretty deep and a swinging K on a ball in the dirt).  (1 run, 1 hit).

At that point, probably due to running such deep counts, he was removed.  Zach Morris followed with three solid scoreless innings with 4 hits allowed.  Morris was usually around 92, but on one batter when he was ahead 1-2, he dialed a 95 followed by a 94.

Jeff Singer came on to to pitch the 8th and put on a display.  He K’d all three batters swinging and every fastball was 96-98 (except one that was 95).  His two off-speed pitches were 86.  He literally blew them all away.

Ismael Valdez closed it out with a 1-2-3  9th inning including 1 K.  His highest velo was 97, with most pitches being 95 and his low was 86-87.  (Again, hopefully the gun was accurate).

OFFENSE (sticking to prospects only including fringe ones):

Zack Coppola  went 0-3 but did walk twice.  He had two groundouts- one where his speed prevented a DP and K’d his last AB looking at a high fastball.

C Randolph went 1-4 with a walk.  He continues to work the count with all AB’s being at least 4 pitches and most longer.  His one hit was somewhat lucky as he hit a grounder between the 1st and 2nd basemen.  The first base man could have played it but peeled off and thought the second baseman would get it.  In one AB when he had two strikes, he reached out and slapped a pitch the other way but it grounded right to 3B.  His one strikeout came on 3 swings all of which he swung over top of a low fastball (at the knees).  I should also mention that all of the Crawdads pitchers were lefty plus one threw sidearm and another 3/4 which made it tough on lefties.

Josh Tobias had a nice game.  I was surprised to still see him at Lakewood with the moving up of Kingery, but I hear today he has gotten the call-up.  He made some solid plays in the field and went 2-5 at the dish.  Both hits were well struck singles (One down the left field line that he foolishly tried to stretch into a double and was out by a mile, and one single right up the middle).  He did strikeout swinging once on something off-speed.

Jose Pujols was as advertised.  He swung and missed at tons of off-speed pitches, but he got ahold of one pitch and hit it over the RC field fence for HR #19.  He is closing in on the Lakewood team record for HR’s. He did K twice of course.  He also reached on an error on a routine grounder to short, and then did a nice job breaking up a DP which eventually was instrumental in a big rally.  He hit a solid line single to center in his last AB.

Deivi Grullon went 1-4 with a walk and 2 K’s.  His hit was a double that one-hopped the wall in right field.  Strangely Wilson Garcia (who had doubled before him) stayed by the bag instead of going halfway so he only got to 3rd on the double and was stranded there.

In other news, Grenny Cumana looked very strong at SS.