Box Score Recap – 6/30/2016

Some All Star honors were announced this week.

C Andrew Knapp, OF Cam Perkins and RHP Edward Mujica will serve as the IronPigs’ representatives at the 29th annual Triple-A All-Star Game to be played on July 13 at BB&T Bank Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C., the International League announced on Wednesday. The 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game will be televised on the MLB Network, beginning at 7 p.m.

Six Reading Fightin Phils players have been selected to the Eastern League All-Star Game in Akron on July 13th, the Eastern League announced Thursday afternoon. Catcher Jorge Alfaro, first baseman Rhys Hoskins, outfielder Dylan Cozens, infielder Jesmuel Valentin, starting pitcher Nick Pivetta, and reliever Hoby Milner will represent Baseballtown in the mid-summer classic.  As the reigning Eastern Division champions, manager Dusty Wathan, pitching coach Steve Schrenk, and athletic trainer Aaron Scott will make up the Eastern Division coaching staff for the All-Star Game.

Earlier in the week, Reading Fightin Phils outfielder Dylan Cozens and starting pitcher Ricardo Pinto had been selected to appear in the 18th Annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 10th at Petco Park in San Diego, California at 7:00 p.m. The game will be the first appearance for both in the showcase game.  The prospect extravaganza will be broadcast live on the MLB Network and carried on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM.

Lehigh Valley (46-35) Beat Charlotte, 2-1.  Anthony Vasquez (2-0, 2.92) went 8.0 innings for the win.  He allowed an unearned run on 5 hits, ZERO walks, and 7 strike outs.  Edward Mujica picked up his 20th save.  Featherston and Ruf had 2 hits each.  Featherston and Stassi had one RBI each.

  • #1 Crawford (.229) went 1-3 with a BB.
  • #2 Thompson (6-5, 2.88) – DNP.
  • #3 Williams (.288) went 1-4 with a double.
  • #4 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #9 Knapp (.258) DNP.
  • #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #17 Cordero – DL, rehabbing at the Complex in Clearwater.
  • #23 Sweeney (.230) went 1-3.
  • #26 Asher – Restricted List.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #30 Lively (3-1, 3.11) – DNP.

Reading (57-23) Beat Harrisburg, 13-5.  Daniel Stumpf was the beneficiary as the Phils scored 12 runs in the seventh and eighth innings.  Ricardo Pinto gave up 4 runs in 6.0 innings.  He struck out six.  Four Phils homered.  Of course, Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins were among that group.  Harold Martinez (7) and Osmel Aguila (2) hit the other two.

KC Serna (.292) had 3 hits.  Jesse Valentin (.288), Martinez (.265), Aguila (.212), and Cozens had 2 hits apiece.  Cozens and Hoskins had 4 RBI each.  So they remain tied with 22 HR and 66 RBI each.

  • #6 Alfaro (.300) went 1-4 with a BB and RBI (43).
  • #7 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique, rehabbing at the Complex in Clearwater.
  • #10 Pinto – (3-3, 4.32) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.
  • #15 Eshelman (1-0, 1.80) – DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (7-4, 3.31) – DNP.
  • #19 Hoskins (.290) went 1-5 with a HR (22) and 4 RBI (66).
  • #22 Cozens (.279) went 2-4 with a HR (22), BB, and 4 RBI (66).
  • #27 Brown (.235) DNP.

Clearwater (43-33) Lost to Dunedin, 8-4.  Got to see Luke Leftwich (1-1, 6.97) for the first time.  Mixed results.  He looked good early.  But as his velocity waned, so did his control. He started pitching from behind, and the Jays’ batters started working deeper counts.  He had one three-ball count in the first 3 innings, and four in his last two.  He averaged 16 pitches in the first 3 innings, and 24 in his last two.  His FB faded –

  1. 92-94 mph in the 1st,
  2. 91- 93, t94 mph in the 2nd,
  3. 91- 93 mph in the 3rd,
  4. 90-92 mph in the 4th, and
  5. 90, t91 mph in the 5th.

He threw 7 of 8 FPS in the first two innings and 8 of 17 over his final 3 innings.

Newly activated Jose Nin relieved in the 6th inning, and debuted with a mid-90s FB.  He was 94-95 mph on the pitches I observed.

The Threshers had 11 hits, but could only sustain a rally once, in their 3-run sixth inning.  Scott Kingery, Kyle Martin (.242), Mitch Walding (.264), Jiandido Tromp (.200), and Herlis Rodriguez all had 2 hits apiece.  Tromp’s first HR and double were their only XBH.

Elniery Garcia was listed as today’s starter earlier in the week.  Leftwich was moved up into Garcia’s start a couple days ago.  I was told that he is sick not hurt.  Something resembling the flu.  He was put on the DL to make room for another bullpen arm (Jose Nin).  The pen has been a little overworked lately.  Garcia is eligible to come off the DL in time for his next start if he has recovered.

  • #11 Kingery (.287) went 2-4.
  • #12 Canelo (.243) went 1-4 and was picked off first.
  • #14 Tocci (.275) went 0-4.
  • #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) was promoted to Reading.
  • #20 Tirado – assigned to Lakewood.
  • #21 Garcia (6-2, 1.97) – placed on the 7-day DL retroactive to 6/28.

Lakewood (33-44) Lost to Greensboro, 7-2.  Franklyn Kilome gave up 5 runs in 4.0 innings. Luis Espiritu had 2 hits.  Wilson Garcia (.300) had 2 RBI (27).

  • #5 Randolph – DL, shoulder, rehabbing in GCLgames in Clearwater.
  • #8 Kilome (1-7, 5.23) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 74 pitches/45 strikes.
  • #20 Tirado – DNP.
  • #24 Pujols (.237) went 1-4 with 3 K.
  • #29 Grullon (.255) DNP.

Williamsport (7-7) Lost to Tri-City, 8-4.  Felix Paulino (0-2, 8.53) was hit around.  He went 2.2 innings, allowed 10 hits, 8 runs, and 1 BB.  Blake Quinn (0.00) struck out 6 in 2.1 innings.  Luke Maglich (.333) and Juan Luis (.250) had 3 hits apiece.  Luis hit his 1st HR and had 2 RBI.  David Martinelli (.250) had 2 hits.

  • #16 Medina (2-0, 0.00) – DNP.

GCL Phillies (4-1) Beat the GCL Yankees East, 10-1.  Lots of good performances today. First, Sixto Sanchez impressed.  He allowed one run in 5.0 innings on 5 hits.  He walked one and struck out eight.  He was popping the glove so loudly that I finally waded into the group of Phillies’ pitchers sitting around their radar gun to see that he was low-to-mid 90s, consistently touching 95 mph.  He also picked a runner off first.  He got the runner so cleanly, the runner looked like Willie Mays Hayes on his first steal attempt.  Andrew Brown struck out 3 in his 2.0 inning debut.  Austin Davis allowed 2 hits in his second 2.0 inning rehab appearance, one was hit hard, the other was a deflection in the infield.

3B Danny Zardon made solid contact today and was rewarded with 3 hits.  C Nerluis Martinez went lined 2 singles in 2 AB.  He worked a walk and had an RBI.  Jhailyn Ortiz had a couple of hard hit doubles down the LF line.  I thought he was going to decapitate the third baseman on one of them.  Ortiz (coach calls him “O”) had 4 RBI and beat a relay throw to avoid a double play.  He displayed more speed when Coach de Armas sent him home from second on a line drive to center.  The earth shook as he landed his feet first slide.

Mickey Moniak started in CF and went 0-3.  His upright stance reminds some of us of Carlos Tocci.  Similarities end there.  You may have noticed in yesterday’s videos how relaxed he looks at the plate, almost as though he’s not ready.  Then he drops into his set position as the pitcher releases the ball.  Early indications are that his timing is a little behind the pitchers.  I imagine he’s seeing higher velocity fastballs than he did in high school.

“C” Randolph started in LF again.  He went 0-3.  His hitting style is quite different from Moniak’s.  “C” looks like a coiled spring when he gets set.  Their physical builds are also very different.  It is easy to forget that there is only a year’s difference in their ages.

Cole Stobbe was activated and started at SS.  He went 0-2 in his debut and exhibited the same level of plated discipline that Randolph and Moniak had shown.

Josh Stephen made his debut when he replaced Randolph.  He collected his first hit and a walk in 2 plate appearances.  More plate discipline.

Non-drafted free agent (NDFA), Evan Rogers went 1-1 with a triple, 2 RBI, and a walk after replacing Stobbe at SS.

1B Edwin Rodriguez went 1-3 went 1-3 with 2 BB.

  • #? Mickey Moniak went 0-3.
  • #25 Jhailyn Ortiz went 2-4, with 2 doubles, 4 RBI, and 3 runs scored..

DSL Phillies (9-14) Beat the DSL Dodgers2, 3-2.  The Phillies had 4 hits but no RBI.  Their runners were took advantage of 4 WP and 2 E2T to score their runs.

  • Dixon Gutierrez (.368) went 0-4.
  • Keudy Bocio (.254) went 0-4 with a HBP.
  • Jonathan Guzman (.309) went 1-2 with a BB, HBP, and 3 SB (8).

DSL Phillies2 (10-12) Beat the DSL Mets2, 4-3.  Luis Mendoza (.262) and Ronaldo Marrero (.274) had 3 hits each.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-2, 3.05) – DNP
  • Carlos Oropeza (.267) DNP.
  • Rafael Marchan (.143) is at the Complex in Clearwater as a bullpen catcher.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 6/30 – Clearwater Threshers placed LHP Elniery Garcia on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 28, 2016.
  • 6/30 – RHP Jose Nin assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies.
  • 6/30 -OF Josh Stephen assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • 6/30 – SS Cole Stobbe assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.
  • $190,160 remains available for over slot payments until we learn any other over slot bonuses to prospects like Andrew Brown, et al.
  • 2016 Draft Tracker is up to date.

68 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/30/2016

  1. Eric Longenhagen tweeted Cozen’s HR left First Energy Stadium. He said he clocked it at 6.4 seconds in the air. Said he stopped his stopwatch when he lost sight of the ball, not when it actually landed. Wow !

  2. The HR crew doing it again come on guys get those k rates down. Kingery slowly getting 300 ,Tromp finally started to hit hi A . Mickey Mo , C not worried Ortiz big with speed can’t wait until he launch ‘ s one. Seems like this draft class pitchers can throw well.

  3. Kingery’s month by month numbers show some interesting trends. He hit .264 in April, .267 in May and .330 in June. His OBP went from .354 to .325 to .402 (April to June). In May his K/BB rates went from 13/11 to 20/6 to 11/9. Interesting that in June he has 5 dbls and no HRs. In May he had 13 dbls, 1 triple and 2 HRs. So his BA and OBP have improved as the season’s gone along but his extra base hits and SLG% have declined. It looks like he’s becoming more of the type of hitter the Phils envisioned when they drafted him. He has speed and he’s been able to use it. In June he has 11 SBs to 2 CS. He’s getting on base a lot more, mostly threw hits but some additional BBs. July will be a watch and see month. Will he revert to mean or continue to do what will make him successful.

    1. V1again was one of the first to jump on the Kingery bandwagon and, having watched his stats improve steadily, I am now a huge fan. Basically all of the indicators for this guy are pointing up assuming, as I do, that he is a competent fielder (and I have no reason to believe otherwise). This guys hits, he gets on base, he has a fantastic base stealing percentage, he’s supposed to be a hustler and a hard worker, and he shows enough power potential to make him intriguing. People aren’t talking about him a lot, but he’s definitely one of our top prospects. This was a classic Johnny Almaraz pick – great baseball skills, great make-up, great hit tool – I love it. He doesn’t look as good in a baseball uniform as Aaron Brown or Cord Sandberg, but he’s a much better baseball player.

      1. Kingery is my boy. Dustin Pedroia winner type, Placido Polanco minus avg but plus speed.

      1. Law also went out of his way to bash Cozens when he was drafted. I have a feeling Keith would be hesitant to give Cozens his blessing any time soon.

    1. I don’t think anyone who really pays attention thinks that Cozens is MLB ready yet.

  4. I have only seen Cozens twice. I wonder what kind of player he becomes. With his strikeouts. does he become a 25 hr guy, who hits 240 with a ton of stikeouts. I just want him to leave reading and see how he handles triple a. I know he is young yet. But would love to see him get promoted on get a better feel, for what he will become. One thing I like about him is his arm. on the two occasion I saw him, I also love his obp.

      1. V1, I remember when everyone asked why did we draft Cozens so high. People forget that the Texas Rangers were very interested in him which forced us to draft him that high. The more these players progress it seems everyone was very harsh on prior Phillies drafts.

    1. rocco…last year I did a metric minor league comp with him and Paul O’Neill. I don’t know where it would be now in coparison. They were not that far off. But his ISO has really taken off ever since the last part of last season thru Puerto Rico now Reading. And like you say his K rate is high so it will be intersting to see if he can adjust. His splits is worrisome there since vs RHP his K rate is 27% and vs LHP, with a smaller sampling, it is above 35%, which I figured it would be.

      1. As you note, Cozens’ 2016 lefty/righty splits are pretty severe:

        Versus RHP (267 PA) – .302/.382/.630/1.012 (19 HR)
        Versus LHP (77 PA) – .197/.299/.379/.677 (3 HR)

        His power numbers are also inflated by playing at Reading, as indicated by his home/away splits:

        Home (169 PA) – .293/.379/.755/1.134 (18 HR)
        Away (175 PA) – .266/.349/.403/.751 (4 HR)

        These numbers are some serious caution flags IMO.

        1. if he is able, he will need to make some adjustments. Perhaps become more of a defensive hitter when behind in the count with two strikes, but he may prefer swinging from the heals or maybe they told him not to do any adjustments at all in his approach this season and they will work more in the fall…who knows.
          He must surely see this statistical breakdown..

          1. I wonder how Reading translate ‘ s to CBP as per Hr . I mean if he’s in Hr park then going 1 there shouldn’t be difference.

        2. Wow, that is really concerning. I hope we’re not seeing another Matt Rizzotti/Darin Ruf — that is, a great year in Reading, but no there, there, so to speak. That .751 OPS in away games may be the real Dylan Cozens — he had a .746 OPS in Clearwater last year, and a .717 in Lakewood the year before.

          Hoskins’ splits are not quite as severe: home (.986 OPS; 15 HR) and away (.870 OPS; 7 HR).

        3. I think the Phillies see what you are seeing and that’s why I think Cozens will stay down in Reading to work on his entire game.

          As for the platoon splits, he’s the kind of guy who might actually benefit from a platoon arrangement early in his career. Since he’s a lefty, he would get the lions’ share of the at bats, so it might not be that big of a deal. That said, in the minors, he should face as many lefties as possible to try to develop that aspect of his game. I will say this, however, I think Cozens is absolutely going to terrorize right-handed pitching. It will be fun to watch and, if he can make enough contact, you are going to see home runs hit from foul pole to foul pole – his ability to drive the ball where it’s pitched is something to behold.

          1. Agree. I am convinced the new analytical paradigm for the organization from top to bottom will be focused on what Jim Salisbury wrote about on dated 6/29. Pitchers will need to consistently hit their spots and hitters must consistently work counts. The gaudy numbers may look sex but they don’t tell the whole story about a prospect.

      2. The difference in K% make the comparison between Cozens and O’Neill a non-starter for me.

        1. I watched Paul O’Neill throughout his entire career and regardless of any surface-level similarity between the statistics of players, they are really so different that, I agree, any comparison is kind of useless, at least at this point.

          1. Paul O’Neill:
            PA2544 HR 50 15%K 8%BB .283 .339 .418 .757

            Dylan Cozens:
            PA1430 HR 38 24%K 7%BB .264 .326 .433 .758
            …correct their K rate up thru sometime last season in 2015, and even more now, is the glaring difference.
            But their athletic abilities are similar with Cozens possessing better speed, pure power and arm but lacking in defensive route running.

    2. one thing about these power hitters is once they get taste of power surge they tend to stay in that mode of getting their share of HRs. This all comes down to his ability to take more walks or cut down on strikes. The shot the other night was complete destruction of baseball.

  5. I’d like to see Cozens and Hoskins both promoted to triple A for the last two months of the season.
    Why wait any longer?
    I bet their friendly home run competition doesn’t help to cut down on the strikeouts.Soon as one gets ahead,the other one wants to catch up and pass the other one for bragging rights.
    Exciting Times!!

  6. ” He got the runner so cleanly, the runner looked like Willie Mays Hayes on his first steal attempt’….luv it.
    Cannot wait to see who our ‘Ricky Vaughn’ turns out to be.

    1. Josh Tobias played LF last night in Lakewood.

      A lot of potential reasons why, but heres one:

      they want to promote him to Clearwater, but don’t want to move Kingery to reading yet. So they move Tobias to LF and promote him.

      Or…could just be trying to give him some position versatility.

      Or they are planning on switching him permanently to LF because they either don’t think he can handle 2B as he moves up

      Or he is already blocked by Kingery and Valentin (least likely scenario I think)

  7. SSS caveat but Martinelli and Luis are both sporting impressive K rates at this point at WP. Thought that Ks were a big concern for Martinelli coming out… Also Luis is a big guy didn’t realize he was 6′ 4″.

    1. Your right. Luis is 6’4″. I thought he was a little speedster. He had 14 SBs last year to 1 CS. That changes my opinion on him a little bit. He is 20 and from the DR but he started in the GCL last year. No prior LA experience. They must like him a lot. A guy to keep an eye on.

    2. MattWinks thinks highly of Juan Luis as he ranks him at #28 over the likes of Elniery Garcia, Cozens, Lively in his JAN 2016 ranking.

      There’s not a lot about Juan Luis as he started his career at a later age compared to the majority of the LA prospects. Right now, he is all tools.

    3. Juan Luis is a tall guy, but far from a big guy. He’s the skinniest prospect I’ve seen come through Williamsport in my 8 seasons covering the team. He runs well, bunts well and is a fine defensive outfielder. But I was shocked when I heard he homered last night because he doesn’t look strong at all.

      1. Thanks for the further insight Mitch. Guess I really did mean tall not necessarily big, should have been more precise. Like to see a little bit of power from him though even if we aren’t quite sure where it came from.

  8. Pinto and Kilome continue to not perform well. Neither is having a good year so far. I saw that Tobias played LF and am wondering why. Leftwich’s velo numbers are actually better than I thought. With good control he could make those numbers work. Small margin of error though like many others. Kingery continues to hit his way north

    1. When I see pitchers struggle as they move up a level, I think about Lively. He struggled last year. This year, it’s totally different. I’m hoping the same for Pinto and Kilome.

      1. Not reflective in their current results, but Kilome and Pinto do have plus stuff on some of their specific pitches. And with their youthfulness, there is still time. Pinto and Kilome could stand to repeat as it looks now.

        1. Romus who is the kid who throws 97 from ven or panama that the Phillies are linked to have signed? Saw it on the fan

          1. RHP Francisco Morales is I think you are referring to.
            Height: 6’3″ Weight: 186 lb. …Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Change 40 | Control: 40
            “The top pitcher from Venezuela, Morales has the type of fastball that turns heads and the pitch has improved in the last few months. He has been clocked in the 92-96 mph range with movement….. The Phillies are the favorite to sign the right-handed pitcher.”

  9. Hoskins again, big power and also an impressive .290 aver. No doubt a top 10 Philly prospect

    1. I put him in my top five. But others think luke Williams is better prospect. which I don’t. When Williams puts up this kinds of numbers then I might agree. but right now Hoskins is better

  10. Boston banned one year from signing international amateurs plus five players are also free agents.

  11. Luis Ramirez watch at DSL2.

    Now zero runs and just one hit in 9.2 innings and nine outings. 8 K, 4 BB

    18 years old

  12. Jimmy Cordero pitched 2/3 of an inning in the GCL. Not great outcome as he BB’ed 2 and gave up a hit and run. He did K 2 though. Working his way back. Nick Fanti gave up 1 hit in 4 IP with 5 Ks. Unfortunately the hit was a HR. Frohwirth with his 2nd save.

    Moniak was 2 – 3 with a BB and an RBI but he was caught stealing twice. Maybe we save the base stealing for later in the year, aye. Stobbe also had a BB. Rudolfo the Red Nose catcher Duran hit a HR.

  13. anybody have a subscription to Baseball America that could post their international signings story for the Phillies? I saw it on twitter but don’t have the subscription

    1. In the past…this website did not allow ‘cut and paste’ from articles that required subscription due to proprietary/copyright issues or something akin to that legality.
      However, posters have summarized the information..

      1. For me I can’t get to excited about another Catcher or middle inf that 16 yds small and and 6 to 7 yrs away. There’s a Hugh a amount of Catcher’s now in the sys and it seems , like 1 out of 4 Inf they make it Above A+. Now Oritz, Franco, Pujols, Grullon, we’re high ticket players too but not middle inf type fillers. I do like the the pitcher and anything else Sal can get later. I think Sal does a better job at signing the lower price players ans developing them . The pitchers he signs are outstanding and 1 do like really like Grullon, Franco , Oritz , Heris Rodriguez and more . Just the 5 ” 11 ” 155 inf that never grows can’t hit .

      1. The Padres sure are going all in. Seems like they have just about 75% of the top 10 plus others sprinkled in. With their draft picks as well, they are def trying to build a farm system.

        1. The LA route does take a little more time to cultivate that farm. But drafting in the top 10 a few years in a row will help for sure.

          1. I think it was smart for Phils brass to focus on one country, in this case Venezuela, and mine it for the best talent instead of clutching here and there hoping to find a lottery ticket. Love what I hear about Morales and Gonzalez, albeit very young to project tight now.

            1. I agree with the niche mining of particular country. When you try to be good at everything your good at nothing applies.

    1. I liked Edisson Gonzalez, a tall RHP who also pitched in Williamsport….albeit 4 years ago for the Panama Little League national team.
      But have not heard anything on the Phillies and him tied together.

  14. Thompson sure has turned it around. I think he’s getting close to being ready for a call up. It’s close between him and lively, but I’ll give him the first call just because of how many starts he’s made in triple A and how good he’s been of late.

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