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