Box Score Recap – 7/2/2016

The Phillies delved into the International Signing Period by signing six Venezuelan prospects Saturday – RHP, Francisco Morales (#12 prospect); SS, Brayan Gonzalez (#19); SS Nicolas Torres (#45); C, Juan Aparicio (#47); SS, Jose Tortolero; SS, Luigi Mujica.

Several signing bonuses have been reported but not confirmed  – Francisco Morales ($900K), Brayan Gonzalez ($800K), Nicolas Torres ($665K).  The Phillies have a total International Bonus Pool allotment of $5,610,800.

For now, I’m just going to add any signed International prospects to the Organization Rosters in the Unassigned Players column. 

The expected reaction to the organization’s acquiring new players has begun as four players have been shown the door – RHP Yoervis Medina, RHP Robert Tasin, RHP Gandy Stubblefield, and RF Enger Jimenez.

Lehigh Valley (47-36) Lost to Charlotte, 10-3.  Ben Lively had a rough night.  He gave up 7 runs (6 ER) in 5.0 innings.  Emmanuel Burriss (.300) and Andrew Knapp had 2 hits each.

  • #1 Crawford (.245) went 1-3 with a BB and RBI (12).
  • #2 Thompson (6-5, 2.76) – DNP.
  • #3 Williams (.287) went 1-4.
  • #4 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #9 Knapp (.262) went 2-4 with an RBI (30).
  • #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #17 Cordero – DL, rehabbing at the Complex in Clearwater.
  • #23 Sweeney (.230) went 1-4 with a double.
  • #26 Asher – Restricted List.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #30 Lively (3-2, 3.86) – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K.

Reading (59-23) Beat Harrisburg, 3-0.  Mark Leiter (4-0, 3.56) went 6.2 innings for his 4th win.  He held the Senators to 4 hits and a walk.  Miguel Nunez (2.13) picked up his 10th save.  He struck out five.  Dylan Cozens had 2 hits including his 23rd HR.  Jake Fox (.268) hit his 15th HR and had 2 RBI (50).  Papelbon had to pitch in another non-save situation.

  • #6 Alfaro (.296) went 0-3 with s BB.
  • #7 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique, rehabbing at the Complex in Clearwater.
  • #10 Pinto – (3-3, 4.32) – DNP.
  • #15 Eshelman (1-0, 1.80) – DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (7-4, 3.31) – DNP.
  • #19 Hoskins (.289) went 1-3.
  • #22 Cozens (.282) went 2-4 with a double, HR (23), and RBI (68).
  • #27 Brown (.232) went 0-2 with a sacrifice.

Clearwater (45-33) Beat Brevard County, 8-5.  Shane Watson (3-3, 5.70) gave up all five Manatees’ runs.  He allowed 6 hits, a walk, and 2 HR while striking out seven.  Ulises Joaquin (2.29) earned his 7th save.  Cord Sandberg (.232), Kyle Martin (.248), and Drew Stankiewicz (.230) had 2 hits apiece.  Martin (11) and Stankiewicz (1) hit home runs.  Martin had 3 RBI (47), and Stankiewicz had 2 (10).

  • #11 Kingery (.286) DNP.
  • #12 Canelo (.240) went 1-4 with an RBI (30).
  • #14 Tocci (.273) 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 (33-46) Lost to Greensboro, 9-2.  Drew Anderson (1-3, 3.38) gave up 7 runs in 4.2 innings.  He struck out seven.  Jeff Singer struck out three in 2.1 innings.  Luis Morales struck out 4 in 2.0 innings.  Damek Tomscha (.282) hit his 4th HR.

  • #5 Randolph – DL, shoulder, rehabbing in GCL games in Clearwater.
  • #8 Kilome (1-7, 5.23) – DNP.
  • #20 Tirado – DNP.
  • #24 Pujols (.233) went 0-2 with a BB and K.
  • #29 Grullon (.253) went 0-3 with a BB.

Williamsport (9-7) Beat Batavia, 4-1.  Henri Lartigue (.364) and Luis Encarnacion (.241) had 2 hits each.  Juan Luis hit his 2nd HR.  Julian Garcia (2.25) gave up one run in 2.0 innings. He threw 50 pitches.  Carlos Indriago (1-0, 0.00) followed with 4 no-hit innings and 4 strike outs.  Tyler Hallead (6.75) struck out 2 in 2.0 innings.  Will Hibbs (0.00) earned his first save.

  • #16 Medina (2-0, 0.00) – DNP.

GCL Phillies (6-1) Beat the GCL Braves, 4-0.  Mauricio Llovera (0-1, 0.82) tossed 6.0 shutout innings giving up 5 hits and striking out four.  Kale Fultz (0.00), Jordan Kurokawa (0.00), and Jhon Nunez (0.00) followed with one ho-hit inning each.  Daniel Brito (.267) and Mickey Moniak had 2 hits each at the top of the order.  “C” Randolph went 1-4.

  • #? Mickey Moniak (.357) went 2-4 with an HBP.
  • #25 Jhailyn Ortiz (.217) went 0-3.

DSL Phillies (9-16) Lost to the DSL Red Sox2, 5-0 in a 5-inning game (rain).

  • Dixon Gutierrez (.344) went 0-2.
  • Keudy Bocio (.243) went 0-2.
  • Jonathan Guzman (.306) went 0-2.

DSL Phillies2 (11-12) Game with the DSL Astros Orange was suspended 4-4 in the 7th inning.  Ronaldo Marrero (.278) had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-2, 3.16) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.
  • Carlos Oropeza (.265) went 1-4.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 7/2 Phillies signed international free agents RHP, Francisco Morales (#12 prospect); SS, Brayan Gonzalez (#19); SS Nicolas Torres (#45); C, Juan Aparicio (#47); SS, Jose Tortolero; SS, Luigi Mujica.
  • 7/2 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs released RHP Yoervis Medina.
  • 7/2 – Lakewood BlueClaws released RHP Robert Tasin.
  • 7/2 – LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
  • 7/2 – Jesus Alastre assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 7/2 – Williamsport Crosscutters released RHP Gandy Stubblefield.
  • 7/2 – GCL Phillies released RF Enger Jimenez.
  • 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, Trevor Bettencourt, et al.
  • 2016 Draft Tracker is up to date.

32 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/2/2016

  1. I clicked on Jhon Nunez’s name and found a link called “View full bio”. When I clicked on that, this is what came up. “Signed by the Red Sox as an International Free Agent in 2012, Nunez made his state-side debut in 2014 with the GCL Red Sox, appearing in 16 games…Batted .353 (12-for-34) in his final 13 games after starting the season on the disabled list…In his first professional season in 2013, Nunez ranked among the DSL Red Sox leaders in runs (3rd, 32) and stolen bases (2nd, 16)…Threw out 34.2 percent of attempted base stealers…Named Red Sox Minor League Base Stealer of the Month for June after going 8-for-9 in attempts in 21 games.” This doesn’t sound anything like the Phil’s Jhon. First, he’s a pitcher not a guy who would throw out 34.2% of attempted base stealers. Second, he’s a Phillie not a Red Sox. Third, he’s 18 and if he was signed in 2012, that would make him 14 when he signed.

    Sometimes a link is just wrong. Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

  2. perfect night for baseball in Reading.

    Cozens homer was to dead center. The Ryan Howard shift took away what normally would be a single to right for him, against Papelbon after being fooled badly on the previous pitch.
    Paps struck out Alfaro on three pitches- a foul pop, fooled him on a breaking pitch then couldnt check his swing on a high fastball.
    Was fun to tell my sons about Alfaro’s arm and then get to see him show it off with an absolute laser to second to nail a runner. Blocked a ball in the dirt with a runner on third.

    Leiter looked good- 92 seemed to be his high velocity, but the Nats lineup pretty mediocre.

    Hoskins, Alfaro and others just so nice signing autographs for the kids.

    1. Please tell me the FirstEnergy partisans let Papelbum have it during his appearance.

    2. What ia the best place to sit in Reading and also any tips on meeting players. My 12 yr old son is flying to Philly and my brother wants to take him there. He has started collecting autos for his collection and loves talking to players.

      1. its pretty easy to meet players. before the game, hanging out in the bleachers down the first base line – players will come over there before/after 10 year old was there 30 minutes before game time and got about 10 autographs and always has success there.

        as its an old park, the players cant go through the dugout to lockerroom,- its off of the concourse- so you can get players going in and out- Alfaro was signing outside the lockerroom door after the game.
        and they usually select 1 player to sign in the team store after the game.

        not really a bad place to sit- we are usually above the phils dugout- kids can run down and try to get a ball tossed by a player when the phils come off the field.

        1. Thanks alot. We did adouble header yesterday wathed GCl then made trip to Clearwater. He made out like a bandit and we are true fans , we collect no selling in Ebay.

  3. With “The Mick” hitting a cool .357 think it might be time to move him up?

    (I kid…I kid)

  4. Lively had a rough early start last night for LHV. To his credit (and the managers) he battled through it. It’s a learning situation and sometimes you just have to find a way to crawl out of it.

    Knapp looks okay behind the plate but I think Alfaro is the guy in 2018. I can see Rupp as the main guy with Knapp the backup in 2017. So what do the Phillies do? Have two young C’s on the roster at the same time in 2018? Should be interesting to see what they do.

    1. Knapp has way too much offensive potential and too little defensive prowess to be a plain old back-up catcher. He profiles perfectly as a combo DH/second catcher. If the Phillies think the NL will adopt a DH (I think it will by 2019) they should keep Knapp around – if not he will probably be moved at some point. I also agree that Alfaro is likely the everyday catcher of the future – his catching tool kit is too good to be ignored and he apparently calls a good game; pitchers love throwing to the guy.

      1. I hear you about the backup C and DH but what I wonder about is his power and strikeout numbers per plate appearances. He strikes out 23% of the time and hits a HR every 50 PA’s according to his career minor league numbers. I wonder if a team would accept say 12 HR’s from a DH who could be a backup C as well. Don’t know the answer.I project him as a .250 MLB hitter. Should be an interesting debate.

    2. Not a good time for Lively to struggle when a spot in the Phils rotation is very likely to open up soon. Thompson now in the driver’s seat.

      1. Vermont….I think Lively’s age may be a factor in the Phillies wanting to see what he has. He will be 25 next ST and have plenty of innings pitched in the minors…close to 450 and Lively has three years college time also, and they may want to audition him more or less for the second half.

  5. Cozens in route to be organization player of the year.
    Starting pitchers got roughed up across the board, except Reading.

    1. Louis……that position player of the year will be a tight contest….Hoskins, Alfaro and Williams…and maybe even JPC, could all also be in the running depending how their July and August months turn out.

    2. I listened to the threshers game last night, and imo Watson pitched a good game. He left after 6 and 2/3 innings with two runners on base, but unfortunately the bullpen pitcher who came in gave up a hit to allow those runners to score.

    1. FrankF…that is really encouraging, As a 1stB-RHB he needs to ensure his peripherals like BB/K rates are above average approaching plus. His defense and ISO are legit so that is in his favor..

      1. Romus the more I see Knapp. The less I like. Beautiful swing ,but with is limited defense, And the numbers he is putting up, I think Alfaro is the guy along with rupp, going forward. Shame stasis cant hit, great first basemen. I Watch some of lively, the announcer said he like to be around that 89-90, but can throw 94 when in trouble. Unfortunatety I was watching on my bedroom tv, and with my bad eye site, couldn’t see his velo last night

        1. rocco…..doesn’t your TV remote control have a speed gun option? 🙂
          And yes I hear you on Knapp….his hitting will have to carry him.

        2. Lest we forget, Knapp tore up AA pitching in 2015. In 55 games (214 AB) with Reading last year, Knapp’s slash line was an impressive .360/.419/.631/1.050.

          Those numbers were unsustainable and were likely aided by playing at Reading, but there IS a difference between AA and AAA pitching.

  6. Seranthony Dominguez promoted to Lakewood. Seems like he’s on track to be one of those breakout LA prospects this year, along with Sixto Sanchez.

  7. He only pitched 7 innings last season. was he hurt?? Looks like they are making room at Williamsport. released one pitcher. Koplove might be next.

  8. Spoke with Imhof last night in Clearwater, he is so up beat after what happend to him. I know its a slim chance but hope he can pitch again.

  9. GCL Phillies pitchers threw less than 50 pitches in each of their last two games according to
    stats on

    1. Tim

      We look for future catchers and outfielders, maybe Rupp and Asche are part of that future.

    1. Just found it:

      Sounds precautionary (fingers crossed) …

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