Box Score Recap – 7/7/2016

Lots of excitement in the GCL.  Mickey Moniak hit his first professional home run on the road in Lakeland.  Jhailyn Ortiz hit his third home run in four games.  Cole Stobbe got his first and second professional hits.  Ben Pelletier, playing in his first professional game, got his first hit AND scored 3 runs.  Moniak had a 4-RBI game.  Non-drafted free agent, Evan Rogers, hit his first professional home run, went 3-4, and had 6 RBI.  Ortiz had a 3-RBI game.

Lehigh Valley (50-38)  Lost to Rochester, 8-7.  The IronPigs couldn’t protect a 7-3 lead after the fifth.  David Buchanan (4.80) went 5 innings, and left with the lead.  Daniel Stumpf (20.25) gave up 3 runs in .1 inning.  Dalier Hinojosa (3.38) and Luis Garcia (6-2, 2.72) gave up single runs with Garcia blowing the save and earning the loss.  Elvis Araujo struck out the side in his one inning.  Araujo has 7 K in 4.0 innings since rejoining the IronPigs.

Taylor Featherston (.272), J.P. Crawford, and Cameron Perkins (.288) had 3 hits apiece.  Featherston (10), Perkins (5), and Brock Stassi (5) hit home runs.

  • #1 Crawford (.264) went 3-5 with 2 doubles.
  • #2 Thompson (7-5, 2.58) – DNP.
  • #3 Williams (.287) went 1-5.
  • #4 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #9 Knapp (.266) DNP.
  • #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #17 Cordero – DL, rehabbing in the GCL.
  • #23 Sweeney (.227) went 2-4 with an RBI (21).
  • #26 Asher – Restricted List.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #30 Lively (3-2, 3.86) – DNP.

Reading (61-26)  Lost to Richmond, 6-5.  Mark Leiter (3.52) went 5.2 innings and gave up 4 runs (2 ER) on 6 hits while striking out six.  Mario Hollands (6.10) had a bad .1 inning, allowing an inherited runner to score as well as one of his own.  Hoby Milner (4-2, 1.95) took the loss while striking out 4 in 1.2 innings.

Andrew Pullin (.529), who had just come off the DL, and Jesse Valentin (.296) had 2 hits each.  Pullin (2), Alfaro (11), and Valentin (5) hit home runs.  Pullin had 2 RBI (6).

  • #6 Alfaro (.288) went 1-4 with a HR (1), BB, and RBI (46).
  • #7 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique, rehabbing at the Complex in Clearwater.
  • #10 Pinto – (3-3, 4.32) – DNP.
  • #15 Eshelman (1-0, 5.40) – DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (7-4, 3.31) – DNP.
  • #19 Hoskins (.282) went 0-3 with 2 BB.
  • #22 Cozens (.280) went 1-4 with a BB.
  • #27 Brown (.225) entered as a pinch runner.

Clearwater (47-36) Lost to Dunedin, 10-3.  Luke Leftwich (1-2, 6.97) had another rough outing against Dunedin.  He gave up 5 runs (3 ER) on 7 hits and a walk.  he struck out 4 in 4 innings and had thrown 85 pitches when relieved.  Austin Davis pitched 2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits.  Ismael cabrera made his Threshers’ debut and struck out 4 in 2 innings.  But he also gave up 4 runs on 4 hits.

Cord Sandberg (.243) had a three-hit game.  Derek Campbell had 2 hits and his 4th HR.

  • #11 Kingery (.285) went 0-4 with a BB.
  • #12 Canelo (.246) went 1-4.
  • #14 Tocci (.274) went 1-3 with a double and BB.
  • #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) was promoted to Reading.
  • #20 Tirado – assigned to Lakewood.
  • #21 Garcia (7-2, 2.49) – DNP.

Lakewood (36-48) Beat West Virginia, 3-2 in 10 innings.  Jose Taveras (3.97) went 8 innings allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and a walk.  he struck out six.  Zach Morris (4-1, 2.90) blew the save, got the win.  “C” Randolph returned to the BlueClaws’ line up and struck out 3 times. Jose Pujols had 2 hits.  Carlos Duran (.264) drove in the winning run with a SF.

  • #5 Randolph went 0-3 with a HBP.
  • #8 Kilome (2-7, 4.97) – DNP.
  • #20 Tirado – DNP.
  • #24 Pujols (.237) went 2-3 with an RBI (49) and K.
  • #29 Grullon (.240) went 1-4 with a double and RBI (24).

Williamsport (10-10) DNP.

  • #16 Medina (2-0, 0.00) – DNP.

GCL Phillies (9-2)  Swept the GCL Tigers East, 12-5 and 8-1.

Game One:  Sixto Sanchez (1.38) started the game and gave up 1 run on 2 hits before the game was suspended Wednesday.  Jimmy Cordero tossed a clean rehab inning.  Geury Ortiz (19.64) made it tougher to keep him around (2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K).  Luis Gonzalez (2-0, 1.93) was charged with an unearned run and got he win.  Tyler Frohwirth (0.00) struck out 2 in his one inning.

Mickey Moe entered the game as a pinch hitter for “C” Randolph (who returned to and started for Lakewood Thursday).  Moniak hit his first HR with 2 men on base.  NDFA Evan Rogers (.357) went 3-4 with a double, HR (1), and 6 RBI.  Ben Pelletier got his first professional hit in his first pro game and scored 3 runs.

  • #? Mickey Moniak went 2-3 with a HR (1), SF, and 4 RBI.
  • #25 Jhailyn Ortiz went 1-5 with an RBI.

Game Two:  Nick Fanti (1-0, 1.42) went 5.0 innings for the win.  He gave up 1 run on 6 hits and a walk while striking out 4 batters.  Kale Fultz (0.00) went two, one-hit innings.

Speedy Jhailyn Ortiz had a triple and his third HR in 4 games.  Josh Stephen (.222) had 2 hits and 2 RBI.  Cole Stobbe (.125) finally got his first professional hit, later followed by his second.

  • #? Mickey Moniak (.350) DNP.
  • #25 Jhailyn Ortiz (.325) went 2-3 with a triple, HR (3), BB, and 3 RBI (12).

DSL Phillies (11-18) Beat the DSL Marlins, 3-0.  Jean Valdez (1-2, 2.78), Moises Nolasco (7.25), and Steiner Carmona (2.04) combined on the 3-hit shutout.  Valdez’ line – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K.  Nolasco’s line – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K.

  • Dixon Gutierrez (.336) went 2-4.
  • Keudy Bocio (.235) went 0-2 with 2 BB.
  • Jonathan Guzman (.303) DNP.

DSL Phillies2 (13-14) Beat  the DSL Rays2, 6-0.  Denny Martinez (3-1, 3.45) and Orestes Melendez (0.82) combined on the 3-hit shutout.  Martinez’ line – 5.2, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K. Melendez’ line – 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-2, 3.16) DNP.
  • Carlos Oropeza (.241) DNP.
  • Rafael Marchan (.238) went 1-3 with an RBI.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 7/7 – Lehigh Valley placed LF David Lough on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to July 6, 2016. Left groin strain.
  • 7/7 – 2B Carlos Alonso assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading.
  • 7/7 – Reading activated OF Andrew Pullin from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 7/7 – Matt Hockenberry assigned to Clearwater from Reading.
  • 7/7 – Seranthony Dominguez assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood.
  • 7/7 – Lakewood activated OF Cornelius Randolph from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 7/7 – RHP Trevor Bettencourt assigned to Williamsport.
  • 7/7 – DSL Phillies placed 3B Leonardo Colagrossi on the 60-day disabled list.
  • 7/7 – RHP Gregorix Mateo roster status changed by DSL Phillies.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.
  • $190,160 remains available for over slot payments
  • 2016 Draft Tracker is up to date.

82 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/7/2016

  1. So the Hockenberry shuttle between Clearwater & Reading continues. When is he going to get a PERMANENT promotion? This is ridiculous.

    Nice night for Crawford, and *in best Harry Kalas voice* Mickey Moniiiiiiak!

      1. Wow, way for you and Steve to be ********. Worried? No. Whether he’s too old for the level or not, how long does ANYONE have to keep putting up good #s in High-A until they get a permanent promotion?

        1. I’m confused. My post wasn’t attacking you. It’s just funny to me that we have now 5 posts about Matt Hockenberry. That’s my point.

    1. Why , would the Phillies do that baring injury. Crawford can use more time at AAA and honestly the Phillies could use another top 6 pick or so ,so why start there mlb clocks now during what is really a lost season when in a few years they could be ready for a Title run

  2. Re: Valentin. He is a 22 yr old switch-hitting 2nd baseman (who incidentally played some SS recently) who is hitting in the 280-290 range with some xtra base hits and 5 dingers. His OBA is around .360 and he supposedly is a good fielder. His recent games have had him climbing the BA…to the point that he might even reach .300. It would seem appropriate to move him up to LV soon while moving Kingery up to Reading.

    Even though I believe the FO sees Kingery as the heir to the 2b job, he will need the remainder of this season to adjust to and handle the AA class. In the meanwhile, I see Valentin as arriving in ST with an eye on the 2b job…Hernandez notwithstanding. In ’17 Kingery can move up to AAA LV and get ready to compete for the job in late ’17 or early ’18.

  3. In the LHV game, Daniel Palka, the RF who had just been called up from AA, hit two home runs for Rochester in his first AAA game. That gave him 23 for the season. The 24 year old had originally been drafted by the Phillies in the 19th of the 2010 draft, but did not sign. Other than Cameron Rupp and Mario Hollands, that draft has amounted to almost nothing for the Phillies. Just think if we had him along with Hoskins and Cozens on that Reading team.

  4. Hey Jim Adam Morgan was sent back to AAA after the game. I think Bailey is coming up or Stumpf. I don’t think Leonardo Colagrossi the Italian 3rd baseman ever played neither did the Italian pitcher’s yet. I love the fact everyone starting to hit from the draft class plus Oritz. The walk disease has Alfaro again now it has to hit Nick Williams , Jose Pujols , Grullon, and even Ortiz . Once these guys know that they don’t have to swing at everything and take the walk it puts the pressure on the pitcher. Crawford now starting to rake at 3 A what’s next for him ? Nice to see Klye Martin waking up and Green playing better. SD and Hockenberry had very short promotions. The Home runs seem to be plentiful lately start calling the Phillies MLS power alley. GOWDY AND klye Young should be up next there the last of the Draft class to start playing. FYI I finally see Cesar Herandez starting to get it what is he doing going around 2nd on a walk . He would have been pick off if the SS was near 2nd . That might have been the first time I ever seen anyone getting picked off , going form 1st to 2nd on a bunt.bty Jersey Corn , Blueberries , Tomatoes are in yummm.

  5. Not gonna lie, my favorie of these posts is waking up to see JP Crawford’s BA rise ever so slightly every morning. Other prospects matter, too, but I want so badly for Crawford to reach his potential.

  6. I thought Ortiz was a big kid. Yet I read. the speedy Ortiz. I didn’t know he could run too., Crawford from watching him on tv. Even when he wasn’t hitting You could see by his at bats. That he would eventually get his average up. The walks were there. and he was hitting the ball hard but at people. I just cant believe how he works the count at such a young age.

    1. There’s nothing “speedy” about the entire GCL lineup. They has 2 SBs in 8 attempts. The leaders in the GCL are the Twns and the Marlins. They both have 23 SBs in 12 games. Workin’ out the young catchers early. Interestingly the Twins have a team OBP of .269. the Phils have a .351. The Twins have scored 27 runs and the Phils 70. So the Twins SBs haven’t equated to much run production. Marlins have an OPB of .362 and have scored 78 runs. SBs might be helping them.

  7. A little roll reversal in Reading. Alfaro, Pullin and Valentin are the bash brothers for a day and Cozens and Hoskins with SBs. AA pitchers are clearly trying to avoid Cozens and Hoskins but if other guys pick up the slack, there is no place to hide. Aquila is in danger of going over .200. Get ready to cheer.

  8. I’m really interested to see what Kyle Young can do. Be patient w him tho, I expect him to take even longer then your normal HS draftees . . Think maybe like a J2 signing. I say this bc of his size and his mechanics. First off like many young kids he doesn’t use much of his lower half . . . Also being so tall it’s going to be hard to repeat his delivery. The latter being the main reason it’s going to take a little longer for him (or at least that’s my opinion) but should be interesting to see. He’ll add velocity just by incorporating his lower half more which will also in turn raise his precieved velocity. Def one of the most intriguing player we drafted.

    1. The video of him is intriguing, yet his lower half is odd. He lacks any hips whatsoever, but he does have an advanced delivery for a guy of his age and stature.

  9. I have irrationally high expectations of Mickey Mo. Can’t stop myself from dreaming on him. I think of Mickey Mo as “The Natural”. He is such an exciting prospect. I am so happy we drafted him over the alternatives.

  10. Red Sox scouting Hellickson- Trey Ball reasonable return? He hasn’t lived up to the hype (but if he had he wouldn’t be available for Hellickson)
    Sam McWilliams off to an OK start in Low A but SSS with only 19.1 IP

    1. If Hellickson gets traded, it will likely be for a lotto ticket in the low minors who won’t be added to the 40 man any time soon.

    2. I’d like to see them attempt to buy low on Michael Molech, who just came back from suspension from fighting. Probably not a great chance of getting someone that good for Hellickson, but I’d inquire.

  11. I’m starting to to think our 10-40 spots in the new rankings are going to be stronger than a couple of other teams’ entire systems. Boy do we have some depth!

        1. I’m not shocked considering his upside and the nature of his season. It’s easy to look at his stat line and say his stock is down, but his ERA is inflated by his awful first 3 starts. Last 10 starts: 53 IP, 54 K, 27 BB, 3.40 ERA.

          I’ve been more surprised by some readers’ personal lists ranking Kilome close to 20th in the system while having Lively approaching the top 5.

          1. I hope Lively can become a number 4 in the majors but I feel like that is the best case scenario for him. However Kilome could be a tor guy if he develops properly.

  12. I know this statement will bring out the “small sample size” police (which I do believe in by the way) but I feel confident making this statement since I campaigned for the Phillies start Moniak in Williamsport or Lakewood, but here goes:

    I KNOW ITS ONLY 23 AT BATS BUT PLEASE MOVE MONIAK UP TO WILLIAMSPORT OR LAKEWOOD. HE’S NOW 10-23 WITH A HR AND SB. HES TOO GOOD FOR GCL (LIKE I SAID BEFORE HE EVER PLAYED A GAME). PLEASE CHALLENGE HIM BY MOVING HIM UP. HE’S AN ADVANCED HITTER AND THE #1 PICK, HE WILL NOT BE CHALLENGED BY H.S DRAFTEES AND 17 YEAR OLD INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS.

    ok, that’s it

    1. Honestly, Williamsport and the GCL are pretty similar talent levels. I would rather have Mickey Mo at the training center in Clearwater to get used to the every day rigors of professional baseball than in Williamsport.

      1. I have to disagree. Williamsport is a step in class. More college players. and guys that have already advanced through GCL, so by definition the competition is better. Just look at the avg ages of the plyers in each league on Baseball Reference. 21 for NYPL and 19 for GCL.

        “getting used to the everyday rigors of professional baseball” is such a cop-out, useless buzzword (buzz-phrase?). He can get used to the everyday rigors of pro ball just as well in Williamsport as he could in GCL. Is this summer camp? Or is was he just given $6.1 million to play baseball?

        1. We will have to agree to disagree. Clearwater has a top notch facility with the on site medical staff along with a great training facility. That’s what I’m talking about when I say every day rigors of professional baseball. Williamsport is no where near the type of facility that Clearwater is.

          The summer camp comment is stupid.

          1. The summer camp comment was said in jest, but the point remains, are we really sacrificing the opportunity to challenge Moniak so he’s more comfortable in Clearwater? This is professional baseball. He’s getting paid a lot of money. Babying him wont help him in the long run.

            1. And so the “babying” (IT’S NOT A VERB!) comments begin – I wrote a parody of this type of comment a week ago – but here we go. So ridiculous.

          2. I totally agree, a big part of the reason he is there is getting used to pro ball and be around player development staff and vice versa. Imo

    2. Crawford did a full season at GCL before getting a handful of ABs at Lakewood at the end of the season. I’d expect the same for Moniak if the performance continues to warrant.

      1. That’s a reasonable opinion.

        The difference in my opinion is that Moniak was 1st overall pick and supposedly the most advanced bat in the draft. Crawford was the 16th pick and his bat was not nearly advanced at the time of the draft (or I should say scouts did not realize how advanced it was).

        Moniak should’ve started at Williamsport or Lakewood in my opinion and his fast start only re-affirms that for me….

    3. @TommyGunn – I don’t see the rush since it barely a month. The move might happen sooner than later since WIL OF is really thin. I don’t see anybody from LWD being sent down since it looks like Coppola is going up — so the possible OF depth in WIL will either be the rehabbing Mark Laird or Mickey Mo!

  13. If Rupp and Hernandez continue at their current level, it sets a higher bar for Alfaro, Kingery and Valentin. No need to rush to judgement. Let’s see how the three of them do in AAA next year; and let’s see if Rupp and Hernandez can keep it up. The players who are delivering at the major league level should have an edge over those who are “promising.” Remember prospects, no matter their minor league record, are still prospects.

  14. The GCL Phillies ambushed Matt Manning today. Manning surrendered 5 runs on 6 hits and a walk. Mickey Mo singled twice off of him, Josh Stephen and Daniel Brito doubled off of Manning, and Aaron Altherr homered. Moniak now hitting .417. GCL team about to go 10-2 in the early season.

      1. Altherr currently has the highest possible OPS at 5.000. SSS has nothing to with is either. lol. Seriously though, it is good to see him back, and hopefully he is back to the big club soon.

  15. No need to rush these guys. Let them experience some success for a month or so before even thinking of promoting.

    1. It’s like you didn’t even read my post. It’s not rushing if they should have started at a higher level in the first place.

      1. Disagree. It is great that he is hitting .400 but….. If you look at the log for each game it will show that he has 10 hits nine of which are singles and of the nine singles 2 are infield hits and 2 are bunts. So it isn’t like he is raking line drives all over the place. Let him stay where he is for now and possibly move him up mid-August if warranted.

        1. Be careful suggesting anyone should be moved up. See my post above. Everyone wants to seem sensible and keep guys at their current level. As a matter of fact, lets move everyone down a level. Can we send Moniak back to high school to live with his parents so he can be comfortable and ease into pro ball?

          1. Man, what a persecution complex.

            It doesn’t matter at what level Moniak starts his professional career. He’s going to get maybe 100 at-bats this season at most, which will tell us basically nothing.

            I assume he’s in the GCL because as others have suggested, that’s where the team’s facilities are and he can be closer to their staff. His real professional career begins after short season ball and once he gets to instructional over the winter and then is finally assigned to a team in 2017, which I assume will be Lakewood.

            Pushing him there now serves no purpose for anyone other than to justify your original position.

  16. Tommy..So far you’re getting off fairly easy today..compared to my comments the other day about moving the bash brothers up to challenge them…
    Must be because it’s Friday,..

    1. Barf- you were given multiple reasons why the bash brothers (more Cozens than Hiskins) were still in aa but you continued to post and act as if no one gave valid reasons why they could be in aa as opposed to aaa that’s why you got it worse.

    2. @barf – the loophole in your argument is to say that AAA provides greater challenge which is far from accurate since AAA is littered with journeyman, has beens, org fillers, older prospects. there are top prospects here and there and more likely called up right away like Nola and Franco. On top of that there’s also a possibility that Cozens and Hoskins may not play regularly.

      IMO, the segregation of competition really is in A to A+ to AA when most prospects already settled to playing pro baseball and we have bigger sample size to assess.

      that being said, I also don’t agree with Tommy Gunn’s opinion too that SS is a better challenge than ROK — since most of the prospects in the lower minors like ROK and SS are either adjusting to new environment, developing new skill (i.e. adding a secondary pitch, focus on plate discipline, etc) and creating relations with the coaches, etc.

  17. BoSox DFA Coyle in lieu of Mini Mart!! I remember him + Owens + Cecchini as the ones being tossed around for Cole.

  18. Kurt..loophole in the discussion..real quick,how many players from the phillies have gone straight from double a to the big club?
    In the last fifteen years???

    1. @barf – it’s a trivia not a loophole because I’m not arguing that prospects should skip AAA – because most of them MLB players played in AAA, but they are almost close to a finished product when they play in AAA and just basically working on some wrinkles and for some just to delay the service time — so it’s not necessarily for challenge.

      So I’ll go back to your argument and not throw a trivia like what you are doing — both Cozens and Hoskins are still far from being close to a finish — we are probably talking at least 12 months. So some time REA to work on some things (i.e. Cozens splits, Hoskins, Ks) while experiencing a winning atmosphere.

      Cozens and Hoskins will be in LHV no later than April of 2017.

  19. Interesting that Cozens and Hoskins are not on BAs top 100. I get Randolph being left off due to inactivity on the field. Not saying that BA is the be all and end all but those guys are plugged in.

    Mickey Mo should be in the GCL long enough to show he doesn’t belong there. The next day he belongs in Lakewood. Facilities shmacilities…..it’s the talent he plays against that determines how he’s developing.

    1. 8mark- this is all speculation as I’m not in the know but Cozens splits against lefties are pretty bad and his home away splits are not very encouraging either. As far as Hoskins goes it’s tough for a right handed first baseman who does not have plus plus power to get national attention.
      This in no way is meant to be a smear piece on either Hoskins or cozens as I believe that they can both become great MLB players it’s just meant as a realistic look at prospects who fans tend to see through rose colored glasses.

  20. This guy from Baseball America needs to find a new job, by not having Cozens and Hoskins in the top 25 shows he has not seen more than 20 or 25 games in his lifetime.

  21. Reading now up to 21 runs. Osmel is 3 for 5, 3 runs scored, 1 HR and 5 RBI’s. This is 3rd HR and his avg is now .227

  22. Tj just crushed a HR at Coors field 455 ft. TJ will decided if Hoskins is needed. It might take a yr to find out. So Hoskins has plenty of time.

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