Box Score Recap – 7/9/2016

Kevin Gowdy made his professional debut.  Video below.  Aaron Altherr went 0-2 in his second rehab appearance.  Jimmy Cordero made his second appearance in one inning of work.  And Shane Watson pitched one heck of a game.

Lehigh Valley (52-38)  Beat Buffalo, 9-1.  The game was called with one out in the bottom of the ninth due to rain.  The IronPigs’ pitchers held the Bisons to 4 hits.  James Russel (3-5, 4.11) pitched six, 2-hit innings.  Phil Klein (1.54) struck out 3 in two, one-hit innings.  Michael Mariot (2.84) had given up a HR, and was on the mound when the game was called.

Every player in the line up had a hit.  Six guys had 2 hits.  Taylor Featherston (11), J.P. Crawford (2), and Cameron Perkins (6) hit home runs.  Featherston (29) and Crawford (16) had 3 RBI each.

  • #1 Crawford (.269) went 2-5 with a double, HR (2), and 3 RBI (16).
  • #2 Thompson (7-5, 2.58) – DNP.
  • #3 Williams (.285) went 2-5 with a triple.
  • #4 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #9 Knapp (.264) went 1-5 with an RB! (32).
  • #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #17 Cordero – DL, rehabbing in the GCL.
  • #23 Sweeney (.231) went 2-4 with a double.
  • #26 Asher – Restricted List.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #30 Lively (4-2, 3.45) – DNP.

Reading (62-27)  Lost to Bowie, 7-2.  John Richy (2-3, 5.82) went 5.2 innings but took the loss when defense and the bullpen let him down.  Joely Rodriguez (2.23) blew his third save when he entered a bases loaded situation and gave up a 2-run single.  Gregory Infante (2.43) also allowed an inherited runner to score an inning later.  Jorge Alfaro had a two of the Phils’ 4 hits.  Jake Fox had 2 RBI (52).

  • #6 Alfaro (.293) went 2-3 with a BB.
  • #7 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique, rehabbing at the Complex in Clearwater.
  • #10 Pinto – (3-3, 4.32) – placed on Temporary Inactive List for Futures Game.
  • #15 Eshelman (2-0, 5.94) – DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (7-4, 3.31) – DNP.
  • #19 Hoskins (.282) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • #22 Cozens (.286) placed on TIL for Futures Game.
  • #27 Brown (.225) DNP.

Clearwater (48-37) Beat St. Lucie, 4-3 in a walk off.  Shane Watson pitched his best game of the season.  Unfortunately the bullpen duo of Jesen Therrien and Ulises Joaquin combined to blow a 3 run lead.  Fortunately, Derek Campbell led off the ninth with his second home run of the game for the win.  I had moved down to my seats behind home plate.  With the crack of the bat, we were out of our seats, celebrating as the ball sailed majestically deep into the Tiki Terrace (the left field bleachers).

Watson tossed seven shutout innings.  He allowed 4 singles and 2 walks.  He was backed up by 2 double plays.  In fact, he recorded 13 of the first 18 outs via ground balls.  For the night, Watson struck out three, induced 3 infield pop ups, and allowed 2 fly outs to LF.  He worked around 3 lead off base runners, and never had more than one base runner in any inning, never pitched to more than 4 batters in an inning.  Runners reached second twice, but with two outs on both occasions.

Watson’s line was 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 94 pitches/54 strikes, FB 91-94 mph. He threw first pitch strikes to 17 of 25 batters (68%).  He threw more than 15 pitches in one inning when he threw 20 in the third.

Watson did face six, 3-ball counts.  But, he only walked two, gave up one single, and got a ground out and 2 pop ups on the other three.

Watson threw 65 pitches above 90 mph – 11 at 94, 23 at 93, 17 at 92, and 14 at 91.  His fastballs accounted for 40 of his 54 strikes.  He got 14 ground balls (16 outs) on fastballs.  All 4 singles came on fastballs.  Ten of 13 foul balls came on fastballs.  Eight of 15 called strikes and 5 of 6 swings and misses came on fastballs.  His two swinging Ks came on pitches at 82 and 93 mph.  He got a K looking on a 79 mph curve.

Watson seemed to get stronger in his later innings.  He threw 21 FB in the 6th and 7th innings.  Thirteen of those FB were 93 (8) or 94 (5) mph.

It’s a shame he didn’t get the win.  he left with the score 3-0.  Therrien pitched 0.1 inning and gave up a run on 2 hits and a walk. Let’s give him a hold.  Joaquin came in with the bases loaded and escaped without further damage.  However, 3 hits in the ninth tied the score.  We’ll give him a blown save, but he’ll get the win after Campbell’s heroics.

The Threshers got a runner on base in each of the first 4 innings without posing a threat.  Finally, with two out in the fifth, 4 consecutive singles by Canelo, Tocci, Green and Numata pushed two runs across.  Campbell’s solo HR in the sixth pushed the advantage out to three.  Campbell (.333) always seems to contribute when he is inserted into the line up. Tonight, he went 3-4 with 2 HR (6) and 2 RBI (16).  Zach Green contributed his “tied for the league” leading 51st RBI.

  • #11 Kingery (.285) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • #12 Canelo (.247) went 2-4.
  • #14 Tocci (.270) went 1-4.
  • #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) was promoted to Reading.
  • #20 Tirado – assigned to Lakewood.
  • #21 Garcia (7-2, 2.49) – DNP.

Lakewood (38-48) Swept a double header from West Virginia, 4-0 and 2-1 in 12 innings.

Game One:  Edgar Garcia (3-0, 1.04) and Sutter McLoughlin (2.55) combined to one-hit the Power in a seven inning game.  Carlos Duran hit his 1st HR.

  • #5 Randolph (.218) went 0-2 with a BB.
  • #8 Kilome (2-7, 4.97) – DNP.
  • #20 Tirado – DNP.
  • #24 Pujols (.238) went 1-3 with a double and RBI (50).
  • #29 Grullon (.238) went 0-2.

Game Two: Tyler Gilbert (3.89) pitched eight innings of 4-hit ball allowing 1 ER.  He struck out six.  Jacob Waguespack (4.10) and Skylar Hunter (1-1, 4.80) pitched two shutout innings each.  Hunter struck out three and got the win.  Damek Tomscha (.280) went 3-5 with a double and RBI.  He was at the plate when the winning run scored on a wild pitch. Josh Tobias (.301) went 2-6 with a double.

  • #5 Randolph (.218) DNP.
  • #8 Kilome (2-7, 4.97) – DNP.
  • #20 Tirado – DNP.
  • #24 Pujols (.234) went 0-5 with 3 K.
  • #29 Grullon (.235) entered as a PH and went 0-2 with 2 K.

Williamsport (10-12) Lost to Aberdeen, 5-2.  Julian Garcia (0-1, 3.38) went 4 innings and gave up 2 ER on 5 hits.  Trevor Bettencourt debuted with 2 K in one inning.  The Crosscutters managed only 4 hits, and needed 2 Aberdeen errors to score two runs in the ninth.

  • #16 Medina (2-0, 0.00) – DNP.

GCL Phillies (10-3)  Lost to the GCL Tigers West, 1-0.  Kevin Gowdy made his debut and pitched two innings.  He was charged with an unearned run.  An error by the first baseman led to the run that held up for the Tigers.  Will Stewart followed with five, 4-hit innings and 4 K.  Jimmy Cordero struck out two in a rehab inning.  Cordero’s FB was 93-95 mph.

The Phillies managed just 3 hits.  Josh Stephen had a couple line drive singles.  Aaron Altherr played a few innings in RF and went 0-2 with a ground out to third and a strike out looking.

I reported on Twitter that Gowdy’s FB was 92-93 mph.  Chris “Stats” King tweeted that Gowdy’s FB was 90-92 mph.  I was asked over Twitter about the discrepancy.  I shot video during Gowdy’s first inning.  I watched the Phillies’ radar gun during his second inning.  I glanced at the pitcher’s chart and saw 92s and 93s logged during Gowdy’s first inning.   Chris is the official scorer and sat about 30 feet above the Phillies’ gun.  The difference in readings could be from the different angles, or more likely differences in the radar guns. So, let’s say with some measure of confidence that Gowdy sits low 90’s touching 93 mph.

  • #? Mickey Moniak (.345) went 0-4.
  • #? Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K.
  • #? Cole Stobbe (.136) went 0-2.
  • #25 Jhailyn Ortiz (.277) went 0-3.
  • #? Josh Stephen (.308) went 2-3.
  • #?Justin Miller (0-0, 5.40) – DNP.
  • #? Aaron Brown (0-0, 1.50) – DNP.
  • #? Will Stewart (0-1, 2.57) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
  • #? Nick Fanti (1-0, 1.42) – DNP

Video of Gowdys second batter, an error by the first baseman.

Triple that scores the runner who reached on the error.  Pitch got too much of the plate.

Gowdy records his second strike out.

DSL Phillies (12-19) Lost to the DSL Astros Blue, 8-7.  Simon Muzziotti (.288), the Red Sox prospect the Phillies signed after he was declared a FA by MLB, went 0-6 in his debut in a Phillies’ uniform.

  • Dixon Gutierrez (.330) went 1-4 with a BB.
  • Keudy Bocio (.226) went 1-5 with a BB and 3 K.
  • Jonathan Guzman (.288) went 1-5 with a SF and RBI.

DSL Phillies2 (14-15) Beat the DSL Red Sox2, 3-2.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-2, 2.56) – DNP.
  • Carlos Oropeza (.233)went 0-2 with a BB.
  • Rafael Marchan (.241) went 1-4 with a double and RBI.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 7/10 – OF Mark Laird to join Cutters on rehab assignment from Lakewood Sunday.
  • 7/9 – RHP John Richy assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 7/9 – Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Nick Pivetta from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 7/9 – Reading Fightin Phils placed RF Dylan Cozens on the temporarily inactive list.
  • 7/9 – Reading Fightin Phils placed RHP Ricardo Pinto on the temporarily inactive list.
  • 7/9 – IF Evan Rogers assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 7/9 – OF Simon Muzziotti assigned to DSL Phillies.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.
  • $190,160 remains available for over slot payments
  • 2016 Draft Tracker is up to date.

47 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/9/2016

  1. Nice to see Watson ,Gilbert, Gowdy and Stewart all have good games . Plus Garcia, Reading lost maybe they missed Cozens and Pinto. Crawford really starting to rake with power. Can you see it now Herrera and Crawford driving pitchers nuts walking , get used to hearing this ” men on 1 st and 2nd no outs back to back walks . Not too long before Crawford gets to the show either August or September. Williams needs to walk more k less. TJ 5 for his last 5 ,2 HR 1 double 2 singles his double was opposite field off the wall.

  2. I was looking at Crawford’s progress over time. He’s in his 4th season. He’s played at 2 levels each year. 1st year, he played in the GCL and then was double jumped to LKW. Year 2, LKW for 60 games and the last 63 with CLW. He was on the fast rack to the show. Year 3, started in CLW where he was a man amongst toddlers. Now in year 4, Reading for 36 games and LHV until now. If the Phils follow the current path, he’ll play out in LHV and then start there next year. At the earliest time on his Arb clock, he’ll be playing in Philly and the minor leagues will be a dream in the rear view window. We’re only half way through the season, so he could see some time in Philly this year and the minor leagues will be a distant blur.

    If Moniak follows that path, he’ll he in LKW sometime in August. CLW at the end of 2017. Reading in 2018 and LHV 2019. So Philly in late 2019 or 2020. By then the big league club will look totally different. 1B possibly Hoskins. 2B Kingery or even Valentin, whoever fights hardest for it. 3B could still be Franco. SS Crawford. LF possibly Randolph or Williams. CF: take your pick: Herrera, Williams, Quinn or Tocci. RF: Cozens, Williams or Quinn. C: Knapp, Alfaro or even Rupp. By then the world could have ended or prospects flame out or fade away or trades could happen or free agency can happen or some other guy comes out of the woodwork and blows by all these guys on the list. It CAN happen and that’s why they play the games.

    1. I like your roster projections for the field. What are your projections for the pitching staff (especially the bullpen)?

    2. Some how Herrera will play at center until Mickey Mo Arrives . Maybe the Phillies have another Outfielder that can hit.300 walk 50 to 80 times a yr . TJ could hit 20 HR in his rookie yr . It’s not you Bellman just too many Outfield prospects. I, D go Micky Mo , Herrera, Ortiz , Williams, Cozens. You have Power, speed, hit tool and Defense . Tocci , Quinn, Stevens , Pujols, Pullin all had depth . TJ has shown elite power in the Majors , 2nd base will change when Crawford comes . Cozens, Ortiz , Knapp , Hoskins could all have Play at first.

  3. I don’t know what rock I’ve been hanging out under but Jhailin Ortiz was supposed to be a big heavy set guy who could only handle first base? They list him at 6’3″ 215, which is not heavy set at all and he’s only played in the OF or DH in the GCL. He’s only played 8 games in the OF and no Errors and no assists. So far so good. I need to roll that rock off me more often.

    1. bellman….looks like he has, more or less, chiseled himself down from that 250lb plus frame from just only one year ago. Have to give him credit for the physical transformation.

  4. Now JP Crawford is hitting for some power and his average is almost to .270 (it’s .269 right now). He also has very good defense. He is proving that he is the top prospect in baseball, and that he could (maybe) play in the majors now (no where here am I saying that they should bring him up).

  5. JP with 2 hits including a 3 run homer, Williams with 2 hits, and Alfaro with 2 hits plus a walk = I’m happy with that.

    1. Alfaro has had a transformation. He has 10 BBs in his last 8 games. He has 14 all season long. He’s always been an aggressive hitter so he don’t want to take so stinkin’ walks. Someone has put it in his head that taking BBs can make pitchers throw strikes. When they throw strikes, that can equate to more hits, more HRs and doubles. He’s also scored 14 runs in his last 10 games. Runs win games. If you don’t score them, you don’t win.

      1. i saw him play recently in richmond and he was very patient at the plate. what was really impressive however was his leadership on the field and his work behind the plate. his arm is plus plus and he showed it off on several plays. as catchers need time to fully learn their craft, barring injuries he will probably be the phillies number 1 by 2018.

      2. good point. With bash brothers getting most of the ink, Alfaro is making steady improvements. What really excites me as much as his swing is his 50% rate at throwing runners out. You dream on guys like him.

  6. I was watching Crawford a little bit on MilbTV and it looks like he’s made some adjustments. When I was watching him earlier in the year, it looked like he was just trying to put the ball in play, but now, it looks like he’s trying extra hard to drive the ball. He’s really trying to develop more of a power stroke and, with his discerning eye and hand-eye coordination, I think, in the long run, it’s going to make him a more successful hitter. It may affect his batting average a little but, but it will make him a better offensive weapon. What he’s doing now is making him look like the special player we believe him to be. He’ll either be up in September or sometime early next year (after the FA clock has run).

    1. I hope the Phillies do JPC, like they did Franco in ’14….bring him up in September and let hi get a taste of MLB pitching, especially against pitchers from teams like the Nats, Pirates and Mets down the stretch..Phillies play a total of 14 games against those three teams…and then there are the Marlins, Braves and ChiSox mixed in there also.. Seventy-five or so PAs may really serve him well going into ’17.

      1. What’s the deal with respect to the Arb or Super something dates for Williams and especially Crawford? Anyone know?

    2. loved that swing on last nights homer. also noticed the ball was flying over Dom Browns head- Dom hitting 226-6-28 in AAA this year.

  7. Is there anywhere that updates the international money, like the draft tracker? I wonder if the Phillies are keeping a chunk of change because there might be someone who will turn 16 later in the year. It would seem foolish to not spend every dollar.

    1. And you may not see anything on bonus amounts for Venezuelan players……due to country strife and unrest there and for safety reasons, MLB has directed not to post bonus amounts for those players.
      So it is just a guess for the most part…and the Phillies signed all Ven kids.

  8. Does anyone know how much tickets are to gcl Phillies game and how to get them? Would like to see all the new guys play.

    1. I think they are generally played at the Carpenter Complex and are free (I think you just walk in and watch – much as you would watch a high school game). You might want to call the Thresher’s ticket office and ask them – the Carpenter Complex is adjacent to Bright House Networks Field. They would probably know.

    2. There is no charge to watch the GCL games at the Carpenter Complex. Parking is also free and convenient. There is no smoking at the Complex and no concession stand. There is a soda machine that sometimes requires exact change. Shade is limited. Bring water to keep hydrated. Say, “Hi!”. I usually bring a red folding chair, and wear either a straw hat or Threshers’ cap.

  9. According to Boston Globe’s Nick Carfado, Sox are interested in Phil’s Hellickson.
    They have a few LHPs that are not overwhelming, like Ball, Beeks or Jerez, that probably could get one of them in return for a rental player like J.Hellickson. If LHP is what they want.

    1. Personally I wouldn’t deal with the Bosox after the joke of a time we had with them last year….plus my company is based in Boston and I have to put up with that Sox and Patriot garbage. Find it ironic that the Sox were caught cheating too. Must be in the tea?

      I would hope that the Phils keep Hellickson and bring up Thompson for September. Go to a six man rotation. Make a Qualifying Offer to Hellickson (who will reject probably). Get a pick between 1st and 2nd round in 2017 Draft. Top 35 most likely.

      1. I have a similar distaste for the Sox after last year, but they have a new FO this year, run by Dombrowski who has a history of aggressively seeking major league help through some creative trades. He inherited a great farm system that he didn’t build and may be more likely to deal away some decent talent. I like them as a trading partner this year.

      2. I agree with joe2. Any return for Hell Boy needs to be measured against a late first round pick (and the slot money that comes with it). I know Boston is not going to give up Moncada, Benintendi, Devers, or Espinosa for a rental pitcher. The only guy that would seem to make sense in Kopech. He’s had some injury and off field issues, but he’s got first round talent. If the best the Red Sox are offering are second tier prospets, I’ll pass and trade Hrllickson somewhere else (like Detroit for Daniel Norris) or keep him and give him a QO.

        1. what kind of contract do people think Hellickson would get on open market?
          he might be tempted to take the qualifying offer (though you could trade him then if he signed, right?), while having a draft pick assigned to him would diminish some teams interest in signing him, you’d think.

          on a side note, saw a sign up at store in havertown promoting a JP Crawford appearance on 7/16, so was curious what they were asking for autographs: $40 to $50.

          1. Have a friend who goes to all autograph signings and collects stuff like that…..do you know the name of the store or what street in Havertown next Saturday?

          2. “what kind of contract do people think Hellickson would get on open market?”

            I would guess Hellickson could expect something similar to what Jay Happ got from Toronto last offseason … 3 year/36 million. He might even get a fourth year since he is only 29 YO (Happ is 33).

    2. I might give him a qualifying offer and select my own prospect at the back of the first round .before I go and take any of those underwhelming arms

  10. I watch that show ‘Breakfast on Broad” sometimes and they seem to peddle the narrative that JP can’t hit or that he’s only a singles hitter. I think he’s finally starting to show a little “pop”. Good for him. Also good to see Alfaro taking more BB as he hopefully climbs his way out of that little funk he’s been in.

  11. Luis Ramierz watch. 18-year-old RHP in DSL: 10 outings, 11.2 innings, 0 — that’s as in zero — runs, 1 hit. Has walked 6, however,

    1. Luis Ramirez is the small side but appears to be stocky, it will be interesting to see his projection.

      Gustavo Armas is probably the top horse in the DSL2 staff – other than him, the most intriguing arm to me is Leonel Aponte. Listed as 6’4″ but 144 lbs (?? – is this even correct?)

  12. Dylan Cozens looks like a monster. I hope he learns how to hit lefties because he looks like he’s going to hit a lot of homers

  13. Medina, six innings, four hits, only two were hard hits. I think he’s ready for Lakewood.

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