Box Score Recap – 7/10/2016

Drew Anderson made his Clearwater debut a memorable one.  He threw the first four inning leg of a combined no-hitter against the St. Lucie Mets, the Florida State League’s top hitting team.  The Mets couldn’t stop Anderson, but the weather could.  After a 45-minute lightning delay, he was lifted in favor of Will Morris who pitched the second, four inning leg. The pitching change didn’t help St. Lucie as Morris continued to retire Mets’ batters. Victor Arano brought home the final leg of the combined no-hitter, nailing down the ninth.

It was the first no-hitter by a Clearwater pitcher since Drew Carpenter threw a seven-inning no-hitter on August 29, 2007.  The last nine inning no-hitter was thrown by Julio De La Cruz on August 18, 2006.  The last no-hitter the Threshers were involved in occurred on May 13, 2015 when they were no-hit in the first game of a double header at Bright House Field against the Charlotte Snow Crabs.  What was notable about this game was that after suffering a 7-inning no-hitter, the Threshers were one-hit in the 7-inning second game.

Did you see Ricardo Pinto and Dylan Cozens in the Futures Game?  Hope you didn’t blink. Pinto was lifted after two fly ball outs, the second of which was caught over the fence by the center fielder.  At least Pinto received an introduction.  Cozens batted while DeRosa and Vasgersian were talking about Alex Bregman.  Again.  They quickly mentioned Cozens after he lifted the third pitch of his at bat down the RF line.  The right fielder made a great catch as he crashed into the foul barrier.  I was disappointed when I saw that these two guys would be part of the coverage team.  Of course, they lived down to my expectations.

Lehigh Valley (52-39)  Lost to Buffalo, 5-3.  Anthony Vasquez (3.28) gave up 2 runs on 2 solo home runs in five innings.  He left with a 3-2 lead, but Dalier Hinojosa (4.26) blew his second save with a solo home run of his own.  Luis Garcia (6-3, 3.13) finally lost the game, giving up 2 runs on a Domonic Brown single in the eighth inning.

Taylor Featherston (.270), Brock Stassi (.259) and Cameron Perkins (.291) went into the All Star break with 2-hit games.  Featherston had a double, HR (12), and 2 RBI (31).

  • #1 Crawford (.270) went 1-3 a BB and RBI (17).
  • #2 Thompson (7-5, 2.58) – DNP.
  • #3 Williams (.283) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • #4 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #9 Knapp (.264) DNP.
  • #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #17 Cordero – DL, rehabbing in the GCL.
  • #23 Sweeney (.233) went 1-2 with 2 BB.
  • #26 Asher – Restricted List.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #30 Lively (4-2, 3.45) – DNP.

Reading (63-27)  Beat Bowie, 10-2. Nick Pivetta (8-4, 3.14) returned from the DL and tossed five shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out six.  Every starter had at least one hit. Rhys Hoskins had 3 hits and Jorge Alfaro had two.  KC Serna hit his 3rd HR and had 3 RBI (26).  Hoskins had 4 RBI (83).

  • #6 Alfaro (.295) went 2-5 with a double.
  • #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 – (8-4, 3.14) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 74 pitches/50 strikes.
  • #19 Hoskins (.287) went 3-5 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI.
  • #22 Cozens (.286) placed on TIL for Futures Game.
  • #27 Brown (.225) DNP.

Clearwater (49-37) Beat St. Lucie, 4-0 in a combined no hitter thrown by Drew Anderson, Will Morris, and Victor Arano, and caught by Austin Bossart.

Anderson missed out on the win when a lightning storm caused a 3/4 hour delay with the Threshers batting in the fourth inning.  Cord Sandberg doubled to lead off the inning.  The inning was halted with one out and Kyle Martin at the plate after a lightning strike close to the stadium.  When the game resumed, Mitch Walding stroked a two-out double down the right field line to give the Threshers a 1-0 lead.

Anderson (0.00) exited the game with a solid line – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP.  Will Morris (5-2, 3.16) followed suit and stifled the Mets with a similar line – 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. Victor Arano (2.70) closed out the Mets in the ninth – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K.

The Threshers added three runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Kyle Martin (50), Malquin Canelo (35), and a bases loaded walk by Drew Stankiewicz (11).

There were a couple of nice defensive plays, as usually happens in a no-hitter.  In the sixth inning, Canelo ranged far to his right and threw out a batter on a close play.  Morris turned in the toughest play when he sprung off the mound to collect a swinging bunt and throw out the batter at first.

Tocci benefited from a scoring decision when he hit a hard ground ball to the shortstop’s right and the throw short-hopped the first baseman for what I thought was a throwing error.

Anderson pitched well, but the truncated outing provided a small sample.  He threw 51 pitches in four innings, 32 strikes.  The Mets took a lot of pitches and half of the strikes he threw were called strikes.  Only two of his strike outs came looking, both on 94 mph fastballs.

Anderson induced 5 swings-and-misses, four for strike outs.  Two came on fastballs at 96 and 92 mph.  The other two came on curve balls – 78 and 79 mph.

Anderson’s fastball sat 92-94 mph, and he touched 95 and 96 mph twice each.

It looks like he threw 36 FB, 12 CB, and 3 change ups.  His curve ball was very effective.  He threw eight of twelve curves for strikes (66.6%).  He was able to command (control?) his fastball, too.  He threw 23 of 36 FB for strikes (63.8%).  And, he threw one of three changeups for strikes.

Anderson threw 8 of 13 first pitch strikes (61.5%), and ran two 3-ball counts.

  • #11 Kingery (.282) went 0-4.
  • #12 Canelo (.247) went 1-4 with an RBI (35).
  • #14 Tocci (.273) went 2-4.
  • #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) was promoted to Reading.
  • #20 Tirado – assigned to Lakewood.
  • #21 Garcia (7-2, 2.49) – DNP.

Lakewood (38-49) Lost to West Virginia, 4-1.  Albert Tirado gave up 3 runs (2 ER).  He struck out 5 in 4.1 innings, but walked three.  Jeff Singer tossed 2.2 shutout innings and has yet to give up a run in 7 appearances, 14.2 innings.  Austin Davis (0.00) gave up an unearned run in 2.0 innings.  Emmanuek Marrero (.233) went 2-2 with 2 walks.

  • #5 Randolph (.207) went 0-3 with a BB.
  • #8 Kilome (2-7, 4.97) – DNP.
  • #20 Tirado (1-1, 6.20)- 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 WP.
  • #24 Pujols (.231) went 0-4 with 2 K.
  • #29 Grullon (.235) DNP.

Williamsport (11-12) Beat Aberdeen, 6-2.  Adonis Medina put forth a solid effort, and Will Hibbs (0.00) tossed 2.0 shutout innings.  Mark Laird went 2-3 in his first rehab appearance. Brett Barbier (.389) also had two hits.  Henri Latrigue hit his first home run.

  • #16 Medina (3-0, 0.64) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP.

GCL Phillies (10-3) DNP.

  • #? Mickey Moniak (.345)
  • #? Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 0.00) –
  • #? Cole Stobbe (.136)
  • #25 Jhailyn Ortiz (.277)
  • #? Josh Stephen (.308)
  • #?Justin Miller (0-0, 5.40) –
  • #? Aaron Brown (0-0, 1.50) –
  • #? Will Stewart (0-1, 2.57) –
  • #? Nick Fanti (1-0, 1.42) –

DSL Phillies (12-19) DNP.

  • Dixon Gutierrez (.330)
  • Keudy Bocio (.226)
  • Jonathan Guzman (.288)

DSL Phillies2 (14-15) DNP.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-2, 2.56) –
  • Carlos Oropeza (.233)
  • Rafael Marchan (.241)

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • The transaction hasn’t posted, yet, but Seranthony Domingues is listed as Lakewood’s starter on Tuesday.
  • 7/10 – Phillies activated LHP Daniel Stumpf.
  • 7/10 – Phillies designated LHP Mario Hollands for assignment.
  • 7/10 – Phillies optioned Severino Gonzalez to Lehigh Valley.
  • 7/10- Lakewood sent OF Mark Laird on a rehab assignment to Williamsport.
  • 7/10 – SS William Cuicas assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
  • 7/10 – Luis Espiritu, Jr. assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.
  • $190,160 remains available for over slot payments
  • 2016 Draft Tracker is up to date.

38 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/10/2016

  1. Hoskins is 2nd in the Eastern league in runs scored — behind Cozens — but yesterday Hoskins was the only Reading player in the lineup to not score a run. I guess the fact that he knocked in 4 will have to do.

    Medina was really good again. The kid could be pitching in LKW in a little while.

    1. Could be wrong, but I seem to think Adonis Medina may have been on the Red Sox radar and one of their academy players when he was 16-years old and they decided not to keep him in their fold. So the Phillies signed him in May 2014 at 17.
      Cardinals did something not quite the same, but similar by letting him go, with Edubray Ramos and now he is pitching in the MLB with the big club.
      Good scouting on the international front from the Phillies..

      1. The Cardinals letting Ramos go is surprising to me. They are normally a great judge of talent.

  2. Blurb from the Baseball America daily prospect report:

    Adonis Medina, rhp, Phillies. A bargain signing for $70,000 in 2014, Medina has been near unhittable this season. On Sunday, he allowed just four hits in six innings in short-season Williamsport’s 6-2 win over Aberdeen (Orioles). In 28 innings, Medina’s allowed just 11 hits and six walks. Medina’s fastball sits 91-94 mph with heavy sink and good angle and his curveball projects as a plus offering with more polish.

  3. Pivetta with a short-stint masterpiece.
    Next year he is entering his age24 season.
    Hopefully, he can get a small taste of LHV before this season is completed.

      1. Chad…..mid-rotation to back….even with 93-95T96. Not sure his secondary package is at the 2 level. He really should develop a better CU.

          1. Absolutely……but I can see he would make an excellent 4/5 in any rotation if he does progress.
            Though Phillies do have plenty of arms in that category already at that major-league ready age before the 2018 sweason ….him, Asher, Lively, Appel, Eshelman and Richy.
            Nola, VV, Eflin and Thompson are , I assume , their mid-to top guys…and in Eichkoff in the mix somewhere….all of a sudden it gets clogged by end of 2017.
            Right after that you have the Latin arms, Pinto, Kilome, Arauz and Medina making their way up the ladder.
            It will be interesting to see Matt Klentak in action with this surplus of arms, and what he does in the next 14 months..

            1. The surplus of arms will get traded.

              I’m hoping that Hellickson gets traded so we can get a serious look at Jake Thompson. The dude is ready.

              The Phillies have a decent rotation already:

              VV (#2-3 starter)
              Nola (3-4)
              Eickhoff (3-4)
              Eflin (4-5)

            2. That is what I want to see from Matt Klentak….how he does it.
              I like to see what he gets in return….be it immediate or long term down the road.
              Lets face it…he walked into a farm system that was not barren….and Jeff Luhnow was begging for Giles in December and the Astros loaded farm system did not take much of hit giving up the five pitchers….so MK has been pretty fortunate.
              Now as a manager I want to see how he handles his resources going forward in 2017 .

            3. If Jake is a hit and can join Nola-VV-Eickhoff-Jake-Eflin rotation in 2017 – Morgan and Lively are big bets to be traded given their age. Asher, Pivetta and (even) Appel can be moved to the bullpen.

              Pinto (added to 40-man in 2016) and Eshelman (40-man in 2017/18) will probably start in AAA to join Appel-Pivetta-Asher (if not traded or moved to the bullpen).

              Leiter Jr with the next Cloyd/Buchanan. Phils should trade him for value as soon as their have the chance. Leibrandt will be a will card because he’s a (needed) LHP but needs to survive as SP.

      2. @chad – for now, Pivetta is in the same boat as Asher – a back end rotation/long man reliever.

        his ceiling will depend on his consistency and development of any secondary pitch(es) behind his FB. If he continues to improve his CB, then he can be a back of the bullpen guy with mid-90s FB and a solid breaking ball.

        I agree with Romus that Pivetta needs to develop a CU to mix with his FB and CB to tap his ceiling as #3/4.

  4. I think you’ll see Pivetta in AAA very soon too. Or maybe when Thompson gets the call they will have Pivetta take him spot (maybe after JH is moved?).

  5. I agree with your comments on the failure of the announcers to give any props to Cozens. Its not like he has any homers this year or has shown any power along the way. Not taking anything away from the guys who got it done on the field, but come on!

    1. Was shocked at how inept they were. Plenty of down time in a baseball game to fill with rambling nonsense about “name” players – maybe take time to discuss guys who are hitting/ pitching as they are actually doing such things? What a joke those two were.

    2. No kidding, nothing like continuously stating the obvious by those announcers. It’s a neat experience for all of those kids, how about chipping in!

    1. yes, maybe a true sleeper now that he is healthy. he was up to 96 mph as a starter !

  6. Saw 4 Clearwater games in last week. Yesterday’s no hitter was the capper. Mad props to the pitchers and Austin Bossart for catching a heck of a game.

  7. I’d never been to the First Energy Stadium in Reading until yesterday when I joined over 5000 fans at the Fightin Phils-Bowie Baysox game. I knew going in that we wouldn’t get to see Dylan Cozens who was out in San Diego at the Futures game. But even without Cozens, the Reading lineup is scary. The 3-4-5 guys alone (Alfaro, Hoskins, Fox) already had 51 home runs between them.

    Starter Nick Pivetta (the pitcher that the Phillies got for Papelbon) throws much harder than I had thought. His fastball was mostly in the mid-nineties, topping out at 97 on the Reading radar gun. He threw mostly fastballs and appeared to have good control of the pitch, since he did not walk anyone. I could not tell much about the quality of his off-speed pitches, but he did throw five shutout innings with 6 Ks.

    After Pivetta, Reading brought in Hoby Milner. What a contrast! Milner is a side-arming lefty who threw mostly breaking balls. His fastball topped out at 87. He faced mostly right-handed batters and was successful, but I wonder if he is really a prospect, even as a loogie, with such anemic velocity.

    The pitching was aided by good fielding. Mora (SS) and Valentin (2B) both fielded very well. In fact, the game was error-free on both sides.

    Pullin saw a lot of pitches. He walked his first two trips, struck out his next two ( the second time he was caught looking with two outs and the bases loaded) and finally singled his last time up.

    Alfaro seemed adequate at catcher, and, based on the Baysox scoring only two runs, called a good game. We did not get to see him show off his arm, but we did see his passion for the game. After failing to advance runners in his first two at bats, Alfaro came up in the fifth with a man on first and struck out. swinging at what looked like a bad pitch. He then broke the bat across his knee! This could be interpreted as a childish temper tantrum, but to me it showed that he cares about his performance. Next time up, Alfaro hit a ground ball that eluded the shortstop and hustled it into a double. He then scored on a single by Hoskins. He added another hit and scored another run in the 5 run eighth.

    Hoskins is just an RBI machine. Early in the game he seemed to be a bit overanxious, but in the end, although he started 0 for 2, he had two doubles, a single and 4 RBI.

  8. GCL Phillies lose the completion of a rain interrupted game with the Yankees 5-4. However, Jhalyn Ortiz hits his fourth HR. Game two still to come.

    1. Game 2 will have the rehabbing Leibrandt and Altherr in the line up joining Mickey, Ortiz, Stephen and Stobbe playing against the Yankee team with Rutherford.

      Losing Game 1, I hope Game 2 will be a REA like white wash.

      1. 2nd game had the Phils with 15 hits and the Yankees with 3. But the game ends with the Phils ahead 3 – 2. They also had 4 BBs, a HBP and a guy reached on an error. Must have had a tea party on the bases waiting for a big hit. Moniak 2 – 5 but getting called out on strikes twice. Stobbe was 3 – 4. Ortiz was 2 – 5. Altherr 1 for 3 with a HBP and the hit was a double.

    1. Ironically… Jon Mayo and Jim Callis of MLB had Cozens before this season at 50 power! And I guess that was logical based on his ISO and HR power the previous two seasons.
      Granted last year was the injury and some batting changes at CLW….but in 2014 at Lakewood with 16 dingers in a bad HR park, there was no allusions of power by baseball pundits……and this year it is the Park Factor effect and the splits vs RHBs.

  9. I asked this in off season but does anybody think Pivetta has closer stuff if he doesnt make it as a SP? I think if he turns into a Ryan Madsen that would be awesome!

    1. He has the Fastball velocity but not sure he has the one dominant secondary pitch that a closer needs.

    2. Sam…Madsen had the mid-to-high90s velo….but he also had the best change-up on the Phillies. outside of Cole Hamels. Two plus-plus pitches.

        1. Sam….not sure what he is doing this season…but it is working so far in AA against AA hitters. So he must be doing something right with his breaking ball…be it slider or curve His curve was rated a 50 prior to this season. But people who see him regularly pitch have a better idea on his breaking stuff.

    1. You forgot the HBP and the reached on an error. Bases must have been left loaded nearly every inning

  10. Time to pay attention to the Drew Anderson kid. Now healthy and his velo was up to 96 as a starter, only relievers are throwing that hard, He started the no hitter game and only the weather could stop him. This kid will be in top 20 prospects by next season

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