Box Score Recap – 7/11/2016

Three teams had off.  Two played double headers.  Brandon Leibrandt took the mound in a GCL rehab assignment (video below).  Aaron Altherr continued his rehab in the GCL (video below).  Jimmy Cordero was moved up to Clearwater to continue his rehab.  With Reading off, Derek Campbell supplied the power homering twice for the Threshers.  Jhailyn Ortiz hit his 4th in the GCL Phillies morning game.  Cole Stobbe had 3 hits and Josh Stephen had two hits

Lehigh Valley (52-39)  DNP.

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

Reading (63-27)  DNP.

  • #6 Alfaro (.295) .
  • #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) – .
  • #18 Pivetta – (8-4, 3.14) – .
  • #19 Hoskins (.287) .
  • #22 Cozens (.286) placed on TIL for Futures Game.
  • #27 Brown (.225) .

Clearwater (50-37) Came back to walk off against St. Lucie, 9-8.  Derek Campbell stretched a first inning lead to 6-3 with a 2-run HR to right, and later tied the game at 8 with a solo blast to left in the eighth inning.

Yacksel Rios (6.27) needed 70 pitches to record 7 outs.  He struggled through a 37-pitch first inning.  His fastball sat 93-96 mph, touching 97 and 98 mph.  Fifty-seven of his 70 pitches were fastballs.  But he lacked movement and didn’t have an adequate out pitch.  He only induced one swing and miss, and the Mets fouled off 18 pitches, 15 were on fastballs.

Jimmy Cordero made a rehab appearance after a weather delay.  he he gave up a run on two hits and struck out two in one inning.  No walks.

Every Thresher had a hit except Jiandido Tromp (.161).  Walding (.272) and Martin (.249) had 2 hits each.  Chace Numata had 2 RBI (12).  Derek Campbell (.340) went 3-4 with 2 HR (8) and 3 RBI (19).

  • #11 Kingery (.282) went 1-3 with a BB and RBI (23).
  • #12 Canelo (.246) went 1-5.
  • #14 Tocci (.273) DNP.
  • #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)  DNP.

  • #5 Randolph (.207) .
  • #8 Kilome (2-7, 4.97) – .
  • #20 Tirado (1-1, 6.20)- .
  • #24 Pujols (.231) .
  • #29 Grullon (.235) .

Williamsport (12-12) Came back from an early 5-0 deficit to beat Aberdeen, 10-6.  JoJo Romero didn’t survive a 5-run second.  Trevor Bettencourt, Cole Irvin, and Tyler Hallead followed with 6.1, shutout innings.

Jesus Alastre had 3 hits.  Arquimedes Gamboa had 2 hits and 4 RBI.  Enmanuel Garcia hit his first HR.

  • #16 Medina (3-0, 0.64) – DNP.

GCL Phillies (10-3) Split a double header with the GCL Yankees West, losing 5-4 and winning 3-2.

The first game was a continuation of Nick Fanti’s 8 strike out game on June 25th.  It picked up with the score tied 3-3 in the seventh inning.  The Yankees scored two runs in the ninth off Jordan Kurokawa.  Jhailyn Ortiz hit a solo HR (4) in the bottom of the inning to finish the scoring.

Here’s a shot of Ortiz in the on deck circle.  If you had seen him last summer, you would notice that he is not as large.  Nevertheless, he is a big, young man.

Close up of Jhailyn

Game two featured Brandon Liebrandt in his first rehab appearance.  He pitched two innings, gave up one hit, and struck out two.  I asked one of the guys charting his pitches about his velocity on his fastball.  It was 87-88 mph.  Not bad for a first time out.

Leibrandt got the first batter to fly out to left fielder Josh Stephen.

Leibrandt got the second batter to ground out to second baseman Daniel Brito.

Leibrandt recorded his first strike out to end the first inning.  I shot this from a different angle without the batter in the frame.

Leibrandt’s second strike out.

Ortiz strike out.

Ortiz beat out this infield hit.  He had two infield hits in the second game.

Aaron Altherr stroked this double to center.  It should have been a single, but he took advantage of some lax fielding, never broke stride, and slid into second under a high throw.

Cole Stobbe went 3-4 with a line drive and 2 ground ball singles.  Of course, I got video of his other at bat, a strike out.  But his big, arcing swing reminds me of someone.  Maybe Pat Burrell?

Stats from game two –

  • #? Mickey Moniak (.333) went 2-5 with an RBI.
  • #? Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 0.00) – DNP.
  • #? Cole Stobbe (.231) went 3-4.
  • #25 Jhailyn Ortiz (.302) went 2-5.
  • #? Josh Stephen (.345) went 2-3 with a BB and RBI.
  • #?Justin Miller (0-0, 4.15) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K.
  • #? Aaron Brown (0-0, 1.50) – DNP.
  • #? Will Stewart (0-1, 2.57) – DNP.
  • #? Nick Fanti (1-0, 1.42) – DNP.

DSL Phillies (13-19) Beat the DSL Astros Blue, 4-3 in 15 innings.

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

DSL Phillies2 (16-15) swept a double header from the DSL Red Sox2, 6-1 and 12-0.

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

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • The transaction still hasn’t posted, but Seranthony Domingues is listed as Lakewood’s starter on Tuesday.
  • 7/11 – RHP Jimmy Cordero assigned to Clearwater from Lehigh Valley IroPigs.
  • 7/11 – Jose Nin assigned to GCL Phillies from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 7/11 – Clearwater sent LHP Brandon Leibrandt on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
  • 7/11 – Ismael Cabrera assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from GCL Phillies.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.
  • $190,160 remains available for over slot payments
  • 2016 Draft Tracker is up to date.

63 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/11/2016

  1. Is Jesus Alastre, in Wmspt, the real deal? He’s 19 y/o, 6’1″ 155 lbs. He’s hitting .455/.514/.485/.998. Them’s pretty good stats. He’s been in the organization 3 years. I remember mentioning his name a lot in 2014, when he played in the VSL. He had an okay season in the GCL last year. This year, the big Wmsprt stadium must be to his liking. At 155 lbs, he’s shown very little power but as he bulks up a little he could add to his doubles total. Not seeing him as a HR threat. He can play all 3 OF positions. The Phils are not sure. You can see that in his playing time. He’s often subbed in later in games. I think he’s a one level a year guy who will get to his level of incompetence and fade away. That might be LKW but more likely CLW.

    Derek Campbell is doing everything but stand on his head to get noticed. He has 1 big red flag and that’s age. He’s 25. He’s getting old in the tooth or maybe I should say he’s very old in the tooth. He burst into the spotlight last year when he replaced Crawford in the Arizona League. He used that stage to show something I wasn’t expecting. He seemed like a guy in the right place at the right time. His bat is crazy. In his last 10 games, .484 with 7 HRs and 9 RBIs. He has 5 BBs and only 3 Ks. On the season he’s hitting .340/.436/.691 and eye popping OPS of 1.128. The Phils are clearly unconvinced. He’s played in 33 games in CLW, mostly as a temporary replacement for a guy needing a rest or injured. He’s playing more lately and showing some of his talent. He’s played 5 positions this year alone. He can play 1B, 2B, 3B and LF and RF. Again, he’s 25 y/o playing against guys in their very early 20s on most nights. My take is he looks like a utility guy with no #1 position in his arsenal. He should get a shot at Reading and probably would have started there if the talent wasn’t so rich there already. He’ll top out somewhere between Reading and LHV but utility guys in walkers don’t get a sip of coffee in the majors.

    I wouldn’t mind if they moved Altherr to CLW in the next game or two. I’d like to see what Ben Pelletier can do. The OF in the GCL is stocked. Moniak, Otiz and Stephen are 1st year guys. Pelletier was drafted last year but getting playing time this year. And then there’s Malvin Matos, who Jordan mentioned in his interview with Mitch Rupert. Pickett is on the 60 day DL and must be chomping at the bit to get in and show his stuff. A lot of talent at a very low level. If they’re all going to need playing time, someone has to move up. My 1st choice would be Moniak and the timeframe mid-July. But get Altherr moving along so he doesn’t take ABs away from these young talented kids. Not that the kids can’t learn from a guy who burst into the majors last year and the after game food spreads can be nice too.

    1. Still not quite sure what to make of Alastre. His bat to ball skills are very good. He runs well. He plays good defense, has a strong, accurate arm. But he’s really small. He has 15 hits this year for 16 total bases, and there’s not a lot of pop in there for him to start driving the ball right now. He’s playing part time right now pretty much because of Mark Laird’s rehab assignment. But he and Martinelli are the two primary outfielders, I’d think, with Luis and Maglich splitting right field and Garcia getting an occasional start.

        1. I’m all aboard the bandwagon, Romus, with the caveat that it was one start against one of the bottom third hitting teams in the league. But the fastball was 91-93, and at the lower end he showed some cut to the fastball. I liked the slider more when I saw some video this morning, and the change-up has good arm action.

          I was expecting to be underwhelmed by his stuff, now I’m wondering how he fell to the fifth round. But it’s cautious optimism for me. Want to see more against better hitting teams.

          1. Thanks Mitch…good to hear that news….the Phillies org is starving for good young starting LHPs, especially with the tragic mishap to Matt Imhof. Irvin’s 2014 injury could have been a factor, but he did rebound from a mediocre 2015 season ,this past year, to put up quality numbers at Oregon.

          2. Phils gave Irvine a 3rd rd-like bonus which shows how much they value him — initially I though that the $800k bonus is way too high – but looking at the physicality and advance stuff (solid FB with 2 potentially above average off speed pitches), Irvin will be a fast riser better than what we saw in Adam Morgan in 2012-13.

  2. Arquimedes Gamboa is finally hitting the ball. Last year he was an automatic out, but lately he has been a more reliable hitter. I wonder what adjustments he has made.
    I hope Enmanuel Garcia is OK. He had to be escorted off the field when he hit his head on something while fielding a foul ball in the left field corner late in the game. He is a promising hitter for Williamsport. Hallead looked better last night.
    Derek Campbell has begun to show his power. He has been a very good hitter and has gotten more playing time as a starter.

    1. Nothing mechanically has been changed for Gamboa. He got off to a terrible start, 0 for his first 18, I believe, and hit into a lot of tough luck. But he never looked overmatched, even for being 18 years old in a college league. I talked to Pat Borders about him last night and will have a little bit written up on him later, and Pat said it’s a matter of confidence. When he was struggling, he was pressing. Now that he’s gotten some hits, he’s nice and loose at the plate and not trying to do too much.

      The box score doesn’t show that one of his outs was pulling a ground ball to the right side with nobody out and a runner on second which set up Lartigue’s sacrifice fly. This kid thinks the game well. His actions in the field are super smooth. He’s going to run himself into some errors the way Crawford does because he gets to balls other guys don’t, and also because he’s 18. This kid’s a player. His slow start might keep him from hitting .250, but I don’t think it’s out of the question he can get there.

      1. 1 Question does Luke Willams have some natural power or does he have to put on a lot of muscle. Great article too love how Mr Jordan spoke of some of the younger players. How about those fly boys 4 players in the top 100.

        1. It’s gap power right now. At 19 years old he’s not a prototypical third baseman, but it feels like there’s room for him to grow and get stronger. But he has a good feel for finding the barrel, which will make it easier for the power to develop. But it’s going to take a couple years before that’s a big part of his game. I’d say be willing to give it 18-24 months before you see real in-game power.

          1. Thank you Mitch I read where he played football WR until his SR yr in hS. He was fast but and his approach last yr was excellent then what Joe Jordan said about too.so many prospects now great time around here.

  3. I saw the mov ie Grownups 2 again the other night and it reminded me of Kelly Dugan. Looked up his stats and it ain’t pretty folks. He’s hitting .179/.293/.374 with 6 HRs and 24 RBIs in AA ball. At least he’s played in 48 games so far this year. That was practically a full year when he was in the Phils organization.

    1. I Loved that tape of this swing, Before they signed him, told romus he is my favorite draft pick. I don’t know if he can run. or play good defense. I do know he has a really nice swing.

      1. rocco…remember Eric Valent, former Phil OFer and current West coast scout? Reminds me of him in a little way.

    1. Interesting…..Groome is making it hard on the Sox. A rippling effect appears to be occuring. Currently they have 7 unsigned players of their first 18 picks. It is more than Dalbec and Shawryn that are affected at this point. Four others after the 10th round thru 18th round may not get overslot offers and may not sign..

      1. Have basically ruined their entire draft class by taking this problem child. What a disaster.

          1. Dam Steve , that is some cold blooded shade to throw on a 17 year kid who has a lot of people in his ear

            1. It’s just foolish. For $500k he’s using up a year where he could be earning well north of $10 million with a decent probability.

            2. Steve….if he signs on Friday…..he will still have time….a lot of HS pitchers are usually not thrown into the GCL mix until their second year anyway. There will be fall instructs first for most of them before live action.

          2. Foolish it is no doubt about that , as is wishing injury on a kid who does something foolish at the age of 17 .

          3. Well I think poetic justice would be if he just pitched poorly and failed out of school. Don’t think I’d wish injury on him.

          4. I’d rather just see him not sign, get drafted by the Phils next year, and win 5 Cy Young awards in the next 15 years and a couple of rings in Philly.

            1. If he falls to the Phillies….they would have to go way overslot to sign him from where they will draft in 2017.

        1. Negotiation ploy no doubt. Don’t think SD had the slot money to give him $5m unless they were not going to draft anyone else..

    2. They’ve been reporting here in Boston that Vandy was the one that pulled out of his commitment, thus making everyone wonder what makeup issues he has. I thought his only issue was his camp’s greediness.

      1. And Keith Law, among others, has already reported on what his true “make up” issues are. They aren’t a secret anymore.

          1. I heard a podcast where there was concern about the people around the kid (parents and friends). Is he someone who is willing to put in the time to be the best or someone who gets a big payday for signing in the draft. Does he have drive?

            1. Joe, that sounds like the Felske Files podcast I heard with John Manuel from BA.

              Rick, why be so coy on an anonymous blog? I didn’t see Law offer any specifics other than “immaturity and idiocy”. One entry mentioned alcohol issues, but if you look closely he was using it as an example, not talking specifically about Groome.

  4. Any radar readings on Irvin yesterday? Very conflicting reports coming out around the draft, would be interested to know what he has been sitting at in the GCL.

      1. Thanks Matt, forgot to check Mitch and looks like he has more to come- in your opinion, if he can maintain that velo, does that change your opinion of his ceiling at all?

  5. Most promising developments throughout the Phillies organization in ’16 as we hit the break:

    • the savvy heads at the top evaluating, drafting, and signing….finally!

    • the balance of talent from GCL to Lehigh

    • the philosophy of promoting players based on their aptitude for managing and controlling the strike zone, both bats and arms

    • the steady development of key prospects like JP Crawford who also show invaluable leadership skills

    These things get me most excited. Everything else is a matter of wait and see, fun as it is for all of us to speculate, whether it’s based on information or a hunch. I’m grateful for this site and the beauty that is the game of baseball. Here’s to the future!!!

    1. That’s a great post 8mark let them go the work seat back and enjoy. The Phillies finally have a good in place.

    2. 8mark- I couldn’t agree more. Each morning the first thing I do after logging on is look at the box score for the previous GCL game. Moniak, Ortiz, Gowdy, Stobbe, Stephen!! This team is stacked!

      Super exciting time on the farm.

    3. I’m not 100% certain if the “Middleton factor” is behind the quick improvement of the farm but now we can see what top notch scouts like Sal A. and Johnny A. can do if given the resources.

      So far the trade pieces the Phils received from the last (Cole, Rollins, Byrd, Revere, Paps) Phillies firesale significantly improved the farm and will makeup a big portion of the next good Phillies team.

      Sal and Johnny’s good work will be put into test when new wave of talents are needed to reinforce the MLB team (in 2019 and onwards) thru promotion or trades.

      McPhail and Klentak, like the Colangelos, joined a team in the right time – hopefully they wont screw things up!

  6. So many good young players in the minors. Eflin and Ramos in the MLB, Crawford, Thompson, Williams, Appel, Knapp and Lively in Lehigh Valley, Alfaro, Quinn, Pinto, Eshelman, Pivetta, Hoskins and Cozens in Reading, and this doesn’t even mention the players in Class A ball, the DSL, or the GCL. It just is amazing how a minor league system this good could have been so bad a few years ago.

  7. Sixto is impressive again in the GCL: 5 ip, 3 hits, 0 ERs, 5 Ks and a BB. The Phils lost in 11 innings. Brita 2 – 4 with a BB and Stobbe 2 – 5 with a SB. Monial 0 – 6 with 3 Ks. Windle on a rehab assignment with no ER and a K in 1 inning. Kyle Young pitched a clean inning.

        1. How about we just say….Mickey Money…..it will be in the Bank on Pattison Way in a few years!

    1. thanks for sharing- also got me thinking about Yulieski Gourriel and the Phillies since we have no money on the books upcoming, but he probably goes to a contender anyway.

  8. A little jumping the gun but today’s GCL game vs the Yanks was pretty interesting. Mickey Moniak was 0-6 with 3 K’s but Cole Stobbe 2-5 and bumps BA to .256. Blake Rutherford for the Yanks with a 3-4 and HR.

    Kyle Young makes his first appearance without a hitch for one inning.

  9. With all this talent in the organization, it’s a very good thing the Phillies have a lot of money and (I think) ZERO payroll in 2018 and further.

  10. I will share something about Groome parents. The first time I’ve ever saw Groome throw was when he was 15 playing in the New Jersey State Babe Ruth 15 Year Old All Star Tournament . . . I was coaching our towns legion team and we were meeting at our field to drive to our state tournament game (we later got knocked out in the NJ State Final 8 by Brooklawn and Tyler Mondile but we did finish 3rd in the state, Ewing Post 314 2014 season) So I see this huge 15 year old walk out to the mound, I was interested in seeing his velocity bc of how big he was. His first warm up pitch would have hit the ump in his mask, even with the catcher there . . He missed it bc of how hard he threw. I literally said out loud “that has to be close to if not 90” . . . his next warm up even harder . . . I see someone with a gun and go over to look. He was sitting 90-91 for as much as I saw with him topping out at 93. I was in awe seeing that from a 15 year old (didn’t know it at the time but he was one of the youngest 15 year olds too) . . . I was talking to the guy with the gun (one of the players parents) and asked him if he knew what colleges were looking at him. A female (looked like a soccer mom) hears me and laughs then says (to herself but loud enough I could hear) “psst he’ll never step foot on a college campus”. I thought that said a lot about her attitude. She sounded stuck up and snarky. Just saying this because someone said his parents were an issue.

    As far as him not signing yet . . . I don’t think he will. But there’s zero reason for anyone to bash the kid ESP when you (or any of us for that matter) don’t know what’s going on with negotiations. I’m pretty sure Boston knew his price going in . . You don’t draft someone with your first pick without knowing what it might cost. I’m thinking Boston figured they could talk him down on his price and he’s not budging. Good for him, if you want him pay him if not he can go to the juco and come out next year. Plus It’s not like he’s asking for 1.5m more.

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