Box Score Recap – 7/13/2016

Another short schedule with AAA and AA having their all star games last night.  Elniery Garcia combined with Victor Arano to one-hit the Palm Beach Cardinals.  Garcia allowed one hit in eight innings.  Franklyn Kilome pitched well for Lakewood.  Nick Fanti pitched well for the GCL Phillies.

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 (51-37)  Beat Palm Beach, 4-0.  Elniery Garcia allowed one hit in eight innings, and thet hit didn’t come until the eighth inning.  He issued two walks earlier, and picked one of those runners off first base.  The Threshers needed a solid effort from Garcia as the offense didn’t score until two errors led to two unearned runs in the eighth.  Scott Kingery had 3 hits.  Mitch Walding had 2 hits.  Carlos Tocci doubled home two insurance runs in the ninth.  Victor Arano came in to pitch the ninth.

  • #11 Kingery (.287) went 3-5.
  • #12 Canelo (.246) went 1-4.
  • #14 Tocci (.272) went 1-5 with a double and 2 RBI (34).
  • #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) was promoted to Reading.
  • #20 Tirado – assigned to Lakewood.
  • #21 Garcia (8-2, 2.23) – 8.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 94 pitches/67 strikes.

Lakewood (40-49)  Beat Hickory, 6-3 in 11 innings.  Franklyn Kilome struck out seven in five innings, and left the game with the lead having only allowed one run.  Skylar Hunter (4.32) and Jeff Singer (1-0.0.00) both blew saves when they gave up unearned runs.  Jose Pujols provided the BlueClaws with an early lead with a two-run HR.  Grenny Cumana drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th.  Deivi Grullon extended the lead with a two-run home run.  Zach Coppola (.314) had 3 hits.

  • #5 Randolph (.250) went 2-6.
  • #8 Kilome (2-7, 4.75) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 WP, 79 pitches/49 balls.
  • #20 Tirado (1-1, 6.20)- DNP.
  • #24 Pujols (.231) went 1-4 with a HR (17), BB, 2 RBI (53) and 2 K.
  • #29 Grullon (.238) entered as a PR and went 1-2 with a HR (5) and 2 RBI (28).

Williamsport (14-12) Fell behind 7-0 before rallying to score 8 runs in the final 3 innings. Felix Paulino (6.26) gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 4.1 innings.  The bullpen was touched for 3 more runs before Tyler Hallead pitched a scoreless ninth.  The Crosscutters scored two runs in the seventh on a Mark Laird groundout and a David Martinelli single. They closed to within one run in the eighth, scoring four runs on ground outs by Luis Espiritu and Jesus Alastre, a double by Juan Luis, and a fielding error.  They walked off in the ninth on Luke Maglich’s game-tying. RBI triple and a game-winning passed ball.

  • #16 Medina (3-0, 0.64) – DNP.

GCL Phillies (11-6) Lost to the GCL Blue Jays, 5-4 in 10 innings.  Nick Fanti (1.53) tossed five strong innings, one run on four hits, and no walks and six strike outs.  Daniel Brito’s soft defense led to two runs in the seventh.  He bobbled a two-out ground ball (generously scored a single) that loaded the bases with two out.  The two runs that scored on the following base hit were instrumental in the Blue Jays come back.  That’s two consecutive games where his defense cost the Phillies wins.

Nerluis Martinez, Jose Antequera, and Malvin Matos had 2 hits each.  Mickey Moniak had 2 RBI on a triple and a ground out.

  • #? Mickey Moniak (.275) went 1-5 with a triple and 2 RBI.
  • #? Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 0.00) – DNP.
  • #? Cole Stobbe (.258) DNP.
  • #25 Jhailyn Ortiz (.293) went 1-5.
  • #? Josh Stephen (.282) went 0-5.
  • #?Justin Miller (0-0, 4.15) – DNP.
  • #? Aaron Brown (0-0, 1.50) – 2.0, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP.
  • #? Will Stewart (0-1, 2.57) – DNP.
  • #? Nick Fanti (1-0, 1.53) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP.

DSL Phillies (13-21) Lost to the DSL Royals, 7-2.

  • Dixon Gutierrez (.308) went 1-4 with a double.
  • Keudy Bocio (.240) went 2-3 with a BB.
  • Jonathan Guzman (.288) went 1-4.
  • Simon Muzziotti (.275) went 1-4 with a double.

DSL Phillies2 (18-15) Beat the DSL Mets2, 11-5.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-2, 2.56) – DNP.
  • Carlos Oropeza (.225) went 1-4 with a BB and RBI.
  • Rafael Marchan (.326) went 3-4 wit a BB and 2 RBI.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 7/13 – Phillies sent Mario Hollands outright to Reading Fightin Phils.
  • Greg Brodzinski is serving as a bullpen catcher in PA.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.
  • $190,160 remains available for over slot payments
  • 2016 Draft Tracker is up to date.

104 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/13/2016

  1. Congrats too Mickey Mo on his first triple .Jim what ever your doing in your before game routine keep doing it .1 no hitter 1 near no hitter wow Clearwater boys can pitch.Fanti wow who said the org had no lefties. I think Stewart is too, plus Falter , Jo jo Romero and Garcia. Leibrandt and A Davis , Irvin wow ok I Think I’m done. Boy what has gotten into Grullon another HR Kilome finally getting it and who is Singer great job. Kingery hitting again like that hasn’t been said before.

  2. Another good start by Fanti, apologies for the repeat post but I haven’t been able to find, any reports that he is throwing harder this year? Although ETA to majors is quite some time for below group, hopefully one of our lefty arms breaks their ceiling, but like the current “projectable” group (Falter, Fanti, Irvin, Young… Maybe even Garcia but think he’s got lowest ceiling but maybe highest floor as well given he’s most advanced)

  3. Elniery Garcia with an 88 game score. With Felix Paulino, you never know what you’re going to get. His 1st outing was gem; 6 ip, 3 hits no ERs and 5 Ks. His 2nd and 3rd outings were not good. He gave up 20 hits, 12 ERs with only 2 Ks in 6 2/3 innings. 4th outing was another gem, 4 hits, no ERs, 3 Ks in 6 IP. Yesterday was another downer; 4 hits, 4 ERs in 4 1/3. I think I’ll stick with the box of chocolates for now.

    Denny Martinez, on the DSL2, looks like a guy to watch. He’s 19 and in his 2nd year in the organization. He had an ERA in the low 2s last year, mostly as a reliever. This year he has a 2.86 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP as a starter. He has 35 Ks in 34 IP. At 19, he should be beating up on 17 and 18 y/os but his progression looks pretty good. He’s a small lefty at 6′ 157 lbs.

    The DSL2 team has exactly 1 HR (tied for last in the league) and the pitching staff has given up 5. DSL1 has 4 HRs and given up 6. Looks like 2 teams are built for speed and not big power. DSL2 has 75 SBs to lead the league. DSL1 is in the middle of the pack with 45 SBs. Those are the trends I see.

    The catchers on the GCL Phillies are playing very well in this short season. Nerluis Martinez (20) is hitting .333/.455/.481/.936 in 27 ABs. Rudolfo Duran (18) is hitting .290/.313/.419/.732 across 2 leagues in 31 ABs. Lenin Rodriguez (18) is hitting .294/.435/.353/.788 in 17 ABs. They aren’t stressing any one of them. I think they are being used situationally and in waves. If Martinez eats a sandwich, Duran throws it up and if Duran throws it up you can guess what Rodriguez does with it.

    1. noticed that 43 guys have 16 homers or more at the break for about a 30 homer pace; 49 have 15 or more.

    1. And not to bad with the leather either. He’s only caught 3 games but he’s thrown out 5 of 8 would be base stealers. No errors or PBs yet. I guess they’re easing him in slowly.

      1. Phillies do seem to have a good share of quality catchers in the GCL and DSL.
        Hopefully most pan out.

        1. That’s a great commodity to have. Rupp, Alfaro, Bossart(especially his receiving), Grullon, and Marchan should give us depth at a premium position. You could also include Knapp as a 3rd option as a super utility guy.

  4. Great night. Not mentioned was that Knapp and Hoskins both hit all star game homers and Alfaro had 3 hits. I’m expecting a Hellickson trade soon which could lead to a Thompson, Pivetta, and Garcia advancement. All are ready for the moves up. Garcia pitched great last night after a so so start last time out, his first after being out for a bit. I think he has a future. Also, C had 2 hits a game after he had 3 hits. That’s very encouraging. He’s already up to 250. Wsport had a great comeback win and Fanti pitched great, again. And Saric is signing tomorrow! I digress….. It was a good night!

    1. And didn’t Valentin have 3 or 4 hits? And cozens had two runs. I’d say reading cleaned up in the all star game. I can’t even express what a pleasure it is to follow this team. Even on the nights I get home from work at 2 am, I find myself checking the box score before bed.

      1. “We were joking that maybe we should have put together an All-Star team from everybody else in the league and play Reading,” said Akron manager Dave Wallace, who managed the Western Division squad. “It’s a compliment to their whole organization.

        Haha, that’s an awesome quote re: the Reading players.

    2. What about Ben ‘Rodney Dangerfield’ Lively getting called up to the bigs?
      He gets no respect.

        1. Understand that and he is still young…but Lively turns 25 next season….Phillies will probably want to see what he has, similar to what they have done last season with Asher and Eickhoff.

          1. @Romus – I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lively get the call ahead of Thompson. Like you mentioned in you previous posts – VV will be in innings limit and Phils might consider a 6-man rotation to lessen the load on the younger arms.

            After Hellboy is traded, we can probably see a staff of Nola-VV-Eickhoff-Eflin-Lively then call up Jake if the FO to utilize a 6-man rotation or VV shutdown whichever comes first. The Phils still have some fungible arms to DFA to accommodate both Lively and Jake.

  5. Organizational things to do in off season:

    • Get Quinn on an aggressive strength and durability plan
    • Have Knapp working in fall instructional league at 1b and/or OF
    • Decide whether Appel is a starter or reliever
    • Have all high level arms work on adding a pitch to their repertoire.
    • any others….??

    1. Would you include Jake Thompson in your “upper level arms” category? Because reportedly he already throws five pitches

  6. My viewpoint on callups is to wait and see if a blow-me-away offer comes in for some of our moveable pieces. Unlikely to happen, I know, so sit with what is up there until the September call ups can begin after the MILB playoffs. I believe it is more important for both AAA and AA to keep the teams intact for a playoff run and lets those players have the experience of playoff pressure. Learning on the job while playing everyday, something that wont happen being with the Phils being a 4th place team and a dugout full of bigger salaried players. Just like pitchers get stretched out, the batters should be pushed to their limits with playing fulltime in the minors rather than ride the bench and coast for a month or two in the majors.

  7. How about this Corey Seager PA before getting called up 1,704 . Xander Bogaerts PA before getting called up 1,623. CRAWFORD PA 1,642 others had fewer Carlos, Correa, Manny Machado, Addison Russell. Hmmmmmm

    1. Even tho Crawford is (in some publications) the number 1 prospect in baseball, he still isn’t in the same convo as the guys you listed. I’d say he’s the closest to Xander . . . also it isn’t exactly a strong top 100. For example if you put Crawford in with the top 100 lists from 2011-2013 he doesn’t crack the top 15, maybe even top 20. Just my opinion.

      1. In 2011 he would be on my list at all no 16 year old high school players are prospects, the only 16 year old on top prospect lists are IFA’s

        1. ??? obviously he couldn’t be a prospect when he’s still playing HS. I don’t think you followed what I said.

            1. Yeah thats what I was saying. btw look at the 2007 top 100, my god thats a good list, I counted 57 of the top 100 on that list that made good contributions at the MLB level, with others who made it but just weren’t that good.

    2. the other were getting called up to add to playoff bound teams, so there was a different situation/urgency than the Phils have currently.

  8. BP chat yesterday with Brendan Gawlowski:
    Jake (McCandles, TX): Does recently promoted Edubray Ramos have the chops to close in Philly and do think that will happen this year? Thanks…
    Brendan Gawlowski: I want to see him miss more bats first
    ———————————————————————————————-
    Jay (LA): Do you see Hoskins and Cozens spending much more time in Reading or will we have to wait until next year to see them in Lehigh?
    Brendan Gawlowski: Couple of questions about these guys today: I don’t know a ton about their respective situations since I never see them play, but in general, the difference between Double-A and Triple-A isn’t HUGE. Staying in Double-A all season doesn’t really alter their MLB ETA.
    ——————————————————————————————————————–
    JIm (Kansas): Do you see the Phillies making room for Nick Williams in the near future and is he ready for the bigs?
    Brendan Gawlowski: I think he could use a little more seasoning.

    1. And one last one on Cozens:
      Bob (Duluth, MN): Even Blind Willie McTell can see Dylan Cozens is putting up monster counting stats so far this year in AA. Why isn’t he in LeHigh already in your opinion? Does he still have red flags attached to his approach, hole is swing, something like that?

      Brendan Gawlowski: Lot of swing and miss in his game, and there always will be. If I had to guess, I’d say the Phils are waiting until they know he won’t get eaten alive by the good offspeed he’ll see in Triple-A.

      1. This guy gives more NON-answers to questions than Hillary Clinton in a front of a senate committee

        1. Very good…..he does tow the line somewhat.
          The guy you really want to hear from on Phillies prospects is Fansgraph’s Eric Longer….(sp)

      2. Exactly why I think Hoskins should be in triple a. See if he hits that junk they throw in triplea. Which he will see a lot of in majors Plus you still have the good pitching prospects there. Triple a to me is the biggest test.

        1. I think Hoskins gets promoted to AAA within the next few weeks. If he does really well in AAA, he could be in line for a September call-up and will probably slide back down to AAA to start next season (much like Franco did a few years ago). The team is going to want as much of a side by side comparison between Joseph and Hoskins as possible toward the end of the year and in ST. I am a huge Hoskins fan, but people are underappreciating what Joseph is doing right now.

  9. Couldn’t find any bonus info on him but Jesus Henriquez’s DSL2 numbers are pretty gaudy. He is an 18 yr old; 123 AB and .451 OBP, .842 OPS, 6K and 19 BB. Both ratios look like a marked improvement from last year at this point.

    1. Topley…read somewhere, tha MLB wants to put a ‘gag order’ on monetary numbers for kids from the Ven for their safety, and the safety of their families back in their country.

        1. Do not understand….why?
          Venezuelan bonus’ are being kept silenced for obvious reasons with all the anarchy and unrest in the country..

          1. No lol I get that the guy Top was talking about was signed last yr . He not a big sign prospect.he has 2 yrs in Dsl already. Bty Groome signed 3.65 mil and Boston trade for Pomeranz gave up A LA pitcher.

    2. Topley,

      He’s the position player counterpart to Luis Ramirez: Don’t have the stats in front of me, but I think he’s now at 11 outings. 12.1 innings and still no earned runs. 0.63 whip.

    1. Love this quote at the end…

      Dusty Wathan, Reading’s manager, guided the Eastern Division to a 10-2 win in the game. His counterpart was impressed.

      “We were joking that maybe we should have put together an all-star team from everybody else in the league and play Reading,” Akron manager Dave Wallace told milb.com. “It’s a compliment to their whole organization.”

  10. The problem with Cozens is his home and road splits def throw up a red flag. Also his splits against RHP and LHP are alarming as well. If EVERYTHING breaks right I can see him as a Jay Bruce Lite.

    1. That would be a fair comp.
      He really needs to do something with those splits….certainly it must concern him to some degree.
      Adapting a new approach was worked with him in 2014 or 2015 I think.
      If it means becoming a defensive hitter with two strikes while also behind in the count….he should at least try something.

      1. Right now I agree with you 110% however as Cozens gets older it’s going to be extremely tough for him to stick there with his size or at least thats the narrative being said.

    2. As much as I’m impressed by his accumulative numbers, I have to admit that the apprehension by most observers is concerning as well as his splits. Bottom line, consistent with the organization’s new philosophy, is not K frequency but how he manages his strike zone.

  11. It’s been published that the entirety of MLB recognizes the Phillies as a giant lying in waiting. Talk about respect. But of course the proof is in the playing.

  12. Any ideas on who is likely to pitch Saturday night for Reading? Wanted to go tonight but my sons National Guard Unit is being called in tonight to operate in Philly ahead of and during the convention.

    1. DMAR…ask your son, when he sees Hillary, get her email address for me…I like to email her the Phillies Top Ten prospects. 🙂

      1. LOL Romus I’ve had all types of suggestions for things he might say if he gets to meet her but that my friend is probably the safest.

        Will do…

        1. Can we please not bring politics into this forum? One of the reasons I like this blog is because it’s strictly baseball. Need an escape from all the craziness out there in the world/media.

    2. They don’t have anyone scheduled to pitch on Saturday yet, but I think it is going to be Pivetta.

      1. Thanks Jeff. I haven’t seen him pitch yet so that will be a good one. Especially since I named him my breakout pitcher albeit that seems to have gone to lively.

        1. Actually, Tom Eshelman will be pitching on Saturday. The Fightin Phils order for their rotation after the all star break will be Tyler Viza, Mark Leiter Jr., Tom Eshelman, Ricardo Pinto and Nick Pivetta.
          I was a little surprised by the order but I can’t change it so whatever

      1. Huh. Interesting. I guess Lehigh Valley just lost a guy who had 23 saves. And the pitcher in second place had only 17 (and third place had 13).

        1. @Freddy – I don’t see any big gap between and whoever LHV will assign to replace him the as the closer so it’s not a loss. The 23 saves (of 27 opportunities) seems irrelevant since it doesn’t reflect Mujica’s actual stuff – Luis Garcia, Hinojosa or even Edubray Ramos can tally close if not better 23 saves if they are the ones actually closing for the Pigs.

            1. @jeff – I know that Ramos is already in the majors but only starting June 24th. My point is Ramos could have the 23 saves that Mujica had if he’s the one closing for the Pigs during his time in the minors which is about 2 1/2 months.

            2. I see. It wasn’t the players pitching ability that caused the saves, so they can get a new closer with similar or better production

          1. Agree, Kuko. The save as a statistic is one of the most meaningless numbers. A closer is important but just about anybody can get a save if they are brought in with 2 or 3 run leads. Jeanmar Gomez is a nice pitcher but I don’t hear anyone campaigning for him to stay as the closer. And he leads the league in saves.

            1. @8mark – I’m actually surprised that LHV let Mujica be their closer that long. I thought they will give Ramos the opportunity to close before the call up to the bigs. But that’s moot now. Hopefully Jimmy Cordero is close to 100% because I like him as the next closer for either LHV or the Phils. Cordero and Ramos can be a good late inning punch in the future.

            2. Right on with Ramos and Cordero. Hopefully Neris will return to form unless the league has gotten a book on him already and figured him out. That sinker was so effective early on this season.

            3. Kurdt Kobeyn, they also has Neris, and I think he could be a good bullpen pitcher, as well as Ramos and Cordero, who throws triple digits I heard

            4. @jeff – Neris’ over use and over reliance on his splitter bothers me. Romus pointed out a potential damage of over using that pitch which I kind of agree. It’s good that he’s still young, and Neris’ needs to continue to develop his breaking balls to pair with his mid-90s FB and set up the Splitter for the whiff.

              But you’re right, Neris has the stuff to be a reliable late inning RP.

      2. Does anyone know why the Phillies would not bring Edward Mujica up to showcase his abilities for trade purposes or keep him in the bullpen mix?

        1. Because he is pretty much worse than all of the pitchers they have on the major league roster right now. He is old, has no further upside and no trade value. They did the right thing by letting him go – both for him and the organization.

  13. Hoskins, again another blast in all star game off a 1st round arm – Tyler Beede from Vanderbilt !

  14. Yeah on July 5 when Reading beat Richmont 9-7 and Hoskins had 2 3 run home runs, although only one was against Beede

  15. BP on Scott Kingery: month scouted May 2016
    2018 Low 50 Role 45, second-division regular
    Tool Future Grade Report
    Hit 55 —-Hits from an even, wide stance; small load and lift; short swing path to the ball; good contact ability; average bat speed but makes most of it; quick hands; good eye; level swing plane; advanced hitter.
    Power 30—– Well below-average raw power; over the fence power not a part of game; more a gap-to-gap power profile; hard-hit doubles; lacks swing plane or loft for more.
    Baserunning/Speed 55 —–Above-average runner; 4.26 H-1B; gets moderate jumps and reads off pitchers; not a burner but is a smart baserunner.
    Glove 50 —-Fringe-average at present; has moderate range on hit balls with speed; average hands; lacks consistency on throws; average footwork; should get to average over time.
    Arm 50 —-average arm strength; enough for 2B; average carry and line; could play at other positions but has not been tested thus far.
    Overall ……….
    With above-average grades on his speed and hitting, Kingery should find a spot in the major leagues at the very least as a utility man. I would like to see some more versatility before then; his defense needs to improve to become an everyday guy; otherwise he becomes more of a square peg in a round hole.

      1. All of these reports are very subjective and some cases the analysts view the players in probably 5/6 games and that is about it. Then they make their analysis.
        Usually the end of year pre-season reports are more reflective of a players strengths and weaknesses.

        1. Yea I know fangraphs has his speed at 55 60 lol . That’s who I use 2 sights for my Dynasty league. Eric LongenHagen is my favorite to go along with my friends who see them .

    1. rocco…..Kingery’s hit tool is the only thing that matters….he is ‘advanced’….which is what counts. His defense will be great and speed also. Do the Phillies really need 20 HRs from him as their second baseman?

  16. BP on Nick Williams: months scouted April/May and one day in June 2016
    ………long, lean frame; mature, durable build; sturdy lower half; upper body strength, more sinewy than bulky; broad shoulders with little taper to waist

    MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Realistic Role
    2017— Medium— 60 50;— Second-division regular

    Tool Future Grade Report
    Hit 60— keeps load on back foot with leg kick, easy transfer forward; quiet hands, short path with plus bat speed; swing-miss in zone, can be beaten by velocity; will expand zone for offspeed offerings, throw hands and lunge; swing-first mentality will limit walks; tendency to pull on the ground, work middle-away in the air
    Power 45— raw power to pull side; can drive ball gap-to-gap; middle-away approach limits HR output; speed and ability drive to gaps will lead to extra bases
    Baserunning/Speed 50 —-4.20 home to first time; speed plays better in field; capable of taking extra bases, though stolen bases are not an active part of game
    Glove 55— capable of covering ground in CF, though struggles with reads and efficiency fit better in corner role; ability to glove ball can be shaky at times
    Arm 60—- plus strength; solid carry with accuracy; profiles well in corner OF role

    Overall ….Athletic OF with potential five-tool ability. Former second-round pick, acquired in trade for Cole Hamels. Hit tool flashes plus with ability to spread the field. Short path to ball and ability to drive to gaps. Lots of swing-miss, impatience at the plate to limit on-base ability. Raw pull strength; tendency to hit to middle of field limits HR output, but will rack up doubles. Power output likely a tick below-average. Average speed plays up in field, less impactful on bases. Plus range in field; can cover CF, though profiles better in corner role. Arm is plus and capable of impact. Should prove to be solid offensive, defensive contributing corner OF.

    1. I think they are a tad low on his power. He hasn’t put up big hr numbers this year, but he’s had two 17 hr years and both were if I recall correctly in less than 110 games. I think he has enough bat speed, quick enough hands, and enough loft in his swing to be a 20 hr guy over the course of a ML season. Also I think they didn’t do his raw power justice. I’ve read reports and heard from a few different podcasts ( fangraphs, BP, BA, 2080) that he has pretty good power and that he can put on a show in batting practice.

  17. Very interested, like others, in Kingery’s progress. Today (7-14) he went 2-5 w a triple and 2 rbis. Following his hitting, I note that when he is set to bat #1 in the lineup, his hitting is a lot poorer than when he hits at #2 or #3. #3 would would ultimately be not for him since he is short of HR power. However, he should/does do well at #2 in the lineup….Hope that’s where he’d end up—at #2…and iMO ready to move up to Reading soon. Hope they keep him at #2 there.

    1. Like Kingery a lot and counting on him to be our future 2b-man barring unforeseen developments. However, he’d probably bat further down the lineup. He could bat #2 if JPC lead off and Herrera (let’s say) bats 3rd, but his lack of pop might render him a 7, 8, or 9 to roll over the lineup. It’ll be interesting to see how the pieces fall into place.

      1. @roccom – I think the pundits under estimate Kingery’s sneaky power. he will not be a home run hitter, but he can have Doobie’s 10-15 HR potential. I view Kingery as Pedroia lite so he’s definitely a better player than Hernandez – with better power, speed and defense on top of having a higher baseball IQ than Cesar.

      2. Consistency and he gets 2bs and 3bs. Cesar hits .350 for a month then disappears for two. Plus he’s not as sharp from the neck up.

      3. rocco……good question.
        Next season, Reading’s park factor, may increase his pop factor, though in false positive way.

  18. JP Crawford is showing very good hitting abilities over the last month. Hopefully we will get to see him in Philly for a little bit in September.

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