Box Score Recap – 7/22/2016

As though Dusty Wathan is trying to fuel the Gallo-Cozens debate from yesterday, Dylan Cozens started in center field for Reading and threw out a runner at home.

Cameron Perkins had 3 RBI for Lehigh Valley.

Rhys Hoskins and Andrew Pullin homered for Reading.

Drew Anderson battled through some difficuties and posted a combined 3-hit shutout in a 6-inning game in Clearwater.

Jose Pujols hit his 18th HR for Lakewood.

Williamsport’s Adonis Median shutdown Batavia on three hits through six innings. Arquimedes Gamboa hit his 2nd HR in support.

Brandon Leibrandt started for the GCL Phillies, and a couple guys NOT named Ortiz hit home runs.

Lehigh Valley (59-41)  Lost to Louisville, 5-3.  Ben Lively (4-4, 3.86) gave up 4 runs in 5.2 innings on 3 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out five.  Cameron Perkins (.298) had 2 of the IronPigs 5 hits and all 3 RBI (34).

  • #1 Crawford (.264) DNP.
  • #2 Thompson (9-5, 2.29) – DNP.
  • #3 Williams (.289) entered as part of a double switch and went 0-1.
  • #4 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #9 Knapp (.267) went 0-4.
  • #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #17 Cordero – DL shoulder, rehabbing in the FSL with Clearwater.
  • #23 Sweeney (.229) went 0-4.
  • #26 Asher – Restricted List.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #30 Lively (4-4, 3.86) – 5.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.

Reading (67-32)  Beat Hartford, 6-5 in a walk off.  Ricardo Pinto gave up 4 runs on 10 hits. Gregory Infante (2.41) struck out the side in his one inning of relief.  Miguel Nunez (4-1, 2.70) picked up the win with a clean inning.  Dylan Cozens started in CF and picked up an OF assist throwing out a runner at home.  Aaron Altherr went 2-3 in a rehab start.  Andrew Pullin (.369) hit his 5th HR.

  • #6 Alfaro (.291) went 1-4 a double, BB, RBI (49) and 3 K.
  • #7 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique, rehabbing at the Complex in Clearwater.
  • #10 Pinto – (3-4, 4.63) – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR.
  • #15 Eshelman (2-0, 5.94) – DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (8-4, 3.14) – DNP.
  • #19 Hoskins (.284)went 2-4 with a HR (28), 2 RBI (88).
  • #22 Cozens (.283) 0-4.
  • #27 Brown (.225) DL, retroactive to 7/10, wrist.

Clearwater (58-39)  Beat Fort Myers, 5-0 in a rain shortened game.  Drew Anderson (1-0, 0.63) pitched well at times.  He eventually left the game in the sixth inning having allowed just 3 hits.  He hit a batter, walked three and struck out six.  Jesen Therrien (2.48) stranded the two runners he inherited and earned the save.

Fort Myers played horrific defense.  They committed 4 errors and the first three Threshers’ runs were unearned.  Chace Numata (.305) had 2 hits and an RBI (18).  Jiandido Tromp (.212) drove in 3 runs on a SF and HR (5).

Anderson relied heavily on his fastball, 72 of his 87 pitches were fastballs falling in a range from 91-97 mph.  Another 10 pitches were curve balls, 77-79 mph.  The other 5 were of unknown type between 81-89 mph.  Anderson’s 6 strike outs were evenly split between swinging and looking.  Curiously the 3 swinging strike outs came on fastballs, and the 3 looking were on curve balls.

Anderson threw 87 pitches, 56 strikes and 31 balls.  He began the evening by retiring the first two batters on 6 pitches before running into some difficulty.  A broken bat single and a double into the right field corner provided the Miracle with their best chance to score.  In fact, the coach probably erred when he didn’t send the lead runner home since the throw went into second base.  Anderson escaped the inning with his second strike out.  However, he needed 21 pitches to navigate the inning, 14 strikes/7 balls.

Anderson bounced back with an efficient 12-pitch second inning, including his third strike out.  He threw 9 strikes/3 balls.

Anderson appeared to have problems gripping the ball in the third inning.  He undertook several methods to wipe off his hands, even trying to use Mitch Walding’s wrist band. Finally,  a towel was brought out from the dugout during a coaching visit.  Anderson had difficulty throwing strikes and ran three 4-ball counts.  He needed 23 pitches in the inning, 9 strikes/14 balls.

Anderson experienced a complete turn around in the fourth inning.  He started with a 3-pitch strike out and needed only 7 pitches for the entire inning.  All 7 were strikes.

Anderson threw 5 straight strikes to begin the fifth before throwing a ball.  This completed a string of 13 consecutive strikes.  He ran his fifth 3-ball count before ending the inning with 6 consecutive strikes and his final 2 strike outs – 15 pitches, 12 strikes/3 balls.

Anderson started the sixth with 3 more strikes retiring the first batter.  This was the last strike in another string of consecutive strikes, this time nine.  He issued a 4-pitch walk and a single before being relieved.  He threw 9 pitches, 5 strikes/4 balls.  In this case, the walk may have been a “pitch-around”.  The batter was the Miracle’s #3 hitter, a right-handed AAA player coming off the restricted list.  He is 30 years old, and represented the best chance for a home run by the Miracle.  The wind had shifted strongly to left field, and he had narrowly missed a home run in the first inning when there was no wind.  Anderson threw four 94 mph pitches to the same spot for the walk.  If he told me that it was an intentional, I would believe him.

Anderson’s fastball sat 92-95 mph.  He touched 97 once.  He threw 12 at 95, but only 2 after the second inning.  He was predominantly 93-94 from the third inning on.  FWIW here’s the fastball breakdown –

  • Inning    1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   Total
  •      97 –       1
  •      95 –       4        6        0        1        0        1        12
  •      94 –       7        3        4        2        5        5        26
  •      93 –       3        1        8        1        4        1        18
  •      92 –       4        0        6        1        2        1        14
  •      91 –       0        0        1
  • #11 Kingery (.296) went 2-3 with an RBI (28).
  • #12 Canelo (.252) went 2-4.
  • #14 Tocci (.274) went 0-4.
  • #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) was promoted to Reading.
  • #20 Tirado – assigned to Lakewood.
  • #21 Garcia (8-2, 2.50) – DNP.

Lakewood (45-52) Lost to Kannapolis, 7-5.  Edgar Garcia (2.58) lasted only three innings.  He left with the game tied 5-5.  Damek Tomscha (.298) had 3 hits.  Carlos Duran (.257), Wilson Garcia (.288), Jose Pujols, and Deivi Grullon had 2 hits each.  Pujols hit his 18th HR and drove in 3 runs.  He also tripled.

  • #5 Randolph (.250) DNP.
  • #8 Kilome (3-7, 4.46) – DNP.
  • #20 Tirado (1-1, 5.55)- DNP.
  • #24 Pujols (.232) went 2-5 with a triple, HR (18), and 3 RBI (60).
  • #29 Grullon (.241) went 2-5.

Williamsport (20-14) Beat Batavia, 8-0.  Adonis Medina twirled a three hitter over six innings.  Mark Laird (.375) went 3-3, Arquimedes Gamboa (.224) went 2-3 with his 2nd HR and 2 RBI, and David Martinelli went 2-5 with 3 RBI.

Mitch Rupert of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette does a weekly Crosscutters’ podcast.  This week’s is attached HERE.  He interviewed some chuckle head from Clearwater but if you can get through that, he has an interesting 9 minute section with Joe Jordan where he talks about Medina, Gamboa, and Luke Williams.  The Jordan portion starts around the 40 minute mark.

  • #16 Medina (4-0, 1.14) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, and a pickoff at first.

GCL Phillies (18-7) Beat the GCL Tigers East, 6-3.  Brandon Leibrandt went 5.1 innings in his second rehab start.  He gave up 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk.  He struck out 4 and picked a runner off first.  He left with a 2-0 lead and 2 runners on base.  Luis Carrasco (3-0, 2.33) blew the save by wild pitching the runners into scoring position and giving up a 2-run single.  He bore down ater in the inning when the runners in scoring position were his.  Carrasco was given a lead in the eighth but quickly blew that.  He got the win when the Phillies scored 3 in the ninth.  Luis Gonzales (5.63) got his first save.

Cole Stobbe and Rodolfo Duran (.371) had 2-hit games.  Duran and Edwin Rodriguez (.261) had 2-RBI games.  Duran (1) and Rodriguez (2) each hit a solo HR.  Jan Hernandez went 0-3 in his second rehab appearance.

  • #? Mickey Moniak (.324) went 1-3 with a HBP.
  • #? Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) – DNP.
  • #? Cole Stobbe (.310) went 2-4.
  • #25 Jhailyn Ortiz (.300) went 0-3 with a BB and 3 K.
  • #? Josh Stephen (.283) went 1-4.
  • #?Justin Miller (0-0, 4.15) – DNP.
  • #? Andrew Brown (0-0, 2.70) – DNP.
  • #? Will Stewart (1-1, 4.76) – DNP.
  • #? Nick Fanti (2-0, 1.19) – DNP.

DSL Phillies (17-24) Beat the DSL Rays1, 4-0.  Manuel Silva (2-2, 2.06) went seven innings, allowed 2 hits, and struck out three.

  • Jonathan Guzman (.283) went 1-4.
  • Keudy Bocio (.210) DNP.
  • Simon Muzziotti (.259) went 0-4 with an RBI (14) and SB (4).
  • Dixon Gutierrez (.295) went 0-4.

DSL Phillies2 (22-19) Lost to the DSL Red Sox2, 5-4.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-4, 3.02) – DNP.
  • Carlos Oropeza (.198) DNP.
  • Rafael Marchan (.342) went 0-4 with a BB.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 7/22 – Phillies designated LHP Daniel Stumpf for assignment.
  • 7/22 –  Phillies recalled Severino Gonzalez from Lehigh Valley.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.

77 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/22/2016

  1. Hoskins rolls on….28 HRs and 88 RBIs and still in July!
    Ok…may be a Reading Effect there, in almost half and half home/away PAs, he has 10 HRs and 39RBIS on the road.
    OPS is .999 at Reading and .849 on the road.
    The splits are not all that terrible.

  2. Thanks Jim. One of the most complete and extensive ones you have done.

    What was the weather like for the Clearwater game? Was it one of the oppressive nights this season. Still remember how the heat and humidity took it toll on Roy Halladay that one night.

    Saw the highlight of Cozen’s throw. Awesome. Goeddel like from earlier this season.

    1. Didn’t seem any worse than any other July night. Humidity was the same for both teams. But, during the sixth inning, the flags stood at attention out to left field when the wind picked up.

  3. I’m getting a serious man crush for Adonis plus I had no idea that Anderson threw that hard. He is one of the few who has been advanced and is playing well at the new level. I’m hoping that others will soon get the chance. Kingery keeps getting on base and Hoskins keeps knocking in runs. Time to take notice of Numata?

    1. Ironically, Drew Anderson was one of four HS RHPs pitchers signed in the 2012 draft…and he was drafted the last of the four in the 21st round , pick 668.
      The other three…Shane Watson, Mitch Gueller and Ryan Bielski (Rd14).
      He could be the one that garners the most success.

      1. Thanks, I don’t remember him throwing that hard before and then he had surgery. He sure looks great right now. He could easily start next year up at Reading.

    2. I had a post ready to go yesterday that asked if Knapp and Alfaro are 1 and 2 catchers in the organization (pick your own #1 and # 2) then who is #3? Logan Moore is a solid stop gap but not a long term top catcher. Lino couldn’t get past his drop all the way to CLW and now is #2 at Reading. He’s getting very few ABs as #2. My vote would go to Numata. I thought when he was drafted, maybe I’m wrong, he was a defense first catcher. This year he has been more bat than defense. He has 13 PBs and 6 errors. He has a 42% CS% so that is pretty darn good. The bat is playing up in CLW. He is blocked by the two better catchers above him so it makes sense to stay in CLW as the #1 there. He 23 so he isn’t old for a catcher but he needs Knapp and/or Alfaro to move up and get some higher level playing time. He might be nothing more than an A+ catcher but there might be something else there.

      The GCL is stacked with young catchers who play half games on a rotating basis. Rudolfo Duran, Nerlius Martinez, and Lenin Rodriguez play tag team. Marchan, in the DSL, might be better than any of these guys. Don’t count out Grullon yet. The same for Gregori Rivera in Wmsprt. Lartigue was a 7th round choice so he’ll be given just enough rope to hang himself.

      1. I actually thought Numata was a converted infielder with a good arm and good bat, like a Chooch. He’s done a nice job improving as a defensive catcher and has a chance to make it. Logan Moore is considered a better defensive catcher however and would be the first guy to go up in the event of a trade or injury, at least right now. I really like Lenin Rodriquez from what I’ve seen of him but there’s lots of guys to go around.

        1. Don’t forget 23-year old Austin Bossart…put him in the mix.
          Those Univ of Penn guys have a way of climbing up the ladder.

          1. I hear Bossart calls a great game. Might be as good as any backstop in the organization. Not much bat but hey….a #2 catcher has to be a good mitt.

            1. Yes heard the same…one of the posters has seen him when he was at Lakewood, and lauds his catching abilities.

        2. I don’t know if this is accurate, but it’s interesting if it is. The transaction listed on Numata’s MiLB player page says – “June 12, 2010 Philadelphia Phillies signed RHP Chace Numata”.

  4. I’ve been a fan of Rhys but I also wasn’t sold on his MLB 1B prospect. I’ve been in wait & see mode. His splits this year though are very interesting.

    Home: .306/.360/.639. 18 HR, 7 2B, 49 RBI, 34 R.
    Away: .261/.338/.511. 10 HR, 15 2B, 39 RBI, 34 R.

    Pretty balanced. 25 XBH at Home, 25 XBH on Road. 34 Runs at home, 34 on road. Expectedly HR, RBI, and Triple Slash are better at home, but they’re not totally skewed. Honestly, if you doubled his road numbers we’d still be ecstatic. And for comparison, if you doubled the lower of home/road for every player, Hoskins would still be at/near top of all minors in HR (20) & RBI (78).

    What about LH/RH splits?…

    vs LH: (75 AB) .267/.333/.667. 7 HR, 9 2B, 23 RBI, 8 BB, 22 K
    vs RH: (288 AB) .288/.353/.552. 21 HR, 13 2B, 65 RBI, 25 BB, 73 K

    This is great balance! As a RH, Hoskins is strong against LH. He has 16 xbh in just 75 ab! But he’s also strong against RH! 21 HR, 65 RBI! And his BB/K rate is almost identicial against both.

    I’m not concluding Rhys is the future. In fact, I love what Joseph has done this year. (19 HR!) I just have a lot more hope for future of 1B than a year ago. I’ll remain in ‘wait & see’.

    1. Nice post, my view of Hoskins has been and is very similar to yours. I am not sure I would even discount the home splits as much as you have above (by doubling the road output). I understand you did it to make the point that he is having a really good year even without the home field bias. But if he plays for the Phils at the major league level he will play at CBP which is a homerun park. My guess is if he makes it to CBP as his home field his splits will be significantly better at home. Both parks seem to fit him well.

    2. How the brass handles Hoskins the rest of ’16 will tell you a lot about what they think of him going forward.

  5. Great job yet again Jim. The write-ups and commentors make this site a tremendous resource for those interested in the Phillies farm system. Thanks again for all your efforts, they are noticed and sincerely appreciated. My morning coffee wouldn’t be the same without this site.

    Anyhow looks to me like the number of candidates in need of a challenge is growing quickly.
    Some of the more obvious examples have been discussed previously on the site. Thompson, Kingery, Hoskins, etc.

    Seeing JP challenged with the move to AAA (fairly quickly in my opinion) then to see him struggle and overcome it (also fairly quickly) has only strengthened my opinion of his future. I’d like to see the organization begin to challenge more of the kids on a selective basis. Not to rush them but to challenge them. They may not overcome the struggles as quickly as JP but that’s OK too. I understand a lot moves are probably queued up for post trade deadline but I feel like there is some room to get a little more aggressive with some of these guys.

    I would say Laird is near the top of the list. Very small sample size so far this year but he’s 23 and couldn’t really ask him to do more than he’s done so far this year. Had a nice year last year at the same level. Time to see if there’s anything there. An almost .500 OBP
    at short season ball at 23 doesn’t tell us or the organization anything.

    I would say Medina is nearing the point where he needs more of challenge as well. I know he is young but I’d like to see him advanced to the next level to get significant time there this year. If he hits a bump in the road it’s more than OK, he is still very young.

    Lastly I wouldn’t mind seeing Moniak challenged. Really seems to be advanced for his age and seems to be handling his current level just fine. Williamsport might be a nice step up. Also there seems to be a bit of logjam in that stacked GCL outfield moving him up would alleviate some of that challenge.

    There are also a few DSL guys in need of a challenge but that is probably more complex in terms of getting them to the US.

  6. There are quite a few guys who are deserving of promotions and, with a week to go in July, I hope to see a number of moves. Although the Rollins, Utley, Hamels, Howard generation of prospects is really hard to beat, this is the most Prospect depth that I remember ever seeing on the Phils. There are really good prospects throughout the whole system.

    1. matt13…agree…this farm system is the best I their history……Rollins was up prior to Utley/Howard/Hamels. The late 60s had some good prospects in the Bull, Bowa, Boone, then Schimdt in the early 70s and crew but no where near the depth of this current system.

      1. Romus I Thought Mike Anderson would be the best one out of those guys. And he gets hit by a pitch. Never amounted to anything. He, if I am right won a minor league triple crowd. before they called him up. Plus he really was a great outfielder.,

        1. rocco…I also thought he would be the best… OFer also. But you know how that is with prospects.

        2. Joe Lis? I did like Mike Anderson though…. Denny Doyle too…. he was better than Bowa in the minors…

  7. The only pure R-R 1st basemen in the MLB top ten prospects is Sox’ Sam Travis….and he is number 10 on the list.
    Hoskins numbers, even if you, for argument sake, discount 30% of the home field skew…still shines brighter than his at the appropriate AA level.
    Travis has one somewhat advantage… he is a 5-months younger than Hoskins now and playing at one level higher..

      1. Mitch Rupert provided a sketchy update on Luke Williams in his most recent Timbertalk broadcast. Here’s what he said –

        Williams told him he is recovering from a minor injury hat Williams was hesitant to identify. He hadn’t expected to be out this long. He encountered a setback during his rehab. He took FP and BP on 7/19 and hit line drives all over the field. He’s about ready to come back.

        Okay, so the only sketchy part is the type of injury.

  8. What happened to Lucas Williams, I know he is hurt but what was the extent of his injury and when will he be back?

  9. Was anyone surprised we designated Stumpf? Must offer him back to Royals. I thought if he had any chance of a future we would have kept him for 2 more months.

    1. No – he’s nothing special and they have plenty of arms and only so many spots on next year’s 40-man roster. No big deal.

  10. I know I have stated this before and I know it is a minority opinion but I want to hear some very good points from you guys to move me 180. I see no rush to move the Reading crew up after trade deadline. As Jordan stated, the pitching in AA is just as good as AAA but without the junk ball throwers. I would rather see that team stay together and make a serious run at a championship. I feel that at their current level cultivating a winning attitude with a payoff of being the league champs will aid their development more than moving up to AAA for a month or two this year. Other teams will likely make call ups and diminish the level of competition left behind on their rosters , so really much better will it be with the players staying put anyway The current AAA team is chasing a wildcard berth but a hot stretch could put them in contention to win their division The same premise of learning to win as a team and how it feels would apply to them. If they don’t make the playoffs or get bounced out early then some moves could be made to bring up JP, et all in September and let the new guys play as much as possible at that point. If the tradeable pieces show anything, that plus a willingness to not let them go so quick could increase their trade value. If trades are made at the big league level, look to backfill with guys out on the street or 40 man roster guys who wouldn’t have a big impact loss on Lehigh or Reading. Losing some more games this year and locking in a higher draft spot wouldn’t be the end of the world for the Phillies, as long as the young guys understand the premise behind it

    1. I agree with most of your points. I was going to make a similar comment. It seems like most phans want to see the young guys sooner and also see who will ‘make it’ to start cheering for the new generation.

      I think the pressure of a playoff run, sustaining success, keeping confidence, and team unity are worthwhile development objectives.

      With the current Phillies situation there is no rush. Keeping trade value and delaying service time make sense as organization philosophies.

      I like the farm depth but they still lack very high level talent. Looking at the Rangers is just scary and that is after trading Phillies a bunch of high level guys last year.

  11. Sixto Sanchez today: 6 IP, 0 ER, 0/4 BB/K. Dude is 17 years old with a 0.67 ERA and a K/9 of 9.0. What do we know about him?

    1. From our own Jim Peyton’s twitter:

      I verified Sanchez velocity thru one of the independent scouts, FB mid 90s touching 97.

      1. If that’s accurate, we need to be talking about this kid more. That velocity + performance + age is truly eye opening.

  12. Jesse Sanchez ‏@JesseSanchezMLB · 3 hours ago
    Jesse Sanchez Retweeted Brian Shannon
    Phillies have completed all of their major signings but they work around the clock. They have a good reputation.
    Looks like the Phillies will be signing a lot of low price LA kids at this point.

  13. BP’s Adam McInturff thoughts on Nick Williams:
    Jim (Kansas): How would you rank the following OF prospects? Austin Meadows, Lewis Brinson, Nick Williams, Tyler O’Neill
    Adam McInturff: Meadows, Brinson, Nick Williams, Tyler O’Neil.

    “………..I would really want are Meadows and Brinson of these four. Like really want–as in our Trade Deadline piece that was just released today (it’s cool, it’s on the home page, check it out–fun simulation)–Meadows and Brinson would be the two I could value enough such that moving a contributory current big league piece would be the play in certain teams’ situations. I don’t dislike Nick Williams or Tyler O’Neil, but neither of them probably would be the prospect that makes a trade go for me in July if I’m parting with a genuinely above-average big leaguer, if that makes sense…..”.

  14. Romus. I think Nick Williams is the hardest guy to rate, that I ever saw. Him and Perkins are to me so confusing. They look like the next great hitter one game. and the next. look lost. Just my opinion.

    1. Rccom – Perkins is just a AAAA guy – borderline 5th outfielder type, maybe a 4th outfielder.

      But I totally agree with you on Williams. I have no idea what to make of him.

    2. rocco……I know you by now, and know where you are going with this, with Williams,and can understand your apprehension…… are hoping Williams is not the 2009 version of Dom Brown, that morphed badly into something quite different starting in the second half of the 2013 season. I also hope that is not the case. For a fact Williams plays a better defense. Williams may have a few offensive holes, like most all players, and hopefully they are correctable to an acceptable degree, and he need not be rushed up to Philly before that process is complete..

      1. Romus Right now I am more concern with, nola as I told you his loss of velocity to me is part of his problem. He needs to be too fine. I think he has also lost confidence. but that’s mostly a guess on my part. Nola was a big part of this rotation. Williams is 22 yrs old. I think he is just inconsistent right now. Perkins the same thing, Brown has nothing to do what Williams.

        1. Nola will need to continue to adjust.
          Though he has a lower arm slot in his delivery, still think he should try to learn to throw a split-finger…only as an out pitch. Dan Haren was a guy who threw 91/92 and was able to incorporate that pitch to keep the hitters off rhythm
          As for Williams/Brown……Brown was a top 15 BA guy two years in a row. And Williams will never reach that level, so I do have some reservations.

          1. I said this before (maybe that’s why you said it?) but I just don’t know that his slot allows it him to throw it. For example his curveball is more of a sweeping break then a traditional 12-6 (he has thrown a few) bc of the arm slot . . He doesn’t get completely “on top” of his curveball (which would cause more of a 12-6 break) he’s kinda on the side of it. I’ll see if I can post a good pic of it. With a split you have to get on top of it, coming from the side would lose its true split movement and prob be even tougher to control.

          2. Romus, are you concerned that Nola did not retaliate against the Pirates for hitting Cameon Rupp in the head? I am concerned because he did not protect his teammates and McKanin seemed upset about that. MLB needs to address the hit batsmen issue near the head harshly. Perhaps immediate ejection and the pitcher is suspended until the batter can come back to play for that team.

            1. philabalt…….Nola didn’t and Eflin did Friday night. Not sure what Nola may have been thinking…..maybe it is not in his character to do that. Maybe he never did it before in college or these last two years, and why start now. Of course he doesn’t have the high-heat to scare some of those batters but a well located inside pitch could serve its purpose just as well. And somebody better start protecting Franco…two years in row now.

              EricD…….I remember what you said about Nola’s 3/4 slot and how it will not play with a splitter…..but if you look at Dan Haren …..outside the hesitation…but the delivery itself….it is close to Nola’s and he did well with the splitter as his out pitch. Now Nola will have to make adjustments and will not get the same movement as someone like Neris, but just maybe he will get enough to keep the hitters off-balanced.

  15. I noticed on Phillies mlb site that no starting pitcher is posted for Monday vs Miami(Chen). Odd for only 2 days away. Probably nothing….but hey, at this time of year?

  16. The Phillies lead the MLB in shutouts with 10. The best part of that is this . . . Out of those shutouts:
    3 started by Velasquez
    2 started by Nola
    2 started by Eickoff
    1 Started by Eflin
    1 Started by Morton
    1 Started by Hellickson

    80% pitched by the young arms in the rotation. Or if you took out the 2 by Morton/Hellickson the Phillies are still in the top half of MLB in shutout w everyone 26 or younger. Exciting/Promising. Looking forward to the 2018 FA class which should allow them to add a MLB frontline starter.

    1. Ah I think Asche is what he is. He just isn’t a productive MLB player and he can’t fall back on power, speed or his glove when not hitting for average. I dunno that he gets playing time for anyone else. Bourjos is a little different. No he isn’t a REALLY productive MLB player either but he’ll stick around bc he can handle all 3 OF positions, can run and puts the ball in play fairly often.

        1. I think almost everyone on here has posted there feeling on Asche. I just don’t see what the Phillies see in him, that we don’t. or is it they think Williams needs more time in minors?

          1. rocco…….Asche is being miscast right now. He would appear to be a Greg Dobbs type player and at their respective age seasons, Asche is head and shoulders what Greg Dobbs was at his 26age season in the majors.
            Phillies seem to want to hope he turns into a Chase……but he is a Greg.
            Asche should also learn to play first base that would increase his versatility.
            Whether he wants to admit that to himself remains to be seen.

            1. Agreed. A cheap Greg Dobbs is worthwhile. He could be useful to fill in for a week at the corners if someone is hurt and be a PH otherwise.

  17. If any other club offered a bag of balls for either Asche or Bourjos up until today, they should have taken it.

  18. Sale scratched from start tonight and sent home after a pregame clubhouse incident, reportedly non-physical.

  19. Josh Stephen is quietly outperforming Mickey Moniak in GCL. Showing JP like patience.

  20. After watching the review of the Cervelli play at first, I was wondering something . . . they were reviewing if he beat out a great play by Blanco, razor close. My question is what are they looking at? What I mean is what is considered a catch in that instance? Are they looking for the ball to disappear into the glove, do they look for contact at the back of the glove? Does the ball need to be closed in the glove? For someone who has coached and played his whole life I’m a little embarrassed to ask that haha

    1. Chris Sale was mad that the White Sox put more in advertising of the throw back Jersey then they do winning. So he slashed the jersey’ s with a knife , he was sent home. I think his trade Value is dropping.

    2. They talked about it on MLB last night regarding a different close play at 1st. They agreed that the ump positions himself to see the foot hit the bag while listening for the ball to hit the glove

      1. I know the common practice is to listen for the pop however this is dependent on the way the ball is caught and I’m assuming they watch it in slow motion too which means no sound. I’ve asked other baseball people and they weren’t 100% either so I don’t feel as bad now.

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