Today’s best performance was turned in by Sixto Sanchez for the GCL Phillies. He one-hit the GCL Tigers in his six innings. Video included below.
Lehigh Valley’s Nick Williams hit his 10th HR.
Reading’s Andrew Pullin had a two-hit game.
In Clearwater, Mitch Walding had three hits. Derek Campbell hit his 9th HR.
Lakewood’s Tyler Gilbert allowed one run on four hits and no walks in six innings.
Williamsport’s Blake Quinn struck out seven in 3.1, no-hit, relief innings.
Lehigh Valley (60-41) Beat Louisville, 8-2. Phil Klein (1.29) allowed 1 run on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out five. He didn’t figure in the decision because he was lifted after 4.1 innings with 2 men on base. He had thrown 71 pitches at that point. Frank Herrmann (6-1, 2.22) gave up a single run and got the win. Michael Mariot (2.45) and Luis Garcia (2.76) shut the Bats out over the final three innings.
Nick Williams had 2 hits and 2 RBI. Andrew Knapp had 2 RBI. Darnell Sweeney had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Williams hit his 10th HR.
- #1 Crawford (.262) went 1-5 with an RBI (22).
- #2 Thompson (9-5, 2.29) – DNP.
- #3 Williams (.290) went 2-4 with a HR (10) and 2 RBI (49).
- #4 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
- #9 Knapp (.266) went 1-4 with 2 RBI (36).
- #13 Eflin (5-2, 2.90) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #17 Cordero – DL shoulder, rehabbing in the FSL with Clearwater.
- #23 Sweeney (.236) went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI (25).
- #26 Asher – Restricted List.
- #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.
- #30 Lively (4-4, 3.86) – DNP.
Reading (67-33) Lost to Hartford, 6-0. Nick Pivetta gave up 4 runs (3 ER) in 6.2 innings. He allowed 6 hits, walked NONE, and struck out six. Hoby Milner (1.67) stranded the inherited runner. Alexis Rivero (6.75) gave up 2 runs in the ninth.
Aaron Altherr went 0-4 in a rehab start. He played all nine innings for the second consecutive game. Jordan Rule satisfied, he can go up anytime now. Andrew Pullin (.377) had 2 of the Phils’ 5 singles.
- #6 Alfaro (.290) went 1-4.
- #7 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique, rehabbing at the Complex in Clearwater.
- #10 Pinto – (3-4, 4.63) – DNP.
- #15 Eshelman (2-0, 5.94) – DNP.
- #18 Pivetta – (9-5, 3.47) – 6.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
- #19 Hoskins (.285) went 1-2 with 2 BB.
- #22 Cozens (.280) 0-4.
- #27 Brown (.225) DL, retroactive to 7/10, wrist.
Clearwater (58-40) Lost to Fort Myers, 9-4. Ranfi Casimiro (7-7, 5.17) wasn’t particularly sharp and was removed from the game after four innings having dug the Threshers a 6-1 hole. Joe DeNato (3.07) gave up a 2 runs in three innings, and Tom Windle (7.71) gave up 1 run in two innings. Mitch Walding (.287) had 3 hits. Derek Campbell (.297) hit his 9th HR and had 2 RBI (22).
Casimiro threw 70 ptches to 21 batters in four innings. He pitched from behind too often, throwing only 10 first pitch strikes (47.6%). The majority (44) of his 49 fastballs sat 87-90 mph. He touched 92 once and 91 twice. he also dipped to 86 twice.
Casimiro’s line was 4.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 HBP. It’s difficult to discern anything from a four inning outing by a starter, but here are some observations between the first three innings and the fourth when he imploded.
- Innings 1-3 4
- Batters 13 8
- Pitches 38 32
- Swings-and-Misses 3 4
- Called Strikes 5 1
- Foul Balls 4 8
- Base Hits 3 3
- Strikes 22 19
- Balls 16 13
The Miracle’s 8 batters in the fourth saw almost as many pitches as the 13 Miracle batters in the first three innings. While the number of S&M increased dramatically, the Miracle stopped taking balls in the strike zone (and the one they took was a CB). The number of foul balls increased dramatically. Had Casimiro been able to induce balls in play or misses he would have been better served. He only ran two, three ball counts and only walked one batter. But he did hit two with pitched balls. His two strike outs came on called third strikes on pitches of 88 and 82 mph. In all, he Casimiro seemed to struggle with his control. When he has control difficulties, he seems to miss up and in to RHB (up and away to LHB). That was the case tonight.
The table setters at the top of the order (Tocci, Canelo, and Kingery) went 1-12 with no walks. The hit was an infield single into the hole by Tocci.
- #11 Kingery (.293) went 0-4.
- #12 Canelo (.248) went 0-4.
- #14 Tocci (.274) went 1-4.
- #15 Eshelman (4-2, 3.54) was promoted to Reading.
- #20 Tirado – assigned to Lakewood.
- #21 Garcia (8-2, 2.50) – DNP.
Lakewood (45-53) Lost to Hickory, 3-2 in ten innings. Tyler Gilbert (3.48) limited the Crawdads to one run on 4 hits in six innings. He walked NONE and struck out three. Jeff Singer (0.53) blew the save. Sutter McLoughlin (1-2, 3.13) earned the loss. Zachary Coppola (.319) was held to a 1-5 and struck out 3 times. Carlos Duran went 3-4 with a triple and HR (2).
- #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 (21-14) Beat Batavia, 5-3 in 10 innings. Cole Irvin (1.32) gave the Cutters 4.2 innings in his first start. He gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 7 hits and a walk. He struck out three. Blake Quinn (2.03) followed with 3.1 no-hit innings, walking three and striking out seven.
Mark Laird (.378) picked up 2 more hits as the end of his rehab draws near. Brett Barbier and Darick Hall had 2 hits each. Luke Williams has been out with an undisclosed injury. He suffered a setback while rehabbing, but is near to returning. He took FP and BP on July 19th and was stroking line drives all over the field per Mitch Rupert.
- #16 Medina (4-0, 1.14) – DNP.
GCL Phillies (19-7) Beat the GCL Tigers East, 4-0. Sixto Sanchez. That’s all Sixto Sanchez. Remember the name. He will undoubtedly become the most talked about pitcher here in the immediate future. He had only pitched 8 innings at the Complex, and I must have had my attention on other prospects. So, when I saw him today, I was blown away. He was every bit as awesome as I had been told.
Sanchez (3-0, 0.67) one-hit the Tigers over six innings. He had a perfect game intact as he entered the sixth inning. He walked NONE and struck out four. His fastball was charted at 93-96, t97 mph. He got a number of called strikes on knee-buckling curves that may been the best the batters ever saw but maybe not quite as terrific as I thought they were.
This was Sanchez’ first batter, a strike out.
Sanchez got the second batter to ground out up the middle. Cole Stobbe made a nice play behind the bag.
First inning ends with a ground out to Jose Antequera at third.
Sanchez’ only base runner, a single leading off the sixth.
The first out in the sixth was on a FC where Stobbe had to go to his right. Nice play.
Dude tried to bunt for a hit. Nice charge by Antequera.
Sanchez’ day ended with a hard fly ball to Mickey Moniak in left.
I asked one of the independent scouts if he had Sanchez fastball rated the same as the Phillies. He agreed that he was mid-90s touching 97 mph. I looked at the Phillies’ chart after Sanchez was finished. He had hit 97 four times, and sat predominantly 94-96 on his other pitches. And he’s only 17 years old (he turns 18 on July 29th). His peripherals in the DSL last season give no indication that we could have expected this level of performance. He must have impressed during Instructs, because the Phillies don’t often bring 17-year old players with one year of experience to the GCL from the DSL.
Josh Stephen (.306) had 2 hits and 2 walks.
Several people noticed that Jhailyn Ortiz was replaced by Mickey Moniak. I received several notifications via Twitter asking if he was hurt. No, I don’t hink he was hurt. It looked like it was just the coach’s decision. Maybe because they have off on Sunday, he wanted to get Moniak a couple at bats. The video below was Ortiz’ last play of the day. A pop up to end the inning with runners on first and third. He looks fine running to first.
- #? Mickey Moniak (.315) went 0-2.
- #? Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) – DNP.
- #? Cole Stobbe (.306) went 1-4 with an RBI.
- #25 Jhailyn Ortiz (.296) went 0-1 with a BB.
- #? Josh Stephen (.306) went 2-2 with 2 BB and an RBI.
- #?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.
- Sanchez (3-0, 0.67) – 6.0 IP, 01 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K.
DSL Phillies (18-24) Beat the DSL Rays1, 2-1. The Phillies were held to two hits. Miguel Bastidas (3-2, 2.72) allowed 1 run on 7 hits and 3 walks in six innings.
- Jonathan Guzman (.280) went 0-2 wit 2 BB.
- Keudy Bocio (.205) batted 7th and went 0-3.
- Simon Muzziotti (.250) went 0-4.
- Dixon Gutierrez (.289) went 0-3.
DSL Phillies2 (22-20) Lost to the DSL Red Sox2, 5-3 in 12 innings.
- Leonel Aponte (2-4, 3.02) – DNP.
- Carlos Oropeza (.198) DNP.
- Rafael Marchan (.346) went 2-5 with an RBI.
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