Box Score Recap – 7/29/2016

There weren’t very many stand out performances last night as most of the affiliated teams lost.

Chace Numata drove in three runs for Clearwater including the go ahead run in the ninth.  He also homered earlier in the game.

Sixto Sanchez posted the best pitching line with six shutout innings in a GCL loss.

Lehigh Valley (64-42)  Lost to Rochester, 4-2.  Phil Klein (1-1, 2.13) took the loss allowing three runs in 4.1 innings of work.  Nick Williams and Darin Ruf (.286) had two hits apiece.  Cameron Perkins (36) and Brock Stassi (39) had an RBI each.

  • #1 Crawford (.256) went 0-4.
  • #3 Williams (.290) went 2-4
  • #5 Thompson (10-5, 2.29) – DNP.
  • #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #12 Knapp (.266) went 1-3 with a BB.
  • #24 Lively (4-4, 3.86) – DNP.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (70-36)  Lost to Erie, 4-3 in ten innings.  Anthony Vasquez (3.40) pitched six-hit ball for seven innings.  He held the SeaWolves to two runs, only one of which was earned. The Phils tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the ninth on a two-out single by Scott Kingery. They took the lead in the tenth on Rhys Hoskins’ RBI-single.  Hoby Milner (4-3, 1.97) blew the save (5) and took the loss.

Reading had 13 hits, all singles.  Andrew Pullin (.378) had 3 hits.  Jake Fox (.268) had two hits.  Dylan Cozens struck out four times in five at bats.

  • #4 Alfaro (.294) went 1-5.
  • #7 Cozens (.278) went 1-5 with 4 K..
  • #8 Quinn (.288) DL, oblique, rehabbing with the GCL Phillies.
  • #13 Hoskins (.285) went 1-4 with a BB and RBI (95).
  • #14 Kingery (.333) went 3-5 with an RBI.
  • #16 Pinto – (4-4, 4.54) – DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (9-6, 3.64) – DNP.
  • #19 Eshelman (2-2, 6.75) – DNP.

Clearwater (61-42)  Beat Fort Myers, 7-6.  Drew Anderson had a real clunker.  He lasted only 1.2 innings and gave up five earned runs.  Ulises Joaquin was called upon early and pitched 3.1 innings.  The Threshers fought back to tie the game on a wild pitch in the seventh.  They took the lead in the top of the ninth on Chace Numata’s RBI-single.  Numata also homered (2) and drove in three total runs (24).  Josh Tobias went 2-4 and lowered his average to .636.  Twelve of the Threshers 13 hits were singles.  Mitch Walding struck out four times in five plate appearancs, Kyle Martin three.

  • #20 Garcia (8-2, 2.50) – DNP.
  • #22 Canelo (.245) went 2-5 with an RBI.
  • #23 Tocci (.273) went 2-4 with a sac,, RBI, and SB (12).
  • #26 Cordero – (5.63) – DNP.

Lakewood (48-54)  Lost to Augusta, 4-1.  Jose Taveras (4-8, 3.99) gave up all four Augusta runs in his five innings.  Zach Coppola had two of the BlueClaws six hits.

  • #6 Randolph (.259) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • #9 Kilome (3-7, 4.31) – DNP.
  • #27 Pujols (.229) went 0-4 with 2 K.
  • #29 Edgar Garcia – DNP
  • #30 Tirado (2-1, 5.22)- DNP.

Williamsport (24-16)  Lost to State College, 9-2.  Adonis Medina was victimized by shoddy defense that committed four errors.  Only three of the runs Medina allowed were earned.  Another unearned run scored during Tyler Hallead’s two innings on the mound.  David Martinelli had three hits.

  • #17 Medina (4-1, 1.66) – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP.
  • #25 JoJo Romero – DNP.

GCL Phillies (21-10) Lost to the GCL Blue Jays, 4-2.  Sixto Sanchez (0.55) pitched six shutout innings.  Sanchez fastball sat 94-96 mph.  The Young Phillies’ hitters managed 10 hits off four 20+ year old Jays pitchers, but couldn’t score until too late.  Josh Stephen had two hits.  Cole Stobbe had one of their RBI.  Roman Quinn played a complete game and went 2-5 with a double and stolen base.

  • #2 Mickey Moniak (.322) DNP.
  • #10 Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) – DNP.
  • #15 Cole Stobbe (.280) went 1-4 with an RBI.
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.274) went 1-4.
  • Josh Stephen (.293) went 2-4.
  • Justin Miller (0-0, 4.15) – DNP.
  • Andrew Brown (0-0, 2.19) – DNP.
  • Will Stewart (1-2, 5.91) – DNP.
  • Nick Fanti (2-0, 1.19) – DNP.
  • Sanchez (3-0, 0.67) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.

DSL Phillies (21-26)  Beat the DSL Royals, 10-2.  The Phillies were successful on 7 of 7 stolen base attempts, including Simon Muzziotti’s steal of home.

  • Jonathan Guzman (.295) went 1-4 with a SF and RBI.
  • Keudy Bocio (.227) went 3-5 with 4 RBI and 2 SB.
  • Simon Muzziotti (.264) went 1-4 with a BB and 2 SB.
  • Dixon Gutierrez (.279) went 1-4 with a BB and RBI.

DSL Phillies2 (26-21)  Lost to the DSL Rangers2, 7-2.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-4, 3.09) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP.
  • Carlos Oropeza (.198) went 0-3.
  • Rafael Marchan (.344) went 2-4.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 7/29 – Reading Fightin Phils placed RHP Tom Eshelman on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to July 27, 2016. Right turf toe.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.

73 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/29/2016

    1. 70 velo!
      Have to assume that is a fastball that sits in the mid-90s consistently and can touch and hit triple digits on occasion.
      For a guy that short that will be pretty amazing.

      1. Many years ago, I played volleyball with (against) Tom Seaver. He was staying in shape over the winter. He was nearing the end of his career but was still Tom Terrific. A friend of mine asked him how he could throw the ball so hard. It was a lame question but what do you want from a 22 year old? Tom told him it was all in his legs. He had tree trunks for legs. On of his thighs was bigger than my waist at the time (no longer my friends). He said some guys can use height to generate power on a fastball but his was all in his legs. Sixto doesn’t have height and he doesn’t have big legs based solely on his weight. One of these days, his arm will fly off as he releases a 97 MPH fastball. Until that happens, I’ll be thrilled with his progression. [By the way, Tom Selleck talked Seaver into playing with us at the Darien (CT) YMCA. Selleck could play volleyball very, very well.]

        1. Good story……even with Magnum PI also.
          Though on Sixto…looking at the videos on him….he does look like he has some bulk for his height and not a rail-thin body type. He may have the lower trunk muscle to power the ball more.

        2. This “leg” story fits well with what Bailey Falter has credited for his up tic in velocity. Falter said he had been “drifting” toward the plate on release. He said after his first two starts, Hector Berrios started working with him to “drive” to the plate off the rubber. The early result has been an increase on his FB velo. He has been sitting 89-92 and touching 93 mph. He even threw one at 94 against Batavia recently. (I got this from Mitch Rupert. If I find the report, I’ll post it.)

        3. How about 1 Nolan Ryan his legs were like Campbellish he could drive from the bump with the best.

      2. Sorry, let me clarify his tweet. My question was 70 grade on his fastball. Not just 70 on speed. So the 70 grade takes into account velo, command, control, movement. All the stuff that goes into a pitch grade.

    2. Will be curious to see league top prospect lists. I ask a question about him in every minor league chatty I can find and not one has been answered. No one knows this guy!

      For the Phillies, assume he will fall into top 20? Too much to put him in top 10?

        1. Putting more thought into this. Kevin Gowdy was ranked (as Jim shows above) as number 10. Sixto is a year younger, throws harder and is further along than Gowdy in relation to performance. I don’t think it is unreasonable to say he could be considered for the top ten. I think he would fall outside of it, but I don’t think it’s as crazy as you may think.

          1. It’s not crazy at all, by the end of next year he could be in the top 5. I want to see him finish out the year but I could easily see him around the top 10 this offseason.

  1. Crawford’s getting a little tuckered out. He’s hitting .167 in his last 10 games. He also has 7 Ks to 4 BBs over that stretch.

    Keudy Bocio, the 17 y/o 2B playing for DSL1 is a guy I keep my eye on. His BA is not great at .227 but his OBP is .420. He has more BBs than Ks (36 to 28) and he has 22 SBs to 10 CS. In 39 Games at 2B he only has 5 Errors. In LA, that’s pretty exceptional. I’m sure we’ll see him state-side next year so he can be better assessed.

    Jonathan Guzman has played mostly SS for DSL1. His bat plays up pretty well with a .295 BA and .354 OBP. He’s only 16 through August 17. He has 7 errors in 45 games. Bocio and Guzman form a pretty good DP combo.

    Simon Muzziotti hasn’t been as good for the Phillies as he was for the Red Sox club in the DSL. He’s 17 all year and shifting teams in the middle of the season can wreak havoc on a young kid. He’s shown no power at all but at 6’1″ 175, he might fill out a little bit and develop some. He seems to be a solid CF’er with 6 assists and 0 errors.

    Dixon Gutierrez, also on DSL1, is 18 y/o but in his 1st season. He started off hot as a pistol but has cooled significantly. He’s still hitting .279/.332/.320. He’s played all 3 OF spots with 6 assists and no errors.

    The DSL1 guys are very good fielders and showing some ability at the plate. This site has been talking about an extra team in the GCL or at a A- level. With a lot of talent growing in LA, they may be forced to add a team. The Rule 4 drafts are better and deeper now and with some of these young guys from South America, there aren’t going to be enough slots for them. Don’t want strong talent to die on the vine awaiting their chance to shine.

    1. bellman……”Simon Muzziotti hasn’t been as good for the Phillies as he was for the Red Sox………He’s shown no power at all but at 6’1″ 175, he might fill out a little bit and develop some”
      ………Simon ‘Holy Cowell’ Muzziotti may be our left handed version of Carlos Tocci.
      Lying ahead, he could be the subject of many discussions.:)

    2. Bellman,

      JP seemed to get tuckered out last year, as well.

      I wonder if stamina might be an issue with him, or if we need to cut a young guy a break.

    3. Bellman, I don’t think we’ll have to wait until next year. I’m sure that all the guys you mentioned above will be at Instructs this fall. Yippee!

      1. Jim I am wondering if instructs are open to public. Do they play a game each day against each other. Last is it in October ?

        1. Yes they are. Their home games are played in Bright House Field, no concessions. In 2015, they schedule games against the Blue Jays and Yankees, the Pirates opted to not schedule games. They play Monday thru Saturday at 1:00PM. When they aren’t playing other organizations, they play intrasquad games.

  2. Roman played an entire game. The next step for him will be back up to Reading. Yay.
    Adonis and Anderson got hit around which stinks but at least Sixto pitched well. Kingery and Tobias both looking very comfortable

    1. Don’t forget the “Jordan Rule”, a rehabbing player has to play in back-to-back complete games. Quinn wasn’t in the line up of today’s suspended game in Dunedin.

  3. Love reading the reports about Sixto and love when a players first name is enough to use when referring to him normally only works with the last name

    Carrying over from the last box score . . . Texas is looking for a catcher too. Also someone said they regret losing Hererra well how about this . . .
    Velasquez/Ruiz/Hellickson/Hererra for Maraza/Profar/Brinson/Ortiz/Tate/PTBNA(Speas)?
    Theoretically too much or not enough?

    1. This potential Velasquez trade has really taken me be surprise. It doesn’t upset me or even necessarily concern me (to the contrary, it somewhat encourages me), it just surprises me a little.

      What it says to me, however, is that the team’s young minds are thinking proactively and trying to maximize their leverage in an attempt to continue to pile up further valuable assets at the minor league level. They are trying trade young players at the peak of their value to teams with young players to burn who are desperate to acquire the target player – here, the Rangers are desperate to add a young, high end starter for the next few years. It’s a pretty smart strategy. Think about it, the Phillies drafted a 7th round reliever with a great arm but control issues, developed him to the greatest extent possible, traded him at the peak of his value to a team desperate for his services for a bunch of talented young pitchers, including a young, possible top of the rotation, starter and now are trying to trade that young starter while his value is very high (it’s hard to say if it’s truly at its peak, but it’s high) to another team desperate for his services to acquire further critical pieces. Will I like the ultimate trade? Probably but I don’t know yet. However, I LOVE the approach.

      One other thing, if Profar can still play second, they should jump all over that. For all his injuries, Profar is just 23 and if he’s healthy, he still has big time star potential. One thing I learned from Bill James is the value of a very young player with strong skills – even when players like that struggle to begin, they have a much higher likelihood of developing into long-term stars. Profar fits that profile perfectly. Can you imagine how valuable a middle infield combination of Profar and Crawford could be over the next 5-10 years?

      Add another really talented player or two to the trade and you’ve got the potential for another franchise-changing type of transaction.

      Finally, my view now is that the Phillies have fabulous organizational depth – what they need to do at this point is focus on high end talent. They should be very willing to throw in quality depth players (such as potential mid-rotation starters) to obtain high end talent.

      1. And, yes, trading major league talent that will have the simultaneous effect of reducing wins this year (thereby improving their draft position) is also beneficial. The Phillies are also going to have to think long and hard about where they expect to finish in the standings next year. If they believe they are likely going to finish in the middle of the pack or higher (i.e., not in the bottom 10 teams), they might want to consider making a big free agent signing this winter, so as not to burn a first round pick.

      2. Reading todays reports…..even Mack, in the event of a Velasquez trade, mentions getting more young pitching in the system. So it could be someone like Profar or maybe a Brinson (but doubt that with all the OFers in the Phillies system currently) plus a slew of their young pitching prospects. Have to assume Ortiz and Mendez would be on that list and IMO, I would also insist on Cole Ragans their new number one this year.

        1. Romus- I don’t think that draft picks can be traded until the completion of the season. I also don’t think they can be ptbnl.

            1. The Trea Turner Rule Change::
              http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/mlb-fixes-the-trea-turner-problem-for-everyone-else/

              Rule 12(e)(2), and the trading of draft picks under Rule 3(b)(6). …commencing with players eligible for the 2015 Rule 4 Draft, (a) players selected in the Draft may be traded beginning on the day following the conclusion of the World Series, and (b) drafted players cannot be PTBNLs unless they otherwise could be traded pursuant to Rule 3(b)(6), as amended, at the time of the trade.

          1. Chad…..not sure what the rules are these days. After the SD/Nats Trea Turner trade, they changed things.

        1. Not crazy about Profar as he has too many injury concerns and has missed alot of time.

          1. That is true, but he’s still young and we need somebody that is MLB ready. We can’t give up VV for a bunch of prospects and hope some pan out. We have prospects. If we’re giving up a young controlled player, we need something similar back in return.

            1. Speaking of control, Velasquez-for-Profar would lose us a ton of control. Profar’s arb-eligible after this season and an FA after 2019 because he accrued 2 years’ service time on the DL.

      3. Agree 100% with catch: “the Phillies have fabulous organizational depth – what they need to do at this point is focus on high end talent.” This is why I have been a strong proponent of keeping Helickson and using a QO to get a first round draft pick for him. Some incredible talent has come out of the late first/early second round of the draft over the past few years.
        That said, it’s now looking like this is such a strong sellers market for pitchers that the Phillies are going to land a major return for Hellboy. The only thing that could go wrong at this point is an injury. I’m praying they deal him before he takes the mound tonight.
        BTW … Jayson Stark thinks the Blue Jays make sense for Helickson. They have a number of high upside, young arms. I’m thinking Conner Greene and Angel Perdomo would trump a first round pick.

        1. Hinkie…in theory the idea is good….and Hellickson’s agent is Scott Boras and he frowns from his clients accepting a team’s QO. If Hellickson listens to him and signs elsewhere the Phillies get a pick and that could be a good one with the slot money added,….but if decides not to listen to him and signs the QO, then we have to wait another year to see if he will continue to produce to get another trade offer.

          1. Boras has too big of an ego to allow Hellickson (provided he stays healthy) to accept a QO. You know he feels he can get him a four year deal worth at least 48-million dollars. Not saying I believe that. Just saying Boras feels that way.

    2. Velasquez/Gomez/Ruiz/Asche for
      Profar/Brinson/Ortiz/Mendez/Matuella/Holland (salary dump)

      I don’t see Mazara or any current vital piece moving as Texas goes ‘all in’ in ’16.

    3. Texas can’t trade Speas. Players drafted this year can’t be traded until after the WS. They can’t even be included as PTBNL anymore.

      1. Hinkie…….what is to stop a team from not designating a 2016 Rule 4 draftee as a “PTBNL”, but right after the WS just inform him he has been traded. The two MLB teams having an agreement in place….oral handshake…in July. Would that be collusion of some sort?

        1. Romus … How would those two teams explain to MLB why that player is now a member of his new team. If you’re suggesting those two teams make another (lopsided) deal to get the recently drafted player over to the new team, I would imagine MLB would see right through that. Or, maybe (and I don’t know this), the trading team must include a list of potential players as PTBNL when reporting the deal to the league office.

            1. Romus … the article explains what I mentioned earlier. Newly dated players don’t have to wait a full year to be traded, anymore. They can now be traded after the WS. The new rule also prohibits teams from using newly drafted players as PTBNL in deals made between June’s amateur draft and the end of the WS.

  4. Like everyone else I am excited and impressed by the success of Sixto thus far. MILB has him at 5′ 10″ I know that data is often pretty stale. I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who’s seen him in person recently. Does 5′ 10″ still seem accurate or has he grown?

    1. I think Jim said the other day that he talked to a scout or talent evaluator that said the 5’10” was wrong. He’s 5’11” in cleats probably on a cement floor [or is that a concrete floor?].

      1. I’m just under 5’9. He’s slightly taller than I. However, he has a full, healthy head of hair that confuses our estimates. (That’s not the royal plural, I’ve actually had this height discussion down here with friends.) He’s at least 5’10. They didn’t round up in this case.

  5. Are the player rankings in the comment section ‘ours’, or MLB’s perhaps?

    Just looking at JOrtiz at 21 on MLB PIpe = his stock has to be higher than that. He’s 17, compare with the age of the high schoolers we just drafted. Very excited about Ortiz, who is flying up my personal rankings

  6. Great story Bellman. I have family in New Canaan so have been to the Darien Sport Shop a number of times. I need to be overwhelmed if I trade VV. I am highly dubious that a deal can be made that would be sufficient despite reports of “deep discussions”. VV has the highest ceiling of the entire group of pitchers that we have, IMO.

  7. Any thoughts on Andrew Pullin going forward? He’s hit at every level, and he’s one of those guys that just keeps plugin away, around other prospects that are higher rated. Not sure why he retired earlier this spring, but that didn’t hurt him at all. He’s really raking at Reading.

      1. It’s good to see that he recognized and corrected his patience at the plate issue. That was the biggest flaw in his game (IMO) at Clearwater during the 2015 season. He would come to the plate in the 8th inning for his 4th AB having only seen 4 (sometimes just 3) pitches in his first 3 ABs. This one change in his approach has served him well.

  8. Few notes on last night’s Thresher’s game.

    It was a tale of two innings for Drew Anderson.

    He was powerful in the first inning, striking out the first two batters and bringing heat with a fastball that sat 92-94 and touched 95 several times in the 1.2 innings pitched. However, Anderson threw more breaking stuff in the second inning. Those breaking pitches missed the strike zone too often, and when they found it, they didn’t miss bats.

    Jim mentioned the strike outs by Walding and Martin. Some of them happened with men on base after their teammates had done their jobs starting rallies. Walding and Martin weren’t happy with themselves and let it show a couple of times.

    Walding did have two nice plays at 3B, each on balls that could have headed down the line for extra bases. They were similar plays in which he had to reach back for the ball and throw to first. The first play was nice. The second was most excellent. Walding had to go well back to his right, spin around and fire to first. When he gloved the ball that was good enough. It prevented extra bases. I didn’t think he would get the runner, but he not only managed to turn and throw but got the runner comfortably.

    Derek Campbell did not have as good a game at 2B. He bobbled a ball that should have been ruled an error. Later, he got his error when, with two outs, he let a grounder go right through his legs. The runner ended up scoring in what was a tight game.

    Carlos Tocci. I’ve seen Tocci a number of times now. Last year with the Threshers for two series and this year in Spring Training. I never appreciated just how skinny he is until last night when I was up close and personal — down front next to Thresher’s dugout and just a few feet from the on-deck hitter.

    However, that didn’t prevent Tocci from contributing offensively. He got an RBI single, laid down a sacrifice bunt in the 9th that moved the winning runner into scoring position and twice hit hard line drives that were caught.

    The Threshers played good fundamental baseball to score that winning run. Josh Tobias led off with a single. Tocci sacrificed him to second. Numata drove Tobias home with a single. Numata was the offensive star of the game, obviously, with his solidly hit home run and the game-winning single.

    Victor Arano was the luckiest reliever alive in the ninth. After a strong eighth, he played with fate in the ninth. Arano faced four batters who each slammed the ball hard. The first batter hit a hard line drive to left for a single. The next three batters hit balls very hard and very deep to the outfield for outs. Arano very easily could have given up several runs.

    Jim noted all the Phillies hits were singles except for Numata’s home run. That narrowly bested Ft Myers. All of their 11 hits were singles, except for one double.

    1. Post script on Threshers. They played a gritty game. They just kept coming back and coming back.

  9. Mickey Mo out of todays lineup, thats 2 days in a row, wonder if he is just getting worn down or a small injury and keeping him safe…

  10. Jim Salisbury hears Phillies are asking Texas for 2 hitters, 1 major league ready and another close, for VV.

      1. Assume Profar as MLB ready…..and Gallo or Brinson as close.
        But no pitchers?
        Luis Ortiz or Yo Mendez should be included also in that deal I would think.

  11. Man the more and more I think about it the more id do a Profar/Maraza for Velasquez trade . . . I’d prob even strongly consider Profar/Brinson . . .

    1. Profar/Brinson for Velasquez is a disaster of a trade. Trading a 23
      Year old pitcher with huge upside already succeeding in majors for An often injured 2B, who fall his talent, has never come close
      To putting it all together, and a minor league OF having a down year? Not thanks

      If they want Velasquez, then I’m taking nothing less than Gallo, Profar, Brinson and a top pitching prospect, whether it’s Ortiz or Mendez.

      Is that a lot? Yep. A ridiculous ask? Probably. But I’m
      Not looking to trade Velasquez AT ALL. If they want him, blow me away with an offer

      1. Yet you want Gallo? Someone who’s K rate is just about 50%. Profar has been playing injury free and he’s taken care of those injuries. Brinson has the rare combo of power and speed said he could be a 30/30 guy. I think that might get it done. Rather have Maraza tho of course.

    2. Rangers are unlikely to include Maraza in any trade. But I agree that discussions should start with Profar. Gallo has way too much swing and miss for me, despite his prodigious power. If Texas doesn’t want to trade Profar (which I can understand, as he has become part of their starting lineup), then there really isn’t much to talk about IMO.

  12. Jerry Clasnick tweeted deal involving VV is ” unlikely ” says a baseball source. Yes Texas had there top scout there.one personal person said Texas was just doing there” due diligence” than a sign that a trade is immient. THE RANGERS are in on several young Controllable arms . IF THE PHILLIES ask for Profar for VV the teams will quickly discover they don’t have much common ground . that’s per an Espn article.

  13. Happy that the VV trade does not look likely. I see no reason to trade a successful young pitcher for less than ideal package given the shortage of good young pitchers in MLB. The only way I would trade VV is if the Phillies are just overwhelmed with the offer.

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