Box Score Recap – 8/9/2016

Last night was the Night of the Strike Out.

In Lehigh, starters Phil Klein and Chad Green (Scranton) struck out 10 opponents each (in 5 innings).  The pitching staffs combined to strike out 26 batters (13 for each team).

In Binghamton, fans also saw 26 strike outs, 14 by Phils’ pitchers and 12 by Mets’ pitchers. Tom Eshelman shone with 11 K in six innings.

In Clearwater, 13 Threshers struck out, but only 9 Yankees.

On the road, Lakewood’s Franklyn Kilome struck out 11 of the 17 batters that BlueClaws’ pitchers rang up at Delmarva.

But, in Williamsport, 6 errors and 3 passed balls over shadowed such trivial outcomes as strike outs.

Oh, Rhys Hoskins hit his 35th and collected his 104th RBI.

Oh, oh!  Carlos Alonso announced his retirement and has accepted a position as a coach in Williamsport.

Lehigh Valley (70-46)  Lost 3-2 to Scranton in a walk off.  Phil Klein (2.08) gave up 1 run on 4 hits in five innings.  He struck out TEN and walked NONE.  Hoby Milner (1.42) gave up a run in his one inning and blew his first save.  Colton Murray (3.67) pitched two scoreless innings.  Dalier Hinojosa earned the loss with a one-out walk in the 11th and an errant pickoff throw that put the runner in scoring position.

Cam Perkins (.292) went 2 for 2 with 2 walks and a solo HR (8).

  • #1 Crawford (.258) went 1-4 with an RBI (25).
  • #3 Williams (.279) went 0-4.
  • #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #12 Knapp (.267) DNP.
  • #24 Lively (6-4, 3.50) – DNP.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (77-38)  Beat Binghamton, 8-2.  Tom Eshelman struck out 11 in six innings.  He held the Mets to 1 run on 6 hits and a walk.  Jimmy Cordero gave up 3 hits in 2 innings.  Dylan Cozens, Rhys Hoskins, and KC Serna (.299) each had 2 hits. Hoskins hit his 35th HR and had 3 RBI (104).  Andrew Pullin (.367) had 2 RBI and Christian Marrero hit a pinch-hit HR (7).  Cozens stole his 19th base.

  • #4 Alfaro (.289) went 1-4 with a BB.
  • #7 Cozens (.289) went 2-4 with a double and BB.
  • #8 Quinn (.290) went 0-5.
  • #13 Hoskins (.285) went 2-4 with a BB, HR (35), and 3 RBI (104).
  • #14 Kingery (.274) went 1-5 with a double and 3 K.
  • #16 Pinto – (4-4, 4.46) – DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (10-6, 3.55) – DNP.
  • #19 Eshelman (4-2, 5.01) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K.
  • #26 Cordero – (9.00) – DNP.

Clearwater (67-45)  Lost to Tampa 8-5 in 11 innings.  Will Morris (3.66) dug a 4-0 hole by the fourth inning.  It took the Threshers until the eighth inning to fight back to tie.  Morris’ FB was 86-90 mph, and touched 91 three times and 92 once.  For the most part he sat 88-89 mph.  He pitched behind early, but rebounded a little to finish with 15 of 26 first pitch strikes (57.7%).  He ran 3 three-ball counts, but only walked one batter.  However, he gave up a 2-run HR on one of the other two.

Tom Windle (4.50) pitched 2 one hit innings.  Jeff Singer started the ninth and was lifted after a single and a walk.  Matt Hockenberry (1.25) came on got a double play to defuse the ninth.  He pitched 2 innings and struck out 3 of the 5 batters he faced.  Ranfi Casimiro (8-8, 5.44) started the 11th and gave up a grand slam before recording an out.  He gave up 2 more hits while striking out three batters.

Chace (.310) had 4 hits.  Jiandido Tromp (.238) led off and had 2 hits in 6 AB.  Zach Green (.265) also had 2 hits and chipped in 2 RBI (62).  Aaron Brown went 0-5 with 4 K.  Kyle martin went 0-5 with 3 K.  Yankees’ pitching struck out 13 Threshers.

  • #20 Garcia (9-3, 2.72) – on the 7-day DL.
  • #22 Canelo (.253) went 0-4 with a BB.
  • #23 Tocci (.284) went 1-4.

Lakewood (54-59)  Beat Delmarva , 3-1.  Frankly Kilome (4-8, 4.14) had himself a game AND got the victory.  He scattered 7 hits over 6 innings and held the Shorebirds to 1 run.  He struck out 11 and walked NONE.  Grant Dyer (4.32) and Sutter McLoughlin (2.70) completed the shutout and recorded 6 strike outs in 3 innings.  McLoughlin notched his 7th save.

Jose Pujols had 2 doubles.  Wilson Garcia provided all the scoring with a 3-run HR (3) in the seventh.

  • #6 Randolph (.255) went 1-4.
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.14)- 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 11 K.
  • #27 Pujols (.234) went 2-4 with 2 doubles.
  • #29 Edgar Garcia – DNP.
  • #30 Tirado (3-1, 4.72) – DNP.

Williamsport (29-22)  Lost to Hudson Valley, 13-5.  Bailey Falter (3.24) was deserted by a defense that committed 6 errors, 4 while he was still in the game.  The errors extended his first and third innings, and Falter was lifted during the third inning after having thrown 65 pitches.  His line was – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 2 K.  Three relievers paraded to the mound and received only slightly better defense as only 2 more errors were over the final 6 innings.  However, they combined to give up 10 more runs, 8 earned.  In addition to the 6 errors, catcher Gregori Rivero committed 3 passed balls with runners on third base for three runs.

Luke Maglish (.297) had 3 hits, an RBI (15), and a stolen base (6).  Brett Barbier (.277) and Luis Espiritu (,205) had 2 hits each.  The Crosscutters lead 5-1 after the first, and still led 5-3 after the third.  This is a game best forgotten.

  • #17 Medina (4-2, 2.23) – DNP.
  • #25 Romero (1.90) – DNP.

GCL Phillies (28-11) Swept a double header from the GCL Tigers East, 5-0 and 5-2.

Game One, 5-0 win:  Mauricio Llovera (5-1, 2.37) pitched his third consecutive superb start, and second one-hitter through five innings.  This time he walked NONE and struck out six. Yacksel Rios pitched a perfect inning in his first rehab appearance.  The Phillies accumulated 10 hits in the seven inning game.  Josh Stephen, Nerluis Martinez (.288), and Raul Rivas (.235) had 2 hits apiece.  Stephen had 2 XBH and 3 RBI.

  • #2 Moniak (.315) went 0-4 with an RBI (25).
  • #15 Stobbe (.245) went 1-3 with a double.
  • Stephen (.295) went 2-4 with a double, triple, and 3 RBI (19).

Game Two, 5-2 win:  Kevin Young (2-0, 2.87) made his first career start and pitched four innings for the win.  He he gave up 2 runs on 6 hits, but walked NONE and struck out three.  The seven-inning game was called in the bottom of the fifth.  The Phillies scored four runs in the bottom of the first and managed 6 hits in the game.  Josh Stephen and Rodolfo Duran (.375) had 2 hits each.  Duran and Danny Zardon (.234) had 2 RBI each.

  • #2 Moniak (.310) went 0-2 with an RBI (26).
  • #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) – DNP.
  • #15 Stobbe (.240) went 0-2.
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.263) went 0-2 with a BB.
  • Stephen (.306) went 2-3.
  • Miller (0-0, 3.00) – DNP.
  • Andrew Brown (0-0, 1.76) – DNP.
  • Stewart (1-2, 5.91) – DNP.
  • Fanti (5-0, 1.43) – DNP.
  • Sixto Sanchez (3-0, 0.47) – DNP.

DSL Phillies (23-32)  Lost to DSL Rays1, 8-1.

  • Jonathan Guzman (.307) went 1-3 with a double.
  • Keudy Bocio (.232) went 1-4.
  • Simon Muzziotti (.256) went 1-4.
  • Dixon Gutierrez (.266) went 1-3 with a double.

DSL Phillies2 (33-23)  Lost to the DSL Astros Orange, 2-1.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-4, 3.02) – DNP.
  • Rafael Marchan (.344) went 0-4.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 8/9 – Phillies placed RHP Zach Eflin on the 15-day disabled list. Patellar tendinopathy in both knees.
  • 8/9 – Los Angeles Angels claimed Brett Oberholtzer off waivers from Philadelphia.
  • 8/9 – Phillies recalled Elvis Araujo from Lehigh Valley.
  • 8/9 – Gregory Infante assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley.
  • 8/9 – LHP Hoby Milner assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading.
  • 8/9 – Clearwater placed RHP Drew Anderson on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 7, 2016.
  • 8/9 – Clearwater sent RHP Yacksel Rios on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
  • 8/9 – LHP Scott Harris assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
  • 8/9 – Junior Tejada assigned to DSL Phillies2 from DSL Phillies.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.

75 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/9/2016

  1. Did Pujols have 2 doubles or was he 0-4 with a k & BB ? Also is he the 2nd coming of Domingo Santana or does he project to be a better player ?

      1. Look at his stats from the last 10 games- his Ks have gone down dramatically. Hope that it is coaching and a light going on and not just a temporary blip.

        1. Also walks are up (5-6%) and he is hitting 308 over the last 10. As you said his K rate has really improved. over the last 10 he is at 18% which is about half of his season average. Hopefully its coaching and the realization that his approach needed to improve. Still early though.

        2. If he finishes with good metrics in those areas they could start him at CLW next season…though I think he may start at LKW again as Tocci did…and then get a mid -season promo.

  2. I am all in on Kilome. If he was coming out of college he would be a top 10 pick IMO.

    Matt Winkleman tweeted a scouting report from BP in him yesterday:

    It’s not every day you get to sit on a start made by a 6-foot-6, 21-year-old who oozes projection and can throw 96 like he’s playing catch in the backyard. All of these things are why Kilome is such an attractive prospect. A recent look had him at 92-96 with plus-plus downhill plane and slight arm-side run late in its path. His velocity comes incredibly easy from plus arm speed and easy mechanics. He adds a plus-potential power curveball in the low-to-mid-80s with two-plane action and three-quarters tilt. When it’s tight and breaking late, it’s a devastating pitch that dives away from right-handers. His changeup is a non-factor. He threw just one and slowed his actions considerably along with severe casting. Kilome is still developing a feel for his craft. His command projects as below-to-fringe average and he has serious bouts where he can’t get a feel for his stuff. The lack of a present third pitch and raw nature of his game make it easy to tab him as a future late-innings reliever, but you dream on the impact of his two plus pitches as a power starter. If he can stick in a rotation, the ceiling is a no. 2. —David Lee
    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=30075

    1. That’s a great report, lots of detail. Really interesting to hear about his change-up. I have read before that he is a hard-working guy and really wants to keep getting better so hopefully he can improve on the change. Still over the last 10 he is averaging 12+ Ks/9 without much of a change, pretty impressive.

  3. Kilome seems to getting better as the season progresses. Any chance Milner sees Philly sometime in September? I know 40 man spots are extremely limited.

    1. I saw Milner in person in Reading in July. He never got close to 90 and appears to be a junkballer. Successful major league relievers with such low velocity are rare; perhaps a left-handed specialist, but even those usually throw harder than Milner.

  4. I was sad to hear Alonzo has called it quits. I loved rooting for the guy. He played the game the right way. I’m glad the Phillies saw that and offered him a spot in the organization.

    If they split up Cozens and Hoskins, it will be the dumbest move ever. They feed off each other. I don’t know if they are best buddies or competitive combatants but whatever it is, it’s something to behold.

    Jeff Singer was lights out in Wmsprt and LKW but can’t seem to get an out in CLW. In 2 outings, spanning ZERO innings, he’s given up 3 hits and a BB. He’s teetering between an ERA of 0.00 and infinity. That’s not something you see every day.

    Pujols has hit in 7 of his last 8 games and 8 of 10. He’s hitting .308 over the last 10. He’s only K’ed 7 times while picking up 2 BBs. The interesting stat is that he has 1 HR in that 10 game stretch. So ipso facto habeas corpus, cutting down on HRs is better for his average. Okay, that was a lethal jump.

    Over ‘C”s last 5 games he’s hitting .333. I’m reaching here but it’s a heck of a lot better than 0 – 4 with 2 Ks. Isn’t it?

    Kilome has been solid in 6 of his last 7 outings. He’s had a 2.14 ERA over those outings with 48 Ks in his last 33 2/3 innings. He’s had 9 BBs in those 30+ innings but 5 were in one game. He likes it hot. There is no doubt about that.

    Sutter McLoughlin is 11 for 11 in save situations since he was drafted in the 22nd round in 2015. He’s 7 for 7 in LKW this year. He has 35 Ks, 7 BBs. 26 hits and ZERO HRs in 36+ IP this year. Opponents are hitting .202 off him. In his 7 save opportuntiies he’s given up 2 hits and zero runs. That’s what you like in a reliever. I don’t want to jinx it but the 22 y/o has grown into as nice closer. I haven’t seen him so I don’t know what he throws but the results are very good.

    Wmsprt: What an ugly, ugly game. Move along. nothing to see here.

  5. Great work by Kilome (part of me wants to while about the 7 hits but I wont be that guy).

    How on earth do you commit 3 passed balls in one game when you are not catching a knuckleball?

    Last point; I am not usually this guy, I know the difference between AAAA and MLB talent, but since the Phillies acquired Phil Klein, this dude has been lights out. I saw him once in AAA, have watched some more film, and watched his spot start in Philly, where he got off to a very shaky start which ill attribute to nerves, and then settled in nicely. He really looks dominant. Is there any chance the phils found something here? At the very least, I think he could be a decent pen arm. He throws strikes, can get swings and misses, and doesnt walk anyone. Im pretty tired of watching Araujo and Garcia, we know what they are, I would love to see an extended look for Klein.

  6. Random ? But is anyone else having an issue w BBref.com? Any time I search a player it’s only showing me their 2016 numbers and the portion to look up their minor league stats isn’t there either. Just me?

  7. Cozens and Hoskins are really having themselves a season to remember. Cozens got his 19th steal and now has 92 runs scored. He’s going to finish the year with 20+ steals, 35+ homers, 100+ runs and Rbis. Oh yeah, he’s got 12 assists also. What a year. It looks like the team will stay together to the end to make a championship run. It would be fitting for this team to win one and to set the bar high for this group who will mostly be at LHV next year, joined again by JP and Lively. 2018 will be the year that the Phillies fight for a playoff spot again.

    1. I’d like to add that he has recently had a couple of hits against Lefties. I know small sample size, but the lack of hitting against LHP is/was an issue. Few hits here and there should cool the critics a bit.

      1. Now hitting .222 against them but it’s better than he had been. Raise that 10 or 20 points and he becomes a more intriguing prospect IMO. Still intrigues me, but even more so if he makes that adjustment.

        1. guy84:
          These are eight other lefties at or were at AA level in the EL, who’s OPS was .800 or better.
          Perhaps you can check their splits vs LHP and see just where Cozens stands vs these players.
          Rowdy Tellez, Aneury Tavarez, David Dahl, Bradley Zimmer, Chance Sisco, Jason Krizan, Raimel Tapia, and Dominic Smith.
          It may give you a better judge on Cozens vs LHP.
          Plus not sure what the ages of those other eight are.

          1. Zimmer (23) .179
            Dahl (22) .313
            Smith (21) 250.
            Rowdy Tellez (21).245
            Aneury Tavarez (24) .393
            Chance Sisco (21) .191
            Jason Krizan (27) .298
            Raimel Tapia (22) .370
            Cozens (22) .222

            Interesting mix.

            1. If Cozens keeps ticking up…he really is not that far off the pace for his age grouping at this level in the EL. Dahl is already with the Rockies and rated higher than Cozens ever was and Tapia seems to be a plus contact guy…but not the power of Cozens.

        2. Here are the metrics BA and OBP for other lefties vs LHPs in the EL.
          Rowdy Tellez…….BA245 .OBP .328 .
          Aneury Tavarez………..400 .429
          Bradley Zimmer………178 .363
          Chance Sisco…………191 .329
          Jason Krizan………..286 .336 (age 27)
          Raimel Tapia……….388 .443
          Dominic Smith…….260 .324

          1. LOL we must’ve been checking at same time.

            It’s an interesting mix because some are top prospects, others are just regular prospects. I’m not sure what to think.

            1. I guess to really get a good standing….we would need to include his K rate and BB rate (which is incorporated in the OBP somewhat) vs the others also.

          2. Romus one of the reason l like our gm. If you remember him saying we need more pitching. He knows what he is talking about. He knows we have a lot of guys who are 4 and 5 types. I like his approach

  8. Phils pitching in the farm has a lot of depth but lack “elite” arms and Kilome is the closest to a TOR Ace (based on projection) so we drool over him. I’m not sure if McKlentak (McPhail and Klentak) can redo an Arrieta steal or sign a Quintana via FA — but in SSS, the next TOR Ace potential arm that we will be following is Kevin Gowdy and possibly Francisco Morales.

    I will personally add Adonis, Sixto, Fanti and Edgar Garcia (and Falter too) but their lack of physicality will be a turn off to the scouts and baseball pundits (but not to us fans).

    Although McKlentak advocates growing arms and buying bats — looks like the strength of the farm is on the position players (and bullpen arms if the likes of Appel, Pivetta, Drew Anderson, Pinto falls to the pen and youngers like Arano, Rivero, Singer, Davis, Edgar Garcia continue to progress) .

    1. We have the pen arms as you’ve described (plus Cordero and maybe Tirado) but not too many #1/2 arms. One interesting name often overlooked is Elniery Garcia, a nice lefty. We all know how short we are on good lefties.

      1. @Murray – agree with the pen arms and I no longer include Ramos and Cordero since they are already in teh 40-man. Elniery Garcia reminds me of Yoel Mecias – an if Elniery can develop a Mecias-like CU to mix with his FB and CB, then he can really be something.

      1. Irvin and JoJo can be (because they can overpass their potential) but in SSS, they project to be #3/#4 (otherwise they’ll be drafted early in the First Round) — and not the TOR Ace that I’m referring too.

        Maybe McKlentak saw the lack of “elite” arms in the farm, thus, decide to grow as many arms and hope that some will develop into a TOR Ace.

        The farm is deep with middle to back of rotation arms (and potential high leverage RP).

        1. You can’t really tell so soon you how many really good pitcher’s were in later rds . I can you an HOF list . Jo jo Romero is 19 it’s a little to early to say what is. Cole Irvin has Tj surgery ( of course) he’s only 1 yr remove before that he rated very high .

            1. @Tim – no offense, but it appears like you’re a little off with your reading comprehension. just like you, i’m not a scout (and don’t pretend to be a scout) and most of my comments are either based on my own research and comments from co-posters. Likewise, I will be honest that I don’t to see all the prospects other than the ones who play in LHV, REA and possibly LWD.

              “I pegged Irvin as #3/#4” is not the same as “they project to be #3/#4” — when I said “they project” – it means it is not “my” projection — it’s a projection from the articles I read about Irvin which I kind of agree. I can no longer post all the links to support all the articles I read, but if you check MLB pre-draft scouting report – Irvin (and JoJo) is(are) projected to have a ceiling of a back-end starter.

              In addition, Jim (and there are articles in the web) provided a very good guide about pitchers projection as #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 which I also agree and adopt. Using the guide that Jim provided in this site together with the scouting reports I gathered about Irvin and JoJo – they have a current profile of a #3/#4 SP (2 ave to above ave pitches, average control and average command). Of course it’s NOT the final projection, if Irvin can consistently pitch with 93-94 FB and consistently throw an above average SL and CU – then his projection will improved to a legit #3 with #2 upside.

            2. It’s not just you but many on this board oh he’s # 3 really . That gets on my last nerve. They never read an article or seen a video on that player. Most draft outlets really don’t the resources to follow up on every player. I seen 5 different reports on 1 player . The 1 thing you say that love to prove wrong . They were past and picked in rds 4 though 10 so they can’t be that good.well wrong he’s a short list Cy Young winners Corey Kluber 4th rd , Dallas Keuchel , 7 th rd Jake Arrieta 5th rd , Jake Peavy 15 th rd , Zack Grienke 6th rd, Cliff lee 4th rd.

            3. All anyone has to know and understand is that Kyle Hendricks=Ace. 26 war since 2014 call fangraphs and ask them. I jest hopefully you understand. But on a serious note Tim you should check out Jim’s article about the value of pitchers. It will help you with how people identify pitchers. A number 3 pitcher is very valuable they do not grow on trees.

          1. @tim – all of us want to see Irvin develop and hope that he projects better than his current projection. but we are talking about the current profile based on SSS that’s available. if #3 gets in your nerve, are you saying Irvin is #1 or #2?? Hamels is a good example of a #2 and possibly Cueto, Greinke, Lester, Wacha, Gray too — the Phils should be jumping for joy now if Irvin is a legit #2 because the Phils can have the next Hamels!

            The best pitching prospect in the farm right now based on “pure projection” is Kilome who is projected to be closer #2 (than #1) pending development of a solid 3rd pitch. Irvin doesn’t have the same projection left as Kilome so it’s just fair to say that Irvin has a lower projection than #1/#2 == which is #3/#4 which what most probably think is fair.

  9. Glad to see Carlos Alonso staying with the Phillies as a coach at Williamsport.

    I saw him in my first Threshers game several years ago and, as a U of D guy, I noted he’s a Blue Hen. I’ve followed him somewhat since and noticed the repeated comments on his hard play and good attitude. A coach in the making.

      1. Romus,

        I once spent a brief stint as a sports writer. Delaware was playing St. Joe’s for the East Coast Conference title. The lordly Blue Hens had fine uniforms, a fine field, star players. The Hawks had holes in their uniforms, no home field and their scholarship players were from the basketball team. The Delaware coach was very dismissive of St. Joe’s before the series began. But the Hawks kept scrapping. Finally, in the third and final game of the series, they came from way behind to win. I wrote about how they had hustled while the Hens seemed to act like they were the 1927 Yankees.

        A week later I was covering the state high school baseball tournament played at the U of D. The coach was there. He approached me and proceeded to tell me how unfair I had been, how I was hurting the program and how the same St. Joe’s kids he was dismissing privately the previous week were really good ballplayers and not outclassed.

        It was for those reasons I took the first opportunity to leave sports writing and become a news reporter. Sports is supposed to be fun. Then again, for the coach it’s his living.

        Yes, Delaware has sent several quarterbacks to the NFL.

  10. Yesterday, I had a choice either go to the battle for first place in the International League between Lehigh Valley and Scranton Wilkes-Barre or go to the Reading Phillies game in Binghamton. I close the latter and apparently made the right decision.

    I listened to the Binghamton radio announcer as I watched the game. I was surprised at the small turnout for the game as I have been used to attending sellouts or near sellouts in Lehigh Valley, Reading , Scranton Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport this year.

    I was treated to great pitching, timely hitting and some great base running.

    Let us start with the pitching.

    Tom Eshelman pitched a tremendous game. He had pinpoint command throughout the game. The radio announcer said he has 3 plus pitches, fastball, curve and change up. While his fastball is not very fast he has excellent command and significant late movement on his fastball. I cannot recall the last time I saw a pitcher get as many both call strikes and swing and miss strikes and have so few pitches fouled off.

    The following is a tally of his pitches for the night :
    Pitches 91
    Strikes 66
    Balls 25
    Called Strikes 24 36% of all strikes
    Swinging Strikes 16 38% of all pitches swung at
    BIP Strikes 14 33% of all pitches swung at
    Foul Strikes 12 29% of all pitches swung at

    For those of you that will say it does not add up to 100% it in fact does. 38, 33 and 29 add up to 100 percent of 42 pitches that were swung at by the batter. The 36% of called strikes was based on the 66 total strikes.

    Incidentally, the 29% fouled off is and incredibly low total and the 38% swing and miss percentage is an incredibly high total. From this small sample, you have to conclude he has swing and miss stuff.

    As to velocity, Eshelman first pitch was his fastest at 94 mph and his last pitch was his slowest fastball at 86 mph. In between, the following table presents the velocity of all his pitches:

    94 mph – 1
    93 mph – 1
    92 mph – 2
    91 mph – 10
    90 mph – 11
    89 mph – 21
    88 mph – 12
    87 mph – 2
    86 mph – 3
    83 mph – 7
    82 mph – 3
    79 mph – 7
    77 mph – 2
    76 mph – 1
    74 mph – 2

    As to his pitch variety, he threw:

    Fastballs – 63
    Change- ups – 15
    Curveballs – 13

    The next pitcher for Reading was Greg Infante. He had a horror able outing struggling thru 27 pitches and allowing a run. It could have been much worse. He sat at 94 / 95 mph with 1 pitch reaching 98 and 2 at 96. The last two times I saw him in Reading he was striking out the side with 98 and 99 mph fastballs. From this I thought either the Reading gun is fast or this gun is slow.

    The next pitcher for Reading was Jimmy Cordero. This is the 3rd time I have seen him pitch this year. He has seemed to get better each outing. While his velocity is not yet all the way back he is getting there. He threw a lot of sliders. He pitched 2 shutout innings with 1 strikeout.

    99 mph – 2
    98 mph – 1
    97 mph – 1
    96 mph – 5
    95 mph – 6
    94 mph – 4

    92 mph – 1
    90mph – 3
    89 mph – 3
    88 mph – 5
    87 mph – 2

    Fastballs – 19
    Sliders – 14

    The great base running I was treated to was the result of one man Dylan Cozens. His base running directly led to Reading scoring 4 runs that they would not have scored but for him.
    The first Reading run was a result of Cozens get a hit, stealing 2nd easily, advancing to 3rd on a short fly to center and then scoring on second fly to the outfield.

    In the 5th Cozens was sent home by the 3rd base manager on a hit and the throw easily beat him to the plate but he made an excellent slid away from the catcher and used his long arms to touch home as he slid by avoiding the tag. The next batter hit a single which scored two runs that would not have scored if Cozens had been tagged out.

    I must say Cozens is truly a dynamic, exiting player who can beat you in a number of ways. This is the 5th Reading game I have seen this season and in the four previous games I have been treated to Cozens throwing out a runner at the plate in each of those 4 games. However, Cozens did make a blunder yesterday picking a ball up in the right field corner on what should have been a double and an error but the official scorer ruled it a triple.

    I attribute Cozens batting issued to two factors, his strike zone judgment is not always accurate and he has trouble recognizing off speed pitches and breaking balls to late. These lead to many weak swings . If I were the Phillies, I would get his as much at bats as they could and hope this leads to better recognition. First I would send him to the Arizona fall league and the some winter foreign league. It would truly be a shame if he could not develop better strike zone judgment.

    As to yesterday’s game Cozens had a solid single and hit a bullet off the left center wall. Both of his strikeouts were looking. I have seen him strike out a lot looking.

    Hoskins crushed his home run over the electronic billboard in left. Marrero hit a pinch hit home run that had me fearing that my car might get hit by it. He hit it on the top of a metal roof on a pavilion well past the right field wall. The ball made a loud clangs when it hit.

    Off to the battle for 1st place in the International league tonight.

    1. Did the Binghamton. announcer make any reference to whether or not Eshelman’s FBs were 4 or 2Smnrs since the 8 mph swing from 86 to 94 may suggest that he was throwing both? The 38% S&M probably indicates more 4Smrs then the 2 variety.

      1. No he did not. I should add that all of the higher vel was in the 1st and 2nd inning while the lower vel was in the last inning. I sat directly behind the plate and saw a great deal of movement on the fastball leading me to think they were 2 seamers.

        1. While it is very hard to tell is seemed more like the batters were swing over the ball rather than under it which would indicate 2 seamers. But I do not know for sure.

    2. NEPA,

      You sure cover a lot of real estate.

      Great report.

      I watched a little of the game on MiLB. Not the best audio. Park public address system was as loud as the broadcasters.

  11. Cozens double was off a hard throwing lefty who was extremely wild. The lefty was throwing 96 and 97 mph. In his 8 warm-up pitches, he threw 2 all the way back to the screen. One of these pitches as about 25 feet up the screen. And unlike Ryne Duran, he was not throwing them for effect.

      1. it will be nice to see a co-Paul Owens Awards for the Bash Bros (Position) and Eflin/Jake (Pitching).

    1. Tim……but what about David Buchanan also…..his velo is just where you like it….. around high 80s/low90s….and he is doing well with the Pigs.

      1. I was think Amonte for Romus he’s your type of hi veto . Oh that’s right he retired hmm how about Infante oh he’s in Reading . Sonny Gray oh he’s hurt again. Geez I like pitchers with low Era with a winning record I don’t how they get there.

      2. I would say Nathan Eovadi but looks like he’s another a TJ candidate . He left after 12 pitchers elbow pain.

        1. If you honestly think that pitchers who average 90mph or under have a better chance at being successful you are 100% wrong. You have to be able to do so much more as someone who doesn’t have velocity. You need plus command, your secondary pitches better be plus as well, you also won’t stick around as long as others who are high velocity guys. Guys with higher velocity will stick around longer because 1. they can be pushed into the pen and 2. the harder you throw the more chances you will get with teams who hope they can fix whatever is wrong w your control (etc).

          Look at Cliff Lee (however a LHP is slightly different) . . he wasn’t a high velocity guy but he had plus plus command and plus secondary pitches . . . but if you noticed, whenever he was lacking command he would get hit hard. Nola is in the same boat as a RHP. Is there any correlation that as his avg velocity went down his ERA went up? It has to have played a role.

          Higher velocity pitchers are more successful as a whole then pitchers who are under the MLB Average. Sure you can find some names but they are the exception.

          A simple look at the past 20 years worth of Cy Young winners kinda shows this . . . out of the 30 winners only 3 or 4 were guys who has below average MLB velocity.

          1. Most of your High veto guys never past 30 .you can’t compare the now to pitchers 10 yrs . Man were man back then, no 300 ings no more complete games no more 20 game winners . Most having TJ surgeries 14, 15, 16 yr olds all having surgery for what so 2 yrs then having shoulder Surgery. KING Felix Fb now 90 mph but he knows how to pitch . Roy Holiday never throw 95 ,96 CC been done for a couple of yrs. Best part these the O is back in baseball runs , Home Runs are to set a record this yr most ever hit. When the Era Runs per game , ans Hr’s are flying out of the park. All offense stats are trending up , go over to General discussion.

          2. I think 90 to 93 is fine its the Max Effort Pitchers that will change. Then the Tj surgeries will go way down.

            1. Wait wait . . You Halladay mention was a perfect example. When he started losing velocity it was tough to watch him pitch. And Halladay def was someone who could throw 95-96 for most of her career (not sitting).
              And why can’t you go back 10 years? The game is different but not THAT much.

              Btw not to sound corny but my nephew has his TJ Surgery tomorrow. I know it’s ” routine” but anything involving anesthesia has its risks. Def wish him well. Oh so far only 2 schools have pulled their offers to him with the rest sticking w him (I was shocked but happy).

          3. Eric instead of trying to reason with tim. Just try and find world series winning great pitchers who are right handed and throw 90

            1. rocco…got one….1995…Greg Maddux beat Cleveland in one game….but also lost to them in the other. But he was pretty close to dominant in both.

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