Box Score Recap – 8/18/2016

Thursday’s top pitching performances were turned in by – Lehigh’s Nick Pivetta who tossed six shutout innings; Mark Leiter who halted Reading’s two-game skid in an eight strike out performance;  the GCL Phillies’ Sixto Sanchez who overcame an early blemish on his way to posting his normal quality start;  and, Denny Martinez who turned in the DSL’s daily gem with nine strike outs in five innings.

J.P. Crawford returned to the Lehigh Valley line up, Reading’s Roman Quinn reached base four times, and Damek Tomscha had three hits for Lakewood.

Lehigh Valley (74-51)  Lost to Syracuse, 2-1 in 12 innings.  Nick Pivetta pitched six, three-hit, shutout innings.  He walked 2 and struck out nine.  Colton Murray (3.27) blew the save in the eighth inning.  Hoby Milner (2.38) struck out 3 in 2.0 innings.

J.P. Crawford returned to the line up and went 0-5.  Cody Asche (.250) had 2 of the IronPigs’ 5 hits.  He hit a solo HR in the fifth inning for the ‘Pigs only run and struck out 3 times.   He also stole his first base.  Nick Williams K-ed 4 times.

  • #1 Crawford (.253)  went 0-5.
  • #3 Williams (.268) went 0-5 with 4 K.
  • #5 Thompson (11-5, 2.29) – promoted to Philadelphia.
  • #11 Appel – DL, season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur.
  • #12 Knapp (.261)  went 1-5.
  • #18 Pivetta – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K.
  • #24 Lively (8-5, 3.49) – DNP.
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (79-43)  Beat Richmond, 6-3.  Mark Leiter (6-2, 3.51) righted the ship, going six, one-run innings.  He allowed 8 hits, but walked NONE and struck out eight.  Roman Quinn was on base with 3 hits and a walk.  Andrew Pullin threw Steven Lerud out at the plate when he tried to score from second on a single to left.  Jimmy Cordero  (3.68) got the final two outs and his first save.

  • #4 Alfaro (.281) DNP.
  • #7 Cozens (.289) went 1-3 with a double and RBI (108).
  • #8 Quinn (.281) went 3-4 with a double, BB, and RBI (18).
  • #13 Hoskins (.278) went 1-4 with a BB.
  • #14 Kingery (.244) went 0-4 with a SF and RBI (11).
  • #16 Pinto – (4-5, 4.26) – DNP.
  • #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley.
  • #19 Eshelman (4-3, 4.75) – DNP.
  • #26 Cordero – (0-1, 3.68) -0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 KP.

Clearwater (72-50)  Beat Tampa, 3-2.  Luke Leftwich (4.96) gave up a first inning run then shut down the Yankees.  He pitched 6.1 innings and gave up the one run, 5 hits, and 1 walk. Jiandido Tromp (.258) and Aaron Brown (.364) had 2 hits apiece.  Tromp had 2 RBI.

  • #20 Garcia (10-3, 2.55) – DNP.
  • #22 Canelo (.244) went 1-4.
  • #23 Tocci (.278) went 0-3 with a SF and RBI (44).

Lakewood (59-63)  Outhit Hickory 12-7 but lost, 4-2.  Tyler Gilbert (3.83) gave up a 2-run HR in the first inning, but then shut down the Crawdads.  He pitched 5.0 innings and gave up 4 hits.  He struck out four.  Damek Tomscha (.293) had 3 hits, 2 doubles.  Mark Laird (.306), Carlos Duran (.256), and Emmanuel Marrero (.242) had 2 hits each.

  • #6 Randolph (.268) went 0-5.
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.14)- DNP.
  • #27 Pujols (.241) went 1-5 with 3 K.
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.63) – DNP.
  • #30 Tirado (3-1, 4.72) – DNP.

Williamsport (30-27)  Lost to State College, 5-3.  Since attaining a 27-16 record on August 1st, The Crosscutters have gone 3-11.  Adonis Medina was lifted after 4.0 innings (77 pitches, 51 strikes).  He gave up 2 run s on 5 hits and a walk.  Alexander Kline (3.93) and Kenny Koplove (3.74) each pitched two innings and struck out three.  Jake Kelzer (5.28) took the loss with a 3-run seventh inning.  Enmanuel Garcia (.261) and Darick Hall (.254) had 2 hits apiece.  Lucas Williams (.214) had 2 RBI.

  • #17 Medina (4-2, 2.23) – DNP.
  • #25 Romero (1-1, 2.51) – DNP.

GCL Phillies (34-14)  Lost to the GCL Yankees East, 4-1.  Sixto Sanchez (0.56) encountered a little trouble in the first inning when he gave up an early run, but settled down and held the Yankees to the one run in five innings on 4 hits.  He struck out six.  (The single run raised Sanchez’ ERA 33% from 0.42 to 0.56.)  The Phillies scored in the top of the first on Danny Zardon’s RBI double.  They were kept off the board the rest of the game.  Jordan Kurokawa struck out 4 in two innings of relief, but gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the loss.

  • #2 Moniak (.302) went 1-4 with a double.
  • #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.50) DNP.
  • #15 Stobbe (.244) went 0-2 with 2 BB.
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.250) DNP.
  • Stephen (.274) went 1-4.
  • Miller (0-0, 1.80) – DNP.
  • Andrew Brown (0-0, 1.56) – DNP.
  • Stewart (1-2, 4.98) – DNP.
  • Fanti (6-0, 1.69) DNP.
  • Sixto Sanchez (4-0, 0.56) 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.

DSL Phillies (27-35)  Lost to the DSL Athletics, 3-2.

  • Jonathan Guzman (.304) went 0-3 with a BB
  • Keudy Bocio (.231) went 0-3 with a BB
  • Simon Muzziotti (.262) went 1-4 with a double
  • Dixon Gutierrez (.257) went 0-3

DSL Phillies2 (39-25)  Beat the DSL Mets2, 2-0.  Nineteen year-old Denny Martinez one-hit the Mets and struck out 9 in 5.0 innings.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-4, 2.83)
  • Rafael Marchan (.350) went 1-3 with a BB.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

79 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/18/2016

    1. If he stays healthy, I have to say that Quinn is more appealing as a future center fielder than anybody at this point, at least until Mickey Mo pushes his way upward.

      1. Have to agree. I think he eventually hits for a decent amount of power too. Somewhere in the 10 range for HR. He’d be the best base stealer on the team right now.

  1. That line up is just sick, from top to bottom. Wonder if Pivetta could get called up after another start or 2. I know That’s unlikely but who knows . . He can also go to the pen.

    So the newspaper around me printed some baseball issues today. How about this one . . .

    The longest winning streak in baseball history – 26 games – belongs to the 1916 New York Giants. Earlier in the season that same club pulled off a 17-game winning streak. Yet, despite those streaks, the Giants finished in fourth place in the eight-team National League.

    One year later the Giants couldn’t muster a winning streak longer than six games but they won the pennant by a 10-game margin.

    Pretty crazy.

    1. One of many daily baseball oddities…LHV/Crunch game last night…..90 total PAs, 1/3 strikeouts (30), plus Pigs did not draw one walk.

    2. Pivetta needs to be put on 40 man this offseason, so yes he could get called up. However I believe no impact AAA players will get called until after playoffs are done

      1. Agree with you on impact players at AAA. But I could see Alfaro, Klein, Murray and Asche get Sept. 1 call-ups.

  2. Ben Pelletier is still 17? At least for 3 more days. The kid is holding his own in that GCL OF rotation. Ortiz, Moniak, Stephan, Matos and Pelletier are part of that rotation with 4 of the 5 playing every game. They use the DH as the 4th rotation spot. And Pickett’s been on the DL all season long.

    1. That GCL Phillies starting 8 position players have to be overall the youngest in the GCL. And even a pitcher like Sixto gives up hits to players 4/5 years older than him.

  3. I’m up in Syracuse for business so I went to the game last night. Really impressive outing from Nick Pivetta. Nasty movement on his breaking ball and his fastball was consistently 93-95 and well located.

    1. thanks- was going to ask what he’s been throwing at of late. been nice to see his k/bb go from under 2 to 1 to about 3 to 1 this year.

    2. That’s awesome – I’m going to watch parts of the start on Milb.tv when I get a chance. Pivetta always had the arm (I saw a game last year where he was hitting 98), but the issue was command and control. If he has a few more starts like this last one, he might replace Velasquez in the rotation in September (they will be shutting VV down due an innings limitation).

      Sometimes the lesser known pitching prospects end up being among the best – which is why it’s always good to have guys with strong arms so if something clicks, you may have a really good pitcher on your hands. Jacob de Grom received almost no fanfare before his rookie season (he was projected as a back of the rotation arm) and now he’s one of the better starters in baseball. And Curt Schilling was considered a bit of an underachieving goofball when he was acquired by the Phillies. So, yeah, we need to keep an eye on Pivetta. Nice trade, eh?

  4. Asche at 3rd with a bomb, are Milner and Cordero ready. Sixto and Medina were good . Mickey Mo still going strong, Stobbe 2 bb he’s learning. BUMGARNER TAKES De groom deep wow pitchers can hit. Pujols back to his old self.

  5. BP Chat: 8/18/2016
    Elbo (Altoona): Your thoughts on control specialist Thomas Eshelman? He seems to have figured something out after a bad stretch at Reading. Future up-and-down guy or something more?

    Christopher Crawford: I think he’s better than and up-and-down guy, but I’m not sure how much. He hasn’t shown the same control in college, because that wasn’t possible, but he throws plenty of strikes with good enough stuff to be a fourth or fifth starter. He was a nice get in the Ken Giles trade, but I don’t see a ton of upside here.

    1. I’m not criticizing on Christopher Crawford, but I think he’s probably underestimating Eshelman. On a surface, level, Eshelman may look like a guy whose ceiling is a 4 or a 5 (he doesn’t have any dominant pitch yet and his FB is only in the average range), but I think, due to his truly elite command, as he develops breaking pitches and learns to set up hitters, you are going to see someone who is more of a 3/4 rather than a 4/5 – sort of a like a taller version of Jeremy Hellickson, with perhaps a bit more velocity. I’m bullish on Eshelman’s long term prospects.

      1. Have to say I think Crawford has it about right. A guy with average velocity and no dominant pitches wouldn’t be a starting prospect at all if it weren’t for the command.

        That sounds like a 4th/5th starter to me.

      2. catch…….what I see happening in the game…is that high velo guys seem to be quite hittable lately….maybe since every Tom Dick and Harry reliever these days comes in at 95-97, so maybe the MLB hitters are now seeing so much of the high 90 guys, they have more or less started to adjust.
        Then you see guys like Kyle Hendricks and even last year, Dallas Keuchel with lower velos but exceptional command,able to come in and work a quality seven inning game.
        Perhaps our incomprehensible unnavigable posting friend Tim may be onto something with his premise that hitters are doing better versus the high velo guys.

  6. I know he’s working his way back from injury, but I wish C Randolph would stop doing his best Carlos Tocci impersonation in Lakewood.

  7. I don’t see Nick Williams kicking it up a notch to make sure he gets promoted. That was a horrible outing last night. I hoped for quite a bit more from him this year. And, Roman Quinn just plays good baseball whenever he isn’t injured. I keep hoping he can stay healthy, because I see him as a future CF and lead off guy. If he stays healthy! That is a huge if.

    1. I am not sold on Williams yet. To me, there are too many red flags to give me any assurance that he will end up being an average to above average corner outfielder. Too many strikeouts, not enough walks, a question about his hustle/work ethic, and it’s unclear whether he will have above average in-game power in the big leaguers. He’s young, he’s talented and he has time to figure it out, but I really have no clue how well his game will translate to the big league level.

      1. Regardless of how Williams is playing, I would bring him up in September to give him 80-100 PAs as a developmental move to see how he responds at the highest level both on AND off the field. Who knows, it might be the challenge he needs and it will give the front office a better gauge on how to move forward with him come Spring.

  8. Exactly how I feel catch. He is young and talented, and needs to do much better if he is to have a good Major League career. Starting with his pitch selection tools.

  9. Reference Williams – I too feel that his year has been underwhelming. Frankly, I am also disappointed by Crawford, Randolph, and Pinto as well. That is not to say they are not top notch prospects – it is just that I would have preferred to see them put up better stats. Whether it is injury, frame of mind, or exhaustion the development of young players is never linear and therein lies the basis for hope of better things to come.

    1. have to disagree on Crawford, who has jumped a level and continues to show the same defense and strike-zone management that he’s had up through the system. I think that maybe expectations are a bit too high offensively.

      He appears to be a perfect 2-hole hitter who is patient at the plate, gets on base, and has enough speed to be effective as a base runner. he’s not a middle of the order hitter and wasn’t projected to be one.

      Disappointment with Randolph is that he basically lost a season due to injury

      1. Agree with 3up. JP still sports a solid .342 OBP with few strikeouts after 3 years of double jumps. He’ll get better with his Ks as he gets more experience in the league. Also, his SLG, has nowhere to go but up since he’s only 21.

        Randolph has been doing better as of late. You could chalk everything else this year to injury and rust.

        Pinto hasn’t been bad, he’s been about as expected.

        1. ReiDeBastoni……..I can JPC starting next season at LHV, probably as expected due to the extra year player control aspect, but I can see him also raking the second time around to start the season, and getting a well deserved May/June call up.

    2. I have no problem with the way JP Crawford has played this season. He had a .398 OBP at Reading. He is one of (if not the) youngest players in the IL. Even as a 21 YO facing pitchers 3 or more years older than him, he has a great command of the strike zone. As he physically matures, he’ll drive the ball with more authority. Last, but not least, his defense has never been better.
      As for Ricardo Pinto … He still has a premium (mid 90’s FB). My guess is he is still working to improve his slider. I think he could probably contribute to the big league club’s bullpen next year with his FB/CH. In a perfect world, he develops a better feel for his slider and continues his career as a starter.

  10. BA Hot Sheet … never thought I’d see Albert Tirado on the list with how he started the year!

    14. Alberto Tirado, rhp, Phillies

    Team: low Class A Lakewood (South Atlantic)
    Age: 21
    Why He’s Here: 1-0, 1.50, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 9 SO, 0 BB

    The Scoop: Tirado began the season as a reliever, but after he ran up an 11.91 ERA and walked 17 batters in 11 innings, the Phillies moved him to the rotation. At that point, the 21-year-old Dominican redeemed his season by going 4-1, 2.89 through eight starts while striking out 12.8 per nine innings with a high-octane fastball and sharp slider. (ME)

    Read more at http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/rodgers-on-fire-whiff-of-success-for-kopech-prospect-hot-sheet/#iQC3tPAhTGyoc2u5.99

  11. Cole Stobbe has found his groove. Just hit his second HR of the week today.
    Nick Fanti with another strong outing. So far … 4 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K.

    1. Nick Fanti’s peripherals….though somewhat SSS, but if you just scouted the stat line….looks like the next coming of Clayton Kershaw…..H/9=6.2…BB/9=1.5…HR/9=.18…SO/9=11….the guy’s stats look like an ace.

      1. He’s a good young prospect, but the difference between Fanti and Sanchez is that the scouting reports for Sanchez fairly match the performance. It’s not a knock on Fanti, just my view that I think Sanchez is the real deal – he will be in my top 10 prospects for sure.

        1. With the three drafted lefty HS pitchers of Fanti, Falter and Young, I hope the Phillies can see them someday in the starting rotation.
          But that is ions away and for pitchers one wrong twitch and that’s it.
          Of course, had the same hope for Biddle back in 2012.

          1. Speaking of recently drafted HS LHP’s … my (way too) early prediction for next season’s first round draft pick: DL Hall of Houston County HS in GA.
            If Hellboy refuses his QO, my (way too) early prediction for their other first round pick … Zac Lowther Xavier Univ.

            1. Yes…the two LHP collegiate that right now seem to be favorites are Lowther,. first with a little more velo, and then Louisville’s Brendan McKay. If they are still healthy and pitching as expected next May, like to see the Phillies take one of them somewhere in the top ten. Assuming that they will go pitching and LHP next draft.

          2. I think the Phils is due to have homegrown high-end pitching prospect since Hamels. it helps to have Sal and JA running the scouting departments since both have a good eye in finding talent(s). premium talents are easy to find because they’re widely scouting but both Sal and JA are finding gems in the trash bin – which shows they know what they’re doing.

            kilome, sixto, medina (from international scouting) are low $$ signings but have projections to be top of the rotation starters. falter, fanti and young (local scouting) are late round picks that’s not high on nationwide scouts list. Together with top pitching prospect Gowdy – I think the farm can produce at least a couple of #1/#2/#3 that will be ready to reinforce the next great Phillies team.

            1. KuKo….you would hope, but pitching is so fluid with so many pitfalls along the way. A team needs to saturate an abundance of young arms just to keep up. The Braves are doing that it appears along with the Padres. The Phillies took 6 pitchers of the their top ten picks, one of the highest ratios, so at least they are leaning that way.

            2. I actually like what the Braves are doing. excluding the trades – the depth in the farm is mainly due to scouting success both international and domestic and considering that the Phils are not even flexing their financial muscle in the international front.

              the trust I have with Sal and JA and the recent success that I see down in the farm is what make me optimistic despite of the high probability of failure that you just pointed out.

            3. KuKo…..did the Phillies use all their international allocation this year?
              I would go to BA International and research it…..but cannot get on to the BA website.

            4. @romus – I’m not sure if the Phils used 100% of their slot. but taking Klentak’s philosophy to buy more lottery tickets in IFA – the Phils probably spread out whatever is left in their pool with <$100k signings.

      2. Sorry Romus for the 1 star I meant to hit reply . Difference between Fanti and Sixto for 1 Sixto Rhp Fanti a Lhp . Fanti pitched no hitters in HS . He been putting up Viedo games since was drafted. Let’s see what booth can do in the high levels. They both really young Sixto has been pitching live baseball for 4 months.

          1. I never compare the 2 and you really can’t compare lhp and rhp . I know Sixto the bright new toy like Kilome was and Medina who I put ahead of Sixto .When Sixto hits 100 ings in one yr then I would think there would be idea what he might be. Right now Kilome and Medina are more advanced . Fulfilled potent is better then potential my take on Sixto back of the end Bullpen piece.

          2. Sixto actually had a 2.76 FIP in limited innings (25.2) as a 16-year-old in the DSL. This was before the apparent velocity spike this season. Not saying he was anywhere close to my radar last year, but that’s fairly impressive for his age.

            1. Your reaching for him in 2015 with that FIP…all his perpherals showed average to just below….WHIP of 1.5..(H/9-poor at 11..BB/9-good at 2) …K/9-6…BABIP.340.
              its great…he turned it around this season…he was on nobody’s radar last year…and for anyone to see he was, I question their honesty.

        1. You’re right that one is lefty and the other is righty – that factor weights in favor of Fanti. But the scouting reports weigh strongly in favor of Sixto – who is flashing top of the rotation stuff as an 18 year old. Also, you’re right that Sixto has not been pitching all that long, but you refer to Fanti’s no hitters and make this point (amount of experience) as if it favors Fanti. I don’t think it does. What Sixto is doing is all the more impressive in light of his relative lack of experience. It tells me that he has tremendous, God-given ability – the kind you really can’t teach.

            1. rocco……I guess, if he, next season, gets up into the 93/94 range you will really be ecstatic.
              I like to see how he would do at Lakewood to start next season, to see if his metrics can play, but he will probably be held down there for extended and sent to Williamsport in June.

            2. rocco…..excluding today’s game….here are Fanti’s metrics against batters older than him:
              AB-74…. 16-Hits ….. 18-Ks… BA.216 -OBP.280 – OPS .537 …BABIP.281

      3. I try not to get to excited about 19 yr old ‘ s but Fanti control command are excellent. His stuff will Tick up because of that if nobody hitting him and he’s not walking awayone.

  12. New top 20 list (for me)

    1. Crawford – isn’t having his best campaign at the plate, but he’s young for the league, the peripherals are still great and all reports are that his fielding is now superlative. He’s still our best prospect, although the gap isn’t quite as wide between him and everyone else as it was last year.

    2. Moniak – the early results are quite favorable. I think this kid is also going to put on muscle and strength – he has a nice frame. Think Joc Pederson, with a little less power but faster with a much better hit tool.

    3. Alfaro – all of the tools are “loud”, he’s said to call a good game, is apparently well-liked, and he held up pretty well this year. He’s not a sure thing and he has flaws (plate discipline in particular) but his ceiling is as about as high as it gets in this system.

    4. Cozens – I thought about this a lot, and I know I’m going against the grain and he could turn into a complete non-factor, but if Cozens reaches like 80 percent of his ceiling he’s a faster, better fielding version of Jay Bruce. He could easily hit 20 home runs a year just in CBP – we need players who give us an advantage when playing in our home park; he would certainly do that.

    5. Williams – maybe he’ll be great. He certainly has the tools and has not had a bad first year as a younger player in AAA. Still, he has the kind of red flags that make me question whether he’ll be a good enough offensive player at the major league level. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m really not sold on him yet.

    6. C. Randolph – I’m not dinging him due to injury. He still did fine as a 19 YO in low A ball – I expect more from him next year.

    7. Kilome – after a rough start he has really come on strong. I’m a lot more bullish on him than I was when the year began.

    8. Kingery – I think he’s going to be our second baseman for a long time – if he develops a little pop, he’ll be a poor man’s Pedroia, which would work for me.

    9. Sixto!! – Just about the best GCL debut in our system that I can remember. I think he’ll skip Williamsport and head to Lakewood for next year. By this time next year, he could EASILY be in our top 5 if he is what I think he is.

    10. Quinn – Yeah, he’s still in the top 10, if barely. The talent is top 5, but the injury history brings him down a lot. I wouldn’t mind seeing him get a CBP audition this year – why the hell not?

    11. Hoskins – Is probably more likely to be a major league contributor than Cozens, but his position and his age (not old, but not really young, either) diminish his value.

    12. Gowdy – good young prospect – seems about the right place for him on this list.

    13. Ortiz – Scary potential as a middle-of-the-order hitter – if he hits on all cylinders.

    14. Pivetta – great arm and is just now hitting his stride. I really have no idea how high his ceiling is, but he could surprise us.

    15. Adonis Medina – all based on scouting reports.

    16. Stobbe – I like what I’m seeing. Another good hitter Marti Wolever probably would never have picked.

    17. Knapp – This year’s statistics aside, this guy can hit. He is so focused on doing so many things better this year (especially fielding) that it’s unfair to ding him for lack of significant progress at the plate. I expect him to take a nice step forward at the plate early next year and be promoted by mid-year and he’ll need to be moved on so Alfaro can take more reps at AAA.

    18. Eshelman – He’s going to be a solid major league pitcher for a long time; just watch. Could be anything from a 3 to a 5 long term, but he’ll pitch a lot. Good potential trade fodder after he establishes himself.

    19. Tirado – How can you not like the recent performances combined with the scouting reports? If his progress is real, he could end up in AAA by next year.

    20. Appel – Still has too much talent to leave off a top 20 list, but if he doesn’t pitch well in a starting role by the end of May or early June, I expect him to be moved to the bullpen.

    Next group – Pujols, Pullin, J. Romero, Medina, Canelo, Pinto, E. Garcia, Valentin, Cordero, Fanti, D. Anderson, Stephen, Matos – there’s a LOT of depth in this system right now.

      1. Keep an eye out on ss Jonathan Guzman currently in the DSL.
        He could be the next GCL break out guy in 2017.

        1. Guzman and another 17 yo in Rafael Marchan. Both definitely worth keeping an eye for the next couple of years.

    1. “if Cozens reaches like 80 percent of his ceiling he’s a faster, better fielding version of Jay Bruce.”

      – Jay Bruce played AAA as a 20 year old. Cozens is 22 in AA
      – Bruce also had no Right/Left split issue.

      Those seem like important differences to me.

      1. Fair points indeed, but Bruce’s lack of athleticism meant that by his mid-20s he hit his ceiling. Even if Cozens mostly became a platoon player, but could still hit 25-30 homers in a platoon role – he’d be pretty damned valuable.

        1. And it’s not like Cozens is behind the development curve or old for his level. But, yeah, the platoon splits are a real issue and, as I view it, his primary impediment.

    2. IMO the Top 15 to 18 is almost a consensus with Tocci, Appel, El Garcia, Pinto, Tirado, Cordero, Lively making up the Top 18 to 22 spots depending on your preference.

      Sixto is the new sexy toy deserving of Top 20 but not sure if Top 10 (considering the depth). My ranking have Pinto and Garcia in the Top 20 in place of Tirado and Appel.

      Bad year for Lucas Williams. Hope he’ll finish strong and bounce back next year!

    3. Catch the guy I love is Josh Stephen that kid will be a hitter. But don’t know if he will have a postion. according to the scouting report someone put on here. But he has a great swing.

      1. Yeah, he’s a great dark horse prospect – he’s probably somewhere between 25 and 30 for me. Kobeyn says Sixto is our new “toy” – but geez, that’s not entirely fair. I don’t remember a really young prospect turning head like that in our organization since Hamels. His stats and the scouting reports are impeccable. The only nitpicks are his size (will be a bigger issue over time) and his strikeouts (I’m not worried about that now – he gets more than his fair share).

        1. @catch – not sure what rubs you when I said sexy new toy. maybe my analogy is off to you — i said that sixto deserves Top 20 but maybe not Top 10 – did that offend you and say it’s not fair?

          when i referred sex new toy – Sixto is the prospect that jumps up (since nobody did see that coming) and makes everybody excited – just like Adonis Medina did. is that not a fair too?

          although i haven’t seen sixto in action, i never downplay his size and his stat but i follow him with interest.

            1. @catch – i’m gald you’re not offended. i’m very superstitious, not just giggling too much on adonis and sixto coz i don’t want to jinx them.

              when the upper minors prospects are brought up — The new top 10 will be littered with potential TOR pitching prospects — Kilome, Adonis, Sixto and Gowdy.

        2. catch….. ‘I don’t remember a really young prospect turning head like that in our organization since Hamels’.. I think Kilome did have a burst of enthusiastic prospectus after his FIL showing in ’14. He climb up the national charts rather quickly.

  13. Would be a shame if the GCL team doesn’t beat out the Bluejays for the playoffs. It’s a shame the team with the 2nd best record in the GCL will not make it.

    Someone on here has been saying that the Bluejays are stacked with older guys, so I looked at just the starting line-ups and pitchers for todays game for the average ages

    Bluejays line-up – 20.4 years
    Phillies line-up – 18.5 years

    Bluejays pitchers – 21
    Phillies pitchers – 19.4

    Age differences here really are a big deal and make the GCL Phillies performance that much more impressive.

  14. Sielski must have read our comments on this site!. We all are rooting for him. Nobody doubts he has a lot of talent. He has to walk more, K less, and play hard all of the time. Utley’s return this week reminded everyone of what level of excitement a winning team brings.

  15. Featherston down, Burriss up, and Eflin with knee surgery and now on 60 day DL. Hernandez has bad foot and Burriss starting tonight.

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