Box Score Recap – 8/31/2016

Andrew Knapp’s home run has put Lehigh Valley within one win of clinching a place in the post season.

Dylan Cozens (38) led a five home run barrage as Reading stretched their narrow lead in the division race with a lop-sided victory.

Lakewood lost, but so did their only rival for the division.  So, they are one game closer to clinching their division.

In spite of a victory, Williamsport was eliminated from post season eligibility.

Clearwater’s game was cancelled.  They must sweep their final four games against Dunedin to qualify for the post season.

The GCL Phillies were rained out today, and tomorrow’s games have already been cancelled.  The playoffs are scheduled to begin Friday.

Lehigh Valley (82-56)  Beat Pawtucket, 4-3.  David Buchanan (9-9, 4.15) went 7.0 innings and held the Red Sox to three runs (2 ER) on seven hits and two walks.  He out dueled Henry Owens, who gave up all four IronPigs’ runs in 5.2 innings.  Luis Garcia (2.18) picked up his 13 save.  Cameron Perkins had two of the IronPigs’ five hits with an RBI double for the game’s first run in the third inning.  Darnell Sweeney pushed the lead out to three runs with a two-run double in the fourth.  After the Sox tied the score in the top of the sixth, Andrew Knapp broke the tie in the bottom of the inning with a solo HR (8).

The IronPigs are in second place, 4.0 games behind Scranton with five games remaining. Their elimination number is two.  They are leading Rochester in the wild card race by 3.5 games (4 in the loss column).  They close out the season with five games against Rochester, two away and three at home.  Their magic number is one.

  • #1 Crawford (.242)  went 0-4
  • #3 Williams (.263  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 (.263) went 1-4 with a HR (8) and 2 RBI (46)
  • #18 Pivetta  DNP
  • #24 Lively (9-5, 3.29) DNP
  • #28 Ramos (0.38) – promoted to Philadelphia.

Reading (87-49)  Beat Portland, 14-6.  Tom Eshelman had a nice outing, allowing two runs on six hits in 6.0 innings.  He walked NONE and struck out four.  All nine starters contributed at least one hit AND one RBI.  Dylan Cozens had three hits (including his 38th HR) and four RBI (120).  Jorge Alfaro had four hits, scored four runs, and had two RBI. Christian Marrero had three hits and scored three runs.  Scott Kingery had two RBI.

In addition to Cozens’ 38th home run, the Phils got home runs from – Osmel Aguila (5), Kingery (2), Alfaro (15), and Marrero (8).

Reading is 2.5 games ahead of second place Trenton (three in the loss column) with five games to play.  Both teams have clinched a playoff berth.  They face each other in Trenton for the final four games of the season.  They are playing for playoff home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

  • #4 Alfaro (.292)  went 4-5 with a double, HR (15) and 2 RBI (67)
  • #7 Cozens (.278)  went 3-4 with a double, BB, HR (38), and RBI (120)
  • #8 Quinn (.282) placed on the 7-day disabled list. Concussion.
  • #13 Hoskins (.275)  went 1-4 with a triple, BB, and RBI (113)
  • #14 Kingery (.265)  went 1-5 with a HR (2) and 2 RBI (17)
  • #16 Pinto – (5-6, 4.20)  DNP
  • #18 Pivetta – (11-6, 3.41) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • #19 Eshelman (5-5, 5.14)  6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • #26 Cordero – (1-1, 3.46)  DNP

Clearwater (80-53)  Game against Brevard County cancelled.  Dunedin’s double header was also cancelled.  The Threshers are 2.0 games (3 in the loss column) behind Dunedin. Their elimination number is one.  Their season has come down to their ability to sweep a four game series against Dunedin (away, home, home, away), and whether they will be able to play at all due to the weather.

  • #20 Garcia (11-3, 2.85)
  • #22 Canelo (.250)
  • #23 Tocci (.283)

Lakewood (69-65)  Lost to Kannapolis, 6-1.  Not a great game for Tyler Gilbert (7-9, 3.98) who was charged with all six runs or Luis Garcia (2.85) who allowed two inherited runners to score.  Damek Tomscha (.290) had two of the BlueClaws’ six hits.  Deivi Grullon had the lone RBI.

Lakewood is 3.0 games ahead of second place Hagerstown (who lost, too) with five games remaining. Their magic number is three.

  • #6 Randolph (.275)  went 0-3 with a BB
  • #9 Kilome (4-8, 4.06)  DNP
  • #27 Pujols (.241)  went 0-3 with a BB
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (4-1, 2.85)  3.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • #30 Tirado (5-1, 3.75)  DNP

Williamsport (36-34)  Beat Mahoning Valley, 4-2.  Cole Irvin (5-1, 1.97) spun a two-hitter over six innings.  He allowed two runs, only one earned.  Irvin walked one and struck out five.  Tyler Hallead picked up his second, three-inning save in five days.  Jesus Alastre (.286) set the with three hits – a double, triple,  and stolen base.  Enmanuel Garcia had two RBI on a ground out and a double.  Darrick Hall drove in two with his seventh home run.  David Martinelli had two outfield assists (home, first).

The Crosscutters were eliminated from the wild card race and will sit out the post season.

  • #17 Medina (5-3, 2.92)  DNP
  • #25 Romero (2-2, 2.43)  DNP

GCL Phillies (42-15)  Their game against the Blue Jays was postponed and rescheduled as a double header Thursday.  Both games were later cancelled due to weather.  The Phillies are scheduled to host a one-game semifinal on Friday, September 2nd.  The best-of-three finals are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (if necessary).  I’m sure most of the GCL players have tickets home on Tuesday flights.  It will be interesting to see if/how the weather affects scheduling.

  • #2 Moniak (.284)
  • #10 Gowdy (0-1, 4.00)
  • #15 Stobbe (.270)
  • #21 Jhailyn Ortiz (.231)
  • Stephen (.253)
  • Miller (0-0, 1.50)
  • Andrew Brown (0-0, 2.75)
  • Stewart (2-2, 4.06)
  • Fanti (7-0, 1.51)
  • Sixto Sanchez (5-0, 0.50)

DSL Phillies (28-40)  Season ended.

  • Jonathan Guzman (.295)
  • Keudy Bocio (.225)
  • Simon Muzziotti (.256)
  • Dixon Gutierrez (.257)

DSL Phillies2 (42-28)  Season ended.

  • Leonel Aponte (2-4, 2.77)
  • Rafael Marchan (.333)

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 8/31 – Clearwater placed Drew Anderson on the 7-day DL retroactive to 8/29/2016.
  • 8/31 – Gregori Rivero assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport.
  • Organization Rosters are up to date.

Roster Expansion

Phillies’ manager, Pete Mackinin, said the Phillies expect to add maybe three players when rosters expand.  MacKinin posited that “a couple of relievers, maybe a hitter” might get the call.  An unconfirmed report has Patrick Schuster, Colton Murray, and Darin Ruf in the first wave.  The Phillies are off on Thursday, the transactions might not be officially announced until Friday.  Todd Zolecki’s posted the initial report.

Arizona Fall League Participants

The Phillies announced the six players whom they will send to the AFL.  The group includes 2B Scott Kingery, 3B Mitch Walding, OF Aaron Brown, LHP Brandon Leibrandt, and RHPs Victor Arano and Miguel Nunez.  Todd Zolecki’s posted this article.  The report speculates that another Phillies’ prospect might be added to the team.

55 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 8/31/2016

  1. Alfaro has been on a streak since he got back from the Majors. He’s hitting .556 in those 4 games with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs. I think he’s ready for the playoffs.

    Christian Marrero has exploded in the last 10 games. He’s hitting .563 in those 10 with ZERO Ks and 6 BBs. His full year OBP is .444 which is close to #1 for the entire Phil’s Minor League team. He’s 30 and only played in 78 games but his breakout recently has been very impressive.

    Darick Hall is the latest 1B to have a successful 1st year. Hoskins, Martin and Hayden all had successful 1st years. Hoskins and Martin are still going strong. Hayden has had an injury prone year and he hasn’t shown much power. Hall is hitting .281/.365/.500 with an .865 OPS. He has 7 HRs and 25 RBIs in 52 games. Encarnacion played 23 games at 1B, which turned out to be a total waste. There was a good possibility Wmsprt would have made the playoffs if anyone else picked up Encarnacion’s ABs. Not putting it all on Encarnacion but someone hitting .250 could have added a few extra runs and therefore one or two extra wins.

    1. Glad you mentioned Hall. I just noticed his numbers last night and was going to mention him today. He’s gone under the radar, but has really performed well

  2. Hermine may cause more baseball cancellations than just the GCL and CLW. It’s slated to hug the East coast all the way through Boston and possibly Maine. The question will be how fast it moves. It’s been a very slow mover but all bets are off when it strengthens off the East Coast.

  3. Wow! Slow day on the comments so far after a juggernaut output in Reading. Guess it’s ho-hum been there before.

    Having visions of Alfaro, Cozens and Hoskins in the middle of the lineup at CBP. Jorge has been unconscious since his return from NY. Must have been the bright lights. I think we’re gonna love this kid.

  4. Very happy for Walding. Kid has worked hard and improved leaps and bounds in the past few years. Although his average has dropped since his move to AA, his OPS has remained somewhat level from High A (slight drop in his SLG%). Interested to see how he does in the AFL and then carries over into 2017.

    1. Other than Kingery and maybe VA, the players going to the AFL do not appear to be premier prospects.
      Then, look at the other teams and the high number of top MLB/BA 100 prospects in the league, and I wonder what is the logic from the Phillies FO.
      Are all of JPC, Williams, Cozens, Hoskins, Knapp, Alfaro, Quinn going to go to the FIL? Granted Quinn and Knapp did their AFL stints and JPC injured his thumb there last year and was cut short.And Pullin has the elbow issue now.
      I just hope they all ‘hit’ a professional winter ball league somewhere.

  5. Apparently Pullin was going to the AFL before his elbow injury. Cozens should break the homerun and rbi record for Reading, very impressive.

  6. 15 jacks for Galvis with above average MLB defense at SS. Heads up JP. I have seen Crawford play 4-5 times this summer, and he definitely has big league swagger, but I have got to tell ya I would hope he plays with a little more fire in his pants come next season. I know when guys “have it” they can make it look easy, but he has had an uninspiring year for baseball’s #3 overall prospect by most rankings.
    The most likely scenario is that Freddy goes over to 2B, but Hernandez has improved ten fold also. Valentin and Kingery also right around the corner. Not hating on the kid, but JP has to pick up the production.

    1. It is good that Galvis (and Hernandez) are playing well, so they will push Crawford to play better. He is now ranked the no.2 prospect in baseball on MLB.com because Alex Bregman no longer qualifies.

      Also, Cozens tied 2 records last night: HR and RBI.

      1. I love Crawford as a prospect and still think he’s going to be an excellent major league player, but to be fair, even though he is extremely young for the league, his IL debut has been disappointing at some level. It calls into question his hit tool, which was never really in doubt before now. He’s a very poised and motivated kid, however, and I expect this setback to cause him to work very hard in the offseason. Don’t be surprised if he gets off to a flying start next year in AAA. When they re-set prospect ratings after the season is over, I still expect him to be in the top 10, but he will probably move down several spots.

        1. I never said that I disliked him or that he wasn’t going to be a good major league player, I was just saying that he is only hitting in the low 240’s this year in Lehigh Valley

  7. Great night from the Reading offense plus I’m happy to see Knapp contribute in a big way. It’s possible that our entire starting lineup in LHV next year except for 3B moves up to Philly in 2018. Hoskins, Kingery, JP, Alfaro, Williams, Quinn, and Cozens could potentially all play together at LHV next year on the way to Philly. That would really be something.

  8. I agree Murray, next year is a big one. I hope Williams ups his game, improves his pitch selection and really shows he is deserving of a promotion to the Majors. In other words, what he did not do this year. I expect JP to really shine next year. I think Kingery starts the season in Reading and have no idea what they do about Alfaro and Knapp. Both can’t play C every day at LHV and neither, I believe, gets to the Majors. We will see what Hoskins and Cozens can do outside of the Reading Ballpark, and Cozens, although his season has been terrific, has to increase his BBs. K,ing like he does will not fly in the Majors.

    1. matt13….as high as the Phillies farm system has been rated since early 2015, almost every top prospect have questions to be answered next season and going forward. That may be a good thing for their development since they are experiencing hurdles now.

      1. I agree Romus, and with the exception of JP, the major issue is OBP and the really low level of BBs. Do Klentak/MacPhail go FA this off season? If this time next year, we are sitting with the same uncertainty and question marks, that bodes really poorly for the future. I wanted 1 certainty to come out of this season, and we have none.

      2. Agreed. This was developmental year for Phillies and obviously their minors league teams. More questions than answers materialized.

    2. I’ve decided I don’t think Williams should see any action in Philly in Sept, he just hasn’t earned it. You should have to earn a promotion. On the other hand, I would really like to see a few games of Alfaro and hopefully Quinn (both on 40) just for fun.
      I agree that Kingery will probably start at AA next year but there is a thought that they’d like to pair up JP and Kingery for a bit, although I know Valentin, who I don’t think will be protected this offseason, will likely still be there. Hopefully JP has a good start to his season next year, back at LHV, and forces a promotion by June. Same with Williams.

      1. Franco was brought up in ’14.
        Compare his 2014 AAA metrics to Williams’ metrics this season.
        The difference…..Franco got hot in August and Williams stumbled.
        Amaro decided to bring Franco up…..will have to see what MK does next week.
        Personally I do not see it as reward/punishment but development.
        I would bring him up.

  9. Remember when Henry Owens was the centerpiece of what the BoSox were offering for Hamels. I’m eater that Amaro didn’t take the bait on that one and held out for the haul from Texas.

  10. Just thought I’d throw this out there – every morning I check this site and have certain players I look forward to seeing how they did. Coming into the season, I had 3 players I was really looking forward to seeing how they progressed – Randolph, Kingery and Cozens.

    I would say Randolph has been so-so, the biggest disappointment beyond the injury being the SOs. Kingery has exceeded my expectations and so has Cozens, though some of his warts worry me at Triple-A

    So with only a few week left in the MiLB season, which 3 players are you looking forward to following their progress next year.

    Mine would be Sixto Sanchez and how he handles affiliate ball, Nick Williams to see if he bounces back next year or keeps trending in the wrong direction, and Jose Pujlos, to see if the last month has been a mirage or not.

    Give your thoughts

    1. My top-10 of what I’ll be watching for in 2017:

      1. If Sixto and Kilome continue to refine their pitches/approach.
      2. If Hoskins can shed the RH/1B stigma once he is promoted to AAA.
      3. If Quinn can stay on the field.
      4. How our young, prized OFers (Moniak, Randolph, Ortiz) develop.
      5. If JP develops power.
      6. If Alfaro’s defensive and contact improvements are real and continue in AAA.
      7. If Nick Williams can take a pitch.
      8. If Gowdy and Falter tick up a MPH or three.
      9. If Tirado can hit the mitt.
      10. If Cozens can improve against lefties and hit for power outside of Reading.

      Honorable mention – If Appel can turn into a valuable MLBer in any capacity.

    2. Ortiz has to be on my list as does Medina, they both have serious upside as dies Sixto. I’m always looking for potential 3/4 hitters and 1/2 staters, they’re so hard to find. It’s obviously easy to also root for the entire LHV squad next year because it could be in Philly by the following year.

    3. Joel,

      Lots of guys to watch so it’s hard to narrow it down to a few, but here’s some thoughts:

      The Bash Brothers and how they handle AAA pitching and a tougher ballpark.
      How Randolph and Moniak handle a higher level
      Roman Quinn
      Kingery
      And my favorite, Jorge Alfaro and whether he lights it up in Lehigh Valley enough to make the Big Club next summer.

      Finally, another question might be who the Phils lose, either to Rule 5 or to clear logjams, such as Alfaro and Knapp at catcher.

      1. I’d like to know what the plans are for Knapp. FIL? He’s a wild card right now but may be more valuable as a utility/pinch hitter. A good bench is not a luxury if you’re a contender.

      2. I think they have to keep both Alfaro and Knapp. Both should be at LV next year. With the DH and maybe a little 1B. There should be enough AB’s and chances to catch. In my opinion catchers are among the most difficult position to project, and I would be loathe to cut either one loose. That being said, I might gamble and trade Rupp at his high for a very good return, and promote Alfaro while giving Knapp more time at AAA.

  11. On a positive note, Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard are being inducted into the Florida State League Hall of Fame in November 2016. Congratulations Roy and Ryan!

  12. Was at Reading last night. That team is scary when they hit like they did last night. Alfaro, Cozens and Hoskins all crushed several balls. Hoskin’s triple missed being a dinger by less than a foot. Add Quinn into this group and send them up to LV to start the year.

    Eshelman was a bit shaky in the first, and it seemed like a lot of balls where hit hard off of him – however quite a few were foul. He was pitching down in the zone and seemed to have decent control.

  13. Seeing quite a bit of panic talk on this thread as if JPC is about to fall off a cliff. No prospect, no matter how highly regarded (unless he’s a Trout or a Harper) is going to skate through a minor league system. Peaks and valleys are the norm for even the best players. I’ll be concerned about Crawford if he’s not the opening day SS in ’18. I believe that is our watershed season.

    For now, my favorite players to track are Alfaro, Kingery, Moniak, Ortiz. Randolph is back in my radar. Sixto, Medina and Kilome are my intriguing arms.

    Finally, there’s always one gold nugget lying in the weeds. Who do you think might be the unexpected star? (I’ll answer later)

    1. Keep an eye on the two Coles.

      Stobbe could be manning 3b by 2020 and Irvin might be that lefty we’ve been waiting for.

  14. Three Reading prospects mentioned in the Keith Law chat today:

    Q: Andrew Pullin retired this spring, came out of retirement, and he’s having a pretty strong season. Do you know what the story is, and how good a prospect is he?

    A: I don’t know the story of the retirement but he is a legit prospect and possible everyday guy.

    Q: I know in the past you’ve been higher on Hoskins than Cozens in the Phillies’ system. After pummeling AA this year do you think one or both makes it up next year?

    A: Likely we see both next year. Still prefer Hoskins as a better hitter.

    1. Whoa….now that is a revelation on Pullin by KLaw.
      An ‘everyday guy’ is more than I thought he would say.
      Jim Salisbury has said the Phillies are high on him, but just assume that is typical prospect talk coming from FO personnel. .

    1. v1…do you happen to know why BP puts ‘Risk Factors’ on position players and not on pitchers? Alfaro has a ‘medium’, which I assume is good thing?

    2. My projection on Alfaro’s avg major league season, catching 120-130 games:
      .270/.310/.550, 20-25 HRs, 40 2Bs, 80-90 rbi, 100-120 Ks, 30 BBs, should throw out 30-35% base stealing attempts.

  15. Guys who I’m looking forward to next year would be the foursome of Sixto/Kilome/Medina/Llovera also my personal favorites of Kyle Young, Tirado and Nick Pivetta. Seeing what power numbers Martin can put up in reading will be interesting too.

    Think about next spring training . . . Has there ever been a year with more competition for spots? Outside of 3B and 1B what is a lock?
    C – Rupp/Alfaro/Knapp will all be competing for a spot. Someone will be left out and sent to AA? I mean I dunno what happens here. Rupp is obviously the front runner and should have the spot but I’ve heard people who think Alfaro is the starting C in 2017.

    2B – Hernandez/Galvis/Valentine/Kingery – This is more so for when JP is up; Hernandez is sure making a strong case for 2B which would push Galvis to the utl role. Same AAA/AA as we end 2016 with? V in AAA w K in AA?

    SS – Galvis/JP if Crawford goes off in spring training is it that far fetched to think he could make the team? It’s not likely but I don’t think it’s a 0% kinda thing.

    OF – Herrera/Altherr/Williams/Quinn/Goeddel/
    Perkins Will all fight for starting spots next year. Herrera is a lock with Altherr prob one as well but then it’s interesting Goedell goes to AAA IMO . . . Perkins/Quinn/Williams fight it out for the 3rd OF spot (depending on who wins would change OF spots)

    P – Nola/Eickhoff/VV/Thompson/Eflin/Pivetta/Lively/Appel(if healthy)/Morgan will all fight for spots in the rotation of these guys I think only the first 3 are locks.

  16. Eric, I think you are rushing it a bit. While I am high on JP, I don’t believe he starts the season anywhere except LHV. Maybe a really strong start gets him up before June, but not to start the season. The service time issue is a big one, I am not arguing his talent. You are a year too early for Valentine and/or Kingery to make any kind of a run to make the team. At C, if Rupp gets traded, then 1 of the young Catchers may make the team, but if he does not, then a veteran C is signed as a back up, and finally, I would be very surprised if Quinn and Williams do not start the season in LHV. Hopefully, the can earn their way to the Majors sometime during the season, but I don’t see it out of ST.

  17. Helluva pitching matchup in Lakewood tonight. Alberto Tirado vs Alec Hansen. Both starters are now out after 6 innings. Hansen: 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 K. Tirado was a beast: 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 10 K. Keith Law is at the game and has tweeted Tirado has hit 100 MPH. Wow !!! Not sure what has gotten into him, but Tirado has probably forced the Phillies to put him on their 40 man roster this off-season.

    1. I’m telling you if this kid is putting it all together it’s a top of a rotation arm there . . Prob not a one but maybe a good 2 who flashes ace stuff.

    2. For Tirado, the 1 BB is much more significant than the 10 K. Plus, he went 6 innings, a long stint for him, and did so with a respectable pitch count (88).

  18. Right on Cole Irvin and Stobbe really like Medina , Paulino, Kilome, Kingery. Knapp starting to come on . Really like Falter, Fanti, and of course Mickey Mo.so of the College arms this yr are outstanding.

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