Box Score Recap – 4/13/2017

Ricardo Pinto allowed one unearned run in seven innings, but Lehigh Valley was two-hit in a loss to Scranton.

Tyler Viza and the Reading bullpen held Richmond to one earned run in a victory.

Clearwater split two games with Palm Beach behind two fine pitching performances by Jose Taveras and Franklin Kilome.

Lakewood lost to Greensboro behind a solid outing by Sixto Sanchez.

Our starting pitchers held opponents to zero or one earned run in every game last night.

Lehigh Valley (3-5) lost to Scranton 2-1.

Ricardo Pinto allowed 6 hits and a walk in 7.0 innings.  He struck out five.  The only run he gave up was unearned.  The walk-off winning run scored off Pedro Beato.

Cameron Perkins hit his first home run in the third inning to give the IronPigs an early lead.  After Scranton tied the game in the sixth, Jorge Alfaro singled and stole second base.  Rhys Hoskins walked, but Lehigh couldn’t score a go ahead run.  Those three were the only base runners for the ‘Pigs all game.

The IronPigs turned 3 double plays.

  • #1 Crawford: .107, 0-4, K
  • #3 Alfaro: .414, 1-4, K
  • #4 Williams: .200, 0-3
  • #6 Quinn: .276, 0-4, 3 K
  • #9 Cozens: .148, 0-3, 3 K
  • #12 Pivetta: DNP
  • #13 Hoskins: .346, 0-2, BB
  • #17 Pinto: (0.73), 7.0, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • #20 Appel: DNP
  • #25 Lively: (1-0, 1.50) – DNP
  • #30 Valentin: .423, 0-3, K

Reading (3-4) lost to New Hampshire 5-3.

Tyler Viza (1-1, 4.50) pitched 5.0 innings allowing 3 runs, 1 earned on 5 hits, 1 walk, and struck out four.  Mario Sanchez, Jesen Therrien, and Miguel Nunez shut out the Squirrels over the final 4.0 innings, striking out six.  Nunez earned his first save.

Kyle Martin, Jiandido Tromp, and Malquin Canelo had 2-hit and 2-RBI games.  Martin hit his third home run of the season.

  • #11 Kingery: .308, 1-4, R, double, K
  • #18: El. Garcia: 7-Day DL
  • #22 Anderson: (0-0, 21.00), DNP
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci: .276, 0-4. R
  • #28 Canelo: .350, 2-3, triple, 2 RBI, K

Clearwater (6-3) split a double header with Palm Beach by identical 1-0 scores.

Game 1:  Damek Tomscha hit a solo home run (2) in the first inning, and Jose Taveras and Luke Leftwich made it stand up.  Unfortunately, it was the only run of the double header for the Threshers.

Taveras battled for 5.1 innings.  He allowed 5 hits, walked three, and struck out four.  Taveras throws a FB, CH, SL CB.  His FB sat 89-91 MPH.  His range extended out to 92 and 88 MPH, and he touched 93 MPH on one pitch.  However, he threw first pitch strikes to just 11 of 24 batters.  He ran six 3-ball counts.  Taveras’ Ks came swinging on pitches of 78, 92, 92, and 82 MPH.  I would hazard a guess of CB, FB, FB, CH.

Taveras kept the Cardinals off balance and coaxed a lot of weak contact.  Of the 5 hits he allowed, 4 were infield singles.  Although the other hit was a towering triple to right center to start the game, but the runner didn’t score.  He induced 5 pop ups and 4 ground ball outs.

Leftwich entered the game with a runner on first, and was greeted by a first-pitch single.  He retired the next 5 batters, including striking out the side in the seventh.  Leftwich was 92-93 MPH in the sixth, but he ramped it up in the seventh.  He got his strike outs looking at 94 and 96 mph fastballs, then swinging at a 95 MPH fastball to end the game and claim his second save..

The defense dropped two more pop ups.  The first one cost Taveras an extra 15 pitches.  Zach Coppola and Jose Pujols made great catches on fly balls to preserve the lead.

  • #10 Randolph – .250, 0-3, K
  • #29 Pujols: .167, 1-3, K

Game 2: Franklyn Kilome pitched 6.0 strong innings, but 3 consecutive singles provided the Cardinals with the only run they would need.

Kilome throws a FB, CH, SL, CB.  His off speed stuff was filthy last night.  After the early innings, Cardinal batters seemed to have sold out and were just looking for his fastball.  It was interesting to see Kilome and Austin Bossart adjust to predominantly off speed pitches in his final two innings.

Kilome’s FB sat 94-95 MPH.  He touched 96 (4), 97 (2), and 98 (1) seven times, but not after the second inning.  His strike outs came on pitches of 83, 86, 85, 95, 81 (looking), 95, and 83 MPH.  Guessing – CH, SL, SL, CH, FB, CB, FB, CH.  He threw 14 of 24 first pitch strikes, but had a better ratio until the sixth when he pitched from behind to all 4 batters.

Edgar Garcia pitched the seventh and struck out two batters after hitting one on the back of the helmet.  His Ks came swinging at pitches of 85 and 93 MPH.

Grenny Cumana started at second and went 2-3.  The Threshers had trouble sustaining offense.  They hit into three double plays – one standard GB DP, one soft liner DP, and one shallow pop DP.  Jose Pujols singled off the left field wall.  He appeared to come out of the box in his home run trot.  This came in the ninth inning when the Threshers mounted there only and best scoring attempt.  After his lead off hit, they loaded the bases.  His slow departures from the box probably cost them the tying run.

I saw my first no-pitch, intentional walk.  The Threshers had runners on second and third.  After the IBB, Randolph chopped a ball off the plate that the pitcher fielded and flipped home for the force.  Pujols flinched back toward third.  I don’t think he thought the ball was popped up.  I believe that he didn’t realize that the bases were loaded after the IBB.  After the IBB signal, the catcher went to the mound and Coach Williams met with the umpire to make a change (Randolph entered as a pinch hitter).  It didn’t matter though, he was a dead out at home even if he breaks with Usain Bolt speed.

  • #5 Kilome – (0-1, 3.38), 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, WP
  • #10 Randolph – .242, 0-1 (pinch hit fielder’s choice)
  • #27 Ed. Garcia – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • #29 Pujols: .148, 1-5, RBI, 3 K

Lakewood (4-4) lost to Hagerstown 2-0.

Sixto Sanchez pitched 5.0 innings.  He threw 68 pitches, 50 strikes.  He allowed one run on 5 hits.  He walked none and struck out five.  Harold Arauz pitched 4.0 innings in relief.  He allowed a run on 3 hits.  He walked none and struck out three.

Daniel Brito’s season opening hitting streak came to an end.  Mickey Moniak (2) and Cord Sandberg (3) had multi hit games.  They accounted for 5 of the 7 BlueClaws’ hits.

  • #2 Moniak: .306, 2-4, double, K
  • #7 Sanchez:  (0-1, 4.66), 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • #16 Medina: DNP
  • #19 Brito: .361, 0-4, K

Williamsport (0-0)

  • #8 Gowdy
  • #15 Stobbe
  • #21 Ortiz
  • #26 Romero:

GCL Phillies (0-0)

DSL Phillies (0-0)

DSL Phillies2 (0-0)

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Extra Innings:

  • 4/13 – Lakewood BlueClaws placed SS Arquimedes Gamboa on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 12, 2017
  • 4/13 – RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 4/13 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from GCL Phillies
  • 4/13 – LHP JoJo Romero assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws
  • 4/12 – Phillies optioned LHP Adam Morgan to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/12 – Phillies recalled RHP Luis Garcia from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/12 – LHP Wander Perez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Phillies Ext. Spring Training.
  • 4/11 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 4/11 – RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 4/11 – Phillies optioned RHP Zach Eflin to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/11 – LHP Wander Perez assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 4/1-7 – Phillies signed 2B Taylor Featherston (re-signed)
  • 4/6 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Osvaldo Arauz to a minor league contract.



59 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/13/2017

      1. I saw that, there have been a few pitchers like that – Paul Quantril anyone?

  1. Taveras knows how to pitch it seems, he might be the first pitcher moved up . Lol Clearwater wins both games 1 0 .

  2. I had a piece ready to go yesterday but I didn’t post it. It was about Pujols and Sandberg. I was thinking the Phils might want to flip those two OF’ers. Sandberg is tearing up the SAL and Pujols is not showing much in CLW. I didn’t post it because it’s early… too early to start flipping players. But Sandberg isn’t gaining much, if anything, back in the SAL. CLW doesn’t need a 5th OF’er right now so someone would have to go to LKW, if Sandberg was promoted. I’ll revisit this around May 1.

    1. Count me in the worried column. 4th rated prospect in baseball should be hitting better, if he actually deserves those lofty accolades. Considering this year’s start and last year’s stats it is starting to look more like the norm than a funk. If he can’t hit, how will he pass Galvis who is likely the better fielder?

      1. I’m not worried yet I’m not incouraged either, but he might take a little more time to get the strength he needs to be a productive hitter against more seasoned veterans.
        I’ve had surgery on my thumb and it took years before it felt anywhere near as strong as it was and even for a while after I think my left hand /non dominant was stronger

    2. I’m no scout but I never understood the hype about him . . . imo he doesn’t have a standout tool except his approach which means nothing if he can’t hit. I just don’t see him as anything better than a 2nd division reg. Hope i’m wrong. I’ll thumbs down this myself haha

    3. We are a week or so into the AAA season, it’s too early to be worried about anything other than injuries. Crawford should hit. And honestly, he hardly needs to hit at all to be an upgrade over Galvis’ .235 OBP so far this year. That I think we can safely say is not a statistical anomaly at this point, he’s only had an OBP over .300 once in his major league career so far.

  3. JP didn’t all of the sudden forget how to hit and forget how to control the strike zone so in that sense I’m still not worried.

    I’m curious as to whether or not he is distracted by something possibly in his personal life or could he be injured.

    1. More likely he is simply in a funk and scuffling. Sometimes a spade is really just a spade.

    2. His track record suggests that he’s a slow starter, but at the same time he hasn’t really dominated opposing pitching–on a consistent basis–since A ball. His hit tool was never his calling card, but he’s definitely not helping his case to overtake Galvis the way he’s swinging the bat right now.

  4. I’m disturbed by the lack of hitting everywhere in the system. It seems like we only have about five guys hitting. It’s very early, too early to be alarmed but it’s not fun. Also our bullpen everywhere has been a problem. This is why wins and losses in the minor leagues isn’t always the big thing. The starting pitching has been pretty good, wins don’t matter yet but the arms look good.

    1. Yeah, I think my biggest issue with Crawford really isn’t so much with him (my personal take is he’ll be a slightly above average MLB player when everything is said and done), it’s just that for all the years of really bad baseball, this is our #1 prospect?

      I guess it’s timing – I just wish we could have had a Harper fall into our lap with one of these picks. Even Moniak, who I think will be a nice player, isn’t really super exciting.

        1. And Schmidt, Bowa, Boone, and Luzinski. It’s VERY hard to grow a team from within, all at around the same time. Next group is coming but it really needs to start with Franco. He needs to be a middle of the order hitter and then add around him. I’ve said this forever, there’s still no #3 hitter in our system. Just like they have no #1 pitcher. They’re the two hardest things to acquire. We have a bunch of guys who look like #1/#2 hitters. Hello 2018 free agent! We have to score big then.

          1. But it’s harder when you we all want to say the Phillies are in the Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox company with the big pockets but those teams also have tremendous minor league talent pools right now (or in the midst of 1-2 years of seeing them). Cubs sucked for awhile and look at what they have. Yankees basically took a couple years to build a good minor league foundation and the Sox seem to always just re-tool on the fly.

            Phillies, as deep as their minor league teams are, I just feel they do lack that top end talent these other three aforementioned teams have/had to put them where they are now. You’d think with how long they’ve been dwellers and the trades would have put them in a much better spot. Even teams like the Braves and Padres seemed to supplant the Phillies with better high end minor league talent. The Phillies depth is nice but their high end talent doesn’t seem all the promising.

            1. The lack of top end talent is a legitimate concern. I think the new powers that be are trying hard to address that. It’s why many of us are encouraged about the talent in A ball and below. For the time being, we have to hope that a few guys who are in the mix at AA through the majors develop into elite talents. It does happen – nobody thought that Kluber or Arrieta would end up becoming two of the best pitchers in the majors.

    1. To take a page out of John Hart’s playbook regarding MM as the 1:1 “this is what they look like”

    1. I believe he was a shortstop when the Phillies were scouting someone else and they needed someone to throw BP to the player they were scouting and they liked what they saw from him on the mound.
      I could be mistaken and it may have been another young Latin pitcher in the system.

  5. I won’t predict how Crawford will ultimately turn out as a major league player except he needs to be very very good. Average won’t cut it. He has been the consensus #1 Phillies prospect for three years and the face of the rebuild and the rebuild will be in real trouble if he is only “average” for three reasons.

    (1) they need his production
    (2) it will hurt his trade value if the Phillies are so inclined to try and trade for the unnamed guys in California and Baltimore.
    (3) the Phillies have no other SS prospect except way down in Lakewood and a million things can happen between Lakewood and Philadelphia.

    There is no way to sugarcoat being okay with him as an average major league player.

    Cozens is back to his K ways. Things will pick up with him but he will have to be Ryan Howard in his prime to justify 170 K’s a year and poor hitting of lefties. 45-40 homers and 130 RBI’s a year will allow him to K 170 times otherwise forget it. He is another very important guy to the rebuild. The difference between Crawford and Cozens is Crawford has never had any doubters and Cozens has always had a few.

    Add in Thompson getting shelled and Williams again hitting poorly and the beginning of this minor league season has not gone well.

    1. All of those guys were never going to all pan out. Look around and you see some success stories so far, however. Quinn, Alfaro and Hoskins are looking ready for the next step. Kingery looks excellent in Reading. And kilome, Dominguez and Sixto look like they should produce a top of rotation starter out of that group.

      1. Speaking of the Latin pitchers, Kilome, Dominguez, Sixto et al, coming on so far, the Phillies are getting their money back on investment and more…..the Phillies spent the following on signing these Latin pitchers:
        Sánchez ($35K)….. Franklyn Kilome ($40K) …..Adonis Medina ($70K) ….. Seranthony Dominguez ($30K) …….Jose Taveras ($5K)
        A grand total of $180K for five high ceiling pitchers.

    2. Honestly, we may not find out whether JP Crawford is “very very good” or “average” for another few years. Lots of players take time to grow into their major league roles. We already know he will be a very good defensive SS with a good feel for the strike zone–it’s reasonable to think the hits will come. The fact that he’s the #4 ranked prospect shouldn’t be held against him, as he has no control over that. Simply being a significant upgrade over Galvis should be good enough to start. My big fear–having seen this too many times before–is that Philadelphia fans will sour on Crawford if he doesn’t play like Manny Machado as soon as he reaches the major leagues.

      I just noticed that Machado is hitting .179 with just 1 HR through his first week, though–maybe it’s time to start worrying about him, too!

  6. Not worried that much even if JPC, NickWill and Jake will not pan out as expected. Sometimes things work itself out and this might be a rude awakening that the FO needs to really step up and play the big boys game. Having a deep farm is nice, but the Phils cannot play possum when “legit” talents are available to be had — go get Otani (via FA)! go get Machado (via FA)! go get Trout (via trade or FA)!

  7. Guys,

    Super early. But, yes, I am concerned about the guys as Lehigh Valley in part because what we’re seeing in Williams and Crawford is a continuation of what we saw last year.

    Interesting that the Richmond broadcaster last night pointed out how dejected Williams looked after an out. When a disinterested broadcaster with a fresh look sees that in a player who was suspected last year by some of being a head case, it does raise an eyebrow, at least.

    Also, JP looks weak as he did in AAA last year.

    His big asset at the plate is on base percentage and knowing the strike zone.

    However, he has struck out 34 percent of the time in this very small sample size. But look at his progression:

    Strike outs

    2015 Clearwater 10 percent
    2015 Reading 12
    2016 Reading 13
    2016 LV 16
    2017 LV 34


    2015 Clearwater 15
    2015 Reading 12
    2016 Reading 18
    2016 LV 11
    2017 LV 3

    Again, I know it’s ridiculously early this year, so let’s hope JP breaks out of it soon.

    On the bright side, Alfaro and Hoskins look like they are exactly where we want them to be offensively.

    Quinn has been strong, though he’s seems to have caught the JP illness the past couple of days.

    1. I think Nick needs some more Matt Stairs coaching up and JP needs to do some hang squats and power cleans to get overall strength up , along with some serious nutrition to build some strength

  8. I remember someone was pointing out during our prospect ratings this offseason about how underrated Valentin is. I guess we’ll see how the season plays out.

  9. Okay, lots of interesting posts today, so here is my take.

    1. Let’s not take the first week or so of the minor league season out of context, no less one rough day at the plate. Many guys who are doing poorly now will turn it around and several who are doing great will struggle. Sample size people. Sample Size.

    2. I enjoy watching replays of games on MilbTV when I can because you learn so much more from seeing these guys than you do from reading a box score. Crawford’s struggles are unexpected and they are interesting. His bat control and strike zone judgment are still elite – that’s not going to change – and we hear his fielding is excellent too – that also should not change. His approach as a hitter is a little strange. My guess is that he is trying to do way too much at the plate – trying to change himself into more of a power hitter overnight and it isn’t going so well. Having seen him several times over the last year, I have to say that J.P.’s stance and approach are kind of defensive; designed more for straight contact and fouling off balls, than hitting long drives. When he tries to use the same stance and approach to drive the ball, it seems like he takes too long to get to the ball. Personally, I think he could use time with a guy like Matt Stairs to figure out what he needs to do. Sooner or later, he’s such a great athlete that I think he’ll figure it out, but, for now, while I wouldn’t say that I’m worried, I am definitely concerned because his struggles didn’t start this April.

    3. Regardless of what you think of our hitting, there are many reasons to be happy about some of our pitchers. Sixto is striking out a ton of guys as an 18 year-old at Lakewood, and the Clearwater rotation is very encouraging.

    4. The more I watch baseball, the more convinced I become that the most difficult things for a hitter to improve upon is the “hit” tool and strike zone judgment. If you’re a hitter and you struggle with either of these skills it’s going to be awfully difficult for you to make the majors and have a productive big league career. But if you are decent at both, you have a good shot – which is why I’m pretty bullish on Rhy Hoskins and Kingery and am nowhere near “worried” about Crawford (elite strike zone judgment and, for all his recent struggles, he does have a solid hit tool); and of course, both Moniak and Brito – who, if early signs are correct, appear to do both quite well. And if you’re not good at one, you’d better be damned good at the other, have great power or strong secondary skills, or play a premiere defensive position, which is why I think Alfaro should be fine (has elite raw catching skills, plus raw power and a decent hit tool, although his strike zone judgment is mediocre) and which is why Aaron Altherr could still turn into something . Nick Williams and Dylan Cozens are going to be up against it in AAA and, if they get that far, the major leagues. Cozens has so much power and holds his own well enough as a fielder, that he could profile just fine as a platoon corner outfielder because he could hit 30 homers a year in a part time role – but he’s not there yet. For Nick Williams to be a solid major league player he MUST improve his strike zone judgment by quite a lot. If he hit for a really high average or was a prodigious power hitter, he could make up, at least in part, for the strike zone judgment issues – but he hasn’t shown those skills as AAA, and I’m not sure he has them.

    5. Every day I have differing thoughts on the Cole Hamels trade. It is becoming increasingly clear that how we think about the trade in retrospect will likely turn on how good of a player Jorge Alfaro becomes, although Jarred Eickhoff has certainly done his share in assuring (at least thus far), that the trade will probably not be a full blown disaster.

    My initial fears regarding the trade, however, are closer than ever to coming to fruition. My view of this is that when you trade a star player at the height of his abilities (as Hamels was at the time they traded him), you better get a future star in return for that player, and hopefully, another player who has the possibility of reaching that level or at least being well above average. If you can get two other players who have that upside, that’s great. But don’t forget the cardinal rule – you must get a player you feel is going to be elite or very close to elite.

    The Phillies, however, tried to use that one trade as a panacea – not pushing the Rangers for at least one of their top 3 prospects and, instead, taking volume over quality.

    In these important trades, taking volume over quality is a recipe for disaster. Two of the worst trades I ever saw were where teams traded their star pitcher – Seaver and Schilling – for 5 less than elite, advanced prospects and young major leaguers and tried to fix all of their problems at once. Both trades were utter disasters. Now, I think the players the Phillies received in exchange were better than what was sent in those trades but for Hamels, Diekman (who is valuable in his own right) and swallowing that huge bad Matt Harrison contract, they absolutely, positively should have received an elite, grade A prospect. Give me a break – the Mets received an elite prospect for half of a season of Carlos Beltran and received an elite prospect (now elite player – Syndegaard) and near elite prospect for R.A. Dickey. The Nationals sent better prospects to the White Sox for Adam Eaton.

    The situation, of course, is still in flux. Oberholzer and Asher are gone – they were effectively useless and valueless. Eickhoff is a good pitcher – way better than anyone expected – so that’s good and if he continues to be a solid “3” that will help justify the deal. Williams, I think, will not turn into a productive player – I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think so. Thompson is an unknown (but massively disappointed me when I saw him pitch – how does the lead pitcher in a trade like that not hit 94 MPH on a radar gun?). So, Jorge, it’s up to you – don’t disappoint us!

    1. Now that is disappointing to say the least.
      I was expecting much from him in Reading this season.

          1. Not even close to how many junkies

            However it is bad
            How many lefties do the Phillies have in the upper minors

  10. Notes:
    Stop worrying about Crawford. He is a 21 year old in Triple A who hasn’t hit the first few games of this year (not talking about last year, so don’t). Relax a little bit
    And Garcia got an 80 suspension, worry about him instead….. just anything

    1. Sorry guys – didn’t mean to stir up any trouble. I think I’m just a lot more bearish on JP in general, have been for a while. I think he tops out as a .265/.330 type guy with 10-12 HR’s and above average defense.

      Not a bad player at all, just again, disappointing given how terrible the Phillies have been that this is our #1 prospect.

      1. Your post was legit. Crawford is 22, nine months younger than Corey Seager. Nobody (and I mean nobody) knows how good Crawford will ultimately be, but he has been the face of the rebuild for three years and he will have to produce at some point for the rebuild to be successful. He is ground zero.

        1. There have been a number of premier prospects who have taken time to adjust, be it at the AAA level or their first or second year in the majors.
          Of late guys like Buxton or Jackie Bradley Jr, are two examples on how they all differ. For his sake hopefully it will be soon.

          1. Of BA’s Top 20 prospects, after two weeks into the season,….excluding Cardinal’s pitcher prospect Alex Reyes out for the year, there are 7 under-performing from what was their expectations, with JPC being one of them.

            1. Exactly it’s early and those guys are young and are still growing , we he be an Allstar no one knows ,
              What we do know is he will be booed undeservedly by obnoxious fans
              Yes , yes he will

      2. I agree with 10 hr talk but I think he is more like this
        280/360/ 10-12 hr
        And probably 20 stolen bases

  11. Not too worried about Crawford. At only 22 I think he may be the youngest player in the IL, or close to it. His temporary problems are just a result of being pushed through the system a bit too quickly. He barely had AA pitching figured out when promoted to AAA. And it’s very early in the season. Patience.

  12. My last for thread
    Buxton a can’t miss 5 tool guy has been underperforming now for years. It just goes to show no one is a for sure thing in today’s media and culture

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