Box Score Recap – 5/2/2017

Lehigh Valley overcame an early deficit on home runs by Hoskins and Perkins.

Reading supported Eshelman’s no-hit bid with HRs by Pullin and Tromp.

Clearwater failed to support Jose Taveras’ foray into the eighth inning.

Lakewood propelled Bailey Falter to his first SAL win.

Lehigh Valley (13-11) fell behind Scranton 6-2 then outscored the RailRiders 9-1 on the way to an 11-7 victory.  A strong breeze out to RF caused problems for pitchers.  Mark Appel was victimized on two routine fly balls that carried out for home runs.  There were 5 HRs in the game.  Colton Murray got the win, striking out 4 in 2.0 innings.  Michael Mariot struck out the side in his 1.0 inning.

Perkins, Alfaro, and Cozens had 3 hits each.  Hoskins and Featherston had 2 hits each.  Hoskins (7) and Perkins (3) homered.  Hoskins had 3 RBI.  Perkins, Cozens, and Featherston had 2 RBI each.

  • #1 Crawford (.139): 0-3 with a BB, sac, RBI
  • #3 Alfaro (.351): 3-5 with 2 runs scored, RBI, 2 K
  • #4 Williams (.266): 0-3 with a BB, K, HBP
  • #6 Quinn (.262): DNP
  • #9 Cozens (.165): 3-4 with 2 runs scored, triple, 2 RBI
  • #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69): called up to Philadelphia
  • #13 Hoskins (.338): 2-3 with 3 runs scored, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB
  • #17 Pinto (2-2, 3.14): DNP
  • #20 Appel (1-2, 7.48): 4.0 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, WP
  • #25 Lively (3-1, 2.25): DNP
  • #30 Valentin (.229): 0-5 with a run scored, K

Reading (12-9) beat New Hampshire, 7-2.  Tom Eshelman (3-0, 3.10) took a no-no into the seventh inning.  He settled for a seven inning, one hitter.  He gave up one run, a walk, a hit batter, and struck out four.  Mario Hollands gave up the final run in the top of the ninth.

Kingery and Tocci each went 3-5.  Pullin (6) and Tromp (3) hit HRs.  Tocci was a HR short of a natural cycle (single, double, triple, HR in consecutive ABs).  Pullin had 2 RBI.

  • #11 Kingery (.299): 3-5 with 2 runs scored, triple, RBI
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (1-0, 8.59): DNP
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci (.321): 3-5 with a run scored, double, triple, RBI, K
  • #28 Canelo (.250): 1-3 wint an RBI, K
  • Pullin (.333): 1-4 with a run scored, HR, 2 RBI, BB
  • Tromp (.279): 1-4 with a run scored, HR, RBI, 2 K

Clearwater (17-9) lost to Jupiter, 2-0.  Jose Taveras (3-1, 1.80) pitched well enough to win, but the offense was left wanting.  Taveras pitched into the eighth inning, holding the Hammerheads to just  3 hits.

Taveras’ line was 7.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 103 pitches, 61 strikes.  He never threw more than 17 pitches in an inning and twice threw only ten.  Taveras throws a FB, SL, CH, and CB.  His FB sat 89-91 MPH but he touched 92 MPH ten times, twice in his last inning.

With an economy of pitches, Taveras tossed a no-no and faced one batter over the minimum thru the first five innings.  But, he did have his struggles.  He only threw first pitch strikes to 9 of 24 batters, and ran eight three-ball counts.  Still, he kept Jupiter off the board until the first three batters of the sixth inning went walk, double, single.  After escaping the inning with a double play, he struck out the side in the seventh.

  • Velo    1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th    7th   8th   Tot
  •   92       4       0       1       0       1       1        1       2       10
  •   91       2       3       0       3       4       2        1       1       16
  •   90       1       8       4       9       2       5        3       2       34
  •   89       2       2       4       1       0       2        1       6       18
  •   88       0       1       0       0       1       0        1       1         4
  •   87       0       0       0       0       0       0        0       1         1
  • Tot       9     14      9     13       8     10        7     13      83

Taveras had 8 Ks all swinging at 81, 90, 79, 90, 91, 91, 82, and 82 MPH.

The Threshers collected 6 hits, 3 by Deivi Grullon (.295), and 2 other base runners via walks.  They had just two scoring opportunities – first and second with one out in the third and bases loaded with two out in the third.  But were unable to score.  Mark Laird (.302) went 2-4.

  • #5 Kilome (2-1, 2.28): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.192): 0-4 with a K
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (0-0, 5.19): DNP
  • #29 Pujols (.172): 0-4 with 2 K

Lakewood (14-12) came back to beat Charleston, 3-2.  Bailey Falter (1-1, 4.50) held the RiverDogs to 2 runs on 7 hits in 5.0 innings.  He walked none and struck out four.  Jonathan Hennigan struck out 2 in 2.0 innings.  Will Hibbs netted his first save.  Luke Williams had 3 hits, 2 doubles.  Lartigue and Hall had RBI base hits in the 3-run sixth inning.  Every starter had a hit except Danny Zardon.

  • #2 Moniak (.282): 1-4 with a K
  • #7 Sanchez (0-2, 2.79): DNP
  • #16 Medina (0-2, 1.71): DNP
  • #19 Brito (.327): 1-5 with a double, K
  • #26 Romero (0-1, 2.75): DNP

Williamsport (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 19th at State College.

  • #8 Gowdy
  • #15 Stobbe
  • #21 Ortiz

GCL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Monday, June 26th v. Yankees West.

DSL Phillies (0-0) – first game on Saturday, June 3rd.

DSL Phillies2 (0-0) – first game on Saturday, June 3rd.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves)

  • 5/2 – RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/2 – Osmel Aguila assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 5/2 – Reading Fightin Phils placed 3B Harold Martinez on the 7-day disabled list. Lower back strain.
  • 5/2 – Seranthony Dominguez assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 5/2 – Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 5/2 – Harold Arauz assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 5/2 – RHP Felix Paulino assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.




98 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/2/2017

    1. What he’s doing in LHV is really impressive, if these were Reading numbers I’d take it with a huge grain of salt, but man… kid looks like a top 50 prospect right now.

    2. I am probably last one to jump on this wagon but its time. His numbers are great.

  1. Killing me Tojo had a .ops of .803 last yr he was in funk in June by July he was out. He just him HR and Double the last 2 games and had 4 RBIs . If Tojo can continue to hit with power like he did last yr he’s not going anywhere. I mean he doesn’t even have 500 At bats because of Howard . It took Ceaser 4 yrs to get better . I know Hopkins is tearing up AAA it’s a good thing .

    1. Not saying Tommy Joseph isn’t a good player, he was 12th in OPS among first basemen with at least 250 AB’s last year, so slightly above league average and above some notable names like Wil Myers, Chris Davis and Mike Napoli so obviously he can hit. He was ridiculously streaky last year, May, July and September he hit the cover off the ball and June, August and now April this year he was atrocious. I don’t recall a single prolonged slump from Hoskins, obviously that could change at the MLB level but so far his consistency has been fantastic and he has the same if not a better power profile. He appears to have a higher floor and ceiling than Joseph.

      1. The only slump I recall Hoskins having stateside was at Williamsport ….3 years ago.
        And that could have been due to the extended length of his season that year and his own professional adjustment to professional ball and also first time away from California and family.

      2. Nope two reason as a hitter maybe Tojo has more bat speed . a much better arm,Tojo is a better defensive 1st baseman too. My friend time both down the first baseline tojo a full 2 seconds faster . If it was a DH spot I’d be ok .Tojo was platooning last yr which can Really mess with you .

        1. I don’t think you’re friend knows how to use a stopwatch. Are you saying Joseph has more batspeed or maybe he does? Tommy isn’t any kind of special defender and arm strength at first base is one of the least important attributes possible.

        2. A full two seconds faster? Was Hoskins carrying a refrigerator on his back? That doesn’t sound right.

          1. That’s total crap
            Unless hoskins stopped in the middle for a pretzel

            1. What’s really hilarious is that Tim is making an argument between slow and slower. Classic!

  2. Kingery and Pullin did that against Toronto # 1draft chioce of 2015 Harris a pitcher. That’s 2 Pitchers last night that were pitching no hitters. Wow Phillies minor league pitchers now getting so good that they might starting pitching no no on a nitely bases.

  3. Feast or Famine Award goes to Cozens. In his last 4 games, he’s hitting .353. Wow! that’s nice. But in 2 of those games, he was 0 9 with 7 Ks and in the other 2, he was 6 – 8 with a HR and 5 RBIs.

    On the gluttonous feast side, Hoskins has hit in 12 straight games. He’s hitting for power and average. He has almost as many BBs as Ks (13 to 15). I wouldn’t walk by him with anything flammable, a fireball could ensue.

    I don’t know what the Phils should do with Mark Appel? Should they put him in the bullpen and see if he can make it as a reliever? He hasn’t had a solid start in what seems like years. Do you wait until he’s 30 y/o before you do something? They’re trotting him out start after start like they see something that will suddenly click and he’ll become the starter everyone thought he could be.

    Will Hibbs has been a blessing for LKW. The 6’7″ reliever has been unhittable this year. He is 23 y/o and has 10 Ks and 7 BBs in 15 innings pitched. He needs to boost those Ks and cut the BBs down. He’s also won 4 games and saved one in his 8 outings. When he comes in, something good is going to happen.

    1. So far, Hoskins has been the best hitter in the IL and it’s really not close (his OPS is about 100 points higher than the next highest batter). This is a very significant achievement. It’s a very challenging jump from AA Reading/Eastern League to AAA Lehigh Valley/IL because not only are you jumping a league, the hitting environment is more difficult, so it’s more like jumping a level and a half and many players, including elite prospects like J.P. Crawford, really struggle to adjust and thrive. For Hoskins to improve on his AA numbers and dominate in this league as a rookie with no transition period is exceptional. If he continues at this pace for, say, another 100 ABs, there will be no reason, from a player development standpoint to keep him in the minors – he will be ready for the majors. Unfortunately, there are other issues that may delay his promotion for some time (maybe a month or two, but, with a prospect that hits like Hoskins, you really shouldn’t push it out much longer than that), such as Tommy Joseph’s development and 40-man roster issues.

      On Appel, the team understandably was trying to develop him as a starter, but if that continues not to work, they should find out if they can put him in the bullpen. I’d give him another 2 weeks to a month to get traction as a starter, then I’d move him to see if he can get a few more MPH on the FB in the pen. Personally, his mediocre velocity is as much responsible for his problems as anything else. When he came, we heard he had a 70 FB. He doesn’t as a starter – it’s more like a 50/55 and with only so-so command. But his breaking stuff is actually pretty decent, so if he can add a little to the FB, I think he has a real chance out of the pen.

    2. What Hoskins is doing as a rookie in the IL is incredible. He’s the best hitter there this year by far – OPS is about 100 points higher than the next closest hitter. If he does this for another month, he will show that he is ready for a promotion. I also agree that, with his plate discipline and all-fields power, he appears to have both a higher floor and ceiling than Joseph.

      If Appel continues to struggle for another month, they should really move him to the bullpen to see if his FB -which is just okay as a starter – plays up there. As bad as he’s looked, he does have good breaking stuff which would pair well with an improved FB. But, due to the 40-man roster, they should try to find out what they have in him this year.

      1. Catch, could it be the FO is waiting until mid-May to bring him up for service time arb eligibility reasons?

        1. No, they’re simply no rushing him after less than one full month and they’re giving TJ to snap out of it. Relax guys, need to show some pacience.

      2. I Cant believe how much this kid is improving at higher level. I think i saw him once. But based on numbers looks legit. would really help us.

      3. Agree with Appel.
        Remember Luke Hochevar….do it with Appel, why wait.
        He may not want that…but it may be his fastest way to the majors…and that is what all minor leaguers want.

        1. That kinda result might take longer then some would want Bc if he gets moved to the pen he’ll now have to work even harder on his struggles w the stretch.

        2. majors? he can’t even get minors out. I don’t see him making it either way. Would try to package him for anything.

          1. That is the idea of moving to a reliever…as a starter he is ineffective.
            Before packaging him , why not see if he can be a better reliever.
            Relievers have risen in value over these last few years.
            Right now, the Phillies would be selling bottom low in any trade with him.

    3. Hard to believe Cozens is tied for the league lead in rbi with how bad he has been. Hoskins has been down right impressive.

  4. Good to see the middle of the Pigs lineup explode together. I know JPC was 0-3 but any report on whether he squared any balls up. 2 flyballs and a liner to short, hard hit?

    1. Although it doesn’t tell you everything, you can get a general description of each play by hitting the “log” tab in the milb box score. They say he grounded out to short.

    1. I agree with you. I like Perkins place in the line up at 1st. He gets on base. I don’t understand why JP remains in the #2 spot unless the purpose is only in player development and not in wins.

      1. “unless the purpose is only in player development and not in wins.”

        Uh, that’s the entire premise of the minor leagues.

      2. That is what the minor league is all about
        Developing players for the team that makes millions upon millions every year to succeed.

        1. @Bud
          Sorry I didn’t realize someone already said the same things I did, no need to pile on.

  5. I love following those late morning /early afternoon weekday games. Three today!!! Anderson, Kilome and Romero on the hill.

  6. When you did deep into Nick Williams slash lines, splits, and intangibles offensively there really is not much to get excited about. Inspires zero confidence into him translating his game at the big league level.

    1. And I’ll go ahead and throw another shout out to Carlos Tocci aka “Lil’ Toc” by the naysayers who claim he’s a better Isagenix model than ballplayer.

  7. We have to, I think, get a little excited about Tocci. He has been a stellar D player forever, and is hitting over .300 at Reading, no small feat even without XBHs. He would be a top defensive CF in the Majors right now and if he can hit .250 he will play there. I have not seen him this year and I know the lack of alley power concern, but how has he looked?

    1. matt13….do the Phillies protect him in November? I think they may.
      I just hope he is more than Tyler Goeddel was last season, down the road.
      His MiLB k rate is lower, but even lacks the limited power Goeddel had.
      I guess Tocci will have to live in being a gap-to-gap guy.

      1. Romus, If he has a season at 80% of what he has done so far, I think they protect him. His D is superior to Goeddel. As we are talking about him, he did hit a 2B and 3B yesterday, so if he hits, and gets a bit stronger, his D gets him to “The Show”.

        1. If Tocci continues succeeding at AA, he’ll be basically duplicating Ender Inciarte’s profile before he was selected in the Rule 5 draft… by the Phillies.

      2. @romus – the Phils will have 5 OF (Doobie, AA, Quinn, Cozens, Nick) in the 40-man by Nov 2017 so they can add 2-3 more OF (assuming no trade) so it looks like there’s room to add both Pullin and Tocci plus a veteran FA or a Rule V.

        if both continue their current phase, there will be >50% chance that they will be selected in the Rule V — i would love to see what both can do in AAA.

        1. The problem is that there is no place for them in AAA right now. It is not like Quinn, Williams, and Cozens are making a case for promotions to the Show. If they don’t turn it you can justify keeping Tocci and Pullin in AA all year but next year it really could become a problem.

          1. If Doobie-AA-Quinn will be the Phils OF – Cozens, Tocci, Nick and Pullin can play the OF in the LHV with one playing as occasional DH. I think there’s enough at bats for the 7 of them if the Phils decided to include of 7 in the 40-man.

          2. It won’t be too much of a problem. Quinn will likely be a 4th OF on the Phillies, Williams will be on the bench at Lehigh.

        2. KuKo…looks like a trade of one or two of them would ease the situation.

          1. i love trades! although not sure what value either Pullin or Tocci can bring back unless you include (one of) them in a trade package. personally, i like to see them both in AAA or majors before i decide about their fate.

    2. There’s no question that Tocci can field, has good instincts and a good hit tool. If he weren’t such a beanpole I would feel better about his prospects moving forward and ability to develop power. Even with that, he’s going to stick around somewhere for a while and perhaps in 3 or 4 years, he might have enough punch to stick on a major league roster. Like Perkins, however, I don’t see any role for him on this team.

  8. How to fix JP…?

    Promote him to the bigs.

    I keep seeing a number of blog posts suggesting he get sent down to Reading “to work on this game.” How effective can a demotion really be? I think you do the opposite. You give him a taste of the big leagues for a couple games and send him back “to work on his game in Lehigh.” I don’t see how a demotion is a motivating factor, in fact, that’s quite the opposite, it’s depressing. Give him something to strive for, to remind him that he’s very very close.

    1. And you suggest just simply going with a “plug-and-play” over Freddy Galvis right now? Lunacy I am sorry. A little adversity never hurt anybody. He was promoted to LHV with your same philosophy too early last year. Let him embrace his struggles and develop a routine and process for digging himself out of it. Promoting him to the show at this point and time shouldn’t even be in consideration.

      1. Are you suggesting that up to this point JP has never faced adversity? He’s never dug himself out of a rut? That’s lunacy. There are several ways to motivate people What is better than giving them a look in the highest competition available? You want him to be prepared for the big leagues, then give him the experience. I wouldn’t be concerned with Galvis right now… he’s not your long-term future. Besides, not letting him get comfortable as the everyday SS should be motivating him as well.

        1. **See John, Romus comments below**

          I never said he hasn’t faced adversity before, but he is in the middle of it currently! So you just give promotion (and essentially a $ raise) when you don’t deserve it? I want to come work for you! Or maybe I don’t….

        2. Why are we having this conversation? Because JP is a top 5 prospect? The fact of the matter is, he DOESN’T deserve a promotion. End of story.

    2. I said the same thing last week, agreed that you can give the kid a nice confidence boost this way even if its only for 7 days and a handful of at bats

      1. So you’re saying then that you would do the same thing for a struggling “C” Randolph? Who, like JP, is young for his level and going through some growing pains? You can’t just bump a guy up in the midst of his struggles and say, “Look what you missing out on, you better improve if you want to stay here and in our plans” then demoted him back down! Give me a break! The big club, ultimately, is what matters right now and Freddy Galvis is playing a stellar SS. What message are you sending him by doing your suggested look and see promotion? Wow….

      1. John…exactly…the business part.
        1. He has to placed on the 40…one option done..and someone has to be DFAed
        2. And from the financial aspect….service time starts early….first earlier arb year occurs if he becomes what they expect.

        1. Are we really sure that JPC is the shortstop of the future? He has not been outstanding in either AA or AAA. Let him get some success before we start handing out promotions. If we did that to every #1 pick, we would have a circus. Be patient and let him succeed at his current level.

          1. Crawford has yet to light up the box scores but he’s still doing little things at the plate. I’ve seen him as a bottom of the order bat on a good team with a high defensive acumen. No that doesn’t describe a top prospect at the end of the day but if he managed to maintain a .350 OBP, he might fit the 2-slot considering his ability to walk and move runners. It’s early in the season. After 150 ABs, I’d revisit the discussion.

          2. I don’t think his timeline is as quick as we all thought. Not all top prospects develop the same, he may need more AAA time and quite frankly, he has it. Galvis isn’t a FA until 2019 and he’s a fine place holder given his defense and power. Crawford may be a late bloomer with the hit tool. If he doesn’t break out until he’s 23, 24, 25 he’s still got plenty of time to be a good big league player.

            He’s probably not a star player at this point but if he can hit .260-.280 with a very good OBP that’s fine for the 7th-8th spot in the line up in the future.

            1. Relax people, just let him play everyday and check back in June. He’s not being promoted (that’s just foolish, he’d struggle and lose all confidence) and he’s not getting sent down either. He’ll improve for sure, how much is the unknown.

          3. Is JPC the SS of the future?!? maybe not, but he is the best option right now unless the Phils will sign Machado (and play him SS) or any proven veteran SS. Galvis will be JPC’s floor. JPC is not known to be an “offensive” SS coming up, otherwise, he will be drafted higher. With the recent golden age of young (offensive) SS (i.e. Correa, Lindor, Seager, Bogaerts, Turner, Story, Swanson) — there is subconscious expectation for JPC to be like that.

            I think it is nationally known that the Phils have depth in the farm but lacking in “impact” players in the upper minors. I agree with this opinion that’s why I’m pushing the Phils to be aggressive in acquiring impact players like Otani, Machado and Trout.

            with the limited roster space, it is better serve for JPC to complete a full season in AAA. Galvis will be FA soon, so JPC will have his chance in the majors.

          4. I’m glad the board is finally coming around to this… really disappointing but baseball is a sport full of failures.

            1. J.P. Crawford having a bona fide crappy month in AAA, while very disconcerting, does not, in and of itself, constitute a failure. And even if he were to, say, hit .225 this year, I still wouldn’t call him a failure – not quite yet. He’s too young and does too many things well to write him off.

            2. Catch, I agree with you, and I also find it sort of disheartening that some people almost seem gleeful about his supposed “failure.” I’m not the sort of person who thinks that everyone should be positive and promotional all the time, but there seems to be a distinct faction of people on this board who actually root for top prospects to fail, just so they can scream: “I always said he was overrated!”

            3. It also has success stories preceded by failures. One of the best transformation stories I think I’ve ever watched…

            4. Absolutely catch. He’s one of the youngest in the league, and we want to make declarations after a month.

              Please give him a year, guys. Then another when he’s more age appropriate. Then we can label him “not the ss of the future”

      2. my question every time i see Freddy reach for his hamstring, if what would they do if he went on the DL for 2-4 weeks? Is Andres Blanco a guy you can run out there most every day for that long, or at that point would you give JP a shot for lack of a better option?

        1. Cesar would play SS, Blanco would play 2B, and Valentin would be called up to back up both.

          1. Valentin took reps as SS in LHV. He is not lighting it up, but I prefer to see him play SS if Galvis goes down. We already know what Blanco can do, so let’s keep him in the bench. Cesar’s defense is not his strong suit – putting him as SS may sound trouble. Blanco can play SS (i prefer Valentin) and keep Cesar at 2B.

            We may not see JPC not until September when the roster expands.

    3. Joe I actually don’t think your idea is such a bad idea. A little risky in the message it sends but if the kid needs a mental break to reset himself I could see it working possibly.

      Assuming this is being discussed because Freddy may have to go on the DL? I wouldn’t do it otherwise and I wouldn’t necessarily give JP a start but letting him sit on the bench with Bowa and Stairs for a few games to clear his head could be positive.

  9. Really happy to see the progress of the Top 3 in the Reading lineup. Kingery is having a great year, Pullin just keeps hitting, and Tocci — the youngest player on the team — is putting up solid offensive performance at a premium defensive position

    Importantly, it is NOT due to a Reading park effect, like we’ve sometimes seen in the past with prospects ( Dylan Cozens ). Pullin’s OPS is 1.385 on the road, .723 at home. For Kingery it’s 1.083 on the road, .979 at home. and for Tocci it’s .787 on the road, .779 at home

  10. Lakewood posts a 6 spot in the top of the 1st inning! Mickey Mo doubled and scored.

  11. I’m curious on what people see as a good comp for Pullin is? What do you think his ceiling and reasonable outcomes is? I just don’t see more than 20 HR in his frame and his lack of speed and position flexibility still leave me underwhelmed. He strikes me as a Susdorf or Perkins with more power. That kind of bat would be a bench bat but the LF only won’t cut it. Teams just don’t carry designated PH anymore.

    1. Best case is that he’s a poor man’s Daniel Murphy. I think the hit tool and the power are real, but unlikely Murphy, he’s not middle infielder and he’s not super athletic, so the bat is going to have to play at every level for him to remain with the team. I wouldn’t count him out, but I’m also curious to see what he does at AAA.

      1. The problem is that Pullin is smaller framed than Murphy such that I don’t see Pullin hitting for as much power. Murphy also has better K%, is faster, and plays a position with a lower offensive bar.

    2. 2 pts 1 Pullin this yr has put on muscle so his power tool has increased. The second an article on on another site notice he lowered his hands. He changed after he came back from retirement . He now pulls the ball much more. He has been hitting for power and avg ever since . He. Mite have the combine tools of power and avg to better then those Outfield prospect above him.

  12. Looking at Pullin vs Murphy’s metrics (MiLB)by age and level they are not too dissimilar at appropriate age levels:
    Murphy is a larger player than Pullin however.

    Daniel Murphy:
    6’1”…210 lbs at draft in 2006
    age22…Hi A……..285/338/768…11%-K….8%-BB
    Andrew Pullin:
    6’0’…190 lbs
    age22…Hi A/AA…322/362/885…15%-K…5%-BB

        1. Aron….understand that. Murphy would appear to have the better hit tool. But for ISO…Pullin clearly does edge him out by the metrics..

      1. Agreed that the BB% is an important difference (their physical sizes are not that different – Pullin’s an inch shorter but has gotten stronger), hence the reference to his upside as “a poor man’s Daniel Murphy” and not “another Daniel Murphy.”

        1. That said, I remember watching a younger Daniel Murphy and almost everything about him as a hitter was reminiscent of what we are seeing in Pullin.

    1. Would also note that Daniel Murphy is a bit of an outlier as a comp in that he’s dramatically increased his offensive metrics at the age of 30.

      His OPS is almost 200 points higher in 2016 and so far in 2017 than is was over his major league career. The Daniel Murphy with the Mets with the .750 ops and 10 hr power would have never lasted as a left fielder, which is all that Pullin can possibly be..

      1. Murphy had the advantage when he was in the minors was that defensively the Mets moved him between 3rd and 2nd often. Pullin has not seen the infield in over 3 years now. So he is cemented in LF from here on out.

  13. In general I think the hit tool is the hardest to judge and tends to be undervalued. Pullin is doing everything he should be doing, so far. His ceiling is limited by his positional inflexibility, but he’s hitting. Nice write-up of him yesterday:

    Speaking of LF-only players, Cornelius Randolph is struggling. He really, really needs to hit well — no physical “projection” left to speak of (he has already “filled out”) — and the K rate so far this year is concerning. On the plus side, he is young, so he could repeat Clearwater next year and it wouldn’t be too bad. So far, his lifetime MiLB average of .266 doesn’t exactly scream “Tony Gwynn” (who hit .347 in the minors) — one of the more laughable comps that was thrown around regarding Randolph.

    1. Randolph is going to be 20 to say he has no physical projection left is a bit shallow. Surely he has a ways to go in strength and conditioning which to me count towards physical projection. So maybe he doesn’t grow another 3 inches it doesn’t mean he won’t or shouldn’t get stronger.

      His OBP this season is also 100 points higher than his BA. Despite the slow start in CLW he still sports a .368 OBP.

      Again we should never get excited about 90 PA’s in MiLB.

  14. Rhys Hoskins made the BA All Prospect team for April

    1B Rhys Hoskins • Phillies
    Triple-A Lehigh Valley (International)

    Righthanded-hitting first basemen get no respect, but Hoskins is making a case to be an exception to that rule. After blasting 38 home runs and driving in 116 runs at Double-A Reading last year, Hoskins has continued to crush the ball and make steady contact as he advances to Triple-A.

    77 15 26 5 0 6 12 11 15 0 0 .338 .427 .636 195


    1. How can you get excited about a guy like that?
      He just doesn’t hit triples! 🙂

      1. He doesnt steal bases. The sabermetric tell you first basemen.born in march, and dont steal bases, tend to not hit in philly ballparks. I read it on some site.

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