Box Score Recap – 5/22/2017

Short slate last night.

Reading lost in Trenton, but Scott Kingery hit his 14th home run.

Clearwater was suspended in the top of the fourth leading 4-0.

Lakewood won in the 10th on a walk off.  Mickey Moniak hit his first HR in the first inning and his triple became the winning run.  How’s that for some power?

Lehigh Valley (29-14) did not play.

  • #1 Crawford (.191):
  • #3 Alfaro (.285):
  • #4 Williams (.259): )
  • #6 Quinn (.276):
  • #9 Cozens (.212):
  • #12 Pivetta (2-0, 0.69):
  • #13 Hoskins (.315):
  • #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.85):
  • #20 Appel (2-2, 6.69):
  • #25 Lively (5-1, 2.79):
  • #30 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (23-16) lost to Trenton, 6-2.

John Richy (1-1, 6.14) gave up 4 runs in 5.0 innings on 7 hits and one walk,  He struck out four.  Mario Sanchez (1.75) pitched 2.0 scoreless innings.  Alexis Rivero (3.04) gave up 2 runs in 1.0 inning on 3 hits and a walk.

Kingery put the Phils on the board with a lead off, solo HR (14) in the sixth inning.  They scored a run in the top of the ninth on Chace Numata’s (.252) RBI double.

  • #11 Kingery (.290): 1-3 with a run scored, HR (14), RBI (28), BB
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (3-1, 5.26): DNP
  • #23: Arano: 7-Day DL
  • #24 Tocci (.312): 1-4 with a run scored, K
  • #28 Canelo (.311): DNP
  • Pullin (.333): 1-3 with a BB, 2 K
  • Tromp (.259): 1-4 with a K

Clearwater (24-20) suspended in the top of the fourth leading 4-0.

The unfortunate thing here is that Franklyn Kilome had thrown 3.0 shutout innings and just 36 pitches, although only 19 were strikes (52.7%).  He won’t be able to continue tomorrow, so the Threshers will be into their bullpen again tomorrow for at least six innings.  This also puts a little pressure on the next three starters (Irvin, Tirado, and Quinn) since Friday is another bullpen game with Edgar Garcia scheduled to start.

Oh, and for those of you who wondered about Randolph being out of the line up.  He was back in the line up last night. He was given Sunday off after being in the line up for both games Saturday night.  He’s playing in a 5-man outfield where 3 guys (Coppola, Rodriguez, and Laird) are more productive than he and Pujols.  He’s going to see some time off.

  • # 5 Kilome (2-2, 3.98):
  • #10 Randolph (.191):
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (1-0, 3.92): DNP
  • #29 Pujols (.196):

Lakewood (25-19) beat Greensboro, 3-2 in an 11-inning walk off.

Nick Fanti (1.52) did it again.  Pitched well.  He held Greensboro to 2 runs in 6.0 innings on 2 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out nine.  Jonathan Hennigan (5.89) struck out the side in the seventh, but was lifted after opening the eighth with 2 walks.  Ismael Cabrera (4-2, 1.31) blew the save when he wild pitched the tying run home, his second blown save in his last three appearances.  He pitched 3.0 innings and eventually got the win.

Every starter got a hit except Luke Williams (.154).  Mickey Moniak, Raul Rivas (.304), and Edgar Cabral (.232) had 2 hits each.  Rivas had 2 SB (3) and Williams had one (7).

Lakewood scored a run in the bottom of the first inning on Mickey Moniak’s home run (1) to right field.  After Greensboro tied the game in the fifth, the Blue Claws came right back in the bottom half and scored a run on a two-out single by Rivas after Daniel Brito’s two-out double.  And finally, with two out in the tenth inning, Moniak tripled to center field.  He scored on Darick Hall’s (.271) game-winning, RBI single (22).

Hennigan picked a runner off first base.

The BlueClaws released Zach Morris (1-1, 6.23).  He had given up 9 ER in his last 6 appearances (10 IP).  In those same 6 appearances, he allowed 16 hits, 11 walks, and struck out ten.  Even in his 2 scoreless outings in that span, Morris allowed 9 base runners in 3.1 innings pitched.  South Jersey’s Casey Brown was called up to fill his bullpen slot.

  • #2 Moniak (.286): 2-3 with 2 runs scored, triple, HR (1), RBI (17), 2 BB
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
  • #16 Medina (1-2, 2.03): DNP
  • #19 Brito (.254): 1-5 with a run scored, double, K
  • #26 Romero (2-1, 2.11): 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)

  • 5/22 – Lakewood BlueClaws released LHP Zach Morris.
  • 5/22 – LHP Casey Brown assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 5/21 – SS Jonathan Guzman assigned to Clearwater Threshers from DSL Phillies.
  • 5/21 – SS Emmanuel Marrero assigned to Phillies Ext. Spring Training from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 5/21 – Phillies activated RHP Aaron Nola from the 10-day disabled list.
  • 5/21 – Phillies optioned Adam Morgan to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

45 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/22/2017

  1. Honestly though more productive should have nothing to do with whether Randolph plays over Laird or not you paid the kid and he has pedigree so he must play those late round kids with no average skills
    Might be hustling there way to a more predictive year but they have less than zero percent chance of becoming a major leaguer
    Sorry for bruntness if this post but come one
    Play Randolph let him regain the confidence that he showed before the injury and eye issues.
    So no he should not be part of this rotation scheme that Clearwater is having

    1. Actually Laird can play anywhere in the outfield . He’s a Center fielder by trade he does carry plus speed but little power. The other 2 can also play​ CF too. You may see all of those outfielder in the ML some day.

    2. I agree 100%. Someone from the front office should step in. They invested a lot in the kid for him to be splitting time with guys who project to be AAAA players.

      1. These are front office decisions. Managers in the minor leagues have little authority to make personnel decisions. The further down the affiliated ladder, the less autonomy. Maybe in the past, when paper reports were filed a manager could get away with playing player B over player A. But with technology the way it is today, the front office knows when these things occur in game as well as post game.

        1. Jim- this is true and just makes the fact that Randolph is sitting even more depressing. The FO are the ones who’ve either made or approved of this decision.

          1. I get less concerned about these things in the lower minors. There could be all sorts of things going on that we don’t know about – including health issues and instruction-related issues.

        2. Correct me if I’m wrong – we’re talking about one day off after a double header. Or is there more to it?

          1. Yeah, i’m not concerned, but dude seems to think the FO doesn’t know the kid was off and should step in. And the first guy was hard to follow with no punctuation. Not sure where he was coming from.

            1. And the paragraph in the recap was for someone who questioned the day off in Monday’s comment thread. Seems some react to a day off like it’s a trend. Apparently players are supposed to be in the line up everyday. When they aren’t, it’s easier to question it rather than check previous days’ box scores.

            2. I guess I was coming from a point of frustration.
              And I was fairly certain this was not the first day I had seen Randolph omitted from the line up. And then there was mention of platoon round robin thing. So that sums up my nonpunctuation jet lag rant.

            3. So forgive me if I’m wrong but your words were he (Randolph) is sharing time because he isn’t as productive. Right ?
              And I also recall Randolph having vision issues or at least that is what I read, and it wasn’t that long ago that Randolph had a stellar debut in the GCL.
              So my question is why is the org giving up on him by having him share time with people without the same pedigree.
              I believe Matty Winks said when he was drafted he probably had the best hit tool of any high school player of his draft.
              So No I don’t think it’s cool that he sharing time with people who are more productive now but have less chance of making it in the future.
              So why are we cool with this ?

  2. Mickey Mo knows baseball last 2 games double 2 triples 1 hr plus 2 walks. King Kong Kingery can anyone stop this madness. I hear Chris Sale is going down to AA to see if he can. Fanti career numbers are outstanding so are Ismeal Cabrera career stats.

  3. Raul Rivas, a 20 y/o SS has been impressive in his 11 games in LKW. Since taking over for the released Danny Zardon, he’s hit .304/.333/.370. The kid’s a mess with the glove right now with 5 Es but he’s been thrust into A ball and been told, “good luck”.

    1. Thats unfortunate I was hoping he would be up at some time. The Phils can move him to 60 day DL at some point to allow a roster move – likely a RP

  4. Kingery’s 14 leads all minor leagues in homers. That’s nuts. I think he’ll be in AAA before July.
    Great to see Kilome bounce back after his last start

    1. Kingery’s surge has only been recent but I would hope that BA and other pubs would have him ranked in their top 100. 2Bs don’t get much love but the kid has done everything right.

      1. Will be tough until Moncada, Albies, Calhoun and Happ come off the prospect qualification list when they reach their magic PAs in MLB.

    2. My guess is that Kingery gets promoted to AAA sometime next month and then gets a September call-up. I cannot wait to see him CBP. I am all in on Kingery.

      1. maybe, but might depend how Hernandez is doing at that point; it’s not like they need to put Kingery on the 40 man after this season so they might want to hold off on that for 40 man concerns in off season.

  5. If Kingery and Moniak continue to demonstrate some serious pop (and I’m not even talking HRs per se), that’s a major boost to the future big league lineup.

    I’ve moved on from Randolph. Maybe he’ll emerge from his current obscurity at some point, but we shouldn’t have to hang our hopes on him, 1st round pick or not. There’s ample talent in the organization OF, and free agency in the offing. Yes I know he’s young for the league blah blah blah. Just not feeling it. I could be wrong but it seems they treat some young talent like crystal vases. Play them too much and they’ll break.

    1. 8Mark, I agree with you. I saw him a couple times last year in Lakewood and he didn’t impress me. He was just a slap hitter. I compared/comp’d him to a bigger Juan Pierre and this board killed me for it. Slap hitter, average fielder, not a real strong arm. At this point, I’m not even sure I would use the Pierre comp

      1. That’s actually not a bad comp. Not sure where they thought all this “gap power” was coming from. He’s a hitter who slaps the ball to the opposite field with little to average power [at best] and for the past year and a half he hasn’t even done that well.

        Obviously too early to close the door on him completely but this is not a good trend for him.

    2. I thought Randolph was a bad pick, considering they thought of him as a LF. His profile did not suggest he would ever live up to that high an offensive bar.

      Of course I could be wrong, and he could turn around his hitting and take a huge step forward in his power, but it was a bad bet initially to rely on a step forward like that to make him even average for his position.

  6. Fanti has four, maybe five starts before their June 20th all-star break….he keeps performing at this level, I would like to see Joe Jordan promote him to Clearwater for the second half.
    As it stands now…hands down, he and Scott Kingery are the two best from the ’15 draft.

    1. As I said, it’s not looking like a good draft at all, but if Kingery turns out to be an all-star player, then it will be a perfectly fine draft even if nobody else produces.

  7. I was watching some of fanti start on gamecast. His pitches from what i saw are right on the black. He must have pinpoint control

    1. rocco……agree.
      Last 93 ip with 22 walks, 109 Ks….he is doing something right.
      Like t see how he will do against more advanced hitters.

    1. matt13….happening a lot these days…Bethencourt, Eibner……perhaps Phillies ought to take a cue and do the same with Jose Pujols with his cannon arm.
      I am willing to bet he would be a high-90s guy and has great size.

      1. Or Andrew Brown. If he really was good enough to be drafted as a pitcher (as we are told), let’s give him a try. Let’s be real here – he’s not looking like a AAA player, let alone a major league player, so let’s give him a way to turn things around.

        1. Catch, are you referring to Aaron Brown the OF who has pitched as an amateur? Andrew Brown has only pitched as far as I know.

          1. I’m sorry, you’re right, Aaron Brown. Shows how much he has stuck out as a prospect.

  8. Juan Pierre as a comp for Randolph is a stretch. Pierre had <6% K rate in the minors. Randolph's K rate is 27% this year. Pierre could run, Randolph can't.

    In his age 20 season (same as Randolph this year), Pierre hit .352 in low A. And Pierre played in the SALLY as a 21 year old, one year older than Randolph is this year (he turns 20 in a week), and he hit .320, with 66 SB. He struck out 37 times in 648 PAs! Randolph has already struck out 42 times in 148 PA. I mean, they're both from the South, they both hit lefthanded, they're the same race . . . but the comp seems like a stretch.

    I hope Randolph turns it around, and becomes a fixture in LF for the Phillies in 4 or 5 years time. He's young, and stranger things have happened.

    1. No offense, but in so many ways, I don’t see the comparison. They are dissimilar players.

    2. agree with catch, pierre and C are apples and oranges. while i don’t speak highly of C, he is a better player than what he is showing in the field right now. he can be a serviceable player and probably a future MLB player, but i don’t see him as the future LF of the Phils.

  9. Question for the Panel: With Kingery’s surge and Cesar’s improvement over the past 12 months, coupled with the struggle of Franco, does it make any sense to consider Cesar or Kingery’s ability to potentially play 3B? Not sure if they have what it takes defensively and Franco could certainly break out of this funk, but the more I watch him swing with shoulder flying open and his helmet falling off, I’m beginning to wonder.

    1. In was told on this site that Kingery doesn’t have the arm to play left side infield. I would agree that despite his quickness, he doesn’t have the range/arm for SS. But 3b? I think he could make the transition.

      Cesar on the other hand simply doesn’t have the power or physical makeup to play the hot corner.

    2. I don’t see him being a long term option there. I’m sure he can fake it over there like Forsythe does when Utley starts in LA.

    3. CF is the only other position that Kingery can play without really slowing his development. I’ll address the 3B by signing Machado of any 3B that will be better than Franco until the Phils can determine if Stobbe is eventually the answer to the 3B puzzle.

      CF is the deepest position within the Phillies organization, so I keep Kingery at 2B. If Kingery is the best 2B within the organization (which i’ve been optimistically hoping for a while now), the Phils just need to start him at 2B and move whoever is blocking him.

  10. Is there any thought of trying Aaron Brown as a pitcher? He does not seem to be much of a prospect as an outfielder. I see lots of bullpen games lately. The system seems like it needs another pitcher.

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