Box Score Recap – 5/31/2017

Lehigh Valley won as Tom Eshelman pitched a complete game shutout.

Reading won 2 games behind Tyler Viza’s shutout bolstered by 3 HR in the first; and Andrew Pullin’s walk off HR in the 13th inning in the second.

Clearwater rallied to win, Drew Stankiewicz hit a two-out, two-run, go-ahead home run.

Lakewood managed only four hits in a loss, Darick Hall accounted for all 3 runs.

Okay, I’m at a crossroad.  This is NOT a Phillies discussion site.  It is a Philies prospects discussion site.  There are plenty of Phillies sites around for the type of negative discussion that the Phillies generate.  I provide an open discussion each week for Phillies talk as a courtesy.

Lehigh Valley (36-16) shut out Indianapolis, 6-0.

Tom Eshelman (3-0, 1.40) went all nine innings and held the Indians to 5 hits and a walk. He struck out seven.  He threw 112 pitches, 83 strikes (74.1%).

The Indianapolis starter was lifted after 2.2 innings, 67 pitches, and 1 run.  The bullpen kept it close until former Phillies Antonio Bastardo (1 run in the seventh inning) and Josh Lindblom (4 runs in the eighth inning) entered the game.

Jorge Alfaro, Dylan Cozens, and Rhys Hoskins had 2 hits each.  Cozens had 3 RBI.  The IronPigs scored a run in the second on Jorge Flores’ RBI single.  They added a run in the seventh on Hoskins’ RBI triple.  Then they scored four times in the eighth on Alfaro’s RBI single and Cozens’ 3-run triple.

  • #1 Crawford (.205): 0-3 with a run scored, 2 BB, K
  • #3 Alfaro (.289): 2-5 with a run scored, double, RBI (26), 3 K
  • #4 Williams (.279): 1-5 with 3 K
  • #6 Quinn (.274): DNP
  • #9 Cozens (.245): 2-4 with a run scored, double, triple, 3 RBI (41), BB, 2 K
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): DNP
  • #13 Hoskins (.316): 2-5 with a run scored, triple, RBI (41)
  • #17 Pinto (3-3, 5.53): DNP
  • #20 Appel (3-2, 6.75): DNP
  • #25 Lively (6-1, 2.40): DNP
  • #30 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (26-23) swept two games from Portland, 0-2 and 4-3 in 13 innings.

Game One:  Tyler Viza (3-3, 5.59) pitched 6.0 innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  Victor Arano saw his first action of the season and pitched a perfect seventh.

Jiandido Tromp had 3 hits.  Mitch Walding and Malquin Canelo had 2 hits each.  Tromp hit 2 solo home runs (2), Kyle Martin hit a 2-run HR (8), and Walding hit a solo HR (6).

  • #11 Kingery (.311): 0-3
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (3-2, 4.59): DNP
  • #23: Arano (0.00): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • #24 Tocci (.310): 1-3
  • #28 Canelo (.265): 2-2 with a double, RBI (14)
  • Pullin (.323): 0-2
  • Tromp (.257): 3-3 with 3 runs scored, 2 HR (2), 2 RBI (18)

Game Two:  Andrew Pullin hit a lead off home run in the 13th inning for a walk off victory. Angelo Mora went 3-5 with a HR (4) and 2 RBI (17).  He put the Phils’ first two runs on the board with an RBI single in the fourth and a solo home run in the sixth.  Osmel Aguila tied the game in the seventh with an RBI double.

John Richy (6.16) pitched 4.0 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits.  He walked none and struck out four.  Alexis Rivero (3.14) pitched 2.0 scoreless innings.  Yacksel Rios (2.18) pitched 3.0 innings but gave up a go-ahead run on a solo HR.  Austin Davis (0.79) followed with 3.0 scoreless innings.  Joe DeNato (4-1, 1.04) pitched 1.0 inning and picked up the win.

  • #11 Kingery (.309): 1-4 with a double, 2 BB, K
  • #18: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #22 Anderson (3-2, 4.59): DNP
  • #23: Arano (0.00): DNP
  • #24 Tocci (.305): 1-6
  • #28 Canelo (.265): DNP
  • Pullin (.323): 2-6 with 2 runs scored, double, HR (12), RBI (36)
  • Tromp (.255): 1-5 with a double, 2 K

Clearwater (29-24) scored 6 runs after the fifth inning to rally and beat Florida, 9-5.

The marquee pitching match up of Alberto Tirado and Touki Toussaint did not measure up to expectations.  Tirado (4.50) had control problems that provided the Frogs with additional base runners, and Toussaint did the same as well as give up 10 base hits.

Tirado was also hurt by a couple errors.  He pitched 5.0 innings and gave up 5 runs (3 ER). He held the Frogs to 4 hits, but walked 4 and hit a batter.  He threw 83 pitches, 49 strikes (59%).  Four of the 5 runners who scored reached on 2 walks, a hit batter, and a throwing error.  And, two of them scored on a fielding error.

Tirado’s velocity was all over the board.  He touched every number from 81 to 96 except 87. His fastball ranged from 91 thru 96 MPH.  He sat 93-96 MPH and hit 96 MPH 9 times, still touching it in his fifth inning.  He got his 4 strike outs swinging at 83, 91, 83, and 86 MPH.  He got 12 swinging strikes total, and 9 called strikes.

Harold Arauz (1-0, 2.31) earned the win with three perfect innings.  He retired all nine batters he faced and striking out three.  Arauz was surprisingly effective.  He followed a pitcher who was cthrowing in the low to mid 90s.  Arauz toped out at 88 MPH.  He got his three strike outs swinging at 87, 87, and 79 MPH.

Jeff Singer began warming up for a save but entered in a non-save situation.  His fastball sat 93-94 MPH but crept up to 97 MPH.  He got both of his strike outs looking at 84 and 95 MPH.  The second one was the “game-ender”.

Zach Coppola (.350) had a 3-hit game.  Mark Laird (.270) and Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits each.  Laird had 3 RBI.  Deivi Grullon and Drew Stankiewicz had 2 RBI each. Stankiewicz hit a go-ahead, 2-run HR in the seventh inning.

Coppola tripled to lead off the first inning.  It was a hard hit ball to the right center field gap on which the right fielder took a bad rout.  He leaped and missed after a too-lateral approach.  Laird followed with an RBI single.  He eventually scored on Herlis Rodriguez’ ground out.  Damek Tomscha scored in the third inning on Randolph’s sacrifice fly.  Laird picked up his second RBI in the sixth inning on a ground out, the last run charged to Toussaint.

Stankiewicz hit his two-out, go-ahead home run after Rodriguez drew a two-out walk to extend the inning.  The Threshers tacked on three insurance runs in the eighth inning on Laird’s RBI double and Grullon’s 2-run double.

I apologize to Grenny Cumana for my snarky comment yesterday.  He successfully stole second base in the eighth inning today and scored on Laird’s double.

With Jose Pujols out of the line up, Randolph batted fifth.

  • # 5 Kilome (3-2, 3.02): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.223): 2-4 with an RBI (25)
  • #27 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.68): DNP
  • #29 Pujols (.189): DNP

Lakewood (31-22) lost to Greensboro, 8-3.

Adonis Medina had his worst outing of the season.  He gave up 5 runs (4 ER).  He needed 90 pitches to get through 5.0 innings.  He gave up a season-high 7 hits, walked three, and hit a batter.  He struck out four.  Ismael Cabrera (2.59) gave up a run in 2.0 innings.  Casey Brown (6.75) gave up 2 unearned runs in 0.2 innings.  And, Tyler Hallead (3.00) got the last out.

The BlueClaws scored first and remained competitive through the middle innings, but only managed four hits.  Darick Hall (.267) had two of the hits, a double, walk and his sixth HR. He accounted for all 3 RBI.  Mickey Moniak walked twice and scored twice.

Lakewood committed 3 errros that led to 3 unearned runs.

  • #2 Moniak (.279): 0-2 with 2 runs scored, 2 BB, K
  • #7 Sanchez (1-2, 3.70): DNP
  • #16 Medina (1-5, 3.42): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  • #19 Brito (.244): 0-4
  • #26 Romero (3-1, 2.32): 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):  With the DSL season starting this weekend, expect to see some movement from XST in Clearwater to the DSL rosters later this week.  

  • 5/31 – Phillies placed RHP Vince Velasquez on the 10-day disabled list. Right flexor strain.
  • 5/31 – Phillies recalled RHP Ricardo Pinto from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/30 – Phillies sent OF Daniel Nava on a rehab assignment to Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 5/30 – RF Aaron Brown assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 5/30 – Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Victor Arano from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 5/29 – Phillies activated LF Howie Kendrick.
  • 5/29 – Phillies sent LF Daniel Nava on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/29 – Phillies optioned RHP Zach Eflin to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 5/28 – RHP Franklyn Kilome assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Phillies Ext. Spring Training.
  • 5/28 – RHP Edgar Garcia assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.

111 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/31/2017

  1. Still surprised that Pullin not generating more buzz. Batting stats almost the same as Kingery’s. Same age as Kingery. This is not meant as a knock against Kingery. Again, just trying to understand why Pullin is not hyped.

    1. I’ve been told he is a left field only prospect, so he will have to show power, and his lefty right splits are less than desirable, that being said , he is having a heck of a year and if does develope into a primo bat it will be a pleasant surprise after retiring a year earlier

      1. Pullin should find his way to AAA once the first promotion in OF there happens. Quinn, Williams, and Cozens could all at some point. His bat is legit for both power and average.
        Cozens and Randolph both having average climb over last few weeks – good signs.
        And Canelo has been having a quiet but solid season so far.

        1. C hitting .342 in last ten with 2 bb/ 5 k….

          Cozens .349 last ten games, 3 bb / 12 k

        2. I stopped watching the MLB Phillies because the MiLB Phillies have become so much more exciting. I hope they bring Quinn up soon. Now that May has finished, the Little Bash Brothers (Kingery and Pullin) are 28 HR and the Big Bash Brothers (Hoskins and Cozins) are 26 HR. I can’t wait to see what June brings for these guys!!

          1. I watch the MLB Phillies whether they are good or bad. I stay loyal and true.

      2. Actually phillysf…Pullin’s splits vs all LHPs, not named Jalen Beeks, are pretty good

          1. I hit, a single in the in the 6th….beeks pitched 7 innings….Pullin’s other hit was in the 22th inning.

    2. Different requirements for different positions.. Pullin’s numbers are good for a LF, Kingery’s are outstanding for a 2b…

    3. It’s probably the EL effect we’ve seen guys so many times before have big years in AA only to falter at the next levels.

      I read an article I forget where it might have been here that said it’s not just reading but most if not all the parks in the EL are hitter friendly.

      But I don’t want to take away from what these guys are doing. It is impressive just numb to it until I see it happen at the next level and in turn sustained big league success.

      1. Kingery has pretty even splits home and away, as does Pullin. I do see your point though. Ruf for one…

  2. Jim, you run the best baseball site on the planet, maybe the universe. You set up discussion posts for daily minor league activity, general discussions, draft discussions and special sections like the interviews with players. The people who post on here should adhere to your rules and regulations, if for no other reason then to keep this the best site ever.

    Please, everyone, help to keep this site fantastic. Talk about minor leaguers in the daily box score recaps. Keep the big league discussions in the general discussion posts. Draft discussions should be placed in the Draft sections. The general and draft discussions, at this time of year, are weekly. It’s hard to filter through massive discussions looking for draft info in the daily Box Score Recap and it makes the box score recaps difficult to follow when there is a ton of negative crap about the big club. If you’re mad about the Phillies then read the daily minor league box scores. That will put a smile on your face.

    Long time followers of this site should help Jim police it by asking people who post in the wrong section to move over to the correct section and keep minor leaguer discussions pristine. Let’s keep this site GREAT!!!

    1. bellman1….your post should be in the General Discussion thread , not the Daily Box Score Recaps….just doing my part. 🙂

          1. Gentlemen,

            I appreciate Bellman’s comment and the support it has received. But he is wrong on two points –
            1. this is NOT my site, and
            2. these are NOT my rules.

            When this site was in danger of collapsing I stepped in and took over Greg’s weekly discussion and Brad’s daily box scores. The “rules” were already in place, and back then you readers did police each other. That’s how I learned which comments were acceptable and where. In fact, the only comments I monitored prior to that time were the ones in my Threshers/GCL reports.

            It wasn’t until later when a few readers questioned why the other articles weren’t being monitored that I started reviewing those too. Now, I hate playing “hall monitor” for adults, but fear that a lack of vigilance will turn Phuture Phillies into one of “those” sites where the infectious anti-Phillies venom in every comment section makes a site unenjoyable.

            The editorial comment above was originally a four paragraph rant that I pared down to the single paragraph reminder I kept in the Recap.

            Above all else, I want to preserve the prospect site for which I took over stewardship.

            And one last thing, Bellman. I don’t think I RUN the “best baseball site”. I realize that this site is run by the readers without whose participation I would fail to meet my commitment to maintain Phuture Phillies.

            1. Jim – A big THANK YOU! I used to frequent another Philly site, not to be named, and it was always very negative. It’s nice reading about prospects and the positives that come along with them.

            2. Jim,

              The work you do is amazing. As is the respect you show for your readers. I’ve learned some much here from you and the members, and have so much fun reading this site, that it’s almost hard to describe. Thanks very much.

            3. I think you’re selling yourself short in that last paragraph. Obviously, “best site” is completely subjective, but the reports you put out from the two Clearwater affiliates are top-notch. I really think they’re on par with any scouting report, particularly when you consider you see these guys for most home games and not just a few days a season. And while I find some scouts stubbornly stick by an evaluation of a player (for better or worse), you seem to be open to changing your opinion based on new information or other info that you receive. I find that extremely refreshing. I read a pretty good amount on the minor league system, and I value your opinion more than anyone else when it comes to our prospects.

  3. Roman Quinn didn’t play last night for the second consecutive game. Odd that a prospect would sit more than one game without being disciplined, sick, hurt or nursing a minor injury. Does anyone know the reason?

  4. Crawford with no hits! All jokes aside, while he had no hits, he still padded his OBP with 2 walks.
    If Williams is going to continue to hit homers, I can live with occasional 3K games.
    And Cozens, wow! Avg now up to .245 after his horrible April. Seems to have found his way. I know the big question being is hit a legit prospect or future platoon? I’m going to go with legit prospect. His avg against LHP now creeping up to .211
    Big thing for him was could he adjust to AAA pitching? Seems like he has

    1. That is actually why I’m still high on Crawford as the Phillies future ss. Even when not hitting, he shows the ability to control the strike zone and get his walks. He should always be a good OBP player.

      1. He’s got some work on that Avg and Slugging, however, his May was a great sign. He could easily be at .400 OBP to end year

        1. Slugging would be great but I’ll be happy if he hits .280ish with a .380-.400 OBP and plays above average ss.

          That is a fine 2-hole hitter.

          1. Yes, basically a modern-day Willie Randolph (without the speed but at a more critical defensive position) – Randolph hit .276 with a .373 lifetime OBP and used that and good fielding and base running to rack up a ridiculous 65 WAR – more than many HOFers. So, yeah, like I was saying, Crawford doesn’t need to improve all that much to be very valuable.

    2. I was just looking at Cozens splits as well. Even though his avg vs LHP is low, his power (6 HR), slugging and ops are almost identical.

      1. He is 6’6″ 235 and has three 3B…can you imagine what that must look like going around second? Who do we know at that size that hits triples?

        1. A guy the same size as Cozens, OFer and lefty…..Dave Parker in his prime years hit a lot of triples..

          1. Parker is good. Dave Winfield comes to mind too. Both of them were big dudes with some speed.

  5. I think it would be helpful if the Phillies open discussions were posted twice a week vs once per week since they generate significant volume. This is a great site Jim and you do an amazing job but I think it’s very natural for daily prospect talk to seep into big league talk, especially right now when the majority of prospects are in AAA and the big league club is the worst team in the world. I’m just glad this site doesn’t “leak” into talk about Russia and fake news and other exhausting non Phillies topics.

    1. Mike, I tried this the week of the Utley trade, and made the same suggestion, but received no positive feedback. And, I’m not really looking to add another article to my list of daily and weekly “chores”.

      1. No worries , Jim. Leave it as is. We’re all big boys. We can manage our comments accordingly. Thanks again for all the late night labor you invest.

        AND GO SCOTTY GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        (That’s 17 !s)

    2. Politics has no place in this site, I’m still mixed bag about discussing a recent graduate of the farm even though they now play the big boy league

  6. The LHV box score is the place to look every day, its so exciting. Hoskins and Cozens with 41 RBIs each on June 1. I wondered about Eshelman previously but now, he looks like a beast.
    Tromp with 5 homers now, he still tantalizes with his ability. Pullin has crazy good numbers across two seasons at AA but there’s no promotion for him until there’s a promotion at AAA.
    Randolph is cooking now, he’s finally in a groove. Let’s see how long he can stay hot and whether he can reclaim high prospect status.
    Hall sure looks good at the plate and he’s starting to put up numbers now. I wish Brito and Gamboa could get going.

  7. My question about Crawford is, should he actually be taking less works to work on his hit approach? I’m not saying in the long run he should be an aggressive hitter but since we know, and obviously he and the staff(s) know, that he has great plate discipline and pitch recognition, shouldn’t he hone in on his pitch recognition and start putting the barrel on the ball? I don’t believe he’s going to lose his OBP in the long run but maybe he should ‘sacrifice’ it right now to get those hits. Just a thought.

    1. I think the only way you can make that case is if he’s taking hitters pitches. I don’t want him to swing at everything just to hit, he’s not that type of player.

  8. I think part of the issue is that we have so many “prospects” knocking on the ML door that people are discussing whether they should be brought up because a former prospect is struggling in the ML. So then the discussion gets pulled into all the major issues the ML team is having.

    1. Eagle, I’m not talking about those comments. It’s a comment solely about a hitter like Franco, and the lengthy discussion that follows that has nothing to do with minor league prospects.

    1. Cozens is a good player, but he’s more likely the fourth best prospect on the Pigs (behind Crawford, Hoskins and Alfaro). An argument could be made for Williams or Quinn as well. That’s not a knock on Cozens, through, as much as a testament to the talent as a whole on that team.

      1. I put it this way for the AAA club

        Hoskins-Great combination of hit power and OBP skills
        Cozens-Tremendous power and athletic ability

        Crawford-Premium position above average command of the strike zone will play at the MLB level

        Alfaro-Premium position enough of a hit tool to play at the next level with 15-20 HR power

        Quinn-Does enough things well with the bat to be on a 25 man if it weren’t for durability concerns he’d be higher

        Williams-I haven’t seen a single tool that really stands out yet but he’s walking more if the light comes on look out.

        1. Yeah, that’s the optimistic take on all these guys.

          Of these players, I have the highest degree of confidence in Crawford because he has 80 plate discipline (it’s really that good – completely elite) and plays a key defensive position very well. He is not going to need to improve much to be an above average major league player. If he does improve reasonably, he’s a borderline star.

          I have a good degree of confidence that Quinn can be a MLB regular outfielder for somebody at some point – I think the overall skill set is too good for him not to be productive assuming he stays health; a big if given his history.

          Williams has shown some progress but I don’t know if his hit tool and plate discipline will be good enough for him to survive in the majors. He could be a good corner outfielder or a AAAA player, but he’s going to be up against it with major league pitching.

          Alfaro’s plate discipline is dreadful. Really bad. He is going to get a steady diet of nasty breaking pitches out of the zone in the majors and if he swings at too many of them, you are looking at a back-up catcher with a lot of power and not a starter. And don’t get fooled by a fast start in the majors – they will adjust to him and he’s going to have to make a counter-adjustment to survive.

          Cozens is progressing nicely. But what is he in the long-run? The most optimistic view is a lefty Aaron Judge. Worst is probably a platoon lefty where his power should play up. I’m not sure what he becomes, but I think he needs a lot of ABs in AAA this year.

    1. We just have to hope that his stuff is good enough to get major leaguers out. It’s good enough for AAA, apparently. If he keeps it going, I’d say there’s a pretty solid chance he’ll see the majors this year.

      1. I would think Eshelman’s ceiling is a 3 and floor as a long reliever. His stuff is pretty pedestrian for a RHP, except that one big plus…his control may be a 75 and command a 70.
        I would hope he would be more than a Buchanan/Cloyd pitcher and more along the lines of a Kyle Hendrick’s of the Cubs. But just not sure if Hendricks is a product of their outstanding offensive and defensive team surrounding him.
        Eshelman’s GB% sitting around mid-40s% could stand to be about 5/7 points higher, since it looks like he is not going to be a swing and miss pitcher with the higher velo working for him..

    2. Not happy that he threw 112 pitches (really, what difference does it make if a guy throws a shutout in the minors or 8 scoreless innings in the minors?), but he is doing what I hoped he would – which is learning to throw breaking pitches, something he rarely had to do in college ball because he could just throw his FB wherever he wanted. If he ends up as a solid 3, well, that probably justifies the trade by itself.

    3. Was aware of his ability to keep ball in the zone – almost other worldly ! However I am still perplexed that he has become more effective the higher he has moved up through the org. I pictured him as a Jamie Moyer type of pitcher ? Apparently he is modifying that approach. But what gives, here ?

      1. His FB has gained velocity in professional ball but it’s still very pedestrian (sitting 89-91). It also does not have a ton of movement. What he does have is almost perfect command. He puts that ball wherever he wants. He has developed a curve that he also uses which is a decent pitch. I think he’s going to need another good pitch to be an effective major league mid-rotation starter, but I could see him doing that. He works quickly and has excellent mound presence.

    4. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Eshelman come up soon. I’m curious about his stuff – his k/9 ration isn’t stellar and his GO/AO ratio seems a bit low. Any thoughts? (Apologies if this is covered somewhere else. I used to frequent this site all of the time and have only recently jumped back on board)

      1. Ok, I didn’t read enough. Thanks Catch for answering my question before I asked it!

      2. GB% hovers around mid-forties…..if he can get it over 50% then he really could be a solid mid-rotation guy with his excellent control. I guess in a sense he is a sinker/2smr guy pitching low in the zone, and if plans on missing barrels then he needs more GBs.
        He appears to be a guy who will probably never need tJ surgery.
        Pitching 300 innings in college is really a lot of innings. And 200 in the pros mow…..whoa seems he has a lot of innings .
        He is 23 years old soon so I guess he is really right on pace.

  9. I have been telling you since I watched Cozens in Williamsport that he is one of 3 best players I have seen in thousands of games. The other 2 are Richie Allen from the 60’s and Bob Horner who I saw in the College World Series who went right to the Braves and skipped the minor leagues.

    1. wayne, I agree Richie Alllen, Dylan Cozens, but for 1000’s of minor league games I’ll add Manny Ramirez, Cliff Floyd and Marlon Byrd his year in Reading.

  10. Just saw that Therrien got promoted to Lehigh. Another step closer to helping the big club!

    1. And Kingery just hit his 17th homer. I’ve run out of superlatives to describe this guy. He is a wonder.

      1. And then he draws a walk in the next inning and steals second. He’s a one-man wrecking crew.

          1. And a single. A triple away from the cycle (plus he’s drawn a walk – is that the golden cycle?).

    1. It’s June 1. PREDICTION – Kingery gets moved up to AAA after the game today. He’s DH. Just walked his 2nd AB after the shot to right center. What could they be waiting for?

      1. I’m not sure. He’s done with AA – he needs to be promoted and there is no reason I can see not to promote him. I think I’ll just swear off Phillies baseball for the rest of the year and go to Lehigh Valley – much better baseball there anyway.

      2. Let’s be real. There are probably at least 5 or more other big league teams who would have promoted him to the majors already (including the Marlins and Mets). I wonder if they are contemplating doing this in Philadelphia. Now THAT would get everyone’s attention and, you know what, I think he’d hold his own without any problem.

        1. And it won’t cause a problem with Cesar. Scotty can play the outfield just fine too for now – no worries.

        2. Catch, I told you last week the planetary system and stars in their courses have to be in perfect alignment to get called up……….unless of course you are a pitcher in which case there is a chopper awaiting on the pad to wisk you to CBP.

        3. The Phillies almost never promote somebody from AA. The last person was Kyle Kendrick and only because nobody at AAA deserved it.

  11. Reliever Jesen Therien promoted to AAA after dominating the first 2 months. Why not Jetpax? Stay tuned. We may hear the announcement later this afternoon.

  12. Anybody know what’s up with Seranthony? He was assigned to WIL > 2 weeks ago but wasn’t reassigned back to CLW up to date.

    1. From last week….shoulder issue…MRI revealed everything looked clear.
      According to one of the other sites….maybe it was here and Jim who reported it…cannot recall now.
      May 13th was when he pitched until the 5th then came out with the issue.

      1. Wish they gave more info … same thing with Sixto Sanchez … it’s coming up on a month since he appeared and we’ve heard nothing.

        1. I read Sixto innings were going to be very limited. So they may be giving him more rest between starts. Didn’t realize it had been a month.

        2. A couple of weeks ago the radio announcers for Lakewood said he had a sprained neck. What exactly does that mean? I don’t know. He must be in Clearwater rehabbing.

  13. After his Clearwater year, the player I thought would do better at Reading was Kyle Martin. Seen him play 3 times and he has gone o-fer. Not surprised to see his .188 average. Was surprised to see he hit his 9th HR today and has 28RBI’s. On a comparable basis. Hoskins over 100 pts higher than Cozens, but are tied in HR and RBI. Just proves what an advantage a 4 hole hitter has in the RBI category. Ala Ryan Howard’s last years.

  14. “He has shown true gap power to right-center and left-center, and at 19 years old he is still getting there,” Malloy said. “I don’t see why he can’t be a 15-20 home-run guy at the next level.”

    One scout who has seen Moniak with Lakewood agreed.

    “The ball jumps off his bat, and I think he is going to be a very good hitter, and the power will come,” the scout said. “When you look at it, he is such a young kid, and it’s hard to play in that league, playing against some 23-, 24-year-olds.”

  15. Let’s not get too overly excited about Eshelman yet. Let the kid pitch in AAA for the rest of the year to get confidence and see how he does overall. People were screaming for Thompson to come up last year when he was doing well and look where he is today. Be happy and excited that Eshelman is doing well but let’s not get carried away.

  16. I was @ Reading today……Kingery is amazing……4 for 4, HR, SB….hard to believe how good he looked

    1. What is as impressive as his power numbers, and even more important for a top of the lineup guy, Kingery easily leads the EL with 51 runs scored, and his OBP is .403!

  17. Kingery will be promoted to AAA soon but will not see CBP this year. I love Jetpax since he was drafted and even if Kingery cannot sustain the current statistical phase, Kingery has the natural skill set and playing attitude to succeed.

    I’ve mentioned that I will refrain from any 2B talk until the end of 2017 season.

    Brian Nicholas Williams is another player that I’m glad to see performing. Nick Williams has a similar profile as Altherr only batting LH. I like the proposal to promote Quinn and Williams to play CF and LF in CBP and move Kendrick to 3B while optioning Doobie and Franco to work on their struggles.

    Quinn, Williams and Kingery may have some question marks about them but the trio has a game changing ability(ies) when things turn out right.

      1. @romus – i stand corrected. Not sure why i typed Brian — you’re right, it’s Billy the Kid Williams.

    1. Kurdt, I don’t recall the high K rate for Altherr in the minors, although Williams has shown more of a pure hit tool. Are you projecting Williams going forward or comparing to what you remember of Altherr in the minors?

      1. matt13….Alterr’s overall k rate was 21%…..his k rate at AA/AAA level was 20%

      2. @matt13 – i can see some parallel on the player profile — basically a player with speed and who can hit for power but with swing and miss tendencies. both also can play multiple OF positions although Altherr is the better defender and Nick is probably the better hitter.

        projection wise, i haven’t run thru the numbers yet.

  18. ERA – 2.90, KK/9 – 8.97, KK/BB – 3.78, WHIP – 1.03

    The above is Drew Anderson’s line for May. Anderson is another prospect that I like who can be better than what he is projected to be. Anderson has a good command of his FB (that is currently improving and trending towards mid-90s) and a potential plus CB. Similar to Vinny Velasquez, the development of a reliable CU will make a difference between a pen arm or a solid #3 starter.

  19. Count me in on Kingery,,move him to triple a.His stats are IMPRESSIVE,a player his size leading all of baseball in home runs? Plus his overall makeup,defense,etc.
    Come on front office..let’s Move..give us fans reason to believe that you won’t stick with your same old standard way of doing things.
    Also..the hitters have picked it up it AAA,seems to be that this is the best time ever to watch and follow that team.

  20. Sorry, I haven’t read every posting. Do we know why Quinn isn’t playing? Injured or sick?

  21. have not read anything on quinn. could it be simply that the other 3 guys (perkins, cozens, williams) are all hitting too well to sd the pigs are playing ln affiliates with no dh? we shall see tomorrow if that is the case, since none of the three was particularly good in tonight’s loss. perhaps hoskins has finally earned a game off …

  22. Roman Quinn has a sore arm suffered while stealing 3rd on Sunday. He is Day-to-day, according to sources close to the team.

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