Box Score Recap – 6/14/2017

Lehigh Valley was held scoreless after Tuesday night’s offensive explosion.

Reading came from behind to claim victory.

Clearwater dropped a double header in which they scored one run and allowed 5 unearned runs.  They likely cost themselves the first half race with 4 games remaining.

Lakewood scored 14 runs on 21 hits on their way to a lop-sided victory.

Lehigh Valley (43-22) was shut out by Buffalo, 4-0.

Mark Appel (4-3, 5.71) gave up 4 runs in 5.2 innings on 8 hits, only 2 walks, and struck out four.  Ricardo Pinto (4.65) stranded two inherited runners and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings.

Osmel Aguila and Jorge Flores (.233) had 2 hits each at the bottom of the order.

  • #1 Crawford (.194): DNP
  • #3 Alfaro (.266): 1-4 with a K
  • #4 Williams (.280): DNP
  • #6 Quinn (.274): 7-day DL
  • #9 Cozens (.248): 0-4 with a K
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
  • #13 Hoskins (.291): 0-3 with a BB, K
  • #16 Pinto (3-3, 4.65): 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • #19 Appel (4-2, 5.71): 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • #24 Lively (6-1, 2.40): promoted to the Phillies
  • #29 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (36-25) beat Bowie, 5-4.

Miguel Nunez (3.55) gave up ,4 runs in 4.2 innings on 8 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four. Tom Windle (4-2, 8.18) got the win in his first appearance since coming off the DL.  He entered in the fifth and stranded both inherited runners.  He completed 1.1 innigs with a walk and a strike out.  Shane Watson (5.06) pitched two scoreless innings.  Victor Arano (1.23) picked up his first save with a 1-2-3 inning.

Reading only mustered 6 hits, all singles.  Zach Coppola (.269) had 2 hits, a walk, and 3 steals from the lead off position.  He scored the Phils first run on a successful double steal with Scott Kingery.  He led off the third with his second single and scored on Andrew Pullin’s fielder’s choice.

The Phils pulled ahead to stay in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Angelo Mora and Chace Numata.  The final run scored on a throwing error during Numata’s single.

Kyle Martin drew 3 walks.  Miguel Nunez picked a runner off first. Kingery’s batting average dipped below .300.

  • #11 Kingery (.299): 1-4 with a BB, SB
  • #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #21 Anderson (5-2, 3.77): DNP
  • #22: Arano (1.23): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • #23 Tocci (.288): 1-4 with a run scored, K
  • #27 Canelo (.238): 0-4 with a K
  • Pullin (.310): 0-4 with an RBI (41)

Clearwater (35-31) dropped both ends of a double header to Lakeland, 5-1 and 1-0.

Game One:  These were difficult game to watch.  In the first game, Alberto Tirado (4-4, 3.98) looked great in his first two innings.  He retired all 6 batters, got 2 Ks with his slider, and needed only 20 pitches.

Then, “Bad Albert” made an appearance.  Tirado got a swinging strike to open the third, but walked two batters on 8 consecutive pitches.  Lakeland tried to sacrifice.  Tirado fielded the bunt and fired wide of third base and a run scored.  Lakeland put the same play on and Tirado repeated his performance, firing the ball wide of third.  The Tigers went to the well one more time, but Tirado caught the popped bunt to retire the batter.  But the damage had been done.

“Bad Al” came out and walked the first batter in the fourth on 5 pitches.  A single put runners on first and second, and Lakeland went back to their bread and butter – a sac bunt to Tirado.  He tried to catch the ball before it bounced but fumbled the attempt for a fielding error.  A fielder’s choice cut down a run at home, but a double down the right field line was destined to allow 2 runs to score.  When Jose Pujols missed the ball by the bleachers,  all three runners scored.

With the Threshers anemic offense, 5 runs was more than enough, although they did score on a Pujols sac fly to avoid the shutout.

Mark Laird (.264) had 2 hits.  Ranfi Casimiro (3.44) pitched 2.2 scoreless innings.  Tyler Gilbert (3.00) pitched one scoreless.

  • #10 Randolph (.225): 0-2 with a BB, 2 K
  • #28 Pujols (.184): 0-2 with a SF, 2 K

Game Two:  John Waguespack (2.23) out-pitched Tigers prospect Kyle Funfhouser for five innings.  He held the Tigers to two hits and a walk while striking out four.  His FB was 92-94, touching 95 MPH.  He left with the game in a scoreless tie having thrown 76 pitches.  JWags is still being stretched out as a starter and hasn’t gone past five innings in any of his four professional starts.  His 76 previous appearances have all been in relief.

The only run scored when a Lakewood runner attempted to steal third and scored when the throw was inaccurate.  Luke Leftwich (0-4, 4.00) suffered the loss.  He struck out four in his two innings.  He lilely would have escaped the inning if the stolen base had been uncontested.  There were two outs and the batter struck out on the next pitch.

The Threshers managed just four hits again.  Jan Hernandez had two.

  • # 5 Kilome (3-2, 2.60): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.225): DNP
  • #26 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.20): DNP
  • #28 Pujols (.184): DNP
  • #30 Seranthony Dominguez (3-0, 2.02): rehabbing a shoulder injury in XST

Lakewood (36-30) crushed Delmarva, 14-1.

Bailey Falter (3-3, 3.20) evened his record with five, shutout innings.  He allowed 6 hits, walked none, and struck out six.  Tyler Hallead (2.31) struck out 3 in two, scoreless innings.  Casey Brown (5.14) gave up a run in two innings.

The BlueClaws amassed 21 hits and 6 walks.  They had 6 extra base hits including 3 HRs. Every starter got a hit.  Mickey Moniak and Raul Rivas (.284) had 4 each.  David Martinelli (.230) and Luke Williams (.211) had 3 each.  Darick Hall (.260) and Carlos Duran (.242) had 2 each.  Hall hit his 10th HR and had 4 RBI.  Duran hit his 1st HR and had 5 RBI.  Brett Barbier (.237) hit his 2nd HR and had 2 RBI.  Rivas had the other 2 RBI.

  • #2 Moniak (.274): 4-5 with a run scored, double, BB
  • #7 Sanchez (2-2, 3.07): DNP
  • #15 Medina (2-5, 3.13): DNP
  • #18 Brito (.236): DNP
  • #25 Romero (4-1, 2.26): DNP

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

  • #8 Gowdy
  • #14 Stobbe
  • #20 Ortiz

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

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves):

  • 6/14 – RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lehigh Valley IronPig
  • 6/14 – LHP Cole Irvin assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers
  • 6/13 – Phillies traded LHP Joely Rodriguez to Texas Rangers for Player To Be Named Later
  • 6/13 – OF Osmel Aguila assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 6/13 – LHP Tom Windle assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 6/13 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 6/11 – Phillies activated RHP Joaquin Benoit from the 10-day disabled list.
  • 6/11 – Phillies placed 2B Cesar Hernandez on the 10-day disabled list. Strained left oblique
  • 6/11 – RHP Sixto Sanchez assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 6/10 – Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Clearwater Threshers
  • 6/10 – Colton Murray assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 6/10 – Tommy Bergjans assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Phillies Ext. Spring Training
  • 6/10 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 6/10 – Ismael Cabrera assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Lakewood BlueClaws
  • 6/9 – Phillies traded 3B Taylor Featherston to Tampa Bay Rays for cash
  • 6/9 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed LF Roman Quinn on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 8, 2017
  • 6/8 – Phillies designated LHP Joely Rodriguez for assignment
  • 6/8 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Casey Fien from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 6/7 – LF Jiandido Tromp assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 6/7 – 1B Brock Stassi assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 6/6 – RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Reading Fightin Phils.
  • 6/6 – RHP Tyler Frohwirth assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers
  • 6/6 – LF Enmanuel Garcia assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 6/5 – Phillies optioned 1B Brock Stassi to Reading Fightin Phils
  • 6/5 – Phillies recalled RHP Nick Pivetta from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 6/5 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 6/5 – LF Cord Sandberg assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 6/4 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Zach Eflin on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 3, 2017

76 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/14/2017

  1. I’ve never seen Alberto Tirado pitch so maybe I’m doing the kid an injustice. But in reading the write-up here I just got a sense that it spoke to something broader about what is wrong in the development of Phils’ prospects. There is a lack of sound fundamentals that was there to be exploited and was successfully exploited time and again at the High A level. Another team had the ability to consistently bunt the ball to him and he could be exploited to consistently misplay bunts. To borrow from football, it’s like a cornerback who consistently bites on the first fake and is left out of position to defend against a pass.

    I never pitched but did play first base and don’t see a high degree of difficulty to making the play. Tirado will need to be protected from the Rule 5 draft again this year and I’m thinking “why bother?” for a guy if he is so poorly grounded in the fundamentals when he’s been a pro as long as he has and is making rookie ball mistakes on a consistent basis.

    1. Tirado is not a Sal A.’s find (acquired via Revere trade) and it is a calculated risk that the Phils took which most teams will take the similar approach that’s why he’s protected from Rule V. Power arms is something that the Phils are lacking right now, but this will change soon with Kilome, Arano, etc coming up quickly.

  2. Collectively the top prospects have seemed to stop hitting. Isn’t it crazy as soon we start clamoring for call ups it happens? Nice to see Moniak get four hits though.

    1. They need to hold out promoting him for a couple more weeks. I have tickets for 2 of the games they have in Harrisburg at the end of June 🙂

      1. Ha ha
        Reading just won’t be the same without him
        But look on the bright side you no doubt get a look at Martin and Walding

      2. I can see the promotion in about 25 more games…at the break. They may let him play in the EL all-star game. Klentak did say soon.

        1. Who knows, but once somebody admits it, it’s usually imminent. Wouldn’t be shocked if they dropped him off in PA on the way from Bowie to Binghamton this weekend.

  3. This Kingery thing is what drives me crazy sometimes. This is kid that played college ball and is 23 and in his 3rd year in the minors. I don’t want to hear it can “ruin” his confidence forever if he struggles. If that’s the case he probably isn’t a guy you want on your team then.

  4. Crawford’s been MIA the last few games. I wonder if he’s simply getting a “break” or working off site. If I recall, he picked up 2 hits the last game he played over the weekend.

    1. He was in the lineup provided to media last night but was a late scratch. No reason was given.

  5. Bear in mind that the only reason Tirado is protected is because he can easily touch 100mph with a fastball that he can barely control. Now, the bunt vulnerability. Hmm, I’m left with no other option but to hope that he could put it all together one day. Tirado is a, sort of, version of Bautista who showed massive power in the minors but couldnt make contact, and one day, he just clicked, and boom.

    I just remember the comment that Jim made a few days ago when he implied that even though Tirado was in the mid 90s range he has more difficult the get out than Arauz that topped out at 88. The answers is pithability. If you can’t pitch it where you want, then it is going to be hard get outs consistently.

  6. Hoskins….struggling…good things FO didn’t listen and call him up! Needs to show he can work out of a long funk!

    Kingery has slowed a bit as well

    Pulling keeps hitting. Call him up to AAA.

    1. Around the 100 game mark at AA, Pullin has 23HR and 73RBI. Add in roughly a .380OBP. Dude needs to be tested.

      1. If ToJo and Kendrick could be moved next month…then Hoskins gets the call up, along with Williams.
        Pullin then goes to LHV and Stassi gets more ABs at LHV.
        And just assume Kingery goes up to LHV after a couple more dozens games at Reading, right at the all-star break

          1. Neshek more value….maybe a contending teams top 10-15 range prospect or maybe two. Nats would do it today I am sure….but Klentak may balk on inter-division trading…who knows, maybe not…he shouldn’t because Rizzo does give up his prospects.
            Howie and ToJo probably low A prospects from an AL team…since both could also DH..

            1. That is a joke – the Phillies are so far away from being competitive – they should just get the best package they can from the Nationals or whoever – they’re trading a middle reliever, not Babe Ruth.

    2. Right or wrong, my assumption is that the FO has a predetermined time line for promoting each player contingent on their development and need.

      1. Seems about right from everything that’s been said.

        I think the fact we have the worst MLB team actually helps them be patient. I think if we were contending and Hernandez went down we would’ve seen Kingery come up.

      2. Seems about right from everything that’s been said.

        I think the fact we have the worst MLB team actually helps them be patient. I think if we were contending and Hernandez went down we would’ve seen Kingery come up.

      3. In general, the Phillies are more cautious than other teams when promoting prospects. They want to make sure that the promotion is deserved AND that the player will be able to handle the challenge (especially with in season promotions). They do not want to demote guys. If you get demoted in the Phillies minor system, you’re pretty much not in their plans anymore.

  7. The Phils decision to hand back Derek Fisher for Mark Appel is looking dimmer by the day, especially after Fisher’s MLB debut

    1. Mark Appel is looking like a reliever more than ever with the new class of pitchers coming up and his poor results in AAA. Gregg you are right in that the Ken Giles trade should have not been changed as the trade is looking worse for us.

    2. He got handed back because of medicals. It may look bad that he’s doing well, but you have to trust that certain medical checks are there for a reason.

  8. Let’s not respond daily to good games (“he’s great”) or bad games (“he stinks”). It’s baseball
    Good observations from yesterday – Pinto and Watson are both adjusting to their new roles very well. Both could be in Philly pen next year, in addition to Arano who is throwing the ball very well. Windle did ok his first game back. I’m hoping Halliday helped him in some way. Do we have something in Waguespack? He has really turned it on as he has pitched more. As for offense, Pullin can hit (real shocker), Clearwater can’t, Moniak had a big game (and we all relaxed a bit), and Hall continues to open eyes with his bat.
    I look forward to new signings, and roster movement as short season gets under way on Monday.

  9. Has anyone seen Hoskins and know why he has tailed off recently? Or just a normal slump? And, I am not calling for Kingery to go to the Majors but he is overdue for a promotion to LHV. As far as trades, Salisbury had a nice piece. I will move that discussion to the General one.

      1. 40-man restriction. If the Phils are playing to win – Hoskins and Kingery are already promoted to the Phils and possibly Alfaro. I’m one of the biggest supporter of Kingery in this site, but I understand why I will not see him in red pin stripes this year. LHV will represent the next core of the contending Phillies team so let Hoskins and Kingery play more time and win with their future brothers in arms still in LHV.

        1. I thought about the forty man restriction as well, but my thinking is it might be ok to lop a couple off the current forty man roster. When your in last place and 20 something games under .500 almost everyone is in play.

          1. i’m assume you mean DFA when you say “almost everyone is in play” – i think that’s deciding based on pure emotion and normally that leads a business into trouble. The Phils can probably DFA/release around 12-15 right now and promoting Kingery and/or Hoskins will probably help win 2-5 more games but it will not change the fact that the Phils is still going to be in the bottom 10 of the field.

            As long as these young prospects are getting opportunity to play every game, that should be the priority even if that means seeing them play in the minors. Don’t worry, we’ll see them all (or most of them) in 2018 with the Phils.

    1. AAA has adjusted to Hoskins he has to adjust back. Hoskins really never was a .330 hitter with an over .400 babip . He now setting in on his career of about .270 avg with about .310 babip .

      1. Tim…after 1700 PAs he stands at a slash of 288/374/900. And with a BABIP of.300 with an OPS .9 is very good. And in his last 850PAs of AA/AAA pitching, he has less than a 19% K rate.

        1. His .ops is .900 not his slg. He Hit .338 April .300 May .200 June . What I was saying is that his 400 babip nor his .336 avg was going to last.
          .

          1. Tim…what am saying…. power bats…..a lot of time will have low BABIPs…remember HRs do not count.
            Anyway..BABIP is a pitching measurement that has in misconception y evolved into a hitters measurement. Pitchers cannot control the fielders and fielding behind them…they only control Ks/BBs and ideally opposing HRs. Thus the reason HRs are not considered in BABIP calculations.

            1. Matt asked if Hoskins was in a slump or way he was slowing down. All I said was Hoskins wasn’t going to hit .330 the hole yr plus his babip was over .400 in which your right some power bats dont carry high babip. This is Hoskins 1 st yr in AAA .

  10. I was at the Lakewood game last night. Here’s my take on Moniak:

    He’s getting better everyday. Not just better, but like a lot better. His plate discipline is becoming more refined. His swing is much more level than a few weeks ago. He’s making more solid contact. Even his foul balls were straight back, indicating that he just missed hitting lasers. He’s laying off breaking balls on the outer-half. Simply, the kid looks relaxed. In the first few weeks of the season, you can see the pressure of being “the guy” was mounting. Now that he’s settled in, all of the above observations are indicative of far along he’s come.

    1. We gotta give this kid 3 years before we bury him. He’s 19 and likely still growing into his body. Heck, as good as Trout was, he still spent parts of 4 years in the minors.

    2. John,

      Any thoughts on Luke Williams?

      He’s picked it up quite a bit at the plate after a horrendous start. He’s hitting 325 in last 10 games. And he keeps stealing bases, up to 13 now.

      1. Not John, but I have seen Williams about five times and will be at the game Friday night. Real good fielder and a good athlete but has very limited power and hitting ability. I would be surprised if he made it to Reading. Martinelli has come on recently but I would guess, like Williams, he won’t make it beyond Clearwater. The old saying that you can’t scout box scores is so true.

        1. NL,

          Thanks. I remember there was a lot of enthusiasm for Williams when he was drafted, but that he hasn’t developed as a hitter. And, obviously, lack of power is an issue at 3B

          1. Frank…enthusiasm from everybody but rocco….he could not understand how they could draft a kid out of HS that high who barely batted 300 against HS pitching.

    3. Great news glad to hear a hitter for sure. Did you get to see Darick Hall I was wondering how he looked like. Ty John

  11. I have seen Hall. He is a pure first baseman. A big lumbering guy who wouldn’t have a prayer playing another position. He has some legit power. Still, I have been somewhat disappointed. Seems Jim posted every other day in spring training about Hall hitting monster homers. I thought Hall should have been assigned to Clearwater but he belongs at Lakewood. Joe Jordan got that one right. Again, you can’t scout by boxscores. Strikes out a lot which is expected from a power guy. I can see Hall eventually making it to Reading. I hope I am wrong and he advances further because the organization needs power guys. I am a hard grader when it comes to evaluating these kids. Hall is a guy they will keep around the organization for a while because of his power.

    Lets face it. We get very excited about kids in the low minors which the Sally League is. The distance between the Sally League and the majors is about the same distance as the earth is to the sun. Few of these kids make it and even fewer become solid major league players. Easier for the pitchers than the position players.

    1. Thanks for your eval on Hall. Seeing is believing.
      I will put him in my “Rizzotti’ file.

    2. I was asking because Hall also was a vg Pitcher in College . I was wondering how long before they might change him.

  12. Looking at the outfield prospects system wide over the next 3-5 years, I think the following rank as the most likely to make it in the big leagues.

    With floor/ceiling based on 20-80 scale:
    1 Moniak 55/65
    2 Quinn 50/60
    3 Williams 45/60
    4 Cozens 40/60
    5 Haseley 45/55
    6 Ortiz 40/65
    7 Pullin 45/55
    8 Tocci 45/55
    9 Randolph 40/50
    10 Coppola 40/50

    With Altherr as a strong candidate to be around awhile, then the likelihood an outfielder is acquired via FA or trade, let’s hope one or two of these young men succeed.
    This doesn’t include future draft picks, J2s, etc, including a Beer or two.

    1. how about my sleeper pick in Joseph Stephen?? he can be 50/60 – ability to hit and potential to hit for power screams high upside despite of the poor defensive position (LF).

    2. I agree with most of the ceilings (just watch Haseley – his ceiling is going to end up being a 65 – I have a good feeling about him). I think the floors should be a little lower (5 to 10 points on most) given that at least several of these guys won’t stick or play in the majors at all. But it’s a solid list!

      I agree with your assessment of Randolph, but it’s kind of depressing, isn’t it?

    3. Coppola? No canelo, alfaro, kingery, Perkins, crawford, tocci, and a host of other position players?

        1. My bad. But I’m pretty sure Perkins has a better shot. That’s why romus is the best.

          1. Agree…Perkins really should get his chance this season….the big club is not going anywhere soon.
            Hey…you sound like rocco now.

  13. Me too Mickey Mo ,Haseley, Pullin , Cozens,Williams, Ortiz, C , H Rod, . Altherr looks like the future RF which puts Cozens LF . Williams k% is 30 % that’s too high even for a call up. Quinn whenever he gets back form another injury has to get his k % down . Pullin has done nothing but hit ever since he came back with Avg and power. C it’s too early to give up on a 20 yr old who’s still learning. H Rod my sleeper, Haseley mite be the best all around OF of the bunch . Some of these players will be traded.

    1. Tim….Pullin…..’20 yr old who’s still learning’!
      Turns 24-years old in three months.
      He needs to be in LHV, hopefully next month, if Williams gets the call to Philly

        1. Ok….did not register with the ‘C” reference in the paragraph.
          Usually I am pretty good deciphering Tim’s postings.

          1. The inscrutable Tim. I don’t know whether to be irritated because I have to try so hard to decipher his writing, or fascinated at his unique style. Most of all, I try to understand what he’s saying cuz Tim says a lot of really worthwhile stuff.

            Thanks, Tim. Hope you don’t mind a gentle tease.

  14. Perkins may get the shot at Nava’s job after Nava gets traded. I actually think he has some value to a contender as a PH. Perkins has certainly earned a shot. Klentak finally said that Kingery is due to move up to LHV soon, and I expect that to be within the next 2 weeks.

  15. Good games tonight for Kingery, Moniak and Alfaro, who not only homered but WALKED after being down in the count 1-2! That’s 2 in one week!! (All kidding aside, he seems to be exercising more patience at the plate.)

    It’s easy to feel discouraged with some of our top prospects but let’s remember it’s a long season.

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