Box Score Recap – 6/15/2017

Lehigh Valley scratched out just four hits in a loss.

Reading walked off with a victory.

Clearwater finally put some runs on the board to keep pace in the first half race.

Lakewood won behind another “Fanti-tastic” start.

Lehigh Valley (43-23) lost to Buffalo, 4-2.

The IronPigs spotted Jake Thompson (2-7, 6.79) a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but he allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in 6.1 innings.  The first chink in his armor came on a 3-run HR in the third inning.  Hoby Milner (2.70) struck out 3 of the 5 batters he faced in 1.2 innings of relief.

Lehigh collected only 4 hits in the contest.  Jorge Alfaro put them on the board with a home run (5) following Brock Stassi’s single in the first inning.  Rhys Hoskins double later in the inning, but the IronPigs only got one more hit the rest of the way, Stassi’s sibngle in the third.  They managed 3 other base runners on a strike out wild pitch in the fifth, and back-to-back lead off walks in the sixth, but couldn’t find a way to score.  The ‘Pigs struck out eleven times.

Dylan Cozens picked up an outfield assist (second).

  • #1 Crawford (.194): DNP
  • #3 Alfaro (.267): 1-3 with a run scored, HR (5), 2 RBI (31), BB
  • #4 Williams (.274): 0-4 with 3 K
  • #6 Quinn (.274): 7-day DL
  • #9 Cozens (.243): 0-4 
  • #12 Pivetta (5-0, 1.41): promoted to Phillies
  • #13 Hoskins (.291): 1-4 with a double, K
  • #16 Pinto (3-3, 4.65): DNP
  • #19 Appel (4-2, 5.71): DNP
  • #24 Lively (6-1, 2.40): promoted to the Phillies
  • #29 Valentin (.229): 7-day DL

Reading (37-25) beat Bowie, 8-7 in 13 innings.  Reading rallied to take the lead in the top of the ninth, only to see the game tied in the bottom of the inning.

Brandon Leibrandt (3.65) gave up 3 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks in 6.0 innings.  John Richy (6.94) pitched 1.0 inning and gave up 2 runs (1 ER).  Joe DeNato (1.31) gave up 1 run in his 1.0 inning.  Alexis (3.31) blew his second save allowing a run in the ninth.  He pitched 2.0 innings and gave up 3 hits and 4 walks.  Austin Davis (2-0, 0.93) got the win with three 2-hit innings and 6 strike outs.  Leibrandt picked another runner off first.

Carlos Tocci drove in the Phils first run with a single in the fifth inning.  Scott Kingery drove in their second run with a double in the seventh.  Trailing 6-2 going into the ninth, the Phils scored 5 runs on another RBI double by Kingery, a 2-run single by Mitch Walding, and RBI singles by Angelo Mora and Nick Rickles.  After Rivero blew the save, the Phils re-took the lead in the 13th inning on Nick Rickles SF.

Every starter except Coppola had at least one hit.  Mora (.301) had four.  Kingery had three.  Jiandido Tromp(.273), Andrew Pullin, Kyle Martin (.192), and Walding had 2 hits each.  The Phils had 17 hits and drew 7 walks.

Coppola had an outfield assist (second).

  • #11 Kingery (.302): 3-7 with a run scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI (37), K, SB (16)
  • #17: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension
  • #21 Anderson (5-2, 3.77): DNP
  • #22: Arano (1.23): DNP
  • #23 Tocci (.286): 1-5 with a run scored, RBI (22), 2 BB, K
  • #27 Canelo (.238): DNP
  • Pullin (.310): 2-6 with 2 runs scored,BB, K

Clearwater (36-31) survived a 90 minute rain delay and beat Lakeland, 6-2.

The Threshers lost starter Edgar Garcia (3.75) to the rain delay after he threw an eleven-pitch, 10-strike first inning.  Harold Arauz (1.74) took the mound after the delay and pitched 4.0, one-hit innings.  He walked none and struck out three.  Matt Hockenberry (2-0, 3.38) pitched 3.0, one-run innings to get the win.  Jeff Singer (2.91) gave up a run in a non-save situation.

It looked like the Threshers were going to waste another good pitching effort.  Lakeland used a rehabbing pitcher to start the game and was able to come back with their regular starter, Matt Hall, after the rain stoppage.  It looked like a brilliant move.  He struck out 8 in 4.0 scoreless innings with his murderous curve ball.  Fortunately, the Threshers hitters were patient enough to get his pitch count in to the 80s.

The Threshers jumped all over the Tigers bullpen.  Anthony Gose (yes, that Anthony Gose) only retired one batter and gave up 4 runs.  Gose threw balls at 94-97 MPH.  And by balls, I mean not strikes.  He looked like Charlie “Wild Thing” Sheen when his first pitch sailed over the catcher and umpire and hit the backstop about ten feet above the ground, at 97 MPH.  His first seven pitches were balls.

Grenny Cumana went 4 for 4 and scored 2 runs.  Damek Tomscha, Wilson Garcia, and Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits each.

Clearwater broke the scoreless tie with 5 runs in the sixth on an RBI triple by Emmanuel Marrero, an RBI single by Mark Laird, a 2-run single by Wilson Garcia, and an RBI single by Randolph.  Damek Tomscha tacked on a run in the eighth with an RBI single.

  • # 5 Kilome (3-2, 2.60): DNP
  • #10 Randolph (.230): 2-5 with an RBI (29), 3 K (he had problems with the curve)
  • #26 Ed. Garcia (1-1, 4.20): DNP
  • #28 Pujols (.180): 0-4 with 3 K (on a FB at 87, and CB at 75 and 79) his K% is 46.9
  • #30 Seranthony Dominguez (3-0, 2.02): rehabbing a shoulder injury in XST

Lakewood (37-30) beat Delmarva, 8-3.

Nick Fanti (5-0, 2.25) had another nice effort.  He took a line drive off his leg early in the game but hung around to pitch 5.2 innings allowing 2 runs (1 ER) on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  I saw a tweet that said Fanti’s FB was 88-89 MPH according to the scoreboard gun but that the gun was a “few” MPH slow.  Trevor Bettencourt (3.80) stranded the inherited runner but gave up a run in 1.1 innings.  Jonathan Hennigan (4.85) struck out three in 2.0 scoreless innings.

Lakewood had 12 hits, every starter had at least one hit.  Mickey Moniak, Brett Barbier, and Edgar Cabral had 2 hits each.  The BlueClaws got on the board with two runs in the first inning on an RBI single by Darick Hall and an RBI double by Edgar Cabral.  They added 2 runs in the fourth on Barbier’s solo HR (3) and Carlos Duran’s ground out.  They tacked on a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Luke Williams.  And they pulled away with 3 runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Mickey Moniak, Barbier, and Cabral.

  • #2 Moniak (.278): 2-4 with 2 runs scored, RBI (26), SB (6)
  • #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.

The Cutters broke camp when their last game was shortened by a thunder storm.  They will fly out of Clearwater tomorrow.  Don’t be surprised if a big name 2016 pick stays behind to rehab an injury before reporting to WPT later this month.  I can’t wait to see who fills out the roster.

  • #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

52 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 6/15/2017

  1. Pullin now hitting .285 against lefties Wow. Austin Davis we need you in Philly. Kingery also has an 89 mph fastball. Mickey Mo starting to kick in the hit tool.

  2. Christian Valerio is a 17 y/o SS for the DSL Red team. He’s hitting .300/.404/.450. The weird thing is he’s listed as being born in Philadelphia, PA.

    Luis Rojas, another 17 y/o on the DSL Red team is listed as a 1B but has only played 3rd and SS. He’s hitting .324/.395/.353.

    Yet another 17 y’/o on the Red team is Maximo De La Rosa. This is the 3rd time I’ve mentioned him on this site. He’s hitting .419/.438/.677. He’s only 9 games into the season and getting 3 mentions already from me seems excessive but he’s a big kid who’s played 1B and RF and he’s 3 for 4 in SBs.

      1. Right up there with Sixto Sanchez, Ranger Suarez, and Seranthony Dominguez. We are assembling some of the best names in baseball (and all of these guys are players!).

    1. Maximo is about one of the few in the academy with the physique that would appear projectable conducive to power and hitting…and so far he is illustrating that.

    1. Low ceiling and injured awesome draft !
      Jk I have no idea who it is. hopefully it isn’t a particular Virgina outfielder. Whom after some more research and viewing. I’m getting very bullish about!

      1. Well, I was thinking it was Hurt because wasn’t he really Hurt? I could have the name wrong. He was at one point highly regarded but draft stock plummeted due to injury.

        1. What I heard was not from an org official, but rather from the network of “sources” I have. But, I heard it from two different people on different days.

          So, with that qualifier, and keeping in mind that I don’t feel a need to “scoop” other reporters and often prefer to wait for player transactions to post, I Kan’t Give the name of the player, but there are only a few players listed as prospects who are expected to go to Williamsport.

          I Kan’t Give out what I’ve heard as anything more than a good rumor, but anyone who has followed the XST reports would notice who has been missing in the reports.

          And, even though I feel I Kan’t Give out the players name, there are a couple clues in this awkward response to provide an answer.

  3. That Fanti is something else. I like to think that his velo was topping at 90/91 if the gun was indeed a ‘few’ MPHs slow.
    Speaking of velo….if Gose gets it to 97….I wonder what Jose Pujols could bring it to.

    1. I’m not sure what Pujols fast ball would top out at but I imagine we might find out I’m the near future, with a 46 percent strike out rate why not let him try to strike other people for a change.

      1. Amen…been saying that since last August.
        He is not even in the Dom Santana category who also sported a high K rate…..but was also able to maintain a 280/370 BA/OBP minor league line.

    2. If he’s up to 90 or 91, I believe that’s several MPH higher than he was in HS (topping out, I heard, around 86 or 87) – as a lefty, if he has other things going for him, he doesn’t have to throw as hard. Both Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels sat in the low 90s – it’s not that big of a deal.

      As for righties, I hope folks watched Nick Pivetta’s gem last night (this is a point about minor leaguers – trust me on this) because it illustrates what Roccom and I have been complaining about for some time. When you have a power pitching righty who commands a hard, moving FB well – it’s an entirely different experience; almost like you’re watching another sport because the other team barely has a chance. I want more arms like this. A lot of them, actually and we’ve been signing them in the LA, but we really have drafted many (this year’s class might actually be better on this front). Don’t get me wrong, I want the other attributes too, if possible. But if you start out with a guy who has a projectable FB – you are so far ahead of the game.

    3. Romus, I would like to believe he was low 90s, but I’ve only ever seen him touch 90 mph. I’ve never heard anyone report that the Lakewood gun was slow. I hope the report is accurate.

      1. Would be nice for him to pick up a few ticks….just to make his standing more legitimized in the eyes of the experts who rank prospects.
        But then again I look at a guy loke Keuchel who probably never ever touched 91 and maybe it makes no difference for lefties.

        1. It always makes a difference, but it could make much less of a difference for the right type of lefty pitcher.

          1. Yeah…..still he is 20 and maybe he get the speed needle moving right a little in the next 2/3 years.
            I remember Adam Morgan, pre-shoulder surgery….he was plus with his velo sitting at 92-94. Would be nice to see Fanti at least get to 90- 92T93 without disrupting any of his movement he has now.

        2. I agree. He is one of the pitchers whose starts I tried not to miss down here. I try to temper my enthusiasm because I know the immediate response will be about his velocity. And maybe he won’t continue to have these results as he moves up the organizational ladder. But as a fan, I hope he continues to impress.

          1. I was watching MLB network and Dan Plasac and 2 others were talking about velocity and they were in agreement that everyone gets hyped over velocity. They liked a pitcher who has command and knows how pitch. They said they would take a command guy in the low 90’s high 80’s over a guy throwing mid 90’s

    1. This may be a blessing in disguise. Gets him off the field for a little bit and he can rehab in Clearwater to try and fix his swing.

    1. i’ve been proposing a bunch of current Phillies to be traded but AA is not one of them as I like players with good tools. AA is closest to the 5-tool player in the club and starting to really shine with the opportunity given to him. But if AA will yield a TOR prospect (and hopefully some more), I will probably be warm to that opportunity.

  4. Good interview with Keith Law. He touches on the draft, JP Crawford’s struggles (alludes to a lack of focus/effort?), Hoskins & Cozens, Nick Williams, and Jake Thompson (and our other starters).

    He said overall, the Phillies are on the right track and really praises the LA scouts.

    From 97.3 https://youtu.be/egxPD7ETrfU

      1. Keith Law gave one of his better interviews about the Phillies. It is always interesting to here other opinions of our farm system.

      2. Yes. He just doesn’t always say what we want to hear about our guys. He’s liked Hoskins for awhile and raved about Kingery when we took him.

    1. Accurate assessment by Law but bit painful to listen to because Phillies should have gotten more for Hamels. I still think Alfaro plays 8+ years in big leagues. Or maybe thats just me convincing myself its ok.

      1. I’m not convinced we could have. Reportedly they liked Houston’s package the best but he vetoed that deal.

        Maybe in the offseason they could’ve worked a deal out (especially considering what Shelby Miller got) but I doubt he would’ve accepted a deal to Arizona.

        1. I think in hindsight the Phillies, Amaro said, were 50/50 on Williams and Brinson and had their choice of one… they probably should’ve taken Brinson.

          At the time the deal seemed fine. Most of these deals don’t work out in hindsight. Look at the package we gave up for Hunter Pence. Cosart, Singleton, and Zeid are all busts.

  5. JPC..I don’t think that we overated him from the beginning,others had him rated high as well.I believe his hit tool didn’t improve as he moved up to tougher levels.After all..he hasen’t been hitting good for a while now.
    His plate discipline has been good..maybe he needs to be a little more aggressive?

    1. Oddly JRoll and JPC minor league total slash lines are not that much different.
      268/.365/.737…JPC….2100 PAs
      261/328/711……JRoll..2500 PAs

    2. I think he probably needs to finish retooling his swing. It’s a little long and a little defensive. But, in the long run, it’s hard to see him being any worse than an average shortstop. He’s a really good fielder and has legit 80 plate discipline – sooner or later, that should allow the other tools to play up. He still also needs to get a bit stronger.

  6. Kyle Hurt was a STEAL if he stays healthy. he was in Mickey’s league on Rival Torrey Pines High School. was talk of a first round until knee injury. At least it’s not as arm. he was the toughest picture Mickey face two years ago when he was a senior and hurt was a junior

  7. What’s the potential of Romero? 4th round pick. I remember it wasn’t a popular pick but he seems to be pretty solid. Someone to watch?

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