The Clearwater Threshers’ starting pitchers have been putting up some good numbers over the past few games. They culminated in Harold Arauz’ seven-inning no-hitter against the Fort Myers Miracle. He came within 2 outs of a perfect game. His performance was as dominant as any I’ve seen over the last two seasons, and Arauz fastball barely reaches 89 MPH. Arauz had Miracle batters flailing away at his array of off speed pitches. Phuture Phillies readers can be happy that they recognized Arauz’ potential by rating him their 13th best prospect in their Readers’ Poll. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/30/2017
The Phillies had another good week going 4-2, crushing Houston after dropping the first 2 games of the series and then taking 3 games from the Braves. They have won 4 in a row and 8 of their last 11 games. They have a 34-64 record and a .373 PCT. They have closed ground on the peloton (if I can borrow a cycling term) and are no longer the consensus worst team in baseball. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of July 30th
Everybody won last night.
Lehigh Valley won in ten innings, Zach Eflin and the bullpen held Durham to one run.
Reading won, Tyler Viza and the bullpen held Hartford to one run.
Clearwater won, JoJo Romero and the bullpen held Fort Myers to one hit.
Lakewood won, Bailey Falter and Ismael Cabrera shut out Hickory.
Williamsport won, Will Stewart held Mahoning Valley to one earned run, and Jhailyn Ortiz brought the offense.
The GCL Phillies were up 4-0 when their game was suspended in the second inning. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/29/2017
At 3:00 PM this afternoon, I made the mistake of deciding on my lead for the Recap. Seven hours later, I had to rethink that decision. Because, in roughly a 24-hour period, I got to watch four walk off victories.
As I reported here yesterday, the GCL Phillies won on Jake Holmes. RBI single in the ninth inning and the Threshers won on Jan Hernandez’ 2-run HR in the ninth inning.
Today, they did it again. The GCL Phillies won on Yahir Gurrola’s RBI single in the tenth inning and the Threshers won on Derek Campbell’s RBI single in the ninth. These were the only affiliates wins as Lehigh Valley and Reading were outscored and Lakewood and Williamsport were trounced.
The Phillies announced the long- awaited trades of two of the trade chips they signed during the off season. Friday evening, they traded Howie Kendrick plus cash considerations to the Washington Nationals for McKenzie Mills and international amateur signing bonus pool space. (story here.)
And later, they announced the trade of Jeremy hellickson and cash considerations to Baltimore for OF Hyun Soo Kim, AA LHP Garrett Cleavinger, and international amateur signing bonus pool space. (story here.) Continue reading Phillies Announce Deals for Kendrick, Hellickson
Lehigh Valley lost in ten innings.
Reading won, Drew Anderson pitched well.
Clearwater won on Jan Hernandez (14) walk off HR.
Lakewood lost. Llovera pitched well.
Williamsport lost late, but Kyle Young threw 5 more shutout innings.
The GCL Phillies won in a walk off on Jake Holmes RBI single. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/27/2017
Lehigh Valley topped Gwinnett behind J.P. Crawford’s grand slam.
Reading wasted another solid pitching performance by a starter.
Clearwater got a shutout from Edgar Garcia and Jeff Singer.
And, the GCL Phillies kicked Tiger butt with a 6-run tenth.
Note: the MLB Mid-Season top 30 prospects for Philadelphia. The numbers below have been updated. The list is available on the Phillies site, and here on Phuture Phillies.
The Phillies’ affiliates exhibited little fire power for the most part on Tuesday.
Lehigh Valley managed to win on a bullpen shutout and 4 total hits, one being Brock Stassi’s grand slam home run.
Reading also produced 4 hits and lost when they gave up 2 unearned runs, wasting Cole Irvin’s fine six innings.
Clearwater got 6 hits in each game of a double header, losing both when they were outscored 10-2.
Lakewood score 4 runs on their 6 hits, but lost.
Williamsport also got 6 hits and lost.
The GCL Phillies swept a double header, pounding 11 hits in a 4-1 victory but just 6 hits in an 8-1 win. They also got some pretty good pitching. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/25/2017
Rhys Hoskins hit his 23rd home run in a Lehigh Valley loss.
Tyler Viza threw seven shutout innings in a Reading loss.
Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits in a Clearwater loss.
Sixto Sanchez pitched a five inning shutout.
Williamsport pounded Auburn.
Lehigh Valley (62-40) lost to Gwinnett, 9-3.
Zach Eflin took a step backward with 7 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks in 5.0 innings. He struck out nine. Ramos, Mariot, and Murray combined to give up 2 runs over the final 4.0 innings.
Didn’t matter though as the IronPigs could only muster 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk. Rhys Hoskins hit a 2-run HR (23).
- #1: Crawford (.228): went 1-4 with a run scored, double, K
- #3: Alfaro (.242): went 0-4 with 3 K
- #5: Williams (.280): 25 days and 75 PA into the end of prospect status
- #7: Quinn (.274): 7-Day DL
- #9: Cozens (.230): 0-4 with 2 K
- #11: Kingery (.274): went 1-4
- #12: Hoskins (.282): went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (23), 2 RBI (75), K
- #15: Pinto (4-3, 4.39):
- #18: Appel (5-4, 5.27): 7-Day DL
- #23: Lively (7-1, 2.27): (39 days/42.2 IP w/Phils)
- #28: Valentin (.229): 7-Day DL
- #30: Pullin (.217): 0-4 with a K
- Eflin: (1-3, 4.60): 5.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
- Eshelman: (7-2, 2.14): 7-Day DL
- Leibrandt: (4-0, 1.61):
- Therrien: (0-0, 1.69):
Reading (54-45) lost to Altoona, 2-0.
Tyler Viza (5.59) pitched 7.0 shutout innings. He allowed 4 hits and a walk. Austin Davis took the loss with 2 runs in 2.0 innings.
The Phils managed just 4 hits. Chace Numata (.245) had 2 hits. Drew Stankiewicz (.286) had a pinch hit single.
- #16: El. Garcia: Restricted List, 80-Game suspension was over after game #87.
- #20: Anderson (6-4, 3.91):
- #21: Arano (0-0, 3.74):
- #22: Tocci (.313): went 0-4 with 2 K
- #26: Canelo (.231): went 1-4 with a K
- Martin: (.183): went 0-3
- Walding: (.232): went 0-4 with 2 K
- Irvin: (4-1, 3.18):
- Taveras: (0-0, 5.06):
- Davis: (3-2, 3.34): 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
- DeNato: (5-1, 1.09):
- Watson: (3-5, 4.64):
Clearwater (52-47) lost to Bradenton, 6-3.
Ranger Suarez had a rough outing giving up 4 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks. Tyler Gilbert (3.05) allowed an inherited runner to score and gave up 2 additional runs in 1.2 innings. Trevor Bettencourt (2.25) struck out 2 in 1.0 inning.
The Threshers scored 2 runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Wilson Garcia and Zach Green. They broke a tie in the fourth on Jan Hernandez solo HR (13).
Randolph had 2 hits. Hernandez had an outfield assist (second base).
- # 6: Kilome (5-4, 2.74):
- #10: Randolph (.258): went 2-5 with a run scored
- #24: Romero (2-2, 2.95):
- #25: Ed. Garcia (2-4, 4.25):
- #27: Pujols (.173): 7-Day DL
- #29: Seranthony Dominguez (3-1, 2.54):
- Arauz: (3-1. 1.19):
- Singer: (5-2, 2.45):
- Suarez: (1-1, 2.35): 5.1 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Lakewood (54-47) won a rain-shortened game against Charleston, 2-0.
Sixto Sanchez got the win with 5.0 shutout innings.
Arquimedes Gamboa had 2 hits. Mickey Moniak had the BlueClaws other hit, a run-scoring triple in the third inning.
- #2: Moniak (.261): went 1-2 with a triple, RBI (33), BB
- #4: Sanchez (5-3, 2.64): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
- #14: Medina (4-6, 3.16):
- #17: Brito (.239): DNP
- Gamboa: (.234): went 2-3 with a run scored, triple, K
- Hall: (.271): went 0-2 with a K, HBP
- Lartigue (.273): went 2-3 with a BB, K
- Alastre: (.357) went 0-3
- Williams: (.226): went 0-2 with a BB, K
- (#9) Zoellner: 7-Day DL
- Falter: (4-6, 3.35):
- Fanti: (7-2, 2.60):
- Llovera (1-1, 2.05):
- (#15) Al. Garcia: 7-Day DL
- (#19) Russ: (0-1, 7.71):
Williamsport (19-13) beat Auburn, 12-4.
Luis Carrasco held the Doubledays to 2 runs in 6.0 innings. He struck out nine.
The Crosscutters piled it on. Greg Pickett and Austin Listi had 3 hits apiece. Nick Maton and Cole Stobbe added 2-hit games. Jhailyn Ortiz hit his 5th HR and had 3 RBI. Jake Scheiner hit his second HR.
- #8: Gowdy:
- #13: Stobbe: (.213): went 2-5 with a run scored, double, RBI (16), K
- #10: Ortiz: (.278): went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, HR (5), RBI (20), BB
- Pickett: (.323): went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, RBI (11), BB
- Stephen: (.260): went 0-3 with a run scored, BB, 2 K
- (#1) Haseley: (.272): went 1-5 with 2 runs scored
- (#4) Scheiner: (.278): went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (2), RBI (10), BB
- (#6) Guthrie:
- (#7) Maton: (.315): went 2-4 with a run scored, double, RBI (5), K
- (#13) Fitch: (.412): went 1-4 with a double, RBI (7)
- (#17) Listi: (.310): went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI (15)
- (#22) Mims: (.320): DNP
- (#25) Azuaje: (.231): DNP
- Young: (5-0, 1.59):
- (#2) Howard: (0-0, 3.52):
- Stewart: (2-1, 3.60):
- J. Garcia: (2-2, 4.00):
- Carrasco: (2-0, 2.08): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
- Brown: (2-2, 2.88):
- (#3) Seabold: (1-0, 0.00):
- (#10) Brogdon: (1-0, 3.86):
- (#12) Parkinson: (0-0, 6.00):
- (#14) Warren: (0-0. 5.40):
- (#16) Dohy: (1-0, 5.40):
- (#18) Jones: (0-1, 3.86):
GCL Phillies (12-10) double header postponed, rain.
- Muzziotti: (.286):
- Guzman: (.302):
- Pelletier: (.277):
- Gonzalez: (.246):
- Marchan: (.250):
- Bocio: (.300):
- (#11) Holmes: (.138):
- (#24) Markham: (.114):
- (#26) Nieporte: (.386):
- (#27) Gurrola: (.255):
- (#31) Mayer: (.205):
- (#39) Stewart: (.000):
- Jimenez: (1-0, 3.63):
- Rosario: (1-1, 3.50):
- Silva: (2-0, 5.21):
- Morales: (1-2, 3.78):
- Sobil: (1-1, 5.27):
- (#8) Mezquita: (0-0, 0.00):
- (#5) Lindow: (0-1, 3.00):
- Kuznetsov: (1-0, 0.00):
- Carvajal: (1-1, 3.00):
- Miller: (1-2, 9.82):
- (#21) Hernandez: (0-0, 0.00):
- (#29) Cummings:
- (#32) Santa Cruz: (1-1, 8.10):
- (#33) B. Brown: (0-0, 0.00):
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
I have added a new Google sheet tracking injuries within the organization. It is as complete as I can make it with the information provided in the transactions and whatever I can glean from online media and talk around the Complex. I placed it at the end of the Transactions section, just below the organization’s rosters link. The link is also here.
This is another in a series of interviews by Steve Potter.
Spotlight : Quincy Nieporte
Quincy is the Phillies 26th round draft pick in this year’s draft from Florida State University. He’s a right handed hitting first baseman who’s 22 years old and played three years at Florida State (after spending his freshman year at Tallahassee Community College). He hit .316 over the course of his college career with an OBP of .391 with 29 home runs and 229 RBI’s in 854 at bats and also had 53 doubles.
He’s from the Atlanta, Georgia area and is from an athletic family. His mom played tennis for four years at Florida State, his grandfather played on the PGA tour and his uncle Jay was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 1985 draft. Quincy graduated from St. Pius X high school in Atlanta and helped lead his high school team to the 2010 regional championship.
He’s gotten off to a great start playing for the GCL Phillies in Clearwater hitting .400/.486/.900 with an OPS of 1.386 in 8 games (30 at bats) with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 7 RBI’s.
Recently I was able to correspond with Quincy and ask him some questions, here is the Q and A :
When did you find out you had been drafted and where were you? What was your reaction?
“I was back home at school at Florida State after a super regional practice. I think I was more relieved than anything because I knew I was good enough to continue my career on the professional level.”
I read you were the “DJ” of the FSU locker room, at Carpenter Complex music is played for practice, if you were the “DJ” what would be playing?
“I would play a lot of oldies and also 90’s and early 2000’s hip hop. Also sneak some Spanish songs in for my fellow teammates.”
How has the transition to pro ball been? What’s different about your daily routine ?
“It is definitely different but the coaching staff and training staff has made it very simple for me. The biggest difference is the early start and the fact that we play everyday.”
You’ve gotten off to a strong start in the GCL, how has playing in Tallahassee helped you in playing noon games in the Clearwater heat?
“I think just playing in Florida for the last four years in college has helped me realize how to play in the hot weather. It’s easy to give it your all for 9 innings (sometimes more) because you know you will have the rest of the day to recover.”
Growing up in the Atlanta area what is your knowledge of the Phillies fan base?
“I know that the Phillies have great fans and also very passionate about all their sports. I am excited to be able to bring some of my personality to the big stage in a few years for them.”
What do you consider the strong suits of your game? As a hitter what’s your approach?
“I would say my strong suits would be my offensive threat and also my baseball IQ. As a senior signee, especially at Florida State, I feel like I have been molded to be a very mature and aware player.”
First and early impressions of Carpenter Complex and the Phillies training regimen?
“It is unbelievable. Everything you need to succeed as a ballplayer is all in one place.”
As you progress thru the system what should Phillies fans expect to see from you on the field and your approach to the game?
“I would say the fans should expect to see a guy who is willing to do whatever it takes for the team to win. I am also a very energetic guy who loves the game and loves to have fun. I would also say that I am an odd person that has a great sense of humor and tries to entertain the fans as often as possible in order to keep the fans guessing and enjoying their time at the ballpark.”
Thanks to Quincy for taking the time to answer my questions, I hope he has a long and very successful pro baseball career with the Phillies.
(Editor’s note: I’m not real good at the comp game, but here goes. Quincy reminds me of Jake Fox. Same height and weight. Similar build. Appears to have a similar approach at the plate. When he makes solid contact, he hits the ball hard.)