Box Score Recap – 7/3/2017

Lehigh Valley lost again and is 3-5 since June 26th.

Reading overtook Lehigh Valley for the best winning percentage in the organization. Oh, and Carlos Tocci went long for the second game in a row.  Juiced ball?  Park effect?  Law of averages?  Launch angle?  Spinach?

Clearwater lost to a couple long balls.

Lakewood dropped a Fanti start.

Williamsport got drubbed late.

The GCL Phillies lost in 10 innings, and were victims of the new extra innings rule, again.

Zach Eflin is reportedly scheduled to pitch four innings in Tuesday’s 10:00 AM GCL game.

I have removed the thumbs up/down on comments.  I’m tired of seeing even informational posts given a thumbs down.  The thumbs down fairies can either grow the “courage” to make comments when they disagree or they can go elsewhere.  I’ve had it for now.

Lehigh Valley (52-32) lost to Rochester, 12-3.

The IronPigs had a brief 3-1 lead after the fourth inning but the Red Wings just piled it on over the next four innings.  An error derailed Cesar Ramos (4-3, 3.86) and he was saddled with the loss.  He gave up 5 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits and 2 walks in 4.2 innings.  He struck out five.  Colton Murray (5.24) and Pat Venditte (3.30) gave up some runs, plus Murray allowed 2 inherited runs to score.  Mark Peterson (9.53) mopped up.

Rhys Hoskins (.296) provided the IronPigs runs with a 3-run HR (20).  He has 66 RBI. Kingery (.290) had a double and sacrifice.  Crawford (.212) went 1-4.  Cozens (.236) went 2-4.  Osmel Aguila (.259) had 2 hits.

Reading (50-30) beat Richmond, 8-3.

Cole Irvin (2-0, 3.46) gave up 3 runs on 8 hits and a walk in 7.0 innings.  He struck out 3 and threw 95 pitches, 70 strikes (73.7%).  Shane Watson (4.87) pitched 2.0, two-hit innings. Irvin (.200) also went 1-3 with a double.

Carlos Tocci (.308) went 3-3, hit his second HR, drove in a run (31), and walked twice. Tromp (.290) also went 3-3 with 2 runs scored, and RBU (32), and 1 walk.  Mora (.301) had 2 hits.  Walding hit his 20th HR and had 3 RBI (48).

Clearwater (43-37) lost to Tampa, 3-2.

Jose Taveras (5-4, 2.45) gave up 3 runs on 2 HR, 6 hits and 2 walks in 7.0 innings.  Matt Hockenberry (3,86) struck out 3 in 2.0 innings.

Taveras FB sat 89-91, and touched 92 MPH.  five of his 6 K came on off speed pitches, four out of five swinging.  He pitched behind a lot, only throwing 53.3% first pitch strikes.  But, he threw 62.9% strikes (56/69).  He only ran 3 three-ball counts (walking two).  Both HR came on FB (89 and 90), and there was no doubt on either of them.  The first one landed on top of Frenchy’s Tiki Bar.

Taveras has an easy 3/4 delivery.  He looks like he’s slinging the ball with minimal effort. He also shows no emotion when things don’t go his way.  He looks like nothing bothers him on the mound.

Randolph (.237) had 2 hits and a walk.  Mark Laird (.283) had a hit and RBI.  And, Luis Encarnacion (.385) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, and RBI.  He’s really filling in well as the DH for the Threshers.

Zach Green was activated, batted third, and played third base.  He went 0-4 with 2 K.  Every Thresher except Randolph struck out at least once.  Green also started an important around-the-horn double play.

Damek Tomscha is taking BP and is expected to come off the DL soon.

Lakewood (44-38) lost to Hagerstown, 6-3.

Nick Fanti (5-2, 3.07) gave up 4 runs on 8 hits in 4.1 innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  Tyler Hallead (3.03) gave up a run on 4 hits in 1.1 innings. He also allowed an inherited runner to score.  Addison Russ gave up an unearned run in 2.0 innings.  Casey brown (2.77) pitched a scoreless inning.

Darick Hall (.288) had 2 hits including his 15th HR and 2 RBI (62).  Carlos Duran (.230) had 3 hits and an RBI.  Those 5 hits were all the offense the BlueClaws could muster.

Fanti picked a runner off first base.

Williamsport (6-8) lost to West Virginia, 11-6.

Will Stewart went 4.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.  Connor Brogdon pitched 2.0 innings, gave up 2 runs on a hit and walk, and struck out five.  Jhon Nunez blew the save and took the loss with 4 runs in 1.1 innings.  Jake Kelzer allowed 3 more in 0.1 innings.  Brogdon stranded 2 inherited runners.  Nunez let 2 of 2 inherited runners score.  Kelzer allowed one of one inherited runners to score.

Josh Stephen hit his first home run and had 2 hits.  Greg Pickett (.396) went 3-5 with a double.  Jhailyn Ortiz (.235) also went 3-5.

Adam Haseley (.400) went 2-4 with a double, walk, and 2 runs scored.  Austin Listi also had 2 hits, as did Gregori Rivero (3.20).

Nunez picked a runner off first base.

GCL Phillies (3-4) lost to the GCL Braves, 6-5 in 10 innings.

Jose Jimenez (6.48) pitched 5.0 shutout innings, striking out four.  Robinson Martinez (8.10) blew the save, giving up 3 runs.  Rafael Carvajal (0-1, 2.25) took the loss, allowing 3 runs (1 ER).  The Phillies had scored in the top of the inning, but the inning started with a runner on second.  A walk and double accounted for the tying and wining runs. 

Simon Muzziotti (.346) went 3-5 with 2 triples and 4 RBI.  How could anybody creates a top 30 that didn’t include this guy 😉 .  Guzman (.318) went 2-5 with a double.

Jimenez picked a runner off first base.  The Phillies had scored 3 runs in the top of the ninth to force extras.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves):

  • 7/3 – Phillies traded IF James Lovett to Seattle
  • 7/3 – Clearwater Threshers activated SS Zach Green from the 7-day disabled list
  • 7/3 – Clearwater Threshers placed 2B Derek Campbell on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 30, 2017.
  • 7/2 – Phillies signed free agent SS Luis Garcia to a minor league contract
  • 7/2 – Phillies traded RHP Tyler Frohwirth to Miami
  • 7/1 – Phillies sent RHP Vince Velasquez on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 7/1 – Addison Russ assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters

72 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/3/2017

  1. Hall a LH 1st baseman I didn’t know that. Ortiz looking better , Taveras sounds nice Jim he might be 1 to watch.
    FunnyI told my Friend that Reading would have better record then LV by the end of the yr about a month ago.

  2. I’m digging the spinach comment – “I’ve all I can stands and I can’t stands no more!”

  3. Happy 4th everyone.

    Nick Torres, a 17 yo bonus baby from 2016, is hitting very well for the DSL White team. In 25 games, he’s hitting .352/.394/.440. He also has 5 SBs in 6 attempts. He plays 2B and SS with 2B being his prevalent position.

    The DSL White team is 18-8 and leads their league by 1 1/2 games. I know the box score says they are 17-8 but the league standing show them as 18-8 and several teams in the DSL have lost a game between box score won/loss and the official standings.

    Edgar Made, a 17 yo on the DSL Red team, is also hitting well. He’s at .306/.414/.429 and he’s 7 for 7 in SBs. Edgar also has more BBs than Ks (8 to 6). He splits his time in the field between 2B, SS and 3B. Maybe part of a future 2B/SS combo with Torres? Check back in a year or two.

  4. AAAHHH MUZZIOTTI!! I knew I left somebody off my top 30. Dang!

    And thanks for losing the thumbs, Jim.

    1. ….okay, Guzman gets bumped. Simon says, “put me at 25 and slide the others down one.”

        1. Bob,

          Agree. Glad to see thumbs gone. Never used the thumbs down and didn’t like them. This is a place for discussion not for passing judgment.

          Jim, G-R-E-A-T job with this site, and also loved the Tocci comment.

  5. Said/wrote it yesterday: Pedro Florimon is the super utility guy next year on the big team. He played CF yesterday. He’s predominantly a shortstop who can play a lot of positions well. Three years younger than Blanco and a lot less expensive. The team needs a guy who can actually give Galvis a day off.

    1. ciada,

      Freddy will get plenty of days off if JP takes over at shortstop and Freddy becomes the new and improved Pedro Florimon.

      1. I’m not sure JP takes over next year could be another AAA season in his future. So another year without a holiday has to be tough on the Fam

    2. I like Pedro in the INF, but he is not good in the OF. Plenty of adventures the last few games.

  6. Hoskins and Walding lead their leagues in homeruns and Kingery has 22! Add Hall leading his league in rbi, I like where this is going. Walding is at 300 AA atbats, wonder if they will move him up when he gets to 420? I saw Walding play for the first time and came away very impressed. Smooth fielding and nice quick controlled swing.

  7. Fanti experiencing first struggles since becoming a Phillie prospect.
    Interested in seeing how he responds.

    1. Romus maybe the scouts were right about his stuff. He is facing better and getting hit.

      1. He also is past his highest innings pitched so far in one summer….but it was bound to happen eventually.

    2. It’s his first experience other than half season ball. He is facing the same teams and same players multiple times and he is being scouted more (as are all the players). In full season ball teams start getting a book on players. He will just have to adjust.

  8. Want to give Jim a hand for getting rid of the thumbs up/down complaint box. Too many trigger fingers on the thumbs down.

    1. Romus were they calling out his velocity. I thought I heard numbers like 88 couldn’t hear too good . but it sounded like they were saying his velocity.

  9. I almost hate to ask, but has Tocci proven he’s worth protecting this year? Was Tyler Frohwirth traded to Miami or Baltimore?

  10. Yes, I think Tocci is definitely worth protecting this winter. They promoted Kingery and now Reading has the best record on the farm! Tocci/Tromp/Walding — three guys who have really stepped forward in the last month. We may have to protect all 3 of them. It’s nice to see talent whom I loved years ago finally grow into stat performance. I remember how pleased I, and just about everyone on the various Phillies boards, was when we signed Walding. That seems like half a lifetime of disappointment ago Now, here he is, while Tocci shows enough strength to get hits and HRs. I still think somebody needs to coach up Tocci on baserunning. He’s fast enough that he should be getting some steals with high success percentage. Perhaps they just don’t want him to expend the energy — calories in have to exceed calories expended — he has a long history of wearing down as seasons drag on.

    I’m also happy to have the thumbs down gone.

    1. I think we will have several exposed to rule V draft this year unless a lot of moves made to open spots. Tocci and Pullin could be vying for the same roster spot. It will be some difficult decisions

      1. I would think this year they might be forced to try to package some young players to get a quality player. I know that at least in hockey since I’ll forget more about hockey then I’ll ever know about baseball, those quantity vs quality trades are hard to pull off. But would hate to see the phils lose someone decent in the rule 5.

      2. Not seeing a problem here unless the Phils are unexpectedly active in the FA market. My list has Pullin/Tocci at 34 & 35. The border line for me is guys like Luis Garcia, Ricardo Pinto and Alberto Tirado. Other teams have much tougher decisions.

  11. I’ll miss the thumbs up and down. Always thumbs up a solid comment. Would only thumbs down when someone would complain or whine 🙂

    But anyways, I’m really loving the power we are being shown down on the farm – Hall, Tocci lol, Walding, Kingery, Hoskins, Cozens, etc. We have some trade bait…even Green in a SSS. He’s probably due for a promotion from his rehab stint….unless I missed it.

  12. Is it me ? but I am becoming increasingly annoyed with national prospect writers (Baseballl Prospectus et. al. ) who comment on every home run hit at Reading is due to the configuration of the stadium. I have seen Kingery reviewed several times and “all his power is attributable to the park” is a frequent refrain. Never mind that his splits were relatively even. To wit, Tocci hits a HR and right away, “don’t look now but he is beginning to hit, albeit it was a HR in the Reading friendly park.”

    1. Lol they even said Kingery was product of Reading yet just over half of his homers were at home. Guess his away homers were because of Reading too.

    2. Honestly, the prospect sites are right about as much as they are wrong. It is easy to notice a player with loud tools and big numbers. They miss on the guys that don’t have loud tools that get people out or the little guys who can hit just like we do or vice versa.

  13. Knock on wood, but Haseley’s looked under-matched in every league he’s been sent to so far, should be a fast-mover in the organization, like everyone said he would be. If him and Muzzioti keep crushing it in their respective leagues, both might deserve a promotion in a couple weeks.

    If Kingery keeps putting up similar stats in LHV that he did in Reading, what do you guys think are the chances he gets the call to the big leagues by the end of this season? I could see a September call up if there’s something pertaining to arbitration holding them back from giving him the call in August.

    1. I wondered why they didn’t try him in Clearwater? They put Kyle Martin in Lakewood to start along with Kingery. I watched the Crosscutters game the other night on and he stroked a double to LF, he put a nice swing on it. Had a walk and another hit as well.

      1. I’m still ok not protecting tocci. Not an impact player, extra guy best case imo. He has good bat to ball skills and instincts defensively but he cannot steal a base and he has no power regardless of what he has done the last two days. He can’t run, I’ve seen him. Therefore I won’t lose any sleep over losing him. That’s just me

    2. Whoa, Mclovin! Muzziotti is just 18 and has less than 50 at bats stateside. It is unlikely that he gets promoted to Lakewood this season. IMO.

      Don’t let the short stint with the Threshers fool you. They needed a warm body to ride the bench for a weekend series and somebody got dinged while he was here. Muzziotti got a Saturday start and played well enough that they decided to give the dinged player another day off. He played well enough that if a similar circumstance occurs, he might get another short chance with Clearwater. But, he will almost surely finish the season in the GCL.

      I still think Haseley will jump to Clearwater. Especially if he continues to show that he is more advanced than the pitching he’s facing in the NY-Penn league.

      And, there is virtually no chance that Kingery gets called up to the Phillies. If he does, the decision won’t be made on his numbers but on circumstances beyond his control, Like if Hernandez is traded, or his injury keeps him on the DL for a longer period than expected. Even then, the decision won’t be made lightly. It will require a 40-man move, and the FO belief that he is ready. Once again, IMhumbleO.

      1. JP……Muzziotti run tool…..65 or 70?
        Understand he is a burner that may only be a notch slower than Quinn.
        Any truth to that from what you have seen so far from him?

    1. Jim Lovett..acquired from Marlins last year
      Jim…posted money….international variety.

      1. Lovett was signed by the Phillies as a FA on March 28, 2017. He was released by the Marlins on March 27th. At the time, I thought, and he verified, that he was the PTBNL in the Seve Gonzalez trade (DFA-ed on 1/19/2017 and traded to the Marlins on 1/24/2017). In any case, he was traded to Seattle for international bonus dollars as Romus states above.

        Caleb Eldridge was also traded to Seattle (per Twitter DM contact) but that transaction hasn’t posted. Don’t know if it was part of the same deal or a different deal.

        Also, per contact with Tyler Frohwirth, he was traded to Miami not Baltimore.

        In all the above, there has been nothing posted on the amount of international dollars the Phillies received.

  14. A lot of organizational moves today. Sandberg to Reading. Encarnacion back to Williamsport. Luis and Alastrae from Williamsport to Lakewood. Fitch is now on the Williamsport roster. I may have missed some others. I would like to see Holmes and Lindow make their debuts in the GCL. I had a friend at the GCL game today and he said Lindow was warming up in the pen.

    1. A lot of guys were throwing in the “Seven Mounds” section behind the clubhouse. I think they were throwing for Ray Burris who I did not see at Ashburn Field watching Zach Eflin’s four inning rehab stint.

  15. Also, Gowdy is listed as active on the Williamsport roster, Rivas is back at lakewood, and Herlis Rodriguez and Martinez are now listed at Lehigh Valley. Room will need to be made somewhere for Spencer Howard, Connor Seabbold and Dalton Guthrie. Then there are the high school kids that haven’t played yet: Lindow, Mezquita, Jake Holmes and Ben Brown.

      1. Jury is out, Gowdy hasn’t pitched yet and Puk not so good in 2A, as a matter of fact Irvin has been better other strikeout numbers

    1. did they sign Dalton Guthrie yet? I know the draft tracker wasn’t showing him as signed.

      1. They moved Carlos Duran from Lakewood to Clearwater and looks like they released Emmanuel Garcia. He was playing fairly well in Lakewood. I don’t see Jose Antequera’s name on any roster and Lakewood added recent draftee Jack Zoellner. I feel like Haseley will be in Clearwater shortly.

  16. JPC turning it around with two today, and that Eshelman just keeps on truckin.

        1. If I ever want to feel depressed, I just go read the comments on that site lol

    1. Even with all the setbacks and injuries I think you have to move him up even if it’s only because the people in the organization make him move up. I think with a full season at AA with the proper glasses /contacts and no injuries we will see the high school player that led the gcl in ops !

      1. He’s really been on fire as of late.
        My thing with him, he will slump for several weeks or even a month but then get on fire and stay that way. He seems to be getting the momentum that he had last year after injuries.

        1. Wow! Great tag! My favorite obscure cartoon character from the ’60s holiday classics. Doesn’t get the press he deserves. Silver and gold…

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