Box Score Recap – 7/5/2017

Lehigh Valley lost, issuing more walks (12) than hits (11).  Moore hit his 4th.

Reading lost after a 6-run fifth.  Tromp hit his 11th.

Clearwater won but was out hit 13-6.

Lakewood lost but the pitching was good.

Williamsport  won, the pitching was good.  Haseley, Fitch, and Duran had multi-hit games.

The GCL Phillies won.  Quincy Nieporte had an auspicious debut with 2 hits including a HR. Jake Holmes also debuted and collected his first hit.

Another dozen transactions – 4 signings announced, 1 rehab assignment, 1 trip to the DL, and 6 more players assigned to Williamsport. Their roster now numbers 33 players.

Lehigh Valley (53-33) lost to Syracuse, 10-6.  IronPigs’ pitchers walked 12 batters.

Mark Appel (5.27) did not survive the first inning – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 5 BB.  Mark Peterson (8.00) lasted 3.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  Colton Murray (2-1, 6.46) took the loss when he gave up 4 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks after the ‘Pigs came back to tie the game.  Michael mariot (4.11) pitched 1.2 scoreless but gave up 2 hits and continued the walk-a-thon with 2 bases on balls.  Pedro Beato struck out 2 in in a 1-2-3 ninth.

The IronPigs scored 6 runs in the third inning to tie the game on 3 of their 4 hits and 3 of their 6 walks.  Their first run scored on a bases loaded balk after the Chiefs’ starter issued three, one-out walks.  Dylan Cozens’ RBI single and Hector Gomez’ 2-run double continued the rally until Logan Moore’s 2-run HR (4) killed the rally.  😉

Crawford (.214) went 0-2 with 2 walks.  Florimon had the other hit.  Ten ‘Pigs struck out.

LF Florimon had an outfield assist (home).  Crawford was the relay man.

Reading (50-32) lost to Trenton, 8-2.

Tyler Viza (6-5, 5.92) gave up 7 runs on 9 hits and a walk in 5.0 innings.  Joe DeNato (1.21) gave up a run on 3 hits in 3.0 innings.

The Phils tied the game in the third inning on a fielding error.  They took a short-lived lead in the fourth on Jiandido Tromp’s solo HR (11).  Zach Coppola (.297) went 1-4 with a walk. Carlos Tocci (.315) went 1-3 with a walk.

Clearwater (45-37) beat Daytona, 4-2.

Jake Waguespack (5-3, 2.53) gave up 2 runs ( 1 ER) on 8 hits.  he walked none and struck out five>  Tyler Gilbert (2.64) allowed 5 hits and struck out four in 2.2 innings.  Jeff Singer (2.43) struck out two in 1.1 innings while earning his 16th save.

The Threshers gave up 13 hits and struck out eleven.  They collected only 6 hits of their own and struck out 13 times.

Mark Laird (.289) and Grenny Cumana (.258) had 2 hits each.  Zach Green mashed his 1st HR since being activated from the DL.  Cornelius Randolph (.241) went 1-3 with a ealk and RBI.  Laird had the team’s other RBI.

Lakewood (45-39) lost to Delmarva, 2-0.

Sixto Sanchez (3-3, 3.04) pitched 5.0 innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  Casey Brown (2.40) struck out 2 in 2.0 scoreless innings.  Jake Kelzer (0.00) pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

The BlueClaws had just 7 hits.  Arquimedes Gamboa (.225), Eaul Rivas (.290), and David Martinelli (.247) had 2 hits each.  Mickey Moniak (.269) went 0-1 as a pinch hitter.

Williamsport (8-8) beat State College, 6-3.

Luis Carrasco (1-0, 1.93) pitched 5.0 innings.  He gave up 3 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits and 3 walks. He struck out four.  Randy Alcantara (3.00) pitched three, one-hit innings and struck out four.  Luis Ramirez (1.93) picked up his second save with a scoreless inning.

The Crosscutters scored 2 runs in the first inning on Adam Haseley’s RBI single and Greg Pickett’s SF.  They  scored a run in the third when Haseley scored on Pickett’s RBI double. They took the lead for good in the fourth on Colby Fitch’s first professional hit, an RBI double.  The Cutters tacked on 2 more in the eighth when Cole Stobbe and Fitch scored on Rodolfo Duran’s 2-run triple.

Haseley (.458) went 3-5 with an RBI.  Pickett (.375) went 1-4 with a double, SF, and 2 RBI. Jhailyn Ortiz (.250) went 0-3 with 2 walks.  Colby Fitch (.500) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.  Rodolfo Duran (.316) went 3-4 with a triple and 2 RBI.  Stobbe (.211) and Josh Stephen (.255) each had a hit.

Jesus Azuaje stole his first base.  The Spikes hit a batter with a pitch not named Ortiz, but caught Haseley stealing and picked up 2 outfield assists on two other Cutters trying to advance on the base paths.

GCL Phillies (5-4) beat the GCL Pirates. 7-2.  A five-run sixth inning carried them to victory.

Manuel Silva (2-0, 5.40) gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  Denny Martinez (0.00) and Justin Miller (1.93) each threw a perfect inning.  Anton Kuznetsov (0.00) pitched two, one-hit innings and struck out three.

Quincy Nieporte got his first professional hit and RBI on an RBI double in the first inning. The Phillies tied the score on Nieporte’s lead off HR (1) in the sixth.  They took the lead on a bases loaded balk.  Brayan Gonzalez followed with a 2-run double.  He scored on Jonathan Guzman’s RBI single. The Phils tacked on a run in the seventh on Kevin Markham’s first HR.

Gonzalez (.346) led off and went 1-3 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI.  Nieporte (.400) went 2-5 with a double, HR (1), 2 RBI.  Jake Holmes made his professional debut and went 1-3 with a walk.  Kevin Markham (.143) went 1-2 with his first HR and 2 walks. Markham’s HR was his second hit in 14 at bats, but he also has 8 walks and an OBP of .478.

Damek Tomscha went 0-3 in a rehab start at third base.

Guzman stole 2 bases, Holmes and Yahir Gurrola one each.

Silva picked a runner off first base.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves):

  • 7/5 – Phillies signed RHP Connor Seabold.
  • 7/5 – Phillies signed LHP Damon Jones.
  • 7/5 – Phillies signed LHP Kyle Dohy.
  • 7/5 – Phillies signed LHP David Parkinson.
  • 7/5 – Clearwater sent 3B Damek Tomscha on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies
  • 7/5 – Lakewood BlueClaws placed 3B Jack Zoellner on the 7-day disabled list.
  • 7/5 – RHP Jake Kelzer assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport.
  • 7/5 – RHP Spencer Howard assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/5 – RHP Connor Seabold assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/5 – LHP David Parkinson assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/5 – LHP Damon Jones assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/5 – LHP Kyle Dohy assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 7/4 – Phillies sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Reading Phils.
  • 7/4 – Phillies signed RHP Alex Garcia.
  • 7/4 – Phillies signed SS Jake Holmes.
  • 7/4 – Phillies signed 1B Quincy Nieporte.
  • 7/4 – 3B Harold Martinez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Phils.
  • 7/4 – RF Herlis Rodriguez assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Phils.
  • 7/4 – Alberto Tirado assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 7/4 – Cord Sandberg assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 7/4 – Ranger Suarez assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 7/4 – Carlos Duran assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 7/4 – Jose Antequera assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 7/4 – Lakewood BlueClaws released LF Enmanuel Garcia.
  • 7/4 – SS Raul Rivas assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/4 – 3B Jack Zoellner assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws.
  • 7/4 – RF Juan Luis assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/4 – RF Jesus Alastre assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/4 – Luis Encarnacion assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 7/4 – Kevin Gowdy assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 7/4 – IF Jesus Azuaje assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies.
  • 7/4 – C Colby Fitch assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters.
  • 7/4 – RHP Alex Garcia assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • 7/4 – 1B Quincy Nieporte assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • 7/4 – SS Jake Holmes assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • 7/3 – Clearwater placed 2B Derek Campbell on the 7-day DL retroactive to 6/30/17
  • 7/3 – Phillies traded IF James Lovett to Seattle
  • 7/3 – Clearwater Threshers activated SS Zach Green from the 7-day DL
  • 7/3 – Clearwater placed 2B Derek Campbell on the 7-day DL retroactive to 6/30/17
  • 7/2 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Alejandro Made to a minor league contract.
  • 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
  • 7/1 – Addison Russ assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • The organization’s rosters are up to date.

76 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/5/2017

  1. I’m at a loss regarding Appel. I imagine the organization is too. What do you do? Haseley is on fire. He needs to see better pitching; move him up. Shame Sixto didn’t get a win…the offense just didn’t show up.

      1. But he’s reverting to his mean. Try him in the bullpen although he didn’t even get out of the 1st inning yesterday and racked up 5 BBs, not to mention 3 hits. His 40 man roster spot is in deep peril at the end of the year. Let’s see how the bullpen feels to him. Make or break time.

        1. He couldn’t get thru one inning. Many of his starts, even his recent decent ones, have started out rough. He’d be a bullpen project at best. But it’s the only option left. Is there such a thing as a “2 out – nobody on” righty?

  2. Waguespack has taken very well to starting. He was a reliever early in the season and had a 3.38 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Lately he’s been starting and has a 1.97 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. He’s K’ing guys a little less as a starter but his BBs have plummeted to only 6 in 32 IP (from 13 in 21 IP as a reliever). His longer term outlook is probably in the pen but he’s learning a lot about himself as a starter.

    Did Sixto really give up 2 WPs and 2 Balks in yesterday’s game? He WP’ed a run in the 1st inning and balked a run the 3rd.

    Juan Mendez, an 18 yo with DSL White, went 5 for 6 with a 2B, HR (2) and 5 RBIs yesterday. As a catcher he also threw out a runner trying to steal and has caught 12 of 27 base stealers on the season. He’s hitting .411/.439/.667 with a 1.105 OPS in 26 games. Impressive youngster?

    1. Another thing is that he has EIGHT triples in 86 at bats! He’s listed as 5′ 10″ 165lbs. He was signed as a free agent last June, couldn’t find any bonus info.

  3. Anyone have anything to say about Tocci? Hitting over .300 in AA, and was around that at Clearwater last year. Elite defense. I know all his hits are singles but apparently he can hit – is there a place for him???

    1. I don’t see Tocci as a starter in the big leagues but a 4th or 5th OF’er…possibly. Of course, if wishes all came true, Tocci would add 30 pounds of muscle and hit 15 HRs a year. He’d be starting for sure but adding that much muscle might be a hindrance to his on-base ability so 4th or 5th OF’er might be his upside… even is wishes come true land.

    2. There’s a place for him as a 5th OF or AAAA guy.

      If he’s ever a starting OF for the Phillies then this rebuild didn’t take….

    3. At this point, he’s strictly a 5th OF who can play all 3 positions. Just not enough power, even for CF…

  4. Dave how many outfielders do you see with no power. who don’t steal a lot of bases ?

    1. Trust me, I really really hate to agree with roccom, but Tocci is essentially useless as an offensive player in the major leagues for exactly the reasons stated above

    2. I always read he had good speed but it certainly hasn’t translated into base stealing ability. I’ve followed him for what seems like forever and hoped he might develop enough power to at least get doubles – wishful thinking at this point I guess

      1. I frame the question as whether Tocci has done enough to earn a 40 man roster spot and my answer is ‘yes.’ He competes with a long list of under-performing pitchers (Appel, Thompson, Morgan) and low level prospects with little chance of sticking a season in the show if selected in the Rule 5 (Suarez, Arano, Taveras). There’s room this year for Tocci and Pullin, too. Even Walding.

    3. rocco:
      Tocci……perhaps a Doug Glanville type player.
      Same physical profiles….same defensive CF skill sets.
      Minor league:
      – Glanville…..SLG .365…PA 2734…..K-12%…BB-5%
      – Tocci………..SLG .338…PA 2539…..K-16%….BB-6%

      1. Best case on Tocci is another team becomes enamored with him and we flip him for something useful…

        1. Not sure what kind of return you can get.
          if left unprotected in December, there is that possibility he could be claimed….but like Tyler Goeddel will probably be over matched in his MLB showing.
          For sure he will bring back international dollars fro a team under the penalty.

  5. Hasely in Williamsport continues to be a joke.

    Wasting everyone’s time assigning him there. Doesnt help him. Doesnt help the guy sitting on the bench in Williamsport because Hasely was assigned a level (more like two) too low.

    Just promote him already

    1. Trust me I rather have hernia surgery then agree with Tommy, but what the hell is Hasely learning playing against that competition

  6. My Dad was at the game in Delmarva. My wife and I made the trek up from OCMD to see the poor Phightless Phils. Pops let me know that Sixto was steady sitting 95-97, touching 100 in his 5 innings of work. Command of off-speed came back to bite him, and also noted that he does not look nearly as comfortable out of the stretch as he does his wind up. That will improve in due time, as should the command. Mickey Mo and Sixto signed his ticket stub after the game. Mick was not pleased with himself after grounding into a game ending DP.

    Also noted, Dad said that Jesus Alastre’s tools were very flashy. What is the story on this kid? Apparently worked 3-4 excellent AB’s and showed off a very strong and accurate throwing arm.

    1. My parents grew up in the days where players would happily sign your baseball. This is when kids would take their bicycles to the players’ houses. It’s cool that the Mick and Sixto were open arms about signing. Random thoughts.

      1. Saw a lakewood game in hagerstown earlier in the year and Mickey signed a ball for both my kids prior to the game. The kids got balls during the game and wanted them signed so we waited after the game by the locker room. There were a ton of people waiting for autographs mainly the full time autographers but Mickey came out and signed my kids balls and a couple other kids and hoped on the bus.

        Last week in Harrisburg the back up catcher was heading to the dugout after they won the second game of the double header and heard my son saying ball please and came back out of the dugout to toss him a ball.

        Nice seeing the players in both examples understanding the impact they can have on kids.

  7. What’s the scouting reports on Falter and Fanti? What’s their ceilings? Floors? Both are nice size lefties who are putting together solid seasons.

    1. They are soft tossing lefties. Probably back end starters at best unless they gain velocity. Sound familiar?

    2. Falter is a big strong kid who I bet can pick up more speed on his FB. Fanti is a soft tosser.

    3. There 20 yrs that have a couple of yrs to fill out. There both LHp with above avg control & command ,if they can hit 93 in a few yrs with there control they 3’s. Happ hits 93 he won 20 games yr. Gio on the Nats avg 90 but has great movement.

      1. Tim…Brooks has Nat’s Gio at a tick higher on his 4Smr at 91

  8. 4 Phillies made the BP midseason top 50. Sixto, Crawford, Alfaro and Kingerly. I’m actually surprised Hoskins didn’t make it.

    1. Hoskins must be in their top 100….if they do a mid-season one, maybe they only do the top 100 at pre-season.
      as a side note……AJ Puk at 23.

      1. Since AJ Puk was mentioned…. this might be a good place to mention that 6 guys from last years draft are in this years BP Top 50…..but #1 pick Mickey Moniak is not

        No sweat though….lets just ignore that

        Nick Senzel 15

        AJ Puk 23

        Alec Hanson 42

        Jason Groome 43

        Riley Pint 44

        Ia Anderson 48

        1. Point of reference here…Groome has barely pitched this season due to injury. Pint is 1-8 with a 4.44 ERA. Seems like these rankings are extremely arbitrary.

          1. I assume they are there based on how BA had them rated during the draft. As noted, no way Groome or Pint are top 100 based on performance.

        2. Though…..according to Capt Obvious….all pitchers except the one college position player.

        3. So, I guess this is the 4th time you’ve mentioned this? Since the last time we chatted you claimed it was only 3.

        4. I’m surprised no Moniak, Senzel hasn’t done much since he left A ball, and man people just don’t like right hand first base prospect do they

            1. Yeah , I meant no love for Hoskins!
              but I proceeded that with Senzel hasn’t necessarily lit the world in fire. So I could see where I didn’t write that clearly .

        5. AJ Puk really killing it in AA with that 6+ ERA. How’s Groome doing? Oh yea he was overmatched so he ended up with an injury.

        1. Doing better as a 19 year in A than Puk as a supposedly advanced college pitcher in AA LOL

  9. Joe how does a bad defensive catcher hitting 250 with a a 310 obp and a 692 ops make the llist

  10. Yes, everyone is down on Tocci. 21 year olds who hit .300 in AA (.317 at Reading, .313 on the road) are a dime a dozen nowadays. We’ve got tons of them, apparently.

    He’ll be on the 40-man this offseason, be in Lehigh Valley next year, and he’ll make the majors by 2019 or 2020 and be a fourth or fifth outfielder. That has value. IIRC, Tocci signed for $750K, which is the equivalent of a third-round pick. So far, so good.

  11. I was at the game last night and man…did Tromp impress me. He was always regarded as a nice sleeper prospect, but his ISO really jumped out at me. His swing is short; compact and he barreled up balls consistently. I don’t think he’ll ever be a starter in the show, but I can certainly envision him getting MLB time with another club

    1. John … fascinating trivia note … The White House has two favorite Phillie prospects:
      * Jiandido “Tromp”
      * Anton Kuznetsov
      Take it for what it’s worth.

      1. I was wondering how long it would take for a “Tromp” comment like this lol. On a serious note, here are his splits:

        .305 at home
        .264 away
        .350 v. LHP
        .235 v. RHP
        .298 RISP
        .309 ahead in count
        .241 behind

        These aren’t the best I’ve seen; however, there are some nice numbers in there, particularly his home-road splits. I took a brief look at his sabermetrics and those aren’t too shabby either.

      2. Hinkie….actually there is a Kuznetsov in Wash DC…Evgeny, and a real Capital left wing guy.

          1. Yes i know……Anton.
            Perhaps the two Kuznetsovs are related.
            Unless Kuznetsov is the Russian equivalent of the American ‘Smith’ or ‘Jones’

  12. Interesting group of pitchers on the mound today for GCL Phillies.
    17 YO Francisco Morales … 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K
    25 YO Aaron Brown (1st professional appearance as a pitcher after 4 years in the OF) … 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K
    21 YO (21st round draft pick) Jakob Hernandez (also making his first pro ball appearance) … 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K. Hernandez was a JC stud two seasons ago. The LHP won the JC National Strikeout Crown in 2016, and totaled the second highest number of K’s in a single season by a JC pitcher over the last 15 years.

      1. Rocco … Aaron Brown was a former 3rd round pick. He was a two-way player in college (at Pepperdine). His career as an OF’er has gone nowhere. Brown has now morphed into stage 2 of his career as a LHP.

        1. At the time he was drafted many thought he was a better pitching prospect. It’s just sad that he didn’t make this switch sooner. He’s lost so much development time.

    1. The discussion of the Top 50 by Jeffrey Paternostro had a lot of Phillies talk. He even mentioned that we are in the discussion for top farm system!

  13. By Lakewood BlueClaws | July 6, 2017 2:57 PM ET

    Darick Hall was the South Atlantic League Player of the Month for June. 

    BlueClaws 1B Darick Hall has been named South Atlantic League Player of the Month for June, the second straight month that a BlueClaw has won the award.
    LHP Nick Fanti was named SAL Player of the Month for May. 
    Hall, a 14th round pick last year from Dallas Baptist, hit .306 with 8 home runs and 27 RBIs in June, adding an OPS of 1.042. He led the league in both home runs and RBIs and was second in OPS over the month. 

    1. Not sure how excited I should get over Hall.
      Could he be the next in line of the past big power first basemen to come down the road or can he be a legit MLB prospect …maybe in the line of a Ryan Howard?
      He is so far putting up equivalentr numbers to what Howard did at LKW at the same relative age at this point of the season…and Howard did not even make a BA top 100 for another 2 years until after his Reading season going into triple A ball..

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