Box Score Recap – 7/6/2017

Lehigh Valley was shut out by the Nationals new pitcher, former major leaguer, Edwin Jackson.

Reading lost, Velasquez pitched three rehab innings.

Clearwater lost a slugfest.

Lakewood got a nice game from Medina.

Williamsport got pounded.

The GCL Phillies held on to win a one-run game.

I saw on Twitter that SS Dalton Guthrie has signed.  No word on the bonus.

Sorry for the brief report.  Not feeling well.  Just a migraine, but it’s annoying.

Lehigh Valley (53-34) lost to Syracuse, 5-0.

Jake Thompson gave up 3 runs in seven innings on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Edubray Ramos gave up 2 runs in one inning on 3 hits and a walk.

The IronPigs collected 7 singles and 3 walks.  They struck out 12 times.

Reading (50-33) lost to Trenton, 6-3.

Reading got beat by the Yankees affiliate and their own defense, they committed 3 errors and a wild pitch on their way to giving up 3 unearned runs.

Velasquez gave up 3 runs, only 2 of them earned, on 3 hits, a walk, and 4 strike outs.  Ranfi Casimiro took the loss giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and 3 walks in four innings.  Victor Arano walked one and struck out 3 in one inning.

Tromp had 3 hits and a triple.  Coppola, Tocci, and Martin each had an RBI.  Stankiewicz had 2 hits.  The Phils turned 3 DP.

Clearwater (45-38) lost to Daytona, 9-8.

Edgar Garcia gave up 6 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits and a walk in five innings.  He struck out five.  Hibbs gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk (2 HR) in two innings.  Hockenberry struck out two in his one inning.

Wilson Garcia had 3 hits.  Grullon had 3 hits, 3 doubles, a HR, and 2 RBI.  Carlos Duran had a HR and 4 RBI.  Randolph had a solo HR and 2 walks.

Laird had an outfield assist.  Cumana committed the error that let 2 unearned runs score.

The Threshers go to Dunedin to play a Blue Jays team that just called up Vlad Guerrero and Beau Bichette.  Ima goin to those games.

Lakewood (46-39) beat Delmarva, 4-1.

Medina pitched six innings.  He allowed 1 run on 7 hits and a walk.  He struck out 9.  Addison Russ pitched two scoreless innings.  Bettencourt got his 7th save.

Brito, Cabral, and Lartigue had 2 hits.  Moniak went 1-5.  Juan Luis hit his first HR.

Martinelli had an outfield assist.

Williamsport (8-9) lost to State College, 9-0.

Andrew Brown pitched well but left after 5 innings trailing 2-0  He gave up 7 hits, walked one, and struck out 5.  Jhon Nunez gave up 3 runs in 2 innings.  Connor Brogdon gave up 4 in 2.

Nick Maton had 2 hits and the only XBH.  Ortiz also had 2 hits.  Colby Fitch went 1-2 and was HBP TWICE.  At some point, someone has to retaliate.  Haseley went 0-2 with 2 walks.  I saw a Twit where a guy seeing him for the first time decided that he has trouble with the curve based on this smallest of samples.  SMH.

GCL Phillies (6-4) beat the GCL Pirates. 3-2.

Francisco Morales pitched 5 innings.  He looked good, IMO.  My two companions were split, one agreed with me, the other was not impressed.  Morales gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  He gave up some solid contact, but also had the opponents off balance on several pitches.  He struck out four.  There was some discrepancy on his FB velo.  I saw a wide margin between the two teams guns.  I checked with a third party, and feel somewhat confident saying he was 90-92.

Aaron Brown pitched one inning, stuck out the first batter, and retired the side in order.  In a really small sample, his FB topped out at 93.  jakob Hernandez struck out 2 in one inning.  Oscar Marcelino got the save with 2 K in 2 innings.

After Morales gave up 2 runs in the fourth, The Phillies came back with three in the bottom of the inning.  Tomscha and Nieporte were both HBP.  Nerluis Martinez hit an RBI single and Nieporte was able to score too on a throwing error.  Martinez scored on an RBI single by Yahir Gurrola.

After Morales gave up back-to-back doubles in the fourth, he almost limited the damage to one run when he struck out the next 2 batters.  Unfortunately, the next batter hit a ground single up the middle.

The Pirates starter was their 2nd round pick (42nd overall) Steven Jennings.  He pitched 2 shutout innings.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves):

  • 7/6 – Phillies sent RHP Vince Velasquez on a rehab assignment to Reading.
  • 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.

77 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/6/2017

  1. I see some of the Phillies minor league players read Chase Ultey memo. How to get hit by a pitch 101. Nice to Medina doing great some of the Phillies draft choices Maton etc getting hits . C is having a very crazy season.

  2. Brito is getting hot. He’s hit in 8 of his last 10 games and 15 of his last 18. He’s hitting .366 in his last 10 games with 5 Ks and 4 BBs. He was very good in April and then either, pitchers made adjustments and/or full season ball dragged him down a bit. But the 19 yo is back for now.

    1. I just took a look at C’s monthly splits and he’s been trending upward each month. Slow starter? Poorly timed slump? Whatever the case he’s been pretty rock-solid since the beginning of June

      1. ‘C’ just turned 20 in June. He lost a lot of time last year and didn’t seem to recover when he came back. The Phils pushed him to A+ and he hit a few HRs and nothing else in the early going. I’ve seen a couple of articles on him that said he was tweaking a few things and learning about the growth of a prospect as he moves up the organization. I think, in his mind, he thought he had the talent to carry him along but what he found is the pitchers also have greater talent as you move up the org. Adjusting is a huge part of a prospect’s growth and the quicker they learn that, the better they’ll be.

        1. “I think, in his mind, he thought he had the talent to carry him along…”

          I think this is a lazy conclusion. I reported that he had an eye infection that precluded his wearing contacts and forced him to wear glasses for the first time ever earlier this spring. I and other reporters reported that the Phillies were making changes to his swing that they thought would enhance the power profile that he would need as a corner outfielder. And, I reported that the changes that he was asked to make had turned him from a player with gap-to-gap power (predominantly to left-center since he was often pitched away and would go with a pitch rather than try to pull balls) to a player who so often pulled pitches that he was being shifted to the right side of the infield.

    1. Tromp is a strange dude. He’s the best hitting prospect to come out of the tiny island of Aruba. He didn’t show too much in the organization until last year. Sure he popped some HRs in 2014. 15 to be exact but he always seemed to be in the .250 BA area or less. Even his OBP wasn’t that good. Then in 2016, he woke us and the Phillies up a little bit. He hit 20 HRs between LKW and CLW. His BA was good in LKW but in CLW he seemed to revert to his .250 or less BA. In 2017, he’s continued his progress. He seems to love AA with 11 HRs and 33 RBI plus a .292/.340/.527 triple slash. I’m sure folks on this site and other places will talk about the Reading field effect. But he hit 20 HRs last year and has shown progress in that area year after year. They actually gave him a 3 game stint as a lot of OF’ers were being moved around. If we did a mid-year top 30, he’d probably get some votes and get a slot probably in the 20s somewhere. They’ll have to decide if he goes on the 40 man roster at the end of the year.

      1. I’m not sure if Tromp deserves a spot on the 40 next year. I’d be pretty surprised if he got taken in the rule 5, definitely don’t think it’s necessary to protect him.

      2. “……best hitting prospect out of….. Aruba”
        I guess Xander Bogaerts does not count as an Arubian?

          1. Born in the Netherlands..but Aruba is a Dutch colony.
            I guess you can make that argument for that.

    1. Great rankings…especially for Rhys Hoskins
      Cannot remember ever BA ranking a right hand hitting first baseman that high.

      1. Can’t wait for people to complain about Haseley being the Phillies’ pick and that they should have picked someone else.

        1. So far it’s hard to complain about Haseley, however I will add this , the FO said they would draft pitchers and buy hitters, so I assume they meant in every other round but the first.

    2. Here is a list of organizations and how many they placed in the top 100 (actually 101 on the list)

      braves 9
      yanks 7
      phils 7
      padres 6
      white sox 5
      astros 5
      rays 5
      jays 4
      rockies 4
      cards 4
      brewers 4
      dodgers 4
      indians 4
      red sox 3
      nats 3
      reds 3
      pirates 3
      athletics 3
      tigers 3
      mets 2
      cubs 2
      twins 2
      orioles 2
      mariners 2
      rangers 1
      dbacks 1
      red 1
      giants 1
      angels 1

      1. But its only been for this year (3 months) . . . Remember he ended his season in reading last year hitting .250 with an OBP under .300. This is about right for the mid season ranking. If he continues what he’s doing, he’ll be further up the list following this season. I’m surprised Kilome didn’t slide in at the end and surprised that Moniak stayed in the top 50.

    1. I guess people expect more things out of you when you are 1 overall, even if you are young for your league. But he is currently rocking a 3/1 strike out to walk ratio which isn’t pretty no matter where you are drafted.

        1. ummm outside of his ERA which is still under 4, he’s got a K/9 of over 14, far less hits than innings pitched 61/44, giving up next to zero HRs (1). The only thing is his BB/9 is at 3.4 but his whip is still almost under 1. Not sure why you think he’s not doing well . . .

    2. I’m willing to be patient with Mickey Moniak. He is a similar player to Kyle Tucker (11). So far, Moniak has similar numbers to what Tucker put up in their first year and a half in the minors. Tucker got promoted to high-A late in his second season and took off (not sure Mickey Mo will get promoted this season). However, if we’re going to rehash last year’s draft … the college pitcher I wanted, Cal Quantril (21) is ranked ahead of AJ Puk (27). Quantril probably could have been signed for less than 6-million dollars because he was coming off TJ and hadn’t pitched at all during his jr season.

      1. Would have been a good pick up. I thought I read he was a 2nd round target. Several of their targets got picked right away.

      2. I’m a little less on the positive side – B level players just aren’t all that interesting to me.

        The phillies need top 25 MLB players… there aren’t any on the current MLB roster and there don’t seem to be any in the minor league roster either.

        Phillies are 5+ years (aka no reasonable projection gets them there) from competing for a championship.

    3. What else is there to say at this point.

      Moniak is being out performed and is less highly thought of by talent evaluators by 4 guys drafted behind him. And Gowdy hasn’t thrown a pitch yet this year.

      Not sure what to say other than it’s only their second year.

      Puk was advertised as potential TOR guy with wipeout stuff and he’s lived up to that.

      Senzel was hyped as an advanced college hitter that could move quickly and he’s lived up to that.

      Quantrill was hyped as a big time arm that could be TOR guy if healthy and he’s lived up to that.

      Moniak was hyped as a great hit tool guy with above average speed , defense, and arm and he has NOT lived up to the great hit tool tag. hitting what .269 with too many K’s, not enough BB’s and very little pop.

      He probably will fill out more, and he may figure out offensively, but if you’re looking at these guys both now and how they project, Moniak was not the right pick at #1.

      And yes, I know we also have to factor in the guy that hasn’t thrown a pitch yet this year when evaluating the Moniak selection….

      1. You mean Puk who has 9 BB in his last 12+ innings? Great control!! Why won’t you address that when you mention him? TOR guys walk maybe one guy a game? Yea he SO a ton of batters, but he is also walking a guy every other inning.
        Quantrill – yea real smart taking a guy #1 who had a crappy track record of staying healthy
        I don’t really remember Quantrill or Senzel being tabbed as a number 1 pick.
        There’s also Groome who had an “injury” after getting demolished. Seems like they wanted him to take some time to regroup.

        Talk to me in a year, and I bet Moniak will really be mashing. The kid is 19. Gowdy got hurt, stuff happens.

          1. I don’t think anybody is revising history. Tommy Gunn was on here calling for the Phillies to draft Puk. I continuously rang the bell for Quantrill. DMAR wanted Lewis. Go back and re-read the 2016 draft threads.

            1. Puk enthralled me. Groome came a close second. But willing to let Moniak develop. As a college guy he would have just completed his freshmen year.

              As a little thought on how things can change quickly for hitters:
              Cody Bellinger;s MLB scouting report from spring 2015:
              Hit: 50 Power: 55 Run: 50 Arm: 50 Field: 60 Overall: 50
              “……..he struggled in his pro debut but bounced back since with a strong 2014 before skipping a level and jumping to high Class A this year. ….coming into 2015, Bellinger was regarded as more of a pure hitter than a slugger, earning praise for his fluid left-handed stroke and mature approach. He has changed course this season, driving the ball much more often than he has in the past but also swinging and missing a lot more as well. He still has room to add more strength to his 6-foot-4 frame too”

            2. You make a good point here Romus about the unpredictability of outcomes for minor league players.

              I do think that the Phillies don’t have a single player at any level that projects to be one of the best at his position in baseball.

              Though that doesn’t mean it won’t happen – it would just require an unexpected development. Some player who most people think is average and who turns out to be well above it.

        1. I’m not sure where I stand on Moniak. His performance this season has been… adequate. However, there is definitely a different set of expectations for a first rounder, especially a #1 overall.

          I’m all for patience. I don’t think he was expected to be a fast-track player. However, next year (assuming Clearwater) he will hopefully turn a corner.

          1. He starts mashing next year. Another offseason of endurance & strength training will definitely help.

        2. Quantril injured his arm as a soph at Stanford. As far as I know, that is his only injury. Tommy John is a serious procedure, but it is not a death sentence. The list of pitchers to flourish after TJ is impressive: Jose Fernandez, Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Stephen Strasburg, John Smoltz, Jameson Taillon, Vince Velasquez, Lucas Giolito just to name a few. I’ve been consistent; I’m not afraid of TJ survivors. As a matter of fact, yesterday I proposed a Pat Neshek, Luis Garcia trade to the Nationals that would bring back to the Phillies a return headlined by Jesus Luzardo (TJ survivor).

          1. How many do you see drafted first? That was my argument really. Just tired of the obsession with Puk. All for a good argument/discussion as most people back up their facts.

          2. I’m not sure what the point of “getting good” is right now – the Phillies don’t have a young cheap core to build around.

            This isn’t 2006/2007/2008

          3. But there is Harvey, Aiken , Wheeler ,Heaney, Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, Trevor May,Alex Reyes , Will Smith,Drew Smyly ,Nathan Eovadi,Colin Rea,Yimi Garcia, there’s at least 200 more in the minor leagues . Tj surgery rehab is about 1 1/2 if that’s your So there not too many Gm that are happy. See the Mets Tj surgery may be the end of a career.

        3. So Gowdy is really hurt but Groome wasn’t? Laughable. And you need to dig dipper into Puk who has a WHIP that is just about under 1, while K 14 per game and giving up only 5 H/9 while limiting the long ball (1 HR). Glad some people on here aren’t evaluating talent.

          1. Eric who cares about puk. When he makes the majors and is good, then you can talk ,plus he isn’t a phillies pitcher so who cares but you, I am sick of puk talk I wouldn’t have touch him either, so wild Best case is he in about 4 yrs becomes another Andrew Miller. watch: A.J. Puk (Athletics’ No. 2), Midland vs. Tulsa (5 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
            Puk, the No. 57 overall prospect, is looking to find his rhythm at the Double-A level. The 22-year-old threw well with Class A Advanced Stockton, posting a 3.69 ERA through 14 appearances (11 starts), but he is 0-2 with an 8.59 ERA through two starts since he was promoted to Midland. Puk only recorded one out in his last start as he struggled to find the strike zone, issuing three walks and throwing just 19 of his 36 pitches for strikes

            1. Eric is telling us walks don’t matter. This argument is getting old. The Puk lovers will do everything in their power to ignore the massive control issues because the guy can strikeout hitters. A TOR PITCHER DOES NOT WALK 4 batters a game!!

  3. I was a Kyle Lewis guy for position player and a Groome guy if they went pitcher so…

    That said there is a long way to go and if MM is something close to Yelich (my fav comp for him) and Gowdy is something better than a 3 we’ll probably not fret over it.

  4. 8th round pick Jhordany Mezquita, lifted after 2 innings. Innings limit or injury?

    1. LOL AMEN! FWIW this site is 100000 times better than what I have visited. Usually the other sites are filled with negative comments and complaining. I will take the look how good my guy is doing over the other sites any day of the week 🙂

    2. Ok jim then can you tell me about Guzman? He is only 17 if I am reading it right, What is your first impression of him ty.

      1. I like him. He played well enough during XST to warrant a look in WPT even though he was destined to come back to the GCL after the draft. He and Brayan Gonzalez make a nice duo up the middle. Apparently the Phillies think the same way as these two have jumped out from the group of 5-6 middle infielders they signed last year and invited to Instructs. Guzman shows good range and a strong arm. He’s holding his own at the plate. We’ll see if that continues as more draft picks find their way onto the other GCL rosters. The same also holds for Gonzalez, who also has shown the ability to make the sensational play at second.

    3. It’s the nature of being a fan. To me, it’s helpful to keep in mind the stages of a player’s development at a particular moment (advanced college bats or arms vs prep bats or arms), and which ultimately has a higher upside.

    4. That’s the point of the website isn’t it? Talk about minor league players and front office decisions with who they have in their system.

      1. Don’t share your views on Puk but strongly agree with your larger point on the purpose of this site and the ability for people to read or ignore what they choose. It’s the rare one among us who doesn’t have a little bit of “I told you so” in our DNA.

  5. And lists, I just love lists. So, the guys who thought Crawford was a top prospect and Hoskins wasn’t now think otherwise. The same guys. Were they right then or are they right now? We’ve got 7 in the top 100, third most, does that make us the third best minor league org? Would that make us happy? It doesn’t, but if it makes us feel better … oh well…

    1. I don’t get it at all. Crawford still has to be one of the youngest in the league, same with Randolph if I am not mistaken. It will take a couple of more years to judge these kids. But you never know about drafts look at the steal they got in the fifth round with ryan howard . I really am interested to see three yrs from now if Moniak is the best player of the guys mention. It not fair right now to judge him against kids out of college. They have way more experience. We just have to wait and see what happens.

      1. And Randolph didn’t spend very much time on the prospect lists. After his extended injury last year, he disappeared from lists rather quickly.

        And to touch on not judging against kids out of college. I agree 100%. Colleges more than likely have been strength programs than high schools….so a lot of power and such won’t come until those college years.

  6. Anyone know if Hunter Greene signed? Can’t find it anywhere and even read he apparently unfollowed all Reds social media accounts

    1. NVM – saw they struck a last minute deal…That was my suspense for the final minutes of my work day LOL

    2. orioles rescinded offer to 4th rounder, right hander Jack Conlon, a Texas A&m signee, so he’s an unrestricted free agent. what’s a million bucks plus to the Phils to get an extra draft pick, especially since they mostly went with college arms in this draft? failing orioles physical doesnt mean he’s not worth the risk.

  7. Kyle Young with 11 K’s thru 5 innings giving up 1 hit. If he keeps this up he could get a call up to Lakewood towards the end of the year and get a couple of starts and give him a head start for next year.

    1. I saw Young twice last year. Yes, he’s (very) tall, with loads of projection. But I was not impressed with his delivery and stuff. However, he is proving himself this year and I was probably short-selling him. He’s done quite well so far and I’m glad for him and the organization.

  8. Were the Phillies able to sign any late round picks before the deadline?

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