Box Score Recap – 7/9/2017

Lehigh Valley powered past Scranton on J.P. Crawford’s sixth HR.

Reading saw their winning streak end at one

Clearwater wasted another fine pitching effort by Jose Taveras, one run in 7 innings.

Lakewood won via shut out behind Nick Fanti’s seven 3-hit innings.

Williamsport mashed 16 hits including HRs by Stobbe (5) and Listi (1) en route to victory.

Lehigh Valley (55-35) beat Scranton, 5-2.

Zach Eflin went 4.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits.  He walked none and struck out five.  He threw 76 pitches.  He left with 2 runners on base and Edubray Ramos stranded both runners.  Ramos (1-0, 2.70) earned his first victory by retiring the five batters he faced.  Jesen Therrien (1.66) struck out 2 in 2.0 innings.  And, Pedro Beato (3.20) got his 25th save.

J.P. Crawford erased an early 2-run deficit with a 2-run HR in the fourth inning.  The IronPigs went on to score 3 more runs on Logan Moore’s ground outand Jorge Flores’ 2-run single.  IronPigs’ batters struck out 11 times.  Crawford haters can take solace in the fact that he struck out 3 times.

With Rhys Hoskins and Scott Kingery in Miami for the Futures Game, Lehigh scored 5 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  They went 1-5 with RISP, and had an LOB of one.

Reading (51-36) lost to Portland, 3-2.

Tommy Bergjans (1-2, 6.04) gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in five innings.  But that was 2 runs too many with Readings recently depleted offense.  Miguel Nunez (3.71) gave up a run in his one inning.  Shane Watson (4.78) and Yacksel Rios each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Phils impotent offense managed 7 singles.  Zack Coppola and Malquin Canelo had 2 hits each.  Carlos Tocci and Nick Rickles each drove in a run.  Mitch Walding was hit by a pitch.  (More on that further down.)  The Phils drew 5 walks, but went 1-10 with RISP.

Clearwater (46-40) lost to Dunedin, 2-1.

Jose Taveras (2.37) pitched seven, one-run innings.  He gave up 6 hits and a walk.  He struck out nine.  Harold Arauz (3-1, 1.09) struck out 2 in 1.2 innings but gave up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

The Threshers scored a run in the first inning when Mark Laird who led off with a triple scored on Wilson Garcia’s ground out.  But that would be it.  They went 0-8 with RISP.

Cornelius Randolph, who is up to .245, went 1-3 with a walk.  His 40 walks in 318 PA (12.6%) have his OBP over 100 points better that his batting average at .346.

Lakewood (48-40) beat Greensboro, 4-0.

Nick Fanti (6-2, 2.80) responded to sentiment that the league had figured him out with 7.0, 3-hit innings against a team that scored 5 runs off him 2 weeks ago.  Guess they forgot what they had figured out.  Fanti walked none and struck out eight.

Jake Kelzer walked one and struck out three in 2.0 scoreless innings.

“Moniak haters should skip to the Williamsport recap”

Mickey Moniak (.270) went 2-4 with his fourth HR and 2 RBI (31).  I guess “haters” who read this anyway can revel in the fact that he struck out once.

Darick Hall, the SAL leader in HR and RBI was hit by a pitched ball twice.  No Grasshoppers were hit during the playing of this game.

The BlueClaws score twice in the first inning on RBI singles by Henri Lartigue and David Martinelli.  They score two runs again in the third on Moniak’s 2-run HR (4).

Williamsport (11-9) beat Mahoning Valley, 8-7.

Will Stewart (2-1, 3.79) survived a 2-walk, 3-hit, 3-run first inning to record the win.  He held the Scrappers to 2 hits over the next 4.0 innings.  He struck out five.  Randy Alcantara (2.57) allowed a walk in 2.0 innings.  Luis Ramirez (1.74) followed with 2 strike outs in 1.0 inning and an unearned run.

Kyle Dohy entered to pitch the final inning.  With an 8-4 lead, he hit the first batter.  I don’t know if it was intentional, but Scrappers pitchers had already hit Cole Stobbe, Jhailyn Ortiz (who had homered on Friday and had 3 RBI on Saturday), and Colby Fitch.  Kyle gave up 3 runs in the inning and was in danger of blowing the lead.  But, I’m willing to give him a pass since 28 Crosscutters batters have been drilled this season (far and away a league leading total) and only 12 of our opponents have been hit.  I personally don’t advocate retaliation, but it’s part of the unwritten rules.  If Dohy hit the batter intentionally, then good for him.  It looks like the batter was injured on the play.  But until baseball does something to reign in pitchers who hit batters, “It’s all part of it”. #part-part

The Crosscutters had 16 hits.  Only Jhailyn Ortiz didn’t have one, and he reached base twice on a walk and HBP.  Austin Listi had 4 hits including his first HR.  Jake Scheiner and Malvin Matos had 3 hits each.  Nick Maton had two.

After falling behind in the top of the first, Williamsport got one back when Stobbe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and 2 outs.  They took the lead in the fourth on a SF by Colby Fitch, And Austin Listi’s 2-run HR (1).

The Crosscutters scored 2 more in the fifth on Stobbe’s solo HR and Matos RBI double. They tacked on 2 more important runs in the seventh on Listi’s RBI double and Matos RBI double.

Listi had 3 RBI, Stobbe and Matos had 2 RBI each.  Ortiz stole his third base.  Matos had an outfield assist (second base).  Adam Haseley (.395) went 1-5.

GCL Phillies (7-4) no games scheduled on Sundays.

I’m going to forgo reading the Comments in the Recap and Open discussion for a while.  If any one wants to contact me with questions or wants to call an error to my attention, please e-mail me.  Put something in the subject line that will induce me to open the e-mail, I routinely delete e-mail from correspondents that I don’t recognize, especially the ones with the “spammy” subject lines.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (and paper moves):

  • 7/10 – Phillies activated RHP Jerad Eickhoff from the 10-day disabled list.
  • 7/10 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated RHP Zach Eflin from the 7-day disabled list.
  • 7/9 – Phillies optioned Ben Lively to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 7/8 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed 1B Rhys Hoskins on the temporarily inactive list
  • 7/8 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed 2B Scott Kingery on the temporarily inactive list
  • 7/7 – DSL Phillies Red placed LHP Yefferson Mercedes on the 7-day disabled list
  • 7/7 – DSL Phillies Red activated LHP Luis Suarez
  • 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.

41 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/9/2017

  1. Delighted to read Jim is not advocating retaliation…. I’m guessing Stobbe, for example, being hit with the bases loaded wasn’t intentional and one need only to look as far as Cord Sandburg, if I remember correctly, to recognize how dangerous baseball hits can be. Does anyone (I know Jim is foregoing reading comments for awhile)know where Dohy hit his batter and with what pitch?

    1. When I was in HS, back when George Washington was leader of the Continental Army, my coach advocated for throwing at a batter in one instance. If there is a runner on 3rd and the batter squares to suicide squeeze the runner home, throw at the batters head. Yes, he said head. The catcher knew that the pitch would be at the batter’s head. He would pop out of his crotch. The hitter was more worried about getting hit in the face than getting the bat on the ball. I used it once and the runner was tagged out at home. That team, which was known for suicide squeezes, never tried it again in any game against us again.

      I don’t advocate hitting a batter with a pitch ever but you have to let the other team know that they can’t hit your guys either. I would sure back a guy off the plate and if he wanted to step into that pitch, so be it. It was the batter’s choice.. not mine.

    2. Baseball is becoming like Basketball. I Tell me kid years ago, they wouldn’t let these guys just drive untouched, I Made him google Detroit pistons to see how basketball was played back in the day. Same with baseball two homeruns the next guy is going down that is the way the game was played. I believe it was better.

        1. rocco….same philosophy in dodge ball.
          Tell the kids…don’t stand there and take a hit…throw it back at them! 😉

      1. Saw again the Tony Conigliaro beaning by Jack Hamilton last night on the MLB channel. A priest administered last rites. For context, it was in the heat of a stretch run but not a beanball battle My baseball career peaked as a high school first baseman, same for my basketball, so I was the epitome of a rank amateur. I continue to believe sports teach you who you are as a human. The basketball reference is inapposite. Most life threatening incident in organized basketball was the Kermit Washington Rudy Tomjanovich incident which was closer to a streetfight rather than a legitimate basketball situation.

  2. Since we’re at the All-Star break, I thought it was time to see how LHV hitters were doing. We all know about Hoskins. He’s 1st in the Int’l League in Runs, RBIs, Slg and OPS. He’s 2nd in HRs and 3rd in BBs. He’s in the top 10 in every other hitting category including triples (4). He has half as many Ks as Cozens. The guy is a one man wrecking crew.

    Cozens is 1st in HRs and Ks. He’s also 3rd in TBs. He can put some dings in OF walls and has great upside.

    Crawford is 2nd in BBs. He’s hitting better lately. He’s still on the radar and he’s only 22 yo.

    1. I’m not worried about Crawford. He is now hitting and driving the ball which was not happening for quite awhile earlier in season. I’m ok if he has to play in AAA next year again as he will only be 23 then.
      One thing I like about our OF prospects & young major leaguers is that they all can play any OF position if needed. Williams, Cozens, Quinn, Altherr, and Herrera all have at least some speed and good gloves that do not limit them to a corner OF spot only.

      1. The thing is how much better is Crawford then Galvis. How much better is Hopkins then joseph, How much better is Kingery then Cesar. Its nuts our best hitters are in the way of good prospects, Why couldn’t kingery be a center fielder or catcher. or Hopkins.

        1. rocco…..could be turning it around.
          Since jPC’s return from the groin injury on June 20 his slash is .260/.348/.996.
          Though SSS…. 86PAs….13 -BBs ….13- Ks…..4- HRs…..5- 2Bs…..2- 3Bs…13- RBIs.
          JPC for sure will get on base…and if he is a number 2 hitter in the lineup…that is a lot to be said.

  3. Dohy was really wild yesterday. I don’t think it was intentional, but what do I know. Pat Borders has been around for a while. He must be frustrated with his players being hit. It would seem that umpires would issue warnings if more than one batter is hit by a pitched ball. I guess they are used to wildness at this stage of development (Short-season). If I were the umpire, I would warn benches. Why take a chance on a player being injured?

    1. There’s no point warning guys if there’s no situational indication that they’re doing it intentionally, and you don’t want the umpires (who at the lower levels are still just kids themselves) getting into that habit. Unfortunately in the lower levels you’ve got kids learning to command pitches and learning to throw inside. Guys are going to get plunked. It is what it is.

      1. I believe you are correct Frank. I think every Wmspt game I’ve seen this year has had somebody HBP. More than usual last night – four Crosscutters I think? Dohy was just wild.

  4. Just watching the futures game yesterday and you can understand why so many guys are getting plunked in rookie ball. Lots of 18-19 year olds with big arms but poor mechanics. They throw hard but don’t seem to know exactly where it’s going..

  5. I don’t advocate hitting players but I do remember a time when batters would actually get out of the way. One of my favorite baseball stories is of Dizzy Dean knocking down the first eight batters he faced. He skipped the pitcher out of “professional courtesy” and then knocked down the lead-off hitter again to make it a full 9.

  6. On Friday July 7, 2017, I had an opportunity to either go to the first place battle for AAA between the Ironpigs and Railriders or go to Williamsport to watch Kyle Young pitching. I chose to go to the Williamsport game. It was the correct decision. I sat behind home plate but was slightly to the left of home plate. I had hoped to get a ticket in section 4 behind people with radar guns to be able to poach reading from the guns but was unable to. I did listen to the game on the radio as I was watching and the announcer provided valuable insight.
    I was treated to a great pitching performance and a good offensive performance including home runs by J. Ortiz and Adam Haseley.
    To say that Kyle Young pitched a great game is a serious understatement. He was truly dealing. He started the game a little wild as he worked 2-0 counts to the first two batters and his first time threw the batting order only had four first pitch strikes. But by the 3rd inning was throwing pitches that the batters were missing by six inches to over a foot when they swung. In the 4th and 5th innings, Kyle struck out all six batters in a row. In the 5th inning, Kyle came within a whisker of pitching an immaculate inning. The first 8 pitches were all strikes — with 7 of them being swing and miss varieties where he had the batters looking foolish as to how far they missed the pitches by. The 9th pitch was just barely a foul tip that the catcher could not catch but it dropped right at his feet. The radio announcer said that he hoped that Kyle would come out to start the 6th since his pitch count was so low but it was policy to pull the starters after 5 innings.
    I had seen Kyle Young in spring training this year, he impressed me with his fast ball control although he did not throw all that hard. Both his curve and change-up seemed almost non-existent in spring training. I was amazed at how much both pitches had improved. He threw some great curves and change-ups in the game on Friday. To illustrate, the lead-off hitter in the 5th swung and missed at the 1st pitch by a wide margin, looking very foolish in the process. The second pitch was a change-up that he swung and missed by almost the same margin again looking foolish. Kyle finished him off with a curve that he again missed by a good margin. That batter was not the exception for this day but the norm. I have seen a lot of baseball games but I cannot recall a game where a pitcher got as many swing and misses as Kyle had gotten in this game. There were very few balls that were fouled off on his delivery. He appears to have extreme deception on his wind-up. He is also an excellent fielder which is unusual for one so tall. In addition, he also has an unbelievable pick-off move as noted by the Williamsport radio announcer. Kyle did pick-off a runner but due to blunders by Lius Encarnation the runner was able to get back to first base.
    The first batter to reach 1st base was on a great play by Kyle on a ball that was almost like a swing bunt in no man’s land between the pitching mound and 3rd base. Kyle made a great play and delivered a strike to 1st baseman Luis Encarnation. Putting the ball hip high right into Encarnation’s glove webbing which he promptly dropped and was charged with an error.
    Encarnation appears to be probably the worst fielding 1st baseman I have ever seen. He is in my opinion worst than the legendary Dick “Dr. Strangeglove” Stuart who was know for dropping balls. Encarnation made at least five or six fielding mistakes during the course of this game but I believe he was only “officially” charged with one error. The mistakes he made were: 1. dropping the throw on the ground ball, 2. and 3. dropping two pick-off throws although they both just dropped at his feet at 1st base and runner did not advance 4. and 5 on the actual pick-off failing to make the tag on the runner near 2nd and then further failed to recognize that he could throw back to 1st to get the runner and 6. on a foul pop-up near the 1st base coaching box he overran the ball then tried to dive for it but failed to touch it. Since he did not touch it he was not charged with an error. It should have been a very easy out. Since Encarnation cannot play 1st effectively do not know what his future could be defensively.
    The Williamsport offense was led by Ortiz and Haseley. Both hit titanic home runs to the opposite fields. Ortiz home run was a majestic blast to right center with a runner on. With home plate moved back closer to the stands this year this means that home runs hit to the power alley have to travel 12 to 15 feet more than Bowman Field’s previous ample dimensions. Haseley’s home run was also a very high
    long home run to left center field. Haseley also two hard hit singles in the game. He really looks like a professional hitter. Other notes on the Williamsport hitters, both Ortiz and Encarnation are very big men but both can fly. Ortiz also stole 2nd base on a play but then made a poor judgment to try to continue to 3rd on the overthrow and was thrown out. Williamsport made a collective error in judgment by two base-runners which cost Williamsport a run since Haseley followed with a home run. With one out and runners on 1st and 2nd, Josh Stephens hammered a double off the wall in right center field. With the manager in the 3rd base coaching box windmilling the runners around Nick Mahon unexplainablely stopped at 3rd and Josh Stephens continued running so Williamsport wound up with two runners at 3rd. Stephens who had two doubles in the game had previously hit a double int the left field corner.
    I must talk about the improvements to the field. With Major League Baseball playing an official game at Bowman Field on August 20, MLB invested over 1 Million dollars in improvements to the field to bring it up to major league standards. I can attest that the drainage system was worth the money invested. Before the game on Friday, it had rained very hard from 4:30 to 6:00 pm but by game time the field was in excellent condition. The new grass is also in excellent condition. The 4 million in state funds used on the stadium also seemed to be well spent. While the field is the second oldest fields used in minor league baseball, it can compete well with all the new parks.

    1. NEPA, I probably saw you at that game. If I knew what you looked like I would have introduced myself. One correction – it was 4 mil total including 1.5 from MLB for the new field.

    2. Do you think they moved home plate closer, or did they add more seats? I believe there are a couple extra rows of nice seats at the bottom now.

      1. The radio announcer actually said that home plate was physically moved closer to the stands. The location of home plate in the past is what created the extreme amount of foul territory in the left and right field corners. The moving of home plate and putting fences in the corners have subtantially cut down on the amount of foul territory.

  7. I’ve been watching a few LV games recently. Observations (for what they’re worth): 1. Rhys Hoskins has to be called up. Joseph will just have to be moved. Hoskins has nothing left to prove at AAA. 2. It’s a small AAA sample size for Kingery, but if Klentak can trade C. Hernandez he should do so. 3. Pedro Beato and Cesar Ramos might be better bullpen options than some of the guys in Philly. A shame that space on the 40-man is preventing a look at them. 4. Somebody else here said this, but I like Pedro Florimon as a utility infielder to replace Kelly or Blanco.

  8. Pretty good day for the Phillies organization yesterday. Big league team gets homers from all three starting outfielders and 2 more from Galvis. Crawford and Moniak both hit homers and Hoskins looked like and elite prospect in the futures game. Eickhoff, Fanti and Taveras also pitched outstanding. Looking forward to a better second half from the big league club and continued success from the minor league clubs. One observation I made of Crawford is that he has definitely made adjustments at the plate. He lowered his hands and squared his stance up a little and it appears to be helping.

  9. Hari S, was I who said Florimon should be up as the utility man for the big club, especially because he can play outfield. They, however, will keep Blanco because of what he makes (and because he is such a good role model for the LA guys) but I don’t think they will resign him for next year. I do believe Florimon should replace Kelly but Mackanin likes Kelly and when this manager likes someone, he’s golden.

  10. I know Jim isn’t reading the comments, but I just have to say … I don’t believe anyone (even Tommy Gunn) hates Mickey Moniak. Everyone is rooting for him. I still believe he will be a Kyle Tucker-type prospect. For me, second guessing drafts choices makes for interesting discussion.

    1. Jim reads the comments and interacts. Another reason why I enjoy this site.

      Nothing wrong with some post draft discussions. My issue was the way some people would approach it. Almost like a by the way, my player is better than yours. And select stats were chosen.

      Anywho, I am interested in the draft from 2 years ago, What options could have been chosen instead of Randolph, and what are they doing now?

      I still think it was a good pick, but interested to see who the Phillies were projected to pick and what those picks have done since the draft.

      1. Not many options that have panned out so far…Braves, of all teams, had three in the first round…pitchers Allard and Soroka and 3rd baseman Riley and Tigers had pitcher Burrows.
        But the draft so far after Randolph in the first round, has not produced that can’t miss star.
        Ian Happ went to Theo and the Cubs at 9…one pick before Randoplh.

      2. I remember that 2015 draft. I know the Phillies sent an army of scouts (and execs) to see another Georgia HS player. Catcher Tyler Stepenson IIRC was intentionally walked in something like 6 out of 8 PA’s in a doubleheader the Phillies brass was at. Stephenson homered the only two AB’s he wasn’t walked. The Reds took Stephenson at 1-11. He’s been pretty good in 2015 and 2017. He suffered through a concussion in 2016. http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=tyler-stephenson The other guy I remember the Phillies having interest in was Walker Buehler. An arm injury scared the Phillies (and many other teams) away. The Dodgers rolled the dice on him. He’s now a TJ survivor and is one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. His arm is stronger than before, and Buehler is throwing near 100 MPH in AA. http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?P=walker-buehler
        The other first round picks you can make arguments for in that 2015 draft are James Kaprelian (Yankees at 1-16) and Ryan Mountcastle (Orioles at 1-36). Kaprielian is recovering from TJ. Mountcastle looks like the heir apparent to Manny Machado at third base.

  11. Glad to see 2nd round pick Spencer Howard’s 4Smr-FB clocked at 93-95T96 for Williamsport.
    Nice to have big RHP who can bring it a little and still command the zone….so far.

    1. If he has movement and command as well as secondary pitches, that velocity is near plus.

      I know this belongs in the general comments, but some had been pretty down on Aaron Nola as a pick, but, to me, he’s looking like a very solid pick and could easily be a solid no. 2 for years. He is already quite a good pitcher with room for further growth.

      They hit on that one – but I’m getting this nagging feeling that they missed entirely on Randolph and I’m neither up nor down on Moniak – we just have to wait and see.

      1. I don’t like him as 7 th pick but his last three games have been good. I just think that high you need to get a ace and I don’t see him as a top of rotation guy,

        1. I hear you, but if he turns into a solid #2 (which I think he easily and soon become), then it’s a very defensible pick at #7. If you look at that draft class and the players that were available and known as top prospects when the Phillies picked, I think, realistically, the only guy who you can now say is probably clearly better is Trea Turner – you can argue back and forth about Freeland and Conforto, but I think you still might want Nola ahead of those guys. In light of that, I have to view this as a solid pick and perhaps even a really good pick.

        2. There has to be an ace to get. Teams can only pick the players available to them, not what the wish was there. I don’t see anyone picked in the 1st round of that draft who’s significantly better, and certainly no aces so far…

          of all players picked in the 1st round in 2014, Nola is tied for 3rd in total WAR so far.

  12. GCL Phillies with a 2B, 4 triples and a HR through 7 innings. They lead in the game 6-5 entering the 8th inning. Pelletier has the HR (2) and Muzziotti has one of the triples which is his 4th already this year.

    1. Sox signed Muzziotti in July 2015 and one scout compared Muzziotti to a young Jacoby Ellsbury, and hopiing he would develop into a similar player when he was to be placed into the team’s academy back then. Muzziotti was clocked at 6.5 seconds in the 60-yard dash, and some of the scouts believed he would improve on that time as well as his overall time running from home to first base out of the batter’s box. Evidently his speed did improve.
      Looks like the Phillies got a gem after the Sox were penalized and they signed Muzziotti.

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