Box Score Recap – 7/13/2017

Lehigh Valley beat Bartolo Colon.

Reading avoided being no hit in the eighth inning.

Clearwater lost with Velasquez and Hernandez playing on rehab.

Lakewood was rained out.

Williamsport lost one game and was rained out in the other.

And, the GCL Phillies beat the Yankees by 2 touchdowns

Lehigh Valley (56-35)  beat Rochester, 6-1.

Ben Lively (7-1, 2.17) pitched six shutout innings.  He gave up 4 hits and walked two.  He struck out eight.  Pat Venditte (3.510 gave up a run in 0.2 innings.  Michael Mariot (4.66), Edubray Ramos (2.35), and Pedro Beato (3.12) finished with 2.1 scoreless innings.

J.P. Crawford (.216) and Rhys Hoskins (.292) had 2 hits and an RBI each.  Crawford hit his 7th home run.  Andrew Pullin had 2 RBI.

The IronPigs scored first on back-to-back doubles by Hoskins and Dylan Cozens.  They scored again in the third on Crawford’s HR (7). They added 2 more runs in the fourth on Pullin’s 2-run double.  And tacked on 2 more in the eighth on Hoskins’ RBI single and a wild pitch.

Reading (51-37)  lost to Binghamton, 6-1.

Tyler Viza (6-6, 6.22) gave up 6 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks in five innings.  He struck out nine.  Alberto Tirado (4.50), Alexis Rivero (4.21), and Tom Windle (5.70) pitched shutout ball over the last four innings.

The Phils got one hit, Chace Numata’s solo HR (4) in the eighth inning.

Clearwater (48-41)  lost to Bradenton, 8-1.

Vince Velasquez made a five inning rehab start for the Threshers.  He went five innings and gave up one run on 2 hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  Velasquez retired the first eight batters he faced, striking out four of them.  He walked the ninth but Deivi grullon gunned the runner down attempting to steal second.  Velasquez retired the side in order in the fourth, recording his fifth and final strike out.  He gave up a lead off HR in the fifth, followed by two line drive outs, a line drive single, and a towering fly out to the warning track in left center.  Velasquez threw 71 pitches, 44 strikes (62%).  His FB was 93-96 early, settling in at 93-94 the last couple innings.  He threw a lot more off speed pitches in the fifth inning. Most of his Ks came on FB, the HR was on an 86 MPH pitch.  He was hit very hard in the fifth.

Edgar Garcia (4.56), the original scheduled starter, came in and gave up 6 runs (4 ER) in two innings.  Matt Hockenberry (5.61) pitched a clean inning.  Trevor Bettencourt gave up a run in his first Threshers inning.

The Threshers ran into one of the Pirates top ten prospects in LHP Taylor Hearn.  He struck out 10 Threshers in 4.2 innings.  He left with an injury.  No matter, the Threshers could only manage one run on a wild pitch.  Carlos Duran had 2 hits.

Cesar Hernandez went 0-3 with a walk and struck out in his first 2 at bats.

Jose Pujols picked up an outfield assist (second base).

Lakewood (49-41)  postponed, rain.

Williamsport (11-10)  lost the completion of a suspended game against Connecticut, 2-1, second game was postponed.

The Crosscutters had a 1-0 lead when the game resumed.  They had scored on Adam Haseley’s sacrifice fly, and Julian Garcia’s (1.29) three shutout, 6 strike out innings.

Andrew Brown (1-2, 3.15) gave up an unearned run when the game restarted, the error was his.  The game went to extra innings and Brown loaded the bases before giving up a walk off, RBI single.

The Crosscutters only base runner after the rain delay was Cole Stobbe who was HBP in the eighth.

GCL Phillies (9-6) crushed the GCL Yankees West, 16-2.

Jhordany Mezquita (0.00) gave up an unearned in the first inning but went on to pitch three innings of one-hit ball.  He walked a batter and struck out six.  His FB was 90-92 and touched 93 MPH.  Victor Sobil (3.38) pitched four two-hit innings walking one and striking out six.  Aaron Brown (1-0, 5.40) pitched two no-hit innings, but walked three and gave up an earned run.  He struck out one batter.  Brown’s FB was 89-90 MPH and he continued to miss up on his arm-side.

The Phillies scored 16 runs on 22 hits, 15 RBI, 8 XBH, 2 HBP, and 3 BB.  They only struck out 3 times.  They scored twice in the second inning on two-out, RBI singles by Jesus Henriquez and rehabbing Derek Campbell.  They scored three times in the third on Quincy Nieporte’s RBI single, Kevin Markham’s RBI force out, and Henriquez’ second RBI single.

The Phillies added a run in the fourth on Rafael Marchan’s sacrifice fly.  Then they blew the game open with 4 runs in the fifth on Henriquez’ sac fly, Guzman’s 2-run triple.  Guzman scored later on an errant throw.  They added insult to injury with 6 runs in the eighth on Ben Pelletier’s 3-run HR (3), Yahir Gurolla’s RBI single, Campbell’s RBI double, and Gunnar Buhner’s RBI single.  All this before the second out was recorded.

Six guys had multi-hit games – Gurrola (.265) went 4-4 and was HBP; Henriquez (.190) went 3-4 with a SF and 3 RBI; Pelletier went 3-6 with double, HR (3), and 3 RBI (14); Guzman (.354) went 3-4 with a double, triple, and 2 RBI; Campbell went 3-5 with a double and 2 RBI; and Marchan (.375) went 2-3 with a double, SF, and RBI.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

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Transactions:

  • 7/13 – Phillies sent RHP Vince Velasquez on a rehab assignment to Clearwater Threshers
  • 7/13 – RHP Yacksel Rios assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 7/13 – 3B Harold Martinez assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 7/13 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs placed RHP Mark Appel on the 7-day disabled list. Right shoulder strain
  • 7/13 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated 1B Rhys Hoskins from the temporarily inactive list
  • 7/13 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated 2B Scott Kingery from the temporarily inactive list
  • 7/13 – 3B Damek Tomscha assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers.
  • 7/13 – 3B Harold Martinez assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 7/13 – Reading Fightin Phils activated RHP Miguel Nunez from the 7-day disabled list
  • 7/13 – Clearwater Threshers sent 2B Derek Campbell on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies.
  • 7/13 – GCL Phillies released RHP Jesus De Los Santos.
  • 7/13 – RHP Bailey Cummings assigned to GCL Phillies.
  • 7/12 –  Phillies signed RHP Bailey Cummings
  • 7/12 – Phillies sent 2B Cesar Hernandez on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
  • 7/12 – RHP Trevor Bettencourt assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood BlueClaws
  • 7/12 – RHP Will Hibbs assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Clearwater Threshers
  • 7/12 – LHP Ethan Lindow assigned to GCL Phillies
  • 7/12 – RHP Ben Brown assigned to GCL Phillies
  • 7/11 – Lakewood BlueClaws released 1B Brett Barbier
  • 7/11 – C Gregori Rivero assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport Crosscutters
  • 7/11 –  Sent RHP Seranthony Dominguez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies
  • 7/11 – Nerluis Martinez assigned to Williamsport Crosscutters from GCL Phillies
  • 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.
  • 7/10 – Phillies transferred RHP Casey Fien from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Shoulder impingement
  • 7/10 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs released RHP Mark Peterson
  • 7/10 – Reading Fightin Phils released RHP John Richy
  • The organization’s rosters are up to date.

60 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/13/2017

  1. I’m wondering if anyone is able to provide commentary on a pitcher who gets almost 66% of his outs on strikeouts, yet almost 50% of everything that is not a strikeout is a hit. Are the hits dribblers?

  2. How long should the Phils allow Aaron Brown to pitch? In 3 outings, spanning 3.1 innings, he hasn’t given up a hit. That’s good, but he’s also given up 7 BBs and has 3 Ks. His 5.40 ERA isn’t good but is probably expected. He’s 25 yo and had risen to AA as an OF’er and now has switched to pitching. It will take him the rest of the year to work on mechanics and get into a pitching mode. With all the much younger talent coming along, he may have to hone his craft in the Independent Leagues.

    1. Until he either calls it quits or until they can no longer find a place for him to pitch because they have better options…..

  3. They cut De Los Santos? I thought they liked him. Small surprise.
    Rios up to LHV! He and Therrien will be the next guys to the majors pen.
    Congrats to Tomscha on move to AA.

  4. JP with his 7th dinger, still hovering around .216 tho. Would love to see him finish out strong and get the average to 250 and maybe swat 3 more HRS.

    1. Agreed. I know minor league stats aren’t the best way to evaluate but if he can get that OPS to .700+ it’ll be a nice turnaround from where he was at. Get 10+ HRs with his walk rate, a .250/.350/380ish line would be a nice to see at this point. This last season and a half though in AAA has been not very encouraging.

    2. JPC’s last 83 ABs hitting .280 …….so he appears to be trending upward as he gets into the second half of the season.
      And still has a great K to BB ratio…. 17% K and 15% BB.
      I am willing to bet in six weeks the prognosticators that make up ESPN/BA/BP/MLB.com will be saying ……’he turned his season around and seems to be back on track’

      1. Agreed.

        I need to watch a full game or two with JP, but my impression is that he has completely re-tooled his swing, which was something he needed to do because, when the year began, he had a tentative, defensive swing that was fine for fouling off pitches and hitting the ball in the holes for a single. Basically, every swing was a “two strike” swing. The approach was obviously not working so he has had to do a lot of work to get to where he is at the moment.

        The good news is that he is now driving the ball with new authority and both the strikeout and K rates continue to be excellent. He has outstanding plate discipline – about as good as you will ever see in a young player.

        People should not write this guy off – he is still an excellent prospect, although he’s had a huge hiccup, and the Phillies should not sell low on him. If J.P. can draw his fair share of walks and hit between 12-15 homers with a .375 OBP he is going to be a very valuable player – a lot more valuable than Galvis.

    3. JP would have to hit around .333 the rest of the season to get his season average up to .250 – figure he will have maybe 120 more at bats this season and 40 hits would put him at 101 hits on the season with 403 at bats. Lets hope he goes on a roll.

  5. I don’t even consider bringing up JP. I slate him as the SS in LHV for next year and let him try to re-gain his status as a top prospect. I tell him to relax in the off season and plan to spend the whole season in AAA.

    1. thats the old regime mentality. we cant wait that long to find out if hes a big league SS. Bring him up in september to get his feet wet.

    2. I’m with you on that. You don’t bring him up to see if he sinks or swims while he’s playing the way that he is. Finish the year in AAA and start the year in AAA again only getting called up if you have deserved it, it shouldn’t be expected.

  6. The more thought I put into Jhailyn Ortiz, the more excited I get. I know it’s SSS, but his performance, even with tailing off toward the end of last year, has been great. Keep in mind, if he were originally from the states, he would be have just graduated high school this year. He is currently 4th in the NY Penn League in OPS. The players ahead of him are a soon to be 23 year old and two recently turned 21 year olds.

    Put in this perspective, I think his performance is even more impressive than just looking at the statistics.

    1. I don’t think we can really form an opinion on a prospect until they get into A ball and be exposed to other real prospects.

      1. Huh ?
        That doesn’t necessarily work though, are you saying no one in the gcl or Williamsport is a real prospect ?
        So last year Micky Mo , not a real prospect and this year Haseley not a real prospect.
        I understand tempering excitement until A ball but those guys are most certainly prospects, Right ?

      2. You most certainly can form some opinions on prospects at any level. An 18 year old and a 20 year old with similar stats in Short Season ball … you can have an opinion on who is the better prospect. Seeing someone young for the league who has an advanced approach at the plate can be fleshed out with his OBP and ability to take a walk.

        You can never get a true gauge on ANY prospect until they are in the majors, but it most certainly is necessary to form opinions along the way. That will help you as you evaluate future players in comparison.

  7. Walding seems to have gone cold which at this point he can’t afford to do.Would like to see Cozens get his average up in the .260s by end of season, then get a Sept. call up. Pullin is slowly finding his way at AAA.

  8. For as hard as sixto throws, why aren’t his k numbers bigger? That tells me the secondary stuff is shaky and needs big time improvement for a guy throwing in the 100’s with command

    1. As stated in the article, they are asking him to work on his secondary pitches. Reports are the change-up flashes plus, the curve flashes above average, but each lacks consistency.

      Another thing to keep in mind is his pitch counts. They are ridiculously low in all of his starts because of his command. This leads me to think the teams are up there swinging. His FB is said to have some late movement, so he’s getting weaker contact and not running up pitch counts.

      With all this, he is striking out a better per inning and has a WHIP of 0.83 … so I don’t think there is anything to read into his K rate. He’s 18 and working on his secondary stuff … all normal. The fact that he has advanced command of a 97-100 MPH FB is incredible

    2. I think, in part, it’s because they have him working on a lot of pitches, some of which may not be that good right now. The good news is that the K rate is up over last year even though he jumped two levels. But, you’re right that, in the long run, we will want to see those rates improve a bit.

    3. Sixto has plus-plus metrics on all peripherals……but one, K/9….. which are only ‘plus’. And that is starting to climb as evidence from last year until now..
      His change-up is probably rated a 55/60 right now and of course his FB is probably 65/70. His breaking stuff needs to be improved.

        1. Not yet:
          MLB.com hs him at 65.
          Sixto Sanchez | Rank: 4 (Preseason: 7)
          Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Curve: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 55

          1. Someone will have to explain to me how a high 90’s T100 fastball with late movement thrown with command rates a 65. It throws there whole scouting report in to suspicion.

          2. Maybe that was true a year and a half ago. But a well-commanded, 102 MPH fastball is a grade 80 pitch in anyone’s book.

            1. So far the only current prospect I have seen with an 80 grade FB is WSox Mike Kopech.
              If Sixto gets that grade he will be the only other one.

        1. Keith Law: Sixto probably has a top three fastball in all of the minors. He hit 100 six times in 46 or 47 fastballs last night, and it’s got a little life to it.

          Keith Law: I finished this list after I got home from Lakewood; if I thought I had to change the list based on one 62-pitch outing, I would have, but didn’t. It’s an 80 fastball and it’s very easy. The rest is a work in progress.

          http://meadowparty.com/blog/2017/07/13/klawchat-71317/

  9. i’m not sure his K rate needs to improve. There are 23 Major League starters who strike out more than a better per inning. That is not even 1 pitcher for every team. Why does his rate need to increase? if he K’s a batter per inning, which is where his is at right now, forever, wouldn’t that be OK?

    1. Adding a layer to this, Sixto currently averages 14.18 pitches per inning. Of the ML starters I referenced above with K rates over a batter per inning, all throw more pitches per inning. I’m not comparing a low-A ball pitcher to ML pitchers, just trying to put this in perspective. I don’t believe he needs to increase his K rate … his current ability to K batters and keep his pitch count down is pretty incredible. That being said, as his secondary stuff HOPEFULLY improves, it is very possible that his K rate improves and the pitch count doesn’t go up dramatically. This would NOT be a requirement for him to be an elite pitcher.

            1. I think, if you’re looking at a minor league pitcher who you think will be an ace, you would want to see around 10 or higher in AAA – of course, he’s a long way from there.

    2. Yes, it would, but a pitcher’s strikeout rate tends to decrease once he has been promoted to the majors (just ask Ben Lively) because, well, major league hitters are a heck of a lot better. For a dominant pitcher, you’d like to see them a bit higher in the minors, but, again, he’s young and the rate has already improved. I’m not worried about Sixto – just enjoying the ride.

  10. The Rome Braves’ hitters tried attacking Sanchez’s fastball early in the count to no avail. It was pop up after pop up with a couple of broken bats in between.

    When they tried to be patient with the fireballer, he threw it past them pretty much every time. And if he didn’t, there was a slick changeup and a nasty low-80s spinner waiting in the wings.

    http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-phillies/electricity-big-armed-phillies-prospect-sixto-sanchez-gaining-steam-lakewood

  11. JPC will have 12-15 HR by end of year, at or above .250 and his OBP should be around .375
    I am not worried about him

    1. That’s kind of what I’m thinking. If he gets to that point by the end of August, they should really consider giving him a look in September. I think it would be beneficial for J.P. and the team. J.P. has really improved his swing – I think he’ll have a lower BA, but significantly more power, which is a perfectly good trade-off as far as I’m concerned.

        1. If he can hit just a touch higher, he’d be a great #2 – otherwise, he’s a very useful #7.

          1. True. That lineup has some solid potential for next year or 2019.

            1. Kingery
            2. Crawford
            3. Altherr
            4. Hoskins
            5. Cozens
            6. Williams
            7. Franco
            8. Alfaro
            9. Pitcher

            I am not good at constructing lineups, however, this is my best guess. There is no true leadoff batter IMO. kingery could be the closest thing. The rest is a crapshoot LOL

  12. Went to the resumption of the Cutters game yesterday morning and also viewed the four innings played of the regularly scheduled game before the rains came again and canceled the final game of the series. All told, they got 12 innings in but got away with just one loss.

    It was like watching the Phillies. In 12 innings, they got two hits (Stobbe in the first game and Matos in the second game). They showed very little plate discipline, struck out a ton, had very little hard contact, and expressed very little excitement. I don’t know. Is it just part of the overall culture?

    As Jim wrote, the first game ended on a walk off in the eighth inning. Brown looked pretty good. His FB sat at 84-88 throughout his 4.1 innings. His biggest problem was fielding his position. In his first inning, on a DP comebacker, he threw to the wrong player covering second. They got only one out. Then, on a dribbler to third, he threw high to first.

    The Tigers pitchers kept the Cutters hitless the rest of the way. Their third pitcher, Vladimir Pinto (19 years old) came in to pitch the last two innings and lit up the gun (92-94 and topping at 96). He blew away Haseley and Pickett and Ortiz on his first two pitches until Ortiz grounded out to third on a breaking ball.

    The Cutters caught a break in the second game. The Tigers cuffed up Carrasco over 3 plus innings for a 5-0 lead. Peterson relieved in the 4th, got out of the inning and then the rains came again. Southeastern Connecticut has gotten drenched in the last week. They decided to call the game which was not official. It was getaway day for both teams so they needed to get on the road.

    Overall, sadly, I was not impressed with the team. I got to see Haseley bat 5 times. He struck out 3 times, had a pop sac fly, and a hard liner to short. Pickett struck out all but one time up, and Ortiz all but two times. His arm is also suspect in right. On a short sac fly ball to right, he made a feeble throw home.

    I expect to get pounded for this update and called a “whoever” hater. No one wants these kids to succeed more than I but I’m just calling it like a saw it. It was good to see guys like Maton,Matos, Fitch, and Stephan. I really hope that a couple, a few, of them pan out and get to help the team in CBP regain the glory days.

      1. Haseley has a BB% of 12.5% and a K% of 20.8% along with a 179 wRC+ @ Williamsport. I think he’s fine, if anything not challenged enough.

  13. To give you guys an idea on how the Phillies see Sanchez, it was said that if they were a playoff team, they would bring him up and throw him in the pen for the stretch run. That says A LOT. I believe it was on the most recent FelskeFiles

  14. My apologies if this was posted elsewhere. Jim Salisbury’s latest podcast episode (“At the Yard”) features a 40-minute interview with John Manuel of Baseball America. He goes through mostbof our key prospects amd there’s some very interesting insights–definitely worth checking out.

  15. Thankfully, the weather is looking better for the next few days for my annual road trip W’port Sat, LV Sun, LW Mon. Driving to Fla on Friday for multiple games of GC and CW . Let the summer begin!!!! Hoping to see Sixto on Monday.

    1. Sounds cool. Let me know if you have any questions about LV Sunday or need anything—and there might be a post-game tailgate.

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