Box Score Recap – 7/26/2017

Lehigh Valley topped Gwinnett behind J.P. Crawford’s grand slam.

Reading wasted another solid pitching performance by a starter.

Clearwater got a shutout from Edgar Garcia and Jeff Singer.

And, the GCL Phillies kicked Tiger butt with a 6-run tenth.

Note: the MLB Mid-Season top 30 prospects for Philadelphia.  The numbers below have been updated.  The list is available on the Phillies site, and here on Phuture Phillies.

Lehigh Valley (63-40)  beat Gwinnett, 8-2.

Mark Leiter (2-1, 4.20) out pitched former major leaguer Kris Medlin.  Leiter gave up 1 run on 2 hits and a walk in six innings.  He struck out four.  Jesen Therrien got tagged with an unearned run in two innings.  And, Colton Murray (6.83) pitched a scoreless ninth.

The IronPigs took a first-inning lead on Rhys Hoskins solo HR (24).  They took the lead for good in the fifth inning on J.P. Crawford’s grand slam (9).  They tacked on 3 more runs in the seventh inning on Rhys Hoskins 2-run double and Jorge Alfaro’s sacrifice fly.

  • #4: Crawford (.228): went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, HR (9), 4 RBI (44), BB, K
  • #5: Alfaro (.240): went 0-3 with an RBI (41)
  • #8: Williams (.280):  27 days and 89 PA into the end of prospect status
  • #12: Quinn (.274): 7-Day DL
  • #11: Cozens (.230): went 1-3 with a BB, K, SB (8)
  • #3: Kingery (.284): went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, K, HBP
  • #6: Hoskins (.284): went 2-4 with a run scored, double, HR (24), 3 RBI (78)
  • #17: Pinto (4-3, 4.39):
  • #26: Lively (7-1, 2.27): (39 days/42.2 IP w/Phils)
  • Pullin (.212): went 1-3 with a run scored, double
  • Eflin: (1-3, 4.60):
  • #29: Eshelman: (7-2, 2.14): 7-Day DL
  • Leibrandt: (4-0, 1.61):
  • Therrien: (0-0, 1.57): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, WP

Reading (54-47)  lost to Altoona, 6-2.

Jose Taveras pitched six solid innings and gave up just 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out nine.  Tom Windle (5.23) pitched one inning and left after 2 runners reached base in the eighth inning.  Victor Arano came in and imploded.  He allowed both inherited runners to score, hit a batter, and allowed 2 runs of his own.  He was saved from further damage by Alberto Tirado (4.50) of all people.

The Phils’ anemic offense scored 2 meaningless runs in the ninth on Jiandido Tromp’s RBI double and Drew Stankiewicz’ bases loaded walk.

Mitch Walding was placed on the DL as a result of his collision with Chace Numata.  He is reported to have an ear fracture.  Numata was not in the line up today.  Coach Greg Brodzinski, who had been on the DL all season, was activated as a precaution.

  • #20: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension was over after game #87.
  • #23: Anderson (6-4, 3.91):
  • #27: Arano (0-0, 4.50): 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, HBP
  • #24: Tocci (.310): went 1-3 with a run scored, 2 K, HBP
  • Martin: (.184): went 1-3 with a run scored, BB, K
  • Walding: (.232): 7-day DL
  • Irvin: (4-1, 2.70):
  • Taveras: (0-1, 3.97): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
  • Davis: (3-2, 3.34):
  • DeNato: (5-1, 1.09):
  • Watson: (3-5, 4.64):

Clearwater (53-49)  beat Daytona, 3-0.

Edgar Garcia was solid, pitching into the seventh inning.  He allowed 5 hits and a walk in 6.2 shutout innings, a career high for him.  Jeff Singer (2.34) came on to record a 7 out save and his 19th save.

The Threshers finally broke through in the sixth inning on Wilson Garcia’s 2-run double. Cornelius Randolph tacked on another run with a solo HR (10) in the eighth inning. Randolph’s double in the sixth put he and Grenny Cumana in scoring position for Garcia.

Randolph picked up an outfield assist (home).  Bossart picked a runner off first base.

  • # 9: Kilome (5-4, 2.74):
  • #14: Randolph (.258): went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, HR (10), RBI (41)
  • #18: Romero (2-2, 2.95):
  • #28: Ed. Garcia (3-4, 3.82): 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • Arauz: (3-2. 2.38):
  • Singer: (5-2, 2.45):
  • 16: Suarez: (1-1, 2.35):

Lakewood (54-48) no game scheduled.

  • #1: Moniak (.264):
  • #2: Sanchez (5-3, 2.64):
  • #10: Medina (4-6, 3.16):
  • #19: Brito (.239):
  • Gamboa: (.230):
  • Hall: (.268):
  • Lartigue (.270):
  • Alastre: (.356)
  • Williams: (.224):
  • (#9) Zoellner: 7-Day DL
  • Falter: (4-6, 3.35):
  • #30: Fanti: (7-2, 2.60):
  • Llovera (1-1, 2.05):
  • (#15) Al. Garcia: 7-Day DL
  • (#19) Russ: (0-1, 5.79):

Williamsport (19-14)  no game scheduled.

  • #13: Gowdy:
  • #15: Stobbe: (.207):
  • #21: Ortiz: (.280):
  • Pickett: (.330):
  • Stephen: (.260):
  • #7: (#1) Haseley: (.262):
  • (#4) Scheiner: (.270):
  • (#6) Guthrie:
  • (#7) Maton: (.316):
  • (#13) Fitch: (.412):
  • (#17) Listi: (.306):
  • (#22) Mims: (.320):
  • (#25) Azuaje: (.231):
  • Young: (5-0, 1.59):
  • #22: (#2) Howard: (0-0, 3.52):
  • Stewart: (2-1, 3.60):
  • J. Garcia: (2-2, 4.00):
  • Carrasco: (2-0, 2.08):
  • Brown: (2-3, 3.48):
  • (#3) Seabold: (1-0, 0.00):
  • (#10) Brogdon: (1-0, 3.86):
  • (#12) Parkinson: (0-0, 6.00):
  • (#14) Warren: (0-0. 4.82):
  • (#16) Dohy: (1-0, 3.86):
  • (#18) Jones: (0-1, 3.86):

GCL Phillies (15-10)  beat the GCL Tigers West, 9-4 in 10 innings.

Francisco Morales started an gave up 3 runs in three innings.  Justin Miller and Ben Brown tossed two scoreless innings each with Brown recording 2 strike outs.  Rafael Carvajal carved out the win with three innings.  He allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the tenth.  (Note that if the runner who starts the inning on second base scores, he is considered an unearned run.)

The Phillies came back to tie the game with 3 runs in the fourth inning on Jonathan Guzman’s solo HR (1), Yahir Gurrola’s RBI double, and Danny Mayer’s RBI single.  The game remain tied until the tenth when the trial, extra inning rule was enforced.  The Phillies began the tenth with a runner on second base and pushed 6 runs across.  Twice Phillies’ batters reached base on failed fielder’s choice plays, the second scored the tie-breaking run and gave D.J. Stewart his first professional RBI.  The Phillies continued to score on Gurrola’s RBI single, Brayan Gonzalez’ sacrifice fly, and Mayer’s 3-run HR (2).

Guzman and Gurrola had 3 hits each.  Mayer collected 4 RBI and had 2 hits.  Gurrola (6), Gonzalez (3), Guzman (4), and Stewart (1) stole bases as the Phillies went 4-4 on attempts.

The Phillies turned 4 double plays.

  • Muzziotti: (.293): DNP
  • Guzman: (.319): went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, HR (1), RBI, K, SB
  • Pelletier: (.278): DNP
  • Gonzalez: (.254): went 1-4 with an RBI, SB
  • Marchan: (.273): went 1-3 with a run scored, BB
  • Bocio: (.290): DNP
  • (#11) Holmes: (.121): DNP
  • (#24) Markham: (.115): went 0-5 with a run scored
  • (#26) Nieporte: (.373): went 0-4
  • (#27) Gurrola: (.304): went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, double, 2 RBI, K, SB
  • (#31) Mayer: (.213): went 2-5 with a run scored, HR (2), 4 RBI, 3 K
  • (#39) Stewart: (.143): entered as a PR, went 0-1 with a run scored, RBI, SB
  • Jimenez: (1-0, 3.63):
  • Rosario: (1-1, 3.43):
  • Silva: (3-0, 4.13):
  • Morales: (1-2, 4.58): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, HBP
  • Sobil: (1-1, 5.27):
  • (#8) Mezquita: (0-0, 0.00):
  • (#5) Lindow: (0-1, 3.00):
  • Kuznetsov: (2-0, 0.00):
  • Carvajal: (2-1, 2.25): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB 
  • Miller: (1-2, 7.71): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • (#21) Hernandez: (0-0, 0.00):
  • (#29) Cummings:
  • (#32) Santa Cruz: (1-1, 8.10):
  • (#33) B. Brown: (0-0, 0.00): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Something ELSE New

I have added another new Google sheet.  It includes the signing dates and Rule 5 eligibility for every player in the organization (293), the ones I/we know of.  The Legend explains the eligibility – green background already eligible, pink background, not eiligible until 2019 and beyond, BOLD font/yellow background are eligible this December, and normal font/white background are eligible December 2018.  Right now the information is current as of July 24th.  It is grouped by current assignment.  It is based on the definition from Major League Rules, MLR 5(c), which is at the bottom of the file.  I placed the link at the end of the Transactions section, just below the organization’s injury link.  The link is also here.

I’m still tweaking it for the best way to present the information.  I got tired looking up the signing dates of present Phillies and just entered “Passed” in the “Eligible” column.


  • 7/26 – Phillies activated RF Aaron Altherr from the 10-day disabled list.
  • 7/26 – Phillies placed LF Daniel Nava on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to July 23, 2017. Left hamstring strain
  • 7/26 – Reading Fightin Phils activated C Greg Brodzinski from the 7-day disabled list
  • 7/26 –  Reading Fightin Phils placed 3B Mitch Walding on the 7-day disabled list. Ear fracture
  • 7/26 – RHP Alejandro Made assigned to DSL Phillies Red
  • 7/26 – RHP Leonel Aponte assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red
  • 7/25 – Reading Fightin Phils activated SS Jorge Flores from the temporarily inactive list
  • 7/25 – Juan Aparicio assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White
  • 7/25 – Phillies optioned Ricardo Pinto to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 7/25 – Phillies recalled Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 7/25 – Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 7/25 – LHP Joey DeNato assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Fightin Phils
  • 7/25 – Clearwater Threshers placed CF Mark Laird on the 7-day disabled list; concussion
  • 7/25 – Clearwater Threshers activated RF Jose Pujols from the 7-day disabled list
  • 7/24 – Clearwater sent RF Jose Pujols on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies
  • The organization’s rosters are up to date.
  • The organization’s injury list is as up to date as I can make it.
  • The organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list is as accurate as I can make it based on the information I was able to find.

61 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/26/2017

  1. “C” remains hot. I haven’t done the math but he’s made remarkable progress over the past 4-6 weeks, I’d guess. But the performance story every day is the strength and depth of the pitching throughout the system. It seems as though every day we have at least one strong pitching performance to report. This bodes well for the future.

    OT – the three prospects received from trading Neshek appear to be fair equity. I imagine they will be assigned to A+ (Hammer) and A (Gomez and Requena). I like the trade.

    1. It was ruled that way, should have been a triple and an error on the catcher who had the ball early and missed an easy tag on a tricky slide by Crawford.

      1. Yes, he missed the tag, but players make good slides all the time, for say, into second base on a hit and just because he should/could have been out doesn’t mean it wasn’t a double. None of the other players dropped the ball or threw it 20 feet away from the catcher, it was just that he couldn’t tag him (somehow, imagine the reaction of that catchers teammates after that–lucky for them it wasn’t a one run game)

      1. Just watched the replay if the Crawford ITP HR. He was dead at home plate by 20 feet. Yes the catcher played it like a little leaguer BUT JPs slide is a prime example of what has and will make him a special player. Check out Bellman’s link above. These seemingly rare and odd plays are what team leaders do that make all the difference. (Can you imagine Doobie on this play? The bat flip alone would have cost him the triple.)

  2. I don’t like the Neshek trade…organizational filler, none of the players seems like a good lottery ticket to me. And all three need to be protected after next season.

    1. I’m confused, what it is it about 20 year old Jose Gomez that makes him seem like org filler to you?

      Granted none of us have seen him play, but here’s the complete list of Phillies minor league SS that are hitting .324 and OPSing .811 like he is doing in the SAL:

      1. LOL TG – I fell for it. I was like he missed names and then I realized that list is correct.

    2. Jose Gomez plays every IF position. Has good speed but steals like Hernandez – lots of attempts but not a great success rate. He could project into a utility IF bench player one who hits for average with real good SO/BB rates and good OB% but likely lacks power. His fielding stats look fairly good.
      JD Hammer projects as closer just based upon the great name he has. Its Hammer time! Probably some great MC Hammer music playing as he walks to the mound in the 9th inning

      1. “Can’t Touch This i!!” I Love It. Did Drago have a theme song in Rocky IV? If so, we could play that when Kuznetsov comes out of the pen!!

    3. You don’t like JPC inside the park homer or the trade.
      What would you have expected to receive for Neshak? A 37 yr old reliever with two months to go…

    4. Why would all 3 need to be protected? Hammer was a 2016 draft pick and is in his first full season so should be several years from needed to go on the 40-man.

      The other 2 are in their 4th season, so I think they have 1 more season before they would need to be added but even if they are eligible, I doubt they would need to be protected since it’s unlikely someone will take a couple of low-A ball players who are not considered top prospects..

      1. Some people just complain before knowing facts. Fact.

        It’s a great trade once it’s dissected a bit.

      2. Gomez has to be protected, I assume he was the one in question, since he was signed July 2013….oddly turns 21 four days prior to the Rule 5 draft this year…if that matters at all.

        1. reading the thought is Gomez is rule V eligible but wont need to be protected unless he lights the world on fire (very very low probability to be selected)

  3. Jon Guzman, the 17 yo SS playing in the GCL, looks like a player to watch. He played in the DSL last year as a 16 yo. He played in CLW for 1 game this year. He struck out 3 times in 3 ABs but what do you expect from a 17 yo in A+. He played in Wmsprt for 6 games and now he’s hitting .319/.364/.458 in the GCL. He turns 18 on August 19 but he seems impressive with the bat.

    1. Jon Guzman and his DP combo partner Brayan Gonzalez will soon creep up the prospect list once the higher level prospects got promoted to the majors.

    1. Wouldn’t most people do what he did? You either conceive the Out try to slide through his legs ,seems fair to think that a lot of people would’ve done that.

  4. Quietly Hoskins is heating up again after his slump. However, Joseph is still hitting decent too. But not good enough to get traded. What to do??
    Neshak trade return seems about right. Three kids with some potential but none a big time prospect. We’ll see. Any other deals will bring even less…. buyer’s market…
    Garcia’ start is great to see. He’s still an arm who is really coveted by some. And Randolph keeps pushing for a respectable average. 258 now, not quite there yet.

    1. Phillies were never getting a “big time prospect” for Pat Neshak. He’s a middle reliever having a great season that the Phillies acquired in a salary dump. He’s also 37 and a FA at the end of the season. No team was trading a top-10 prospect from their system for him.

      Seems that the Phillies got what you would expect:

      a reliever with lots of strikeouts but apparent control issues.
      A probable utility IF with good bat-to-ball skills
      A low-a ball starter who shows good control.

      looks like 3 lottery tickets to me and other than Hammer, they fit the Phillies management philosophy of contact skills for hitters and control for pitchers.

      1. Spot on but it is these types of trades and the ability to build out some depth that allow you to acquire MLB talent when the time is right.

        Look at 2 past Front Line Starter trades we made one to get prospects and one to give prospects….I’m talking Hamels/Halladay.

    2. Murray,
      Rhys’ slump was a very mild one. From what I saw on several MiLB games & read in several other accounts he continued to hit than ball hard.

      I wonder what C’s stats are from the bottom. Pretty impressive for a 20 year old in A+ I should think

  5. Last night Klentak said 1 of the players needed to be protected this offseason, but I can’t figure out why since the Hammer is 23 but drafted last June and the other 2 are both 20.

    1. Agree…..Hammer is considered the 2nd group(19-years an older group)…drafted out of JUCO/4-year my calculations if he was drafted in 2014 then he would need protection this November….but he was drafted 2016.

  6. Seems like Jesen is the consensus guy last night to get the call up. After MK said on air they haven’t told the player yet and what to do that before any announcement.

    Everyone took that to mean it would be a guy who hasn’t been up yet. Seems reasonable to me and I can’t wait to see how his stuff plays in the bigs.

  7. Some Hammer Info from Purple Row…Jun 2017.
    “22-year-old J.D. Hammer notched his first Cal League save last night in Lancaster’s 9-6 victory. Hammer, a Fort Collins native, was recently called up to High-A after an outstanding first two months in Asheville to start the year.
    As Asheville’s best reliever, Hammer struck out 47 batters in 30 innings while only walking five. That strikeout stuff has carried over early into the next level, with Hammer striking out the side last night to close out the contest.
    The former 24th round pick is utilizing a very good slider to get batters out and his elite K rate in the lower levels may be a huge indication the Rockies found a gem in the late rounds with the right handed Hammer.
    The only drawback to Hammer’s season so far has been that he doesn’t have a curveball we can call “Hammer’s Hammer”. An unfortunate development for any who place “nickname probability” into their scouting reports”

  8. The post trade arm chair GM analysis always makes me chuckle a little bit. I always think back to when the Phillies acquired Curt Schilling for Jason Grimsley. I can hear Howard Eskin still as clear as can be replying to a caller asking him what he thought of the trade, “what do you think? He is a nobody, a bullpen guy at best, why do you think he keeps getting traded?” I guess my point is you never know.

    1. Reminds me of a Lenny Dykstra story I was once told. Reported to Lenny that the Phils traded Von Hayes, Lenny’s response ‘great trade, great trade…who’d we get?’

      1. Or when Von Hayes walked into the locker room for the first time at Jack Russell in the spring of ’83 and Pete Rose said… I thought you were a black guy we got from Cleveland

  9. I have been critical of Klentak, but have to like what they got for Neshek. It was, actually, a little more than I thought we would get. Weren’t all 3 All Stars in their leagues. Granted, that does not predict future success, but 2 decent arms and a SS who has a hit tool, seems to be a very good return.

      1. Gomez needs to be protected this November.
        IMO, I’d leave him unprotected and take the gamble since he has not even reached AA level. Like they did with Tocci last year.

        1. Romus – if that happens, prepare to see a very high amount of complaining especially if Gomez gets picked up.

          1. Phillies are sniffing around on controllable starting pitching. I think Gomez is getting flipped. I am probably wrong, but worth a thought.

          2. There’s no way you can stash a 20 year old who’s still in low A on a 25 man roster.

            1. Agree….though, in one way, you hope he is selected and gets some MLB hitting experience…..and then offered back early or at least after thru a big league spring training camp. Phillies did that with Inciarte and it may have helped him in his career progression.

            2. Leibrandt has a higher probability to be picked up in Rule V than a 20 yo in A/A+ who is not a top prospect.

            3. My guess is that these are the only 5 new layers that will be protected:
              J.P. Crawford…Rhys Hoskins…..Franklyn Kilome….Brandon Leibrandt…Austin Davis.

            4. @ romus – my list includes – JPC, Hoskins, Kilome, Davis, Seranthony, Tocci and JDT (if not added yet)

              50/50 – Pullin and Leibrandt

              Potential Casualty(ies) – Rios, Leibrandt, Taveras

            5. Right you are…forgot Tocci , Pullin and Seranthony.
              Therrien is probably getting the call-up soon so he will be added this month.

            6. Oh I didn’t mean you all would complain. There’s a group of complainers on that complain when players are left off the 40 or if they are claimed and we lose someone that wasn’t going to impact the big club for quite some time LOL

            7. @ romus – i will also protect Arano. i can see him as a key bullpen piece in 2018

  10. Hoskins and Kingery and Crawford, OH MY!

    I’m as excited about the Phillies infield as I’ve been in awhile. Hoskins and Kingery are studs – I don’t care if BA/BP/mlb don’t rank either above 50, they are legitimate stud prospects in line with all but top 10/20 in baseball. And Crawford, while he had struggled mightily, is showing again why he was a top 50 prospect. Crawford has made adjustments. He never lost his great batting eye. He can be dynamic. …And most importantly he seems to have his confidence back!

    Look at the back of Crawford’s baseball card and you’ll find his 2017 totals are closing in on every other year of his career. And if he has an August even close to July then he may match or beat most (or all) past years production.

    I love that Hoskins had a slump and has bounced back quickly like every other time in his career. He keeps slumps from ever becoming too prolonged and he bounces back strong (4 HR in last 6 G). Btw, even after his slump his 2017 OPS is .951, which is HIGHER than at Reading in 2016?! How is this guy not top 50? Scouts finally woke up to him this year but I think they’re still hitting snooze.

    And what more can you say about Kingery? His bat and speed and defense replace the need for words.

    1. On Crawford, if he gets around 30 hits next month his BA should be above 250 for the year. He has 25 for this month. May 14 batting 150 with 2 extra base hits now has 19 doubles, 5 triples, 9 homers with a 228 BA

      1. Big turn around for sure. Was finally getting a little worried near the start of June about the struggles that he had for around a year (if I am not mistaken), but then recently saw his stats in the month of July so far and heard all about some of the good plays/games he has had. Seems to be getting back on track now

  11. Gomez is not going to be a SS for much longer, I believe. He has made a slew of errors at that position. A report expressed that he is much more suited for 2B. I also believe that he need not be protected. Very, very, very slim chance that he’d be taken.

  12. Taveras is a good pitcher, excited to see what he can do. His WHIP has always hovered around 1.

  13. This is a little disappointing (from Keith Law’s chat today):

    Jay: Over the past few weeks Cornelius Randolph has brought his line up to .255/.350, with a little more power. (10 HR Now) I know he’s stuck in a corner OF spot, do you believe he might be throwing off the title of “failed prospect”?

    Keith Law: I dislike using the past tense on a player who hasn’t clearly ‘failed,’ either through release or many years of non-performance. You could call Randolph a failing prospect, or a disappointing prospect. I don’t think anything he’s done the last few weeks changes the outlook for him; the last two scouts I asked about him came back with similarly negative views, a position-less guy without the elite hit and/or power tools he’d need. (I do or at least did like his swing last year. Really surprised he hasn’t at least hit for some average.)

    1. I share the same concern/sentiment with the scouts/K Law — but I’m not that much concerned since the Phils have enough depth in the OF. The 2015 still have Kingery, some lottery picks in Fanti, Falter, Pelletier, Stewart, Pickett and some potential average MLB players in Coppola, Gilbert, Leftwich that can possibly provide help to the Phillies.

  14. Entering the last quarter of the minor lg season, things have become more clear. There seem to be a much better cast of potentials than just last year. Onward and upward!

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