Box Score Recap – 7/28/2017

At 3:00 PM this afternoon, I made the mistake of deciding on my lead for the Recap.  Seven hours later, I had to rethink that decision.  Because, in roughly a 24-hour period, I got to watch four walk off victories.

As I reported here yesterday, the GCL Phillies won on Jake Holmes. RBI single in the ninth inning and the Threshers won on Jan Hernandez’ 2-run HR in the ninth inning.

Today, they did it again.  The GCL Phillies won on Yahir Gurrola’s RBI single in the tenth inning and the Threshers won on Derek Campbell’s RBI single in the ninth.  These were the only affiliates wins as Lehigh Valley and Reading were outscored and Lakewood and Williamsport were trounced.

Lehigh Valley (64-42)  lost to Durham, 5-1.

Lehigh Valley took an early lead on Jorge Alfaro’s solo HR (7) in the second inning.  But that was all they could manage as they went 0-9 with runners in scoring position and were picked off first base twice.

Ben Lively was locked in a duel with the Bulls’ Brent Honeywell when he was struck by a batted ball.  He was helped off the field with a leg injury.  Yacksel Rios came in and of course allowed the inherited runner to score.  Michael Mariot put the game out of easy reach with 2 more runs.

  • #4: Crawford (.227): went 0-3 with a BB
  • #5: Alfaro (.244): went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (7), RBI (42), K
  • #8: Williams (.280):  27 days and 89 PA into the end of prospect status
  • #12: Quinn (.274): 7-Day DL
  • #11: Cozens (.225): went 0-3 with 3 K, HBP
  • #3: Kingery (.286): went 2-5 with 2 K
  • #6: Hoskins (.283): went 0-3 with a BB
  • #17: Pinto (4-3, 4.31):
  • #26: Lively (7-2, 2.50): (39 days/42.2 IP w/Phils) 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Pullin (.238): went 2-4 with 2 doubles, K
  • Eflin: (1-3, 4.60):
  • #29: Eshelman: (7-2, 2.14): 7-Day DL
  • Leibrandt: (4-0, 1.91):
  • Therrien: (0-0, 1.57):

Reading (55-48)  lost to Hartford, 7-4.

Tommy Bergjans (1-4, 6.88) got pasted in three innings.  He gave up 5 runs on 8 hits, walking none and striking out four.  He fell victim to the long ball as 4 of the 5 runs scored on the 3 home runs he gave up.  Shane Watson (4.46) pitched 2.2 scoreless innings and Tom Windle (5.40) came in to strand 2 inherited runners.  He gave up 2 more runs though on an eighth inning HR.

The Phils closed to within a run on an errant pickoff throw in the fourth and Damek Tomscha’s first AA home run, and RBI singles by Kyle Martin and Angelo Mora in the fifth. They went 2-10 with RISP.

Cord Sandberg had 2 hits batting lead off.  Jiandido Tromp and Martin also had 2 hits.

  • #20: El. Garcia: Restricted List,  80-Game suspension was over after game #87.
  • #23: Anderson (7-4, 3.76):
  • #27: Arano (0-0, 4.50):
  • #24: Tocci (.308): went 1-5
  • Martin: (.186): went 2-3 with an RBI, BB, K
  • Walding: (.232): 7-day DL
  • Irvin: (4-1, 2.70):
  • Taveras: (0-1, 3.97):
  • Davis: (3-2, 3.25):
  • DeNato: (5-1, 1.09):
  • Watson: (3-5, 4.46): 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Clearwater (55-49)  beat Daytona, 4-3, on Derek Campbell’s RBI single in the ninth inning.

The Threshers had to rally from behind in the ninth.  They had kept pace early with single runs in the second and third innings on Derek Campbell’s solo HR (1) and Cotnelius Randolph’s RBI double.  With one out in the ninth, Emmanuel Marrero singled.  He advanced to third on a wild pitch that the catcher couldn’t locate.  He scored the tying run on Randolph’s second RBI double, setting the stage for Campbell’s walk off single.

The Threshers banged out 12 hits with Campbell (.235) accounting for 3 of them.  Grenny Cumana (.250) also had 3 hits.  The Threshers also stole 4 bases – Cumana had 2 (15), Duran (4), and Pujols (1).

Franklin Kilome started and flashed brilliance during a couple innings.  Unfortunately, he pitched more than a couple.  He began with a 21-pitch first inning where he threw just 1 first pitch strike to four batters and 11 strikes v. 10 balls.  He ran three 3-ball counts in the first inning alone.

Some guy wearing a Kilome suit pitched an 8-pitch second inning throwing 7 strikes.  He started the third with a 3-pitch strike out/wild pitch, but the runner reached first when the catcher threw the ball down the RF line.  He got quickly ahead of the next batter then gave up a base hit.  A sac fly and single later in the inning gave the Tortugas a 2-1 lead.

First inning Franlyn showed up in the fourth.  He walked the lead off batter on 4 pitches.  And then walked the next batter on a 3-2 pitch.  A fly ball and DP got him out of an inning where he threw 15 pitches and only 6 strikes.

Good Franklyn came out for the fifth.  He retired the side in order on 13 pitches and 11 strikes.  But then, in the sixth, Kilome opened with another walk and 2 singles resulting in a run.  He escaped without further damage but threw as many strikes as balls in the inning.

Kilome’s FB sat 92-95.  He touched 97 once and 96 twice.  His velo was all over the place – he threw at least one pitch from 78 to 97, and one at 76.  By my more accurate count, he threw 91 pitches, 57 strikes (62.3%); 17 of 26 first pitch strikes (65.4%); and six 3-ball counts.

Blake Quinn (4-2, 3.75) got the win.  He tossed 3.0 shut out innings.  He allowed no hits, walked a batter, and struck out two.

  • # 9: Kilome (5-4, 2.74): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • #14: Randolph (.258): went 2-4 with a run scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI (43), BB, K
  • #18: Romero (2-2, 2.95):
  • #28: Ed. Garcia (3-4, 3.82):
  • Arauz: (3-2. 2.38):
  • Singer: (5-2, 2.45):
  • 16: Suarez: (1-1, 2.35):
  • Dominguez: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Lakewood (54-50) lost to Hickory, 14-0.

Just an all around ugly outcome.  All four pitchers gave up runs.  Gregori Rivero (2) and Darick Hall (1) accounted for all 3 Lakewood hits.  The defense committed 2 errors.  I’m going to pass on commenting any further.

  • #1: Moniak (.258): went 0-4 with a K
  • #2: Sanchez (5-3, 2.64):
  • #10: Medina (4-6, 3.16):
  • #19: Brito (.233): went 0-4 with a K
  • Gamboa: (.230): DNP
  • Hall: (.268): went 1-4 with a double and a K
  • Lartigue (.267): went 0-4
  • Alastre: (.333) DNP
  • Williams: (.223): went 0-2 with a BB
  • (#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 (19-16)  lost to Mahoning Valley, 12-2.

Another ugly box score.  Connor Seabold and Kyle Dohy pitched well in relief.  Jhailyin Ortiz had 2 of the Cutters 4 hits and his 6th HR.  Rodolfo Duran and Malvin Matos had the other 2 hits.  Greg Pickett drew 3 walks.

  • #13: Gowdy:
  • #15: Stobbe: (.202): DNP
  • #21: Ortiz: (.289): went 2-3 with a run scored, HR (6), RBI (21), BB
  • Pickett: (.317): went 0-1 with 3 BB, K
  • Stephen: (.257): went 0-2 with 2 BB, K
  • #7: (#1) Haseley: (.250): DNP
  • (#4) Scheiner: (.262): went 0-4 with a K
  • (#6) Guthrie:
  • (#7) Maton: (.301): went 0-4 with an RBI, K, SF
  • (#13) Fitch: (.389): DNP
  • (#17) Listi: (.299): went 0-3 with a BB, 2 K
  • (#22) Mims: (.320): DNP
  • (#25) Azuaje: (.231): DNP
  • Young: (5-0, 1.35):
  • #22: (#2) Howard: (0-1, 6.52): 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • 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): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • (#10) Brogdon: (1-0, 3.86):
  • (#12) Parkinson: (0-0, 4.50):
  • (#14) Warren: (0-0. 4.82):
  • (#16) Dohy: (1-0, 3.12): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • (#18) Jones: (0-2, 5.63): 

GCL Phillies (17-10)  beat the GCL Yankees West, 2-1 on Yahir Gurrola’s RBI single.

Our pitchers were very good.  They held the Yankees to 3 hits in 10 innings and walked just two.  Ramon Rosso, promoted mid-season from the DSL, pitched five shutout innings. Jose Jimenez gave up an unearned run aided by an errant pickoff throw.  Oscar Marcelino earned his second win with 2 scoreless innings.

Ramos’ full line was 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.  His FB was 91-94, touching 95 MPH the first couple innings.  By the fourth it was 89-92, touching 93 MPH.  He keeps the ball down and targets both sides of the zone.  Any movement seemed to be downward although he had an intermittent tail on some pitches. His off speed stuff had a nice bite, sometimes. Probably still a work in progress.  Five of his 8 K were called strikes.  Those were mostly on the inside corner.

The Phillies took an early lead on Quincy Nieporte’s RBI single in the first inning. That run held up until the seventh when the Yankees tied the game.  Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie, and I got to see the new extra innings rule in person.  (This was going to be today’s lead.)

With a runner on second, the Phillies went into their “no-bunts” defense.  So, the batter swings away twice and fails to make contact.  With the batter down 0-2, the defense backed off and the Marcelino hit the batter.  The “no-bunts” defense is back on and Marcelino insists on painting the corner until he walks the batter.  Bases loaded, nobody out.  Great. Now, the defense is playing up to cut down the runner at the plate.  So, the batter hits a soft liner that the second baseman is able to snag and then double the runner off first.  Next guy strikes out facing a very wide strike zone, inning over.

Now, the Phillies come to bat, runner on second, and the Yankees’ version of the “no-bunts” defense.  Ben Pelletier fails to get a bunt down on the first 2 pitches but does chop a ball over the mound with 2 strikes.  The fielder muffed the play and we had runners on the corners.  (The runner, Gunnar Bruhner was going to make third anyway, the play only cost the Yankees an out, which didn’t matter because …) Yahir dropped a ball over the drawn-in infield and the game was over.

Gurrola and Jesus Henriquez had 2 hits each of the Phillies 6 total.

Now for the “lead” which is essentially an opinion.  I can not express strongly enough that I do not like the placing of a runner on second base in extra innings.  It is not baseball.  It changes a baseball game to a bunting game.  It’s a travesty to see a game decided this way. I’m sure it will appeal to a lot of people, much the same as it’s cousins (penalty kicks in futball and a shoot out in hockey) appeal to fans in other sports.  I accept that it is  a test in the GCL, but I don’t accept the reasoning that it is to the benefit of pitchers to avoid injury. The pitchers at the end of GCL games are only throwing one or two innings as it is.  Their rosters are overflowing with extra pitchers.  You want to protect arms?  Expand the active roster on game days to the full complement of 35 players.  Or better yet, allow tie games at the lowest levels.  I can’t believe they will ever actually expand this to the major leagues.

  • Muzziotti: (.286): went 0-4
  • Guzman: (.304): went 1-3 with a run scored, BB
  • Pelletier: (.266): went 0-4 with 2 K
  • Gonzalez: (.258): DNP
  • Marchan: (.231): 0-4 with a K
  • Bocio: (.286): DNP
  • (#11) Holmes: (.162): DNP
  • (#24) Markham: (.115): DNP
  • (#26) Nieporte: (.339): went 1-4 with an RBI (9), 2 K
  • (#27) Gurrola: (.322): went 2-3 with an RBI (10), BB, K
  • (#31) Mayer: (.222): went 0-3
  • (#39) Stewart: (.100): went 0-3 with 2 K
  • Jimenez: (1-0, 3.10): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Rosario: (1-1, 3.43):
  • Silva: (3-0, 4.13):
  • Morales: (1-2, 4.58):
  • Sobil: (1-1, 4.24):
  • (#8) Mezquita: (0-0, 0.71):
  • (#5) Lindow: (0-1, 3.00):
  • Kuznetsov: (2-0, 0.00):
  • Carvajal: (2-1, 2.25):
  • Miller: (1-2, 7.71):
  • (#21) Hernandez: (0-0, 0.00):
  • (#29) Cummings:
  • (#32) Santa Cruz: (1-1, 6.23):
  • (#33) B. Brown: (0-0, 0.00):

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions:

  • 7/28 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Jesen Therrien from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
  • 7/28 – RHP Wilberson Liendo assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White
  • 7/27 – SS Jose Gomez assigned to Clearwater Threshers
  • 7/27 – RHP J.D. Hammer assigned to Clearwater Threshers
  • 7/27 – RHP Alejandro Requena assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws
  • 7/27 – LHP Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Phils
  • 7/27 – Reading placed C Greg Brodzinski on the 7-day DL. Right shin contusion
  • 7/27 -Reading placed C Chace Numata on the 7-day DL retro to 7/26/17. Concussion
  • 7/27 – C Deivi Grullon assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers
  • 7/27 – LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Reading Fightin Phils from Clearwater Threshers
  • 7/27 – C Edgar Cabral assigned to Clearwater Threshers from Lakewood BlueClaws
  • 7/27 – LHP Aaron Brown assigned to Clearwater Threshers from GCL Phillies
  • 7/27 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Lakewood BlueClaws from Williamsport
  • 7/27 – Ramon Rosso assigned to GCL Phillies from DSL Phillies White
  • 7/26 –  Phillies traded RHP Pat Neshek to Colorado Rockies for RHP Alejandro Requena, RHP J.D. Hammer, and SS Jose Gomez
  • 7/26 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Edubray Ramos on the 7-day DL retro to 7/24/17. Blister on right index finger
  • 7/26 – Phillies activated RF Aaron Altherr from the 10-day disabled list.
  • 7/26 – Phillies placed Daniel Nava on the 10-day DL retro to 7/23/17. Left ham. strain
  • 7/26 – Reading Fightin Phils activated C Greg Brodzinski from the 7-day disabled list
  • 7/26 –  Reading 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 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 Phils from Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • 7/25 – LHP Joey DeNato assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Phils
  • 7/25 – Clearwater Threshers placed CF Mark Laird on the 7-day DL; 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.

57 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 7/28/2017

  1. I’m with you Jim on the new GCL extra inning rules. It’s not baseball. The idiot that thought this up should be taken to the wood shed and taught a lesson. I realize it’s in the GCL and some of these guys have already played enough games this year but I agree other choices could be made. It better not be expanded to other levels.

    1. The “man on second” is an attempt to find a way to speed up the time of games. The time limit between pitches doesn’t seem effective. How will they speed up games? That is the question, because MLB wants to do it to attract fans. There is foot-dragging when anything new is introduced into baseball. Thoughts on how to speed up games? It has to be done somehow. It is certainly a priority of the commissioner.

      1. You want to speed up the games you get the batters in the box and the pitchers on the mound. Watch a major league game and it often takes 30-40 seconds between pitches. The are using the pitch clock in the minors which I think has helped some. Problem in the minors is the pitchers can’t throw enough strikes..

        The other problem is with the increase in strikeouts, there are just more pitches being thrown. I don’t know how that gets fixed.

        1. Was at the game last night…..average time between last out of an inning and next pitch to start the next half inning…..approx. 2 minutes and 20 seconds….and that is about 17/18 of those breaks a game. But they are the money breaks for the league, so what can you do. The pitchers were pitching well within the time limits between pitches.

          1. I’m a big fan of the pitch clock. I think that the commish is afraid to push it in the majors because the players will have a big backlash. Many of them have between pitch routines that would be disrupted..

            1. Yes, I agree. But, if they continue the clock in the minors for the next several years, players who developed using the clock will out number those in the majors who didn’t. It would be easier to sell the clock to the association come the next CBA. Or MLB can just do what they want as the commissioner intimated during an interview after negotiations were completed last December. I think he said something along the lines of, We are only required to notify the MLBPA of any changes…

  2. Don’t look now but guess who leads the Int’l League in BBs? You are right. JP Crawford is #1 and Hoskins is #2.

    Hoskins also leads in HRs, RBIs, Slg%, Runs, TB and OPS. He’s at or near the leader in every offensive category except nose hair.

  3. Randolph’s second half performance is exactly what you want to see from a young prospect who moves up a level.

    Moniak’s is exactly what you do NOT want to see. His k rate and walk rate are extremely troubling.

    1. Yes, for a 1/1 pick it’s not encouraging but he’s still young. Let’s see how next year goes. The jury is definitely still out on this current group of Phillies domestic (not Sal and his team) talent evaluators. Their results are quite mixed but it’s good to see C raking – this is the hitter we were always told we were getting.

      1. i am not sure the k rate and walk rate have anything to do with age. few players see those rates change dramatically as they move up/get older. it can happen for sure. but usually they get worse as you face better pitchers. just doesn’t seem like someone with a 70 hit tool. not sure this squares even with a 60 hit tool. it is concerning regardless of his draft position.

        1. Beating a dead horse about Moniak and usually starts an unnecessary back and forth about who should have been the pick.

            1. The thing is that the dead horse doesn’t care who the woulda coulda shoulda pick would have been and neither should we.

          1. You’re putting words in my mouth. That’s not what I said. I said it’s not encouraging and it’s not. But I still have an open mind.

        2. I want to believe he’s just pressing. I cant believe that he’s tired, at least not yet, although he has played a lot. I’m chalking it up to the inevitable learning curve that 99% of all high school ball player face early in their development. I simply hope he is mentality strong and soilders through.

          Brito, also considered to have above average hit tool, is struggling as well. And he started the season on fire.

  4. Anybody bothered by the fact that Spencer Howard is struggling at Williamsport? Or that after a flaming start to his professional career, Adam Haseley has really gone cold?

    1. I don’t put too much emphasis on the results of college players after the draft. They have had long seasons already. Wait until the spring to get a good evaluation.

    2. I am on Haseley ….only because I was comping Haseley to Conforto in’14 and Benentendi in ’15 and saw how they both did their first season and then into their second season. I was hoping for the same. But it doesn’t always work out that way.

    3. I was not a fan of the Haseley pick but I put little value on SS results for any player. He’s getting adjusted to a new life, playing everyday, learning new training program, etc.

      For me, until they have an off-season to get their bearing straight and get everything in their personal lives in order I don’t worry about their numbers.

      Next year will be start..

    4. FWIW….Haseley’s teammate first basemen Pavin Smith is off to a good start in low A in only 136PAs…339/.426/.424…but no HRs yet,

  5. I would be bothered by Howard but I have seen him pitch and he has a really good arm. I can see why he was taken in the second round. He was drafted purely on arm potential as he really doesn’t have a lot of college pitching experience being a 3rd year soph. Still at some point in the next year or two Howard has to turn potential into results. I was hoping he would start next year in Clearwater but now I figuring Lakewood.

    Haseley does bother me a little but there is still a month to go. He has fallen into a deep slump and he needs to fight his way out of it. I don’t like making excuses for these kids such as a long season, adjusting to wood bats, etc even if it is partly true. Or not. At a minimum he needs to start in Clearwater next year.

    1. But didn’t the Phillies brass say he was the best RHP available, or something to that effect? If so, I would expect somewhat better results. I’m not seeing it, even in the peripherals.

  6. Jim, please add Tromp yo your lust of guys to follow. It’s hard to believe how he’s turned his season around. He’s up to 300 with 13 homers plus he plays great defense. It’s time to add him to the top 30.
    I agree that what Randolph is doing is very encouraging, especially with so few other guys shining brightly.

  7. Haseley already looks tired. He is not a very physical kid. Will need to add a lot of strength in the future and this will take away for his speed. He is showing bel aver power, big question seems to be that his swing was meant for the aluminum bat and not translating to wood and also to a bigger jump in facing higher velocity in pro ball. Might be another Randolph type as far as not being an impact player. Not what you are looking for in the 1st round

    1. We are a site that is pulling for the phillies, no? I don’t understand why someone would go o here and criticize haseley after a month of time as a pro? Bury the pick already? And every pick can’t be impact, C has had a nice year. I think we all know he won’t be an impact player but if he is an avg, hey sometimes that’s what it is. My point is why are we talking poorly about them? Jimmy smith must have some favorite farmhands? Who are they? Let’s have at it!

      1. Legacy, that’s just what “fans” do in Negadelphia. Arm chair scouts who know more than the real scouts. I give everyone a chance. They got drafted higher than any of us! I didn’t get drafted because I didn’t play lol

        1. I appreciate th calming words, nobody I mean nobody can know this early what type of player haseley will be and “aluminum bat” swing lost me completely.

        2. You mean like the scouts who gave us Jeff Jackson instead of Frank Thomas? Just because they are professional scouts doesn’t mean they are good at their job.

    2. Remember, his off season will be exclusively designed around 100% position player; no more pitching. As such, it’s reasonable to expect a better full season from him next year.

    1. If the season were to end this weekend, Ortiz would re in the running for the Paul Owens award. 97 AB, .289/.420/.588/1.008, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 6 HR, 2:1 K/BB rate, and surprisingly good defense to boot. All that would probably land him in third place for the award; behind Kingery and Hoskins, and in front of Tromp and Tocci. Ortiz’s 4.5 million dollar signing bonus looks like a bargain at this point.

  8. I think the Lakewood duo of Moniak and Brito are running on fumes at this point. They are both 19 YO and need to add mass. Both kids started the season well, but began spiraling downward after a couple of months. Hopefully, as they get older and bigger, they can carry their impressive starts deeper into seasons. This is the optimistic view.

  9. Fifth round draft pick Ethan Lindow made the most of his playing time today before the weather went bad. 1 IP, 3 K.

  10. fyi, sixto listed as starter in lakewood tomorrow; think its time to take my son on our first trip to Lakewood.

      1. got my tix. he’ll face kyle cody on the hill, and hopefully rangers #1 prospect (#32mlb)Leody Taveras is in the lineup for those crawdads.

  11. Since June 1st, Randolph is hitting .293/.402/.449 25% K rate and 14% BB rate.

    That is good — and roughly what he needs to do to project as a first-division starting left fielder. The good news is he will be the starting left fielder in Reading next year in his age 21 season.

    1. Can’t wait to see what he does in that park! Take away April and he has shown why he was a top pick for us two years ago

  12. Pretty cool my neighbors kid didn’t get drafted out of college, went to frontier league and tore it up hitting 326 with 10 hr I believe and got signed the other day by Minnesota. he is active for tonights game. He is on cedar rapids team. nice kid

  13. Its a common mistake but FYI: Its LEDE, not LEAD.

    Definition of lede
    : the introductory section of a news story that is intended to entice the reader to read the full story

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