Box Score Recap – 9/6/2017

Here is the box score recap.  Lehigh Valley’s playoff game was rained out, while Williamsport began their last series of the season.

And, the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley postponed, rain.  The start of their post-season against Scranton has been pushed back a day.

Their playoff schedule is –

  1. Home: Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7:05 p.m.
  2. Home: Friday, Sept. 8, at 7:05 p.m.
  3. At Scranton: Saturday, Sept. 9 at 6:35 p.m.
  4. At Scranton: Sunday, Sept. 10 at 6:35 p.m.
  5. At Scranton: Monday, Sept. 11 at 1:05 p.m.

Williamsport beat State College, 5-2.  Kyle Young (7-2, 2.77) closed out his season with a win.  He held the Spikes to two runs on six hits in six innings.  He walked one and struck out six.  Connor Brogdon (2.34) picked up his third save with three scoreless innings.  He struck out five.

The Crosscutters scored single runs in the first and third innings on two RBI singles by Greg Pickett.  They broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the seventh.  Two runs scored on a throwing error and another came across on an RBI single by Yahir Gurrola.

Pickett (.269) went 3-3 with a walk and 2 RBI.  Josh Stephen, Rodolfo Duran, and Jesus Azuaje had 2 hits each.  Stephen and Azuaje were successful stealing bases.

Julian Garcia (3-5, 4.25) starts the season finale tomorrow for the 36-37 Crosscutters.


  • 9/6 – Phillies traded RHP Juan Nicasio to St. Louis Cardinals for 2B Eliezer Alvarez
  • 9/6 – Phillies optioned 2B Eliezer Alvarez to Lehigh Valley
  • 9/6 – RHP Tom Eshelman assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/6 – RHP Victor Arano assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 9/6 – SS Malquin Canelo assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 9/6 – RHP Franklyn Kilome assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 9/6 – LHP Elniery Garcia assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 9/6 – 3B Mitch Walding assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 9/6 – RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  • 9/6 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/6 – LHP Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/6 – RHP Colton Murray assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/6 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/6 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Mark Appel from the 7-Day DL
  • 9/5 – Phillies placed CF Pedro Florimon on the 60-Day DL. Right ankle dislocation
  • 9/5 – Phillies selected the contract of SS J.P. Crawford from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/4 – Philadelphia Phillies activated RF Aaron Altherr
  • 9/4 – CF Odubel Herrera assigned to Philadelphia Phillies
  • 9/3 – Phillies sent 1B Brock Stassi outright to Lehigh Valley
  • 9/3 – Phillies recalled RHP Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley
  • 9/3 – Phillies recalled CF Cameron Perkins from Lehigh Valley
  • 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 – 9/6/2017

  1. When the Phillies draft I like to pick 2 players from the lower rds that I think can be good. My Two this yr were Nick Maton and Connor Brogdon. Maton held his own at SS and he can stay there . He’s a bit small he’s only 20 and p!ayed 200 extra at bats . His bother pitches for San Diego and is 220 pds so. Connor did pretty good coming out of the pen .

    1. the late round picks i like from JA’s era are:

      2017 – Mezquita, Hernandez (for Mezquita, i trust SA more than JA)
      2016 – Dyer, Quinn (i actually like that the Phils didn’t go cheap – like $5k for Srs in Rds 8-10 in 2016)
      2015 – Cabral, Hunter (apparently, Hunter’s ability didn’t match his cool name)

  2. Can you guess who has the highest batting average among players, who played the entire season in the minors? You’ll be shocked because it’s a pitcher. Now you’ve got it. Tom Eshelman hit .381 in his 24 PAs but he pitched all season in the minors. The top hitter, using Batting Average, with over 200 PAs, was Damek Tomscha with a .307. Tomscha also led in OBP with a .386. Hoskins is right behind him at .385. If Hoskins didn’t have such a monster year in the minors or was promoted a month earlier, Tomscha would have gotten my vote for best hitter in the Phillies minor leagues.

  3. Alvarez slumped this year at AA, but picked up his game at the end of the year. He definitely has upside and should fill what may have been a hole in the upper minors at second basee. He is probably better than other second basemen in the organization at this point. This for a pitcher who would have been be somewhere else next year. Makes sense to me.

    1. I was surprised to see that he made it into MLB’s top 30 for the Phillies at #26. Interesting that he was on the Cardinals Forty and is now on our Forty. He becomes another roster decision before the Rule 5 Draft.

      1. I am confused as to why the Cardinals chose to put a player who had not even made it to A+ yet on their 40 roster. Would he have become a minor league free agent otherwise?

        1. Looks like he was signed three months shy of his 17th birthday in July ’11, then repeated rookies leagues two year in a row. Would not be a minor league free agent but would have been a Rule 5 eligible player in 2016.
          This report from 11 months ago seems to appear he had some potential ….

          and the Cardinals may not want to take a chance on him being selected….but rarely do teams take A ball players….though the Padres have been know to raid the Cardinals system with A level players, ie Luis Perdomo a few years ago….and the Padres have gone hard into Rule 5 draft these past few years.

  4. Not for nuthin but I don’t see anything in Alvarez that you can’t get from Valentin, Mora, Canelo, Cumma or even further down Brito

      1. Zach make a good point above Nicasio is a FA after the season so may as well get something for him. I kind of liked Nicasio and thought we might have a shot at keeping him.

  5. Honestly and sincerely I don’t believe in letter grades. His manager or possibly Joe Jordan could give him one but for the rest of us we really don’t know what was going on with him.

    I’ll say the production for this year was disappointing. That you cannot argue.

  6. Supposedly he’s staying in Florida to work on his strength like Tocci did his first few years.

    It looks like he just completely wore down in the second half. Hopefully a good learning experience and he can turn himself around next year.

    1. If he’s the quality kid he seems to be from interviews he’s given, I would think he’ll be motivated to quiet the many justifiable doubters.

    2. Really he’s what 19 against 22 and 23 yr olds please. Nick Williams took a yr a half in AAA so did Crawford . I mean Crawford been in the top prospect on many sites.lts called growing you know minor league baseball.

  7. F

    (Gunner, let me add that while yes, MM’s ’17 was abysmal, he’ll get next season to re-establish himself since he’s a 1-1 draft pick. It’ll be fly or bye for him this time next year, at least in the eyes of most onlookers, experts and casual fans.) Sorry for not following your rules. 😶

    1. Since youre a realist and gave him an F I will excuse you for not following the rules haha

      And I hope that is true about next year. I would like nothing better than for Moniak to perform like a 1:1 pick….

      1. 1. Moniak: D
        2. Senzel: A
        3. Anderson: A-
        4. Pint: D
        5. Ray: D+
        6. Puk: C+
        12. Groome: C-

        Extending it to the players who IMO were in the running for the Phillies. Added Groome in there too bc he’s who I wanted to see them take.

  8. LOL the only time you comment is when you want to discuss Moniak’s terrible season. But for sake of the exercise, C+

  9. He stayed healthy, that’s a big plus for me. Obviously a disappointing season for MM. His body type blooms late which gives you so hope that the stats don’t predict. Also a good guy who will work on his deficiencies.

    1. Here’s another object lesson on why you draft: (a) the best available player; and (b) without regard for need.

      Nick Senzel. Now, I have no idea if the Phillies thought he was the best player in the draft or avoided him because they thought they had 3rd covered, but how good would the system look now if he were coming on rather than MM? Just saying. Drafting for need, especially in a baseball draft, is usually a very bad idea.

      1. Yes agree….but sometimes it is hard to determine who the BPA is when you are drafting in the top spot or say, in the top three or four slots
        Now when they drafted MM…..they already had Randolph from the previous year as their number one pick, and highly regarded OF prospects in the system like Quinn and Williams…and Herrera also further blossomed last season. Drafting another OFer, IMO, was a questionable decision. At the time I was on board with Puk vs Groome and not even thinking a position player….or the best available pitcher….but decided that if MM who was rated their best, then go along with their thinking on him.
        My point… the time who was the BPA could be very nebulous or indistinct reasoning at best. There were many varied players that was being thrown out there.

        1. Agreed – I gave them that. I really don’t know how they evaluated the players or why they chose MM.

        2. Ugh Randolph. Nothing against him, but I just don’t like taking a guy so high when he doesn’t play premium position or is bat only. I do agree with your point though BPA in that draft was who because there certainly wasn’t much consensus at the time. I liked Groome and of the hitters Lewis I liked a lot. Senzel is liked but questioned how much power he would provide and at that time it looked as though Franco was a piece for the future. I think that definitely played into their decision making process.

      2. Hindsight 20/20 but an infield of Hoskins/Kingery/Crawford/Senzel would’ve been something exciting to look forward to as early as next year.

        I was a fan of the moniak pick. I was interested in Kyle Lewis at 1/1. Time will tell, right now the decision to select him/Gowdy/Stobbe over BPA seems to have completely blown up in their face.

      3. Nick Senzel the book on him coming out of college. Good hit , avg power , avg glove his body was maxed out, so no room for more power.

        1. His defense was rated plus by BP scouting over the last two years.
          FRAA had him at 3.2 in 2016 in 58 games….and for 2017 5.5 in 62 games in the FSL and 1.5 in 57 games at Pensacola @AA level.

  10. D. Very bad season, but I wouldn’t give him an F. But he’ll get an F next year if he plays like this in either Lakewood or Clearwater. Honestly, I don’t have much hope for him – mentally, I’ve almost moved on from him at this point. It’s probably not fair, but I have.

  11. Wasn’t Lewis Brinson supposed to be part of the Hamels deal, but was substituted for a Pitcher? Kind of like the Fisher swapped for Appel deal with Houston? And, I recall there were a few Senzel supporters here. I was on Groome, but now MM is our guy, so I am rooting hard for him.

    1. Sad thing is, Groome is injured and didn’t have a good season when he did pitch. Now, would people be talking about him in a negative way if the Phillies picked him 1st? My answer is no.

      In hindsight, Senzel would have been a great pick….but I don’t think he was ever really discussed much as a #1. Phillies just picked #1 in a crappy year to be honest. I’m glad they did pick Wild Thing Puk (yes, he came on at the end of the year, but I am not sold on him).

      I’m rooting hard for MM as well. Give him another offseason of conditioning and training, and we have a future AS on our hands.

      1. On what do you base the comment that “give him another off season of conditioning and training and we have a future all-star on our hands?”

      2. If anyone is having buyers remorse over the fact that the Phillies passed on Nick Senzel … pay attention to Jeremy Eierman. He’ll be available for the Phillies to pick in the 2018 draft. Eierman reminds me of a more powerful Senzel . Senzel played all over the infield during his first two seasons at Tennessee. He settled in at 3B his jr season and took off. Eierman has played SS his first two years at Missouri St, but he’ll eventually end up at 3B.
        Nine months until the draft, but if I were picking tonight, I’d draft either Eierman, Nolan Gorman, Nander De Sadas, or Matt Liberatore with my first pick.

    2. matt13….from what I remember, Williams was sub for Brinson.
      Nomar Mazara was the first request and nixed.

  12. I trust your recollection, and I am not registering a complaint. I am happy with Nick Williams. I just saw Brinson’s name and it sparked that memory. Whenever I see those lists, I remind myself that Dom Brown was once #1. It is amazing, though, how many of those players are from LA. Are none of them Phillies prospects because we get outspent?

    1. Well the five high price guys were Moncada, Vladimir Jr, Devers, Eloy Jimeniz and Gleyber Torres….Phillies got outspent on them.
      Rosario, Acuna, Mejia and Robles…..they were scouted pretty good by the Braves, Mets, Indians and Nats respectively and were not high bonus players.

  13. C- for me.

    He had a very rough year and was disappointing, but I would not say it’s a failure of a season. He did stick it out and the team believed in him enough to not demote him. Realistically, if he were a fourth or fifth round pick, we’d probably just be shrugging him off as org filler and hoping that something clicks.

    Next year though it’s time to defecate or remove himself from the commode.


  14. Thanks Romus, I think we see an area where we have fallen short. If we signed any of those high 5 guys, who would we not have been able to sign. Do you remember?

    1. matt13……they were from basically 2012, ’13, and ’14 signings. So it would be Deivi Grullon @ $575K and Jose Pujols @ $540K in ’12 and then Luis Encarnacion @$1M in ’13, Arquimedes Gamboa @ $900K, Daniel Brito $650K, and Jon Arauz, $600K in ’14.
      Phillies were not even close money-wise for the 5.
      Jhailyn Ortiz in ’15 @ $4.4M is the Phillies biggie.

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