Box Score Recap – 4/12/2018

Lehigh Valley and Lakewood got great pitching from Zach Eflin, Will Stewart, and their bullpens and posted victories.

Clearwater didn’t, although Blake Quinn was impressive in relief.

Reading was scheduled off.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley (3-3) beat Scranton, 13-1.  

Zach Eflin gave up a run in the first inning, then shut down the Bats on 5 hits  in 6.0 innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  Austin Davis pitched 1.0 inning and struck out the side.  Tyler Viza walked one and struck out three in 2.0 scoreless innings.

Every starter other than Eflin had at least one hit.  Mitch Walding had four, Danny Ortiz had three including a HR and five RBI.  Dylan Cozens, Jesse Valentin and Matt McBride had two each.  McBride’s two hits were HRs with six RBI.

  • #9 Enyel De Los Santos (1.80):
  • #10 Dylan Cozens: went 2-5 with 2 runs scored
  • #11 Roman Quinn: went 1-4 with a run scored, BB, SB (4)
  • #22 Tom Eshelman (0-1, 7.20):
  • #24 Drew Anderson: placed on the 7-day DL, right forearm strain
  • Cole Irvin (3.60):
  • Zach Eflin (2-0, 1.64): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • Jake Thompson (0.00):
  • Brandon Leibrandt (1-0, 0.0):
  • Andrew Pullin: went 0-1 as a pinch hitter
  • Jesse Valentin: went 2-5 with a run scored
  • Mitch Walding: went 4-5 with 3 runs scored, double

Reading (3-4)  Did not play.

  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (4.50):
  • #13 Cornelius Randolph: went
  • #15 Ranger Suarez (9.00):
  • #16 Jojo Romero (0-1):
  • #29 Edgar Garcia (0.00):
  • #30 Seranthony Dominguez (1-1, 3.60):
  • Damek Tomscha: went
  • Cord Sandberg: went
  • Jiandido Tromp:

Clearwater (1-6) lost to Jupiter, 8-4.

Adonis Medina pitched a solid first inning, and then quickly unraveled over the next 1.2 innings.  After a 13-pitch first inning that included a base hit, Medina labored through a 26-pitch second inning.  He recorded two strike outs in the inning, but also hit a batter and gave up a run and two singles.  He looked defeated in a 37-pitch third inning where he only managed two outs.  He gave up a one-out grand slam.  After this,  a wild pitch and passed ball set up the fifth run of the inning.  His FB was 91-96 mph and sat 93-94. He touched 96 mph once.  Four of the seven hits he allowed came off FB, including the GS which was off a 94 mph FB.

Blake Quinn struck out six in 3.1 innings of one-hit ball.  He walked none.  Ismael Cabrera struck out five in 3.0 innings, but gave up 2 runs in the ninth to seal their fate.

The date marked Adam Haseley’s 22nd birthday.  He celebrated with a double and a run scored.  Mickey Moniak also doubled on a line drive that sliced toward the right field corner and rolled under the gate, robbing him of an RBI.  Darrick Hall had 2 hits including a solo HR and two RBI.  Austin Listi had 2 doubles and an RBI.  Raul Rivas had 2 hits and just missed a HR on a deep fly ball to right.

  • #1 Mickey Moniak: went 1-5 with a double
  • #6 Adam Haseley: went 1-5 with a run scored, double
  • #8 Adonis Medina (1-1, 5.63): 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, WP, 2 HBP
  • #17 Jose Gomez: went 0-3
  • #23 McKenzie Mills (0-1, 9.00):
  • Arquimedes Gamboa: went 0-4 with a BB, RBI
  • Darick Hall: went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, double, HR, 2 RBI, BB
  • Edgar Cabral: 1-4
  • Austin Listi: went 2-4 with 2 doubles, RBI
  • Luke Williams: DNP
  • Henri Lartigue: DNP
  • Conner Seabold (0-1, 5.23):
  • Alejandro Requena (0-0, 4.50):
  • Bailey Falter (2.45):

Lakewood (4-4) beat Delmarva, 2-0.

Will Stewart tossed a gem.  He pitched 6.0 shutout innings allowing four hits.  He walked none and struck out four.  He has won both of his starts this season and has not allowed an earned run.  Jonathan Henningan struck out two and walked none in 2.0 innings of no hit relief.  Kyle Dohy walked two, threw a wild pitch, and struck out two in the ninth before giving way to Luis Ramirez who locked up his first save.

Quincy Nieporte provided the only run Stewart would need with a HR in the fourth inning.  The Claws added an insurance run in the fifth when Cole Stobbe led off with a double, advanced to third on Rodolfo Duran’s ground out, and scored on Dalton Guthrie’s sac fly.

Stobbe and Simon Muzziotti had two hits each.  Yahir Gurrola went 1-3 in his first game after being called up from XST.

  • #14 Cole Stobbe: went 2-3, with a run scored, double
  • #18 Daniel Brito: went 0-4
  • #20 Jhailyn Ortiz: went 0-3
  • #21 Spencer Howard (0-1, 3.00):
  • Simon Muzziotti: went 2-4
  • Quincy Nieporte: went 1-3 with a run scored, HR, RBI
  • Malvin Matos: DNP
  • Jake Scheiner: went 0-3
  • Nick Maton: DNP
  • Josh Stephen: DNP
  • Dalton Guthrie: went 0-2, SF
  • Colby Fitch: DNP
  • Ramon Rosso (1.86):
  • Will Stewart (2-2, 0.00): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • Kyle Dohy (0.00): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, WP
  • David Parkinson (1-0, 0.00):

These prospects aren’t on any official rosters, yet.  Or they are with the big club. Prospect rankings are from MLB.

  • #2 Sixto Sanchez: expected to debut for Clearwater when healthy
  • #3 Scott Kingery: with Phillies
  • #4 J.P. Crawford: with Phillies (89 career AB)
  • #5 Jorge Alfaro: exceeded 130 AB, no longer has prospect status
  • #28 Victor Arano: with Phillies
  • #12 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season
  • #19 Elniery Garcia: not on a roster
  • #25 Luis Garcia: not on a roster
  • #26 Abrahan Gutierrez: not on a roster
  • #27 Eliezer Alvarez: traded to Texas

XST

There are over 90 players at the Complex.  The Phillies aren’t providing a list of which players are in camp.  XST games started Monday.  I identified 90 players today.  There are easily another half dozen or more who I could nit.  They are likely young guys from the DSL (mostly pitchers) who were brought stateside for a look see.  I’ll post the “official” roster after I identify a few more.

There were three games at the Complex again.  Two against the Pirates and one against a traveling team of former minor leaguers.  The traveling team was no-hit 4-0 by Gustavo Armas, Tommy Bergjans, Tim Berry, Joey DeNato, and Josh Tols.  Carlos De La Cruz crushed a 2-run HR in the game.

A young group beat the Bucs, 6-0.  Kyle Gogloski, Gabriel Yanez, Anton Kuznetsov, and Abdallah Aris pitched.

Another group that looked like Williamsport guys beat the Pirates 2-1 (I think).  Pitchers included Manuel Silva, Bailey Cummings, Rafael Carvajal.

I saw Jonathan Miller and Junior Tejada warm up but didn’t see on which field they pitched.

28 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/12/2018

  1. Nice statistical start for Efflin. Do we know if his secondary pitches andfastball command are improving to show ultimately success when recalled?

  2. Let’s call this the way-too-early stat review:

    CLW is not playing like I know they can… like I expect they can. I looked at the Team Pitching stats and that tells a big part of the story. CLW has given up the most hits and the 2nd most BBs of any FSL team. That doesn’t allow any success. Their ERA is the 3rd worst and their WHIP is dead last. They are also tied for first in most HRs allowed. And the worst thing is I can’t blame that cold northeast weather because they are in Florida. On the plus side, they are 4th in Ks.

    To add insult to injury, the Team batting numbers aren’t much better or possibly worse. They are 2nd to last in BA, OBP and OPS. They are 3rd from the bottom in hits. On the bright side, they are 1st in HRs and 3rd in doubles so there is that.

    It could be that practically the whole team are slow starters except Edgar Cabral. He’s 5th or higher in most offensive categories (possibly including nose hair… I don’t know).

    This concludes the way-too-early stats review.

    1. With a few exceptions, the best minor league hitters we’ve had have graduated to the majors within the last year. So that needs to be rebuilt and I’m not surprised it’s weak. The pitching, however, appears to be surging. And these are pitchers with a really decent upside – and a LOT of them. We are going to get some winners from this group to be sure.

    1. I’m a big Eflin fan, but he has problem missing bats in the majors which is a big problem for him. He needs to develop a swing and miss pitch or pitches. Until he does that, I think he’ll scuffle in the big leagues. Perhaps he’s working on that in AAA. And I haven’t give up on Vince yet – still has too much talent for that.

      1. agreed
        not sure if its teaching within the system or just the pitchers themselves but other that Nola, all these pitchers need a quality change up and they never seem to make progress in that area

      2. i said this 2 years ago and got bashed by the “pitch to contact” crowd…bottom line. pitch to contact doesn’t work against mlb hitters. there comes a point in every game, when you simply need to strike out a hitter or two. and if you can’t do that, you will allow big innings.

        and if you can’t strike out minor leaguers, then you can’t strike out major leaguers.

    2. Romus – Tonight is a HUGE game for Velasquez. The last time out he looked awful in the early part of the game, and promising in the later innings. The Rays will look to run up his pitch count early, and Vince must counter that with making the hitters put the ball in play. He gets in trouble when he tries to strike out every hitter.
      If Velasquez fails as a starter, should the Phillies put him right into the bullpen, or send him to Lehigh to get used to the shorter warm up time. He’s already pitched in high leverage situations, usually of his own making.
      It looks as though Hunter will return around the end of the month, but I’ve heard nothing about Neskek’s or Eickhoff’s return date. I was under the impression that their injuries were relatively minor at the time,

      1. No, tonight’s start isn’t huge for Velasquez. He will/should be given an actually opportunity to prove he is a starter. That would involve him remaining in the rotation past April..

    1. K%. we are seeing more and more, ex Dylan cozens, that if you have a K% in minors of 28-30%, youre basically a non prospect because major league pitching will eat you alive

      1. There are exceptions….Joey Gallo from the Rangers was an overall 30% K rate in the minors…..but he also had a very good BB rate.

      2. srussell – That’s an interesting observation overall, but not a fair observation when it comes to Hall’s career thus far. He has just moved up a level and doesn’t have a reasonable sample size at A+ ball – and his K% last year at low A was 23%.

        Tim – actually, I think Hall has done quite well. He of course is graded down a bit for being a first base only prospect and a less heralded college bat. But you can make a very good argument he belongs in the top 30 and he’s an interesting guy to follow. He’d be a lot more interesting, however, if he played another position.

        By the way, I’m curious to follow Walding this year. After basically being left for dead as a prospect after his age 22 season when, after 3 previously bad seasons, he had another awful season at Clearwater. Then he started to develop and has improved each season since. Also, while I’m always suspicious of out-thinking hitting stats through in person observations for a hitter (lots of guys look good when you see them once or twice, but they have flaws, such as plate discipline problems or holes in a swing, that show up or are exploited over a longer period of time), I can say that Walding is one of those guys who is extremely impressive in person. He is big, athletic and has a beautiful swing – the ball jumps off his bat when he makes decent contact. The odds are against him for sure, but he has continued to develop and this is his age 25 season – he’s a guy I’ll follow with some interest this year because if he can somehow get to like a 45 or 50 hit tool range, his other skills will play up well.

      3. Yeah, but one little problem – you’re assuming something about Hall that is not correct. Hall’s sample size this year is too small to draw conclusions about what his K rate will be in Clearwater this year. Last year at Lakewood it was 23% – so, thus far in his career – Hall falls out of the model you’re describing.

    2. I’m assuming you don’t mean the Phuture Phillies top 30 poll because if you do then you’d be wrong about him not being in the top 30. I had him at #14 and the group had him at #20. I think a lot of us think highly of him and know he has some weaknesses. Hoskins also was under-rated in our polls until he blew us away in Reading and LHV. I’m not expecting that kind of explosion from Hall but I’m also not ruling it out.

    3. Darick Hall has great numbers except for the K%. I do not think he is young, however. He is 22 and turns 23 in July. That is old for a guy to be considered a prospect while still in high-A.

      1. I think he is following the same ‘age path to level’ as most college guys.
        This is his 22age season in Hi-A.
        And the org are probably thinking, if he rakes like last year, he will get a mid season promo to Reading.
        Utley was at the same level in Hi_A and double jumped to AAA the follwoing year, but he was a first round draft choice.
        Howard…technically, a year older at the same level as Hall.

        1. Hi Romus. If he is following the same path as most college guys, then he is not really a prospect, he is just “most college guys”. Certainly room in the top 30 for him, but nothing to get excited about. I guess it comes down to how you want to define prospect. I think a guy who is 22 and turns 23 in July in high-A is old to be considered a prospect, but I suppose one could argue he has at least a chance. Six months younger than Matt Rizzotti was at high A, ha ha.

          If he cuts down on K% and increases BB% while still hitting for power in CLW, that would be a big step forward in his prospect-hood.

          Utley and Howard are outliers, and had better hitting stats than Hall anyway.

        2. Hall is perfectly age appropriate and progressing consistent with a potential major leaguer. Ryan Howard was not promoted to Reading until his age 24 season by comparison.

    4. Point of reference:

      Rhys Hoskins wasn’t on MLB’s 2015 post-season top 30. That was his age 22 season, a season where he hit 25 HR across two levels, and the year he played part of the season in Clearwater.

      He didn’t crack their list until the 2016 pre-season top 30, the season he started at Reading. He was #19 in that poll, and moved up to #13 by mid-season.

      1. He was 21 on their list at the end of 2015, and was 20 on their list to open the 2016 season. Entering 2016 he was 24th for BA, 10th Keith Law, 19th for Fangraphs, and 11th for John Sickels

  3. I guess I just don’t see it with Hall in terms of someone who will have an impact at 1b in majors. My hope for Hall is that his performance is impressive enough to include in a trade package for another need in next year or 2

    1. The four guys in the system with legit power Ortiz, Cozens, Pujols and Hall…..all have some swing and miss issues.
      Hall is the only one in the past to show he can put the ‘ball in play with contact’ from his first two years at college in ’14 and ’15..his last year at DBU he did the HR lift thing and his K rate also climbed…so the capability is there if he wants to do it.

  4. In 31 more AB’s Crawford will come off the prospect list, and Kingery comes off in 94 AB’s. Victor Arano is also nearing his 45 days on the active roster limit. Best guesses as to who will be next onto the prospects list?

  5. ALERT! ALETT! ALERT!
    I learned yesterday, that HE is likely to pitch this Sunday, weather permitting.

    To date, The Threshers’ rotation has been Seabold, Medina, Mills, Requena, Falter, Llovera, Seabold, and Medina.

    If you look at the Threshers’ home page, their projected pitchers over the next four games are –

    Friday – Mills
    Saturday – Requena
    Sunday – TBD
    Monday – off day
    Tuesday – Falter

    Without any club official confirming my suspicion, it looks like Sixto Sanchez is going to pitch Sunday. Unfortunately, we have a storm front moving in that is forecast to arrive around game time. (And, yes, I have more to go on than a “TBD” on a web page.)

    1. Here’s some confirmation on your reporting, Jim:

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