Box Score Recap – 4/23/2018

Lehigh and Zach Eflin lost at Norfolk, 6-3..

Reading beat Akron, 8-4.  Harold Arauz won his second game. The offense hit 3 HR.

Clearwater beat Fort Myers 5-3.  Bailey Falter pitched very well.

Lakewood was drubbed by Hagerstown, 9-1.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Lehigh Valley (7-9) lost to Norfolk, 6-3.  They were down 5-0 before the end of the first inning.

Zach Eflin gave up 6 runs on 10 hits in 4.0 innings.  Hoby Milner walked two in his 2.0 innings.  Austin Davis struck out three in his 2.0 innings.

Lehigh got a run back in the second inning on Nick Rickles sacrifice fly.  But Eflin gave that run back in the bottom of the inning.  The IronPigs scored 2 runs in the ninth on Dean Anna’s RBI single and Roman Quinn’s RBI ground out.

  • #14 Enyel De Los Santos (1-0, 1.98):
  • #15 Tom Eshelman (1-1, 5.29):
  • #16 Roman Quinn (.286): went 1-5 with an RBI
  • #18 Dylan Cozens (.255): went 1-2 with 2 BB
  • #24 Drew Anderson: 7-day DL, right forearm strain
  • #25 Cole Irvin (0-1, 5.40):
  • Andrew Pullin (.118): DNP
  • Jesse Valentin (.250): went 1-4 with a BB
  • Mitch Walding (.268): went 0-3 with a BB
  • Zach Eflin (2-2, 4.05): 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, WP, HBP
  • Jake Thompson (0-1, 10.80):
  • Austin Davis (0-1, 3.72): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Brandon Leibrandt (1-0, 0.00):

Reading (7-11) beat Akron, 8-4.  They went ahead for good in the fourth and continued to tack on runs.

Harold Arauz pitched 5.0 innings and gave up 4 runs (3 ER) on 5 hits.  He walked none and struck out one.  Seranthony Dominguez tossed a clean inning.  Seth McGarry struck out three in 2.0 innings.  Trevor Bettencourt closed out the game with a perfect frame.

The Phils scored a run in the first when Zach Coppola led off with a double, moved up on a wild pitch, snd scored on a passed ball.  They scored 3 in the third to retake the lead on Malquin Canelo’s lead off HR and Zach Green’s 2-run HR.  They went ahead to stay with a run in the fourth on Deivi Grullon’s lead off HR.  They continued to add on with 2 runs in the sixth on sac flies by Brullon and Coppola, and one run in the eighth on Heiker Meneses’ RBI single.

Meneses “celebrated” his return to Reading with 3 hits.

  • #9 Franklyn Kilome (1-0, 3.68):
  • #17 Cornelius Randolph (.153): went 0-3 with a run scored
  • #11 Ranger Suarez (1-1, 4.13):
  • #8 JoJo Romero (0-2, 7.71):
  • Edgar Garcia (0-1, 0.73):
  • #12 Seranthony Dominguez (1-2, 2.25): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Damek Tomscha (.283): went 0-3 with a run scored, BB
  • Cord Sandberg (.286): DNP
  • Jiandido Tromp (.234): DNP
  • Harold Arauz (2-0, 3.86): 5.0 ip, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • Jake Waguespack (4.50):
  • Seth McGarry (0-1, 0.87, 1 save): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Clearwater (5-13) beat Fort Myers, 5-3.

Bailey Falter picked up his second win.  He started out strong and got better as the game progressed.  Falter allowed 2 runs in 7.0 innings.  Ismael Cabrera struck out two in the eighth inning.  Jeff Singer earned his first save, but gave up a run on a couple of line drive doubles to the wall in left center.

The Threshers’ offense woke up with a four-spot in the sixth.  Darick Hall lead off with a shift-beating single  and Mickey Moniak moved him in to scoring position with a double down the right field line.  Henri Lartigue tied the game with a two-run single.  Lartigue broke early and was tagged out in a run down.  Raul Rivas singled and scored on Luke Williams tie-breaking, RBI double.  Arquimedes Gamboa followed with another RBI double and the Threshers had a two-run lead.  They tacked on a run in the seventh on Austin Listi’s lead off triple and Moniak’s one-out sacrifice fly.

Adam Haseley, Darick Hall, Henri Lartigue, and Raul Rivas had two hits each.

Bailey Falter picked a runner off first base.

Falter had an impressive outing.  He threw 73 pitches, 55 strikes (75.3%).  He threw first pitch strikes to 75 % of the batters he faced (15/20), and the final 9 batters he faced.  He allowed 2 base runners after the second inning, both singles.  One was erased on a double play, the other was picked off.

Falter’s pitches by inning were –

  1. 14 pitches, 9 strikes (2 of 3 first pitch strikes)
  2. 19 – 13 (2 of 5 FPS)
  3. 6 – 6 (3 of 3 FPS)
  4. 9 – 6 (1 of 3 FPS)
  5. 10 – 7 (3 of 3 FPS)
  6. 10 – 9 (3 of 3 FPS)
  7. 5 – 5 (3 of 3 FPS)

Falter’s fastball was 89-92 mph and sat 90-91 mph.  He threw just 32 FB, relying on his CB and CH.

Falter only threw 9 pitches that resulted in a swing and miss (16.4% of his strikes), but 6 of his 8 strikes came on swings.  He got 21 called strikes (38.2%) as the Miracle laid off his off speed stuff for the most part.  At one point, he threw 3 consecutive 76 mph CB to a batter to record a strike out (foul, called strike, swinging K).  His strike outs came on 90 K, 90 looking, 92 looking, 76 K, 75 K, 85 K, 77 K, 75 K.

  • #5 Mickey Moniak: went 1-3 with a run scored, double, RBI
  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (0-1, 5.40): 
  • #6 Adam Haseley: went 2-4 
  • #4 Adonis Medina (1-1, 5.63):
  • #19 Jose Gomez: DNP
  • #23 McKenzie Mills (0-1, 3.18):
  • #10 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 1-3 with a double, RBI, BB
  • Darick Hall: went 2-4 with a run scored
  • Edgar Cabral: placed on the 7-day DL
  • Austin Listi: went 1-3 with a run scored, triple, HBP
  • Luke Williams: went 1-4 with a run scored, double, RBI
  • Henri Lartigue: went 2-4 with 2 RBI
  • Conner Seabold (0-1, 5.87):
  • Alejandro Requena (0-1, 7.88): placed on the 7-day DL
  • Bailey Falter (2-0, 4.00): 7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Lakewood (9-9) lost to Hagerstown, 9-1.

David Parkinson lasted 1.1 innings.  He allowed his first earned run of the season and 7 unearned runs.  Luis Carrasco relieved and allowed both inherited runners to score.  The first came on a wild pitch to the first batter he faced.  Carrasco pitched 3.2 innings and allowed the Suns ninth run to score.  Zach Warren struck out five in 2.o innings.  Luis Ramirez mopped up the eighth inning.

Lakewood scored their lone run in the sixth inning doubles by Nick Maton and Quincy Nieporte.  Maton had two hits.

  • #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.158): went 0-2 with a BB
  • #13 Daniel Brito (.160): went 1-4 with a double
  • #22 Spencer Howard (0-1, 2.77):
  • #30 Simon Muzziotti (.293): placed on 7-day DL
  • Colby Fitch (.240): DNP
  • Dalton Guthrie (.191): DNP
  • Nick Maton (.292): went 1-3 with a run scored, double, BB
  • Quincy Nieporte (.193): went 1-4 with a double, RBI
  • Jake Scheiner (.237): went 0-4 
  • Josh Stephen (.256): went 0-1
  • Cole Stobbe (.269): DNP
  • Ramon Rosso (0-0, 1.72):
  • Will Stewart (2-0, 1.69):
  • David Parkinson (1-1 0.79): 1.1 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Damon Jones (1-1, 4.26):
  • Connor Brogdon (1-1, 3.65):
  • Kyle Dohy (0-0, 0.00, 2 saves):

These prospects are in Philadelphia or in Clearwater. Prospect rankings are from MLB.

  • #2 Scott Kingery: 70 of 130 career AB, 25 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
  • #3 J.P. Crawford: 124 of 130 career AB, 25 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
  • #20 Kyle Young: XST
  • #21 Francisco Morales: XST
  • #26 Luis Garcia: XST
  • #27 Victor Arano: 21.0 of 50 innings, 25 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
  • #28 J.D. Hammer: XST
  • #29 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season


Nick Fanti threw two innings this afternoon in an XST game.  He gave up a run and a couple hits and also struck out two batters.

There are over 90 players at the Complex.  The Phillies have provided a roster that includes 80 players in extended spring training.

2018 XST Roster

2018 XST League Schedule and link to Phillies XST schedule.

Link to Phillies GCL schedule.


4/23/18–Trevor Plouffe signed to a minor league contract; assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/23/18–3B Heiker Meneses assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
4/23/18–RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
4/23/18–Jose Antequera assigned to Williamsport from Reading
4/23/18–Jacob Waguespack added to Lehigh Valley active roster
4/23/18–Hoby Milner added to Lehigh Valley active roster

I’ve brought the rosters and lists up to date.  I’ve got 325 players in the organization.  It’s probably more.

30 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 4/23/2018

  1. Lakewood’s team batting show a lot of weakness. They are last in BA, by a lot. Last in OBP, by a really lot. Last in OPS too. They are 1st in doubles and 2nd lowest in Ks. There is something there, that just hasn’t been going in a straight line. Maton and Muzziotti are the only 2 hitters over .300 and Simon in on the DL. 8 players are under .200. Ortiz is playing better and if he hits a grove, this team could get a big boost. Brito’s another guy who I’d like to see get untracked. Maybe a little warmer weather will help some of these guys get it going.

    On the pitching side, things are pretty good. A team with lousy hitting that is .500 right now must be pitching pretty well. LKW is 3rd in ERA and 2nd in most Ks. They are tied with most saves in the league. They don’t give up a lot of HRs, maybe the ballpark plays a lot into that. The pitching gets stingy enough to allow a few key hits to make a difference in a ballgame. They’ve been blown out once , yesterday, but 7 of the runs were unearned. A little better fielding and maybe that game’s a tight one and a key hit pulls that out.

    LKW is not the game I go to first. In fact, I’m glad it’s last in the box score recap so it’s more of an afterthought but I still want these guys to hit better and field better so the pitching gets its just rewards.

  2. I hope Elfin recovers. I’m loving Canelo. Who would’ve thought that Arauz would be the first 2 game winner for Reading. Good Job Falter.

  3. He’s not hitting the cover off the ball, but Gamboa is quietly having a solid start at the plate. His BB rate is higher (it has gone up every professional season), his Ks are decent if a bit high, and he’s showing a little bit of XBH pop. I can’t help getting a Cesar Hernandez feel about him: a highly regarded middle infielder who lunchpailed his way through the system without a ton of fanfare, but seemed to get better and better as he wound through the levels.

    1. Agree 100% with the added bonus that Arky can play SS. Very excited to follow his progress this season.

    2. Gamboa is potentially a really big deal. He’s showing a decent hit tool, power potential, and good plate discipline and he’s 20 years old in high A ball. He’s a bigger and stronger guy than Cesar Hernandez. Gamboa seems to have a first division regular ceiling, which is impressive. And as I’ve noted for people – you have to keep your eye on Jesse Valentin – he’s developed power and has improved his plate discipline – he’s on the verge of becoming a special player and certainly has the pedigree (high pick; father MLB infielder) – we shouldn’t sleep on him or give him away.

  4. Fortunately with the number of young players vying for playing time, bullpen time etc at major league level, there is no rush, guys can sit at their current level and develop slowly

  5. I don’t believe Cozens can play consistently at major league level. too much swing and miss. I’m hoping with him and a few others, they perform well enough to have trade value to a just started rebuilding team that may have something we need

    1. Funny statement to me – “he can’t play in the majors so let’s ttade him”. Every team has very good scouts. If he’ll truly never play in the majors, no team will trade for him. In reality, who knows. He’s trying to improve by not swinging st balls out of the zone. It’s the most important thing because he certainly can’t hit pitches out of the zone. The book is far from closed on Cozens.

        1. HA! HA! I never said that but glad youre so smart. if you read my point you’ll understand. I personally don’t think Cozens can succeed in the majors in the longterm due to his swing and miss problem but I hope he plays well enough in AAA that he has trade value because some rebuilding team might have another opinion
          funny, never say trout in my post

          1. I have seen cozens about 5 times. I just wish he would cut down his swing, just a little. he just tries to kill everything. He has judge type power imo. but just too much of a free swinger

            1. its funny, as a nonbaseball player, it seems intuitively obvious what the issue is and you would think between coaches and the player, you could learn to cut down on your swing especially with 2 strikes and put the ball in play but it seems to be a career uncorrectable problem for so many hitters.

            2. rocco… bring up Judge in reference to Cozens….their similarities are pretty close. Judge was a horrific in his 2016 call up in August and September with the Yankees…and then he made the adjustment over the off-season
              Cozens just needs to do the same and some of that is maturity and go about his business in the right way. For example, in the cage…just do not go in there and take swings but go in there with a purpose on working on something.
              He has the strength and athleticism that are attractive qualities.

          2. Ha Ha!! yes the Trout reference was a joke.

            As far as trading him(or any other player not deemed as a “longterm ML player”) to some rebuilding team, do you not think these other teams see the same thing as everyone else?

            Maybe the Phillies still think he has the chance to figure it out and don’t want to try to dump him on some unsuspecting rebuilding team

            1. sure, I understand other teams see the same defects but every team has a different evaluation system. teams evaluate players differently.
              a player one team may not feel has potential may be interesting to another team especially if they are excelling.
              I’m not suggesting dumping garbage to other teams. I’m just commenting that there are players in the system that each of us feels will be successful major leaguers and those that will not.
              I’m hoping that those that do not make it in philly generate enough intrinsic value to be traded probably as part of a package
              other examples of this are Anderson sp Lehighvalley ( before the injury), Irvin sp LH and others
              I personally would put Hall from Clearwater in this group though others are higher on him that I am

              also, the Cozens longterm prospects were just my personal opinion. HIs evaluation may be different by professionals.

  6. An observation I neglected to mention in the Box Score Report –

    After his first start when he threw 80 pitches in 3.2 innings, Falter told me that he felt that his biggest problem was missing his spots with his fastball. (He had thrown 48 FB, only 25 for strikes). Last night, he threw just 32 FB, but 29 went for strikes.

    1. Jim my neighbors kid Jimmy Kerrigan plays for fort myers. If you go to game can you give me a little report on him. He was a undrafted free agent signed by minn, ty

      1. That Kerrigan kid got the first hit off Falter, a lead off double into the right center field gap. It came on an 0-1 pitch off an 89 mph FB. He took a 90 mph FB for a called first strike on the first pitch. I was surprised when Haseley couldn’t run the ball down, not because of any reason attributable to Haseley, but because on contact, I thought the ball was going to be caught. It just kept carrying. He ended up scoring the game’s first run.

        Falter won their second encounter. Called strike on an 82 mph CH, ball on another 82 mph CH, then two 75 mph CB. Kerrigan swung and missed both.

        In their third encounter, Kerrigan jumped on a first-pitch, 89-mph FB and grounded out to second.

        In his final AB, he popped out to shallow right against Singer.

        He entered the game batting an unsustainable .397 and went 1-4.

        He must be pretty quick. I remember commenting during the game at how shallow the Miracle’s CF was playing. Turns out Kerrigan was that center fielder. He also cut off Listi’s 2-run single in the gap that tied the game. Off the bat, I thought double, but the CF cut it off. Kerrigan again.

    1. While I hope Green can reestablish his prospect status, let’s just say I’m not redoing my top 30 list for someone with a 40% K-rate and a 2% BB-rate.

  7. Falter and Hamels seem to have very similar mechanics:

    …video courtesy from Baseball Betsy’s library

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