Box Score Recap – 5/3/2018

Everybody wins!  And everyone hits home runs, it seems as the affiliates used 10 round trippers to come away with four wins.

Lehigh Valley overcame an early 5-run deficit to win behind a 5-HR attack, 3 by Dylan Cozens with assists from Joey Meneses and Andrew Pullin.

Reading came from behind in the ninth to win.  Three HRs, 2 by Zach Green and onr by Damek Tomscha played a part in the victory.

Clearwater won a game that see-sawed back and forth until Darick Hall’s 9th HR of the season gave the Threshers the lead for good.

Lakewood won and a HR played a part in the win, Jake Scheiner’s inside-the-parker.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

MLB updated their top 30 Phillies’ prospects list.  J.P. Crawford acumulated the 130 career at bats that removed him from prospect status.  This does not affect his eligibility for ROY this season.  Crawford was #3, so everybody moves up one spot, except #1 Sixto Sanchez and #2 Scott Kingery.  Kingery and #26 Victor Arano should graduate themselves in about ten days when they accumulate the 45 days of major league service that will negate their prospect status.  Clearwater’s RHP Connor Seabold took over the #30 spot on the top prospects list.

Lehigh Valley has four top 30 pitchers in its rotation – #13 Enyel De Los Santos, #14 Tom Eshelman, #23 Drew Anderson, and #24 Cole Irvin.

Reading has three top 30 pitchers in its rotation – #7 JoJo Romero, #8 Franklyn Kilome, and #10 Ranger Suarez.

Clearwater has four top 30 pitchers in its rotation – #1 Sixto Sanchez, #3 Adonis Medina, #22 McKenzie Mills, and #30 Connor Seabold.  Plus Bailey Falter (3-0, 2.35).

Lakewood has #21 Spencer Howard, and the promise of #19 Kyle Young soon.

Lehigh Valley (13-12)  beat Rochester, 5-2.

Brandon Leibrandt (0.00) pitched 4.0 solid innings allowing 3 hits and issuing one walk.  Jake Thompson (10.50) gave up 2 runs in 2.0 innings.  Tom Windle (1-1, 4.61 got the win with 2.0 solid innings marred by only by a fielding error.  Pedro Beato (3.00) got his seventh save.

The IronPigs opened up an early lead with 3 runs in the second inning on Joey Meneses’ 3-run HR (2).  After the Red Wings closed to within a run, the ‘Pigs scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to pad their lead on Meneses’ RBI single and Quinn’s HR.

Meneses had 3 hits and 4 RBI.  Quinn, Trevor Plouffe, Dylan Cozens had 2 hits each.

Andrew Pullin had an outfield assist at second base.

Leibrandt picked TWO runners off first base.

  • #11 Seranthony Dominguez (1-0, 0.00):
  • #13 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 1.40):
  • #14 Tom Eshelman (1-1, 6.75):
  • #15 Roman Quinn (.309): went 2-5 with a run scored, HR (2), RBI, SB (11)
  • #17 Dylan Cozens (.289): went 2-4
  • #23 Drew Anderson: 7-day DL, right forearm strain
  • #24 Cole Irvin (0-1, 4.50):

Reading (9-14)  no game scheduled.

  • #7 JoJo Romero (0-3, 7.20):
  • #8 Franklyn Kilome (1-0, 3.68):
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (1-1, 3.90):
  • #12 Seranthony Dominguez (1-2, 2.08): promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • #16 Cornelius Randolph (.160):

Clearwater (11-16)  beat Lakeland, 5-3.  The weekend starters at home against Dunedin are Mauricio Llovera (2-1, 1.62) on Friday, Sixto Sanchez (1-1, 3.71) on Saturday, and Bailey Falter (3-0, 2.35) on Sunday.

McKenzie Mills pitched 5.0 innings allowing 3 runs (2 ER).  Jake Hernandez (1-0, 4.73) pitched the next 2.0 innings, stranded 2 inherited runners, and struck out 5 batters. Alexis Rivero (6.75) preserved the save with 2.0 hitless innings.

The Threshers scored a run in the first inning on Austin Listi’s RBI single.  They rallied for 4 runs in the eighth for the win.  With 2 outs, Listi singled.  Darick Hall bvrought him home with an RBI double.  Mickey Moniak drove in the tying run with an RBI single.  After Henri Lartigue singled and a pitching change, Jose Pujols drove in the go-ahead runs with a 2-run triple.

Listi (.381) had a 3-hit game, Pujols (.277) 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Henri Lartigue (.339) had a hit and a run scored, Darick Hall (.284) had a hit, run scored, and an RBI.

In his last six games following a 0-5, 4K performance, Jose Pujols is 10-25 with a double, triple, 3 RBI, 0 BB, and just 5 K.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (1-1, 3.71): 
  • #3 Adonis Medina (1-1, 5.66):
  • #4 Mickey Moniak: went 1-4 with a run scored, RBI
  • #5 Adam Haseley: went 0-5
  • #9 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 1-4 with a run scored and a BB
  • #18 Jose Gomez: DNP
  • #22 McKenzie Mills (0-1, 3.12): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  • #30 Connor Seabold:
  • Bailey Falter (3-0, 2.35):

Lakewood (15-12)  lost to Rome, 9-5.  Lakewood outhit Rome, 13-12, out-slugged them (3 double and a HR to 2 doubles and a HR), out-walked them 3-2, out-clutched them (6-13 with RISP v. 4-11), but still came out on the short end of the score.

Spencer Howard gave up 5 runs in 3.0 innings.  Luis Carrasco (5.17) followed him with 3 runs 2.0 innings.  Randy Alcantara (3.38) and Zach Warren (3.86) held the Braves scoreless over the remaining 3.0 innings.

The Blue Claws rallied but fell short with a run in the fifth on Yahir Gurrola’s solo HR; 3 runs in the seventh on Dalton Guthrie’s RBI double, and RBI singles by Jake Scheiner’s and Daniel Brito; and 1 run in the ninth on Colby Fitch’s RBI single.

Five BlueClaws had a 2-hit game – Brito, Quincy Nieporte, Rodolfo Duran, Guthrie, and Gurrola.

  • #6 Jhailyn Ortiz (.158): is on the 7-day DL
  • #12 Daniel Brito (.205): went 2-4 with an RBI, BB
  • #21 Spencer Howard (2-2, 3.68): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • #29 Simon Muzziotti (.293): is on the 7-day DL (hand injury)

These prospects are in Philadelphia.

  • #2 Scott Kingery: 92 of 130 career AB, 35 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
  • #26 Victor Arano: 22.2 of 50 innings, 35 of 45 days (added ton the 10-day DL)

And these guys are still in Clearwater.

  • #19 Kyle Young: XST
  • #20 Francisco Morales: XST
  • #25 Luis Garcia: XST
  • #27 J.D. Hammer: XST
  • #28 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season

XST

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.

Transactions

5/3/18–RHP Spencer Howard assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/3/18–Freddy Francisco signed as an international FA; assigned to DSL Phillies Red
5/3/18–Michael Guzman signed as an international FA; assigned to DSL Phillies Red
5/3/18–Nicoly Pina signed as an international FA; assigned to DSL Phillies Red
5/3/18–Eduar Segovia signed as an international FA; assigned to DSL Phillies White
5/3/18–Garrett Cleavinger transferred from Reading to Williamsport
5/3/18–Tim Berry transferred from Williamsport to Reading
5/2/18–Sutter McLoughlin opted for voluntary retirement
5/2/18–LHP David Parkinson assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
5/2/18–Mani Boekhoudt signed as an international FA; assigned to DSL Phillies Red
5/1/18–Williamsport traded 1B Wilson Garcia to Frederick Keys
4/30/18–Phillies recalled LHP Zac Curtis from Lehigh Valley
4/30/18–Phillies recalled RHP Zach Eflin from Lehigh Valley
4/30/18–Phillies placed RHP Victor Arano on the 10-day DL retro to 4/29/18
4/30/18–Jake Thompson optioned to Lehigh Valley
4/30/18–Dixon Gutierrez released from DSL Phillies Red
4/30/18–Ronald Torrealba released from DSL Phillies Red
4/30/18–Derwuin Marchan released from DSL Phillies White
4/30/18–3B Heiker Meneses assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
4/30/18–Reading activated 3B Brandon Bednar from the 7-day DL
4/29/18–Phillies placed SS J.P. Crawford on the 10-day DL. Right forearm strain
4/29/18–Phillies recalled 2B Jesmuel Valentin from Lehigh
4/29/18–RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/29/18–Clearwater activated RHP Will Hibbs from the 7-day DL

I’ve brought the rosters and lists up to date as of 5/3.  I’ve got 326 players in the organization.  It’s probably more.

59 thoughts on “Box Score Recap – 5/3/2018

  1. The first part of the write-up above was from the day before. “Everybody Wins” made me happy but then saw LKW didn’t win. It’s all good though.

  2. To all the doubters … Jake The Cake is settling in at Clearwater. 2 IP, 5 K’s last night. Over his last six outings … 8.2 IP, 16 K’s, 1 BB !!!!!

    1. Yeah, we’ll see. I think he has the stuff to strike guys out in high A ball and maybe AA – but I think he may hit a serious wall at AAA. I saw his stuff in ST and was not impressed. I want to see him again when he gets to AA.

  3. Cozens with 2 singles and no K’s a day after 3 homers. a sign of hitting maturity?

  4. Player 1 – .271/.284/.355
    Player 2 – .381/.435/.607

    Both players were college OFer’s taken in last year’s draft. Both are now starting in Clearwater. The only differences are Adam Haseley (Player 1) is 22 YO and was taken in the first round (8th overall), and got a 5.1 million dollar signing bonus). Austin Listi (Player 2) is 24 YO and was selected in the 17th round and got a five thousand dollar signing bonus. Listi is now up to 90 PA’s. He needs to begin getting a little recognition.

    1. Listi was an older prospect – 23 year olds coming out after 4 years of college don’t get a lot of attention. But all he’s done since arriving is hit and he hasn’t blinked at the higher level of competition and, in fact, seems to be taking his game to another level. Normally I wouldn’t want to rush a guy but if you have a 23 year old 17th round pick in A ball and he rakes for a few months, what the heck – promote him and if he hits a lot at AA, promote him again. Late round picks who become great players – it’s an old baseball tradition.

      FYI – for those who haven’t noticed, Hall and Listi were college teammates at Dallas Baptist of all places.

      1. Hall and Listi were college teammates at Dallas Baptist of all places…along with Martinelli…..their college roster photo was posted last week trying to pick them out.

      2. agreed
        that’s the type of prospect ,at that age, that you move along quickly and see if he keeps hitting or hits a wall and then you know you have an organizational minor leaguer

        1. The kid in my neighborhood who got signedas a fa after not being drafted just turned 24, and they jumped him from a ball to triple a cause he was hitting. why not listi???

          1. rocco….Twins may be aggressive since Jimmy Kerrigan was not a high bonus guy and they have nothing to lose if he cannot handle triple A.
            Listi…..I agree should be challenged right away also.
            A 17th rounder with little monetary expenditure and probably a lottery ticket pick anyway…..challenge him.
            IMO, Reading next month and LHV in August.
            What is there also to lose for the Phillies!

    2. Hinkie…age can be a difference maker.
      Austin Listi was a four yr guy at DBU.
      Darin Ruf was in a similar situation when he was in the system and in his age 24 season at CLW slashed ..308/.388/.506
      Like to see the Phillies be aggressive with Listi and get him to Reading next month since he is hitting like he belongs there now..

      1. Romus … I’m not predicting Listi one day starts in LF at CBP. I would (as you and catch mention) like to see him promoted to Reading soon. Push him, and let’s see what he can do.
        BTW … in my previous post, I said he starts in the OF. Just double checked that. Listi has primarily been Clearwater’s DH. In college, he did play the corner OF’s and some 1B.

      2. Listi is older because he stop playing and became a Navy seal . He came back then and lead the team in home runs.

        1. yeah. so always be weary of players old for their league age. if your point is that moniak gets a pass…then find me a quality MLB hitter who struggled like him in A ball.

            1. I am not sure what point you are trying to make about Victorino, but if your point is that his low A year compares to Moniak’s, then you didn’t look at the numbers closely. Shane had only a 16% K rate and a 7.3% walk rate. those are far better than MM’s rates.

  5. Wondering if Darick Hall will crack the MLB top 30 when Kingery and Arano come off in a few weeks..

      1. Better avoid reading a few other Phillies prospect sites……you will be disappointed….he is considered a non-prospect on a them.

        1. he seems somewhere between a nonprospect and a top prospect at this point.( maybe ranked in teens to low 20s). real power, questionable longterm hit tool, few walks, plays first base. he can change our mind like Hoskins by continuing to hit and walking more and keeping K% down

          1. Yes that is one of his issues…his current OBP of.276 indicates the few walks he takes. I can live with the mid-20% K rate as long as long as he can get the BB rate further up….right now it is 8% which is not all that bad but could be better.
            Bring the K rate down to under 20% with an 8% BB rate is also fine.

        2. Yeah, whatever – that’s what people were saying about Rhys Hoskins a few years ago too. Hitting goes a long way and Hall is perfectly age-appropriate for the level.

            1. Sort of. I agree he hit for a higher average, but Hall started at Clearwater in his age 22 year. Hoskins started in Lakewood in his age 22 year and was promoted mid-year. Hoskins showed off better hitting skills and better plate discipline. Hall has shown better power early in his career and, like Hoskins, he’s improving as he works his way up the system. I thought more highly of Hoskins as a prospect but Hall’s doing pretty well.

            2. Hoskins was also 22 all season and in his first full pro year. Hall will be 23 in July and is in his second full year.

              Hall is interesting enough, I just don’t like the comp to Hoskins and people are going to make it over and over.

            3. I agree he’s a much different player (Hoskins that is), just saying that Hall is considered to be in his age 22 year, but that can be a little misleading too.

  6. “But he is only 19” is a terrible excuse for poor performance of a hitter.

    Moniak turns 20 next week. So he will play most of this year as a 20 year old

    There are 29 hitters currently in High A or AA whom are 19 or 20 years old. 25 in A+ and 4 in AA.

    Here is the list in sortable fashion:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RNSkQiQQtCDMGhBECSPsDaQSpu9fkeZAlrJhMkRBE90/edit?usp=sharing

    Moniak’s performance is the worst of the group.
    – 24th of 25 in WRC+
    – 2nd worst walk rate
    – 12 worst K rate (but this was done before last nights 3 K performance), so now his K rate is 26%
    -2nd worst ISO
    – Worst OB% while having the 21st worst BABIP. His BABIP is 53 points higher than his OB%. Let that sink in.

    I have said this before and I will say it again. You will have a hard time finding a hitter who performed poorly in low A and high A and was an impact player at the MLB level. Being 19 or 20 for a hitter is not an excuse for poor performance. It is for a pitcher, because high school pitchers haven’t learned how to throw breaking pitches because they can dominate HS ball with pure gas. So it is very common to see young pitchers struggle in A ball and then figure it out later. But not hitters. Great hitters have great vision. They don’t swing at bad pitches and they make contact at a high rate when they do. They also generate tremendous bat speed, which accounts for at least doubles power early in their career.

    1. Honestly, nobody wants to say this out loud, but he is on pace to be one of the worst 1/1 picks in the history of the draft. Historically, catastrophically bad. I’m hoping, but, frankly, there’s no objective reason to be hopeful at this point.

      If the Phillies get nothing out of 3 top 10 picks in a row – heads should roll – big time.

      1. And by the way, heads rolling could amount to replacing scouts and kicking Pat Gillick and Charlie Manuel out of the draft room – I think Gillick had a lot to do with the Moniak pick and probably the Haseley pick. I don’t care that he’s a part owner or that he built great teams – the Pat Gillick first round picks were, as a group, horrific. He did a lot of stuff well, but not that.

        1. Totally agree. Let him have his say but this is a new regime which should set it’s own course in evaluating young talent.

      2. You mean after there in the playoffs this yr . Making a running at the WC in a couple yrs . Winning can hide alot of things. You don’t have to hit on every draft pick . The way the international market plays in mlb. These days the mlb draft is becoming less a player. Houston missed on Appel without missing a beat.
        Ny, Boston, LA, the Nats ,stlouis really don’t pic in the top 20 and have some of the best farm systems.
        The Cubs are becoming the same way.

        1. That’s not a bad point, Tim. The more we hear about the system’s depth, the more I hear the word ‘mediocrity’. We need a couple of stone studs rather than a whole lot of maybes.

          1. Nola, Sixto, JoJo, Ranger , Medina, Irvin, Russo, etc is the Beginning. The Ortiz , Gambao, etc .the Phillies have a pretty good lineup and BP already. You buy 1 FA stud plus a sys depth is good .
            I mean look at the Phillies depth in the Out field above AA . Hoskins , Herrera, Altherr, Williams , Kingery, Quinn, Pulling, Cozens. All young all need everyday ATbats.
            Even if Mickey Mo, Haseley and C were hitting well there’s limited ATbats right now above AA.

  7. Looking a little further at Darick Hall shows some odd things

    He’s slashing very well … .284/.364/.621

    His K rate of 24.3% can be lived with and is slightly lower than his career
    His BB% of 7.8% is the highest of his career (6.1% last year)
    His BABIP of .298 is the LOWEST of his career (that is a good sign)
    His Line Drive % of ONLY 9.2% is BY FAR the lowest of his career … he was at 15.8% in 2017
    His Groundball % of 44.6% is at the highest point of his career
    He’s pulling the ball at the lowest rate of his career (could higher level pitching be an issue that he doesn’t get around on pitches?)

    All in all, is it possible he has some rise to his numbers coming if his BABIP and LD% hit prior levels? Or, Is higher level pitching giving him a challenge and he’s just hitting a lot of homeruns compared to how many fly balls he’s hit this year?

    Hard to say, but will be interesting to watch.

    1. Great analysis.
      I have see him hit the ball to LF on a few occasions with the shift in play to drive in a runner..
      Well placed and controlled swings to the opposite field
      So he knows what he needs to do and is able to do it.
      His swing is still on most occasions ultra hard and wish I could get his EV on a few of those HRs..
      Not sure minor leagues keep launch angles and exit velocity readings.
      Apparently hhe LD% is lower since he appears to be hitting a little more like he did his first two years of college….just not as much lift.
      Will he ever get his K rate under 20%…i am not sure he can ever do that if he wants to keep his ISO and SLG% high.
      But then again why bother when you can keep your wRC+ > 150 every year.

  8. I really like the way Clearwater is playing now. After an ugly start, they’re now 11-16 and should be back to an above .500 team soon. Last night was a great cime from behind win with big late game at bats from several players. Nice win. Meanwhile, Quinn homered and stoke a base, a nice game for him, and is hitting .308. Get this man to Philly!

    1. Murray……not sure the Threshers will be able to do that…I can see Listi and Hall getting a promo next month, and who knows they may also do it with Haseley by August.
      And then there are Falter and Medina…they may also see Reading by August.

      1. All true but I’m also counting on our pitching improving there. Medina has to improve, Sanchez too, plus Fanti will join them soon.

        1. So this is the second comment that I’ve seen that has said either that Sanchez’s stock is down or he needs to improve. What am I missing? He has three starts.In his first one after what seems like the world longest flu he got shelled. His second start was good and his third start was very good. I can easily throw out that first performance and I am in no way worried.

          The only thing I can think of that people are squawking about his strikeout rate. One, it is a miniscule sample size and two, minor league pitchers are always working on something: be it a new pitch, developing a secondary offering, pitching inside, whatever. I think too much is put into K-rates of low minors pitchers.

          1. Also in his last start, Jim stated that the opposing team was swinging early as Sanchez was throwing strikes. Results say the contact was not solid.

          2. Agree with Aron.
            IMO … Sixto sees Reading this summer.
            (As I’ve previously posted) if he stays healthy and the Phillies are in serious contention for the NL East, there’s a good chance Sixto is throwing out of the Phillies BP in September.

            … bring on the nay sayers in … 3 … 2 … 1 …

            1. That would be BOLD, Hinkie!
              I definitely believe we will see De Los Santos and Seranthony before August.

            2. I believe De Los Santos and Seranthony will be up this year. I don’t think it will happen with Sanchez. I’m not being a naysayer, I’m just going by how slowly the Phillies have moved elite young prospects in the past. If they do this, it is a very new way of thinking for them and it would shock me, especially given their conservative promotions and concerns about IP for younger pitchers.

            3. Catch, they were aggressive in moving/extending Kingery. You may be right about Sixto if they have reservations about his durability. But Hinkie’s scenario is plausible under this regime. Middleton likes Kapler a lot and Gabe’s opinion may hold more weight. After all, he went to see Seranthony in person.

            4. It’s apples and oranges. Kingery was almost 24 years old and had played half a season in AAA and had dominated in ML ST. It’s nothing like the Sanchez scenario.

            5. I’ll be a naysayer. Have the Phillies ever had a prospect they promoted from A-ball to the majors leagues in the same season, especially an 19 year old pitcher who has never thrown over 100 innings in a season….

            6. Kyle Kendrick was probably one of the fastest pitcher I saw go thru their system… start at Lakewood to Reading to Citizens Bank Park …starting in April 2006 in Lakewood and then mid- June 2007 in Philadelphia…….but circumstances were different…injuries were occurring and the farm was going thru a barren drought , more or less..

      2. All true but I’m also counting on our pitching improving there. Medina has to improve, Sanchez too, plus Fanti will join them soon.

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