Lots of rain outs today, so here’s some random stats. Among qualifying players, Luis Garcia (PHW) is ranked fourth with his .375 AVG. Jake Holmes (PHE) is eighth with his .337 AVG. Abrahan Gutierrez (PHW) is ninth with his .333 AVG.Corbin Williams (PHW) cracks the top twenty with his .313 AVG.
- SLG: 14th, Luis Garcia .486; 17th, Jake Holmes .478; and 20th, Carlos De La Cruz (PHE) .474.
- OBP: 10th, Luis Garcia .416; 14th Yerwin Trejo (PHW) .411; 20th Julio Francisco (PHE) .390.
- OPS: 8th, Luis Garcia .902; 16th, Jake Holmes .861; and 20th, Carlos De La Cruz .841.
- Carlos De La Cruz is tied for 3rd with 4 HR.
- Jake Holmes is 3rd with 21 RBI.
- Jake Zoellner (PHE) is first with 18 walks.
- Corbin Williams (PHW) and Yerwin Trejo are tied for fourth with 10 stolen bases.
- Ben Brown (PHW) is 8th with a 2.25 ERA.
- Victro Santos (PHE) is second with 31.1 IP.
- Victor Santos is first with 31 K, Ben Brown is fourth with 29 K.
- Ben Brown’s 1.25 WHIP is 16th in the league.
In the team categories, West leads with a .318 AVG and East is third with a .284 AVG.
- Both teams are in the top four or five for OBP, SLG, and OPS.
- East is tied for second with 18 HR, West is last with 2.
- West batters have the fewest Ks – 160.
- West leads with 45 SB.
- East’s 3.57 ERA is 6th, West’s 4.55 is 13th.
- West has given up the fifth fewest hits.
- East is tied for 4th fewest HRs allowed – 6.
- Walks issued – 3rd East with 78 and 6th West with 91.
- East’s 205 strike outs ran 8th.
The Clearwater Threshers (49-48) beat the Florida Fire Frogs, 2-1. Adonis Medina (4.48) had a 90 game score. He was dominant. He gave up two, two-out singles in the first inning, then retired the next 19 batters he faced. He walked none and struck out a season and career high 12 batters. He left with a 1-0 lead. Grant Dyer (1-1, 6.89) blew the save with a run in the eighth, but got the win. (This stat really needs to be redefined.) Jake “that’s Jakob with a K” Hernandez (2.68) came in and and retired the Frogs in order and logging a K that makes the nickname work. He got the last out on a come backer.
The Threshers took a one-run lead in the first ining on Jose Pujols’s RBI single that drove in Mickey Moniak. Medina made the run hold up for seven innings. After the Frogs took the lead in the eighth, the Threshers came right back in the bottom of the inning with a go ahead run on a throwing error. We’ll take it.
Moniak (.247) went 1-4 with a run scored and a double. Pujols (.290) went 1-4 with an RBI.
Okay, back to Medina. I was a little concerned when he worked through a 23-pitch first inning. He struck out two batters. Eight foul balls extended the inning. No at bat was less than 4 pitches. But, Medina came roaring back with low pitch counts in the next five innings (6, 12, 9, 12, 12). He finished with a 16-pitch seventh inning that brought his night to an en end with 90 pitches (67 strikes, 74.4%).
Medina’s FB was 92-96 mph. But after throwing 15 in his 23-pitch first inning, he threw just 18 the rest of the way. He threw 27 CH, 29 SL, and 1 CB.
Medina’s slider was virtually unhittable. After recording his first K on a 95 mph FB, he notched his Ks on 9 SL and 2 CH. Ten Ks came swinging, the 2 looking were on SL.
Medina induced 20 swings and misses (29.8%), not surprising with 12 K. This is how they came by inning (his CH ran 85-90 mph and his SL 78-83 mph) –
- 93, 95 K, 86 mph
- 88, 88 K
- 81 K, 88
- 81, 79, 83 K
- 78, 82 K, 81 K
- 82, 82 K, 83, 81 K
- 81 K, 87, 89 K
After the first inning, Medina seemed to abandon his FB. by the fourth, it looked like he was spotting it to set up his CH and SL. As you can see, it worked.
It looked like the Frogs were swinging FB on most pitches. When Medina did throw it, they seemed to hack at the strikes and flail at the CH and SL. Of the 33 FB Medina threw, 23 were in the strike zone. They missed 2, took 5, fouled off 9, got base hits on 2, and put 5 in play for outs.
By contrast, Medina threw 44 CH and SL for strikes – they missed 18, took 13, fouled off 9, got no hits, and put 4 in play for outs.
Medina threw 16 of 23 first pitch strikes (69.6%). At one point from the fourth thru seventh innings he threw 8 FPS in a row, and struck out 8 of the last 10 batters he faced, and the side in the seventh, his last inning.
Medina pitched as well as any pitcher I’ve seen this season.
After the game, I walked into Joe Jordan coming out of the Phillies’ suite. I took the opportunity to ask him a quick question. Since there seems to be a lot of interest here in moving Jake Holmes and/or D.J. Stewart up to Williamsport, I asked him if that was likely. Mr. Jordan said that he thinks they are both at the place where they need to be. That, in spite of the injury to Alec Bohm who will be returning to WPT, the Phillies have others who they need to see at third including some college guys (Lancaster and Kroon, I guess, as well as Henriquez whom he didn’t mention). He didn’t rule a move out completely, leaving himself some wiggle room. But, he said it wasn’t in their plans at present.
GCP Phillies East (16-12) lost to the Tigers West, 5-1. Dominic Pipkin (3.07) was dominant with five, one-hit innings. He kept the Tigers off the score borad, walked none, and struck out five. Alejandro Made (2-2, 4.85) blew the save and suffered the loss. In 1.2 innings he gave up 5 runs (but only one was earned) on 5 hits. He walked none. Bailey Cummings (0.57) had another scoreless outing, allowing one hit and striking out two in 1.1 innings.
The Phillies only run was unearned. They loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning, with the benefit of a throwing error. They finally scored with two outs when Logan Simmons was hit by a pitch and forced in a run.
Juan Aparicio (.389) went 2-4 with a double. He is catching the eye of some of the scouts I talked to at the Threshers’ game.
East is in first place with a 3.0 game lead. The Tigers East are second.
GCL Phillies West (14-11) trailed Yankees West 1-0 when suspended in the first inning.
Kyle Gogloski pitched the first and only inning. He gave up a solo HR to the first batter, and gave up a base hit to the second batter, but then struck out the next three batters. Then the game was suspended.
West is in second place, 3.5 games back. The Tigers West are first.
Lehigh Valley (59-39) beat Toledo, 7-1. Cole Irvin (9-3, 2.69) was limited to five innings due to a high pitch count (103 pitches, 63 strikes). He gave up just one run on 3 hits. His 4 walks and 8 strike outs helped boost his count. Tyler Gilbert (1.35) struck out 3 in two innings. Tom Windle (3.92) pitched a no-hit, 2-walk inning. Zac Curtis (3.03) finished with a one-hit inning.
The first place IronPigs (by 6.5 games), scored first with 4 runs in the third, and tacked on 2 runs in the sixth and one in the ninth. Joey Meneses (.306) went 1-2 with a run scored, double, RBI, and 3 walks. Dylan Cozens (.228) went 1-4 with a double, 2 RBI, and a walk.
The Pigs banged out 11 hits, 8 doubles, and drew 8 walks. Adron Chambers had 3 hits, Dean Anna and Ryan Goins two.
Reading (45-53) postponed, rain. The Phils are in fifth place and 10.5 games back.
Lakewood (58-38) postponed, rain. The first-half champs are in first place again with a half game lead.
Williamsport (12-20) postponed, rain. The Crosscutters are in last place in a six-team division, 9.0 games back.
DSL Phillies Red (16-26) beat the Angels, 9-1. Red is in seventh place, 13.5 games back.
DSL Phillies White (25-15) beat the D-backs2, 8-5. White is tied for first place.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 20th.
7/20/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos to Lehigh Valley
7/20/18–Philadelphia recalled 3B Mitch Walding from Lehigh Valley
7/20/18–Reading activated 2B Drew Stankiewicz from the 7-day DL
7/20/18–Lakewood sent Robinson Martinez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.
7/20/18–RHP Luis Ramirez assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/20/18–1B Edwin Rodriguez assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
7/20/18–LHP Will Stewart assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
7/20/18–RHP Jake Kinney assigned to GCL Phillies East.
7/19/18–Philadelphia signed free agent RHP Tyler Fallwell to a minor league contract.
7/19/18–CF Roman Quinn assigned to Clearwater from Lehigh Valley
7/19/18–C Gabriel Lino assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/19/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/19/18–LHP Jonathan Hennigan assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
7/19/18–RHP Tyler Fallwell assigned to Lakewood
7/19/18–C Mitchell Warke-Edwards assigned to GCL Phillies East.
7/19/18–C Freddy Barreto assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.
7/16/18–Philadelphia Phillies signed RHP Jake Kinney.
7/18/18–RHP Cristofer Cruz assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red
7/18/18–C Freddy Barreto assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies White (?)
7/17/18–Lakewood sent Robinson Martinez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
7/17/18–Christopher Duran assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White
7/16/18–Lakewood released 1B Greg Pickett.
7/15/18–Philadelphia placed Zach Eflin on the 10-day DL retro to 7/12/18. Blister.
7/15/18–Philadelphia traded LHP Hoby Milner to Tampa Bay for cash.
7/15/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Enyel De Los Santos from Lehigh Valley
7/15/18–Lakewood placed LHP Kyle Young on the 7-day DL
7/15/18–1B Maximo De La Rosa roster status changed by DSL Phillies Red.
7/15/18–DSL Phillies Red placed C Ryan Asencio on the 60-day DL
7/15/18–SS Albert Jerez assigned to DSL Phillies White.
7/15/18–RHP Jhostyn Marin assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.