First a few random thoughts.
I don’t expect the recent assignment of Charlie Manuel to hitting coach to solve all the Phillies’ problems. Given time, the hitting guru can help almost any hitter. During Phantasy Camp, he told us the story of how he won the confidence of a difficult Albert Belle when he was the hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians. I also watched him transform Dylan Cozens before spring training started a couple years ago. (And, watched the new hitting/analytics/video program destroy his advances before the season started.) I fear that his presence in the dugout will lead fans and media to call for further change in the dugout. He’ll likely become the most interviewed hitting coach in baseball.
A couple years ago, the Phillies tried to play Rhys Hoskins in left field. His inability to play the position led to the necessity of trading Carlos Santana to clear first base for Hoskins, a position he plays just adequately. The Phillies have since followed an internal policy of playing almost all position players at multiple positions in the minors. If they find themselves in a similar position, they will know whether a guy can play the position that opens at the major league level. At one point earlier this season, every position player had played more than one position except Darick Hall. So, don’t get overly concerned over the recent spate of guys playing different positions. BTW, one of my early concerns, albeit on a very small sample size, was whether Stott could stick at SS. On a couple of routine plays he didn’t display the arm strength I associate with the position, and batters beat his throws to first. I discussed my concerns with a reporter at his current assignment. We are both certain he can play the position. But, I wonder if he won’t make the majors at another position since we’re more likely to have openings at third and/or second before there is an opening at short.
I hinted earlier that there would be changes to the comments policy. Well, I decided to make no changes, but I did stop reading them. That seems to have helped me immensely. I don’t know how much longer I’ll continue that, though. I’ve been growing curious regarding your comments. However, I’m sure you guys enjoy the freedom that this has enabled. I haven’t checked the spam and pending folders for comments, so if comments are not showing up, it’s the internal mechanism of WordPress that is redirecting those comments, not me.
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I have a list of DSL players who are playing impressively. They names were provided by an individual who spent time at the academy . They aren’t necessarily box score or stat line driven. I’ll put together a quick story soon. We’ll get to see them here for Instructs. I’m sure the best plus most of the available catchers will be invited.
I’m putting the finishing touches on a Rule 5 article. I’ll probably publish in the next couple days. It’s considerably earlier than usual, but not reading comments has afforded me a little free time.
If you are inclined to pray, I would appreciate your remembering my wife for the next couple days. We’re waiting for the results of something pretty important to us. Thank you.
Oh, the worst thing about Charlie’s becoming the Phillies’ hitting coach is that we won’t see him in Clearwater for the rest of the season.
Clearwater (24-31, 60-61) lost to Dunedin, 8-3. Andrew Brown (3-7, 6.80) pitched 4.1 innings and gave up 5 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks. Gustavo Armas (10.00) gave up one run in 2.2 innings on 4 hits. Austin Ross (3.73) gave up 2 runs in two innings on 3 hits and 2 walks.
Clearwater tied the game with 3 runs in the fourth inning on Ben Aklinski’s 2-out, 2-run HR (2) and a wild pitch after Dalton Guthrie’s triple. Aklinski and Guthrie had 2 hits each of the Threshers’ seven hits. They went 0-6 with RISP.
Lehigh Valley (56-62) lost to Louisville, 7-3. Jerad Eickhoff (2-1, 5.11) made yet another rehab start. The good news is he’s up to 50 pitches. The bad news is he threw them in 2.1 innings. He gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out three. Nick Vincent (0.00) closed out the third inning, stranding three inherited runners and striking out the two batters he faced. Cole Irvin (4.35) pitched four innings and gave up 5 runs on 7 hits. JD Hammer (10.80) struck out two in the final inning.
The IronPigs scored a run in the third on Austin Listi’s RBI single, a run in the seventh on Deivi Grullon’s solo HR (16), and a run in the eighth on Phil Gosselin’s RBI single.
Shane Robinson (.293) went 3-4. Logan Morrison (.308) and Listi (.273) each went 2-4.
Reading (32-21, 71-49) lost to Erie, 10-5. Julian Garcia (1-1, 8.16) gave up 7 runs in 3.1 innings on 9 hits and a walk. Garrett Cleavinger (4.22) pitched 2.2 perfect innings with 4 strike outs. Grant Dyer (4.50) pitched an inning and gave up a run on 3 hits and a walk. Aaron Brown (3.88) gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in one inning.
The Phils scored a run in the first inning on a double play, a run in the third on Luke Williams’ RBI single, and a run in the seventh on Henri Lartigue’s sac fly. They scored 2 in the ninth on Arquimedes Gamboa’s solo HR (2) and a double play.
Luke Williams (.241) went 3-5 with a double, RBI, and stolen base (24). Gamboa and Jose Gomez (.259) had 2 hits each.
Lakewood (21-28, 50-69) beat Hagerstown, 6-3. Kevin Gowdy (4.61) pitched 4.1 innings allowing one run on 4 hits and 3 walks. He struck out two. Tom Sutera (1-2, 6.57) went 3.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits. He walked none and struck out four. Mark Potter (2.64) earned his 8th save, striking out two in 1.1 innings.
The BlueClaws scored a run in the first inning on Malvin Matos’ solo HR (9). They scored a run in the third on Luis Garcia’s RBI single. They stretched their lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning on Ben Pelletier’s 2-run HR (9). They tacked on 2 insurance runs in the fifth on a fielder’s choice and a double play.
Malvin Matos (.247) had himself a game going 2-3 with 3 runs scored, a HR (9), an RBI, a stolen base (16), and an outfield assist. Ben Pelletier (.201) went 2-4 with a double, a HR (9), and 2 RBI.
Williamsport (22-36) lost to State College, 8-6. Chris Micheles (0-2, 1.74) pitched one inning and gave up 5 unearned runs on 4 hits. He was victimized by back-to-back errors and could easily have been out of the inning after 3 or 4 batters before a runner crossed the plate. Anton Kuznetsov (2.66) gave up a run in two innings, scattering 5 hits and 2 walks (haha, scattering). Adam Leverett (5.59) pitched two innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks. Jake Kinney (3.24) went 1.2 scoreless innings but left with the bases loaded. Brian Marconi (3.72) stranded 3 inherited base runners and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.
The Crosscutters scored a run in the first inning on Bryson Stott’s RBI double. They added 3 in the third on RBI triples by Kendall Simmons and Stott and a ground out. They added single runs in the seventh and ninth on an RBI single by DJ Stewart and a fielder’s choice.
Stewart (.269) played LF and went 4-5 from the lead off spot. Simmons (.250) and Stott (.280) each went 2-5 with a double, triple, and 2 RBI. Logan O’Hoppe (.227) went 1-4 with the Cutters’ only walk.
GCL Phillies East (17-19) lost to the Blue Jays, 4-1. Jordi Martinez (3.86) tossed three, scoreless, one-hit innings striking out three. Rafael Marcano (0-2, 4.67) went 2.2 innings and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. Cam Beauchamp (0.00), pronounced bee-chum, stranded 2 inherited runners and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings. Andy Reyes (4.02) threw one, one-hit inning.
The Phillies took a brief lead in the second inning on Vito Friscia’s solo HR (2). The Phillies collected just 5 hits. Marcus Lee Sang (.262) went 1-4 with his 6th stolen base.
GCL Phillies West (23-13) postponed, rain. Makeup on 8/21.
And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –
Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.259): went 0-1 with 3 BB
Adonis Medina, RHP (6-5, 4.39): DNP
Bryson Stott, SS (.280): went 2-5 with a run scored, double, triple, 2 RBI
Adam Haseley, OF (.294): recalled by Phillies on 8/9
Spencer Howard, RHP (0-0, 1.93): DNP
Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.195): went 1-4 with an RBI
Francisco Morales, RHP (1-6, 4.05): DNP
Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-6, 3.96): DNP
Mickey Moniak, OF (.260): went 0-5
Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.13): DNP
JoJo Romero, LHP (3-3, 7.57): DNP
Simon Muzziotti, OF (.278): went 0-3 with 2 BB
Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.204): DNP
Rafael Marchan, C (.205): went 0-3 with a BB
Nick Maton, SS/2B: DNP
Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
Cole Irvin, LHP (5-0,3.99): DNP
Rodolfo Duran, C (.240): placed on the 7-day IL on 7/26, knee
David Parkinson, LHP (9-7, 3.57): DNP
Deivy Grullon, C (.285): went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (16), RBI, BB
Damon Jones, LHP (0-1, 8.69): DNP
Kyle Young, LHP (1-3, 4.29): placed on the 7-day IL on 5/1
Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (.192): went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (2), and RBI
Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.239): went 1-3 with a BB
Kyle Dohy, LHP (5-5, 6.56): DNP
Dominic Pipkin, RHP (3-4, 5.62): DNP
Kevin Gowdy, RHP (0-4, 4.61): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Jamari Baylor, SS (2-7, .286): hasn’t played since 7/1, nursing a hamstring
Cornelius Randolph, OF (.247): went 1-3 with a run scored, BB
Victor Santos, RHP (5-8, 3.70): DNP
DSL Phillies Red (36-18) beat the Angels, 2-1 in a walk off with 2 runs in the ninth.
DSL Phillies White (35-26) beat the Mets2, 6-5.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 11th … there are 398 players in the org
- organization’s rosters (8/11)
- organization’s injury list (8/11)
- organization’s Rule 5 eligibility list (8/11)
8/13/19 – Reading placed RF Danny Mayer on the 7-day IL
8/13/19 – Reading activated LF Cornelius Randolph from the 7-day IL
8/13/19 – Lehigh Valley placed Josh Tols on the 7-day IL
8/13/19 – Jose Taveras assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/13/19 – FA Gabriel Ojeda assigned to Clearwater
8/12/19 – Josh Hendrickson assigned to Lakewood from GCL West
8/12/19 – Dominic Pipkin assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/12/19 – Rafi Gonell assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
8/12/19 – Oscar Marcelino assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
8/12/19 – Francisco Morales assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
8/11/19 – C Nick Hundley assigned to Lehigh Valley
8/11/19 – Lehigh Valley placed 3B Maikel Franco on the 7-day IL, left hand contusion
8/11/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Josh Tols from the 7-day IL
8/10/19 – RHP Nick Vincent assigned to Lehigh Valley
8/10/19 – Lehigh Valley released LHP Tom Windle