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Around the System–Corner Infield

A second look at corner infielders.

Lehigh Valley

Hector Gomez, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2017; .252/.282/.490 in 147AB; 7 HR 22 RBI; 4%BB/14%K; .222 vs LHP; .265 vs RHP; .315 last 30 days; 41 games at 3B with 7 errors (.921); Gomez has become the regular 3B with the departure of Taylor Featherston and has done a real nice job since receiving more regular playing time.

Rhys Hoskins, 24, Phils 5th round pick in 2014; .294/.389/.593; 17HR 55RBI; 14%BB/15%K; .272 vs LHP; .305 vs RHP; .265 last 30 days; 68 games at 1B with 2 errors (.996); Hoskins excellent first half has been well documented; He has struggled just a bit of late but has hit for power and average consistently.  Excellent BB/K rate for a power hitter.

Reading

Kyle Martin, 24, Phils 4th round pick in 2015; .187/.287/.397; 13HR 35RBI in 214 AB; 1SB; 11%BB/29%K; .160 vs LHP; .203 vs RHP; .191 last 30 days; 58 games at 1B with 4 errors (.992); It has been pretty much a disastrous transition to AA for Martin, albeit while showing some power.

Harold Martinez, 27, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; .239/.329/.358 in 67AB; 1HR 4RBI; 12%BB/22%K; .276 vs LHP; .211 vs RHP; 11 games at 1B with 2 errors (.976); 3 games at 3B with 1 error; Martinez has spent a good deal of time on the DL thus far this season and has produced little while healthy. Continue reading Around the System–Corner Infield

Lehigh Valley Report

Major league promotions and injuries on their own roster have led to the ‘Pigs struggling as of late, having now lost three straight games and having a losing record in June thus far at 7-8.  With 8 losses, the ‘Pigs have already surpassed their number of losses the entire month of May.  Still, Lehigh Valley remains in first place in the Northern Division of the International League sitting at 43-24, 3.5 games ahead of second place Scranton.  The ‘Pigs continue at home for two more this weekend against Syracuse before hitting the road again next week for seven games against Pawtucket and Rochester.

Probables: Sat: Eshelman; Sun: Leiter; Mon: Appel; Tues: Thompson; Wed: Ramos

News and Notes: The 17 runs allowed on Friday night by Lehigh Valley was a single game record.  Additionally, the 10 runs allowed in the 9th last night (Beato and Therrien) set a franchise record as well.

–On Friday night Rhys Hoskins and Dylan Cozens homered in the same game for the 6th time this season.  The ‘Pigs are on pace for 159HR which would smash the former record of 122.

Tom Eshelman has 3 straight quality starts and 6 in 7 starts to start his AAA career.  Since April 18th, Eshelman is a combined 7-1 with a 1.90ERA in 10 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley, with a WHIP of 0.83.

–A modest 5 game winning streak for Jorge Alfaro who has been really struggling as of late.

–Over the last 20 games, Dylan Cozens is hitting .307 with 3HR 16RBI and 7BB.

Cam Perkins is hitting .349 with a .440 OBP over his last 25 games.

–Since his move to the bullpen, Ricardo Pinto has not yet allowed an ER spanning 5 games and 10.1IP.  He has stranded all 8 inherited runners.

Hector Gomez has made the most of his increased playing time since Taylor Featherston’s departure.  Over the last 26 games, Gomez is hitting .347 with 6HR and 15RBI.

–The troubles of Jake Thompson are continuing and escalating.  Is his last 5 starts, he is 0-4, with a 9.53ERA (22.2IP 37H 24ER).

–After pitching extremely well in Reading, Colton Murray is throwing very well for the ‘Pigs.  He is unscored upon in his last 5 games with 11K’s over 6.1IP.


–Since coming down from Philadelphia, Brock STassi has hit in 7 of his 9 starts and is hitting .333.

Mark Appel has been coming around a bit, going 2-0 with a 2.38ERA in his last 4 starts.

–Mark Leiter has really struggled since coming down to Lehigh Valley and his transition back to the rotation with a 10.56ERA in his 2 starts.

Nick Williams leads Lehigh Valley in OF assists with 5.

‘Pigs league leaders: Hitting: Nick Williams is 10th in AB(235), 7th in SLG (.502), 4th in strikeouts (77), 4th in HR(13); Rhys Hoskins is 2nd in runs (45), 4th in OBP (.387); leads the league in SLG (.589)6th in walks (35), 7th in hits (68), 3rd in doubles (17), tied for the league lead in HR(15) and RBI(51); Dylan Cozens is 5th in triples (3), 10th in SLG (.496), 3rd in strikeouts (80), 3rd in RBI (48). tied for the league lead in HR(15); JP Crawford is 5th in walks (36); Cam Perkins is 3rd in OBP (.390)

Pitching: Pat Vendittee leads the league in wins(6); Jake Thompson leads the league in losses (7) and 3rd worst WHIP (1.72) and has the worst ERA in the league (6.79); Ben Lively is 2nd in ERA (2.40) and is 2nd in WHIP (0.89); Pedro Beato leads the league in games (28) and SV(20); Mark Appel is tied for the league lead in starts (13) and is 2nd in walks (38); Tom Eshelman leads the league in CG(2)

Transactions: Comings, Brock STassi (From Reading); P Colton Murray (from Reading), OF Osmel Aguila (from Reading), INF Angelo Mora (from Reading); Goings: OF Roman Quinn (DL), P Casey Fein (Philadelphia), OF Jiandido Tromp (to Reading), INF Taylor Featherson (traded)

Around the System–Middle Infield

Lehigh Valley

Pedro Florimon, 30, Signed as a free agent in 2017; .286/.379/.405 in 126AB; 3HR 9RBI; 12%BB/24%K; .381 vs LHP; .238 vs RHP; .295 last 30 days; 29 games at 2B with 1 error (.992); 9 games at SS with 1 error (.964); Florimon has done a good job filling in for both Valentin and Crawford when they have been down with injuries.

JP Crawford, 22, Phils 1st round pick in 2015; .194/.313/.252 in 206AB; 2HR 21RBI; 2SB; 15%BB/17%K; .214 vs LHP; .184 vs RHP; .235 last 30 days; 55 games at SS with 10 errors (.953); Crawford’s hitting has ticked up since the last report but still far below expectations.  Already 10 errors this season with a range factor far below years past.

Jorge Flores, 25, SIgned as a free agent in 2017; .255/.293/.333 in 51AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 0HR 6 RBI; 10 games at 2B without an error; 7 games at SS with 1 error (.966); Has seen very limited playing time all season because of how strong Reading/LV are up the middle.  Now with injuries, he has been getting into the lineup.

Jesmuel Valentin in on the DL and out for the year.

Reading

Malquin Canelo, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .238/.328/.341 in 164AB; 2HR 15RBI; 7SB; 12%BB/27%K; .297 vs LHP; .200 vs RHP; .167 last 30 days; 47 games at SS with 9 errors (.958).  Canelo has had a very rough month with the stick after a fast start.  Has been decent with the glove.

Scott Kingery, 23, Phils 2nd round pick in 2015; .302/.376/.609 in 248AB; 18HR 37RBI; 16SB; 9%BB/16%K; .297 vs LHP; .306 vs RHP; .331 last 30 days; 52 games at 2B with 3 errors (.988); Not much more needs to be said about Kingery that hasn’t been said already.  He needs to be promoted to AAA. Continue reading Around the System–Middle Infield

Around the System–Outfielders

Second time around…

Lehigh Valley

Dylan Cozens, 23, Phils 2nd round pick in 2012; .252/.313/.500 in 218AB; 14HR 46RBI;3SB; 8%BB/33%K; .215 vs LHP; .273 vs RHP; .292 last 30 days; 43 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; Cozens has really taken it up a notch since the first report, hitting both for average and power over the last month.

Cameron Perkins, 26, Phils 6th round pick in 2012; .308/.408/.478; 5HR 18RBI; 1SB; 13%BB/15%K; .308 vs LHP; .308 vs RHP; .368 last 30 days; 43 games in the OF with 3 errors (.967); 3 OF assists; 3 games at 1B without an error; I believe Perkins has the ability to be a capable 4th or 5th OF in the majors, however, it seems as if his value may come to another organization.  Perkins does a very good job consistently with the glove and stick.  He is making the most of his opportunity to play.

Roman Quinn, 24, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011; .274/.344/.489 in 175AB; 2HR 13RBI; 10SB; 9%BB/25%K; .268 vs LHP; .277 vs RHP; Quinn last played two weeks ago after suffering an elbow injury sliding into 3B, and was placed on the DL over the weekend.  Like most years, it seems as if Quinn is likely to be heading for a significant DL stint with a trip to Dr. James Andrews planned over the next few days.

Nick WIlliams, 23, Acquired from Texas in 2014; .282/.316/.523 in 220AB; 13HR 39RBI; 5SB; 4%BB/31%K; .243 vs LHP; .300 vs RHP; .303 last 30 days; 51 games in the OF with 3 errors (.975); 4 OF assists; Williams has begun putting up the numbers that he is capable of after having an excellent last 6 weeks.  He has already surpassed his 2016 HR total and has become a constant threat in the Lehigh Valley lineup.  With another 30-60 days of similar production, I expect to see him in Philly.

Reading

Osmel Aguila, 27, Signed as a free agent in 2015; .244/.330/.439 in 82AB; 3HR 13RBI; 12%BB/16%K; .255 vs LHP; .229 vs RHP; .250 last 30 days; 8 games in the OF with 1 assist and 1 error.  Aguila joined the FIghtins in May from Extended Spring Training and has been adequate at best. Continue reading Around the System–Outfielders

Lehigh Valley Report

After an incredible 24-5 May, the ‘Pigs opened June with a 5-0 loss to Indianapolis last night, making them 36-17 on the year, and five games in front of second place Scranton in the Northern Division of the International League.  The ‘Pigs are in Louisville this weekend before returning home for a six game home stand next week against Buffalo and Scranton.

News and Notes: With their 6-0 win on Wednesday, the ‘Pigs recorded their IL leading 8th shutout of the season.

–Pitcher Tom Eshelman was named IL Player of the month after his CG shutout on Wednesday against Indianapolis.  Since April 18th, Eshelman is 6-0 with a 1.87ERA and an outstanding 0.82WHIP.

–Lehigh Valley leads the International League in both runs and homeruns.

–OF Dylan Cozens had his modest 6 game hitting streak snapped last night, however is hitting .379 over the last 7 games to go along with 5RS and 7RBI.

–After reaching base safely multiple times in five straight games, JP Crawford had that streak snapped last night with an 0-4.  His average currently sits at .200 after an awful first 6 weeks of the season.  Over the last 16 games, Crawford is hitting .290. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Report

Around the System–Starting Pitching

Lehigh Valley

Mark Appel, 25, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 8 starts, 2-2 with a 6.69ERA; 37.2IP 44H 19BB 26K; 8HR allowed; .291 opp avg; 1.67WHIP; 4.6BB/6.2K per 9; .338 vs LHH, .253 vs RHH, .284 opp avg in May; Among the league leaders in homers allowed and walks tells the story for Appel.  It has been an ugly season coming off his 2016 injury. Gave up 7ER in 3.1IP in his last start.

Tom Eshelman, 22, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 8 starts between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 5-0 with a 2.08ERA; 52IP 42H 8BB 34K; .225 opp avg; 0.96 WHIP; 1.4BB/5.9K per 9; Has had quality starts in all 3 LV starts, going 3-0 with a 0.78ERA; .183 opp avg.  Eshelman has been outstanding all season, actually throwing better after his call up to AAA.

Ben Lively, 25, Acquired from Cinncinnati in 2014; 8 starts, 5-1 with a 2.79ERA; 48.1IP 41H 5BB 38K; 1HR allowed; .225 opp avg; 0.95WHIP; 0.9BB/7.2K per 9; .321 vs LHH, .154 vs RHH; I simply dont know what Lively has to do to get a major league start.  In 27 AAA starts spanning two seasons, he is 16-6 with an ERA of 2.97.  Lively to the Phils rotation, Velasquez to the Phils bullpen and Leiter or Garcia to the ‘Pigs is what should happen.

Ricardo Pinto, 23, SIgned as a free agent in 2011; 8 starts with a 5.85ERA; 40IP 51H 16BB 25K; .311 opp avg; 1.68 WHIP; 3.6BB/5.6K per 9; .306 vs LHH, .315 vs RHH, .393 opp avg in May; After a good first three starts, Pinto has been awful since.  Very hittable, too many walks and too few strikeouts.

Nick Pivetta, 24, Acquired from Washington in 2015; 3 starts, 3-0 with a 0.95ERA; 19IP 12H 2BB 24K; .174 opp avg; 0.74 WHIP; 0.9BB/11.4K per 9; Pivetta was outstanding in APril and got the call to Philly to replace Aaron Nola in the Phils rotation.  For Philadelphia, Pivetta was inconsistent in his 4 starts, going 0-2 with a 5.12ERA. He walked too many hitters and the opposition hit him at a .325 clip in the majors. With Nola’s return, Pivetta rejoins the ‘Pigs for some refinement.

Jake Thompson, 23, Acquired from Texas in 2015; 7 starts, 2-3 with a 4.91ERA; 33IP 32H 14BB 32K; .260 opp avg; 1.39WHIP; 3.8BB/8.7K per 9; .218 vs LHH, .294 vs RHH, .229 in May; Thompson has overcome just an awful start to throw well in  his last several starts.  Since allowing 15ER in his first two starts, spanning 4.2 innings, he has allowed just 3 ER in his next 4 starts, spanning 28.1IP.

Reading

Drew Anderson, 23, Phils 21st round pick in 2012; 8 starts; 3-1 with a 5.26ERA; 37.2IP 36H 9BB 32K; .250 opp avg; 1.19WHIP; .265 vs LHH, .237 vs RHH, .190 opp avg in May; 2.2BB/7.6K per 9; Anderson’s “stuff” is as good as any Phils starting pitcher at times, however he has been extremely inconsistent this season. Continue reading Around the System–Starting Pitching

Lehigh Valley Report

The ‘Pigs keep rolling along, completing a very successful 6-1 road trip with a win yesterday over Syracuse, giving Lehigh Valley 15 wins in their last 16 games.  The ‘Pigs , who return home this week for a 7 game home stand, now sit at 29-14 and 4 games ahead of second place Scranton in the Northern Division of the International League.

News and Notes: Lehigh Valley has now won seven consecutive series, tying their franchise record.

–Over the last 16G, the Lehigh Valley bullpen is 8-1 with 11SV to go along with an ERA of 1.15.

–After starting the year strong, P Ricardo Pinto has been really struggling as of late with a 10.78ERA over his last 4 starts.  His ERA is approaching 6 on the season.

–P Cesar Ramos continues to throw well in his role as the long man/spot starter, not having allowed an ER in his last 4 games.

–C Jorge Alfaro is in his first extended his funk of the season, hitting just .125 (4-32) over the last week.

–A nice week for SS JP Crawford, who hit .357 with two game winning hits.  The Mendoza line is quickly approaching (.191).

–After starting the season 5/28, Nick Williams is hitting .277 over the last 33 games with 5HR and 15RBI. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Report

Around the System–Relief Pitchers

Lehigh Valley

Pat Vendittee, 31, Signed as a free agent in 2017; 13 games, 3-0 with an 0.00ERA; 21IP 4H 12BB 21K; .065 opp avg; 0.76 WHIP; 5.1BB/9.0K per 9; .103 vs LHH, .030 vs RHH; .100 opp avg in May; The walk rate is high.  Everything else is off the charts positive.

Pedro Beato, 30, Signed as a free agent in 2016; 17 games, 0-1 with a 1.86ERA; 11SV; 19.1IP 13H 6BB 16K; 2.8BB/7.4K per 9; .200 vs LHP; .194 vs RHP; .107 opp avg in May; Beato has pitched extremely well this season and  currently leads the league in saves.

Casey Fein, 33, Acquired from Seattle in 2017; Has made 2 appearances for Lehigh Valley and has not given up a run in 2.1IP.

Michael Mariot, 28, Re-signed as a free agent in 2016; 12 games, 1-2 with a 5.27ERA; 2SV; 13.2IP 14H 6BB 15K; 4.0BB/9.9K per 9; .269 opp avg; 1.46 WHIP; .353 vs LHH, .229 vs RHH, .261 opp avg in May; After a very good 2016 with Lehigh Valley, Mariot has put up very average numbers through the first 7 weeks of 2017.

Hoby Milner, 26, Phils 7th round pick in 2012; 12G, 0-0 with an 0.00ERA; 15.2IP 9H 2BB 13K; .170 opp avg; 0.70 WHIP; 1.1BB/7.5K per 9; .083 vs LHH, .241 vs RHH; .148 opp avg in May; After getting selected and returned to the Phillies in the Rule 5 draft, Milner has pitched as if he has something to prove and has been lights out this year.

Colton Murray, 27, Phils 13th round pick in 2011; 7G, 1-0 with a 4.09ERA; 11IP 11H 4BB 17K; .256 opp avg; 1.36 WHIP; 3.3BB/13.9K per 9; .263 vs LHH, .250 vs RHH; Murray started the season on the DL and has thrown fairly well absent the frequent home run ball.

Cesar Ramos, 32, Signed as a free agent in 2017; 11G(2 starts); 2-1 with a 2.21 ERA; 24.1IP 15H 5BB 19K; .174 opp avg; 0.82WHIP; 1.8BB/7.0K per 9; .161 vs LHH, .182 vs RHH, .261 opp avg in May; Ramos has been outstanding in the various roles he has been asked to fill this season.

Reading

Austin Davis, 24, Phils 12th round pick in 2014; 12G, 2-0 with a 1.78ERA between CW and Reading; 25.1IP 21H 4BB 34K; .221 opp avg; 0.99WHIP; 1.4BB/12.1K per 9; 2G for Reading and has thrown 3 shutout innings.  Davis was blowing away hitters in High A and was called up to Reading last week.

Joe DeNato, 25, Phils 19th round pick in 2014; 8G, 2-1 with a 1.69ERA; 10.2IP 9H 5BB 10K; .220 opp avg; 1.31 WHIP; 4.2BB/8.4K per 9; .222 vs LHH, .217 vs RHH; DeNato was activated three weeks into the season and has thrown well.

Mario Hollands, 28, Phils 10th round pick in 2010; 9G, 1-0 with a 3.27ERA; 11IP 12H 10BB 9K; .279 opp avg; 2.00 WHIP; 8.2BB/7.4K per 9; .235 vs LHH, .308 vs RHH; Hollands hasn’t been the same since his surgery and is going nowhere quickly walking almost a hitter an inning.

Miguel Nunez, 24, Signed as a free agent in 2009; 13G, 0-2 with a 1.88ERA; 3SV; 14.1IP 6H 12BB 12K; .130 opp avg; 1.26 WHIP; 7.5BB/7.5K per 9; .043 vs LHH, .217 vs RHH; .056 opp avg in May; The Phillies have put a lot of time and energy into Nunez and he is at times unhittable.  Also, at times, he has little idea where the ball is going. Continue reading Around the System–Relief Pitchers

Around the System–Catchers

Lehigh Valley

Jorge ALfaro, 23, Acquired from Texas in 2015; .289/.313/.430 in 128AB; 3HR 19RBI; 1SB; 2%BB/32%K; .321 vs LHP; .267 vs RHP; .232 in May; 28 games caught without an error; 5 passed balls; 6/17 CS (35%); Alfaro started very hot and has cooled down a bit of late.  His defense is showing progress.

Logan Moore, 26, Phils 9th round pick in 2011; .300/.326/.500 in 40AB; 2HR 10RBI; 5%BB/33%K; 11 games caught with 1 error; 0 passed balls; 3/9 CS(33%); Very limited playing time for Moore who has played well when in the lineup.

Reading

Chace Numata, 24, Phils 14th round pick in 2010; .263/.342/.374 in 99AB; 2HR 6RBI; .194 vs LHP; .294 vs RHP; .357 in May; 10%BB/15%K; 26 games caught with 3 errors (.987); 2 passed balls; 9/20 CS(45%); Excellent throwing out would be base stealers and has been handling the bat competently.

Joel Fisher, 24, Phils 23rd round pick in 2014; Hitting .174 in 23AB with 1HR and 2RBI; 8 games caught with 1 error and 1 passed ball; 3/6 CS(50%); So far this season FIsher has the prototypical stats of a minor league back up catcher.

Clearwater

Deivi Gruillon, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .291/.294/.410 in 117AB; 3HR 11RBI; 1%BB/25%K; .300 vs LHP; .287 vs RHP; .319 in May; 29 games caught with 4 errors and 4 passed balls; 10/31 CS (32%); A very good season thus far for Gruillon who is progressing well. Continue reading Around the System–Catchers

Around the System–Corner Infield

A first look at corner infield production.  Next up: Catchers.

Lehigh Valley

Rhys Hoskins, 24, Phils 5th round pick in 2014, .345/.432/.655 in 119AB; 9HR 28RBI; 13%BB/17%K; .262 vs LHP; .390 vs RHP; .357 in May; .333 with RISP; 34 games at 1B with 1 error (.996); Hoskins has probably been the Phils minor league MVP through the first six weeks of the season producing excellent numbers across the board.  BB/K rate is much improved from years past and his defense has looked much better as well.

Taylor Featherston, 27, Re-signed as a free agent in 2017; .306/.375/.403 in 72AB; 0HR 7RBI; 3SB; 10%BB/18%K; .300 vs LHP; .310 vs RHP; 19 games at 3B with 1 error (.972); 2 games at 2B without an error; 2 games at 1B without an error.  Featherston has been a steady piece of a prolific ‘Pigs offense.

Hector Gomez, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2017; .158/.180/.263 in 57AB; 1HR 5RBI; 3%BB/17%K; .143 vs LHP; .167 vs RHP; 19 games at 3B with 3 errors (.933); Very little production for Gomez after a productive 2016 overseas.

Reading

Kyle Martin, 24, Phils 4th round pick in 2015; .139/.246/.317 in 101AB; 5HR 19RBI; 11%BB/37%K; .098 vs LHP; .167 vs RHP; .133 in May; 27 games at 1B with 3 errors (.987). Other than showing power in the few times he has made good contact, the beginning of 2017 has been very poor.

Mitch Walding, 24, Phils 5th round pick in 2011, .144/.291/.322 in 90AB; 4HR 11RBI; 17%BB/34%K; .161 vs LHP; .136 vs RHP; .069 in May; 26 games at 3B with 4 errors (.932); See Martin, Kyle.

Harold Martinez, Phils 2nd round pick in 2011, .286/.388/.429 in 42AB; 1HR 3RBI; Decent out of the gate for Martinez, who is entering his 3rd week on the DL. Continue reading Around the System–Corner Infield