Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/13/2016

The Lakewood BlueClaws dropped game two of the SAL championship series.  They ran into a buzz saw named Touki Toussaint.   Only Damek Tomscha was able to figure out the Braves prospect.  Lakewood’s defense was generous, returning some of the largess that Rome presented in game one .  Starter Seranthony Dominguez posted an inferior line. But, the bull pen was able to return the game to some semblance of normalcy.

Travel day Wednesday, game three will be in Lakewood on Thursday night. Continue reading Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/13/2016

Post Season Report Card–Outfield

A look at the Outfield throughout the organization.  Next up: Relief Pitchers, Wed or Thur

Lehigh Valley

Nick WIlliams, 23, Acquired from Texas in 2015; .258/.287/.427 in 497AB; 13HR 64RBI; 6/10SB; 4%BB/26%K; .231 vs LHP; .273 vs RHP; .152 last 30 days; Since Aug 1, Williams hit .172 with a 1%BB/37%K rate; 122 games in the OF with 3 errors (.989); 6 OF assists; My pre-season expectation for WIlliams was hitting around .285-.290 with 10-12HR and 15SB prior to a July call to Philly.  What actually happened is that WIlliams was benched on three separate occasions prior to August for disciplinary reasons and he went on to finish the season with a borderline unprecedented BB/K rate over the seasons final month plus.  His ability would come out for a few weeks and he would then retreat into some combination of a baseball purists nightmare.  Grade: C-; 2017: Lehigh Valley

Cam Perkins, Soon to be 26, Phils 7th round pick in 2012; .292/.329/.419 in 408AB; 8HR 47RBI; 11/15SB; .316 vs LHP; .274 vs RHP; .314 last 30 days; 5%BB/14%K; 103 games in the OF with 7 errors (.972); 3 OF assists;  The numbers are decent for Perkins but not good enough to warrant a look at the big league level.  The walk rate needs to go up, and Perkins needs to be more of a run producer to get that major league look.  Surprisingly, Perkins went from 2 errors and 15 OF assists in ’15 to 7 errors and just 3 OF assists this year.  Grade: B-; 2017: I expect Perkins to be left Rule 5 unprotected and expect him to go undrafted and back to Lehigh Valley

Cedric Hunter, 28, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .294/.324/.433 in 330AB with Lehigh Valley; 10HR 53RBI; 6/9SB; 4%BB/16%K; .313 vs LHP; .284 vs RHP; .286 last 30 days; 75 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; Hunter started the year with Phils and was sent fairly quickly when people got healthy as he wasn’t performing.  For Lehigh Valley, he was the most consistent outfielder all year, hitting the ball hard and playing a good OF.  Hunter is a AAAA player who many organizations will be glad to have around.  Grade: B+; 2017: Likely another organization with all the young talent below, although would love to see him back.  He is fun to watch.

Cody Asche, 26, Phils 4th round pick in 2011; .279/.350/.514 in 111AB for Lehigh Valley; 6HR 15RBI; 1SB; 9%BB/21%K; .229 vs LHP; .303 vs RHP; .302 last 30 days; 16 games in the OF with 1 error (.973); 7 games at 3B with 1 error (.923); 3 games at 1B without an error; Asche was optioned to Lehigh Valley after hitting .213/.281/.362 in 174AB with the Phils this year, to go along with a 23% K rate.  Pre season, I expected Asche to be a productive member of the Phils OF.  Between his injury in SPring Training and then his performance once off the DL, 2016 was a major disappointment for Asche.  That said, kudos to Asche for not sulking when sent down and performing well at multiple positions for Lehigh Valley late in the season.  I expect to see Asche back with the Phils in 2017 with Altherr, Bourjos and Goeddel all question marks for the ’17 roster.

Reading

Dylan Cozens, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2012; .276/.350/.591 in 521AB; 40HR 125RBI; 21SB;  10%BB/32%K; .197 vs LHP; .302 vs RHP; .234 last 30 days; .295/.374/.744 with 29HR 83RBI at home; .259/.325/.441 with 11HR 42RBI on the road; 128 games in the OF with 5 errors (.982); 12 OF assists; The overall stats, before you dig in are mind blowing.  Team records for HR and RBI to go along with a 20+ SB season and double digits in OF assists.  Then comes the negative.  The very average player Cozens becomes on the road and his .197 average with a 42% K rate against left handed pitching.  Grade: A-; 2017: Lehigh Valley Continue reading Post Season Report Card–Outfield

Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/12/2016

The Lakewood BlueClaws won the first game in the SAL championship series last night behind a superior effort by Franklyn Kilome.  The lanky, right-hander was perfect for four innings and was barely tested.

Game two is in Rome Tuesday night. Continue reading Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/12/2016

Post Season Report Card–Catchers

Next up are the organizations catchers.  A reminder that grades are based on pre-season expectations for that player vs. actual production.  Look for the report on Outfielders, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Lehigh Valley

Andy Knapp, 24, Phils 2nd round pick in 2013; .266/.330/.390 in 403AB; 8HR 46RBI; 2/4SB; 8%BB/24%K; .277 vs LHP; .258 vs RHP; .253 last 30 days; 104 games caught with 7 errors (.991); 16 passed balls; 18/48 CS (38%); Decent but not outstanding offensive numbers combined with defense that was poor at the beginning of the year but much improved by years end.  The biggest issue for Knapp entering this season was that he was considered a liability defensively.  He is making significant strides.  Grade: B-; 2017: Lehigh Valley to start, expect to see him in Philly at some point.

Logan Moore, 26, Phils 9th round pick in 2011; .220/.282/.256 in 177AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 5HR 20RBI; 8%BB/28%K; Hit .218/.256/.391 in 110AB with Lehigh Valley; .138 last 30 days; 53 games caught with 5 errors (.988); 0 passed balls; 18/45 CS (40%); Pretty much what we expected from Moore which is minimal offense and very good defense.  He will be entering his final year prior to minor league free agency next season and I wouldn’t expect him to be Rule 5 protected.  Grade: C+; 2017: Lehigh Valley backup

Reading

Jorge Alfaro,23, Acquired from Texas in 2015; .285/.325/.458 in 404AB; 15HR 67RBI; 3/5SB; 5%BB/25%K; .213 vs LHP; .302 vs RHP; .263 last 30 days; 95 games caught with 6 errors (.993); 7 passed balls; 33/75 CS (44%): After significant injuries issues in 2015, Alfaro kept himself both healthy and productive for large portions of the season.  I believe he has the potential to be a top 5 major league catcher between the combination of a very good bat and an absolute gun for an arm.  Grade: A-; 2017: Phils, sharing time with Rupp. Continue reading Post Season Report Card–Catchers

Open Discussion: Week of September 12th

Here’s the open discussion thread for Phillies’ talk and other topics.

The Phillies went 3-4 on the road against a couple of division foes last week.  They took 2 of 3 from the fading Marlins, and dropped 3 of four against the division leading Nationals. Their record stands at 63-80 (21-32 since the All Star break).  BTW, in last weeks discussion, I did predict that the Nationals would lose a game to the Phillies, sort of. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of September 12th

Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/10/2016

… and then there was one.

Reading’s playoff run came to an end last night in a 3-2 loss at home to Trenton.  That leaves only one team from the organization alive in the post season, the Lakewood BlueClaws.

With our teams having been eliminated by teams affiliated with the Cardinals and Yankees, Lakewood will continue their playoff run against the Rome Braves, the Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.  They begin the championship series on Monday on the road. Continue reading Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/10/2016

Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/9/2016

The organization’s three teams that remained active in the post season were in action Friday night.  One advanced to the next round, one remained alive in their current series, and one was eliminated.

Lehigh Valley was unable to extend their season and were routed at home.

Reading returned home and their offense came alive as they forced a fourth game.

Lakewood completed a sweep of the Northern Division series and will wait for the winner of the Southern Division. Continue reading Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/9/2016

Post Season Report Card, Middle Infield

A look up the middle at Phils prospects.  A reminder that grades are based on my expectations for a players performance pre-season against how they actually performed. Look for the next report, on catchers, out Monday,

Lehigh Valley

Jesmuel Valentin, 22, Acquired from Dodgers in 2014. 269/.341/.395 in 446AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 9HR 52RBI; 4/8SB; 10%BB/16%K; For Lehigh Valley: .248/.325/.381; 4HR 14RBI in 105AB; 10%BB/20%K; 116 games at 2B with 14 errors (.975); 9 games at SS with 3 errors (.900); After missing almost all of 2015 suspended, Valentin had a very good year producing consistently in Reading and being rewarded with a late season callup to Lehigh Valley.  Having watched him several times, I do believe he profiles as a major leaguer, although probably not a starter.  He was solid at 2B, walked a good deal and produced runs with the bat.  Grade: B; 2017: Lehigh Valley and could see him in Philly late next year

JP Crawford, 21, Phils 1st round pick in 2013; .250/.349/.339 in 472AB; 7HR 43RBI; 12/19SB; 13%BB/15%K; For Lehigh Valley: .244/.328/.318; 4HR 30RBI; 7/11SB; 11%BB/16%K; .244 vs LHP; .244 vs RHP; .197 last 30 days; 123 games at SS with 19 errors (.966); Going into 2016, I expected Crawford to make his Phillies debut in September.  It appears that will not happen as the level of production did not equate with expectations this season.  Crawford clearly has the talent based on what he is able to put together 3,4,5 games at a time, however lacked the consistency this year that he will need to be the all star major leaguer that he is projected to be.  Crawford played very well in the field, continued to have excellent plate discipline but simply didnt produce with the bat after two extended slumps at the beginning of his time in Allentown and during the last month of the season.  Grade: C-; 2017: Lehigh Valley to start with hopefully a call up to Philly come June/July.

Darnell Sweeney, 25, Acquired from Dodgers in 2015; .233/.299/.345 in 400AB; 6HR 35RBI; 12/23SB; 9%BB/23%K; .242 vs LHP; .226 vs RHP, .211 last 30 days; 40 games at 3B with 7 errors (.924); 54 games at 2B with 5 errors (.980); 20 games in the OF without an error; It was pretty clear the Phils expected alot more out of Sweeney who was placed on the 40 last season, and removed from the 40 just last week.  A very disappointing year after going into Spring Training with a real possibility of making the big league club.  Grade: D; 2017: If he is back it will be in Lehigh Valley and not on the 40.

Reading

Scott Kingery, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2015; .281/.335/.388 in 531AB between Clearwater and Reading; 5HR 36RBI; 30SB; 7%BB/16%K; For Reading: .250/.273/.333 in 156AB; 2HR 18RBI; 4/6SB; 3%BB/22%K; .214 last 30 days; 125 games at 2B with 11 errors (.980); Kingery was excellent for Clearwater throughout the season and was called up to Reading in late July.  After some early success with the Fightins’, Kingery struggled with the stick over the last month.  Perhaps most problematic is the 3% walk rate for a guy that should be hitting at the top of the lineup.  Defense was excellent all year.  Grade: B; 2017: Reading with potential to move to Lehigh Valley come July. Continue reading Post Season Report Card, Middle Infield

Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/8/2016

The top two teams in the organization played and lost Thursday night.  Both are now on the verge of elimination.  Lehigh Valley must sweep on the road, Reading must do the same at home.

Lehigh has yet to score in the playoff series. Their pitching in game two was not as good as that in game one.

Reading is suffering from a power outage.  They have 17 hits in their two games but most of them are singles and they are not hitting when they have runners in scoring position.

Lakewood was off and returns to action Friday in game two on the road. Continue reading Box Score Recap; Post Season – 9/8/2016