Open Discussion: Week of July 25th

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

The Phillies continued to lose after the break.  They dropped a four-game series against the Marlins and three-game series against  and the Pirates, winning only one game in each series.  Their 2-5 record record dropped their season record to 45-55. They are 3-7 in the 10 games since the all star game.

The Phillies play 13 of their next 17 games on the road.

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Box Score Recap – 7/24/2016

The organization’s top five affiliated teams played and won on Sunday.  The day’s best performances included David Buchanan’s four-hit, shutout over 6.1 innings for Lehigh Valley.  Darin Ruf hit 2 home runs.

Anthony Vasquez pitched a complete game for Reading.  Andrew Pullin had 3 hits, Jake Fox hit a home run.

Austin Bossart paced Clearwater early, driving in his first three Threshers’ runs of season. Zach Green contributed a two-run homer run.

In Lakewood, Grenny Cumana’s 4 hits led their 14-hit attack.  “C” Randolph had 3 RBI.

Williamsport’s JoJo Romero tossed shutout innings, Luis Encarnacion hit a home run, and Arquimedes Gamboa drove in the game-winning, walk off run. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/24/2016

Box Score Recap – 7/23/2016

Today’s best performance was turned in by Sixto Sanchez for the GCL Phillies.  He one-hit the GCL Tigers in his six innings.  Video included below.

Lehigh Valley’s Nick Williams hit his 10th HR.

Reading’s Andrew Pullin  had a two-hit game.

In Clearwater, Mitch Walding had three hits. Derek Campbell hit his 9th HR.

Lakewood’s Tyler Gilbert allowed one run on four hits and no walks in six innings.

Williamsport’s Blake Quinn struck out seven in 3.1, no-hit, relief innings. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/23/2016

Box Score Recap – 7/22/2016

As though Dusty Wathan is trying to fuel the Gallo-Cozens debate from yesterday, Dylan Cozens started in center field for Reading and threw out a runner at home.

Cameron Perkins had 3 RBI for Lehigh Valley.

Rhys Hoskins and Andrew Pullin homered for Reading.

Drew Anderson battled through some difficuties and posted a combined 3-hit shutout in a 6-inning game in Clearwater.

Jose Pujols hit his 18th HR for Lakewood.

Williamsport’s Adonis Median shutdown Batavia on three hits through six innings. Arquimedes Gamboa hit his 2nd HR in support.

Brandon Leibrandt started for the GCL Phillies, and a couple guys NOT named Ortiz hit home runs. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/22/2016

Around the System–Outfield

Lehigh Valley

Cedric Hunter, 28, SIgned as free agent in 2016; .292/.328/.425 in 233AB; 6HR 35RBI; 6/9SB; 5%BB/15%K; .274 vs LHP; .309 vs RHP; .209 in July; 52 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; Hunter, while struggling a bit as of late has played well for Lehigh Valley consistently hitting the ball hard while seeing most of his time in RF.

David Lough, 30, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .292/.364/.406 in 96AB for Lehigh Valley; 1HR 8RBI; 1SB; 9%BB/10%K; .217 vs LHP; .315 vs RHP; .283 last 30 days; 28 games in the OF with 1 error (.982); 2 OF assists; Lough recently spent some time on the DL but has played well for Lehigh Valley.  He is a fundamentally sound AAAA player.

Cam Perkins, 25, Phils 6th round pick in 2012; .294/.327/.446 in 269AB; 7HR 31RBI; 7SB; 5%BB/16%K; .351 vs LHP; .253 vs RHP; .340 in July; 66 games in the OF with 5 errors (.969); 2 OF assists; Perkins has put up solid numbers all year.  While not in line to start in the majors, he could fit well as a 4th or 5th OF.

Nick WIlliams, 22, Acquired from Texas in 2015; .289/.323/.466 in 350AB; 9HR 47RBI; 5/9SB; 5%BB/24%K; .261 vs LHP; .303 vs RHP; .291 in July; Williams has been playing well and has been very consistent after a slow first month or so of the year.  In the long term, you would like to see the walk rate tick up and strikeout rate tick down with additional work on the basepaths needed.


Osmel Aguila, 27, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .214/.317/.388 in 103AB between CLearwater and Reading; 3HR 12RBI; 1SB; 10%BB/19%K; .190 vs LHP; .243 vs RHP; .256 in July; 32 games in the OF with 1 error (.983); 1 OF assist. Largely unimpressive since his signing in May.

Dylan Cozens, 22, Phils 2nd round pick in 2012; .286/.373/.586 in 353AB; 25HR 82RBI; 17/18SB; 12%BB/29%K; .200 vs LHP; .309 vs RHP; .307 last 30 days; .315 with 20HR 54RBI at home; .262 with 5HR 28RBI on the road; 88 games in the OF with 3 errors (.983); 8 OF assists; Cozens overall body of work is outstanding however there is absolutely something to be said for the First Energy stadium effect by looking at the numbers.  Away from home, Cozens become a very average player.  Time will tell where he actually lands.

Christian Marrero, 29, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .219/.353/.398 in 128AB; 6HR 20RBI; 17%BB/19%K; .200 vs LHP; .222 vs RHP; .292 in July; 32 games in the OF without an error; 1 OF assist; 9 games at 1B with 1 error (.984); Marrero has hit into some hard luck this year.  Although a very low average, he has gotten on base regularly and provided some pop.

Andrew Pullin, 22, Phils 5th round pick in 2012; .317/.359/.514 in 208AB between CLearwater and Reading; 8HR 36RBI; 5%BB/14%K; Has hit .377 in 61 AB for Reading; 46 games in the OF without an error; 4 OF assists; After missing the first part of the season due to personal issues, Pullin has come on very strong this season.  Still only 22, Pullin does not seem to get much recognition but has really produced the last two seasons.

DL: Aaron Brown (24, Phils 3rd rd pick, ’14) and Roman Quinn (23, Phils 2nd rd pick, ’11). Quinn has now missed 5 weeks.


Herlis Rodriguez, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2010; .222/.286/.256 in 90AB; 0HR 9RBI; 3SB; 5%BB/15%K; .174 vs LHP; .239 vs RHP; 30 games in the OF with 1 error (.984); 1 OF assist; After a very good year last year, Rodriguez has had an injury plagues season this season where he cant seem to get going.

Cord Sandberg, 21, Phils 3rd round pick in 2013; .226/.304/.314 in 274AB; 4HR 20RBI; 6/13SB; 8%BB/27%K; .159 vs LHP; .246 vs RHP; .211 in July; .167 with RISP; 82 games in the OF with 1 error (.993); 3 OF assists; A very poor, disappointing season thus far for Sandberg.  He has shown very little.

Carlos Tocci, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .277/.332/.347; 2HR 35RBI; 11/17SB; 7%BB/14%K; .222 vs LHP; .298 vs RHP; .304 last 30 days; 88 games in the OF with 2 errors (.991); 8 OF assists; Decent season thus far for Tocci who continues to play an excellent CF.  Hard to believe he is still only 20.

Jiandido Tromp, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2011; .256/.312/.485 in 324AB between Lakewood and CLearwater; 14HR 44RBI; 12/15SB; 8%BB/21%K; FOr Clearwater: .205/.244/.422 in 83AB; 4HR 12RBI; 82 games in the OF with 1 error (.995); 7 OF assists; Alot of raw talent for Tromp who has had some of the typical troubles adjusting up a level.

Derek Campbell, 25, Phils 20th round pick in 2014; .295/.390/.566 in 122AB; 8HR 20RBI; 8%BB/20%K; .294 vs LHP; .295 vs RHP; .304 last 30 days; 7 games at 3B with 2 errors (.867)25 games in the OF without an error; 6 games at 2B with 1 error (.950); After missing the first part of the season injured, Campbell has played extremely well, wherever he has been asked to play.


Zach Coppola, 22, Phils 13th round pick in 2015; .324/.400/.358 in 176AB; 0HR 12RBI; 11SB; 11%BB/10%K; .333 vs LHP; .321 vs RHP; .284 last 30 days; 38 games in the OF with 1 error (.983); 4 OF assists; Revere-like numbers for Coppola.  That said, Revere ended up being a productive major leaguer. Continue reading Around the System–Outfield

Box Score Recap – 7/21/2016

Will Morris teased Threshers’ fans with a perfect game into the sixth inning.  He walked two batters with two out in the inning and took his no-no into the seventh.  A one-out HR ended both the no-hitter and the shutout.  He completed the inning and turned the final two innings over to the bullpen. He finished with a combined two-hitter.

Bailey Falter tossed six shutout innings for Williamsport.  He struck out ten and walked one, but didn’t figure in the decision.

Offensively, Rhys hit another home run, his 27th.

And, Jhailyn crushed another Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/21/2016

Lehigh Valley Report

Lehigh Valley completed their three game series in Indianapolis with a shutout victory  yesterday, sweeping the series and continue on to Louisville for a four game series over the weekend.  The ‘Pigs are currently 58-40 and in 2nd place of the Northern DIvision of the International League, 3 games behind division leading Scranton.  6-1 since the all star break, Lehigh Valley currently sits with a 1.5 game lead in the wild card standings.

News and Notes: With their win on Tuesday night, Lehigh Valley at 58-40 accrued their best start in team history.

–With their shutout win on Wednesday, Lehigh Valley tied their single season record with 12 shutouts recorded.

Jake Thompson had his 9th consecutive quality start on Wednesday, has thrown 22 consecutive scoreless innings and has a 0.57 ERA over the last 9 starts.

David Buchanan has thrown very well in his last 2 starts, giving up just 2ER in 15.2IP and winning both games.  Over the last 11 starts, ‘Pigs starters are 8-1 with a 1.74ERA (67.1IP/13ER)

–After a 3-34 slump, Cam Perkins has hit in 8 of his last 11 games, hitting .381 (16-42) over that time period.

–1B Brock Stassi has reached base safely in his last 11 games, hitting .385 during that time period.  Since May 28th, Stassi is hitting .305 and playing a very good 1B.

Since June 8th, Lehigh Valley relievers are 10-3 with a 1.99ERA to go along with 15SV (126.1IP, 28ER)

–Lehigh Valley completed the season series against the South at 21-7, their best record all time against a division.

–RP Frank Herrmann has not been scored upon in his last 9 games (10IP, 7H, 9K)

–In his last 21 starts, OF Cedric Hunter is hitting .318 (27-85).

–Pitcher Phil Klein earned his first win in the Phillies organization with five scoreless innings on Monday night.  He has been unscored upon in 5 of his 6 appearances since being claimed off waivers from Texas.

–Lehigh Valley pitchers are hitting just .049 (2-41) this year.

–RP Dailier Hinojosa has allowed runs in each of his last 3 outings

–RP Michael Mariot has allowed just 1 run over his last 8 games (9.1IP)

–Since being sent down from Philly, RP Colt Murray is 1-0 with a 2.00ERA in 8G.

‘Pigs Prospects:JP Crawford has played very well over the last 6 weeks after hitting his lower water mark with a .153 batting average on June 11th.  Since that time, Crawford has hit .328 with 3HR and 19RBI to pull his average up to .268.  Almost every AB continues to be a good one and Crawford has been solid in the field, albeit with some “charitable” scoring at times by the official scorer in Lehigh Valley. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Report

Box Score Recap – 7/20/2016

Here is the guaranteed, 100% accurate Box Score Report.  It took me less than 10 minutes from scratch.  I would love to only have to invest that much time on this, especially on days like today when I’ll be up early to prepare to be a guest on an affiliated beat writer’s podcast at 10:00AM, watch the GCL game from noon to 3:00PM, arrive at Bright House Field at 6:00PM to watch the Threshers until completion around 9:30PM, and then go home and produce the normal Box Score Report.  Note that those date stamps on reports of 2:00AM to 3:00AM are CST, probably where the WordPress server is located.  So, I’m actually posting an hour later in EST.   Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/20/2016

Box Score Recap – 7/19/2016

Tuesday’s highlights included Lehigh Valley’s David Buchanan coming within one batter of a complete game shutout, Reading’s Dylan Cozens two-hit, two-RBI game, and Mitch Walding’s three-hit, three-RBI game.  Walding’s three RBI all came with two outs on three different occasions.

Nick Fanti tossed five no-hit innings, striking out ten.  Sixto Sanchez had pitched three no-hit innings before the game was suspended on Monday.  A third pitcher lost the no-hitter and the shutout in the ninth inning.  Loads of photos and video from the GCL game in the report below.

And down in the Dominican Summer League, Oscar Marcelino pitched two-hit ball for six innings, and Jesus De Los Santos six hits in seven innings.

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Box Score Recap – 7/18/2016

In Reading, Andrew Pullin had 4 RBI and Dylan Cozens had five for Reading’s victory.  In Clearwater, Chace Numata had 3 hits.  In Lakewood, Zachary Coppola went 2-3, twice. Arquimedes Gamboa had 4 hits in Williamsport.  Mark Laird had three.

Aaron Altherr batted in the GCL game in Lakeland.  Then played left field for the Threshers in Bradenton after the Phillies reassigned him for his continuing rehab.

There were lots of very good pitching performances in the organization last night – Continue reading Box Score Recap – 7/18/2016