Box Score Recap – 6/18/2017

Lehigh Valley won behind Mark Leiter’s six shutout innings.

Reading lost although Carlos Tocci is approaching .300 with 3 hits including a triple.

Clearwater and the FSL are on their All Star Break.

Lakewood won their 40th game, but fell short of the first half division title.

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2017 Post Draft Discussion; June 18, 2017

I’m going to continue posting a 2017 First Year Player Draft thread so we can keep all our draft talk in one place.  This is where I will look for any information on signings.  If you here one of our new prospects has signed, please share the link here.

So far, I have solid evidence that, the Phillies have signed the following guys – Continue reading 2017 Post Draft Discussion; June 18, 2017

Box Score Recap – 6/17/2017

Lehigh Valley won behind Eshelman’s strong start, Beato’s rebound, and Williams’ 14th.

Reading pulled away after being tied in the fourth.

Clearwater and the FSL are on their All Star Break, Jose Taveras selected to start.

Lakewood was one-hit for eight innings before Gamboa tied the game in regulation and won it in ten.  Sanchez pitched well, as did Llovera and Hibbs..

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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)

Box Score Recap – 6/16/2017

Lehigh Valley got skunked in the top of the ninth.  Ugly dispersal of a 2-run lead.

Reading gave up 4 runs after the fifth inning and lost in a walk off.

Clearwater and the FSL are on their All Star Break, 8 Threshers selected.

Lakewood won behind JoJoRo’s 10 strike outs and 8 shutout innings.

And, the first post draft casualty was recorded when Alex Wojciechowski was released.

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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.


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

2017 Post Draft Discussion

Here’s the final thread to continue talking about the 2017 First Year Player Draft.

The Phillies concluded their portion of the 2017 First Year Player Draft with picks 11 thru 40. Those selections, as well as the first ten,  are being tracked in our 2017 Draft Tracker. As signings are announced, the tracker will be updated.  Be sure to share any information and I will incorporate it into the tracker. Continue reading 2017 Post Draft Discussion

Box Score Recap – 6/14/2017

Lehigh Valley was held scoreless after Tuesday night’s offensive explosion.

Reading came from behind to claim victory.

Clearwater dropped a double header in which they scored one run and allowed 5 unearned runs.  They likely cost themselves the first half race with 4 games remaining.

Lakewood scored 14 runs on 21 hits on their way to a lop-sided victory.

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