Finally, something official on J.P. Crawford.
It looks like Phillies’ prospect J. P. Crawford could come off the DL for the Threshers’ Wednesday afternoon game this week. The Phillies follow a protocol that requires a position player to play back-to-back nine inning games before being activated from a rehab assignment. Crawford played his first nine inning game Saturday, but Sunday was an off day in XST.
Joe Jordan was in Clearwater last week, watching Crawford at the Complex. He is quoted in Jake Kaplan’s story (link to article).
J.P. Crawford went 3 for 4 as DH in XST today. He pulled a routine ground ball to first base in his first at bat. He lined a ball back up the middle that ricocheted off the pitcher’s foot for a single in his second at bat. And, he lined a drive over the second baseman for a single in his third at bat.
Crawford’s fourth at bat was high drama. He took a called strike, and didn’t like the call. He backed out of the box and was admonished by the umpire to get back in the box. Crawford slowly placed the arch of his left foot on the chalk line, then removed it and stepped back. The umpire immediately told him to get back in the box, again. One of the Phillies’ bench coaches (Williamsport Hitting Coach, Ed Dennis, I think) yelled, “Let him get ready!”. The umpire responded, “It’s a rule!”. Meanwhile, Crawford took his position in the box. Later in the at bat, he slashed a line drive over the shortstop into left center. He busted out of the box and hustled into second ahead of a weak throw for a double. This at bat came against a LHP.
No word on how quickly he will be activated.
In case you haven’t heard (and really, what else were you doing with your Monday?), Baseball Prospectus released their Phillies Top 10 list today.
There aren’t any major surprises in the top three, with J.P. Crawford in the top slot, Aaron Nola at two, and Maikel Franco third. It’s pretty easy to expect that many lists will have those three guys at the top in some way, shape, or form.
Continue reading Baseball Prospectus releases Phillies top ten
The Threshers finished their home schedule with a loss to the Tampa Yankees that lowered their home record to 21-51. With three road games in Lakeland this weekend they can improve on their 25-38 road record. Tonight, Colin Kleven got the start. The big righty has been effective this season. He came into the game with the fourth lowest walks per 9 innings in the FSL with 29 walks in 130.2 innings for a ratio of 2.0 walks per game.
The first batter Kleven faced seemed to set the pattern for his evening. The lead off batter worked an 8-pitch at bat before lining a double to center field. Kleven would continue to run deep counts through the first two innings. At the conclusion of the second inning, he had already thrown 42 pitches to nine batters. Kleven continued to battle until the Yankees got to him in the sixth inning. His final line and pitching stats – Continue reading Threshers Close Home Schedule With 8-2 Loss; August 28, 2014
Miguel Nunez Faced the Brevard County Manatees Sunday afternoon and pitched one heck of a game. He threw a season high 8 innings, and 67% strikes before leaving with a 2-1 lead. The bullpen failed to hold on and a ninth inning rally fell short as the Threshers dropped a heart breaker 5-4.
Nunez got offensive support on solo home runs by J.P. Crawford and Art Charles. Crawford came through again in the ninth but it wasn’t enough. Continue reading Nunez Pitching Gem Wasted; August 24, 2014
The Threshers followed up their come-from-ahead first game loss to the Brevard County Manatees with a 7-2 loss in the second game of the double header. They continued their passive offensive ways with 4 hits in the night cap. Newcomer Jesmuel Valentin was replaced by Angelo Mora in the second game.
Jeb Stefan was touched for a run in the first inning. He allowed the first 5 batters to reach base in the second inning on the way to giving up another 5 runs. He settled down after that and retired 13 consecutive batters before surrendering a solo home run in the sixth inning. His final line was – Continue reading … And Threshers Can’t Overcome 6-0 Second Inning Deficit; August 22, 2014
Jesmuel Valentin made his debut with the Threshers last night. He singled in his first at bat, stole second, and scored on a Brian Pointer single. That was his last impact on scoring in the game until the bottom of the eighth inning.
Due to a rain out on Monday, two 7-inning games were scheduled Tuesday. The start time was pushed back by afternoon rains again. The Threshers took a quick 1-0 lead on Pointer’s single mentioned above. They re-took the lead on Pointer’s opposite field, 2-run home run in the third inning. Pointer leads the team with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs.
Meanwhile, Miguel Nunez battled and was finally lifted with 2 outs in the fourth inning and the bases loaded. Cody Forsythe recorded the final out of the inning on a pop up to shallow center. Nelson Prada left Forsythe in to close out the game. Looked good until with 2 out and 2 strikes, Kyle Schwarber clubbed a game-tying home run to right in the botttom of the seventh inning.
Lee Ridenhour took the loss in the eighth innng on a routine ground ball to second. Ridenhour walked Bill McKinney with one out. The next batter hit a slow ground ball to Valentin at second. He flipped the ball to Crawford to start the inning-ending double play. Then all hell broke loose. Valentin’s flip pulled Crawford off the bag, runner safe on the Valentin throwing error. Chris Serritella could not handle Crawford’s throw at first, batter safe on Crawford’s throwing error. Serritella retrieved the ball and chased down the batter to tag him out for the second out. Meanwhile, Gabriel drifts up the line toward first base, allowing McKinney to continue home to score the game-winning run without a throw.
In another oddity, the Threshers’ line up included 7 left-handed hitters/switch hitters against the Cubs right-handed starter. The Cubs line up featured 9 left-handed batters against the right-handed Nunez. This in part probably explains Prada’s trying to get 7 outs out of Forsythe.
Prada’s other two bullpen lefties pitched in the night cap, Lino Martinez started and Ethan Martin relieved and got the win. Ulises Joaquin picked up the save. Roman Quinn went 2-2 with 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and his 29th stolen base. Art Charles took the team lead in home runs with his 15th of the season. Valentin and Pointer went 0-3 in the second game. Crawford got the game off.
After 124 games and 37 series, the Clearwater Threshers finally swept a team in a three game series this weekend. Thanks to some timely hitting and excellent starting pitching the Threshers have their fourth 3-game winning streak of the second half and the season. Friday, Jordan Guth pitched 7 innings of 4-hit ball allowing 1 earned run. Saturday, Colin Kleven pitched 6 innings of 5-hit ball allowing 2 earned runs.
Today, Kevin Walter made his second start and registered his first win of the season. He pitched a strong game and was replaced after 5 innings. His final line was – Continue reading Walter Completes Sweep of Lakeland; August 17, 2014
Colin Kleven posted his 4th consecutive quality start, and third win among those starts, with a solid 105-pitch effort against the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The offense, which was non-existent in Kleven’s 5-hit, 1-0 loss in his last start, staked him to 6 runs Saturday night. Kleven rebounded from a couple of mistakes and left after 6 innings with a 6-2 lead. The big righty kept the Tigers’ batters off balance most of the night and the Threshers held on to win 7-5. Kleven’s final line was – Continue reading Offense Supports Kleven; August 16, 2014
I attended my first GCL game in several weeks today. Denton Keys pitched a solid 5 innings against the GCL Pirates. He scattered 5 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter allowing 2 runs, only one of them earned. The defense was a little shaky all day. The 3 errors charged were a little generous. A couple more could have been charged.
Austin Davis and undrafted free agent Kyle Bogese combined to pitch the final 4 innings. Davis allowed 3 hits in 2.1 innings but was aided by a pick off and a caught stealing. Bogese got the win with 1.2 innings of no-hit ball. Each reliever recorded 3 strikes out. The Phillies won 3-2. Continue reading GCL, FSL, and Biddle; August 13, 2014