Phillies Minor League Roundup, July 31, 2013

Our future shortstop, JP Crawford, has me all excited. - Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Lehigh Valley 2, Rochester 1

Greg Smith - 7.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 H, BB, 3 K, 8 GB, 7 FB (fielding error)
Leandro Castro -1 for 4, K
Freddy Galvis - 0 for 3
Tyler Henson - 1 for 2, HR, BB
Derrick Mitchell - 0 for 2, RBI
Cameron Rupp - 1 for 3
Tyson Gillies - 0 for 3, 2 K

In 6 starts since June 28, Greg Smith has pitched 37 innings and has given up only 4 earned runs. He has also struck out 15 in that span, while walking 5. He sports a 2.28 ERA through 83 innings between AA and AAA. He is organizational filler, but hell he has given them something. Tyler Henson since being promoted has hit 3 home runs in his first two games in Lehigh. Lehigh still remains 4.5 back in the division and 3.5 in the wildcard.

Reading 7, Erie 6

Mario Hollands - 6 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K, 6 GB, 4 FB
Zach Collier - 0 for 4
Maikel Franco - 1 for 4, HR
Kelly Dugan - 2 for 4, 2 R, HR
Sebastian Valle - 0 for 4, K
Anthony Hewitt - 2 for 3, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
Justin Dalles - 2 for 3, 2 R, 2B, HR, K

The Fightin's got a bit home run happy this game. The Bash Brothers with a combined 2 home runs. Anthony Hewitt, if anything, keeps showing he has a lot of raw power. If only he could make more contact and cut down on his strikeouts, then we might have ourselves a prospect. Until then, just keep an eye on the homerun totals. Zach Collier probably needs to to be sent down to Clearwater to work on some things. His slash line of .191/.272/.307 indicates he is probably not ready for AA. He has also struck out 104 times in 345 at bats. Mario Hollands with his second solid start in a row for Reading. Reading reliever Juan Sosa made things interesting, doing his darnedest to give up the lead. Mike Nesseth would come in for the final two outs despite being shaky himself.

Palm Beach 4, Clearwater 2

Nick Hernandez - 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 GB, 2 FB
Jiwan James - 2 for 5, R
Carlos Alonso - 3 for 5, R, K (missed catch error)
Aaron Altherr - 0 for 5, 3 K (outfield assist)
Chris Serritella - 2 for 4, 2 2B, RBI, K
Cameron Perkins - 1 for 3, R, RBI

Nick Hernandez blew up in the bottom of the 2nd. He has been pretty dreadful all season. This was by far his shortest outing of the year. The offense was largely silenced and unfortunately went 1 for 10 with RISP. On the plus side, the bullpen was able to go 7.1 innings of 6 hit, 0 run baseball.

Hagerstown 4, Lakewood 2

Miguel Nunez - 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, BB, 5 K, 8 GB, 3 FB
Larry Greene - 0 for 4, R, BB, 2 K
Willie Carmona - 1 for 4, 2B, RBI, K
Art Charles - 1 for 3, BB, 2 K, CS
Mitch Walding - 0 for 3, BB, 2 K (throwing error)
Brian Pointer - 0 for 4, 3 K
Zach Taylor - 1 for 3, 2B, RBI, BB

This game would go into extra innings briefly. In the top of the 10th, Blueclaw reliever Chris Burgess would give up a leadoff walk and then allow a single and double to score a run before being pulled. Kevin Walter would come in and give up an RBI single before retiring the side. Larry Greene underachieving would be an understatement if we could put any guarantee on high draft picks living up to potential. Miguel Nunez had a very good game.

Williamsport 8, Brooklyn 6

Yacksel Rios - 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR, 5 GB, 4 FB
Andrew Knapp - 2 for 4, R, 2B, RBI, K, SB
Zach Green - 2 for 4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K, SB
Dylan Cozens - 1 for 1, 2B, RBI
Gabriel Lino - 0 for 4, 2 K
Logan Pierce - 1 for 4, 2B, RBI, 2 K

The Crosscutter offense came alive a bit. The team rode the shoulders of Knapp and Green. Cozens left the game and neither the home or away game recap is giving me much information on that. Cozens had his 12th double on the season before being pulled.

GCL Phillies 5, GCL Tigers 2

Alejandro Arteaga - 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 5 K, 4 GB, 5 FB
Herlis Rodriguez - 2 for 5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
Robinson Torres - 2 for 4, R
JP Crawford - 2 for 4, R, 2B, RBI
Nick Ferdinand - 1 for 4, RBI, 2 K
Jan Hernandez - 0 for 4, K
Jose Pujols - 0 for 3, R, BB, K

Rodriguez was the star of this game, blasting his 2nd home run on the year (2-run homer) and also hitting an RBI double. JP Crawford delivered 2 hits, including an RBI double. Jose Pujols saw his 5 game hitting streak come to an end (8 for 22). Arteaga with his best start all around start on the season. He has given up 4 home runs in 6 starts this season.

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