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Phillies Minor League Roundup - July 16, 2015

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Weekend Probables:

LHV: Jesse Biddle, Sean O'Sullivan, Jason Berken
REA: Jerome Williams, Colin Kleven, Ben Lively
CLR: Victor Arano, Brandon Leibrandt, Ricardo Pinto
LWD: Elneiry Garcia, Shane Watson, TBD
WIL: Jose Tavares, Mitch Gueller, Tyler Gilbert

Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 0

Aaron Nola - 3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 3 GB, 3 FB
Nefi Ogando - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K
Tyler Knigge - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, K, WP
Aaron Altherr - 0 for 4, 3 K
Gabriel Lino - 1 for 4, K (passed ball)

Well folks, it was bound to happen? That's all there really is to say regarding Nola's start. I was unfortunately unable to watch it, but I don't think there is any benefit of the doubt here with his performance. The 5 earned runs were the most he has given up in a pro start. The offense was woeful behind him, going 0 for 7 with RISP and leaving 11 on. Aaron Altherr had an uncharacteristically bad game at the plate.

Reading 3, New Britain 1

Reinier Roibal - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K
Ethan Martin - 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, K
Colton Murray - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K
Stephen Shackleford - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
Brian Pointer - 0 for 2, 2 R, 2 BB (outfield assist, 1B)
J.P. Crawford - 0 for 4, K
Kelly Dugan - 1 for 4, R, 3B, RBI, K
Brock Stassi - 1 for 3, RBI
Andrew Knapp - 1 for 4, 3B
Cam Perkins - 1 for 2, 2 BB

Reinier Roibal left the game during the 3rd inning warmups. This is a bit of a hit for the Reading rotation if the injury is serious. They are short-handed as it is. The bullpen (Ethan Martin aside) shut down the Rock Cats. Colton Murray earned his 2nd win and Shackleford saved his 20th game. There were no multi-hit games for any of the Reading offense, but Stassi picked up his league leading 58th RBI (via a sac fly) last night.

Palm Beach 3, Clearwater 0

David Whitehead - 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, HR, WP, HBP, 8 GB, 3 FB
Miguel Nunez - 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K
Malquin Canelo - 1 for 4, K, CS (missed catch error)
Carlos Tocci - 2 for 4
Andrew Pullin - 1 for 4
Rhys Hoskins - 0 for 3
Chace Numata - 0 for 3, K (throwing error)
Aaron Brown - 0 for 3, K
Willians Astudillo - 1 for 3

David Whitehead is out-dueled by Daniel Poncedeleon (80 grade name btw). The Threshers offense was no-hit into the 4th inning until Carlos Tocci got a single. That is two multi-hit games in a row for Tocci, who got off to a rather slow start in Clearwater. In his last 10 games (44 AB) he is slashing .295/.340/.364 with a HR and SB.

Lakewood 3, Kannapolis 1

Austin Davis - 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HBP, 7 GB, 5 FB
Manny Martinez - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K
Joey Denato - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, K
Herlis Rodriguez - 2 for 4, HR
Drew Stankiewicz - 0 for 3, R, BB
Scott Kingery - 2 for 4, R, K
Kyle Martin - 1 for 4
Damek Tomscha - 0 for 4, K
Cord Sandberg - 1 for 4, 2 RBI, 2 K
Jiandido Tromp - 0 for 4, 2 K
Deivi Grullon - 1 for 4, 2B, 2 K
Jose Mayorga - 0 for 2

Though slightly old for the level, Austin Davis has been great this season for the BlueClaws. He hasn't missed a beat recently with his insertion to the Lakewood rotation. He is a promotion candidate if a spot in the Thresher rotation were to open up. Herlis Rodriguez just keeps doing his thing without much notice. After yesterday's game he raised his season line to .307/.341/.467 with 7 HR and 11 SB. Scott Kingery has hits in 6 of his last 7 games. Even Deivi Grullon seems to be crawling back out of that terrible batting slump. He is batting .289/.308/.553 in his last 10 games with 2 HR.

Batavia 4, Williamsport 2

Alejandro Arteaga - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 8 K, HR, 5 GB, 2 FB
Lewis Alezones - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, WP
Juan Figueroa - 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, K
Zachary Coppola - 0 for 4
Andrew Amaro - 0 for 2, R, 2 BB, K, SB
Venn Biter - 0 for 3, BB, 2 K
Jose Pujols - 2 for 4, 2B, RBI
Brendon Hayden - 2 for 3, BB
Jan Hernandez - 1 for 3, BB, K
Josh Tobias - 0 for 3, R, HBP
Gregori Rivero - 1 for 4
Grenny Cumana - 0 for 4, RBI, CS (throwing error)

Alejandro Arteaga has been a completely different pitcher than his 2014 counterpart. He has become far less hittable thanks to a slightly elevated K/9 and inducing some weaker contact. Unfortunately, his bullpen let him down. Jose Pujols hit his league leading 10th double last night. He still curiously hasn't hit a dinger this season, but with his improved approach at the plate they are sure to come eventually.

GCL Phillies 3, GCL Astros 2

Adonis Medina - 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 3 K, 5 GB, 4 FB (pickoff error)
Kevin Walsh - 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, K
Nick Fanti - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K, WP
Sutter McLoughlin - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, K
Jesus Alastre - 2 for 3
Juan Luis - 0 for 2
Arquimedes Gamboa - 0 for 4, 2 K
Cornelius Randolph - 0 for 4, K
Luis Encarnacion - 0 for 2, R, 2 BB
Lucas Williams - 1 for 4, 2 K
Greg Pickett - 0 for 2, RBI
Yunior Reyes - 1 for 2, R
Scott Tomassetti - 1 for 4, K
Greg Brodzinski - 1 for 2
Rodolfo Duran - 2 for 2, 2 RBI
Jose Antequera - 0 for 4

Adonis Medina is turning some heads in Florida with his low 90's FB, plus potential curve and "deceptive" changeup (via @StatsKing). In 15 innings this season he has only allowed 10 hits, 2 earned runs, 5 walks and struck out 14. He has the sort of helium watch as Ricardo Pinto with obvious potential to fill out more since he is only 18. Rodolfo Duran hit a bases loaded single to score two runs in the top of the 9th to put the Phils up. Nick Fanti (2015 31st rounder) struck out the side and earned his first pro win. Sutter McLoughlin (2015 22nd rounder) got his 3rd save of the season.