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Phillies Minor League Roundup - July 20, 2015

Nola Day!

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Today's Probables:

LHV: Anthony Vasquez
REA: Ethan Martin
CLR: David Whitehead
WIL: Alejandro Arteaga

Toledo 5, Lehigh Valley 1

Jason Berken - 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, BB, 3 K, HR, 2 WP, 3 GB, 10 FB
Nefi Ogando - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R
Cesar Jimenez - 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, K
Tyler Knigge - 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, K
Tyler Henson - 3 for 5, 2B, 2 K, CS, picked off
Aaron Altherr - 1 for 5, K
Gabriel Lino - 0 for 3, BB, K

Jason Berken has surprisingly been incredibly serviceable the last two months after a disastrous 1.5 months to begin the season. The offense once again couldn't pull its weight, going 1 for 8 with RISP and leaving 12 on base. Altherr has been "less hot" in his last 10 games, batting .250/.267/.341 in 44 at bats. Lino has been even colder, going .189/.244/.216 in the same span.

Reading 8, Bowie 5

Mark Leiter - 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 K, HR, HBP, 4 GB, 5 FB
Ethan Stewart - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, WP
Joely Rodriguez - 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 3 K, HR
Stephen Shackleford - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R
Kelly Dugan - 1 for 4, RBI
J.P. Crawford - 0 for 3, R, 2 BB
Cam Perkins - 2 for 5, 2 R
Brock Stassi - 2 for 3, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K
Andrew Knapp - 3 for 5, 2 R, 2B, 4 RBI, K (passed ball)
Brian Pointer - 2 for 3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, K, SB, HBP

Mark Leiter didn't pitch very well again and hasn't done so in his past 3 starts. Eastern League hasn't treated him well, as they are batting .316 off him in 6 starts. He was holding batters to a .202 average in the Florida State League. I thought there was an outside chance for him to be a 5th starter if he pitched well above A-ball, but next season will be a decision if he might work better out of the bullpen. Reading was outhit 12-11 in this game, but were obviously more timely with their hitting. Andrew Knapp keeps hitting the ball, which is a great sign for the Phillies catching depth. But before you get too excited about Knapp, he still has a bit to go behind the plate and is a year behind his development because of TJ surgery he had two offseasons ago. Brian Pointer keeps finding ways to get on base. He has a .372 on-base percentage despite batting .244. He has 9 HR and 6 stolen bases on the season.

Clearwater 5, Lakeland 3

Matt Imhof - 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, K, WP, 3 GB, 4 FB
Cody Forsythe - 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Miguel Nunez - 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, K, HBP
Malquin Canelo - 0 for 5
Chase Harris - 3 for 5, R, RBI, SB
Andrew Pullin - 2 for 4, R, 2B, BB, 2 K
Rhys Hoskins - 1 for 4, R, RBI, BB, HBP
Aaron Brown - 1 for 4, 2B
Willians Astudillo - 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI
Mitch Walding - 1 for 4, HR, 3 K

Matt Imhof continues to have trouble locating his pitches. He has an awful 1.51 WHIP and a 23:26 K/BB ratio this season in 42.1 innings. Despite this somehow, he is holding batters to a .250 average and a decent 4.04 ERA (that was a 3.66 before the game). There is a decent chance that he is not 100% healthy. Anyway, Forsythe and Nunez held the fort down with 6 shutout innings of 2 hit ball. Mitch Walding hit his 4th HR and struck out 3 times in the game. I feel like this should be called the "Art Charles" in this organization. Astudillo, Pullin and Harris all with excellent games at the plate. Malquin Canelo is...not adjusting well, batting .182 in his last 10 games and .212 overall in Clearwater.

Lakewood 4, Rome 0 (11 innings)

Tyler Viza - 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K, WP, 11 GB, 5 FB
Calvin Rayburn - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K
Matt Hockenberry - 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K
Herlis Rodriguez - 0 for 2, 2 BB, K, SB
Drew Stankiewicz - 0 for 3, R, 2 BB, SB
Scott Kingery - 1 for 5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 K
Kyle Martin - 1 for 5, HR
Damek Tomscha - 0 for 5, 4 K (throwing error)
Cord Sandberg - 1 for 5, K
Jiandido Tromp - 0 for 3, BB, 3 K, SB (outfield assist, home)
Deivi Grullon - 0 for 4, K
Jose Mayorga - 0 for 3, BB, K

Tyler Viza nearly matches Braves prospect Touki Toussaint last night. Toussaint no-hit the BlueClaws through 6 innings, walking 4 and striking out 8. They didn't get a hit until a 7th inning single from Cord Sandberg. The game would go into extras, where Kingery and Martin would both connect for bombs to eventually win the game. Both of these were their 2nd HR's of the season. Lakewood was outhit 7-3 in this game. Tromp actually saved the game with an outfield assist in the 10th inning to get the runner out at home.

Mahoning Valley 12, Williamsport 4

Denton Keys - 4.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HR, 8 GB, 2 FB
Skylar Hunter - 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, K, WP
Lewis Alezones - 1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB
Andrew Godail - 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, K
Zachary Coppola - 1 for 3, R, BB, SB (outfield assist, 3B)
Mark Laird - 1 for 5, R, 2B, RBI
Venn Viter - 2 for 5, RBI
Jose Pujols - 1 for 5
Brendon Hayden - 0 for 3, R, BB
Josh Tobias - 3 for 4, 2 2B
Gregori Rivero - 0 for 3, RBI
William Cuicas - 0 for 4, K
Grenny Cumana - 0 for 1, R, 2 BB, HBP (two fielding and one throwing errors)

Denton Keys is just getting destroyed out there. Batters are hitting .300 off him this season and he has walked 10 in 22.2 innings this season. He is just 20 years old, but time will tell how long he will stay in the rotation with so many others vying for a spot. The bullpen was torn up, but the utter disaster from Lewis Alezones was something special. He had started getting a buzz after a very nice 2014 campaign, but has been largely ineffective in 2015. The game was actually tied 4-4 going into the top of the 7th.

GCL Phillies 7, GCL Yankees2 5

Bailey Falter - 2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 K, 2 HR, 1 GB, 1 FB
Juan Luis - 3 for 5, 3 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SB
Jonathan Arauz - 3 for 5
Cornelius Randolph - 1 for 3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K
Dylan Cozens - 1 for 5, 2 RBI, 3 K
Luis Encarnacion - 0 for 4
Bryan Martelo - 1 for 4, R, 2B
Greg Brodzinski - 0 for 2
Edgar Cabral - 0 for 1, R, BB
Jose Antequera - 0 for 3, R
Arquimedes Gamboa - 1 for 4, R, RBI

I will not make a pun, I will not make a pun, I will not make a pun...Bailey Falter did not do good. He was...steady (damnit...) in his first two appearances this season. At the plate, Juan Luis had a pretty special day. The centerfielder hit his 2nd HR, 3rd double and stole his 8th base. It was back-to-back HR games for him. Jonathan Arauz had another spectacular day the plate. The 16 year old sometimes shortstop, sometimes second baseman, is hitting .405 in his last 10 games. Dylan Cozens continued his rehab, grabbing another hit and two RBI's in the game (and 3 K's...).