Imhof Roughed Up

By on June 16, 2015

 

Clearwater, Fla. — With their second round selection in 2014, the Philadelphia Phillies selected a lefty from Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo. On Tuesday night, Matt Imhof made his fourth start of the season for the High-A Clearwater Threshers.

In 14 career starts, Imhof has never pitched more than five innings. Tuesday would be no different.

The 47th overall pick in 2014 by the Phillies, Matt Imhof is currently in High-A Clearwater.

The California native, just five days removed from the seven-day disabled list (shoulder), was unable to command the strike zone on this night. The St. Lucie Mets were patient at the plate in the first inning, although not recording a hit. Imhof hurled 24 pitches in the first inning. Walking a man and benefitting from two foul ball pop-ups.

A ground ball double play bailed him out of danger in the second inning. However, the wheels fell off in the third.

The first four St Lucie Mets to bat in the third frame reached base safely. Three of the four were well-struck hits (2 singles, 1 double). Three of the six hits allowed on the night were just passed the diving arms of Threshers infielders. Baseball is a game of inches and on this night Matt Imhof was no ruler.

The Takeaway: He totaled 62 pitches, throwing 36 of them for strikes. His 58% strike rate must improve if he expects to stay atop the Phillies prospect list. His velocity is not a strength, consistently sitting in the upper 80’s. 40 of his 62 pitches were between 87 and 89 miles per hour. His breaking ball dropped down to 77 mph at times. With a fastball that tops out below 90 it is imperative that Imhof command the strike zone better than he did on Tuesday night.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H
St. Lucie
(34-31)
0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 12 4
Clearwater
(32-33)
0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 7 2

 

St. Lucie Mets
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Jeff McNeil 3B 5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
Brandon Nimmo CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .083
Maikis De La Cruz LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .269
Matt Oberste DH 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .277
Dominic Smith 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .288
Amed Rosario SS 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .266
Victor Cruzado RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .241
Phillip Evans 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .181
Jeff Glenn C 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .205
Totals 38 5 12 2 0 0 5 4 4 .263
BATTING
2B: Glenn (3, Imhof), Oberste (12, Nunez, M).
TB: Oberste 2; Cruzado, V; Glenn 3; Nimmo; Rosario 2; Smith, D; De La Cruz, M; McNeil 3.
RBI: Nimmo (1), Oberste (29), Smith, D (37), Rosario (17), De La Cruz, M (28).
2-out RBI: De La Cruz, M.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Glenn 2; Oberste; De La Cruz, M.
SF: Oberste.
GIDP: Evans.
Team RISP: 5-for-13.
Team LOB: 11.

FIELDING
E: Rosario 3 (12, fielding, throw, fielding), Cruzado, V (2, fielding).
DP: (Villasmil-Rosario-Smith, D).

Clearwater Threshers
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Drew Stankiewicz 2B 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .277
Carlos Tocci CF 5 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 .200
Andrew Knapp C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .253
Dylan Cozens DH 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263
Andrew Pullin LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .269
Willians Astudillo 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .299
Aaron Brown RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .241
Mitch Walding 3B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Angelo Mora SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .297
Totals 36 2 7 1 0 0 2 2 6 .259
BATTING
2B: Tocci (1, Gant).
TB: Stankiewicz 2; Mora; Walding; Tocci 2; Cozens 2.
RBI: Stankiewicz (15), Tocci (1).
2-out RBI: Stankiewicz; Tocci.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pullin 3; Astudillo 2; Cozens 2.
GIDP: Brown.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Cozens (10, 2nd base off Gant/Glenn).

FIELDING
E: Walding (10, fielding), Mora (9, fielding).
DP: 2 (Mora-Stankiewicz-Astudillo, Stankiewicz).

St. Lucie Mets
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
John Gant (W, 1-0) 5.2 7 2 2 2 5 0 2.84
Edioglis Villasmil (H, 1) 2.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
Robert Coles (S, 2) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.88
Totals 9.0 7 2 2 2 6 0 3.24
Clearwater Threshers
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Matt Imhof (L, 2-2) 2.1 6 4 4 2 1 0 3.63
Miguel Nunez 3.2 3 1 0 2 2 0 4.54
Paul Clemens 2.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Cody Forsythe 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.52
Totals 9.0 12 5 4 4 4 0 3.25
Game Scores: Gant 50, Imhof 28.
HBP: Knapp (by Gant), Astudillo (by Villasmil).
Groundouts-flyouts: Gant 11-3, Villasmil 6-0, Coles 2-0, Imhof 3-1, Nunez, M 2-4, Clemens 2-3, Forsythe 1-2.
Batters faced: Gant 30, Villasmil 7, Coles 3, Imhof 15, Nunez, M 16, Clemens 8, Forsythe 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Villasmil 3-0, Nunez, M 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Ben Levin. 1B: Alex Mackay.
Weather: 84 degrees, clear.
Wind: 7 mph, L to R.
T: 3:01.
Att: 3,116.
Venue: Bright House Field.
June 16, 2015
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