Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/20/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (16-25) were rained out.  They leave Daytona having completed only one of the three scheduled games.  No dates set for the rescheduling of the suspended and postponed games.  

The Threshers head to St. Lucie for a three-game set.  Adonis Medina is scheduled to pitch the opener. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/20/2018

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/19/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (16-25) game against the Florida Fire Frogs was suspended in the top of the sixth tied, 0-0.

The game was halted with two out in the top of the sixth with runners on second and third and Mickey Moniak at the plate with a 3-1 count. Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/19/2018

2018 Williamsport Roster (projected)

This is in response to a request from Sean and Tracey for me to project a possible 2018 roster for the Williamsport Crosscutters.  He is a host for players in Lakewood.  I have met another host family from Lakewood and a couple from Williamsport.  I respect you all for opening your homes to these young players.  Here’s my best guess at a possible roster. (BTW Sean, if your Tracey is the Tracey who follows me on Twitter, saying she is a huge Phillies fan is an understatement.  And thank you for your kind words.)

There are some hold overs in extended spring training who were on the 2017 Williamsport roster – Andrew Brown, Orestes Melendez, Jesus Azuaje, Brian Mins, Greg Pickett.  I would expect all but Pickett to be on the 2018 roster.  I haven’t seen Pickett in over a week.

We have 27 players from the 2017 GCL Phillies in extended spring training.  I would expect most of them to make the initial trip to Williamsport.  Some of these will return to Clearwater and play on one of the GCL teams (we have two this year) as they are bumped by college players we sign out of the 2018 Amateur Draft.

Catchers: Rafael Marchan and Lenin Rodriguez.  Before he was promoted to Lakewood, I would have included Nerluis Martinez among this group.  I’m fairly certain that one or two college catchers will also be considered in the mix.

Middle Infielders: The obvious locks are SS Jonathan Guzman and 2B Brayan Gonzalez. They make up an incredibly talented duo up the middle.  Jesus Azuaje and Brian Mims are also likely going north.

Corner Infielders: Pickett would certainly have gone to Williamsport if not Lakewood.  In his absence, Austin O’Brien and Edwin Rodriguez look like the next alternatives at first base.  I would have expected Jack Zoellner to have been the third baseman, but I heard he has a broken thumb.  Jake Holmes and D.J. Stewart are both playing third base.  Both are young, having been drafted out of high school last year.  Holmes changed to third from shortstop during Instructs, and Stewart signed late and got few reps last season.  I’m notoriously, slow when it comes to promoting the young guys, and can make an argument for both playing another season in the GCL.  With Zoellner hurt, that leaves Jesus Henriquez and Grenny Cumana as the likely candidates.  Both are utility types and have seen playing time at all infield positions and in the outfield.

Centerfielders: Keudy Bocio made the transition from shortstop to third baseman to center fielder since reporting to 2016 Instructs.  He’s been leading off most of the spring.

Corner OutfieldersBen Pelletier should also be headed north.  Carlos De La Cruz is a big, lanky outfielder in the John Mayberry, Jr. mold.  He was undrafted out of high school, was spotted in a summer league in Brooklyn, and signed late.  His first action came during Instructs.  He’s raw, and I wouldn’t hesitate leaving him in the GCL for his first taste of professional baseball.  The remaining outfielders are likely going to come out of the draft.

We also have some guys rehabbing down here like Simon MuzziottiMalvin Matos, and Cole Stobbe.  It’s unlikely that they report to Williamsport even for a rehab.  They would be more likely to do that in the GCL.  But, when healthy, they will return to their teams and bump guys backward.  A Danny Mayer or Kevin Markham could find themselves in Williamsport.

As muddled as all the above is, projecting pitchers is even tougher.  These are just my best guess.  A half-dozen or more will likely be bumped by college pitchers from the draft.

Starting Pitchers: Andrew Brown, Jhordany Mezquita, Manuel Silva, Sandro Rosario, Francisco Morales, and Ethan Lindow.

Relief Pitchers: Orestes Melendez, Josh Tols, Oscar Marcelino, Victor Sobil, Rafael Carvajal, Justin Miller, Danny Martinez, Robinson Martinez, Ben Brown, Sati Santa Cruz, and Bailey Cummings

Once again, there are pitchers I would bring along slower.  However, Morales and Lindow looked good in their last appearances.  It could be tough to keep them in Clearwater. Andrew Brown is just as likely to go to Lakewood as he is to repeat Williamsport.

Same for Ben Brown.  Like Lindow, he was part of the 2017 draft out of high school.  I can see him pitching more innings in the GCL.

Tols is interesting.  He’s an older guy, from Australia.  He has a delivery that is hard to pick up.  A friend says his pitch looks like it is coming out of a pitching machine.  He’s a lefty.

Santa Cruz and Cummings saw limited action last season, eight innings or less.  They might also benefit from another, longer stint in the GCL.

Guys I didn’t mention.  Jose Jimenez, starter who could benefit from another season in the GCL.  Anton Kuznetsov, reliever who led the GCL Phillies with 5 save last season.  But, his FB is 85-85 mph, and he’s been hit pretty hard this spring on the occasions I saw him.

Again, there are a lot of pitchers down here on rehab.  If they start getting healthy, the domino effect when they return to their teams will affect the Williamsport pitching staff.

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/18/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (16-25) lost to the Florida Fire Frogs, 1-0.

Sixto Sanchez (2-3, 3.21) allowed just one run, but it was all the Fire Frogs needed to post a win.  Sanchez pitched 6.0 innings and threw 101 pitches (62 strikes).  He allowed 5 hits and a walk, and hit a batter.  He struck out seven.  Jeff Singer (4.11) struck out 2 in 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.

The Threshers amassed 4 hits.  They were retired in order in the first inning.  In the next eight innings, they managed to get at least one runner on base.  Six time with one out, and twice with two out.  Until the ninth, they advanced a runner to second just once on Adam Haseley’s one-out double.  In the ninth, they managed to get two runners on base with one out, and substituted a couple of pinch runners just before an inning-ending double play.

In addition to Haseley’s double, Luke Williams singled.  Austin Listi and Darick Hall both singled in the ninth.  The Threshers other base runners came on 3 walks, a hit batter, and a fielding error.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (2-3 , 3.21): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  • #2 Adonis Medina (3-2, 6.67):
  • #3 Adam Haseley: went 1-4 with a double
  • #4 Mickey Moniak: entered as a pinch runner
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 0-4 
  • #17 Jose Gomez: entered as a pinch runner
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 5.00):
  • #28 Connor Seabold (0-3, 4.46):
  • Bailey Falter (3-0, 2.28):

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (21-17) beat Syracuse, 2-1.

Ben Lively (0.82) allowed one run on 2 hits in 6.0 innings.  He walked one and struck out five.  Mark Leiter (0.00) pitched a no-hit inning.  Tom Windle (3-2, 3.72) struck out 2 in 1.o inning (and got the win).  Pedro Beato (2.04) picked up his 12th save with a 1-2-4 ninth.

The IronPigs scored an unearned run in the sixth inning on Danny Ortiz’ RBI single.  Joey Meneses hit a two-out HR (6) in the ninth to provide the eventual winning run.

Dean Anna and Joey Meneses (.358) had 2 hits each.

  • #12 Enyel De Los Santos (4-0, 0.84):
  • #13 Tom Eshelman (1-3, 6.48):
  • #14 Roman Quinn (.289): 7-day DL, right middle finger strain
  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.225): went 0-4
  • #22 Drew Anderson (0-0, 5.79):
  • #23 Cole Irvin (3-1, 3.21):

Reading (14-23) lost to Erie, 2-1 twelve innings.

Harold Arauz gave up a run in the third inning and blew his best chance at winning the game on a night when the Phils’ offense was practically non-existent.  Arauz (3.89) held the SeaWolves to 4 hits in 6.2 innings.  He walked 3 and struck out three.  Tyler Gilbert (3.38) struck out 3 in 1.1 innings.  Edgar Garcia (0.38) struck out 3 in 2.0 innings.  Tyler Viza (0-2, 4.70) survived the overtime runner in the eleventh inning, but faced one batter before allowing the runner to score in the twelfth.

The Phils scored their run in the second inning.  Zach Green doubled, moved to third on Deivi Grullon’s single, and scored on Jan Hernandez’ sacrifice fly.  Green later singled. the only other hit for the Phils in the game.

Zach Green (.294) had 2 of Reading’s 3 hits.

Cornelius Randolph had an outfield assist.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (0-4, 6.38):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-1, 5.87):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (1-1, 4.25): 7-day DL, right hamstring strain
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.198): went 0-4 with a BB

Lakewood (21-17) postponed, rain.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.158): 7-day DL (shoulder, in Clearwater)
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.200):
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-2, 2.89):
  • #27 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #30 Nick Maton (.287):

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: 4.0 of 50 IP, 10 of 45 days with Phillies (6/20)

And these guys are still in Clearwater.

  • #18 Kyle Young: XST
  • #19 Francisco Morales: XST
  • #24 Luis Garcia: XST
  • #25 J.D. Hammer: XST
  • #26 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season
  • #29 Jonathan Guzman: XST

XST

Ethan Lindow started the Williamsport game.  He looked very sharp.  He had Braves’ prospects swinging over a nasty cutter that I thought was a slider.  He along with Josh Tols and Oscar Marcelino held the Braves to one run and three hits.

Jhailyn Ortiz played again in right.  He played the whole game.  He showed good range in the outfield.  He looked like he was going to lay out to catch a ball in the gap.  Thankfully, he held up and protected that shoulder.  He had a single through the right side on a well-executed hit-and-run.  He was also thrown out at second on an ill-fated double steal that saw a promising first inning rally end on the rare attempted-double-steal-double-play.

The youngsters ran into a lot of outs on the base paths.  At one point, in spite of out-hitting and out-walking their opponents, they had only batted one batter over the minimum.

They finally went ahead with two runs set up by Braves’ errors on steals, pickoffs, and a balk.

2018 XST Roster

2018 Phillies XST schedule.

Phillies GCL schedule.

Transactions

5/18/18–Lehigh Valley released LHP Tim Berry
5/18/18–LHP David Parkinson assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
5/18/18–LHP Kyle Young assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/17/18–Phillies activated LHP Adam Morgan from the 10-day DL
5/17/18–Phillies sent RHP Victor Arano on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
5/17/18–C Nerluis Martinez assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/16/18–LHP Cole Irvin assigned to Williamsport from Lehigh Valley
5/16/18–LHP Tim Berry assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/16/18–RHP Tommy Bergjans assigned to Reading from Williamsport
5/16/18–Clearwater Threshers activated LHP Nick Fanti from the 7-day DL
5/16/18–Phillies optioned Mark Leiter Jr. to Lehigh Valley
5/15/18–RHP Luis Ramirez assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
5/15/18–Mark Leiter Jr. activated from 10-day DL
5/15/18–Phillies sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Reading
5/15/18–Lehigh Valley placed CF Roman Quinn on the 7-day DL retro to 5/13/18. Right middle finger sprain
5/15/18–Reading placed 1B Kyle Martin on the 7-day DL
5/15/18–3B Bradley Haslam assigned to GCL Phillies East
5/14/18–Santy Prada signed to a minor league contract; assigned to DSL Phillies White
5/14/18–Phillies sent RHP Victor Arano on a rehab assignment to Reading
5/14/18–Phillies optioned RHP Jake Thompson to Lehigh Valley
5/14/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/14/18–RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/14/18–RHP Randy Alcantara assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/14/18–Lakewood placed C Colby Fitch on the 7-day DL retro to 5/10/2018
5/14/18–Phillies signed NDFA Bradley Haslam and assigned him to Williamsport
5/14/18–Bailey Falter transferred from Clearwater to Williamsport
5/13/18–Lehigh Valley activated Drew Anderson from the 7-day DL
5/13/18–Lehigh Valley placed Matt McBride on the 7-day DL retro to 5/11. Left shin contusion

The rosters and lists are up to date as of 5/18.  I’ve got 326 players in the organization.

 

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/17/2018

Clearwater Threshers (16-24) 

Mauricio Llovera (2-3, 3.48) lasted 3.2 innings and gave up 5 runs in the fourth inning.  He allowed 7 hits, a hit batter, and a walk.  Jake Hernandez (3.80) gave up his first 2 runs in 7 appearances (dating back to April 14th) in 2.1 innings, striking out three.  And, Alberto Tirado (1.80) mopped up the final 3.0 innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits, but no walks.

The Threshers closed to within 5-3 with a run in the fourth on Darick Hall’s 11th HR and 2 runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Adam Haseley and Austin Listi.

Haseley and Jose Antequera had 2 hits each.

Haseley picked up an outfield assist at second base.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (2-2 , 3.58): 
  • #2 Adonis Medina (3-2, 6.67):
  • #3 Adam Haseley: went 2-4 with an RBI
  • #4 Mickey Moniak: went 0-4 
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 1-4 with a run scored
  • #17 Jose Gomez: went 1-4
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 5.00):
  • #28 Connor Seabold (0-3, 4.46):
  • Bailey Falter (3-0, 2.28):

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (20-17) lost to Scranton in eleven innings, 5-4.

Tom Eshelman pitched 5.0 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits.  Hoby Milner (1.80) pitched a hitless inning.  Victro Arano (0.00) pitched a rehab inning.  Jake Thompson (8.44) pitched to one batter and gave up a single.  Austin Davis (3.10) allowed the inherited runner to score as well as the game-tying run on a 2-run HR.  Pedro Beato (2.16) pitched a 2-hit inning.  And, Jake Waguespack (0-4, 5.30) gave up an unearned run during baseball’s equivalent of a “shootout”.

The IronPigs built a 3-run lead with a run in the first on Dean Anna’s lead off triple and Danny Ortiz’ RBI ground out; a run in the second on Joey Meneses’ double and Alexi Amarista’s RBI single; and a run in the fourth on a Joey Meneses HR (5).  They padded a one run lead in the eighth on Ortiz’ RBI single.

Collin Cowgill, Joey Meneses (.349), and Amarista (.289) had 2 hits each.  Cowgill added an outfield assist.  And, Milner picked a runner off first base.

  • #12 Enyel De Los Santos (4-0, 0.84):
  • #13 Tom Eshelman (1-3, 6.48): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • #14 Roman Quinn (.289): 7-day DL, right middle finger strain
  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.232): went 0-5
  • #22 Drew Anderson (0-0, 5.79):
  • #23 Cole Irvin (3-1, 3.21):

Reading (14-22) no game scheduled.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (0-4, 6.38):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-1, 5.87):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (1-1, 4.25): 7-day DL, right hamstring strain
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.206):

Lakewood (21-17) beat Greensboro, 4-1.

Will Stewart pitched another gem – 6.0 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, (0 ER), 1 BB, 7 K.  Jonathan Hennigan (1.46) , Julian Garcia (1-1, 4.80), and Addison Russ (0.87) each tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Hennigan picked a runner off first base, Garcia struck out the side (and got the win), and Russ picked up his seventh save.

The BlueClaws gave up an unearned run in the first then were held of the board until a 4-run ninth – Gregori Rivero’s RBI triple, Nick Maton’s RBI single, Dalton Guthrie’s two-out RBI single, and Jake Scheiner’s RBI single.

Rivero (.271), Maton (.287), and Guthrie (.252) had 2 hits each.

The BlueClaws survived a lot of mistakes – 2 caught stealing, 2 errors, a passed ball, and 2 hit batters.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.158): 7-day DL (shoulder, in Clearwater)
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.200): went 0-5
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-2, 2.89):
  • #27 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #30 Nick Maton (.287): went 2-4 with a run scored, RBI

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: 4.0 of 50 IP, 10 of 45 days with Phillies (6/20)

And these guys are still in Clearwater.

  • #18 Kyle Young: XST
  • #19 Francisco Morales: XST
  • #24 Luis Garcia: XST
  • #25 J.D. Hammer: XST
  • #26 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season
  • #29 Jonathan Guzman: XST

XST

Francisco Morales started the “Williamsport” game this afternoon.  He looked as good as I’ve seen him.  He pitched under control and had good control of a secondary pitch.  He struck out four in 3.0 innings before rain caused a delay.  He had guys swinging over his off speed pitch.  A level of control I didn’t see last year.  I’m not going to get too excited, but I can’t wait to see his next outing.

2018 XST Roster

2018 Phillies XST schedule.

Phillies GCL schedule.

Transactions

5/17/18–Phillies activated LHP Adam Morgan from the 10-day DL
5/17/18–Phillies sent RHP Victor Arano on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
5/17/18–C Nerluis Martinez assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/16/18–LHP Cole Irvin assigned to Williamsport from Lehigh Valley
5/16/18–LHP Tim Berry assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/16/18–RHP Tommy Bergjans assigned to Reading from Williamsport
5/16/18–Clearwater Threshers activated LHP Nick Fanti from the 7-day DL
5/16/18–Phillies optioned Mark Leiter Jr. to Lehigh Valley
5/15/18–RHP Luis Ramirez assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
5/15/18–Mark Leiter Jr. activated from 10-day DL
5/15/18–Phillies sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Reading
5/15/18–Lehigh Valley placed CF Roman Quinn on the 7-day DL retro to 5/13/18. Right middle finger sprain
5/15/18–Reading placed 1B Kyle Martin on the 7-day DL
5/15/18–3B Bradley Haslam assigned to GCL Phillies East
5/14/18–Santy Prada signed to a minor league contract; assigned to DSL Phillies White
5/14/18–Phillies sent RHP Victor Arano on a rehab assignment to Reading
5/14/18–Phillies optioned RHP Jake Thompson to Lehigh Valley
5/14/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/14/18–RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/14/18–RHP Randy Alcantara assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/14/18–Lakewood placed C Colby Fitch on the 7-day DL retro to 5/10/2018
5/14/18–Phillies signed NDFA Bradley Haslam and assigned him to Williamsport
5/14/18–Bailey Falter transferred from Clearwater to Williamsport
5/13/18–Lehigh Valley activated Drew Anderson from the 7-day DL
5/13/18–Lehigh Valley placed Matt McBride on the 7-day DL retro to 5/11. Left shin contusion

The rosters and lists are up to date as of 5/17.  I’ve got 327 players in the organization.

So, apparently I forgot to hit “Publish” the other night.  Unfortunate, but that’s not the first time I’ve had that brain fart.  I hope I didn’t cause any angst, especially for the grandparents of one of the players that I met at the Carpenter Complex Wednesday afternoon.  Hope I didn’t ruin your morning coffee.

Wednesday at the Complex was Nick Fanti’s first start.  He pitched 4.0 innings and threw 67 pitches (43 strikes, 64.2%).  He walked the first batter he faced on four pitches.  That runner eventually scored on a sac fly.  Fanti’s fastball ran higher than I remember, especially in the first two innings.  He had better success getting the ball down in the zone after the second, and retired the Cardinals in order in the fourth.

Fanti gave up 4 runs on 6 hits, no walks after the first batter, but gave up 2 HR.  His FB ranged 86-90 mph, and sat 87-88 mph.  He got 6 of his 8 swings and misses on fastballs. Four of the six hits came on off speed pitches, but the 2 HR came on elevated fastballs.

I’m sure that he will have more success when he spots his pitches more efficiently.

McKenzie Mills relieved (piggybacked?) and seemed to pitch angry.  He struck out the first batter on pitches that ranged 94-96 mph.  Then he settled in around 91-92 mph as he went deeper into the game.

I decided to give up.  I will allow comments on everything I post.  But, since I do get upset by some of the comments, I’m no longer going to read them.  I stopped reading the discussion comments a week or more ago.  I had continued to check the author’s of comments to verify authenticity, but the heck with that.  That’s beyond my pay grade.  You got a problem, get in touch with me.

Around the System–Relief Pitching

Lehigh Valley

Pedro Beato, 31, Re-Signed as a free agent in 2018; 15 games, 0-0 with a 2.30ERA; 11SV; 15.2IP 7H 5BB 18K; 0.76WHIP; 2.9BB/10.3K per 9; .191 vs LHH; .090 vs RHH; .095 with runners on base; Beato continues to be outstanding for Lehigh Valley and recently became the ‘Pigs all time leader in saves.

Zac Curtis, 25, Signed as a free agent in 2017; 9 games, 0-1 with a 3.48ERA; 10.1IP 7H 5BB 12K; 1.16WHIP; 4.4BB/10.5K per 9; .167 vs LHH; .243 vs RHH; .206 with runners on base; Curtis has thrown generally well however like in the majors, the walks have presented a problem.

Austin Davis, 25, Phils 12th round pick in 2014; 13 games, 0-1 with a 3.00ERA; 18IP 12H 6BB 25K; 1.00WHIP; 3.0BB/12.5K; .222 vs LHH, .178 vs RHH; .286 with runners on base; Davis has pitched very well and it placing himself on the Phils radar screen as a LOOGY.

Brandon Leibrandt, 25, Phils 6th round pick in 2014; 8 games (3 starts); 2-0 with a 0.00ERA; 23IP 12H 3BB 12K; 0.65WHIP; 1.2BB/4.7K per 9; .105 vs LHH, .169 vs RHH; .050 with runners on base.  Damn!

Hoby Milner, 27, Phils 7th round pick in 2012; 8 games for LV; 0-0 with a 2.00ERA; 9IP 5H 3BB 7K; 0.89WHIP; 3.0BB/7.0K per 9; .231 vs LHH, .185 vs RHH; After an inconsistent first few weeks with the Phils, Milner was sent down and generally thrown well for LV.

Jake Thompson, 24, Acquired from Texas in 2015; 5 games (3 starts) for LV; 0-1 with a 9.00ERA; 14IP 20H 9BB 12K; 2.07WHIP; 5.8BB/7.7K per 9; .378 vs LHH, .271 vs RHH; Thompson has been consistently hit around, whether it be with the Phils or ‘Pigs this year.

Tom Windle, 26, Acquired from Dodgers in 2015; 14 games, 2-1 with a 3.57ERA; 17.2IP 13H 5BB 20K; 1.02WHIP; 2.5BB/10.2K per 9; .125 vs LHH, .220 vs RHH; .222 with runners on base; After generally failing to impress over the last two years in the organization, WIndle has thrown quite well this season.

Reading

Tommy Bergjans, 25, Acquired from Dodgers in 2016; 3 games between Reading and Clearwater; 0-0 with a 2.25ERA; 4IP 4H 2BB 0K.

Trevor Bettencourt, 23, Phils 25th round pick in 2016; 11 games, 1-0 with 3.18ERA; 17IP 14H 9BB 18K; 1.35WHIP; 4.8BB/0.5K per 9; .222 vs LHH, .229 vs RHH; Bettencourt was throwing relatively well before being placed on the DL 10 days ago.  He was being used in high leverage situations;

Ranfi Casimiro, 25, SIgned as a free agent in 2010; 12 games between Lehigh Valley and Reading; 3-1 with a 5.40ERA; 16.2IP 20H 11BB 11K; 1.86WHIP; 5.9BB/5.9K per 9; .360 vs LHH, .256 vs RHH; Very mediocre thus far

Joe DeNato, 26, Phils 19th round pick in 2014; 3 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 3.2IP without giving up an ER; 3BB 4K.

Edgar Garcia, 21, Signed as a free agent in 2014; 14 games; 0-1 with a 0.41ERA; 22IP 9H 11BB 24K; 0.90WHIP; 4.5BB/9.8K per 9; .167 vs LHH, .079 vs RHH; After a very average ’17 in CLearwater, Garcia has been lights out thus far in ’18. Continue reading Around the System–Relief Pitching

Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/15/2018

Clearwater Threshers (16-22) earned an unlikely spli of a double header with Palm Beach, losing 2-1 and winning 11-10.

Game One: Connor Seabold deserved better.  He tossed 6.0 innings, gave up 2 runs on 6 hits, walked one, and struck out four.  Jeff Singer (4.73) pitched a scoreless seventh.   Continue reading Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/15/2018

Around the System–Starting Pitching

Lehigh Valley

Enyel De Los Santos, 22, Acquired from San Diego in 2018; 4 starts; 4-0 with an 0.84ERA; 32.1IP 24H 13BB 39K; .203 opp avg; 1.13WHIP; 3.6BB/10.9K per 9; .184 vs LHH; .217 vs RHH; Has been outstanding this season after being acquired in the Freddy Galvis deal.

Jacob Waguespack; 23, Signed as a free agent in 2015; 7 games (6 starts) between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 0-3 with a 5.23ERA; 31IP 35H 17BB 31K; .280 opp avg; 1.68WHIP; 4.9BB/9.0K per 9; Has flip flopped between Reading and LV whenever an extra starter has been needed and has done a serviceable job in a difficult role.

Tom Eshelman, 23, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 7 starts; 1-3 with a 6.87ERA; 36.2IP 57H 14BB 32K; 7HR allowed; .358 opp avg; 1.94WHIP; 3.4BB/7.9K per 9; .378 vs LHH; .341 vs RHH; 7 HR allowed; Eshelman started the season on the verge of breaking through to the big club and has seemingly forgotten how to pitch through the first 6 weeks.  After holding the opposition to a .227 average last season in AAA, something is amiss.

Cole Irvin, 23, Phils 5th round pick in 2016; 7 starts; 3-1 with a 3.21ERA: 42IP 34H 11BB 37K; .224 opp avg; 1.07WHIP; 2.4BB/7.9K per 9; .139 vs LHH, .250 vs RHH; It quickly putting himself on the forefront of the radar screen, especially with his left arm.

Ben Lively, 26, Acquired from Cincinnati in 2014; Has made one start for Lehigh Valley and did not allow an ER in 5IP.  Sent down after coming off the DL in Philly.  Was 0-2 with a 6.85ERA for the Phils before getting injured.

 

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Harold Arauz, 22, Acquired from Houston in 2015; 7 starts; 3-1 with a 4.34ERA; 37.1IP 35H 11BB 33K; .254 opp avg; 1.23 WHIP; 2.7BB/8.0K per 9; .267 vs LHH; .238 vs RHH; Arauz has been a tick above average through the  early going.

Elneiry Garcia, 23, Signed as a free agent in 2012; 4 starts; 0-3 with a 5.57ERA; 21IP 27H 10BB 12K; .297 opp avg; 1.76WHIP; 4.3BB/5.1K per 9; .385 vs LHP; .282 vs RHP; The results have not been pretty this season for Garcia.

Franklyn Kilome, 22, Signed as a free agent in 2013; 6 starts, 1-1 with a 5.74ERA; 26.2IP 26H 12BB 34K; .263 opp avg; 1.43WHIP; 4.1BB/11.5K per 9; .381 vs LHH, .175 vs RHH; Kilome needs to learn how to be effective on those nights when he doesn’t have his best stuff.  Walks have really hurt him and has not been able to get out left handed hitters

JoJo Romero, 21, Phils 4th round pick in 2016; 7 starts; 0-4 with a 6.38ERA; 36.2IP 43H 19BB 31K; .291 opp avg; 1.69WHIP; 4.7BB/7.6K per 9; .206 vs LHH, .316 vs RHH; 6HR allowed; Romero was(is) a guy I have huge hopes for in 2018.  His walk rate has spiked, K rate has dropped and is giving up the homerun ball.  His fastball is down a couple of ticks and I wonder whether he is hurting..? Continue reading Around the System–Starting Pitching