2016 Threshers v. XST Phillies, April 5th

Tuesday night the Threshers played a scrimmage game against a team comprised of players in the XST camp.  Threshers’ pitchers started for both teams – Tyler Viza for the Threshers and Will Morris for XST.  The game was a little one sided as the Threshers scored 5 runs in the second inning and went on to win 7-0.

The XST players managed 7 hits off the Threshers, 5 off starter Viza but weren’t able to produce a run.  They struck out 11 times.  The Threshers pitchers posted the following, note that team lines are a little blurred on the mound –

  •                            IP    H    R    ER    BB    K
  • Viza –              3.0    5    0       0       1     3
  • Garcia –         2.0    1    0       0       0     3
  • Casimiro –   1.0    1    0       0       0     2
  • Milner –         1.0    0    0       0       0     2
  • Indriago –    2.0    0    0       0       0     1,   1 HBP
  •                           9.0    7    0       0       0   11,  1 HBP

The Threshers hitters scored early as the XST pitchers posted the following –

  •                            IP    H    R    ER    BB    K
  • Morris –        2.2    7    5       5       1     0
  • Medina –      3.0    2    2       1       0     1
  • Suarez –       2.0    1    0       0       0     2
  • Singer –        1.0    0    0       0       0     1
  •                           8.2    7    0       0       0    4

Kirsten Karbach provides short descriptions of the players who make up the Threshers’ roster in an article on the Threshers’ web site.

Pullin 4-5-2016
2015 Threshers home run leader Andrew Pullin at the plate


The Threshers did most of their damage in a 5-run second.  Pullin lined a leadoff single to RF.  Green flied out and Walding lined a single to right.  RF Jhailyn Ortiz unleashed a strong throw to third that sailed into the dugout.  Sandberg grounded out sharply to first.  Drew Stankiewicz homered onto the RF berm. Canelo beat out a bunt for a single and stole second.  He scored from second when Kingery beat out an RBI, infield single.  Inning rolled.

The Threshers got 2 more runs in the fourth when Walding doubled to center.  He scored on a throwing error by Luke Williams on a Lino ground ball.  Lino moved to third on a long fly out by Sandberg and scored on a ground out by Stankiewicz.

Sandberg and Legg 4-5-2016
Cord Sandberg (#35) passes coach on way to on deck circle before walk in ninth

The Threshers Starters were –

  1. Viza
  2. Lino
  3. Martin
  4. Kingery
  5. Walding
  6. Canelo
  7. Pullin
  8. Tocci
  9. Sandberg
  10. Green and Stankiewicz were DH
  11. Numata and H. Rodriguez comprised the bench

Notable –

  • Kingery 1-5, RBI
  • Tocci 1-3, 2B
  • Martin 0-4
  • Pullin 1-4, R
  • Walding 3-3, 2 R, 2B, 3B
  • Lino 1-3, 2 R, RBI
  • Stankiewicz 2-4 R, 3 RBI, HR
  • Ortiz Ks in the ninth 4-5-2016
    Jhailyn Ortiz strikes out in the ninth
  • Ortiz 1-4, 3 K swinging
  • Hiciano 2-3
  • Gregori Rivero 1-2, 2B
  • Gamboa 0-3, DP, 2 K looking
  • Pullin made a nice sliding catch in left.
  • Hoskins robbed Edwin Rodriguez on a line drive to his left.
  • Kingery and Stankiewicz combined on a double play that started with a bobble by Kingery, accurate flip to Stankiewicz, barehanded and thrown to first for an inning double play.  I thought Alastre beat the relay.  The umpire didn’t.
  • Suarez to Antequera 4-5-2016
    Ranger Suarez pitching to Jose Antequera in the ninth

The Threshers haven’t announced their starters for the season opener Thursday in Dunedin or the home opener on Friday.  I’m guessing Imhof and Eshelman.

Imhof and Eshelman 4-5-2016
Imhof (gray cap) and Eshelman (to Imhof’s left) charting pitches and velocity

Recent Transactions –

  • 2015, 32nd round draft pick, Reggie Wilson was released without ever being assigned to a roster.
  • Ernesto Frieri was released by LHV
  • Reinier Roibal was assigned from REA to LHV
  • Jeremy Bleich was assigned from XST to REA

High School Report – 

Riley Pint reportedly  95-97, T99 in first inning against Blue Valley SW.  According to multiple scouts’ radar guns Riley Pint hit 99 mph at least 3 times in the first inning.  Pint struck out the side in the second inning.  Of 19 pitches in 2nd, only 4 were under 95 mph.

Jason Groome pitched in front of Matt Klentak, Joe Jordan and a scouting director (Johnny Almarez, Mike Ondo, Gordon Lackey?).  He was on a 60-pitch limit and lasted one batter into the fifth inning who reached when hit by Groome’s 59th and last pitch for the day.  Groome’s line 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP.  His FB was 91-93, CB 75-78 with bite.  Afterwards, he commented that he didn’t throw many change ups.

  • Groome walked a batter in the first,
  • struck out the side in the second on 12 pitches,
  • allowed a soft single to the right side in the third,
  • and struck out the side in the 4th on 10 pitches (56 total at this point).



13 thoughts on “2016 Threshers v. XST Phillies, April 5th

  1. For Kirsten’s article, Denato had 16 pickoffs last year? In 43 innings? He should just walk each guy and pick them off. Kirsten’s pretty excited about the Threshers, as am I. Rotation looks solid and deep. Relief pitchers could be the strength of the team. A lot of guys returning mainly because the organization has improved so much at the top. But some newcomers too, which makes it truly exciting. They still have to play the games but these guys could feed off each other and improve on last year’s Championship team.

    Reading is the same for me. Go Fightin’s.

  2. What has got into Mitch Walding..the bat has come alive with fresh maple.
    Pint looks refreshing in his starts, but when it comes to HSers at 1.1…prefer Groome.
    Adonis Medina could be something else, another Pinto!
    And Ortiz ..stay the course.

    1. I’m thinking Sandusky’s perseverance may just pay off for Walding and wouldn’t that be something 🙂

      1. I know, right? I have to say that, for all my skepticism, he and Tommy Joseph were both crushing the ball down in ST. I hope for his sake that he can turn it around.

  3. Wow, all three of them watched Groome? They’re really serious about him.

  4. I’d love to know about Tocci double. Did he drive it to the gap or was it a hustle double?

    1. Full disclosure on Tocci’s 3 AB –

      fly ball to shallow right field,
      ground double on 0-2 pitch between Encarnacion and first base down line ,
      ground out to second.

      1. Thanks for the first hand info.
        Does it look like he added any wieght? I know he is still some what young but if he is ever going to gain some weight this is the time.

  5. Looks like Kilome has been named opening day starter for Lakewood tomorrow, can’t wait to see him as it will be my first time watching him.

  6. The minor leagues didn’t fare well tonight .some players were good but the Reading team had a tough go of it.

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