Lehigh Valley split a double header. Mitch Walding had a big game in the win.
Reading beat Akron. Three relievers held down the fort over the final six innings.
Clearwater beat Fort Myers. Adam Haseley had 2 doubles and 3 RBI.
Lakewood swept Hagerstown. Ramon Rosso and Will Stewart each pitched six solid innings.
Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.
Lehigh Valley (8-10) split a double header with Norfolk, winning 9-8 and losing 5-0.
Game One: Tom Eshelman gave up 6 runs in 3.1 innings on 7 hits and 3 walks. Tom Windle gave up 2 in 1.2 innings plus an inherited runner. He struck out three. Ranfi Casimiro pitched a clean inning for the win, Pedro Beato a clean inning for his 4th save.
Mitch Walding had 4 hits and 4 RBI. Jesse Valentin had 2 hits and 2 RBI.
- #15 Tom Eshelman (1-1, 7.08): 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
- #16 Roman Quinn (.283): went 1-4 with a run scored, triple, RBI
- #18 Dylan Cozens (.255): went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, double
- Andrew Pullin (.105): went 0-4
- Jesse Valentin (.268): went 2-4 with a triple, 2 RBI
- Mitch Walding (.317): went 4-4 with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, HR, 4 RBI
Game Two: Jake Waguespack gave up 4 runs in 4.0 innings on 5 hits and a walk, He struck out five. Zac Curtis and Brandon Liebrandt each pitched a scoreless inning.
The IronPigs managed just 4 singles in the second game.
- #14 Enyel De Los Santos (1-0, 1.98):
- #15 Tom Eshelman (1-1, 7.08):
- #16 Roman Quinn (.283): DNP
- #18 Dylan Cozens (.241): went 0-3
- #24 Drew Anderson: 7-day DL, right forearm strain
- #25 Cole Irvin (0-1, 5.40):
- Andrew Pullin (.105): DNP
- Jesse Valentin (.254): went 0-3
- Mitch Walding (.306): went 0-2 with a BB
- Zach Eflin (2-2, 4.05):
- Jake Thompson (0-1, 10.80):
- Austin Davis (0-1, 3.72):
- Brandon Leibrandt (1-0, 0.00): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Reading (8-12) beat Akron, 9-7. Everybody got a hit as part of the Phils 15-hit attack.
Franklyn Kilome struggled through 3.0 innings, giving up six Ducks’ runs. Tyler Gilbert who got the win, Trevor Bettencourt, and Luke Leftwich who earned his second save, combined to shut down Akron on one unearned run over the final six innings.
Jan Hernandez had 3 hits. Damek Tomscha, Jiandido Tromp, Cord Sandberg, and Heiker Meneses had two each.
- #9 Franklyn Kilome (1-0, 5.60): 3.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
- #17 Cornelius Randolph (.159): DNP
- #11 Ranger Suarez (1-1, 4.13):
- #8 JoJo Romero (0-3, 7.20):
- Edgar Garcia (0-1, 0.66):
- #12 Seranthony Dominguez (1-2, 2.08):
- Damek Tomscha (.292): 2-5 with 2 runs scored, double, HR, RBI
- Cord Sandberg (.320): went 2-4 with an RBI
- Jiandido Tromp (.250): went 2-5 with a run scored, double, 2 RBI
- Harold Arauz (2-0, 3.86):
- Jake Waguespack (4.50):
- Seth McGarry (0-1, 0.87, 1 save):
Clearwater (7-13) beat Fort Myers, 9-5, extending their wining streak to three games.
Adonis Medina looked a little better today, but nothing like a highly ranked prospect should. Things looked promising in the first inning when he threw 12 of 16 pitches for strikes, although he began a pattern of getting behind batters that would follow him throughout the game.
In the second inning, Medina gave up a one-out, solo HR on a 3-1 pitch, a HR that cleared the back fence and exited the stadium. He was visibly upset behind the mound. He was unable to regain his composure and missed on his first pitch to the next 4 batters. He needed 24 pitches (13 strikes) to get through the inning, and had a total of 40 after two innings.
Medina rebounded in the third, threw 11 of 12 pitches for strikes, and recorded his only two strike outs in his only 1-2-3 inning.
Medina took the mound in the fourth with a 3-1 lead, and managed to toss a shut down inning. A five-pitch, one out walk was a little scary, but he got two fly balls that Mickey Moniak was able to run down in the gaps to preserve the lead.
Medina was required to maintain his cool in the fifth inning when Jose Pujols lost a double in the sun and Raul Rivas pulled Darick Hall off the bag on an errant throw to first. Medina issued a five-pitch walk to load the bases. He got a double-play ball to Arquimedes Gamboa, but bobbled the ball and they Threshers could only trade the run for one out. Fortunately, a 5-4-3 double play brought the inning to an end.
Medina exited after the fifth inning. He had thrown 90 pitches, 56 strikes (62.2%). He threw just 9 of 21 first pitch strikes (42.9%). His high pitch count can be blamed on both his control issues as well as the extra outs the defensive was granting.
Medina induced 8 swinging strikes (14.3%) and got 7 called strikes (12.5%). These are low percentages compared to the games I have charted. His 24 foul balls (42.9%) is a high percentage when compared to the same games. I don’t know what to make of this hopefully isolated data set. They stood out as something different from what I usually see. But I would hesitate to jump to any conclusions on a one-game sample.
Medina’s throws a FB, SL, and CH. His FB range was 90-96 mph, sitting 93-94, and touching 96 once. Twenty-eight of 48 FB were at 93-94. His SL sat 87-88, and his CH ranged 80-83.
Medina reached five, three-ball counts. These resulted in a HR, a hard-hit ground ball that Rivas couldn’t handle on his backhand, 2 walks, and a double that was lost in the sun. His 2 strike outs came on sliders at 87 and 88 mph. Both were swinging.
Medina left with a 5-2 lead. Jake Hernandez entered and Gamboa committed an error on a ground ball. Hernandez retired the next two batters and looked to have exited the inning unscathed when a fly ball to right center dropped in. It looked like a sure out, but Pujols took a scenic route to the ball. I think he lost it in the sun based on his reaction to correct his path before the ball passed him. Moniak had to retrieve the ball at the wall to prevent the batter from scoring. A single to center allowed the secon unearned run of the inning to score. A caught stealing on the arm of Wilson Garcia brought the inning to an end.
Alexis Rivero came in for the seventh and found himself in a one-out jam after another fly ball to right dropped in, this time for a triple. He pitched out of trouble, but not before loading the bases on a hit batter and walk. He gave up a lead off HR in the eighth, but the Threshers had added four runs in the previous frame.
Jeff Singer pitched the ninth. He seems to have his velocity back, but his off speed pitches don’t look right, yet. He’s down here working on another off speed pitch, a change up. He got a strike out and ground out that led to the ejection of the Miracle’s manager and hitting coach. Yet, another poor throw pulled Hall off the bag. He came down on the batter and got the out. The Miracle decided to argue the call. A ground ball to Hall’s right deflected off his glove to Rivas, but his throw to Singer was ruled late. Make up call. In the weakest scoring ruling of the day, Hall was charged with an error. Singer got the final out on a strike out.
Trailing by a run, the Threshers started their comeback in the third inning on, wait for it, a Jose Pujols walk. Rivas reached on a fielder’s choice that didn’t record an out. Gomez singled to load the bases with nobody out. Adam Haseley came through with a bases clearing double to center. On this play, the runners were unsure if the ball would be caught. When it did, Pujols stood on third, as he should, to tag up. Rivas was half way to third (I think he should have been on second to tag up also. Gomez was on second ready to retreat to first if the ball was caught, and Haseley was closing in on second. After the ball hit the ground, it looked like the Keystone Kops as players scurried to score. Haseley ended up on second as he waited to see if Coach Williams waved Gomez home. Haseley could have scored standing up on the play if he had stayed on Gomez’ shirt tail.
The Threshers added two runs in the third. After Moniak singled and Garcia doubled, Pujols and Rivas came through with RBI singles.
After the Miracle crept within a run, the Threshers put the game away with 4 runs in the seventh. Haseley doubled and Austin Listi singled with one out to set the table. Hall lined an RBI single to left and Moniak loaded the bases with a single to center. Garcia served up a three-run double to right to close out the Threshers’ scoring.
The Threshers accumulated 13 hits. Garcia had three. Haseley, Moniak, and Rivas had two each. Haseley and Garcia had 3 RBI each.
The defense was worse than the three charged errors. Much worse. There were the two-three balls lost in the sun in right field. Bobbled balls that in the infield that prevented outs and cost pitchers extra pitches. Bad throws that had Hall sprawling all over trying to hold the bag and that led to a collision in the ninth that may cost the services of Hall tomorrow. Fortunately, Hall held onto the ball and recorded the out. Unfortunately, he came away from the play clutching his lower back/hip. By my scoring, the Threshers’ pitchers gave up just two earned runs on the two solo HRs.
BTW, Jose Pujols looks a lot better at the plate. I made light of his walk above, but he is having much better at bats. In that at bat, he laid off a couple of off speed pitches to draw the walk. He has done that a lot this season, laying off pitches he used to miss. He still gets fooled, but not as badly and as much as he used to. Sweet irony, Pujols drew the Threshers’ only walk today.
- #5 Mickey Moniak: went 2-4 with 2 runs scored
- #1 Sixto Sanchez (0-1, 5.40):
- #6 Adam Haseley: 2-4 with a run scored, 2 doubles, 3 RBI
- #4 Adonis Medina (2-2, 7.98): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
- #19 Jose Gomez: went 1-4 with a run scored
- #23 McKenzie Mills (0-1, 3.18):
- #10 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 0-5
- Darick Hall: went 1-4 with a run scored, RBI (15)
- Edgar Cabral: placed on the 7-day DL
- Austin Listi: went 1-4 with a run scored
- Luke Williams: DNP
- Henri Lartigue: DNP
- Conner Seabold (0-1, 5.59):
- Alejandro Requena (0-1, 7.88): placed on the 7-day DL
- Bailey Falter (2-0, 4.00):
Lakewood (11-9) swept a double header from Hagerstown, 5-0 and 3-2 in 8 innings.
Game One: Ramon Rosso earned his first victory with a six inning, two hit, shutout. He walked two, struck out six, and threw 91 pitches, 57 strikes (62.6%). He threw 2 wild pitches, so there’s something for him to work on. Randy Alcantara pitched a scoreless seventh.
The BlueClaws gave Rosso a lead before he even took the mound. Daniel Brito led off with a double. He advanced to third on Dalton Guthrie’s sac bunt and scored on Nick Maton’s sac fly. The Claws added two runs in the second on Josh Stephen’s two-out, two-run single. They tacked on two more runs in the fourth on Kevin Markham’s two-run single.
Lakewood turned 3 double plays in the 7-inning affair.
- #13 Daniel Brito (.170): went 1-3 with a run scored, double
- Colby Fitch (.222): went 0-2 with a run scored, BB
- Dalton Guthrie (.204): went 1-2 with a sacrifice
- Nick Maton (.298): went 0-2 with a SF, RBI
- Quincy Nieporte (.183): went 0-3
- Josh Stephen (.262): went 1-3 with 2 RBI
- Ramon Rosso (1-0, 1.25): 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Game Two: Will Stewart pitched 6.0 solid innings. He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits, walked none, and struck out seven. Both runs came on solo HRs. Kyle Dohy pitched 2.0 scoreless innings, struck out four, and picked up the win.
Lakewood opened an early lead on Kevin Markham’s solo HR in the third and Colby Fitch’s solo HR in the fourth. The Claws took the lead in extra innings on Brito’s RBI single in the eighth.
Will Stewart has walked just one batter in his four starts, 22 innings. That’s a 0.41 BB/9. Not too shabby. He also has a very tidy 0.91 WHIP.
- #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.158): DNP
- #13 Daniel Brito (.175): went 1-4 with a n RBI
- #22 Spencer Howard (0-1, 2.77):
- #30 Simon Muzziotti (.293): placed on 7-day DL
- Colby Fitch (.267): went 2-3 with a run scored, HR, RBI
- Dalton Guthrie (.196): went 0-2 with a BB, HBP
- Nick Maton (.279): went 0-4
- Quincy Nieporte (.183): DNP
- Jake Scheiner (.242): went 1-3
- Josh Stephen (.250): went 0-2 with a BB
- Cole Stobbe (.269): DNP
- Ramon Rosso (1-0, 1.25):
- Will Stewart (2-0, 2.05): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
- David Parkinson (1-1 0.79):
- Damon Jones (1-1, 4.26):
- Connor Brogdon (1-1, 3.65):
- Kyle Dohy (1-0, 0.00, 2 saves): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
These prospects are in Philadelphia or in Clearwater. Prospect rankings are from MLB.
- #2 Scott Kingery: 75 of 130 career AB, 27 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
- #3 J.P. Crawford: 127 of 130 career AB, 27 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
- #20 Kyle Young: XST
- #21 Francisco Morales: XST
- #26 Luis Garcia: XST
- #27 Victor Arano: 21.2 of 50 innings, 27 of 45 days with Phillies (May 13th)
- #28 J.D. Hammer: XST
- #29 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season
There are over 90 players at the Complex. The Phillies have provided a roster that includes 80 players in extended spring training.
Link to Phillies GCL schedule.
4/25/18–Signed Nathaniel Bido as an international FA; assigned to DSL Phillies Red
4/25/18–LHP Austin Davis assigned to Reading from Lehigh
4/25/18–3B Trevor Plouffe assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/24/18–Voided contract of Felix Neguis with DSL Phillies Red
4/24/18–RHP Luis Carrasco assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/24/18–RHP Ramon Rosso assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/23/18–Trevor Plouffe signed to a minor league contract; assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/23/18–3B Heiker Meneses assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
4/23/18–RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
4/23/18–Jose Antequera assigned to Williamsport from Reading
4/23/18–Jacob Waguespack added to Lehigh Valley active roster
4/23/18–Hoby Milner added to Lehigh Valley active roster
I’ve brought the rosters and lists up to date. I’ve got 325 players in the organization. It’s probably more.