Daily Archives: May 17, 2018

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


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.


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.


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