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.

39 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/17/2018

  1. It is on us, all of us, to self police the jerks. Let’s together keep the comments sections fun and enjoyable.

    1. What have I missed? The few comment sections I’ve read recently seem…ok? Occasionally there is a jerky comment or two. But, nothing as bad as when LarryM would go to war with people back when the original owner was still here.

    2. been meaning to give you props. You mentioned few years ago that Nick Pivetta was the one who had best upside of the pitching group we were discussing. I think you might have nailed that one.

      1. that’s cool that you remember that. i was always high on Pivetta. he matched the stats and reports that i look for in high upside pitching prospects.

  2. Darick Hall leads the FSL in home runs, a year after leading the Sally in that same category. His BB/K rates are currently at career best levels (8.5%/20.9%). And he’s a lefty.

    He’s already got three more homers than Rhys hit in twice as many PA during his stint in Clearwater.

    I can only imagine what he’s going to do in Reading.

    1. Hall continues to make progress in K% and bb%. His power s real if he can make enough contact.

    2. Hall and Listi both deserve a promotion and probably need it for their continued development.

    1. I would assume it’s simply roster shuffling. Falter’s next uniform will hang in Reading.

  3. Stewart very nice to see, he should move up soon. Haseley and Maton both 2 for 4 . Hall another Hr, Russ a future closer.

  4. Jim, On the chance that you may read this, I want to say thank you for all the work that you do. I respected your decision regardless of what you decided to do. This is my favorite site, and so I am grateful that you take the time and effort to put this together. There seems to be a great deal of depth in the SP throughout the organization, more so than I think we all thought. Does anyone have an update on Roman Quinn?

    1. Agreed, Jim puts a lot of work into these updates and I personally am very thankful for them. I’ve been lurking here for many years, and never commented on anything before this point. I can’t image what my morning coffee routine would look like without these posts!

  5. Hall… first in the FSL in HRs, second in SLG% .561…and third in OPS .911.

  6. I’m not sure how to contact Jim directly but if you, Jim, happen to read this or anyone wants to relay the message directly to him, why not see if one of you frequent posters would be able to have control to just moderate the comment sections? Not sure if this site would allow anything like that without giving full access to the site but I think there are a few of you posters that’d be objective in moderating.

    Just a thought so Jim doesn’t have to do more than he already does (which we all thank you for!)

    1. Jim can be reached at

      I, for one, am happy Jim has reactivated the comments section. I know Jim has got to be in a tough spot. Just speculating here, but Jim meets many of these kids’ parents and grandparents, and (I would imagine) it’s got to be embarrassing to have some sort of relationship with these folks, and yet host a site that contains some of the rough/crass comments directed at their 19 and 20 YO sons and grandsons.

      1. That’s true and a very good point. I also think that it’s hard to control comments on a blog – it’s like herding cats.

        1. I feel like this is getting blown outta proportion. I mean do we really need a mod on here? Are the comments that mean and nasty? I haven’t seen anything that makes me step back or cringe. Maybe I missed something tho. Just move on. If you have a comment positive or neg post it. Just watch the wording, not that hard.

      2. Hinkie I was thinking same thing. he is in the middle with the parents of these kids. And phillies official. he sits in press box sometimes believe. so he has to walk a fine line not easy. That’s why I have tried to tell romus to be nicer. but it doesn’t work.

  7. Jim, thank you so very much for all that you do for us diehard, long-suffering Phillies fans. Your site is a real treasure. Please don’t let the “nattering nabobs of negativism” – – you know who you are – – get the better of you.

  8. Yes, Jim, thanks again for being a volunteer and doing this and doing it well.

    1. Jim,

      Let me throw in my two cents, also. That you each day contribute and maintain such an informative site is an admirable achievement. That you do it as a volunteer is something that deserves special recognition and appreciation.

      Thanks big time!

    1. Young is already on the fans radar, but I predict that he’ll make a big leap forward this year. In the minors it isn’t always about wins and losses, or even 100 mph on the gun. It’s about development of secondary pitches, confidence, and maturity.

    2. Young is one of my favorite prospects … just imagine if he’s somehow able to unlock a few ticks more velocity from that size!

  9. I was wondering if anyone can project a Williamsport roster and also what happened to Pickett

    1. According to Jim’s above XST list, he was still there at the Complex.
      He may be able to give you a better update since he may see Pickett there.

  10. Not only is Kiley McDaniel an Adonis Medina fan, he likes what he’s seen of Sixto Sanchez tonight, too.

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