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


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.


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.


27 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/18/2018

  1. Looks like Alfaro has a sore knee. If he goes to DL, will Phils go with Moore or Grullon?

  2. ‘C’ is still not hitting the ball very well but something has changed in his last 10 games. He has 8 BBs over that span. His OBP over the 10 games is .359. His BA is .194 over the stretch but he’s laying off the pitches out of the strike zone. Let’s hope when pitchers have to throw strikes to him, he’ll start spraying more hits around.

    Edgar Garcia continues to delight in Reading. The 21 yo has given up 1 ER in 24 IP (That’s a .38 ERA). He has 27 Ks and 12 BBs. His BBs are a little high but that’s something for the young guy to work on.

  3. Lively and Arauz with very quality starts.
    However not sure they have a place in the Phillies future rotation.
    Like to see Matt Klentak move them for some big J2 money.

  4. Romus I wonder if we have a warren brusstar out of these guys. I loved him pitch a lot and kept games close. I don’t like lively at all.

    1. Hah…Warren Brusstar and name from the past.
      I’d rather get int’l money for them and get some young promising Latin players started down in the pipeline

  5. Per Kiley McDaniel: Sixto showed plus CB, plus CH and dialed the FB up to 100 yesterday.

    19 years old.

    1. I was at game last night. He works fast, fun to watch, seems to get a little mad if pitch is close and not called a K. On the run he gave up ,if I recall right, he thought he struck the batter out only to be called a ball. Next pitch hit for a single to right to plate the only run. Sanchez is a focused player when pitching, even after game.

  6. Does anyone know who’s next up on the catching depth chart – Moore or maybe Grullon?

  7. Kyle Young gets the start tonight for LKW. Nice!!! And they are still listing him at 6’10”. Jim’s reported he’s 7′. This might be a shock to SAL hitters. It’s an away game so we won’t probably get a first hand report on him.

  8. If you want a ray of hope for Moniak, here it is:

    Last year, he hit RHP fine, he hit just .179 against LHP. Ok, so a first year 19yo can’t hit LHP. Work on that in the offseason.

    This year, he is hitting .288 against LHP. Still no walks or power. But at least he is making contact against LHP. So he must have made an adjustment against LHP and that is a positive.

    Oddly, he is struggling mightily against RHP this year (just .189 BA). But hopefully he can make an adjustment again.

    1. Thanks v1, but there are about a dozen outfielders in the system in whom I have more hope for becoming impact MLB players.

      1. Here’s the million dollar question where you putting them. Phillies already have young outfielders playing now .
        Nobody the Phillies have in there minor league can rep!ace Herrera he’s 26.
        Hoskins is 25 , Williams 24 ,Altherr 27. Say either Williams or Altherr don’t work out . Say Hoskins moves to First . Then there’s injuries , if Harper or another RF is brought in there goes another long jam. Alot of today’s prospects are trade chips for the Phillies now.

        1. I think you need to understand that unless you have elite, top 100 prospects, you won’t get much of anything for the prospects who are not elite. Sure, you might get lucky and trade some for international money, but that’s pretty much it.

          So who do the Phillies have in the top 100? Sixto, Medina, Haseley. That’s it.

          As you mentioned, we have 4 OFs for 3 spots. It’s obviously not ideal, but this is how it’s going to be for the foreseeable future. There are no OFs in the minors who are good enough to take time away from the above 4 OFs. The Phillies will likely play the waiting game and see who wants to be a starter (Williams or Altherr).

  9. Garcia seems to be on pace to be another piece to what is looking like an excellent young deep bullpen in philly wih ramos, seranthony, morgan, arano etc.

  10. looking at the system as a whole, would love to see the 1-3 pick be an impact college bat.

  11. Can’t find the draft discussion thread but anyway – 16 DAYS!! Anxious to see if Klentak pulls the trigger to get us at least one comp pick. Time is ticking….

    1. 8mark……remember the Phillies lose both a 2nd and 3rd round pick. So the CBA pick, if obtained, whether Round A or B, may be affected.

      1. Right, Romus. No 2nd or 3rd rd pick. That’s why the comp pick is all the more urgent.

  12. It’s apparently Lefty Day across the Pharm. Cole Irvin, JoJo Romero, Bailey Falter and Kyle Young all listed as starters. I’m predicting a lot of struggles for right-handed hitters …

    1. Cole Irvin today goes 6 IP w/o allowing a R. He’s now gone 13 straight scoreless innings.

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