Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/19/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (16-25) game against the Florida Fire Frogs was suspended in the top of the sixth tied, 0-0.

The game was halted with two out in the top of the sixth with runners on second and third and Mickey Moniak at the plate with a 3-1 count.

Bailey Falter started and pitched 5.0 solid innings.  He allowed 4 hits, walked none, and struck out two.  He lowered his ERA to 1.60.

The Threshers faced the Braves 2016 first round selection, RHP Ian Anderson, a prep pitcher from Clifton Park, New York (north of Albany).  He held the Threshers to 2 hits, struck out 7, but walked three.

The game will be completed on Sunday.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (2-3 , 3.21): 
  • #2 Adonis Medina (3-2, 6.67):
  • #3 Adam Haseley:
  • #4 Mickey Moniak:
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa:
  • #17 Jose Gomez:
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 5.00):
  • #28 Connor Seabold (0-3, 4.46):
  • Bailey Falter (3-0, 1.60):

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (22-17) beat Syracuse, 5-0.

Cole Irvin pitched 6.0 shutout innings allowing 6 hits and a walk.  He struck out six.  Zac Curtis (2.13) walked 2 and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings.  Jake Thompson (7.64) earned his first save.  He stranded 2 inherited runners, gave up one hit, and struck out 3 in 1.2 innings.

The IronPigs scored a run in the top of the first inning on Joey Meneses’ RBI triple, two batters after Collin Cowgill’s one-out double.  The scored another run in the fourth on Andrew Pullin’s two-out single that drove in Meneses who had led off with a double.  The doubled their lead with two runs in the sixth on Meneses’ 2-run HR (7),  And, added a final run in the ninth on Dylan Cozen’s pinch hit, sacrifice fly.  He drove in Pullin who had led off with a ground rule double.

Joey Meneses went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI, and a HR (7).  He is batting .372.

Andrew Pullin had 2 hits, a double, and an RBI.

Collin Cowgill had an outfield assist at home.

  • #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): pinch hit and had a SF
  • #22 Drew Anderson (0-0, 5.79):
  • #23 Cole Irvin (4-1, 3.21): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Reading (14-23) postponed, rain.  Double header Sunday.

  • #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):

Lakewood (22-17) beat Greensboro, 3-0.  Double header Sunday.

Kyle Young (1–0, 0.00) made his long-awaited debut and did not disappoint.  He pitched five shutout innings.  He gave up 5 hits, walked none, and struck out six.  He threw 71 pitches, 51 strikes (71.2%).  Connor Brogdon (3.68)  followed with two, perfect innings, striking out four.  Kyle Dohy (1.25) finished with two, one-hit innings striking out five and earning his fifth save.

The BlueClaws scored single runs in the first, second, and sixth innings on Nick Maton’s two-out, RBI, infield single; Jake Scheiner’s two-out, solo HR; and a double play.

Lakewood amassed a 12-hit attack.  Everyone had at least one hit.  Gregori Rivero (.302) had 3 hits.  Quincy Nieporte had two.

Catcher Rodolfo Duran picked a runner off first base.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.158): 7-day DL (shoulder, in Clearwater)
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.202): went 1-4 with a run scored
  • #18 Kyle Young: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-2, 2.89):
  • #27 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #30 Nick Maton (.286): went 1-4 with an RBI

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: 6.0 of 50 IP, 12 of 45 days with Phillies (6/20)

And these guys are still in Clearwater.

  • #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


Andrew Brown and Bailey Cummings combined to shut out a Blue Jays squad through six innings.  Brown pitched solidly and finished with a 4-5 pitch fourth inning.  Cummings retired 6 of the 7 batters he faced.  Jose Jimenez blew a 4-run lead with a 5-run seventh.

2018 XST Roster

2018 Phillies XST schedule.

Phillies GCL schedule.


5/19/18–Phillies optioned RHP Yacksel Rios to Lehigh Valley
5/19/18–Phillies activated RHP Victor Arano from the 10-day DL
5/19/18–LHP Jakob Hernandez assigned to Lakewood from Clearwater
5/19/18–Bailey Falter transferred from Williamsport to Clearwater
5/19/18–LHP Cole Irvin assigned to Lehigh Valley from Williamsport
5/19/18–LHP Tom Windle assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
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 5/19.  I’ve got 326 players in the organization.


26 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/19/2018

  1. Rivero stays hot. In April he hit .184/.225/,289 with 10 Ks and 2 BB is 38 ABs. In May, someone lit the blowtorch. He’s hitting .480/.533/.720 for a 1.253 OPS. He has 3 Ks and 3 BBs. He’s a catcher by trade but they are playing him at 1B and he sometimes is the DH. They have to keep the hot bat in the lineup.

    Joey Meneses is another candle lit at both ends. He’s hitting .372/.413/.673 with a 1.086 OPS for the season. His weakness is he plays almost exclusively at 1B. He has played the OF very sparingly.

  2. Thanks Jim for the report especially the XST. We are so fortunate to get this much info.

  3. Anybody have an reports about Young’s velocity? I’m wondering if he’s matured into a few more ticks on the fastball.

    It’s surprising Young doesn’t get more buzz. Dude is the same height as Ben Simmons and throws a fastball, changeup and curve effectively. Last night’s numbers are perfectly in line with what he’s done his entire professional career. The only thing missing is velocity, but his height and left-handedness seem to offset that to a degree.

    I have a suspicion he’s going to rocket up some lists by the end of the year.

  4. My guy Kyle Young showing out in his first start . . . have been saying this since he was drafted, he’ll be the steal of that draft . . . and not just for the Phillies draft but the steal of the whole draft.

  5. Spencer Howard bumped back by multiple rainouts this week and also Kyle Young debut last night. He starts today, 10 days after his last start. His two previous starts (and three overall) were 7 days after previous starts. For an SP who could possibly move quickly through system, shouldn’t he be learning to start on shorter rest than the 7 he was used to in college?

    Very excited to see Kyle Young debut and so strongly! I share excitement about him with many of you.

    And I can’t for F. Morales in a month!

    1. I think Young sat around 90 MPH, that’s why some of the enthusiasm is tempered. I’m not putting him down, just saying there’s a way to go. But any spike in velocity will play well given his height and extension.

      If you want to get pumped about the near future look at Howard (sits 94-96, touching as high as 98 with reported wicked movement), De Los Santos and Irvin – these guys are projectable as at least mid-rotation arms.

      For as badly as the minor league hitters have fared this year, so many pitchers are taking huge steps forward at the big league and minor league level. This is the year of the Phillies minor league pitcher and pitching assets are valuable as heck.

      1. And Sanchez is doing extremely well in high A ball as a 19 year old – his recent performances have bordered on stellar. Here come the arms and yet another reason why people who are insistent on the Phillies taking a college arm at 1/3 regardless of the surrounding hitting talent are focused on the wrong thing. BPA except not a HS hitter – because the Phillies wouldn’t know how to pick a good HS hitter, so that is more likely to be a wasted pick than a good pick.

        1. Falter and Sanchez are 3rd and 4th in the FSL in FIP (2.46 and 2.60). The top two are ages 23 and 24.

        2. Really excited about Sixto, hopefully he gets a taste of Reading

        3. ? Sanchez was a Short Stop at first . The Phillies signed him as one. They were very lucky some had the idea to put him on the mound .

          1. Tim….well there is a slight variation on that. He was a shortstop until four years ago, when he started transitioning to the pitcher’s mound in the fall of 2014. That’s when he caught the Phillies’ eye. Late in 2014, a Cuban catcher named Lednier Ricardo was auditioning for teams in the Dominican Republic. Ruben , the Phillies’ GM and Mike Ondo, the team’s director of pro scouting back then, dispatched special assistant Bart Braun to take a look at Ricardo. The workout was at the Phillies’ academy in Boca Chica. Luis Garcia, one of the Phillies’ scouts in the Dominican Republic, was responsible for providing a couple of pitchers so Ricardo could take batting practice. Sanchez was one of the pitchers that Garcia brought to the workout. As the workout got going, Braun’s eyes lit up. He didn’t care for the catcher. He liked the 16-year-old pitcher that Garcia had brought along. Braun liked the kid’s quick, loose arm so much that he approached the kid and asked what it would take to get his signature on a contract. The kid said he wanted $35,000. Braun made his pitch to Agostinelli and Carlos Salas, another Phillies scout in the Dominican. Done deal….Feb 2015

            1. Ok still it wasn’t that Sanchez was this high level pitching prospect. Plus Mike Undo found Herrera too interesting. I was just saying Phillies didn’t find Sanchez in a hs or college so . Almaraz background is the LA market he did good with pitchers . Phillies can always get the bats . You know Undo found Garcia, Ty Kelly, Filimon.

      2. Fanti, once he gets thoroughly stretched and ready to get his 80/85 PC up, , will probably be in the hi-80s, maybe T91.
        Fortunately for both Young and Fanti, as lefties, and even Falter and Lindow, it is not as critical to having the extreme velo readings as RHPs.
        If they can sit in the low90s that would be fine with me, but also with good command.

        1. After seeing the spike in velo by Nola. I am hoping fanti gets to 94 with his secondary command I think he would really help.

          1. I wouldn’t count on it. Nola hit 94-97 in college so it’s not like this is something he hasn’t done before. Fanti will most likely be a soft tosser, but he’s a lefty, so there’s still some hope. There’s a reason Fanti was a 31st round pick.

            1. Catch never saw nola in college. But also never saw him at more than 94 and that was rare last year.

            2. Yea Fanti was a hs pitcher from a couple! Weather state. He also threw 2 back to back no hitters.

      3. However 90 mph coming from a 7foot LHP HAS to play up. Not to mention he’ll def add weight to his frame. If he can sit 90-92 this year i’ll Be happy for now velocity wise.

      4. good point. Pitching success isn’t getting attention it should because hitting has tempered system overall.

  6. Oh yeah, when Cole Irvin makes it to the Phillies at some point, when he pitches he looks eerily like Cliff Lee. Same size, same type of set up and take away, same type of delivery, same type of release and similar type of pitch selection. I’m not saying he’s another Cliff Lee, but he presents so similarly on the mound that, it’s somewhat shocking.

  7. We have a lot of good pitching in the minors. It will be interesting to see who gets a shot (Irvin, De Los Santos) and who will likely have to be sent to the bullpen (I vote for Kilome). And with all this pitching, not sure if would want to trade for a pitcher…

  8. Anyone watching the Reading game today? Coppola with 2 great catches running into the wall to steal extra base hits away. The 2nd one he hit the wall really hard. Randolph with the infield single, worked the count 3-0, took a pitch and then hit the 3-1 pitch just away from the SS and then later scored on a good base running play as Sandberg struck out but it was a wild pitch and the pitcher was too slow to cover.

    1. Romero with a very good game.
      Other then the first hitter of the game, he was in control.

  9. Anyone who watches the Iron Pigs regularly know why Brandon Leibrandt is pitching so well over the last 30 innings (scoreless)? Does his stuff play up in relief? His curve is said to be improved, is that making his cutter look faster? What’s the story on this kid?

  10. Liebrandt also has a plus Ch and a great pick off move. His dad pitched in the majors.

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