Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/20/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (16-25) were rained out.  They leave Daytona having completed only one of the three scheduled games.  No dates set for the rescheduling of the suspended and postponed games.  

The Threshers head to St. Lucie for a three-game set.  Adonis Medina is scheduled to pitch the opener.

  • #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 (23-17) beat Syracuse, 5-2.

Jerad Eickhoff (3.00) made a rehab start for the IronPigs and went 3.0 innings.  He gave up 2 runs (one ER) on 4 hits and a walk.  Mark Leiter (1-0, 0.00) picked up the ein with a two-strike out, perfect inning.  Brandon Leibrandt (0.00) pitched 3.0 scoreless innings.  Hoby Milner (1.64) struck out 3 in one inning.  And Pedro pitched a clean ninth to notch his league-leading 13th save.

The IronPigs took the lead on Dean Anna’s RBI single in the second inning.  They took the lead again on Dylan Cozens’ RBI single in the third.  They took the lead for good with a run in the fifth on Logan Moore’s bases loaded walk.  They padded their lead with 2 runs in the seventh on Andrew Pullin’s two-out, 2-run HR.

  • #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 (.231): went 2-5 with an RBI
  • #22 Drew Anderson (0-0, 5.79):
  • #23 Cole Irvin (4-1, 3.21):

Reading (15-24) split a double header with Erie, winning 4-1 and losing 4-0.

Game One: JoJo Romero pitched six innings allowing one run on 4 hits.  He walked 2 and struck out eight.  Seth McGarry (2.84) earned his third save with one inning of work.

The SeaWolves took a first inning lead with a lead off HR, but Romero kept them from scoring again while the Phils rallied.  They scored 2 runs in the fourth inning to take the lead.  Zach Green, Cornelius Randolph, and Jan Hernandez loaded the bases with nobody out on singles, and the Phils scored on a fielder’s choice and a wild pitch.

They added a run in the fifth on Hernandez’ RBI single. and a run in the sixth on Zach Coppola’s sacrifice fly following Austin Bossart’s one-out triple.

Malquin Canelo, Green, and Hernandez had 2-hit games.  Canelo stole 2 bases.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (1-4, 5.70): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.202): went 1-3 with a run scored, BB

Game Two: Franklyn Kilome struggled to throw strikes and gave up 4 runs in 4.2 innings on 5 hits and 4 walks.  He threw 86 pitches, 46 strikes (53.5%).  Luke Leftwich (2.35) stranded an inherited runner and struck out 3 in 1.1 innings.

The Phils managed just 4 singles.

Kilome’s performance this season has to be worrisome.  He has multi-walk games in seven of his eight starts.  He has issued 21 walks in 35.1 innings for a 5.35 BB/9.  And, he’s issued 9 walks in his last 8.2 innings.

He has thrown better than 59% strikes in only one start.  He has thrown 53% his last two games.  For the season, he has thrown 644 pitches, 362 strikes (56.21%).

  • #6 JoJo Romero (1-4, 5.70):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-2, 6.11): 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (1-1, 4.25): 7-day DL, right hamstring strain
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.205): went 1-3

Lakewood (22-19) was shut out in both ends of a double against Greensboro, 8-0 and 2-0. They totaled 6 hits on the day.

Game One: Spencer Howard had a rough outing, 7 runs on 9 hits in 4.1 innings.  Randy Alcantara (6.32) gave up a solo HR and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings.  Two inherited runners scored on the HR Alcantara gave up.

Daniel Brito had 3 of the BlueClaws’ hits.  Josh Stephen had the other.  The Claws drew zero walks.  Kevin Markham had an outfield assist.

  • #11 Daniel Brito (.220): went 3-3 
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-3, 4.45): 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • #30 Nick Maton (.278): went 0-3

Game Two: Damon Jones (2-2, 2.31) allowed just 2 runs in five innings on 4 hits and 4 walks.  He struck out eight.  Zach Warren (2.89) chipped in a scoreless inning.

Quincy Nieporte had both BlueClaws’ hits.  And, again, nobody drew a walk.

Damon Jones picked off 2 base runners at first.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.158): 7-day DL (shoulder, in Clearwater)
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.215): went 0-3
  • #18 Kyle Young (1-0, 0.00):
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-3, 4.45):
  • #27 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #30 Nick Maton (.278): DNP

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: 6.0 of 50 IP, 13 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


2018 XST Roster

2018 Phillies XST schedule.

Phillies GCL schedule.


5/20/18–Phillies sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
5/20/18–Austin Davis assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/20/18–Lehigh Valley activated 1B Matt McBride from the 7-day DL

The rosters and lists are up to date as of 5/20.  I’ve got 326 players in the organization.


17 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/20/2018

  1. Lakewood should have started Spencer Howard in game 2 of the DH. The later in the day, the better he pitches. I’m not worried, though. He should get promoted to Clearwater in two weeks (if not sooner).

    1. I’m a huge Howard fan but a few of his recent starts haven’t gone so well. It may be a little longer before he’s promoted to Clearwater.

      1. catch … right after the draft Howard should get moved to Clearwater. At the same time, (IMO) McKenzie Mills will get bumped to Reading, and Mauricio Llovera may head to the Clearwater BP.
        I believe Sixto gets promoted to Reading by the end of July/beginning of August.

        1. Also … people on here think I’m nuts, but if the Phillies are still in contention late this summer, there’s a very good chance Sixto is added to the team’s BP.
          … bring on the naysayers in … 3 … 2 … 1 …

  2. Where would Kilome rank among the system’s arms now if a new poll was taken? 1 K and 4 BBs in 4.1 ip yesterday. It’s been an uninspiring stretch of performances going back to last season, at least for a top 10 prospect. Does anyone know what he might be working on?

    1. Kilome is A big man. He’s having trouble with this delivery . It’s not the same one all the time. If he can clean that up his command and control will improve.

  3. Nice start for JoJo. The system really is stacked with pitching. Every day there are several legitimate prospects taking the bump at one level or another. And we still get to see Morales later this season and Gowdy next year …

  4. Impressed with pitching prospects developing nicely. I don’t see how hitting can get worse. Some of these hitters just need warmer temps to get going. This is me trying to convince myself hit tool in this system with take more positive turn.

  5. The hitters in the system are young . I mean Reading doing good . The weather is bad getting Any where from no ATbats to 14 from day to day.

    1. Keeping one eye out on Grullon and his offensive surge…could be the favorable Reading Park Factor…or could just be getting over the hump in his dvelopment.
      But he has a chance of becoming a very dependable MLB catcher in a few years.

      1. Grullon is like the forgotten man; prospect fatigue is real. He’s still only 22. More improvement is needed but he seems to be taking steps forward offensively.

        1. Yeah…..want to see how he does later this season outside FirstEnergy.
          Also the organization really needs to pay for two months worth of NutriSystem for Men for him…..he needs to lose that belly fat.

  6. I am expecting JoJo to continue to learn and work through his issues as the season progresses. I would much rather it happen in AA than what Kingery and Hoskins are currently dealing with at the big league level.

    Going to sound like a downer for a minute, but I have written off Roman Quinn. Cheers if he figures out a what it will take to stay healthy and perform. But hopefully it is with another organization that takes a flyer on him as a part of a package deal.

  7. The Phillies have pretty much cleaned out the Ironpigs roster, but the Pigs continue to win. Are they lucky, or are they that good?

    1. i’ve watched a few of their games, Joey Meneses has been a hitting machine, they are among the top teams in HR’s and they have good pitching. I usually just watch for the pitching especially since Quinn is out but I’ve been holding out hope that Pullin will pick it up.

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