Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/21/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (16-25) were rained out, again.  This time in St. Lucie.  They are scheduled to play two games tomorrow.  Adonis Medina is the probable for the 4;00 PM start, TBD for the second game.  This is the Threshers only visit to St. Lucie, so I expect them to make every effort to get all three games in.  Nick Fanti is scheduled to make the Wednesday evening start.

  • #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 (24-17) beat Rochester, 6-2.  They now have a 1.5 game lead over Rochester.

Drew Anderson earned his first victory.  He pitched five innings and gave up one run on 3 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out five and threw 86 pitches.  Jake Thompson (7.32) pitched the next two innings and allowed a run on 3 hits.  Yacksel Rios (0.00) finished with two, one-hit innings and 2 strike outs.

The IronPigs scored five of their six runs on their four long balls.  They scored 3 runs in the first inning on Collin Cowgill’s 2-run HR (3) and Danny Ortiz’ RBI single.  They added 2 more runs in the fourth on solo HRs by Trevor Plouffe (1) and Nick Rickles (3).  They tacked on a run in the seventh on Mitch Walding’s solo HR (7).

Dean Anna (.256) had 3 hits.  Collin Cowgill and Nick Rickles (.299) 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 (.226): went 0-3
  • #22 Drew Anderson (1-0, 3.72): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • #23 Cole Irvin (4-1, 3.21):

Reading (15-25) lost to Erie, 4-3.

Elniery Garcia (4.75) went 4.2 innings (85 pitches) and gave up 2 runs (only 1 earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks.  Ranfi Casimiro (13.50) entered with the bases loaded and stranded all three runners.  He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up the game-tying run, though, on a solo HR.  Joey DeNato (0.00) pitched perfect to 3 batters.  Tyler Viza (0-3, 5.40) retired 2 batters to complete the eighth.  But, gave up a game-winning, lead-off HR to start the ninth.

The Phils built a 3-run lead on Damek Tomscha’s RBI single in the first inning; and Jan Hernandez RBI single and Tomscha’s sacrifice fly in the third.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (1-4, 5.70):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-2, 6.11):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (1-1, 4.25): 7-day DL, right hamstring strain
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.200): went 0-3

Lakewood (23-19) beat Hagerstown, 2-0.

David Parkinson (4-1, 1.85) and Addison Russ (0.79) combined to shut out the Suns on 3 hits and zero walks.  Parkinson pitched seven, one-hit innings and struck out nine.  He threw just 84 pitches (60 strikes, 71.4%) and posted a game score of 89.  Russ allowed 2 hits, struck out two, and earned his 8th save.

The BlueClaws scored single runs in the third and seventh innings on Nick Maton’s solo HR (3) and Gregori Rivero’s sacrifice fly.

Jake Scheiner (2.73), Maton (.283), and Kevin Markham (.261) had 2 hits each.

Jhailyn Ortiz came off the DL and went 1-4.

Three BlueClaws’ batters were hit by a pitched ball.  Daltin Guthrie had to leave the game for a pinch runner after being struck in the fourth inning.  Scheiner and Colby Fitch (who just came off the DL) were struck in the seventh.  Scheiner came around to score the insurance run.

Parkinson faced the minimum  as he picked a runner off first base.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.164): went 1-4
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.214): entered as a pinch runner and went 0-1 with a BB
  • #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 (.283): went 2-5 with a run scored, HR (3), RBI

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: 7.2 of 50 IP, 14 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


J.P. Crawford swung the bat in an intrasquad game this afternoon.  The scheduled game against the Yankees was cancelled when they opted to not travel to the Complex due to weather considerations.  Turns out their caution was justified as the skies opened up around 1:30 PM.

Crawford batted second in the first four innings of the game.  He faced Ben Brown his first three at bats.  He struck out swinging, homered to left on an off speed pitch that got a little too much of the plate and hung a little, and a four-pitch walk.  Crawford faced Jonas De La Cruz in the fourth inning and got ahead 3-1.  It was probably his last at bat of the day as he expanded his strike zone, and swung out of his cleats on successive pitches for a strike out. Both pitches looked to me to be a little high and outside.

Brown looked good in his three innings.  He gave up one other hit, a flared single.

Manuel Silva and Jhordany Mezquita got knocked around a bit.

2018 XST Roster

2018 Phillies XST schedule.

Phillies GCL schedule.


5/21/18–RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/21/18–LHP Jakob Hernandez assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
5/21/18–RHP Alberto Tirado assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
5/21/18–Lakewood activated RF Jhailyn Ortiz from the 7-day DL
5/21/18–Lakewood activated C Colby Fitch from the 7-day DL
5/21/18–RHP Connor Brogdon assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
5/21/18–C Nerluis Martinez assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
5/21/18–RF Danny Mayer assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
5/21/18–LHP David Parkinson assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
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 5/21.  I’ve got 326 players in the organization.


34 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/21/2018

  1. Parkinson had a Game Score of 89 yesterday. On the season, his numbers look exceptional on first blush. He’s 4 -1 with a 1.85 ERA. He has 39 Ks in 34 IP. BA Against him is .228. He’s 22 all year. Another plus is he’s a lefty. His negatives are he’s given up just as many unearned runs (7) as earned causing his WHIP to be 1.35. He also has 17 BBs on the season but 6 of them came in 1 game. For now, he’s pitching well and he’s not too old for the league. There’s no room for him in CLW and he’d have to jump over Rosso and Stewart to get that chance. If CLW needs a starter, I’d think Rosso would be the 1st call up.

      1. Whoops, didn’t embed, but Seidler had some observations on Parkinson. Sees a possible future reliever.

    1. … and, the Phillies re-signed Prada on May 14, 2018. They reassigned him to DSL White on the same day. Per a source I have who has proven to be accurate on all transactions reported. MiLB is not up-to-date on rosters and player pages for leagues that haven’t begun yet, like the NYPenn, GCL, and DSL to name a few.

  2. Something new to report…. NOT. Quinn is out 6 – 8 weeks for finger surgery. I feel badly for the guy because he can’t catch a break but it’s an annual thing. If he can’t stay healthy, he’ll never be much help to the big club.

    1. Some people just have more delicate soft tissue/ligaments that are not well-suited for the rigors of professional sports. I feel terrible for the guy because he’s crazy talented and appears to have a great attitude – but I’m not sure his susceptibility to injury can be fixed or even improved or strengthened over time – because he seems vulnerable over his entire body. It’s just one thing after the next and over time the injuries take on a distinctive pattern. Poor guy.

      1. The problem here is that you don’t get healthier as you age. The mind is willing, but the body is not.

  3. the pitching depth in this organization both starters and bullpen options is really impressive. would love to see a few bats start to pick it up. I assume at some point some of this depth will be traded .

  4. Between the majors and the minors, this team is flush with excellent pitching talent up and down the line. Our pitching talent is maybe at a B+/A- with A level depth and B+ high end talent (it’s not like we are sitting on 3 elite starting pitching prospects – but there’s a lot there to like and lot that can develop).

    As for hitting, the best young talent all seems to be in the major leagues. That talent is young so there’s time to shore things up in the minors while the big league talent develops, but so far the hitting in the minors is the worst it has been in many years – probably at a D level. It’s pretty bad but good pitching can cover a multitude of ills and creates trade assets.

    1. On the hitting, the only guys who are doing really well are either fringe prospects (Walding, Meneses, Listi) or guys with some limitations (Hall – first base prospect). The only potentially athlete/prospect who is doing fine is Gamboa and he’s not lighting the world on fire. I guess you could include Canelo in that discussion, but, man that’s pushing things.

      1. I might include Grullon in that too. His BB and K numbers are pedestrian, but I’ll take that from him. He’s showing power (I know it’s Reading but at least it’s there). His defensive tools should still be there and he’s age appropriate for AA.

        1. Home / Road splits are crazy

          Home OPS – 1.063 Slugging – .755
          Road OPS – .591 Slugging – .302

          That is about the biggest disparity we’ve seen from any prospect.

  5. Great to see Ortiz back in the lineup. Hopefully he’ll start hitting this time around. As for Parkinson, 22 at Lakewood isn’t that young either. He’s doing great but he needs to move up, as do some of the others. Some of the Reading arms need to go to open up spots.

    1. given the age and need for opportunites for innings and atbats for players in philly and available arms in AAA, I’m an advocate of slow promotions this yr but I agree, there are a handful of slightly older prospects who are excelling but need to move up so we can see if they have any long term potential

  6. So what exactly happened to Jake Thompson to take him from IL stud starter to IL mediocre bullpen arm? Did his rough MLB stint just crush his psyche?

    1. I asked the same question. He was dominating AAA before his callup a few yrs ago.

    2. For one.. for whatever reason it happens to pitchers, Jake’s 4Smr velo declined after the season he pitched at Reading when he took them to the playoffs.
      Coming from the Rangers it was a mid-90s FB but has slowly ticked down
      And then on top of that, his plus slider became a 50 after the LHV exceptional year.


      1. I’m not sure if this is an organizational thought process or just at major league level but the pitchers , to good results so far, seem to be utilizing the 4 seam fastball up in the zone rather than pitching to contact and trying to conserve pitches with the 2 seamer. Efflin in particular is throwing a lot more 4 seamers.
        I wonder if the former philosophy of emphazing 2 seamers hurt Thompson.

  7. Roman Quinn is the prototypical player that the Phillies move on from, wishing the best of luck, and proceeds to have a productive & healthy career elsewhere.

    1. In an alternate universe, Quinn is the 5th outfielder on the Phillies roster, and this injury doesn’t occur.

      1. i think you have the key there. Quinn will need to be a 4th OF so that the wear and tear of playing everyday doesn’t get to him.
        also, may need some coaching on sliding to prevent these baserunning hand injuries.
        if you look back, Lou Brock never slide headfirst for the very reason of avoiding hand injuries.
        the headfirst slide is relatively new starting in the 70s

      2. huh. How does the injury not occur? When he plays he gets hurt. If you goal is to have him sit on the bench as a 5th OF and rarely play then he might have less chance of getting hurt but he also provides no more value than he does being on the DL. In fact, he provides less value because he’s too fragile to play?

        I’m a big Quinn fan and always have been but if he can’t stay on the field, he can’t help the team..

        1. I feel for Quinn. It is hard to watch a lot of these touted prospects struggle, but in Quinn’s case he has the talent & skill set to be on the mlb roster… he just can’t stay health … that has to be so mentally frustrating for him. The Santana signing hurt his chances with Hoskins moving to the OF. Well surgery on your middle finger is the final nail in the coffin for me. Wish him well, it just won’t be here.

      1. The UCL last year going into third base was head first sliding.
        This year same thing on the slide of head first diving , but second base I think.

  8. I thought they were taught to hold something in their fist and that was supposed to stop those injuries. Such a shame about Quinn.

    1. Doobie dives into first quite often, sometimes even rolls his chest across the bag.
      And gets up unscathed.

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