Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/22/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (18-25) swept a double header from St. Lucie, 6-1 and 11-1.  

Game One: Adonis Medina threw five, 3-hit innings.  He allowed one run, walked one, and struck out five.  He threw 79 pitches.  Aaron Brown (3.80) allowed 2 hits and a walk while striking out 3 in two relief innings.

The Threshers made the most of their opportunities scoring in four of the seven innings, and on just seven hits.  They scored single runs in the first and second innings on Darick Hall’s RBI double and Raul Rivas’ RBI ground out.  They broke the game open with 3 runs in the fifth on Adam Haseley’s 2-run single and Mickey Moniak’s sacrifice fly.  They tacked on a run in the sixth on Jose Pujols solo HR (6).

Jose Pujols went 2-3 and has a batting average of .300.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (4-2, 5.97): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • #3 Adam Haseley: went 1-4 with 2 RBI
  • #4 Mickey Moniak: went 0-2 with an RBI, SF
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, BB
  • #17 Jose Gomez: went 1-2 with a run scored, sac

Game Two: Connor Seabold picked up his first win.  He threw six, 3-hit innings.  He allowed one run, walked one, and struck out six.  McKenzie Mills pitched a one-hit inning in relief.

The Threshers’ offense put up crooked numbers in the third, fifth, and seventh innings. They scored 5 runs in the third inning on Adam Haseley’s 2-run single, Austin Listi’s RBI double, a passed ball, and Mickey Moniak’s RBI single.  They added 3 more runs in the fifth on Moniak’s RBI ground out, a wild pitch, and Jose Antequera’s RBI single.  They piled on 3 more runs in the seventh on Haseley’s 3-run HR (3).

Haseley had 4 hits.  Listi, Antequera, and Luke Williams had 2 hits each.

Jose Pujols went 1-3 with a walk and is batting .301.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (2-3 , 3.21): 
  • #2 Adonis Medina (4-2, 5.97):
  • #3 Adam Haseley: went 4-5 with 2 runs scored,double, HR (3), 5 RBI (27)
  • #4 Mickey Moniak: went 1-4 with 2 RBI, SB
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 0-4 with a run scored, BB
  • #17 Jose Gomez: DNP
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.65): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • #28 Connor Seabold (1-3, 4.06): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
  • Bailey Falter (3-0, 1.60):

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (25-17) held on to beat Rochester,4-3.  They now have a 2.5 game lead over second place Rochester.

Enyel De Los Santos held the Red Wings to 1 run in 7.0 innings.  He gave up 5 hits and a walk, and struck out five.  Tom Windle (4.58) gave up 2 runs in a third of an inning.  Pedro Beato (1.77) stranded a runner and converted a five-out save, his 14th.  De Los Santos threw 73 strikes in 101 pitches.

The IronPigs struck first with a 3-run second inning.  Dylan Cozens drew a one-out walk and was brought home on Trevor Plouffe’s 2-run HR (2).  Andrew Pullin doubled and scored on Alexi Amarista’s 2-out, RBI triple.

Plouffe and Amarista had 2 hits each.

Brock Stassi is hitting .206 with the Red Wings, Willians Astudillo .264, and Taylor Featherston .175.  Trevor May (0-2, 4.50) started and absorbed the loss.

  • #12 Enyel De Los Santos (5-1, 1.39): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • #13 Tom Eshelman (1-3, 6.48):
  • #14 Roman Quinn (.289): 7-day DL, right middle finger strain
  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.229): went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, BB
  • #22 Drew Anderson (1-0, 3.72):
  • #23 Cole Irvin (4-1, 3.21):

Reading (15-26) lost to New Hampshire, 7-2.

Jose Taveras (0.00) made his first start of the season after a lengthy stay on the DL.  He lasted 5.1, shutout innings and threw 93 pitches.  He walked 4 and gave up 2 hits.  Austin Davis (0-1, 9.00) made his first Reading appearance and stranded 2 runners.  He pitched into the next inning and was tagged for 5 runs (only 1 ER) in 1.0 inning on 2 hits and 2 walks. Seth McGarry (3.66) entered with the bases loaded and let all three inherited runners score.  He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits.  Tommy Bergjans (0.00) and Alexis Rivero (5.06) each tossed a scoreless inning.

The Phils opened the scoring with a run in the first inning on Zach Green’s RBI single.  They scored a run in the seventh after the Fisher Cats’ 7-run inning on Deivi Grullon’s RBI double.  Green had 2 of the Phils’ 5 hits.

Mistakes haunted the Phils – 2 throwing errors by Malquin Canelo (13), a passed ball by Grullon (4), and Green getting picked off second base.

  • #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 (.194): went 0-4

Lakewood (23-19) postponed, inclement weather.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.164):
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.214):
  • #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):

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: 7.2 of 50 IP, 15 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.


5/22/18–LHP Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/22/18–LHP Tom Windle assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/22/18–LHP Joey DeNato assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/22/18–RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/22/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Williamsport from Reading
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 5/22.  I’ve got 326 players in the organization.


47 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/22/2018

  1. I noticed that in beating Rochester, the Iron Pigs also beat former Phils ‘ prospect, 28 y.o. Trevor May, who is rehabbing from TJ surgery.

    1. Brock Stassi, Taylor Featherston, and Willians Astudillo are also on that team.

  2. It’s great to see Taveras back. Giving up a stingy 2 hits in 5 1/3 IP is very nice. It is in Reading and I expect him to get back to LHV quickly. His 4 BBs show he needs to shake off some of that rust from being on the DL.

    Darick Hall still leads the FSL in HRs despite only hitting 1 in his last 10 games. I’m sure he’s getting the power hitter treatment from FSL pitchers. You know what I mean. Make sure he isn’t the guy who beats you with a HR. His RBIs have stagnated a bit as he has only 4 in his last 10 games. He’s hitting only .219 in his last 10 games but has a 6 game hitting streak.

    Pujols is a big surprise to me. He’s hitting .301/.345/.496 on the season. He has 6 HRs and 20 RBIs. In his last 10 games, he’s hitting .406. I thought, after last year’s performance, he’d peaked out in A ball. He’s come back and hit well. He’s still 3rd in the league in Ks but the balls in play are dropping for him. He’s only 22 so that may explain how bad he was last year and how he’s matured some. His split against lefties is getting a little better. He’s .235/.264/.392 against lefties and yes that’s better than a little while back. He tears the cover off the ball against righties (.341/.393/.561) and he’s a right handed swinger. If he starts picking up lefties better, this guy could be special. Reading and LHV, if he ever gets there, could shine a light on his weaknesses but for now, he’s got it going.

    1. Pujols….he cannot afford to continue to repeat to command a level.
      His career 34% K rate in over 1700 PAs and current 37% k rate at CLW (2nd time thru the league) are poor indicators.
      If he can produce enough to have a mid-season promo to Reading that could be a feather in his hat.

      1. I put Pujols in the category of prospects like Zach green. I’m pleased they are having success. I’m not counting on them to ever have an impact but I watch their progress from the afar with the hope that they show ongoing progress

        1. Agreed. Honestly, I’m as or more excited by Austin Listi as I am by Pujols. I’m curious to see how Listi fares in Reading as I assume he will be called up in the next month or two.

          1. Yeah
            I really want to see Listi move up
            not sure he has anything else to prove to Clearwater offensively

  3. Another day, another round of great pitching performances from Phils prospects. 18 IP, 3 ER and 16K between Medina, Seabold and De Los Santos. If all these guys continue to develop, there are going to be plenty of rotation options at CBP in a few years.

    Haseley: 5-9 with a HR, 2B and 7 RBI. I’m going to guess he slept well last night.

    1. There may be no bigger Adonis Medina believer than Kiley McDaniel. A couple of weeks ago, he stated Medina is as good as Casey Mize (both are 21 YO). From yesterday’s chat:

      Jake: Is there much concern in Adonis Medina’s start to the year?
      Kiley McDaniel: Saw him a couple weeks ago and that guy would go in the top 5 picks of the draft.

      BTW … McDaniel also had a very good report on Sixto Sanchez. He was in to see him last week. Said upper 90’s FB T100, and gave plus grades to Sixto’s CB and CH.

      1. my comp with Medina is Beau Burrows. Mize in my opinion can be a #1/#2 type which makes me optimistic if Medina is as good as Mize.

        I watched Medina in LWD a couple of times last year. Medina got the same demeanor in the mound which I like when I watch Nola. Medina’s delivery is also smooth and easy.

  4. Aside from a slow start this year, Medina has been pretty consistent throughout his career. Hopefully he’s turned the corner and is getting comfortable at high A.

    Sixto is … special.

    1. Yeah, Sixto is an elite prospect. He’s a guy who, if he progresses as expected, is a potential ace and Cy Young candidate. Not that this will happen, but his performance and abilities are consistent with that projection. He’s easily the best starting pitching prospect in the system since Cole Hamels.

  5. The De Los Santos trade was brilliant. The Padres must really be kicking themselves right now. Every time that team amasses a good set of prospects, they trade them to try to make themselves competitive for the upcoming season. I am going to watch the game on MilbTV, but we could be looking at a possible mid-upper rotation type of arm which, as you know, doesn’t grow on trees. Not a bad return for a second division SS edging close to free agency.

  6. If you had to put a trade value on Sixto for a position player…what would it be?
    Would it be a young major league player already, e.g. Andrew Benintendi or Bogaerts, or maybe a prospect like Vlad Jr or Gleyber Torres?

    1. He’s likely going to be a top 10 prospect soon enough so I’d say Benintendi or Torres. Until Sanchez starts striking out like 10 or 11 per 9 innings he’s not quite at a Vlad level or Acuna level – but he’s in the next tier.

      1. That’s not a trade value, that’s a position player comp.

        As for trade value, someone would have to make you an offer you can’t refuse to include him in a trade. He’s the future and the team will have at least 6+ cost controlled years from him if things go as planned – the value of that is enormous and cannot easily be replaced.

          1. Yo Roc, I’ll never forget Tim’s most profound post – “0ruydodcmufm HBits I’mkydldluf. Go Phillies!”

          2. Na Catch it’s the Netherlands there better at baseball. Finland better at hockey and soccer.

          1. I would trade Sixto for Vlad Jr, move him to Lehigh and tell Maikel that he better wake up or else he’s on the bench or waived for 2019.

      2. I think Vlad Jr is an equal Sixto return piece.
        Though TOR pitching minors leaguers are still TINSTAAPP…the risk is still there but the rewards are many if it works out for the team..

        1. Well, first of all, I can’t imagine it would happen. Second, Toronto would want more than that for Vlad Jr. and they are right. Even if they both are roughly equivalent if they hit their peak, in my view, you’re almost always better off taking the hitter because so much more can go wrong with pitchers. The team that trades a young pitcher to get an equivalent young hitter usually wins that trade such as the Rizzo trade and the Josh Hamilton trade.

          1. Counterpoint….and since Pedro is Sixto’s hero….Martínez was traded to the Montreal Expos for Delino DeShields before the 1994 season.

    2. It would have to be a pitcher for me. I wouldn’t trade him for a Benintendi type player. Too hard to get Elite pitching prospects

      1. I’d trade him for the right hitter because they need hitting and there’s less risk with hitters. But if Toronto wanted him for Vlad, I wouldn’t let them off the phone. I’m doing that deal.

        By the way, the Benintendi comp was a trade target. It was evaluating the level of prospect he is at the moment and, while he has a higher ceiling, given where he is in the process that’s about the level he’s at. Elite prospect, but not one of the top 5 in baseball – yet. That could change.

      2. i’m with V1 when in comes to trading an elite pitching prospect with TOR potential. I will only trade (or include in a trade package) Sixto for a proven still in the prime MLB player like the Sale, Machado. Trout, etc type.

    1. we’re all hoping that it is a sign of things to come and really rooting for the kid to succeed

  7. Aaron Brown with 11 Ks per inning so far this year. Might turn into a pitching prospect.

    1. Aaron Brown will collect ssi before he ever see the majors, 25 yrs old gives up more hits than innings pitched. era is almost 4 and he is a prospect?? that one is over my big head.

      1. rocco…Jaime Moyer’s son played with him at Pepperdine……was really high on him as a pitcher. Those first three years as a batter really delayed his pitching progression.

        1. Romus the same thing happen to me. Being so fat I couldn’t pitch and then as a hitter, my belly got in the way. its hard to do.

      2. I’m always worried when I hear about college players who they say can hit or pitch and is trying to convert to hitting fulltime. unless its Ohtani, , it usually means they don’t do either one quite well enough to excel

  8. Jhailyn Ortiz 0 for 4, 2 Ks today, .154 and 1 for 8 since returning from his rehab. Let’s give him a week to settle in but we should start seeing production from our top 10 prospects.

    1. This is the year the bottom fell out for our position prospects – it’s been brutal almost across the board. But the pitchers have mostly made up for it.

  9. Yeah, lol, 11 Ks per inning would be excellent. The thing about Brown is he spent years not pitching. So of course he is in A+ ball — he’s only been pitching professionally for a year.

    But lefties who throw in the mid 90s and miss bats usually get a chance to prove themselves. Last year was 9.5 Ks per nine, this year 11 Ks per nine. He’s old, but it’s early for him as a pitcher. I’m not worried about his ERA. His BB rate is too high, but it’s way better than last year.

    Maybe you like those crafty lefties, Roccom . . . but LHP who are 95-96 are interesting, in my opinion:

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