Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/24/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (18-27) lost to the Palm Beach Cardinals, 7-6.  The Threshers rallied twice.  Once to take an early 4-2 lead, and again in the ninth but fell one run short.

Mauricio Llovera (2-4, 4.41) gave up all 7 runs (5 ER) in 3.2 innings.  He gave up 5 hits and 3 walks.  Felix Paulino (3.86) entered in the fourth with 2 runners on base and let both inherited runners score.  He pitched 2.1 innings and gave up 3 hits and a walk.  Blake Quinn (3.54) and Jeff Singer (3.86) pitched one scoreless inning each.

The Threshers scored 4 runs in the third inning on Adam Haseley’s RBI double, Darick Hall’s RBI single Mickey Moniak’s RBI single, and Edgar Cabral’s bases loaded walk.  They scored 22 runs in the ninth on Austin Listi’s RBI single and Hall’s bases loaded walk.

Haseley, Jose Gomez, and Luke Williams had 2 hits each.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (2-3 , 3.21): 
  • #2 Adonis Medina (4-2, 5.97):
  • #3 Adam Haseley: went 2-4 with a run scored, RBI, BB
  • #4 Mickey Moniak: went 1-5 with an RBI
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 1-5 with a run scored
  • #17 Jose Gomez: went 2-4 with 2 runs scored
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.65):
  • #28 Connor Seabold (1-3, 4.06):
  • Bailey Falter (3-0, 1.60):

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (25-19) lost to the Rochester Red Wings, 2-0.

Ben Lively (1-1, 1.59) gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in six innings.  He struck out five. Mark Leiter (0.00) pitched two scoreless innings.  Zac Curtis (1.98) struck out three in one inning.

The IronPigs tallied just 5 hits, but drew 6 walks.

Joey Meneses picked up an outfield assist, throwing out Brock Stassi at second base.

  • #12 Enyel De Los Santos (5-1, 1.39):
  • #13 Tom Eshelman (1-3, 5.73):
  • #14 Roman Quinn (.289): 7-day DL, right middle finger strain
  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.229): went 1-3 with a BB
  • #22 Drew Anderson (1-0, 3.72):
  • #23 Cole Irvin (4-1, 3.21):

Reading (16-27) beat New Hampshire, 4-3.

Jacob Waguespack (3.50) tossed four scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out five.  Tyler Viza (8.00) gave up 3 runs in 0.2 innings on 3 hits and a walk including home runs by Bo Bichette and Vlad Guerrero.  Austin Davis (1-1, 3.86) stranded an inherited runner, allowed a hit, and struck out two in 1.1 innings.  Seth McGarry (3.32) walked two in two, scoreless innings.  Edgar Garcia (0.69) struck out two on his way to his 4th save.

The Phils opened the scoring with 2 runs in the second inning on Austin Bossart’s 2-run single.  They added a run in the fourth on Jiandido Tromp’s RBI single.  After the Fisher Cats tied the game in the fifth, the Phils scored the eventual game winner on Damek Tomscha’s RBI single.

Austin Bossart had a 2-hit game.

Cornelius Randolph had an outfield assist at third 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 (.195): went 1-4 with a run scored

Lakewood (25-20) swept a double header from the Hagerstown Suns, 4-3 and 5-3.

Game One: Will Stewart (1.45) pitched 6.2 innings.  He gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out five.  He was lifted after issuing a 2-out single on his 100th pitch (68 strikes).  Zach Warren (1-1, 2.84) stranded the runner, striking out the one batter he faced, and was rewarded with the win.

The BlueClaws pounded out 11 hits.  They opened the game scoring with 2 runs in the first inning on two-out RBI singles by Colby Fitch and Nick Maton.  They tied the game in the fifth on Jake Scheiner’s lead off HR (7).  They walked off in the seventh on Kevin Markham’s lead off single, Scheiner’s sacrifice, and Daniel Brito’s game-winning, RBI single.

Kevin Markham (.280) had a 3-hit game.  Jhailyn Ortiz and Colby Fitch had 2 hits each.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.176): went 2-3 with a run scored
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.212): went 1-4 with an RBI
  • #30 Nick Maton (.276): went 1-3 with an RBI

Game Two: In a “bull pen game”, Luis Carrasco pitched three innings, giving up just one run on four hits and a walk, and striking out two.  Randy Alcantara (7.02) walked two in a scoreless fourth.  But got a quick hook after opening the fifth with a single and a HR.  Kyle Dohy (2-3, 1.14) entered, pitched two no-hit innings, struck out three, and got the win. Addison Russ (0.76) pitched a perfect seventh for his 9th save.

The BlueClaws did all their scoring in the first four innings.  They tied the game with a run in the first inning when Dalton Guthrie reached on an error, was moved to third on a Jhailyn Ortiz’ double, and scored on Quincy Nieporte’s RBI ground out.  They took the lead with two runs in the second when Yahir Gurrola and Josh Stephen singled and scored on Jake Scheiner’s 2-run double, all three hits with two outs.  Lakewood added a run in the third when Nick Maton singled with two out and scored on Rodolfo Duran’s RBI double.  They tacked on an insurance run in the fourth on a two-out throwing error following singles by Stephen and Ortiz.

Jhailyn Ortiz and Josh Stephen had 2-hit games.  Ortiz had 4 hits in the double header.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.194): went 2-4 with a double
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.212): DNP
  • #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 (.277): went 1-3 with a run scored

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: 9.0 of 50 IP, 17 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.


5/24/18–Luke Leftwich tansferred from Reading to Lehigh Valley
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 5/24.  I’ve got 326 players in the organization.


58 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/24/2018

  1. Cozens has gone 17 games without a HR. He has 31 Ks over that stretch plus only 3 RBIs. He’s hit .133 over that span. I’m without any more to say about that.

    Welcome back Jhailyn!

    1. 359-2-12 in last 10 games, 8k/2bb. overall the may numbers just a tad better than april.

      1. Well I was looking at his last 12 games and 55 PAs:
        Slash is 372/418/647….7% BB rate and a 18% K rate.

        1. Although the hitting across all levels has been beyond disappointing thus far, I’d be very happy at the end of the season if the pitching continued to be as sparkling as it has been thus far, Haseley and Ortiz emerged as potential MLB hitters, Cabral had a good year and we were happy with the first pick in the draft. That would be a fine season.

          1. Cabral has only hit .167 in the last ten games BUT he’s drawn 10 walks over those games – which is extremely impressive.

            1. I really like Cabral and think he is an underrated prospect. Any reports on his defense this season?

          2. Call me greedy. I’d like to see Adonis and Jo Jo to come on before I’m really happy with the pitching. They have been better lately. Kilometers righting the ship would be icing on the cake.

            1. Aron – You’re being greedy. Getting De Los Santos for Galvis might be the deal of the decade. Even though Adonis and JoJo appear to be struggling at times, they’re still developing. Literally, every scout raves about Medina’s stuff, which makes him a possible trade chip. Then there’s Sixto. I expect him to be in Reading by mid July.

          3. agreed
            if we see progress with Haseley and Ortiz by yrs end ( final numbers less important than improvement in numbers), I’d be happy
            some with romero and Adonis. finally number might not look great but did we see adjustments and improvement over last 4 months or so

            1. srussell – Haseley to Reading by July, and replaced on the Clearwater roster by Ortiz???

        2. Romus, I thought you were joking when you called me and said, lets do a intervention for Haseley, but you were right he is hitting now. That is what we should do for you, you got to stop picking up overweight women at weight watchers.

    2. I asked KLaw about this in today’s chat and his response was not at all encouraging.

      Rick: Have you seen/ heard any updates on Haseley over the past month? Is this just a blip or has he possibly turned a corner after a rough first year?
      Keith Law: I just got a report the other day from a scout who saw Clearwater and had nothing positive to say about the bats on the roster – not Haseley, not Moniak, not Gamboa.

        1. I asked him about Hall a few weeks back – says he’s old for the level and is a one trick pony with “no other tools”. It was depressing.

          1. Klaw has Madrigal at 11 for the draft in 10 days..
            So sometimes you have to take it with a grain of salt.

            1. Romus, that list is Law’s ranking, not mock draft. I think most mocks are based mostly on what the author is hearing from insiders.

            2. 8mark…yes that is what i meant.
              He ranks Madrigal as the 11th best in this draft.

            3. You mean a 2nd baseman with 20 power doesn’t rank high on his prospect list? What were the odds???

    1. Yes Philly. I always wonder why he kept moving ups levels ,even when his numbers were bad. I thought and romus and I talked about this that it was the phillies thinking he was going to be someone who could help. but I now am lost , with the depth at pitching your most likely right, he is gone soon,

  2. Tonight’s starting pitchers. Lakewood – Kyle Young, Clearwater – Sixto, Reading – Jojo, Ironpigs – Irvin. The future is bright.

  3. I’ve read your post 5 times while laying in bed … think I need a cigarette!

  4. Wow, Clearwater scores 22 runs in the 9th inning and still can’t manage to win. That’s rough. 🙂

  5. Some tweets from Jeff Israel while watching the Claws games:

    Stewart – FB 91-93 early, then FB 89-91 towards the end. Good looking CU, Slow CB
    Carrasco – FB 93-95 T98; CU 83-84; SL 81-82
    Dohy – FB 91-94; SL 83 – lot of spin, tilt, darn good.
    Russ – FB 92-94

    1. KuKo … thanks for the Jeff Israel stuff. I just looked up his twitter page, he’s got some excellent video there.

      Lot’s to like with Will Stewart. First time I’ve seen him throw. Israel says he was up to 93. Love the way Stewart hides the ball. Good movement on his pitches. I should have included him in my top 40 yesterday.

      1. Good looks at Nick Maton and Jhailyn Ortiz, also.

  6. Jake Scheiner, Johnny A.’s early Day 2 WTH pick, is currently the best bat in LWD playing 3B. Scheiner is not ranked in MLB 200 and BA 500 pre-draft but report said that he has a good tool hit — a prototypical Johnny A kind of guy. Maybe the best 3B prospect in the farm until Stobbe starts playing better again.

    1. Now that Ortiz is back Scheiner is back to 3B as he was playing LF a good bit. He’s been impressive though, same with Maton. The one thing I wonder about is why they have Scheiner hitting lead-off. He’s got more the double the amount of HR’s then the next highest on the team. Now I’ll forget more about hockey then I’ll ever know about baseball, just seems that you would want your best power at 3 or 4 in the lineup.

      1. Daniel…may be the latest analytical lineup construction.
        Study showed in an average nine-inning game…..teams sent 38 players to the plate.
        Breaking it down by outs….27 per game….add the eleven…gets you one ore time thru the lineup…plus 2.. who were .the lead-off and the number 2 hole hitter..
        So analytic guys profess that you want your productive better hitters coming to the plate more than your weaker hitters….so the first and second hole hitters would get that extra ab bats (5 each) to total the 38 as the study produced.

        1. That’s surprising, especially since Lakewood has had so much trouble hitting aside from Scheiner, Maton and a few others. Guess I would have to look at his 7 HR’s and how many were solo or not. Although if most of the lineup is hitting under say .240, maybe it does make sense to put him at the top.

          1. yeah…he does seem to have lesser than normal RBIs for a guy that leads the team in HRs…the 8 and 9 hole hitters probably are not big OBP guys.

    2. KuKo … just so you know … Jake Scheiner was one of the better bats in college baseball last season … .346/.432/.667, 18 doubles, 3 triples, 18 HR’s, 39 BB/HBP, 41 K. I don’t have a BA subscription, but if they didn’t have him in their predraft 500, that was an oversight.

      1. @hinkie – yup, I’m aware of the stats when the Phils drafted Scheiner underslot at Rd 4 last year. And if I remember it correctly, most analyst (local and national) are mystified by the pick since they don’t have Scheiner in any of their list/ranking and the stats you posted as a junior in Univ of Hou is the only selling point to draft Scheiner.

  7. We tend to lump Haseley in with Moniak and Randolph because they were all the last three first round picks. But they are not the same prospects.

    While Haseley had a slow start, this is his first full season in the minors and has been improving. His K rate is good. The power will come. I am not worried about the power. I would like to see his walk rate go up considerably, as 3% is a terrible walk rate. But he is a high contact guy who plays good defense in the outfield with a strong arm (as an ex-pitcher). I have high expectations for Haseley.

    I am still bullish on Randolph too. Certainly we had higher hopes for this year, but he just turned 21, which is very young for AA. He had a good year last year as a young player in High A. He has always demonstrated a great eye. Even this year with his struggles he has nearly a 10% walk rate. he has a big frame and the power is coming. he doesn’t seem to be a great outfielder defensively, but i still have high hopes for the bat.

    Moniak is a very different scenario.

    1. I never saw Randolph and wonder about him. His numbers aren’t good. Vi Are reading about his play or basing your opinion on something else?

    2. agreed
      I think Haseley will ultimately be ok
      his GO/AO ratio is really high last I saw
      I’d be interested in his hard hit ratio and swing angle
      why does he hit so many groundballs. maybe that’s why we’re not seeing a lot of extra base hit
      also, didn’t need more walks

      1. If the Phillies sign Harper next winter, all three become trade bait. Sorry to not be optimistic about their futures with the Phillies.

        1. no, its true. everyone here on this site who enjoys following the pharm system I hope understands that a number of these prospects will ultimately be traded for help for major league,
          you wont see all these pitchers in philly
          if they sign machado, Crawford is probably gone unless machado agrees for 3b
          if they sign harper, then you have Hoskins, herrra and harper. so some outfielders will ultimately be traded

    3. Was talking with someone that said they heard that the phils were tweaking Haseley’s swing. I hadn’t heard that before and was wondering if that was the case, saying he had a lot of movement pre-swing and they wanted to tone it down or something to that effect.

      1. Yes Haseley From Virgina U who teach there players a inside out type of swing .
        Haseley swing was that type. The Phillies changed it in the spring to a more simple type. That’s why he could be off to a slow start.

        1. Interesting point. Going from a contact/aluminum bat swing to a simple, more powerful swing. Worth following.

        2. Tim is right. UVa and Stanford are notorius for teaching their batters to hit to the opposite field.

        3. interesting thanks. I know when I saw him last year on I liked what I saw but since Clearwater doesn’t have a camera and only 1 or 2 teams in the FL St league do I don’t get to see him but was surprised that he wasn’t hitting much better. Looking forward to seeing how he does the rest of the year and when he gets to Reading so I can watch him again.

    4. v1 … not sure if you have an alias, but you were the first person I thought of when I read this in the KLaw chat today:

      Where does Moniak rank in the all time #1 draft busts?
      Keith Law
      He’s 20. Let’s hold off on that, shall we?

      1. Lol…that was not me. I would have asked a different question about Moniak…I would have asked, Can you name a quality MLB player who has performed as poorly in his first 2 seasons as Mickey? I would love a comp to make me feel like there is a chance here. All my research indicates that quality mlb players hit A ball pitchers well.

  8. It’s great to see Ortiz with back to back 2 hit games. Plus, Haseley is definitely turning it up a notch. I was at the Reading game yesterday just to see Guerrero. He did not disappoint. He had 2 hits in each game of the three game series. Edgar Garcia is a legit closer arm. He still needs to improve his fastball control but his wipeout slider is the best pitch in the entire system. Lots of promotions are coming after the all star games. The Phils want to let guys be rewarded with all star berths before they get moved up. Nice plan.

  9. Watching the Reading game on, Grullon just hit a bomb to RF in Portland.

      1. I don’t think it’s landed yet, that’s how much he crushed it.

        In the next inning Marrero hits one to RF as well but no where near as much of a bomb as Grullon.

        Romero with a nice 2nd, gives up a lead-off double due to the shift as it looked like the ball actually hit the 3b bag so no shift and it’s likely an easy out. But Romero was able to get the next 3 out.

        1. Looking at the box score in CLW…Sanxhez mowing them down with Ks…5 of 6.
          Manger gets ejected in the bottom of the first, after Haseley and Hall get plunked by pitches.
          Looks like maybe some old-time hockey action.

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