Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/25/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (19-27) beat the Palm Beach Cardinals, 8-1, behind Sixto Sanchez’ career high 10 strike outs.

Sanchez, the Phillies top prospect, was perfect through three innings and struck out 5 of the first six batters he faced.  Sanchez lost his no-hit bid on a lead off single in the fourth, but got an inning-ending double play after a strike out.  He lost his shutout on a lead off HR in the fifth inning.  He retired the Cardinals in order in the sixth.

In addition to his 10 strike outs, Sanchez threw just 78 pitches (56 strikes, 71.8%) and walked none.  The HR was the first he allowed this season and the just the third of his career (in 214.1 innings).

Aaron Brown (3.51) struck out two in two innings of relief.  Recently activated, Alberto Tirado (1.50) struck out two in one inning.

Clearwater opened the scoring in the first inning.  Arquimedes Gamboa (single), Adam Haseley (HBP, and Darick Hall (HBP) loaded the bases for Mickey Moniak who hit a 2-run double.  The Threshers scored a run in the third when Moniak led off with a single and scored on Edgar Cabral’s RBI double.  They added a run in the seventh when Luke Williams led off with a walk and scored on Henri Lartigue’s RBI triple.  They tacked on a fifth run in the eighth when Moniak led of with a walk, took second on a balk, third on a passed ball, and scored on Jose Gomez’ RBI single.  The put the game on ice with 3 runs in the ninth on Hall’s 2-run double and Cabral’s RBI single.

The Threshers racked up 12 hits.  The three thru six hitters had 9 hits.  Henri Lartigue (.309) had three (2 triples).  Darick Hall (.284), Mickey Moniak (.226), and Edgar Cabral (.284) had 2 hits, a double, and 2 RBIs each.   Lartigue was thrown out trying to stretch his first triple into an inside the park HR.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (3-3 , 2.95): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
  • #2 Adonis Medina (4-2, 5.97):
  • #3 Adam Haseley: went 0-3 with 2 runs scored, BB, HBP
  • #4 Mickey Moniak: went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, double, 2 RBI, BB
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa: went 1-5 with a run scored
  • #17 Jose Gomez: went 1-4 with an RBI
  • #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 (26-19) beat Pawtucket 6-4.

Cole Irvin survived a 3-run first inning, held the Red Sox to one over his next five innings, and helped defeat the Sox.  He allowed 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out six.

Hoby Milner (1.54) retired the two batters he was asked to face.  Jake Thompson (6.86) four of the five batters he faced, and Yacksel Rios (0.00) picked up his first save.

The IronPigs took a brief lead in the third inning with 4 runs on Logan Moore’s 2-run HR (1), Joey Meneses’ sacrifice fly, and Dylan Cozens’ RBI single.  They took the lead in the fifth with 2 runs on Joey Meneses’ lead off HR (8) and Moore’s RBI single.

Joey Meneses (.346) had 3 hits.  Andrew Pullin and Logan Moore had 2 hits each.

  • #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 (.232): went 1-4 with a run scored, RBI, BB
  • #22 Drew Anderson (1-0, 3.72):
  • #23 Cole Irvin (5-1, 3.17): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Reading (17-27) beat Portland, 12-5.  The gane featured a strong wind to right and 9 HR.

JoJo Romero pitched well early, shutting out the Sea Dogs for four innings.  But, they finally got to him with a  solo HR in the fifth, as well as a solo and 2-run HRs in the sixth.  He threw 77 pitches, walked none, and struck out four.  One run was unearned.  Luke Leftwich (2.33) allowed one run on 4 hits in two innings.  Alexis Rivero (4.26) struck out two in the ninth.

The Phils pounded out 15 hits and 6 HR.  They opened the scoring with single runs in the second and third innings on solo HR by Deivi Grullon (8) and Emmanuel Marrero.  They stretched their lead to 4-1 with 2 runs in the sixth on Marrero’s second HR (2).  After Portland tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, they took the lead for good with 4 runs in the seventh on Grullon’s RBI single and Jan Hernandez’ 3-run HR (3).

The Phils continued to score with 3 more runs in the eighth on Damek Tomscha’s 2-run HR (7) and Zach Green’s solo HR (9).  They rounded out their scoring with a run in the ninth on Malquin Canelo’s sacrifice fly.

Hernandez (.325) went 4-4 with 3 runs scored, triple, HR, 3 RBI, SB.  Marrero and Tomscha (.288) had 3 hits each.  Grullon (.298) had 2 hits.  Marrero also had 3 RBI.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (2-4, 5.55): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3 HR
  • #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 1-5 with a run scored

Lakewood (25-21) lost to first place Delmarva, 3-0.

Kyle Young tossed six solid innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits.  He walked two and struck out six.  Jonathan Hennigan (1.76) gave up a run in two innings.

The BlueClaws managed just 5 hits, two by Jake Scheiner (.280).

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.184): went 0-4
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.211): went 1-4
  • #18 Kyle Young (1-1, 1.64): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-3, 4.45):
  • #27 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #30 Nick Maton (.276): went 1-4

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: 9.0 of 50 IP, 18 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

XST

2018 XST Roster

2018 Phillies XST schedule.

Phillies GCL schedule.

Transactions

5/25/18–RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/25/18–RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/25/18–LHP Joey DeNato assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/25/18–Reading placed Zach Coppola on the 7-day DL retro to 5/24/18. Left elbow strain
5/25/18–Reading activated 1B Kyle Martin from the 7-day DL
5/25/18–LHP Nick Fanti assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
5/25/18–RHP Alberto Tirado assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
5/25/18–RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/25/18–RHP Luis Carrasco assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
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.

 

39 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/25/2018

    1. Anyone see an outsider scouting report of last night’s gem? And does anyone know if an innings limit has been set for Sixto?

      1. I don’t think he has an innings limit. I’m not positive, but I think Clearwater uses a 6 man rotation.

  1. Jim I am not a regular on this site obviously. Atleast not in the comments. But I probably check this site everyday! The amount of effort and detail that you put into this is amazing and is greatly appreciated!

  2. We wanted Sixto to begin striking guys out and now he is. I would assume that he’s about to continue his rapid ascent through the system. I think his ETA in Philadelphia will either be mid/late summer 2019 (if they think he’s critical to a stretch run) or mid-April, 2020 and I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a Kingery-like 7 or 8 year contract before he even gets to the majors – this guy is a big, big deal.

    On other fronts – I think, pretty soon, we will have to take Meneses seriously – I’d like to see where he is after another 100 ABs. Nice pick-up by the team. Yacksel Rios should be getting a little more attention. He needs to refine his game, but he throws 97-99 – he has a seriously big arm.

    My view is that the Phillies should be trying to resuscitate and then trade Hector Neris. Get him going as a closer and then flip him. I like Hector, but, given the state of their young relievers (and the fact that we’ll have Neshak back soon), he’s the most replaceable valuable cog on the team. I don’t care if the flip is for a good minor league hitter or a major league corner outfielder who can rake. Hector has value, is not needed and can and should be flipped. It also makes promoting Seranthony to closer much easier.

  3. We wanted Sixto to begin striking guys out and now he is. I would assume that he’s about to continue his rapid ascent through the system. I think his ETA in Philadelphia will either be mid/late summer 2019 (if they think he’s critical to a stretch run) or mid-April, 2020 and I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a Kingery-like 7 or 8 year contract before he even gets to the majors – this guy is a big, big deal.

    1. I wonder if they’d be less likely to do something like that due to the higher injury risk pitchers incur.

    2. As I’ve mentioned a couple (dozen ?) times, there’s a very good possibility Sixto will be throwing out of the Phillies BP by the end of this season if the Phillies are still contending for the division title. He’ll probably be in Reading sometime next month.

      1. And I strongly disagree. The Phillies have no history of taking guys who are long term starters and the future centerpieces of the organization and converting them to relievers for short periods of time to fill gaps in the big league bullpen. I guess anything is possible, but I’d put this in the range of a 30-1 shot.

        1. I agree with catch. If the Phillies are contenders late in the season, it’ll be because the bullpen was very good.

  4. On other fronts – I think, pretty soon, we will have to take Meneses seriously – I’d like to see where he is after another 100 ABs. Nice pick-up by the team. Yacksel Rios should be getting a little more attention. He needs to refine his game, but he throws 97-99 – he has a seriously big arm.

    My view is that the Phillies should be trying to resuscitate and then trade Hector Neris. Get him going as a closer and then flip him. I like Hector, but, given the state of their young relievers (and the fact that we’ll have Neshak back soon), he’s the most replaceable valuable cog on the team. I don’t care if the flip is for a good minor league hitter or a major league corner outfielder who can rake. Hector has value, is not needed and can and should be flipped. It also makes promoting Seranthony to closer much easier.

    1. Meneses was another Braves LA signing.
      I guess they could not wait for him any longer, or just did not have the space to accommodate him and slow another prospect’s development in their system
      He is now just a 1B/LFer.

      1. Is it unfair to compare him to Brock Stassi in terms of projections as a major leaguer, or does he bring more that we need to be aware of. I honestly don’t know.

        1. 8mark…..no would not be unfair.
          Stassi however was probably a better defender at first and obviously hit from the left side.
          But as for overall offensive projections…probably something similar IMO.

        1. Trouble is, no one in the states will put him out there.
          its been two years since he last played RF for a professional team……not counting his country’s winter ball in mexico

    2. I liked and agree with the post on here the other day which spoke to the reformation of the traditional “closer” returning to what once was called the “fireman”. From this point on, I believe Seranthony is that guy – the one reliever you call on in the most important situation in the game, be it the 7th, 8th or 9th inning. The days when a guy comes into the 9th with a 3-run lead and nobody on base to get the cheap save are near an end. That’s pretty much Neris now. The save, much like a starting pitcher’s win-loss record, has become almost irrelevant. Today’s game has made it that way, and I’m glad about it.

    3. Disagree only on one front well 2 .
      Neris had always stayed healthy and has experience late in games.I mean Neris in the 7 th of 8 th isn’t a bad thing .
      SD is very young and has an injury history. Ramos can’t get RHb out , Luis Garcia is. Ground ball machine if his command is on.
      Morgan is the only LhP on the team.
      Hunter has yet to find his way . He might be the closer in the near future.
      Neshek is 37 coming off an injury.
      Arano mite be your best 7 th ing pitcher but he’s 21 .
      Trade Neris at the beginning of next yr or at the dead line. When everything more settled.

    4. Is Meneses over performing? I’d never heard the name, and now the Pigs have 2 of them.

  5. Excellent game for the Clearwater prospects. Nice confidence builder for Mickey Mo …

  6. Pretty good day on the farm. Irvin hung in there after a tough first inning, Romero’s been better in his last four starts, Young and Sixto were doing their thing. And Grullon hit his first HR on the road this season.

    1. Quietly:

      Lots of catchers hitting: Grullon, Cabral, Lartigue.

      Tomscha, too.. I’d like to see him at Lehigh Valley this summer.

      Jan Hernandez doesn’t get much attention but continues to outperform.

      Green on a home run-a-day plan? I know, he K’s a lot.

      Talking about power and K’s, Pujols and Cozens don’t look like they’ll ever get it solved.

      1. Hernandez is trying to get back on the radar, but I’m resisting for now. He was fairly hyped as a 3rd round pick so there are, or at least were, tools there. The K% is way down, but it’s early and he hasn’t shown much power at that level yet. His home/road splits are the opposite of what you would assume for a guy playing in Reading. And he played a game in CF recently.

          1. Handzus, but then two-for-three with three RBIs in game two. Tomscha got his hits. Green got his daily home run.

            Meanwhile, Cozens no doubt used my post as motivation: two homers and no K’s. Now, we’ll see how Pujols does.

  7. I wasn’t aware that Tirado was still in the Phillies organization. Does he have a realistic chance to ever make the big club?

  8. Good game from Kilome today, ran into trouble going for the complete game. Slider was looking good.

    1. Joe Jordan was talking about how Kilome’s game this afternoon…..he is starting to come around. and continues to work on a few things.

      Also Sixto has now incorporated a slider @88-90 into his overall package which will probably now produce a spike in the Ks.

      And also Enyel De Las Samtos…MLB plus FB and change-up……will need to decide if he will go with a curve or slider and refine whatever pitch he will eventually use.

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