Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/26/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (19-27) were rained out in Palm Beach.  The game will be played as part of a double header Sunday.  Bailey Falter (4-0, 1.60) and Adonis Medina (4-2, 5.97) get the starts.

Falter (1.60) has the lowest ERA among qualifying pitchers in the FSL.  He has the third lowest WHIP (0.92).  Connor Seabold (1.11) is also among the top ten (9th).

Austin Listi (.347) has the fourth highest batting average among qualifying batters in the FSL.  He also has the second best OBP (.442), fifth best SLG (.510), and second best OPS (.952).  Darick Hall has the second best SLG (.556) and fourth best OPS (.927).  Jose Pujols has the eighth highest SLG (.472).

Hall leads the league with 11 HR.  Pujols is tied for 6th with 6 HR.  Hall is third in the league with 35 RBI.  Adam Haseley is tied for eighth with 28 RBI.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (3-3 , 2.95): 
  • #2 Adonis Medina (4-2, 5.97):
  • #3 Adam Haseley:
  • #4 Mickey Moniak:
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa:
  • #17 Jose Gomez:
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.65):
  • #28 Connor Seabold (1-3, 4.06):
  • Bailey Falter (4-0, 1.60):

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (28-19) swept a double header from Pawtucket, 6-3 and 6-2.

Game One: Drew Anderson pitched four innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out five.  Tom Windle (4-2, 4.43) retired the 2 batters he faced and was awarded the win.  Yacksel Rios (1.80) gave up a run on 2 walks and a hit in one inning.  Pedro Beato (2.38) struck out 3 in 1.1 innings and earned his 15th save.

The IronPigs opened the game with 4 runs in the first inning on a double play, a 2-run HR by Dylan Cozens, and a solo HR by Danny Ortiz.  They added 2 runs on solo HR in the sixth inning by Joey Meneses (9) and Cozens (9).

Dean Anna (.257) and Cozens had 2 hits each.

  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.240): went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR (9), 3 RBI
  • #22 Drew Anderson (1-0, 3.95): 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Game Two: Brandon Leibrandt  (0.60) gave up his first 2 runs of the season.  He pitched 3 innings, facing 3 batters in the fourth.  He gave up 2 runs on 6 hits, walking none, and striking out four.  Zac Curtis (1-1, 1.72) pitched two innings and got the win.  Mark Leiter (0.00) and Hoby Milner (1.42) each struck out two in an inning’s works.

The IronPigs opened the scoring again.  This time with 3 runs in the second inning on Nick Rickles 3-run HR (4).  They added a run in the third on Collin Cowgill’s lead off HR (4).  They tacked on 2 more runs in the seventh on Mitch Walding’s 2-run double.

Walding and Rickles 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 (.240): went 0-2-with a run scored, BB
  • #22 Drew Anderson (1-0, 3.95):
  • #23 Cole Irvin (5-1, 3.17):

Reading (19-27) swept a double header from Portland, 3-2 in 8 innings and 6-3.

Game One: Franklyn Kilome his best start in several weeks.  He lasted 6.2 innings and gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strike outs.  He came within an out of a 7-inning complete game.  He was his own worst enemy walking the lead off batter and eventually wild pitching the tying run home with 2 outs.  Edgar Garcia (3-1, 0.66) navigated the inherited runner and the “extra inning runner” for the win.

The Phils scored a single run in the top of the first on Damek Tomscha’s RBI single.  They pushed ahead again with a run in the fourth on Zach Green’s solo HR (10).  They scored the eventual game winner on Zach Green’s RBI single in the eighth.

Tomscha and Green had 2 hits each.

  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-2, 5.36): 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.199): went 1-3

Game Two: Elniery Garcia (4.81) struck out four in 3.1 innings but was lifted after giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  Ranfi Casimiro (1-1, 10.80) gave up a run in 1.2 innings and was gifted with the win.  Tyler Gilbert (2.91) pitched two perfect innings and got his first save.

The Phils jumped to a quick lead with 4 runs in the first inning on Malquin Canelo’s lead off HR (6), Cord Sandberg’s RBI single, and Jan Hernandez’ 2-run double.  After the Sea Dogs closed to within a run, the Phils plated 2 insurance runs in the sixth on Sandberg’s sacrifice fly and Hernandez’ RBI single.

Hernandez had a 2-hit game and 3 RBI.  Sandberg had 2 RBI.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (2-4, 5.55):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-2, 5.36):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (1-1, 4.25): 7-day DL, right hamstring strain
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.199): DNP

Lakewood (26-21) came from behind to beat Delmarva, 8-3.

Spencer Howard pitched one inning and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks in a 39-pitch first inning.  Andrew Brown (1-0, 1.80) made his Lakewood debut memorable with a five inning stint that resulted in his first victory.  He allowed a run on 4 hits and a walk, and struck out three.  Zach Warren (2.45) pitched a three-inning save (1) and struck out four.

The BlueClaws were relentless in their comeback, scoring in the fifth through ninth innings.  They scored a first inning run on Daniel Brito’s two-out walk.  They tied the game with 2 runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Quincy Nieporte and Colby Fitch.  They took the lead in the sixth when Dalton Guthrie, who had doubled, scored on a fielding error.

The BlueClaws added an insurance run in the seventh on Gregori Rivero’s RBI triple.  They extended their lead with 2 runs in the eighth on Nieporte’s RBI double and Fitch’s sacrifice fly.  And they tacked on one last run on Dalton Guthrie’s solo HR (3) in the ninth.

The BlueClaws pounded out 14 hits.  Quincy Nieporte (.238) had a 3-hit game.  Jake Scheiner (.282), Jhailyn Ortiz, Daniel Brito, and Guthrie (.240) had 2 hits each.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.198): went 2-5 with 3 runs scored
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.219): went 2-4 with a run scored, double, RBI, BB
  • #18 Kyle Young (1-1, 1.64):
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-3, 4.86): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
  • #27 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #30 Nick Maton (.273): went 1-5 with a run scored, BB

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: 10.1 of 50 IP, 19 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.


5/26/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Reading from Williamsport
5/26/18–RHP Harold Arauz assigned to Clearwater from Reading
5/26/18–LHP Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/26/18–RHP Tom Eshelman assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
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 5/26.  I’ve got 326 players in the organization.


19 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/26/2018

  1. Since Jim put some CLW stats out, I thought I’d look at the organizational stats. the top RBI guy in the Phil’s minor leagues is Hall with 35. Zach Green is 2nd with 30 and Haseley 3rd with 28. HRs have Hall (11) and Green (10) as the only guys with 10 or more but Cozens and Meneses have 9 and Grullon has 8. Austin Listi leads the Phil’s minor leagues with a .346 BA. Meneses is at .336 and Jan Hernandez is at .331. Listi leads in OBP with a .442. Edgar Cabral is at a .389 and Mitch Walding has a .388. Cozens (A crap ton) and Pujols (a ton) lead in Ks. Green and Walding are 3rd in that category with 46. Zach Coppola leads in BBs with 26 and Walding is 2nd with 25. Cozens is 3rd with 22.

    Odd stat of the day is Brandon Bednar has 7 GIDP in 73 PA. Yikes, almost 10% of the time he hits into a DP.

    Update: Josh Tobias, who was traded for 10 minutes of Clay Buckholz, seems to have peeked out in AA. He’s hitting .225/.261/.288 in 31 games for the Portland Sea Dogs. A lot of people on this site were sorry to see Tobias go (I was among them) but prospects are just guys trying as hard as they can to get to the show and few make it. We got nothing and the Red Sox got probably nothing too except a salary dump.

  2. Three multi-hit games in four days for Jhailyn Ortiz. He’s raised his batting average nearly 50 points during that stretch. He’s beginning to adjust to the Sally pitchers. Next comes the power …

  3. Is it time to get excited about Jan Hernandez? It looks like he’s turned himself from a two outcome hitter to a contact hitter. That is very hard to do. If he can now add a little more power back, he could be something. He was a very high pick after all.
    Sixto day is awesome again and Kilome day was pretty darn good yesterday too.

    1. Hernandez needs to sustain his 2018 results to date for at least a couple more months before I might get a tiny bit optimistic about him.

  4. the organization has a few of these type of guys: walding, Zach green, Hernandez, Listi, pujols who are having admirable success but not sure what their potential roles would be going forward. I guess you just keep moving them along until they reach their peak, whatever that will be

  5. Does anybody have any additional info on Spencer Howard ? He was lifted after just one inning (39 P’s, 2 H’s & 3 BB’s). Injury ? Blister ? Rain delay ? Something else ???

    1. I have no idea, but it could have been performance related. Lots of baserunners and just about 40 pitches (39 actually) in his inning. Fair to wonder if there’s something else going on since three of his last four starts have been awful.

    2. The organization has a hard limit on pitches you can throw in an inning in the minors before they pull you. It used to be 40, so Howard at 39 it would make sense they wouldn’t put him back out for fear of injury.

  6. Hinkie help. I Was looking at Williamsport and saw the numbers on a kid Warren left hand pitcher. really good numbers. I don’t remember us talking about this lefthander. Do you know anything about him, what he throws. velo?

    1. Roccum Hes From Vineland Hinkie ‘s neck of the woods . Warren was at Tenn U he was a starter with bad command control. No idea what he throws give a bit I’ll find out. He’s a lefty so Garcia killed the Phillies yesterday with 90 Fb so.

    2. rocco … Tim is right. Warren is a “homeboy” from Vineland. He went to St. Augustine Prep in Richland. Here’s the great Rob Ozga’s (The Baseball Draft Report) capsule on Warren from last year:

      Tennessee JR LHP Zach Warren: 87-93 FB; average 73-81 CB/SL; average 80-84 CU, flashes above-average; leans on FB; old PG comps: Chuck Finley, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee; 2017: 88-91 FB, 93 peak; 6-5, 200 pounds (2015: 6.26 K/9 – 3.91 BB/9 – 23.0 IP – 5.09 ERA) (2016: 6.90 K/9 – 3.57 BB/9 – 75.2 IP – 4.04 ERA) (2017: 5.96 K/9 – 5.09 BB/9 – 51.1 IP – 6.31 ERA)


      And … this is a scouting report from D1 from one of Warren’s early season starts last year at Tennessee:

      – Zach Warren (Tennessee) wasn’t the sharpest we’ve seen in him in his Saturday outing against Memphis, surrendering two runs over four innings, but he still showed quality stuff. He’s not in mid-season form and his velocity is not as good as we saw in the fall, but he worked at 88-91 mph in this one, topping at 93. He had issues commanding his off-speed, so there is room for improvement in his coming outings.

  7. Andrew Brown was mostly a starter last year in Williamsport and he handled his Lakewood debut well. I wonder what they have planned for his role this year; he would be an obvious candidate to move into a permanent rotation spot in case anybody is about to get promoted to Clearwater *cough*Rosso*cough*.

  8. Out of nowhere it seems Joey Meneses shows up at Lehigh Valley and is putting up some impressive numbers. Do the Phillies have anything here?

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