Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/28/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (19-27) had a scheduled off day on Monday.  They resume their schedule Tuesday with  Bailey Falter (4-0, 1.60) on the mound.

  • #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 (28-21) lost to Pawtucket, 6-1.

Tom Eshelman gave up 2 runs in two innings on 3 hits and 4 walks.  He struck out two.  He also threw 54 pitches in those two innings, only 23 for strikes.  Jake Waguespack (4.79) allowed 3 base runners in two innings, but no runs and struck out three.  Mark Leiter (1.50) gave up a solo HR in one inning of work.  Zac Curtis (2.55) pitched two innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits.  Hoby Milner (1.32) struck out 2 in one inning.

The IronPigs scored their lone run in the fourth on Mitch Walding’s RBI single.

Catcher Nick Rickles picked a runner off third.

  • #12 Enyel De Los Santos (5-2, 1.40): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K
  • #13 Tom Eshelman (1-3, 5.73):
  • #14 Roman Quinn (.289): 7-day DL, right middle finger strain
  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.233): went 0-3
  • #22 Drew Anderson (1-0, 3.95):
  • #23 Cole Irvin (5-1, 3.17):

Reading (20-28) beat Portland, 8-3.

Ranger Suarez came off the DL and pitched five innings.  He gave up two runs on three hits and two walks.  He struck out five.  Austin Davis (3.38) gave up a run on two hits in three innings and struck out five.  Edgar Garcia (0.64) pitched a perfect ninth.

The Phils scored one run in the fourth, cutting the Sea Dogs lead in half on Jan Hernandez’ RBI single.  They went ahead with 4 runs in the sixth on Hernandez’ grand slam (4).  They added an insurance run in the eighth on Malquin Canelo’s RBI triple.  They tacked on 2 more runs in the ninth on Deivi Grullon’s 2-run HR (9).

Grullon (.312) and Hernandez (.331) had 3 hits each.  Canelo (.269) and Green (.301) had 2 each.  Hernandez had 5 RBI.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (2-4, 5.55):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-2, 5.36):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (2-2, 4.17): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.203): went 0-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 BB

Lakewood (29-21) beat Delmarva, 9-8 in ten innings.

David Parkinson (1.58) pitched six innings and was charged with three unearned runs on six hits, no walks, and seven strike outs.  Jonathan Hennigan (3.18) blew the save allowing three runs on four hits and a walk in 1.1 innings.  Kyle Dohy (3-3, 1.04) and Addison Russ (1.05) were forced into action.  Dohy stranded an inherited runner, and struck out the four batters he faced.  Russ allowed two runs (one the unearned extra inning runner who started on second in the tenth) but still picked up his 11th save.  Parkinson threw 75% strikes (66/88).

The BlueClaws scored in the first on Jhailyn Ortiz’ RBI double.  After the Shorebirds went ahead in the bottom of the inning, the ‘Claws tied the game in the second on Josh Stephen’s sacrifice fly and Dalton Guthrie’s RBI single.  They went ahead with 2 runs in the third on a wild pitch and Nick Maton’s sacrifice fly.  They tacked on an important insurance run in the fourth on Quincy Nieporte’s two-out, RBI single.

The Shorebirds tied the score with 3 runs in the eighth setting the stage for “overtime”. The BlueClaws scored 3 runs in the tenth.  Maton sacrificed the runner  to third.  He scored on Rodolfo Duran’s fielder’s choice.  Duran was safe and Maton went to second.  Kevin Markham doubled Duran home.  Stephen singled Maton home.

Guthrie (.237), Ortiz, Duran, and Markham (.274) had 2 hits each. Stephen had 2 RBI.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.226): went 2-6 with a double, RBI
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.217): DNP
  • #18 Kyle Young (1-1, 1.64):
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-3, 4.86):
  • #27 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #30 Nick Maton (.271): went 0-2 with a BB, RBI, sac, SF

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: 11.2 of 50 IP, 22 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.


5/28/18–Tom Windle assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/28/18–Tom Eshelman assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/28/18–Lehigh Valley placed 1B Matt McBride on the temporarily inactive list.
5/28/18–Tommy Bergjans assigned to Williamsport from Reading
5/28/18–Reading activated LHP Ranger Suarez from the 7-day DL
5/28/18–Luis Carrasco assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/28/18–Andrew Brown assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
5/27/18–RHP Connor Brogdon assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport

The rosters and lists are up to date as of 5/28.  I’ve got 326 players in the organization.


15 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/28/2018

  1. The other day, a reader on this site said Ranger Suarez wasn’t getting the job done. I’m not sure if that was a troll or someone I’ve grown to respect. I didn’t look at the reader’s moniker. But it stuck with me. Since Ranger pitched yesterday, I went looking at his stats. He had a horrible 1st game in Reading, giving up 7 runs in 3 IP. Since I tend to give the guy a pass on his first game after promotion, let’s take that game out of his stats. If you do that, the 22 yo has a 2.84 ERA over his last 6 games. That’s respectable in AA. After the 7 run fiasco, he’s given up 4 runs in a game once, 2 runs in each of 4 games and 0 runs in one 8 inning 10 K game. He’s a sneaky lefty who does well wherever he pitches. He might have a clunker once in a while but he figures it out and rectifies it.

  2. Ortiz seems to be over his injury and really swinging the bat well since being activated. Excited to see what he does this season.

    1. I saw Ortiz play @ Delmarva in April & he seemed like a completely different player. He had no sense of the strike zone & appeared lost. Since he’s back from the DL he has really turned it up a notch. I’m not sure what his K’s have been since returning, but I have to believe they’ve improved considerably. I saw them play Friday & even though that’s the only game they lost (typical for when I see them play @ Delmarva). Ortiz had good at bats & made an amazing layout catch in right field. It has been a very encouraging turn around. Hope he can keep this going!

  3. Grullon may actually become the catcher that the Phillies envisioned he would be when they signed him in 2012. Hopefully the Reading park factor is not the largest part of his production this season. Now 22 years old the Phillies may want to protect him this November.

  4. It is time to send Jan Hernandez to LHV. He turned the corner in Clearwater and now he is fulfilling his third round selection in Reading. The switch to the outfield triggered his resurrection. He is dominating at Reading. Grullon is maturing into a good hitter. These are two young guys who have needed time to grow into major league prospects. They should move up in the rankings. Ranger had one bad inning, but pitched well after it.

    1. Jan Hernandez is still a fringy prospect – beware the Reading bump as these Reading stats often don’t translate at all to AAA, let alone the majors.

      Grullon is younger and plays a more critical defensive position. I’d be more excited about him if he had better plate discipline but he bears watching.

      1. Grullon really needs to get on Kapler’s physique management program…his mid-section needs a little tightening up.

    2. Of course Hernandez is doing great because of the Reading effect, right?


      Home OPS – .695
      Road OPS – 1.033

      now that is an interesting stat!

      1. It is, but it’s not just Reading – the entire EL is a hitter’s league. It’s also kind of a small sample size.

      2. The Phillies changed Herandez swing in the off season . He hitting more for Avg this yr .

    3. Hernandez has 140 ABs in 50 games at the AA level. Let’s see if he can sustain his recent performance a wee bit longer (say another couple months at least) before rushing him to AAA.

  5. no reason to rush Hernandez. let him play another few weeks in reading and if he’s still hitting this well and controlling the strike zone with more walks, then bring him up. this is his first real success.

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