Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/29/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (19-28) lost to the Fort Myers Miracle, 8-1.  The game featured rehab appearances by J.P. Crawford and Ervin Santana.

Bailey Falter started gave up 6 runs in 5.0 innings on 6 hits.  He struck out three.  Falter hadn’t pitched in 10 days due to rain outs down here.  He didn’t look rusty though.  Rather, he appeared to be “squeezed” by the home plate umpire.  Falter appeared to think so too, as his body language looked like he was upset by several calls.  Falter has been very consistent throwing strikes.  He went into the game throwing just short of strikes on 70% of his pitches.  Tonight, he was down around 63% (44/70, 62.9%).  Forced into the center of the plate, he was knocked around some.  He gave up his second and third home runs of the season.  (Ironically, the only other HR he gave up was against the Miracle on April 23rd.) In spite of the small strike zone, Falter didn’t walk a batter.

McKenzie Mills struck out 4 in 2.0 innings, but gave up 2 solo HR.  He threw his fastball as hard as 93-94 mph on several pitches.  Alberto Tirado (1.29) struck out one in an inning of work.  Will Hibbs (3.68) pitched a clean ninth.

The Threshers scored their only run in response to a run the Miracle scored in the topm of the first.  Adam Haseley launched a triple off the wall in dead center field.  He scored on Ausin Listi’s RBI ground out.

Haseley’s triple came off Ervin Santana.  Later in the inning, Mickey Moniak one-hopped a double off the right field wall.  Those were the only 2 hits off Santana before he left in the fourth after his 59th pitch.

J.P. Crawford started at shortstop.  He went 0-3 (0-2 against Santana) with a fly out to right, a pop up to short, and a fly out to left.  He left after he batted in the fifth inning.

The Thresher had 7 hits, Moniak had 2 doubles.

Falter threw his FB 89-91, touching 92 MPH.  His 3 strike outs came swinging at fastballs (90, 89, 91 mph).  The 6 hits all came off fastballs (91 (HR), 91 (2B), 90, 91, 91 (2B), 91 (HR)).  After the third inning when the Miracle scored 5 runs, it appears he went heavier with his change up and curve.  He retired the final 7 batters he faced in order, 5 on ground outs, none on strike outs.

Roccom’s neighbor’s kid/nephew (Jimmy Kerrigan) went 2-5 with a lead off HR on the second pitch of the game.  Both his hits came off fastballs.  He went 0-3 after Falter left the game.  I remember Kerrigan from their earlier visit.  He can’t hit off speed pitches.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (3-3 , 2.95): 
  • #2 Adonis Medina (4-2, 5.97):
  • #3 Adam Haseley: went 1-3 with a run scored, triple, BB
  • #4 Mickey Moniak: went 2-4 with 2 doubles
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa: entered as Crawford’s replacement and went 1-1
  • #17 Jose Gomez: entered the game as a pinch runner and went 0-2
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.91): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • #28 Connor Seabold (1-3, 4.06):
  • Bailey Falter (4-1, 2.64): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (28-22) lost to Charlotte, 5-1.

Ben Lively (1-2, 2.74) gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in 6.0 innings.  He struck out five. Jake Thompson (5.76) struck out four in 2.0 innings.  Pedro Beato (2.66) gave up a run in a non-save situation.

The IronPigs scored their only run in the eighth inning on Mitch Walding’s (.271) RBI double.  The Knights struck out 14 IronPigs’ batters.

Dylan Cozens had an outfield assist at first base.

  • #12 Enyel De Los Santos (5-2, 1.40):
  • #13 Tom Eshelman (1-3, 5.73):
  • #14 Roman Quinn (.289): 7-day DL, right middle finger strain
  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.224): went 0-3 with a BB
  • #22 Drew Anderson (1-0, 3.95):
  • #23 Cole Irvin (5-1, 3.17):

Reading (20-29) lost to Trenton, 5-4 in a walk off.

Harold Arauz (4.25) gave up 3 runs (2 ER) in 6.0 innings on 7 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out eight for the second time this season.  Alexis Rivero (4.50) struck out one in 1.0 inning.  Luke Leftwich (2.66) struck out one in one inning and was lifted after facing one batter in the ninth.  Tyler Gilbert (3-1, 2.91) entered and allowed the inherited runner to score, blow the save, and earn the loss.  He threw a wild pitch to the first batter he faced, gave up two singles and the tying run, and committed the throwing error on a sacrifice that allowed the winning run to score.

The Phils scored 4 runs in the eighth to take a one-run lead on Kyle Martin’s 2-run double, Damek Tomscha’s RBI single, and an RBI single by Deivi Grullon.

Cord Sandberg and Emmanuel Marrero had 2-hit games.  The Thunder struck out 13 Phil’s batters.

Jan Hernandez had an outfield assist at home.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (2-4, 5.55):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-2, 5.36):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (2-2, 4.17):
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.199): went 0-3 with a BB

Lakewood (30-21) beat Greensboro, 5-1.

Ramon Rosso (2-1, 1.44) went 6.0 innings and held the Grasshoppers to one run on 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out six.  Luis Carrasco (4.21) pitched 3.0 scoreless innings for his first save.

The BlueClaws scored 3 runs in the third inning on Rodolfo Duran’s lead off HR (4) and a throwing error following Dalton Guthrie’s double.  They scored single runs in the fifth and sixth on an error and Quincy Nieporte’s lead off HR (4).  They added a run in the eighth on Duran’s RBI single.

Quincy Nieporte (.250) had 3 hits.  Jhailyn Ortiz (.237) and Rodolfo Duran had 2 hits each.

The BlueCaws ended two innings with runners being thrown out at third.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.237): went 2-4 with a run scored
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.218): went 1-4
  • #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 (.264): went 0-4 with a run scored

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.


5/29/18–Philadelphia sent SS J.P. Crawford on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
5/29/18–RHP Connor Brogdon assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
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 5/29.  I’ve got 326 players in the organization.


36 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/29/2018

  1. Everybody Hits!!!

    Bats are heating up on the Pharm. That’s 13 hits in 6 days for teenager Jhailyn Ortiz. Moniak with three 2B in his past two days, and Haseley continuing to hit. It’s nice to see these guys beginning to have success as the weather warms …

    1. Yes, it is nice to see Moniak get a few multi-hit games so close together. Been awhile since i’ve seen that from him. I hope he is over the hump. Ortiz is having a nice run since coming back from injury as well.

  2. I believe that two of Moniak’s 2b’s were against Ervin Santana last night who was making a rehab. Good sign against a crafty veteran.

  3. Jim my neighbors kids Kerrigan, did you see his homerun off falter last night?

    1. rocco….you really got to start to read the comments section:

      “Roccom’s neighbor’s kid/nephew (Jimmy Kerrigan) went 2-5 with a lead off HR on the second pitch of the game. Both his hits came off fastballs. He went 0-3 after Falter left the game. I remember Kerrigan from their earlier visit. He can’t hit off speed pitches.”

      1. Romus, you’ll have to excuse Rocco. He’s not himself after that experiment last week with those positive waves. Now he’s been sleeping with his eyes open so he can only read in the dark.

        1. 8mark,,,,,he is a very busy man I assume and must have overlooked the obvious.

      2. Sorry m8. I have bad gas and was rushing thru, didn’t see it. How did you date with Wilma go last night??

    1. It’s nice to see that – we just have to keep hoping on him.

      It’s also nice to see Haseley settling in and continuing to improve. His numbers in May were a notch better than in April and we’re beginning to see more power and improved plate discipline. It really is a big jump from college ball to high A ball, so as long as he continues to improve I am going to be guardedly optimistic. I’ve certainly seen his swing and it is a thing of beauty.

      1. I was just leaving a message on another thread, saying I was at last Friday’s game in Delmarva & Ortiz laid out to make a diving catch, on a deep fly ball on the right field foul line. The DL must have really cleared his head or maybe he had a nagging injury, but he’s a different player from when I saw him play in Delmarva earlier (in April).

    1. It is awesome – he’s starting to look like the prospect we thought he was last year – great news.

  4. For some reason I am just tired of hearing the name JP Crawford. I wonder why…

  5. I know, right? I can’t stand prospects that fulfill their promise and ride plus defense and plate discipline to the big leagues before their 23rd birthday.

    This site needs a good ol’ fashioned Matt Rizzotti thread.

      1. He’s got less than 150 AB in the majors. Give the kid a minute before you go all WIP on him.

        1. He hasn’t had Plus defense of plate discipline since his 2016, so let’s not ever carried away.

        2. We all wrote off Biddle a few years back – and he’s in the majors. Sometimes it’s a long and hard road to get there.

  6. All these comments and not a word on Rosso. He will certainly go to Clearwater in the first wave of promotions. He has consistently been the best pitcher in the system so far.
    Ortiz is back!! Love seeing Moniak and Haseley, let’s hope they keep it up.

  7. Will Stewart coming out to pitch the 9th for Lakewood. So far, 8 IP, 3 hits, 0 BB, 9 K’s.

        1. Stewart also had a game score of 98, to match his pitch count. Not often you see a game score approaching triple digits.

          Also, Cole Irvin had a game score of 88 on the same night, for LHV.

  8. JP Crawford will be fine. As the Phils enter that time period where trading some prospects for a big name or two, it’s great to see so many guys increasing their value.

  9. Nice article on Zach Green. Never knew he played with Rhys Hoskins in HS.

    I always liked him and rooted for him. Good to see his stats are not Reading inflated, he actually has a slightly higher OPS on the road. His biggest issues are a high K rate (31.5%) and an inflated BABIP of .391

    I’m not saying he’s much of a prospect, just that it’s good to see him finally healthy and I’m rooting for him.

    1. He is in that group of top five round HS picks….. Cord Sandberg, Jan Hernandez, Mitch Walding…. that became fringy over the years.
      Pullin and Cozens are still hanging in there.

      1. Pullin and Cozens are exhibits A and B as to why you can’t take hitting prospects in the system too seriously until they’ve had some success at Lehigh Valley. Mitch Walding is, by that measure, a huge and a bit unexpected, success.

  10. In a losing cause (6-3 final), Mickey Mo went 3 for 5 with a double, stolen base (although he did K with runners on 2b and 3b). Season avg up to .243

    Keep it up, MM!

    1. We need to start talking about Will Stewart – he’s tearing up the league. Another great start today.

      1. Catch, there is talk about Will Stewart on the open discussion thread. Can you believe that?

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