Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/30/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (19-29) lost to the Fort Myers Miracle, 6-3.  

Connor Seabold gave up 3 runs in the sixth inning to ruin an otherwise stellar start.  He held the Miracle to one run on 3 hits through 5.0 innings.  He had walked none and struck out three.  However, a lead off HR in the sixth and 3 two-out base hits plated 3 runs and brought an end to Seabold’s day.

Jake Hernandez (3.20) came in and stranded the runner he inherited, striking out the batter.  He pitched two more innings, issuing lead off walks in each.  But a double play and caught stealing erased both runners.  He struck out two of the other three batters he faced, ending all three innings in which he pitched with a strike out.

Aaron Brown (4.05) gave up a lead off single in the ninth then 3 two-out singles to give two insurance runs.

The Threshers scored a run on a wild pitch in the third inning to tie the game.  They scored 2 runs in the sixth to close within a run on Austin Listi’s 2-run single.

Seabold’s fastball ranged 90-94 mph.  It sat 91-92 mph.  He also throws a change up, curve ball that can sometimes run slurvy (his description), and a splitter.  He was really effective mixing his pitches, and pitched backwards in the second through fourth innings.  He threw 64.9% strikes (57/88), and a lack luster 54.2% on first pitch strikes (13/24).  Seabold’s three strike outs came swinging at pitches 86, 85, and 85 mph.  I don’t know what pitch it was but batters swung over it from my vantage point.

The Threshers were maddening in their inability to cash in on their scoring opportunities. They had –

  1. first and third with two out and didn’t score
  2. second and third with one out and didn’t score
  3. second and third with one out, scored on a wild pitch
  4. n/a
  5. first and second with one out and didn’t score
  6. second an third and two out, scored on a 2-run double by Listi
  7. runner on second with two out and didn’t score
  8. first and second with one out and didn’t score
  9. runner on second with one out and didn’t score

The Threshers went 1-13 with RISP and left 13 men on base.

Mickey Moniak had 3 hits including a double.  Darick Hall (.282) had 2 hits.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (3-3 , 2.95): 
  • #2 Adonis Medina (4-2, 5.97):
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.275): went 1-4 with a run scored
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.243): went 3-5 with a double, SB (4)
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.256): went 0-3 with a run scored, 2 BB
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.205): went 0-3
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.91):
  • #28 Connor Seabold (1-4, 4.32): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Bailey Falter (4-1, 2.64):

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (29-22) beat Charlotte, 5-0.

Cole Irvin came up one out short of a complete game.  He did have a game score of 88. Manager Gary Jones gave Irvin a chance to finish the game, but with two outs he gave up a single and a walk, and was lifted after 117 pitches.

Irvin shut out the Knights on 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out six and threw 63.2% strikes (74/117).  He also benefited from a defense that turned 3 double plays, thus erasing the three base runners who reached on the three, one-out singles he allowed earlier in the game.  Entering the ninth he had faced the minimum 24 batters.

Yacksel Rios (1.69) got the final out, facing one batter and throwing 2 pitches.

The IronPigs scored 3 runs in the third inning on a bases-loaded force out and Danny Ortiz’ 2-run double.  They added single runs in the seventh and eighth on a ground out and Dylan Cozens lead off HR (10).  And added an insurance run in the ninth on Tomscha’s sacrifice fly.

Trevor Plouffe, Logan Moore, and Alexi Amarista had 2 hits each.  Danny Ortiz had 3 RBI.

After the game, Cozens boarded a plane to the West Coast.  More in transactions.

  • #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 (.226): went 1-3 with a run scored, HR (10), RBI, BB
  • #22 Drew Anderson (1-0, 3.95):
  • #23 Cole Irvin (6-1, 2.73): 8.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Reading (21-29) beat Trenton, 3-1.

JoJo Romero (3-4, 4.92) turned in his best outing of the season.  He held the Thunder to one run on 5 hits and a walk while striking out 7 in 8.0 innings.  He threw 70 strikes in 110 pitches (63.6%).  Edgar Garcia (0.61) faced 4 batters in the ninth, walked one, struck out three, and picked up his fifth save.

Trenton scored first, but the Phils came right back to tie the game with a run in the fifth on Deivi Grullon’s solo HR (10).  They took the lead in the seventh on Damek Tomscha’s lead off HR (8).

The Phils scored their 3 runs on just 4 hits (and no walks).

Damek Tomscha (.292) had 2 hits going 2-3 with a HR (8) and 2 RBI (29).

  • #6 JoJo Romero (3-4, 4.92): 8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-2, 5.36):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (2-2, 4.17):
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.195): went 0-3 

Lakewood (31-21) beat Greensboro, 3-0.  The wicked hot BlueClaws, winners of 6 in a row and 8 of their last 9, have taken over sole possession of second place and are 3.0 games behind first place Kannapolis.  I think they have 17 games remaining this half  They don’t face Kannapolis again, although they have 11 home games in that span.

Will Stewart (5-0, 1.23) tossed a masterful, 3-hit, complete game shutout.  And, he walked none while striking out ten.  He posted a game score of 98.

The BlueClaws scored early with 2 runs in the second inning on a ground out and an RBI single by Josh Stephen.  They added an insurance run in the eighth on a Jake Scheiner RBI double.

Nick Maton had 2 hits.

The BlueClaws defense cut down 2 of the 3 runners that reached base against Stewart so that he faced only 28 batters due to a double play and a caught stealing by Gregori Rivero.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.228): went 0-4 
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.222): went 1-2 with a run scored, double, BB, SB (7)
  • #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 (.270): went 2-4 

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: 11.2 of 50 IP, 23 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


Ben Pelletier and Drew Stankiewicz have begun making appearances in the XST line ups. Greg Pickett is back in Clearwater.

2018 XST Roster

2018 Phillies XST schedule.

Phillies GCL schedule.


Rhys Hoskins has been diagnosed with a broken jaw and is headed back to Philadelphia for evaluation.  Dylan Cozens is en route to the west coast.  Expect to see these transactions tomorrow.  It will be interesting to see if there is a domino effect as players are shifted up to replace Cozens or someone is activated out of XST.

5/30/18–Phillies placed SS Pedro Florimon on the 10-day DL. Right foot fracture
5/30/18–Phillies transferred RHP Jerad Eickhoff from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL 
5/30/18–Phillies selected the contract of 3B Mitch Walding from Lehigh Valley
5/30/18–LHP Tom Windle assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/30/18–Reading placed LHP Elniery Garcia on the 7-day DL. Turf toe
5/30/18–LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Reading from Clearwater
5/30/18–LHP Garrett Cleavinger assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
5/30/18–OF Jesus Alastre assigned to Lakewood from Clearwater
5/30/18–Lakewood released RF Yahir Gurrola
5/29/18–Reading released LHP Joey DeNato
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 5/30.  I’ve got 324 players in the organization.


25 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 5/30/2018

  1. What a night/day for LH pitching !
    While Cole Irvin (8.2 IP, 0 R, 4 H,1 BB, 6 K), JoJo Romero (8.0 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 7 K), and Will Stewart (9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 10 K) will garner the bulk of the praise, I want to direct your attention to (one of my personal favorite prospects) Jakob Hernandez. The Hefty Lefty went 2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 3 K. Since his slow start/adjustment to high-A … jaKe the caKe has totaled 20.2 IP, 2 ER, 12 H, 4 BB, 32 K over his last 10 outings !!!

    … and … hey … you go, Mickey Mo !!!!

    1. Moniak on a six game hitting streak. 10 for 26 (5 doubles) during that time. Still 7 K/1 BB … but … I’m happy for the kid. Hope this builds his confidence.

      1. Cosign.

        All reports state what a good kid and hard worker he is. Nice to see at least some positives for him.

  2. I’m mildly surprised Cozens got the call up. Thought Crawford would just return early from his rehab stint. Even though Cozens hasn’t been dominating AAA pitching, he’s the only 40man option left to replace Hoskins, his Bash Brother from their Reading days. I am glad that we get to finally see how he fares in the Show.

  3. There is no reason for Irvin to throw 117 pitches or Romero to throw 110. None.

    1. That issue aside, it looks like we’ll start getting some lefties for the rotation. These are both legitimate prospects.

    2. I don’t know that throwing 117 pitches once in a blue moon is a big deal for a 24 year old in AAA. Maybe he’ll do in a ML game later this year. With Eflin scuffling, Irvin and de los Santos seem closer than ever.

        1. One factor…..they have an off day on Monday before heading down to Braves country….so maybe Gary Jones thought the extra day off would compensate for the extra pitch count.
          Irvin will probably start the Gwinnett series on Tuesday.

        2. maybe the experience of trying to complete a game can be a beneficial experience.

        3. Younger pitchers are more susceptible to overuse injuries – there’s no good excuse for this. It’s not really a rest issue – it’s a damage issue. You can’t fix a broken rubber band. That’s the analogy.

  4. Read article on Romero yesterday and he said the key to his turnaround is his focus on fastball command. Also, he has a 6 pitch arsenal and he was being too cute with all his pitches, now focused on 2 pitches and then mixing in others when in needed. He also had outstanding FB command last season so he naively thought that he would pick up in AA right where he left off only to be rocked in the first 5 weeks of the year.

  5. The releases have started. Gurrola and DeNato are the just the beginning. Gurrola started in GCL like a volcano that waited 100 years to explode. But after that he became like most 27th round picks taken from a college program. DeNato, a 19th rounder from 2014, held on a lot longer. He seemed to be pretty effective in 2018 but only pitched 6 innings. In 2017, he had a BB problem. I guess they’d seen enough to say they’d seen too much. Make way for the promotions and 2018 draft picks.

  6. Stewart, Irvin and MM with great games. Glad to see it. MM up to .243, Haesely at .275. I think as the weather gets warmer so will they.

  7. Cautiously optimistic that Moniak is in the midst of turning it around. Doubles power is fine at his age. It will be huge for the Phils if he develops into what they thought he was when they drafted him (plus hit tool).

    1. It’s happening with Moniak. Seems like some balls are finally falling for. Nice to see Haseley doing well. Also wanted to say I apologize about the comment a couple weeks ago. Uncalled for.

  8. Went to Reading/Trenton game last night. Romero had great command with his fastball and off-speed pitches. Kept the Thunder really off balance. Cornelius Randolph looked over-matched and wasn’t seeing the ball well at all. Lots of bad swings and misses. Was interested to see Cord Sandberg, but he didn’t have good at-bats. Is Grullon a potential MLB prospect? He hit a bomb.

    1. Grullon is definitely a major league prospect. Just how good of a prospect is unclear now.

      1. Yeah. Dreaming of a world in which he and Alfaro both fulfill their promise: we’d have an elite defender behind the plate at all times and completely shut down the opponents’ base-stealers. Though in this scenario Grullon would eventually be trade bait.

  9. Mickey Mouse great to see he hit the double off of really good closer. Micky one single came off of a very good lefty. He also stole a base. Micky also has played a perfect CF though 44 games .

    Yes Steward ,Jojo,Irvin all throw outstanding games congrats.

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