Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/1/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (21-30) lost to Florida 12-10.  

The teams completed a game suspended in Kissimmee on May 9th.  Austin Listi broke the scoreless tie with a 2-run HR, Blake Quinn pitched three scoreless innings, and Will Hibbs earned his second save.

In the regularly scheduled game, the Threshers took a 4-0 lead through six innings on Austin Listi’s RBI single, Jose Gomez’ RBI single, and J.P. Crawford’s first rehab hit, a 2-run HR.  Meanwhile, Mauricio Llovera held the Frogs to 2 hits thru six.

Then the wheels came off and … 

However, the Threshers retaliated with a 6-run inning of their own, restoring their 4 run advantage on Brian Mims’ RBI double, Adam Haseley’s RBI single, Edgar Cabral’s bases loaded walk, a wild pitch, Mickey Moniak’s RBI single, and Henri Lartigue’s RBI ground out.

The Threshers took a 10-6 lead into the eighth, and the wheels exploded … 

Things were so hard to watch that I left during the Frogs’ second 6-run inning with the scored tied, the bases loaded, and McKenzie Mills warming up.

The teams combined for 22 runs, 20 hits, 7 errors (that’s generous), 18 walks, 19 strike outs, 24 LOB, 9 relievers (7 of which entered during an inning), 3 wild pitches, 4 hit batters, 9 of 13 inherited runners scoring, and 412 pitches (231 strikes, 56%).

J.P Crawford struck out his first 3 at bats.  He broke an 0-9 with a 2-run HR and a single.  He committed a throwing error on a play deeeeep in the hole.  I think the ball landed in the visitors’ dugout.  He also made a awesome catch and thrown on a ball up the middle.

Jose Gomez had 3 hits.  Jose Pujols scored 3 runs.

Newly promoted Brian Mims went 1-2 with 2 runs scored, a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and 2 walks.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (3-3 , 2.95): 
  • #2 Adonis Medina (5-2, 4.97):
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.276): went 1-3 with a run scored, 2 BB
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.249): went 2-4 with a run scored, RBI
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.257): went 1-3  with an RBI
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.203): went 0-1 after replacing Crawford
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.67): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • #28 Connor Seabold (1-4, 4.32):
  • Bailey Falter (4-1, 2.64):

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (29-24) lost to Toledo, 4-2.

Enyel De Los Santos allowed 3 runs on 7 hits in seven innings.  He struck out six, but two home runs did him in.  Jake Waguespack (4.91) gave up a run in 1.2 innings, and Pedro Beato (2.59) allowed that inherited runner to score, although he struck out the other two batters he faced.

The IronPigs closed to within a run with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings on Collin Cowgill’s solo HR (5) and Dean Anna’s RBI double.

The IronPigs had four hits.  Dean Anna had 2 hits both doubles.

Newly promoted Damek Tomscha went 0-2 with a walk.

  • #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): called up to Philadelphia
  • #22 Drew Anderson (1-1, 4.26): 
  • #23 Cole Irvin (6-1, 2.73):

Reading (22-30) lost to Richmond, 7-6 in ten innings.

Jose Taveras (5.84) gave up 6 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in four innings.  Jeff Singer (0.00) struck out three in three, one-hit innings.  Seth McGarry (1-2, 2.81) struck out four in three innings, but even though he struck out the side in the tenth, a Deivi Grullon passed ball and a wild pitch allowed the extra inning runner to score the eventual winning run.

Trailing by a lot early, the Phils rallied to tie the game by the sixth inning.  They scored a run in the second inning on Brandon Bednar’s RBI double; 2 runs in the fourth on Bednar’s sacrifice fly and Jiandido Tromp’s RBI single; 2 more runs in the fifth on Darick Hall’s solo HR (1) and Bednar’s RBI single; and the tying run in the sixth on Hall’s RBI ground out.

Bednar had 3 hits and 3 RBI.  Jan Hernandez (.318) had 2 hits.

Newly promoted Darick Hall went 2-5 with his first Reading HR and 2 RBI.

Cornelius Randolph had an outfield assist at second base.

Grullon picked a runner off first base but also committed his 5th passed ball.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (3-4, 4.92):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-2, 5.06):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (2-2, 4.17):
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.195): went 1-5 with a run scored, double

Lakewood (31-23) lost to Hickory, 8-2.

Spencer Howard gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out six.  Julian Garcia (3.48) pitched one inning and gave up an unearned run.  Zach Warren (3.38) gave up 3 runs in two innings 3 hits and 3 walks.  Jonathan Hennigan (3.00) pitched a clean ninth.

The BlueClaws were one-hit for eight innings before scoring 2 runs in the ninth on RBI singles by Daniel Brito and Jesus Alastre.

Rodolfo Duran picked a runner off second base, but also picked up his 7th passed ball.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.217): went 0-3 with a BB 
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.227): went 1-3 with a run scored, RBI, BB
  • #18 Kyle Young (1-2, 2.00):
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-4, 5.17): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • #27 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #30 Nick Maton (.268): went 0-2 with 2 BB 

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: 13.2 of 50 IP, 26 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


The team played to a 6-6 tie.  The Braves rolled the ninth inning with runners on the corners, one out, and Jake Holmes at the plate.  Cowards.

Cole Stobbe and Drew Stankiewicz played five innings each.

2018 XST Roster

2018 Phillies XST schedule.

Phillies GCL schedule.


Sixto Sanchez, who had been removed as a probable Saturday night, was reinserted back into the rotation and will start Sunday.  Bailey Falter was bumped back to Monday.  So ends my speculation on his promotion.  Until next time.

Gabriel Lino was added to the Threshers roster to replace of Darick Hall.  I feel unfilled.

I have unsubstantiated information on the status of a minor league RHP and 2 new minor league free agent signings.  I’ll report them in a day or two.

Oh, and the DSL starts Saturday morning.  Their rosters haven’t been updated.

6/1/18–3B Damek Tomscha assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
6/1/18–2B Heiker Meneses assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
6/1/18–LHP Austin Davis assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
6/1/18–1B Darick Hall assigned to Reading from Clearwater
6/1/18–C Gabriel Lino assigned to Clearwater
5/31/18–Philadelphia placed LF Rhys Hoskins on the 10-day DL retro to 5/30/2018. Fractured jaw
5/31/18–Philadelphia designated RHP Drew Hutchison for assignment
5/31/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Mark Leiter Jr. from Lehigh Valley
5/31/18–Philadelphia recalled RF Dylan Cozens from Lehigh Valley
5/31/18–Lehigh Valley activated OF Adron Chambers from the restricted list.
5/31/18–Lehigh Valley activated 1B Matt McBride from the temporarily inactive list.
5/31/18–LF Andrew Pullin retired.
5/31/18–Clearwater placed 2B Jose Antequera on the 7-day DL retro to 5/30/2018
5/31/18–2B Brian Mims assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
5/31/18–RHP Randy Alcantara assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
5/31/18–RHP Connor Brogdon assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
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 6/1.  I’ve got 323 players in the organization.


19 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/1/2018

  1. Howard is a tale of 2 pitchers. Home versus away. In 2017, @ Wmsprt, he has a 2.51 ERA, 7 hits in over 14 IP and a 1.19 WHIP. Away games was a different story. He has a 6.43 ERA, 38 hits in 38 IP and a WHIP of 1.64. In 2018, things are very similar. Howard has a 2.81 ERA, 11 hits allowed in 16 IP and WHIP of .94 at home. Away: 6.85 ERA, 27 hits allowed in 22 IP and a 1.61 WHIP. In LKW, he’s pitched 3 games at home and 6 on the road. Since LKW is known as a bigger ballpark, maybe his success hinges more on the size of the ballpark. Just speculation and something to watch as he pitches more. Or maybe he just likes the home cooking?

  2. Hall with his first EL dinger.
    He trails Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso by only 13 HRs now.
    Hall should catch him by the end of July.

    1. Glad to see Hall promoted and meet initial success, but, dang, bad timing for me. I’m going to see my first Threshers game of the season next week and had hoped to see Hall. But there are more than enough interesting names to watch, like Mickey Mo, Haseley, Listi and the pitchers. Who knows, maybe a few more promotions before I get to see them again in August.

  3. Haseley’s numbers for the season are half decent now. Hope he keeps it going.

  4. MM with his 5th multi hit game in a row. Way to go MM, keep it up. Hall can flat out hit and will be knocking on the door in spring training. He just needs to get a little better against lefties.

    1. Not sure I am overly concerned with Halls splits vs LHPs.
      Power guys will always have unusually higher K rates vs LHPs and lower than normal slash markimgss.
      And in his case he seems to be doing better than the normal under the above circumstances.

      Hall Splits vs LHPs
      2018…70 PAs…..242/314/500
      2017 …138 PA….258/304/453
      2016….64 PAs….333/406/614

      Not too much of a sampling size but his issue right now it the gradual decline as yuo goes up the ladder…which is normal since the pitchers are better.

  5. Watching lhv game. had to turn it off 88 mph fastballs by our pitcher terrible to watch.

    1. Not sure if Eshelman was always around that hi-80s area, but he is really struggling this season….Game Score may be the lowest in Phillies minor leagues this year….just a 1.
      The other day Wil Stewart had the highest at 98.
      Brandon Liebrandt also a soft tosser but a lefty with some finesse.
      And Windle is another who doesn’t get it up to high.
      So you have three soft tossers.
      First time in three years really no interesting prospects at LHV

      1. Austin Davis , Tomscha , De los Santos, Ríos , Irvin, Rickles, wait until after the draft.

  6. Does anyone know when Seranthony comes off the prospect list? How soon after the draft will the list be updated? Will the Phillies pick at #3 move directly into the top 5?

  7. Watching Lakewood on, the offense has really picked up over the last two weeks or so. Ortiz is 4 for 4 as he’s clearly been heating up.

    Also they said that Joe Jordan and Charlie Manuel were at the game.

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