Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/3/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (24-30) swept a double header from Florida, 6-0 and 7-6 in eight innings.

Sixto Sanchez tossed a two-hitter in the seven-inning opener.   His FB ran 94-99 mph.  He threw just 72 pitches, 56 strikes (77.8%).  He started out on firs as he threw 40 pitches in his first four innings, 34 strikes to 6 balls.  Sanchez struck out five and walked two.  He threw 17 of 23 first pitch strikes (73.9%).  His game score was 79.

The Threshers scored all their runs in the first three innings.  They plated one in the first inning on Edgar Cabral’s RBI single.  They picked up another in the second on Jose Pujols’ HR (7).  Two may have been enough today, but they put the game out of reach with four in the third on Mickey Moniak’s 3-run HR (his first of the season) and Pujols’ RBI single.

Adam Haseley, Cabral (.284), Pujols (.294), and Raul Rivas had 2 hits each.

J.P. Crawford went 0-4.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3 , 2.51): 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.286): went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, double
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.251): went 1-3 with a run scored, HR (1), 3 RBI
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.261): went 1-3 with a run scored
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.203): DNP

Australian Josh Tols took the mound for the second game and impressed.  He retired all nine batters he faced in three inning, striking out six.  The 28-year old lefty was signed in the off season and made the most of his opportunity.  Felix Paulino (3.52) gave up a run in three innings on five hits.  Aaron Brown (5.46) struck out the side in his one inning, but blew his second save while doing it.  Garrett Cleavinger (1-0, 40.50) took the mound in the extra inning and gave up 4 runs.  One of baseball’s archaic rules awarded him the win when the Threshers came back with five runs of their own.

The Threshers took a one-run lead with two runs in the sixth on Jose Pujols’ two-run single.  They rallied in the eighth with five runs to steal the win.  Adam Haseley began the inning on second base.  Then a parade of batters marched around the bases.  Austin Listi started with an RBI double.  Henri Lartigue walked.  Mickey Moniak single home the second run of the inning.  Gabriel Lino walked to load the bases.  Luke Williams was sent in to run for Lino as the winning run.  A wild pitch brought the Threshers within one and moved the winning run to second.  Jose Pujols singled to tie the game and move Williams to third. Jose Gomez was walked to reload the bases.  Brian Mims scorched a ball toward left that the shortstop speared to delay the Frogs demise one more at bat.  Arquimedes Gamboa ended the game with a single to right, the first walk off hit by a Thresher not named Darick Hall this season.

Gamboa, Haseley, and Pujols (.299) had 2 hits each.  Pujols had 3 RBI (26).

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3 , 2.51): 
  • #2 Adonis Medina (5-2, 4.97):
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.290): went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, double
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.251): went 1-4 with a run scored, RBI
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.265): went 2-5 with an RBI
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.199): went 0-3 with a BB
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.67):
  • #28 Connor Seabold (1-4, 4.32):
  • Bailey Falter (4-1, 2.64):

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (30-25) beat Toledo, 6-5 in a walk off.

Ben Lively (2.86) gave up 2 runs in 5.1 innings on 8 hits and a walk.  He struck out six.  Jake Thompson (5.40) struck out five in 1.2, one-hit innings.  Yacksel Rios (4.05) blew the save in 0.1 innings.  Pedro Beato (2.42) went the final 1.2 and got the win.

The IronPigs scored a run in the second on Logan Moore’s ground out.  They added 2 in the third on Danny Ortiz’ RBI single and Joey Meneses’ force out.  They scored a run in the seventh to extend their lead to 4-2 on Matt McBride’s HR (4).  They scored two in the ninth on Nick Rickles’ game tying HR (5) and Alexi Amarista’s RBI single.

  • #12 Enyel De Los Santos (5-2, 1.40):
  • #13 Tom Eshelman (1-5, 7.06):
  • #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 (23-31) lost to Richmond, 4-3.

Harold Arauz (3-3, 4.43) pitched 6.0 innings.  He gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks.  Alexis Rivero (3.27) pitched three, one-hit innings in relief.

The Phils scored single runs in the second and fourth, and sixth innings on Heiker Meneses’ RBI single, Malquin Canelo’s RBI single, and Cornelius Randolph’s sacrifice fly.

Cord Sandberg went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a stolen base, and an outfield assist at third base.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (3-4, 4.92):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-2, 5.06):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (2-2, 3.75):
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.189): entered as a PH in the 7th and went 0-1 with an RBI, SF

Lakewood (33-23) beat Hickory, 2-0.

David Parkinson (1.34) pitched seven, two-hit innings.  He walked one and struck out nine. Addison Russ (5-0, 0.98) pitched two, perfect innings and got the win.

Lakewood broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the bottom of the eighth on Jhailyn Ortiz’ RBI single and a missed catch error later in the inning.

Jake Scheiner (.273), Dalton Guthrie (.245), and Colby Fitch (.276) had 2 hits each.

Parkinson picked a runner off first base.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.246): went 1-4 with a run scored, RBI 
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.229): DNP
  • #18 Kyle Young (1-2, 2.00):
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-4, 5.17):
  • #27 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #30 Nick Maton (.267): went 1-4

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: 13.2 of 50 IP, 28 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.

Transactions – the DSL transactions finally posted.

6/3/18–DSL Phillies Red placed LHP Yefferson Mercedes on the 60-day disabled list.
6/3/18–DSL Phillies White placed RHP Jeison Blanco on the 60-day disabled list.
6/3/18–DSL Phillies White placed RHP Santy Prada on the 60-day disabled list.
6/3/18–Josh Tols assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport .
6/3/18–Andrew Brown assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport .
6/3/18–Spencer Howard assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood .
6/2/18–LHP Nick Fanti assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport .
6/2/18–SS Wilson Valdez assigned to DSL Phillies Red.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of 6/3.  I’ve got 325 players in the organization.


24 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/3/2018

  1. Nice to see Moniak heating up, hopefully he sustains it. He and Haseley playing well together has me hoping they can also steadily move up through the system together and end up in the Phillies’ outfield in 3-4 years. Jhailyn Ortiz seems to be kicking it in since returning from his injury after his terrible start. As nice as it is to see these guys turn it on it’s disheartening to check this site each day and see what Cornelius Randolph has (hasn’t?) done. I’m wondering if they brought him to AA too soon. Maybe it’s just growing pains and by September I’ll be saying wow what a great move for his development. No knee-jerk reaction on him, he’s only 21 in AA, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a demotion if this continues. Overall today was an especially pleasant run through the recaps.

    1. Good or bad, the Phillies only promote if they think the player can handle it. If Randolph gets demoted, he’s done.

  2. Welp, if that was to be Sixto’s last stand in CLW, then he sure went out with a bang. Good on Moniak for getting over the fence. When good hitting for a time leads to extra base hits that are not the norm, dare we dream? Haseley keeps on hittin. Somehow, Parkinson has an ERA are 1.50. Seems like he mixes gems with clunkers, but the numbers surely don’t bear that out. Perhaps his propensity to BB hasn’t impacted him the way it would further up the later. Nice to see Ortiz have a clutch hit, and 1/4 still has a positive impact on his AVG. What do we have in Sandberg, Jan Hernandez, Jose Pujols and Mr. Tols? The cupboard is full and wouldn’t it prove that everything is sunny in Phila right now if somehow Mize drops to 1.3 today???

  3. It really is a big jump to go from college one year to high A ball the next year so an adjustment period was par for the course for Haseley. But now that he’s settled in, he’s been super impressive, showing some gap power and good plate discipline. This is a very important development and it’s fun to see MM adjust too – we’ll see where that goes, but he’s a 20 YO in high A ball, so he still has time.

    1. That dog is the story of the day – so cool. 80 on the cute scale.

  4. I hope to see MM walk a little more. Would love to see him steal some bases and walk. and hopefully next year power will start to come.

    1. rocco…he will be fine.
      All the disconcerting upheaval on his first pick selection last month may have been a little premature.

      1. The concern was legitimate. He’s not out of the woods by any stretch – roccom is right that the power and plate discipline are big issues for him. But it’s great to see positive movement and it’s really nice to see Haseley hit like this – that’s an even bigger development in my view.

      2. I learned a long time ago, “you give life to what you focus on”. It’s true for every part of life. So to me, there’s so much across the Phillies org to be excited about that it’s what gets my focus! Some of the “slow starts” (mostly just adjustment periods) are well in the rearview (i.e. JoJo has turned it around, no surprise. Haseley is hitting .290, gradually improving all season!). I always want more like anyone else, but I choose to be content with how great the Phillies org is looking top-to-bottom right now. Great progress over 2017, which was great progress over 2016! Etc.

        1. The hitting is a work in progress but the pitching is staggeringly good. This is easily, easily the best the system has ever looked pitching-wise in the time I started following the team in 1992 – it’s not even close.

  5. Pitching has been terrific! When will Sixto go to Reading? It is really good to see Haseley and MM hitting well.

    1. It’s interesting that you have nothing to say when Crawford has back-to-back 2-hit games, including one with a HR, the previous two games.

  6. Lakewood has been a fun team to watch, their pitching has been great. They lead the South Atlantic in ERA (2.56), and are .01 out of being tied for 1st in the league in Whip, as they currently sit at 1.16.

    They have the top 3 league leaders in ERA, and 4 of the top 5.

    Stewart 1.23
    Parkinson 1.34
    Rosso 1.44

    Stewart leads the league in Whip (.85) and Rosso is tied for 3rd at .94

    1. I attended the Lakewood game yesterday. It was a cool, overcast day but it did not rain during the game. There were a lot of empty seats, probably due to the threatening conditions. As a result, we had good seats not far from home plate.

      David Parkinson was impressive with a good mix of fastballs and off speed pitches and excellent control. He seemed to be throwing freely and easily. His fastball sat mostly at 89-91, but he hit 92 and 93 on occasion. Being left-handed, he probably already has enough velocity to make it. A fifth inning pick-off of a runner on first was an added bonus. He struck out 9, walked one and finished 7 innings with 88 pitches, of which 60 were strikes. Although the wind was blowing in and the ball was not carrying,it was still impressive that Parkinson only allowed 2 hits, both singles.

      Addison Russ pitched two clean innings to get finish and get the save. Although smaller than Parkinson, he throws harder hitting 95 yet his control was excellent (13 strikes, 4 balls).

      Jhailyn Ortiz hit the ball hard twice in four trips. The first time it was caught fairly deep in center field; if the wind wasn’t blowing in it could easily have been an extra base hit. His second hard hit ball came in the eighth inning against a left-handed reliever and was a single that drove in the Blue Claws’ first run. Overall, it was my impression that he could use some more plate discipline, but he is only 19 years old.

      Jake Scheiner also stood out offensively with two hits and a stolen base. He seemed to be a guy who can make things happen.

      I regret that I have not been able to spend much time on this site lately; I hope that this firsthand report will be of interest.

      1. Thank you – it’s amazing what you learn when you go the games, isn’t it?

  7. Great to MM hitx falling his bat though the ball the pitcher new it. He also had a 9 pitch at bat against Ian Anderson I believe.

    1. Tim…..sorry, we had a bad cell connection….can you give me that first sentence again?

      1. Or Tim could simply take a few extra seconds to proof his post. I mean the one on his screen.

        1. Nah – then it wouldn’t be a Tim original. He’s like the Jackson Pollock of baseball sentences.

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