Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/6/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (26-31) beat Daytona, 6-2.

Adonis Medina held the Tortugas to 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk in five innings.  He struck out six, but needed 83 pitches (50 strikes, 60.2%) to navigate those five innings.  Josh Tols (0.00) allowed 3 base runners and struck out 3 in two innings.  Will Hibbs (4.09) walked two in one inning of work.  Aaron Brown (5.28) gave up 2 hits in his one inning.

The Threshers scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to tie the game on Adam Haseley’s two-out RBI single and Jose Pujols two-out solo HR (9).  They took the lead with 3 runs in the sixth on Raul Rivas’ two-out 2-run double and Jose Gomez’ two-out RBI single. And, they tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on a two-out throwing error.

Jose Gomez had a 2-hit game.  He and Edgar Cabral each stole a base.

Jose Pujols (.311) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, HR, RBI, BB, and no strike outs.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3 , 2.51): 
  • #2 Adonis Medina (6-2, 4.82): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.286): went 1-5 with an RBI
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.244): went 0-1 and was removed after his first AB
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.271): went 1-5 with a run scored, double
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.226): went 2-3 with a BB, RBI, SB
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.67):
  • #25 J.D. Hammer (0-0, 0.00):
  • #28 Connor Seabold (2-4, 4.37):
  • Bailey Falter (4-2, 3.08):

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (32-25) beat Gwinnett, 5-1.

Drew Anderson kept the Stripers off the board during his 5.1 innings.  He gave up 5 hits and a walk, and struck out five.  Hoby Milner (1.15) took over with 2 runners on base and stranded them while striking out the next two batters.  Jake Waguespack (4.50) allowed a couple runners and struck out 2 batters in two innings.  Austin Davis (3.09) gave up Gwinnett’s only run in the ninth.

The IronPigs scored a run in the third inning on Dean Anna’s RBI double.  They put the game away with 4 runs in the seventh on Anna’s bases-loaded HBP, an RBI ground out, a force out, and Adron Chambers’ RBI single.

Chambers had 3 hits and an outfield assist at second base.  Matt McBride had two hits.

  • #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 (2-1, 3.33): 5.1 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • #23 Cole Irvin (7-1, 2.62):

Reading (25-31) lost to Altoona, 4-0.

Elniery Garcia (0-5, 5.12) gave up 4 runs in the first inning and that was all the scoring in the ball game.  He went five innings and gave up the 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Seth McGarry (2.70), Jeff Singer (0.00), and Alexis Rivero (3.00) each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Phils managed five hits, Malquin Canelo (.271) had two of them and a stolen base.

The Curve stole four bases in four attempts on Garcia/Grullon.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (3-4, 5.11):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-2, 4.77):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (2-2, 3.75):
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.189): went 0-3 with a BB

Lakewood (34-24) got their customary good pitching from their starters but split a double header with Hagerstown, winning 5-2 and losing 2-1.

In game one, Ramon Rosso (3-1, 1.62) gave up 2 runs in game one on 6 hits and 3 walks in 5.2 innings while striking out seven.  Kyle Dohy (0.95) got the last four outs and his sixth save.

The BlueClaws came from behind with 3 runs in the fourth inning on Colby Fitch’s solo HR (3), Rodolfo Duran’s RBI single, and n RBI ground out.  They added an insurance run in the fifth on Jhailyn Ortiz RBI single, and tacked on a run in the seventh on Ortiz’ RBI double.

Jhailyn Ortiz had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.254): went 2-4 with a double, 2 RBI
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.231): went 1-3 with a run scored
  • #30 Nick Maton (.267): went 1-4 with a run scored, double

Will Stewart was even more efficient in game two.  He pitched six innings and held the Suns to one run on seven hits.  He walked none and struck out five.  Addison Russ (5-1, 1.30) took the loss, giving up a walk off HR to the first batter in the seventh.

The BlueClaws scored their only run in the top of the seventh on an RBI ground out.

Jake Scheiner (.278) had 2 of the BlueClaws 5 hits.  Quincy Nieporte (.242) went 1-1 with 2 walks.

The BlueClaws hit into 4 double plays (in a seven inning game).

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.250): went 0-2 with a BB
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.231): entered as a pinch runner in the seventh
  • #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 (.269): went 1-2 with a sacrifice

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: retains prospect status until June 20th

And these guys are still in Clearwater.

  • #19 Francisco Morales: XST
  • #24 Luis Garcia: XST
  • #26 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season
  • #29 Jonathan Guzman: XST

There wasn’t much pitching or defense in the DSL as the Phillies Red (0-4) lost, 13-10, and the Phillies White (3-1) lost, 15-11.


It rained off and on Wednesday.  I didn’t bother going to the Complex.  The XST season wraps up Thursday with the Phillies on the road in Dunedin.  The players will likely be told their summer assignments on Friday.

Phillies GCL schedule.


6/6/18–Philadelphia activated SS J.P. Crawford from the 10-day disabled list.
6/6/18–Philadelphia optioned 3B Mitch Walding to Lehigh Valley
6/6/18–Lehigh Valley placed RHP Tom Eshelman on the 7-day DL. Left shin contusion.
6/6/18–Reading placed RHP Jose Taveras on the 7-day DL. Right shoulder strain
6/6/18–Reading activated LHP Elniery Garcia from the 7-day DL
6/6/18–Mitchell Edwards signed as an international free agent, assigned to GCL East
6/5/18–Hsin-Chieh Lin signed as an international free agent, assigned to GCL East
6/5/18–Yoan Antonac signed as an international free agent, assigned to GCL West
6/5/18–Drew Hutchinson elected free agency
6/5/18–Philadelphia sent SS J.P. Crawford on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
6/5/18–RHP JD Hammer assigned to Clearwater from Reading
6/4/18–Phillies sent RHP Drew Hutchison outright to Lehigh Valley
6/2/18–Anderson Parra released
6/2/18–Pedro Ramirez released
6/2/18–Adrian Marin released
6/2/18–Jhonny Palma released
6/2/18–Diego Tamariz released
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 6/6.  I’ve got 322 players in the organization.


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

  1. Any insight on why Mickey Mo was removed after his first AB? Seems like he was just starting to heat up.

    1. I’ll double down on the question above.

      Mickey Mo didn’t play tonight after being removed from last night’s game after 1 AB.
      Anybody? Any idea?

  2. Weirdly, CLW is 6 – 2 since Hall was called up to Reading, although one of the games was a completion of a game when Hall was in the lineup.

    I want to write something about Adron Chambers because he’s tearing the cover off the ball. It’s only 6 games but the guy’s been out of baseball for 3 years. He’s played in the Major Leagues but that was a long time ago. I’ll just leave the above as my comment.

    1. Chambers wasn’t exactly out of baseball, he played Indy ball. I saw him in many XST games and wasn’t impressed. I expected more from a 31-year old playing against kids (IMO).

  3. Jim – any in-game velocity or other reports on Medina or Tols? Tols is fascinating to me. Short lefty, in his late 20s from Australia – he must do something extremely well to have been signed in the first place and moved up to Clearwater so quickly. Does he throw 95+? What’s his deal? I’m intrigued.

    1. No, Tols doesn’t throw 95 mph. In fact, most if not all of you would be underwhelmed by his fastball. It’s upper 80s. However, his pitching motion is extremely deceiving. A friend explained to me that he hides the ball well and his wrist motion and arm swing make it look like the ball is coming out of his shoulder. He likened the motion to “Iron Mike”, a term referring to a pitching machine. Darick Hall’s grandfather, an NJCAA HOF coach, agreed with my friend that Tols’ delivery makes it difficult to pick up the ball as it comes out of his hand. Tols has an off speed pitch that benefits from his delivery. There’s about a 6-8 mph difference between the pitches.

    2. Medina’s velocity has been fairly consistent from game to game. I posted this after his victory on May 31st over Fort Myers.

      “Adonis Medina looked great for his first five innings.  He just looked good the next two.  He turned in a seven inning three-hitter, allowing one unearned run.  He walked one and struck out six.  

      Medina threw 59 strikes in 89 pitches (67.3%).  He threw a very poor 11 of 25 first pitch strikes (44%).  He struck out six, walked one, and had just two, three-ball counts (a walk and a single).

      Medina was electric in his first five innings.  He threw 48 pitches and 34 strikes (70.8%). He gave up a one-out single in the first inning and then retired 14 batters in a row.  He struck out four, and got 10 of the other 11 outs on ground balls.

      He still pitched well in the sixth and seventh, although he needed 39 pitches to complete the two innings.  In all, he struck out six, and got 13 ground ball outs vs. 2 fly ball outs.  The unearned run got into scoring position on a passed ball.  His FB ranged 91-95 mph and sat 93-94 mph.

      He seemed to keep his velocity through all seven innings.  He threw as many 95 mph pitches in the 6th and 7th (1) as he did earlier; more 94 mph pitches in the 6th and 7th (4) than earlier (3); an equivalent amount of 93s in the 6th and 7th (6) as earlier (10).

      Medina also throws a slider and a change.  There’s no discernible gaps on my chart for me to determine where one stops and the other ends. He threw a ball at every speed from 95 to 80 mph.  But, he threw more off speed pitches (52) than FB (35).”

  4. The amazing, unsustainable year that Jose Pujuls is having continues.

    Awhile back, I put some info together about his year, showing a high K rate and unsustainable BABIP.

    Then, his BABIP was a bit above .400, while his career averaged about .325. HIs BABIP now stands at an even more ridiculous .456, while his Line Drive percentage is just about as low as it’s ever been.

    Just doesn’t make sense!

    If you applied his career average BABIP to his current stats, he’d have 13 fewer hits (he has 56 on the year so far). His batting average would then be .239.

    I’m happy he’s having success, as unsustainable as it may be, at least it is progress. His K% of 35.1% is the second highest of his career.

    Just plain crazy!!

    1. He seems to have success when he repeats.
      IMO, they will bump up him to Reading later this season and get some AA exposure Then start him there next season…maybe he will need not have to repeat in 2020..
      He has close to similar traits as Domingo Santana had when he was at that level.
      RHB power with high K rates….and above average RFer.

      1. i find these type of prospects difficult to monitor
        on the one hand you’re happy for the kid for having some success and making progress
        on the other hand, you look at the numbers and the reality of what they mean for most prospects and it dampens your enthusiasm
        I think if we see his K rate drops below 30% then he become intriguing
        Santana is a great comparisoin

  5. Am I making this up or did I read this somewhere . . If Medina was in this past draft he would be a top 5 pick . . . ? Thought I read a few scouts saying something like that

    1. From May 22nd…

      Jake: Is there much concern in Adonis Medina’s start to the year?

      Kiley McDaniel: Saw him a couple weeks ago and that guy would go in the top 5 picks of the draft.

    2. Eric D … here is the tweet.

      1. Here’s more McDaniel on Medina and Sixto Sanchez:

  6. I too am interested in knowing if something’s wrong with Mickey Mo. Not in the lineup tonight?? Anyone have any inside knowledge. Brian C.?

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