Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/8/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (27-32) beat Charlotte, 8-5.

Nick Fanti (2-2, 5.06) kept batters off balance again as he went six innings, gave up one run on five hits, walked one, and struck out seven.  He pitched to 3 batters in the seventh, 3 of the 5 hits he allowed.  Garrett Cleavinger (12.46) entered with 2 inherited runners and stranded both.  He pitched two scoreless, no-hit innings.  Will Hibbs (6.94) made the game close, starting his 0.2 innings with a walk (grrr!) before giving up 4 runs on a grand slam, another walk helped load the bases.  Aaron Brown (5.22) got the final out for his second save.

Fortunately the Threshers built a large lead.  They scored 3 runs in the first inning with two out on Jose Pujols RBI single and Luke Williams’ 2-run single.  They scored a run in the fourth on Gabriel Lino’s RBI double. And tacked on four important runs in the sixth on a trowing error, RBI single by Adam Haseley, and two-run double by Henri Lartigue.

Raul Rivas and Luke Williams had 3 hits each.  Haseley and Lartigue had 2 each.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3 , 2.51): 
  • #2 Adonis Medina (6-2, 4.82):
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.291): went 2-5 with a run scored, RBI, SB
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.244): DNP
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.274): DNP
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.226): went 0-5 with a run scored
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.67):
  • #25 J.D. Hammer (0-1, 3.38):
  • #28 Connor Seabold (2-4, 4.37):
  • Bailey Falter (4-2, 3.08):

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (34-25) beat Charlotte, 2-1.

Brandon Leibrandt (1.19) went 4.2 innings and allowed one run on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out three.  Tom Windle (5-2, 4.18) got one out and was awarded the win.  (Baseball really has to look at some of its scoring rules.)  Zac Curtis (2.38) pitched two, no-hit innings. Austin Davis (2.96) danced around 2 hits in one , scoreless inning.  And, Pedro Beato (2.89) picked up his 17th save.

The IronPigs scored single runs in the third and sixth innings on Joey Meneses’ RBI single and Alexi Amarista’s RBI double.

IroPigs’ batters struck out 15 times, every batter at least once.

Leibrandt picked a runner off first base.

Chambers threw out a runner at home, the IronPigs had runners thrown out at third and home.

  • #12 Enyel De Los Santos (6-3, 1.63):
  • #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): 
  • #23 Cole Irvin (7-1, 2.62):

Reading (25-34) lost to Erie, 6-4.

The SeaWolves jumped on Harold Arauz (4.57) for four runs in the first inning.  He went six and allowed just the 4 first inning runs on 6 hits, no walks, and seven strike outs.  Ranfi Casimiro (2-2, 8.00) earned the loss with 2 runs in 1.2 innings on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He left with the bases loaded.  Luke Leftwich (2.38) came in and did what he was supposed to do, strand all three runners with a strike out.

Jan Hernandez pulled the Phils close with a 3-run HR (6) in the third inning.  Heiker Meneses tied the game in the fourth with a sacrifice fly.

The Phils managed just 8 base runners on 4 hits, 1 walk, and 3 hit batters.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (3-4, 5.11):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-2, 4.77):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (2-2, 3.27):
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.191): went 1-4 with a run scored back in the 5-hole

Lakewood (34-26) lost to Greensboro, 7-2.

Spencer Howard was lifted with two outs in the fifth after the second unearned run scored on a defensive error.  He was charged with 5 runs total on 6 hits and a walk.  He struck out eight.  Julian Garcia (3.27) stranded an inherited runner and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings.  Zach Warren (3.24) struck out 2 in one inning.  Jonathan Hennigan (3.79) pitched the final inning and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits, a walk, and a HBP.

The BlueClaws scored two runs on nine hits – one in the seventh on Kevin Markham’s RBI double and one in the eighth on Jhailyn Ortiz’ RBI single.  They drew zero walks.

The BlueClaws held the Grasshoppers to 3-19 with RISP.  (Batting with RISP 19 times in 40 plate appearances seems like a lot of pressure on a pitching staff.)

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.258): went 2-4 with an RBI
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.227): went 1-4 with a run scored
  • #18 Kyle Young (1-3, 2.45):
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-5, 5.23): 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  • #27 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #30 Nick Maton (.268): went 2-4 with a run scored, double

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

Both DSL teams lost – Phillies Red (1-5), 11-7 and Phillies White (4-2), 6-1.

Williamsport begins its season on Friday, June 15th v. State College.

GCL Phillies East begins its season on Monday, June 18th v. GCL Yankees West.

Gcl Phillies West begins its season on Tuesday, June 19th v. GCL Yankees East.

Phillies GCL schedule.


6/8/18–RHP Spencer Howard assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
6/8/18–LHP Kyle Young assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
6/7/19–Reading activated 2B Drew Stankiewicz from the 7-day DL
6/7/19–Reading placed 2B Emmanuel Marrero on the 7-day DL. Left thigh contusion.
6/7/19–Lakewood placed C Colby Fitch on the 7-day DL
6/7/19–Cole Stobbe assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
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
6/5/18–Hsin-Chieh Lin signed as an international free agent
6/5/18–Yoan Antonac signed as an international free agent
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 6/8.  I’ve got 322 players in the organization.


30 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/8/2018

  1. i see recent DNP’s for Moniak. He started to hit a little prior to this. Any updates? Injury? personal issues? So far he has to be considered a bust

    1. Moniak is not a bust. He still has great tools and could become a productive mlb player. He is not going to be a star, but he still has a chance to be a good player.

    2. Bust? Moniak is barely 20 years old facing guys 5 years older than him in most cases. He had an 11-game hitting streak and is batting 370 in his last 10 games or so. He will prove everyone wrong watch. Like I said in a previous post maybe a month ago, after I digressed and made an uncalled for comment, I had said moniak and Hasley will both finish up over 275 with a very productive year. Hasley is already doing it and moniak is on his way as soon as he gets back in the lineup. It’ll be funny to come back to this message board when both of them are in the big leagues leaving the Phillies to championships. All these Monday morning quarterbacks will be an afterthought.. and yes definitely encouraging to see Ortiz picking it up. He’s another young kid with huge potential. Go Phillies! Going to be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.

      1. I honestly don’t care what his final season numbers are. I want to see his second half numbers. If his second half numbers are good, then it will have been a great developmental year.

          1. But let’s take this one step at a time – MM and Haseley have a long way to go and I think MLB pitching is better than it has ever been. If you have any significant flaw MLB pitchers will find it and exploit it again and again. We will see.

            1. 100% agree. a very, very LONG way to go. his power and walk rates are still atrocious. batting average is really meaningless unless you show a good walk rate and some pop. unless you have 70/80 speed, which he does not.

      2. Gabe…love your enthusiasm. and agree, they both will be fine down the road.
        Now….no shifts today when Jake is pitching, okay?

  2. Jhailyn Ortiz:
    – April: .158/.250/.246 = .496 OPS
    – May: .304/.319/.413 = .732 OPS
    – June: .400/.444/.560 = 1.004 OPS

    A 19 year old with 70 Raw Power tool adjusting that quickly is very, very exciting.

    1. I think he had that shoulder strain early in the season.
      So that may have contributed to the slow start.

    2. I may be misinterpreting but Josh Norris’ comment on J. Ortiz last night didn’t seem inspiring (not saying I agree, I’m excited), but interesting. Seems high on Howard’s stuff

      1. Said Howard sat 95-96 touching 97 with plus change in the 70s – the ceiling for him is extremely high still.

            1. He said in response to a tweet asking any thoughts on Ortiz “Took an extremely underwhelming BP and has put together some very confusing ABs. ”

            2. Meh. I don’t think Ortiz’s power is in question, so I could care less what he looks like in BP. The comment about his ABs is a little more concerning, particularly since his BB rate is way down this season, but he’s a player who is literally two months younger than Google, so I think he’s got some room for development there.

        1. “makings of a plus change.” not a plus change.

            1. I listened to some of that Lakewood game last night. Howard’s line looks a little worse (H’s & R’s) because the defense behind him was shaky. He’s got impressive “stuff”. His K/BB numbers have been outstanding since he was drafted last summer.
              IMO, his next start will come Clearwater.

        2. Norris said Howard had the makings of a plus change; doesn’t mean its there yet. At least not consistently.

          Seems like yesterday was a better start for Howard since he K’d eight and only walked one. The walks had been a little high in recent starts. Still too hittable. Also, high-70s is a huge difference from a fastball in the mid-90s. I wonder what that pitch looks like and how his arm action is when he throws it.

  3. Haseley up over .290, and has really come on. Let’s hope he keeps it going. I thought MM has an oblique pull?

    1. Matt,

      Oblique was speculation. I saw somewhere where club said sick, not injured.

  4. Here are a few observations on last night’s Threshers game.

    Fanti. My he’s a soft tosser. Topped out at 89 maybe once; otherwise 87-88 except when he dipped to 86. Still seemed strong when Stone Crabs started to get to him. Might have been a combination of fatigue and familiarity.

    First time to see the Threshers this year so, naturally, Listi didn’t get a hit and Williams looked awesome. Actually, Listi called out on strikes on what was clearly ball four in the first, then hit a ball hard next time up. Williams got stronger as the night went on a slammed the ball for the last of his three hits.

    If I have one observation on Listi it’s that he doesn’t appear very athletic. Not fair to draw any conclusions from my one uneducated observation, but I can better understand those who say he’s limited to 1B.

    Haseley was impressive at the plate. Two hits and a couple of well struck outs.

    Will Hibbs was excruciatingly slow. Several times batters had to call time out to reset themselves. Apparently the umps were ignoring the clock.

    Pujols looks like a much more mature, patient and better hitter. If last night was typical, he’s come a long way from last year.

    Okay, two anecdotes:

    1. Favorite play. With a runner on third, batter flies to right field. Pujols fires the ball in as runner heads for home. Great throw. Runner puts on the brakes and retreats back to third. Fanti couldn’t handle the throw and the ball goes off his hand towards the backstop. Catcher Lartigue runs back to get it. The ball slips out of his hand. He runs after it. Runner on third sees this Keystone Cops routine and charges back towards the plate. Lartigue finally gets to the ball and runner out just in time.

    We’re seated next to the Phillies dug out. Manager Williams says something to Lartigue as he came in. Couldn’t hear exactly, but it looked like a good-natured “What was that?” Lartigue laughs in response.

    2. With the score 8-1 in the ninth, Hibbs manages to get two outs but also loads the bases. He throwing a lot of balls. Pitching coach goes out to the mound. My wife wonders what he’s telling Hibbs. “Probably to quit fooling around a just throw strikes. Even if they hit a grand slam you still have a three-run lead with two outs,” I say.

    Sure enough, the next pitch is a strike right down the middle. Second pitch is the grand slam. I’m putting out my fortune teller shingle tomorrow.

    BTW, Hibbs is as soft a tosser as Fanti. When Garrett Clevenger came in to receive Fanti and threw a 90 MPH fastball, it looked like a lightning bolt after watching all of Fanti’s breaking pitches and not-so-fastballs.

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