Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/9/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (27-33) lost to Charlotte, 6-5.

McKenzie Mills was called in to start for the ailing Sixto Sanchez and contributed 3.2 innings.  He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked none, and struck out seven.  He threw 71 pitches.  Jakob Hernandez (3.86) entered with two runners on base and stranded both.  He pitched a total of 2.1 innings and gave up a two-out run on 3 hits.  Josh Tols (1.17) gave up a run in 2.2 innings and left with a runner on base, two outs in the ninth, and a two-run lead. Aaron Brown (1-4, 5.83) blew his third save and took the loss.  He walked the first batter he faced then gave up 3 consecutive singles.

The Threshers scored 4 runs in the second inning on Luke Williams’ 2-run HR (2), Gabriel Lino’s solo HR (1), and Austin Listi’s sacrifice fly.  They added an insurance run in the ninth on another Listi sacrifice fly.

Hernandez picked a runner off first base.

Gamboa turned an ankle the other night but took BP before Saturday’s game.  Moniak could be back in the line up by Monday.  With all the concern over the others, no one has noticed that Bailey Falter is missing his normal start on Sunday. Hmm.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3 , 2.51): is going on the 7-day DL with elbow inflammation
  • #2 Adonis Medina (6-2, 4.82):
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.298): went 3-5 with a double
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.244): DNP
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.274): DNP
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.231): went 2-5 with a run scored, double
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.70): 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
  • #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 (34-26) lost to Charlotte, 8-6.

Ben Lively (2.36) pitched six innings and held the Knights to an unearned run on 5 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out six.  Hoby Milner (2.20) gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in 0.2 innings.  Jake Thompson (4.97) stranded 2 runners and retired 4 batters in 1.1 innings.  Pedro Beato (4.40) came in to pitch the ninth with a 3-run lead and not only blew the save but took the loss.

The IronPigs built their lead with 5 runs in the second on Adron Chambers’ bases-loaded walk, Damek Tomscha’s RBI single, a force out, Dean Anna’s RBI single, and Mitch Walding’s sacrifice fly.  They added a run in the fourth on Matt McBride’s solo HR (5).

Anna and Joey Meneses had 2 hits each.

Former Phillie, Ricardo Pinto struck out 3 in 2.0 innings for the Knights.

  • #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 (on the 10-day DL)
  • #22 Drew Anderson (2-1, 3.33): 
  • #23 Cole Irvin (7-1, 2.62):

Reading (26-34) beat Erie, 8-5.

JoJo Romero picked up a victory.  He allowed 4 runs (3 ER) in six innings on 6 hits and a walk.  He struck out seven.  Tyler Gilbert (2.49) gave up an unearned run in 1.1 innings.  Alexis Rivero (2.84) allowed an inherited runner to score in 0.2 innings.  Jeff Singer (0.00) earned his first save.

The Phils scored 8 runs on 14 hits.  They jumped out to an early lead with 2 runs in the first on Jan Hernandez’ 2-run HR (7) and 3 runs in the second on Cord Sandberg’s solo HR (3), a fielding error, and Cornelius Randolph’s RBI single.  They scored 2 in the fourth on Jiandido Tromp’s 2-run HR (2).  They tacked on a run in the seventh on Malquin Canelo’s sacrifice fly.

Cord Sandberg (.269) had 4 hits and 3 runs scored.  Jiandido Tromp- had 3 hits and 2 RBI.  Canelo and Hernandez had 2 hits each.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (4-4, 5.05): 6.0 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-2, 4.77):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (2-2, 3.27):
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.193): went 1-3 with an RBI, 2 BB

Lakewood (35-26) beat Greensboro, 6-5.

Damon Jones (2.12) gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in 3.0 innings. He walked none and struck out six, but threw 70 pitches and gave up 2 HR.  Connor Brogdon (2-2, 3.79) gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, walked none, and struck out five in 3.2 innings.  Kyle Dohy stranded an inherited runner and struck out four in 2.1 innings.  Dohy earned his 7th save.

The BlueClaws scored 2 runs in each of the first three innings.  They scored 2 in the first on Jake Scheiner’s RBI double and during a run down.  They scored 2 in the second on back-to-back solo HRs by Danirel Brito and Rofolfo Duran.  They score 2 in the third on Jhailyn Ortiz’ RBI double and an errant pick off throw.

Duran had 3 hits.  Ortiz, Scheiner, and Kevin Markham had 2 hits each.  Scheiner batted clean up behind Ortiz.

Markham picked up an outfield assist at third base.

Dohy picked a runner off first base.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.265): went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, RBI
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.228): went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (2), RBI
  • #18 Kyle Young (1-3, 2.45):
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-5, 5.23):
  • #27 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #30 Nick Maton (.266): went 0-3 with a run scored, BB

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 (1-6), 5-1 and Phillies White (4-3), 6-4.

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.


6/9/18–Philadelphia activated LF Rhys Hoskins from the 10-day DL
6/9/18–Philadelphia placed RF Dylan Cozens on the 10-day DL. Left quadriceps strain
6/9/18–RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
6/8/18–INF Grenny Cumana assigned to Clearwater from XST
6/8/18–P Nick Fanti assigned to Clearwater from XST
6/8/18–P Adonis Medina assigned to XST from Clearwater
6/8/18–P Mauricio Llovera assigned to XST from Clearwater
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 6/9.  I’ve got 322 players in the organization.


25 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/9/2018

    1. It’s getting close. I’d like to see a little sustained success but he’s done well recently, for sure.

  1. If we were to field an all-system team, other than Haseley (cf), Ortiz (rf), Gambo (ss), Bohm (3b for now) and maybe Hall (1b), we’re well stocked at backup catcher but no depth otherwise, position player wise.

    1. @8mark – the position player depth is currently thin since most of the graduates are position players – C Alfaro, 1B Hoskins, 2B Kingery, SS JPC, OF Wllliams, INF Valentin and the ones performing (3B Walding, 1B/3B Green, RF Hernandez, C Grullon, SS Canelo) are not longer considered as good prospects.

      If the “good” position players started the year well (i.e. Brito, C, Moniak, Stephens, Stobbe) or are not injured (i.e. Muzzioti) or are actually playing (those assigned in WIL and GCL teams), your perception of depth will change.

      Or better, wait until the draftees are signed and all the minor league teams played a decent of games because re-assessing the depth within the farm.

    1. They will have to buy or trade for a lot of bats. Team needs a 3rd, SS, more than a one dimensional catcher and one outfielder. The way the team stands now it is a pipe dream to think they will be real WS contenders in the near future.

      The minor league system has failed, and failed horribly, with hitters. Look at the guys they have been bringing up. Walding six AB’s and six K`’s. Cozens is a K machine. Crawford can’t hit. Kingery has promise but should still be in AAA. Williams has numerous flaws as does Alfaro I had high hopes for Altherr but at some point you need to consistently produce over more than one year. Good grief is all I can say.

      1. @NL – it’s nice to have all batters in the line up hit like a premium player. Teams need to hit with the draft and IFA signings to make that happen.

        What the Phils need is a consistent and timely hitting from the middle of the order — Hoskins, Santana and whoever is hitting #5.

        JPC and Alfaro as a #7 and #8 (and vice versa) are acceptable as long as they are not a liability in the defensive side. Everybody wants to have a Machado/Lindor/ Correa at SS, but SS is defense first and offense second.

        Same with Alfaro. Pitch framing, keeping the runners on check and preventing passed balls is key than hitting 30 HRs.

      2. in an effort to raise the BB percentage , staff has had our best bats watching more pitches, and change their launch angles to let the juice carry. Hitters have a split second eye. Ask them to lay off just a bit to LOOK and you mess with their TIMING it is ALL about TIMING !!! Hitters are like Leopards….it is hard to change their spots. Frustrating. I would tell my hitters to just see the ball and hit it. They will adjust on their own if not pressured.

  2. hall can spend rest of year adjusting at AA
    haseley id like to see get another 3-4 weeks at clearwater. no rush

    1. Agree Russell. This team is build to contend in 2022 or later. so don’t rush him

  3. Color me skeptical. I’m not a doctor (though I sometimes play one on here), but this seems to me like it may be something more serious than the Phillies are letting on. At the very least, I expect Sixto to get PRP injection and not pitch again until the fall. In the worst case scenario, he has TJ, and doesn’t pitch until late summer 2019. That said, if it is TJ, it’s just a bump in the road for Sanchez. We’ve seen enough pitchers come back throwing just as hard (sometimes even harder) post TJ surgery.
    Hopefully, I’m wrong and the swelling in his elbow turns out to be nothing, but I’m not expecting that.

  4. Praying for Sixto. I never believe reports of “nothing serious” when it comes to Pitchers and their elbows. Really excited about Haseley. Let him get over .300 and sustain it for a bit. No reason to rush him to Reading.

  5. I don’t understand the push to move Haseley up. It is not like he is destroying A ball. He still isn’t walking much and very little power. So certainly he has a lot of developmental work to do.

    Also, it is not like we need him in the OF for the big club.

    So what’s the rush?

    Imo he should play all but 3 weeks in Clearwater. Give him a cup of coffee at AA at end of season as preparation for next year.

    I am happy to see his progress. But no reason to rush him.

    1. I agree somewhat…….though i would want him to get half of July thru end of season at Reading.
      Just want to see if his last 100 or so PAs slash of .358/.413/.516 is legit and carries over for another 100 more PAs…… his 7%BB rate during this time is not awful nor great, but then again his 14% K rate over these last 100 PAs has been excellent.

      1. Romus I love his hpsie its at 5% that is really good. I wouldn’t rush him. I like to see his bb come up a little an his bobs go down.

    2. It seems crazy that two weeks or so ago many weren’t happy with his play and now talking about moving him up.

      I’m still waiting to see Clearwater on but there’s only 1 team (Bradenton) but it at least appears that the teams bats have really woken up. I’d be interested to see what Luke Williams numbers are in the last few weeks as he seems to be hitting much better lately. I only saw him a few times with the Crosscutters last year, liked the speed and he seemed to have a good swing if I recall correctly, so I was a little surprised to see him struggle so much to start the year.

    3. Pretty much where I am as well. Haseley is playing better of late, but really hasn’t done all that much at Clearwater. Let’s see if he can sustain his recent upturn at Clearwater for another 6 weeks or so before thinking about promoting him. If he is still playing well at the end of July, then give him a taste of AA ball for the last month of the season.

  6. Impressive game from Irving, up until the 6th he gave up only 1 hit but then in the 6th he gave up a 2 out double and then another hit to break the SO. Meneses with 2 HR’s.

  7. Nice game by J. Ortiz with Lakewood. Goes 3-5 with 2b and HR, No K’s.

    Parkinson and Irvin with good outings. Is there a more frustrating P than Kilome? Keep waiting to pull it all together.

    1. i’ve been saying that for 2 years now and i think it will happen at the end of the season if Kilome is not included in any trade.

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