Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/14/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (31-34) completed a four-game sweep of Tampa, 7-4.  This is the Threshers first four game wining streak of the season.  Nick Fanti (3-2, 4.94) earned the victory.  He kept the Tarpons off balance with his mix of FB, CH, CB within a narrow 12-mph range (78-89) until a 3-run HR in the sixth inning.  His final line – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.  

Felix Paulino (3.11) pitched the final 3.0 innings and gave up a run on 2 hits.  He walked none and struck out four.

The Threshers were relentless on offense.  They opened the scoring with 2 runs in the first inning on Mickey Moniak’s 2-run single with the bases loaded and one out.  (This was Moniak’s first game since June 6th).  They added a run in the third when Austin led off with a double and eventually scored on two wild pitches.  The Threshers pushed across 2 more runs in the fifth on Moniak’s RBI double to the warning track in left center and Henri Lartigue’s RBI single up the middle against a drawn-in infield.  After the Tarpons pulled within 5-3, the Threshers scored 2 more runs in the seventh on Raul Rivas’ 2-run single. Moniak singled with two out, went to third on Lartigue’s single to right, and Lartigue stole second to set the table for Rivas.

Nick Fanti amazes me.  He threw just 57 pitches in the first five innings and was cruising along until a 28-pitch sixth inning.  He was handicapped by an umpire whose srtrike zone ran a little higher than most.  This meant that Fanti lost the lower third of the zone where he seems most comfortable.  Plus pitchers on both sides weren’t getting as much of the corners as they are probably used to.

The end result was that they were forced higher in the zone than normal.  You would think that would be a disadvantage for Fanti who was chucking an 87-89 mph fastball up where hitters could see it.  Well, he adjusted quickly to the umpire’s strike zone, threw 39 strikes on his first 57 pitches, got swings and misses (his first K was on an 89 mph FB), and a lot of weak contact.  When he finally gave up back-to-back singles with two out in the fourth (the Tarpons’ first hits), Mickey Moniak threw out the trail runner who tried to stretch the hit to a double to end the inning.  Fanti threw first pitch strikes to 16 of 23 batters.

When Fanti faced runners on second and third with one out in the sixth, he threw his FB at 90 mph 4 times, the only four times he reached 90 mph.  On the night, his FB ran 86-90 mph and sat 88-89 mph.  His CH ran 82-85 mph and sat 84 mph.  His CB ran 78-81 mph.

The Threshers faced a pitcher (Garrett Whitlock) who hadn’t given up more than 2 runs in a start all season.  In fact, he gave up 2 runs twice in his first two starts back in April and had given up just one run in three of his next ten starts.  So the Threshers put a licking on a pretty successful pitcher last night.

The FSL begins their All Star Break Friday.  Games resume on Monday, June 18th.  The Threshers first three games are at Bradenton and will complete the FSL First Half.  The 31-34 Threshers are 4.5 games behind first place Daytona and eliminated from contention, but their sweep of Tampa eliminated the Tarpons.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3 , 2.51): is going on the 7-day DL with elbow inflammation
  • #2 Adonis Medina (6-2, 4.27):
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.296): went 1-4 with a run scored, BB
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.254): went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, double, 3 RBI
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.269):went 0-3 with a run scored, BB
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.230): DNP
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.70):
  • #25 J.D. Hammer (1-1, 7.36):
  • #28 Connor Seabold (3-4, 3.90):
  • Bailey Falter (4-2, 3.08):

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (38-28) beat Pawtucket, 8-1.  Ben Lively  (2-2, 2.18) held the Sox to one run on 6 hits in seven innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  Tom Windle (3.71) tossed a scoreless inning.  Zac Curtis (2.10) pitched a one-hit inning.

The IronPigs built an eight run lead.  They scored 2 runs in the first on Adron Chambers RBI single and a missed catch error.  They scored 5 more runs in the second on Dean Anna’s RBI single, Mitch Walding’s RBI single, Adron Chambers’ RBI single, and Danny Ortiz’ 2-run single.  They added another run in the fourth on Dean Anna’s RBI single.

  • #12 Enyel De Los Santos (7-3, 1.47):
  • #13 Tom Eshelman (1-6, 7.74):
  • #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 (2-2, 5.00): 
  • #23 Cole Irvin (8-1, 2.62):

Reading (26-38) lost to Harrisburg, 12-2.  Harold Arauz (3-4, 5.17) had his worst line of the season.  He gave up 9 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks in 4.1 innings.  Tyler Gilbert (3.54) allowed an inherited runner to score and gave up another run in 1,2 innings.  Jeff Singer (0.00) pitched two clean innings.  Seth McGarry (3.52) gave up 2 runs in one inning.

The Phils scored 2 runs on 4 hits and 6 walks.  Harold Arauz had the only RBI.

Jan Hernandez had an outfield assist at third base.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (4-4, 5.05):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-3, 4.45):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (2-3, 3.25):
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.190): went 1-4 with a BB

Lakewood (39-27) lost to Hagerstown, 7-6.  Kyle Young ran into a 5 run fifth inning on 8 hits, no walks, and 5 strike outs.  He was taken off the hook when the BlueClaws battled back to tie.  Zach Warren (2.97) pitched three innings and gave up a run while striking out four.  Addison Russ (5-2, 1.48) took the loss, giving up a run in the ninth.

The BlueClaws came back to tie twice – once with a 5 run inning in the fifth on Jake Scheiner’s 2-run double, Daniel Brito’s RBI single, and a 2-run fielding error; and againn with a run in the eighth on Nick Maton’s sacrifice fly.

Young picked a runner off first base.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.272): went 1-3 with a run scored, 2 BB
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.253): went 3-5 with a run scored, RBI
  • #18 Kyle Young (1-3, 3.52): 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-5, 5.23):
  • #27 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #30 Nick Maton (.263): went 1-4 with a double, RBI

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

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

DSL Phillies Red (2-9) won, 6-5

DSL Phillies White (5-6) lost 4-1.

Williamsport begins its season on Friday, June 15th v. State College.  Probable starters/rotation – Friday: Ethan Lindow; Saturday: Francisco Morales; Sunday: Manuel Silva; Monday: Juan Escorcia; Tuesday: Gustavo Armas; Wednesday: Jhordany Mezquita

  • #19 Francisco Morales: XST
  • #29 Jonathan Guzman: XST

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

  • #24 Luis Garcia: XST
  • #26 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season

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

Phillies GCL schedule.


6/15/18–OF Ben Pelletier assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East
6/14/18–LHP Tom Windle assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
6/14/18–RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
6/14/18–Clearwater placed LHP Garrett Cleavinger on the 7-day DL
6/14/18–LHP Kyle Young assigned to Lakewood
6/14/18–DSL Phillies White released LHP Luis Suarez
6/13/18–2B Jose Antequera assigned to Lakewood from Clearwater
6/13/18–Lakewood placed 3B Dalton Guthrie on the 7-day DL retro to 6/11/2018
6/13/18–RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–LHP Denny Martinez assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–RHP Juan Escorcia assigned to Williamsport
6/13/18–LHP Jose Jimenez assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–RHP Rafael Carvajal assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–2B Jesus Henriquez assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–C Lenin Rodriguez assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–OF Keudy Bocio assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–LHP Manuel Silva assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–RHP Oscar Marcelino assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–LHP Ethan Lindow assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–LHP Anton Kuznetsov assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–1B Edwin Rodriguez assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–SS Jonathan Guzman assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–2B Brayan Gonzalez assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/13/18–C Rafael Marchan assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/12/18–Lehigh Valley activated RHP Tom Eshelman from the 7-day DL
6/12/18–LHP Tom Windle assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
6/12/18–RHP Luis Cedeno assigned to Clearwater
6/12/18–RHP Roger Parraga assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
6/12/18–SS Wilfredo Flores assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed RHP Eric White.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed LHP Jaylen Smith.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed RHP Tyler Carr.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed OF Ben Aklinski.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed C Nick Matera.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed RHP Austin Ross.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed OF Trent Bowles.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed OF Matt Vierling.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed RHP Adam Cox.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed OF Corbin Williams.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed C Logan O’Hoppe.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed 3B Luke Miller.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed RHP Mark Potter.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed 3B Matt Kroon.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed SS Jose Mercado.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed RHP James McArthur.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed SS Seth Lancaster.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed SS Logan Simmons.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed RHP Alec Bohm.
6/12/18–Philadelphia signed 3B Connor Litton.
6/10/18–Efrain Morales assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.
6/10/18–RHP Carlos Betancourt assigned to DSL Phillies White.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of 6/14.  I’ve got 321 players in the organization.



39 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/14/2018

  1. A Ben Pelletier sighting, added to Wsport roster. Lakewood actually lost and gained a half game when the team they’re chasing lost twice. They’re one game out. It’s excellent seeing Moniak back on the field and getting 3 hits with an assist. He’s up to .254 while Haseley is at .296. Brito is up to .250 also with Ortiz up to .272. That’s several of our position player prospects picking up their numbers. And how do you explain Bossart? He’s on a serious run, hitting near .400 for an extended period. Up to .300. Crazy. Promotions will start after the all star games

  2. The pitchers in the system like Fanti and young are such a mixed blessing.
    youre happy for their success ( I know young struggled a little yesterday) but you also know the statistical odds against a pitcher who sits in the upper 80s with the FB having success at the major league level.
    You probably couldn’t name 10 pitchers in the last 20 yrs who sat in the upper 80s with FB and had any sustained success after the first time thru the league ( moyer was one)

    good to see moniak and haseley continuing to hit
    moniak should stay at Clearwater the entire yr,
    haseley could get a promotion if he keeps hitting and/or picks up his walks
    his K% is good
    you hope he adds some power at some pt

    any reports on his center field defense ?. if he can stick in center, that changes his value

    nice steady turnarounds for Ortiz and Brito. keep them at Lakewood all year

    1. Yeah, it’s just about the bottom level of velocity that is possible. There are some. Just going off this year, with their average fastball velocity:

      Dallas Keuchel (89.6)
      Mike Leake (89.6)
      Zack Greinke (89.4)
      Marco Estrada (89.0) (not having a good year)
      Kyle Hendricks (87.1)

      1. Greinke lost velocity. When he came into the league, he was bringing 95.

        And I believe Leake was in the low 90s when he came in.

    2. Well with Young you aren’t thinking what he is now is where he’ll be in a few years velocity wise. If he is 87-89 for the rest of his “career” then he prob doesn’t see the big club. I’m sure they are hoping that there’s a low-mid 90’s arm in there. Just have to get it out of him.

  3. Nick Maton (last year’s 7th round pick) is flying below the radar. He’s got really good size for a SS (6’2″) and he’s growing into some power. In fact, his last six hits have all gone for extra bases (3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR’s).

    1. @hinkie – agree with Maton. Although unranked in 2017, the Phils signed him overslot signee so JA probably see something in him. MLB have him in the Top 30 so not sure if he’s completely under the radar.

      The thing that I cannot understand is the high ranking of Jose Gomez in the MLB rankings. Gomez continues to make the Top 20 Phillies from the time Klentak acquired him.

  4. Hinkie the guy who is flying under the radar, is the guy I laugh at Williams 21yrs old and hitting 327 last ten games some power. and now has his obp over 300. Maybe this kid is the sleeper.

    1. j,

      I saw Williams a few games ago and he looked like a stronger, solid hitter than his stats. I know it was just one game, but he is coming alive, at least for awhile.

    1. Plays LF only, moderate (at best) power. He would have to slash minimum .300/.350/.450 to be of any value. Do you believe he can reach that level of production without the benefit of speed, glove, or 15+ HR power?

    2. Is C a better prospect than Pullin? C is like those pitchers with good mechanics and smooth delivery but cannot throw hard and cannot hit the strike zone consistently.

      Maybe someday C just start hitting again, but those are the type of prospect that you don’t bet your money on.

      1. Randolph is younger than Pullin was when he got to Reading and has a better track record in the low minors, so yes. Similar profiles though.

    3. Have you seen him play recently? He’s completely overmatched. He’s not a future major leaguer

      1. More than likely CRan will repeat Reading next season.
        It will be his age22 season, still not really overaged, and he will be expected to do a lot better.
        Then comes the question, will he be regarded high enough to warrant 40 protection in Nov 2019.
        If he doesn’t do as expected, he may go down the Tocci path and could be drafted by another team.

          1. rocco…he played in the GCL last year.
            Ethan Lindow gets opening night starter….all of 19-years old.
            Big night for him.

  5. Randolph was so highly touted when he was drafted… Here is part of a Jue 2015 post:

    “Moments after the Phillies took hard-hitting prep shortstop Cornelius Randolph 10th overall on Monday night, MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds didn’t waste any time giving incredibly high praise to the Phillies’ top pick in the 2015 draft.:

    Reynolds said on air that the Griffin (Ga.) “High School product reminds him of late, great Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, an eight-time National League batting champ.He’s got that inside out (swing), shoot that ball the other way,”

    Here is the entire article..

    1. And he brought that beautiful swing to Clearwater and the GCL. As the coaches tried to coax some power out of his swing, he became a pull hitter to the point that when he was with the Threshers, teams shifted him like he was a Howard or Utley.

  6. I do wish Williams were 21 years old. He’s 24, turning 25 in September. Still, it’s good that he’s hitting better, and is now almost up to league average in OPS.

  7. Luke Williams is about to get passed. I think Scheiner gets promoted after his all star game, so he can play 3b in Cwater. Stobbe is healthy finally and has reclaimed 3B at Lwood. Bohm will end up in Lwood in a month or two so Stobbe will play 3B there until then.

  8. Mickey Mo was hitting against a good pitcher last night . Impressive night I hope he keeps going .Him and Haseley could be coming along at the same time .

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