Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/17/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (31-34) resumes play 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 4-game sweep of Tampa before the break eliminated the Tarpons.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3 , 2.51): is on the 7-day DL with elbow inflammation
  • #2 Adonis Medina (6-2, 4.27):
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.296):
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.254):
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.269):
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.230):
  • #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 (40-29) beat Pawtucket, 3-2.  Tom Eshelman (7.09) scattered 8 hits and a walk in a five inning start.  He surrendered one unearned run.  Austin Davis (2.43) pitched a perfect sixth inning.  Zac Curtis (2-1, 1.95) tossed two, one-walk innings, striking out five. Pedro Beato (4.70) had a crappy appearance, facing 4 batters in the ninth without retiring a single one.  Tom Windle (3.58) saved the day, stranding all three inherited runners, and earning his second save.

The IronPigs took the lead with 3 runs in the seventh inning on Matt McBride’s 2-run HR (7) and and an RBI ground out.

Logan Moore (.226) had 3 hits, Joey Meneses (.294) had two.

  • #12 Enyel De Los Santos (7-3, 1.47):
  • #13 Tom Eshelman (1-6, 7.09): 5.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • #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 (3-2, 4.15): 
  •  #23 Cole Irvin (8-2, 2.50):

Reading (27-40) beat Akron, 10-7.  Jake Waguespack (2.86) pitched well throwing four, shutout innings. He allowed 4 hits, walked none, and struck out three.  Ranfi Casimiro (3-2, 8.31) pitched poorly and got the win, allowing 4 runs on 3 hits and a walk.  Seth McGarry (4.11) faced 4 batters in the seventh and didn’t retire a batter.  He was charged with 2 runs. Jeff Singer (0.82) allowed one of three inherited runners to score.  He pitched the final three innings and gave up one run while striking out four.  Singer earned his second save.

The Phils did all their damage in two innings.  First, they opened the scoring with 3 runs in the fourth inning on Deivi Grullon’s 2-run single and Kyle Martin’s RBI single.  Then they overcame a one-run deficit with a 7-run fifth inning on Malquin Canelo’s RBI single, Martin’s 2-run double, Cord Sandberg’s RBI single, and Darick Hall’s 3-run HR (4).

Cornelius Randolph had a 3-hit game.  Hall, Canelo, and Martin had 2 hits each.  Hall and Martin had 3 RBI each.

The Phils went 6-11 with RISP.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (4-4, 5.05):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-4, 4.66),
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (2-3, 3.25):
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.197): went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, double

Lakewood (41-28) beat Hickory, 4-0.  David Parkinson (6-1, 1.07)tossed seven, 3-hit innings, striking out eleven.  Kyle Dohy (0.80) struck out three in one inning of relief. Addison Russ (1.67) finished with a perfect ninth.

Lakewood scored single runs in four different innings.  They scored first in the third inning on an RBI ground out.  They scored again in the fourth on Jake Scheiner’s solo HR (8).  added an insurance run in the fifth on another RBI ground out.  And, they tacked on a run in the seventh on Rodolfo Duran’d solo HR (7).

Kevin Markham (.284) and Jake Scheiner (.268) each went 2-4.

Nick Maton went 1-3 with 2 RBI ground outs and a walk.

Josh Stephen went 2-2 with 2 runs scored 2 doubles, and a walk.

Parkinson had a game score of 87.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.258): went 0-4
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.242): went 0-4
  • #18 Kyle Young (1-3, 3.52):
  • #20 Spencer Howard (3-6, 5.25):
  • #27 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #30 Nick Maton (.266): went 1-3 with 2 RBI, BB

Williamsport (1-2) lost to State College, 2-0 in ten innings.  2018 Draft Picks, Seth Lancaster and Matt Vierling, were assigned to Williamsport before the game and were inserted into the line up.

Both teams received excellent pitching as they held each other scoreless though nine innings.  Manuel Silva tossed six, 2-hit innings, walked none, and struck out five.  He posted a game score of 77.  Orestes Melendez followed with three 2-hit innings, walked none, and struck out four.  Luis Ramirez (0-1, 4.50) got to pitch the first inning of overtime and gave up a 2-run HR.

The Cutters managed just 3 singles by Matt Vierling, Ben Pelletier, and Seth Lancaster.

Upcoming probable starters – Monday: Juan Escorcia; Tuesday: Gustavo Armas; Wednesday: Jhordany Mezquita

  • #19 Francisco Morales (5.40):
  • #29 Jonathan Guzman: went 0-4

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

One prospect is in Philadelphia.

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

DSL Phillies Red (2-11) no game scheduled.

DSL Phillies White (6-7) no game scheduled.

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.


6/17/18–Philadelphia placed RHP Luis Garcia on the 10-day DL. Right wrist sprain
6/17/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Mark Leiter Jr. to Lehigh Valley
6/17/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley
6/17/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Yacksel Rios from Lehigh Valley
6/17/18–Reading placed LHP Elniery Garcia on the 7-day DL. Right shin contusion.
6/17/18–CF Julio Francisco assigned to GCL Phillies from Williamsport
6/17/18–OF Matt Vierling assigned to Williamsport
6/17/18–SS Seth Lancaster assigned to Williamsport
6/15/18–Alexito Feliz released
6/13/18–Gustavo Ferrer released

The rosters and lists are up to date as of 6/16.  I’ve got 321 players in the organization.


54 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/17/2018

  1. Yesterday I highlighted an older pitcher having his way with younger bats. That was Damon Jones. Someone mentioned in the comments that Parkinson was another guy having a huge year for LKW. I didn’t leave him off because he wasn’t but Rosso and Stewart are probably the next call ups to CLW. Just like clockwork, Parkinson throws another gem. After starting the season by giving up a lot of runs but very few of them earned, he’s really been stingy. He hasn’t given up a single earned run in 5 straight outings spanning 32 innings. He has given up 3 unearned runs in that span. He’s K’ed 44 and BB’ed only 3 in those innings. He’ll be 22 until late December. He’s a little old for the league but only in his 2nd season out of college. Let’s give the guy his dues.

  2. Parkinson LhP 91 fb , know for his plus slider. Knows how to set up hitters.

    1. He (Parkinson) says curve ball is his out pitch this year….usually has not worked for him in the past. But so far so good and he is going to ride with it

  3. He’s LhP that’s enough as long as it moves and he knows how to control and command it . He already as 1 plus breaking pitch .How fast does Rich Hill throw 89 ,Alex Wood 90 ,Patrick Corbin 91 ,Quintana ,Sean Manaea 89 ,Jamie García 89. CC 90 , J Lester 91 .

    1. Doesn’t matter. I’ve read on here that lack of velocity means no mlb success

      1. Bravos you don’t read , you just post incorrect info. I have said and prove me wrong with you snide remarks. That lefthanders can get away with less velo. Right handers fail way more than they succeed with 90 velo and I stand by that statement.

    1. No tim or Tim whatever you claim to be. its proven. Look how many right handers are good with 90 and how many fail. Thompson is one. You just don’t understand this game. I just don’t understand a Teacher with a Degree who just cant add or understand You need velo to keep guys honest. or pinpoint control and cant make a mistake with that low velo.

    1. Romus is that you? Did you notice the obp of Brewers really something, almost there whole lineup is over 330

      1. rocco…..I believe league average is .325/330, so they are above league average.
        But really the two players who drive their OBP up are Cain and Yelich (over 550PAs).then factor in Shaw and Aguilar who have close top 500 PAs between them….so the total average is higher than most teams.

  4. I find Parkinson to be extremely interesting.

    His K rate has spiked materially since being drafted. It was 8.9 in his junior year and has been an elite 11+ in pro ball with over 110 IP. That is a pretty significant sample size to have such an elite K rate.

    So I looked up his pre-draft scouting report (this one from 2080):

    Parkinson lacks a true plus offering, but brings to the table four average or better weapons from the left side and a strong build that should help him shoulder a pro starter’s workload at the next level. His repertoire is anchored by an average fastball that works consistently in the 88-to-92 mph range, and is particularly effective down in the zone where he gets some additional arm-side action. He can break off a distinct slider and curveball, showing different looks with his breaking balls and mixing them well both early and late in the count. He rounds out the arsenal with a solid changeup.

    Should Parkinson struggle to turn over lineups at the upper levels, some evaluators believe his fastball and slider could play up a full grade if he were to blow it out in short stints out of the pen. Parkinson should get attention in the fourth to sixth round range and could be good value anywhere outside of the top 125 or so picks.


    What jumps out to me is this “some evaluators believe his fastball and slider could play up a full grade if he were to blow it out in short stints out of the pen”

    We have seen many examples of Phillies players adding velocity and stuff after being drafted. if that is the case, then he is an exciting prospect. it is also possible that he is just a polished 23 year old tricking kids in Low A and doesn’t have the stuff to perform at the upper levels as a starter. But even so, an interesting pen piece.

    K rate is king. anyone with an elite K rate is a legit prospect. definitely someone to watch.

    1. Seems people think he is older than he really is.
      This is his age22 season….turns 23 in December.
      But you probably are spot on with him tricking low A hitters.
      He says it is his CB Hopefully he gets the promo to CLW, along with Stewart and maybe even Jones or Rosso, this season and has as much success as he is having now.

    2. One thing to keep in mind is how crazy the K rates have gotten in the SALLY. The league average is 9.1K/9. The Lakewood staff is averaging 10.1K/9. Both numbers are up significantly from just a few years ago. Lakewood pitchers need to have almost the same caveat for strikeouts as Reading hitters for home runs.

      Parkinson reminds me of a left-handed Jose Taveras. Taveras led the SALLY in K% a few years ago as an older starter with middling velocity and three average pitches that he mixed well. That’s not really a knock against Parkinson. He’s a 12th round pick who’s worked himself into at least a fringe prospect. I just wanted to point out we should probably take the strikeouts with a grain of salt.

      1. One is A lhp and Ones a Rhp right there’s a big difference.btw Taveras never stop his K Rate is still high . His CU is his out pitch even in Spring he was missing bats with that.
        Parkinson reminds me of Irvin a college Pitcher who iscsnart , can throw stikes with all his pitches. Can set up a hitter to am him .

        1. There’s not a difference if we’re talking about them as starters. Maybe it helps a bit if we’re talking about them as a reliever.

          Taveras’ K rate did drop when he went moved up to A/AA/AAA last year. It went from 28.5% at Lakewood to 22.8% last year.

          1. There’s a hugh difference between Right and Left handed starters . LhP has natural movement Rhp doesn’t .

    3. Yep, that profile is exactly the type that would dominate young hitters at that level. I think lefty reliever is his future but that’s not bad for a 12th round pick. Of course, if he actually has four average or better pitches and finds solid command, then he could be a back-end starter.

      1. For those of you that may not have had a chance to see Parkinson throw, go to the MiLB site/app for the BlueClaws and review the videos. You can see his 11th K of this game in the 7th that was on a 93 MPH 4 seam and you can see the movement. You also see a curve out of the zone and a change up for a strike. They post a fair number of these for those who don’t get a chance to see them throw live or via the MiLB livestream.

  5. I am really excited to see Listi in AA. Yeah, he’s 24, I get it. But he’s moving as fast as he can for his first full year and his recent walk rate spike is a big deal. He’s making the adjustments and raking in a way that should be sustainable at higher levels. He just may be one of these one off guys who can fall out of bed and hit. We need guys like that.

    1. I posted this recently in a response to Murray a couple days ago. You may not have seen it.

      “Listi will likely spend the whole season in Clearwater. I think the Phillies will try to increase his defensive profile during the rest of the season and Instructs. Imagine his bat at a position other than first base – like third base, left field, catcher, …”

  6. #15 Cornelius Randolph (.197): went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, double

    Even going 3 for 4 – his average is under .200

  7. The Phillies’ GCL East team kicking off their season this afternoon. The team includes Jake Holmes at 3B and Logan Simmons at SS. The most interesting kid in the lineup for me in Justin Miller playing LF. Miller was drafted as a pitcher in the 12th round of the Phillies famous 2016 draft. Looks like he is making the switch to the OF … and … so far so good. He’s 2 for 2 in his first two trips to the plate today.
    The Philies GCL East team leads the Yankees West club 8-3 in the middle of the 4th so far.

    1. After looking into this Justin Miller to LF thing a little deeper, I believe the site may be mistaking Luke Miller (this year’s 22nd round pick from the Indiana U) for Justin Miller.

    2. Also … Carlos De La Cruz (#40 on my post draft top 50) is 2 for 2 (including a double), 2 R’s, 2 RBI’s so far today.

            1. I will need to attend.
              I can always use a second language.
              Sanskrit and Klingon are my stables right now.

  8. Hey all. Since I am a frequent visitor of the site and Jim is a great guy I figured I would let everyone know that Mickey had his wisdom teeth out this afternoon here at home. He had four impacted wisdom teeth that were growing perpendicular to his other teeth, hence the reason for the headaches when he was up to bat. He is healing up and should be back in Clearwater by the weekend I’m thinking. Keep up the good work Jim. – Matt

    1. Man I remember that surgery . I couldn’t eat for a week before I had it the pain was brutal .

  9. Thanks Hinkle. Hopefully he picks it up right where he left off. He’s always done well with the rest so hopefully that’s the case. I’m thinking he should be in the lineup Saturday night at the latest unless something unforeseen happens in the healing process but surgeon said it went really well.

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