Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/20/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (32-36) lost to Bradenton, 9-1, and finished the first half in fourth place.  Nick Fanti (3-3, 7.22) got rocked in the second inning.  He gave up 8 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in 1.1 innings.  The one out he recorded in the second inning was on a pickoff.  Felix Paulino (3.00) allowed the inherited runner to score when he gave up a HR in the inning.  He went on to pitch 3.2 innings.  Grant Dyer pitched two one-hit, scoreless innings and struck out three.  Ismael Cabrera (7.16) mopped up with a one-walk inning.  

The Threshers scored one run on 6 hits.  Jose Pujols (.304) went 2-2 with 2 walks.  Grenny Cumana also had 2 hits.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3 , 2.51): is on the 7-day DL with elbow inflammation
  • #2 Adonis Medina (7-2, 3.99): 
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.288): DNP
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.254): DNP
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.261): DNP
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.226): went 0-3 with an RBI, BB
  • #21 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.46):
  • #25 J.D. Hammer (1-1, 7.36):
  • #28 Connor Seabold (3-4, 3.90):
  • Bailey Falter (4-2, 3.08):

The GCL Phillies East (2-0) beat the Yankees East, 5–0.  Carlos Francisco scattered 4 hits and 2 walks in five innings.  He struck out six.  Tyler Viza struck out two in one rehab inning of relief.  Junior Tejada struck out three in two, two-hit innings.  Daniel Vilchez pitched a clean ninth.

The Phillies scored 2 runs in the first inning with only one infield hit.  Catcher Carlos Oropeza beat out a ball to the third baseman with two out.  A walk and fielding error loaded the bases. Luke Miller and Carlos De La Cruz drew walks to force in the two runs. They scored another run in the third on an infield error.  And, they added 2 more runs in the fourth on Oropeza’s RBI double and another fielding error.

Oropeza went 3-3 with 2 runs scored, a double and an RBI.

Ben Aklinski and Jose Mercado had 2 hits each.

The  GCL Phillies West lost to the Blue Jays, 3-2.  Ben Brown pitched five shutout innings. He gave up 2 hits, 4 walks, and struck out five.  Leonel Aponte gabe up 3 runs in 0.2 innings. Jose Conpoima came in and stranded three base runners.  He pitched 2.1 innings and struck out two.

The Phillies outhit the Jays 9 to 5, but only scored 2 runs on D.J. Stewart’s 2-run double in the eighth inning.

Yerwin Trejo and Corbin Williams had 2 hits each.  Stewart’s double was the only XBH.

  • Alec Bohm: went 1-3
  • #24 Luis Garcia: went 1-4

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (41-30) lost to Scranton, 5-3.  Ben Lively (2.44) gave up 3 runs on a 3-run HR in 6.2 innings.  He held Scranton to 2 hits, walked 4, and struck out seven.  Hoby Milner (3.44) stranded one runner and got the one out he was asked to get.  Hector Neris pitched a low leverage inning, issuing a walk.  Zac Curtis (2-2, 2.54) gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the ninth after the IronPigs had tied the game in the top of the inning.

The IronPigs outhit Scranton 8 to 3.  They scored 2 runs in the fourth on solo HRs by Joey Meneses (13) and Trevor Plouffe (7).  They tied the game in the ninth on Danny Ortiz’ two-out, RBI double.

Joey Meneses (.294) went 2-4.

  • #12 Enyel De Los Santos (7-3, 1.63):
  • #13 Tom Eshelman (1-6, 7.09):
  • #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 (30-40) beat Portland, 12-3.  Harold Arauz (4-4, 5.12) pitched six, six-hit innings. He gave up 3 runs, walked one, and struck out six.  Seth McGarry (3.86) struck out two in two no-hit innings.  Edgar Garcia (2.68) pitched a clean inning.

The Phils scored 2 runs in the second inning on Zach Green’s RBI double and Austin Bossart’s RBI single.  After falling behind, 3-2, they scored 6 runs in the fifth on Jan Hernandez’ RBI single, Darick Hall’s 2-run single, Green’s 2-run triple, and Cornelius Randolph’s RBI single.  They scored another 4 runs in the sixth on Austin Listi’s grand slam.

Bossart (.326) had 3 hits and an RBI.  Listi (.364), Hall (.250), and Green (.270) had 2 hits each and a combined 9 RBI.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (4-4, 5.05):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-4, 4.66),
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (3-3, 3.04):
  • #15 Cornelius Randolph (.198): went 1-3 with an RBI, BB

Lakewood (41-28) did not play.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.258):
  • #11 Daniel Brito (.242):
  • #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):

Williamsport (4-2) beat Auburn 2-0.  Jhordany pitched five, shutout innings.  He gave up 5 hits, walked none, and struck out six.  Abdullah Aris pitched three, one-hit innings.  Luis Ramirez struck out two in one inning and earned his second save.

The ‘Cutters broke a scoreless tie with 2 runs in the eighth inning on Matt Vierling’s lead off triple, Rafael Marchan’s RBI single, and Ben Pelletier’s RBI double.

Vierling, Marchan, Pelletier, and Seth Lancaster had 2 hits each.

Marchan stole his 4th base.

  • #19 Francisco Morales (5.40):
  • #29 Jonathan Guzman: went 0-3

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Other prospect –

  • #10 Seranthony Dominguez: retains prospect status until June 20th
  • #26 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season

DSL Phillies Red (5-11) won, 3-0.

DSL Phillies White (7-9) lost 11-1.

Transactions 

There was another new face at the Complex, NDFA James Smith.  He is a 6’1, 211 lb., R/R outfielder from Division 2 Central Washington.  He was named the GNAC player of the year. He posted a .368 batting average, .642 slugging percentage, 70 hits,  54 runs, 20 doubles, 48 RBI, and 10 HR.

6/20/18–Philadelphia placed SS J.P. Crawford on the 10-day DL. Broken left hand.
6/20/18–Philadelphia signed C Jesse Wilkening.
6/20/18–Philadelphia recalled 3B Mitch Walding from Lehigh Valley
6/20/18–Lehigh Valley sent RHP Tyler Viza on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
6/20/18–2B Heiker Meneses assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading Phls.
6/20/18–Reading activated 2B Emmanuel Marrero from the 7-day DL
6/20/18–Lakewood sent OF Simon Muzziotti on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
6/20/18–Lakewood sent 1B Greg Pickett on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.
6/20/18–C Jesse Wilkening assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/19/18–Clearwater sent RHP Alejandro Requena on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–LHP Rafael Marcano assigned to DSL Phillies White.
6/18/18–Philadelphia optioned Hector Neris to Lehigh Valley
6/18/18–Philadelphia signed RHP Tyler McKay.
6/18/18–Philadelphia signed RHP Brandon Ramey.
6/18/18–Philadelphia signed RHP Dominic Pipkin.
6/18/18–Philadelphia signed C Jack Conley.
6/18/18–Philadelphia signed LHP Taylor Lehman.
6/18/18–Philadelphia signed LHP Gabriel Cotto.
6/18/18–Philadelphia signed RHP Jack Perkins.
6/18/18–Philadelphia selected the contract of LHP Austin Davis from Lehigh Valley
6/18/18–1B Austin Listi assigned to Reading from Clearwater
6/18/18–1B Kyle Martin assigned to Clearwater from Reading
6/18/18–Reading released 2B Brandon Bednar.
6/18/18–RHP Luis Cedeno assigned to Lakewood from Clearwater
6/18/18–Clearwater activated RHP Grant Dyer from the 7-day DL
6/18/18–RHP Eric White assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–LHP Gabriel Yanez assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–C Jack Conley assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–LHP Gabriel Cotto assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–LHP Taylor Lehman assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–RHP Alejandro Made assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–RHP Tyler McKay assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–GCL Phillies East placed RHP Robinson Martinez on the 60-day DL
6/18/18–RHP Daniel Vilchez assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–C Juan Aparicio assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–SS Edgar Made assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–SS Jose Mercado assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–2B Jose Rivera assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–SS Logan Simmons assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–OF Ben Aklinski assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–RHP Bryan Alcala assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–RHP Tyler Carr assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–OF Carlos De La Cruz assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–RHP Jonas De La Cruz assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–RHP Carlos Francisco assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–RHP Dominic Pipkin assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–RHP Mark Potter assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–OF Luke Miller assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–SS Jose Tortolero assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–RHP Victor Santos assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–SS Luis Garcia assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–RHP Alex Garcia assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–RHP Adam Cox assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–Ben Brown assigned to GCL Phillies West from GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–3B Alec Bohm assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–D.J. Stewart assigned to GCL Phillies West from GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–C Abrahan Gutierrez assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–LHP Jaylen Smith assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–RHP Brandon Ramey assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–RHP Jack Perkins assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–RHP James McArthur assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–RHP Victor Vargas assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–RHP Jose Conopoima assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–RHP Rafi Gonell assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–C Rixon Taylor-Wingrove assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–SS Christian Valerio assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–Sati Santa Cruz assigned to GCL Phillies West from GCL Phillies East.
6/18/18–OF Corbin Williams assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–OF Yerwin Trejo assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–RHP Luis Matos assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–OF Trent Bowles assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–RHP Antonio Canizales assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–3B Matt Kroon assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–RHP Kyle Glogoski assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/18/18–CF Mani Boekhoudt assigned to DSL Phillies White.
6/18/18–LHP Rafael Marcano assigned to DSL Phillies White.
6/18/18–DSL Phillies White placed OF Cesar Mata on the 7-day DL
6/18/18–Taylor Lehman signed as a non-drafted free agent
6/18/18–Brian Auerbach signed as a non-drafted free agent
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
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 6/20.

39 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/20/2018

  1. Listi hits the ground running in AA – I love it. If he keeps doing this for another month we need to start taking him really seriously. In case you didn’t notice, half of our big leaguers can’t hit a lick.

    1. Darick Hall is coming around like most of us on this site thought he would. He’s hit in 6 straight games at a .435 clip. He’s also had 4 multi-hit games in a row. He also has 2 HRs and 10 RBIs over the stretch. Hopefully Listi can be near average at some position. DH is not a very useful position on the Phillies.

      1. Appears Darick Hall is temporally trading the HR swing for the more balanced contact swing.
        He seems to be able to readily adapt changing his approach whenever he sees the need.
        That is something many players cannot do.

  2. Somebody keep the fire extinguisher close. Bossart is absolutely about to spontaneously combust (is that a word?). He’s hit in 9 straight games at a .516 clip. He’s hit 3 HRs and has 9 RBIs over that stretch. He also has only 2 Ks over his last 12 games. He’s thrown out 35% on would be base stealers and has 0 errors and 5 PBs in 28 games behind the plate.

    1. Hey bellman what do you know about this kid Bossart? I was looking at him, The most ab he has had I believe is 180 in a season. Don’t know if that’s a lot for minor league or he was hurt. or playing behind somebody. Has some hit tools it seems. out of penn. Don’t know about his defense or if he is consider a good prospect at 24 in double a with not a ton of at bats it seems to me.

      1. Bossart has always been the backup since he was drafted as a good defense guy from Penn. he has to be opening up some eyes right now with this surge. It’s not like Moore and Nickles are stars, at LHV.

      2. Rocco, haven’t seen him in person but he’s always been a backup catcher wherever he’s been. This year Grullon is/was #1 and Bossart was supposed to be his backup. In June, Grullon’s played in 11 games to Bossart’s 8. The guy has been a great backup catcher. It seems lately they’re trying to give him more ABs and see how he does. His defense is suppose to be very good. I keep wondering if he’s the 2nd coming of Rupp but they have to test him with full time duty at some point. I think Grullon is the better prospect but Bossart could be a very decent backup in Philly or somewhere else.

      3. rocco…maybe Bossart will follow Glanville and DeRosa to the bigs.
        Penn is a powerhouse MLB producing baseball factory 🙂

      4. From recent Reading Eagle article…

        Bossart is technically Reading’s No. 2 catcher behind Deivi Grullon, who, with 10 homers, is having a big season himself.

        Still, Bossart’s effort – both at and behind the plate – is sure to make the guys at Citizens Bank Park take notice.

        He might’ve been just a roster-filler when he was taken with a 14th-round pick in the June, 2015, First Year Player Draft, but he’s developing into a guy who has a legitimate chance to play in the big leagues – something he wasn’t even thinking about when he enrolled at Penn.

        “I’m not worried about any of that stuff,” said Bossart, who again is ahead of the game in that department.

        Too many minor leaguers get caught up thinking about making it to the majors and end up thinking themselves out of the game.

        “I’m just out there having fun playing the game,” Bossart said. “I’m not going to be able to do this forever, so I’ve got to enjoy it while I can. If I turn some heads I turn some heads, if not, that’s just how it rolls.”

        Some of Bossart’s best work Wednesday was behind the plate, where he was able to settle Ranger Suarez down and get him through six innings.

        The 22-year-old left-hander struggled mightily at the outset, missing with his pitches and surrendering seven hits to the first 15 batters.

        1. How a catcher handles the pitching staff goes a LONG way into projecting him at the very least as a backup. Bossart is a smart kid. Seems to have a down to earth Hoskins-like temperament. Should he reach Lehigh this summer, look for him to be added to the 40man this off season and in spring training come Feb.

  3. Listi is like the Phillies version of roy hobbs. he’s like a 38 yo rookie coming out of nowhere, who rocks pitching no matter where he’s at.
    jumping from A+ to AA with no Ks in first dozen atbats in this era is amazing
    not sure where he can play but the kid can hit

    1. Yeah, except he’s 24 and the reason he’s 24 and is this new to professional baseball is that he was training to be a Navy SEAL for two years, but was disqualified for medical reasons unique to SEAL training (and not applicable to baseball).

        1. I didn’t say it was good or bad, it just provides an explanation as to why he is 24 and is just now going to AA.

          And, since I have a son who is an Army officer I am going to go on a limb and say that, in terms of his psychological make-up, yeah, it is a good thing.

          1. its a unique story and situation. as long as he hits , hopefully he’ll get every opportunity to prove himself.
            the bigger issue is where does he play defensively

        1. Romus the only reason you know that is your weight watcher girl friend is a nurse. You and her are so cute together at the meeting on broad street.

  4. Watch Reading go on a 2nd half run now winning games. I expect Medina to be there soon as well. Hall and Listi will hit and the Phils will have good problems.

    1. agree Murray. Listi and Hall and the resurging Austin Bossart made REA line up productive. Randolph was pushed down to #6 which takes out the burden to carry REA offense.

      Medina is definitely coming up (Phils will probably not rush Sixto) and possibly Llovera, Mills, Hammer and Dyer too.

  5. Interesting that Greg Pickett is being listed as going back to Lakewood when he’s healthy. He’s in do-or-die territory at 21 — he joined the org 4 drafts ago. Hurt or ineffective everywhere he’s been.

    1. He actually hit pretty well last year as a recall. He finished at 271 but he was higher for most of their half season. He’s another big strong kid.

    2. Yeah I thought he had a pretty nice season at Williamsport. He was inconsistent but had some stretches where he was hitting and walking and ended the year with solid numbers. If he is ticketed for Lakewood, it’s a shame that he won’t get the whole season to adjust.

  6. Marchan was a high bonus J2 signing right? I don’t know a whole lot about him other than apparently for a catcher he is fast. 4 steals and a few triples!

      1. Marchan has a profile to be a good offensive catching prospect. Any scouting reports that you know about his defensive abilities?

        Carlos Oropeza is another good looking catching prospect who walks more than Marchan.

        My top Catching prospects for now is Logan O’Hoppe assigned to GCL West.

        1. Kuko, I can’t find a scouting report but I did read where he is a converted SS and switch hits. His bat gets high grades. At 19, he’s still only 5’9 but seems athletic and mobile. Might grow another 1-2 inches.

          1. thanks 8mark – at 19 yo, the phils have time to work on his game. as long as Marchan is producing, eyes will soon be over him. I followed Mitch Rupert in Tweeter and he follows WIL closely.

  7. I’m a big time fan of Tyler Viza. Org has used him to eat innings and seems less focused on developing him compared to others. He takes it in stride. I bet he makes the major leagues some day in one capacity or another.

    I’ve also realized my C Randolph comp is Ben Gamel with Seattle. Both classy hitters.

    1. I been on this kid for two yrs. I Never saw a kid get hit around and still move up. I just never understood what there thinking on him was and to this day I am still stumped.

      1. I think he will be leaving in less than a week.
        Maybe this weekend. Crosscutters are away in batavia now, come home next Thursday and I am sure he will be there and settled in before their next homestand begins.

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