Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/21/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (33-36) beat Dunedin, 5-4.  Connor Seabold was perfect thru his first five innings.  He gave up 3 singles to load the bases to start the sixth, and a couple runs scored on a sac fly and a ground out.  He retired the final 6 batters he faced.  He finished with no walks and 6 strike outs.  Jakob Hernandez (3.31) struck out 2 in a one-hit inning. Addison Russ made his first appearance and was a little amped.  He was throwing 93-95 but not with his normal command.  He gave up a two-run HR and left with the bases loaded and two out.  Aaron Brown (5.51) got the final out and his 3rd save.

The Threshers got a run in the third on a pop, RBI single by Edgar Cabral when with two out, Adam Haseley busted it from first base.  The ball should have been caught with three fielder’s around it.  I’m sure that it was touched by one of them.  After Seabold was touched for 2 runs in the sixth, the Threshers stormed back with three of their own in the bottom of the inning on Cabral’s RBI double, Kyle Martin’s RBI double, and Henri Lartigue’s RBI single.  The Threshers tacked on an important insurance run in the eighth on Luke Williams’ two-out, RBI triple.

Haseley (.292), Cabral (.264), and Lartigue (.266) had 2 hits each.  Jose Pujols is still hovering over .300.

Seabold throws a fastball, splitter, change up, curve ball, and a cutter (a recent addition to his arsenal).  He threw 87 pitches, 63 for strikes (72.4%).  Four of his Ks came swinging.  He got a total of 12 swinging strikes.  He got one miss on a K at 95 mph.  The other 11 misses came on pitches from 82 to 86 mph.  He got 19 called strikes, most on his FB (16).  His FB was 90-95 mph and sat 91-93 mph.  He threw 18 of 24 first pitch strikes (75%), had one three-ball count, and had a game score of 76.

I guess it’s finally out that Mickey Moniak had impacted wisdom teeth removed earlier this week.  The condition had been causing his severe migraines.  Hopefully, he’ll be returning to action soon.  He took BP this afternoon.

  • #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 (.292): went 2-4 with 2 runs scored
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.254): DNP
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.257): went 0-4
  • #16 Jose Gomez (.228): went 1-3
  • #20 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.46):
  • #24 J.D. Hammer (1-1, 7.36):
  • #27 Connor Seabold (4-4, 3.90): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
  • Bailey Falter (4-2, 3.08):

The GCL Phillies East (2-1) lost to the Blue Jays, 9-7.  Brayan Alcala pitched 3.2 innings.  He gave up one hit, walked two, and struck out four.  He was relieved with two out in the fourth after a walk and strike out.  Alejandro Made (0-1) stranded the inherited runner, but gave up 3 runs in the next inning.  Gabriel Yanez gave up 6 runs on 8 hits in 1.2 innings. Tyler Carr stranded the inherited runner and pitched a two-hit inning afterward.

The Phillies built an early lead with a run in the first on Jack Zoellner’s sac fly; and a run in the fourth on an RBI ground out.  They tried to rally but fell short with 5 runs in the eighth on a fielding error, Jake Holmes’ bases-loaded walk, Luke Miller’s RBI single, Ben Aklinski’s sac fly, and Carlos De La Cruz’ RBI single.

Julio Francisco, Nicolas Torres, and Luke Miller had 2 hits each.  Miller and Jake Zoellner had 2 RBI each.

The  GCL Phillies West (1-1) beat the Pirates, 10-0 with a combined one-hitter.  Eudiver Avendano (1-0) tossed six innings of no-hit ball.  He hit 2 batters and walked two.  Kyle Glogoski gave up a lead off single in the seventh then retired 6 batters in a row, the first 3 by strike outs.  Alex Garcia pitched the ninth and walked two batters while striking out two.

The Phillies scored 2 runs in the first inning on Alec Bohm’s ground single to right (on a 3-2 count) and a wild pitch.  They added 4 runs in the sixth on Yerwin Trejo’s RBI double, Alec Bohm’s RBI single, nnor Litton’s sac fly, and a wild pitch.  They tacked on 4 more runs in the eighth on Matt Kroon’s RBI single, Trent Bowles’ RBI single, a throwing error, and Nick Matera’s RBI double.

Alec Bohm and D.J. Stewart had 3 hits each.  Yerwin Trejo had 2 hits.

Stewart went 3-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks.

Avendano’s line was 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HBP, 79 game score, 79 pitches.  His FB was 90-94 mph and sat 91-93.  He throws a low to mid 80s CH, and a mid to upper 70s CB. He was at 68 pitches after five innings, and threw 11 pitches in the sixth, mostly CB and a couple 91 mph FB.  It was as if they said, “you haven’t thrown many curves, go throw some and we’ll call it a day”.

Glogoski had a low 90s FB in his first inning and 88-91 in his second.

Alex Garcia threw mostly FB, 90-92 mph.  His off speed pitch was around 82 mph.

  • Alec Bohm: went 3-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, BB, HBP, SB
  • #23 Luis Garcia: DNP

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (41-31) lost to Scranton, 3-1.  Cole Irvin gave up 3 runs on 8 hits in seven innings.  Tom Windle (3.45) pitched a clean inning.

The IronPigs scored their only run in the first inning on Collin Cowgill”s solo HR (7).

Cowgill (.231) and Joey Meneses (.302) had 3 hits each.

  • #11 Enyel De Los Santos (7-3, 1.63):
  • #12 Tom Eshelman (1-6, 7.09):
  • #13 Roman Quinn (.289): 7-day DL, right middle finger strain
  • #15 Dylan Cozens (.226): called up to Philadelphia (on the 10-day DL)
  • #21 Drew Anderson (3-2, 4.15): 
  • #22 Cole Irvin (8-3, 2.61): 7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Reading (31-40) beat Portland, 9-1.  JoRo pitched seven strong innings.  He gave up a run on a solo HR, 3 total hits, 3 walks, and struck out six in seven innings.  Josh Tols (6.75) pitched a scoreless inning (2 walks, 2 strike outs).  Jeff Singer (0.75) pitched one, no-hit inning, issuing one walk.

Reading opened with a 5-run first inning on Austin Listi’s RBI single, Darick Hall’s RBI double, Zach Green’s 2-run double, and Deivi Grullon’s RBI single.  They added 2 runs in the third on Zach Green’s 2-run HR (12).  And, they tacked on 2 more runs in the seventh on Darick Hall’s 2-run single.

Jiandido Tromp (.224), Austin Listi (.400), Darick Hall (.263), and Zach Green (.274) had 2 hits each.  Hall had 3 RBI (18), Green had four (42).

The Phils turned 3 double plays.

JoJo Romero had a game score of 67 in the combined 3-hitter.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (5-5, 4.52): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (1-4, 4.66),
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (3-3, 3.04):
  • #14 Cornelius Randolph (.194): went 0-4 with a BB

Lakewood (42-28) beat Columbia 8-1.  That’s how you survive the promotion of your two closers, 7-run leads.  Kyle Young (2-3, 3.19) benefited from the big offense.  He didn’t need it though as he held the Fireflies to one run on 5 hits in six innings.  He walked one and struck out five.  Julian Gaecia (3.12) and Luis Cedeno (0.63) mopped up – Garcia with two, one-hit innings, and Cedeno with one, one-hit inning.

The BlueClaws scored 8 runs with a 16-hit attack.  They opened with 4 runs in the first inning on RBI doubles by Jake Scheiner and Colby Fitch, an RBI single by Daniel Brito, and an RBI double by Quincy Nieporte.  They added a run in the third on Rodolfo Duran’s RBI triple.  They tacked on 2 more runs in the fifth on Duran’s RBI double and Brito’s sac fly.  After the Fireflies scored their loan run, the Cutters came right back with a run of their own in the seventh on Duran’s solo HR.

Jake Scheiner (.275), Rodolfo Duran (.228), and Quincy Nieporte (.243) had 3 hits each.

Duran had 3 RBI.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.257): went 1-4 with a BB
  • #10 Daniel Brito (.246): went 2-4 with a run scored, RBI, SF
  • #17 Kyle Young (2-3, 3.19): 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • #19 Spencer Howard (3-6, 5.25):
  • #26 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #29 Nick Maton (.266):

Williamsport (4-3) lost to Batavia, 6-5 in a walk off.  Ethan Lindow pitched five shutout innings.  He held the Muckdogs to 3 hits, walked three, and struck out five.  Rafael Carvajal struck out 2 in two innings.  Oscar Marcelino faced 5 batters in the eighth inning without recording an out. He left with the bases loaded.  Jose Jimenez escaped the inning, allowing only one of three inherited runners to score (on a SF).  He left with one out and a runner on first in the ninth.  Luis Ramirez entered the game and got a ground ball force out, but then gave up a walk and 3 hits allowing the inherited runner to score as well as the tying and winning runs.  He earned his first blown save and second loss.

The Crosscutters built a 5-0 lead with 2 runs in the first on a wild pitch and Brayan Gonzalez’ RBI double; one run in the fifth on Keudy Bocio’s RBI single; and two runs in the sixth on an RBI ground out and Matt Vierling’s RBI single.  They took this lead into the eighth inning.

Matt Vierling went 3-5 with an RBI.

Keudy Bocio went 2-4 with an RBI and a walk.

Ben Pelletier went 0-1 with a hit by pitch and 2 walks.

Stoney O’Brien (1) and catcher Nerluis Martinez (2) stole bases.

Ethan Lindow had a game score of 63 with 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.

  • #18 Francisco Morales (5.40):
  • #28 Jonathan Guzman: went 0-4
  • #30 Jhordany Mezquita:

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Other prospects –

  • Former #10 Seranthony Dominguez lost prospect status after 45 days on the Phillies roster, everybody from 11 to 29 moves up one, and Jhordany Mezquita enters at #30.
  • #25 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season

DSL Phillies Red (5-12) lost 8-6.

DSL Phillies White (7-10) lost 13-8.  The game featured an 11-run inning that included 4 walks, 2 hit batters, 4 singles, a double, 2 errors, a grand slam, 3 wild pitches, and 2 pitching changes.  The three recorded outs were all infield outs – 1 force, 2 ground outs.

Transactions 

6/21/18–RHP Robinson Martinez assigned to Lakewood from GCL Phillies East.
6/21/18–LHP Jonathan Hennigan assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport 
6/21/18–RHP Manuel Urias assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
6/21/18–RHP Luis Gomez assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
6/21/18–RHP Jhostyn Marin assigned to DSL Phillies White.
6/21/18–Clearwater placed LHP Nick Fanti on the 7-day DL
6/21/18–Clearwater placed RHP JD Hammer on the 7-day DL retro to 6/9/18
6/21/18–Clearwater placed RHP Ismael Cabrera on the 7-day DL
6/21/18–LHP Kyle Dohy assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
6/21/18–RHP Addison Russ assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
6/21/18–Philadelphia Phillies optioned RHP Jake Thompson to Lehigh Valley
6/20/18–Lakewood sent 1B Greg Pickett on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.
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–Phillies signed free agent LHP Ethan Evanko to a minor league contract.
6/19/18–Clearwater sent RHP Alejandro Requena on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of 6/20.

43 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/21/2018

  1. Tromp, at first blush, looks like he’s having a terrible year. Last year he hit .285/.329/.485 with 18 HRs and 64 RBIs at Reading. This year he’s at .224/.340/.322 with only 2 HRs and 15 RBIs. His BA and HRs are significantly worse than last year but his OBP is higher. He has the same number of BBs this year as last year but that’s in 56 games versus 122 last year. He’s being far more selective this year and it’s hurt his BA and HRs. Hopefully, he’ll be able to translate some of his selectivity into getting more hits and possibly popping more HRs.

  2. The Reading offense, quiet all year, is now alive thanks to Dallas Baptist. Zach Green now has help. Unfortunately C is still not hitting.
    The two all star closers were moved up from Lwood to Cwater, some starting pitchers should be next.
    JoJo with a terrific start, nice to see him coming around.

    1. Yes, Haseley is doing okay, sort of, but he’s in the “not sure what to make of him” category. I definitely think staying at Clearwater for a while longer is in his best interests.

      1. He is morphing into that Ben Revere genre of a player at the plate.
        But for a guy 200 lbs with some muscle…he should be able to put more drive into the ball. Perhaps he justs wants to ensure he makes contact but before deciding to put more lift and pull into his swing..

  3. I guess they’re just getting him acclimated to pro life, but I think it’s a waste of Bohm’s time playing against these high schoolers. He’s a 21 year old with 3 seasons of experience against top tier competition in college. Recall that Aaron Nola was a similar age and started at Clearwater, then moved to Reading just 7 games later. Bohm should be in Lakewood.

    1. Why folks fixate on a college player’s temporary placement is a mystery to me. There are a number of legitimate reasons why they want him there. One may be to get him to relax and acclimate to professional life – what’s so bad about that? Another may be that they want to see him in person for a week or two before decide where they send him – basically, they may be evaluating his current skill/development level. Another may be that they have some minor things they want to work on with him before they send him off to face a more challenging atmosphere. Finally, players find their correct level quickly. Wherever he starts, if he dominates, he will move. What’s the rush?

      1. If they’re just now evaluating his skill/development level after using the third overall pick on his and paying him $6 million we have much larger issues.

    2. They are not all HS pitchers….yesterday two were 20-years old and one was 21-years old.
      But my guess he leaves for Williamsport or maybe even Lakewood in a few days.

    3. They did the same with Haseley last year. He was there for three games. I’m sure Bohm will be moving on soon.

      1. If they plan to move Bohm to Williamsport, they might wait until the ‘Cutters return home. They’re at Batavia (far western NY, close to nothing) through tomorrow, then go to Mahoning Valley (north of Youngstown, OH) for three games. Home middle of next week, against State College.

        1. IMO, they will want him there a few days before the team returns on Wednesday so he can get settled into his new crib.

      1. jim just my opinion. in gcl he is wasting his time .looking at how high he was drafted, he is facing a lot less competition. These kids in the gcl are for most young or older guys with not a lot of upside.

        1. Bohm fine just getting looked at my the FO. He’s not going to make the Phillies this yr. What’s the difference 50 at bats in GCL . Bohm might Excel in Lakewood I Really don’t think he lands Clearwater until next yr .

  4. I’m sure I’m not the first to note this, but Kyle Young continues to show skill at not walking people and generating ground balls. That is a good profile in a young pitcher. Here’s hoping he can gain some velocity.

  5. @jim – do you have any info how does Logan O’Hoppe looked at the plate and behind the batter? Said to have a strong arm and good reflexes but work in process hit tool.

      1. oh no, another speed radar gun totting wannabee here. are you talking about Irvin or Leibrandt?

        Irvin is consistently throwing in the 90-93 range with his 4S FB and the breaking balls and CU are in the normal velocity. As of now, he is pitching like a left handed Ben Lively (mixing and mastering the sequence of a 4-pitch mix) although Irvin stuff (especially the CU) is better than Lively so Irvin can have a better MLB career than Lively.

        1. Kurdt,

          I do not know where you are getting your information about his velocity but it is wrong. I have seen him pitch twice this year and have recorded all his pitches and he is nowhere near the velocity you indicate.

          I saw him pitch on April 9 on a cold windy day when his fastest pitch was 88 mph. Irvin mostly sat at 84-86 mph on his fast ball. He did strike out 10 batters in 5 innings but he was getting a lot of movement because of the wind and the cold.

          I saw him pitch yesterday and recorded all his pitches. I missed a couple of his pitches but the ones I recorded were as follows:

          73 mph – 2
          74 – 2
          75 – 1
          77 – 1
          79 – 1
          80 – 3
          81 – 5
          82 – 7
          83 – 6
          84 – 9
          85 – 2
          86 – 7
          87 – 14
          88 – 13
          89 – 6
          90 – 4

          The radar gun at Scranton-Wilkes Barre appears to be accurate because it had Hector Neri at 94-95 the previous day and the relievers for the Yankees the last 3 days were all recording pitches from 95 to 97 mph.

          1. NEPA – i got the same handle and name in twitter and i follow a lot of writters watching and reporting the game in LHV, REA, LWD and WIL. I also watched a fair share of the games and seen Irvin pitched in person in REA.

            I don’t have a radar gun and sometimes the gun in the stadium is +/-2 off so i rely on the reports from sources who knows better than me and that’s where I got my information.

            Irvin throws SL, CB and CU so i will assume that the 73-86 are the breaking balls and offspeed pitches. He also induce a lot of groundballs so the throw the 2S more than the 4S so the 87-88 are probably the 2S.

            Your reading of the FB is about 2mph lower which is a normal deviation. Since my observation is consistent to what I see from “better sources” I will stick with mine.

            1. Talking about his FB, here is something interesting from what he said awhile back about his FB.
              “You throw a one-seam fastball. What does it do?………..“It’s literally across one seam, holding it with one finger. It depends on the wrist. If it’s on the side of the ball, it’s going to fade (vs. righty batters). But if your wrist is more on the inside toward your body, it’s going to cut. I only use it as a strikeout pitch. [Laughing] I’d say it’s a wipe-out pitch, but I don’t have wipe-out stuff like most of the guys on this team. It’s an effect pitch, where there’s a little uncertainty where it’ll go.”

            1. Velocity comment was all in good fun. I am intrigued by Irvin. He’s been succeeding at every level and does deserve a shot in the big show.

        2. KK I never saw this kid based on stats he doesn’t seem like a big strikeout guy. but has good other number. I Cant wait to see him pitch. If he is in the range you said and is lefthanded, he throws hard enough, Its as we have said before a big difference with velo in left verus right. I believe it has to do with the natural movement left handers have when they pitch.

          1. @roccom – see link below of MattWink’s review of Cole Irvin just 6 months ago which I think you will love. As per MLB, Irvin’s FB is 91-92 and all of his 4 pitches are at least average and the control is above average, thus, Irvin can throw all of his pitches for strikes.

            Looking at Irvin’s minors career number, his K/9 is 7.22 and BB/9 is 2.04 so while the swing and miss is not awesome, Irvin can strike people out and his BB/9 supports his good control.

            Irvin is not Cole Hamels but everything looks good about him as a prospect. He can be like Gio Gonzalez.

            http://philliesminorthoughts.com/2018-top-50-phillies-prospects-21-30/

  6. Man, I hope that Spencer Howard can right the ship. It would be nice to have him get on a roll and get some confidence.

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