Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/23/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (35-36) beat Dunedin, 6-5 in ten innings.  Mauricio Llovera (3.88) gave up 3 runs on a hit batter in the first inning.  But after he settled down, Llovera held the Blue Jays hitless through the fifth inning, retiring 14 of 16 batters.  He walked two and struck out seven.  

Grant Dyer (2.25) gave up a solo HR in one inning of work.  Pat Neshek pitched a rehab inning, striking out two.  He ended the inning getting some poor Blue Jay waling away at a 62 mph pitch that looked like he was launching a shot put.  Jake Hernandez (3.13) struck out four in his two innings.  Aaron Brown (2-4, 5.35) struck out two in the tenth but the overtime runner scored.

The Threshers chipped away all night.  They took their only lead when they walked off in the tenth.  They scored a run in the second inning on Luke Williams’ line drive, solo HR (6) into the left field bleachers.  They scored again in the fifth on Grenny Cumana’s RBI ground out.  They crept within a run in th sixth on Edgar Cabral’s sacrifice fly after Adam Haseley’s triple.  They tied the game in the eighth on Cumana’s solo HR (1).

The Threshers tied the game in the tenth on Gabriel Lino’s RBI single.  Haseley’s two-out single pushed pinch-runner Brian Mims into scoring position.  Henri Lartigue’s bloop single to left dropped in and Mims crossed the plate well ahead of the throw.

Haseley had 3 hits.  Williams stole his 6th base.

Williams entered this season with 3 career HR, spanning 3 season, 205 games, and 706 AB. He has 4 in his last 10 games (38 AB).

This was the first game all season where Llovera allowed any runs in his first inning. His FB was 92-97 mph.  He sat 95-96 mph through his first four innings.  He throws a SL and CH with his FB and is working on a CB which he threw 3 times last night (for a ball, a called strike, and a ground out to first).  Llovera got most of his Ks with Blue Jays swinging at high, and hard FB.  He got his first 5 on 96, 95, 97, 95, and 96 mph FB.

  • #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 (.294): went 3-5 with a run scored, triple
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.254): entered the game as a pinch runner in the ninth
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.256): went 1-5 
  • #16 Jose Gomez (.225): DNP
  • #20 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.46):
  • #24 J.D. Hammer (1-1, 7.36):
  • #27 Connor Seabold (4-4, 3.90):
  • Bailey Falter (5-2, 2.96): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

The GCL Phillies East (2-3) lost to the Tigers West, 7-4.  Victor Santos (1-1, 6.30) pitched five innings giving up 4 runs on 8 hits.  He walked none and struck out six.  Tyler Viza pitched a one-hit, rehab inning.  Daniel Vilchez pitched a scoreless inning.  Junior Tejada lasted 0.2 innings and allowed 3 unearned runs.  Will Hibbs came in with runners on the corners and got the third out.  He also pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Phillies scored 2 runs in the second on Jack Zoellner’s bases loaded walk and Ben Aklinski’s infield single.  They scored a run in the fifth to come within a run on Juan Aparicio’s solo HR.  And came up short with a run in the ninth on Carlos De La Cruz’ RBI double.

Simon Muzziotti (.071) started in center and went 0-3 with a walk.

Jake Holmes (.353), Nicolas Torres (.556), De La Cruz (.333), and Aparicio (.455) had 2 hits each.  Ben Aklinski (.286) went 1-4.  Jack Conley went 0-2 with 2 walks.  Zoellner also had 2 walks.  Sixth round draft pick, Logan Simmons went 0-5.  He looks promising.  I have to continually remind myself that he’s just graduated high school.

Torres and Holmes each stole a base.

Julio Francisco (.429) entered as defensive replacement for Muzziotti and went 1-1.

Carlos De La Cruz had TWO outfield assists at second base.

The  GCL Phillies West (1-3) lost to the Yankees West, 4-3.  Alec Bohm didn’t make the trip across the Causeway to Tampa for the game.  Within a couple hours he left the Complex headed for the airport and Williamsport.

Victor Vargas (0-1, 7.20) started and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits.  He walked none and struck out four.  He gave up 3 HRs.  Jack Perkins pitched two, one-hit ininngs.  He walked a batter and struck out two.  He picked off one of the runners he allowed.  James McArthur pitched a one-hit inning and struck out two.

The Phillies tied the game when they scored 2 runs in the third.  Logan O’Hoppe led off with a double.  He came home on Yerwin Trejo’s two-out, RBI single.  He came home on Matt Kroon’s double and a fielding error by the right fielder.  They crept back within one run in the sixth when Kroon led off with a single, stole second, took third on an errant pickoff attempt, and scored on a wild pitch.

Kroon (.571) went 3-4 with a run scored and a double.

O’Hoppe (.400) went 1-3 with a run scored and a double.

Corbin Williams(.300) went 1-3 with a stolen base (2).

  • #23 Luis Garcia (.286): DNP

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (43-31) beat Buffalo, 4-1.  Tom Eshelman pitched five, one-run innings.  He walked three.  Brandon Leibrandt (1.13) pitched two, one-hit innings and got the win. Hector Neris (0.00) struck out 2 in a clean inning.  Pedro Beato (4.59) earned his 20th save.

The IronPigs scored their first run in the fourth inning on Dean Anna’s sacrifice fly.  They took the lead with a run in the seventh on Matt McBride’s sacrifice fly.  The added an insurance run in the eighth on Alexi Amarista’s RBI single.  They tacked on a run in the ninth on a wild pitch.

Amarista (.238) had 3 hits.  Damek Tomscha (.182 had two.

  • #11 Enyel De Los Santos (7-3, 1.63):
  • #12 Tom Eshelman (1-6, 6.68): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
  • #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 (4-2, 3.48): 
  • #22 Cole Irvin (8-3, 2.61):

Reading (32-41) lost to New Hampshire, 5-1.  Jake Waguespack (0-1, 4.56) got knocked around early.  He lasted 1.2 innings and gave up 5 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.  Ranfi Casimiro (7.04) stranded 2 inherited runners and went 2.1 innings of shutout ball.  Seth McGarry (.3.63) followed with two, no-hit innings.  Josh Tols (.3.86) and Luke Leftwich (3.90) each tossed a scoreless inning.  Each of the five Phils pitchers struck out two batters.

 The Phils scored their only run in the seventh inning on Zach Green’s lead off HR (14).

Green (.280) had 2 hits.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (5-5, 4.52):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (2-4, 4.52):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (3-3, 3.04):
  • #14 Cornelius Randolph (.196): went 1-4

Lakewood (43-29) beat Columbia 2-0.  Damon Jones (6-2, 1.86) pitched six, shutout innings.  He gave up 5 hits and walked two.  Andrew Brown (0.69) pitched one perfect inning.  Zach Warren (2.78) earned his second save  with two scoreless innings.

The BlueClaws scored a run in the second inning on Josh Stephen’s RBI single.  They added an insurance run in the eighth on Quincy Nieporte’s RBI triple.

Colby Fitch had 2 hits and a walk.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.246): went 0-4 
  • #10 Daniel Brito (.237): went 0-4 
  • #17 Kyle Young (2-3, 3.19):
  • #19 Spencer Howard (3-6, 5.25):
  • #26 Simon Muzziotti (.293): 7-day DL (hand injury, in Clearwater)
  • #29 Nick Maton (.266): went 1-4 with a triple, BB

Williamsport (5-3) postponed, wet grounds.

  • #18 Francisco Morales (1-0, 3.24):
  • #28 Jonathan Guzman (.154):
  • #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 (7-12) won 3-1 in a rain-shortened game.

DSL Phillies White (7-11) suspended in the second inning, 0-0.


6/23/18–Philadelphia sent RHP Pat Neshek on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
6/23/18–OF James Smith assigned to GCL Phillies East
6/23/18–Christopher Duran assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red
6/22/18–Philadelphia recalled LHP Zac Curtis from Lehigh Valley
6/20/18–Ethan Evanko signed as a non-drafted free agent
6/20/18–Blake Bennett signed as a non-drafted free agent
6/20/18–Jesus Luna released
6/19/18–Phillies signed draft pick Madison Stokes
6/21/18–RHP Robinson Martinez assigned to Lakewood from GCL Phillies East.
6/21/18–LHP Jonathan Hennigan assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport Crosscutters.
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 6.19/2018
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.

26 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/23/2018

  1. Efrain Morales of DSL Red looks intriguing. He’s 16 for two more days. He’s pitched 20 innings and 16 of them have come as a starter. In that role, he’s given up 12 hits and 4 ERs. He has 15 Ks to 4 BBs but he’s also hit 3 batters. He’s a 6′ 190 lbs kid who has some time to grow.

  2. Eshelman with a nice start as he tries to reset his season.
    Reading needs to upgrade it’s starting staff with arms from Cwater.
    Justin Williams? What’s changed recently?
    Lakewood with their 16th shutout, most in baseball this year. Retain and promote that pitching coach who is in his 1st year coaching.
    Bohm to Wsport, good news. That lineup will score lots of runs, until some of the college guys are promoted to Lwood

  3. Alex Bohm in Williamsport.
    May get a game in at Mahoning 100 miles down the road, but definitely should be ready to play on Thursday vs State College at home.

  4. Eshelman has walked more than one batter in half of his starts this year (7 of 14).

    Last season, he never walked more than one batter. (23 starts).

  5. Sounds like Neshek unleashed an eephus on those unsuspecting minor leaguers. I remember a Phillies pitcher throwing a couple a few seasons back (it might have been David Hernandez?) Batters always shake their head in disbelief after is slowly floats in for a strike …

          1. rocco…that may be in 2020.
            Hall will need to also still spend time in LHV if he continues to rake..

    1. And Luke Williams with yet another HR. Seven now for the recent slap hitter.

  6. Luke Williams sure has turned his season around, on June 17th he was at 3 HR’s on the season and a week later he’s now at 7.

  7. That kid might solve the third base problem. I just cant believe how much he improved. Which jim can tell us about him and the difference he sees

    1. rocco,

      Jim can give a more informed response than me, but Williams is just 21 and I wonder if he’s grown into some power. He is a solidly looking physical specimen, which I didn’t expect when I saw him recently.

      1. good speed too, only saw him twice this year with Clearwater but saw him a few times with Lakewood and the Crosscutters. Between the GCL, Crosscutters and Lakewood he had only 3 HR in over 700 AB’s.

  8. Nice comeback win by Clearwater, down 5-0 in the 9th. Listened to the 9th while waiting for the Crosscutters game to start, they have really turned their season around after that poor start, back to .500 ball now.

    1. Hope Jim was at the game…it’s so uncommon to have back-to-back walk off wins, but it’s probably never been in a 6-run ninth inning!

  9. Vierling with two more hits again this afternoon.
    So far 31 PAs with 14 hits…albeit all singles but for one triple.
    He seems to have a knack for contact ability.
    Hope he can keep this pace up.

  10. Wow what’s up with Ranger 4 of his last 5 starts are 7 ings with less then 3 runs . 2 more Quality starts he should be moved up. Btw so far he only gave up 2 homeruns in Reading. Wow

    1. Ranger is very good and might deserve a promotion soon but unless Anderson goes to the pen, or someone gets hurt, there are 5 starters there who aren’t moving.

  11. I know thuis isnot the draft blog, since were talking about some of the newest phillies from this month’s draft, who are now in the system, any word on one of them not siged yet? colten eastman?

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