Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/28/2018

A large number of new assignments were transacted on Thursday as 14 players received first or new assignments.  Most were of players going to or leaving Williamsport.  All of the day’s transactions are listed in the Transactions section at the end of today’s Recap.

The Clearwater Threshers (38-37) lost to Daytona, 9-3.  Bailey Falter (5-3, 3.32) gave up 6 runs (4 ER) on 8 hits and a walk in five innings.  Felix Paulino (3.83) pitched three innings and gave up 3 more runs (2 ER).

The Threshers scored a run in the second on Jose Gomez’ RBI single a run in the fifth on a fielding error, and a run in the sixth on Luke Williams RBI single.

Gomez (.226), Williams (.250) and Adam Haseley (.301) had 2 hits each.

The Threshers had 11 hits but went 2-12 with RISP.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3 , 2.51): is on the 7-day DL with elbow inflammation
  • #2 Adonis Medina (7-2, 4.16):
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.301): went 2-5 with a run scored
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.251): went 1-4
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.246): DNP
  • #16 Jose Gomez (.226): went 2-4 with an RBI
  • #20 McKenzie Mills (0-2, 4.46):
  • #24 J.D. Hammer (1-1, 7.36): placed on DL
  • #27 Connor Seabold (4-4, 3.90): promoted to Reading
  • Bailey Falter (5-3, 3.32): 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

The GCL Phillies East (4-5) lost to the GCL Pirates, 10-5.  Gabriel Cotto (0-1) made his debut on the road in Bradenton.  He was rudely welcomed to professional baseball, lasting one-third of an inning.  He gave up 4 runs on one hit, 3 hit batters, and 2 walks.  Jonas De La Cruz (9.64) allowed one of three inherited runners to score on a walk.  He escaped further damage in the inning, but gave up 4 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks, one hit batter, and a balk. Junior Tejada (0.00) allowed 5 base runners in two innings but only 2 unearned runs. Brian Auerbach (0.00) made his debut and recorded two scoreless innings.  Eric White (3.00) also pitched two scoreless innings.

The Phillies scored 5 runs after the game was decided early on Jack Zoellner’s solo HR (1) in the fourth inning, Jake Holmes’ 3-run HR (1) in the fifth, and Juan Aparicio’s RBI double in the eighth.

Catcher Juan Aparicio went 2-2 with a run scored, double, and RBI after replacing the starting catcher.

Rehabbing Dalton Guthrie went 1-3 with a double.

Carlos De La Cruz (2nd base) and Ben Aklinski (3rd base) had outfield assists.

The  GCL Phillies West (4-4) beat the Tigers West , 8-4.  Antonio Canizales (6.52) started strong and surrendered 2 runs in five innings on 6 hits.  He struck out five.  Brandon Ramey made his debut and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk in one inning of work.  Jaylen Smith (0.00) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings.  Blake Bennett made his debut and stranded one inherited runner, struck out two, and picked up a four-out save.

The Phillies overcame a four run deficit with 5 runs in the sixth inning on a passed ball, Greg Pickett’s 2-run double, Luis Rojas’ RBI single, and Corbin Williams’ RBI single.  They tacked on 3 insurance runs in the eighth on Luis Garcia’s 2-run single and Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI double.

Gutierrez (.320) and Rojas (.353) had 3 hits each.

  • #23 Luis Garcia (.292): went 1-4 with a run scored, 2 RBI, BB

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (45-33) lost to Scranton, 6-3.  Tom Eshelman gave up 5 runs on 9 hits in 5.2 innings.  Tyler Gilbert (6.75) allowed an inherited runner to score as well as a run of his own in 1.1 innings.  Hoby Milner (3.00) pitched two scoreless innings.

The IronPigs scored 3 runs on Joey Meneses’ 2-run HR (14) in the fourth inning, and a runh in the ninth on Danny Espinosa’s sacrifice fly.

Joey Meneses (.305) had a 2-hit game.

  • #9 Ranger Suarez:
  • #11 Enyel De Los Santos (7-3, 1.73):
  • #12 Tom Eshelman (1-7, 6.78): 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • #13 Roman Quinn (.289): 7-day DL, right middle finger strain
  • #15 Dylan Cozens (.226): called up to Philadelphia
  • #21 Drew Anderson (5-2, 3.35):  
  • #22 Cole Irvin (8-3, 2.54):

Reading (34-44) lost to Erie, 7-3.  Franklyn Kilome had another clunker.  He gave up 6 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks in 5.1 innings.  Luke Leftwich allowed both of his inherited runners to score and a run of his own in 2.2 innings.  Alexis Rivero pitched a clean ninth.

The Phils scored 3 seventh inning runs on Austin Bossart’s RBI single and a 2-run fielding error.

Zach Green (.290) went 4-4 with a run scored.

Malquin Canelo (.263) and Jiandido Tromp (.235) had 2 hits each.

Jiandido Tromp (3rd base) and Jan Hernandez (3rd base) picked up outfield assists.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (5-6, 4.47):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (2-5, 4.91): 5.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (4-3, 2.76): promoted to LHV
  • #14 Cornelius Randolph (.187): went 0-4
  • #27 Connor Seabold (0-1, 15.00):

Lakewood (46-30) beat Hagerstown, 7-4.  Kyle Young (3-3, 2.68) tossed seven, 5-hit innings. He walked none and struck out five.  He threw 95 pitches, 68 strikes (71.6%).  The only smudge on his line was 2 unearned runs in a three-error third inning.  Luis Cedeno (0.60) pitched 0.2 innings and gave up 2 unearned runs.  Zach Warren (2.67) stranded an inherited runner and struck out 4 batters in 1.1 perfect innings.

The BlueClaws took an early lead with 2 runs in the first inning on Nick Maton’s RBI double and Rodolfo Duran’s RBI single.  They retook the lead with a run in the sixth on Duran’s solo HR (10).  They added 2 runs in the seventh on Muzziotti’s RBI single and Jhailyn Ortiz’ sacrifice fly.  After the Suns closed to within one run, the Claws tacked on 2 insurance runs in the eighth on 4 consecutive two-out singles, with Jake Scheiner’s and Josh Stephen’s base hits producing runs.

Simon Muzziotti, who went 2-22 during his rehab in the GCL, went 4-5 from the top of the order.  Duran, Daniel Brito, and Jose Antequera had 2 hits apiece.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.233): went 0-4 with an RBI, SF
  • #10 Daniel Brito (.241): went 2-4
  • #17 Kyle Young (3-3, 2.68): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • #19 Spencer Howard (3-6, 5.25):
  • #26 Simon Muzziotti (.353): went 4-5 with 3 runs scored, RBI
  • #29 Nick Maton (.271): went 1-3 with a run scored, double, RBI

Williamsport (7-5) beat State College, 4-2.  Jhordany Mezquita (1-0, 0.90) pitched five solid innings allowing one run on 2 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out five.  Randy Alcantara (0.00) pitched three perfect innings.  Luis Ramirez gave up a run in one inning but picked up his third save.

The Crosscutters tied the game with a run in the third inning on Edwin Rodriguez’ RBI double.  They went ahead with a run in the fifth on Matt Vierling’s RBI double.  And they added 2 insurance runs in the eighth on Ben Pelletier’s two-run double.

Vierling (.429) and Pelletier (.200) had 2 hits each.

  • Alec Bohm (.143): went 0-4
  • #18 Francisco Morales (1-0, 3.24):
  • #28 Jonathan Guzman (.243):
  • #30 Jhordany Mezquita: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, HBP

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Other prospects –

  • #25 Kevin Gowdy: not expected to pitch this season

DSL Phillies Red (7-16) lost 8-2.

DSL Phillies White (11-11) won 12-5 on the strength of a 12-run seventh inning..


6/28/18–RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Lakewood from Clearwater
6/28/18–RHP Ramon Rosso assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
6/28/18–3B Matt Kroon assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies West.
6/28/18–C Jesse Wilkening assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/28/18–RHP Jack Perkins assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies West.
6/28/18–IF Stoney O’Brien assigned to GCL Phillies West from Williamsport
6/28/18–2B Jesus Azuaje assigned to GCL Phillies West from Williamsport
6/28/18–RHP Austin Ross assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies West.
6/28/18–RHP James McArthur assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies West.
6/28/18–LHP Denny Martinez assigned to GCL Phillies West from Williamsport
6/28/18–RHP Tyler Carr assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
6/28/18–LHP Anton Kuznetsov assigned to GCL Phillies East from Williamsport
6/28/18–RHP Brian Auerbach assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/28/18–RHP Blake Bennett assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/27/18–Connor Seabold assigned to Reading from Clearwater
6/27/18–Clearwater activated RHP Alejandro Requena from the 7-day DL
6/27/18–Lakewood sent IF Dalton Guthrie on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
6/27/18–Lakewood placed CF Kevin Markham on the 7-day DL retro to 6/26/18. Foot injury.
6/27/18–Lakewood activated CF Simon Muzziotti from the 7-day DL
6/27/18–RHP Eduar Segovia assigned to DSL Phillies White.
6/27/18–RHP Aldemar Rivas assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.
6/26/18–Philadelphia sent RHP Pat Neshek on a rehab assignment to Reading
6/26/18–Lehigh Valley sent RHP Tyler Viza on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.
6/26/18–LHP Tyler Gilbert assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
6/26/18–LHP Ranger Suarez assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
6/26/18–Reading activated LHP Elniery Garcia from the 7-day DL
6/25/18–Philadelphia activated 2B Jesmuel Valentin from the paternity list.
6/25/18–Philadelphia placed RHP Edubray Ramos on the 10-day DL. Right shoulder impingement.
6/25/18–Philadelphia recalled Hector Neris from Lehigh Valley
6/25/18–Philadelphia optioned Mitch Walding to Lehigh Valley
6/25/18–SS Danny Espinosa assigned to Lehigh Valley
6/25/18–Lehigh Valley placed RHP Ben Lively on the 7-day DL retro to 6/23/18. Right shoulder sprain
6/23/18–DSL Phillies Red released C Ronaldo Gonzalez.
6/24/18–Philadelphia placed 2B Jesmuel Valentin on the paternity list.
6/24/18–Philadelphia activated RF Dylan Cozens from the 10-day DL
6/24/18–3B Alec Bohm assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies West.
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

The rosters and lists are up to date as of 6/28. (I’ve got 350 players in the organization.)

63 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/28/2018

  1. A very mixed bag tonight. But the troubling thing is Tom Eshelman, and how he went from knocking on the door of the Majors, to looking like he should be demoted to AA.

    1. That’s the issue with prospect like Eshelman who relied solely on command to survive. Not all arms are blessed with velocity, but Eshelman need to develop at least one reliable secondary (at least above average grade) if he wants to have a MLB career. Ben Lively is in the similar boat and Viza and Wags too. Leibrandt might end up having a better MLB career because with plus CU sicne he can carve out a LOOGY career.

      Prospects like Taveras (CU) and Rosso (Cutter) can possibly thrive because they have a reliable secondary pitch to get the outs they need.

  2. Congrats to Seabold and Rosso on the promotions. Holmes hit his 1st home run nice to see. Ben Pelletier the once drafted 17 yr old looking good . His swing is really Good .Duran hit his 10 hr wow he’s coming along fast. Maton still hitting doubles nice to see.

    1. I don’t think there’s really such a thing as being undersized in baseball. Is Jose Altuve undersized? Yogi Berra was like 5’7″. If you can play, you can play.

      1. A 5’8″ player as a catcher is not really a detriment IMO.
        Could be an advantage since larger catchers do have more issues and longer pop up times.
        The better catchers in baseball have been rather shorter than the typical position player, maybe outside of shortstops or 2nd basemen.
        Chooch was about the same size also as Duran
        And at the plate……as long as he can barrel the ball then makes no difference.

        1. Agreed. It’s not a size issue so long as he can play and is powerful behind the plate and at the plate, which it sounds like he is.

    2. I’d seen that tweet V1again . Duran been pounding the baseball for over a month.

  3. Ramon Rosso continues his surprising upswing getting promoted to CLW. He went from a trial run in 2017 with DSL White to the GCL and up to Wmsprt by August of the same year. Now he started in LKW and is promoted to CLW. At this rate, he could be in the show by August 2019. I’m kidding of course but that is the mathematical progression.

  4. Haseley is hitting .301!
    It’s true he needs to improve XBH and BB, but as Axl Rose sang, “all we need is just a little patience.”
    Hopefully talk of 3 years of 1st Rd flops will become tempered. C is most concerning but as Mick Jagger sang, “Time, time, time, is on [our] side, yes it is!”

    1. Wholeheartedly agree…patience is the key.
      As the Byrds say….”there is a season – turn, turn, turn….and a time to every purpose under heaven”

      1. Jhailyn Ortiz – “he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother” in right field, now batting .233

        Very concerned that he hasn’t dominated at any level yet nor has he kept from intermittent stints with injuries. Any thoughts?

        1. 8mark……yes concerned also…more so when I see the likes of Soto, Acuna, Albies and soon Robles banging away for opponent NL East teams before their age 21 seasons.
          Ortiz is different than those players in that he was initially projected for his power and not hit that more or less reassures me he is still on schedule.
          Power tool first guys do take some time. So better just to wait it out with him.
          For all reports he does hustle and is dedicated.

          And your catcher Rodolfo Duran Duran is batting like he is “hungry like the wolf’

          1. I admit Duran was not on my radar but he is now! 10th HR yesterday! Suddenly there are many very interesting Catchers in the system (Grullon, A.Gutierrez, Marchan, Duran, etc)

            As for J.Ortiz, I agree that a power-first prospect may take more time than the Albies/Acuna/Soto/Robles crowd. It’s hard to watch our comp have them come up but I’m confident in what we’re building. A couple years ago there was jealousy over the Cowboys draft of Elliott and Prescott but it was the Iggles that actually won a title! I believe our Phillies will be “standing on top of the world” as Sammy and Eddie say!

      2. … more likely … as Phil Collins once said (1981) … “Did I miss again ? I think I missed again – ohh o ho ho – Did I miss again ?”

    2. I asked Jay Floyd on Twitter what he thinks Haseley needs to show in order to get promoted to AA.

      I remember there was some talk last year about Haseley could be moved somewhat quickly through the system. His early season numbers and his lack of power seem to have pumped the brakes a little on expectations in that regard.

      Now he is hitting consistently, but the AVG is all that stands out to me. As an organization that specifically claims to prize plate discipline, I am guessing the org wants to Haseley to continue work on and improving that and will then promote him – whether this year or next – regardless of XBH production.

      1. With regard to Haseley some of the earlier comps were Gardner and Eaton neither brings a wow factor just steady MLB play.

    3. C is about to dip below .190 if he doesn’t start hitting. I’m surprised by his season so far, they had a write up on him explaining how he had turned the corner … hmmm

    4. I think we’re underplaying the absolute tire fire that C has become by calling him “concerning”. Aside from having a Tyson Gillies type off field incident I’m not sure there’s anything he can do to make this a more disastrous season.

      1. Forget top 30, is he even top 50? A LF only singles hitter without game changing speed batting .190, regardless of age/level, at this point….my question is who else’s ABs and development time is he taking?

        1. If he wasn’t a 1st rounder he’d be cut over the winter. At this point its just get to the end of the season, clear his mind over the winter, then repeat Double A next year and hope for something resembling improvement.

          1. I disagree … A 21 year old in AA with the following history

            20 yo – 2017 – HiA – .740 OPS
            19 yo – 2016 – LoA – .712 OPS
            18 yo – 2015 – Rookie – .866 OPS

            Minor league career OBP of .342

            This is not a player that would be released. It’s a player that will repeat a level, for the first time in his career, and still be age appropriate.

            I am not saying I am high on him. I am not saying his year isn’t a disaster.

            I’m just saying a player with this bio, regardless of draft position, would not be released.

            1. Part of the issue is playing time, and he is about to get leap frogged by the talent below him. I’m not saying to cut him, I’m just overly surprised by his results so far this year, he started to come on strong the second half of last year, maybe a repeat is around the corner. Either way, a very tough mental year for C. Kilome’s season is surprising. He could start to get buried down the depth chart if he is doesn’t have a better second half. He looked like a building block the last 2 years, but now he could easily be trade bait.

            2. Didn’t leave out his 2018 OPS … that falls in the category of “not saying this year is a disaster”

              By just pointing out a recent stat, you ignore the history, which is what i’m using as my argument that he won’t get released. If you make decisions solely based on current year stats, that would be plain crazy.

          2. With regard to C I think if he wasn’t a first rounder he likely would be demoted but not cut or released. I think Tom is kinda right he will just be a guy who ends up repeating a level to see if he can get himself back on track.

  5. I am always amazed at the array of talents here on Phuture Phillies. You guys have a great musical understanding as well! I am excited that Haseleyis above .300. He has hit a few 3Bs and I think the BBs will come. You can’t hit .300 without making contact, and right now, that is what I most want to see from him. OTOH, Kilome is a bit troublesome.

    1. Yeah, Haseley has been okay, but I still don’t know what to make of him. I’m more concerned about the plate discipline right now than I am the power, which should come over time. The hit tool is encouraging. He gets an incomplete.

  6. Let’s all be frank – does anyone here have confidence in the team’s current player evaluation skills when it comes to picking hitters? I sure as heck don’t.

    1. As much as Sal A. has received credit for Latin findings….IMO I think he should be replaced down there and moved stateside.
      Since the mid-90s since Sal has been down there, how many position players of note have come up from the Latin market….Chooch, Freddy, Cesar, Franco, and Domingo Santana.
      And when the money was available in 2011, he has struck out on recent players like Tocci and Encarnacion, with Grullon and Pujols still waiting
      I just think it is time for a change.

      1. Romus remember Sal hands have been tied. he wasn’t allow to spend like other clubs ,I Think only in the. last couple of years have we spend over a million on players. instead we took 20 guys at 100000 over those two and three million guys . he didn’t have the backing to go after top talent with the budject, he was giving.

        1. I think Sal is the least of their problems. He doesn’t appear to be good at spotting a power hitting corner outfielder, but he seems to be great at everything else.

          1. I think it is time for him to be promoted…perhaps let the younger ‘ eyes’ go out do the scouting, beat the bushes, and let him do the final eval at the academy in Chico……which is probably what is happening anyway.
            He wasn’t the one who actually laid eyes on Sixto initially, it was one of his staff guys out scouting a catching prospect..

    2. I have more confidence in their talent evaluation than I do in their player development. Giants, Cardinals, Yankees, any perrenial contending organization must have “something in their water” that results in highly productive, fundamentally sound young players coming up (early in some cases) and making an impact. How many have the Philadelphia Phillies in recent decades?

  7. I don’t only two on here are Romus who is realated to Klentak and Tim who is ??

    1. billy, You got rocco blocked for a comment yesterday until I realized billy was rocco. Why don’t you stop this childishness and just comment under one name. rocco gets more rope than any of his aliases.

  8. The old adage its better to be lucky than good has not been been present at all to us Phillies fans…

    Kris Bryant debuted at age 21 and played 3 leagues that year. Rookie, Low A and High A. Oh and for good measure the Cubbies sent him to the AZFL too.

    Over 146 PAs he managed a 336/390/1.078 OPS FWIW

    1. When this first happened, I predicted PRP shots and no more pitching this season. IMO, that would be a good outcome.

  9. Sixto Young so he aleast has to pitch 100 ings somewhere in 2019 before he goes to reading.

    1. I think i’m with 8mark … OR, they could keep him in Clearwater for the first month so he doesn’t deal with the northern cold and them bump him up in May. Most here thought he was going to get promoted prior to injury, so I would not be surprised at all to see him start in AA.

      1. On Sixto at some point he has to go 100 To 150 ing in the minors . They have to see if he can stay healthy enough over a long season. The higher you go the less your FB plays up. You need avg seconding which Sixto has but hadn’t had time devolope them yet . The last thing you want to do is rush him up to the majors.

        1. The Phillies handling of Sixto and Medina will depend on where they are with regards to contention. When Hinkie made his bold prediction of Sixto being called up to join the pen, there’s some basis into that. With their advance command, both Sixto and Medina’s stuff can play in the majors even before they complete their development — not the TOR performance that we expect but their stuff play are better than most back end starters and some bullpen guys in the league.

          The only caveat to that is when some young pitching proved that they are key pieces (Nola and Seranthony are locks) of the next contending team — Pivetta, Vinny, Eflin, Eikchoff, etc as reliable starts and Ramos, Arano, Kilome, Anderson, Edgar Garcia, etc. If most of these guys stepped up, this will give the Phils the time to let both Sixto and Medina complete their development in the minors.

          The fans have legit reasons to complain about the slow and methodical rise to contention but I expect that the phasing will move faster starting this offseason.

          1. FYI I have seen Medina & Sixto pitch and came away feeling Medina has higher upside.

  10. 4 players representing Reading in Eastern League All Star game. Zach Green, Jan Hernandez, Deivi Gruillion and Ed Garcia.

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