Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/29/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (38-38) lost to St. Lucie, 5-3.  The Mets built a 5-0 lead off Mauricio Llovera.  The Threshers RHP looked like he had good stuff, but he gave up 5 runs on 7 hits.  He walked none and struck out six.  The first 3 runs scored on the 2 HRs he gave up.  Blake Quinn (6.19) continued his shaky June with one inning plus 2 walks to two batters leading off the next inning.  Aaron Brown (4.91) was effective again, stranding the 2 runners and striking out 2 in his two innings.  Grant Dyer (1.29) pitched a clean ninth.

The Threshers bats finally came alive in the sixth inning against the Mets’ top pitching prospect, David Peterson (2017, 1st round, Oregon).  They scored 2 runs on 3 hits and drew 5 walks, while not striking out against Peterson.

The Threshers scored 2 runs in the sixth on Jose Pujols’ 2-run HR (11).  They added a run in the ninth on Luke Williams; SF.  They had loaded the bases in the ninth with no outs, but were unable to capitalize.

Llovera’s FB was 91-96 mph and sat 93-95 mph.  He threw 70.9% strikes among his 79 pitches.  Although he didn’t walk a batter, he did hit two to open the 2-run fourth inning.

  • #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 1-3 with a run scored, BB
  • #4 Mickey Moniak (.251): entered as a pinch runner in the ninth
  • #8 Arquimedes Gamboa (.247): went 1-3 with 2 BB
  • #16 Jose Gomez (.222): went 0-4 
  • #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):

The GCL Phillies East (4-5) postponed, rain.

The  GCL Phillies West (4-4) beat the GCL Blue Jays, 6-4.  Victor Vargas (6.30) pitched five innings.  He gave up 3 runs on 7 hits, 2 walks, and struck out three.  Denny Martinez (0.00) pitched a scoreless inning.  Alex Garcia (1-0, 13.50) gave up a run on a hit and 3 walks, and picked up the win when the Phillies roared back.  Leonel Aponte (2.45) pitched two innings for his first save.

The Phillies scored a run in the third inning on a bases-loaded double play.  Trailing 4-1 in the seventh, they scored 5 runs on Christian Valerio’s game-tying, 3-run HR (1), Luis Rojas’ sacrifice fly, and Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI single.

Yerwin Trejo (.333), D.J. Stewart (.400), Logan O’Hoppe (.462), and Luis Matos (.235) had 2 hits apiece.

O’Hoppe and Trent Bowles (.333) had doubles, the second for each.

RF Luis Matos had an outfield assist at home.

  • #23 Luis Garcia (.292): DNP

In other action –

Lehigh Valley (46-33) beat Rochester, 2-1 in ten innings.  Ranger Suarez (1.93) made his AAA debut.  He held the Red Wings to one run in his 4.2 innings.  He gave up 8 hits and 2 walks while striking out six.  Jake Thompson (4.54) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings.  Tom Windle (6-2, 3.13) pitched two, perfect innings.  Pedro Beato (4.21) earned his 22nd save with a scoreless inning.

The IronPigs scored in regulation on Mitch Walding’s RBI single in the fourth inning.  They won with a run in the tenth on Adron Chambers’ SF.

The IronPigs collected just 3 hits, but drew 5 walks.

The IronPigs turned 4 double plays.  Ironically, none during Suarez 4.2 innings when he allowed 10 runners to reach base.

  • #9 Ranger Suarez (1.93): 4.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 
  • #11 Enyel De Los Santos (7-3, 1.73):
  • #12 Tom Eshelman (1-7, 6.78):
  • #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 (35-44) beat Hartford, 9-2.  Jake Waguespack went 5.2 innings and held the Yard Goats to one run on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out eight.  Edgar Garcia (2.75) entered with the bases loaded and stranded 3 runners.  He went 1.1 innings.  Pat Neshek gave up a run in a rehab inning but also struck out three. Jeff Singer (0.56) pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Phils opened the scoring with 4 runs in the second inning on Drew Stankiewicz’ RBI double, Jake Waguespack’s SF, Jiandido Tromp’s RBI double, and Jan Hernandez’ RBI single.  They added 2 runs in the fourth on Austin Listi’s RBI double and Darick Hall’s SF. They picked up another insurance run in the sixth on Hernandez solo HR (8).  And, they tacked on 2 runs in the seventh on Cornelius Randolph’s 2-run double.

The Phils banged out 15 hits.

Jiandido Tromp (.244) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, 3 doubles.

Jan Hernandez (.293) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, HR, 2 RBI.

Zach Green (.298) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, double, BB.

Austin Listi (.295) went 2-5 with a double, RBI.

The Phils went 6-19 with RISP.

Listi had an outfield assist at third.

  • #6 JoJo Romero (5-6, 4.47):
  • #7 Franklyn Kilome (2-5, 4.91):
  • #9 Ranger Suarez (4-3, 2.76): promoted to LHV
  • #14 Cornelius Randolph (.190): entered as a PH and went 1-1 with a 2-run double
  • #27 Connor Seabold (0-1, 15.00):

Lakewood (47-30) beat Hagerstown, 8-0.  Spencer Howard had perhaps his best start of the season (he did post a season best 78 game score, surpassing a 77 he had in an April 26th 2-hitter).  Howard pitched six, 3-hit innings, holding the Suns scoreless.  He walked one and struck out ten.  Jonathan Hennigan (3.33) picked up the three-inning save (2).  

The BlueClaws waited until the sixth inning to make Howard the pitcher of record.  They scored 6 runs on Quincy Nieporte’s 2-run double, Gregori Rivero’s RBI single, and Josh Stephen’s 3-run HR (4).  They added single runs in the seventh and eighth on Rodolfo Duran’s 11th HR and Jake Scheiner’s RBI single.

Rodolfo Duran (.263) went 3-3 with 2 runs scored, a HR, RBI, BB.

Jake Scheiner (.274), Daniel Brito, and Gregori Rivero (.202) had 2 hits each.

Josh Stephen had 3 RBI, Quincy Nieporte had two.

  • #5 Jhailyn Ortiz (.228): went 0-4 with a run scored, HBP
  • #10 Daniel Brito (.245): went 2-5 with a run scored
  • #17 Kyle Young (3-3, 2.68):
  • #19 Spencer Howard (4-7, 5.06): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
  • #26 Simon Muzziotti (.321): went 0-5 
  • #29 Nick Maton (.271): DNP

Williamsport (7-6) lost to State College, 6-5, when the bullpen gave up 5 runs in the last three innings.  Ethan Lindow (1.80) went five innings and held the Spikes to a run on 4 hits and a walk.  Abdallah Aris (2.35) got a hold (another flawed stat) with a 2-run inning on 3 hits and a walk.  Rafael Carvajal (0.96) stranded an inherited runner in 1.2 innings, but had to be pulled after 1.2 innings.  Jose Jimenez (6.75) stranded 2 inherited runners in 0.2 innings, but had to be yanked after giving up a run in favor of Luis Ramirez (0-3, 9.00) who keeps getting the call in spite of his performance.  Tonight, he allowed an inherited runner to score, blew his second save, and gave up the tying and winning runs in 0.2 innings.

The Crosscutters built a 5-1 lead with one run in the first on Alec Bohm’s RBI single, 2 runs in the third on Edwin Rodriguez’ 2-run HR (2), one run in the fourth on Matt Kroon’s lead off HR (1), and one run in the seventh on Matt Vierling’s two-out, solo HR (1).

Vierling (.435) and Ben Pelletier (.231) had 2 hits each.

Rafael Marchan stole his fifth base.

  • Alec Bohm (.167): went 1-4 with an RBI
  • #18 Francisco Morales (1-0, 3.24):
  • #28 Jonathan Guzman (.243):
  • #30 Jhordany Mezquita:

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Other prospects –

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

DSL Phillies Red (7-17) lost 5-3.

DSL Phillies White (12-11) won 5-1.

Transactions 

6/29/18–Philadelphia signed LHP Keylan Killgore.
6/29/18–2B Heiker Meneses assigned to Reading from Lehigh
6/29/18–RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
6/29/18–Reading placed LHP Elniery Garcia on the 7-day DL. Left turf toe.
6/29/18–Reading placed 2B Emmanuel Marrero on the 7-day DL, retro to 6/28/18, Left shin contusion
6/29/18–Lakewood sent 1B Greg Pickett on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
6/29/18–LHP Keylan Killgore assigned to GCL Phillies East.
6/29/18–LHP Ethan Evanko assigned to GCL Phillies West.
6/29/18–DSL Phillies Red placed RHP Joan Hernandez on the 60-day disabled list.
6/29/18–LHP Michael Guzman assigned to DSL Phillies Red.
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

The rosters and lists are up to date as of 6/29. (I’ve got 351 players in the organization.)

81 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 6/29/2018

  1. Good work Jim as usual. Nice to see Logan O’Hoppe, Long Island Catholic School Player of the Year, get off to a really good start. Any thoughts from anyone on whether Cornelius Randolph can turn it around. Haseley seems to have found a grove and Moniak appears to be coming around.

    1. Before reading yours, I was about to post that if I were the Phils, I’d be making an intense effort to see what I had in Randolph and Moniak, 2 highly valued prospects. Both seem to be getting light use, which I don’t get. Randolph’s ‘hit tool’ was supposed to be the selling point for drafting him. Maybe there is more there than stats capture. But on any list where the gap between projection vs. performance is measured, it’s hard to think of other Phils’ prospects higher on the list.

  2. Is the aaron brown on Clearwater listed as pitching effectively yesterday the former outfielder from Pepperdine U, 2nd round draft choice?

  3. Two bats that have surprised so far…Matt Vierling and Rodolfo Duran.
    Duran for a shorter guy showing lots of power at FirstEnergy in Lakewood….a poor hitters park no less.

  4. Another Lakewood pitching shutout, the most of any team this season at any level.
    Lindow still someone to watch.
    Duran is as hot as the sun. Bottle it.
    Great to see Edgar Garcia doing better, he has a fast path to the majors if he’s pitching well.

  5. That’s a tweet out there showing Bohm play from 3rd.he caught a hard hit ball turned threw the runner out from his knee’s at first . Yes that a 60 grade arm.

  6. I am glad that Howard pitched a great game, if for nothing else than to give him a little confidence going forward.

  7. Zach green. former high draft pick. development delayed due to injuries is becoming interesting or is he a Reading phenomena?
    he is cutting down on K% recently
    given age, maybe a jump to LVH soon to see if we have anything there?

    jose pujols the same way at Clearwater, hard to believe he’s only 22
    if his K% drops, maybe another late bloomer
    would let him stay in Clearwater the season and start next yr in reading unless his K% drops enough to show he has maxed out his A Clearwater potential

    1. srussell…on Pujols , he is what he is.
      Do not see the K rate falling enough for him to have long-term success.
      Think Domingo Santana or Chris Carter or Jabari Blash, et al…great RHB power bats, low BA, high K rates, not bad but less than average BB rates…but eventually the pitching catches up to the players.
      Though, he could have that short spurt of success in the majors eventually.

      1. I think the hope, like Santana, is he is young enough and enough potential to add to a trade package at the deadline

  8. Yes, lots of pleasant surprises in their early going: Vierling, Kroon, and in his not so early going, Zach Green.

    Most interesting that first-base-only Listi played left field last night. Trying to find a home for the bat.

    Catchers, catchers everywhere at all levels.

    Wouldn’t mind seeing some promotions like Vierly, Green and perhaps under-appreciated Jan Hernandez.

    1. “Most interesting that first-base-only Listi played left field last night. Trying to find a home for the bat.”

      This was not something new. Last night was his 11th game in LF this season, fourth with Reading. I told y’all to watch for him to show up at other positions a couple weeks before his promotion. And, to see if and where he plays during Instructs.

      1. Jim,

        Thanks. I remember your posts, but, obviously, didn’t see when Listi was playing elsewhere.

  9. Hey Mitch, if you’re wandering through the comments today … you tweeted about Bohm seeing a lot of pitches at the plate. How about Vierling? Does he look like he has a plan up there, or is he so red-hot that he’s just teeing off on the first ball in the zone he sees?

    1. Matt and I just talked about that Thursday night and he called it being selectively aggressive. The thing I notice most is that he’s not afraid to hit with two strikes. Both his hits Friday were in two-strike counts, including the home run. He had a plan Thursday against the State College starter to hunt fastballs early in the game because of how Rondon pitched them a week ago and he smoked an 0-2 fastball through the middle for a single. His second AB he saw breaking balls on 3 of the 4 pitches he saw, so in his next AB he sat on a breaking ball 1-0 and hooked it into the corner for an RBI double.

      I had a bit of a thread late Thursday night on Twitter about his approach at the plate. He said he’s seeing the ball really well, but I think he’s also got a really good plan at the plate and he’s not trying to do too much. He’s hitting the ball where it’s pitched and everything seems to be off the barrel. I’ll try to get some more BP video today so you can see the swing better. He’s got a little leg kick and gets his hands loaded early and then is just really quick and short through the ball. The whole package of the swing and the approach seems pretty advanced.

  10. With all the trade talk for Beltre or the Moose to Philly, Im not crazy about repeating a Rube special giving up 2 or more top prospects for a ST rental. Giving up JC happ and Villar for Lill Roy. I always thought was a mistake . Don’t know that this was the proper venue to talk about this but since we’re talking about Minor League players, in the Phillies system, I figured why not.
    .

    1. It was not a mistake in 2010 when the trade was made as Oswalt revitalized the team.

  11. Very happy to see the dominant performance from Spencer Howard last night (would love to see him bumped up to Clearwater). He may have had some hiccups along the way this season, but his stuff is electric.

    Here’s hoping Howard’s not included in a potential MM swap in July.

    1. @Hinkie – i tweeted Jeff last night if the radar gun is accurate since Howard is throwing harder that I thought. Jeff said it’s 1-2mph off. But it’s good to see Howard pitch well. He’s the better prospect than Seabold – and Seabold is in REA and Howard is still in LWD.

          1. Hinkie that’s like 3 pitches In Lakewood waiting too Steward move up. Stewart ,Damon, Parkinson , there all dominating low A . Howard was a reliever in college who became a starter . Let him Have success in Lakewood first.

            1. Howard is the better prospect. The organization’s top prospects should be placed/promoted first. You always fill in around your top prospects.

            2. The three pitchers you mentioned (Stewart, Jones, and Parkinson) were all day three picks. Howard was a #2 pick with the stuff to profile near the top of a rotation. You take care of him first.

            3. Howard needs more then I good start . I mean Rosso was already promoted .
              1. The team Howard pitched against last night wasn’t sure Hagerstown. There dead last in hitting in that league .
              2. That’s his first good start by any means since Since 5/ 10 .
              3 look a Seabold , Rosso , Ranger there were all able to put up a couple solid starts before being promoted.
              4 where Steward ,Damon , Parkinson are 1 ,2,4 in the entire league in era . They have proven there ready for the next level. Plus there all LH.
              5.Howad only 21 so there’s plenty of time one start is good let’s see him do it again,Again ,Again .

            4. @Tim – stats in the minors are secondary. It’s all about the prospect’s physical projection and upside. Howard is the better prospect to this due higher upside and ability. It’s good that Stewart, Jones and Parkinson are doing well, their current performance can open some eyes. Scouts and looking at the players themselves, not the boxscore in the milb.com.

              There’s a reason why Spencer Howard is ranked higher pre-draft and universally ranked as top prospects in the Phillies org.

            5. Yes but Howard shown no reason to be moved . He cant handle Lakewood how’s he supposed to handle Clearwater. I good start against the worst team in the league . Howard’s had a long way to go before getting a promotion.

            6. @tim – minor league levels are not like schools where you have to pass one level before you go the other and vice versa. Minor leagues is all about prospect projection and development.

              It’s not hard to see that Spencer Howard has the best abilities and highest ceiling in the LWD rotation so his development is #1 priority. Howard doesn’t need to prove anything. If the player development team thinks that he has nothing to do in A level, he will be moved up regardless of his minor league stats.

            7. Howard then would be crushed in Clearwater. The higher level hitters will sit on his FB his others pitches are below avg.

            8. Howard in low A can’t get past the 5 th ing. the second time around the line up he’s getting hit hard. Nobody in there right mind is going to promote him right now. Let him go the full yr in Lakewood .
              Howard just began being a Sp last yr . The most ings he ever threw in one season was last yr 115 . He avg 5 ings per start .

          2. Nothing. Not sure he’s ready. He’s had some control issues but also a lot of bad luck. Last night was much better. More focused.

            1. That may end up being the case, but Howard has a huge upside if he figures it out, so why would we reduce his value immediately and put him in the pen now? No way! You don’t draw final conclusions about a guy with potentially plus stuff during his first year in the minors. The process from minor leaguer to effective big league starter can take years. You have to be patient.

            2. True imo he’s still a reliever to me in the future. That’s not a knock either . If Howard reaches his top talent level might be a starter.I don’t see his devolopment going fast . He’s young still 21 with alot of wildness at times.

            3. @Tim – again – scouts and player development coaches observe the actual players itself (and what they are doing) and not the minor leagues stats. otherwise, these scouts and coaches don’t need to go to the ball game but rather just sit in their computer and look at baseballref, milb, etc like most of us do.

              Fans who don’t have the opportunity and time to observe the prospects perform just look at the internet and based solely on stats that they read to understand the prospect’s capability. That’s not the right way to evaluate a player/prospect.

              Howard is ranked in Top 100 pre-draft. He will not be rated that high if he’s a BP guy. Considering Howard’s profile (throw 3-4 pitch for strikes, big frame, clean delivery, etc) every coach will develop him as a starter unless he doesn’t have any projection left.

              Also, the Phis already have a stockpile of potential high leverage arms – Edgar Garcia, Hammer, Llovera, Dyer, Hibbs and some more. There’s no need for the Phils to rush Howard to the majors. If the Phils will put an arm in the express lane to the majors – it will be Sixto and Medina and not Howard.

  12. going to have to have to make some trades with pitching anyway
    with the 5 pitchers in philly now, eichoff coming off Dl ( sorry for spelling of his name)
    and Anderson, santos and Irvin all ready for call up in LVH AAA
    not to mention other reading pitchers closing in in next 12 months, got to make some decisions.
    would be happy with a 3b or RF upgrade and atleast 1reliever at deadline if the cost is the drew Anderson’s of the system.
    would not trade top prospects though
    team is not quite ready for prime time yet

    1. I would like to see how Anderson does as a reliever. He could thrive there and he could give the big club a boost

  13. Reading up on traderumors St.louis is also in on Moose.. Cashman has stated he isn’t going to take Frazier off the table . Cashman calling the Mets about Pitching ??????

  14. Well he k’d the last 3 batters he faced last night , Neshek that is. There’s plenty of room in the Phillies BP for him.

    1. Tim…..but on the flip side, in that one inning, he gave up two hits (one a double) and a run to AA batters.
      So is he about ready?
      I suppose why not…what can they lose from what is happening now.

      1. Nothing really when your starter leaves after 5 outs into the game after giving up 7 runs . The had no longman that’s why Lieter was called up . Today here we go again.

    1. good article, but FWIW my computer security tells me there is a virus associated with the video of Howard within it. My computer security of course, is not infallible.

        1. I seem to always have issues with Matt’s site. Not sure what the deal is but I get the same stuff from my different computers security.

          1. What about Crashburn Alley?
            Do you have issues with any attachments on that site?
            He runs that site also.

  15. Santos is pitching today so, Irvin a LhP they need that , Anderson on the 40 ty.

  16. reading lost 4-3 saturday night with Alexis Rivero giving up a 9th inning homer to Forrest Wall into the pool in right.
    Harold Arauz left in the 6th with 2 on, nobody out, 86 pitches. i didnt notice him top 87, but he got about a half dozen bad swings in 3 at bats by Rockies #1 prospect Brendan Rodgers on his off-speed stuff- Rodgers looped an RBi single on the third at bat.
    Josh Tols came in and threw even slower- one of his strikeouts was on 64 mph pitch- so his 84 mph fastball looked about 94 to hitters it seemed.
    Hernandez homered and made a leaping catch into the wall in center.
    Listi had 3 of the 8 hits; Hall did not play. Corny looked awful but drove in a run with a weak groundout. Tromp terrible throw from shallow right on a sacrifice fly.

      1. The problem is that he’s pretty much the same age as Nick Williams and can only play 1B or corner OF. But if he keeps on hitting, the Phillies will find a spot for him.

    1. you wonder if Arauz might be better as a middle reliever where is unusual style might work against hitters who only get to see him once

      1. no- but he’s got this hitch in his delivery; from first base where i was it almost seems like he’s doing a pump fake with his pitching arm.

    1. Rosso must have been flying below my radar. should I be excited about this kid? does he have real major league stuff?

      1. Seems like average fastball, maybe a plus slider; possible #4 or 5 starter or eventual reliever.

    1. Klentak will be announcing a couple/few trades of excess prospects for supplemental J2 money this week (possibly Tuesday). I still think Jose Taveras may be among those headed out.

      1. The other three notable Latin players will probably command $500K plus each , then there will be dozens of others for less.
        He will need to make some moves if he cannot get over his allotment.

        1. I wish I had the link . A left-handed catcher Nava I believe is the name . Ortega a pitcher and a fast SS none were at 500k.

          1. Tim…….they could go anywhere from my guess starting at $500K up to a $1.5M. That is assuming that Castillo is their number one signing at $1.6M.
            So the four top signings could budget for at least $3M.
            Now how many will they sign overall?
            Two years ago when the academy opened they signed over 60 kids.
            Years in the past it ranged from 2 to 3 dozen.
            Most of the remaining kids usually sign very lower than the top four.
            But if they sign 30 kids at an average of $40K each that is still $1.2M they will need.
            Klentak will need to make some moves to get added money if that is the case.

            1. Ok look who the Phillies traded Pinto , Todd Forworth , etc. I mean they could trade Rios , Rickles, Scott Harris, Liebrandt, Z Green, etc . Your not looking for much money . 16 yr olds are very risky .

      2. Why though I mean who’s out there at the J2 level . I think all the top 50 are already signed . The rest can be sign at the minium. The work has already been done.

        1. Well a sight paywall I using a friend’s password. I mean you can get money for nobody’s . Really no name prospects.

        2. @Guru most teams half Camps in the DR . By the time these kids are 15 yrs old there already on a teams signing list . It’s kinda like college football recruitment. A high school freshman can say he’s signing with Penn St.

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