Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/3/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (41-39) beat Lakeland, 3-2, swept the 2-game series, and moved atop the FSL North, a half game ahead of Lakeland with a second half record of 9-3.

Alejandro Requena (1-1, 4.26) pitched five, two-hit innings.  He gave up a run, walked two, and struck out seven.  Alberto Tirado (2.61) pitched two, scoreless innings.  He struck out three and walked one as he needed 38 pitches to navigate the two innings.  Grant Dyer (2.00) gave up a run on 3 hits in one inning.  And, Addison Russ (3.86) struck out two in a perfect inning as he notched his first save.

The Threshers took a first inning lead on Jose Pujols 2-run HR (12).  They scored a run in the fifth on Arquimedes Gamboa’s RBI single.

Pujols (.309) had 2 hits.

Mickey Moniak had an outfield assist at second base.

Requena’s FB was 89-95 mph and sat 91-93 mph.  He seemed to rely on his FB more tonight.  He threw it on 72.5% of his pitches (58/80).  Five of his 7 strike outs came on FB, 3 of them looking.  He threw strikes on 48 of his 80 pitches (60%), and 10 of 18 first pitches were strikes (55.5%).  He would mow through the Tigers then suddenly lose it for a short stretch.  He ran six three-ball counts, and opened the third inning with 5 consecutive fast balls out of the strike zone.  It’s probably not as big a deal as I make it sound.  It was just his second start since coming off the DL.

GCP Phillies East (5-5) beat the Tigers West, 7-2.  Victor Santos (5.79) pitched four innings. He Gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out four.  Carlos Francisco (4.91) walked one and struck out one in two no-hit innings.  Mark Potter picked up his first win in his professional debut. He walked one in his one inning.  Gabriel Yanez (8.10) struck out three in two scoreless innings.

The Phillies scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the game on RBI singles by Ben Aklinski and Jake Zoellner.  They took the lead with 4 runs in the eighth on Aklinski’s RBI single, Carlos De La Cruz’ RBI double, and Carlos Oropeza’s 2-run single.  They tacked on a run in the ninth on De La Cruz’ sacrifice fly.

Zoellner (.250) went 4-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, and an RBI.

Juan Aparicio (.500), Ben Aklinski (.286), and Jack Conley (.333) had 2 hits each.

Oropeza stole a base.

Julio Francisco (third base) and De La Cruz (first base) had outfield assists.

The Phillies turned 3 double plays, two on the outfield assists above.

GCL Phillies West (8-4) beat Yankees West, 7-4.  Antonio Canizales (1-1, 5.52) pitched five innings.  He gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 3 hits and a walk,  He struck out three.  Jose Conopoima (2.84) pitched two scoreless innings.  Robinson Martinez (13.50) made a rehab appearance and gave up a run on 3 hits in 0.2 innings.  Blake Bennett (0.00) retired all four batters he faced, striking out two on his way to his second save.

The Phillies scored two runs in the first inning on Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI double and a fielding error.  They stretched their lead with 2 more runs in the second on a two-run throwing error.  They scored 2 more runs in the fourth on Christian Valerio’s RBI double and Corbin Williams’ sacrifice.  They added a run in the sixth on another Valerio RBI double.

Valerio (.292) had 3 hits, 2 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI, and a stolen base.

Gutierrez (.297) and Nick Matera (.273) had 2 hits, 2 doubles.

Trent Bowles had an outfield assist at third base.

Lehigh Valley (48-35) beat Syracuse, 4-2 in a ten inning walk off.  Tom Eshelman (6.28) pitched seven solid innings.  He gave up 1 run on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out seven.  Hector Neris struck out the side in one inning of work but he did so after loading the bases on 2 hits and a walk. Pedro Beato (4.12) picked up the win with two, one-run innings.

The IronPigs rallied from a one-run deficit in the tenth inning on Collin Cowgill’s 3-run HR (8).  They had tied the game with a fifth inning run on Matt McBride’s two-out double and Danny Ortiz’ RBI single.

Reading (37-46) beat Hartford, 7-1.  Franklyn Kilome (3-5, 4.61) pitched seven solid innings.  He gave up one run on 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out six.  The Four walks are still worrisome though.  Seth McGarry (3.72) and Aaron Brown (0.00) each struck out one in one relief inning.

The Phils took the lead in the fourth inning with 3 runs on Jan Hernandez’ RBI double and Austin Bossart’s 2-run HR (7).  They added 3 more runs in the fifth on Cornelius Randolph’s RBI double and Darick Hall’s 2-run HR (8).  They tacked on a run in the sixth on Jan Hernandez’ solo HR (10).

Malquin Canelo (.273) had 3 hits, Hernandez (.292) had two.  Hall, Hernandez, and Bossart had 2 RBI each.  Randolph had an RBI and an outfield assist at third base.

Lakewood (49-32) lost to Delmarva, 5-2 when the Shorebirds broke a tie with 3 ninth inning runs.  Will Stewart (1.32) gave up 2 runs in five innings on 4 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out four.  His GO/FO was a characteristic 9/0.  Jonathan Hennigan (3.10) struck out four in two scoreless innings.  Julian Garcia (4.02) struck out four in two innings, but  gave up 3 runs in the top of the ninth.

The BlueClaws scored a run in the second inning on Rodolfo Duran’s solo HR (11).  They tied the game with a run in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Simon Muzziotti and Jake Scheiner.

Muzziotti (.310), recently promoted Edwin Rodriguez (.500), and Josh Stephen (.227) had 2 hits each.  Matt Vierling (.429) had a single from the lead off slot and stole a base.

Williamsport (7-10) lost to Auburn, 4-1.  Gustavo Armas (1-2, 3.63) pitched six innings and gave up 2 runs on five hits.  He walked none and struck out seven.  Keylan Killgore (9.00) made his professional debut and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in two innings.  He struck out four.  Luis Ramirez (7.71) pitched a scoreless inning.

The Crosscutters scored their only run in the fifth inning on Brayan Gonzalez’ RBI double.

Ben Pelletier (.308) had 2 hits including a two-out triple off the center filed wall (402 feet) in the fourth inning.

DSL Phillies Red (7-19) postponed, rain.

DSL Phillies White (13-12) postponed, rain.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of 6/29.

7/3/18–Philadelphia signed free agent 2B Ryan Goins to a minor league contract
7/3/18–Lehigh Valley released 2B Alexi Amarista.
7/3/18–2B Ryan Goins assigned to Lehigh Valley .
7/3/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading .
7/3/18–Lehigh Valley placed LHP Brandon Leibrandt on the 7-day DL retro to 7/1/2018.
7/3/18–Lakewood sent RHP Robinson Martinez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.
7/3/18–Lakewood sent IF Dalton Guthrie on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
7/3/18–LHP Keylan Killgore assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
7/2/18–LHP Joalbert Angulo (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–INF Alexeis Azuaje (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–RHP Eiberson Castellano (17) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–RHP Starlyn Castillo (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–OF Jeury Corona (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–C Victor Diaz (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–RHP Wilson Gherbaz (17) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–OF Reiberth Gil (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–LHP Neyker Ibarra (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–C Andrick Nava (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–INF Kervin Pichardo (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–RHP Jonathan Rivas (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–RHP Luis Vegas (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–C Javier Vina (16) signed as an international free agent
7/2/18–RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/2/18–LHP Aaron Brown assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/2/18–OF Matt Vierling assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/2/18–1B Edwin Rodriguez assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/2/18–Lakewood sent IF Dalton Guthrie on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.
7/1/18–Philadelphia placed RHP Vince Velasquez on the 10-day DL. Right forearm contusion.
7/1/18–Philadelphia activated RHP Pat Neshek from the 10-day DL
7/1/18–Philadelphia optioned Zac Curtis to Lehigh Valley
7/1/18–Philadelphia recalled Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley
7/1/18–Brian Mims assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
7/1/18–Lakewood placed 1B Quincy Nieporte on the 7-day DL. retro to 6/30/2018. Quad strain
7/1/18–Lakewood placed OF Jesus Alastre on the 7-day DL, retro to 5/26/2018. Right side contusion
7/1/18–C Kevin Martir signed to a minor league contract; assigned to Williamsport
6/30/18–Philadelphia optioned Hector Neris to Lehigh Valley
6/30/18–Philadelphia recalled Mark Leiter Jr. from Lehigh Valley
6/30/18–Williamsport released LHP Orestes Melendez.
6/30/18–GCL Phillies West released LHP Denny Martinez.
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 6/28/2018, 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.
6/29/18–Philadelphia signed LHP Keylan Killgore.

19 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/3/2018

  1. You get to be director of Player Development for 5 minutes. Do you promote Pujols now, wait until August 1st or keep him in A+ for the rest of the year? Jose, in 70 games this year, is hitting .308/.372/.496 with an .868 OPS. He now has 160 games in A+ over 2 seasons. He’s improved his BB rate but he’s coming up on 100 Ks on the season so his K rate is still very high. He has 6 Es and 6 A’s in 66 games in RF. Most of us don’t see him a lot but the numbers jump out at you. Don’t think about who gets demoted or released just look at the numbers to decide. You da man for 5 minutes.

    1. Keep him in Clearwater for another month, at least, to see if his improvements hold. He cut his K% in June and walked 16 times after walking only 7 times in April and May combined.

  2. I’d keep him at Clearwater for the year. He’s still young and still needs to work on his K rate. His progress is eyeopening but no reason to rush him. He’s a guy we stopped counting on so he’s like dessert.

  3. Lol don’t want that job. Keep him in Clearwater.Ben Pelletier is coming along fine he’s showing power.

  4. Kilome with a decent outing but the 4 walks plus a hit batter are still troubling.
    Bossart keeps playing well. I’d really like to see what he can do at AAA.
    Jan Hernandez and Pujols are the two back from the dead stories. They’ve reignited their careers.
    Congrats to Rodriguez on finally getting to Lakewood and to Brown on getting back to Reading, but as a pitcher now.
    Hall with #19, very impressive. He needs to get the batting avg up though.

    1. Hernandez was striking out less to start the season but in June his Ks and BBs went in the wrong direction. On the flip side, Zach Green struck out a ton in April but has been whiffing less and less as the year’s gone on. I’d like to see him in AAA but corner infield is crowded there between Walding, Meneses and Tomscha.

    2. I’m not so sure Hernandez is back from the dead more than that he has a slow ascent. He has steadily improved and really showed solid gains last year at Clearwater, so it’s been a season and a half of sustained improvement. I’d like to see what he can do in AAA.

  5. Pujols has improved greatly, but the Ks and errors tell me that he works on these in Clearwater where he feels confident and can concentrate on recognizing pitches and having a more defined strike zone. Cozens never got that resolved and now he is striking out in CBP when the chips are on the table.

  6. Today is one of those mileposts I use to gauge the minor leaguers. I think Jose Pujols is improving but I wouldn’t think he deserves a promotion. Since Memorial Day, he is hitting something like .333 with 6 Hrs and 16 rbis. As mentioned his K’s are approaching the 100 level which is 36.6%. Since Memorial Day his K rate is a little lower at 31.7%. So he is hitting a little better and striking out a little less. Leave him at CLW for the rest of the year and see if he can get that K rate down to 25% for the rest of the year. Gain some confidence.

    I have to say the two players under my radar which I neglected to watch closely are LKW’s C Rudolfo Duran and P Ramon Russo. I saw Duran this year and he does a real nice job behind the plate. He has committed only two errors so far. Offensively, he’s having a pretty nice season with 12 doubles and homers each. His K% is 21% which is pretty good.

    David Parkinson, Will Stewart and Damon Jones are a combined 15-3 at LWK.

    Finally, Adonis Medina is now 8-2. Since Memorial Day, he is 4-0 and seen his ERA drop from 5.97 to 4.19. In last 34 innings he’s walked 10 but struck out 44. BA against has dropped from .275 to .240 and WHIP dropped from 1.53 to 1.27. Jo Jo Romero has a similar experience (except his record is 4-2) with his ERA dropping from 5.55 to 4.27. Walked 14 in last 44 IP while striking out 45. Saw his BA against drop from .272 to .244 and WHIP from 1.52 to 1.31.

    Adam Haseley puts together a strong July like he did in June (41-127.323) then I think he gets August promotion to Reading. I would like to see a little more punch.

    1. Medina and Romero are probably right where you’d hope they would be, which is great since they were probably the 2nd and 3rd best pitching prospects in the system at the start of the year and both got off to poor starts.

      Duran is the most interesting guy on the farm right now, to me. A 20 yo catcher with solid defense and an .800+ OPS in Lakewood would arguably be a top 10 prospect most years but he was barely on anybody’s radar a month ago. He had an incredible June. Before now, the most interesting thing about him was that the team sent him to the GCL as a 17 year old. Is this a flash in the pan or a breakout?

    2. Is there a concern with how little power Haseley seems to be displaying? He does have 13 doubles but he’s only slugging. 392

      1. concern, yes. panic, not yet. give him more time to work on that. but until he shows power, you don’t know if he has it in him as a pro so youre concerned

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