Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/5/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (41-40) game against Tampa was postponed, rain.  

GCP Phillies East (6-5) beat the GCL Braves, 5-2.  Justin Miller (1.50) started and was charged with two unearned runs in five innings on 6 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out five. Daniel Vilchez (1-0, 0.00) got the win with two, three-hit innings and 3 strike outs.  Brian Auerbach (0.00) earned his first save with two shutout innings.

The Phillies tied the game with 2 runs in the third inning on a passed ball/throwing error and a wild pitch.  They finally took the lead with 2 runs in the seventh on Jake Holmes RBI single and a wild pitch.  They added an insurance run in the eighth on a ground out.

The Phillies made the most of their 6 hits, 4 walks, and countless miscues.

Madison Stokes (.333) went 2-3 with a run scored and 2 doubles.

GCL Phillies West (9-5) beat the Tigers East, 7-1.  New Zealander, Kyle Glogoski (0.00) got his first start and pitched 3 shutout innings.  He held the Tigers scoreless on one hit.  He walked four and struck out three.  Ethan Evanko (1-0, 2.25) pitched the middle three innings allowing one run on 3 hits and a walk.  He picked up his first victory while striking out three.  Seventeen year-old Brandon Ramey (4.50) rebounded from a tough first appearance with three no-hit innings.  He walked one, struck out two, and earned his first save.

The Phillies built a 7-run lead.  They  scored 2 runs in the first on a ground out and Austin O’Brien’s sacrifice fly.  They added 2 runs in the fourth on RBI doubles by O’Brien and Christian Valerio.  The tacked on 3 more runs in sixth on Trent Bowles’ RBI single, D.J. Stewart’s sacrifice fly, and a wild pitch.

Luis Garcia (.297) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a double.

Logan O’Hoppe (.368) went 1-3 with a walk.

Lehigh Valley (49-36) beat Syracuse, 5-2 in 7.5 innings.  Enyel De Los Santos (9-3, 1.89) had a solid outing in what may have been his last AAA appearance.  He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk in six innings.  Tyler Gilbert (3.38) earned his second save with a perfect inning.

The IronPigs scored twice in the first inning on RBI singles by Mitch Walding and Joey Meneses.  They added a run in the third on Trevor Plouffe’s RBI double.  They tacked on 2 insurance runs in the fifth on solo HRs by Collin Cowgill (9) and Trevor Plouffe (11).

Cowgill (.234), Walding (.265), and Plouffe (.238) had 2 hits each.

Reading (39-46) beat New Hampshire, 13-3.  The Phils jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second innings and just kept piling on runs.  

Harold Arauz (6-4, 4.77) was the beneficiary of the offensive explosion.  He went 5.2 innings allowed 6 hits including 3 solo HRs, walked none, and struck out three.  Seth McGarry (3.51) struck out two in 2.1 innings.  Josh Tols (1.23) struck out two in one inning.

The Phils mashed 17 hits and drew 5 walks.  They went 6-16 with RISP.

Cornelius Randolph (.206) went 3-5 with a run scored, double, and a walk.

Jan Hernandez (.301), went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and a walk.

Deivi Grullon (.283) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a HR (12), and 4 RBI.

Jiandido Tromp (.239) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a HR (4), 4 RBI, and 2 walks.

Zach Green (.299) went 2-4 with 3 runs scored, a triple, HR (16), 3 RBI, and a HBP.

Lakewood (49-34) lost to Greensboro, 5-4.  Spencer Howard (5.23) lasted five innings.  He gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 5 walks.  He struck out four.  The Grasshopers ran on the Howard and Rodolfo Duran, stealing 3 bases on the battery in 3 attempts.  After the BlueClaws came back to tie the game, Luis Cedeno (0-2, 0.95) gave up the winning run in two innings.  Connor Brogdon (3.65) pitched a clean inning.

The BlueClaws scored a run in the first inning on Nick Maton’s solo HR (6), and extended their lead with a run in the second on Simon Muzziotti’s sacrifice fly.  They tied the game with 2 runs in the sixth inning on a two-run throwing error.

Daniel Brito (.241) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.

Edwin Rodriguez (.364) went 2-4 with a run scored.

The BlueClaws struck out 13 times.

Williamsport (7-11) lost to West Virginia, 3-2 in a walk off.  Ethan Lindow (2.21) gave up 2 runs on 8 hits in 5.1 innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  Austin Ross (4.91) entered with two runners on base and blew his second save when he forced in a run on back-to-back hit batters.  Abdallah Aris (2-1, 2.89) took the loss when he left with the bases loaded with two out in the ninth, and Luis Ramirez (7.71) entered and walked in the winning run.

The BlueClaws took an early lead with 2 runs in the third inning on a ground out and Danny Mayer’s sacrifice fly.

The Claws managed just 4 hits.

DSL Phillies Red (9-20) beat the DSL Nationals, 3-2 in ten innings.

DSL Phillies White (15-13) beat Tigers1,  12-4, on the strength of an 11-run second inning.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of

Transactions (newest reported in bold text)
7/5/18–Philadelphia traded LHP Elniery Garcia to St. Louis for Future Considerations.
7/5/18–RHP Will Hibbs assigned to Reading from GCL Phillies East.
7/5/18–Reading activated 2B Emmanuel Marrero from the 7-day DL
7/5/18–Lakewood activated 3B Dalton Guthrie from the 7-day DL
7/5/18–C Gregori Rivero assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
7/4/18–C Nick Rickles assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
7/4/18–SS Madison Stokes assigned to GCL Phillies East from GCL Phillies West.
7/4/18–2B Brian Mims assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
7/4/18–Clearwater Threshers placed C Edgar Cabral on the 7-day DL retro to 7/3/2018
7/3/18–CF Cord Sandberg retired.
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 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 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 Quincy Nieporte on the 7-day DL. retro to 6/30/2018. Quad strain
7/1/18–Lakewood placed Jesus Alastre on the 7-day DL, retro to 5/26/18. Side contusion
7/1/18–C Kevin Martir signed to a minor league contract; assigned to Williamsport

37 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/5/2018

    1. nice to see though they were beating up on a guy making his first AA start, and then two relievers with high ERA’s.
      Listi was 2-6 with 2k’s, Hall 0-5 with 2 k’s, both had 6 LOB.
      Grullon having a very nice offensive season.

  1. I know hes not a huge prospect or even a prospect at all, but I am interested in Josh Tols. When the Phillies released their list of international free agents, it was a bunch of 17-19 year olds and Tols who was 27. They must have seen something there for signing him to be worth their while, and hes pitching lights out in Reading. Its kind of like when they plucked Luis Garcia from a barbershop and a few months later he was in Philly.

    Anyone know what his arsenal is like?

    1. I am interested in Tols too. In order for them to take a guy who is that old and is that far off the radar, his pure stuff must have really jumped out at them, which makes him intriguing. Luis Garcia is a good analogy and for as much as Garcia is maligned – he’s actually a pretty useful players. Guys with 99 MPH fastballs aren’t a dime a dozen.

    2. Josh Tols is an Australian pitcher who pitched in foreign (AUBL) and independent (Pecos, Ammerican) league ball. He doesn’t have “pure stuff”. He has a below-average to average fast ball and a tricky off speed pitch. His “novelty” is his delivery. He cocks his wrist and hides the ball as he throws it. It looks like it is coming out of his shoulder. It’s tough to pick up.

      1. Thanks for that info. Hes a fun guy to follow, would love to see him get at least a cup of joe in the bigs.

  2. Hibbs to Reading is an interesting placement. He had a great arm before his problems. If he’s all the way back, he could be a fast riser in the system.
    If the Phils need one start, Anderson who is already in the 40 is more likely to get it.

  3. Happy to see the swap for international $. We’ve had decent returns on these type of transactions and I hope there are a few more.

  4. I am going to start the Logan O’Hoppe fan club.

    He was drafted out of HS this year and already has a great frame – 6’2” and 185.

    I first got excited about Logan after seeing this tweet indicating a plus arm and being a fluid athlete.

    He only has 22 PAs, but has 9% walk rate. Pretty impressive patience for a kid out of HS. His .368 BA indicates that he makes contact.

    It is obviously early. Very early. But I am pretty excited about what I see in him as a prospect.

    1. Yeah…. you and KuKo….he has been raving about his skills after day two of the draft. Logan joins an impressive crop of Phillies young talented catchers in the system.

      1. yeah, O’Hoppe is my horse in the Catching race since he was draft even though the Rodolfo Duran is the more popular bandwagon now.

        O’Hoppe got agile legs, strong arm, solid defensive skills and sneaky power. Based on what I hear and read, the ability to carry the hit tool is the biggest question mark.

          1. nah your good v1. i’m glad that i’m not alone in the bandwagon. i came across Logan O’Hoppe’s when i start looking into Sal A.’s baseball academy in the NE. Although drafted via Rule 4, Fanti, Young, Brown and O’Hoppe looks like Sal A.’s find.

            Logan O’Hoppe’s mom liked my tweet about Logan O’Hoppe.

            1. Of all the positions in the system….IMO catching might have the most depth and highest skill levels.
              Prospects (excluding Logam Moore):
              Deivi Grullon,
              Austin Bossart,
              Henri Lartigue,
              Edgar Cabral,
              Rodolfo Duran,
              Gregori Rivero,
              Colby Fitch,
              Rafael Marchan,
              Abrahan Gutierrez
              Juan Aparicio
              Juan Mendez
              Lenin Rodriguez
              Jesse Wilkening
              and Logan O’Hoppe

              Shortstops may be next.

      2. I also posted in the earlier post-draft threads that Logan O’Hoppe developed a reputation that no base runners want to run against him — that’s a confirmation of the strong arm.

        1. Marchan is small at 5’9 but very athletic, and fast for a catcher (7 SBs!) or just a smart, aggressive baserunner. I wonder if he could play another position like 2b.

    1. I saw C at Reading on Sunday/Monday and he looked good. Solid approach like I saw years ago in GCL. Good eye, hit the ball where it’s pitched. Considering it’s Reading, expectations are much higher but it may not be a lost season after all.

    1. Romus, was listening to the Iron Pigs broadcast and they said that De Los Santos had struck none out in his last start and only two last night. The announcer talked to the pitching coach and he was not worried about that. He is pitching well but not striking out a ton of people lately.

      1. Yeah….though his LD% (18.5) is the lowest in three years, and against AAA hitters who are experienced professionals, plus if he can keep his GB% above 40% and FB% below 40%…which he has now…that is acceptable.
        But the test will be against MLB batters.
        Just like Eshelman last year, De Los Santos is at his peak production this season, and keeping that can be the most challenging for a player, as you can see with Eshelman this season.
        What DLS has going for him compared to Eshelman…he has plus FB with the command, and plus CU…both pitches Eshelaman has struggled with this year

        1. Good points, of course. The other thing was that he could be working on something and the efficiency is nice—77 pitches in 6.0 innings. He fills up the strike zone and as long as the contact is weak I’m not worried either. He can reach back for extra when he needs it. And, he’s 22 so there is some “development” perhaps to come a la Eflin and Nola.

          1. I wonder how Dave Lundquist will plan on using him over these next 10 days.
            Looks like no more starts until Wednesday the July 11th all-star game in Columbus, Ohio….maybe an inning , two max in that game ….then there is two home with Buffalo right after the 11th, before he heads down to DC for the Futures game on Sunday the 15th, assuming he leaves on Friday.
            I would think he will be doing a lot of bullpen sessions before his actual next IL start again which could be the 17th or 18th in Columbus.
            .

  5. Bohm ugh
    Should have drafted a pitcher with some velocity! Phil’s need power arms and have been whiffing on hitters

      1. You tell’em 8mark ,Braves couldn’t sign there on # 1 Rd pick. The Phillies are deep in pitching.

        1. I’m not a Braves fan…bravos like bravo for excitement

          Bohm has shown nothing so far. Sorry if my opinion doesn’t adhere to the majority

      2. One could not possibly demonstrate that he knows less about prospects and baseball than complaining about the stats of the #3 overall pick, 15 games into his minor league career. It is such a stupid take that I am going to ignore him going forward.

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