Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/12/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (43-44) lost to Dunedin, 3-0.  Mauricio Llovera (2-7, 4.35), pitching in place of recently DL-ed Bailey Falter, gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in five innings.  He walked two and struck out four.  Alberto Tirado (1.69) pitched around 3 hits and a walk in two scoreless innings.  Will Hibbs (5.93) pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

Grenny Cumana (.373) and Raul Rivas (.250) each went 2-3.

Grenny Cumana had an outfield assist at home.

GCP Phillies East (12-7) won a rain-shortened game against the Tigers West, 11-0. Jonas De La Cruz (2-0, 3.68) pitched five, shutout innings.  He gave up 3 hits and struck out two.  Victor Sobil (rehab) struck out two in one innings.  Adam Cox (2.70) struck out the lead off batter in the seventh when the game was halted due to heavy rain.

The Phillies put the game away with a 6-run sixth inning.  Nicolas Torres (.429) went 3-4 with 4 runs scored.  Jack Zoellner (.302) went 2-2 with 2 runs scored, a HR (2), 3 RBI, and 2 walks.  Jake Holmes (.344) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, HR (2), and 4 RBI.  Carlos De La Cruz went 2-4 with a solo HR (1) that will become his second when Wednesday’s suspended games becomes official.

GCL Phillies West (10-10) lost to the Yankees West, 14-6.  Victor Vargas (0-2, 7.11) gave up 9 runs on 11 hits in five innings.  Sati Canta Cruz (9.00) gave up 5 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in three innings.  Austin O’Brien (.241) hit a solo HR (1) and struck out 4 times.

Lehigh Valley (53-37) lost to Buffalo, 4-3 in ten innings.  Jake Waguespack (5.15) turned in a solid start, giving up just one run on 3 hits in six innings.  He walked 2 and struck out four. Reliever Yacksel Rios (.4.35) was done in by 2 defensive errors.  Zac Curtis (2.88) was charged with a blown save when the defense choked up a third error in the inning.  In all, the pitchers issued a walk, struck out two, and induced 4 ground balls to infielders in the seventh inning; and Bowie scored 2 runs to tie the game.   Jake Thompson (1-2, 4.42) gave up an unearned run in the tenth during the penalty kick portion of the game.

The IronPigs only collected 3 hits.  They managed a 3-run sixth inning on Dylan Cozens’ three-run HR (11).  They worked 4 walks but also struck out 14 times.

Hector Neris pitched an inning and struck out two while allowing a base hit.  No walks, though.

Reading (41-48) lost to Bowie, 7-5 on the strength of the visitors’ 6-run ninth inning.  

Tyler Viza (5.09) held the Baysox to one run on 7 hits in five innings.  Seth McGarry (3.35) struck out 4 in two innings.  Josh Tols (2.79) struck out 2 in one inning.  Jeff Singer (0-2, 4.05) was charged with 6 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in two-thirds of an inning.  He left with the game tied and runners on the corners, and Luke Leftwich (3.82) allowed both inherited runners to score before ending the inning.

Darick Hall (.220) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a HR (10), and 2 RBI.

Damek Tomscha (.307) went 2-4 with a run scored.

Lakewood (53-36) swept a double header from Asheville, 4-1 and 5-2.  

Game One:  Spencer Howard (5-7, 4.84) tossed a complete game, seven-inning, three-hitter.  He gave up a run on a solo HR, walked one, and struck out eight.  He threw 70 strikes among his 98 pitches.

Jake Scheiner (.284) hit his 10th HR and had 2 hits.  Matt Vierling (.290) had 2 hits, 2 doubles and an RBI.  Rodolfo Duran picked a runner off first base.

Game Two:  Damon Jones (7-3, 2.21) pitched six solid innings, giving up 2 runs on 8 hits. He walked none and struck out eight.  Connor Brogdon (3.50) pitched a scoreless inning for his second save.

The BlueClaws built a 5-run lead in the first two innings on Colby Fitch’s RBI single, Edwin Rodriguez’ RBI single, an RBI force out, Jhailyn Ortiz’ RBI single, and Colby Fitch’s sac fly.

Daniel Brito (.245), Ortiz (.239), and Dalton Guthrie (.250) had 2 hits each.

Jones picked a runner off first base.

Williamsport (10-15) lost to Tri-City, 5-3.  Ethan Lindow (0-1, 2.49) delivered a five inning, five-hitter allowiing 2 runs.  He walked 3 and struck out nine.  Austin Ross (7.71) gave up 2 runs in an inning of work.  Abdallah Aris (3.09) struck our 3 in 2.1 innings, but gave up a run on 2 hits and 5 walks.  Jose Jimenez (4.22) came in with the bases loaded and got the last 2 outs without yielding a run.

The Cutters managed just 4 hits and 4 walks.

Madison Stokes (.400 went 1-3 with a run scored, triple, and 2 RBI.

Ben Pelletier had an outfield assist at second base.

Lindow picked a runner off first base.

DSL Phillies Red (12-23) beat Rockies, 9-1.

DSL Phillies White (20-14) beat Cubs2, 9-0.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 12th.

Transactions (newest reported in bold text)
7/12/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
7/12/18–1B Zach Green assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/12/18–3B Damek Tomscha assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
7/12/18–C Nick Rickles assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/12/18–RHP Jacob Waguespack assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/12/18–Reading placed 2B Drew Stankiewicz on the 7-day DL retro to 7/9/2018
7/11/18–Philadelphia activated RHP Vince Velasquez from the 10-day DL
7/11/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos to Lehigh Valley
7/11/18–SS Madison Stokes assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
7/11/18–RHP Adam Cox assigned to GCL Phillies East from GCL Phillies West.
7/10/18–2B Brian Mims assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
7/10/18–Philadelphia placed Pedro Florimon on the 60-DL retro to 5/30. Foot fracture.
7/10/18–Philadelphia designated LHP Hoby Milner for assignment.
7/10/18–Philadelphia optioned Dylan Cozens to Lehigh Valley
7/10/18–Philadelphia selected the contract of 2B Trevor Plouffe from Lehigh Valley
7/10/18–Philadelphia selected the contract of Enyel De Los Santos from Lehigh Valley
7/10/18–Jake Thompson returned to Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia
7/10/18–LF Adam Haseley assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/10/18–Clearwater placed LHP Bailey Falter on the 7-day DL retro to 7/8/18
7/10/18–CF Kevin Markham assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
7/10/18–RHP Will Hibbs assigned to Clearwater from Reading
7/10/18–Lakewood sent Robinson Martinez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
7/9/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Drew Anderson to Lehigh Valley
7/9/18–Philadelphia recalled LHP Hoby Milner from Lehigh Valley
7/9/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley
7/8/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Yacksel Rios to Lehigh Valley
7/8/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Drew Anderson from Lehigh Valley
7/6/18–RHP Fernando Ortega (16) signed as an international free agent
7/6/18–OF Leandro Pineda (16) * signed as an international free agent

32 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/12/2018

  1. 18 yo Dalvin Rosario, playing for DSL White, started the season as a punching bag for opposing hitters but in his last 3 games things have turned around. He’s pitched 15 innings in those last 3 starts and hasn’t given up an ER. He’s given up 10 hits and has 16 Ks and 6 BB over that span. Let’s hope it keeps up.

  2. Astros send Giles to AAA. Happy to have Velasquez, Eshelman, and Aruz instead of that guy.

  3. Jake Holmes looks like he’s ready for his next challenge. He’s mastering the GCL and in 2 years there has proven his hitting ability. I know that Bohm is blocking him right now but this kids ready to move up.

    1. Can’t move him to W’port while Bohm is there so he might be in GCL for the year.

      1. Bohm is injured and hasn’t done much. Why should someone that is performing be held back due to draft status?

    2. Holmes “next” challenge is his current challenge, continuing to learn a new position. All his at bats in 2017 came as a SS or DH. He has 17 career games at third base.

  4. Nice start for Howard; guy has such good stuff. You can’t get too caught up in pitchers stats at this level; he has seemingly struggled but he is inarguably a better prospect than the other guys on that team who have posted better numbers.

    Also, if the extra inning rule ever makes it to the majors, I am out as a baseball fan. What a travesty.

    1. “inarguably a better prospect than the other guys on that team who have posted better numbers.”…goes to reason, he was drafted that high with those expectations in mind and has the basic skill set to hopefully advance that supposition
      But that is not to take anything away from Will Stewart and his prospective professional projections.
      And as a LHP, Stewart’s GB% is one of the best in the minors.

      1. I know I am just saying what Keith Law said the other day, but based on that profile, he will have to prove it at every level. And I hope he does, I’m a big fan of “keep promoting them until the fail” and not just assuming they will fail.

    2. looking beyond the minor league stats, Howard appears to show better stuff since drafted. FB velo is going up (reportedly touched 97-98 though some stadium radar guns tend to be hotter by 1-2 mph) and improved secondaries. The 11+ K/9 is nice!! Howard is known to throw all his 4-pitch mix for strikes back in college so the higher than expect BB rate is something need to take a closer to. But with strong arm and clean delivery, any issue related to the BB rate looks fixable.

  5. Between the two GCL clubs, I counted around 13 guts hitting over 300. The pitching might be bad there this year but that’s a lot of hitting, for once. Torres looks great

    1. Torres was signed 2 years ago for 665k. He had success in DSL last year and has gotten off to a great start this year. Definitely someone i’m keep my eyes on.

    1. When I saw his name, I was like “that can’t be the same guy”. Then I realized how many people name their kids D’Arby…

        1. If I remember correctly, he went nuts in the GCL after being drafted and got a lot of us excited. Kind of like Tyler Greene …

    2. I saw that last night and had to pull up the bio to be sure it was him. I remember he was an LA kid and the age matched up. Unbelievable

  6. Taller guys (in all sports) usually take time to get in sync with their bodies. That said … what 6’8″ Carlos De La Cruz (on my top 40 Phillies prospects list) is doing as an 18 YO is very encouraging. He’s got a high K rate which is understandable for a guy with a very large strike zone, but he is also slashing .333/.405/.444 (and he’s homered in two straight games). For me, De La Cruz (along with Jhailyn Ortiz) has as high a ceiling as any position player in the Phillies system.

    1. Gian-Carlos dela Cruz is Romus new favorite and I’m surprised you didn’t mentioned DJ Stewart!!

      I can see Phillies fans hunger for a power hitting OF, but like Nicolas Torres and most the the GCL prospects showing early success, it still SSS. But like you said, very exciting indeed.

  7. As I study Jhailyn and other comparable players historical data it’s not looking good for him. It’s not over for sure but he should have really taken off this year if he was going to be MLB special.

    If he was just a $650K sign you’d say no big deal but at $4 Million expectations are naturally higher.

    1. I consider the 2015 IFA class a strong one even if you exclude the high-priced Cubans. The class includes Vlad Jr ($3.9M in AAA), Tatis Jr ($700K in AA), Juan Soto ($1.5M in MLB), Pache ($1.4M in A+), Mathias ($2.25M in A+), Taveras ($2.1M in A+), etc.

      Sal A. and the Phils swing at the fences when they signed Ortiz. It takes guts for them to get out of their comfort zone and do that — and since I’m a risk taker type, I like the decision whether Jhailyn made it or not.

    2. I cannot find the average age in the SAL. The average age of the top 100 players in the league, based on at bats, is 21.5.

      Ortiz will play the entire year at age 19. I think I understand what you are saying about history, but players develop at different times.

      I’m still hopeful of him being an impact bat (maybe you were referring to truly special) at the major league level.

  8. We finally get a closeup of Adam Haseley swing and it is crystal clear to me now why he struggles with power. One of shortest load swings you will see:

    1. Understand they were working on his right leg kick and load for increasing his power/lift.
      But does not seem all that much different than last year at UV.

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