Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/14/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (43-47) lost to the Florida Fire Frogs, 11-3.  Ramon Rosso (2-1, 2.65) gave up 4 runs on 10 hits in six innings.  He walked none and struck out six.  Will Hibbs had a rough 0.1 inning.  He hit 2 batters, walked one, and gave up 3 hits.  Addison Russ (2.79) allowed both of his inherited runners to score and gave up an unearned run. Gabriel Lino pitched the final inning and kept the Frogs off the board.

Joey Wentz (my fave from the 2016 draft) shut out the Threshers for 6.2 innings on 5 hits. Clearwater scored on his replacement, but he wasn’t left in long enough to turn the score around.  Luke Williams continues to impress, going 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Jose Gomez also had 2 hits, Mickey Moniak had a double.

Their line up looks anemic with the loss of Darick Hall, Austin Listi, and Adam Haseley. And, with no replacements sent up from Lakewood, it looks like a long second half.

GCP Phillies East (13-8) beat the Braves, 7-3.  Victor Santos (3-1, 3.91) gave up 2 runs in 5.1 innings on 6 hits.  He walked none and struck out six.  Bailey Cummings (0.69) was touched for an unearned run and struck out two.  Adam Cox (2.35) struck out two in a perfect inning.

Jack Conley (.393) is bucking for promotion going 3-3 with a run scored, RBI, and 2 walks.

Jack Holmes (.338) went 2-4 with an RBI.  Nicolas Torres (.392) had 2 hits including his first HR.  James Smith went 1-5 with 3 RBI and had an outfield assist at third base.  Logan Simmons went 1-3 with 2 walks.

GCL Phillies West (12-10) beat the Tigers East, 10-8.  Rafi Gonell (2.89) pitched five innings.  He gave up 4 runs (2 ER) on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out six.  Leonell Aponte (1-1, 5.25) tossed three scoreless innings while the Phillies rallied into the lead.  Jaylen Smith (7.11) gave up 4 runs in 0-2 innings, and Ethan Evanko (2.57) came in to get the final out, strand an inherited runner, preserve the win, and collect his first save.

Just look at that box score.  Note the far right column.  All averages are .289 or better.  Of special note is Logan O’Hoppe’s (.469) 4 for 4.  We sure seem to have a lot of catchers who can hit.

On the defensive side, Corbin Williams threw out two base runners, one at home and one at third.  (He also had 3 RBI.)

GCL Phillies West
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Yerwin Trejo CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .313
Luis Garcia SS 5 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 .344
Abrahan Gutierrez DH 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .324
D.J. Stewart 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .327
    Christian Valerio 2B 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .296
Rixon Taylor-Wingrove 1B 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 .289
Luis Rojas LF 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .289
Logan O’Hoppe C 4 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 .469
Jesus Azuaje 2B-3B 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .389
Corbin Williams RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 .333
Totals 35 10 15 2 0 0 7 2 4 .316


Lehigh Valley (54-37) beat Buffalo, 5-3.  Drew Anderson (6-3, 4.19) pitched six innings giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks.  Yacksel Rios (3.97) , Hector Neris (0.00), and Pedro Beato (3.57) each pitched a shutout inning.  Beato got his 23rd save and Neris proved he can at least get out AAAA hitters.

The IronPigs received a solo HR by Ryan Goins (1), 2-run HR by Mitch Walding (11), and a 2-run HR by Nick Rickles (7) to account for their runs.  Joey Meneses (.303) had 2 more hits.

Reading (43-48) beat Bowie, 8-3.  JoJo Romero (7-6, 3.80) pitched seven shutout innings.  He gave up 6 hits and 2 walks.  Newly promoted Kyle Dohy (0.00) walked 3 and struck out 2 in a scoreless inning.  Luke Leftwich (4.46) gave up 3 runs in the ninth.

Damek Tomscha (.317) had 2 hits, a solo HR (10), and 2 RBI.  Heiker Meneses (.192) had 2 hits, a double, and 3 RBI.  Adam Haseley (.354) went 0-3 with a walk.

Lakewood (55-36) beat Columbia, 5-2.  David Parkinson (7-1, 1.64) gave up one run in 6.1 innings on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out nine.  He lost his shutout when Luis Carrasco (3.67) allowed an inherited runner to score plus a run of his own in 1.2 innings.  Zach Warren (2.50) struck out two in one inning while picking up his 7th save.

Nick Maton (.267) had 3 hits, a double, and 3 RBI.  Jake Scheiner (.290) and Dalton Guthrie (.264) each had 2 hits and 2 runs scored.

Williamsport (11-16) lost to Brooklyn, 5-3.  Manuel Silva (2.28) was lifted in the fourth inning having thrown 77 pitches.  In 4.1 innings, he gave up 3 runs (only one ER) on 5 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out three.  Rafael Carvajal (1.32) stranded a runner and struck out 2 in 2.1 innings.  Luis Ramirez (5.23) was yanked after 0.2 innings having loaded the bases. Jose Jimenez (0-1, 5.25) stranded all three runners, but gave up 2 runs the next inning.

Ben Aklinski (.333) had 2 hits including his 2nd HR.  Rafael Marchan (.301) and Madison Stokes (.308) each had a hit.  Thirteen Cutters went down via strike out.

DSL Phillies Red (13-23) DSL All Star break, games resume Monday.

DSL Phillies White (21-14) DSL All Star break, games resume Monday.

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)
7/15/18–Philadelphia traded Hoby Milner to Tampa for cash considerations
7/15/18–Philadelphia placed Zach Eflin on the 10-day DL, blister 
7/15/18–Enyel Del Los Santos recalled by Philadelphia 
7/14/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Clearwater from Reading
7/14/18–C Gregori Rivero assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/14/18–C Rodolfo Duran assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
7/14/18–Williamsport placed 3B Alec Bohm on the 7-day DL retro to 7/12/2018
7/14/18–RHP Colton Eastman assigned to Williamsport
7/14/18–RHP Waylon Richardson assigned to GCL Phillies West
7/13/18–Philadelphia sent RHP Luis Garcia on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
7/13/18–LHP Kyle Dohy assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/13/18–Lakewood placed 1B Edwin Rodriguez on the 7-day DL
7/13/18–Lakewood activated 1B Quincy Nieporte from the 7-day DL
7/13/18–Lakewood sent Robinson Martinez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West
7/13/18–RHP Gustavo Armas assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/13/18–2B Curtis Mead assigned to GCL Phillies West
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.

21 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/14/2018

  1. Dohy really getting pushed up quickly.
    Lots of GCL bats to like. Luis Garcia got a big bonus and is going very well.
    JoJo is 6-2 with a 2.6 in his last 10 starts.
    The system has lots of depth but it feels like a trade is coming to thin out that depth.

  2. New report this morning on ESPN,

    “Among the Phillies prospects being evaluated by the Orioles are 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Franklyn Kilome, 19-year-old outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz, 20-year-old infielder Arquimedes Gamboa and 21-year-old right-hander Adonis Medina.”

    If it is all 4 for Manny, that would be a big big package, I would be uncomfortable with it, but I would do it. If it is only 3 of those 4 then I would do it in a heartbeat.

    1. Adonis is probably set in that deal…he pitches later today for an inning or two in DC.
      Ortiz is the one I would be leery about including….but if it gets Manny and maybe Britton have to accept it.

      1. Yeah. Ortiz would sting. But the reality is that he is a huge risk to ever achieve his potential. And he is 4+ years away best case. He is really far. Huge raw power, but a ton of swing and miss. 30% k rate in low A. Also questions of whether he will be forced to 1B as he gets older/bigger. A really low probability but high upside prospect.

        Imo all 4 of those players are lottery tickets. High upside and high risk. Even Madina has high risk IMO. But probably the least risky of that group.

        I am surprised they aren’t going after Haseley and/or Rodolfo Duran.

        1. Yeah…i think I am enamored by Ortiz’ raw power….and that $4M signing bonus which indicated to me he was something special.
          But then again…he is the big power bat that will play either the corners in the OF or eventually first base.
          And the Phillies probably have enough in their system and in the pipeline to cover those positions.

          1. Romus – Develop the pitchers; buy the bats. If including Ortiz lands us Machado, do it! The Phillies pitching staff with Manny’s bat could make it to the World Series THIS year. The National League is weak this year.

            1. Yes…agree…the NL is not as strong.
              But any those five AL teams (Sox/Stros/Yanks/Indians and/or Mariners)….only one of which gets to the WS ….will be tough.

        2. Losing Medina, Kilome, and Gamboa is acceptable because of the depth in pitching and MIF’s throughout the system. DLS would remain the current insurance policy in case of injury to one of the current starters. Sixto Sanchez, JoJo Romero would stay on track to make their CBP debuts in the next year or two. And guys like Francisco Morales, Kevin Gowdy, Spencer Howard are further away, but have the stuff to be big league starters someday. Maybe it’s just me, but I believe Nick Maton has already passed Gamboa. And … Jonathan Guzman and Luis Garcia may soon pass them both. Ortiz is the one that would really hurt the most because he stands out as one of only two (Bohm being the other) young, power hitters the Phillies have.
          Listen … this team is a year ahead of schedule. They’ve shown they are competing for a division title (not just a WC). Therefore, management owes it to this squad to add to/upgrade it.
          WTH … if they’re going to put their foot in the pool, they may as well just dive in and expand the deal to include Zach Britton … or … better yet … insist Britton is included for the prospects already mentioned.

          1. Agree.
            The Phillies probably should try to get this done.
            It will further energize the fan base and i can also see attendance increasing for the last 35/40 home games with Machado hitting in the middle of that line-up..

            1. Romus … agree right back at you. I would imagine attendance could increase by roughly 10,000 fans per night if Klentakk gets this deal done.
              One other point … I think the Phillies will be more comfortable offering more than the Dodgers, Brewers, and DBacks because they feel pretty confident that they will be able to re-sign Machado (and Britton) when he (they) hit free agency this winter.

            2. Everyone assumes that he replaces Franco, but Kingery (for all his potential) has performed well below replacement level this year. Kingery moves to the bench. That is a massive upgrade of WAR at SS. And helps the bench. Need another bench piece. And a reliever as you said. Would love Britton too.

            3. Buster Olney of ESPN put out there those four names….he has not been the most reliable guy in the past for the rumor mill materializing into some semblance of truth.
              I can see the pitchers involved…….but when it comes to the middle infielder….I wonder why the Os would not insist on JPC over Gamboa..
              If I were in the Os shoes…I would want JPC.

    2. With Eric Logenhagen favorably compassion Medina to Casey Mize I am really disinclined to trade Medina for a rental. DLS would be out for me as well since he is the next man up in case of injury. For me you could name any four prospects not named Sanchez, Medina, or De La Santos and I’d be okay with the trade. I hate to lose Ortiz and Romero but I’d be okay. But I’d rather walk away from the table if any of those top the are included.

  3. I was looking at the organizational batting statistics as of 2 days ago. I limited it to 50 ABs or more. 50 was the number because GCL and Wmsprt guys are still light on ABs. The top 5 hitters by BAs are: Nic Torres in the GCL (.392), 2nd, Matt Vierling (.374), Grenny Cumana (.365), Wilfredo Torres in the DSL (.344) and Luis Garcia (.344). All are 22 or younger. #6 is another 18 yo, Juan Aparicio (.343) and Austin Listi is at .343 also. Austin’s older but at a higher level too.

    Guess who has the lowest ERA, with 45 or more IP? Kyle Dohy is the guy. He has a .99 ERA in over 45+ IP. He’s pitched at LKW, CLW and Reading so far this year. He has 83 Ks in those 45 innings. He has a WHIP of .964. And he’s 21 until mid-September. Dohy sets up Dominguez for another Phillies win. How does that sound?

  4. Jake Scheiner and Luke Williams continue to hit…

    David Parkinson ?????? 7-1. 1.65 ERA … What’s his story???

    1. Rob Ozga (The Baseball Draft Report) ranked Parkinson #109 among college pitchers before last year’s draft. Here was his report:
      Mississippi JR LHP David Parkinson: 88-92 FB, 94-95 peak; 82 SL; good 78-81 CU; 74-77 CB; above-average command; 6-2, 210 pounds (2016: 6.62 K/9 – 3.18 BB/9 – 68.0 IP – 2.78 ERA) (2017: 8.88 K/9 – 2.81 BB/9 – 77.0 IP – 3.39 ERA)

  5. Trading prospects for an established all-star generally works out. How many of the prospects the Phillies traded for Halliday, Lee, and Oswalt worked. I can only think of one — Carlos Carrasco and he took some years to develop. If Olney has the straight story, go for it.

  6. I deal the 4 mentioned for MM in a heart beat. Nothing happens til after All Star game, MM is only Oriole player and the team wants him there in their uni for 1 last hurrah.

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