Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/16/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (45-47) beat Daytona, 6-2.  Alejandro Requena (2-2, 4.50) pitched six solid innings allowing one run on 5 hits.  He walked one and struck out eight. Grant Dyer (6.75) gave up a run in two innings.  Addison Russ (.338) struck out 2 in one inning of work.

The Threshers scored a first inning run on Henri Lartigue’s solo HR (6).  They pounded their way into a lead in a 5-run fifth on Luke Williams’ 3-run HR (9) and Jose Pujols 2-run HR (13).  

Taylor Trammel, the Futures’ Game MVP, went 0-4 with 4 Ks.

GCP Phillies East (14-8) beat the Tigers East, 9-2.  Dominic Pipken (4.66) pitched three innings.  He gave up 1 run on 4 hits including a solo HR.  Victor Sobil gave up a run in a rehab inning.  Alejandro Made (4.76) struck out 4 in two innings.  Junior Tejada (2-0) pitched a shaky, scoreless inning.  Brian Auerbach pitched two scoreless innings for his 2nd save.

Jake Holmes (.342) went 2-5 with 3 RBI.  Jack Zoellner (.286) went 2-4 with a walk and 2 RBI. Jose Mercado (.195) went 2-4 with a double and RBI.  Carlos De La Cruz (.315) went 1-3 with a walk, HR (2) and 2 RBI.  His second HR will become his third HR when a suspended game in which he hit his first professional HR is completed later this week.

GCL Phillies West (13-10) beat the Braves, 7-5 in eleven innings.  Ben Brown (2.25) gave up 3 runs (only one ER) in five innings on 3 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out five.  Jose Conopoima (3.44) pitched three, scoreless innings.  Blake Bennett (1.04) pitched the final three innings, including two shootout innings.  He gave up 2 runs (1 ER) and picked a runner off second base to start the eleventh inning.  Take that, stupid overtime rule.

Luis Garcia (.353) went 2-4 with a walk and RBI.  Logan O’Hoppe entered as a pinch runner, but is batting .469!  Austin O’Brien (.286) went 2-3 with a walk.  Nick Matera (.256) went 1-4 with 2 RBI.

Lehigh Valley (56-37) beat Columbus, 3-1.  Cole Irvin (2.73) tossed six, 3-hit, shutout innings.Jake Thompson (4.58) and Tom Windle (9-3, 3.66) combined to blow the save opportunity with Windle getting the win.  Hector Neris struck out 2 in one inning.  Pedro Beato (3.50) notched his 24th save.

Joey Meneses (.305) went 2-4 with a solo HR (6).  Dean Anna’s RBI single gave the Pigs the lead in the eighth inning.  A run scored on a wild pitch padded the lead.

Reading (44-49) beat Hartford, 6-3.  Franklyn Kilome (4-6, 4.23) had a nice line: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 86 pitches, 54 strikes, game score of 61.  Seth McGarry struck out 4 in 2.1 innings for the save (4).  Kilome also went 2-3 at the plate with 2 doubles and an RBI.

Damek Tomscha (.314) went 1-5 with an RBI.  Deivi Grullon (.280) went 1-4 with a solo HR (13). Jan Hernandez (.289) went 1-3 with a walk and 2-run HR (11).  Cornelius Randolph (.216) went 1-3 with a double, walk, and outfield assist at second base.

Lakewood (56-37) split a double header with Columbia, losing 2-0 and winning 12-6.

Game One:  Gustavo Armas (0-1, 2.57) pitched 6.2 scoreless innings, but finished with a walk and HR to suffer the loss.  He gave up 4 hits in seven innings, just the one walk, and struck out five. Jhailyn Ortiz (.239) went 1-3 with a lead off double in the bottom of the seventh.

Game Two:  Will Stewart (7-0, 1.28) scattered 8 hits and a walk while relinquishing one run in five innings.  Luis Cedeno( 3.32) gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 1.1 innings.  Ismael Cabrera (8.53) got the final 2 outs.

Daniel Brito (.250) went 4-4 with a double and RBI.  Jhailyn Ortiz (.243) went 2-4 with 3 runs scored, a double, 2 RBI, HR (10).  Jake Scheiner (.289) went 1-2 with 3 runs scored, a double, 2 walks, and 2 RBI.  Josh Stephen (.239) went 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI.

Brito also stole 3 bases (15).

Williamsport (12-17) beat Brooklyn, 4-2.  James McArthur (2.00) pitched four, scoreless, one-hit innings.  He walked one and struck out five.  Oscar Marcelino (1-0, 13.50) gave up 2 runs in one inning and got the win (of course).  Randy Alcantara (1.59) pitched four, scoreless, three-hit innings and got his second save.

Danny Mayer (.292) went 3-4 with 2 doubles.  Jesus Henriquez (.254) went 2-4 with a 2-run triple.  Ben Pelletier (.271) went 2-4 with a double, triple, and 2 RBI.  Madison Stokes (.273) and Rafael Marchan (.307) each went 2-5 with a run scored.  Marchan stole his 9th base.

DSL Phillies Red (13-23) game v. the Twins suspended (rain) after five innings, no score.

DSL Phillies White (21-15) lost to the Rangers2, 6-2 in a rain shortened game. Second game postponed.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 16th.

7/16/18–Lakewood released 1B Greg Pickett.
7/15/18–Philadelphia placed Zach Eflin on the 10-day DL retro to 7/12/18. Blister.
7/15/18–Philadelphia traded LHP Hoby Milner to Tampa Bay for cash.
7/15/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Enyel De Los Santos from Lehigh Valley
7/15/18–Lakewood placed LHP Kyle Young on the 7-day DL
7/15/18–1B Maximo De La Rosa roster status changed by DSL Phillies Red.
7/15/18–DSL Phillies Red placed C Ryan Asencio on the 60-day DL
7/15/18–SS Albert Jerez assigned to DSL Phillies White.
7/15/18–RHP Jhostyn Marin assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.

22 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/16/2018

  1. Ortiz is heating up, I wonder if he’s gone on Friday.
    Stewart deserves a promotion but there’s no room above. Parkinson too. A spot might be open by Friday.

  2. Pickett seem to be always recovering from some injury, or in rehab for the last three years, with also missing all of 2016.

  3. Deivi Grullon is a curious case. His average is probably who he is, so I don’t know what to think of his 2018 performance. The Phils only have 2 catchers in the 40-man and adding a 3rd catcher, preferably a good defensive catcher, is ideal. Edgar Cabral appears to be in the lead followed by either Bossart or Grullon. Knapp is playing better the last few games, can Klentak sell high on him? With Knapp’s hit ability, he’s perfect for a AL team.

    1. IMO…sell high on both Alf and Knapp….the vast majority of all championship teams have above average -to- plus defensive catchers.
      Even the combo trio of McCann, Centano and Gattis held their heads above water last year with the Astros.
      Phillies catchers already have 13 PBs and 13 errors bewteen them, and they still haven’t played 100 games.
      Alf leads the majors in PBs with 8.
      The Phillies’ catchers are on pace to set some sort of record for defensive futility at this pace.

      1. How about Knapp for Britton, promote Logan Moore as the defensive backstop, promote Grullon to AAA, promote Bossart to starter at Reading, Cabral to Reading, and open up a position at Clearwater.

        1. Frank……that makes sense to me.
          Moore is a defensive catcher first.
          I assume Matt K. and the Phillies will not make any changes as long as they are sitting near the top of the NL-East however.

        2. though he’s struggled offensively like Knapp had until recently, i think the O’s like Chance Sisco at age 23 as their future catcher-

    2. I’d think if Cabral stays in Clearwater, Bossart would have the upper hand simply by having the experience of catching higher level pitching. Keeping him in high A should lessen the chances of someone grabbing Cabral in the rule 5 draft. I think Grullon needs a few more years to develop. His only 22 and I’d error prone.

    3. Koko I’ve been rooting for Bossart since he first came into the system. Him and Cabral I think will be the next wave of catchers. I just don’t see this current duo of Knapp and Alfaro lasting together more than another season if that.

  4. For me … Carlos De La Cruz might be the most interesting prospect in the system. I mentioned last week that it takes time for tall athletes (in all sports) to figure out their bodies. It takes them more time to gain coordination and (many times) to put on muscle/gain strength. This kid, at 6’8″ and just 18 YO, is already showing the ability to square up the baseball. And now he’s beginning to show some power. Yes, he K’s too much … but … keep in mind, he’s got to have the biggest strike zone in the GCL (maybe all of MiLB). DLC has as high a ceiling as any Phuture Phillie.
    I know Jim has mentioned Gary Maddox as a comp. That would be great. But … why not aim higher (it doesn’t cost anything to dream). What if this kid, over the next five or six years, matures into an Aaron Judge (light?) player ? DLC is about the same height (actually an inch taller) as Judge. Judge was an excellent athlete in HS (3 sport star), but he still had to grow into his power. Here’s what he did at Fresno State (Fresno State was a member of the WAC and then the Mountain West conferences … neither were/are great conferences):
    * Frosh season (age 19) 2 HR/187 AB’s
    * Soph season (age 20) 4 HR/201 AB’s
    * Junior season (age 21) 12 HR’s/206 AB’s
    To be fair, Judge did slash a very impressive .345/.451/.529 (.423 babip) while in college.
    But … the point is … even the greatest slugger in MLB (probably because it took him extra time to grow into his 6’7″ frame) didn’t really break out as a power hitter until his age 23 season when he totaled 20 HR’s in 478 AB’s between AA and AAA.
    I’m not predicting Carlos De La Cruz is going to be the next Aaron Judge. I’m just saying he’s a very intriguing lottery ticket that could some day (maybe in a best case scenario) win the Phillies the Power Ball !!!
    I guess he’s sort of the Kyle Young of the bats in the Phillies system; guys to really dream on.

    1. To be clear, my Gary Maddox comp was based on his early appearance in the batter’s box – where he held his hands, his stance in the box, the relative size of the bat to his body – all during his first Instructs. After his early arrival in January and spending some time with Charlie, De La Cruz looks very different. In a good way.

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