Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/19/2018

Made my first trip to the Complex in over a week.  Kyle Young is in town.  Sixto Sanchez was walking around.  Spoke briefly with Dickie Noles, Joe Jordan, Sal Agostinelli, and Charley. Saw Alec Bohm walking around carrying a bat.  He did not have a boot on his foot and seemed to be walking well.  I didn’t recognize him at first.  He was back in the club house before I realized who he was.  Also spent some time talking to the father and uncle of one of our new pitchers.  Nice people for Pirates and Orioles fans.  😉

The Clearwater Threshers (47-48) lost to the Florida Fire Frogs, 7-5.  McKenzie Mills (0-4, 3.89) made the start and worked 5.1 innings.  He gave up runs in each of the first three innings, and trailed 4-1.  But, the Threshers scored 4 runs in the bottom of the third inning to take him off the hook.  Mills responded with two somewhat clean innings.  He started the sixth by putting the first two runners on base.  He then got an out, but an error on a force attempt that might have ended the inning allowed the tying run to score and also ended his night.  Blake Quinn (5.31) entered the game and proceeded to allow one of two inherited runners to score.  It was the first inherited runner he had allowed all season.  He came into the game having stranded all 17 runners he had inherited.  Then he gave up another run in the following inning.  Will Hibbs (8.44) completed the evening with two scoreless innings that included 2 walks and a hit.

The night marked the return of Roman Quinn.  The speedy outfielder reported from the Complex to start his rehab.  He led off and played center field.  Quinn smacked the first pitch he saw through the hole into right field.  He stole second base on the second pitch to Mickey Moniak who eventually walked.  He scored on Edgar Cabral’s RBI single.

Quinn faced a new pitcher leading off the third inning (starter Joey Wentz, the Braves #9 prospect, left the game after two innings, no explanation).  He drew a walk and reached second on a Mickey Moniak ground out to the second baseman.  Quinn got such a good jump on the 3-2 pitch that the fielder had no play at second.  He eventually scored on Edgar Cabral’s 3-run HR.  Kyle Martin followed with a solo HR.  And that was the end of the Threshers’ offense, although they did load the bases with one out in the sixth without converting.

Quinn finished 1-2 with 2 runs scored and a walk.  He was replaced in the field in the top of the sixth.

Edgar Cabral (.242) went 3-5 with a run scored, HR (4), and 4 RBI.

Mills finished 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR.

GCP Phillies East (15-10) won the first game of a double header v. Phillies West, 11-6.

Lost my game notes, so here’s a composite from both teams.  Early on, there were a lot of outs on the base paths as both teams tried to stretch hits and steal bases.  Jack Conley threw out 3 prospective base stealers.  Luis Rojas threw out guys at third base and home.  Luke Millr threw a guy out at third.

The pitching was a little iffy in spots, but Jonas De La Cruz pitched five scoreless innings with 6 hits and 5 strike outs.  Bailey Cummings (0.63) had another scoreless outing.  Brandon Ramey was brought into a rough, bases loaded situation with one out.  He got a come backer, but must have forgot the number of outs as he lobbed the ball to first.  Of course the next batter cleared the bases.  But he pitched clean the following inning. Rehabbing Victor Sobil got lit for a half dozen runs in 0.2 innings.

Luis Garcia, Abrahan, Logan O’Hoppe had 3 hits each.

D.J. Stewart, Jose Mercado, Jack Zoellner, and Jack Holmes had 2 hits each.  Mercado clouted a HR (2) to left.

West is hitting .317 as a team, East just .284.

GCL Phillies West (14-11) won the second game of a double header v. Phillies East, 5-4.

Starters Gabriel Yanez and Victor Vargas each gave up 4 runs.  Mark Potter and Adam Cox, and Ethan Evanko and Blake Bennett each pitched scoreless innings.  Cox got the overtime loss, Bennett got the win.

Luis Matos had 3 hits.Nick Matera, Yerwin Trejo, and Juan Aparicio had 2 hits each. Aparicio (3) and Edgar Made (1) hit back-to-back bombs off Vargas.

Lehigh Valley (57-39) lost to Toledo, 4-3.  Drew Anderson (4.02) pitched into the eighth inning and was lifted after giving up his second solo HR.  His line was 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K.  Tom Windle relieved and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and an HBP over the final two innings.

The IronPigs scord their runs in the third inning with two outs on Dean Anna’s RBI single and Collin Cowgill’s RBI triple.

Joey Meneses (.306) went 2-4.  Danny Ortiz (.215) went 2-4 with a run scored.

Reading (44-52) lost to Altoona, 8-2.  Harold Arauz (7-5, 4.94) gave up 6 runs on 10 hits in 4.1 innings.  Luke Leftwich (4.62) struck out four in 2.2 inningsbut gave up 2 runs on 4 hits.  Aaron Brown (4.76) and Josh Tols (2.19) eachetossed a scoreless inning.

The Phils runs came on solo HRs by Austin Listi (5) and Cornelius Randolph (2).

Lakewood (58-37) beat Hagerstown, 5-1.  Spencer Howard (6-7, 4.46) pitched six, 4-hit innings.  The only smudge on his ledger was an unearned run.  He walked 3 and struck out eight.  Connor Vrogdon PItched two no-hit innings and struck out three.  Zach Warren pitched the final inning and struck out the side.

Quincy Nieporte (.259) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, a double, and a walk.  Daniel Brito (.253) had a double and 2 RBI.  Jake Scheiner (.287) and Matt Vierling (.286) each drove in a run.  Simon Muzziotti stole his 11th base.

Williamsport (12-19) lost to Batavia, 13-5.  Bad night for some pitchers in Williamsport.  Francisco Morales (3-1, 5.63) lasted two innings and gave up 6 runs on 6 hits, 3 walks, and 2 HR.  He struck out six.  Tyler Carr (6.14) made it through three innings and only gave up 3 runs on 5 hits.  He struck out five.  Oscar Marcelino (14.40) lasted two and gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks.  hHe struck out Three.  Jose Jimenez (4.50) caught the Muckdogs bats tired, I guess, as he pitched two scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and striking out four.

The Cutters combined line was 9.0 IP, 17 nits, 13 R, 13 ER, 6 BB, and 15 K.  Odd huh?

Madison Stokes (.343) went 3-5 with 3 runs scored, a double, and RBI.  Ben Pelletier (.264) went 2-5, hit his second HR, and had 2 RBI. Seth Lancaster and Brayan Gonzalez also drove in runs.  Keudy Bocio had an outfield assist at third base.

DSL Phillies Red (14-26) lost a rain shortened game to Mets1, 1-0 in eight innings.

DSL Phillies White (23-15) won a rain shortened game against Mets2, 2-1 in seven innings.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 18th.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
7/18/18–RHP Cristofer Cruz assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red
7/18/18–C Freddy Barreto assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies White (?)
7/17/18–Lakewood sent Robinson Martinez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East
7/17/18–Christopher Duran assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White
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.

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

  1. The GCL teams are loaded with hitters. Holmes and Stewart are both worthy of promotions. The two 3rd basemen are hitting .346 and .339 respectively. They must feel like their living in a cave with an immovable rock blocking the exit. That rock is part Bohm and part Kroon. But Holmes and Stewart are just part of the iceberg. Conley, Orepeza and Aparicio are hitting .400, .378 and .357. There’s 3 catchers who could push each other all the way up the organization. Torres, Stokes and De La Cruz are 3 more guys over .300. Zoellner is hitting only .280 but has a .417 OBP. They also have a couple of guys with 10 or fewer games with over .400 OBP: Wilkening and Aklinski. We all know that when they move up the chaff gets separated from wheat but right now… in this moment… the future looks bright.

    1. Crap! I thought I was looking at a list of all the GCL Phillies but it didn’t include one of the teams. Let’s see who else is hitting the crap out of the ball? O’Hoppe (.500) and Gutierrez (.333) are 2 more catchers hitting a ton. Garcia’s at .375, Bowles, Williams and Trejo are over .300 too. Maybe I should have said who was NOT hitting the ball. There are far fewer of those in the Phillies GCL.

        1. Prospects doing well in ROK is a good thing but not yet a good time to be excited yet. If prospects keep doing it until A+ ball, then people can start to giddy up.

          The two favorite punching bags in Randolph and Moniak also did well in ROK ball, and there are some other prospects too then they fizzle out in higher levels.

  2. Welcome back to the field Roman! Let’s get you back to LHV in a week or so and then maybe up to Philly by Aug 1.
    Nice start by Howard, he’s done much better recently.

  3. saw a tweet that wentz left with an undisclosed injury but his velocity was 88-91, down from earlier in the season.

    1. Some of Braves pitching prospects having some medical issues…Soroka dealt with some soreness, Max Fried had a little something, now Wentz.
      Even Gohara and Wright are having their own performance hang-ups
      Allard, Tousssaint and Anderson seem to be forging ahead for them.
      Cannot believe how many arms they have as top prospects.

  4. According to the American Association website, Phils signed Tyler Fallwell from Sioux City

  5. I may have missed this- but any reasons why Young on the 7 day DL. Jim- did it look like he was doing baseball things?

    1. I was careful to NOT say I saw him. One of my sources told me he had arrived at the Complex. Another confirmed he was in the clubhouse. But, I didn’t actually see him yesterday. And the home game was rained out today. I’ll hope to see him tomorrow.

  6. Jim, here are guys MIA. Have you heard anything?

    (1) Malvin Matos-had like 10 AB’s at Lakewood then supposedly had an injury and has disappeared.

    (2) Trevor Bettencourt-has been out since early May.

    (3) Bailey Falter-has been out a couple of weeks now.

    (4) Cole Stobbe-hamstring issues? Has hardly played this year.

    (5) J.D. Hammer-has hardly pitched.

    (6) Rodolfo Duran-what is his injury? He is now listed on the Williamsport roster.

    The Phillies are very tight-lipped about injuries even at the low minor level.

    1. @Murray – RPs, unless elite close-type arm, do not get a lot of love in prospect rankings. With the recent success of Sal A. in LA market, Making the Top 30 is really getting tougher.

      I actually like Tyler Gilbert to replace Zac Curtis in the 40-man. Gilbert’s profile is similar to Austin Davis. Both may not develop into an elite pen arm, but they can carve a nice MLB career.

      1. the success of Tyler Gilbert this year is mainly due to the development of his Cutter.

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