Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/24/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (50-49) lost St. Lucie, 10-8.  Bad night all around for some guys. Mauricio Llovera (4.54) gave up 6 runs in five innings on 7 hits, a walk, and 2 hit batters.  He struck out four and gave up 2 HR.  Alberrto Tirado (1-1, 3.00) pitched one no-hit ining, but opened the next inning with 3 walks on 16 pitches before they could get him out of there. The legend of Jake Hernandez (2.80) took a hit when he allowed all three inherited runners to score plus an additional rum.  Would have been worse if Grenny Cumana hadn’t cut down a runner at the plate.  Blake Quinn finished with a 3-strike out inning.

The Threshers built an 8-2 lead that Llovera and the bullpen could not protect. Arquimedes Gamboa (.223) awakened from his slump with a 2-5 and an RBI.  Henri Lartigue (.273) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored.  Jose Pujols (.287) hit a 2-run HR (15).  Luke Williams (.247) went 2-4.  And Raul Rivas (.247) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, a double, triple, walk, and RBI.  Mickey Moniak (.244) went hitless but drove in a run with a sac fly. Pujols also threw out a runner at third base.

GCP Phillies East (16-13) lost to the Braves, 18-6.  Gabriel Cotto (6.48) tossed three one-hit innings.  He gave up zero runs and walked two.  His FB was 82-86 mph.  He threw an off speed pitch in the mid-70s.  Way later, Mark Potter (3.18) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings and stranded 3 inherited runners.  That’s all for the pitching.  I had to watch it.  I don’t have to relate it.  Jake Holmes (.344) had 2 hits and an RBI.  

Defense was terrible.  Five errors accounted for 8 unearned runs.   Justin Miller suffered the hard luck of inducing two ground balls to start the fourth inning and ending up with two on and nobody out.  Four errors (one his own) led to a fiver-run inning (all unearned).

GCL Phillies West (15-12) beat the Tigers East, 5-0.  Well, I guess that the Ben Brown secret is out, no more toiling out of the spot light after this afternoon’s game.  Ben threw a six inning, 2-hitter.  He walked one and struck out sixteen.

Jose Conopoima (3.10) pitched two scoreless innings and Sati Santa Cruz (12.71) pitched one, scoreless innings to complete the combined 3-hit shutout.

The Phillies didn’t get on the board until the fifth inning when they pushed a run across on Yerwin Trejo’s RBI single.  They provided some breathing room with a 4-run sixth on RBI singles by Jesus Azuaje and Trejo, an RBI ground out, and a throwing error on a stolen base.

Trejo (.324) went 3-5 with 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  Luis Garcia (.383) went 3-5 with a triple and an RBI.  D,J, Stewart (.344) went 1-3 with 2 walks.  Logan O’Hoppe (.500) went 1-4.

Lehigh Valley (61-39) beat Gwinnett, 6-5.  Enyel De Los Santos (1.99) gave up 3 runs (only 2 ER) in four innings on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Tyler Gilber (1.17) pitched two no-hit innings.  Zac Curtis (2.96) gave up 2 unearned runs in one inning.  Hector Neris (2.45) pitched a clean inning and got the win.  Pedro Beato (3.24) got his 26th save.

The IronPigs rallied for 3 runs to tie the game in the fourth inning on Dylan Cozens’ 3-run HR (15).  They rallied again for 3 runs to take the lead in the eighth on Danny Espinosa’s solo HR, Aaron Altherr’s game-tying RBI double, and Zach Green’s go ahead bases loaded walk.

Roman Quinn (.287) led off and went 1-4.  He played the game without substitution.

Aaron Altherr went 1-3 with a run scored, double, RBI, and walk.

Reading (48-53) beat New Hampshire, 5-2.  Tyler Viza (1-3, 4.13) got his first victory with 5.2 innings of 2-run ball.  He allowed 6 hits and a walk, and struck out five.  Josh Tols (2.03) allowed one of two inherited runners to score in one inning of work.  Seth McGarry (3.51) stranded a runner and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings.  Jeff Singer (3.16) struck out two while earning his 7th save.

The Phils scored all of their runs in a five run fifth inning.  all five hits in the ining came with 2 outs – singles by Drew Stankiewicz and Malquin Canelo to set the table, an RBI single by Adam Haseley, an RBI double by Cornelius Randolph, and a 3-run HR (13) by Damek Tomscha.

Haseley (.436) went 3-3 with a walk.  Randolph (.227) went 2-4 with 2 doubles.  Tomscha (.315) went 1-4 with a HR (13).

Lakewood (61-39) beat Greensboro, 6-2.  Julian Garcia (4-2, 2.93) pitched five shutout innings.  He allowed 3 hits and a walk, and struck out eight.  Tyler Fallwell (6.75) gave up 2 runs in two innings.  Luis Carrasco struck out 4 in two innings.

Dalton Guthrie (.256) went 2-4 with an RBI.  Simon Muzziotti (.273) went 2-4 with a stolen base (12).  Jake Scheiner (.290) went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Quincy Nieporte (.262) went 2-4 with an RBI.  Colby Fitch (.256) went 1-3 with 2 RBI and a walk.

Matt Vierling picked up an outfield assist at home.  Jhailyn Ortiz threw out 2 runners – one at home and one at second base.

Williamsport (14-22) beat Vermont, 9-6.  Jhordany Mezquita didn’t get out of the first inning and the bullpen struggled behind him until Tyler Carr (1-1, 5.40) tossed a perfect eighth inning for the win.  And Keylan Kilgore (1.54) pitched a perfect ninth for his 4th save.

The Cutters scored 4 runs in the fifth to tie the game at four.  The big blow was Danny Mayer’s 2-run HR (2).  They rallied for 4 runs in the ninth for the win.

Ben Aklinski (.294) went 2-6 with a double and 2 RBI.  Jonathan Guzman (.230) went 3-6 with an RBI.  Danny Mayer (.286) went 2-5 with a HR and 2 RBI.  Ben Pelletier (.282) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, and a walk.  Jesus Henriquez (.226) went 2-5 with an RBI.

DSL Phillies Red (17-26) beat the Nationals, 4-3 in 11 innings.

DSL Phillies White (25-17) lost to the Tigers1, 6-2.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 24th.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
7/24/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Yacksel Rios to Lehigh Valley
7/24/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Drew Anderson from Lehigh Valley
7/24/18–Lehigh Valley placed 1B Matt McBride on the 7-day DL retro to 7/22/18, right patellar tendonitis
7/24/18–Lehigh Valley placed LF Danny Ortiz on the 7-day DL retro to 7/21/18, right thigh contusion
7/24/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
7/24/18–CF Roman Quinn assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/24/18–Cristian Lima assigned to DSL Phillies Red from DSL Phillies White.
7/23/18–Philadelphia activated RHP Zach Eflin from the 10-day DL
7/23/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Mark Leiter Jr. to Lehigh Valley
7/23/18–Philadelphia optioned RF Aaron Altherr to Lehigh Valley
7/23/18–Reading placed RHP Harold Arauz on the 7-day DL
7/23/18–C Gabriel Lino assigned to Clearwater from Reading
7/23/18–CF Roman Quinn assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/22/18–Philadelphia placed RHP Edubray Ramos on the 10-day DL. Right patella tendon strain.
7/22/18–Philadelphia activated RHP Luis Garcia from the 10-day DL
7/22/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Yacksel Rios from Lehigh Valley
7/22/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/22/18–RHP Felix Paulino assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/22/18–RHP Robinson Martinez assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
7/22/18–RHP Efrain Morales assigned to DSL Phillies White from DSL Phillies Red.
7/21/18–RHP Adam Cox assigned to GCL Phillies West from GCL Phillies East.
7/21/18–GCL Phillies East placed LHP Anton Kuznetsov on the 60-day DL retro to 7/18/18
7/20/18–Reading placed LHP JoJo Romero on the 7-day DL. Oblique strain

52 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/24/2018

  1. Did I see Suarez has been called up to the Phillies? Nice!!! I guess after the 16 inning game yesterday, they’ll need all the pitchers they can get.

    1. It was actually announced before the game since the team needs a starter for Thursday after Sundays double header, but yeah, after last night it might not hurt to get a fresh arm in there.

      I do like that Anderson is up with the big club; I really think he can be a boon to the pen.

      So sick of the bench, get Valentin and Walding out and Meneses and Quinn in. Halsey still isn’t ready for the big show but if he keeps this up he should absolutely end the year in AAA

      1. I can see Haseley being brought up in September. He’d have to be added to the 40man but that shouldn’t be a problem. Definitely a spring training invite.

            1. Let’s play: Name That Big League Comp!

              Haseley (age 22 between A and AA): .314/.377/.443, 6.7%/14% BB/K, 8 HR, .133 ISO, 135 wRC+

              Player X (age 22, between A and AA): .315/.383/.388, 9.5%/16.7% BB/K, 2 HR, .073 ISO, 124 wRC+

            2. I don’t know – just tell us – I started thinking about it and I realized that the statistics are so generic it’s almost impossible to guess.

            3. A hint: He plays CF and leads the league in bat flips and helmets lost to swings.

  2. Two quick questions/points:

    -Anyone have a scouting report on Brown? I know he was a later pick from NY correct? Was he throwing gas or was he just overpowering young hitters?

    -What does Tyler Gilbert project to? That ERA is extremely eye popping. Is he a likely AAAA guy who doesn’t have dominant stuff but can get minor leaguers out, or could he be a legitimate pen arm?

    1. Got this from Kurdt Kobeyn on twitter . . . 18 year old 6’6 210 lb LHP 89-91 touching 92. Projectible frame w pitchability.

      1. did i tweet LHP? sorry for that, he’s RHP. i don’t get a lot of reports about his secondaries. but his height and extension possibly aids his FB. Ben Brown’s K/9 this year is 13.5.

        1. You did not, my mistake . . . no clue where I got LH from . . . think I got your tweet about him mixed up with a tweet from Winks about Suarez. Everything outside of the LH part is correct. My mistake.

  3. Adam Hey hey Haseley. Dude is killing it. I think he definitely has a shot to make the 2019 squad.

    1. Making very good contact…so far over 400 PAs between Hi-A and AA….14% K rate and a 7% BB rate.
      And maybe his ISO will pick up from the current .133 mark….right now he is mixing singles with walks, which is still not too bad.

      1. In AA he’s done much better – 15% walk rate and 6% K rate. I mean, this is just awesome stuff we are seeing – even for Reading.

        1. Yeah, so far so good at Reading…..I wanted to wait until he reached the non-SSS mark of 150 PAs at that level….even his high BABIP of .424 is lower than his BA of .436… want to see how everything eventually stabilizes for him there.

          1. But even with a fair amount of regression he would still be doing great. It’s the approach and hit tool that is winning me over. The power should come and if he’s a guy who can hit .290 with a .350 OBP and plus fielding in the big leagues, even if the power is ultimately modest (12-15 homers), he should be a valuable player. Sort of a poor man’s Christian Yellich, which is just fine.

      2. Yeah not thrilled by his iso/lack of power showing but as c22 just stated his BB% rate is really improving. Small sample for sure and in Reading but he’s had a pretty solid all around season so far which is really encouraging. Would like to see at least some more double hit. Homers should come.

  4. Excited for Hasley, but question for anyone whose seen him in action: are the minor leagues shifting him? He’s hitting a lot of singles and want to make sure it’s not something that will be taken advantage of at next level.

    1. They might try to shift on him, but from what I can tell, he uses the middle of the field and hits the ball where it is pitched.

      1. Haseley’s Batted Ball Percentages:

        1. Wow – that’s incredible – about as balanced a use of the field as you could expect. That’s almost shift-proof.

          1. Yes….he probably still uses his inside-out swing to some extent that he used at Virginia.

            1. I’m not a swing doctor, but I’ve seen the swing – it’s just simple and direct. He has a quick bat.

            2. Bingo. He said in an interview that the biggest problem he’s had coming to the pros is that he gets pitched inside so much more. They have him keeping his legs back so that his weight transfer is more on time and he can get a little more pull and power. I haven’t noticed any shifts and if they did it would work to his advantage.
              Oh and Legg said in the same interview that they want him getting stronger in the offseason.

  5. Why not call Quinn up right now? I get that he has the injury issues however that is the ONLY thing holding him back from the big club. IMHO, whats the difference between proving you can stay healthy in AAA or at the ML level. If he gets hurt, he gets hurt, whats it matter where at? He gives you at bench option who can play all 3 OF positions (prob 2B and SS if absolutely needed), play solid D in those positions and someone who can run like the wind. I just don’t get him not being called up now.

    1. I agree. Quinn might be the boost that the offense need. Quinn played SS before and he’s athletic, not sure if he can play SS better than Valentin and Kingery. Or maybe, the Phillies will not try SS to lessen the risk of injury.

      Plouffe’s game winning probably saved him and continue to stay in the bench. But the Phillies needs to infuse life in that bench. They have to take these close games in order to secure the NL East title.

      1. Yeah I just feel like his actually development is as close to MLB ready as it gets. Sure he’ll continue to evolve but there’s no reason for that to happen at AAA. Even tho it was an EXTREMELY short sample size, when he was up in 2016 he showed that he can hang and the legs alone make him an asset.

      2. KuKo…..perhaps there was some life infusion from the bench….but still, the Phillies won and Trevor P. hit the HR off a non-pitcher.
        So take it with a grain of salt.

        1. Romus – about last nights win . . Wasn’t it strange how they had Hill go to the pen to throw yet put in a position guy to pitch? I’d be pissed if I was on LA, played in all 16 innings and then my manager basically gives up on the game. And a first place team at that. If Kapler did that he would have been CRUSHED for doing it.

          1. Yeah….but he might have had Hill scheduled to start later this week vs the Braves.

        2. @romus – i don’t think last night’s game has nothing to do with Quinn, if it does, maybe Quinn could had helped the Phillies win the game earlier.

          injury risk aside, majority thinks that Quinn is major league ready. he has a good arm, can switch hit and his speed is top notch. Quinn’s speed alone even as a bench player can be a factor whether Quinn is in the bath path (messing with the pitchers timing) or at the box at a threat to hit or bunt.

          1. Kuko….Quinn’s arrival will be a benefit to the team.
            Lets hope he stays healthy until October.

            1. Last night’s game was the first game where Quinn played all nine innings. Traditionally, the Phillies like to see a position player play back-to-back complete games before he comes off rehab. I have to think that would be the case for Quinn even though he is technically not on rehab.

  6. Ben. Brown wow ,Hasley and the younger hitters are making Almarez look good.

    1. Apparently Ben Brown failed miserably in his outing last night.

      According to his manager in the GCL Matt Hockenberry, Ben Brown is a pitch-to-contact pitcher. He throws a 92-94 mph fastball, a curve ball and a change-up.

      To find out more on what Hockenberry said about Ben Brown go to

      1. If Ben Brown is already throwing at 92-94 at the age of 18, the player development team should be excited. Ben Brown is hitting bats this year, there’s some more to that pitch-to-contact thing.

    1. It really isn’t tho . . . on the year he’s hitting .314/.373/.447/.820. He’s raised each portion of his stat line since his promotion but was still hitting well in Clearwater. Quietly putting together a really solid season.

    1. I’m irrationally excited about this. He hasn’t struck out in seven straight games now. Let’s hope he isn’t using up all his hits this month…save some for August, Corney!

  7. Not sure if people look at this more or the General Discussion so i’ll post it here too. Todd Zolecki believes Quinn might get called up tomorrow. “I think Quinn could join the team tomorrow. Team optioned Drew Anderson today. Right now they only have a four-man bench, so it makes sense that they would add a position player”

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