Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/26/2018

The MLB Pipeline published the Phillies Top 30 Prospects (link).  The biggest surprise, and I do mean the BIGGEST, is that the #27 prospect (Kevin Gowdy) looks exactly like the #26 prospect (Dominic Pipkin).  Hope they pick prospects better than they take photos.

I’ll return to including the prospects’ game stats in each recap tonight.

The Clearwater Threshers (52-49) beat Lakeland, 10-7.  Ramon Rosso (2.89) had an uneven start pitching great one inning and struggling the next.  The pattern foretold what would happen in the sixth inning.  Rosso entered the inning having given up 2 runs in the first five innings on 3 singles, 2 walks, and a hit batter.  He had difficulty finding the strike zone and left with one out and a run and 2 men on base on a single, 2 walks, and a SF.

Blake Quinn (5.32) relieved without providing relief.  He walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, then walked the next guy to force home a run.  He struck out a batter before issuing a 2-run single.  Will Hibbs (2-0, 8.31) pitched a clean inning, but was derailed by a phantom balk call in the eighth.  Jonathan Hennigan (0.00) came in to finish the inning.  Addison Russ (2.87) pitched the ninth and picked up his 5th save.

The Threshers banged out 14 hits and 10 runs.  Five different hitters had multi-hit games.

Jose Pujols (.296) got the Threshers on the board in the first inning on a 2-run HR (17).  He went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, a HR, and 3 RBI.

Mickey Moniak (.252) gave the Threshers a 3-2 lead with a two-out, RBI single in the fourth inning.  He went 3-4, with 2 runs scored, a double, RBI, and walk.

The Threshers took an 8-6 lead in a 5-run seventh on Jose Pujols’ RBI single, Raul Rivas’ two-out 3-run triple, and Kevin Markham’s RBI bunt single.  They added 2 more runs in the eighth on Edgar Cabral’s sac fly and an error.  Moniak’s ground rule double put runners on second and third.  Cabral lifted a fly ball to center field that scored Arquimedes Gamboa from third.  Moniak retreated to second base and bluffed toward third.  The center fielder one-hopped a throw into the Threshers’ dugout and Moniak was awarded home.

Cabral (.50) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and a SF.  Rivas (.250) went 2-4 with a run scored, triple, and 3 RBI.  Markham (.327) went 3-4 with a run scored, triple, and RBI.

Rosso’s FB was 87-92 mph, and touched 93 once.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez
  • #3 Adonis Medina
  • #6 Mickey Moniak
  • #12 Arquimedes Gamboa
  • #18 Jose Gomez

GCP Phillies East (17-13) beat Yankees West, 5-3.  Bailey Falter made a rehab start that was limited to 60 pitches.  He lasted 3.2 innings, gave up zero runs and 2 hits, walked none, and struck out six.  Brian Auerbach (1.42) could not protect a 3-0 lead and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk in 1.1 innings.  Trevor Bettencourt pitched a clean rehab inning.  Alejandro Made (4.50) tossed a one-hit inning.  Bailey Cummings (2-1, 0.51) struck out 3 in two innings and picked up the win when the Phillies scored in the ninth.

The Phillies scored 3 runs in the first inning on a fielding error and a 2-run single by Luke Miller.  They scored twice in the ninth on a wild pitch and Julio Francisco’s RBI single.

Francisco (.296) and Miller (.295) each had 2 hits.  The Phillies had 5 total hits.  Francisco also walked twice from the lead off spot.

  • #26 Dominic Pipkin

GCL Phillies West (15-13) no game scheduled.

  • #15 Luis Garcia

Lehigh Valley (62-40) beat Gwinnett, 7-6 in ten innings.  Cole Irvin (2.93) gave up all six of the Braves runs in six innings on 8 hits and a walk.  Four relievers each tossed a no-hit inning – Yacksel Rios (4.73), Hector Neris (2.25), Pedro Beato (3.18), and Zac Curtis (2.88) who got the win.  Neris, Beato, and Curtis each struck out two.

The OT rule had Zac Curtis begin the tenth inning on second base. Tom Eshelman was inserted as a pinch runner.  Roman Quinn bunted him over to third and Dean Anna drove him in with an RBI single.

Quinn (.296) went 2-4 with a walk and sacrifice.  Anna (.283) went 3-5 with a run scored and 2 RBI.  Joey Meneses (.310) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a walk.  Dylan Cozens (.237) went 3-4 with a run scored, double, HR (16), 4 RBI, and a walk.  Quinn stole his 13th base.

  • #8 Ranger Suarez
  • #9 Enyel De Los Santos
  • #11 Cole Irvin
  • #16 Roman Quinn
  • #17 Dylan Cozens
  • #22 Drew Anderson
  • #29 Tom Eshelman

Reading (48-55) lost to Richmond, 3-1.  Connor Seabold (6.98) pitched seven, one-run inning on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out nine.  Kyle Dohy (0-2, 5.06) took the loss with a 2-run HR in the eighth.  The Phils only run came on Cornelius Tandolph’s solo HR (3). Adam Haseley (.383) went 1-4.

  • #4 Adam Haseley
  • #5 JoJo Romero
  • #10 Franklyn Kilome
  • #23 Kyle Dohy
  • #24 Cornelius Randolph
  • #25 Connor Seabold

Lakewood (62-40) lost to Greensboro, 6-2.  Damon Jones (7-5, 3.31) gave up 4 runs in six innings on 8 hits and a walk.  He struck out eight.  Ismael Cabrera (9.58) struck out 4 in two innings but gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  Luis Ramirez (5.74) struck out two in a two-hit inning.  Matt Vierling (.274) went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.  Simon Muzziotti (.286) went 2-4 with a run scored.  The BlueClaws collected just 6 hits and no walks.

  • #7 Jhailyn Ortiz
  • #13 Daniel Brito
  • #19 Kyle Young
  • #20 Spencer Howard
  • #21 David Parkinson

Williamsport (15-23) lost to Vermont, 8-3.  Francisco Morales (3-2, 6.11) gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks in four innings, but only struck out three.  Jose Jimenez (5.28) lasted just 1,1 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Austin Ross (6.75) gave up an unearned run and struck out three in 2.2 innings.  Madison Stokes (.333) and Ben Aklinski (.303) each went 2-4.  Ben Pelletier (.290) went 1-3 with a 2-run HR (3).  

  • #2 Alec Bohm
  • #14 Francisco Morales
  • #27 Kevin Gowdy
  • #28 Jhordany Mezquita
  • #30 Colton Eastman

DSL Phillies Red (19-27) beat Cardinals Blue, 3-0.

DSL Phillies White (27-17) beat Cardinals Red, 8-4.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 25th.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
7/25/18–Philadelphia optioned 3B Mitch Walding to Lehigh Valley
7/25/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Jake Thompson from Lehigh Valley
7/25/18–Lehigh Valley placed RHP Steve Geltz on the 7-day DL
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

34 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/26/2018

  1. Could Ben Pelletier be a diamond in the rough? After a pretty good year with GCL Phillies, he is following up with a solid year at Williamsport, and seems to be getting better as the year goes on. We will see when he gets to Lakewood next year, but is showing the progression necessary to start next year at a higher level. I was also like a lot of followers of this site and interested in seeing how Austin Listi would handle AA pitching, and after 35 games he has shown he belongs. It wouldn’t surprise me if Lehigh Valley makes the playoffs to see Listi with the IronPigs. His stats are pretty consistent between Clearwater and Reading, the only difference is his walk rate is lower at AA. And I am hoping that Connor Seabold can string together 4 or 5 good starts and get some confidence. It seems he has one really good AA start, followed by one horrendous start, and then one below average start.

    1. big Pelletier fan here. He was the youngest player drafted his year I believe and I cant imagine many teams have great scouts in Canada. Ive had an eye on him since that pick and I’m very happy with him so far.

    2. Yeah he’s been doing well lately. It was basically impossible to project him when he was drafted because he was so young, but he’s been able to work with pro coaches for awhile now, not unlike the kids that sign from LA. Seems like he can hit, has some power, good frame, etc. I think he could be something.

  2. On the top 30 front, we have a lot of talent and at a a lot of levels. Luis Garcia at #15 and Kyle Young at #19 are examples of that. Morales, Pipkin and Mesquita are also very young and look like they belong where they are. There are a lot of guys who could be on this list and would have been on the list only a few years ago.

    I would never rate Bohm #2. He would have to show a lot for me to even put him in the top 10. I understand the thinking but I have to see more then a few ABs in the GCL to push him that high. Biggest surprises for me are Brito #13 and Gomez #18. Don’t get me wrong, I really like both prospects. Brito’s been stuck at LKW and not hitting it like I thought he would the 2nd time around and Gomez has failed in CLW for nearly 100 games. Brito is only 20 and Gomez 21 but I would think their stagnation would drop them a lot further.

    Early in the season, Moniak was not performing as many of us thought a #1 pick should; especially a #1 overall. He’s showing some of his ability as the season’s progressed. He certainly is collecting more hits and his BB rate has improved in July. I wouldn’t have him at #6 right now but 10 or 11 probably.

    I wish Quinn would get called up to Philly and fulfill his MLB status so we can stop seeing him on top 30 lists. I have trouble with his long, long list of injuries. I don’t see the value of a guy who can play in only 70 games a year. I think his abilities are exceptional but if he’s one of your top OF’ers then you better have another guy who is equally as good, just in case. Put him in a glass case with writing on it that says, “In case of emergency, please break glass.”

    1. Why wouldn’t Bohm be No. 2? He was the third overall pick, a power hitting college bat that could move quickly through the system. There’s a ton of value there. You might sway me with an argument that Medina deserves to be No. 2 and Bohm No. 3, but I don’t think there are many prospects in the system with as much value as Bohm.

  3. Moniak really seems to be coming around. That is a great sign.

    I say this every day but they have to do something to get Meneses in the bigs. Its ridiculous; the decent bench bat that the team needs is right here and they wont promote him because he came out of nowhere and wasn’t a real “prospect”

    Too bad Dohy got hit the day the big article about him came out; life is cruel. Hell be fine though.

    1. I’m a big Meneses fan too but you can’t bring him up because he’s just going to ride the pine and that serves no purpose. He’s likely doing well because he is playing everyday.

      If anything he’s stuck where he is unless Santana gets hurt because from what I’ve heard he really can’t do anything defensively other than play 1B. It’s a shame really.

      1. unfortunately, in the era of the 13 man pitching staffs and teams having a 4 man bench, if you cant play multiple positions defensively, its hard to crack the majors as a bench player

  4. Would like to see Bailey Cummings get bumped up to Williamsport. The Williamsport bullpen has been awful all year and Cummings has dominated the GCL. No reason for Cummings to stay there any longer.

  5. Mickey Mo over 250 finally, it’s been quite a struggle to get there. And no I don’t think he’ll repeat Clearwater. Especially if he ends up 270 ish.
    Morales getting hit hard bothers me but he has to learn location
    Congrats to Ranger! Got his first Mlb win too.

    1. you can see from the overall 100 that they dropped in the top MLB picks throughout the top 100, which puts them high with each teams rankings. what the guy has done or not done in his first month as a pro isnt being factored in, nor should it really.

    2. There are several head scratchers on the list but I don’t think those are two of them.

  6. The stock prices are definately trending up on 3M Corp. (Matthew McKenzie Moniak).

      1. Actually his name is McKenzie Matthew Moniak. Mickey is short for McKenzie.

  7. Moniak is still very young. He has come a long way BA wise since the beginning of the year, and getting over .250 is an accomplishment. Tough outing for Cole Irvin.

  8. Good to see Moniak coming into his own. A lot of people don’t realize that he is batting almost .290 since May 25th someone said on SB Nation. Over .800 Ops. He is right up there at the top of the league in doubles and getting there in runs batted in as well. That’s a solid 2 months. Even though he missed 10 games. And if you had a little luck or just a fraction of his hard hit balls fell in EP batting even higher. Go Mickey Mo! Also Good to see Cornelius starting to do well. I’m pulling for him especially since everyone has been ready to bury him for 2 years now.

    1. Not sure what you are basing his hard hit balls in. Last I checked a week ago, his line drive percentage (20.3%) ranks 23rd in the league, while his BABIP (.325) ranks 25th. This would lead me to conclude that his hard hit balls are falling at a good rate. A high LD% with a low BABIP would show bad luck. Not sure he’s hitting in bad luck.

      I think this does show that he is hitting the ball hard with his 23rd league ranking. Another ray of hope for him.

      Another positive … of the top 23 in LD%, the average age of those players is just over 22 while Moniak is only 20.

      1. Everyone is searching for that glimmer and ray of hope in MM’s development.
        And that is understandable as Phillies fans.
        What i noticed every successive year now (year three), his ‘pull’ rate and ‘fly-ball’ rate have trended upward.
        Which I assume is a few of the multitude of metrics that the organization is looking for these days.
        Of course on the flip side of that change….is the higher K rate that follows.
        And he has to endure that fact along with the fact the pitchers are discernibly better as a player progresses thru the levels.

  9. What sucks is that KLaw says that Haseley’s swing is still “awful” and that this is just SSS. I hope he’s wrong, but I normally like and trust KLaw.

    1. Remember what he said about Nick Williams in April 2016?
      Also read his archive comments on Paul Goldschmidt.
      He is not the Pope of Baseball….he is not infallible.

      1. Of course he’s not. But, he definitely knows more than I do. And has a lot of contacts. I’ll take his word most of the time.

    2. Keith Law is no different than anyone else, that’s his opinion and has every opportunity to be wrong. The swing is unconventional but it works for him so until it doesn’t sorry Keith.

    3. he is right his swing is aweful. Low load swing and feet are so far apart it limits his power upside. But he appears to be cerebral player who adjust. Personally, I think now is time to make adjustment with his swing. But I suspect Phillies have him on fast track and will live with limitations in swing if hit tool is real.

  10. Sorry for the lateness of this post. I was at the Thursday night game in Richmond and had a busy day on Friday.

    Last time I saw Reading play in Richmond, Roman Quinn put on a show with a blast over the signs in right field and driving the Flying Squirrel crazy when he was on first. Glad to see he got the call to the big club. I am pulling for the young man. He has wonderful tools. More than just a pinch runner.

    First, Connor Seebold pitched a wonderful game. Started throwing 88-90 and actually got more velo as the game went on. Throwing 93 in last inning. Liked his composure and how he battled out of trouble. Unlike last time I was there and saw Lively and Biddle melt under the frustration.

    Second, C.Randolph had a great AB in the first when he ripped a HR to RF. Nice short compact swing. He chokes up about 2 inches on the bat which you don’t see a lot. His on AB where he worked the count to 3-2 only to strike out looking was frustrating. I think he’s going in the right direction.

    Speaking of frustrating, the baserunning in this system worries me. Tromp gets into a run down on a ball hit to 1b. Hey it might be the right thing. What do I know but it was a bad optic. Hall rips a double down the LF line. Gets to third on Grullon’s sharp single to center. So we have runners at first and third with no outs. Next batter hits a little dribbler in front of home plate. Ball barely makes it to the grass where the P flips to home. (Momentum forced him that way). Hall breaks on contact. I again am not a coach but I hate this. Hall is not fast. He lumbers. For him to read this and react was again deeply frustrating. Hall saw that after about going 1/3 down the line that he needed to get back to the bad. The RICH C gunned him out.

    Haseley uses all the field (which I heard). It was odd to see a game without much shifting. I may be a little critical but I thought he misplayed the ball in RF which led to a triple. Later in the game he made a nice grab when he turned and ran down a ball in left center.

    I have always liked Grullon as a catcher since I saw him in Williamsport. Glad to see the bat coming along and the power I never expected. In this game he had a tough time on a pitch in the dirt by Seebold for a third strike. The ball rolling to the third base on deck circle where DG grabbed it and gunned out the runner at first by 6 feet. I thought that was impressive.

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