Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/28/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (53-49) game against Lakeland was suspended in the fifth inning with the scored tied, 1-1.  Andrew Brown (2.25) pitched four solid innings.  He allowed one run on 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  Jose Pujols hit his 18th HR and is one short of the Threshers’ record of 19 (set by Art Charles in 2015 and tied by Kyle Martinin in 2016), and 5 short of the franchise record of 23 by Ryan Howard (for the Clearwater Phillies).  Pujols also had an outfield assist throwing a runner out at home.

The game will be completed tomorrow.  The regularly scheduled game will be 7 innings. 

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3, 2.51) – placed on the 7-day DL on 4/15/18
  • #3 Adonis Medina (9-3, 4.64) – 
  • #6 Mickey Moniak (.252) – 
  • #11 Arquimedes Gamboa (.227) – 
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.221) – 

GCP Phillies East (18-13) beat the Yankees East, 2-0 in ten innings.  Victor Santos (3.38) pitched six very solid innings and held the Yankees to 2 hits.  He walked none and struck out eleven. The Yankees woes continued after Santos left the game, as four relievers held the Yankees to one more hit.  Trevor Bettencourt (on rehab) pitched a clean inning, striking out one.  Taylor Lehman (6.97) walked one and struck out one in a no-hit inning,  Jake Kinney (0.00) walked one and struck out two in a no-hit inning and was awarded the win. Gabriel Yanez (6.52) survives OT with a hit and a walk while striking out three and earning his second save.  

The Phillies finally pushed a run across in the tenth inning.  The OT runner scored on an RBI single by Julio Francisco.  They added a second run on a sac fly by Jake Holmes.

Franco (.303) went 2-5 with an RBI.  Nicolas Torres (.373) went 1-2 with 2 walks.  Carlos De La Cruz (.302) went 3-4 with 2 doubles.  Jose Rivera (.268) had the only other hit.  Torres, Francisco, and De La Cruz each stole a base.

  • #25 Dominic Pipkin (0-1, 3.07) – DNP

GCL Phillies West (17-14) beat the Blue Jays, 10-7.  Rafi Gonnell (5.55) gave up 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in four innings.  Michael Gomez (18.00) made his pro debut and gave up 2 runs on 1 hit and 2 walks.  Leonel Aponte (2-1, 4.19) pitched three 3-hit innings, allowing a run and walk while striking out three and earning the win.  Adam Cox (1.38) notched his first save with a clean inning.

The powerful West offense (team batting average of .311) was held in check until a 4-run sixth inning on Austin “Stoney” O’Brien’s grand slam HR (2).  They added a run in the eighth on Trent Bowles sac fly.  And routed the Jays with a 5-run ninth on Yerwin Trejo’s 2-run double, D.J. Stewart’s RBI single, and Bowles 2-run single.

Trejo (.328) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, 2 RBI, a walk, and 2 stolen bases. Stewart (.342) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and 2 walks.  O’Brien (.278) went 3-5 with a run scored, HR, 4 RBI.  Bowles (.339) went 3-4 with 3 RBI and a SF.  Logan O’Hoppe (.471) went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, and a walk.  Bowles also had an outfield assist at home.

  • #14 Luis Garcia (.385) – went 1-4 with a run scored, BB, 2 SB

Lehigh Valley (64-40) swept a double header from Columbus, 8-5 and 10-5.  

Game One:  Jake Waguespack (3-5, 5.06) gave up 5 runs in the first inning (4 ER), but went on to hold the Clippers to a double and 2 walks thru the next five innings.  He struck out four.  Hector Neris pitched a one-hit inning (14 pitches, 12 strikes) and picked up, his first save.

The IronPigs chipped away with 4 runs in the third inning on Collin Cowgill’s RBI double and Mitch Walding’s 3-run HR (16).  They added the tying run in the fifth on Aaron Altherr’s RBI single.  And, pushed ahead on Walding’s second 3-run HR (17) in the sixth.

Cowgill (.237) went 4-4 with 3 runs scored, a double, and an RBI.  Walding (.264) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR (17), and 6 RBI.

  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.239) – went 1-3 with a double, BB, K

Game Two:  The IronPigs jumped out to a 9-0 lead and cruised to the victory.  Drew Anderson (7-3, 3.99) gave up 2 runs in five innings on  5 hits and 3 walks.  Tyler Gilbert (2.76) gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in one inning.  Mark Leiter (4.50) struck out 2 in a one-hit inning.

The IronPigs scored 5 runs in the first inning on Mitch Walding’s 3-run HR (18) and Dylan Cozens’ 2-run HR (17).  They added 4 runs in the second on an RBI double by Walding, RBI single by Joey Meneses, and a second 2-run HR (18) by Cozens.  They added a run in the fifth on Dean Anna’s RBI single.

  • #8 Ranger Suarez (1-0, 0.57) – DNP
  • #9 Enyel De Los Santos (9-3, 1.99) – DNP
  • #10 Cole Irvin (9-3, 2.93) – DNP
  • #15 Roman Quinn (.296) – recalled by Phillies on 7/27/18
  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.243) – went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR (18), 4 RBI
  • #21 Drew Anderson (7-3, 3.99) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, HR
  • #28 Tom Eshelman (1-9, 5.97) – DNP

Reading (48-57) lost to Richmond, 7-5.  Felix Paulino (5.00) gave up 4 runs in four innings on 7 hits.  Luke Leftwich (4.64) gave up one ruin in two innings,  Josh Tols (0-1, 2.93) gave up 2 runs in two innings and took the loss.  Drew Stankiewicz (.205) had a 3-run HR (2).  Malquin Canelo (.271) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a double.  Tols picked a runner off first base.

  • #4 Adam Haseley (.370) – went 1-3 with a walk
  • #5 JoJo Romero (7-6, 3.80) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/20/18
  • #10 Franklyn Kilome (4-6, 4.24) – traded to NYM for Asdrubel Cabrera
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (0-2, 5.06) – DNP
  • #23 Cornelius Randolph (.234) – went 0-4
  • #24 Connor Seabold (0-2, 6.98) – DNP

Lakewood (64-40) beat Hagerstown, 3-2.  David Parkinson (1.51) gave up 2 runs (0ne earned) in six innings on 6 hits and a walk.  He struck out seven.  Connor Brogdon (4-3, 2.98) got the win with three, 2-hit innings.  He walked none and struck out six.  Jose Antequera (.303) went 2-4 witth 2 RBI.  Everybody in the line up had a hit except Simon Muzziotti.

  • #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.233) went 1-4 with 2 K
  • #12 Daniel Brito (.256) went 2-4 with a K
  • #18 Kyle Young (3-3, 2.98) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/15/18
  • #19 Spencer Howard (6-7, 4.50) – DNP
  • #20 David Parkinson (8-1, 1.51) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, HR
  • #30 Nick Maton (.270) went 1-4 with a run scored, triple, K

Williamsport (15-25) lost to Hudson Valley, 6-4.  Colton Eastman (6.00) pitched two, scoreless innings and gave up 2 hits and a walk while striking out one. Jack Perkins followed (4.91) with two perfect innings.  Robinson Martinez (8.31) gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in 1.2 innings.  Abdallah Aris (3.60) gave up 2 runs in 0.2 innings on a hit and 2 walks.  Tyler Carr (4.50) allowed 1 of 2 inherited runners to score on 4 hits in 1.2 innings. Oscar Marcelino (13.09) pitched a clean inning.  Matt Kroon (.203) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and a walk.  Seth Lancaster (.205) went 1-3 with 2 RBI and a walk.  Rafael Marchan picked a runner off first base.

  • #2 Alec Bohm (.192) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/14/18
  • #13 Francisco Morales – (3-2, 6.11) – DNP
  • #26 Kevin Gowdy – 60-day DL
  • #29 Jhordany Mezquita (1-0, 3.80) – DNP
  • #29 Colton Eastman (0-2, 6.00) – 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

DSL Phillies Red (20-28) beat the Yankees, 8-7.

DSL Phillies White (28-19) beat the Brewers, 2-1.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 28th.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
7/28/18–Philadelphia activated 2B Asdrubal Cabrera.
7/28/18–Philadelphia optioned 2B Jesmuel Valentin to Lehigh Valley
7/28/18–C Rodolfo Duran assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/28/18–C Gregori Rivero assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
7/27/18–Philadelphia placed LHP Adam Morgan on the paternity list.
7/27/18–Philadelphia optioned LHP Ranger Suarez to Lehigh Valley
7/27/18–NYM traded 2B Asdrubal Cabrera to Philadelphia for RHP Franklyn Kilome.
7/27/18–Philadelphia recalled CF Roman Quinn from Lehigh Valley
7/27/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Yacksel Rios from Lehigh Valley
7/27/18–RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
7/27/18–LHP Will Stewart assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/27/18–RHP Michael Gomez assigned to GCL Phillies West.
7/26/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Drew Anderson to Lehigh Valley
7/26/18–Philadelphia signed free agent RHP Kyle Arjona to a minor league contract.
7/26/18–Philadelphia recalled LHP Ranger Suarez from Lehigh Valley
7/26/18–Reading sent Trevor Bettencourt on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
7/26/18–Clearwater sent LHP Bailey Falter on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
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

15 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 7/28/2018

  1. This is Keith Law’s take on Kilome in his trade analysis. I think that it is spot on.

    “As far as what the Mets got in return, right-hander Franklyn Kilome had a brief moment as the Phillies’ top low-minors pitching prospect, but he hasn’t developed much in the past two seasons, while he’s been lapped by other arms in their system, including JoJo Romero, Sixto Sanchez, Ranger Suarez and Adonis Medina. Kilome’s fastball will sit 94-96 mph when he’s in a starting role, and he has bumped higher velocity, but neither his breaking ball nor changeup is an average pitch, and his command and control are also well below average. He does get some good tumbling action on the change, but it’s inconsistent, and he leaves the breaker up way too often. He really struggles to make adjustments on the mound and can’t get to his release point regularly enough to point to command.

    It’s a huge arm, but I’d say there’s a better than 90 percent probability Kilome ends up in relief, and even there he’s going to have to develop a clear second pitch.”

    Giving up someone who still needs development to become a relief pitcher is almost like saying we gave up nothing IMO.

    1. And yet Kilome has been considered a top 10 prospect in the Phillies system for at least a couple years, including 2018. Why? Because of his arm, athleticism, and corresponding upside potential.

      So while I fully agree with Keith Law’s assessment of Kilome, I would not say that the Phillies gave up nothing. Kilome is a legit lottery ticket if he can pull it together and reach his potential, though the probability of that happening now appears pretty low. Overall, I think it was a pretty fair trade, seeing that in return the Philles are got a 2-month rental player who is below average defensively, particularly at SS.

        1. Jeez. Aumont’s k/bb ratio in his first AA trial was 1:1 and he got put in the pen after 11 starts.

          Two days ago Franklyn Kilome was a solid prospect in our system with a high ceiling but a probability of being a reliever, albeit one with back of the bullpen stuff. Now he’s a Met, so he’s trash. We might as well have traded Reading’s ball boy.

  2. I saw the second game of the LHV doubleheader on local TV. What a power show. Mitch Walding with THREE three-run HR’s. Left,Center and over the batting eye in Center. Hit top of the fence in center for a double. Columbus brought in a position player to face him late in the rout. Walding had the based loaded and hit a high towering fly down the RF line that was foul by about 15 feet. Imagine that.

    Cozens also put on a show with his blasts. We can all dream what it would be if it all clicked for the young man.

    Drew Anderson pitched another “professional”game. I like him more and more.

    Tyler Gilbert suffered from some defensive lapses.The first two hits he allowed were bloops to medium-shallow CF that should have been caught. Seems I saw a lot of that really from all three Phillies teams this week (MLB, AAA and AA). Of course the third batter hit a HR.

    1. Good for Walding to return to LHV with some huge games. People are going to give him grief for going 0-16 in his first big league stint, but don’t forget that Rhys Hoskins went 0-12 and 1-16 in his first experience. Hopefully he continues raking and gets his shot again.

      1. If anything…he has made himself attractive enough for some team to pick him after the season as a free agent on a minor league contract for next year.

  3. Walding with a 3 homer, 10 rbi day. That’s impressive anywhere. Meanwhile, Cozens continues hitting the occasional homer. He’ll be back in Philly in September. Will Walding? Unclear. Anderson bouncing back nicely and keeping himself as an option for a callup.
    Listi played 3b. Interesting….
    Nicolas Torres is a kid that needs more press. He’s hitting 373, he’s only 18, and he hit 333 in DSL last year as a 17 yr old.

  4. How strong might the Phillies 2017 Draft one day prove to be?

    A dozen-and-a-half players whose performance so far are worthy of tracking…

    1 8 Haseley, Adam
    2 45 Howard, Spencer
    3 83 Seabold, Connor
    4 113 Scheiner, Jake
    5 143 Lindow, Ethan
    7 203 Maton, Nick
    8 233 Mezquita, Jhordany
    11 323 Holmes, Jake
    12 353 Parkinson, David
    14 413 Warren, Zach
    16 473 Dohy, Kyle
    17 503 Listi, Austin
    18 533 Jones, Damon
    19 563 Russ, Addison
    21 623 Hernandez, Jakob
    29 863 Cummings, Bailey
    33 983 Brown, Benjamin
    39 1163 Stewart, D.J.

    At this juncture, that’s a pretty impressive list!
    …And no offense to others (Guthrie, Fitch, Markham, Azuaje, Nieporte, Kroon, etc.)

    1. Johnny Almaraz catches a lot of flack around here, but I have always maintained that his first round picks were/are more of a team effort (Klentak, Gillick, Manuel, etc). When he’s judged on rounds two and beyond, there is no doubt, that Almaraz has done a very good/excellent job.

      BTW … In addition to all the recognizable names he picked in days two and three of the last couple of drafts that are doing well (many you listed above), Almaraz drafted a few kids who didn’t sign who are now starring in college baseball:

      * 2016 30th round pick Logan Davidson is a switch hitting SS for Clemson who will most likely be a top 10 overall pick in next year’s draft. Twice this season, Davidson hit HR’s from each side of the plate in the same game. In one of those games, he homered from each side of the plate in the same inning.

      * 2017 28th round selection Billy Sullivan is the one that has really got to sting. Sullivan was a below the radar prep arm from Delaware. He was a big Phillies (and Eagles) fan.

      Almaraz had Sullivan to CBP for a workout and meeting just a couple of days before last year’s draft. I believe Almaraz thought he knew Sullivan’s asking price was after meeting with him. Alas … Sullivan decided to honor his commitment to the Univ of Delaware. In a tweet Sullivan said he hoped to become a member of the Phillies in the future. Sullivan has gone on to earn Freshman All American honors after his first season as a Blue Hen. His 95 K’s (in just 72 IP’s) was the second highest total by any freshman pitcher in the country. Sullivan totaled 16 K’s in one start, and also contributed 6.1 innings to a combined no hitter in another start.
      Like Logan Davidson, It’s not likely the Phillies will ever get the chance to redraft Sullivan because he’ll likely go higher than where the Phillies will be choosing.

      * 2017 37th rounder Edoard Julien was a skinny MIF from Canada who turned down the Phillies for Auburn. Julien put on some good weight and impressed in his freshman year. He slashed .275/.398/.556 and launched 17 HR’s in the SEC (the toughest conference in college baseball).

      … wanted to also point out that Billy Sullivan was following Phuture Phillies after being drafted by the Almaraz. 🙂

      1. Great research Hinkie! Hopefully some of the ones who didn’t get away signed with Phils) will be as valuable as those you’ve noted that got away. I believe among the likes of the “NY3” (Young, Brown, O’Hoppe) and so many others there will be some diamonds!

  5. What’s the latest on Sixto? Seems like there hasn’t been any news in over a month

    1. Phillies will be extremely patient in bringing him back. He might get limited toward end of august but I am leaning more on them shutting him down for year. Just too special of arm.

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