Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/5/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (57-52) lost to Bradenton, 3-2 in ten innings.  Alejandro Requena gave up 1 run on 4 hits in five innings.  He loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning and held the Marauders to one run on a double play.  He walked 2 and struck out four.  Trevor Bettencourt pitched a clean inning.  Jonathan Hennigan pitched two, two-hit innings.  Jake Hernandez pitched a scoreless ninth, but allowed the OT runner to score the tying run as well as the winning run.  

The Threshers also loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth inning.  They scored their regulation time run also on a double play.  The Threshers took the lead in the tenth on Luke Williams’ RBI double.  They managed just 5 hits.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3, 2.51) – placed on the 7-day DL in June, 2018
  • #3 Adonis Medina (9-3, 4.96) – DNP
  • #6 Mickey Moniak (.252) – DNP 
  • #12 Daniel Brito (.125) went 1-4 with a run scored, 2 K 
  • #11 Arquimedes Gamboa (.217) – went 0-3 with a BB
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.224) – went 1-4
  • #20 David Parkinson (1-0, 0.00) – DNP

GCP Phillies East (21-15) no game scheduled.

  • #25 Dominic Pipkin (1-1, 2.61) –

GCL Phillies West (19-17) no game scheduled.

  • #14 Luis Garcia (.377) –

Lehigh Valley (70-43) beat Syracuse, 6-5.  Ranger Suarez pitched six innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits.  Yacksel Rios gave up 2 runs, Hector Neris let an inherited runner score. Pedro Beato got his 29th save.  Joey Meneses (.318) had 3 hits and an RBI.  Danny Espinosa had 2 hits, a double, HR (4), and 3 RBI.

  • #8 Ranger Suarez (2-0, 3.12) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • #9 Enyel De Los Santos (9-3, 2.51) – DNP
  • #10 Cole Irvin (10-3, 2.77) – DNP
  • #15 Roman Quinn (.296) – recalled by Phillies on 7/27/2018
  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.248) – recalled by Phillies on 7/31/2018
  • #21 Drew Anderson (8-3, 3.91) – DNP
  • #28 Tom Eshelman (2-10, 5.48) – DNP

Reading (52-60) beat Bowie, 11-7.  Harold Arauz gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in five innings. Luke Leftwich gave up 3 runs on 4 hits in 2.2 innings.  Jeff Singer struck out 3 in 1.1, one-hit innings.  Jose Pujols (.500) led the offense going 3-5 with 2 runs scored and a grand slam, his second HR.  Jan Hernandez went 2-5 with a 3-run HR (14).  Deivi Grullon had 2 hits including his 17th HR.  Damek Tomscha, Cornelius Randolph, and Heiker Meneses had 2 hits each.

  • #4 Adam Haseley (.338) – DNP
  • #5 JoJo Romero (7-6, 3.80) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/20/18
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (0-2, 4.50) – DNP
  • #23 Cornelius Randolph (.235) – went 2-5 with a run scored, double, RBI
  • #24 Connor Seabold (0-2, 6.42) – DNP

Lakewood (70-42) lost to Lexington, 5-1.  Juan Garcia gave up one run on 4 hits in six innings.  Luis Cedeno gave up an unearned run and took the loss.  Ismael cabrera allowed the game to get out of reach in the ninth.  Matt Vierling went 3-4 with a double and RBI.  Madison Stokes had 2 hits.

  • #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.217) went 0-2 with 2 BB, K
  • #12 Daniel Brito (.252) promoted to Clearwater, August 3rd.
  • #18 Kyle Young (3-3, 2.98) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/15/18
  • #19 Spencer Howard (6-7, 4.34) – DNP
  • #20 David Parkinson (8-1, 1.51) – promoted to Clearwater on 8/2/18
  • #30 Nick Maton (.270) went 0-4 with a K

Williamsport (21-27) beat Auburn, 4-3.  Jhordany Mezquita gave up 3 runs in five innings.  Tyler Carr got the win with two, scoreless innings.  Randy Alcantara picked up his third save.  Jake Holmes went 4-4 with a double and RBI.  Danny Mayer and ben Aklinski had 2 hits apiece.  Mayer had 2 doubles and an RBI.

  • #2 Alec Bohm (.192) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/14/18
  • #13 Francisco Morales – (3-3, 7.11) – DNP
  • #26 Kevin Gowdy – 60-day DL
  • #29 Jhordany Mezquita (1-0, 3.82) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • #29 Colton Eastman (0-2,5.63) – DNP

DSL Phillies Red (23-31) no game scheduled.

DSL Phillies White (29-23) no game scheduled.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 5th.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/4/18–Philadelphia sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
8/4/18–Trevor Bettencourt assigned to Clearwater from GCL Phillies East.
8/4/18–Clearwater placed RHP Will Hibbs on the 7-day DL
8/4/18–RHP Hsin-Chieh Lin assigned to GCL Phillies East.
8/4/18–RHP Kyle Arjona assigned to GCL Phillies East.
8/4/18–RHP Yoan Antonac assigned to GCL Phillies East.
8/3/18–RF Jiandido Tromp assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/3/18–Lehigh Valley released OF Adron Chambers.
8/3/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
8/3/18–RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
8/3/18–Lehigh Valley placed C Nick Rickles on the 7-day DL. Left forearm contusion.
8/3/18–Lehigh Valley placed LHP Tom Windle on the temporarily inactive list.
8/3/18–Lehigh Valley activated 1B Matt McBride from the 7-day DL.
8/3/18–RF Jose Pujols assigned to Reading from Clearwater
8/3/18–2B Daniel Brito assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
8/3/18–SS Madison Stokes assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/3/18–SS Jake Holmes assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
8/2/18–Philadelphia activated LHP Aaron Loup.
8/2/18–Philadelphia activated LHP Adam Morgan from the paternity list.
8/2/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Jake Thompson to Lehigh Valley
8/2/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Yacksel Rios to Lehigh Valley
8/2/18–RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Lakewood from Clearwater
8/2/18–LHP David Parkinson assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
8/1/18–Philadelphia reassigned RHP Edubray Ramos to the minor leagues.
8/1/18–Philadelphia sent SS J.P. Crawford on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
8/1/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Edubray Ramos to Lehigh Valley
8/1/18–RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/1/18–RHP Ranfi Casimiro assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/1/18–Sent LHP Junior Tejada on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.
8/1/18–Sent RHP Jake Kinney on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.

25 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/5/2018

  1. Jake Holmes! He is working up everyine’s prospect list.
    Pujols is just shocking everyone with his season. He’s back on the prospect list.
    Grullon keeps hitting, he’s put himself back on the prospect list too.

    1. surprised GRullon isn’t in top 30 anyway
      he’s a catcher, only 22, hits for some power and doesn’t have a high K%. he figures to be at worst a decent backup catcher and maybe more.
      I guess we are all use to ignoring Reading stats at this point as seeing the true story in LVH AAA

      1. I was reading an article that suggested Grullon as a possible bench bat for the phils in September when the rosters expand and at first I was taken aback because I had not even considered that but if you think about it, its not a terrible idea. Hed play extremely sparingly but the dudes power is real.

      2. Prospect fatigue plus he never had a real breakout offensively until this year. He was always supposed to be a defense first guy anyway. I get the impression that he, like Alfaro, lacks some polish on the defensive side but has clear tools.

  2. but i think Grullon is having a great season away from the reading stadium. Yes? No?. i wouldn’t overlook him too much.

    1. Grullon:
      258/ .292/.547…home
      321/ .364/.527…away
      So the favorable Reading Park Factor…apparently is not a factor.

      1. That’s pretty interesting. I remember looking at the split a while back and he showed a huge home field advantage. This is good to see, with LHV being a real test.

        The potential of our catching “inventory” is pretty awesome!

  3. Grullon should be moved up to LHV.
    Watched the Pigs the other night and Gary Jones really could use a legitimate catcher.
    Rickles is hurt and Matt McBride just is not a catcher.
    Moore is a good defensively ut lack the bat.
    In Reading Bossart is still there for Gregg legg…..and promotive the veteran Lino or even Lartigue to man the second slot.
    Grullon would do well for his development to start to see AAA pitching now.

  4. Watched Grullon catch Saturday night and I wasn’t impressed. He double pumped on one steal attempt allowing the runner to get in. Then separately and with fewer than 2 outs, with a runner moving, on ball four, Grullon air mailed a throw to second which allowed the runner to get to 3rd on the overthrow from where he ultimately scored. Catchers routinely scale back since there was no play with the runner entitled to second. Baseball is a game of instant reaction and it was surprising to see this happen at the AA level.

      1. I can’t assess that from watching Grullon behind the plate on Saturday and as a DH on Sunday. He’s young and not a finished product.

        I was responding to thoughts he should be promoted, perhaps could contribute to the big team in September. If I were looking for a surprise September call-up, I’d rate Grullon behind Meneses, Hasely and even Pujols cause you could stick any of those 3 in the field, whereas Grullon would get abused at the MLB level at this stage of his development.

        1. Understand now and agree.
          The only promotion i would suggest would be to triple A so he can further develop.
          I do not think he is ready for the major leagues.
          But watching some of him this year…..little surprised the Phillies are not putting him on a nutritional diet of some sort.
          His waist line seems a little larger than i would expect for a 22-year old.

  5. MM didnt play but I would love to see him use these last few weeks of the season to get that OBP to .300
    He’s had a solid second half and that would really help build some momentum going in to next year.

    1. Should have added this – I found it interesting that he is hitting .295 at home with a .328 OBP and a .765 OPS. Is there a “reading factor” at the park they play at?
      I am naive for thinking this kid can still be a solid contributor some day?

      1. He’s young and he’s hit pretty well this year, but he’s a work in progress and he was heavy looking when I was there – his conditioning could use some work. But he’s intriguing again and only 22 – there’s time.

        1. Think he is talking Moniak and you are talking Grullon.
          Or vive versa.
          I think,
          …trying to follow the thread is confusing.

            1. Yeah, I think so. We all should keep in mind how young these guys are (both Moniak and C. Randolph), just 20. I know exciting elite prospects often dominate lower levels but there has been just as many ‘steady as she goes’ and/or late bloomers who need time. I think Moniak is that; I have my doubts about Randolph, FWIW.

    1. …and in the nightcap, Clearwater wins 1-0 in extra innings (runner started inning at 2b, top 8th, scored from 3b on FC) without the benefit of a single hit the entire game.

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