Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/12/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (63-54) beat St. Lucie, 4-1.  Mauricio Llovera pitched five innings and gave up one run while striking out seven,  Addison Russ got his 10th save.  Wilson Ramos went 3-4 with 3 doubles in a rehab start.  Henri Lartigue, Kyle Martin, and Kevin Markham had 2 hits each.  Lartigue, Martin, Daniel Brito, and Jose Gomez each drove in a run.  The Threshers are in first place this half with a 1.5 game lead.  They also now have the best overall record this season in the FSL.

GCP Phillies East (23-19) no game scheduled.

GCL Phillies West (24-20) no game scheduled.

Lehigh Valley (72-47) beat Louisville, 4-0, behind Cole Irvin’s seven, shutout innings.  Irvin and Mark Leiter held the Bats to 4 hits.  Aaron Altherr went 2-4 with an RBI.  Irvin helped his cause with an RBI double.  

Reading (58-60) beat Binghamton, 8-5, for their eighth consecutive victory.  Luke Leftwich earned the win with two shutout innings.  Edgar Garcia got his 7th save.  Austin Listi hit a 2-run HR (8), Deivi Grullon hit a solo HR (19), and Damek Tomscha hit a 3-run HR (15).  Cornelius Randolph, Listi, Grullon, and Drew Stankiewicz and 2 hits each.  Jose Pujols stole a base and had an outfield assist.   

Lakewood (74-44) beat Hickory, 3-0.  Julian Garcia tossed five, one-hit innings.  He and Connor Brogdon each struck out five batters.  They and Zach Warren pitched a combined two-hitter.  Jake Scheiner had a two-run double.  Josh Stephen had the other RBI.  Dalton Guthrie hit 2 doubles.  Rodolfo Duran, and Matt Vierling had 2 hits each.

Williamsport (23-32) lost to Batavia, 2-1.  Ethan Lindow pitched five shutout innings.  Danny Mayer went 3-4 with a double and his 4th HR. 

DSL Phillies Red (26-34) no game scheduled.

DSL Phillies White (34-26) no game scheduled.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)

8/12/18–Clearwater activated RHP Will Hibbs from the 7-day DL
8/12/18–RHP Blake Quinn assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
8/12/18–RHP Harold Arauz assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
8/11/18–Philadelphia activated 1B Justin Bour
8/11/18–Philadelphia optioned Zach Eflin to Lehigh Valley
8/11/18–Philadelphia sent SS Pedro Florimon on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
8/11/18–Reading sent RHP Mario Sanchez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West.
8/11/18–Clearwater sent RHP JD Hammer on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
8/11/18–Philadelphia sent C Wilson Ramos on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
8/10/18–Philadelphia activated SS J.P. Crawford from the 10-day disabled list.
8/10/18–Philadelphia designated RHP Jake Thompson for assignment.
8/10/18–Miami traded 1B Justin Bour and cash to Philadelphia  for LHP McKenzie Mills.
8/10/18–RHP Harold Arauz assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/10/18–Reading   activated 2B Emmanuel Marrero from the 7-day DL.
8/10/18–Williamsport  sent 3B Alec Bohm on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
8/9/18–Bruce Wang signed as an international free agent to a 2019 contract

17 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/12/2018

  1. Lakewood with record 23rd shutout thrown this season.
    There’s a chance that LHV, Clearwater, Lakewood, and GCL teams all make playoff appearances. That would be nice.

    1. Never really pay attention to the W-L record for minor league teams but Lakewood is 30 games over .500 which is impressive for a team that doesn’t score tons of runs… Lots of pitching..

        1. Howard today – 6ip, 1 run, 4 hits, 0 BBs, 8 Ks, 87 pitches, 60 strikes. Has his season ERA under 4.00

  2. Grullon has an outside chance to lead the entire Phillies org in HRs before the season is over.
    Trails leader Hall by 4 now.

  3. Moniak finally up to the .300 mark for OBP!
    I am impressed by the amount of potential playoff teams in the org!

  4. Ramos with a solid start to rehab. Hope he can stay hot when he joins the big club and doesn’t fall in to this contagious lack of hitting that has transpired recently.

  5. From a TGP writer today:

    Mickey Moniak……..Fun with arbitrary end points::
    BSH Moderator…..Follow @Jay_Poozle…..Posted by Jay Polinsky

    First 172 PA – .217/.233/.253, 1.7 BB%, 25.5 K%
    Last 229 PA – .302/.351/.468, 7.4 BB%, 20.9 K%

    1. I have observed that Moniak’s swing is generating more loft on his fly balls. He hits some towering outs to the warning track. As he fills out, hopefully he will generate enough power to carry the remaining 20 feet to reach the bleachers.

      1. Agree…..that will be what we are all hoping for and if he is at Reading next season, that could be that much more favorable for him.

        1. And another observation. Moniak was drafted in 2016. His GCL season that year could be the equivalent of his summer traveling team. 2017 in Lakewood could have been the equivalent of his Freshman year in college baseball. This season could be the equivalent of his Sophomore year of college baseball. So, next season would be the equivalent of his Junior year. So, if he does start in Reading, it’s kinda like a third year college player beginning in AA after being drafted. This is how I temper my expectations for all the high school kids we draft and sign. I know it’s not particularly scientific and even questionably accurate, but it helps me to think of them this way.

          1. Yes…..he was one of the youngest drafted in 2016…..his buddy Rutherford from Southern Cal was almost a year older. There is a train of thought that the younger drafted a player is, they will reach their potential and beyond than the older player.
            I believe Baseball Prospectus’ founder, Rany Jazayerli, did do a study on that age thing.

  6. Thanks Romus, That is great for MM. And, he has been more than a singles hitter. Quite a few Doubles. Happy for him and I hope he keeps it going.

  7. Spencer Howard with another really good outing – he’ll definitely crack my top 10. I think the upside is huge.

    1. The organization would certainly get quite a boost from fast rising, high ceiling prospects like Spencer Howard and Luis Garcia (the teenage SS) surging upward and forcing some good but difficult decisions by the front office to make room for them. We need a stud player or two emerging from the weeds of obscurity. That would sooth the disappointment of “top” prospects who either flame out or never catch fire.

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