Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/20/2018

I was back at the Complex after an absence of about four weeks.  It was good to see the kids play although the outcome was a disappointing loss.  It was good to speak with the players again, and some of their parents.

D.J. Stewart had been hit in the mouth with a pitched ball back on August 7th and required 40 stitches.  He returned to the starting line up today.

Kevin Gowdy has been throwing off a mound for a while now and will continue his rehab at Instructs.

Luis Garcia had two text book at bats with the bases loaded.  He passed both times.

And, Alec Bohm returned to action for Williamsport.

The Clearwater Threshers (69-55) had a scheduled off day.  The Threshers have opened a four game lead over the Lakeland Flying Tigers with thirteen games left on their schedule. The magic number to clinch the second half is down to eleven games.  Tuesday, they open a three game series against third place Dunedin, their last games against a division foe. Ramon Rosso is scheduled to open the home stand.  He’ll be followed by David Parkinson and Adonis Medina.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3, 2.51) – placed on the 7-day DL in June, 2018
  • #3 Adonis Medina (9-3, 4.39)
  • #6 Mickey Moniak (.263)
  • #12 Daniel Brito (.239)
  • #11 Arquimedes Gamboa (.213)
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.220)
  • #20 David Parkinson (2-0, 1.00)

GCP Phillies East (27-22) beat the Blue Jays, 9-4.  They have a four game lead with 5 games remaining.  Victor Santos won his sixth game.  He pitched five innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits.  He walked one and struck out four.  Kyle Arjona pitched two scoreless innings. Bailey Cummings struck out 4 in two innings, but allowed a run on 3 hits.

James Smith went 2-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, and 3 RBI.  Carlos De La Cruz had 3 hits and an RBI.  Jose Rivera went 2-2 with an RBI.  Jake Zoellner hit a solo HR (7).

  • #25 Dominic Pipkin (1-2, 4.58) – DNP

GCL Phillies West (28-22) lost to the Pirates, 11-7.  They are in second place, six games back with four to play.  Ben Lively pitched a rehab inning and dominated the young Pirates with a come backer to the mound and 2 strike outs looking.  Mario Sanchez followed with two rehab innings.  He gave up 4 runs on 6 hits.  Ethan Evanko followed with two clean innings while the Phillies came back and took the lead.  But, the defense deserted Jose Conopoima who blew the save and took the loss, giving up 5 runs (4 unearned).  Michael Gomez was also a victim of his defense, giving up 2 unearned runs.

The offense was led by Luis Garcia who had two, 2-run singles.  Luis Rojas had 3 hits and 2 RBI.  Yerwin Trejo and Stoney O’Brien had 2 hits apiece.  D.J. Stewart made his first start since August 7th.

The Phillies committed 5 errors.

Ethan Evanko picked a runner off first base.

  • #14 Luis Garcia (.363) went 2-4 with a run scored, 4 RBI (28), SB (10)

Lehigh Valley (75-51) no game scheduled.

  • #8 Ranger Suarez (2-0, 3.19)
  • #9 Enyel De Los Santos (10-4, 2.56)
  • #10 Cole Irvin (12-4, 2.71)
  • #15 Roman Quinn (.296) – recalled by Phillies on 7/27/2018
  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.238)
  • #21 Drew Anderson (8-4, 3.80)
  • #28 Tom Eshelman (2-12, 5.61)

Reading (60-65) beat Harrisburg, 7-6.  Felix Paulino won his third game with 5.1 2-hit innings.  He gave up 2 runs, walking four and striking out three.  Josh Tols gave up a run in 1.1 innings.  Edgar Garcia gave up 3 runs in the ninth making the final score close.

Malquin Canelo went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a double, and a walk from the lead off spot. Jose Pujols had 2 hits, his third HR, 4 RBI, and a walk.  Damek Tomscha and Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits each and an RBI.  Austin Listi went 1-3 with 2 walks and an RBI.

  • #4 Adam Haseley (.309) went 1-4 with a run scored, BB, K
  • #5 JoJo Romero (7-6, 3.80) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/20/18
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-3, 5.71) – DNP
  • #23 Cornelius Randolph (.238) went 2-5 with a run scored, RBI
  • #24 Connor Seabold (1-3, 4.48) – DNP

Lakewood (78-46) Will Stewart went five innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  Luis Cedeno pitched two innings, struck out three, gave up 2 runs, and blew the save.  Connor Brogdon struck out the side, but then left after allowing a hit and a walk in the ninth.  Zach Warren stranded both runners, striking out the side.  He allowed the overtime runner to score on a lead off single, but struck out the side again tin the tenth.

Matt Vierling went 2-5 with his fifth HR and 2 RBI.  Madison Stokes went 2-4 with 2 RBI.

BlueClaws pitchers combined to strike out 16 Legends.

  • #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.227) went 1-5 with a run scored, double, 2 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 (8-8, 3.92) – DNP
  • #20 David Parkinson (8-1, 1.51) – promoted to Clearwater on 8/2/18
  • #30 Nick Maton (.264) went 1-3 with an RBI and BB

Williamsport (25-36) dropped two against State College, 3-0 and 5-4 in 8 innings.  

Game One:  Manuel Silva gave up 3 runs in first four innings of the suspended game.  Jose Jmenez pitched three shutout innings.  Oscar Marcellino pitched a perfect inning.  The Cutters collected just 5 hits.  Silva picked 2 runners off first base.

Game Two:  James McArthur threw three shutout innings in his fifth start.  Rafael Carvajal pitched an inning and gave up one earned and two unearned runs.  Austin Ross pitched two innings and gave up an unearned run and two inherited runners.  Abdallah Aris gave up the winning run in 1.1 innings on 2 hits and 3 walks.    Seth Lancaster went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, a HR (1), and 2 RBI.  Ben Aklinski had 2 hits, a run scored, and a triple.  Alec Bohm returned to action and went 0-4.

  • #2 Alec Bohm (.179) went 0-4 with a K
  • #13 Francisco Morales (3-3, 6.13) – DNP
  • #26 Kevin Gowdy – 60-day DL
  • #29 Jhordany Mezquita (1-0, 3.60) – DNP.
  • #29 Colton Eastman (0-2, 3.75) – DNP

DSL Phillies Red (28-38) lost to the Mets1, 4-2.

DSL Phillies White (36-31) lost to the Mets2, 4-2.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 20th.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/20/18–C Andrew Knapp returned to Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia 
8/20/18–Lehigh Valley sent RHP Ben Lively on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West
8/20/18–Williamsport activated 3B Alec Bohm from the 7-day DL
8/19/18–Philadelphia sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley 
8/19/18–Philadelphia recalled C Andrew Knapp from Lehigh Valley 
8/19/18–RHP Harold Arauz assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley 
8/18/18–RHP Will Hibbs assigned to Lehigh Valley from Clearwater 
8/18/18–Lakewood sent LHP Kyle Young on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West
8/18/18–Williamsport sent 3B Alec Bohm on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West
8/17/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Mark Leiter Jr. to Lehigh Valley
8/17/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Edubray Ramos from Lehigh Valley
8/17/18–RHP Zach Eflin returned to Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia
8/17/18–Lehigh Valley activated CF Collin Cowgill from the 7-day disabled list
8/17/18–Lehigh Valley placed 2B Ryan Goins on the 7-day DL
8/17/18–Reading activated RHP Jose Taveras from the 7-day DL
8/17/18–Reading placed RHP Alexis Rivero on the 7-day DL retro to 8/15/18. Right wrist strain
8/17/18–RHP Blake Quinn assigned to Reading from Williamsport
8/17/18–Williamsport sent 3B Alec Bohm on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East
8/17/18–Philadelphia optioned LHP Ranger Suarez to Lehigh Valley
8/16/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Mark Leiter Jr. from Lehigh Valley
8/16/18–Philadelphia recalled LHP Ranger Suarez from Lehigh Valley
8/16/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Zach Eflin from Lehigh Valley
8/16/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Yacksel Rios from Lehigh Valley
8/16/18–Philadelphia placed LHP Aaron Loup on the 10-day DL. Left forearm strain
8/16/18–Philadelphia placed LHP Austin Davis on the 10-day DL. Low back tightness
8/16/18–LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/16/18–RHP Harold Arauz assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/15/18–Kevin Escalante signed a 2019 international free agent contract
8/15/18–Lizardo Herrera signed a 2019 international free agent contract
8/15/18–Philadelphia activated C Wilson Ramos from the 10-day DL
8/15/18–Philadelphia optioned C Andrew Knapp to Lehigh Valley
8/15/18–Lehigh Valley released RHP Steve Geltz.
8/15/18–Lehigh Valley activated Drew Anderson from the temporarily inactive list
8/15/18–Lehigh Valley placed RF Jiandido Tromp on the 7-day DL
8/15/18–Williamsport sent 3B Alec Bohm on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West
8/14/18–Philadelphia sent SS Pedro Florimon on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
8/14/18–Philadelphia optioned SS J.P. Crawford to Lehigh Valley
8/14/18–Milwaukee claimed RHP Jake Thompson off waivers from Philadelphia
8/14/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Hector Neris from Lehigh Valley
8/14/18–Lehigh Valley placed RHP Drew Anderson on the temporarily inactive list
8/14/18–Williamsport sent 3B Alec Bohm on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East
8/13/18–Williamsport sent 3B Alec Bohm on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West
8/13/18–Philadelphia sent SS Pedro Florimon on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West
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
8/9/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos to Lehigh Valley

8/9/18–Lehigh Valley placed CF Collin Cowgill on the 7-day DL. Left shin contusion.
8/9/18–Clearwater sent RHP JD Hammer on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies West

34 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/20/2018

    1. He’s alive and well at the Complex. I saw him Monday when he came out of the club house to watch some of the game. He is in good spirits , joking with his countrymen as well as Spanish-speaking players like Ben Brown. But, I don’t know any more than you regarding his arm. I will say this, though. He must have had a growth spurt because he finally looks taller than I.

      1. That’s awesome – you always want to hear that a young prospect who already throws 100 and has killer stuff and still growing and filling out.

  1. I didn’t realize Stewart got hit in the face, that’s a terrible experience. Hopefully he can bounce back because he was really hitting well before.
    Bohm back to Wsport for the last few weeks is good but let’s hope he hits well.

    1. Yeah, that’s the Phillies playing their cards close to their vest. His father told me about the incident. And how the when the East and West played on Saturday, they moved the game into Spectrum Field. D.J. entered the game as a late inning defensive replacement so that he could experience a GCL game on a field they all aspire to on their way to CBP.

  2. Ortiz had a double with two outs to put Williamsport in position to tie late in the second game and Maton singled to score him. Both hits were clutch off a very good pitcher. The cutters season will end without a playoff chance, but the players seem to remain competitive.

  3. Will Stewart again with another gem last night.
    Crazy nuts how he induces GB outs….8 of 13.
    Continues with over 60% for the season. Control excellent also with <2BB per 9 IPed

  4. Luis “Kid A” Garcia just keeps hitting. He’s up to .363/.429/.484 with an 8.2/11.8 BB/K%. He’s a 17-year-old, switch-hitting bonus baby who reportedly has excellent range and arm at SS. He really couldn’t be off to a better start.

    This isn’t something I typically advocate, but … Could he potentially skip Williamsport and go directly to full season ball at Lakewood next season? A kid that’s already hitting this well could move quickly if it’s the real deal.

    1. It’s very unlikely at his age plus they have Gamboa ahead of him at Wsport, going to Lakewood next year, although he hasn’t played as well as they liked. Could Garcia jump over him? The Phils would really need to have confidence in him to do it.

      1. Do you mean Guzman? It’s a fair point, although as you said, he’s not exactly setting the word ablaze at Williamsport this year.

    2. I was going to write something similar to you. Couldn’t ask for more from a prospect. I would love to see him start next year at Lakewood. An exceptional prospect. I may have him #4 on my Phillies list. (after Sixto, Medina and Bohm). He may jump Ortiz given the defensive profile and high value of SS position.

      1. I’ve been agreeing with you a lot lately, v1.
        Garcia (because of his performance this year, his pedigree, and his position) is now a top 5 prospect. He’s certainly now the #1 ranked SS in the system, and should be placed at the most appropriate level for him. The other SS’s should then be filled in around him. Guzman is still only 18 YO, and has not exactly been excelling (offensively) at Williamsport. Have him re-do Williamsport, and send Garcia to Lakewood.
        I know Nicolas Torres has cooled off a bit, but I would even consider jumping him to Lakewood (over Brayan Gonzalez) next season, also. Torres and Gonzalez are the same age.

  5. “skip Williamsport and go directly to full season ball at Lakewood “…have they ever done that before? I know Juan Samuel and Julio Franco were moved right away…but that was a different era.
    Maikel Franco was in the SALLY pretty early but he seem to go back and forth that one year between the SALLY and NYPL

    1. They did it with Domingo Santana in 2010 … he struggled and eventually finished the season in Williamsport. JPC never played at Williamsport. And Cesar skipped Lakewood and went directly to Clearwater, although that was after a few years of short season ball.

      They’ve shown a willingness to be aggressive if they feel a hitter is capable of handling it. Whether Garcia is one of those players remains to be seen.

      1. Well, when comparing Garcia’s early metrics in the GCL vs those others….he should at least be a candidate that could qualify for that type of advanced promotion.

      2. Cornelius Randolph also skipped Williamsport. It’s not uncommon for HSers that were first round picks to make that jump. Garcia obviously wasn’t drafted but he seems basically equivalent to a first rounder. Honestly, at this point I’d be disappointed if he didn’t start in full season ball next year.

  6. It is August 21st, and 2 and a half months since Sixto was shut down. Wouldn’t it be better just to keep him out, and start again whenever it is time to prepare for next year? Also, can someone tell me what the perceived ceilings are for the Lakewood Staff? What a terrific year they have had.

    1. Although statistically the 2018 LWD rotation of Howard-Stewart-Parkinson-Jones-Andrew Brown (and Ramos Rosso) is better, they don’t have the same ceiling as the 2017 LWD Rotation of Sixto-Medina-Falter-Fanti-Llovera. Spencer Howard is possibly the only pitcher in 2018 rotation that can have an electric stuff to be at least a #3. Jones is like Llovera, who is destined to be a power pen arm while Stewart-Parkinson and Andrew Brown still look like “pitchability” than “pure stuff” arms who normally projects to be #/4/#5 type. Kyle Young pitched for both 2017 and 2018 so I exclude him for comparison purposes. If I’m going to assess their ceiling based on “pitch grade and ability” here’s how I view their ceiling:

      2017 Sixto – #1/#2
      2017 Medina – #2/#3
      2018 Howard – #3
      2017 Falter – #3/#4
      2018 Young – #4/#5
      2018 Stewart – #4/#5
      2018 Parkinson – #4/#5
      2018 Rosso – #5/mid-RP
      2017 Fanti – #5/LOOGY
      2017 Llovera – high leverage BP
      2018 Jones – high leverage BP

      1. I forgot Andrew Brown – I still don’t see consistent reports about him and some people I talked still confused Andrew Brown with Ben Brown. Ben Brown I think have the higher ceiling, he’s on 18 yo 6’6″ and already throwing at 93-94 with good CU and a developing breaking pitch.

        Andrew Brown appears to be more of a generic John A. pitcher that projects to be a #4/#5.

      2. Kurdt, I will defer to your greater knowledge than mine, but a quick observation after having seem them both pitch last weekend, is that Llovera has more “stuff” than Falter. Only the second time I’ve seen Falter and first time seeing Llovera, so limited sample sizes.

  7. My Vineland “homie” Zach Warren is killing it this year at Lakewood !!! After last night’s appearance (2 IP, 1 H,1 BB, 6 K), the LHRP is 51.2 IP, 31 H, 26 BB, 88 K, OBA .177 !!!

    1. Zach Warren definitely looks like a really good pen arm – 6’5″ LHP throwing up to mid 90s and a hard breaking mid-80s SL. Warren can miss bats on both of his FB-SL combo — K/9 in 2018 = 15.3 (career K/9 = 13.6).

      But just like Dohy or some of the taller LHP, Zach Warren still have some control issues with his pitches.

      Damon Jones is another big LHP with power arm. Currently starting in LWD but has bullpen written all over him.

    1. I think Mickey Moniak’s name has come up.
      I would also send Jose Pujols before making a 40 man decision on him.

      1. I doubt they push Moniak into the AFL this year. My money’s on Haseley. I could see Pujols going as well.

    2. As mentioned, likely 40man/injured guys.
      Maybe Grullion, Hall, Leftwich, Edgar Garcia, Requena
      I could see them leaving the following off in attempt to hide them: Cabral, Gomez, Llovera, Gamboa, Brito, Pujols.

      Would be great if they sent Sixto.

  8. Was at the Williamsport games last night. Aklinski would have had 2 HRs if playing in a “normal” park (its 410′ to the LC alley in State College), had to settle for a triple and an O-7. First time I’d seen Bohm play. Big guy, looks very athletic (reminded me of Jason Werth build-wise and with the long hair – no facial hair though). I’m not a scout, and it was only one game, but defensively looked rough at third. Seemed to try to backhand the ball in several instances where it didn’t appear necessary, had two errors. Did make a nice play where with a runner on third he was playing even with the bag, snagged a hard ground ball to his right, tagged the runner trying to dive back into third, and then completed the double play by making a throw to first while tripping over the runner and falling backward. Hit one ball hard, a line drive where the SS had to jump and it went off his glove. The scored ruled it an error, I thought it could have been ruled a hit. We as fans may need to be patient with him. Would love to be wrong and see him storm through the system.

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