Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/21/2018

So, I’m walking toward the backstop on Ashburn Field and I’m overtaken by Sixto Sanchez. I say, “Hi, Cito!” and he says “How’re you doing, man.” and chucks me on the shoulder. Day made.  I’m very aware of Sanchez’ presence at the Complex.  I watch when he is around to see if I can pick up on anything.  Well today, after talking with his friends among the GCL players, he disappears.  As usual.  I go about watching the game and anything that might be peripherally interesting.  I tweet out things of note.  (I’ll get to those later.)  When what do I see coming out of Spectrum Field.  Sixto Sanchez.  And it looks like he is carrying something.  A glove?  A glove!  A baseball glove! And he’s not carrying it.  He’s wearing it! On his left hand!  And what’s that in his right hand?  A ball.  A baseball!  He veers toward Schmidt Field.  I watch him like a cat.  He veers around the fence into the bullpen area between the fields.  I get ready to change positions.  He continues to the dugout and chats with somebody irrelevant.  Not me.  Not Ray Burris.  He restarts his journey and exits the dugout through the gate.   He has to pass me to get to the club house.  As he approaches, Isay”Great to see a glove and ball in your hands.”  Sixto smiles and says”Yeah, mah” as he chucks me on the shoulder with his glove.  I’m barely audible as I ask, “Wanna have a catch?”  This should have been my lead as I’m sure he didn’t hear me.  He stops to talk to his buddies again as I try to determine where he’s likely to throw.  He’s wearing athletic shoes (sneakers) so the mounds are eliminated.  I suspect that, if he does throw, it’ll be on the back of Roberts Field.  But, it starts raining and the game is halted for about 20 minutes.  Sixto peeks out of the club house once but never comes out again.  I make several sortees to the other side of the Complex building to see if there is anything to see. Nada.  Oh well, there’s always tomorrow.

In other news, I tweeted out the following – 

  • Kyle Young pitched an 8-pitch rehab inning.  He threw 4 FB, 2 SL, a CB, and a CH.  I tweeted velo on his FB but it seems silly for just 4 pitches.  He induced a BGB to Garcia at short, got a K on a slider, and a GB to first base unassisted.
  • Young competed his work in the bullpen while Victor Vargas took over.
  • Kyle Kendrick was at the Complex.  He lives in the Clearwater area and is going to be joining the staff.  I think he will be working with Ray Burris and rehabbing pitchers.
  • For those wondering about Cole Stobbe, I saw him come out of the clubhouse to talk with Ray Burris and a couple pitchers behind the backstop on Schmidt Field.  For those not familiar with the layout, this is an area behind the fence that separates the players paths from the bleachers for Schmidt and Ashburn.

The Clearwater Threshers (69-56) lost to Dunedin, 5-1.  Ramon Rosso got two outs in the first inning then got lit up like a pin ball machine. He gave up 4 runs before he could get the third out.  He gave up another run in the fourth inning and exited with two runners on base.  Alberto Tirado stranded both runners and pitched two additional scoreless innings. Grant Dyer and J.D. Hammer completed the mop up.  

The Threshers offense couldn’t get untracked.  They got runners on base and into scoring position in the first three innings, but came up empty.  Although they drew six walks, they only managed 5 hits.  Henri Lartigue had the team’s only RBI.  Pedro Florimon made a rehab start at SS and went 1-3 with a walk and 2 strike outs.

  • #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) went 1-4
  • #12 Daniel Brito (.250) went 1-2 with a double and 2 BB
  • #11 Arquimedes Gamboa (.213) DNP
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.218) went 0-4 with 2 K
  • #20 David Parkinson (2-0, 1.00)

GCP Phillies East (29-22) swept the Braves, 1-0 in ten innings and 2-0.  

Game One:  J.D. Hammer and Jose Taveras each tossed a no-hit rehab inning and Domonic Pipkin followed with two no-hit innings before the game was suspended. When the game resumed today, Mark Potter threw three one-hit innings.  And, Eric White completed the combined shutout with three more scoreless innings, including the shootout in the tenth.

The Braves held up their end of the pitchers’ duel as the teams went into extra innings in a scoreless tie.  After the Braves couldn’t score under the new OT rules, the Phillies wasted no time pushing across the runner from second with a sacrifice and Julio Francisco’s walk off, RBI single.  James Smith had 2 hits.

  • #25 Dominic Pipkin (1-2, 2.38) – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Game Two:  The Phillies won on Mitchell Edwards 2-run HR in the seventh inning thus avoiding another extra inning game.  Not sure about the pitching.  Carlos Francisco and Anton Kuznetsov are listed as having pitched four and three innings with Anton getting the win.  AK was placed on the 60-day DL on July 21st, so this can’t be correct. My source tells me that Tyler McKay pitched in the second game.  James Smith had another two-hit game.

  • #25 Dominic Pipkin (1-2, 2.38) – DNP

GCL Phillies West (28-23) lost to the Tigers East, 3-2.  Kyle Young pitched an 8-pitch rehab inning.  Victor Vargas took over and gave up 2 runs in five innings.  Adam Cox gave up a run that proved to be the margin of victory for the Tigers.  Tom Sutera pitched a clean inning. The Phillies mounted little offense until Stoney O’Brien’s 2-run HR in the ninth.  Logan O’Hoppe had 2 hits including a double.

  • #14 Luis Garcia (.363) went 1-3 with a BB, K

Lehigh Valley (76-51) beat Syracuse, 4-2 in ten innings.  Drew Anderson gave up 2 runs in six innings.  Mark Leiter pitched two scoreless and Tyler Gilber tossed one for the win. Pedro Beato earned his 31st save.  Dean Anna had 2 hits.  Mitch Walding had 2 hits and 2 walks.  Danny Ortiz hit a 2-run HR (13).  Andrew Knapp plated the go ahead run in the tenth with an RBI single.  Zack Green forced home another when he was hit by a pitch.

  • #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) entered as a defensive replacement
  • #21 Drew Anderson (8-4, 3.75) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • #28 Tom Eshelman (2-12, 5.61)

Reading (60-65) cancelled, rain.

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

Lakewood (78-48)  lost to Lexington, 2-1. Damon Jones gave up a run on 3 hits in five innings.  He walked none and struck out five.  Luis Ramirez gave up a run in two innings on 2 hits and 3 walks.  Luis Carrasco struck out 3 in two innings.  Jose Antequera had 2 of the BlueClaws 6 hits, both doubles, and their only RBI.

  • #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.224) went 0-4
  • #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) DNP

Williamsport (26-36) beat State College, 8-1.  Francisco Morales had a fine outing, pitching six innings and holding the Spikes to one run on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out eleven.  Randy Alvzntara earned the three inning save, his fourth.  Ben Pelletier had 2 hits, a double, a 2-run HR (8), and 3 RBI.  Seth Lancaster had a triple and 3 RBI.  Rafael Marchan had 3 hits and an RBI.  Keudy Bocio had 2 hits and an RBI.  Alec Bohm had 2 hits and a walk.

  • #2 Alec Bohm (.203) went 2-3 with a run scored, BB
  • #13 Francisco Morales (4-3, 5.52) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K
  • #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 (28-39) lost to the Mets1, 6-2.

DSL Phillies White (37-31) walked off against the Mets2, 8-7.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 21st.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/21/18–RHP Will Hibbs assigned to Clearwater from Lehigh Valley
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

23 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/21/2018

  1. Thanks for sharing about your Sixto moment, Jim. Always good to hear the human interest side of baseball.

  2. Morales with a good start, 11 Ks shows his swing and miss ability.
    Garcia with only one hit? Oh well, he did walk once too.
    Pelletier keeps improving. Who knows?

    1. Very good game for Morales, probably his best game of the year. 6 IP, 3 H, 1R , 2 BB, 11 K. Control and make up is his biggest challenge (BB/9 is high and he sulk when he’s not getting his spots), but he always have that power arm and stuff that can miss bats. Morales is only 18 yo so the struggles with command and maturity is age appropriate so i’m not concerned yet. He’s my #10 prospect.

  3. How nice would it be for Bohm to get hot in these last few games. Not sure I can endure another high first rounder just showing as average.

    1. Highest WAR for a player taken in the 1st round since 2014 is Aaron Nola. Alex Bregman is the only other player taken with a WAR above 10 and only 2 players taken in the first rounds in 2016 (2), 2017, and 2018 have played in the majors. Those 2 players have played a total of 28 games combined..

      Patience is needed.

  4. I am impressed with Ben Pelletier. He is 2 years younger than the average NYP League player (turned 20 today- age 19 season), is 12th in BA, tied for 2nd in HR, and 3rd in SLG and OPS. Not declaring him a future member of the HOF, but those are some promising stats to build on. Disclaimer- I have never seen him play nor do I have any scouting background.

      1. Taveras was the pitcher Hinkie had hoped M Klentak would have traded for some int’l money…..even $250K would have come in handy
        I guess Matt let another opp fall by the wayside.

          1. Sometimes the little inconsequential moves pay big dividends down the road.
            Like when Gillick took a chance with ‘out-there-somewhere’ Jayson Werth 12 years ago. Perhaps Matt Klentak just gets caught up in the big moves of the here and present.

  5. Jim Bowden who I respect a lot did his updated ranking of prospects and team rankings and had the Phillies in the back end of the top 10 with Luis Garcia being #2 ahead of Bohm and Medina

  6. Phillies 2019 Season – The Phillies 2019 season leads off with the club’s home opener against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, March 28, at Citizens Bank Park. The start of the season also features interleague play with teams from the American League Central, when the Phillies host the Minnesota Twins for a weekend series on April 5-7, and then Detroit Tigers on April 30 and May 1.

  7. I commend the Phillies for the organizational depth. My concern is that they have some position players who project at replacement or slightly above replacement level, but no real potential stars like an Acuna or a Soto. I understand that they have no control over who is in the draft in any particular year, but it would’ve been nice to be able to daft a difference maker with the first overall pick. I guess they will either hope to catch a sleeper n the later rounds (like another Hoskins) or be willing to occasionally have to buy the services of a star at the major league level.

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