Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/22/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (70-56) walked off against Dunedin, 5-4 on Raul Rivas solo HR. David Parkinson labored through five innings.  He gave up one run on 5 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out two.  Jonathan Hennigan blew the save opportunity with two runs in one inning.  Trevor Bettencourt pitched two scoreless innings.  Addison Russ blew the save but got the win with Rivas’ heroics.

Mickey Moniak, Raul Rivas, and Jose Gomez had 2 hits each.  Rivas had 2 RBI.  Kevin Markham and Gomez each had an RBI.

Kevin Markham had an outfield assist at first base.

The Threshers turned four double plays.

  • #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 (.265) went 2-4 with a run scored, K
  • #12 Daniel Brito (.250) went 1-4 with a K
  • #11 Arquimedes Gamboa (.213) DNP
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.222) went 2-3 with an RBI, K
  • #20 David Parkinson (2-0, 1.17) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

GCP Phillies East (30-22) beat the Tigers East, 2-0.  Dominic Pipkin had a great bounc back outing.  He pitched four, four-hit innings walking none and striking out two.  Ben Lively tossed a no-hit inning, but after a 3-1 GB and a K, he walked the next batter on 4 FB below the zone and threw a WP that resulted in the third out at third base when the runner tried to advance from first to third on the pitch.  Alejandro Made and Brian Auerbach each threw two, no-hit innings to complete the combined shutout.

Tigers pitching was equally efficient until Logan Simmons dropped a two-out, squeeze bunt down the third base line with runners on first and third in the fourth inning.  Jack Zoellner avoided the pitcher’s tag to score on the play.  (The pitcher made a helluva play to field the ball on the line and almost got the out.)  Carlos De La Cruz was hit by a pitch to force home a run an inning later.

Jack Conley picked a runner off first base.

Carlos De La Cruz had an outfield assist at third base.

Jack Zoellner had a stolen base (1) to help set up the first run.

Pipkin had an 8-pitch first inning.  He threw 42 pitches in his four innings.  His arsenal includes a FB, SL, CH.  His FB range was 87-95 mph.  he was mostly 87-91 early then exploded with a 95 mph FB after 4 low 80s SL.  He touched 92 in the third, but I only saw the 2 pitches over 91 mph.  His SL runs hard and rides low to his glove side.

  • #25 Dominic Pipkin (1-2, 3.64) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

GCL Phillies West (29-23) beat the Braves, 13-9.  Kyle Glogoski gave up 3 runs on seven hits in five innings.  He walked one and struck out five.  Junior Tejada threw two, no-hit innings.  Jake Kinney gave up a two-out, 3-run HR in his one inning.  Alex Garcia gave up 3 unearned runs in the ninth.

Yerwin Trejo had 3 hits and 2 runs scored.  Luis Garcia had 2 hits including a double and 3 RBI.  Abrahan Gutierrez had 2 hits, 3 runs scored, a double, and 3 RBI.  Trent Bowles had a 2-run HR (1) and 4 RBI.

Trejo stole his 23rd base, Gutierrez his 2nd, and Bowles his 9th.

  • #14 Luis Garcia (.364) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, a double, and 3 RBI

Lehigh Valley (76-52) lost to Syracuse, 7-3.  Ranger Suarez pitched six, one-run innings.  He gave up 6 hits, walked none, and struck out three.  Jeff Singer pitched a clean seventh, but couldn’t record an out in the eighth, facing 4 batters.  Tom Windle allowed all 3 inherited runners to score plus two of his own.  

Logan Moore had a 2-run HR (3).  J.P. Crawford (.100) went 0-4 with a walk and 3 K. Fourteen IronPigs struck out.

The IronPigs are on the verge of clinching the division with a 10 game lead and 12 games remaining.  They are limping to the finish with a .500 record in August (11-11).

  • #8 Ranger Suarez (2-0, 2.92) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • #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) went 0-3 with a BB, 2 K
  • #21 Drew Anderson (8-4, 3.75) –
  • #28 Tom Eshelman (2-12, 5.61)

Reading (60-66) lost to Trenton, 8-7.  Tyler Viza pitched 6.2 inningsand gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Kyle Dohy stranded a runner to escape the seventh, but walked the bases loaded in the eighth.  He took the loss when Seth McGarry entered and went BB, SF, BB, HR blowing the save and burying the Phils.  Aaron Brown loaded the bases in the ninth, but escaped without giving up a run.

Adam Haseley had 3 hits including a solo HR (6) and a walk.  Cornelius Randolph had 2 hits including a double, 2 RBI. and 2 walks.  Jose Pujols had 2 hits including a 3-run HR (4) that pulled the Phils within one in the eighth.

Dohy picked a runner off first base.  Phils pitchers walked 10 batters.

  • #4 Adam Haseley (.323) went 3-4 with 3 runs scored, HR (6), RBI, BB
  • #5 JoJo Romero (7-6, 3.80) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/20/18
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-4, 7.00) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
  • #23 Cornelius Randolph (.241) went 2-3 with a double, 2 RBI, 2 BB
  • #24 Connor Seabold (1-3, 4.48) –

Lakewood (78-48)  no game scheduled.

  • #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.224)
  • #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) –
  • #20 David Parkinson (8-1, 1.51) – promoted to Clearwater on 8/2/18
  • #30 Nick Maton (.264)

Williamsport (26-37) beat State College, 6-1.  Manuel Silva held the Spikes to 2 runs in six innings (just 1 ER).  He gave up 4 hits and 3 walks, and struck out eight.  Austin Ross struck out 4 in two innings.  Oscar Marcelino put the game out of reach with a 4-run ninth.

The Crosscutters were held to 2 hits.  Seth Lancaster doubled and scored on a ground out in the eighth inning.  Keudy Bocio had the other hit.

Ben Pelletier and Keudy Bocio had outfield assists at second base.

  • #2 Alec Bohm (.190) went 0-4
  • #13 Francisco Morales (4-3, 5.52) – 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 (29-39) beat the Angels, 6-0.

DSL Phillies White (38-31) beat the D-backs2, 10-0.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 22nd.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/22/18–Philadelphia designated RHP Jose Taveras for assignment.
8/22/18–Philadelphia optioned RHP Yacksel Rios to Lehigh Valley
8/22/18–White Sox traded LHP Luis Avilan to Philadelphia for RHP Felix Paulino.
8/22/18–Philadelphia recalled RHP Zach Eflin from Lehigh Valley 
8/22/18–Lehigh Valley sent RHP Ben Lively on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
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

41 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/22/2018

    1. Does anybody have a subscription to the Athletic? Bowden apparently listed Garcia as the Phils’ top hitting prospect. Pretty amazing, considering they’ve got four hitters that went in the draft’s top ten …

        1. (disclaimer: I haven’t read Bowden’s comments, so I’m not sure of his reasoning.)

          I don’t think Garcia jumping guys like Haseley, Moniak or Bohm is an indictment of their performance. Haseley is raking this year in AA, Moniak has made some big-time adjustments and is hitting very well in high A as a teenager, and Bohm will get his chance to shine at Clearwater next year. If anything, the ranking shows that a $2.5 million 17-year-old with the tools to be an above average SS in the big leagues is spraying hits in his first taste of pro ball like he’s playing Wiffle ball in the backyard. That’s a really, really big deal.

      1. Yep. Luis Garcia 2nd. Also, Jim bowden traded Grady Sizemore ( pre-injury) and cliff lee for a half season of bartolo.

      2. Philadelphia Phillies
        Grade: B+
        Rank: 9 of 30
        Top 10 Prospects: 1. Sixto Sanchez, RHP; 2. Luis García, SS; 3. Alec Bohm, 3B; 4. Adonis Medina, RHP; 5. Adam Haseley, OF; 6. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF; 7. Mickey Moniak, OF; 8. JoJo Romero, LHP; 9. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP; 10. Spencer Howard, RHP.

        The Phillies were in pursuit of Manny Machado at the trade deadline, but they refused to part with any of their top elite, prospects, which cost them their chance. Philadelphia is committed to long-term success, and with a top third farm system from which to trade, and money to spend on major-league free agents over the next two years, the organization is in great shape.

        The farm system is highlighted by starting pitcher Sixto Sanchez, who has been off-limits in all trade discussions because of his incredible ceiling as a possible ace down the road. The Phillies’ selection of third baseman Alec Bohm and outfielder Adam Haseley with their last two first-round picks gives them two legitimate All-Star caliber prospects, both of which should be part of their core by 2020.

        Shortstop Luis Garcia might end up being the best of all their prospects, and he is presently dominating in the Gulf Coast League. The switch-hitter controls the strike zone, and has power and major-league defensive actions. In addition, first-round pick Mickey Moniak, who struggled last year, just turned 20 and is really starting to turn the corner in the Florida State League.

        The Phillies’ minor-league system is filled with prospects from floor to ceiling.

        1. I was just looking at Garcia’s stats before seeing this and really, it is a very justifiable position to take. The kid is 17 years old, so would be entering his Senior HS year. He plays elite defense at a highly valuable position. Has room to grow and add weight. He has an elite strikeout rate after 180 PAs. He has a good walk rate too. And he has a speed tool. This is what elite prospects look like. They don’t strike out, they make hard contact and run fast and play elite defense.

    1. He makes contact…his K rate is mid-teens thru out his pro career and better still the three years at VU. And his BB is improving.
      Not far from the show now…this time next year he could be really knocking

        1. Reminds me of former Angel/Cardinal Jim Edmonds type of a player.
          Of course not sure, and douybtful, he will ever go on to the majors and hit 400 HRs….but he has many of the same qualities and fits the physical profile to a tee..

    2. Waiting/hoping for the scouting reports to catch up to the numbers he’s putting up. It’s good to see him go on another tear in AA before the end of the year.

  1. LHV and REA got burned by free passes last night. Kyle Dohy is rearing his ugly head — his command issues. Dohy is throwing 9.5 BB/9 in REA and 5.6 BB/9 in a breakout 2018.

    1. There must be a reliever meltdown syndrome going through the Phillies upper minor league system.

  2. Past or present comp for Luis Garcia? Try Francisco Lindor! Both switch hitting shortshops,both 5’11” tall.Garcia’s current weight 170 lbs. Lindor’s is 190 lbs @ age 24.
    Check out Lindor’s minor league stats…

    One can only dream,but we may have a stud hitting prospect that plays a preminum position after all!

    1. That’s funny, he’s exactly the same player I thought of. Would they place him at Lakewood next year over Guzman? That would be something.

      1. My minor league starting SS next year.

        Lehigh: Crawford (Canelo if Crawford is traded).
        Reading: Maton
        Clearwater: Gamboa
        Lakewood: Garcia
        Williamsport: Guzman or Simmons if he comes on in extended and spring training.

        People just can’t let go with Crawford. Hasn’t done anything since high A ball to indicate he is a superior prospect.

            1. Noted, Romus. But like I have posted in the past, we can make anybody look like a future star when we cherry pick stats. He certainly didn’t do anything at all last September and going by memory, he didn’t do anything the last two spring trainings. Not sure how to go back and confirm that.

              I don’t want to give the kid away and am happy if he opens next year as the starting SS at Lehigh. But there is no way the Phillies can go into 2019 assuming he will be the starting SS the way they did this year.

    1. And to think I thought so highly of him at one time. What is JP now? If Manny gets signed, I think JP could start next year back st LHV.

        1. You can’t trade him now, he’s lost all of his value. You’d be giving away a former top pick, can’t do it.

          1. Exactly. No point in getting rid of him for nothing. He could still become a valuable utility guy if he gains some more strength. Maybe we get lucky and he turns into a late bloomer.

      1. Murray – I’d guess that Cesar will be traded this offseason. If/when the Phillies sign Machado, Crawford and Kingery will battle it out for the 2B job, and the loser will be the sub. I haven’t heard any rumors, but it would be a good idea for both Kingery and Crawford to play winter ball.

    2. Crawford is a fantastic defensive shortstop or 3B, much better than Kingery, who has not exactly put up great offensive numbers himself. As horrible as he was in the majors this year, Crawford’s OPS is still almost 50 points higher than Kingery’s, largely driven by his great plate discipline, which allows him to get on base even when he can’t hit a lick.

      Personally I would like to see the Phillies sign or trade for someone in the offseason who can reinforce the lineup, preferably someone who plays 3B or RF/CF (I can think of a couple player who fit that description) and then play Crawford at SS and live with his bat. If we do not improve the infield defense Jake Arrietta may kill everyone.

  3. Interesting Haseley Stats:
    1. 16 BBs to 17 Ks. Love that. This would be an area of extreme growth.
    2. Reading OPS of .939 and Away OPS of .840.
    3. 6 HRs, but he only has 4 doubles in 127 at-bats.
    4. Zero stolen bases.
    5. .667 OPS vs. lefties / 1.017 OPS vs. right.

  4. LHV lost but all I care about is that Suarez pitched well again, bouncing back. The playoffs will be interesting because they could lose several players to philly Sept 1.
    Haseley and Moniak continue to look like players. It’s very encouraging. Corny has even had some continued success. But a 17 yr old hitting 350 at GCL is really special.

  5. On the Athletic article, Bowden ranked Phils minor system as # 9 of 30 – gave them a B+ – the usual teams were in front of them with A ratings. Yes, Luis Garcia was ranked # 2 in front of # 3 Bohm. He did not elaborate on every player but used fast phrases on most of them. The Phillies had 10 players named – that was high as most teams only had 7 listed – other than Padres and Braves who had 13. He did feel both Haseley and Bohm would be All Star players. Mentioned alot of graduated players – but the system is loaded with talent from bottom to top. Those players named were all the usual players Sixto # 1, Medina #4, JoJo # 6, Haseley # 5, MM, Ortiz # 7, E deLos Santos # 9, and # 10 Spencer Howard. Says MM has turned the corner and looks good. He did say Luis Garcia may turn out to be the best position player as he is both a good hitter and fielder.

  6. 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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