Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/23/2018

The GCL Phillies West play tomorrow.  The game starts at 11:00 AM.  Kyle Young is scheduled to throw two innings.

A lot of the Phillies development staff has arrived in Clearwater.  I imagine they will be discussing who to invite to Instructs and who should participate in the AFL.  The AFL announcements should be coming in the next week or so.  Look for guys who missed substantial innings to be selected.  Especially among the pitchers.

Clearwater’s  Aaron Fultz, will serve as a pitching coach as part of the Scottsdale Scorpions staff.  The team will include members of the Reds, Astros, Mets, Giants, and Phillies.

Some of the AFL’s roster rules are –

  • Each organization is required to send a minimum of 7 players including at least 4 pitchers (preferably a starter and 3 relievers) and a minimum of 3 position players.
  • An organization can assign additional pitchers and/or position-players to its AFL team’s “Taxi Squad.” Players assigned to an AFL team’s “Taxi Squad” can play in no more than two games per week.
  • MLB players (including players selected in a preceding Rule 5 Draft) with less than one year MLB Service Time accrued (not including time spent on a Disabled list) as of September 1st are eligible.
  • Any player on a AA or AAA Active Roster or Disabled List on August 15th is eligible.
  • Two players on an organization’s Advanced Class-A affiliate’s Active Roster (or Disabled List) on August 15th can be assigned to the AFL.
  • Two additional players who were on the Active Roster or Disabled List of a minor league affiliate below AA (A+, A, SS-A, R) on August 15th can be assigned to the AFL.
  • International players from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and/or Australia are eligible only if the player is NOT on the reserve list of a Winter League club from the player’s home country. Otherwise, there is no maximum limit on the number of international players an organization can assign to its AFL team.

The Clearwater Threshers (70-57) lost to Dunedin, 4-1.  Lakeland also lost, so the Threshers maintain a four game lead and their magic number to clinch is eight with 10 games remaining.

Adonis Medina struggled against the desperate Blue Jays who are five games short of elimination.  He had a nice line of 2 runs in six innings, but he walked four and gave up a titanic 2-run home run to open the scoring.  He threw 103 pitches, 59 strikes.  He ran several deep counts including seven 3-ball counts.  His FB ran 89-96 mph.  It sat 91-93 mph.  He threw 10 pitches above 93 mph, but none after the fourth inning.

Jakob Hernandez gave up a run and struck out two in two innings.  Jonathan Hennigan gave up an unearned run in the ninth.  The Threshers collected 5 hits.  They scored their run on Arquimedes Gamboa’s RBI triple in the eighth.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3, 2.51) – placed on the 7-day DL in June, 2018
  • #3 Adonis Medina (9-4, 4.31) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR
  • #6 Mickey Moniak (.262) went 0-4
  • #12 Daniel Brito (.255) went 1-3 with a BB, K
  • #11 Arquimedes Gamboa (.214) went 1-4 with a triple, RBI, 2 K
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.222) DNP
  • #20 David Parkinson (2-0, 1.17) –

GCP Phillies East (30-23) lost to the Yankees West, 3-2.  Jonas De La Cruz gave up 3 runs in 3.1 innings, walking 5 in that span.  Gabriel Yanez came in and stranded two runners.  Mario Sanchez struck out 3 in two rehab innings.  Kyle Arjona pitched two scoreless innings.  And, Bailey Cummings struck out two in the ninth.  Julio Francisco had 3 hits including 2 doubles.  Jack Zoellner had 2 hits including a double and walk.  Edgar Made had 2 hits, 2 doubles, and an RBI.  Francisco stole 2 bases (12).  The Phillies amassed 14 strike outs.

  • #25 Dominic Pipkin (1-2, 3.64) – DNP

GCL Phillies West (29-23) no game scheduled.

  • #14 Luis Garcia (.364)

Lehigh Valley (77-52) beat Syracuse, 3-2.  Enyel De Los Santos pitched six innings and gave up an unearned run on 3 hits and 2 walks.  Tyler Gilbert gave up a run in 1.2 innings but got the win.  Pedro Beato allowed an inherited runner to score while recording a four-out save (32).   The IronPigs had 5 hits and drew 5 walks.  

  • #8 Ranger Suarez (2-0, 2.92) –
  • #9 Enyel De Los Santos (10-4, 2.43) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • #10 Cole Irvin (12-4, 2.71)
  • #15 Roman Quinn (.296) – recalled by Phillies on 7/27/2018
  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.235) went 1-4 with a K
  • #21 Drew Anderson (8-4, 3.75) –
  • #28 Tom Eshelman (2-12, 5.61)

Reading (61-66) beat Trenton, 8-3.  Harold Arauz picked up his 9th win with 5.1 innings. He gave up one ER and one unearned run on 5 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out eight.  Josh Tols stranded 2 inherited runners and struck out four in 1.2 innings.  Luke Leftwich struck out two in one inning.  Edgar Garcia gave up one run in one inning.  

Austin Listi had 2 hits in 3 at bats, scored 3 runs, doubled, homered (9), and had 4 RBI. Adam Haseley, and Malquin Canelo had 2 hits each.  Canelo stole his 22nd base.  Jose Pujols went 1-2 with 2 runs scored, a double, and 2 walks.

  • #4 Adam Haseley (.326) went 2-5 with an RBI, K
  • #5 JoJo Romero (7-6, 3.80) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/20/18
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-4, 7.00) –
  • #23 Cornelius Randolph (.242) went 1-3 with a run scored, double, RBI, BB, HBP
  • #24 Connor Seabold (1-3, 4.48) –

Lakewood (79-48)  beat Hickory, 4-1.  Gustavo Armas went eight, one-hit innings.  HHe gave up a solo HR and struck out eight.  Zach Warren struck out the side to collect his 13th save and preserve the one-hitter.  Armas had a game score of 85.  Jake Scheiner had 2 hits, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI.  Madison Stokes had 2 doubles.

  • #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.222) went 0-4 with 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) –
  • #20 David Parkinson (8-1, 1.51) – promoted to Clearwater on 8/2/18
  • #30 Nick Maton (.263) went 1-4 with a run scored, K

Williamsport (27-38) split with Batavia, winning 3-2 and losing 1-0.  

Game One:  Colton Eastman went three, one-hit innings striking out five.  Jose Jimenez scattered four hits in 2.2 innings for the win.  Robinson Martinez stranded a batter in the sixth inning, but was lifted after facing two batters in the seventh.  Keylan Kilgore allowed 2 inherited runners to score, but preserved the win with his 10th save.  Alec Bohm had an RBI double to open the scoring in the sixth.  Ben Pelletier followed with a 2-run double.  The Cutters managed just 4 hits.

  • #2 Alec Bohm (.197) went 1-3 with a run scored, double, RBI
  • #29 Colton Eastman (0-2, 3.00) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Game Two:  Tyler Carr gave up 2 hits in three innings.  Abdallah Aris 1 run on 1 hit in three innings.  He struck out five.  Neither pitcher walked or hit a batter.  The Cutters were 2 hit by the Muckdogs.  Danny Mayer doubled.  Brayan Gonzalez singled.  And Jonathan Guzman walked.

  • #2 Alec Bohm (.188) went 0-3
  • #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, 3.00) –

DSL Phillies Red (30-39) beat the Angels, 5-3.

DSL Phillies White (38-32) lost to the D-backs2, 3-2.

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)
8/23/18–Philadelphia placed 1B Justin Bour on the 10-day DL. Left oblique strain.
8/23/18–Philadelphia activated LHP Luis Avilan.
8/23/18–Philadelphia placed RHP Edubray Ramos on the 10-day DL. Right index finger blister.
8/23/18–Philadelphia sent SS Pedro Florimon on a rehab assignment to Reading
8/23/18–Philadelphia recalled C Andrew Knapp from Lehigh Valley
8/23/18–Lehigh Valley activated 2B Ryan Goins from the 7-day DL
8/23/18–Reading sent RHP Mario Sanchez on a rehab assignment to GCL Phillies East.
8/23/18–RHP Blake Bennett assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies West.
8/23/18–RHP Jack Perkins assigned to GCL Phillies West from Williamsport
8/23/18–LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to GCL Phillies West from Williamsport
8/23/18–LHP Ethan Evanko assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies West.
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

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

    1. Thanks for sharing. Interesting that it mentions a possible shift to CF (not as a regular, but as a fill-in). Glad to see that so many of our young prospects were able to overcome tough starts to the season and thrive in the second half.

    2. Glad to see people taking note! Sometimes, struggling and having to really work to figure out how to succeed at higher levels is more important and worthwhile to a young man’s development than simply showing up and doing well from the get-go. Go Corney!

    3. A few weeks ago, I heard that the batting coach loosened the “pull crazy” reins that the Phillies had applied when C was in Clearwater. He was encouraged to return to the approach that he had earlier in his career. Now, I haven’t seen his stance or swing, but I’ve also heard that he is using all fields as he did when he was signed. If true, that is good news, since I thought he had one of the prettiest swings when I saw him in the GCL.

      1. Thanks for the context on that. Sort of hard to believe that in this generation of fielding shifts that diminish a player’s value because they can’t adjust and hit to all fields, the organization would take a player who naturally approaches hitting that way and ask him to do it the other (worse) way. Not a good look.

        1. The “pull crazy” reins were likely an attempt to get more power, at the expense of contact and batting average. So it’s not hard to believe, particularly for a guy who plays a corner OF position. But given the results to date, one can also understand allowing Randolph to go back to his previous approach and swing.

    1. I have to believe JP hand is not 100%, striking out has never been his thing but trying to hit with a healing hand is tough. No excuses, been a lost and disappointing year but he is not healthy

  1. Bohm with an XBH; they’ve been infrequent. I hate to be the guy who worries too early but I’d be lying if I said his lack of power and propensity to hit ground balls thus far isn’t a little bit concerning.

    1. To be fair, he was injured and has only has barely eclipsed 100 total PAs.

      Even if he doesn’t pan out (wwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy too early for that), it’s hard to fault when he was pretty much the consensus pick at 3.

    2. It would’ve been great for Bohm to come out looking like the second coming of Kris Bryant, but I’m giving him a pass. With the injury/movement between Clearwater and Williamsport, he hasn’t had much of a chance to settle in.

      I do expect him to abuse FSL pitching next season, though.

  2. Another good game by LHP Keylan Killgore notching his 10th (of 10) SV for the year. Killgore hasn’t gave up a run for more than a month now. Killgore pitched almost exclusively from the pen in Wichita State missing bats but with command issues.

    At WIL, Killgore can still miss bats (K/9=10.97) but showing improvement in command of this FB-SL combo (BB/9=2.11). The last report i saw is that Killgore is pitching in the low 90s (T94) with a good looking breaking ball (looks closer to a SL).

    Killgore has the size to increase his velo and if the command holds, he can be in the fast lane to the majors.

  3. Deivi Grullon is the only Fightins’ position player on the end of season Eastern League All-Stars. The honor is well-deserved.

  4. I’m really happy with the progress of Randolph, Moniak, and Haseley. Is anyone else concerned that Randolph’s post-July 1 performance (great BA, great K rate, continued very good BB rate), includes only a .125 ISO? I mean, for a LF prospect, that’s not good. I am hopeful that the post-July 1 Randolph is the real Randolph, but he will need to hit with a lot more power to be a first-division regular. If I were the Phillies, I would have him repeat Reading next year. He’ll only be 22, so there is time for the power to develop

    1. My hope for Randolph is that he becomes a valuable AL type player with excellent if not elite hit tool. Could fetch us a nice return. Don’t see him thriving in the NL. I could be wrong.

        1. Are there many players that are sought-after for a DH role that aren’t power guys? Corney doesn’t seem like a prototypical DH to me. And he’s more than athletic enough to be valuable on defense as well.

    2. And this is the problem with Randolph. He is a good singles hitter to all fields.
      Due his good ‘contact ability’, Phillies tried to increase his power but the tradeoff to his other hitting abilities was significant.
      So maybe it was decided to let him return to the no power approach. As such he profiles as a backup but might be useful as pinch hitter.

  5. Luis J. Garcia with another 2-hit game today.
    In 42 games, he has 21 multi-hit games, 10 one-hit games and only 11 games with no hits.
    And rarely grounds into DPs….just one.

  6. Another inning … another 3 K’s for Zach Warren. For the season the kid is at 52.2 IP, 31 H, 26 BB, 91 K, .174 OBA. That’s the way they make them in Vineland.

    1. Also … AJ Alexy (one of my 2016 draft favorites from the HS class) looked very good for Hickory against Lakewood last night (10 K/0 BB). He’s a young Jerad Eickhoff.

    2. What does he throw?
      His time at Tennessee was very non-descriptive as a starter…WHIP 1.66
      He must have changed his arsenal becoming strictly a reliever now as a pro..

      1. Not to diminsh his great season, but I still want to see Garcia against better pitchers than the watered down GCL.

    1. Garcia, Bohm and Haseley are my 3-4-5 prospects, in some order. What that order is, I can’t decide right now.

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