Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/27/2018

Dan Connolly of the Athletic tweeted that the Phillies traded Jack Zoellner to the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon for International bonus pool space.  Later this evening, he tweeted that the amount the Phillies will receive is $750K.  Not a bad return for a 2017, ninth round pick who signed for $10K.

The senior out of New Mexico saw limited action in 2017.  He was initially assigned to Lakewood but went on the DL the next day.  When he returned to action, he played 11 games for the GCL Phillies.  He was assigned to the GCL Phillies East squad this season and finished tied for third in the league with 7 HRs.  His 32 walks were tops in the league.  His 42 strikeouts in 195 plate appearances gave him a 21.5 K%.

The Clearwater Threshers (72-57) beat Jupiter, 6-0 and inched a little closer to clinching the division.  Ramon Rosso (6-2, 3.08) pitched six shutout innings.  He scattered six hits, walked one, and struck out nine.  Grant Dyer (5.28) struck out three in two, scoreless innings.  Alberto Tirado (2.40) pitched one, scoreless inning.

The Threshers jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the first inning.  Singles by Daniel Brito, Arquimedes Gamboa, and Mickey Moniak loaded the bases.  Henri Lartigue and Kyle Martin had RBI singles, and Raul Rivas had a 2-run single.  They added single runs in the second and seventh innings on a throwing error and another Lartigue RBI single.

The victory allowed the Threshers to move closer to clinching the North Division.  Lakeland was rained out and Dunedin won.  Lakeland is now in the unenviable position of having to play two double headers in the next three days.  Dunedin is on life support.

                              W-L     PCT   GB   ELIM#
Clearwater    41-22    .645     –         –
Lakeland       35-25    .583     4.5      3
Dunedin        35-28    .548      6         1


  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3, 2.51) – placed on the 7-day DL in June, 2018
  • #3 Adonis Medina (9-4, 4.31) – DNP
  • #6 Mickey Moniak (.262) went 1-4 with a run scored, BB, K
  • #12 Daniel Brito (.250) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, K
  • #11 Arquimedes Gamboa (.214) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, BB, 2 K
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.220) DNP
  • #20 David Parkinson (2-0, 1.17) –

The GCL Phillies East finished in first place in the GCL North Division with a 30-24 record.  They lost a one-game semifinal on the road against the Palm Beach Cardinals.

  • #25 Dominic Pipkin (1-2, 3.64) made 10 appearances, 8 starts.  In limited action, he pitched 29.2 innings.  In a SSS, he posted a 1.180 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.5 K/9.

The GCL Phillies West finished in second place in the GCL Northwest Division with a 30-24 (.556) record.

  • #14 Luis Garcia finished the season with a league best .369 AVG.  His .433 OBP placed third, his .488 SLG placed 13th, and his .921 OPS placed seventh.  These were not only team leading but also the best of both Phillies GCL entries.  Garcia’s 33 runs scored were fourth in the league following team mate Yerwin Trejo’s 40.  He led the league with 62 hits.  Placed second with 32 RBI.  Trejo’s 23 stolen bases led the league, Garcia had 12.

Lehigh Valley (79-54) lost to Scranton, 9-8 in ten innings.  Drew Anderson gave up 5 runs in five innings.  Yacksel Rios pitched a clean inning.  Austin Davis blew the save in two-thirds of a rehab inning.  Tyler Gilbert stranded 2 inherited runners and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.  Mark Leiter pitched two innings and gave up 3 runs (2 ER) in overtime. 

Joey Meneses had 3 hits including 2 doubles and 2 RBI.  J.P. Crawford had 2 hits, a HR, and 2 RBI.  Dylan Cozens had 2 hits, a double, and 3 RBI.  Nick Rickles returned to action with 2 hits and an RBI.

  • #8 Ranger Suarez (2-0, 2.92) –
  • #9 Enyel De Los Santos (10-4, 2.43) –
  • #10 Cole Irvin (13-4, 2.67) –
  • #15 Roman Quinn (.296) – recalled by Phillies on 7/27/2018
  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.236) went 2-5 with a run scored, double, 3 RBI, 2 K
  • #21 Drew Anderson (8-4, 3.75) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR
  • #28 Tom Eshelman (2-13, 5.83) –

Reading (63-68) beat Richmond, 7-0.  Tyler Viza tossed a seven inning, 3 hit, shutout before turning the game over to the bullpen.  He struck out eleven and had a game score of 87.  Kyle Dohy pitched a scoreless inning.  Luke Leftwich pitched a perfect, two-strike out inning.  Austin Listi had 3 hits including a double and 2 RBI.  Darick Hall hit a solo HR (14).  Drew Stankiewicz had 2 hits and 2 runs scored.  

  • #4 Adam Haseley (.316) DNP
  • #5 JoJo Romero (7-6, 3.80) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/20/18
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-4, 6.30) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • #23 Cornelius Randolph (.244) DNP
  • #24 Connor Seabold (1-4, 4.91) – DNP

Lakewood (82-49) beat Greensboro, 2-1.  Will Stewart struck out 3 in three one-hit, innings.  Ismael Cabrera pitched a perfect inning.  Damon Jones allowed a run on 3 hits while striking out 4 in three innings.  Zach Warren struck out three while picking up his 14th save.  Jake Scheiner had 2 hits.  Jones picked a runner off first base.  Matt Vierling had an outfield assist at second base.

  • #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.225) went 1-3 with a BB, 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 (9-8, 3.79) –
  • #20 David Parkinson (8-1, 1.51) – promoted to Clearwater on 8/2/18
  • #30 Nick Maton (.262) went 1-4 with a run scored, BB, 2 K

Williamsport (29-40) lost to Mahoning Valley, 4-1.  Francisco Morales threw 88 pitches in 4.2 innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Abdallah Aris struck out 4 in 2.2 innings but gave up 2 runs.  Robinson Martinez gave up 3 hits and struck out four in 2.2 scoreless innings.  The Cutters managed just 4 hits.  Alec Bohm had their only RBI. Thirteen Cutters struck out.

  • #2 Alec Bohm (.224) went 1-3 with an RBI
  • #13 Francisco Morales (4-4, 5.36) – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • #26 Kevin Gowdy – 60-day DL
  • #29 Jhordany Mezquita (1-0, 3.60) – DNP.
  • #29 Colton Eastman (0-2, 3.00) –

The DSL Phillies Red finished the season 31-40 (.437) in fifth place in the DSL South Division.

The DSL Phillies White finished the season 39-33 (.542) in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 27th.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/27/18–Philadelphia sent LHP Austin Davis on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
8/27/18–Philadelphia sent SS Pedro Florimon on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
8/27/18–Philadelphia traded 1B Jack Zoellner to Baltimore for Future Considerations
8/27/18–Lehigh Valley placed 2B Jesmuel Valentin on the 7-day DL retro to 8/25/18. Right hamstring strain.
8/27/18–Lehigh Valley activated C Nick Rickles from the 7-day DL
8/27/18–RHP Blake Quinn assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/27/18–RHP Will Hibbs assigned to Reading from Williamsport
8/27/18–RHP Eric White assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies East.
8/25/18–Philadelphia sent RHP Jose Taveras outright to Reading
8/25/18–RF Jiandido Tromp assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
8/25/18–LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
8/25/18–RHP Edgar Garcia assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/25/18–Reading placed LF Adam Haseley on the temporarily inactive list
8/25/18–Brian Mims assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
8/25/18–RHP Ben Brown assigned to Williamsport from GCL Phillies West
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.

44 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/27/2018

  1. Good luck Mr. Zoellner. He has a ton of BBs; 32 to be exact. He also has 42 Ks which is respectable for a power guy (5 dbls, 2 Trpls and 7 HRs). He has played 3B but this year has been all 1B. I’m not sure what to make of him but getting $750K in Intl money was huge. I think he has potential but the Phils have 1Bs galore in the Majors and Minors.

    1. He was 3.5 years too old for the league, lets not get carried away with his “production”. This trade was a no brainer by Klentak.

  2. This year has been a pretty successful year for the Phil’s Minor League teams. LHV is in the playoffs. CLW controls their own destiny. LKW also controls their fate. GCL teams were solid with 1 making the playoffs but we beaten by a team with more wins. One of the DSL teams had a winning season.

  3. Here is an objective third party assessment of Moniak and Garcia.

    Don’t look now, but Phillies OF prospect Mickey Moniak seems to be making some strides in the Florida State League. After a horrendous first half, Moniak is slashing .276/.327/.459 with 4 home runs and 2 stolen bases in 202 plate appearances since July 1st. That’s good for a 121 wRC+. Granted, those numbers aren’t exactly spectacular. And even with some strides being made, the sad truth is Moniak will likely never be a fixture in the fantasy baseball world. But don’t make the mistake of thinking there’s not big league potential here. I haven’t said it in awhile, so allow me to refresh your memory: Prospect development is almost never linear. Growth can appear in nearly an infinite amount of ways in baseball, and while we shouldn’t yet be writing home about the progress Moniak has made in the FSL this season, we also shouldn’t write him off as a bust. Remember that the outfielder only turned 20 in May. Let him cook. #Patience

    I’m not sure my heart is ready to handle finding room to love two Luis Garcia’s in the prospect world. You already know the Nationals’ version, the 18-year-old shortstop currently finding success in High-A who nearly cracked my top 100 this midseason. But the Phillies’ Luis Garcia is beginning to make waves too, slashing .369/.433/.488 with 1 home run and 12 stolen bases in 187 plate appearances in Rookie Ball this summer. Also a shortstop like his identically-named counterpart, Garcia is already considered an above-average defender with the offensive potential to someday be a highly-touted prospect. For now, we get to admire Garcia’s minuscule 11.2 K%, which is certainly an outlier compared to most Rookie League position players (and Garcia is 2.7 years younger than his average competition). The 17-year-old’s offensive prowess will develop as Garcia himself develops physically. For now, let’s consider the shortstop a top 400 prospect with a chance to make a meteoric jump over the course of next season. Depending on the depth of your league, he should perhaps already be rostered.

  4. Listi had a long slump but is sure hot now. I’d love to see him get a shot at LHV for their playoffs.
    How many players are helping Clearwater win their 2nd half after helping Lakewood win their 1st half?
    Viza has done a surprisingly good job at Reading. His career is still alive.
    Scheiner has had the best year in our system for guys that haven’t been talked about.

  5. More and more and more Austin Listi is showing that he is a serious hitter. Plate discipline, hit tool and plenty of power. Yes, he’s 24, but he’s made rapid progress at every level. He was playing college ball last spring and now he’s on the cusp of being a AAA player. What more could you ask of an 17th round pick? I am a big fan. He is absolutely, positively, going to be in my top 30. This dude can hit.

    1. Guessing it’s to limit his innings. He’s already way over his count from last year.

  6. Jack Zoellner to the Orioles for $750K is a great return.
    I had guess it would be no more than $500K….Klentak did well there.

      1. Read somewhere Duquette and the Os were going to concentrate now on the Latin market, and new beginnings in the search for talent, and signing many of the 16-year olds in that area……then I see this. The O faithful are probably scratching their collective heads wondering what direction does he want to go with…and if so, stick with it.
        I don’t know….maybe Zoellner has some extraordinary talent and potential , and the Os can see it, but he will have to move fast thru their system at his age right now.

        1. Maybe…..MacPhail left Duquette with a playoff team seven years ago, when the Os got to the playoffs three of the next five years, ..then it started unraveling a few years ago for Dan Duquette.
          So maybe Dan D. is paying him back from hte Manny events…..and maybe he is also wondering maybe he will come to Philly in some capacity after the season when his contract runs out in Baltimore and the Angelos may move on from him.
          MacPhail also hired Buck Showalter….but Gabe is entrenched now, for another two years at least.

      2. 750 thousand dollars for Jack Zoellner = Christmas in August for the Phillies !
        So far … that’s 1.25 million for Elniery Garcia and Jack Zoellner.
        Great job, Matt Klentak !

        1. Does this mean that money is earmarked to pay for kids already signed or are there still more big gets out there that they’re stockpiling $$ to sign??

  7. It’s pretty impressive that both GCL teams had winning seasons. I like to predict the minor league pitcher and player of the year. This year is proving to be very difficult, but here it goes.
    1. Luis Garcia
    2. Austin Listi
    3. Jose Pujols
    1. Will Stewart
    2. David Parkinson
    3. Cole Irvin
    notes: I don’t consider Meneses a prospect, hard keeping Haseley off

    1. Not sure winning the Paul Owens Minor League Award for pitching is a good omen….look at the past few winners:

      2007 – Mike Zagurski (LHP)]
      2008 – J. A. Happ (LHP)
      2009 – Kyle Drabek (RHP)
      2010 – Scott Mathieson (RHP)
      2011 – Trevor May (RHP)
      2012 – Tyler Cloyd (RHP)
      2013 – Severino Gonzalez (RHP)
      2014 – Luis García (RHP)
      2015 – Ricardo Pinto (RHP)
      2016 – Ben Lively (RHP)
      2017 – Tom Eshelman (RHP)

      …it could be one award that pitchers will pass on.

        1. Nola never won it….and he could have won it in 2015 with over 100 innings pitched between Reading and LHV with plus metrics..
          My guess he probably deferred to Ricardo Pinto who had climbing the ladder in the org for a few years longer and who also had great numbers in A ball..

    2. I think they’ll give the hitter award to Haseley with his 300 average at both levels, with Listi the 2nd choice. Garcia in GCL is too low and only a half season.
      For pitcher, I think it will be Irvin with DeLos Santos 2nd and maybe Parkinson 3rd (or Rosso).

  8. Anyone have info on Corney’s absence, I believe three nights in a row now? Thx

      1. Ref Haseley – there were several comments yesterday (here) that he was on some sort of “personal leave” for 3 days or so…..

  9. 94 Ks in 53.2 innings for Zach Warren. He may be a bit old for Lakewood, but those are nasty numbers.

  10. Checked out how Franklyn Kilome was doing in the Mets org.
    I assume they will probably bring him up sometime at the end of his age 24 season next year….to face the Phillies of course..

    1. Good on him if he can keep the control for a longer stretch than we ever saw while he was in smaller red pinstripes.

    2. Yeah, when you make deadline moves stuff like this happens. On the whole, I think the team did well and was pretty careful. Cabrera is a good player, he’s just not gotten hot yet. Like most people, I feel the Phillies have a really good hot streak left in the tank, but they are running out of time.

  11. Irvin got my vote POTY. 14-3 era 2.76 AAA. Parkinson, 3 starts against age appropriate level ok. But let’s not give him the Cy Young yet. Many Minor pitchers having superior numbers agains age appropriate. Phillie Fan for all levels

  12. Can someone explain how the International Money works? I suspect I’m not the only one confused to some extent.

  13. Been around this game 60 plus years. Padding numbers , blatant politics ie: Clearwater 11-3 , 9th inning lead and bring in Closer. Embarrassed .

    1. Why?

      Minor league baseball is foremost about developing players, not winning games. My guess is that the guy needed work or everyone else who might be available needed the rest. If bringing in a guy to pitch in a blowout game is enough to embarrass you after 60 plus years I don’t know what to say..

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