Clearwater Threshers Recap – 8/31/2018

The Clearwater Threshers (76-59) beat Fort Myers, 10-2.  Mauricio Llovera (8-7, 3.72) pitched six innings allowing one earned run on five hits and 2 walks.  He struck out nine. Jonathan Hennigan (1.53) pitched two scoreless innings.  J.D. Hammer (3.12) pitched a scoreless inning.

The Threshers provided all kinds of support.  The mashed 19 hits including six, multi-hit games.  They collected 2 doubles, 2 HR, 3 walks, a hit batter, and only struck out five times. They were 6 for 16 with RISP.

Mickey Moniak (.269) returned to the line up and had 4 hits, 2 runs scored, and an RBI. Raul Rivas (.247) had 3 hits, a solo HR (3), a walk, and 2 RBI.  Kevin Markham (.259) had 3 hits, an RBI, and a walk.  Brian Mims (.275) 3 hits, a double, and 2 RBI.  Jose Gomez (.220) had 2 hits, a run scored, and a double.  Grenny Cumana (.291) had 2 hits, 2 runs scored, a stolen base, and an RBI.  Kyle Martin (.199) hit a 2-run HR (6).

Llovera also picked a runner off first base.

  • #1 Sixto Sanchez (4-3, 2.51) – placed on the 7-day DL in June, 2018
  • #3 Adonis Medina (10-4, 4.12)
  • #6 Mickey Moniak (.269) went 4-5 with 2 runs scored, RBI
  • #12 Daniel Brito (.247) entered as a defensive replacement and went 0-2 with a K
  • #11 Arquimedes Gamboa (.219) DNP
  • #17 Jose Gomez (.220) went 2-6 with a run scored, double
  • #20 David Parkinson (3-0, 1.24) –

Lehigh Valley (82-55) Cole Irvin (14-4, 2.57) rode a 3-run sixth inning to a 3-1 win over Rochester. The victory extended his franchise-leading record to 14 wins.  Irvin pitched six, three-hit, shutout innings.  He walked one and struck out five.  Ben Lively (2.47) pitched an inning and gave up a run.  Tyler Gilbert (3.63) and Pedro Beato (3.09) eached pitched a no-hit, shutout inning.  Beato surpassed his franchise record with his 34th save.

The IronPigs collected four hits and a walk.  Their big rally was a fielding error, a walk, and Joey Meneses’ three-run HR (23).  J.P. Crawford (.229) went 1-4 with a double.  Zach Green (.252) went 1-3.

  • #8 Ranger Suarez (2-0, 2.91) –
  • #9 Enyel De Los Santos (10-5, 2.63) –
  • #10 Cole Irvin (14-4, 2.57) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, game score 73
  • #15 Roman Quinn accumulated enough days on active roster to lose prospect status
  • #16 Dylan Cozens (.246) DNP
  • #21 Drew Anderson (8-4, 3.75) –
  • #28 Tom Eshelman (2-13, 5.83) –

Reading (64-70) lost to Trenton, 3-2.  All runs were scored in the first inning.  Neither pitcher got out of the first.  Blake Quinn (0-2, 10.80) last 2/3 of an inning.  He gave up 3 runs on one hit and 5 walks.  Quinn loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a single. He gave up a sac fly for the second out, but then walked 3 batters, forcing in two more runs. Jose Taveras (5.95) came in with the bases loaded and got a strike out to end the inning. He went on to pitch 3 more shutout innings, striking out five.  Seth McGarry (4.11) followed with three shutout innings and another five strike outs.  Kyle Dohy (6.00) finished with a no-hit inning.  

The Phils were held to 3 hits.  Darrick Hall had two of them.. Damek Tomscha had the other.  The Phils bounced the Thunder starter in the first with an Austin Listi one-out walk, a wild pitch, Tomscha’s RBI double, another wild pitch, an RBI single by Darrick Hall, and a two-out walk.

Both offenses were impotent the rest of the way.   Reading had a rally scuttled when a runner was thrown out stealing.  The Thunder had a runner thrown out at thye plate by Jan Hernandez.  And, the game ended with Jose Pujols caught stealing.

I’ve heard that Cornelius Randolph tweaked his hamstring, and it is unlikely that he is in the line up for Reading the rest of the way.  I wonder if he could be added to Lehigh Valley? (Update: Randolph has improved, he may play tonight.)

And, one last time. The Phillies do not make public why a player is added to the Temporarily Inactive List.  I laid out the conditions in the MLR that might cause a player to be added to the TIL a few days ago.  It’s very likely a personal family matter.  So, don’t yell at me on Twitter, dude.  This is a case where you don’t have a right to know.

  • #4 Adam Haseley (.316) Temporarily Inactive List
  • #5 JoJo Romero (7-6, 3.80) – placed on the 7-day DL on 7/20/18
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-4, 6.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • #23 Cornelius Randolph (.244) DNP
  • #24 Connor Seabold (1-4, 4.67)

Lakewood (85-50) lost to Delmarva, 3-1.  Julian Garcia (2.54) gave up one run on 4 hits and 2 walks in six innings.  He struck out seven.  Ismael Cabrera (6.23) pitched two no-hit innings, striking out four.  Luis Carrasco (5-2, 3.25) took the loss giving up 2 runs on one hit and 4 walks.  Matt Vierling (.294) had 2 hits, a double, and an RBI.

  • #7 Jhailyn Ortiz (.223) 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 (9-8, 3.79) –
  • #20 David Parkinson (8-1, 1.51) – promoted to Clearwater on 8/2/18
  • #30 Nick Maton (.259) DNP

Williamsport (31-42) lost to Auburn, 6-2.  Ben Brown (0-2, 7.04) had another rough outing in his second start with for the Cutters.  He gave up 3 runs in 2.2 innings and was relieved with the bases loaded in the third inning.  Ethan Evanko (1.50) stranded three inherited runners and pitched three, one-run innings.  Eric White (13.50) came in to strand two inherited runners, but pitched an additional inning where he gave up a run.  Keylan Kilgore (0.81) struck out the side in his inning.  The Shocker has 29 strike outs in 22.1 innings, 10 saves in 10 opportunities, a 0.72 WHIP, and just 5 walks.

The Cutters had 6 hits.  Matt Kroon (.250 had two in four at bats.  Alec Bohm and Keudy Bocio (.213) had RBIs.

  • #2 Alec Bohm (.216) went 1-4 with an RBI
  • #13 Francisco Morales (4-4, 5.36) –
  • #26 Kevin Gowdy – 60-day DL
  • #29 Jhordany Mezquita (1-0, 3.60) – DNP.
  • #29 Colton Eastman (0-2, 3.00) –

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.

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 31st.

Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/31/18–RHP Blake Quinn assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
8/29/18–Lehigh Valley placed 2B Trevor Plouffe on the 7-day DL
8/28/18–Philadelphia designated RHP Mark Leiter Jr. for assignment.
8/28/18–Philadelphia optioned C Andrew Knapp to Lehigh Valley
8/28/18–New York Mets traded RF Jose Bautista to Philadelphia for Player To Be Named Later or cash
8/28/18–Lehigh Valley activated RHP Ben Lively from the 7-day DL
8/28/18–Lakewood placed LHP Will Stewart on the 7-day DL. Left shin contusion.
8/28/18–RHP James McArthur assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/28/18–Lakewood sent LHP Kyle Young on a rehab assignment to Williamsport
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 Jesse Valentin on the 7-day DL. 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.

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

  1. Just want to say, I appreciate all the updates of the games during the year. Your site is my first read in the morning after the alarm clock. Big thank you!

  2. The good news is that MM looks ready for a promotion. Hopefully he has an easier start in Reading than Randolph did.

    On other prospects, down arrow on Ortiz (I know he’s 19, blah, blah, blah – he’s still been bad) and up arrow on Llovera – a very serious prospect who should command more of our attention – he will probably be between 10 and 15 for me.

      1. It would be kind of interesting to have three top-10 picks in the same outfield. I think and hope, though, that Haseley is progressed enough to start the season in LHV.

        2019 Reading lineup guess

        C – Cabral
        1B – Hall
        2B – Canelo
        3B – Williams
        SS – Gamboa
        LF – Randolph
        CF – Moniak
        RF – Pujols
        DH – Hernandez

  3. I wonder if some promotions will occur with the playoffs in mind. Kilgore could help Lakewood, maybe someone from Reading could help LHV and the 40 roster will get lots of changes as Eickhoff and Florimon go back on it today and the team has to be struggling with whether to promote Irvin. Irvin has been terrific this year and really deserves a shot in Philly right now.
    We would have been so excited to think MM could finish at 270. Way to go Mickey on turning things around. Hit your way! I’m really not very confident in the system hitting coaches. Lots of low batting averages and our three #1 prospects all started hitting better when they were allowed to hit their old way.

    1. I doubt Irvin will get a September callup this year even though he deserves it. He doesnt even have to be protected yet for this years rule V draft.

      1. Yeah, I don’t foresee any additions to 40 man as 2 will have to be designated for assignment with Eickhoff and Florimon coming off 60 day DL. Walding is a good bet with one of Rios, Anderson, or Lively being the other. The 2nd to be designated will likely get claimed as the cuts will be of decent quality players

  4. Some notes from Last night’s game.

    All credit to the Threshers for their 19 hits. Well done. But it also was a night of good fortune: seeing-eye singles, ground balls that infielders just couldn’t quite get to and balls in the air that found green grass rather than defenders upon landing.

    Mickey Mo, as one might expect from going four for five, looked like a confident guy even if his hits were singles.

    Llovera pitched well, as is evident from the boxscore. He wasn’t quite as dominant as he was two weeks ago when I saw him. Then, he was hitting 95-96 in the sixth inning and his breaking pitches were mostly down and in the zone. But he was still darn good.

    Llovera tired a bit in later innings. His 95-96-97 became 94-95, still impressive. The fatigue showed in the sixth. After going through five innings with seven to 18 pitches per inning, Llovera needed 28 pitches to get through the final inning giving him 93 for the night.

    He began throwing more fastballs than breaking pitches but by the fifth inning was six breaking pitches to five baseballs and 14-14 in the ninth.

    Worth noting that five strike threes came on breaking pitches.

    In summary: I’ve seen Llovera twice, and he’s been impressive twice. Maybe a little stronger and crisper the first time, but very good the second.

    Granny Crumana looks like a future Phillie utility player in the making. The little guy just plays fundamentally well His first run scored was an example: singled, stole second, scored on a hit. His second at bat, RBI single and scores from second on a hit.

    Kevin Markham is another guy who gets no mention but who looks like a solid player. Don’t know that he’ll advance to the Big Leagues but he’s a solid contributor here. Again, fundamentally sound and he’s shown a good arm in right field.

    Kyle Martin hurt at the start of the fifth inning. On the ground in pain. Helped off the field. Log says arm injury.

    JD Hammer is back. Second time I’ve seen Hammer and second time he just effectively got outs. Fast ball was okay at 92. Smooth delivery.

    1. You realize Cumana is 5’5″right? I was told on this site that he was a non prospect + maybe he’s not but he has hit well and has, seemingly, several outfield assists. He’s been playing some left field. Unfortunately likely prospect but still, who’s to say?

    1. Obviously Randolph played tonight. He confirmed to me after the game that it wasn’t an injury – he was sick.

  5. Spencer Howard pitchers tonight…last time in a regular season game before the playoffs.
    He should be pitching next Friday in their scheduled playoff game
    And his last ten starts…Game Scores of 57 or better in 8 of his those ten games going 6-1, K/9 at 12, ❤ BB/9, and <2 ERA in those 54 innings pitched.

    1. i could see it either way. One reason to keep him in Clearwater is to avoid the cold start to the season in Reading.

      Also why I think Sixto will start in Clearwater next year

    1. Because the entire priority of what the organization does is to win at the Major League level. Not that either will have an impact, but if they help win just one September game, it’s all worth it.

      1. What are the chances that Cozens or Altherr can make a difference in one week. Why spit in the face of the LHV fans?

      1. Knapp can’t come back up yet. He must stay down for a minimum of 10 days unless he’s coming back to replace an injured player.

  6. Am I the only one wondering if Bautista really offers more than a 26 year old Joey Meneses?

    Still think having Meneses on the 25 will mean more than Bautista. If anything just to see what he can do against MLB pitching.

    1. I do not see the Phillies letting Joey Meneses go the minor league free agent route and once the LHV playoffs are completed next week or the following,he will be added to the 40 and brought up…and especially I would like to see him get a few ABs against his former team in that Atlanta seven game stretch..I a sure he will have a thing or two to prove if he gets the opportunity.

    2. have been advocating all year. I fear Meneses has discovered something and is on the verge of a breakout. he could become a better than adequate major leaguerer. I cant imagine why a 26 yr old who could win the triple crown in AAA is not considered a prospect by this web site. who is having a better yr in the minors. give the kid an apportunity.

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