Threshers Recap – 4/6/2019

Clearwater (1-2) beat Dunedin 8-3.

Alejandro Requena (1-0, 1.80) had a strong outing.  He pitched 5.0 innings and held the Blue Jays to one run on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking our eight.  He threw 72 pitches, 52 for strikes (66.7%).  He throws a 4-pitch mix of FB, CB, SL, CH.  He had preety good command of each, hitting his spots, keeping the Jays batters off balance, and pitching backward sometimes to great effect.

Requena’s FB was 91-93 but he touched 94 and popped 95 once.  He pretty much abandoned it over his final three innings, mixing it in occasionally with his off-speed stuff.

Grant Dyer (4.50) followed with 2.0 innings in relief.  He gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 2 hits and a walk.  He struck out three.  Austin Ross (6.75) gave up a hit in 1.0 innings striking out two.  Jonathan Hennigan pitched around a fielding error and struck out the side in the ninth.

The Threshers struck first with 2 runs in the first inning on Matt Vierling’s 2-run double.  They added a run in the third on Roman Quinn’s mammoth solo HR.  Dunedin closed to within 2 runs,but the threshers restored their 3-run lead with a run in the sixth on a ground out.  The Jays made it a one-run game in the seventh, but the Threshers came right back to put the game away with 4 runs in the bottom of the inning on Jake Scheiner’s RBI single, Nick Maton’s 2-run single, and Madison Stokes’ RBI single.

The Threshers amassed 13 hits.  Roman Quinn went 3-3 with 3 runs scored, an RBI, HR, BB, and sacrifice.  Simon Muzziotti, Matt Vierling, Nick Maton, and Madison Stokes each had 2 hits.  Vierling, Maton, and Stokes had 2 RBI each.  Vierling, Maton, and Quinn each stole a base.

Quinn showed great range running down a ball in left center at the wall.

Duran picked a runner off second.

Fourteen Threshers struck out.  Jesus Alastre went 0-3 with a walk and 3 strikeouts looking.

Threshers pitchers combined to strike out 16 Blue Jays.

  • #5 Spencer Howard (0-1, 6.23) –
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, double
  • #17 Kyle Young
  • #18 Nick Maton went 2-4 with a run scored, 2 RBI, SB
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran went 1-5
  • #20 Daniel Brito –

Lehigh Valley (2-1) swept Rochester (12-3 and 4-1).  

Game One: Jerad Eickhoff (1-0, 3.60) held the Red Wings to 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Victor Arano had a successful appearance, retiring 3 batters on 10 pitches.  He struck out one batter swinging and threw 7 strikes (70%).  Tyler Gilbert started the 7th and final inning.  He retired the first 2 batters and apeared to have the final out on a ground ball to second.  An error extended the inning.  He was lifted after allowing an RBI double.  Tom Windle entered and issued a walk before getting the final out.

The IronPigs unleashed a 12-run, 14-hit attack.  They scored 4 runs in the first inning on a 3-run HR by Mitch Walding and a solo shot by Lane Adams.  They added 2 runs in the second on a ground out and an RBI single by Jan Hernandez.  They picked up 3 more in the fourth on a fielding error and a 2-run single by Walding.  They closed out their scoring with 3 runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Phil Gosselin and a 2-run HR by Hernandez.

Jan Hernandez had 3 hits.  Mitch Walding, Lane Adams, Damek Tomscha, and Malquin Canelo had 2 hits each.  Walding had 5 RBI, Hernandez had 3, and Gosselin had two.

Game Two: Enyel Delo Santos (1-0, 1.80) allowed one run on 4 hits in 5.0 innings of work.  He walked none and struck out ten.  In the sixth, James Pazos had the lead off runner reach on an error but induced a double play and struck out a batter.  Josh Martin pitched a 1-2-23 seventh, struck out one, and picked up his first save.

The IronPigs earlier potent offense was held to 4 runs on 4 hits.  They scored a run in the third inning on a balk.  They broke a tie in the fifth with 3 runs on a solo HR by Shane Robinson, an RBI double by Phil Gosselin, and an RBI single by Mitch Walding.

Dylan Cozens and Jan Hernandez each went 0-3 with 3 K.  Cozens is still hitless this season, but has a .273 OPS

    • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (1-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
    • #7 JoJo Romero
    • #10 Ranger Suarez
    • #16 Cole Irvin (0-0, 3.60)
    • #28 Edgar Garcia (0-1, 9.00)

Reading (3-0) beat Portland, 8-1.  They out hit the Sea Dogs 15-2.  Every starter had at least one hit.

David Parkinson (1-0, 1.80) went 5.0 innings.  He gave up one run on one hit and 3 walks.  He struck out ten.  Jake Hernandez struck out 4 while retiring the side in order twice in 2.0 innings of work.  J.D. Hammer gave up a hit and struck out 2 in 2.0 innings.

The Phils opened the scoring with 3 runs in the second inning on RBI singles by Josh Stephen, Mickey Moniak, and Henri Lartigue.  They put up another crooked number in the fourth on an RBI double by Moniak, and RBI singles by Lartigue, Cornelius Randolph, and Ali Castillo.  They added one last run on a bases loaded walk to Moniak in the seventh.

Jose Antequera went 4-4 with 2 runs scored and a walk.  Mickey Moniak, Henri Lartigue, and Ali Castillo had 2 hits each.  Moniak had 3 RBI, Lartigue had two.  Adam Haseley and Cornelius Randolph each drew 2 walks of the Phils eight.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (0-0, 1.80) –
  • #3 Adam Haseley went 1-4 with 2 BB
  • #9 Mickey Moniak  went 2-4 with a run scored, double, 3 RBI, BB
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa went 1-5
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera
  • #21 David Parkinson (1-0, 1.80) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 0.00) –
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph went 1-3 with an RBI, 2 BB
  • #29 Connor Seabold

Lakewood (0-3) lost to Hickory, 9-1.

Jhordany Mezquita (0-1, 9.00) lasted 4.0 innings.  He gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out six.  Gilmael Troya (5.40) gave up a run on 2 hits in 1.0 inning.  Dominic Pipkin (6.00) pitched 3.0 innings and gave up 4 runs (2 ER) on 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  Tyler Carr pitched a scoreless inning, walking two.

The BlueClaws scored their lone run on Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI double in the fourth.

Gutierrez had 2 hits.  Luis Garcia, James Smith, Malvin Matos, and Jake Holmes each had a hit.

JHolmes and Gutierrez each stole a base.  Cole Stobbe went 0-4 with 4 K.  Garcia committed 2 throwing errors.

  • #1 Alec Bohm went 0-2 with 2 BB
  • #4 Luis Garcia – went 1-5
  • #8 Francisco Morales
  • #14 Rafael Marchan
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (6.00) – 3.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (0-1, 9.00) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Unassigned Prospects

  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz
  • #27 Starlyn Castillo
  • #30 Manuel Silva

Williamsport finished the 2018 season 32-44 (.421) tied for last place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

  • Last season’s #2 prospect, Alec Bohm saw limited action due to a knee injury he suffered when he was struck by a pitched ball on July 9th.  The 22-year old lost valuable development time and wasn’t activated again until August 20th.  He was hitting .192 when he went down.  He finished the season 14-55 (.255).
  • Last season’s #13 prospect, Francisco Morales (4-5, 5.27), was young for the league, yet he managed a 10.9 K/9.  However, he also posted a 5.3 BB9.
  • Last season’s #25 prospect, Kevin Gowdy, spent the 2018 season on the DL, rehabbing from TJ surgery.
  • Last season’s #26 prospect, Jhordany Mezquita (1-0, 3.60), made 9 starts striking out 41 in 35.0 innings.
  • Last season’s #28 prospect,  Colton Eastman (0-2, 3.00), made 8 starts on an innings count.  He struck out 23 in 18 innings.

The GCL Phillies East finished the 2018 season 30-24 (.556) in first place in the GCL North Division.  They lost a one-game semifinal on the road against the Palm Beach Cardinals.

  • Last season’s #24 prospect, 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.
  • Second baseman Nicolas Torres was selected to the Post Season GCL All Star Team.  He slashed .302/340/.396/.736 and committed just 3 errors in 270.1 innings (.977).
  • Catcher Juan Aparicio was selected to the Post Season GCL All Star Team.  He slashed .339/.378/.518/.896, committed 2 errors in 118.1 innings (.983), and threw out 5 of 20 base stealers (25%).

The GCL Phillies West finished the 2018 season 30-24 (.556) in second place in the GCL Northwest Division.

  • Last season’s #14 prospect, Luis Garcia, finished the season with a league best .369 AVG and third best .433 OBP.
  • Shortstop Luis Garcia was selected to the Post Season GCL All Star Team.  He slashed .369/.433/.488/.921.  He committed 5 errors in 353.2 innings (.969).

The DSL Phillies Red finished the 2018 season 31-40 (.437) in fifth place in the DSL South Division.

The DSL Phillies White finished the 2018 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 March 31st.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
4/6/2019 – RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Clearwater Threshers
4/6/2019 – Clearwater assigns LHP Damon Jones to Williamsport
4/5/2019 – Phillies signed FA Austin Filiere, assigned to Williamsport
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed C Matt McBride on the 7-day IL. Right calf strain
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed 3B Gift Ngoepe on the 7-day IL. Left shin contusion
4/4/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Yacksel Rios on the 7-day IL. Abdominal strain
4/4/2019 – Reading placed RHP Connor Seabold on the 7-day IL
4/4/2019 – LHP Garrett Cleavinger assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/4/2019 – 1B Kyle Martin assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/4/2019 – Clearwater placed RF Danny Mayer on the restricted list
4/4/2019 – Philadelphia sent CF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
4/4/2019 – LHP Nick Fanti assigned to Clearwater
4/4/2019 – RHP Tyler Hallead assigned to Clearwater from GCL Phillies East
4/4/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/2/2019 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Saul Alcala to a minor league contract
4/1/2019 – GCL Phillies West released RHP Antonio Canizales

29 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 4/6/2019

  1. I knew, when I saw the rosters, LKW was going to have a whole lot of trouble, at least to start the season. The hitters are very young and there are some head scratchers here. The pitchers are being stretched significantly. Last year the staff was full of talent that seemed to jell extremely well. They kept the team in games and waited for the bats to wake up late. It’s early and it’s cold so they might heat up as the spring warms up.

    One thing that surprises me is Jimmy Smith batting 3rd in LKW. He’s 23 yo and a free agent signing after the draft. I’m trying to make sense of it. Maybe LKW doesn’t have a #3 type hitter? I’d put Bohm there but that’s just me. There are a lot of young guys on this team and maybe Jimmy’s there for leadership. I don’t know. He hit .280/.351/.439 in the GCL last year but he was 22 yo in an 18 yo league, Certainly, through 3 games, no one is screaming to say I should be in the #3 hole but Marchan or Gutierrez are two guys who might fit there. I know they don’t want to put too much pressure on the younger guys and maybe after 20 games they’ll feel comfortable and slide right in there.

  2. i got to see 4 innings of the second game at LHV. I wish they had a gun for velocity, but De los Santo really looked good. I didnt know he had a good change up like he does. Walding can really play third, first time i have seen Grullon he looks a little heavy, but looks like he can hit a little

    1. roc…..’Grullon he looks a little heavy’….hah…..you should have seen him last year at Reading before he lost some weight this off-season.
      You saw former Phil prospect Willians Astudillo yesterday for the Twins……there you have it.

      1. I was surprised at how big Jakob Hernandez is after watching him pitch yesterday for Reading. They said he’s at 260.

        1. He’s always been big. But, he’s deceptively quick for his size. Batters who think they can bunt on him usually have extra time to reconsider as they walk back to the dugout.

    2. De Los Santos could be the real deal. I saw him this spring and the stuff was electric. He could displace someone in the rotation if he keeps on this pace. More proof that the isolated smaller trades are often the best ones. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the players from the smaller trades – Eflin, Pivetta, De Los Santos – are doing better than those that were in the blockbusters – Alfaro, Eickhoff, Williams. My view is that some of the most dangerous trades are the 5 for 1 blockbusters. You are almost always better off getting 1 or 2 really great prospects in a big trade than you are getting 5 good prospects. As if the Curt Schilling trade were not warning enough.

      1. There is some proof in what you say.
        One of the metric sites…BP or Fangraphs …analyzed all the 3 for 1… or 4 for 1 trades…superstar for prospects….and most showed the team receiving all the prospects did not fare as well WAR- wise as the team receiving just the one superstar.
        Of course that can be skewed in that some of the prospects took a little longer to come around and eventually some had moved onto other teams..ie Justin Smoak for example….or Cliff Lee.
        But initially, after the transaction season of the trade , the trades would favor the team receiving the superstar..

  3. What are the next steps for Roman Quinn and if/when he gets the call, who is affected on the Major League Team?

  4. Jim … any velo reports on Grant Dyer? I remember him hitting 96 after being drafted, but before TJ surgery.

  5. DeLos Santos and Parkinson did great in their first starts. Moniak getting us all excited and Reading looks strong. Nice to see Gutierrez get a couple of hits. Lakewood is young and will struggle a bit initially but they’ll find their footing.

  6. I’m curious about Parkinson and whether his stuff will translate at higher levels. He’s certainly done great in his minor league career thus far.

  7. One scouting report on Parkinson coming into this season is revealing:
    ” The six-foot-three 214-pounder is equipped with a pitch repertoire that features a fastball that resides in the low 90’s, a very good (to plus) change up, a curve ball and a slider. With some offerings that are rated about average (breaking balls), his efforts play up with a deceptive delivery. He also touts great command.”
    MLB.com otoh, has him only as 50 with most pitches and 55 with his change-up….and overall 45.
    So there are some mix reports….but all seem to indicate mid- to- back of the rotation starter right now.

      1. Denny…..I think Parkinson, Suarez and Irvin are more similar to each other based on their overall stuff. They are not high velo guys…even for LHPs, but collectively they do have good command.
        Romero I just do not know how he would compare to Parkinson….he does have more velo.

  8. While the extra pop from Moniak is nice to see, that is not what is most encouraging to me. I had always assumed that he would add weight and more power. Almost all prospects do.

    What is most encouraging to me is his 3 walks in 15 PAs. His lack of walks and plate discipline have always been the most concerning aspect of his early career performance to me. When I saw him in spring training this season, I noted on this blog that he swung at every pitch, including several balls, and had no plate discipline. Maybe he was just pressing being in MLB camp. Last year, it took him 16 games (67 plate appearances) to get his 3rd walk. This year only 3 games and 15 PAs. This change is great to see.

    1. He was up to 96-97. That one K elevated in the clip is a 97 (stadium gun). I was thinking perhaps with the 7-inning game he was putting aside thoughts of going deep into the game and just letting it rip. Good to see, either way.

      1. 10 Ks in 5 IP is exceptional at any level. Great addition with the velo reports. How do you think he would play out of the pen this year with big club?

        1. As far as I’m concerned, DLS is a Phuture Phillies reliever. It’s eventually going to happen (probably at some point this year). He looked really good in that role for the short time he did it last season.

          1. Like Ryan Madson he has the two plus pitches…the FB and CU.
            If he gets the FB up a few more ticks for an inning or two in relief, it should work well. Shame he cannot harness a break neck slider.

            1. Romus he threw a good change up last night too.only seen him once. My question is can we do a package of williams for a left hand starter.

            2. roc…like I mentioned a lot….offer to the DBacks Williams, Vinny and Cole Irvin for Robbie Ray. And see if they will take the offer up.
              But it really is too early to make trades, most GMs want to see what they got for awhile.

              BTW…..sometimes your handle is ” rocco moffo” and other times ‘roccom;
              I think it changes when you ‘reply’ to a poster and then when you post a new comment it may be the other handle.
              You must have corrupted your system somehow.
              You may need to contact Jim and probably back out of everything and re-register.
              I don’t know.

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