Threshers Recap – 4/7/2019

Clearwater (1-2) lost to Dunedin, 2-1.

Kyle Young (0-1, 4.50) retired the first two batters he faced and then gave up 2 runs on 4 consecutive singles.  He walked a batter before ending the first inning.  Then, he retired the next ten batters in succession, striking out three. 

Gustavo Armas (12.27) tossed 2.2 scoreless innings allowing a hit and 2 walks while striking out three.  Ismael Cabrera stranded an inherited runner but allowed a hit and a walk in 1.1 innings.

The Threshers mounted a rally in the ninth and finally broke through with a run on a wild pitch after Danny Mayer singled and Madison Stokes doubled.  With one out, Jesus Alastre struck out, his fourth in seven hitless at bats.

The Threshers struck out ten times and went 0-13 with runners in scoring position.

Roman Quinn went 0-3 with a sacrifice and 2 strike outs.

  • #5 Spencer Howard (0-1, 6.23) –
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti
  • #17 Kyle Young (0-1, 4.50) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • #18 Nick Maton went 1-4 with a BB
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran
  • #20 Daniel Brito went 1-4

Lehigh Valley (3-1) beat Rochester, 7-0.  

Ranger Suarez (1-0) pitched five, shutout innings.  He gave up 4 hits and 2 walks, striking out six.  Edgar Garcia (4.50) pitched two, shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk, striking out three.  Austin Davis completed the combined shutout with two, one-hit innings, striking out two.

The IronPigs opened the scoring with 4 runs in the first inning on Jan Hernandez’ RBI double and Andrew Romine’s 3-run HR.  They added single runs in the fifth on Romine’s RBI single, the seventh on Mitch Walding’s sac fly, and in the eighth on Deivy Grullon’s solo HR.

Gosselin went 3-3with 2 walks.  Hernandez, Romine, Grullon, and Malquin Canelo had 2 hits each.  Romine had 4 RBI.  Dylan Cozens had 2 walks and stole a base.

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (1-0, 1.80)
  • #7 JoJo Romero
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (1-0) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  • #16 Cole Irvin (0-0, 3.60)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (0-1, 4.50) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Reading (3-1) lost to Portland, 6-0.

Bailey Falter (0-1, 6.75) pitched 5.1 innings gave up 5 runs (4 ER) on 9 hits.  He walked none and struck out five.  Three of the runs scored on the 2 HR he allowed.  Trevor Bettencourt gave up 1 run on 3 hits and a walk in 1.2 innings.  He struck out two.  Addison Russ pitched a shutout inning allowing 2 hits and and hit a batter while striking out one.

The Phils were held to 3 hits.  Ali Castillo had two and Grenny Cumana had one.  Seventeen Phils were strike out victims.  Darwinzon Hernandez, the Red Sox top pitching prospect (#4 overall), struck out 10 in five innings.  Mickey struck out 4 times, Adam Haseley and Darick Hall struck out 3 times each.  Every Phil’s player struck out at least once.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (0-0, 1.80) –
  • #3 Adam Haseley went 0-4
  • #9 Mickey Moniak  went 0-4
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera
  • #21 David Parkinson (1-0, 1.80)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 0.00) –
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph
  • #29 Connor Seabold

Lakewood (1-3) beat Hickory, 6-2.

Francisco Morales (4.15) pitched into the fifth inning.  He was lifted after his 75th pitch, a double.  He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out five.  He left with one out in the fourth and two men in scoring position.

Oscar Marcelino (18.00) pitched 0.2 innings in relief and gave up one hit.  But, he allowed both inherited runners to score.  Victor Santos (1-0) pitched the final four innings.  He earned the win allowing zero runs on 4 hits and striking out two.

The BlueClaws scored 3 runs in the first inning on an error, Matt Kroon’s RBI single, and a force out.  They added a run in the second on Alec Bohm’s RBI double.  They picked up another run on Rafael Marchan’s RBI single in the third.  They tacked on their last run on an RBI single by Carlos De La Cruz in the eighth inning.

Every BlueClaw had at least one hit.  Matt Kroon, Rafael Marchan, and Yerwin Trejo had 2 hits each.  Cole Stobbe and Marchan each stole a base.

Thirteen BlueClaw batters struck out in their eight innings of at bats.  Luis Garcia was bumped up to third in the line up.

  • #1 Alec Bohm went 1-5 with a run scored, double, RBI
  • #4 Luis Garcia went 1-3 with a run scored, double, BB
  • #8 Francisco Morales (4.15) – 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • #14 Rafael Marchan went 2-3 with a run scored, double, 2 RBI, BB
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (6.00)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (0-1, 9.00)

Unassigned Prospects

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

Williamsport begins its 2019 season on June 14th.

GCL Phillies East begins its 2019 season  on June 24th.

GCL Phillies West begins its 2019 season on June 24th.

DSL Phillies Red begins its 2019 season on June 2nd.

DSL Phillies White begins its 2019 season on June 2nd.

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)
4/7/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Tyler Gilbert on the 7-day IL, strained groin
4/7/2019 – RHP Tyler Viza assigned to Lehigh Valley 
4/7/2019 – Clearwater activated RF Danny Mayer from the restricted list
4/6/2019 – RHP Ismael Cabrera assigned to Clearwater
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

39 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 4/7/2019

  1. Victor Santos is a guy to spend a little time on. He’s 18 yo, until July, and pitching at LKW. He’s in his 3rd season with in the Phils organization. 1st year in DSL. 2nd in GCL and now the double jump. He’s listed at 6’1″ 191. He’s been mostly a starter but was in the bullpen his 1st time out this year. I’ll bet he’s in the bullpen through mid-season or so and then replaces one of the starters and finishes the year that way.

    In Santos’ 2+ years, he’s pitched 112 innings and given up 119 hits. More than a hit an inning isn’t great but he’s also K’ed 106 and BB’ed only 9. It looks like he has great control and enough stuff to punch some guys out. Matt Winkelman rated him his 30th best Philiies prospect but said he might be maxed out physically.

    1. Santos looks to be a tandem pitcher with Morales. He pitched 4 innings and could stay in this role or he and Morales could swap. Both guys looked great. Santos is bigger than I expected. These two are still very young guys but both looked very good in their first start.

      1. I also thought both looked good yesterday. What did you think of the third base coach waiving Bohm home? It looked like the catcher had the ball while Bohm was not even half way past 3rd. A inside the park HR would have been cool to see but just seemed a bad call to try as it wasn’t remotely close.

        I don’t know if you were there or watched on Milb.tv, but the no sound makes it harder to watch and there’s some odd tint on the OF camera but the HD is great.

    2. He may be more Sev Gonzalez than Sixto, but hopefully is somewhere in between. The numbers last year were eye catching.

  2. Phillies management should be proud of our 4 minor league teams on Sunday; they combined for 49 strikeouts, but these were our hitters not our pitchers.

    Also, all 4 teams use the DH so this could be worse.

    1. Over the 4 affiliates, who are currently playing, Baseball-reference says that through the 16 games played, Phillies hitters have struck out 176 times. That’s 11 a game. they’ve also received 52 BBs. On the pitching side, Phil’s pitchers have K’ed 172 opponents and BB’ed 56. Pretty equal but still 11 Ks a game is striking (no pun intended).

      CLW has K’ed 51 times and Reading is right behind with 49. LKW has K’ed 34 times and LHV 38.

    1. “Restricted list: The restricted list is for players who are suspended because of failure to adhere to the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. It also may be used if a player violates contact terms or fails to appear for a team or camp assignment. An example of the latter is a foreign player who cannot join his team because of visa problems.”
      ….but not the same or to be confused with the ‘disqualified list’ which is used to place a player … not available to play for disciplinary reasons. A player on the disqualified list is not paid, although he remains property of the team.

      1. mayer was on the restricted list for several days. i wonder what that was all about. i saw him play at the complex this spring and was impressed.

        1. I do not know, but I think he may have served a suspension for a collision at home plate that resulted in dugouts clearing during a spring training game.

          The play occurred on on Roberts Field. I was watching the game on Ashburn. I was told he was out by a considerable margin, didn’t attempt to slide, and just bowled over the opposing catcher. He was immediately ejected from the game.

          I did not know this type of action/punishment could carry over into the regular season. But, the short duration of his time on the RL brought this incident to mind. I also have access to a roster that list him as SUS for suspended.

          1. i was there and saw the collision. he was looking over his shoulder at a run down between 3rd and 2nd and didn’t see the catcher. the look on his face was one of complete surprise. it was totally unintentional from my view. it happen right in front of where i was sitting.

  3. It is ironic Bailey Falter K’d 5, BB’d 0, but gave up a HR just days after Fangraphs/The Hardball Times named him one of their top 10 sleeper prospects in 2019 for his ability to throw a high percentage of strikes while not allowing many HR’s.
    https://tht.fangraphs.com/lets-find-some-2019-sleeper-prospects/
    Last season, Falter’s numbers were similar to Chris Paddack, Dustin May, Bryse Wilson, Shane Bieber, and Peter Lambert.

    1. For my purposes, the Unassigned Prospects are the players from MLB’s top 30 who haven’t been officially assigned to a team, yet. Ortiz was left behind in XST to rehab an injury, Silva was on WPT last season but is still in XST, and Castillo remains in XST and will likely be on one of the Rookie teams.

  4. Fangraphs profile of Falter is still on point. It is just one game early in the season although it will be interesting to see if the HR rate will increase pitching in REA. My takeaway in Falter’s 1st game is the 10 H in 5 IP. That’s not very Bailey Falter-esque. This means that Falter doesn’t have the feel of his command yet. I’m optimistic that it will improve very soon.

    Falter and Anderson (Silva will up there soon) are the prospects that I like than most and he’s in the my Top 30 for 2 years now. Falter has been performing in every level he pitched so he is definitely under the radar type.

      1. Julio Rodriguez: Never made the bigs (last played in 2014)
        Brody Colvin: Never made the bigs (last played in 2014)
        Jarred Cosart: produced 2 fWAR in 2014 with Houston. Hasn’t played since 2017.

            1. Cozart flamed out, May is end of bullpen and the other 3 didn’t sniff it.

              Got Ben Revere for May and Hunter Pence for Cozart + others.

            2. Cozart was but one of three big names in the Hunter Pence trade. The biggest was Jonathan Singleton- a true talent whose career went up in a puff of marijuana smoke. But the best player from the Phillies’ side was the most painful player to be named later EVER – Domingo Santana, who appears to be turning into a star for the Mariners.

            3. I was reading an article about his most recent suspension and they noted the 420 plate appearances. The author did not point out the irony, but I wonder if they left it in with a little wink.

        1. The “baby aces” are the reason that I am so skeptical of any prospect and such a hard grader. I believed the hype. Ever since, it takes a lot for me to believe.

      2. That took some thought … here is what I remember. Jared Cosart, J-Rod, Brody Colvin and Trevor May. I think those are the 5.

  5. I’m excited to see how Kevin Gowdy pitch tonight. The velocity was said to be close to pre-injury velo. Still throw a 3-pitch mix with good control. With Sixto gone, the Phillies really to develop a legit TOR arm to join Medina and Howard.

      1. Yes they are, but we need to see more. I’ve been on Morales bandwagon since he was signed. But I need to see his command improve and BB rate go down to < 3 BB/9. He has a longer leash due to age and he's on my high leverage RP arm bucket since Morales is mostly a FB-CB pitcher.

        Castillo has a power arm profile but it is mainly based on FB. Castillo need to show me the ability to throw t least 3-pitch mix otherwise he'll be in the same bucket as Morales.

        1. One is 17 and the other 19….I can see them developing into TOR pitchers very easily…barring injuries. Also Pipkin at 19 can also be in that category.

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