Threshers Recap – 4/9/2019

Clearwater (1-5) lost to Lakeland, 3-1.

Julian Garcia 0-1, 7.36) lasted 3.2 innings and 84 pitches.  He gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.  He also struck out six batters.  He threw 49 strikes (58.3%).

Grant Dyer (2.08) came in and stranded an inherited runner.  He retired 6 batters in 2.1 perfect innings.  Yes, that’s correct.  The inherited runner was caught stealing.  So, we have the unusual 6 batters faced in 2.1 innings.  He also struck out three.

Austin Ross navigated a couple hits and a walk during his 2.0 innings while keeping the Tigers off the board.  He struck out three.

The Threshers took the early lead in the second inning on Madison Stokes’ RBI single.  They held the lead until the bottom of the inning.

Stokes (.368) had two of the Threshers 4 hits.  Brito, Vierling, and Muzziotti stole bases.

(Sorry for the brevity in this and the other recaps.  I had an accident and my left index finger is bandaged and useless, except for hitting extra keys.  My normal hunt-and-peck has become hunt-peck, hunt-peck, hunt-peck, backspace, hunt-peck, hunt-peck, hunt-peck, mouse back to block and delete a single character, hunt-peck, repeat… I’m up to about 60% efficiency.)

  • #5 Spencer Howard (0-1, 6.23)
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.318) went 1-4
  • #17 Kyle Young (0-1, 4.50)
  • #18 Nick Maton (.235) went 0-3
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.118) went 0-2 with a run scored, HBP, SB

Lehigh Valley (4-2) lost to Scranton, 5-1.  

JoJo Romero gave up 3 runs in the first inning, then settled down.  He finished with a line of 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.  Tom Windle came in and gave up an unearned run on a fielding error.  A soft ground out infield single, and stolen base also figured into the scoring.  The guy who scored got on base via a walk.  Tsk, tsk.  Tyler Viza struck out two in a one-hit inning.  Edgar Garcia struck out two in a one-hit inning but also walked two.  Josh Martin walked one in a hitless ninth.

The IronPigs ran into Gio Gonzalez who shut them out on 3 hits in six innings.  He walked one and struck out ten.  Dylan Cozens was 0-4 with 3 K, he’s struck out in 12 of 24 plate appearances.  The ‘Pigs had 5 hits and scored their only run on a double play.

Cozens recorded an outfield assist when he turned a single into a force out.

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (1-0, 1.80)
  • #7 JoJo Romero (0-1, 9.00) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (1-0)
  • #16 Cole Irvin (0-0, 3.60)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (0-1, 3.60) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Reading (4-1) postponed due to snow, rescheduled as part of a double header on May 13th.  Tom Eshelman is scheduled to start tomorrow night against the Fisher Cats (NH).  Next home game is on April 12th v. Richmond.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (0-0, 1.80) –
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.095)
  • #9 Mickey Moniak  (.250)
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.125)
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera
  • #21 David Parkinson (1-0, 1.80)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 0.00)
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph
  • #29 Connor Seabold

Lakewood (3-3) beat Hagerstown, 6-3.

Ethan Lindow (1-0, 3.24) rebounded well in his second start.  The lefty allowed a single unearned run in five innings of work.  He gave up 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out six.

Colton Eastman piggy-backed and tossed four innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits.  He walked none and struck out seven.  He picked up his first save.

The BlueClaws opened the scoring with 3 runs in the third inning on 2 wild pitches and Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI single.  The added 2 runs in the fifth on a fielding error and a double play.  They added an insurance run in the eighth on another wild pitch.

Bohm had 2 hits and played first base.  Jake Holmes started at third.  Luis Garcia started at second and was replaced by Cole Stobbe.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.286) went 2-4 with a run scored, BB
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.238) went 1-2 
  • #8 Francisco Morales (4.15)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan
  • #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

48 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 4/9/2019

  1. Do we know why Garcia was replaced by Stobbe?
    Good for Viza, still getting outs after getting called up from XST. He might have to stay

  2. Today’s transactions (4/10/19): Dylan Cozens traded to Baltimore Orioles for International slot $, opening up 40-man roster slot.
    Phillies OF Roman Quinn activated from 10-day IL

    Phillies transfer RHP Tommy Hunter from 10-day IL to 60-day IL

    Phillies sign RHP Craig Kimbrel to 2 year, $25 million deal

        1. That’s a wishful thinking type of contract, with taking into consideration the luxury tax threshold,

          3 scenarios I’d love to see them pursue as we approach summer.

          1. MadBum & Will Smith (steep return)

          2. Felipe Vasquez (Steep return)

          3. Archie Bradley (mid range return)

  3. Ok so after being slightly critical of Bohm’s start, and his performance last year, he goes 5 for 8. I believe they are all singles? Does anyone find it troubling that he has not hit 1 hr yet for what supposedly an advanced hitter? He is around 150+ plate apprearnces with little power to show, against lower level pitching. I guess I’m “excitable” after watching all these 1st picks over the years.

    1. Oh I find Bohm extremely troubling. Hindsight is 20/20, but a quick glance at Nolan Gorman will cause acid reflux.

      1. Haha Gorman is making it look pretty easy and he’s just age19. Odd that early we were thinking of taking him at 3 and then he falls to 19.

    2. Yeah, I was concerned after his debut last year even though I try not to read too much into short season performance. It was troubling when he was assigned to Lakewood, and now with the lack of power displayed. His bat is not what it was cracked up to be. Hey, maybe he’ll still develop into a masher but he’s not as advanced a hitter as we thought.

    3. I’m just glad that he’s taking walks and making contact. I’m fairly sure the power is there if he’s making contact and laying off pitches outside the zone. For now, that’s just fine. And, yeah, let’s not start on Nolan Gorman – ugh!!

      1. Watch the guy hit, there is zero power in that swing currently. He’s focusing on shortening his swing and making more contact. The power may come later but if it forces him to lengthen his swing, that won’t be good either. For now, he’s making g contact and getting a few hits. It’s a start to build on.

      1. It’s gotten to the point where its simply comical. “C” is an utter disaster, MM is at best a middling prospect and last year’s “power” hitter hits for zero power. Thank God the big club is doing well and keeping eyes off the dumpster fire that is the organizations current draft/ develop record.

        1. I’d have to look it up, but I’d be willing to be that Moniak has showed more power than Bohm so far. Hope he gets on a roll, but I’m getting a little cynical after watching years of 1st round misses or the Dom Brown& Crawford hype.

      2. Yeah, one way or another, they have to solidify that draft room. They had a golden opportunity. 4 top 10 picks in a row and two in the top 3 and do we have a grade A prospect in the bunch? Not yet. It’s pretty scary.

        1. That is vomit worthy, you can’t miss that many times, even dumb luck lets you hit on one of them!

          Klentak erased a possible miss with the Segura and Realmuto trades.

          Scary how bad they’ve been draft wise, with a huge opportunity missed. They NEED those prospects to supplement the payroll spiked for the veterans. What is even more scary is to think about where this team would be without this offseason FA haul … and the effect of all the Extensions! All that money, and no one to spend it on …

          I will say… I’d expect Bohm to hit a hr in his next 3 games, now that he is getting on a bit of a roll. If he doesn’t, no way he is the organization top prospect. He’ll plummet in the MLB top 30 for us.

          1. As upset as I am about their draft picks, we still need to give Bohm a little time to settle in – certainly a lot, lot more than 3 games. Like 250 ABs before we start drawing sweeping conclusions on this guy.

            1. Catch,

              I’m not drawing any conclusions on any of the prospects. I will certainly give him his time to develop. That said, I’m commenting on his current progress, which seems to be behind the avg of where he should/we’d like him to be. I’m looking to see some glimpses of his power, and I currently have no examples from his time in the minors so far. I’m not giving up on him, but from past experience of
              Our high draft picks,
              I’m going to temper my expectations. I think he has had a fair amount of at bats against low level pitching to start noticing the lack of power so far. Obviously, it’s early, but it is also fair to say he is
              Behind schedule. I’ll take late than never though 🙂 The organization needs him to rake to beat out a Franco extension.

            2. See my reply below. While he’s not where we hoped he would be, it’s really, really early in the process. But I agree with the comments about our other top 10 picks – Almaraz’s track record is horrible so far with top picks. Horrible – and I don’t see how they are keeping him around.

            3. Catch, that’s fine and you’re right – we need to give Bohm more time. Has Randolph received enough time to show he can’t play a lick? How bout MM?

  4. Must be difficult for Tom Eshelman…getting demoted coming off a poor Triple A performance last season and now entering his age25 season.
    I assume he is now on a three month ‘audition’, and has to make the most of it, and also once the new draftees come in late June and players get bumped up in the system, a pitcher or two from CLW may push him out of the organization.

    1. He’s the 7th starter at LHV. He needs an injury or two or a call up above for him to get called up. I wonder how often he’s pitching in XST over the young guys. Probably not too much.

    2. Agreed, that’s brutal. Doesn’t help that he is in the Phillies minor league system either. I’d assume he can be traded for another minor leaguer. He has to be a #5 starter at AAA in a non pitching rich system. Id be surprised if not. He had his success last season, and Needed his cup of coffee to prove himself them.

    1. Maybe so, but Almarez was brought on after years with Atlanta. That’s fairly good stock. Has he really lost his mojo or are there other extenuating factors in the Phillies’ recent drafts, particularly the 1st rounders? Or other, louder voices that may have overruled him?

    2. Agree, Riles. While it is nice when/if he drafts a 25th round HS pitcher and the kid maxes out at AAA, that is not why he was hired. He was hired to draft impact talent. This guy was given the 10th, 1st, 8th and 3rd pick and what he has done is ridiculous. Hard to believe anybody could defend him with a straight face.

  5. What’s the brace or guard that Bohm wheres on his left knee for? I noticed if he gets a walk he takes off his shin guard and something on his left knee but it’s really thin so I wasn’t sure what it even was but he always takes it off with the shin guard. I likely wouldn’t have to ask if Lakewood had radio announcers.

  6. I’m trying to wrap my head around how “Bohm was a mistake” is a topic after he gets on base six times in two days. It’s almost as strange as declaring Jan Hernandez and his 40% K-rate worthy of a roster spot with the big club. (Oh, that was yesterday).

      1. No. There have been many reports on his overall game which don’t project him as front line major leaguer, let alone a star. Yes, it’s early, and yes many people who should know saw him as a top 10 draft pick last summer. But red flags abound, defensively and offensively. Has his power diminished due to a greater focus on making contact? Maybe so. He has time but the fact that he was assigned very conservatively to Lakewood as opposed to Clearwater says a lot about what his own organization is thinking right now.

        1. And Gorman’s biggest knock was that he was a prep kid. That knocked him down to #19? A prep arm I can see passing on that high. But a 3b bat with that pedigree?

        2. Look, I’m not here to promote or defend him or to shoot him down either. There are things about him that are concerning, it’s very true. That said, he has had precious little playing time and, my view of this is that when a guy is down like this, the media feeding frenzy often begins. Let’s give him time and see what he can do. Sometimes, there’s just an adjustment process with professional ball.

        3. 8mark….I do believe it was his defensive attributes that Bohm was labeled as being questionable….and along with his speed.
          His bat was rated fairly high.

  7. Fangraphs’ Kiley McDaniel will be in Clearwater tonight to watch Spencer Howard. Looking forward to his report. McDaniel and Longenhagen are about as astute and indepth on prospects as anyone I have read recently.

    1. Garcia/Morales/Santos…really too young to call long term for either of them
      But Bohm…..ouch…tough could see him staying at third with godd enough arm and footwork…..odd and strange…., just last year the pre-draft scouting reports had his bat as plus and glove/field as below average.

      1. The defense for Bohm sounds pretty much like what we’d heard. It’s good that his footwork is solid but a good arm and below average range sounds about right. If he gets bigger it could cause further mobility issues.

        1. Yeah….like Jim reported in February…Bohm was at the Complex in January and the Phillies worked him hard at third, so it may be paying dividends for him.

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