Threshers Recap – 4/10/2019

Clearwater (2-5) beat Lakeland, 4-0.

Strong outing by Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.61).  He retired the first nine batters in order.  He pitched six solid innings, allowing 3 hits and a walk, striking out five.  Howard threw 55 strikes among his 80 pitches. 

Jonathan Hennigan (0.00) added two shutout innings , giving up one hit.  He walked none and struck out three.  Zach Warren (9.00) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with one strike out.

The first nine Threshers were also retired in order.  Simon Muzziotti opened the fourth inning with a triple and scored on Nick Maton’s RBI single.

The game remained close until the seventh inning when Madison Stokes stroked a one-out, 2-run HR after Rodolfo Duran’s lead off walk.  Danny Mayer tacked on a fourth run with a two-out solo HR.

(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.  And now my grandkids are here for a two-week visit.)

  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.61) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.308) went 1-4 with a run scored, triple
  • #17 Kyle Young (0-1, 4.50)
  • #18 Nick Maton (.238) went 1-4 with an RBI, SB
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.125) went 1-3 with a run scored, BB
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.118)

Lehigh Valley (5-2) beat Scranton, 3-2.  

Cole Irvin (0-0, 1.64) tossed a solid six innings allowing an unearned run on six hits and a walk.  He struck out one.

Austin Davis struck out two in one inning allowing a hit and a walk.  Victor Arano (2-0, 0.00) picked up the win, striking out the side in his one inning.  James Pazos (2.45) lasted 0.2 innings, giving up a run on 3 hits.  Josh Martin came in to record the final out and pick up his second save.

The IronPigs tied the game in the fifth inning on Deivy Grullon’s RBI double.  They took the lead in the eighth  on rehabbing Roman Quinn’s RBI single and Jan Hernandez’ RBI double.

Quinn went 2-3 with a run scored, RBI, walk, and stolen base.  Cozens also stole a base.

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (1-0, 1.80)
  • #7 JoJo Romero (0-1, 9.00)
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (1-0)
  • #16 Cole Irvin (0-0, 1.64)- 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (0-1, 3.60)

Reading (4-2) gave up 3 runs in the ninth and lost to New Hampshire, 5-4.

Tom Eshelman (3.60) pitched five innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  Jake Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings allowing 2 hits and struck out three.  J.D. Hammer struck out two in one, one-hit inning.  Addison Russ gave up a game-tying, two-run HR soon after a fielding error put a runner on base.  A walk, stolen base, and RBI single produced the loss.

The Phils built a 4-2 lead with 2 runs in the sixth on Mickey Moniak’s 2-run HR (2): and 2 runs in the seventh on Henri Lartigue’s RBI triple and a fielding error.

Moniak had 2 hits.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (0-0, 1.80) –
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.095)
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.292) went 2-4 with a run scored, 2 RBI, HR (2)
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.100) went 0-4
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera
  • #21 David Parkinson (1-0, 1.80)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 0.00)
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.211) went 1-4
  • #29 Connor Seabold

Lakewood (3-4) lost to Hagerstown, 5-4.

Tyler McKay (5.87) pitched four innings and gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  Ethan Evanko had another scoreless appearance, walking two and striking out one.  Jack Perkins (0-1, 4.05) got knocked around in his 2.2 innings giving up 3 runs (2 ER) on 6 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out two.  Gilmael Troya (3.00) stranded 2 inherited runners in his 1.1 innings of work.

The BlueClaws tied the game with 2 runs in the third on Matt Kroon’s 2-run double.  They rallied later with single runs in the eighth and ninth on sacrifice flies by Jake Holmes and  Alec Bohm.

Matt Kroon, James Smith, and Carlos De La Cruz had 2 hits each.

Cole Stobbe stole a base, Yerwin Trejo stole two.

Garcia and Stobbe each committed 2 errors.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.250) went 0-3 with an RBI, BB, SF
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.240) went 1-4 with a run scored, HBP 
  • #8 Francisco Morales (4.15)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.333) went 0-3 with a 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)
4/10/2019 –  Phillies sent CF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
4/9/2019 – Reading placed 3B Jose Antequera on the 7-day IL
4/9/2019 – Reading placed RHP Trevor Bettencourt on the 7-day IL
4/9/2019 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Reading
4/9/2019 – RHP Tom Eshelman assigned to Reading
4/9/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/9/2019 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Williamsport
4/8/2019 – RHP James McArthur assigned to Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Kevin Gowdy assigned to Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Victor Santos assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/8/2019 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/7/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Tyler Gilbert on the 7-day IL Left groin strain.
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 – LHP Damon Jones assigned to Williamsport
4/5/2019 – Phillies signed FA Austin Filiere to a MiLB contract, assigned to Williamsport
4/4/2019 – Phillies sent CF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
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 – 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 – RHP JD Hammer assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – RHP Trevor Bettencourt assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Reading
4/1/2019 – 2B Grenny Cumana assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – 3B Luke Williams assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – LF Josh Stephen assigned to Reading
4/1/2019 – LHP Bailey Falter assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – LHP Jakob Hernandez assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – RHP Mauricio Llovera assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – LHP David Parkinson assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – RHP Ramon Rosso assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – RHP Addison Russ assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – C Henri Lartigue assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – 3B Ali Castillo assigned to Reading
4/1/2019 – CF Mickey Moniak assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/1/2019 – SS Nick Maton assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – 3B Jake Scheiner assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – 1B Madison Stokes assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – LF Matt Vierling assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – C Colby Fitch assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – CF Jesus Alastre assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RF Danny Mayer assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/1/2019 – CF Simon Muzziotti assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – C Rodolfo Duran assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – LHP Damon Jones assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Spencer Howard assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – LHP Kyle Young assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – LHP Zach Warren assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RF Ben Aklinski assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/1/2019 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Luis Carrasco assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Connor Brogdon assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Gustavo Armas assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/1/2019 – RHP Austin Ross assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/1/2019 – GCL Phillies West released RHP Antonio Canizales

35 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 4/10/2019

  1. Maybe the song of this very short season should be, “Baseball’s a battlefield” by –almost– Pat Benatar. “We are young. Heartache to Heartache we stand. No promises, no demands. Baseball’s a battlefield.” Or possibly “We are strong. No one can tells us we’re wrong. Searching our minds for so long. All of us knowing, Baseball’s a battlefield.”

    I’m a stats guy. I live in short intervals during the season. This guy has a 10 game hitting streak. Or this guy has 4 HRs and 10 RBI in his last 12 games. But this early in the season? People are talking like Bohm is the 2nd coming of Larry Greene. Listi is 0 fer 17. Haseley is 2 – 21. Maybe we should be highlighting the guys who are playing well. How about Howard yesterday? Or Vierling starting hotter than a pepper sprout. Stokes doing some damage. Things like that.

    When we get to 20 games or so then you can start to look at trends or start calling for the firing of anyone in the organization.

    1. I am not a stat man. I Look at players. i Love to see more of the minor league guys, I only get to see some lhv guys on tv. Stats to me are useless in the minors. You cant tell who the competition is, that is a big factor to me. Yesterday our guys faced a former big league who is in the minors getting ready, They did nothing. if the next day the same team scores ten runs against a bad team and bad pitcher, what good are stats> i know its a lot of people thing and thats great. but i will stick to see them in person.

      1. Yeah for me it’s the struggle. It’s people working and growing and struggling to reach the top of the profession, plus individual and team struggles to win games on a daily basis. What’s that old saying? “It’s not about the X’s and O’s, it’s about the Jim’s and the Joe’s”

        Anyway, Roman Quinn played a part in two runs last night in the IronPigs win. Man is he fun to watch—especially live when you can see how the whole defense and pitching changes when he’s on base. Looked great in CF as well. Prayers for that kids health man, talk about the struggle.

        Quality of competition is well taken too: LHV plays 17 of their April games versus either Scranton or Rochester. We’ll learn how we stack up against those two teams, but league -wide not as much.

        1. As a multiple time entrepreneur, no one loves and appreciates the grind more than me. I have lived it 3 times. However, the issues that I have with Almaraz’s top picks are his words don’t match reality. When C was drafted, he said, “best hit tool in the draft.” When Mickey was drafted he said the same thing. Also said, “no projection needed with his hit tool.” Called it a 70. With Bohm he promised that he would stay at third and promised that the hit/power tool was elite.

          Now if these kids were drafted outside the top 10 and the scouting director said, “these kids have a lot of talent, but need a lot of development” then I think people would be much more patient. But Alamaraz promises elite hitters. And the reality has missed that level by a large margin.

          1. Exactly. It really makes it look like he has no idea what he’s talking about or what he’s looking at. Moniak looks like he may be turning the corner, but, so far, keeping him around from the old regime has not gone so well on the whole.

          2. To be fair, Almaraz’s view on Moniak’s hit tool wasn’t just his. It was shared by many. He wasn’t a consensus #1 but the hit tool was pretty much agreed on by most scouts.

            1. His job is not to listen to “most scouts”. His job is to be really good at figuring out what a player’s real skill and ability is.

            2. DMAR – quoting his stats after 27 plate appearances is not a sound argument. we all hope that he becomes a great player, but Almaraz said, “his hit tool doesn’t need projection.” That was clearly wrong.

    2. Fair or not, they have expectations from being selected at the top of the draft. We are all rooting for them, but we started to get concerned when you a prospect billed as a power hitter, with no homeruns in so many at bats. It would be like having a power arm with no SO. Maybe he is feeling the pressure but it fair concern from the phans of the team. The big club needs internal options to fill positions, he is “supposed” to be one of them, like Cornelius, Haselely, and Moniak. We are concerned, and it’s fair after 150+ abs. (Unless I’m wrong on that) Law of averages says it should be coming very soon.

    1. Look in yesterdays Threshers thread V1 posted a scouting report from a scout who writes for fangraphs

      He’s good not great probably just a super utility player! tongue firmly planted in cheek

  2. I stand by my prediction Spencer Howard will pitch in some capacity at CBP in 2019 be it a spot start, or a late season call up!

    FWIW regarding Bohm consider Hoskins started his age 22 season in Lakewood played 68 games there and hit 9 HRs then moved on to CLW and hit 8. Hoskins hit 319/395/913 OPS 17 HRS over 2 levels that year.

    Kris Bryant a #2 overall pick in the draft tore up AA and AAA at age 22 325/438/1.098 OPS in 138 games total.

    That’s pretty much what they should look like. And again I don’t blame the player ever or intend to disparage them in anyway…they don’t draft themselves! It’s not how you start its how you finish as they say.

  3. “I stand by my prediction Spencer Howard will pitch in some capacity at CBP in 2019 be it a spot start, or a late season call up!”
    ….man, if only we could take bets on that prediction…what say the odds you would lay me?

      1. Done…hah.
        You do realize if that to ever happen the majority of the Phillies pitching staff would have to be decimated with injuries of the 60 day DL variety.
        And:
        A. If the Phuillies were in first place they would not tinker with the formual for that success.
        B. And if they are buried in 4th place why waste the service time and 40 space for a few games of mop up work.

          1. Don’t give up so easily…what happened to that competitive spirit! 🙂

            BTW…..did you get your tix for the Reading @ the Thunder games for June 24, 25, and/or 26th?
            Expect some scouting reports.

            1. I’m not always thinking logically when I make bets which is why i don’t bet with real money lol

              That said its still possible there is some movement from the 40 man roster so it could happen I suppose.

              I typically don’t buy them that far in advance and since it is a Monday Tuesday Wednesday I doubt I will make it to all 3. I’ll shoot for at least 2 and probably decide which based on the pitching match-ups.

      2. DMAR i give you 40 -1 Romus marries that big waitress at the pensrose diner by august. He eats there everyday and lives in bensalem

        1. Sounds luck a suckers bet Roc….that said having never met Romus something tells me he’s more refined than the Pensrose or at least dating waitresses

          not that there is anything wrong with that 🙂

          1. DMAR…thank you.
            And as for the Penrose……i proceed past a few yards and will dine at Popis.
            Waitresses are top-notch there.

  4. Regardless of his trajectory to the Majors, it was great to see Spencer have a terrific outing. Also, Cole Irvin pitched really well. I agree that Vierling looks really good, and I need to look at the positive stuff. Mickey Moniak is off to a really nice start as well. After last night’s Phils’ debacle, I need positive stuff.

  5. Reading played another game in 35 degree temps. Moniak’s swing on his HR was a beauty, he really got a hold of it. He also put a good charge on his first AB to almost the warning track in CF. I’ve seen most of Reading’s games and so far I’ve been impressed with most of the pitching (I fast forwarded through Eshelman’s start last night though) have liked what i’ve seen from the pen. Hernandez has looked good, Russ was a little wild on 2 pitches to his 1st batter but had the 3rd baseman made the play he would have been 2 outs none on.

    Granted i’m not scout, just a long time phillies fan that enjoys watching the minor league teams. For now it’s still very early and cold into the season, so I will wait and see how things go over the next month or so.

  6. Too many misses for an organization to sit on their hands and claim “you can’t hit on them all”. Enough is enough. When you select in the top 10 in this day and age you have got to find the surest of bets. We all understand that there’s misses here and there.

      1. Only thing that worries me Is howards head turns, and for a split second he wont be able to pick up a line drive, hit back at him

  7. The other day in Lakewood, the day after Gowdy pitched and there were several groups of scouts, a few seemed to stick around but this time one of them had set up a camera on a tripod. I was wondering if they were someone from fangraphs or another site that might post a vid. I forget what inning but there was a down pour of rain and everyone in the stands left but they didn’t take their camera, guess they had to set to record and didn’t want to miss any pitches as I was surprised they kept playing in but guess they knew/expected it wouldn’t last long as it didn’t. Never owned a camera but guess it can get wet. In case you are wondering yes I’m bored at work.

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