Threshers Recap – 4/17/2019

Jan Hernandez hit his fifth HR last night.  It is the highest total among the affiliates.  His IronPig’s teammate Dylan Cozens has four.  Cornelius Randolph leads Reading with three.  Madison Stokes leads the Threshers with three.  Alec Bohm and Ben Pelletier have the only home runs for Lakewood.

Clearwater (4-10) lost to Florida, 5-2.

Damon Jones (0.64) was electric.  Six innings of no-hit ball.  Seven strike outs, 10 ground ball outs (includes a DP), one pick off,  zero balls reached the outfield.  Luis Carrasco (0-2, 8.31) faced 3 batters and walked the bases loaded on 13 pitches.  Connor Brogdon (2.89) relieved and allowed all 3 inherited runners to score plus 2 additional runs.

The Threshers only runs came in the second inning on Madison Stokes’ 2-run HR (3).

Stokes (.333) had a 2-hit game.  The rest of the team managed just 3 singles and 2 walks.

(Sorry for the brevity in this and the other recaps.  Finger’s better, but we’ve got visitors and I’m not getting to the Recap until late … real late.)

  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 3.14)
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.255) went 0-3 with a sac
  • #17 Kyle Young (0-2, 2.70)
  • #18 Nick Maton (.271) went 1-3 with a run scored, BB
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.107)
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.125)

Lehigh Valley (10-3) swept Scranton, 5-3 and 5-3.  Lehigh was outhit by Scranton in both games.

Game One:  Cole Irvin pitched 6.2 innings of the seven inning game.  He gave up one ER (3 R) on 10 hits.  He threw 71 strikes among  his 94 pitches (75.5%).  Edubray Ramos struck out the only batter he faced, stranded an inherited runner, and collected his second save.

Lehigh scored 2 runs in the fourth inning on Deivi Grullon’s 2-run HR (2).  They added a run in the sixth on Grullon’s RBI single.  And, they tacked on 2 important insurance runs on Lane Adams’ 2-run HR (2) in the seventh.

Grullon (.333) had 2 hits in 3 AB and 3 RBI.  All 3 came with 2 outs.

    • #16 Cole Irvin (1-0, 1.53) – 6.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Game Two: Tyler Viza (3.60) pitched three innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits.  Tom Windle (1-0, 3.00) got the win with 1.2 innings of 2-hit, 1-walk ball.  Josh Martin (4.76) stranded 2 inherited runners and walked one in 1.1 innings.  James Pazos (2.10) gave up a run in two-thirds of an inning and left with the bases loaded.  Edgar Garcia (3.24) came in and struck out one batter for his first save.

The IronPigs scored all their runs in the fifth inning on Lane Adams’ 2-run HR (3), and Jan Hernandez’ 3-run HR (5).

    • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 0.75)
    • #7 JoJo Romero (0-1, 10.13)
    • #10 Ranger Suarez (1-0, 8.00)
    • #16 Cole Irvin (1-0, 1.53)
    • #28 Edgar Garcia (0-1, 3.24) – 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Reading (6-5) blew a 7-0 lead and lost to Portland, 11-7, in ten innings.

Reading built an early lead with 6 runs in the second inning on Darick Hall’s solo HR (1), Raul Rivas’ 2-run double, and Cornelius Randolph’s 3-run HR (3).  They added another run in the third on Darick Hall’s RBI single.

Mauricio Llovera breezed thru five innings of shutout ball, scattering 3 singles and a walk.  He loaded the bases with one out in the sixth and gave way to Alexis Rivero who finished the inning but not before allowing all 3 inherited runners to score plus 2 of his own.  Jake Hernandez pitched two innings and gave up the game tying runs.  Aaron Brown pitched the ninth and tenth and allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk.

Darick Hall (.237) had 2 hits, including his 1st HR, and 3 RBI.  Cornelius Randolph hit his 3rd HR and 3 RBI.  Austin Listi got his long-awaited first hit of the season, a double.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (0-0, 3.60)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.175) went 0-4 with a BB
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.250)
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.086) went 0-3 with a run scored, 2 BB
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (2.89) – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
  • #21 David Parkinson (1-1, 4.50)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 1.29)
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.200) – went 1-4 with a run scored, 3 RBI, BB
  • #29 Connor Seabold

Lakewood (3-11) lost to West Virginia, 7-1.

Francisco Morales (0-1, 7.59) gave up 5 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in 3.1 innings , striking out six.  Robnson Martinez (12.27) allowed both inherited runners to score.  Victor Santos (2.08) pitched the final four innings.  He gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 2 hits and a walk.

Lakewood scored a run to tie the game in the second inning on Jimmy Smith’s RBI single.

Abrahan Gutierrez (.417) went 2-4 with a double.  Yerwin Trejo stole his 5th base.

Luis Garcia committed 2 more errors, both fielding.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.311)
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.196) went 1-3 with a run scored 
  • #8 Francisco Morales (7.59) – 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.240)
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (5.79)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (0-2, 9.31)

Unassigned Prospects

  • #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 April 17th.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
4/17/2019 – Phillies transferred RHP Tommy Hunter from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, forearm strain
4/17/2019 – Phillies optioned RHP Nick Pivetta to Lehigh Valley
4/17/2019 – Phillies selected the contract of 2B Phil Gosselin from Lehigh Valley
4/16/2019 – Phillies optioned RHP Drew Anderson to Lehigh Valley
4/16/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Jerad Eickhoff from Lehigh Valley
4/16/2019 – RHP Spencer Howard assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/16/2019 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/16/2019 – RHP Dominic Pipkin assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/16/2019 – JD Hammer assigned from Reading to Lehigh Valley
4/16/2019 – Alexis Rivero assigned from Williamsport to Reading
4/16/2019 – Julian Garcia assigned from Clearwater to Williamsport
4/16/2019 – Tyler Carr assigned from Lakewood to Williamsport
4/16/2019 – Jack Perkins assigned from Lakewood to Williamsport
4/15/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Drew Anderson from Lehigh Valley
4/15/2019 – Phillies placed RHP David Robertson on the 10-day IL. Elbow soreness
4/15/2019 – LHP Ethan Lindow assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/15/2019 – RHP Tyler McKay assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/14/2019 – LHP Kyle Young assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/14/2019 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/13/2019 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Williamsport from Lehigh Valley
4/13/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Edubray Ramos
4/12/2019 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/12/2019 – RHP Tyler McKay assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/12/2019 – RHP Dominic Pipkin assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/12/2019 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/12/2019 – OF Jhailyn Ortiz assigned to Clearwater
4/12/2019 – RHP Victor Santos assigned to Lakewood
4/12/2019 – LF Ben Pelletier assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/12/2019 – Clearwater placed CF Jesus Alastre on the 7-day IL
4/12/2019 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
4/12/2019 – SS Raul Rivas assigned to Reading
4/12/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Victor Arano from Lehigh Valley
4/11/2019 – RHP Spencer Howard assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/11/2019 – Phillies optioned RHP Edubray Ramos to Lehigh Valley
4/11/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Yacksel Rios from the 7-day IL
4/11/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Tyler Viza on the 7-day IL. Right foot turf toe
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

39 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 4/17/2019

  1. Deivi Grullon has hit in 7 of the 8 games he’s played in. He’s been on base in all 8. He’s hitting .333/.379/.593. 8 games is not a lifetime but he’s continuing his progress with the bat that started last year in Reading. He has 1 E and hasn’t thrown anyone out on the basepaths yet but there are only 5 SBs. He had a CS% of 33% last year and 37% the year before.

    I knew my write up yesterday on Listi’s problems with the bat would bring him around. Just put one hit in front of the other…

  2. Loving the start by Grullon. I was really surprised no one took him in the rule 5 draft. Hopefully by the end of year he is ready to be in majors and we can dump Knapp.

    1. Knapp not hitting at all has really surprised me. He has good plate discipline, more than decent power and a gorgeous swing – but he just swings and misses too much. I was always a big believer in his bat, but it’s now looking like he may never come around. Very disappointing.

        1. I think his helmet is so big, he can’t see the ball coming. Get the guy a smaller helmet. What does he have to lose?

          I’m only half kidding, but it is maybe the one thing that annoys me more than anything watching some of these guys bat. BTW … Maikel Franco seems to be losing his helmet much less this season. He’s keeping his head more steady and using a more direct swing towards the ball. Knapp has way too much going on with his swing/way too much effort/he’s over swinging. He doesn’t need to kill the ball, he just needs to meet the ball.

      1. He still doesn’t have a full season of at bats under his belt yet. It took Carlos till his 5th year to get into a hitting groove. It may take Knapp a year or two to stabilize and hit his offensive ceiling.

  3. Jan Hernandez continues his hitting, Grullon pushing for more playing time, great to see Llovera pitch so well before the implosion, great to see Hall finally hit his first homer and Listi get his first hit. Randolph really turned and hit his homer, it wasn’t a cheapie. Garcia is really struggling and might get sent back to XST to wait for Wilmsport. Gutierrez meanwhile continues to hit and he and Marchan are having trouble finding enough at bats. Jones was superb and deserved a better fate.

    1. Biggest suprise to me is Herdanez, i remember talking about him three yrs ago, was lost on if he was a prospect as a high draft pick , now he looks good,

      1. Let’s see how he’s doing at the end of May. The walk rate still isn’t very good and the strikeout rate is high. But he’s had a nice start.

      2. rocco…..don’t get your hopes too high….he is 24 years old with a career 33% K rate and less than a .300 OBP. in almost 1800 PAs…..more than likely a 4A player.

    1. The question is wouldn’t we be better served by flipping Grullon for something of value either on the Pitching staff or for a high ceiling guy for the lower minors?

      Grullon at just 23 would not benefit sitting the bench behind realmuto IMO. They should have a more veteran guy for that spot.

      1. Grullon seems like a a perfect backup C prospect to me. He probably won’t hit enough to start but if he gets to the majors and does well as Realmuto’s relief, he’ll only increase his trade value in a year or two. In the meantime we’d have a young, defensively oriented catcher around.

        1. Agree with you Handzus. Not sure he gets much in a trade return. He is young, cheap and a great defensive catcher with some pop. Possible that he develops into a mlb starter, but more likely a really quality backup. Glad no one selected him in the rule 5. But he will have to be added to the 40 man this offseason because that won’t happen again.

          And agree that Knapp is awful. we knew that he was bad defensively, but i thought that he would hit in the majors, which hasn’t happened.

  4. I still think of all the young A ball catchers….Gutierrez has the biggest upside and ceiling.
    Braves do not miss too often with multi-million dollar Latin signees.
    I can see him being profiled as a version of Gary Sanchez…but difference being …Gutierrez can play his position better defensively.

  5. I know it is early, but I cannot quell my inner distaste for how this farm system has performed thus far. Didn’t this system get an “overhaul” last off-season in player development? Let me guess, they have a former Bucknell physics graduate as the roving hitting coordinator.

    1. that’s not how baseball development works TRiles. You don’t see major change over night. it takes time to get a new approach through the system. give it some time.

    2. I don’t think it’s going as badly as you think, although it’s not going perfectly. They are developing some nice pitching depth, Howard is doing just fine, Bohm is developing and Moniak is also doing fine. And the AAA pitching, which they will need this year, is doing well, especially De Los Santos.

      1. And I agree with v1again, the changes take time although it’s very clear to me they are emphasizing plate discipline in a big way. It feels like the walks are up among all prospects.

        1. Definitely some good things happening, not trying to short change that. Would just be nice to have a blue chipper come out of the gates hot. Baseball America’s daily prospect updates filled with dudes who flat out rake. No signs of any of our guys. Frustrating.

          1. I share your frustration that we do not have any blue chip, elite prospects in our system. the best of our system have a peak of average regular. no elite players with explosive tools that i see. Howard (with his high 90s FB) may peak at a #2 starter. And I like Medina’s stuff. But there is no clear star position player. which is frustrating with 4 top 10 picks in a row.

            1. “But there is no clear star position player. which is frustrating with 4 top 10 picks in a row.”

              Agreed – it’s beyond frustrating. That said, when we had the last great wave of prospects, until Howard exploded, Hamels was the only guy who looked to be a sure fire star. Utley was sort of damned with faint praise – we were told he could hit, but with limited power and would be a bad second baseman (FYI he was a plus 18.3 defensive fWAR for his career, tying him for 66th all time and a virtual dead heat with Mike Schmidt defensively – was an AWESOME defensive player). It could still turn out very well.

            2. Agree with Catch. I am high on him because the industry is high on him. He is obviously going through growing pains. But he is very, very young. That said, while he may have star upside, he is so raw and the probability is so low that it is hard to call him a blue chipper right now.

  6. There were considerable expectations for Haseley, Listi, Hall and Moniak at the AA level. So far only Moniak has managed to hit his weight. It’s still early. However, by June, if this is still the case, the Phillies may have few position players with MLB potential at the upper levels of their farm system. Grullon may be the only one.

    1. Not worried about Haseley at this time. Hall and Listi are org guys. Hopefully Moniak can keep it going.

  7. Right now Gamboa is a disaster. He has always been young for the league he has played in, but he hasn’t hit anywhere. At some point you need to hit. Period. Can’t believe they put him on the 40 and no way he should have been promoted to Reading after last year. Maton should have started in Reading. There has to be a switch if this keeps up.

    1. NL…agree.
      I did not understand that though process of putting him on the 40 to begin with.
      rarely do teams take position players that had not yet reached AA ball……and who have no resume of hitting consistently.

        1. We didn’t say anything bad about him – we actually believe in him. I’m sure he’s a little disappointed too although I expect he’s keeping his head up and just working. He’s a very put together guy – hard charger at ST when I saw him. If his playing career doesn’t work out he could be a team manager one day – the Phillies’ version of Doug Pederson. Seriously – he’s a very squared away dude.

          1. From what I have read and heard about Knapp, he seems to be a coach/manager in the making. Great kid with limited skill set, but his highest skill is above the shoulders.

  8. @JimP – any news why Manuel Silva is still unassigned? I’m very high on Manuel Silva and expecting that the Phillies will be aggressive on him.

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