Threshers Recap – 4/20/2019

Clearwater (6-11) beat Tampa, 2-1.

Andrew Brown (1-2, 7.50) had an interesting game.  He pitched five shutout innings, allowed 5 hits, walked none, and struck out one.  Connor Brogdon (3.18) pitched two innings giving up an inside-the-park HR that took a weird ricochet off the wall and resulted in a close play at the plate.  Jonathan Hennigan (0.00) picked up his second save with two solid innings.

The Threshers offense consisted of 2 sac flies by Edgar Cabral.  Jake Scheiner went 2-4 with a double.  Danny Mayer went 2-2 with a double, triple, and walk.  Dalton Guthrie doubled in his first Thresher at bat.

Back to Brown.  He had a 25-pitch first inning, faced 4 batters, and ran 3 full-counts.  He had a 16-pitch second inning, faced 4 batters, and ran 2-full counts.  The offense scored a run in the bottom of the inning, and Brown had his first lead of the season.  He seemed a different pitcher.  He threw 36 pitches over the next three innings, faced 11 batters, and ran just 2 more full-counts.  He needed just 7 pitches in the fifth.

Brown threw 77 pitches, 49 strikes (63.6%).  He threw 11 of 19 first pitch strikes.  Ironically, he threw zero FPS in the only inning he faced just three batters.  He threw 43 fastballs.  His FB range was 87-91, t 93 mph.  He sat 89-90.  Looks like he also throws a change up and slider.  He induced just 6 swings and misses, 5 at FB and one at an 81 mph change up (his only strike out).  The range on his 34 off speed pitches was 76-82 with one at 74.

Other observations –

  1. the home late umpire was drawing looks from batters on both teams
  2. Cabral’s 1st RBI was a sac fly/DP, the runner on second got caught by the cut off
  3. Brown really appeared to pitch differently after getting a lead
  4. noticed a lot of high strike zone FB in Brown’s later innings
  5. Brown picked a runner off first base
  6. Stokes and Brown executed a nice 3-1 in the 4th, spring PFPs!
  7. Brown started an inning-ending 1-6-3, leaped to snag a chopper
  8. Browns 5 allowed hits were all singles, most of them soft
  9. Brown had 7 full counts and hit a batter on one of them

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

  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 3.14)
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.200) went 0-4
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.286)
  • #17 Kyle Young (0-3, 5.40)
  • #18 Nick Maton (.250) 
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.143)
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.154)

Lehigh Valley (12-4) beat Rochester, 13-8.

JoJo Romero (1-1, 9.00) gave up 5 runs in five innings on 7 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Edgar Garcia (2.61) struck out two in two clean innings.  James Pazos (6.14) gave up 3 runs in 0.2 innings on 2 hits and 2 walks.  Yacksel Rios (2.84) stranded two of 3 inherited runners.  Tom Windle (2.57) mopped up with a two-strike out, 1-2-3 inning.

Lehigh scored early and often.  They plated 2 runs in the first inning on Shane Robinson’s solo HR (2) and Deivi Grullon’s RBI single.  They added 3 runs in the third on Rob Brantly’s RBI double, Sean Rodriguez RBI double, and Andrew Romine’s RBI single.  They tacked on an insurance run in the fourth on Rob Brantly’s solo HR.  And they put the game away with 7 runs in the seventh on Rodriguez’ solo HR (4(, Grullon’s RBI single, Gift Ngoepe’s 2-run single, Shane Robinson’s RBI single, Brantly’s RBI double, and Grullon’s bases-loaded walk.

The IronPigs mounted a 15-hit attack and drew 8 walks.  Brantly (.276) and Grullon (.395) had 3-hit games.  Robinson (.303), Rodriguez (.300), Lane Adams (.250), and Ngoepe 9.231) had 2 hits each.

Romero actually lowered his ERA from 10.13 with his game line.

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 2.81)
  • #7 JoJo Romero (1-1, 9.00) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (1-0, 8.00)
  • #16 Cole Irvin (1-0, 1.53)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (0-1, 3.24)

Reading (6-7) lost to Harrisburg 3-2.

Ramon Rosso (0.59) needed 83 pitches (55 strikes) to go five innings.  He held the Senators to one run on 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out nine.  Jeff Singer (0.00) and Luke Leftwich (0.00) combined to retire 9 consecutive batters.  Adison Russ (0-2, 2.84) blew his second save and took the walk off loss, surrendering 2 runs in the ninth.

Reading managed just 3 hits.  They scored their runs on a 2-run HR by Adam Haseley in the sixth inning.

Reading’s pitchers combined to strike out thirteen.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (0-0, 3.60)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.167)went 1-4 with a run scored, HR, 2 RBI
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.208) went 0-4
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.125) went 1-2 with 2 BB
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (2.89)
  • #21 David Parkinson (1-1, 4.50)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 1.00)
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.229)
  • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL

Lakewood (4-13) lost to Lexington, 7-2.

Tyler McKay (0-1, 9.53) lasted 1.1 innings and gave up 5 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  Oscar Marcelino (5.06) stranded 2 inherited runners, but gave up a run on 3 hits and a walk in 2.2 innings.  Ben Brown pitched three, one-hit innings, waked one, and struck out five.  Austin Carr (1.17) gave up an unearned run in one inning, striking out three.  Gilmael Troya (1.42) pitched a scoreless, 2-hit ninth.

Lakewood’s offense woke up in time to score 2 runs in the ninth on Matt Kroon’s RBI double and a wild pitch.

Kroon and Alec Bohm had 2 hits each.

Lakewood’s pitchers combined to strike out 12 batters.

19-year-old Ben Brown was making his Lakewood debut.  He was drafted in the 33rd round in 2017, and pitched exclusively in the GCL for 2 seasons until he was called up for 2 late season starts for Williamsport.  He struck out 16 in six innings in a game on July 24, 2018.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.345) went 2-4 with a double
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.185)
  • #8 Francisco Morales (7.59)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.207) went 0-4
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (5.79)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (2.79)
  • #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)
4/20/2019 – Phillies placed SS Jean Segura on the 10-day IL retro to 4/17, hamstring
4/20/2019 – Phillies placed SS Scott Kingery on the 10-day IL, hamstring strain
4/20/2019 – Phillies placed RHP Victor Arano on the 10-day IL retro to 4/19, elbow
4/20/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Drew Anderson from Lehigh Valley
4/20/2019 – Phillies recalled 3B Mitch Walding from Lehigh Valley
4/20/2019 – Phillies recalled LHP Austin Davis from Lehigh Valley
4/20/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated C Matt McBride from the 7-day IL
4/20/2019 – RHP Ben Brown assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/20/2019 – LF Jimmy Smith assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/19/2019 – Reading placed LF Cornelius Randolph on the 7-day injured list
4/19/2019 – LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Reading
4/19/2019 – Clearwater placed LHP Zach Warren on the 7-day injured list
4/19/2019 – 3B Dalton Guthrie assigned to Clearwater
4/19/2019 – LHP Ethan Lindow assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/19/2019 – RHP James McArthur assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/19/2019 – RHP Kevin Gowdy assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/19/2019 – Tyler Carr assigned from Williamsport to Lakewood
4/19/2019 – Alejandro Requena assigned from Clearwater to Williamsport
4/19/2019 – Kyle Young assigned from Williamsport to Clearwater
4/18/2019 – Phillies placed CF Odubel Herrera on the 10-day IL, hamstring strain
4/18/2019 – Phillies activated CF Roman Quinn from the 10-day IL
4/18/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Tyler Viza from the 7-day IL
4/18/2019 – Luis Carrasco assigned from Clearwater to Williamsport
4/18/2019 – Seth McGarry assigned from Williamsport to Clearwater
4/18/2019 – JD Hammer assigned from Lehigh Valley to Reading
4/17/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated 3B Gift Ngoepe from the 7-day IL
4/17/2019 – Phillies transferred Tommy Hunter from the 10-day to 60-day IL, forearm
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

35 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 4/20/2019

  1. Not sure where to post this comment, but here it goes:

    I was watching Nola last night and saw something different in his windup. I think it was a variance from last year and might be affecting him this year.

    I see he has a hitch right before his delivery and this might be affecting the trajectory or timing on the break of the ball which flattens out the pitch. Just a thought.

    1. Denny….you may be onto something like that……hope the P.C. and Nola are viewing video.

      Also….If Willians Astudillo can make it…..Deive Grullon very well should make it to the show.
      His bat plays similar to Astudillo….but with more swing and miss, but otherwise, more power.
      And….Happy Easter.

      1. I hope the PC and Nola onserve something that is correctable. I have pitched for 55 years and have a little eye for technique. Basically outching motions that are fluent, i.e. Carlton and others that aren’t, i.e. Kershaw.

        1. Denny……the Phillies and their team stuff…players and what not, goes over into the Open Disc thread…..the minor leaguer stuff goes into this thread.
          It happens in the past …people start replying to someone and it gets carried on without people realizing it is in the wrong thread.

  2. Good observation on Nola. Tom Windle May be an option this year. How does he look so far? Velocity?

  3. I’m very excited to see Ben Brown get a shot at Lakewood. He’s one of my dark horse guys who looked really good to me in spring training. He’s a big strong guy.
    What’s the deal with Hennigan? Is he a prospect? I’ve watched Russ blow two saves and I’m not impressed by him.
    Haseley hit his first homer, let’s hope he gets him going. Reading has the lowest team batting avg in the league.
    Is everyone down in Garcia now? Overhyped?

  4. I posted this in one post above, but it is awaiting moderation because it is too long, so breaking it up into two posts:

    A few thoughts:
    1. Really excited about Grullon. His defense has always been good. The questions were about his bat, but that really looks like it has taken a real step forward. Not sure if he is anything more than a productive backup catcher, or even a trade piece. But he certainly seems like a major leaguer.

    1. 2. Very intrigued by any pitching prospect who puts up high K rates. So both Rosso and Ben Brown have my attention.
      – I haven’t heard much about Brown, so I looked him up. He is 6’6″ and was drafted out of a High School in NY. He topped out at 86 in high school, but that could easily be up over 90 2 years later with development (both mechanics and physical). This article says that he has a great curve ball https://doublegsports.com/phillies-prospect-report-ben-brown/ He is not more than a lottery ticket right now, but very intriguing. Would love it if someone posted a recent velo report on him. He has to have something to be getting those Ks.

          1. sorry Jim. whom are we not supposed to post? i won’t do it in the future. just didn’t know. just let me know whom you don’t want us to post.

      1. The Lakewood announcers yesterday said one of his fastballs was clocked at 95. They also had other fastballs clocked at 88 but said the gun at that time wasn’t working correctly. I was watching on MILB TV and the eye test showed he was definitely throwing in the 90’s. He was blowing fastballs by everybody and you can’t do that at 88 even in the Sally League.

        1. that is great to hear. if he is truly at 95 with a plus curve and a developing change, then that is a really interesting prospect. certainly would explain the high K rate.

    2. – Ramon Rosso is pretty interesting too. High K rates throughout the minors, so this year is no fluke. He is only 22 at AA, so not like he is an old prospect blowing away kids. Also very good walk rates throughout his minor league career. Along with very good ground ball rates. His minor league stats are sterling. Really impressive https://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa3002672&position=P

      Not much on him except this article…this may be a great example of a win for the development staff

      https://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/ramon-rosso-phillies-pitching-prospect-minor-leagues-20180517.html

      1. For me, AA is where top pitching prospects start to shine and AAA is where the stronger hitting prospects are separated from the weaker prospects (it’s not that complicated, AA/Eastern League is very hitter-friendly – if you put up good stats there as a pitcher, it means something whereas the good hitters rake in that environment, which, yes, is a red flag moment for our three former top 10 pick prospects). So Rossos’ performance is worthy of note.

      2. He reminds me of Jose Taveras (not sure if he’s still in the org, maybe injured). He probably won’t show up on any prospect lists but if he keeps up what he’s doing he could get his chance in the majors someday. All he does is get guys out.

      3. I was impressed with him last year in Lakewood and so far this year I’ve seen all his starts at Reading and he has been very good. While I’m no scout what I like is how effortless his pitches are, as it doesn’t look like he’s straining to throw at all. It will be interesting to see what he does this year at Reading and perhaps LV later on.

  5. We hosted my son’s birthday 10th birthday party at the Harrisburg Senators vs Reading Fightins on Saturday. All 3 of my kids I might add are named after Phillies (Cole, Chase, and my daughter is named Charleigh) so huge fans. We had a dugout suite right beside the Reading dugout. Our boys were excited to meet players and my son called Mickey over for an autograph. Mickey signed a few then had to leave for team stretches but said he would be back to sign for all of the kids. I thought, yeah right he isn’t coming back but low and behold he came back and made sure every kid had a signature. He didn’t care if he was signing senators hats but it was apparent that he embraced the chance to be a role model for the boys and I know that my son will never forget it.

    After the game when Reading was walked off, my son called adam to come over. He said 1 minute and went into the dugout to pack up. Again, I thought yeah he is going to ditch my son. Nope, again he came out and over to my son and signed his ball.

    So they may have rough games and may be struggling but these young men have found a couple of lifetime fans in my family.

    Just thought I would share. I have been reading this site for many years but I don’t usually post comments.

    1. “All 3 of my kids I might add are named after Phillies (Cole, Chase, and my daughter is named Charleigh)” << might be the coolest thing that i have read on this blog.

      love the story of the signatures too. great post.

  6. Good observations by all but looking at stats as a hole 8 of the prospects mentioned above other than Bohm batting ave Phillies Prospects are hitting .176. Wonder with New Direction from powers above, New approach in ST, TOO MANY PLAYERS, less focus on those who needed dialing in and coaching approach it seems Powers Above WE’RE MORE INTERESTED IN SYSTEM AS A WHOLE. Strengths and weaknesses

  7. Hi Jim

    I have a question regarding Jhailyn Ortiz. I don’t recall seeing him in minor-league camp. Saw him at the game last night. Wondering why a prospect like that who got so much money wouldn’t even attend camp. He also looked out of shape.

    Sent from my iPad

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  8. Expanded stats on Bohm’s first 67 PA’s 345/433/924 OPS 10 walks to 12 Ks which is a BB rate of 15% and a K rate of 18%

    Good early signs. Just one HR and 6 Doubles so that could be an area of concern but LKW does have a tendency to sap power.

    1. And the Phillies are getting him acclimated to playing first base it appears….already have him at first base for a few games.
      Better to be prepared.

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