Threshers Recap – 5/2/2019

Clearwater (11-16) dropped both ends of a double header to Fort Myers, 4-3 and 1-0. The Threshers scored 3 runs in the top of the first inning of game one, and didn’t cross the plate the rest of the day.

Game One: Alejandro Requena (3.46) was spotted a 3-run lead and couldn’t hold onto it.  He allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in 5.1 innings.  He left with two runners on base after hitting a batter with his 83rd pitch.  Jonathan Hennigan (0-1, 0.69) came in and stranded both runners.  But, he walked the lead off batter in the seventh, the eventual walk off run.  This was the first run he allowed this season (9 games, 13 IP).

The Threshers scored 3 runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Matt Vierling, Jake Scheiner, and Edgar Cabral.  They collected 5 of their 8 hits and went 3-6 with RISP in the inning.  They were retired in order in the second and third innings.  A lead off single was wasted on a double play in the fourth.  A one-out single advanced to second but was stranded in the fifth. They went 0-3 after a lead off triple in the sixth.  And, went down in order in the seventh.

They collected just 3 hits and an intentional walk after the first inning and went 0-4 with runners in scoring position.  Not scoring after the lead off triple was a killer.

Matt Vierling (.322) went 2-3 with a run scored, triple, RBI.

    • #1 Alec Bohm went 1-4 with a run scored
    • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.177) went 0-3 with 3 K
    • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.261) went 2-4 with a run scored
    • #18 Nick Maton (.240) went 0-3
    • #20 Daniel Brito (.161) went 0-3

Game Two: Colton Eastman (1.80) made his first Advanced A start.  He pitched pretty well.  He retired the batters in his first inning on ground balls.  He allowed the game’s only run in the second on a double, single, sac fly.

After a non-run scoring double, Eastman bore down and dominated the rest of the way.  He retired the final two batters in the second inning on strike outs.  Over the next three innings he allowed a couple meaningless singles and struck out five more.

Grant Dyer (1.29) came on and walked the first batter he faced then retired the next six batters in order.

Eastman’s final line was 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0  BB, 7 K.

Lakewood managed just 4 hits, no walks.  Their only extra base hit was Dalton Guthrie’s two out triple after Ben Aklinski got picked off first by the catcher in the third inning, the only inning where two hitters reached base.

    • #1 Alec Bohm went 0-3
    • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25)
    • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.177)
    • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.261)
    • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL
    • #18 Nick Maton (.231) went 0-3
    • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.151) went 1-2
    • #20 Daniel Brito (.161) went 0-3

Former Phillies prospect Sixto Sanchez was scheduled to make his 2019 debut at home last night for Advanced A Jupiter (in the FSL) but the game was rained out.  He may start Friday on the road in Port Charlotte.  Maybe not.  He was supposed to start for the JAX Jumbo Shrimp back on April 26th.  Jupiter plays Clearwater later in the month.  If they don’t have to baby Sanchez’ arm and can stick to their 6-man rotation, he’ll still miss the series.  Haha.

Lehigh Valley (17-9) finally beat Syracuse, 4-2, salvaging a game in the 4-game series.

JoJoRo had his best outing this season.  He gave up one earned and one unearned run in six innings on 5 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out seven.  Recently called up, Seth McGarry (0.00) pitched two perfect innings.  Edgar Garcia struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save.

Lehigh did all the scoring after falling behind 2-0.  They scored a run in the third inning on Deivi Grullon’s RBI single, a run in the fourth on Damek Tomscha’s solo HR (1), and two runs in the sixth on Gift Ngoepe’s 2-run HR (2).

Malquin Canelo (.300), Damek Tomscha, and Ali Castillo (.250) had 2 hits each.

FYI, Tim Tebow went 1-10 in the series and is hitting .143 for the season.

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 2.81) – recalled to Philadelphia
  • #7 JoJo Romero (2-1, 6.94) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (2-1, 5.64)
  • #16 Cole Irvin (2-0, 1.82)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (0-1, 33.00)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Reading (13-10) beat Akron, 9-6.

Mauricio Llovera (3.98) watched his ERA blow up with 5 runs in six innings on 7 hits (2 HR) and a walk.  He struck out seven.  J.D. Hammer (0.63) tossed two perfect innings.  Aaron Brown (2-2, 5.14) blew the save and got the win, allowing a run on 3 walks and a wild pitch.  He did strike out 2 in his inning.  Alexis Rivero (4.91) pitched a 1-2-4 ninth for his first save.

Reading scored in 6 of the 10 innings.  They scored 2 runs in the first inning on Adam Haseley’s RBI single and Darick Hall’s sac fly.  They added single runs in the second, third, sixth, and seventh on Mickey Moniak’s RBI single, Haseley’s solo HR (3), another Moniak RBI single, and Austin Bossart’s bases loaded walk.  They scored 3 runs in the tenth on Austin Listi’s 3-run double, his fourth hit of the game.

Listi had 4 hits and 3 RBI.  Moniak had 3 hits and 2 RBI.  Haseley had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

Our old friend, Drew Stankiewicz, went 1-2 with 2 walks for the RubberDucks.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (0-1, 4.82)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.205) went 2-4 with 3 runs scored, HR (3), 2 RBI, 2 BB 
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.216) went 3-6 with a run scored, 2 RBI, 2 SB 
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.108) went 0-1 with 2 runs scored, 4 BB, 2 SB
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (1-0, 3.98) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HR
  • #21 David Parkinson (2-2, 4.58)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.227) went 1-5 
  • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL

Lakewood (9-18) beat West Virginia, 10-0.

Tyler McKay (1-2, 7.36) earned his first win with five innings of shutout ball.  He allowed 2 hits, walked none, and struck out four.  Big Ben Brown continued to blank “A-Ball” batters with 3.2 innings of 3-hit, shutout ball.  He walked one and struck out four.  Oscar Marcelino (3.68) got the final out, stranding two runners, but not until after issuing a walk to load the bases.

The BlueClaws had a 14-hit attack.  They scored 2 runs in the first inning on two ground outs and one in the second on a force out.  They broke the game open in the fifth with 5 runs on a 2-run error, Malvin Matos’ RBI double, and RBI singles by Jonathan Guzman and Yerwin Trejo.  They added two in the sixth on Matos’ RBI triple and a ground out.

The top of the order (Stovall, Kroon, Gutierrez, and Matos) went 9-18 with 8 runs scored, 6 RBI, 2 walks, 4 doubles, a triple, and a stolen base.  Guzman added 3 hits and 2 RBI.

Lakeland went an incredible 3-17 with RISP.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.195)
  • #8 Francisco Morales (0-2, 7.02)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.315) was placed on the 7-day IL
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (1-1, 4.41)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (1.84)
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (1-2, 7.71)
  • #30 Manuel Silva (0.00)

Unassigned Prospects

  • #27 Starlyn Castillo

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 May 2nd (and are pointing to current files).

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
5/2/2019 – RHP Seth McGarry assigned to Lehigh Valley from Clearwater
5/2/2019 – Lakewood placed C Rafael Marchan on the 7-day IL
5/2/2019 – C Jack Conley assigned to Lakewood from GCL East
5/1/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Ranger Suarez on the 7-day IL, abdominal strain
5/1/2019 – LHP Jakob Hernandez assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/1/2019 – LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/1/2019 – Reading activated LF Cornelius Randolph from the 7-day IL
5/1/2019 – Reading placed 3B Jose Antequera on the 7-day IL
5/1/2019 – Clearwater placed LHP Kyle Young on the 7-day IL
5/1/2019 – RHP Kyle Glogoski assigned to Lakewood from GCL West.
5/1/2019 – James McArthur assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
5/1/2019 – Grenny Cumana assigned to Williamsport from Reading
5/1/2019 – Alejandro Requena assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/30/2019 – 3B Jose Gomez assigned to Reading from Clearwater
4/30/2019 – RHP Colton Eastman assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/30/2019 – LHP Manuel Silva assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/30/2019 – Lakewood activated 2B Hunter Stovall
4/30/2019 – Alexis Rivero assigned from Williamsport to Reading
4/30/2019 – Luis Carrasco assigned from Clearwater to Williamsport
4/30/2019 – Julian Garcia assigned from Clearwater to Williamsport
4/30/2019 – Grant Dyer assigned from Williamsport to Clearwater
4/30/2019 – Damon Jones assigned from Williamsport to Clearwater
4/30/2019 – Seth McGarry assigned from Williamsport to Clearwater
4/30/2019 – Carlos Betancourt assigned from DSL White to GCL West
4/30/2019 – Phillies signed International FA P Camilo Hinestroza, assigned to DSL White
4/29/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed OF Jan Hernandez on the 7-day IL
4/29/2019 – 3B Ali Castillo assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
4/29/2019 – LHP Jeff Singer assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
4/29/2019 – Luis Ramirez assigned to Reading from Williamsport
4/29/2019 – 3B Alec Bohm assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
4/28/2019 – 2B Grenny Cumana assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
4/28/2019 – Clearwater activated LHP Zach Warren from the 7-day IL
4/28/2019 – RHP Victor Santos assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/28/2019 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
4/28/2019 – Grant Dyer assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/28/2019 – Gustavo Armas assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/28/2019 – Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/28/2019 – Dominic Pipkin assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
4/28/2019 – Seth McGarry assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
4/27/2019 – Phillies activated SS Jean Segura from the 10-day IL
4/27/2019 – Phillies optioned RF Dylan Cozens to Lehigh Valley
4/27/2019 – Andrew Brown assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
4/27/2019 – Alejandro Requena assigned to Williamsport fron Clearwater
4/27/2019 – 2B Hunter Stovall assigned to Lakewood

18 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 5/2/2019

  1. Abrahan Gutierrez looks like he will be rising into that top tier prospect stratosphere…..all he does is catch and hit.

    1. Of the big 5 that Atlanta lost: Maitan, Negret, Severino, Del Rosario and Gutierrez, I think Gutierrez looks like the best prospect to date. Maitan hasn’t hit very well since his signing by the Angels and seems to have a weight issue. Negret has 4 HRs in the SAL but isn’t making much contact otherwise. Severino was hitting pretty well in the MWL but I think he’s been injured since Mid-April. Del Rosario pitched pretty well in the SAL last year but he’s been dropped a level to start 2019. I don’t think he’s injured. Gutierrez has good size for a catcher and is hitting well and seems to have a great eye at the plate. His defense could use a little work. He’s thrown out only 20% of would-be base stealers. That could have something to do with the pitchers too. SSS rules apply.

      1. Read where the Braves , when they signed him, were high on his overall defense as a catcher…does have a strong arm.
        Only tool he lacks in….run…he is a 35/40 runner….maybe even 5 seconds to first.
        Will never out run in a foot race JTR or Alf.
        Does not have that initial burst from a stop.
        But if he keeps hitting…doesn’t really matter.

    2. So Gutierrez is young for the league and supposedly a good defensive catcher but I am going to be tempered on a catcher with a Carlos Tocci-an ISO and one walk who is riding a .413 through 14 games.

      1. Here is the 2080 scouting report from v1again’s posting below:
        At his size…..6’2″, 214 lbs….doubt his future ISO will stay Carlos Tocci like.

        NOTES FROM THE FIELD, SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE:

        Large, physical frame w/ muscular proportions. Has the durability to catch and doesn’t look too large for the position. Looks the part.

        Short stroke, direct to the ball w/ enough present strength for hard contact when squared. Heavy pass through zone, questionable barrel-control.

        Muscular frame drives the ball and gives a chance for power. Will show up more in games as he matures and adds swing lift.

        Thick throughout w/ heavy stride, speed is not a large part of his game.

        Advanced glovework for age/level, like the mix of physicality and actions at catcher.
        Quiet targets, sound receiving and blocking.

        Limited look at arm, at least avg if not a tick more.

        SUMMARY: Interesting catching prospect w/ good size, defensive tools, and chance for raw power. Young for level and off to a hot start in Low-A. Longshot prospect; tools to fill big league role w/ continued development across the board.

  2. Great seeing Reading and Lakewood finally hit. Moniak and Haseley both with big games is a nice sight. Ben Brown is pitching great, pushing up the prospect list.

  3. I read some scouting reports on Ben he is up to 95, with a curve and slider. sounds like he might help us, i believe is only 19

  4. Embrace Debate: Is the Phillies minor league system Catcher University in a way similar to Villanova was Guard University. We are pumping out catching prospects on the reg!

    1. Can’t say yet. It’s a serious enough injury that I’ll give the org time to decide what they want to release. I don’t have to be the first to report this. I think you can expect a lengthy stay on the IL, though.

    1. Thanks for posting, it’s very positive in terms of potential. We’ll see if they get there. Lots of patience is required.

  5. Notes on Threshers doubleheader.

    First observation. Threshers hit the ball better than their boxscore shows. They hit better and harder than the triumphant Ft Myers Miracle. Their deep flies and line drives just found gloves. Some luck, some good defense. One wonders if the games were nine innings instead of seven if luck would have evened out some.

    Bohm. One-for-seven on the day but struck the ball well. One play of note: infield chop and out at 1B. A faster runner would have won the race. Bohm gets defensive kudos, though. On a pop fly into No Man’s Land Bohm, the shortstop and the left fielder all rushed in to get a ball that looked destined to drop for a hit but Bohm got there, turned around facing the outfield, and caught the ball. Kind of an Odubel put out.

    Scheiner. Still impressed by his strong play, though he did get caught between second and third for the final out of an inning after Duran hit a bloop single. Scheiner for the day: 2 for four, HBP and BB. He gets on base. Also just beat at first on a great play by the shortstop, otherwise three for four. One of his most impressive ABs was in the first game when he got two strikes swinging at low and away pitches then slapped a 99 MPH pitch the opposite way into right field for a hit.

    Most useless out belonged to Alinksy in the second game when he laid down a beautiful bunt for a single. Then got picked off base. Kinda defeats the purpose of small ball. And, of course, Dalton Guthrie followed up with a triple but had no one to drive in. Nick Maton smashed a ball but it was a line out to 1B. Story of the night.

    Most deflating out belonged to Jhailyn Ortiz. Vierling started the sixth inning of the first game with a triple. Ortiz then ended up with two strikes. He fought off two breaking pitches and it looked like the young guy was learning to battle rather than flail away at off-speed stuff. Then, frozen by a 95 MPH down the middle. Gotta give the pitcher credit for setting it up, but it sure would have been nice if Ortiz had made contact. Scheiner followed, got ahead 3-0 and they decided to walk him rather than risk grooving a pitch. Good decision as Cabral then popped out and Maton smashed a liner to left that was another of the Threshers’ well-hit outs.

    Daniel Brito made a great play at second, traveling far and fast to the left side of second base to grab what looked like a hit through the middle, then fired a bullet to first while off balance to just nip the runner. Except the umpire called him safe. Brito’s other big noise was joining Maton, Vierling and Bohm in deep warning track shots that got caught. The only ball he hit solidly in the series, if I recall correctly.

      1. DMAR, Thanks. If I were to sum up my major takeaways after three games against Ft Myers it would be:

        1. Bohm can play at this level. Though one-for-seven Thursday, he struck the ball well several times and never looked lost or ill confident. Who knows, if he does conquer A+ maybe he’ll be on the banks of the Schuylkill River admiring the Reading Pagoda later this summer.

        2. Vierling and Scheiner might not have loud-tools scouting reports, but they are ballplayers or, at least they were these three games. They make contact. They get on base. They are competent in the field and on the base paths (minus Scheiner’s one oops.)

        3. Damon Jones throws hard.

        Threshers will be at Port Charlotte at the end of May for my next opportunity to report.

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