Threshers Recap – 5/6/2019

Clearwater (12-18) lost to Bradenton,1-0.

The Threshers got some very good pitching from a pair of left-handers.  Trouble was, they ran into better pitching from their opponents.  Damen Jones overcame some control issues that had arisen in his earlier starts to stifle the Marauders with six innings of one-run pitching.  He gave up 3 hits, walked none, and struck out seven.

Ethan Evanko, who was rained out of a start on Sunday, made his Clearwater debut and pitched shutout ball over the final three innings.  He gave up 2 hits and a walk, and struck out three.

Jones was making his sixth start this season.  This was the first start in which he hadn’t allowed a walk.  Coming into this game, he had issued 17 walks in 23.1 innings.

Jones retired the first two batters then allowed a sharp single to center.  Before making an offering to the next batter, Jones picked the runner off first base.  He went on to retire the next twelve batters.

Jones took the mound in the top of the sixth and surrendered a lead off double.  He bore down and almost worked out of the jam.  After a sacrifice and a strike out, a Bradenton batter lined a single to left to account for the game’s only run.  Again, Jones was able to pick a runner off first without making a pitch to the plate.

Jones was lifted after six innings.  He had thrown just 68 pitches, 44 strikes (64.7%).  His FB sat 93-95 mph and touched 96 mph twice.  Jones pitched from behind some of the time, throwing just 9 first pitch strikes in 19 chances.

The Threshers collected just 5 hits, Nick Maton had two.  They had two good chances to score.  In the bottom of the fifth, Maton had led off with a double.  unlike the Marauders a half-inning later, they were unable to score.  In the bottom of the ninth, Simon Muzziotti and Alec Bohm had led off with singles putting runners on the corners.  Muzziotti failed to score on a wild pitch with one out, and the Threshers failed to score again.

  • #1 Alec Bohm went 1-4
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.188)
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.297) went 1-4 
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL
  • #18 Nick Maton (.244) went 2-4
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.148) entered as a defensive replacement
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.203) entered as a pinch runner for C Edgar Cabral

Lehigh Valley (19-10) no game scheduled.

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 2.81) – recalled to Philadelphia
  • #7 JoJo Romero (2-1, 6.94)
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (2-1, 5.64)
  • #16 Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.25)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (0-1, 24.75)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80)

Reading (15-11) no game scheduled.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (0-1, 5.40)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.238)
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.218)
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.100)
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (1-0, 3.98)
  • #21 David Parkinson (2-2, 4.58)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.264)
  • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL

Lakewood (10-21) split two games with Rome, losing 3-1 and winning 8-0.

Game One: Manny Silva represented the first half of Lakewood’s piggyback in game one.  He pitched 3.1 innings and gave up2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Robinson Martinez (7.45) inherited one runner and let him score in 0.2 innings.  Additionally, he gave up one run on a hit and walk.  James McArthur (5.06) completed the starter’s piggyback and pitched three perfect innings, striking out four.

Lakewood tied the score briefly with a run in the third inning on Matt Kroon’s sacrifice fly.

Ben Pelletier had 2 of the BlueClaws’ 4 hits.

    • #4 Luis Garcia (.179) went 0-2 with 2 BB
    • #30 Manuel Silva (0.00) – 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Game Two: Ethan Lindow (2.54) ha a solid start in his half of the piggyback.  He pitched four solid, one-hit innings, shutting out the Braves and allowing 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Kyle Glogoski (1-1, 0.00) made up the second half of the piggyback.  He pitched 2.1 innings, allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out four.  Gilmael Troya (3.48) recorded the final two outs of the contest.

The BlueClaws single runs in the second and third innings on Carlos De La Cruz’ RBI double and Malvin Matos’ solo HR (2).  They added to their lead with 4 runs in the fifth on De La Cruz’ solo HR (1) and Ben Pelletier’s 3-run HR.  They tacked on 2 more runs in the sixth on Hunter Stovall’s 2-run single.

Jack Conley (.286) and De La Cruz each had 2 hits.

    • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
    • #4 Luis Garcia (.173) went 0-3 with a run scored, BB
    • #8 Francisco Morales (0-2, 6.16)
    • #14 Rafael Marchan (.315)
    • #23 Dominic Pipkin (1-1, 4.43)
    • #24 Kevin Gowdy (1.84)
    • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (1-2, 6.52)
    • #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 6th (and are pointing to current files).

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
5/6/2019 – Phillies optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos to Lehigh Valley
5/6/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Edgar Garcia from Lehigh Valley
5/5/2019 – Clearwater placed RHP Spencer Howard on the 7-day IL
5/5/2019 – LHP Ethan Evanko assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
5/5/2019 – RHP James McArthur assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/4/2019 – SS Jimmy Rollins retired
5/4/2019 – Ben Aklinski assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
5/4/2019 – Andrew Brown assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
5/4/2019 – Austin Ross assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
5/4/2019 – Ismael Cabrera assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
5/4/2019 – Luis Carrasco assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
5/4/2019 – Julian Garcia assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
5/4/2019 – Phillies Designate Aaron Altherr For Assignment
5/4/2019 – Phillies activate Odubel Herrera from the 10-day IL
5/3/2019 – LHP Jakob Hernandez assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/3/2019 – Alexis Rivero assigned to Williamsport from Reading
5/3/2019 – Benjamin Brown assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
5/3/2019 – Tyler McKay assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
5/3/2019 – Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/3/2019 – Dominic Pipkin assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/3/2019 – Bryan Alcala assigned to Voluntarily Retired List by GCL East
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

30 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 5/6/2019

  1. What are the prospects for Ethan Evanko? Is he someone that should be on our radar?

  2. I’m not sure if Enyel will be added to the AAA roster or not, today, as the IronPigs return home—but if he is, it’s possible we see Mitch Walding added to the IL. He left the game 5/2 vs Syracuse with tightness in his back and hasn’t played since. Not having a great season so far at .200/.321/.429 hoping he can be healthy and improve on that.

    1. On the same page, will need to check on his rotation spot.

      What’s the thoughts on Garcia? After all the hype he looks like he his overmatched at the low levels of the minors… not looking good again

      1. Chill out. It’s early. I haven’t begun saying, “I told you so”. So don’t start worrying until I remind you all that I thought he was being rushed and that you guys would wet your pants if he struggled.

        FWIW, the Phillies don’t have a problem having a young player at an accelerated level (like Garcia) repeat next year.

  3. If he does not show improvement at the plate, am I wondering if the Phillies will be sending Luis Garcia to Williamsport next month for a spell to see if he can regain his confidence.
    An 18-year old Maikel Franco, 7/8 years ago, did a shuttle between the two cities, ….WLMSPT-LKWD-then back to WLMSPT.

    1. I guess you have to know the kid and how he handles adversity. Does going backwards do more to strain his confidence than toughing it out and getting the experience.

      1. Well that is a question they would only know about the kid.
        However, like Gamboa, I hope they do not force-feed the kid…. pushing him up a level every year without good results at any one level.
        They let Pujols repeat twice…LKW and CLW….so remains to be seen what they will do eventually with Garcia.
        If he starts improving, I may let him finisg the year at Lakewood.

        1. He’s very young, I’d drop him back. There might be others on that roster to drop back with him. They haven’t hit well as a team and have lots of guys fighting for at bats. Has that been a contributing factor?

          1. I guess we will know something in 4/5 weeks…if they summons him back to the Complex in the first week or so of June, explain to him the situation, then they will probably get him set to fly up to Williamsport in time for their June 14 opener.

        2. I agree to give him another month or so. The jump from the GCL to Lakewood is a very big one, especially for an 18 year old. I mean, he would just be starting college now – he’s very young. He has time on his side and is still taking walks. He hasn’t surged but I’m not down on him right now.

    2. Let’s wait and see how he finishes the summer. The Sally leaguel is a challenge for a top LA prospect his age, who never tasted the unpredictable weather of spring in the northeast. Leave him be until July and then we can sweat along with him.

      1. The issue with that….come first part of August, with minor league seasons winding down….and he still is at the Mendoza slash….does that mean he repeats LKW in 2020 or is a promo to CLW with a substandard and poor batting metric in line for him?
        it is the Gamboa story once again.
        As the one poster mentioned a few days ago….it is like the public-school system…push the kid up until no matter what..

    3. They did exactly that with Domingo Santana nearly a decade ago after he struggled as an 18-year-old in Lakewood. He wound up being OK.

  4. For some reason, I had no idea that Jones was a lefty. I know he has to work a lot on command and even control, but this could be a very high upside player. You don’t see a lot of lefties throwing mid-90s and striking guys out at will, even at high A ball. I am excited about him.

    1. He screams reliever, right? He’s older, has poor control and I don’t know that he has three usable pitches. It seems like a great pick for where he was drafted but I think he’ll end up in the bullpen, maybe even as a high leverage guy.

  5. I know that when a player is hitting in the 100s, he’s “on the 1nterstate”. However, growing up I always heard that the Mendoza Line was .220. Am I wrong and if not, when did it become .200?

      1. Anyobd realize that Mario Mendoza played 9 years and close to 700 games? Great fielder.

      2. I found a major league player that hit better in majors than minors; Mario Mendoza. He hit .213 for an average at AAA and .215 average in the majors.

  6. Pretty frustrating with all these pitchers on the DL and not knowing what is wrong with them. Fanti missed most of last year and all of this year so far Bettencourt missed most of last year and most of this year. Young was on the DL for a long stretch last year and now again this year. Howard is now on the DL. Gowdy hasn’t pitched in a couple of weeks.

    I know we are not really owed an explanation. It is frustrating so I guess i am just venting.

    1. The Phillies don’t divulge the injuries of players AA and below. I touched on Gowdy yesterday. I have information on some of the players, but am hesitant to print it until I hear it from a second source. I don’t want to abuse the privilege I’ve been extended. But, Young may miss the rest of the season.

      1. Thanks, Jim. Sucks about Young. Looked like he had an easy, repeatable type delivery. Wouldn’t think he would develop arm problems (if that is what it is),

  7. Two more interwsting pitchers…

    Kyle Glogoski. Was tracking his strong perf in ABL (4 starts, 1.37 era, 0.61 whip, 18/3 in 19 up). Now see a strong (though sss) start to season. 10 k in 4.1 up. Turned 20 earlier this year.

    Damen Jones.
    I know he’s 24 but a Lefty who sits 93-95, t96 has my interest. He’s pitching mostly well (some control issues) at CW. Hope he continues and then gets a tougher test at AA this summer.

  8. As far as I know it’s always been called the Mendoza line. I’ve always wondered why he was singled out for this unique honor. Does anyone know why or how this came about? Sorry if I’ve posted in the wrong spot but talk about the guy has piqued my interest.

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