Threshers Recap – 5/14/2019

Clearwater (18-19) remained “hot” and beat Lakeland, 6-3, for their sixth straight win.  The Threshers took over sole possession of third place and picked up another half game on rained out Dunedin whom they now trail by 2.5 games. Dunedin hasn’t played a game since being swept last Thursday thru Saturday by the Threshers.

Colton Eastman (1-1, 1.84) battled for three innings.  When the Threshers gave him a lead, he completely shut down the Tigers.

Eastman started strong with a 1-2-3, 11-pitch first inning.  He pitched around a double and a walk in the second inning, picking up 2 of his strike outs.  He gave up 2 singles to start the third and looked like he was going to escape after a 6-4-3 double play.  but a triple off the right field wall brought home the game’s first run.

After the Threshers took a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the third, Eastman retired the Tigers in order the next two innings, on 10 pitches in the fourth and 5 pitches in the fifth.  He gave up a one-out walk in a 17-pitch sixth inning, but got 2 ground ball outs to end his night.

Eastman’s line was 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 83 pitches, 52 strikes (62.7%), 14 of 23 first pitch strikes, 3 three-ball counts, a FB that sat 88-89 mph and reached 90 6 times in the first couple innings and touched 92 in the sixth inning.

Eastman pitched behind a lot early, 5 of 13 FPS in the first three innings.  After he had a lead, he threw 9 of 10 FPS in innings four thru six.

Eastman works at a good pace … until he has runners on base.  Then he slows down and really tests the pitch clock.  For those not familiar with the clock, once the pitcher comes set, the clock goes off.  He can stay in that position for ever without a violation.  Eastman takes full advantage of this.  Reminded me of a young Bob Walk.  You’re old if you get this reference.

Keylan Killgore (2.61) pitched one inning  and gave up a run on 2 hits and a walk. He struck out the side.  IMO, he might have been able to avoid the run had he broken off the mound quicker on a chopper to deep first base.  The batter just barely beat him to the bag.

Zach Warren (3.38) picked up his second save, but gave up a run on a hit and 2 walks.  He struck out six in his two innings.

The Threshers’ staff went into the game leading the league with 361 Ks in 36 games.  Damon Jones leads the league with 52 Ks.  Eastman, Killgore, and Warren added 12 more strike outs to the ledger.

After the Tigers scored in the third inning, the Threshers answered with 4 runs in the bottom of the inning on Alec Bohm’s RBI double off the center field wall, an RBI ground out, and Nick Maton’s 2-run bomb (3) to RF.  The added 2 insurance runs in the eighth on Madison Stokes’ 2-run HR.

The Threshers had several hard hit balls.  Bohm blasted doubles high off the wall in right center (the Westshore Pizza sign) and the wall in dead center (the Enterprise sign).  Maton sent one to right that cleared the back fence.  Muzziotti laced one down the LF line.  Duran had hard hit balls to right (single) and left (double).

Bohm and Maton had 3 hits each.  Duran had two.

Maton stole his 6th base, Bohm was caught for the first time.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.345) went 3-4 with a run scored, 2 doubles, RBI
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL, shoulder soreness
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.161) went 0-4 
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.299) went 1-4 with a run scored
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL
  • #18 Nick Maton (.324) went 3-4 with a run scored, HR (3), 2 RBI
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.182) went 2-4 with a double
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.220)went 1-3 with a run scored

Lehigh Valley (19-16) lost to Durham, 10-3. 

Tyler Viza (0-2, 3.74) pitched 5.1 innings, gave up 5 runs (3 ER) on 9 hits.  He walked none and struck out five.  Tom Windle (4.00) allowed both inherited runners to score in 0.2 innings and gave up 5 unearned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  Kyle Dohy (11.88) pitched two scoreless innings and held the Bulls to a hit and a walk, striking out five.

Lehigh scored 2 runs in the fourth inning on Deivi Grullon’s RBI single and a rally-killing double play.  They added a meaningless run in the eighth on Lane Adams’ RBI single.

Shane Adams (.308) had 3 hits.  Malquin Canelo (.243) had 2 hits.

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 2.37)
  • #7 JoJo Romero (2-1, 9.00)
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (2-1, 5.64)
  • #16 Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.25) promoted to Phillies on May 12th
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (0-1, 11.88) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on June 6th

Reading (18-15) split a double header v. New Hampshire losing 4-0,  winning 8-1.

Game One: Adonis Medina gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and a walk while striking out four.  Jake Hernandez (2.84) stranded 2 inherited runners and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.

The Phils were held to 2 hits by Cornelius Randolph and Henri Lartigue.

    • #2 Adonis Medina (0-2, 5.46) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
    • #3 Adam Haseley (.221) went 0-3
    • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.240) went 1-3

Game Two: David Parkinson tossed six solid innings giving up one run on four hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  J.D. Hammer (0.48) struck out the side in the seventh.

The Phils scored 7 runs in the third inning on Luke Williams HBP with the bases loaded, an RBI force out, Austin Listi’s RBI single, Darick Hall’s RBI double, Cornelius Randolph’s 2-run double, and a fielding error.  They tacked on another run in the fourth on Listi’s second RBI double.

    • #2 Adonis Medina (0-2, 5.46)
    • #3 Adam Haseley (.222) went 1-4 with a run scored, RBI 
    • #9 Mickey Moniak (.218) went 0-3 with a run scored, BB
    • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.096) went 0-3 with a run scored, BB
    • #15 Mauricio Llovera (1-0, 4.15)
    • #21 David Parkinson (3-2, 3.69) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K 
    • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
    • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.244) went 1-3 with a run scored, double, BB, 2 RBI 
    • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL

Lakewood (12-24) beat Hagerstown, 4-3.

Scott Kingery suited up for a rehab start and went 1-3 with an error playing shortstop.

Ethan Lindow (2.16) pitched five innings and gave up 2 unearned runs on 4 hits.  He walked none and struck out eight.  The unearned runs scored on back-to-back passed balls in the first inning and a two-out double following Kingery’s error.

Kyle Glogoski (2-1, 1.08) pitched 3.2 innings and gave up one run on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out three.  Gilmael Troya (3.18) stranded 2 inherited runners and picked up his first save after issuing a walk to load the bases.

Lakewood scored a run in the fourth on Abrahan Gutierrez’ sac fly.  They scored 3 runs in the eighth on Matt Kroon’s 3-run HR (1).

Kroon (.287) went 2-3 with his HR and 3 RBI.  Carlos De La Cruz went 2-3.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.184) went 1-1 with a run scored after replacing Kingery
  • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 6.26)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.315)
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (1-1, 5.01)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 3.60)
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (1-3, 5.32)
  • #30 Manuel Silva (2.61)

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 14th (and are pointing to current files).

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
5/13/2019 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Norman Anciani to a minor league contract
5/13/2019 – Phillies placed RHP Edubray Ramos on the 10-day IL, shoulder stiffness
5/13/2019 – Phillies sent 2B Scott Kingery on a rehab assignment to Lakewood
5/13/2019 – Phillies recalled Austin Davis from Lehigh Valley
5/12/2019 – Phillies optioned LHP Austin Davis to Lehigh Valley
5/12/2019 – Phillies selected the contract of LHP Cole Irvin from Lehigh Valley
5/11/2019 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Raul Mendoza to a minor league contract
5/11/2019 – Phillies placed RHP Vince Velasquez on the 10-day IL retro to 5/7/19, forearm
5/11/2019 – San Francisco claimed CF Aaron Altherr off waivers from Phillies
5/11/2019 – Phillies recalled LHP Austin Davis from Lehigh Valley
5/11/2019 – Luis Cedeno assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
5/11/2019 – Luis Ramirez assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
5/11/2019 – Tom Windle assigned to Lehigh Valley from Williamsport

37 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 5/14/2019

  1. Is it my imagination or has it been a long time since Jahilyn Ortiz got a hit seems like he’s 0 for his last 25 at bats . What a drop off.

    1. Is it my imagination, or has it been a long time since Alex Bohm hasn’t had a double-digit hit game?

      Sorry, Booby, don’t mean to sound like playing light with your question about Jhailyn, which is legit, but Bohm appears as wondrously positively as Ortiz has been negative.

      Maybe Alec needs promotion to Reading and Jhailyn needs demotion to Lakewood to set the world right again. That’s a way of saying that I wouldn’t give up on young and powerful Jhailyn just yet.

      Finally, Jim appears to have been positive on Ortiz over the years. I wonder if Jim can update us on his take now. Are we boxscore readers not seeing something positive that’s there?

  2. Interesting watching Keston Hiura last night. Taken one spot after Haseley in the 2017 draft and signed for 1.1M less. Hiura has done nothing but hit in pro ball. Also a big night for Sixto in his AA debut.

  3. What on earth was all of that “Bohm isn’t looking great” panic from spring training all about lol. Granted, hes still not young for his league, but hes smoking the ball. Lets get that man to AA. lord knows that lineup can use the bat. Really hope it continues for this dude; of all the guys hes the one with a chance to be something special

    1. We were all thinking…”here we go again”. We are all exhausted by having to constantly make excuses to gloss over poor performance by, and bad scouting reports on multiple top 10 draft picks and a weak farm system. So we projected that onto Bohm when he got assigned to low A. And we are now all breathing a bit of a sigh of relief, albeit still cautiously optimistic.

    2. It wasn’t me Dan I’ve been trying to tell you from the jump Bohm was going to be really good. I told you he would be in CLW by May 2nd and then reading by sometime late June…

      Why because when I finally got into more of his video I saw what you all are seeing now. A quick bat for a kid with a lot of length, an approach that takes the ball the other way. Power to right center and a solid BB rate.

      All tell tale signs of a polished hitter.

  4. Reading and Clearwater (both 10:30) and Lakewood (11am) early games today. Bohm, Vierling and Maton are the only bats worth following as of now. We’re getting decent pitching from guys who aren’t projected highly. The top ranked arms are either struggling or on the shelf. Don’t think this was the plan.

    1. ‘Bohm, Vierling and Maton are the only bats worth following’…add Muzziotti to that list…another hit down the left field line….he sprays all over…a pure ‘barrel on where it is pitched’ hitter.
      And the other night a great catch in right center field gap
      Haseley and Moniak better look in their rear view mirror.

  5. I know it’s only May, but what a long list of disappointments so far throughout the system. It’s frustrating to seemingly waste so many seasons of bad pro level baseball on seemingly failed high 1st round picks. On positive side, thank you Bohm!

    1. Phillies should be the lead organization to prompting MLB to change the current rule and allow teams to trade any and all Rule 4 draft choices.
      They are one of the teams that should be the poster child for it.

      1. Agree with Romus. MLB is the only sport that doesn’t allow trading (most) draft picks. Teams can already deal competitive balance picks, and it hasn’t ruined the game (or the draft). June’s draft would be much more relevant/interesting/watched if teams could swap picks or deal a pick (and the slot money it comes with) for a veteran player like it’s done in the NFL, NHL, and NBA.

  6. Bohm is clearly the #1 prospect in our system right now but I don’t know how to fill out the rest of my top 10. Medina, Romero, Suarez, Haseley, Moniak, Ortiz, Morales, Garcia all struggling. Ugly! Who is #2 now?

        1. I give Bohm the nod at 1 I’m saying Howard is easily #2 for me. After last season I had him way ahead of Medina.

          I’d still keep Haseley 3 and Garcia 4. Garcia made a huge jump GCL to LKW at his age. I’d venture to say he will be better for his struggles and come late july or august he’s back in our good graces.

          Vierling has to creep into the top 10 as does Dohy…

          1. FYI – Spencer feels great and will probably have a couple starts in extended before returning to the Threshers.

  7. Also, former bonus baby Jonathan Guzman seems to be acclimating himself to Lakewood. He’s still 19 until August. .240 doesn’t look great but he seems like he’s starting to come around a little bit

  8. Well, if anyone is discouraged by our system, I don’t suggest you bother to check today’s box scores. Not a very good day on the farm. The crops are looking barren.

    1. Mark all the phillies had to do is listen, to Romus, He wanted turner. Kieboom,tyler stevenson senzel

  9. Ok. Ready for Promotions, Reading needs help. 3 international players combined 6 for 81, .074, 10 game stand. #13 prospect game out for 9 games batting .100. Help him send him back to CLW. Bohm Ready

  10. rocco moffo. Got to make room for Bohm. #13 body language, lack of effort. message need to be sent. 5 years of this. Kids working hard around him

  11. There comes a point when you have to take your losses, Walding is really showing he cant hit and its embarrassing to him, 21 Stikeouts in 31 at bats

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