Judging by the tone of comments lately, I think it bears repeating that the minor leagues are about development, not game outcomes. More so at Reading than at Lehigh Valley which is essentially spare parts for the big league club. As you move down each level, you can expect there to be more concern with development.
Okay, I’m going to ramble on here for a bit.
Nobody will be promoted from Clearwater to Reading because “Reading needs help”. Wins and losses at Reading will not dictate when a player is promoted. When the development staff determines that a player has successfully met the criteria they established in his individual development plan, he will be promoted. The box score lines you love to cite are not necessarily the deciding factor in promotion.
What we see in a box score does not necessarily define how good or bad a player’s game was. A batter can show good development with an 0-4 night. A pitcher can display same even though he gave up 4 runs in 4 innings. We don’t know what a player is working on any given night. It was a fluke that I found out that Dylan Cozens was told to concentrate on contact over power in Clearwater where he hit just 5 HR before slugging 40 in Reading the next season. It was a fluke that I learned that Severino Gonzalez was told to use a different secondary pitch and NOT use his customary (and effective) out pitch when he moved up to Reading.
The organization has decided to challenge several prospects at levels where they may be too young to compete. Consider that the organization may not be adverse to these players repeating these levels this year AND next if necessary. So, it is unlikely (but not impossible) that a player will be demoted. This may even include Luis Garcia who would seem to be the most likely candidate to drop back a level. (Remember that I would have started Garcia in XST with a move up at a time when they could control the number of games played.) I don’t think the Phillies rolled the dice and said, “let’s put him in Lakewood, and if he fails we’ll drop him down”. I think they had a plan and that plan was to let him sink or swim at Lakewood. If he swam, he could be fast tracked to Clearwater next year. If he sank, he would start at Lakewood again. I don’t believe they expected him to sink, I just believe that they are prepared to let him play there all season and start there next season if necessary. They have a plan. They aren’t making it up as they go along.
Jhailyn Ortiz hit a home run today, but is struggling. A friend up north attended one of our affilaite’s games last season. He told me that he spoke with a scout who told him that Ortiz had an eye problem. The scout went so far as to say congenital. I learned this spring that this was either incorrect or true but corrected/correctable. I don’t know what to believe. But, it appears to me that Ortiz is having difficulty with balls in right field. I considered that he has to look back into the setting sun during the early innings of games at Spectrum Field. But, He had to look up into a noon sun during games at the Complex. When he was in the GCL, he showed good movement left, right, and back. Not just for a big man, but for any right fielder. The only difficulty I reported was on balls that would land in front of him. He had a penchant for charging and trying to make those catches and would often have the balls bounce in front of him and ricochet off his body (but not get past him). This season he’s had several balls reach the wall where he was almost but not quite in the right position to make a play on the ball. He’s just missing on these. He looks ubnsure on other balls hit into right field. I wonder if the stories about his eyes are true. If yes, that could explain his problems at the plate. (I’ll go into how he looks at the plate within a few days.)
Someone (Hinkie, I think) mentioned that MLB is the only sport that does not allow the trading of draft picks (with a qualifier). I would take that a step further and point out that MLB is the only sport where draft picks do not see the major leagues for 2, 3, 4 years. There are almost never any first year impact players in the MLB draft. I don’t have an opinion on trading picks, I just wanted to add this point.
Sorry for all that rambling, but there’s very little good news for you box score guys below.
Clearwater (18-20) had their 6-game winning streak snapped, losing to Lakeland, 9-4.
Today was Education Day or some such thing and a couple thousand grammar/middle school students were in attendance for the 10:30 start. The Threshers have a history of poor performance in these morning games (they were once one-hit during a double header on one of these early starts, yeah, two 7-inning games only one hit), so I prudently passed. Alejandro Requena (2-2, 4.62) should have too. He shut out Lakeland for three innings before giving up seven runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in five innings. He struck out four.
Luis Ramirez (2.57) gave up 2 runs in two innings on 7 hits. He struck out three. Grant Dyer (0.93) pitched a clean inning.
Madison Stokes hit a solo HR (5) in the fourth. Daniel Brito doubled home a run in the seventh. And Jhailyn Ortiz hit a 2-run HR (2) in the eighth.
The top of the Threshers order went 0-13 with a walk. The team went 1-4 with RISP. But they did manage to accumulate 10 hits.
Stokes (.293) went 2-4, Jake Scheiner (.264) went 2-4, Ben Aklinski (.231) went 2-3, and Brito went 2-4.
- #1 Alec Bohm (.317) went 0-5
- #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL, shoulder soreness
- #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.167) went 1-3 with a run scored, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB
- #12 Simon Muzziotti (.299)
- #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL, TJ surgery
- #18 Nick Maton (.316) went 0-3 with a BB
- #19 Rodolfo Duran (.188) went 1-3 with a BB
- #20 Daniel Brito (.233)went 2-4 with a BB
Lehigh Valley (19-17) lost to Durham, 12-1.
JoJo Romero got tagged for 6 runs on 7 hits and 4 walks in four innings. This led to a string of one-inning relievers who gave up 6 more runs. Yacksel Rios (6.32) gave up one run on one hit and 2 walks. Tyler Gilbert (3.00) gave up 2 runs on 3 hits. Josh Martin (5.03) gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. Seth McGarry (0.00) pitched a clean inning.
The IronPigs had just 4 hits. they scored their only run in the third inning on Gift Ngoepe’s solo HR 93).
- #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 2.37)
- #7 JoJo Romero (2-2, 9.64) – 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 1 K
- #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)
- #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on June 6th
Reading (18-16) lost to New Hampshire, 9-3.
Bailey Falter (3-2, 3.34) pitched 5.1 innings and gave up 5 runs on 5 hits. He struck out five. His Achilles heal was 2 HR. Jeff Singer (1.54) stranded an inherited runner, pitched an inning, and was charged with 4 runs (1 ER) on 2 hits, a wild pitch, and a walk. Aaron Brown (4.42) pitched the final 1.2 innings and struck out three, however he allowed 3 inherited runners to score.
Josh Stephen tied the game in the third inning with a solo HR (1). The Phils scored 2 runs in the eighth on Jose Gomez’ sac fly and Mickey Moniak’s RBI double.
The Phils’ 6 hits included 4 XBH – 1 HR (Stephen) and 3 doubles (Moniak, Randolph, and Bossart). They also had one walk v. 12 strike outs.
- #2 Adonis Medina (0-2, 5.46)
- #3 Adam Haseley (.222)
- #9 Mickey Moniak (.219) went 1-4 with a double, RBI
- #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.104) went 1-4 with a run scored
- #15 Mauricio Llovera (1-0, 4.15)
- #21 David Parkinson (3-2, 3.69)
- #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #25 Cornelius Randolph (.244) went 1-4 with a double
- #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL
Lakewood (13-24) beat Hagerstown, 3-2.
Tyler McKay (6.66) gave up 2 runs in four innings on 2 hits and 2 walks. He struck out seven. Tyler Carr (2-1, 0.51) pitched 2.1 shutout innings allowing 3 hits, walking one, and striking out four. Robinson Martinez (5.84) allowed a walk in 1.2 innings. Oscar Marcelino (2.38) picked up his first save with a scoreless inning.
The BlueClaws took the lead with 3 runs in the sixth on Malvin Matos RBI single, Jack Conley’s RBI double, and Hunter Stovall’s RBI single.
Conley (.357) had a 2-hit game.
- #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
- #4 Luis Garcia (.193) went 1-4
- #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)
- #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).
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 selected the contract of LHP Cole Irvin from Lehigh Valley
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