Threshers Recap – 5/16/2019

All four Affiliates won last night.  Second time that has happened this season.  Before I go into the recaps, though, let me mention one thing I forgot in yesterday’s “ramble”.  It’s probably a big reason for some of the perceived hitting problems.  I didn’t think it should be, so I’ve overlooked it.  But, after further thought, let me offer it up for you to consider.

The Phillies have made a huge organizational investment in new ways to augment development.  During the past few years, it seemed that they’ve spent most of their focus on the pitchers.  This off season, they contracted with Driveline Baseball to work with their batters.

Driveline provides data-driven performance training.  They offer customized hitting programs, and these may also be part of the working relationship.   Driveline is a highly respected group within the baseball industry.  Now, I don’t know how involved Driveline gets with individual instruction with our players.  I don’t know if they just provide the data or also suggest hitting programs.  We still have batting coaches.  I don’t know if Driveline works thru the coaches or directly with the players.  But, this is new to all the players within the organization.

I would think that any player who sought out Driveline, and had to pay for the program, would be very open to any and all data and suggestions to a personal program from Driveline.  However, in a group environment with the bill footed by the organization, I would also expect that professional players who’ve reached a certain level of proficiency at their craft, might not be open to accepting this new type of advice.

I think this may be why hitting throughout the organization is lagging.  Some guys are accepting this with open arms, and some can’t be bothered.  That’s not to say that the guys hitting well today have accepted the new program or that those not hitting have resisted. But, it’s one more thing for us to consider when we wonder what’s going on.

Among the few transactions is the very disheartening news that Ben Brown has gone onto the 7-day injured list.  

Clearwater (19-20) beat Lakeland, 7-6, in eleven innings. 

Andrew Brown (7.16) had an uneven start.  He lasted 4.2 innings, allowed 3 hits and 4 walks, gave up 4 runs (3 ER), struck out two, and threw 96 pitches (58 strikes, 60.4%).  He was very inconsistent.  After an 8-pitch first inning, Brown threw 26, 30, and 21 pitches during the next three innings.  I was surprised when he was sent out for the fifth.  He reached five, 3-ball counts.  He also walked two guys after starting them off 0-2.  His FB sat 91-92 mph and touched 93 four times in the first inning.

Luis Cedeno (2.70) struck out four in 2.1 efficient innings.  Jonathan Hennigan (2.37) gave up a run in two innings.  Zach Warren (1-0, 2.93) pitched the two OT innings and allowed one unearned run to cross the plate.

The Threshers pulled to within a run in a 3-run seventh on Jhailyn Ortiz’ 3-run HR (3), his second HR in as many nights.  They tied the game with 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth on Daniel Brito’s 2-run double.  They tied and won the game in the eleventh on RBI singles by Daniel Brito and Alec Bohm.

This was the first game in a while where the Threshers didn’t have double-digit hits.  They made the most of the 6 they managed along with the 7 walks they drew.

Daniel Brito had the only two-hit game.  He also had 3 RBI (as did Ortiz who also scored 3 runs).

QB Blake Bortles brother plays for Lakeland, as does Roger Clemens’ son.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.313) went 1-4 with an RBI, 2 BB
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL, shoulder soreness
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.170) went 1-4 with 3 runs scored, HR (3), 3 RBI, BB 
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.288) went 0-5 with a BB
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.316) 
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.188)
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.242)went 2-5 with a run scored, double, 3 RBI

Lehigh Valley (20-17) beat Durham, 7-5, thus putting an end to their 8-game losing streak. 

Nick Pivetta (3-1, 3.09) had a nice outing.  He went seven innings and held the Bulls to one run on 3 hits and 4 walks.  He struck out eleven.  Luke Leftwich (11.57) gave up 2 runs in one inning.  Josh Martin (5.85) gave up 2 runs in 0.1 inning.  Yacksel Rios (6.06) stranded one of two inherited runners for the save (sac fly, ground out).

The IronPigs jumped out to an early lead with a 5-run second inning on 2-run doubles by Damek Tomscha and Gift Ngoepe, and an RBI single by Ali Castillo.  The added much needed insurance runs in the seventh on an a sac bunt by Malquin Canelo and in the eighth on an RBI double by Deivi Grullon.

Shane Robinson (.320), Andrew Romine (.311), and Deivi Grullon (.346) had 2 hits each.

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 2.37)
  • #7 JoJo Romero (2-2, 9.64)
  • #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 (19-16) beat Portland, 7-2.

Mauricio Llovera pitched five innings and gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out seven.  Garrett Cleavinger (5.23) pitched two clean innings with 2 strike outs.  Connor Brogdon (6.23) pitched one clean inning.  And, Addison Russ (2.20) struck out the side in the ninth.

The Phils took the lead with a 4-run third inning on a fielding error, 2-run triple by Mickey Moniak, and RBI double by Adam Haseley.  They salted the game away with 3 runs in the eighth on an RBI single by Austin Listi and a 2-run double by Arquimedes Gamboa.

Four Phils had 2-hit games – Moniak, Haseley, Listi, (.153) and Gamboa.  After a horrendous start to the season, Austin Listi is batting .283 in his last 14 games (13-46).

Cody Asche plays for Portland.

And, there was this interesting tweet regarding Kingery’s speed/recovery.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (0-2, 5.46)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.232) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, RBI, SB (4)
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.227) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, triple, 2 RBI
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.123) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, 2 RBI
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (2-0, 4.06) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
  • #21 David Parkinson (3-2, 3.69)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.233) went 0-4  
  • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL

Lakewood (14-24) walked off against Hagerstown, 4-3.

Dominic Pipkin pitched five 3-hit innings.  He was charged with 2 unearned runs, walked one, and struck out one.  Jhordany Mezquita gave up one run in four innings on 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out five.  This is the first time this seasonI’ve seen a piggyback work they way I would have expected.  One starting pitcher pitches 4 or 5 innings, and the second starting pitcher pitches the remaining 5 or 4 innings.  (I would also accept 4-4-1, with the one being the closer.)

It was kind of a weird game in that 6 of the seven runs were scored in the first and ninth innings.  Hagerstown took a 2-0 lead (on 2 unearned runs) in the top of the first inning.  Lakewood got one run back in the bottom half on Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI single.  The game puttered along until the BlueClaws tied the game on a double play.

The Suns took a one-run lead in the top of the ninth.  The BlueClaws tied the game on Hunter Stovall’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.  They walked off on a wild pitch.

Ben Pelletier (.202) went 3-4 with a double and run scored.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.189) went 0-3 with a BB
  • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 6.26)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.315)
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (1-1, 4.13) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 3.60)
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 4.88) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • #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)
5/16/2019 – Phillies sent SS Scott Kingery on a rehab assignment to Reading
5/16/2019 – RHP Blake Bennett assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
5/16/2019 – Lakewood placed RHP Ben Brown on the 7-day IL
5/16/2019 – RHP Mark Potter assigned to Lakewood from GCL East
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

38 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 5/16/2019

  1. Concerning extra innings in the minor leagues, with the placement of a runner at second base at the beginning of an inning, if that runner scores is it considered an earned run?

    1. The runner that starts on second does not count against the pitcher’s stats.

  2. Hopefully the new hitting technique will enhance what a hitter has already instead of tearing down and building into their model.

    1. Denny…Driveline, when it comes to hitting, focuses on five principles:
      1.Bat Speed: they have two programs that will be used to track bat speed and exit velocity to ensure the hitter is making progress as they go through the program. ..with something they call overload and underload training, also hitting weighted balls, and drills designed to increase bat speed.

      2. Precision: here hitters do drills designed with game-like variability to improve quickness into the zone, length in the zone, and just plain barreling up the ball.

      3. Vision: they use goggles…virtual reality..improve pitch recognition and depth perception and peripheral vision

      4. Strength: all types of equipment for conditioning for particular boby types
      5. Mechanics: something called….motion capture, biomechanics, use to analyze the hitter’s movement patterns.

  3. Alec Bohm looking precisely like what he was rumored to be – a likely first division regular – is a big deal.

  4. Seems to be walking also, so I am very happy with what he is doing. I am glad Nick Pivetta pitched well, but he is not yet “demanding” to be back up by his performances just yet. I want to see a bit more from him.

    1. Matt he is doing the same thing down there, that he did up here, walking guys, cause he doesnt trust his stuff. He hasnt improve one bit imo

    1. Pipkin’s been pretty good so far. Not dominating but Lakewood was an aggressive assignment for him. That report is good to hear.

  5. Jim, any word on why the Phillies move Luis Garcia around in the lineup so much? Most boxscores look like most players bat in a fairly consistent place in the lineup but he is all over the map. I’ve tried to think about the reasoning behind that and can’t come up with anything, would love to find out…

  6. Great to see Reading bats break out, let’s hope they can keep it up. Russ is becoming more consistent also. While Pivetta was good, 4 walks is way too many. His location still needs to improve.
    Ortiz with 2 in two days! Fingers crossed….
    Listi is a perfect example of how season stats are not the whole picture in the minors. I’m sure the team loves the fact that he was able to fight through his awful start and put up a solid month. It’s definitely how you finish not how you start in the minors.

  7. Amazing how Leftwich was lights out in Reading, takes the step up to LV, and is now taking a pounding. I guess the distance between one level to the next (especially the higher levels) is so large. Hope he is not getting too down on himself.

    1. Leftwich was hittable in ST. I was hoping for much more out of him but like you said, he has reached his level, for now.

    2. One thing to remember is that AAA is using the MLB ball this season, rather than an MiLB ball. Some pitchers may need some time to adapt.

      1. Romero for one.
        Both his BB/9 and H/9 are out of sync.
        Small hands guys will have to adapt.

        1. Yeah I was thinking about that too—but he’s certainly had time, having even been in MLB camp during spring training. With all the different pitches he throws, though, it could be a factor. I know he just changed the grip on one of his pitches recently.

          1. I do not get that….he throws maybe 6/7 different pitches….I would think the Phillies would try to limit him to maybe max 5…of course there will always be the three variations of the FBs he prefers to throw..4Smr, 2Smr and Cut….then he adds the slider, curve and change-up…and not sure how mny grip changes he has on the breaking pitches.
            Some pitching coaches like to limit all the pitch variations on their minor league pitchers
            I remember Joe Kerrigan preferring his pitchers to throw one of either a slider or a curve ball…not try to perfect both.

      1. chaze….if the Phillies are picking up the tab, players ought to jump on it and give it a try….I am sure he is working with the guys in EST at the Complex, and then come next month the hitters assigned to Williamsport will have additional hands-on instructions to the system and can test it out fro themselves..

        1. Romus, we were all in our early 20s at one time. I don’t remember much, but I do recall my immaturity in pursuing certain things that required not only a change in habits, but more importantly, a change of thinking. The requisite mental discipline of a kid that age is rare. But like anything, if it catches on as certain players become more successful, it might fly. That takes time, as in years.

          1. Yes…..habits are hard to break, especially if the player has had some success in the past with his hitting approach.

  8. Denny – What is the latest that you’ve heard on Cozens? Any idea what he’s thinking: deflated, still encouraged? I’ve been pulling for him all these years.

    1. He’s battling a foot issue and not traveling with the team. He tried to play with it for awhile but shut it down. Hoping to get it fully healed, pull up the stats and replace any Phillies’ OF that gets hurt or gets traded. He didn’t say Williams but I’m sure if a trade goes through Dylan will benefit the most.

  9. Threshers’ LHP Damon Jones ……………….excerpts from an interview with Jay Floyd..

    “I’m sitting a little bit higher, I’d say. Mostly 92 to 95 up to 96. I hit a 97 in Ft. Myers, but it’s staying a little longer into starts than it was in Lakewood. But I also came back 20 pounds lighter and in a little bit better shape than I was at the start of last spring training, so…
    ……, when I talked with my strength coach last year, I was around 250, 245, and I kind of felt out of condition and stuff like that, so the goal was to get to 235, coming into spring training and I was actually down to 232. A lot of running and stuff like that. But I’m up to 238 again. I’ve been eating a little more, I guess. I ate really– I wouldn’t say really healthy, but I really watched what I ate and I didn’t overeat and that really helps too. And I was just up in Washington with my fiancee for most of the off-season working and doing some pitching lessons up there”

    1. Romus,

      Touching 97 in Ft Myers was the game I saw.

      Jones is talking a lot in this excerpt about eating and no doubt has the appetite I vaguely remember from being that age. But he’s also a pretty big guy and you can see where battling weight might be a career-long effort for him.

  10. Frank pls don’t talk about weight, romus has been in weight watches for 30 years, Still over 300 lbs at 5ft 4 inches tall. our minor league pitching is really bad only a couple of arms. I am emailing Middleton tomorrow. I don’t want johnny doing this draft

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