Threshers Recap – 5/18/2019

Clearwater (20-21) beat Charlotte, 7-4. 

Ethan Evanko (1-0, 2.38) came up big for the Threshers last night.  In what was probably a bull pen game, Evanko threw five innings for the home team.  He needed just 54 pitches (36 strikes, (66.7%).  He allowed one hit, no runs, walked two, and struck out three.

Jake Kinney made his 2019 debut and hit the first batter he faced with a 91 mph fastball.  He was probably amped up for the appearance, a lot of his pitches rode high.  He loaded the bases in the sixth and induced a sac fly to center field.  The play ended with the rare sac fly/double play as the runner from first was thrown out by Simon Muzziotti at second base. Kinney missed escaping without further damage when the next batter homered.  In 1.2 innings, Kinney gave up 4 runs on 3 hits, a walk, and two hit batters.  He struck out three with a fastball that sat 90-92 mph.

Just called up Gustavo Armas (13.50) came in to strand two inherited runners.  He pitched 1.1 perfect innings.  Grant Dyer (0.89) pitched the final inning for his second save.

The Threshers scored a run in the first inning on Matt Vierling’s sac fly. They added 3 runs in the fourth on Jhailyn Ortiz’ 2-run double and Jake Scheiner’s RBI single.  They added 2 more runs in the fifth on Ortiz’ 2-run HR (4).  Daniel Brito added an insurance run in the eighth on a solo HR (1).

Simon Muzziotti had 3 hits – a bloop double to center that the fielder charged and over ran and two infield singers to second and third.

Jhailyn Ortiz and Daniel Brito had 2 hits each.  Both hit a HR.

Evanko picked a runner off first base.

Ethan Evanko is a LHP out of the Grand Canyon University.  He was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Phillies on June 19, 2018.  His fastball sat 89-91 mph.  He’s pitched effectively at each level where he has been given an opportunity.  He’s been used in a relief role until a 3.1 inning start last week (May 11th).  Last night’s five innings was the most he’s thrown since a four inning stint last July 21st.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.306) went 0-4
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL, shoulder soreness
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.176) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, double, HR (4), 4 RBI 
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.305) went 3-5 with a run scored, double
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.306) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, BB 
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.182) went 0-4 
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.253)went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (1), RBI

Lehigh Valley (21-18) beat Charlotte, 10-8. 

Rough day for pitchers.  The game featured 8 home runs.  All ten IronPig runs scored via home runs.

Drew Anderson (7.52) gave up 5 runs in 4.1 innings on 5 hits and 8 walks.  He threw 100 pitches, 47 strikes.  Kyle Dohy (13.00) inherited 3 runners and two of them scored.  He lasted 0.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk.  Tom Windle (2-0, 3.60) inherited 2 runners and one of them scored.  He pitched two scoreless, no-hit innings and walked a batter. Luke Leftwich (11.81) pitched 0.2 innings and gave up a run on 2 hits. Yacksel Rios (5.60) walked one and struck out three in 1.1 innings and earned his third save.

The IronPigs took the lead in the third inning with 3 runs on Deivi Grullon’s 3-run HR (6).  They retook the lead with 3 runs in the sixth on Mitch Walding’s 3-run HR (5).  They tied the game with a run in the seventh on Ali Castillo’s solo HR (1).    They took the lead for good with 3 runs in the eighth on Deivi Grullon’s solo HR (7) and Matt McBride’s 2-run HR (2).

The IronPigs collected 12 hits which included 7 XBH (5 HR and 2 doubles).  Deivi Grullon (.353) went 4-4 with 3 runs scored, 1 double, 2 HR (7), 4 RBI (30) and 1 walk.  Ali Castillo (.265) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, 1 HR (1), and 1 RBI (3).  Mitch Walding (.198) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 HR (5), and 3 RBI (19).  Matt McBride (.256) went 2-4 with a run scored, 1 HR (2), and 2 RBI (6).

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 2.37) recalled by Phillies on May 17th
  • #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, 13.00) – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 HR
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on June 6th

Reading (21-16) beat Portland, 4-1.

Ramon Rosso (3-1, 2.52) pitched six, one-run innings.  He gave up 4 hits, walked none, and struck out three.  Aaron Brown (3.98) pitched two, perfect innings, striking out one.  Addison Russ (2.08) gave up 2 hits and struck out two in a scoreless inning for his fourth save.

The Phils tied the game in the fourth inning on Adam Haseley’s solo HR (5).  They took the lead with 2 runs in the fifth on Jose Gomez’ RBI triple and Scott Kingery’s sac fly.  They tacked on a run in the eighth on another Adam Haseley solo HR (6).

Haseley had 3 hits, Arquimedes Gamboa had 2 hits.

Mickey Moniak got an assist throwing Josh Tobias out at the plate. Tobias (remember him) was also caught stealing by Henri Lartigue.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (0-2, 5.46)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.252) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR (6), 2 RBI
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.243) went 1-4 
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.138) went 2-2 with a run scored, BB
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (2-0, 4.06)
  • #21 David Parkinson (3-2, 3.69)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.222) went 0-4
  • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL

Lakewood (14-26) lost to Greensboro, 4-0.

Kevin Gowdy pitched three, one-hit, scoreless innings.  He walked two and struck out two.  I’m guessing he was on a pitch count as he threw 48 pitches, 25 strikes.  Mark Potter (4.50)  made his Lakewood debut and gave up one run in two innings on one hit and one walk.  He struck out two.  James McArthur (5.56) pitched three innings.  He gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out six.

The BlueClaws collected 7 hits – six singles and a Luis Garcia double.

Garcia and Jonathan Guzman (.239) had 2 hits each.

Carlos De La Cruz and Ben Pelletier had outfield assists.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.202) went 2-4
  • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 5.54)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.315)
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (1-1, 4.13)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 3.00) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 4.88)
  • #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)
5/18/2019 – RHP Tom Eshelman assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/18/2019 – LHP JoJo Romero assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/18/2019 – RHP Jake Kinney assigned to Clearwater from GCL West
5/18/2019 – RHP Gustavo Armas assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
5/18/2019 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to XST from Clearwater
5/18/2019 – RHP Austin Ross assigned to XST from Clearwater
5/17/2019 – Phillies optioned LHP Austin Davis to Lehigh Valley
5/17/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Enyel De Los Santos from Lehigh Valley
5/17/2019 – RHP Kyle Arjona assigned to Lehigh Valley from GCL East.
5/17/2019 – LHP Abdallah Aris assigned to Lehigh Valley from Williamsport
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

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

    1. At the end of April Haseley was hitting .172 as he didn’t play the last 2 games of April if I recall correctly but not sure why he didn’t play. So in the last 18 days he’s been able to raise his average up 80 points so hopefully it means he just had a slow start and will hit well the rest of the way although 18 games or so it clearly a small sample size.

      1. Stays hot for another 3/4 weeks, he will get the call up to LHV…..has a hit and a walk today already.

  1. Had a fellow ballplayer from my hometown play in the Tigers minors for 9 years up to 1970, me only cups of instant coffee in the Independent League. This is prior to the Rule 5. He languished behing Kaline, Stanley, Horton, Northrup and Brown in the OF hierarchy. He played 3 years in low minors, 4 in AA and 4 in AAAA, nowadays he would have been in Rule 5 and played in the Majors somewhere. Do you think the rush to the majors now is hurting or how could we blend then and now for better baseball?

    1. Good question.
      Of late teams seem to want to rush their Latin players sooner……but then again they are talented enough to do just that.
      Then you have players like Jeff McNeil who languish a year or 2/3 in the high minors before making the splash.
      The delayed service time wold seem to slow the rush….then MLBPA com[plains when a team wants an extra year…..maybe the Nats should have thought about that 7 years ago with Harper.
      As for the Rule 5….that has been around awhile now, 50 or more years, Robero Clemente was a Rule 5 back in the 50s….the criteria has changed over the years however.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_5_draft
      If there is one change I would make…it would the ‘red-shirt medical’ idea that college football has….someone like Gowdy who missed a year, the Phillies should be allowed to hold him for an additional year IMO.

  2. Is Devi Grullon just on a blistering hot start in AAA or has he “found it,” and at the point where he could be a capable big league catcher. His progress is exciting me given that Knapp doesn’t offer much in terms of offense or defense. I’d like to sign JT long-term, but I worry with the amount Kapler plays him he’ll break down quickly if he doesn’t have a capable backup.

    1. There are some concerning things in his peripheral numbers (mostly the strikeouts) and the public scouting reports haven’t been gushing with praise, exactly. He should see some regression eventually but there is a chance that he’s major league ready sometime this year or next. Enough to backup Realmuto. I think being the everyday catcher and getting ABs in AAA is the best thing for him at this point.

  3. Scheiner is a guy we don’t talk about often. After a terrible start to this season, he’s up over 270 amazingly. He’s a solid utility type player who could eventually make it to the Show. Solid player.

  4. Jim, do you have any thoughts on Muzziotti? He’s gotten some hype from scouts and the numbers are good but I wonder if he actually hits the ball with any authority given his weight and his high number of ground balls. Also, how is his defense?

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