Threshers Recap – 5/19/2019

Clearwater (20-22) lost to Charlotte, 9-3. 

All nine runs given up by Threshers’ pitchers came on 5 HR.  Damon Jones (1-3, 1.80) was victimized by 3 of them.  He went 4.2 innings, gave up 5 runs on 7 hits, walked two, and struck out seven.  Luis Cedeno (3.18) gave a solo shot in 2.1 innings.  He walked one and struck out two.  And, Zach Warren (4.15) gave up a 3-run shot in the ninth.  His line was 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.

The Threshers mounted a 13 hit attack, but were unable to match the Stone Crabs 7 XBH.  The Threshers only managed 3 doubles.  They scored in the fifth on Matt Vierling’s RBI single.  They closed to within two eith 2 runs in the sixth on Nick Maton’s 2-run double.  But that was it.

Madison Stokes (.300) had 3 hits including a double.  Matt Vierling (.295),  Colby Fitch (.228), and Ben Aklinski (.241 including a double) had 2 hits each.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.306)
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL, shoulder soreness
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.179) went 1-4 with a BB 
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.305)
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.302) went 1-5 with a double, 2 RBI 
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.182)
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.253)

Lehigh Valley (21-19) lost to Charlotte, 6-4. 

Tyler Viza (0-3, 4.78) gave up 5 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 4.2 innings.  He struck out six.  Kyle Arjona (4.50) made his season debut and gave up one run in two innings.  Josh Martin (5.48) struck out 3 in 1.1 innings.

The IronPigs scored 2 runs in the second inning on solo HRs by Damek Tomscha (4) and Matt McBride (3).  They scored again in the fifth on McBride’s second solo HR (4).  And, they added a run in the ninth on Ali Castillo’s solo HR (2).

McBride and Castillo had 2-hit games.

  • #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)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on June 6th

Reading (22-16) beat Portland, 5-4.

Adonis Medina made a great start.  He pitched five shutout innings, scattering 4 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out five.  Connor Brogdon (6.00) struck out 3 in 1.2 innings but gave up a solo HR.  Jeff Singer (1.38) struck out 3 in 1,1 scoreless innings.  J.D. Hammer (1.77) almost pulled a Lakewood (read further) when he gave up 3 runs in the ninth, but Addison Russ (2.04) came in to get the last out on a strike out for his fifth save.

The Phils scored first with a run in the first inning on an RBI ground out.  They built a comfortable lead by the seventh inning with 2 runs in the sixth on Darick Hall’s 2-run HR (5) and 2 runs in the seventh on Luke Williams’ 2-run HR.

Mickey Moniak had 2 of the Phils’ five hits.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (1-2, 4.64) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.254) went 1-3 with a BB
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.250) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored 
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.133) went 0-3 with a 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 (.217) went 0-2 with 2 BB, 2 SB
  • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL

Lakewood (14-28) dropped a double header to Greensboro, 8-8 and 6-5, both via walk off.

GameOne:  Manny Silva gave up 4 runs in 3.2 innings on 4 hits and 4 walks.  Gilmael Troya (2.63) followed with scoreless, one-hit ball for 2.1 innings.  Robinson Martinez (0-3, 8.76) took over in the seventh and couldn’t record an out before blowing the save and surrendering a walk off 3-run HR.

The BlueClaws had to work to overcome a see saw start to the game and an early deficit,  They scored first in the first inning on Matt Kroon’s steal of home (6).  They retook the lead in the second on Ben Pelletier’s solo HR (5) and Jonathan Guzman’s RBI single.  They built a 3-run lead with 4 runs in the fourth on an RBI fielder’s choice, a sac bunt (with throwing error), Guzman’s second RBI single,and a sac fly by Luis Garcia.

Jonathan Guzman (,246) went 2-4 with 2 RBI.  Carlos De La Cruz (,225) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.  Ben Pelletier (.216) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, and RBI, and both BlueClaw’ XBH – a double and a HR (5).

    • #4 Luis Garcia (.205) went 1-3 with an RBI, SF
    • #30 Manuel Silva (4.50) – 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K

Game Two: Ethan Lindow (2.41) pitched four solid innings giving up 3 runs (only 2 ER) on 4 hits and zero walks.  He struck out four.  Oscar Marcelino (2.57) pitched 2.2 innings and gave up a run on 2 hits.  He left in the seventh with a runner on base.  Blake Bennett (67.50) came in and hit a batter and gave up another game-ending 3-run HR.

The BlueClaws score in the first inning again on Luis Garcia’s RBI single.  They added a second run in the third on Abrahan Gutierrez’ sac fly.  They added 3 runs in the fourth on Hunter Stovall’s sac fly and James Smith’s 2-run HR (1).

Matt Kroon (.278) went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk.

    • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
    • #4 Luis Garcia (.206) went 1-4 with an RBI
    • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 5.54)
    • #14 Rafael Marchan (.315) placed on the 7-day IL on May 2nd
    • #23 Dominic Pipkin (1-1, 4.13)
    • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 3.00)
    • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 4.88)
    • #30 Manuel Silva (4.50)

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)
5/19/2019 – Phillies activated SS Scott Kingery from the 10-day IL
5/19/2019 – Phillies optioned RF Nick Williams to Lehigh Valley
5/19/2019 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
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

32 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 5/19/2019

  1. Medina with a great start is the big news, followed by the fact that Haseley and Moniak are both over 250 for the first time this year.

    1. Anybody have eyewitness accounts of Moniak’s recent ABs (including his outs)? Is it the warmer weather? Still holding out hope despite his unsustained success. And he does need to draw some walks yet….

      1. BP just posted some words about him. Basically, they still say he can’t recognize off speed pitches. If someone wants to throw a fastball at him he will hit it.

    2. Yes, I’ve been hoping for a good start from medina, but why only 5 innings?

  2. I am amazed how streaky minor leaguers are; I get excited when a starter pitches well and then has a couple of stinkers. Hitters go up to .250 then I look and they are at .225. I need some consistent players.

  3. Garcia over Mendoza!! Good to see him so young putting together some games!! Any news on Spencer??

      1. The few times I have seen him this year he’s shown a nice swing but looked at a lot of strikes which made me wonder if it was more a confidence thing this was the first few weeks of the season on but have been too busy at work to see any games this month so far.

  4. Haseley had a .598 OPS after 17 games in April; it’s 1.054 through 16 games in May.

  5. Through 38 games in Reading:
    With Bossart catching: 15-7, cERA of 3.16
    With Lartigue catching: 7-9, cERA of 4.54

    1. If JTR sticks around after next season (and I do expect them to extend him at some point this season), I would like to have a smart, steady backup like Bossart, even if he’s light on plate production. There are enough good young catchers coming up through the system that at least one of them should make it as a frontline backstop, even if it’s with another club.

      1. Be careful of raw data, look deeper. Tim McCarver probably had the best numbers due to 35 plus games with Steve Carlton.

        1. Bossart has had similar numbers over all levels with many pitchers… none of which were Carlton-esque.

  6. Both Garcia and Moniak starting to hit a little bit. Moniak’s lack of walks is concerning but walks to strikeout ratio is much lower than the last two full seasons, (not that it was great, but better than this year so far). Have to remember that both are really young for their placements – maybe as the weather heats up so will they.

    1. Yes Mickey needs to walk more. He swings early in every at bat, but I really like his swing. Smooth and effortless.I still have high hopes for him.

  7. The Phillies don’t think much of Bossart. You can argue with them whether they are right or wrong. He was basically the backup to Grullon for three seasons. He has only 762 plate appearances in four years for an average of 191 per year. He will be 26 in July and is repeating AA where he is hitting under .200. He should take advantage of minor league free agency when he is eligible.

    1. I agree with most of what you said except for what the Phillies think of Bossart.

      1. Exactly for all we know the Phillies think very highly of Austin. I would think a catcher who went to UPENN could carve out a nice career in baseball if he so desired.

        1. I’m sure the Phillies like having him around and believe him to be an asset to their developing pitchers. But they clearly don’t think highly of him as a potential major leaguer. He’s been groomed as an org player from day 1.

  8. Kudo’s to Medina but raves? 66-39 k (.59%).
    No. 1 Prospect. 40 man roster , 1-2 .464 ERA. Should we expect better. I know development
    Reading only 5 hits, 3 players!
    Are numbers thru-out minors system reflection of poor scouting or New Direction of Minor System Development, guess we need to see End of Season results. Can you make trades for needed Major Roster with numbers
    5 prospects 4-11 w/1l, ERA .11.5
    5 prospects .183 ave.

    Once proud minor system now middle to lower when compared to Top Echelon MLB

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