Threshers Recap – 5/21/2019

Clearwater (22-23) beat Daytona, 2-1. 

The Threshers are three games into an eleven-game road trip.  This week, the AAC tournament is being held at Spectrum Field.  The Threshers go to South Florida after they wrap up their four-game Daytona series Wednesday.  They return home on May 31st.

Alejandro Requena (3-2, 4.19) pitched six, two-hit innings.  He gave up a run on a HR, walked two, and struck out three.  Austin Ross (4.07) pitched two, one-hit innings, striking out two.  Keylan Killgore (3.65) pitched a clean ninth.

The Threshers tied the game in the fourth inning on Jhailyn Ortiz’ sac fly.  They took the lead in the fifth on Simon Muzziotti’s solo HR (2).

Alec Bohm and Nick Maton had 2 hits each.  Madison Stokes had the only other hit (.299)

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.313) went 2-4 with a run scored
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL, shoulder soreness
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.198) went 0-3 with a SF, RBI 
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.303) went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (2), RBI
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.301) went 2-4
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.187)
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.248)

Lehigh Valley (22-19) beat Syracuse, 9-3.

Nick Pivetta (4-1, 3.41) went five innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks.  He struck out five.  Seth McGarry (2.25) pitched a 2-hit inning, striking out two.  Austin Davis (1.00) pitched two, one-hit innings.  Yacksel Rios (5.30) struck out two in a one-walk inning.

The game seesawed thru the first five innings with the IronPigs scoring a run to tie the game in the second inning on Matt McBride;s RBI single.  They took the lead in the fourth on Mitch Walding’s solo HR (6).  After falling behind, they took the lead for good in the fifth on Deivi Grullon’s 2-run single.  They put the game away with 5 runs in the eighth on Damek Tomscha’s RBI single and McBride’s grand slam HR (5).

The IronPIgs had 16 hits.  All eight starting position players had at least one hit.  Lane Adams (.299) had 3 hits.  Shane Robinson (.333), Malquin Canelo (.237), Deivi Grullon (.344), Ali Castillo (.298), and Matt McBride (.300) had 2 hits each.

  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 2.37) recalled by Phillies on May 17th
  • #7 JoJo Romero (2-2, 9.64) assigned to Reading on May 18th
  • #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 (22-17) lost to Richmond, 8-4.

JoJo Romero debuted with Reading and gave up 6 runs in 4.1 innings on 5 hits and 5 walks.  He struck out six.  Garrett Cleavinger (4.91) came in and pitched 0.2 innings and stranded an inherited runner.  Jake Hernandez (3.09) gave up 2 runs in three innings.  He struck out three.

After Romero buried them 5-0 in the first inning, the Phils fought back.  They scored a run in the fourth on Darick Hall’s solo HR (6); 2 in the fifth on Luke Williams’ RBI triple and Mickey Moniak’s RBI single; and a run in the sixth on Arquimedes Gamboa’s RBI triple to pull within 6-4.

Reading collected 11 hits and 5 walks.  Mickey Moniak and Arquimedes Gamboa had 2 hits each.  JoJo Romero also had a hit and a run scored.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (1-2, 4.64)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.246) went 0-4 with a BB
  • #7 JoJo Romero (0-1, 12.46) – 4.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 6 K
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.255) went 2-5 with an RBI
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.151) went 2-3 with a triple, RBI, 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 (.219) went 1-4 with a double
  • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL

Lakewood (15-29) beat Delmarva, 4-2.

Jhordany Mezquita gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in five innings.  He walked four.  Dominic Pipkin pitched three, one-hit, scoreless innings, walking two and striking out two.  Mark Potter (3.00) walked one and struck out two in one inning for his first save.

The BlueClaws scored single runs in innings five thru eight for the win.  The scored in the fifth on Matt Kroon’s RBI single, in the sixth on Carlos De La Cruz’ sac fly, in the seventh on Kroon’s RBI double, and in the eighth on Malvin Matos’RBI double.

The BlueClaws ran themselves out of two bigger innings with runners thrown out at home in the fifth and eighth innings.

Lakewood had 12 hits.  Everyone starter had at least one hit.  Matt Kroon (.274), Malvin Matos (.203), and Jake Holmes had 2 hits each.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.208) went 1-4 with a run scored, double 
  • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 5.54)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.315) placed on the 7-day IL on May 2nd
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (2-1, 3.73) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 3.00)
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 4.68) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, HR
  • #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 21st.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
5/21/2019 – RHP JD Hammer assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/21/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed SS Andrew Romine on the temporarily inactive list
5/21/2019 – LHP Jonathan Hennigan assigned to Reading from Clearwater
5/20/2019 – RHP Tyler Carr assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
5/20/2019 – RHP Luis Ramirez assigned to Clearwater from XST
5/20/2019 – RHP Austin Ross assigned to Clearwater from XST
5/20/2019 – RHP Gustavo Armas assigned to XST from Clearwater
5/20/2019 – RHP Luis Cedeno assigned to XST from Clearwater
5/20/2019 – RHP Jake Kinney assigned to XST from Clearwater
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

38 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 5/21/2019

    1. If you saw him pitch you wouldnt have that question. As i have posted twice before he isnt ianything to get excited about, i have seen him twice now, nothing there

      1. Certainly disappointing. I’m taking him off my top 20, moving him way down my list. I’m wondering if he’s hurt.

  1. Any update on Spencer Howard? Time frame? I realize it’s classified information but maybe somebody heard through the grapevine….

    1. He is still a couple weeks out. They are being VERY cautious and ramping back up slowly. He said he feels great!

      1. Mr. Howard – thirty year old Spencer will be glad they were so careful with him. Good call by the team.

        1. Welcome! This is the only site that I will post anything (others too negative). Spencer does not post on any social media so if you’re going to hear anything it’s going to be on PP. BTW I’ll be in LA for two of the Phillies games next week (right behind Phillies dugout). I’ll be the guy wearing a Phillies cap and a Dodger jersey!!

          1. Thanks for the info, as always, Mr H.
            I’ll be looking for you in your Phillies hat (and Dogers jersey) on TV next week.

  2. Muzziotti looks like he could be a top 100 prospect by the year’s end. He’s got pedigree (big $$ July 2 signing by the Red Sox), age (will be 20 all season), plus defense at a down-the-middle position and makes good contact at the plate. Look at these splits for a 20-year-old in Clearwater:

    .303/.352/.421, 7.2/12.0 BB/K rate

    The only thing missing is power, and who knows how that could develop? The Phils did a great job bringing this kid into the fold.

  3. Good to see Maton have a couple hits with a double. His numbers were just so-so before he went on that crazy hot streak and then that got broken up with a couple 0-fer’s. Hoping he avoids the post-hot streak slump.

  4. was at the reading game last night and it was pretty uninspiring. romero was wild and ineffective. the offense was unimpressive. overall nobody stood out. (maybe moniak, because he hit the ball hard a few times and he is quite young for the league).

    it was cold, left early. hope tonight is better.

    1. I was wondering the same thing. Hopefully he does better in AAA than Dohy and Leftwich have!

  5. Went to the Reading game in Richmond last night.

    Jo Jo was all over the place in the first inning. Loaded the bases and gave up a hot shot grounder just over the bag to clear the bases. No one to blame for himself. They had to leave him in the game or your going to burn the bullpen. He gave them another 2-3 innings until he ran into trouble again.

    If you like triples this was the game for you.

    Moniak single to drive in the run was a humpback liner over SS head into shallow left-center.

    Good to see Hall finding his power again. His homer was alaser to right-center. Hardest hot ball of the night. Runner-up was C Randolph rip down the right field line. I thought he should have turned it into a triple but what do I know?

    Gamboa with a similar hit down the right field line.

    Hope the First Round outfield gets hot as the weather warms up.

  6. I was at the Reading game last night.

    Jo Jo was all over the place in the first inning. Gave up a hot grounder just inside the 3b bag. No one to blame but himself. He battled for another couple of innings until running into trouble again.

    Good to see Hall with a laser to right center.

    If you liked triples this was the game for you. Randolph had a shot down the rightfield line for a double. Maybe I’m being to harsh but I thought he should have been on third. What do I know.

    Gamboa had a similar hit for a triple.

    Moniak had a humpback liner into left-center over the SS head.

    You look at that Reading OF of first rounders and just feel a little frustrated waiting for the three of them to break out.

  7. Anybody at the Reading game happen to get velocity readings on Romero? Apparently there’s something more going on than facing better competition in AAA.

    1. I wasn’t paying close attention to the speeds because quite frankly the board showed numbers sometimes and sometimes didn’t. Looked like a lot of 86 readings.

      Sorry for the double post of my other post. Maybe Jim can delete one of them.

  8. Discovered that MILB missed Greeny Cumana being assigned from Reading to LHV on May 10.

  9. Not sure if this was noted in a different thread, but there’s a story in today’s Phila. Inquirer that Dylan Cozens had foot surgery. The team said he’s out for the season; Cozens disagreed with that. The story concluded that he’ll be out for a long time.

    1. Wawa, it could be a case of where they are giving Nick a few days to reacclimate himself to the reality of demotion. In his case, I think it’s understandable even though the possibility had been clearly there from the beginning of the season.

      1. Kapler said Williams was getting the day off. He will be in lineup today, He was a harrahs

    2. Maybe they gave him a few days to regroup and get his head squared away.
      .it was on Sunday when the official announcement came out, probably told him the day before.
      The team was on the road in North Carolina and had an off/travel day on Monday.
      Yesterday was the first game they played since the announcement.
      And has to be an emotional let down for a young player to get reassigned to the minors.

  10. How about Francisco Morales’ line today –
    4 ip, 1 unearned run, 2 hits, 1 bb, 10 Ks (68 pitches)

    1. Morales delivered an excellent line. He seems to be rounding into form. That would be wonderful.

  11. There’s more going on in the Reading game than most see. Jo Jo and Reyes bot got 3rd strike no calls, umpire had fought first 2 innings, but gotta adjust, neither did. Jo Jo hard time spotting fastball in early innings, then adjust to his offspeed. Maybe oblique from last year might be issue with mechanics. Hopefully he comes back, One of the truly hard working guys.
    Gamboa finally putting good ab’s together. Needed 9 days off, hopefully that was the issue.

    Not a Fan of pushing relievers, with average numbers. K rates seem to be qualifier, note Leftwich, Dohy Minimal success.

    1. JoJo could be another Gio.
      Remember how Gio had his control issues in Reading and then the AFL back dozen or so years ago.

  12. Moniak’s walk rate is concerning.

    That said, he’s had a much better May than April. Here is a complete list of the hitters in the Eastern League (min: 100 Plate Appearances) who have a wRC+ higher than Moniak in 2019 (his is 106) and who are also younger than him:

    Yes, that’s right, no one. If you expand it from the Eastern League to include all AA players in all leagues, this is the list:

    Dylan Carlson (Cardinals org)
    Cristian Pache (Braves org)
    Drew Waters (Braves org)

    I am hopeful that Moniak will continue to adjust to AA, and by the end of the season will have his K rate in the low 20s (currently 25.6%) and ideally increase his BB rate. But he is very young for AA. If he continues to improve, this will be a successful year for him.

  13. Monika with 2 BB today and Hennigan and Hammer each move up a level, IMO Hammer will be an instant Philly favorite when he finally gets called up.

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