Threshers Recap – 5/22/2019

Clearwater (22-24) handed a victory to Daytona, 8-7 in ten innings. 

Andrew Brown (6.89) pitched five innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  Grant Dyer (0.81) pitched two scoreless innings.  Then, Zach Warren (5.50) and Luis Cedeno (3.86) took over.  Warren walked the first batter on 5 pitches.  He walked the next batter on 6 pitches after starting off 0-2 and throwing 2 wild pitches during the at bat.  He got two strike outs but wild pitched the runner on first into scoring position. 

Warren gave up a costly 2-run triple as Simon Muzziotti injured his arm on the play and had to leave the game.  An RBI single tied the game.  Finally, another pitcher (?) was brought into the game in Cedeno.  He gave up a single and a walk before getting the third out.  Cedeno pitched into trouble in the ninth, too.  He issued a single and 2 walks in the inning.  Fortunately, a caught stealing balanced out a fielding error in the inning.

After the Threshers scored in the tenth, Cedeno was permitted to start the tenth with the OT runner on second base.  He threw 21 pitches, 14 balls and 7 strikes.  He walked 2 batters, forced in a run with a hit batter, and lost the game on another walk.

The Threshers took the lead with 3 runs in the third inning on Simon Muzziotti’s RBI single, a throwing error, and Nick Maton’s RBI single.  They retook the lead with two runs in the sixth inning on RBI singles by Muzziotti and Alec Bohm.  They padded their lead with a run in the seventh on Colby Fitch’s RBI single.  They scored first in OT on Daniel Brito’s sac fly.

Muzziotti, Maton, and Dalton Guthrie (double, stolen base) had 2 hits each.  The team went 5-13 with RISP.

Warren has had an up and down season.  Since coming off the IL, he has allowed runs in half of his 8 appearances, 7 runs in 13.1 innings, and walked ay least on batter in each appearance.  He has struck out 21 batters in that same span.

Cedeno has allowed 6 runs in 7 innings in his 4 appearances.  He’s walked 9 and struck out seven.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.307) went 1-5 with an RBI (17)
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL, shoulder soreness
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.198) went 1-5 with a run scored 
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.306) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, RBI (15)
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.307) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, RBI (24), BB, SB (7)
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.187)
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.239) went 0-4 with a SF, RBI (10)

Lehigh Valley (23-19) beat Syracuse, 6-4.

Tom Eshelman (5.40) gave up 3 runs in 5 innings on 3 hits (2 HR) and 1 walk.  He struck out six.  Kyle Dohy gave up a run on a walk and a hit while striking out three in one inning.  J.D. Hammer (1-0, 0,00) struck out 3 in two perfect innings (Lehigh debut).  Yacksel Rios (5.03) picked up his fourth save with a scoreless inning.

The game swayed back-and-forth until the IronPigs took command late.  They rallied from behind with 3 runs in the fourth inning on an RBI ground out and RBI singles by Ali Castillo and Gift Ngoepe.  They tied the game with a run in the sixth on Matt McBride’s RBI double.  They took the lead with 2 runs in the eighth on Mitch Walding’s RBI double and an RBI ground out.

McBride (.315) went 2-4 with 3 RBI.  Deivi Grullon (.349) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored.

  • #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, 12.60) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on June 6th

Reading (23-17) beat Richmond, 9-1.

David Parkinson pitched six, one-run innings.  He allowed 5 hits, walked three, and struck out nine.  Aaron Brown (3.80) pitched one scoreless inning.  Connor Brogdon (5.14) struck out the side in another.  And, Jonathan Hennigan (0.00) pitched clean in his Reading debut.

The Phils built an early lead on RBI singles by Adam Haseley and Austin Listi in the first inning; an RBI single by Mickey Moniak and a throwing error in the second; and, a Luke Williams’ sac fly, double play in the third.  They put the game away with 4 runs in the eighth on Williams’ RBI single, Moniak’s bases-loaded WALK, a wild pitch, and another Haseley RBI single.

The Phils had 12 hits.  Cornelius Randolph and Haseley had 3 hits each.  Luke Williams (.239) had 2 hits.  Williams, Moniak, and Haseley had 2 RBI each.  The Phils drew 8 walks, Moniak had TWO.

The Phils went 7-19 with RISP.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (1-2, 4.64)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.260) went 3-5 with 2 RBI
  • #7 JoJo Romero (0-1, 12.46)
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.255) went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, 2 BB
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.144) went 0-4 with a run scored, BB
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (2-0, 4.06)
  • #21 David Parkinson (4-2, 3.35) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.238) went 3-5 with a run scored, double
  • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL

Lakewood (15-30) lost to Delmarva, 2-1.

Francisco Morales gave up an unearned run in four innings of work.  He held the Shorebirds to 2 hits and a walk, but struck out ten.  Robinson Martinez (8.10) struck out 2 in one inning.  Victor Santos (2-4, 3.96) struck out five in Three innings.  Unfortunately, he issued a lead off walk in the ninth and took the loss when Gilmael Troya (2.57) couldn’t prevent the inherited runner from scoring.  He got the first batter to pop up, but went single, wild pitch, intentional walk, walk off single to close out the game.

Lakewood scored their only run in the first inning on a double play.

The BlueClaws had just five hits, but drew 7 walks.  They went 0-10 with RISP.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.208)
  • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 4.80) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.315) placed on the 7-day IL on May 2nd
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (2-1, 3.73)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-1, 3.00)
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 4.68)
  • #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

21 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 5/22/2019

  1. Very happy to see Moniak take pitches. Work deeper counts and take walks. Need to see it over a longer time period. But it is critical to his potential.

    1. I saw the same thing in the box score and was excited until I counted his pitches seen. 21 pitches in 6 at bats. His 1st walk was on 4 pitches and his 2nd on 5. Glad he laid off the balls but I was hoping to see the deeper counts and they werent there. Don’t know why I’m being a downer this morning, sorry about that.

      1. IMO the point of BBs is not about seeing pitches its about knowing what pitches you can handle and what pitches you can’t.

        So I don’t think you’re being a downer Doug but consider the bat is such a finite piece of lumber and the hitting zone when adjusted for 90+ MPH even finer.

        O swing % is a big thing. Routinely the better hitters don’t chase and when they get their pitch they are ready for it.

        1. What is encouraging though, is in his at bats when he was ahead in the count it looks like he got pitches pretty darn near the middle of the zone and just didn’t drive them. I don’t know how accurate the box score pitch zones are on MiLB.com but that’s all I can go off.

        2. DMAR, I think you have captured it. The best thing to see is a hitter waiting for a pitch he can drive and then hitting it hard. Swing at the pitches you can hit hard, avoid the ones you cannot.

          Easy for me to say, nearly impossible to do.

    2. I wonder how many non strikes he was getting to start the season. I mean, if a guys is hitting in the .190’s why not challenge him? Now he is hot, maybe pitchers will nibble some more and we’ll see what kind of eye he has?

  2. I think Hammer will get a handful of appearances with the Pigs before getting the call in June. I’m sensing an urgency by the brass to summon the cavalry. I also don’t think they are in love with DLS at this point. He may continue to find himself shuttled back and forth simply to manage the workload of the arms they trust more. I also expect Velasquez on a rehab stint soon, then to the big league bullpen from reading Gabe’s tea leaves. Not sure how much of a hurry they are to get Pivetta back in the rotation. But another outing or two from Irvin like last night might be enough.

  3. Hope the injury to Muzziotti is not serious that he will miss substantial time.
    His bat has really picked up this season.
    Not sure how much padding is on the walls at Daytona’s nall park, but I am sure there is not much give slamming into them.

  4. My Dad and I took my kids to see Lakewood’s 10:35 game vs. Delmarva yesterday. Two things stood out. Morales was absolutely dominant against a stout Delmarva squad, and the position players/offense is absolutely putrid.

    Morales sat in the mid 90’s right off the jump. Pinpoint command throughout the outing with all 3 offerings. Breaking ball was sharp, liked how he threw it to get ahead early and delivered it with firmer velo late in the AB’s. He’s got great size and poise for a kid his age. His numbers may not “pop”, but this kid’s ceiling is off the charts.

    Now for the bad. And I mean really bad. First off, Garcia had the day off and was the 1st base coach (DAGGER). Guttierez did not catch (Double DAGGER). As for the rest of the team outside of pitching, putrid. Stobbe, Pelletier, De La Cruz, Holmes, Stovall, Kroon looked like deer in headlights. 3rd year for most of these guys correct? How do you evaluate guys like Cole Stobbe and think, “Sure fire 3rd round pick!”? These guys listed about are flat out overmatched. De La Cruz is 6’8! They are hands down one of the worst Lakewood offenses I have seen, and we know how bad some of their offenses have been. So much swing and miss it’s painful.

    1. 3rd round picks don’t typically pan out. In fact, going back to 1965 only 11 players selected 78th (Stobbe’s draft spot) have produced more than 0 career WAR. Only two of those more than 7. And one of those two didn’t sign when they were drafted at that slot (Steve Busby). If not for Freddie Freeman, the expected WAR of a player drafted at 78 would be below 0 (if we assume a player who never makes the major is worth at most -0.1 WAR).

      All this to say, players taken in the 3rd round are projects and you hope to get lucky on them. But you don’t expect it. Stobbe had good tools coming into the draft, so the Phils rolled the dice. Wasn’t a bad option. He still could turn into something, but we didn’t really lose anything by drafting him even if he doesn’t.

  5. Morales with a big 10K night he has his K/9 up to 15 however the WHIP is way high at 1.467 he’s been very hit-able as well with a Hits per 9 at 9.3. BB rate is reasonable. Still a promising season thus far for a 19 Y/O big bonus sign.

    Dohy insert homer simpson DOHP! 15.3 K/9 in LHV with a screaming ball WHIP of 2.5. That said I still love the kid. Something to be said for a kid in only his 3rd MiLB season age 22 at AAA. Let’s hope they can get him cleaned up.

    And finally to V1’s point MM getting 2 BBs is a thing of beauty. He has a real pretty swing so if he would just stop getting himself out he might resemble something close to the prospect they drafted.

    1. DMAR…guys that swing early in the counts have low BB rates.
      He does like that first/second pitch swing.

      1. Know thy self Romus JROLL loved swinging at that 1st pitch too from the lead off spot none the less. Conversely Chase often waited and saw a few pitches.

        But Chase over the course of game or a series would flip that upside down. He could set-up a pitcher just as good as anyone I ever saw.

        In our coaching clinics we have a mantra which is 1 pitch 1 spot which means when you are in a hitters count you look for 1 pitch in the area that suits your swing best middle in/middle away etc. and if you don’t get it you take and move on to the next pitch.

        We literally practice this in cages using flip toss. We practice 2-0; 3-1 we also practice 0-2, 1-2. I assume big leaguers do this too but sometimes watching them I wonder.

        So much goes into an AB like who’s hitting behind you, is a base open how are you swinging it today…

        1. DMAR…you nailed it.
          I thought I saw a stat many years ago showing higher BAs for hitters when they swung early in the count…..I think that was the case.
          But Latin players seem to be the ones who swing first pitch more often from casual observation.

  6. Darick Hall, with yet another HBP last night.
    Of the 200 plus Double AA players…EL, Southern and Texas League….he now is second with 8 so far in 149 PAs
    And in almost three full season in the minors, in the one percentile with 62….one every 6 PAs.
    The guy, apparently has a Chase Utley death -wish…and may need more protective under-armor.

  7. Jim … any word on Grant Dyer’s velo. I remember him at 96 MPH after he was drafted in 2016. Was wondering what it is post TJ.

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