Threshers Recap – 5/26/2019

Clearwater (26-24) completed their 4-game sweep off the Jupiter Hammerheads with a shutout of the Jupiter Hammerheads.  They were paced by Colton Eastman, Zach Warren, and Grant Dyer who combined to 2-hit the weaker sharks. 

The win put the Threshers two games over .500 and pulled them within 3.5 games of first place.  After a day off on Monday, they  complete their road trip with a 3-game set against tha Charlotte Stone Crabs before returning home for an important 3-game set with first-place Dunedin.  

Clearwater completes their remaining first half schedule against the south division but for the Dunedin series and a 3-game series in Daytona, the other team ahead of them in the standings.

Colton Eastman (2-2, 2.28) gave the Threshers seven solid innings of 1-hit ball.  He walked two and struck out eleven.  Warren (5.21) allowed a hit and 2 walks while sgtriking out two, and Dyer (0.77) struck out one in a perfect inning.  Eastman was so effective he only needed 83 pitches to complete seven innings.

The Threshers jumped out to a 3-runlead in the third inning on Jhailyn Ortiz’ 2-run double and Madison Stokes RBI single.  They padded their lead with 2 runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Daniel Brito and Jake Scheiner.

Alec Bohm had the day off, but the Threshers hardly missed him in the line up.  They combined for 11 hits with Jake Scheiner (.268), Jhailyn Ortiz, Ben Aklinski (.250), and Daniel Brito each collecting 2 hits in the game.

Clearwater leads the FSL in most offensive categories.  They are first in AVG, SLG, OPS, hits, RBI, total bases; second in runs, doubles; third in HR; and fourth in OBP, triples.  They don’t walk much (9th) but they don’t strike a lot (3rd fewest) either.  They also don’t run much (8th) but when they do they aren’t very successful (38/62, 61.3%).

Pitching is a different story.  They are middle to bottom of the pack in most categories.  They have issued the most walks in the league, but have also struck out the most batters.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.307)
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL, shoulder soreness
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.205) went 2-5 with a run scored, double, 2 RBI (22)
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.306) placed on the 7-day IL
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.289) went 1-4
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.202)
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.254) went 2-3 with a run scored, RBI, BB

Lehigh Valley (25-21) lost to Buffalo, 6-2.

Drew Anderson (0-4, 6.67) gave up 3 runs on 4 hits (2 HR) and 3 walks in 6.2 innings.  Josh Martin (4.81) stranded 2 inherited runners and struck out 3 batters in one inning.  Josh Tols made his debut and stranded 2 inherited runners also.  Unfortunately, after getting two outs in the top of the ninth, he gave up 3 runs.

The IronPigs tied the game with a run in the third inning on Malquin Canelo’s RBI double.  They took the lead in the fourth on Deivi Grullon’s solo HR (9).

Lehigh managed just 4 hits.

  • #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, 6.58)
  • #16 Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.25)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (0-1, 10.22)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on June 6th

Reading (27-18) swept Harrisburg, 7-1 and 1-0. 

Game One: Adonis Medina had a good game.  He held the Senators to one run on 5 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Jeff Singer (1.69) and Connor Brogdon (4,50) closed out the game with a perfect inning each.

The Phils scored single runs in the first and second innings on RBI singles by Mickey Moniak and Arquimedes Gamboa.  They blew the game open with 5 runs in the seventh on Josh Stephen’s 3-run HR (2) and Darick Hall’s 2-run HR (7).

Gamboa, Moniak, and Hall (.231) had 2 hit games.

    • #2 Adonis Medina (2-2, 4.26) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
    • #3 Adam Haseley (.252) went 0-4 
    • #9 Mickey Moniak (.265) went 2-4 with a run scored, RBI
    • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.174) went 2-3 with a run scored, double, RBI, BB 
    • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.230) went 0-3

Game Two: Jose Taveras made his 2019 debut a successful one.  He pitched 2-hit, scoreless ball for five innings.  He walked none and struck out four.  Aaron Brown (3.33) picked up his first save with 3 strike outs in two innings.

The Phils scored the game’s only run in the sixth inning on Darick Hall’s RBI double.

Gamboa had another 2-hit game.

    • #2 Adonis Medina (2-2, 4.26)
    • #3 Adam Haseley (.255) went 1-2 with a run scored, BB
    • #7 JoJo Romero (0-1, 12.46)
    • #9 Mickey Moniak (.265)
    • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.186) went 2-4 with a double, triple 
    • #15 Mauricio Llovera (2-1, 4.58)
    • #21 David Parkinson (4-2, 3.35)
    • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
    • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.224) went 0-3
    • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL

Lakewood (17-32) beat Kannapolis, 5-4, in ten innings.

Dominic Pipkin gave up 2 run on 3 hits and 5 walks in 3.2 innings.  Rafi Gonell (6.75) stranded 2 inherited runners but gave up one run in 1.1 innings while striking out three.  Jhordany Mezquita pitched one, scoreless, 34-pitch inning.  Gilmael Troya (2.55) pitched three, one-run innings.  Oscar Marcelino (1-1, 3.86) pitched a scoreless OT inning and got the win.

The BlueClaws opened the scoring with a run in the third inning on Jonathan Guzman’s RBI single.  They tied the game in the fifth on Carlos De La Cruz’ 2-run double.  They tied the game again in the ninth on Cole Stobbe’s RBI single.  They won on Luke Miller’s RBI single in the tenth

Lakewood had 12 hits.  Jonathan Guzman (.251), Luke Miller (.455), James Smith (.203), and Cole Stobbe (.141) had 2 hits each.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.201) went 1-5
  • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 4.80)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.313) went 1-5 with a run scored
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (2-1, 3.86) – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 2 K
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-2, 5.00)
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 4.54) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • #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)
5/26/2019 – 2B Grenny Cumana assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/26/2019 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/26/2019 – Reading activated RHP Jose Taveras from the 7-day IL
5/26/2019 – Reading placed IF Raul Rivas on the 7-day IL
5/25/2019 – Phillies transferred RHP David Robertson from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL
5/25/2019 – Phillies placed RHP Pat Neshek on the 10-day IL, right shoulder strain
5/25/2019 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP JD Hammer from Lehigh Valley
5/25/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Ranger Suarez from the 7-day IL
5/25/2019 – LHP Josh Tols assigned to Lehigh Valley
5/25/2019 – RHP Rafi Gonell assigned to Lakewood from GCL West
5/25/2019 – Lakewood activated C Rafael Marchan from the 7-day IL

27 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 5/26/2019

  1. Jonathan Guzman has heated up a bit in the last 9 games. He’s hit in all of them and is hitting .324 with a .375 OBP. He’s raised his average from .231 to .251 over that stretch. He’s imp[roved his SB prowess significantly. In his 3 prior seasons, he’s stolen 21 bases in 40 attempts; a 52.5% success rate. This season he’s stolen 14 in 17 attempts; 82% success. Defensively, he’s been switching back and forth with Garcia between 2B and SS. He has 1 E in 21 games at 2B and 4 E’s at SS in 25 games. This is his 1st season playing 2B and seems to have taken to it very well. In case you were wondering, Guzman is 1+ year older than Garcia.

  2. Clearwater swept Jupiter 4 games which is a Marlins affiliate.

    That poor team has very little like most of the Marlins organization.

    Nice to see Ortiz get off the 1nterstate. His vision is improving.

    1. ciada… when the sun is shining…Ortiz shines….it is those night games last season that he seem to have had to struggle with ….maybe that is all in the past.

  3. What kind of prospect in Josh Stephen? He seems to be on the cusp but is very young 21 playing in AA. Only 10 months older than Moniak.

    1. Stephen has been a huge surprise for me. The org placed him in AA probably awaiting someone coming off the IL. They had 3 former #1 picks in the OF already. Stephen was keeping a spot warm for someone. And then he got a few ABs and suddenly they want to see what he can do. He doesn’t play a ton but he takes advantage of the opportunities as they present themselves.

      1. Bell man you must have forgot I love this kid. from the first video of that swing. I know he isn’t a good outfielder and hasn’t shown power but stiil young

    1. He’s firmly on fire at this point. He’s got an 11 game hit streak in games he starts. He’s 18 for 46 (.391) in that time with 4 doubles and a triple. He’s also walked 3 times against 6 strikeouts, and stolen 2 bases.

      Speaking of stealing bases, he has 6 so far and hasn’t been caught yet. If his BB/K numbers hold where they’re at and he keeps his average above .280, the only thing he’ll be missing is power. Not bad for a bust.

      1. Moniak is 17th in the Eastern League in ISO (.175), which ain’t too shabby for a CF. A lot of it is coming because he leads the league in triples. It would also be the highest mark of his career.

        The K/BB numbers are still the big thing. He picked up 3 walks in two games this week, which is great but let’s see if that’s not just a blip. More encouraging: 25 strikeouts in 77 ABs in April; 18 strikeouts in 94 ABs in May.

      2. I’m really happy about this, let’s hope he keeps it up, anybody got any intel or inside sttuf from coaches?

  4. Nice to see Taveras back. Here’s a guy who went from seemingly being on the cusp of the majors in 2017 to an afterthought now due to injuries. He ended 2017 in AAA and barely pitched last season; making just three starts and some relief appearances.

  5. Gamboa had himself a day. 4-7 with a walk, 2 doubles, and a triple is nothing to sneeze at. Hopefully this is the start of a long hot streak. Would be nice for one of our slick fielders to figure out the other half of baseball.

    1. Not very athletic, too much swing and miss/overaggressiveness at the plate.

      1. Klentak needs to move him in 6/7 weeks…..or else he is gone as a minor league FA after the season…some team will pick him up after what he is doing at LHV.
        He is now a reasonable trade chip that needs to be cashed in.

  6. JoJo…took a no hitter into the 5th today and a one -hitter into the 6th.
    Then it began to unravel a little for him today in the 7th.
    But all in all did fairly well except fro the 7th, when he may have tired…and no

  7. The ironpigs are winning 4-0. Eshelman (remember him) has given up 2 hits, a walk and has 4 K’s. His ERA now sits at 3.00.

  8. Big fan of Jo Jo., 2 bad outings, finally put together 6 strong innings, but left him in too long. Thoughts, build confidence #1 then move onto more innings. Once again roster leaning towards showcase not players who perform, development I understand it build as the whole not the 1

  9. Eshelman’s line today. 7 IP, 4 hits and 1 walk, 0 runs, and an ERA of 2.25. Not bad for a guy that most of us had written off.

    1. Austin Davis finished for Eshelman. 2IP, 1 hit, 0 walks, 3 K’s, ERA 0.82.

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