I went to the Complex again. The players took part in an intrasquad game. Just a few observations. The Phillies have altered their practice of on base situations to start some of the innings. Instead of starting the inning with guys on base and playing the inning to its conclusion, they restart the inning after the situational experience is completed. For instance, if they start with runners on first and second, after the batter bunts (or fails to bunt) the runners over, the runners leave the field, the pitcher and batter start the inning over clean, and any hits/runs/outs recorded during the play don’t count.
Corbin Williams is one fast base runner. I witnessed it again today, and I was told that during a drill to determine the fastest players in the organization during spring training, Williams won. A healthy Roman Quinn was part of that competition.
Jan Hernandez took at bats in the game again. He looks healthy, but when he ran out a ball he looked to be running carefully.
I saw Jose Pujols leaving the Complex. He looked to have a slight limp, he had Achilles surgery this spring. He was never a big guy like a Dylan Cozens, but he wasn’t Tocci skinny either. Today he looked thinner than I remember from last season or even from early in the spring before the injury. His legs look especially thin.
And, I learned from a second source that Ben Brown’s surgery was indeed Tommy John.
At this time last year, J.D. Hammer was rehabbing from an injury he sustained during spring training. He came to the organization the previous season when we traded Pat Neshek to the Rockies for Hammer and Alejandro Requena. He was assigned to Clearwater and breezed through FSL batters with a 0.57 ERA and 20 strike outs and 2 walks in 15.2 innings.
Hammer reported to spring training early in 2018, and looked sharp. But, after his injury, he returned to the Threshers for 3 appearances before a trip to the DL. After some more rehab and 3 GCL appearances, Hammer returned to Clearwater in August and pitched lights out in six appearances – 0.00 ERA, 10 K and 3 BB in 6.0 IP.
Hammer started this season in Reading and was promoted to Lehigh on May 21st. After one appearance, he was promoted to the Phillies on May 25th. And, the past many months culminated with this –
And, I wouldn’t rule out Adam Haseley’s promotion to AAA as a showcase of sorts. Of the teams who might make their top of the rotation pitchers available at or before the trade deadline, major league ready young prospects will undoubtedly be part of the “ask”. Haseley may be our best and most coveted trade piece.
None of our other spare parts are likely to bring back a TOR pitcher. The irony here would be if Haseley continues to rake at Lehigh Valley, plays his way onto the 25-man as a starter, and becomes too important to trade. Then, I see little possibility of acquiring a TOR pitcher.
Clearwater (27-25) beat Charlotte, 3-2.
The Threshers got some efficient pitching in this seesaw battle. Colby Fitch figured in the scoring of all three runs. The catcher went 3-3 with a run scored and 2 RBI.
Fitch gave the Threshers a 1-0 lead in the second inning when lifted a sac fly to left field to score Matt Kroon who had tripled with one out. He lined a single to right to plate Kroon again in the fifth inning and give the Threshers a 2-1 lead. And, he reached base with a two-out single in the ninth and scored on Danny Mayer’s RBI double to right.
In addition to Fitch’s 3-hit game. Danny Mayer had a 2-hit game. The Threshers had 8 total hits.
Andrew Brown (6.21) tossed five solid innings. He gave up one run on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out four. Kyle Arjona (1.80) went two innings and gave up a run on 3 hits. He walked none and struck out two. Keylan Killgore (1-0, 2.93) picked up his first win with two, one-hit innings. He also walked a batter and struck out two.
- #1 Alec Bohm (.308) went 1-3 with a BB
- #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL, shoulder soreness
- #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.199)
- #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 (.288)
- #19 Rodolfo Duran (.208)
- #20 Daniel Brito (.250) went 1-3
Lehigh Valley (27-22) split a pair with Pawtucket (losing 7-3 and winning 3-1).
Game One: Cole Irvin threw 34 pitches (25 strikes, 73.5%) in three innings allowing one hit before he was lifted. This was a planned move. He got his work in and is still available if needed by the Phillies this weekend. Luke Leftwich (0-1, 13.97) struggled thru 2.1 innings, giving up 5 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks. Kyle Dohy (9.69) didn’t fare much better in 0.2 innings, allowing an inherited runner to score and giving up 2 runs on 3 walks. Neither was helped by a defense that committed 2 errors in the 3-run sixth. But, you can’t walk batters either.
The IronPigs had closed to within 4-3 with 2 runs in the fifth inning on Darick Hall’s 2-run HR (5) and a run in the sixth on Deivi Grullon’s sac fly.
Rob Brantly (.305) had 2 hits. The team went 1-4 with RISP.
- #16 Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.08) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- #22 Kyle Dohy (0-1, 9.69) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
Game Two: Adam Haseley made his AAA debut a memorable occasion. He had base hits in his first 3 at bats and was involved in all three IronPigs’ runs.
Batting second in the IronPigs’ line up, Haseley lined an RBI double to left field in his first at bat and scored later in the inning on Andrew Romine’s RBI single. Haseley performed an encore in the second inning, stroking an RBI double to left. Both doubles came off former Phillies’ farm hand, Jeremy Bleich. Lead off batter, Lane Adams, scored on both base hits. Haseley singled in his third plate appearance before being retired for the first time in his fourth at bat.
Haseley had a 3-hit game, Andrew Romine (.291) had 2 hits and a stolen base (9). They combined for 5 of the IronPigs’ 8 hits.
Tyler Viza (5.75) gave upone run in four innings. He gave up 2 hits, walked three, and struck out two. Tom Windle (3-0, 3.13) pitched one scoreless inning. Josh Martin (4.68) walked two and struck out two in 0.2 innings before giving way to Austin Davis (0.77) who stranded two inherited runners. Then, made the seventh inning interesting with a one-out double and walk before striking out the final 2 batters for his 2nd save.
- #3 Adam Haseley went 3-4 with a run scored, 2 doubles, 2 RBI
- #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-0, 2.37)
- #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, 2.08)
- #22 Kyle Dohy (0-1, 9.69)
- #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on June 6th
Reading (28-20) lost to Erie, 3-0.
With recently promoted Adam Haseley out of the line up, the Phils were two-hit. Josh Stephen (.259) broke up the no-hit bid with a two-out, fifth inning double. Jose Gomez had the other hit. Stephen went 1-2 with a walk. Gomez went 1-3 with a stolen base.
Bailey Falter (4-3, 3.05) was the unfortunate recipient of impotent offense. He pitched six innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits. He walked none and struck out four. He threw 62 strikes among his 88 pitches (70.5%). A two-run HR in the first inning sealed his fate.
Jeff Singer (1.50) chipped in with two, one-hit innings. He walked one and struck out three. Addison Russ (1.74) struck out one in a perfect ninth.
- #2 Adonis Medina (2-2, 4.26)
- #3 Adam Haseley (.268) promoted to Lehigh Valley on May 29th
- #7 JoJo Romero (0-2, 8.18)
- #9 Mickey Moniak (.251) went 0-4
- #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.177) went 0-4
- #15 Mauricio Llovera (2-1, 4.58)
- #21 David Parkinson (5-2, 3.02)
- #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley
- #25 Cornelius Randolph (.224) went 0-3 with a BB
- #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL
Lakewood (17-34) no game scheduled. The young BlueClaws have already been eliminated in the first half division race with about three weeks left in the half.
- #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
- #4 Luis Garcia (.202)
- #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 5.23)
- #14 Rafael Marchan (.284)
- #23 Dominic Pipkin (2-1, 3.86)
- #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-2, 4.64)
- #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 4.54)
- #30 Manuel Silva (4.50)
- #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 28th.
5/29/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Yacksel Rios from Lehigh Valley
5/29/2019 – CF Adam Haseley assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/29/2019 – RHP Seth McGarry assigned to Lehigh Valley from XST
5/29/2019 – 2B Grenny Cumana assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/29/2019 – OF Trent Bowles retired
5/28/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Nick Pivetta from Lehigh Valley
5/28/2019 – Phillies recalled RF Nick Williams from Lehigh Valley
5/28/2019 – 2B Grenny Cumana assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/28/2019 – RHP Alexis Rivero assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
5/28/2019 – Reading released 1B Kyle Martin
5/28/2019 – Clearwater released CF Jesus Alastre
5/27/2019 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
5/27/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated RF Nick Williams from the temporarily inactive list
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 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