At the Complex today, the Phillies played a couple of low-scoring games against the Blue Jays. They won 2-1 on Ashburn Field in 2 hours and ten minutes. They took a 2-0 lead into the ninth on Roberts Field, but settled for a tie.
I watched Starlyn Castillo for a few innings on Roberts. He looked pretty good.
I found myself wondering about Castillo’s 2019 assignment. He was signed last July 2nd and spent the entire summer at the Dominican Academy. He was never added to either DSL roster. This is his age 17 season, and an assignment to the GCL would seem likely. But, the Phillies under Josh Bonifay have not shied away from aggressive assignments for their top prospects, so Williamsport doesn’t seem impossible.
I learned today that the payers in extended spring training ARE receiving pay this year. This is the first time that they have been paid during XST. I don’t know if this is league-wide policy or if the Phillies did this on their own. The players are receiving pay equivalent to what they will receive in the GCL. This is a nice gesture, but it only raises them from indentured servitude to still below the poverty level. They receive about $230 ever two weeks. Better than the nothing they receive during spring training, and during previous XSTs.
For the record, a release does not always indicate the organization has given up on a player. Sometimes a player will request his release for personal reasons. And, sometimes a player retires but the organization doesn’t turn in the paper work to the league office, giving the player the opportunity to change his mind. Case in point, Mark Appel. He has “retired” but the transaction hasn’t been submitted. That’s why he shows up as being on the restricted list. There are a handful players who I don’t see anymore who I now suspect have retired.
Clearwater (28-25) beat Charlotte, 10-2, completing an 8-3 road trip.
Julian Garcia was the recipient of the Threshers’ offensive explosion. Although, he did pitch well. He went five innings and threw 60 strikes among his 90 pitched (66.7%). He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks, He struck out seven. Austin Ross (3.95) pitched two, one-hit innings, striking out four. Zach Warren (4.71) pitched two perfect innings, also striking out four.
The Threshers scored first on Jhailyn Ortiz’ solo HR (7) in the second inning. After falling behind, the Threshers erupted with 7 runs in the fourth on Rodolfo Duran’s RBI single, Danny Mayer’s bases-loaded walk, Matt Vierling’s sac fly, Matt Kroon’s 2-run single, and RBI singles by Ortiz and Nick Maton. They padded their lead with 2 insurance runs in the sixth on Ortiz’ RBI single and Maton’s RBI double.
The Threshers collected 15 hits. Nick Maton had 4 hits, Jhailyn Ortiz had 3 hits, and Alec Bohm, Rodolfo Duran, and Matt Kroon (.360) had 2 hits each.
The Threshers went 7-19 with RISP.
Duran picked a runner off first base..
- #1 Alec Bohm (.308) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, triple, BB
- #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL, shoulder soreness
- #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.213) went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, HR (7), 3 RBI (25)
- #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 (.304) went 4-5 with a run scored, double, 2 RBI (26)
- #19 Rodolfo Duran (.217) went 2-5 with a run scored, RBI
- #20 Daniel Brito (.250)
Lehigh Valley (27-23) lost to Pawtucket, 4-0.
Ranger Suarez pitched well. He went six innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. He struck out five ans picked off a runner. Seth McGarry (6.46) pitched one inning and gave up a 2-run HR. Josh Tols (11.57) pitched a perfect inning.
The IronPigs managed just 5 hits, 1 XBH, drew 0 walks, and went 1-6 with RISP.
- #3 Adam Haseley went 0-4
- #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 (2-2, 5.91) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- #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) game suspended in the top of the second after Mauricio Llovera walked the lead off batter. The game will be made up at a later date.
- #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)
- #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.177)
- #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)
- #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL
Lakewood (17-35) lost to Greensboro, 11-10.
Lakewood built an early 4-1 lead, fell behind 11-4, and rallied but fell short.
Manny Silva lasted 2.1 innings and gave up 7 runs on 7 hits and a walk. Oscar Marcelino (4.26) gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in 1.2 innings. Ethan Lindow (3.27) pitched 2.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. Ismael Cabrera (0.00) stranded an inherited runner and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.
The BlueClaws scored a run in the first inning on Luis Garcia’s RBI single. They retook the lead with a run in the second on Jonathan Guzman’s RBI single. The added 2 runs to their lead in the third inning on Jake Holmes’ 2-run single. After the Grasshoppers scored 10 runs over the next three innings, the BlueClaws scored twice in the sixth on Cole Stobbe’s solo HR (3) and Luke Miller’s RBI single. They closed to within one run in the seventh on Stobbe’s grand slam (4).
Lakewood’s 14 hits produced 6 multi-hit games. Rafael Marchan had 3 hits. Jonathan Guzman (.255), Luis Garcia, Luke Miller (.318), Jake Holmes (.176), and Cole Stobbe (.150) had 2 hits each.
- #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
- #4 Luis Garcia (.2102) went 2-4 with an RBI, BB, SB
- #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 5.23)
- #14 Rafael Marchan (.300) went 3-6with a run scored, double
- #23 Dominic Pipkin (2-1, 3.86)
- #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-2, 4.64)
- #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 4.54)
- #30 Manuel Silva (0-2, 8.20) – 2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R,7 ER, 1 BB
- #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 30th.
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