Threshers Recap – 5/30/2019

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

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 30th.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
5/29/2019 – RHP Andrew Brown assigned to Clearwater
5/29/2019 – RHP Alejandro Requena assigned to XST
5/29/2019 – Phillies placed LHP Adam Morgan on the 10-day IL retro to 5/26, forearm strain
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 placed CF Odubel Herrera on the restricted list
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 – Phillies optioned RHP Enyel De Los Santos to Lehigh Valley
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 – 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

37 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 5/30/2019

    1. I’ve seen Bohm several times this season. He made one great play reaching well to his right. He showed lack of stretch in a game in Port Charlotte the other night not getting his glove on a ball to his left that he probably should have. Otherwise, nothing has stood out. I’m sure the scouts have figured out his range.

    2. I think he looks good. I don’t know how my number of views compares in sample size to “several times” 😉 , but he’s playing the position much better than I had anticipated after spring training. He’s making all the routine plays and a couple that surprised me. One drove me to Twitter during a game –

      I haven’t seen a play like that since Franco played for Clearwater. In fact he may be the best third baseman since Franco. He charges well. He ranges left well. One thing I noticed is that he doesn’t make the hero throw when he should put the ball in his pocket. I didn’t post about his defense during spring training because I wasn’t sure. I’m not worried now. Oh, and he plays first base well too.

      I’m sure that scouts will have varying opinions of his range. I checked his range factor on Baseball Reference. His 2.75 is higher than anyone who played the position for a reasonable amount of games back to Franco. That would include 2 years of Walding.

      Now, I think RF is a BS stat. It doesn’t define a player’s range left-to-right or front-to-back. It’s just the number of putouts and assists divided by the number of games played. RF just shows that he has handled more chances per game than any other third baseman in the past seven years. (so far)

      Oh, and he has zero errors at either position he has played.

    1. Not sure about that issue…but his splits between day games and night games is noteworthy….he seems to hit better in the sun.

      1. Last year, I was Listi’s bad luck charm. He hit lights out except the games i saw.

        Ortiz is my victim this year. Looks lousy and lost when I see him, slams the ball when I don’t.

  1. With new players acquired thru the draft and the group of Extended ST players going to be dispersed throughout the Phillies’Minors soon, who are candidates to retire or to be released?

  2. Rudy Duran opened our eyes last year. This year… not so much. He hit 17 HRs last year in LKW and hasn’t hit a single one this year so far. He hit .260/.304/.495 last year to his .217/.265/.255. You might say, “So that’s that.” My grandfather used to say that at every wake he attended. But hold on folks. In his last 12 games, he’s hit in 11 of them. He’s hitting .311 over that span. He’s hitting .333 in his last 10 games. He’s coming around a bit. His Ks have dropped significantly over that stretch and hitting a lot more has brought more BBs. I’m sure they have him working on something with his hitting because the power has disappeared. Maybe a change in trying to make more contact or something like that. He’s hitting more lately and possibly the HR swing will come back. CLW is the perfect place to try this change. I’m not saying it’s happening but the stats seem to bear it out.

    Duran’s strength seems to be behind the dish. He’s thrown out nearly 40% of would be basestealers. He doesn’t have a single error and only 3 PBs. He’ll be 21 all year long and he’s in A+. I’d love to hear that pitchers like to throw to him and he’s a leader on the diamond. Anyone know anything about his attributes in this respect?

    1. The problem with Duran is he has had to share PT with Cabral and to a lesser extent Fitch. Last year at Lakewood he was the #1 catcher. Duran coming on coincides with Cabral going on the DL. I think it is mostly a PT and confidence thing that he had last year that is/was missing this year.

      1. Duran was super streaky last year anyway. When he got hot he was like the next Piazza.

  3. In the 26 games since Bohm’s promotion to Clearwater, he has gone hitless only four times. He has nine multi-hit games in that span. He’s not hitting for a ton of power, but the hit tool is definitely as advertised. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him wind up in Reading in the weeks following the draft.

    1. I too expect Bohm to be in Reading sometime in the month of June. Would love to see him up in time for the series against Trenton June 24-June 26.

      Would love to know what is going on with Spencer. Not sure why the org has to be so secretive about injuries. It bugs me.

      1. They seem to be overly cautious of shoulder strains and with Sixto last year.. the forearm issue.
        Remember they shut down Seranthony in 2017 for two full months with shoulder soreness..

        1. I get it and hey it truly is none of my business but that doesn’t mean I’m still not bugged by it LOL

          I mean I’m the one that had him as our Walker Bueller in CBP this year for the stretch run. Maybe that is the plan limit the innings now so there are plenty left for August and Sept 🙂

      2. The team is always secretive about minor leaguers (because nobody forces them to disclose) and I suspect this is the case with other teams as well. So their approach is that this is their minor leaguer and it’s none of your business. That being said, Mr. Howard, who is probably as good of source as we are ever going to get on this site, suggested that this is a minor issue and they are just being careful with him. And I love that they are careful with shoulder issues – a pitcher with serious shoulder issues quickly becomes a an ex-pitcher – it’s the biggest kiss of death to any prospect in my view – so they have to be as careful as possible. I wouldn’t worry about this yet – assume that what Mr. Howard told us was accurate until we hear otherwise and be glad that your team is keenly interested in protecting the health of its young pitchers. It’s a good thing.

        1. “….a pitcher with serious shoulder issues quickly becomes a an ex-pitcher…”- case in point from the other day….Michael Wacha….after the stress reaction in his scapula in 2016, he just has not been able to sustained consistency with a roller coaster production output..

        2. This is accurate. They are being very careful which we appreciate. He feels fine. Throwing bullpens now and to live hitters next. Not sure of timeline but he’ll be back soon. Going to Phillies/Dodgers tonight!

          1. Mr. Howard, I wasn’t fishing for information (I respect your privacy and that of your son completely), but that is really good to know! Thanks for the information.

            FYI – I don’t think this fits into the category of HIPAA information, it’s hardly a medical report.

            1. I took a picture of about nine of the rehab pitchers throwing to each other after they all worked out in Carlton Field’s outfield. Bailey Cummings was long-tossing with a pitcher I couldn’t make out at about 280 feet. The rest of the pitchers contained themselves to about 60 feet or so.

              Brandon Leibrandt was throwing. Howard was throwing to Connor Seabold. Another dozen pitchers started their running rather than throw. I don’t know if that was how it was scheduled or if that many aren’t throwing yet.

              There were about 20-24 pitchers in the workout group. That number doesn’t include Young who is here or Brown who could be soon. It’s a little disheartening to have that many pitchers hurt.

    2. With Bohm, I trust the power is there and is just waiting to fully emerge. The important thing is that he has a really good hit tool, with decent plate discipline and relatively low K rates. And while, in retrospect, Jarred Kelenic or Nolan Gorman would probably have been a better pick at that spot (and, yes, I know, it’s always easy to second guess a baseball draft pick), this is looking like a very solid pick by the Phillies. I think Alec Bohm has a chance to be a very good major league player. I’m certainly encouraged.

      1. I kind of see it as our job to second guess picks Catch for if we didn’t do it who would.

        Again Middleton may own the team but it does belong to the fans frankly as we are the ones footing the bill in some form or fashion.

        1. Yeah, of course we second guess picks – I wasn’t suggesting we should stop looking to see who might have been a better pick. I’m just saying that if Bohm develops into a good ML third baseman with power – it would be pretty hard to fault them for making a bad pick.

          All of that being said, Johnny A has recently said he doesn’t like taking HS hitters. Translation: he and his team can’t separate the wheat from the chaff – so they don’t want to take a chance (witness Cornelius Randolph and Moniak). The best organizations can and do.

          1. catch – As fans we always second guess the experts. The best part of that is that we’re not accountable.

            1. Willowy is my description of Bohm — gracefully tall and slender, according to Merriam-Webster. That’s the kind of build that should add power. He’s not a Tocci.

              I’ve seen Bohm several times now and like him. I think he’ the real deal.

  4. Really nice to see Bohm and Haseley succeeding along with Moniak and Ortiz picking it up. Need Medina, Howard, JoJo and Garcia to start getting hot. Extremely stoked as heading to LA tomorrow am for the series there then driving down to San Diego for a few games. Would love to win 4/6

    1. The LAD will be tough because Arrieta, Eflin, Pivetta are prone in giving away big innings. I think the offense can score at least 3 runs against Maeda, Kershaw and Hill. Arrieta, Eflin and Pivetta need to keep it close and the bullpen should hold.

      The Phillies should be able to win at least 2 games against SD. Eickhoff was burned by HR’s but SD has a bigger park and Cutch and the rest of the OF should be able to track those balls.

      1. I cant believe Eickhoff gets another start. He will set a record for giving up homeruns. lucky guy with his stuff to be in the majors. he is terrible with is 88 mph fastball

        1. There’s no better option than Eickhoff. Vinny can throw harder but he’s less effective and efficient than Eickhoff. DLS has the faster FB but his secondaries are not as good as Eickhoff’s, Medina is not ready and Irvin-Suarez are not better options.

          I like Klentak to sign Keuchel, but NYY might get him. Outside Keuchel, there are not other better options unless Klentak want to surrender some prospects to acquire via trade.

  5. My hopes Bohm in Reading soon. Need Addison all bat and maybe settle infield. Bohm at 3rd, Williams at SS Hall or Listi, DH/1st Formidable defense and stout 1st 5 hitting with Moniak.

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