Threshers Recap – 6/6/2019

Clearwater (32-28) beat Jupiter, 2-1.

This was a very well-pitched game by both staffs.  Ethan Evanko (3-1, 1.84) needed just 83 pitches (61 strikes, 73.5%) to complete seven innings.  He held the Hammerheads to one run (a solo HR in the seventh) on 3 hits and one walk.  He struck out six.  Keylan Killgore (2.14) came in and tossed two, one-hit, shutout innings to preserve the one run victory.  He struck out four and earned his sixth save.

The Threshers built their lead with single runs in the fifth and six innings.  Evanko and Killgore made those runs hold up.  Matt Kroon broke the scoreless tie with an RBI single.  Madison Stokes doubled their lead with a solo HR (7).

The Threshers were held to four hits.  Madison Stokes (.267) went 2-3 with a HR (7).  Matt Kroon (.326) had a hit, RBI, and stolen base.

This series illustrates why I think Alec Bohm should be allowed to develop more in Clearwater instead of rushing him up to Reading.  Jupiter (a  Miami affiliate) is a bad team (18-39).  When the Threshers visited Jupiter May 23-25, Bohm went 4-13 (.307) with 2 doubles.  Less than 2 weeks later, he went 1-12.  He faced two of the pitchers in both series, Edward Cabrera (5-2, 2.07) and Will Stewart (1-6, 5.81).  He went 3-9 against these two in Jupiter and 0-8 against them in Clearwater.  I feel that Bohm needs to learn how to adjust to the adjustments opposing pitchers make against him from start to start.  This would be easier to learn at Advanced A than at AA, I think.  Don’t worry though, I believe the plan is to promote him after the FSL All Star break.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.302) went 0-4 
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL on May 5th, shoulder soreness
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.204) went 0-3 
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.298) went 0-4
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL on May 1st, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.297) 
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.202)
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.240) went 1-3

Lehigh Valley (29-28) beat Pawtucket, 4-3.

Lehigh staved off their first trip below .500 since their season opener with a walk off win.

Drew Anderson (6.32) was reported to have his best stuff since spring training.  His fastball was 94-95 making his secondaries play up (thank you, K207).  He pitched four innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits (including 2 solo HR) and 3 walks.  He struck out five.  He was lifted after four when his pitch count reached 92 pitches and after leaving the bases loaded in the fourth.

Alexis Rivero (5.17) gave up a run in in two innings on 3 hits and 2 walks.  Seth McGarry (5.40) pitched two one-hit innings.  Tom Windle (5-0, 3.81) came within a wild pitch of ending the game on a strike out, but he got the next batter to get the win.

The IronPigs tied the game in the first on Nick Williams RBI triple.  They tied it again in the fourth on Ali Castillo’s RBI single.  And cane from behind in the ninth with 2 runs on Jan Hernandez’ walk off, 2-run double, his first hit in 9 at bats since coming off the IL.

Damek Tomscha had a 2-hit game.

Nick Williams also had a 2-hit game with a double, triple, and RBI.

Lehigh went 5-11 with RISP.

  • #3 Adam Haseley (8-25, .320) promoted to Phillies on June 4th
  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (2-2, 3.65)
  • #7 JoJo Romero (2-2, 9.64) assigned to Reading on May 18th
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (2-2, 5.68)
  • #16 Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.08) recalled by Phillies on May 31st
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-2,  9.50)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on May 6th

Reading (32-24) beat  Akron, 3-2.

Reading scored , was tied, scored again, was tied again, and scored last to win.

Ramon Rosso (3.15) pitched six, one-run innings.  He gave up 5 hits, including a solo HR, and 2 walks while striking out four.  Jose Taveras (2.52) pitched 0.2 innings, allowing a lead off walk.  He gave way to Jeff Singer (1.83), I guess to turn the switch hitter Logan Ice around.   This bit of micro-managing worked as Singer stranded the inherited runner, but Ice’s splits were bad from either side and didn’t require a change.  Singer started the eighth but didn’t record an out.  After 3 batters he exited after blowing the save opportunity and leaving 2 runners on base.  Addison Russ (1-3, 1.52) came in and stranded the two runners, collecting 2 strike outs after a sacrifice bunt.  He retired the Ducks in the ninth after a single and bunt got the tying run to second.

The Phils scored single runs in the fourth, sixth, and ninth innings.  They took their first lead on Austin Listi’s sac fly.  They took their second lead on Mickey Moniak’s RBI double.  They went ahead for good on Josh Stephen’s RBI single.

Moniak had 2 hits, both doubles (15), and an outfield assist at third.

Grenny Cumana (.426) went 4-4 with 4 singles.

Josh Stephen went 2-5 with a run scored and RBI.  He is up to .275 with a .796 OPS.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (3-2, 3.92)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.268) promoted to Lehigh Valley on May 29th
  • #7 JoJo Romero (0-2, 6.89)
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.262) went 2-5 with a run scored, 2 doubles, RBI (32)
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.185) went 1-5 with a SB (10)
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (2-2, 4.57)
  • #21 David Parkinson (5-3, 3.24)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley April 25th
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.219) went 0-3 with a run scored, HBP 
  • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL on April 4th

Lakewood (21-38)  lost to Greensboro, 3-2.

Lakewood held a 1-0 lead for six innings.  They didn’t fall behind until the ninth, and fell short with their rally.

Dominic Pipkins started off the proceedings with three shutout innings.  Luis Carrasco (0.00) followed with two, one-hit innings, striking out three.  Jhordany Mezquita pitched in with three, one-run innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks.  Mark Potter (0-2, 2.89), who had six consecutive shutout appearances, gave up 2 runs in the ninth.

The BlueClaws scored in the first inning on Luke Miller’s two-out, RBI single.  They didn’t score again until the ninth on Carlos De La Cruz’ two-out,RBI single.

Carlos De La Cruz (.238) went 3-4 with an RBI.  Cole Stobbe (.167) went 2-3 with  walk.

Lakewood turned 4 double plays.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.192) went 0-4 with a BB
  • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 5.40)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.287) went 0-4 with a run scored, BB
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (2-1, 3.55) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-2, 4.10)
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 5.18) – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
  • #30 Manuel Silva (1-2, 6.95)

Unassigned Prospects3

  • #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 (3-2) beat DSL Rockies, 5-4.

DSL Phillies White (4-1) beat DSL Mets2, 6-5.

Brayan Gonzalez made his DSL White debut.  The one-time prospect was returned to the Dominican Academy after spending his first two seasons stateside in the GCL (2017) and Williamsport (2018).  He played third base and went 2-3 with a strike out before being lifted for a pinch hitter.  We’ll see if the $900K bonus baby can play his way back to the states.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of June 6th.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
6/5/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated OF Jan Hernandez from the 7-day IL
6/5/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Cole Irvin on the temporarily inactive list.
6/5/2019 – Tyler McKay assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
6/5/2019 – Ethan Lindow assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
6/4/2019 – Phillies placed LF Andrew McCutchen on the 10-day IL, left ACL tear
6/4/2019 – Phillies placed RHP Victor Arano on the 60-IL retro to 4/19, elbow inflammation
6/4/2019 – Phillies selected the contract of CF Adam Haseley from Lehigh Valley
6/4/2019 – RHP  Gonell assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
6/4/2019 – LHP Manuel Silva assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
6/4/2019 – RHP Michael Gomez assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/4/2019 – RHP Kevin Gowdy assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
6/4/2019 – RHP Oscar Marcelino assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
6/4/2019 – C Nick Matera assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/4/2019 – C Logan O’Hoppe assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/4/2019 – RHP Tom Sutera assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/4/2019 – LHP Junior Tejada assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/4/2019 – INF Nicolas Torres assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/4/2019 – SS Christian Valerio assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/4/2019 – CF Corbin Williams assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/4/2019 – C Kevin Escalante assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/4/2019 – C Freddy Francisco assigned to GCL West from Williamsport
6/4/2019 – LHP Juan Miranda assigned to GCL West from Williamsport
6/4/2019 – RHP Sandro Rosario assigned to GCL West from Williamsport
6/4/2019 – RHP Eduar Segovia assigned to GCL West from Williamsport
6/4/2019 – C Andrick Nava assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/4/2019 – C Bruce Wang assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/3/2019 – RHP Colton Eastman assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
6/3/2019 – RHP Alejandro Requena assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
6/3/2019 – RHP Andy Reyes assigned to GCL East from Williamsport
6/3/2019 – C Cesar Rodriguez assigned to GCL East from Williamsport
6/3/2019 – C Juan Aparicio assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/3/2019 – RHP Carlos Francisco assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/3/2019 – LHP Gabriel Yanez assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/3/2019 – Phillies optioned LHP Cole Irvin to Lehigh Valley
6/3/2019 – Phillies optioned LF Nick Williams to Lehigh Valley
6/3/2019 – Phillies recalled LHP Austin Davis from Lehigh Valley
6/3/2019 – Clearwater activated CF Simon Muzziotti from the 7-day IL
6/2/2019 – Seattle traded RF Jay Bruce to Phillies for 3B Jake Scheiner and cash
6/2/2019 – RHP Alejandro Requena assigned to Clearwater from XST
6/2/2019 – RHP Colton Eastman assigned to XST from Clearwater
6/2/2019 – Oscar Marcelino assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
6/2/2019 – Rafi Gonell assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
6/1/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed LF Shane Robinson on the 7-day IL, left hip strain
6/1/2019 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
6/1/2019 – DSL Red placed LHP Daivin Perez on the 60-day IL
6/1/2019 – 2B Alexeis Azuaje assigned to DSL Red

20 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 6/6/2019

  1. Did you see who took the loss for the RubberDucks against Reading? It was, none other than, Anthony Gose. The same Anthony Gose that the Phils traded to Houston, along with others, for Roy Oswalt. The same guy with over 1,100 ML ABs, as an OF’er. He has a big problem with BBs, as a pitcher, but is in AA now. He was a 2 way player in HS and the Phils decided he was a hitter more than a pitcher. Maybe he can have it both ways.

    1. Based on his career to date, I’m thinking he’s having it neither way. He’s now an older guy stuck in the minors forever.

  2. Evanko continues to be a cool story even if he isn’t a “real” prospect.

    Good stuff from some pitchers, not so much from most hitters.

    Respectfully disagree with you about Bohm, while I completely see your point, I’m not quite as worried as you are about adjusting to Class A pitching; facing AA and AAA pitching is going to be just as difficult as adjusting to some A baller’s adjustments. But the main reason I am cool with being aggressive with him is that Franco is so bad we really need to see how fast he can move up the ladder. If he gets the call to AA this year after the all star break and does well, its not out of the question to think he starts 2020 in AAA and gets called up if he keeps hitting.

    His progress at AA could determine if they need to get a 2 year stop gap at 3b since we know Franco isn’t getting it done and I don’t think Kingery belongs there

    1. How are you going to determine if Bohm can play 3B when he is a DH? Or playing 1B? Yesterday he was a DH. He also frequently plays 1B. He needs to play every inning of every game at 3B. Unless the Phillies have already determined, quietly, that he will never be able to play a major league caliber 3B.

      1. Completely agree. He needs to be playing 3rd base every single day, mixing in a DH day here and there. Truth be told, in the long term, I believe Bohm is our 1st baseman and Stott plays 3rd…

    2. I’m somewhere in between Dan and Jimmy. I fully expect Bohm to finish this season in Reading when is really of no consequence. I thought it would be late June early July anyway.

      It doesn’t matter how good you are in this game. There is something to learn at every level.

      In some ways if you are a legit player the MLB can be easier than the minors.

  3. Jim – FYI – Clearwater won 2-1 on Thursday obviously, they lost 1-0 in Wednesday. You forgot to replace the heading. Thanks!
    All Cumana does is hit. I really think he has a chance to be a major league utility guy.

    1. Agree about Cumana. I asked about him a few months ago and was told he was WAY too small to be a prospect. I think he’s 5’5.” He hits wherever he is playing and that should count for something. Utility player seems about right.

  4. Taveras in relief was interesting, but I guess you have to do something when you’ve functionally got a 7-man rotation. Taveras coming back from the injury has pitched well, but I don’t think he hit 90 at all when I saw him last Saturday. Mostly 88-89, some 87. Perhaps he can continue to ramp it up and get stronger in relief.

    I haven’t heard anything about Connor Seabold recently. Jim?

    Reading home this weekend, probables: Friday: Medina, Saturday: Romero, Sunday: Parkinson.

    Reading 1.5 games back for the first half title, with about 11 to go and three teams to jump over.

    1. He’s alive and well. I saw him last week with one of those battery things sending a pulse to his elbow area. The next day, he was no-so-long tossing with Spencer Howard after about two dozen rehabbing pitchers completed calisthenics. Less than half tossed, the rest started their daily running.

      1. “battery things sending a pulse to his elbow area. “…I think that is the TENS Unit.

          1. rocco….yeah…I have used it years ago on my ankle/feet injuries.
            They have better devices now with better effectiveness than when I used it.

  5. Josh Stephen is silently having a nice season in AA currently slashing .275/.345/.451. Josh is only 21 and the Phillies still have his rights until 2023. He looks like a LF only prospect, but he has a good pedigree being one of the top bats in CA when he was drafted. So don’t totally write him off yet. We might see a rebound in the next 2 years from him.

  6. I don’t follow Ethan Evanko closely and I don’t know his stuff other than he is a big lefty. But at 24, he may need to be challenged in AA/AAA to see what the Phillies have in him.

  7. Agree on Bohm, move him after FSL AllStar. Play him 3B only and give him DH and days off. Old for A+ and 1st Rd pick. Again watch Reading 40 man SS display no plate coverage, no adjustments and apparent no purpose in doing so. Bringing Bohm up will move Listi to share DH and 1st Base .
    Cumana makes those adjustments but very little speed, Love the kid.
    Stephen is in right place right time. Pujols injury. Problem is like Pujols he cannot play outfield. He gets you runs/hits but errors give them back

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