Threshers Recap – 6/11/2019

I arrived at the Complex early, shortly after a rain shower ended,  and somehow missed Spencer Howard’s live BP.  But his father reported yesterday that Spencer felt fine and was up around 97 mph.  We have to accept that the Phillies are going to be careful with their rehabbing pitchers.

I did watch the pitchers under Ray Burris, the Rehab Pitching Coach, perform their calisthenics.  There were a lot of them.  I counted 22.  When they were done, most of them tossed, a handful did their running.  Afterward, Coach Burris stopped to chat.  He disclosed that he has 25 pitchers in the morning group I saw, plus another ten who aren’t ready to work out and throw.

Three pitchers had throwing sessions between Ashburn and Schmidt Fields.  Connor Seabold was one and he looked sharp.  Tommy Hunter was also out mingling, but I didn’t see him throw.  He did throw live BP yesterday in the rain.

The GCL squads worked out and played a scrimmage after lunch.  Tyler Gilbert tossed an inning but only had 87-89 available today.  Adam Cox pitched and was 91-93.  He left to catch a ride to the airport to make his flight to Williamsport afterward.  Starlyn Castillo also threw.  He was 91-92.

By now, the 36 draftees and free agents were out on Carlton.  Those who had signed their contracts were doing PFPs and later BP/shagging.  Those not signed sat in the dugout, waiting to be called into the Complex building to sign their contract when word arrived that they had passed their physicals.  I learned that the kids who had their physicals in Philadelphia made up this waiting group.

I updated the Draft Tracker with the signings and made an entry in the comments section.  I added the free agents to the Draft Tracker just to have them listed in context.  I don’t have a lot of the bonus information yet.

I’m not going to list all the signees here, but 28 of 39 draft picks are in Clearwater.  Five more are expected to sign.  Eight non-drafted free agents are in Clearwater.  So far. only one pick has decided to honor his college commitment.

Clearwater (35-29) lost to St. Lucie, 5-0, and was officially eliminated. 

Andrew Brown (2-4, 6.61) gave up 3 runs in five innings on 5 hits and 3 walks.  Oscar Marcelino (9.00) gave up 2 runs in two innings.  Keylan Killgore (2.05) escaped a bases-loaded jam of his own doing in one inning.  And, Tyler Carr (2.70) pitched a perfect inning.

The Threshers collected 4 hits.  Rehabbing Roman Quinn had two of them.  Quinn had a double and a stolen base.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.308) went 1-1 with a double, 3 BB
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL on May 5th, shoulder soreness
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.203) went 0-4
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.281) went 0-4
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL on May 1st, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.281) went 0-4
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.230) went 0-4 
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.242) went 0-3

Lehigh Valley (31-30) beat Gwinnett, 5-1.  The IronPigs jumped on the Stripers for 4 runs in the first inning and the pitchers made them hold up.

Enyel De Los Santos (3.03) pitched five shutout innings, gave up 2 hits, and struck out six.  (Ahem, yo Phillies, look!)  Luke Leftwich (11.81) pitched a perfect inning and struck out two.  Tom Windle (4.28) tossed a one-hit inning.  Kyle Dohy (8.84) pitched a perfect inning.  Seth McGarry (5.75) gave up a run in 0.2 innings.  And Yacksel Rios (4.30) got the one-out save, his sixth.

Lehigh scored 4 runs in the first inning on 2-run singles by Mitch Walding and Damek Tomscha.  Walding added an insurance fun in the eighth with a solo HR (9).

Mitch Walding (.218) went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a HR (9), and 3 RBI.  Ali Castillo (.317) had 2 hits.

  • #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)
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (2-2, 5.68) recalled by Phillies on June 7th
  • #16 Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.08) recalled by Phillies on May 31st
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-2,  9.33)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on May 6th

Reading (35-26) split a double header, winning 5-4 and losing 5-3.

Game One: Jose Taveras (1.86) pitched when the suspended game was continued in the second inning.  He gave up 2 runs in 4.2 innings.  Jake Hernandez (2.67) stranded an inherited runner and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.  Addison Russ (1’66) pitched an inning and gave up 2 unearned runs, blowing the save.  Connor Brogdon (1-1, 3.60) pitched two perfect innings for the win.

The Phils opened up a sizable lead with 4 runs in the fourth inning on Arquimedes Gamboa’s RBI single, a throwing error by Chace Numata, an RBI single by Darick Hall, and a bases loaded walk by Austin Listi.  After Erie came back to tie, Grenny Cumana provided the game winner on an RBI single in the tenth.

The Phils collected 13 hits (12 singles) and 8 walks.  Every one had at least one hit.  Luke Williams (.226), Josh Stephen (.271), Grenny Cumana (.353), and Jose Gomez (.190) each had two hits.

    • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.178)went 1-5 with a run scored, RBI, SB
    • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.223) went 1-5 with a run scored

Game Two: Bailey Falter (4.22) pitched five innings and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits.  He struck out four.  Jonathan Hennigan (0-1, 2.45) gave up 2 runs in the top of the seventh to break the tie.

Reading tied the game with 3 runs in the fourth inning on Austin Listi’s 3-run HR (6).

Listi (.208) had 3 of the Phils’ 6 hits.

    • #2 Adonis Medina (4-2, 3.44)
    • #3 Adam Haseley (.268) promoted to Lehigh Valley on May 29th
    • #7 JoJo Romero (0-3, 7.84)
    • #9 Mickey Moniak (.260) went 1-3 with a run scored
    • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.190) went 0-4
    • #15 Mauricio Llovera (2-2, 4.57)
    • #21 David Parkinson (5-3, 3.54)
    • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley April 25th
    • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.215) went 0-3
    • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL on April 4th

Lakewood (24-41) dropped a double header to Hagerstown, 4-3 and 6-5.

Game One: Tyler McKay (5.28) gave up all 4 runs in 4.1 innings on 6 hits and a walk.  Gilmael Troya (2.59) allowed one of 2 inherited runners to score.

Luke Miller hit a 2-run HR (2) in the fourth inning.  Ben Pelletier drove in a run in the seventh with an RBI double.

Miller (.275)) and Rafael Marchan (.274) each had 2 of the BlueClaws 5 hits.

    • #4 Luis Garcia (.184) went 0-3
    • #14 Rafael Marchan (.274) went 2-3 with a run scored , double

Game Two: Kyle Glosgoski (1.30) gave up 4 runs (2 ER) in four innings on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out six.  Luis Carrasco (0.00) pitched two scoreless innings.  Luis Ramirez (0-1, 40.50) blew the save and lost in a walk off on a 3-run HR.

The BlueClaws took an early lead with 2 runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Carlos De La Cruz and Cole Stobbe.  They retook the lead with 2 runs in the fifth on Luis Garcia’s RBI triple and Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI double.  They added an insurance run in the seventh on Luke Miller’s RBI single.

Gutierrez (.264), Miller (.291), and De La Cruz (.238) each had 2 hits.

    • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
    • #4 Luis Garcia (.187) went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, triple, RBI, BB
    • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 5.40)
    • #14 Rafael Marchan (.274)
    • #23 Dominic Pipkin (2-1, 3.55)
    • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-2, 3.90)
    • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 5.18)
    • #30 Manuel Silva (1-2, 6.23)

Unassigned Prospects

  • #27 Starlyn Castillo

Williamsport begins its 2019 season on June 14th.  Their flight was cancelled and they weren’t able to fly out until 4:00 PM.  From what I’ve been able to gather, and by who is still in Clearwater and who appears to not be here, the team probably looks like this –

  • C: Jose Aparicio, Logan O’Hoppe, Nick Matera
  • INF: Seth Lancaster, Connor Litton, Edgar Made, Logan Simmons, D.J. Stewart, Nicolas Torres, Christian Valerio
  • OF: Keudy Bocio, Julio Francisco, JC Smith, Corbin Williams
  • P: Leonel Aponte, Abdullah, Aris, Gustavo Armas, Rafael Carvajal, Blake Bennett, Luis Cedeno, Jose Conopoima, Adam Cox, Carlos Francisco, Michael Gomez, Anton Kuznetsov, Jake Kinney, Taylor Lehman, Alejandro Made, Omar Maldonado, Tom Sutera, Junior Tejada

GCL Phillies East begins its 2019 season  on June 24th.

GCL Phillies West begins its 2019 season on June 24th.

DSL Phillies Red (5-3) beat DSL Yankees, 11-4.

DSL Phillies White (8-1) beat DSL Brewers, 5-1.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of June 10th.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
6/11/2019 Phillies signed free agent SS Sal Gozzo to a minor league contract
6/11/2019 Phillies signed Nate Fassnacht assigned him to GCL East
6/11/2019 Phillies signed Hunter Markwardt assigned him to GCL East
6/11/2019 Phillies signed Rudy Rott assigned him to GCL East
6/11/2019 Phillies signed Chris Cornelius assigned him to GCL West
6/11/2019 Phillies signed Keaton Greenwalt assigned him to GCL West
6/11/2019 Phillies signed Tucker Maxwell assigned him to GCL West
6/11/2019 Phillies signed McCarthy Tatum assigned him to GCL West
6/11/2019 Phillies signed Int’l FA Samuel Aldegheri assigned him to GCL West (RST)
6/11/2019 Camilo Hinestroza assigned to DSL White (PND) from DSL  White (RST)
6/10/2019 – Phillies sent RHP Edubray Ramos on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
6/10/2019 – Phillies sent OF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
6/9/2019 – Phillies traded RHP Tom Eshelman to Baltimore for international bonus money
6/9/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Cole Irvin from the TIL
6/9/2019 – RHP Luis Ramirez assigned to Lakewood from Clearwater
6/9/2019 – RHP Oscar Marcelino assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
6/9/2019 – Ethan Lindow assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
6/9/2019 – James McArthur assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
6/8/2019 – Phillies placed CF Adam Haseley on the 10-day IL retro to June 6th, groin strain
6/8/2019 – Phillies recalled LF Nick Williams from Lehigh Valley
6/8/2019 – Lakewood activated C Abrahan Gutierrez from the 7-day IL
6/8/2019 – Phillies to sign FA P Fernando Salas to a minor league deal
6/8/2019 – Colton Eastman assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
6/8/2019 – Kevin Gowdy assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
6/8/2019 – Jack Conley assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
6/8/2019 – Ethan Evanko assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
6/8/2019 – Victor Santos assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
6/7/2019 – Oscar Marcelino assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
6/7/2019 – Dominic Pipkin assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
6/7/2019 – Phillies activated RHP Zach Eflin from the 10-day IL
6/7/2019 – Phillies placed RHP Seranthony Dominguez on the 10-day IL, retro to 6/6, UCL
6/7/2019 – Phillies optioned RHP Yacksel Rios to Lehigh Valley
6/7/2019 – Phillies recalled LHP Ranger Suarez from Lehigh Valley

26 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 6/11/2019

    1. I think a lot of us are a bit surprised at how much he has struggled. That said, he is 18 and skipped a level. Sometimes guys like that struggle for a while, but then the light goes on and they really break out. Let’s see how the next few months go.

      Two other things. How about Spencer Howard throwing 97 as he rehabs? This guy could be a TOR arm in the big leagues. They need to hold onto him for dear life as other teams try to pry him away in a trade. Likewise, I love the plate discipline and hit tool that Alec Bohm is showing and plenty of secondary power that should turn into HR power over time. And the reports on his fielding are good too. Very interested to see how he does over the next month.

  1. With Eickhoff out of the rotation, I think you have to give EDLS a few shots at that 5 spot. The last few years, he has been up and down a handful of times, and it can’t be easy or comfortable to know if you give up a bad inning you are going to get sent down. Call him up and give him a month. If he stinks after 4 starts, then you send him down. But let him get comfortable and see what he can do. He may be a little VV like in that he doesn’t go deep into games and throws a lot of pitches, but lets just give him a few starts; can’t be worse than Eickhoff.

    Love seeing the clean innings from Leftwich and Dohy.

  2. Jim- Saw your best guess Williamsport roster- curious about two guys- Brian Auerbach and Conner Litton. Are both going to be back in the GCL?

  3. A perfect inning from Dohy is something to behold LOL. I can’t figure out and am done trying what they don’t like about Enyel. You would think he would get preferential treatment since it was one of MK’s first trades.

    Just as some guys are not starters some guys are not capable of coming out of the pen. I hope they give him a handful of starts beginning Sunday.

    1-1 3 BB’s who does that….a pro!

    So I think the Spencer plan was to get him going then save some bullets and prepare for the stretch run in CBP. You know just in case 🙂

  4. Errors are not the only metric that measures defensive performance, but … Bohm has played 21 games at 3B in Clearwater without a single E (per baseball reference). I’m looking forward to seeing him in Reading soon.

  5. matt – I think that Bohm will be promoted to Reading right after the All-Star game. Gabe has said that Sundays game will not be a bullpen game, so De Los Santos is the logical choice. He could win a starting job, increase his trade value, or go back to Lehigh. I’m not sure that I like the move of Eickhoff to the bullpen, unless they’re thinking that they might need him to follow DLS. Edubray Ramos is rehabbing at Clearwater and could rejoin the team any day now.

  6. Damon Jones and Keylan Killgore are probably the top best projectable bullpen lefties that in the farm. Damon Jones has better pure stuff but Killgore is the better overall player and possibly safer to reach the majors. Kyle Dohy and Zach Warren need to stop giving free passes and the lack of command might stop them from reaching the big show.

    @JimP – any news of Waylon Richardson? I expect him to start in one of the GCL teams. Is he throwing? How’s the stuff and velo? Is he starting or pitching from the pen? Thanks!

    1. Very unusual for Zach Warren to be struggling.
      A St Augie kid from Cumberland County NJ..lately they have usually produced decent MLB players!

      1. Warren is still missing bats but he is mightily struggling with his command in A+ — not Kyle Dohy bad in LHV, but Warren’s left him in A+. Hopefully, he’s not injured but he needs to slow things down and the pitching team figure what is wrong.

  7. Mike, I believe that Roman Quinn is activated for the Braves series. I don’t think that Eickhoff plays real well out of the BP. I think he develops as a SP or not at all. I was also impressed with the way JD Hammer rebounded from a HR and BB to get out of the inning. He showed good composure.

  8. Bohm this year between Lakewood and Clearwater:

    BB rate: 10.7%
    K rate: 13.5%
    ISO: .189
    OPS: .915

    Excellent numbers. Very promising. However, he is old for those levels as a prospect (technically, he was 0.5 years older than league average in Lakewood, and 0.5 years younger than league average in Clearwater, but amongst the real prospects, those numbers would be worse). For comparison, Bohm is almost two years older than Moniak, and only four months younger than Haseley.

    Net, net, he should move to Reading soon.

    1. Stop! He’s in his age 22 season in a league where the average of other hitters is 22.5 and the average of the pitchers he faces is 23.0. Bohm is NOT too old for the FSL. A closer look shows that he turns 23 in August, so he’s 22.9. Still appropriate for the league.

  9. Still very early…..however, Miguel Tejada’s son got out of the gates a little slower than I am sure he expected.
    Maybe he will be the next ‘son -of- a- MLB- star’ to burst on the scene.

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