Threshers Recap – 6/13/2019

Clearwater (36-30) lost to St. Lucie, 3-2.

The Threshers opened up a 2-run lead. Jhailyn Ortiz opened the inning with the forst of 3 batters hit by a pitch.  After a wild pitch, a Madison Stoke’s single, and another wild pitch put runners on second and third, Jake Conley stroked an 2-run single in his Threshers’ debut.

That was it for the offense.  They managed just 4 hits total, all singles.

Ethan Evanko pitched six innings and gave up 3 unearned runs after an error extended an inning.  Of course, that’s no real excuse for a 3-run HR.

Zach Warren pitched two scoreless innings.  Grant Dyer struck out the side in a perfect inning.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.313)
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL on May 5th, shoulder soreness
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.212) went 1-3 with a run scored
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.277) went 0-3
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL on May 1st, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.275) 
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.235) went 1-1 as a replacement for Fitch
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.238)

Lehigh Valley (32-31) lost to Gwinnett, 5-4 in 11 innings.

Ramon Rosso struck out nine in six innings and gave up one unearned run.  There was a lot of Twitter blather about his 95 mph fastball.  I never saw that from him.  I saw him touch 92 when he sat 88-90 on 7/1/18 and touch 93 only to fade to 87-89 a week later.  Most other reports had him topping out at 91 or 92 last year.

New guys saw action.  Fernando Salas struck out the side in his inning.  John Curtiss gave up 2 runs in his.  Luke Leftwich pitched a perfect inning.  Yacksel Rios allowed the OT runner to score in the tenth when he issued 3 walks.  Kyle Dohy let the OT runner score in the eleventh for the loss.

Lehigh scored a run in the fourth on a wild pitch.  They tied the game in the bottom of the ninth on Ali Castillo’s 2-run single.  They tied the game again the next inning on Jan Hernandez’ RBI single.   But that was all she wrote.

  • #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 (1-3,  8.41) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on May 6th

Reading (36-27) beat Erie, 3-2.

Adonis Medina pitched lights out for seven innings.  He got dinged for a couple runs in the eighth though.  Garrett Cleavinger allowed an inherited runner to score before getting out of the inning.  Addison Russ pitched a 2-hit ninth but held on for the save.

The Phils squeezed out three runs in the fifth and sixth on an error, ground out and force out.  Big offense, eh.  Cornelius Randolph had a 3-hit game.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (5-2, 3.32) – 7.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.268) promoted to Lehigh Valley on May 29th
  • #7 JoJo Romero (0-3, 7.84)
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.260) went 1-4 with a run scored
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.185)
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (2-3, 4.28)
  • #21 David Parkinson (5-3, 3.54)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley April 25th
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.224) went 3-4 with a run scored, triple
  • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL on April 4th

Lakewood (26-41) beat Hagerstown, 4-3.

Lakewood rallied for 3 runs in the ninth for the win.

Francisco Morales gave up a run in 3.2 innings.  Mark Potter stranded 3 inherited runners but gave up a run in 1.1 innings.  Victor Santos pitched three innings and gave up a run.  And Gilmael Troya pitched a shutout inning for his second save.

The BlueClaws started their comeback from a 3-0 deficit with a run in the seventh on a passed ball.  They scored 3 runs in the ninth on Jake Holmes’ sac fly, Jonathan Guzman’s RBI triple, and Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI single.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.188) went 1-5
  • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 5.40)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.274)
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (3-1, 3.29)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-2, 3.90)
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 5.08)
  • #30 Manuel Silva (1-2, 6.23)

Unassigned Prospects

  • #27 Starlyn Castillo

Williamsport begins its 2019 season June 14th.  They’ve released a roster as of June 12th.

  • C: Jose Aparicio, Nick Matera, Logan O’Hoppe
  • INF: Brayan Gonzalez, 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: Abdulla Aris, Leonel Aponte, Gustavo Armas, Blake Bennett, Rafael Carvajal, Luis Cedeno, Jose Conopoima, Adam Cox, Carlos Francisco, Michael Gomez, Jake Kinney, Anton Kuznetsov, 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 (7-3) beat DSL Mets1, 12-7.

DSL Phillies White (9-2) beat DSL Tigers1, 7-5.

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)
6/13/2019 – Phillies traded cash to NYY for INF Brad Miller
6/13/2019 – Phillies signed FA LHP Olvis Genao
6/13/2019 – Phillies activated RHP Edubray Ramos from the 10-day IL
6/13/2019 – Phillies signed FA RHP Fernando Salas to an MiLB contract, assigned to Lehigh Valley
6/13/2019 – Phillies signed FA RHP John Curtiss to an MiLB contract, assigned to Lehigh Valley
6/13/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Tom Windle on the 7-day IL, left turf toe
6/13/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Josh Martin on the 7-day IL, blister
6/13/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed C Matt McBride on the 7-day IL, left thigh contusion
6/13/2019 – RHP Ramon Rosso assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
6/13/2019 – Reading activated SS Raul Rivas from the 7-day IL
6/13/2019 – C Nerluis Martinez assigned to Reading from Williamsport
6/13/2019 – Clearwater placed RHP Julian Garcia on the 7-day IL
6/13/2019 – Clearwater placed C Colby Fitch on the 7-day IL
6/13/2019 – C Jack Conley assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
6/13/2019 – LHP Ethan Evanko LHP assigned to Clearwater from XST
6/12/2019 Phillies optioned LHP Austin Davis to Lehigh Valley
6/12/2019 Phillies activated RHP Edubray Ramos from the 10-day IL
6/12/2019 RHP Joshua Gessner assigned to GCL Phillies West
6/12/2019 Phillies signed FA RHP Joshua Gessner to an MiLB contract
6/12/2019 Phillies signed FA RHP John Curtiss to an MiLB contract, assigned to Lehigh Valley
6/12/2019 Dominic Pipkin assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
6/12/2019 Austin Crowson assigned to Williamsport
6/12/2019 Leonel Aponte assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/12/2019 Jose Conopoima assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/12/2019 Brayan Gonzalez assigned to Williamsport from DSL White
6/12/2019 Connor Litton assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/12/2019 Logan Simmons assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/12/2019 Omar Maldonado assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/12/2019 Tyler McKay assigned to GCL East from Lakewood BlueClaws
6/12/2019 Dalvin Rosario assigned to GCL East from Williamsport
6/12/2019 Gabriel Yanez assigned to GCL East from Williamsport
6/12/2019 Jamari Baylor assigned to GCL East
6/12/2019 Brendan Bell assigned to GCL East
6/12/2019 Tyler Burch assigned to GCL East
6/12/2019 Vito Friscia assigned to GCL East
6/12/2019 Connor Hinchliffe assigned to GCL East
6/12/2019 Brenden Kudlinski assigned to GCL East
6/12/2019 Nick Lackney assigned to GCL East
6/12/2019 Brian Marconi assigned to GCL East
6/12/2019 Gunner Mayer assigned to GCL East
6/12/2019 Hunter Milam assigned to GCL East
6/12/2019 Jamie Sara assigned to GCL East
6/12/2019 Brett Schulze assigned to GCL East
6/12/2019 Micah Yonamine assigned to GCL East
6/12/2019 Robinson Martinez assigned to GCL West from Williamsport
6/12/2019 Jack Perkins assigned to GCL West from Williamsport
6/12/2019 Tyler Adams assigned to GCL West
6/12/2019 Albertus Barber assigned to GCL West
6/12/2019 Hilton Dyar assigned to GCL West
6/12/2019 Carlos Francisco assigned to GCL West
6/12/2019 Sal Gozzo assigned to GCL West
6/12/2019 Hunter Hearn assigned to GCL West
6/12/2019 Josh Hendrickson assigned to GCL West
6/12/2019 Herbert Iser assigned to GCL West
6/12/2019 Adam Leverett assigned to GCL West
6/12/2019 Andrew Schultz assigned to GCL West
6/12/2019 Jose Ulloa assigned to GCL West
6/12/2019 Riley Wilson assigned to GCL West
6/12/2019 Camilo Hinestroza activated by DSL White
6/12/2019 Austin Filiere released by Williamsport
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

35 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 6/13/2019

  1. Cole Stobbe, who I have/had written off, has suddenly taken off. In his last 8 games, he’s hitting .417 with a .500 OBP. It was right around the draft that he started to hit. He has some power, 6 HRs so far this year but he’s a K’ing machine. In 147 ABs, he has 70 Ks. Over those last 8 games, he still has 11 Ks. Maybe he’s hearing the footsteps of the draftees or someone in XST that could get moved up. 8 games does not a season make but maybe something’s kicked in after an almost entire season off last year with injury. Keep an eye on him until he implodes again.

    1. It’s hard to go a full season with no hot streaks. I’m not buying anything unless his K numbers change.

    1. Medina sitting at approx 93 and below will need to have plus secondary pitches once he reaches the majors..
      I do think a few years ago @ Lakewood, he was in the mid-90s (94-96) with his FB velo. if I recall correctly, just not positive on that..

      1. I am not concerned at this point with Medina’s velocity. It really might depend on what the Phillies have him working on at the moment. Curt Schilling has said that when he was learning the split fingered fastball it affected the velocity on his normal fastball. So, we will see towards the end of the season where his velocity sits.

        1. Brent Hershey’s velocity readings on Mize (before the injury) were lower than where he traditionally sits and had been scouted this year, so could be the gun.

  2. What do we have in Rosso? I got into a friendly discussion with a gentleman on twitter about him; he was posting how excited he is to see Rosso in AAA. I countered with the fact that he doesn’t project to be more than a MLB 5 at best because of his stuff. We went back and forth a bit (all friendly) with him saying that hes seen him pitch and hes nasty and me saying yeah, a lot of slow ballers can keep minor league hitters off balance and then get smoked in the majors, this guy is Duckworth/Cloyd/Irvin all over again.

    Then Rosso went out and kicked butt haha. In all fairness, I hope I am wrong and I hope he is right; is there a chance there is something there? Could see him get a ML start this year at this rate.

    1. It’s gonna depends on how good his secondary stuff is, I think. I’ve read that he has a good slider but it’s tough to get accurate reports on non-top prospects. If his fastball is low 90s but he has a legitimately good slider and solid changeup he could be something. We may not know until he pitches for the Phils.

  3. Not to rain on Rosso’s parade or anyone’s for that matter and this is just my opinion his stuff is good the first few times you see him but he relies so much on the SL that when guys start to pick up and lay off it the FB isn’t special enough.

    Now if he could perfect a CU we really have something the likes of Marco Estrada

  4. Look I’m sorry about the blather, but the gun don’t lie. OK, maybe the gun do lie. Other factors suggested that if it wasn’t 95 for Rosso, it was close. What I can tell you is that the Rosso I saw last night was *not* the Rosso I saw three times in Reading this season. So for now, for me, it’s this: Nice start, kid, let’s see you do it again.

    1. Several guys I follow contributed to the blather I referred to above. My intention was to contain the optimism that this one outcome and his “95” would generate. When I saw him repeatedly in Clearwater, he was Jose Taveras-like, with a bit more FB.

      I’m skeptical of stadium radar guns. Just my nature. During his rehab appearance this week, one of Edubray Ramos’ pitches registered 101 mph. Rather than report that, I wrote down 91 and waited for the next pitch. I hope Rosso does have 95 in his arsenal. He and the Phillies could use that.

      1. I’ll give Rosso this there is just as much chance he’s a productive MLB pitcher as there is the MiLB peripherals are a mirage.

        At every level and just 23 his WHIP is borderline exceptional and the K rate is what you want to see.

      2. Jim – In your opinion, do you think that Bohm gets promoted to Reading right after the All Star game?

      3. I didn’t really feel like it was irresponsible to report–by me or the others in attendance. The action of the pitch and the effect on the hitters, combined with the observed velocity and the observed and gun velocity for the opposing starter, and add in that he did it several times and not just once and not on foul balls–I gotta believe it’s somewhat real.

        Now, I have the same skepticism about stadium guns. Reading’s gun has been ‘hot’ for years, although seems to have normalized a bit last season and this. I saw Rosso three times there, which included his two worst starts. He was mostly 90-91. I didn’t think he had the pitchability of Taveras, who has been sitting 88-89 in Reading. As DMAR pointed out above, guys would sit on that slider and eventually get it. 5/11 and 5/31 he got rocked. I saw both those starts. This guy looked different last night.

        Was he working on stuff? Was Reading asking him to “hold back” in some way? Was there a grip change or other suggestion from the IronPigs staff? He ended up throwing 93 pitches last night, but did the incoming rain and the 14 pitchers on our current roster lead the coaches to have him air it out? Was he just pumped because it was his first AAA game? (I’ve had several young players tell me they were super jazzed to be in AAA for the first time–something I don’t really remember hearing in previous seasons.)

        Who knows? You’re right to temper expectations–this start was a bit of an outlier as even his previous AA success was achieved somewhat differently. So it will be interesting to see what he looks like next time–should come on the road in Toledo in the middle of next week. What will the gun say? What’s the control like? What effect will it have? (This was a ‘getaway’ day for Gwinnett–I’ve seen teams swing really freely in the last game of the series, sometimes.)

        Something to watch. I hadn’t been that impressed with him before, but he sure looked good last night.

  5. Although Jon Guzman looks like a generic LA INF prospect, I’m glad of his turn around in 2019. Playing the same 63 games in 2018 (WIL) vs 2019 (LWD) – Guzman’s offensive numbers (except HR) significantly improve across the board particularly the SBs.

    I’m not worried about Medina’s FB velocity. I think he can still dial it up to mid-90s.

    1. Per Rotoworld: Tigers pitching prospect Casey Mize exited Thursday’s start at Double-A Erie due to right shoulder soreness.

    2. He felt something pop I believe, don’t know the exact of what it is, until they test him

    1. Corbin Williams is the type of player who could help bring back the speed dimension of baseball that’s been marginalized over the last generation. BUT like Billy Hamilton can’t do, he and others in his mold MUST have the ability to get on base. It’s as simple as that. I do like his swagger.

    2. O’ Hoppe…only college offer out of HS, East Carolina Univ.
      Another guy only had one offer out of HS to East Carolina U. a few years ago…Mike Trout. …..O’ hope- a- hope- a-hope-a.

    3. These are great articles, thanks for sharing. As for Williams, this line stood out to me: “Of his 24 hits, 10 were infield singles, either on bunts or beating out ground balls.” Hopefully he gets some more line drives this year…

  6. I just don’t understand why stealing bases is out, I love putting pressure on a team by having guys stealing bases

  7. Congrats to Rosso. He deserved the promo and did well. Maybe that might of lite a fire under Medina who has under performed until late. Run support in 4 earlier starts. Glad to see Reading lineup last night. Those who played performed,e executed and team effort.
    Mise issued might of been attributed to delayed start. Glad to see a Minor League Team protect their prospect, wish Phillies would do the same.

    1. Huh? I’d say the Phillies protect their prospects, especially arms, to a fault. Nobody can ever locate them in some cases.

      1. ….Sixto Sanchez, Kevin Gowdy and most recently, Spencer Howard. Talking bubble wrap treatment.

  8. OFer Miguel Tijeda Jr…..hopefully another in the line of past Latin stars who’s sons prosper….off to a slow start in the DSL so far, but must have come up lame this morning legging out a triple in the 7th…he was pinched-run and removed from the game

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