Threshers Recap – 6/14/2019

There was an intrasquad game at the Complex in the afternoon.  They schedule one every day.  This one was different because most of the newly signed position players played.  The only two who didn’t were high school draft picks Jamari Baylor and Micah Yonamine.

The most exciting event was Spencer Howard taking the mound.  He retired the side on less than ten pitches, but continued to face batters until he reached his pitch limit.  I watched the radar guns on most of his pitches.  His fastball was 93-95 mph.  They were almost all 95, I only saw 93 and 94 once each.

Clearwater (36-30, .545) finished the first half in second place, 5.5 games out of first.  They played .500 at home and were 19-13 on the road.  

This is All Star weekend in the FSL.  The game will be played Saturday in Jupiter.  Seven Threshers were selected for the All Star team – pitchers Damon Jones and Grant Dyer; infielders Alec Bohm and Nick Maton; and outfielders, Simon Muzziotti and Matt Vierling.  Jonathan Hennigan was also selected, but he has since been promoted to Reading.

  • #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)
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.277)
  • #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 (32-32) lost to Columbia, 13-6.

Tyler Viza couldn’t retire a batter.  He faced 6 and they all scored – 5 hits, a walk, and 3 HR.  Seth McGarry came in and gave up 4 more runs (only one ER).  Josh Tols earned pitching honors for the evening, pitching three perfect innings and striking out five.  Luke Leftwich gave up a run, Austin Davis gave up two.

The IronPigs had the same amount of hits as the Clippers, and actually outscored them the rest of the way, 6-4.  Deivy Grullon had their only XBH, a double.  Six guys had 2-hit games – Castillo, Grullon, Hernandez, Brantly, Tomscha, Canelo.

  • #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)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on May 6th

Reading (37-27) beat Harrisburg, 3-2.

JoJo Romero tossed seven 3-hit, shutout innings.  He walked one and struck out eight.  Jake Hernandez struck out two in one inning of relief.  Connor Brogdon gave up an unearned run on a fielding error, but he did load the bases before the errant play on a single and 2 walks.  Jeff Singer bailed him out with a strike out of the only batter he faced for his first save.

The Phils scored a run on Austin Bossart’s FBI single.  Their other two runs scored on a force out and a ground outs.  Bossart and Raul Rivas had 2 hits each.

Mickey Moniak picked up his 7th triple.

  • #2 Adonis Medina (5-2, 3.32)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.268) promoted to Lehigh Valley on May 29th
  • #7 JoJo Romero (1-3, 5.86) – 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.260) went 1-4 with a run scored, triple (7), BB
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.189) went 1-2 with a sac, BB
  • #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 1-4 with a run scored
  • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL on April 4th

Lakewood (27-41) beat Asheville, 7-5 in 11 innings.

Kevin Gowdy went 4.2 innings (63 pitches/42 strikes, 66.7%).  He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and a walk.  Luis Ramirez got the one out he was tasked to get, but it took two batters.  James McArthur gave up an unearned run in three inning.  Ismael Cabrera gave up an unearned run in two inning.  Luis Carrasco earned his first save.

The BlueClaws entered the ninth inning trailing 4-0.  They started the inning with Luke Miller’s third HR.  Ben Pelletier singled and Malvin Matos walked.  After a pitching change, Hunter Stovall walked to load the bases on 4 pitches.  (It;s good to see other teams do this too.)  Jake Holmes emptied the bases with a 3-run double to tie the game.  With nobody out, the BlueClaws had a major fail when they couldn’t score even though 5 more players batted in the inning.

The Claws scored a run in the tenth on Stovall’s sac fly.  The Tourists tied i the bottom of the inning.  The Claws scored 2 in the eleventh on Guzman’s sac fly and an RBI single by Rafael Marchan.

Jake Holmes went 1-4 with 3 RBI.  Luis Garcia and Luke Miller had 2 hits each.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.192) went 2-6
  • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 5.40)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.279) went 1-4 with an RBI, 2 BB
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (3-1, 3.29)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-2, 4.15) – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 5.08)
  • #30 Manuel Silva (1-2, 6.23)

Williamsport (0-1) opened its season with a 4-3 loss to State College.

Seven errors.The pitching staff did well to keep the Cutters in the game with 7 errors being committed.  Gustavo Armas lasted three innings.  He was charged with 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  Only one of his runs was earned.  He left with two runners on base in the fourth.  Abdullah Aris relieved Armas and struck out the side.  But, not without giving up a double that plated one of the two inherited runners.

Junior Tejada came on in the fifth and gave up the eventual winning run on 2 hits and a walk.  Alejandro Made pitched the final 2.2 scoreless innings.

Nicolas Torres scored all 3 runs.  He scored in the first on D.J. Stewart’s sacrifice fly.  He scored in the third on Logan Simmons’ RBI double.  And, he scored in the fifth on an RBI single by Julio Francisco.

Torres went 1-3 with 2 walks and stole a base.  Julio Francisco went 2-5.  Simmons went 1-2 with a walk. Stewart went 2-4.

Unassigned Prospects

  • #27 Starlyn Castillo

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

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

DSL Phillies Red (8-3) beat DSL Cardinals Blue, 6-4.

DSL Phillies White (9-3) lost to DSL Tigers1, 5-2.

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)
6/14/2019 – James McArthur assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
6/14/2019 – Austin Crowson assigned to GCL East from Williamsport
6/14/2019 – Kervin Pichardo assigned to GCL East
6/14/2019 – Francisco Morales assigned to GCL West from Lakewood
6/14/2019 – RHP Eric White assigned to GCL East from Williamsport
6/14/2019 – CF Julio Francisco assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/14/2019 – 2B Nicolas Torres assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/14/2019 – SS Logan Simmons assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/14/2019 – 2B Edgar Made assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/14/2019 – C Juan Aparicio assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/14/2019 – RHP Alejandro Made assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/14/2019 – LHP Taylor Lehman assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/14/2019 – LHP Anton Kuznetsov assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/14/2019 – RHP Carlos Francisco assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/14/2019 – RHP Jose Conopoima assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/14/2019 – 3B D.J. Stewart assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/14/2019 – RHP Leonel Aponte assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/14/2019 – CF Corbin Williams assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/14/2019 – 2B Christian Valerio assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/14/2019 – 3B Connor Litton assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/14/2019 – C Logan O’Hoppe assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/14/2019 – C Nick Matera assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/14/2019 – LHP Junior Tejada assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/14/2019 – RHP Tom Sutera assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/14/2019 – RHP Michael Gomez assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/14/2019 – RHP Adam Cox assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/14/2019 – 2B Brayan Gonzalez assigned to Williamsport from DSL White
6/14/2019 – RHP Omar Maldonado assigned to Williamsport
6/14/2019 – LF Juan Carlos Smith assigned to Williamsport
6/14/2019 – Phillies designated SS Phil Gosselin for assignment
6/14/2019 – Phillies selected the contract of 2B Brad Miller from Lehigh Valley
6/14/2019 – Phillies sent OF Roman Quinn on a rehab assignment to Reading
6/13/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated Austin Davis
6/13/2019 – 2B Brad Miller assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
6/13/2019 – Victor Santos assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
6/13/2019 – Adam Cox assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/13/2019 – Anton Kuznetsov assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
6/13/2019 – Jhordany Mezquita assigned to GCL West from Lakewood
6/13/2019 – James Smith assigned to GCL West from Williamsport
6/13/2019 – Phillies signed international FA Jhorjan Guevara, assigned to DSL Red
6/13/2019 – Phillies signed international FA Uziel Viloria, assigned to DSL Red
6/13/2019 – GCL East release Bradley Haslam
6/13/2019 – GCL East release Johnny Weeks
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 – 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

21 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 6/14/2019

  1. Good outing by JoJo…..maybe , just maybe he turned the corner for this season.
    Many still consider him a top ten Phillies prospect and he showed signs of that last night.

      1. Dude, 90% of your posts (and you post a lot) on here are whether someone could be a trade chip. I feel like maybe there is a better blog out there for you than one that focuses on minor league development.

  2. The 2 DSL Teams are a combined 17-6. That’s impressive. When I go to the stats, their success appears to be from the pitching side. The Red and White teams are pretty stingy giving up runs. They are near the top in most pitching stats. Manual Urias and Puello are 18 yo’s who continue to impress. A 19 yo, in his 1st professional season, Victor Lopez has also been a bright spot for the White team. It might be a case of an older guy beating up on mostly younger guys or maybe he’s the next Ramon Rosso. 6 IP means very little but that’s what you get for early season stats.

    The hitting side is a lot less rosy. Both teams are close to the bottom in most hitting stats. The HRs have picked up in the last week. A 17 yo named Alexeis Azuage, on the Red squad) is showing some power (2 HRs) and he’s 3rd on the teams in BA and 2nd in OPS. He could be a fun guy to keep an eye on.

    The 7 Es by Williamsport is scary but we all know that guys coming out of college are suddenly playing on very different infields and outfields. It takes some time to get in the grove. But wait, the Es were by guys who played professionally last year. 3 were fielding, 2 on throws, 1 was a missed catch and 1 was a catcher interference. Maybe just 1st game jitters. Let’s hope.

    1. Alexeis Azuaje. …isn’t very imposing at just 5’10, 160 pounds, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in speed. He runs at 60-yard dash at 6.41 seconds.

      From a scouting report from June 2018 after signing wit the Phillies:
      :His speed translates well to the field as he made some nice defensive plays during practice and in-game, highlighted by a diving catch to his right side on a line drive. His arm looks strong enough to be able to stick at the position. Philadelphia values shortstop prospects who can stick at the position highly internationally as they have a higher floor if their hitting doesn’t come together. Azuaje did struggle hitting during the showcase games, going 1-for-7 with four strikeouts. The righty hit plenty of line drives during batting practice, but as of now his bat trails his glove.”

  3. Is there any way that I can follow the all star game today? Gameday, etc? Are you going to the game, Jim?

  4. DSL White prospect RHP Fernando Ortega….ranked as 32nd best international player last year by BA’s Ben Badler, and 7th rated pitcher of the international signing class.
    Good height at 6’4″, and may fill out.

    http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=682652#/career/R/pitching/2019/ALL

    Other DSL player..Red team… rated 42nd, LHP Joalbert Angulo from the Ven.
    Another tall lefty who will need some added weight gain.

    http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=milb&player_id=682659#/career/R/pitching/2019/ALL

  5. Josh Tols strikes me as an RJ Swindle type who would have a tough time in the majors, but you gotta give him credit. He allowed an insanely low 13 hits in 33 IP for Reading last year and has pretty much continued that for LHV: 5 hits in 11 IP so far.

    https://www.milb.com/milb/news/philadelphia-phillies-jojo-romero-turns-in-best-start-of-season/c-308109866

    That’s the Jojo Romero focused game recap from last night. Here’s what I gleaned from it: 1) Something clicked in his delivery 2) He’s still throwing 5 different pitches 3) He gave credit to his connection with Bossart 4) Moniak made a catch at the wall that may have saved a HR.

    It’s interesting that Logan Simmons played 2B and Torres played SS for Williamsport.

    1. Pat Borders said last night Simmons is going to play second, third and short at times this summer, and I’d assume we’ll see Torres at second as well. I think there’s a thought process of trying to make these guys as versatile as possible.

      1. This is happening thru-out the system…flexibility and versatility…..especially for muddle infielders (palying 2nd , ss and3rd) and the three OF positions for all OFers..
        I suppose preparing the infielders for the MLB’s many defensive shifting alignments.

            1. Look at you….with appropriate caps and punctuation…..you definitely have come a long way roc.

  6. Watching the iron pigs. Love the little fat guy. What a great throw he just made to nail a runner, at second base.

  7. DJ Stewart has some great range. He had an unassisted put out at second base playing 3rd.

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