Threshers Recap – 6/16/2019

Clearwater gets ready to start their second half.  Lakewood completed their first half with a flourish.  Reading prepares for an important game Tuesday, and Lehigh Valley continues to lose.  Damon Jones began his AA career with a great six innings.

Clearwater (36-30) begins their second half run on the road in Bradenton Monday night.  

  • #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 (32-34) lost to Columbus, 3-1.

Enyel De Los Santos held the Clippers to 3 runs in six innings.  He struck out six.  Fernando Salas pitched one scoreless, no-hit inning.  Austin Davis struck out five in two, almost perfect innings.  The only batter who reached did so on a Deivi Grullon passed ball on a strike out leading off an inning where Davis struck out four.

Ali Castillo drove in the IronPigs’ only run on a sac fly in the third inning.

  • #3 Adam Haseley (8-25, .320) promoted to Phillies on June 4th
  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (3-3, 3.28) – 6.0, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
  • #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,  8.06)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.80) promoted to the Phillies on May 6th

Reading (38-28) beat Harrisburg, 2-1.  The Phils are in a virtual tie with Trenton.  They trail by .002 points.  The first half will be decided Tuesday night.  A Phils’ win and Thunder’ loss will clinch the title for Reading.  Both teams play at home. 

Damon Jones celebrated his promotion from Clearwater with six splendid innings.  He retired the first nine batters he faced.  After a lead off walk in the fourth and a single that put runners on the corners, Jones began another string of nine consecutive batters retired with a sac fly.  Jones struck out a career high twelve batters.

Jake Hernandez came in to throw two perfect innings and get the win.  Addison Russ pitched around a lead off single to get his ninth save.

The Phils opened the scoring in the second inning on Henri Lartigue’s solo HR (3).  After the Senators tied the game in the fourth, the game remained tied until the Phils scored the go ahead run in the eighth.  Mickey Moniak led off with a walk.  He scored on Darick Hall’s one-out, RBI double.

Austin Listi and Grenny Cumana had 2 hits each of the Phils’ seven hits.  Rehabbing Roman Quinn was back in the line up after his boo-boo the other night.  He went 1-4 with 2 K.  #mrglass.

Oh, and Mickey Moniak saved Russ’save bid with this web gem.

  • #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)
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.256) went 1-3 with a run scored, BB
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.187) went 0-4
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (2-3, 4.28)
  • #21 David Parkinson (5-4, 3.63)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley April 25th
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.226)
  • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL on April 4th

Lakewood (29-41) beat Asheville, 6-5.  The BlueClaws completed a four-game sweep of the Tourists and closed out the first half with a five game winning streak.

Tyler McKay pitched 4.1 innings before turning the reins over to the bull pen.  McKay was charged with 3 runs on 4 hits.  He left with the bases loaded and Luis Ramirez entered.  He retired both batters he faced but allowed 2 of 3 inherited runners to score on a wild pitch and a ground out.

Rafi Gonell went 2.2 innings and left with 2 runners on base.  Gilmael Troya came in to strand both runners, but gave up 2 runs in the ninth on a 2-run HR.  Luis Carrasco got the final out on a strike out for his second save.

Lakewood never trailed.  They scored a run in the first inning on a double play.  They took the lead again with 3 runs in the fifth on Rafael Marchan’s 3-run double.  They padded a one-run led with 2 important insurance runs in the ninth on Cole Stobbe’s 2-run HR (7).

Marchan, Hunter Stovall, and Ben Pelletier had 2 hits each.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.186) went 0-3 with 2 BB
  • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 5.40)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.282) went 2-4 with a double, 3 RBI
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (3-1, 3.29)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-2, 4.15)
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-3, 5.08)
  • #30 Manuel Silva (1-2, 6.21)

Williamsport (1-1) postponed.

Double header on Monday.  Jose Conopoima pitches the first game.  TBD the second.

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 (9-3)  No game on Sundays.

DSL Phillies White (9-4)  No game on Sundays.

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)
6/16/2019 – Phillies activated RHP Pat Neshek from the 10-day IL
6/16/2019 – Phillies optioned RHP Edgar Garcia to Lehigh Valley
6/16/2019 – Phillies optioned LHP Ranger Suarez to Lehigh Valley
6/16/2019 – Phillies recalled LHP Cole Irvin from Lehigh Valley
6/16/2019 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
6/16/2019 – Nick Matera assigned to Lehigh Valley from Williamsport
6/16/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated LF Shane Robinson from the 7-day IL
6/16/2019 – LHP Damon Jones assigned to Reading from Clearwater
6/16/2019 – LHP Manuel Silva assigned to XST from Lakewood
6/16/2019 – RHP Tyler McKay assigned to Lakewood from XST
6/16/2019 – Phillies sent SS Phil Gosselin outright to Lehigh Valley
6/15/2019 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
6/15/2019 – RHP Seth McGarry assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
6/15/2019 – Assigned Jose Brazon to DSL Red from GCL East

17 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 6/16/2019

    1. Realistically? He’s a decent receiver with some power who was a 34th round pick out of Rutgers in 2018. He signed for $30 K. The Phillies have a lot of young projectable catchers in whom they have a lot more money invested. He’s likely just organizational filler with a lottery ticket in his back pocket. He’s already been assigned back to Williamsport.

  1. Damon Jones AA debut is quite impressive! At 24, he’s not young but now that he’s at AA he’s not old either. Hope to see him continue his success. An LHP with a good FB, with 100 Ks on the season in 64.1 ip (12 starts)!

    Here’s what was written in 2017, year he was drafted in 18th rd.:

    “Baseball America said in their draft report card that Jones was Philadelphia’s best late-round pick. …BA said Jones’s command was a major issue, but he can reach 97 with his fastball and knows how to strike guys out.”

    Fangraphs wrote, “Jones is a big-bodied, 24-year-old lefty whose fastball plays above it’s velo due to deception and extension. He has an average curveball.”

    1. I hope we can get some scouting reports from yesterday’s game for him. Now that he’s in AA there should be more eyes in the stands.

      1. Now that he’s in AA, you don’t need eyes in the stands – you can watch the games yourself with the perfect angle on I watched some of the game (it’s on video archive – you can watch anytime you want), and his FB is really good and the curve has improved immensely. He has at least middle of the rotation potential if he can continue to harness his control and his upper ceiling may be as high as a 2 (of course his floor is as a situational reliever). He was a superb draft pick. A lot better than the slow throwing righties they always used to take in the third and fourth rounds. We don’t need a team full of Connor Seabolds – no thanks.

        1. I heard he pitched backward in his debut. The Senators heard about and expected to see a fireballing lefty and were kept off balance by pitch selection.

  2. Moniak, though hitless yesterday, still had a strong game! That hr-stealing webgem is beautiful. And he drew another BB (and scored). That’s 7 BB so far in June.

    April: 4/25 bb/k
    May: 4/22
    June: 7:15

  3. Great beginning for Jones. Should be interesting being that he was older, more experience than many of the oppenents. AA will be hopefully more of a test. I am privileged to watch every AA and AAA Phillies affiliates games thu Milb network. Not only watch Phillie telecast but opponent to get their opinion, sometimes Phillie point of view biased.
    Reports, comments prior to His AA Debut were high velocity but opponents report were 83-85. So I question opponent validity. One thing I observed EARLY Morning game not only affect players but as seen in person many times and on the telecast the umpire’s strike zone was 3 balls off the plate, dismay by players displayed. OK , adjust to the zone but by third inning it changed again. Opponent pitcher did not observe or take advantage. Baseball.

    Reading team is the youngest collection compared to other teams so lets build, as they are doing knowing this fact

    My hopes he is the real deal for us Phillie fans but temper the joy

    1. rocco….he touched 96 with his FB.
      At CLW mid-80s was his version of a breaking ball…slider I assume.
      Jim charted him awhile back in one of his starts and the low-to-mid 80s were breaking stuff.
      Not sure what kind of a change-up, or how effective it is, that he has right now.

      1. The one game I saw Jones he sat 96 early innings, then slowed to 93-94 but was strong when taken out, after six innings, I believe.

        Note, just one walk in his six-inning AA debut

        1. Almost like Braves LHP Max Fried….first 50/60 pitches mid-to-hi 90s…then a precipitative drop to the low 90s..

  4. Clearwater is on MILB TV tonight at Bradenton. I think Bradenton is the only team in the FSL with their games on TV.

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