Threshers Recap – 6/17/2019

Another hot day at the Complex.  In case you missed these, I tweeted out the following:

Connor Seabold threw on the side in the morning, then pitched a live BP.  No velocity readings, but he kept his pitches down with movement.

Spencer Howard pitched a couple innings in an afternoon intrasquad game.  Looked like his allowed pitch count was under 40, but I wasn’t keeping a close count.  His FB was 91-95, mostly 93-94. He threw a lot of secondaries which are coming along well.  His slider looked particularly good.  Ump completely whiffed on one really good one.

Spoke with Waylon Richardson last week.  He’s expected his throwing regimen to pick up with the goal of pitching in GCL games the second week of the season.

Thomas Little, the Phillies #33 pick, was at the Complex in the afternoon. I didn’t sde him at the morning workout, but he should take part tomorrow.  He’s a 6’7 LHP from Vauxhall High Sschool (AB).  No word on bonus.

Clearwater (1-0, 37-30) beat Bradenton, 7-5. 

Tommy Hunter made a rehab appearance.  He pitched the first inning and gave up a lead off home run.  He followed that with a foul fly out to left and back-to-back strike outs, one swinging and one looking.

Colton Eastman (4-2, 2.60) pitched the next 5.1 innings.  He scattered 6 hits and 2 walks and gave up 3 runs.  He struck out eight.  Austin Ross (3.58) finished the inning.  After a strike out, he issued a bases loading walk before giving up a 3-run double.  But, hey, he got two strike outs.  Keylan Killgore (1.88) came in and got the final 6 outs for the two-inning save, his seventh.

The Threshers took the lead for good with 3 runs in the second inning on Daniel Brito’s RBI double, Simon Muzziotti’s RBI single, and an RBI single by Alec Bohm.  They stretched their lead to 5-1 in the fifth on Madison Stokes’ 2-run HR (8).  Rodolfo Duran maintained the 4-run lead with a solo HR (2) in the sixth.  After the Marauders closed to within a run, Simon Muzziotti drove in an insurance run in the ninth with an RBI single.

The Threshers collected nine hits, Muzziotti had three.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.313) went 1-3 with a run scored, BB, HBP 
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL on May 5th, shoulder soreness
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.208) went 0-3with a run scored, 2 BB, SB
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.285) swent 3-5 with a run scored, 2 RBI
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL on May 1st, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.275) went 1-4 with a run scored
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.236) went 1-4, with 2 runs scored, RBI, HR (2)
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.238)

Lehigh Valley (32-34) no game scheduled.

  • #3 Adam Haseley (8-25, .320) promoted to Phillies on June 4th
  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (3-3, 3.28)
  • #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) off day.  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. 

  • #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)
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.187)
  • #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) All Star break.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.186)
  • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 5.40)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.282)
  • #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 (2-2) split a double header with West Virginia, losing 2-0 and winning 4-0.

Game One:  Jose Conopoima pitched well but a 2-run HR did the Crosscutters in.  He went four innings and allowed 4 hits, walking none and striking out two.  Omar Maldonado struck out three in two innings of one-hit ball.  Adam Cox struck out two in one inning.

The Cutters were held to two hits, singles by Nicolas Torres and Juan Aparicio.

Game Two:  Taylor Lehman threw four innings of one-hit ball, walking two and striking out seven.  Jake Kinney got the win with two, no-hit innings.  He walked one and struck out three.  Abdallah Aris pitched a clean final inning.

The Cutters pulled off their second run-scoring double steal of the season.  They scored in the first on Juan Aparicio’s RBI single.  They scored again in the second on Julio Francisco’s RBI double.  They pulled off their double theft in a 2-run fifth.  Aparicio took home while D.J. Stewart swiped second.  Seth Lancaster brought him home with an RBI single.

Corbin Williams led off and went 2-3 with a run scored, double, and a walk.  Aparicio went 2-3 with a run scored, RBI, and stolen base.  Seth Lancaster went 2-2 with a run scored, double, RBI, walk, and stolen base.  It’s very early but Lancaster is batting .833 with a 1.857 OPS.

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 (9-4)  lost to Rockies, 4-3.

DSL Phillies White (9-5)  lost to D-backs2, 5-3.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of June 17th.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
6/17/2019 – Phillies placed RHP Jerad Eickhoff on the 10-day IL, right biceps tendinitis
6/17/2019 – Phillies activated CF Roman Quinn from the 10-day IL
6/17/2019 – Phillies sent RHP Tommy Hunter on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
6/17/2019 – Phillies optioned LF Nick Williams to Lehigh Valley
6/17/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Edgar Garcia from Lehigh Valley
6/17/2019 – C Nick Matera assigned to Williamsport from Lehigh Valley
6/17/2019 – Ranger Suarez activated by Lehigh Valley
6/17/2019 – James Smith assigned to Lakewood from GCL West
6/17/2019 – Carlos Betancourt assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/17/2019 – Maikel Garrido assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/17/2019 – Juan Geraldo assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/17/2019 – Rafael Marcano assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/17/2019 – Jordi Martinez assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/17/2019 – Tyler Adams assigned to GCL East from to GCL West
6/17/2019 – Carlos Francisco assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/17/2019 – Adam Leverett assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/17/2019 – Jose Ulloa assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/17/2019 – Austin Crowson assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/17/2019 – Hsin-Chieh Lin assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/17/2019 – Fernando Lozano assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/17/2019 – Dalvin Rosario assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/17/2019 – Daniel Vilchez assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/17/2019 – Brendan Bell assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/17/2019 – Gunner Mayer assigned to GCL West from GCL East
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

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

  1. Matt Vieling’s star has become a bit tarnished he hit .310./.389/.488 in April. In May, .247/.284/.355 and in June, .143/.200/.200. The regression there is not good. On the plus side, his Ks have diminished in June but something has gone awry. He needs to make some adjustments and get back to the Matt we know. I guess it’s possible the heat is getting to him. It’s not going to get any better in FLA the rest of the year.

    1. I don’t follow Vierling every day, but maybe his avg. is going down because he’s concentrating on lowering his K’s. Nothing to worry about … yet.

  2. Hi JimThank you so much for your recaps I enjoy them daily. Just one note however; the picture for Williamsport is Taylor Lehman not Thomas Lehman. On the organizational chart he is listed as ThomasSam LehmanSent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

    1. He must be your son, grandson or nephew.
      He certainly has the ‘Randy Johnson size’…and hopefully best case scenario he will have the stuff to go along with it.
      Understand at PSU he was in the low to mid 90s with his FB , with a good slider and change-up.
      Anyway best of luck to Taylor and…. We Are.

    2. Actually the picture screw up isn’t Jim’s. It’s MiLB. The profile says Taylor Lehman drafted by Miami.

    3. Thank you and I apologize. I made both corrections, and checked other articles to see if I had made the mistake elsewhere. I hadn’t. 😉

  3. Eastman looks to have some movement on his pitches. This, IMO, is the kind of thing you need to see from a righty who doesn’t throw hard. I know he’s been reported at 89-90, but I thought at draft time he was more in the low 90s. If he can get his fastball there, I think that stuff will play provided he can locate in the zone.

    1. I cant get excited over a kid who barely touches 90. just another Eichoff, I Am so confused why people cant see low velo right handers just cant be counted on.

      1. Sheesh Rocco there are examples of some in the bigs who manage to get the job done. Romus and I have given you a handful. Let’s not be so quick to right off a kid even if the odds may be a little long.

        1. No, I agree with Rocco. A righty who can be successful throwing around 90 is a unicorn. Name the Phillies’ right-hand pitchers from the minors who threw around 90 MPH, didn’t have a unique delivery (like Neshek) or a true out pitch (like a splitter), and who have been really successful over the last 30 years. The grand total is freaking zero. ZERO (and Eickhoff doesn’t count because when he was successful he was able to sit 91-93 and once he lost that velocity, he was toast).

          You don’t build your pitching staff with unicorns. Next . . .

          1. By the way, even if you included righties who had a unique delivery or an out pitch, I think the number of soft tossing righties who made it from the Phillies’ farm system over the last 30 years would still be zero or damned well close to zero. Hector Neris has an out pitch (devastating splitter) but he throws his FB 94-96. Even guys like Arano and Ramos who have out pitches throw in the mid-90s. RJ Swindle had a weird delivery, but he never really went on to do anything (Neshek isn’t from the Phillies’ farm). So yeah, you don’t build a team or farm system with soft-tossing righties – it’s a strategy doomed to failure. For every Kyle Hendricks, there are literally hundreds of failed soft tossing righties.

            1. And, by the way, I’m talking about guys who don’t have a trick or out pitch. Believe it or not, I’m all for having a few knuckleball pitchers in the minors at all times (there is plenty of roster room for these guys) because if even one of those guys develops, you can have a solid starter for a decade or more since velocity is largely irrelevant with a knuckler. I’m sad that the knuckleball has gone away – there’s absolutely no reason why we can’t have another set of great knuckleball pitchers. And one day a few will show up and I’ll love it!

            2. Knucklers…..Boston always seem to have one in their rotation….they eat innings and rarely ever get hurt……one drawback, they do not do well in the play-offs…..but they will help a team get there thru the regular season with all the added benefits they bring for a pitching staff.

          2. I mean, in fairness, the number of successful pitchers the Phillies have developed in the last 30 years at all is close to zero, so…

            1. Nah, it’s more than you think. Starting in the mid to late 90s (the late 80s and early 90s were a prospect dead zone), the Phillies began to develop some talent. Guys they produced included Randy Wolf, Ricky Bottalico, Ryan Madson, Cole Hamels, JA Happ, Brett Myers, Carlos Carrasco, Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin, Adam Eaton (good on other teams, but not the Phillies), Gavin Floyd (also good on other teams – his FB sat between 92-95) and Vance Worley. I mean, this hasn’t been a top farm system for pitchers, but there were some arms and not a true soft tosser in the bunch who was successful. Again, even Eickhoff threw about average velocity while he was effective but hasn’t been able to consistently get guys out as a soft tosser, even though he has a great curve.

            2. I was thinking in terms of starters so I hadn’t considered guys like Madson. Carrasco had significant development time in Cleveland but I’ll give you the other guys. Still doesn’t strike me as a very good number.

            3. Madson actually was drafted as a starter and did develop as a starter and did start thru out his minor league career and his first few years as a Phillie, then he was converted over later.

            4. It not, but it’s also not zero, which is the number of typical (no unique delivery, no out/trick pitch) soft tossing righties who went through that system and made it. There actually was one guy who was a soft tosser who made it, but, like Neshek, he had a unique delivery. That guy was Brad Ziegler, but again, not a standard, over-the-top throwing righty.

          3. Eastman was 90-92 with the fastball in that video. Don’t know if that gun was accurate but that’s close to where Eickhoff was. He also threw four distinct pitches. The curveball looked sharp, the change up had some fade and good velocity separation from the fastball and there was a slider in there too.

            Now, I don’t want to get all excited over highlights of a few pitches but you can’t ask for a lot more from an Eastman highlight video.

        2. Rocco is correct. Unless you have Maddox location sub velocity from right hander won’t cut it at ML.

        3. How many made it out of thousands who throw 90 you cant win with them dmar sorry, I cant believe you think you can, dream on.

      2. I wouldn’t get excited either, but he looks better to me than the other potential #5s we’ve trotted out lately. Even when accounting for their lefthandedness. Eickhoff doesn’t have a 3rd pitch and can’t locate within the zone. The video doesn’t make it clear that Eastman has those skills but if he does, that’s how those types can be successful.

        Anyway, Eickhoff was good when his fastball was low 90s. It’s when he lost a couple ticks that he fell off.

        1. I suppose the one advantage about RHPs who throw hi 80s/low 90s…..compared to the hi 90 guys, they have a lower percentage of developing UCL or shoulder issues.

          1. Yeah, they can pitch into their late 30s in Mexico or Korea cause they ain’t gonna be pitching in the big leagues.

            1. My son was stationed in Korea and just saw a Korean major league game there last month. He said it was like A ball (even low A ball) and that almost none of the pitchers threw harder than 90. But he said it was fun to see Tommy Joseph play, who was one of the few highly paid American “stars” there.

    2. About Eastman, I know little about him except his K and BB rates at Clearwater. They are enticing. But he is 22. I’d like to see him advance to see how he does at higher levels. Maybe his “magic” will wear off in AA and he’ll be a non factor.

  4. I notice on Gameday that Phillies pitchers are throwing Knuckle curves. Is this something that Chris Young is teaching them?

  5. Many years ago I was invited to a Phillies tryout and Bobby Wine was heading it. One of the mantras was “we are looking for tall pitchers with good fastballs”. I was 6′ and threw high 80s maybe touching 90 as a rarity. Got a call back because I had a good variety of pitches and great accuracy but height and speed could not be taught. Sayonara career.

  6. This is what Fangraphs had to say about Aparicio. I like that he has tools and is young. Maybe he will find a way to cut down on strikeouts: “Aparicio has a well-rounded collection of tools (5 bat, 45 raw, can catch, 45 arm) but at age 18, is a hefty 5-foot-8, 210, and it’s going to be tough to keep that frame in check.”

    1. Yeah big deal – so he made an error. What I’d rather talk about is that he was 3 for 4 and the last hit was a home that he crushed and hit all the way out of the park – literally over the bleachers in the outfield – probably about 450 feet. Saw it live on Milb tv – I am psyched about Bohm.

  7. I like his bat but his value goes way down if he can’t play 3rd. Then he competes with Hoskins. We know 100% for certain that Hoskins can only play 1B. If Bohm can only play 1B that is a problem. I say IF. You may say that would be a good problem to have but unless there is a NL DH it would require the Phillies to make two correct decisions.

    (1) Make the right choice to keep Hoskins or Bohm.
    (2) Get maximum value for the one traded.
    The Phillies would have to get both decisions 100% right for the future of the franchise.

    So yes, it is a big deal.

    1. These things have a way of working themselves out. The DH will be in the NL within 2 years. Bohm can hang at 3b as a younger player, and then you can worry about. If both he and Hoskins are still valuable market wise, then you trade the one that fetches the higher return. If only one has value, keep him. If neither have value, we’re screwed and looking for another first baseman. And all this IF and only IF Bohm doesn’t pan out at 3b. 1b isn’t a highly valued position anyway, unless the hit tool is elite. It’s not like we’re discussing who becomes our future SS. All 4 corner positions allow for less than gold glove standards so long as the player can rake. We know what Hoskins is capable of. Bohm is giving us a taste of his future. I don’t see the need to sweat over it.

      1. What is happening to this site one error and he is a dh, cant play third, Wait for the DH, nuts

  8. NL really hope your kidding. I cant believe anyone would make the statement after one error if he cant play third.. Really ridiculous

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