Threshers Recap – 6/19/2019

More heavy rain during the night and early morning hours saturated the fields at the Complex, again.  Outdoor activities were once again limited.  The rehabbing pitchers performed calisthenics and long toss; calisthenics, stretching, and long toss for the remaining pitchers and position players; and fly ball drills for outfielders.

One additional outdoor activity included bullpen sessions between Carlton and Roberts Fields.  I watched Spencer Howard, Waylon Richardson, and Starlyn Castillo throw.  I’m excited for Richardson.  He’s maintained good spirits during his long rehab.  I can’t wait to see him throwing in game action. 

The infields were ponding so no PFPs or infield drills.  Batting practice moved indoors, and the afternoon intrasquad game was replaced with indoor stuff, again.

I spent my time trying to locate the Phillies most recent signing, Chris Micheles.  While I was watching the bullpen sessions, I saw a player go into the outfield with Coach Ray Burris.  The player’s shirt said, E. Miller.  Now, I was determined to confirm that our fourth round pick was indeed in camp.  While waiting to confirm, I checked the names on the pitchers’ shirts as they went in for lunch.  I spotted another new name, Anderson.  I also stopped Spencer Van Scoyoc to see how he pronounces his name (fyi, it’s Van Skoy).

When Erik Miller left the field I had a short but nice conversation with him.  He had taken his physical and other stuff in Philadelphia, and signed up there before reporting to Clearwater.

Later, with the help of a friend, I learned that the Anderson I saw was Aidan Anderson, a RHP from McNeese State (LA).

No rain yet, so maybe the players at the Complex will return to their normal schedule.  I expect that the weather will cooperate.  If only to prolong my day since the Threshers return home tomorrow night.  Regardless, I’ll be back at the Complex looking for new faces in the morning.

Clearwater (2-1, 38-31) beat Bradenton, 12-7.  Three Threshers slugged 4 HRs, Nick Maton and Jhailyn Ortiz drove in 4 runs each.

Andrew Brown tossed a clunker.  He pitched four innings plus 4 batters in the fifth.  He gave up all 7 runs on 8 hits, walks, and a hit batter.  Kyle Arjona came in and stranded a base runner and completed two shutout innings.  Zach Warren struck out 4 in 1.2 scoreless innings.  Grant Dyer earned his fourth save retiring all 4 batters he faced in 1.1 innings.

The Threshers powered their way to 12 runs.  They opened the scoring with 2 runs in the first inning on Jhailyn Ortiz’ 2-run HR (9).  After the Marauders went ahead in the bottom of the inning, they took the lead back in the second on Nick Maton’s grand slam (4).  They tacked on a run in the third on Ben Aklinski’s RBI single.

The Marauders tied the game in the fifth and the Threshers went back ahead in the sixth on Ortiz’ second 2-run HR (10). They kept tacking on runs on Alec Bohm’s RBI double in the eighth and Danny Mayer’s 2-run HR (6) in the ninth.

Danny Mayer went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, a HR (6), and 2 RBI.  Matt Vierling went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a walk.  Alec Bohm and Jhailyn Ortiz kicked in two-hit games.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.329) went 2-4 with a run scored, double, RBI, BB
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL on May 5th, shoulder soreness
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.220) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR (10), 4 RBI, BB 
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.283)
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL on May 1st, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.267) went 1-5 with 2 runs scored, HR (4), 4 RBI 
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.229)
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.247)

Lehigh Valley (32-36) lost to  Toledo, 11-4. 

Ramon Rosso gave up 6 runs in 5.1 innings.  I didn’t see any reference to his velocity this game, but I wasn’t looking for it either.  But, I did learn this a couple days ago.  When he made his first start with Lehigh, he was told to air it out for as long as he could, and to throw more fastballs than other pitches.  If true, that would explain his increased velocity.  Fernando Salas stranded an inherited runner but gave up a run of his own in 1.2 innings.  Austin Davis pitched one inning and gave up 4 runs.

The IronPigs rallied twice to remain competitive with a runs on Malquin Canelo’s RBI single, Ali Castillo’s bases-loaded HBP, and Gosselin’s sac fly.  But the bullpen kept returning the insurance runs.

Phil Gosselin had 2 doubles in 3 at bats and 2 RBI.

  • #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 (1-0, 40-28) beat Akron, 6-4 in a game that featured just 8 hits.  Game two was suspended in the eighth inning with the score 1-1.

Game One:  Adam Morgan pitched a perfect rehab inning to start the game.  He turned the reins over to Mauricio Llovera who gave up 3 runs in 3.1 innings.  Garrett Cleavinger finished the inning, stranded an inherited runner, and got the win.  Aaron Brown pitched two no-hit innings, gave up a run, walked one, and earned his second save.

The Phils had a pair of 3-run innings.  They scored in the fourth on Cornelius Randolph’s 3-run double.  And, in the fifth on Darick Hall’s 3-run HR (14).

Mickey Moniak had 2 of the Phils’ 4 hits.  Three of their 4 hits were for extra bases – HR by Hall and doubles by Moniak and Randolph.  The Phils drew 8 walks.  Josh Stephen, Austin Listi, and Arquimedes Gamboa had 2 walks each.

    • #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 (.264) went 2-4 with a run scored, double
    • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.184) went 0-1 with 2 BB
    • #15 Mauricio Llovera (2-3, 4.35) – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
    • #21 David Parkinson (5-4, 3.63)
    • #22 Kyle Dohy (2-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley April 25th
    • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.230) went 1-2 with 3 RBI, 2 BB
    • #29 Connor Seabold – on the 7-day IL on April 4th

Game Two:  Jose Taveras started and gave up a run in three innings.  Jonathan Hennigan pitched two, one-hit innings.  Jake Hernandez was the pitcher of record when the game was halted and had struck out three in two, scoreless inning.

Austin had an RBI single in the fourth inning.  Note that the eighth inning is extra innings in a double header and the extra runner at the start of an inning will be in place when the game is resumed.

And that brings up a point I saw in social media yesterday.  Reading finished in a tie for the first half with Trenton.  There was a lot of discussion about the Eastern League’s scheduling.  For instance, Division rivals Trenton and Reading faced each other zero times in the first half.  Bug, here’s the rub.  Trenton was rained out in a series against Altoona, but started one game that was suspended with Trenton trailing 6-0 in the third inning (of seven).  Should Trenton lose the game when it is completed in July, they will finish a half-game behind Reading, yet still be the first half division winners.

Lakewood (29-41)  All Star break.  The North won.  The BlueClaws only representative was Kyle Glogoski.  He pitched a clean eighth inning, struck out one, and earned the win.

  • #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 (2-3) postponed.

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 (10-4)  off day.

DSL Phillies White (11-5)  beat Rangers2, 5-1.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of June 19th.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
6/19/2019 – Phillies recalled LHP Ranger Suarez from Lehigh Valley
6/19/2019 – Phillies sent LHP Adam Morgan on a rehab assignment to Reading
6/19/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated INF Phil Gosselin
6/19/2019 – Reading activated RHP Jose Taveras
6/19/2019 – Reading placed RHP Connor Brogdon on the TIL
6/19/2019 – Phillies signed FA RHP Aidan Anderson; assigned to GCL East
6/18/2019 – INF Phil Gosselin activated by Lehigh Valley
6/18/2019 – RHP Seth McGarry assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
6/18/2019 – RHP Luis Ramirez assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
6/18/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed INF Jose Antequera 7-day IL, right calf strain
6/18/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Tyler Gilbert from the 7-day IL
6/18/2019 – SS Guarner Dipre assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/18/2019 – SS Jose Mercado assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/18/2019 – OF Jose Rivera assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/18/2019 – C Micah Yonamine assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/18/2019 – SS Chris Cornelius assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/18/2019 – CF Keaton Greenwalt assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/18/2019 – INF Curtis Mead assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/18/2019 – CF Johan Rojas assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/18/2019 – Phillies signed draft pick LHP Chris Micheles, assigned to GCL West
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

29 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 6/19/2019

  1. Alec Bohm is getting close to meeting the criteria to be on the Hitting Leader stats in the FSL. If he was there now, he’d be #1 in BA and OPS; #2 in OBP and 3rd in Slg. Reading isn’t out of the question for early July. So let’s see who is playing 3rd in Reading. Listi is playing a lot of 3rd. Listi’s played 44 games at 3rd and only played 3 games in the OF and 10 at 1st. Hall is at 1B right now in Reading. So let’s go up the ladder to LHV. Tomscha’s playing a lot of 1B and Walding plays 3B. So if you feel Hall is ready for 1B in LHV, you can move him up and then Listi could play more 1B and Bohm could have 3B mostly to himself. You don’t need to continue the lecture on players blocking better players from moving up. I only intend to show a path where Hall, Listi and Bohm all get a lot of reps.

  2. Ortiz may have now turned the corner, at least when it comes to powering the ball.
    Do hope they keep him at CLW and the Complex all season and put up some confidence building metrics, to go along with his climbing ISO and SLG%.

    1. My comp for Ortiz Franmil Reyes wouldn’t that be something. I’m running out of time for the Bohm promotion. Reading starts their series with Trenton on Monday.

      I’m going over either way but whether I take all 3 games or just 1 or 2 will be the deciding factor.

      1. Yeah…like to see him promoted soon.
        Like to see him get 125/150 PAs against double A pitching this year.
        Though the Phillies could also send him to the Arizona Fall League.

        And hope the weather cooperates with you for the game (s).

  3. Jim, Love how you chase down the info and share it with us! Like a trusted journalist getting the scoop!

    Bellman and Romus, couldn’t agree more!

    All, while we should always be weary to judge too early, given there’s been continual chatter about Johnny A’s 1st Rd picks, let’s reconsider the narrative.

    Yes, Randolph “so far” hasn’t provided much hope to live up to expectations of a top ten pick.

    Moniak (in a year there was no concensus #1 and was said to be a project with great potential upside) has proved that so far. Personally I’ve been happy to see his progress each year. Physically developing. Improving his stats. Overcoming criticism and poor starts (and shrinking them – 2 months in ‘18, 1 month in ‘19). Showing potential for power (Excellent 3Bs and 2Bs in age 21 year at AA). Improving eye at the plate. Still needs work but his 8 bb / 16 k so far in June is a good sign.

    Haseley has rocketed up the system. While he has only occasionally looked like a shiny superstar, he has continually shown his potential to be a strong performer. Can’t wait to see him back from IL.

    And Bohm! There should be 10 comments a day about him! We constantly talk about how other teams have the stud prospects. His stats are the kind we drool at outside our org.

    LKW: .367 ba. 1.036 ops, 12 xbh, and 12bb / 14k in 91 pa.
    CLW: .329, .902, 17 xbh, and 17/21 in 175 pa.

    All these numbers are great, especially his plate discipline!
    It’s way too early but he could end up the best proof Johnny A can draft well in 1st Rd.

    I believe we may have 3 very strong in row! And hopefully a 4th in Stott this year… You may say I’m wearing rose colored glasses but I’m just sharing my perspective at this juncture. Again, we won’t know for sure for a few more years.

    1. The jury is still out on Moniak, but he’s making progress in virtually all phases of the game except for home run power.

      As for Bohm, he just keeps surging. If he keeps this up, I would expect a call-up by mid-July. He is such a central prospect for the Phillies because if he can be a first division third baseman, Kingery can play elsewhere and, their present struggles notwithstanding, this should be a very strong and deep line-up – especially if Haseley plays to his potential (I no longer count on Odubel for anything [for as much as I no longer respect him, I’m not calling him Doobie – that’s not his name or his nickname – that’s the name of our former pitching coach]). Hopefully, McCutchen can come back next year and contribute – damn, he’s a good player and a great teammate – I love that guy.

      1. Bohm’s BB/K rate at CLW is insane: 9.6/11.9 in 177 PA. That’s the kind of numbers Crawford used to put up … except Bohm has a far superior hit tool as well as way more power. He’s a very exciting prospect.

        1. Mike. I thought so , but Romus says his ISO isn’t what it should be, and his scotus doesn’t like his fielding

          1. His fielding is a work in progress but word is he should be able to stick at third. Don’t worry about his ISO – his hit tool is very good, his plate discipline is high grade and improving and he should hit with plenty of power over time. His OPS is now over .900 in Clearwater. I view a .900 OP to be the place where only the best hitters reside. We may have really scored a gem with Bohm – and I’m very pumped about it.

          2. rocco…hah…putting words in my mouth….never said his ISO was low..
            Though his two year total of 148 is lower than expected….but this over .190 he has picked it up…plenty of doubles for sure….19 in less than 65 games.

            Fielding….I think Bowa has been putting the time in with him…but he did have that one error the other day….and that is not acceptable! 🙂

  4. Just for grins.

    Age comparisons from the early 70s for Phillies’ rookie ages:

    Willie Montanez 23
    Denny Doyle 26
    Larry Bowa 24
    Mike Schmidt 23
    Greg Luzinski 21
    Don Money 22
    John Vukovich 23
    Oscar Gamble 20
    Mike Anderson 20
    Rick Bosetti 22
    Bob Boone 24
    Dick Ruthven 22
    Larry Christensen 19
    Wayne Twitchell 24
    Tommy Underwood 21
    Randy Lersch 21

    FYI: Steve Carlton was only 27 in 1972.

    1. And I thought Mike Anderson was going to be the real deal…more so than the Bull.

    2. Mike Anderson is a cautionary tale about minor league statistics. If you were looking for a minor leaguer who was likely to be a superstar based on minor league statistics, you’d pick Anderson. At age 20 he dominated AAA, hitting 36 homers, drawing walks and batting .334 and an OPS close to 1.100! Mind boggling statistics for a 20 YO at AAA.

      But, as I recall, he just couldn’t hit a major league curveball, and that was that. He never got traction in the big leagues.

      1. And while Mike Anderson, at age 20, was dominating AAA in 1971, Mike Schmidt was hitting .211 with only 8 homers as a 21 year old in AA Reading. Go figure.

        1. Oh man…you are now making your case for rocco .
          Minor league stats are irrelevant.

          1. I never, ever said that. I put a LOT of stock in minor statistics (or at least certainly minor league statistics)

            I said it’s a cautionary tale, which it is. A player isn’t a success until he’s succeeded in the big leagues and even some of the best prospects fail. It’s a cautionary tale and nothing more.

        2. Schmidt had just been drafted out of Ohio U and immediately sent to AA, That doesn’t happen anymore.

          1. It’s true – it’s just an odd juxtaposition with Anderson. The younger would-be superstar turned into nothing. And the older, struggling guy at a lower level turned into the greatest third baseman who ever lived. Just odd.

      2. Yep…..he was an outlier, from the other end of the spectrum when it came to minor league metrics….85 HRs by 21-years old….whoa…even in the PCL that is a good metric.

  5. On Rosso: I had postulated about the “air it out” theory, on Twitter at the time. There was rain possibly incoming, and it would have made sense also coupled with his AAA debut. Heard 93 and 92 on the radio broadcast yesterday, which I assume comes from the Toledo stadium gun. I’m not a huge Rosso fan, but he did seem to do pretty well yesterday until he got in trouble in the sixth inning, as he started his third time through the lineup. He was 95/61 on the day, 4K/1BB. Still interesting to watch.

  6. Bohm to be hopefully Reading Great White Hope. Hall seems to be ready for a bigger challenge. W/O Hall Reading is its only offense, sure Listi and surprise Stephen no offense. Moniak is coming but he cannot carry the offense. 40 man SS has been moved down but .183, really. Not to my surprise his glove is overvalued.
    Phillies need to make difficult decisions on this years Rule 5. 12-15 players most pitchers. Trade bait.
    Other organizations clearly trading Phillies need use this crop to help Minor system top end, LHV and Reading offenses leading to Major League Team

    1. Do not see Hall being protected….Phillies will hope he will be a Grullon…passing thru the draft unselected
      Rarely do first basemen-only players get drafted…..pitchers the most

  7. Two grand slams on the farm tonight. Luis Garcia earlier tonight and just moments ago, Jhailyn Ortiz who has apparently rediscovered his power stroke.

  8. Reading announcer Bohm to Reading, Listi to LHV. Now if we can find a SS things could be looking up, Remember these players are young vs the league. S/B concerned Brogden on TIL. OVERUSE?
    Does the minor system have a SS, not journeymen system player?

    1. Not sure what you are saying. Luis Garcia and Bryson Stott are 2 short stops which many baseball people consider top 10 prospects in the Phillies system. Am I missing what you’re asking?

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