Threshers Recap – 6/24/2019

The Eastern League announced their All Stars.  Four Reading Phils were selected – outfielder Mickey Moniak, first baseman Darick Hall, and pitchers Adonis Medina and Addison Russ.   The game is in Richmond on July 10th.

The GCL began it’s season Monday.  Both of our teams won.  The GCL re-structured their divisions – East, North, and South.  Both Phillies teams are in the 7-team North Division.  The East has 5 team, the South has six.  The new playoff procedures haven’t been updated on their home page yet.

The start of the GCL season brought with it another 100+ transactions.  Sheesh.  I hope to get caught up tomorrow.

The top development people were back in Clearwater after visiting the affiliates.  I saw Josh Bonifay and Dana Parks at the Complex.  Charley Manuel was there, too.  Y’all would want him back, wouldn’t you?

During the Phillies East game at the Complex, Van Scoyoc, Sara, Leverett, Milam, and Barber threw live BP to Rodriguez and Dipre on Schmidt Field.  As the game approached an end, Ulloa, Francisco, and Schultz got their side work in in the bullpen between the fields.

Oh, and something of interest on a former trade.  The Orioles released Jack Zoellner.

Clearwater (5-2, 41-32)  no game scheduled.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.329) assigned to Reading June 21st
  • #5 Spencer Howard (1-1, 2.25) placed on the 7-day IL on May 5th, shoulder soreness
  • #11 Jhailyn Ortiz (.227)
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.289)
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL on May 1st, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.284)
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.219)
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.253)

Lehigh Valley (35-38)  beat Syracuse, 4-3. 

Cole Irvin started and pitched six innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 5 hits.  He walked one and struck out three.  Jose Taveras gave up a s lo HR in two innings of 2-hit ball.  Kyle Dohy locked up his first save with a 3-strike out, two-walk inning.

The IronPigs scored 2 runs in the third inning on Austin Listi’s 2-run HR (3).  AAA seems to agree with Listi.  They scored the go ahead runs in the eighth inning on Ali Castillo’s 2-run double.

Listi went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, HR (3), 2 RBI.  Castillo went 2-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI.

  • #3 Adam Haseley (.320) selected by the  Phillies on June 4th
  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (3-3, 3.28) recalled by the Phillies o June 23rd
  • #7 JoJo Romero (2-2, 9.64) assigned to Reading on May 18th
  • #10 Ranger Suarez (2-2, 5.68) recalled by Phillies on June 19th
  • #16 Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.50)  – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-3,  7.27) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER,2 BB, 3 K
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.65) no longer prospect eligible
  • #30 Deivi Grullon (.303) went 0-3 with a run scored, BB

Reading (3-4, 42-32)  lost to Trenton, 7-0.

Bailey Falter gave up 4 runs in five innings on 8 hits and a walk.  He struck out none.  Garrett Cleavinger lasted 1.1 innings and gave up a couple runs on one hit and 4 walks.  Jonathan Hennigan went the final 1.2 innings.  he gave up an unearned run.

Adam Haseley went 0-3 with an HBP in a rehab appearance.

  • #1 Alec Bohm went 0-3 with a BB
  • #2 Adonis Medina (5-3, 4.05)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.268) promoted to Lehigh Valley on May 29th
  • #7 JoJo Romero (1-3, 7.11)
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.264) went 0-4
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.177) went 0-4
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (2-3, 4.35)
  • #21 David Parkinson (6-4, 3.31)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley April 25th
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.234) went 0-4
  • #28 Connor Seabold – placed on the 7-day IL on April 4th

Lakewood (2-3, 31-42)  lost to Delmarva, 3-2 in a walk off.

Tyler McKay pitched five innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  Rafi Gonnell took over and lasted 3.1 innings before giving up the game winner.  He allowed 2 hits and a walk while striking out four.

Lakewood tied the game in the sixth inning on Carlos De La Cruz’ RBI single and a wild pitch.

Yerwin Trejo went 2-4.

The BlueClaws stole 5 bases – Guzman (22), Garcia (6), Lancaster 2 (3), and Stobbe (8).

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.202) went 0-2 with 2 BB, SB
  • #8 Francisco Morales (0-3, 4.11)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.268) went 0-5
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (3-1, 3.83)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-3, 4.06)
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-[4, 4.94)
  • #29 Manuel Silva (1-2, 5.56)

Williamsport (2-8)  no game scheduled.

GCL Phillies East (1-0)  beat Tigers East, 6-5.

The Phillies offense was relentless.  They put runners on base in each of the first six innings.  They scored in the first inning when the Yankees converted a double play with runners on the corners and nobody out.  They scored 2 runs in the second on Jose Tortolero’s two-out, solo HR and Jevi Hernandez’ RBI single.  They scored a run in the fifth on Mitchell Edwards’ RBI double.  And, 2 runs in the sixth on Wilfredo Flores’ RBI single and a fielding error.

Carlos Betancourt started for the Phillies.  The 18-year-old RHP threw three scoreless innings allowing 2 hits, walking one, and striking out four.  He threw his fastball 89-92 mph, and sat 90-91 mph.  Andy Reyes (19)  was nest and he threw two, one-hit innings.  He allowed an unearned run, but walked none and struck out one.  His fastball was 90-93 mph.  Seventeen-year-old Juan Geraldo followed and was tagged for 4 runs in his second inning on 5 hits and a walk.  His 89-90 mph fastball probably looked easy and the lower velo probably sped up the Yankee bats.  Rafael Marcano (19) tossed the final two innings giving up one hit and striking out two.  His fastball was 91-92 mph but he also had a pretty good off speed pitch for this level, a 76-78 mph slurvy offering that confused the Yankee batters.  He earned the save.

The Phillies had 11 hits. Four guys had 2 hits each.  Luis Matos went 2-4 with a run scored and a double.  Jose Tortolero went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a HR (1), and an RBI,  Vito Friscia, the Phillies 40th round pick out of Hofstra, went 2-4 with a run scored.  And, Wilfredo Flores went 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

The Phillies ran rampant on the base paths, stealing 4 bases.  Jevi Hernandez, Luis Matos, Jose Tortolero, and Wilfredo Flores each swiped a bag.

Retancourt picked a runneroff first base.

  • #27 Starlyn Castillo

GCL Phillies West (1-0)  beat Yankees East, 7-2.

Eduar Segovia, an 18-year-old Venezuelan, pitched four, perfect innings.  He struck out five of the last six batters he faced, and 7 total.  Dalvin Rosario got the win in spite of the fact that he gave up both Yankees’ runs and only lasted 1.2 innings.  He did strike out three.  Nicoly Pina struck out five in 2.1 shutout innings.  Brian Marconi pitched a perfect ninth.

The Phillies scored 3 runs in the fourth on Juan Carlos Smith’s 2-run single and a wild pitcgh.  They added 4 runs in the fifth on Rixon Wingrove’s sac fly, Andrick Nava’s RBI single, Herbert Iser’s RBI triple, and JC Smith’s RBI single.

Iser, the 23rd round pick out of Dallas Baptist, was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  He went 2-2 with 2 runs scored, a double, triple, RBI.  Smith went 2-5 with 2 RBI.  Nava went 1-2 with 2 runs scored, RBI, 3 walks.

DSL Phillies Red (12-6)  lost to Mets1, 7-3.

DSL Phillies White (13-7)  beat Mets2, 8-1.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of June 22nd.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
6/24/2019 – Phillies transferred LF Andrew McCutchen from the 10- to 60-day IL, ACL
6/24/2019 – Phillies sent CF Adam Haseley on a rehab assignment to Reading
6/24/2019 – Phillies optioned Enyel De Los Santos to Lehigh Valley
6/24/2019 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Fernando Salas from Lehigh Valley
6/24/2019 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
6/24/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Drew Anderson on the 7-day IL
6/24/2019 – RHP Waylon Richardson assigned to Clearwater from GCL West
6/24/2019 – GCL East placed RHP Brian Auerbach on the 60-day IL
6/24/2019 – GCL East placed RHP Bailey Cummings on the 60-day IL
6/24/2019 – GCL East placed RHP Yoan Antonac on the 60-day IL
6/24/2019 – LHP Maikel Garrido assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – LHP Brenden Kudlinski assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – RHP Andrew Schultz assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – RHP Jose Ulloa assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – C Micah Yonamine assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – 2B Wilfredo Flores assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – LHP Tyler Adams assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – RHP Albertus Barber assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – RF Jose Cedeno assigned to GCL East from DSL White
6/24/2019 – RF Luis Matos assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Carlos Betancourt assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – RHP Starlyn Castillo assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – RHP Carlos Francisco assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – RHP Juan Geraldo assigned to GCL East from DSL White
6/24/2019 – LHP Nick Lackney assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – C Kevin Escalante assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – C Vito Friscia assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – LHP Jordi Martinez assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – LHP Spencer Van Scoyoc assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – 2B Curtis Mead assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/24/2019 – GCL West placed RHP Eudiver Avendano on the 60-day IL
6/24/2019 – GCL West placed RHP Sandro Rosario on the 60-day IL
6/24/2019 – RHP Daniel Vilchez assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/24/2019 – LHP Juan Miranda assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Nicoly Pina assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – SS Jamari Baylor assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – SS Chris Cornelius assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – SS Sal Gozzo assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Aidan Anderson assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Dalvin Rosario assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Eduar Segovia assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Lizardo Herrera assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Chi-Ling Hsu assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Hsin-Chieh Lin assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/24/2019 – LF Juan Carlos Smith assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/24/2019 – 2B Jose Rivera assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – C Carlos Oropeza activated by GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Tyler Burch assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – LHP Austin Crowson assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Connor Hinchliffe assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Fernando Lozano assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – LHP Brian Marconi assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Luis Pacheco assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – LHP Riley Wilson assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – C Freddy Francisco assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – C Herbert Iser assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – C Andrick Nava assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – C Bruce Wang assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – CF Keaton Greenwalt assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – CF Johan Rojas assigned to GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Engel Estevez activated by GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Robinson Martinez assigned to GCL West from XST
6/24/2019 – LHP Camilo Hinestroza assigned to DSL White
6/24/2019 – GCL West released Ryan Asencio
6/24/2019 – DSL Red released Freddy Barreto
6/24/2019 – GCL West released Keudy Bocio
6/24/2019 – DSL Red released Mani Boekhoudt
6/24/2019 – DSL Red released Christopher Duran
6/24/2019 – DSL Red released Carlos Mendoza
6/24/2019 – DSL White released Luiggi Mujica
6/24/2019 – Cole Irvin activated by Lehigh Valley
6/24/2019 – Jesse Wilkening assigned to Lakewood TIL from GCL East
6/24/2019 – Brendan Bell activated by GCL East
6/24/2019 – Starlyn Castillo assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – Kevin Escalante assigned to GCL East
6/24/2019 – Hunter Milam activated by GCL East
6/24/2019 – Jamie Sara activated by GCL East
6/24/2019 – Chris Micheles assigned to GCL East (PND)
6/24/2019 – GCL West placed Lizardo Herrera on the 60-day IL
6/24/2019 – GCL West placed Chi-Ling Hsu on the 60-day IL
6/24/2019 – Hilton Dyar activated by GCL West
6/24/2019 – Josh Hendrickson activated by GCL West
6/24/2019 – Gunner Mayer activated by GCL West
6/24/2019 – Brett Schulze activated by GCL West
6/24/2019 – Hermes Astudillo assigned to DSL Red
6/24/2019 – Erick Brito assigned to DSL Red
6/24/2019 – Eiberson Castellano assigned to DSL Red
6/24/2019 – Carlos Hernandez assigned to DSL Red from DSL White
6/24/2019 – Kervin Pichardo assigned to DSL Red from GCL East
6/24/2019 – Jonathan Rodriguez assigned to DSL Red from GCL East
6/24/2019 – Saul Alcala assigned to DSL White from GCL West
6/24/2019 – Victor Cairo assigned to DSL White from DSL Red
6/23/2019 – Phillies signed C Micah Yonamine
6/23/2019 – Phillies signed RHP Jose Ulloa
6/23/2019 – Phillies signed RHP Andrew Schultz
6/23/2019 – Phillies signed LHP Tyler Adams
6/23/2019 – Phillies signed RHP Carlos Francisco
6/23/2019 – Phillies signed LHP Nick Lackney
6/23/2019 – Phillies signed LHP Spencer Van Scoyoc
6/23/2019 – Phillies signed C Vito Friscia
6/23/2019 – Phillies signed FA RHP Albertus Barber to a minor league contract
6/23/2019 – Phillies signed FA LHP Brenden Kudlinski to a minor league contract
6/23/2019 – Phillies optioned RHP Edubray Ramos to Lehigh Valley
6/23/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Enyel De Los Santos from Lehigh Valley
6/23/2019 – LHP Manuel Silva assigned to Lakewood from GCL West
6/23/2019 – Tyler Burch activated by GCL West
6/23/2019 – Sal Gozzo activated by GCL West
6/23/2019 – Connor Hinchliffe activated by GCL West
6/23/2019 – Brian Marconi activated by GCL West

61 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 6/24/2019

  1. Catcher seems to be the position of plenty for the Phil’s organization. GCL West has 5 catchers on the roster. Oropeza is on the restricted list so only 4 are active. Yesterday, 3 played. Iser and Francisco actually were catchers in the game but Nava was DH. Andrick Nava went 1 – 2 with 3 BBs. Interesting thing is he’s 17 yo and will be all season. He’ll be a guy worth keeping both eyes on. The 4th catcher is a guy listed as Bruce Wang from Yan Cheng, China. His full name is Yang Wang. And that’s all I’ll say about that.

    1. The 19-year old kid from Australia, Mitch Edwards is the catcher to watch in the rookie leagues. Father taught him a lot….as a former Twin prospect…..also batting from both sides from when he was a lot younger.

    2. The GCL rosters are full of a lot of guys that came from the DSL last year; some of them are very young and didn’t even get much game action there, or didn’t do particularly well. It’s peculiar to me and not something I remember seeing so much of in years past. We’ll see if any of that changes when more guys from this draft get assigned.

      1. Seems like the East team is loaded with Latino players and the West is more diverse. Is that a philosophy? The past has been the same.

  2. DMAR….well how did that kid look?
    I for one, cannot believe that a 5’9″ pitcher from Trenton mowed down the Phillies on a no hitter for 5, with all those strikeouts.

    1. Deivi Garcia was top 5 Yankees prospect in every preseason list, and #1 per Keith Law as he was only Yankee to crack Top 100 (@61).

      He’s 5’9” but he’s a strikeout machine! Check out these stats…
      2019: 109k in 64ip (all AA)
      Minors career: 360k in 247ip

      Not much consolation but at least Reading was no-hit by a top prospect.

    2. Well Romus Deivi Garcia is a name we might want to keep an eye on. He had us fooled all night long with great differential between his FB and his off speed. I chose a great seat down the 1B line so I could see the front of Falter and the Front of Bohm.

      Garcia sat 93-94 ran a few 96 but man did he have all of our hitters fooled on that change and curve. He threw it in any count and our only base runners off him (obviously we got no hit) were a few walks and then a weak grounder by Luke Williams that the pitcher fielded and made a bad throw.

      What I bonus I thought I got when I saw Haseley’s name in the LU. That was our last 3 1st round picks all in the same dugout pretty wild.

      Randolph had the best swings of the night. Watching him you are really surprised to see his average so low. He has a very quiet stance super quick hands and really hit the ball hard 2x to the left center gap.

      C also looks better in LF than I thought he would based on body type. He didn’t get a lot of action but the balls hit his way he got great reads on them and covered a decent amount of ground to get to them.

      Let’s talk Falter who I was excited to get to see. His FB sat 92-93 a few 91’s so not sure if those were cutters. The curve ball was bouncing a foot in front of the plate all night. Lartigue had his hands full or his chest protector. Thunder bats didn’t seem fooled by Falter at all as they spat on that pitch all night. Almost as if they knew it was coming.

      Baily did appear to deserve a better fate to his line as many of the balls hit off of him were dinked and dunked. Aside from the Giddons homer which we all thought Mickey came down with the rest was just weak contact coupled with SB’s from his dirty balls. Thunder runners got great reads on him.

      Towards the end of the game I move to behind the plate and watched Jonathan Hannigan. Never heard him mentioned here. Another long haired lefty with some lank. His FB was 91 mostly touched 92 but man it wasn’t doing much at all and the slider was pretty easy to pick up.

      I must say the Thunder hitters were very disciplined compared to us. Another observation as you look up at the stat boards the averages are all pretty pedestrian.

      Shifts are real folks. Didn’t realize they did it all that much in AA but again maybe that’s why averages are so pedestrian.

      Lastly my fav boy Bohm. Again we were no hit but his foul balls let’s talk about those. They were loud. I thought he saw Garcia pretty well he had a few AB’s where he worked the count to full. He drew 1 BB and the other Garcia dropped what appeared to be a nasty slider for called strike 3. Was disappointed not to see him at 3B. Luke Williams played there and Bohm was DH. Scary moment when Bohm was leaning over the rail and Randolph smoked a line drive foul ball right into his side. I yelled really loud “ARE EFFIN KIDDING ME” and those seated around me gave me a dirty look.

      Haseley looked like a guy who was on a rehab assignment. Drew a BB but was flailing the rest of his AB’s absolutely timing.

      Even the relievers they through at us were studs. Domingo Acevedo and Danny Alvarez are no joke either.

      I thought we finally were going to get a run in the 5th we had Bohm on with his BB and Mickey smoked a ground ball down the 1B line but Giddons a big kid made a tremendous play to his left to keep it from going into the corner.

      tonight is another night. I’m pretty sure I am going but man I’ll tell you those are long nights. For us being no hit the game did not feel like it should have been that long but I guess if you really look at the falter line and the score there were a few pretty long innings to go with the quick ones.

      1. DMAR…great report.
        Still cannot imagine a barely 5’9″ pitcher being so dominant.
        Gosh he is only 3 inches taller than rocco! 🙂
        I guess the Yankees are gushing over him.
        And Bohm…was hoping he would see exclusive third base time, but the Phillies seem to be moving him around to get acclimated between first and third for his future good I suppose.,
        And if Falter can sustain his velo at 92/93….he may be a good end of rotation lefty arm…..the Phillies need one in that rotation.
        Looks like you will miss Damon Jones….the hottest talk right now of Reading arms.
        Have fun and enjoy the game tonight on the river.

        1. Yankees/Thunder have a lot of 24 and 25 year olds. Not sure a single one of them is a true prospect as a position player. Pitchers is a different story.

        1. Beyond being no hit they looked like they belong. Aside from Mickey’s last AB which he worked to a 3-0 count then strangely watched 3 straight strikes for a K looking he was fine.

    3. Very good Romus. He was right next to me. I was 4 rows off the grass down the RF line just past 1B watching him warm up and 5’9″ might be generous.

      The Pedro comp gets overused I know but that is who he reminded me of.

    4. Yeah, you do a great job, Jim – but how to you not mention that Trenton pitched a combined no hitter? Anyway, it’s so nice to see Austin Listi adjust and thrive. If Listi could make regular contact you’re looking at a potentially useful big league bat. If you’d ever seen Listi in person you would know what I mean. He’s a former Navy SEAL and an impressive and strong physical specimen – he’s built sort of like Luke Voit. If he makes regular contact and gets on base, he’s going to hit his share of bombs.

      1. Dodgers are a team that finds these hidden gems…I think the Phillies should offer Listi up to the Dodgers so he can have an opportunity to break into the majors. 😉

          1. Sean Rodriguez is not blocking a real prospect. If Listi can play third and hits like a demon he will force the issue unless, of course, Listi is offered to the Dodgers or Yankees for a bag of beans, where he will undoubtedly thrive and become a post-season MVP (sadly, I’m not entirely joking).

            1. Actually, I’m glad you brought this up. This is a good test for the Phillies of breaking with their assumptions about players and actually scouting the players in front of them. Traditional scouting would tell you that Listi is limited positionally and is 25 and therefore has little chance. But there’s a reason he’s where he is as a 25 year old. He has a back story that delayed his being drafted (several years in the Navy). Since being drafted, he’s gone through the farm system in less than two years – that’s impressive. So, here’s a word to the Phillies management. Scout this player. Really watch him. Don’t make the easy assumptions and if he can play, give him a damned chance rather than bury him or give him away for next to nothing.

          2. That’s hilarious. DFA Rodriguez yesterday and get Listi up here. At least he may become a trade chip with a decent showcase. The idea that Kapler allowed Rodriguez to linger on the roster after a horrendous spring and a sub-pedestrian regular season is an absolute disgrace, just to acquire his 10 year service benefits while poor slobs like us have to watch. That’s nothing but utter bulls***.

            1. Is SR makes it to end of year and 10 years he will get close to a quarter million $ per year for pension. Hopefully Gabe has same pension plan.

            2. He reached his “milestone” the other day, Denny. He gets an extra $220K per annum when he reaches 62.

      2. Actually, a better physical comp is Jeff Bagwell. He’s about Bagwell’s size, but a bit more muscular and his stance is similar. This is not a talent comp, just a physical comp. That said, List has exploded in June. He had a .958 OPS at AA and has hit AAA on a torrid hot streak.

    1. What happened to him?, it’s like he forgot how to hit, I think that maybe Kap’s approach to ABs totally ruined his development.

      1. Williams has a tremendous upper cut swing and that is not the way to swing. Non baseball players MacFail and Klentak have no clue. I think Dave Kingman would be a regular on our team if they could get him in shape.

        1. Take pitches, work the pitcher, raise the pitch count, upper cut for homeruns and pull the ball. Take out all hitting instincts.

          1. “Take pitches, work the pitcher, raise the pitch count, upper cut for homeruns and pull the ball.”

            I think you just described Babe Ruth’s approach at the plate and he did alright.

  3. How many innings do the GCL pitchers throw in a season? They’ve been in Clearwater since April practing and playing games so it’s definitely a good deal more than the 40 or so innings they get once league games start. Jim, any idea?

    1. Hard to say. They are on pitch counts when they throw during the time between starts. Even their in-game work is dictated by pitches not innings. A starter’s appearance can be shortened if he throws to many pitches or he will throw on the side afterward to get up to his quota of pitches.

      1. Thanks. I can’t imagine how long their spring training must feel. Guys who get the ticket to Williamsport must feel like they won the lottery.

  4. The REA team played the Rd1 picks from Johnny A. era and they got no-hit – REA is supposed to be good for the hitters but they are still playing like the Fightin’ Mendoza’s instead of the Fightin’ Phils. Listi looks thriving in LHV but struggled in REA. I like to see what Moniak, Hall and Bohm do at LHV. Let Randolph and Gamboa anchor that REA Fightin’ Mendoza team.

    1. Actually, I don’t think that’s really a fair assessment of the Reading club.

      First, they were no hit, obviously, but the Yankees prospect who did that is a stud and, hey, it’s just one game.

      Second, Adam Haseley struggled at first, but then adjusted in AA, did well in AAA and he’s in the majors – he’s done fine.

      Third, Moniak has also adjusted in a big way and he’s young for the league. Each month his OPS has improved as his power and plate discipline numbers get better and better. I’ll be honest, he’s surprised even me, although he still has a way to go.

      Fourth, Listi also struggled at first, but then broke out in June, was promoted and is tearing up AAA.

      Fifth, Bohm just got there and has already been promoted twice. There’s no reason to think he won’t do fine once he adjusts.

    2. It’s sarcasm Catch. I understand player development. If you take out the names I mentioned in the REA team – that team can literally be a REA Fighthin’ Mendoza team and that’s being nice to Hall because of Romus. Without Bohm and Moniak (Haseley is a Phillie), that REA team is a bad hitting team.

      1. If you want to add to the sarcasm, let’s suggest that Williams should play in REA and Franco should be optioned there too. Any Phillie who doesn’t play hard should be out righted to REA as a punishment.

      2. KuKo….well thank you for being so kind to me. 🙂
        Hall is my long shot…..a 50ish something prospect in the Phillies org.

        1. Hall never made it high in my rankings but I will be glad if he will have a chance to bat in the majors like Brock Stassi, etc. If the Baseball Gods allowed Michael Martinez and Dane Sardinah (the #2 and #1 worst Phillie I know) to play in the majors, Hall and Listi should get their shot as well.

      3. Yeah, I get it. I’m just saying that there are some deceptively good performers on that team. Guys that struggled, then figured it out and progressed.

        1. FYI, among the many differences between AA and AAA there is this. AAA is using the major league ball. The same juiced ball that is leaving all parks (except CBP) at record numbers this season. Listi told a friend of mine that it’s like hitting a rock.

  5. Was undecided whether to post this here or in the draft thread. I’ll just post it here.
    I know he’s older (21 YO) for the league, but Herbert Iser (as I mentioned after he was drafted/even before he was drafted) is a legit prospect. He has an excellent pedigree. He was the #7 HS catcher in the nation in 2017. He dominated JUCO in 2018. And, he was very good for Dallas Baptist in 2019. He’s going to K too much, but the power is real, and he should be at least an average defender.
    I’m still perplexed how the Phillies got him to sign for 50 thousand dollars (as reported by MLB.com). Iser was a soph eligible prospect. He had two years of college eligibility left. Iser’s bonus is even more head scratching when you consider the team’s recent history of day three college catchers. Colby Fitch (2017) and Jesse Wilkening (2018) were both college juniors (would have had to re-enter the following draft as a senior) who were given 200 thousand dollar bonuses.

    1. I’m just glad that Iser signed (who I though will be a hard sign), Maybe Iser has a Dario Saric in him – an athlete who just want to play for the team who believes and drafted him regardless of the $$ (Dario could have earned more guaranteed $$ if he stayed 1 more year in Europe). Dario also has a good pedigree, a solid player and plays hard 100% and was traded to acquire a superstar. (Jimmy Butler). Maybe Iser follows the same fate which will beneficial to the Phillies.

    2. Hinkie….maybe being from Jamaica $50K and the opportunity, means a lot more to him and his family than other kids from North America.
      But like you say concerning his age…, he willl need to move out of the GCL , hoefully before mid-July, onto Williamsport and maybe LKW before the season closes for him to stay on track .

      1. My bad. Iser’s Baseball Cube page had him listed for only 1 JUCO season. He actually graduated HS in 2016, and spent two seasons at San Jacinto JUCO. hat actually makes him a true junior.
        That said, still hard to believe he signed for 75 thousand dollars below slot.

        1. Yeah……I would think the Phillies would have been a little more generous with him.
          But he accepted what they offered so i guess he was happy.

  6. Someone mentioned The Mick and I immediately thought of Mantle. Looking at The Mick’s stats, he hit 217 homers by the time he was 25, averaged over 100 RBIs and hit .356 at 24 & .364 at 25. Amazing!

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