Threshers Recap – 6/27/2019

First round pick Bryson Stott signed with the Phillies on Thursday.  Now, a couple more draft picks will likely sign (Marcus Lee Sang signed).

Adam Haseley rehabbed in Reading.

Spencer Howard threw three innings in a rehab appearance in a GCL game.

Nineteen-year-old Nicoly Pina opened eyes with pitch after pitch in the mid 90s in the same GCL game.

Clearwater (7-3, 43-33)  beat Lakeland, 2-1 in 11 innings.  All 3 runs scored in OT.

Julian Garcia (2.88) pitched great.  He went seven shutout innings, gave up 5 hits, walked one, and struck out eight.  Kyle Arjona (1.23) followed that with two, two-hit, scoreless innings.  Tyler Ross (3.26) got the win with two, one-hit innings.  He gave up an unearned run in the eleventh, but avoided giving up the OT run in the tenth.

The Threshers finally broke through in the eleventh on Luke Miller’s bases-loaded, 2-run single.

Miller (.400) and Dalton Guthrie (.245) had 2 hits each.  The Threshers went 2-15 with RISP.  The Tigers were equally ineffective, 1-13.

  • #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 (.214) went 0-5
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.286)
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL on May 1st, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.281) 
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.224)
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.245) went 0-5

Lehigh Valley (35-41)  lost to Rochester, 8-7. 

Jose Taveras gave up 2 runs in two innings.  Tom Windle gave up 2 runs in one inning.  Luke Lefywich gave up one run in two innings.  Austin Davis gave up one run in two innings.  After the Pigs came back to tie the game, Kyle Dohy pitched two innings.  He gave up 2 runs in the ninth, only one of which was earned.

Lehigh scored a run in the fourth on Deivi Grullon’s solo HR (11).  By the seventh they trailed 6-1, but tied the game with 5 runs with two out on a balk, an Austin Listi RBI single, and Phil Gosselin’s 3-run HR (1). They scored a run in the ninth on a wild pitch.

Listi (.379) and Walding had 2 hits each.

  • #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)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-4,  7.07) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.65) no longer prospect eligible
  • #30 Deivi Grullon (.306) went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (11), RBI, BB

Reading (5-5, 44-33)  beat Portland, 6-1.

JoJo Romero pitched five innings.  He gave up one run on 5 hits.  He walked none and struck out five.  Jonathan Hennigan gave up three hits in two shutout innings.  Jake Hernandez struck out the side in a two-hit inning.  Addison Russ struck out two in a perfect ninth.

The Phils collected 5 hits.  They didn’t get their first hit until Adam Haseley’s lead off single in the fourth inning.  Alec Bohm ended the shutout with a 2-run HR (2).  They added 4 runs in the eighth on two bases loaded HBP and Cornelius Randolph’s 2-run single.

Bohm had 2 of the Phils’ 5 hits.  Gamboa stole his 15th base in 19 attempts.

Haseley went 1-4 with a run scored in a rehab assignment.

  • #1 Alec Bohm went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB
  • #2 Adonis Medina (5-3, 4.02)
  • #3 Adam Haseley (.268) promoted to Lehigh Valley on May 29th
  • #7 JoJo Romero (2-3, 6.38) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.262) went 0-3 with a run scored, BB
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.173) went 0-1 with 2 BB
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (3-3, 4.29)
  • #21 David Parkinson (6-4, 3.31)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley April 25th
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.237) went 1-1, with 2 RBI
  • #28 Connor Seabold – placed on the 7-day IL on April 4th

Lakewood (2-6, 31-47)  lost to Greensboro, 9-8.

Kevin Gowdy (3.59) had a good outing.  He went five innings, allowed four hits, an unearned run, and two walks while striking out three.  James McArthur got clobbered.  In 0.2 innings he gave up 6 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.  Mark Potter came in and stranded one runner and pitched 2.1 shutout innings.  Luis Carrasco pitched a one-hit inning but gave up 2 runs on 3 walks.

The BlueClaws built an early lead with single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings on Yerwin Trejo’s RBI double, Carlos De La Cruz’ RBI single, and Ben Pelletier;s RBI double.  After the pitching put them in a 9-3 hole, they rallied but fell short with 5 runs in the ninth on Jake Holmes’ 2-run ground rule double, Carlos De La Cruz’ 2-run single, and Seth Lancaster’s RBI double.

Seth Lancaster (.438) had 3 hits.  Jonathan Guzman (.271), Carlos De La Cruz (.230), and Yerwin Trejo (.263) had 2 hits each.

Carlos De La Cruz had an outfield assist at third base.  Ben Pelletier had 2 outfield assists at first base and home plate.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.198) went 0-1 before being removed from the game
  • #8 Francisco Morales (1-4, 3.88)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.268)
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (3-1, 4.19) –
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-3, 3.59) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-5, 4.82)
  • #29 Manuel Silva (1-2, 5.56)

Williamsport (2-11)  lost to Auburn, 1-0.

Carlos Francisco threw four, 2-hit, shutout innings.  Anton Kuznetsov pitched one, one-hit, scoreless inning.  Tom Sutera followed with three innings where he scattered five hits and struck out four.  But,, he took the loss on an unearned run.  The Williamsport pitchers walked none, but Sutera had their only four strike outs.

Christian Valerio had  of the Cutters 6 hits.  They had several scoring opportunities, but went 0-9 with RISP.

GCL Phillies East (1-3)  lost to Tigers West, 5-0.

Victor Vargas pitched three, 2-hit, shutout innings.  He walked one and struck out three.  Andy Reyes tossed two, 2-hit, scoreless innings .  He walked two and struck out one.  Hunter Milam threw a no-hit, scoreless inning.  He walked two and struck out one.  Jamie Sara got bushwhacked in the seventh for 5 runs.  He got one out on a strike out, but left down three runs and two runners in scoring position.  Adam Leverett relieved and gave up a 2-run single before an inning-ending double play.  He followed that with a one-hit, scoreless inning.

After being no-hit the day before, the Phillies collected just four today.  Three by lead off man Jevi Hernandez.  Jose Mercado had the only other hit.

GCL Phillies West (2-2)  lost to Blue Jays, 7-2.

Spencer Howard made a rehab appearance as the opener.  He breezed through his first two innings, retiring six batters in a row.  With one out in the third, a Jays batter made late contact with a Howard 95 mph fastball and poked it down the line for a double.  He walked the next batter before retiring the next two.  His work done for the day, Howard was removed from the game with the following results –

  • 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • his fastball was 93-96 mph, and sat 94-95 mph
  • when he missed, it was high on his arm side
  • looks like he’s still developing feel for his CB, he hung a few high and wide to LHB

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Juan Miranda was next.  He threw two, one-hit, scoreless innings with a strike out and no walks.  His stuff was in the mid-80s which I assumed was a cutter when he finally threw a 90 mph fastball.  Riley Wilson threw 86-87 mph in his one inning.  He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and blew the save opportunity.  He threw some pitches 3/4 and some sidearm.  Austin Crowson was 85-86 mph and got tagged for the loss.  He gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 3 hits.  Dalvin Rosario pitched 1.1 innings, stranded an inherited runner, and gave up 2 euns on 3 hits and 2 walks.  he was mid-upper 80s and touched 90 mph.

Finally, Nicoly Pina took the mound.  I could tell by the murmur among the pitchers that he bore watching.  I heard them whisper “96” and “bullpens”.  Sure enough, after watching four pitcher touch 90 twice following Howard, Pina threw nothing but gas.  The pitcher I was standing next to said that Pina has a slider.  Well if he threw it it was at 92 because that was the slowest pitch he threw.  At one point I thought I was going to have to report that he sat 94 and 96.  But eventually, I saw enough pitches to say that he threw 93-96  and touched 92 once.  See what I did there?  Seriously, he easily sat 94-96 in his one inning.  He did give up a run on no hits, 2 walks, and a wild pitch (hit the back stop, on the fly, over my head).  The run scored on a sac fly.

  • #27 Starlyn Castillo has a blister on his index finger and is several days away from his first action.

DSL Phillies Red (14-7)  beat Rockies, 3-2.

DSL Phillies White (16-7)  beat Brewers, 6-3.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of June 26th.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
6/27/2019 – Phillies signed SS Bryson Stott
6/27/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Josh Tols on the 7-day IL
6/27/2019 – Clearwater sent RHP Spencer Howard on a rehab assignment to GCL West
6/27/2019 – RHP Daniel Vilchez assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/27/2019 – RHP Victor Vargas assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/27/2019 – LHP Hunter Milam assigned to GCL Philies East
6/27/2019 – Enyel De Los Santos activated by Lehigh Valley
6/27/2019 – Spencer Van Scoyoc activated by GCL East
6/26/2019 – RHP Starlyn Castillo assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/26/2019 – RHP Hilton Dyar assigned to GCL West
6/26/2019 – LHP Josh Hendrickson assigned to GCL West
6/26/2019 – RHP Gunner Mayer assigned to GCL West
6/26/2019 – Erik Miller assigned to GCL West from GCL East
6/26/2019 – RHP Brett Schulze assigned to GCL West
6/26/2019 – RHP Brendan Bell assigned to GCL East
6/26/2019 – RHP Adam Leverett assigned to GCL East
6/26/2019 – RHP Jamie Sara assigned to GCL East
6/26/2019 – RHP Daniel Vilchez assigned to GCL East from GCL West
6/25/2019 – SS Kervin Pichardo assigned to DSL Red
6/24/2019 – Phillies signed free agent SS Kervin Pichardo to a minor league contract
6/25/2019 – Phillies sent RHP Tommy Hunter on a rehab assignment to Reading
6/25/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Josh Martin on the 7-day IL, right calf strain
6/25/2019 – Reading sent RHP Connor Seabold on a rehab assignment to GCL West
6/24/2019 – RHP Emiliano Brazon assigned to DSL Red
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

104 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 6/27/2019

  1. Dalton Guthrie has an interesting flow this year. In April he hit .273 with 7 Ks and 0 BBs. May was a train wreck. He hit (or should I say didn’t hit) .138 with 16 Ks and 2 BBs. Suddenly, new life, in June he’s hitting .346 with 7 Ks and 5 BBs. He must be an example of someone who is working with the new hitting gurus. May being that uncomfortable part and June being reap the benefits part. Or maybe he got his eyes checked and adjusted.

  2. Does anyone know anything about late draft choice Jacob Hernandez? I really never heard anyone talk about him and he has decent numbers

    1. Rocco, I was just looking at the Reading box score and was thinking the same thing. Jim, talked about him a lot last year and thought he would be a fast mover up the organization. Jim had a front row seat 2 years in a row. He was in the GCL in 2017 and was triple bumped last year to CLW. He’s continuing his success this year. In 40+ innings this year he’s given up 24 hits and has 43 Ks to 16 BBs. Opponents hit .174 against him. Jakob has been spectacular in his last 10 games with a .65 ERA. If you’re looking for a future bullpen guy for the Phils, here he is. AAA might be only, in the words of Paul Simon, “a moment away”. Or maybe you want to go with “only a motion away”? Works both ways.

    2. I believe Hinkie talked Jake up a few times couple years ago. I haven’t seen anyone mention him lately but his results do warrant more chatter.

    3. @moffo – Jake the Cake is a Hinkie boy. You will not like him because he throw in the 80s barely touching low 90s but he has a good breaking. Hernandez is a big guy who looks like a Nose Tackle. He command of of his pitches and he can miss bats despite of the low velo in his FB.

      1. Yeah, but he’s a funky lefty, so you have to just wait and see on those guys. Some are deceptive enough that they can succeed at higher levels even if the velocity is only so-so.

      2. Yes. jaKe the caKe has a history of striking batters out.
        In 2016, he led all of JUCO baseball with 159 K’s. He doesn’t throw very hard (87-90), but he has a plus CB that has allowed him to total at least 10 K per 9 IP every year he’s thrown in college and MiLB.

        Eli Fishman (one of my favorite minor league reporters) scored this interview with the hefty lefty a couple of years ago.

  3. Twitter was full of comments last night about Bohm’s excellent defense at 3b last night as he made at least 4 outstanding plays. This is very exciting news. There was also an article yesterday with Bohm stating he really wants to stay at 3b. He has really worked hard at his defense and the results show it.

  4. Jim, I have tied in a comment of thanks to you in several posts, but I want to be extra clear.

    I am extremely appreciative of this blog! I quickly scan the milb box scores at night but I absolutely love reading your notes each morning! You gain and (only appropriately) share insights, you describe murmuring and excitement, you provide pitch/hit/fielding details we could not otherwise know. You are our eyes and ears! You do it like a professional, respectful to the org and to us fans. You set the tone and model how to comment about these young kids. And you honor the players so well that some of their parents and friends visit, read, and even are comfortable enough to post here. I can’t say it enough… Thank you! You are MUCH appreciated!

  5. Interesting take on Nicoly Pina, signed in the ’17-’18 signing period….good size at 6’3″ and close to 210 lbs …but turns 20 this fall so he will need to move along at a quicker pace thru the system. Seems to have great stuff but lacks even average control from the past metrics…, so if he can harness that control tool, he should be an interesting reliever prospect going forward.

  6. Overall great day for the Phillies organization:
    Phils complete a 4 gm sweep of the Mets, with 4 straight come from behind wins, 2 of them walkoffs
    – Nola pitches 7 shutout innings, 1 hit
    – Harper goes deep
    – Franco/Segura tie and end it with hrs

    Stott signs
    Bohm goes deep again in AA
    Spencer has a nice first outing, with Romero and Gowdy following up

    Pretty great news all around, topped off with a Braves collapse to the Cubs, spiked in the face by Kimbrel. Phils pickup a game

    Can’t really ask for much more .. Unless your neris … to be fair, it was 3 straight outings, and a day game after a night

    1. The one aspect I took from Jo Jo’s outing…no walks again.
      His last 33 innings pitched in Reading….2 walks.
      His first 31 innings this year between LHV and Reading….24 walks
      That is showing he is hitting his locations.
      He is again becoming the prospect KLaw once projected to be a key starter in a MLB rotation.

  7. Heard that Stott will begin his pro career in Clearwater. That’s exciting. Josh Bonifay is Houston bred and aggressive in promoting top prospects. Stott may spend most of 2020 in Reading, maybe Lehigh later in the season and if it goes well, make his debut in the Show in 2021. And I like the fact that he’s a lefty bat with pop. The Phillies need more of those in the pipeline.

    1. By Clearwater I think they meant the town by level I think they mean the GCL then onto WPT…

        1. Funny you mention it. I was watching a vide of Bohm in Clearwater a few weeks ago and really felt like I was looking at another version of Kris Bryant. If he can become 85% as good as Bryant we will have a real find on our hands. Alec Bohm is looking like one heck of a pick and, man, he would add a huge dimension to this lineup. Wow!

          1. Normally, some of these player comparisons are a little generous but Bohm really does have a similar stance to Kris Bryant.

          2. They are both big and strong….though I think Bohm is a little more fuller.
            But if can anywhere close to Bryant ‘s production that would be a huge plus for the Phillies.

            1. Bohm was getting Kris Bryant comps last year before the draft.
              Here’s a line from one of Kiley McDaniel’s scouting notebooks from April 2018: “Bohm has clearly overtaken his teammate and had some scouts whispering that he did some things like Kris Bryant the night I saw him against ECU. To be clear, Bohm isn’t seen as that level of a prospect just yet, but he isn’t as far away as you may think.”

              Here’s the entire story:

            2. And I really like that Bohm spent his winter working really hard on his defense. A lot of young players would only focus on offense because that’s more fun and sexy. But Bohm apparently worked very hard on all of his defensive shortcomings and it shows his work ethic and maturity. I mean, he’s now at his third level this year and we are not even into July – it’s very impressive.

      1. Bohm really is a polished hitter and I would have every expectation that at some point in 2020 he will be ready to take over 3B at CBP.

        He handles velo he reads spin he hits to all fields. And I think once he has seen a guy once or twice the game will get even easier for him. My comp for him has a hitter has always been Jayson Werth in his Phillies/peak years.

        he may even turn out better…

        1. I’m pretty excited about Bohm. I think he can be a middle of the order hitter that hits for AVG, Power, Walks, doesn’t strike out a lot. Thats rare to hit for power and not Stike out to much even if he has to move to First Base. Klentak better not get any ideas about trading this kid. Unless its for a top of the rotation stud under control for a few years.

            1. I mean the Phillies are seeing right now the risks of trading a young player with upside. I supported the J.P. Crawford trade and thank goodness Segura is playing well, but the risk was that Crawford could start clicking and become a big star and it’s starting to look like that’s exactly what’s happening. I never viewed Crawford as being an better than a potentially above average player, a solid first division regular but not more than that (3-4 WAR). I may have been quite wrong about that.

          1. I think the Phillies realize what value they may have found in Bohm. I don’t see any reason for them to trade him – the whole point is to KEEP players like this when you’ve got a good team, trade the lesser players and sign free agents to fill in the gap. As I’ve always said, the Phillies rebuilding PLAN itself was and always has been solid. What was more questionable was the talent evaluation and developmental issues. But if they start promoting some really good hitters (and they have in recent years), they can shift their FA dollars to starting pitching.

            1. Like KuKo has mentioned in the past…gerit Cole will be out there next off-season….and 2nd round loss for Cole is Bounty absorbed

            2. Well, the plan is the easy part. The harder parts are the talent evaluation and especially development. Also, trading “lesser players” isn’t going to get much in return and thus isn’t really an important part of a rebuilding plan.

            1. The physical size profiles…the batting stance and follow thru are different…Werth was more erect and straight away with a different shorter load after 2009….Bohm is slightly closed and longer load.

            2. I haven’t studied them carefully, but when I saw Bohm hit, I immediately noticed what I believed was a striking similarity to Kris Bryant.

    1. Interesting blurb from that article. “with Adam Haseley on a rehab assignment, the Phillies last four first round picks from 2015-18 were in the game for Reading – Bohm (2018), Haseley (2017), Mickey Moniak (2016) and Cornelius Randolph (2015).” Can anyone from this site’s crack research staff find out if that ever happened before for any organization?

  8. During the Phils game in the third inning they interviewed Story, he sounds like a good kid.

  9. Minniti was explicit that Stott will get to move at his pace. I’d expect a college player of his ilk would follow a similar path as Haseley and Bohm.

    1. Pretty crazy news. Matt last week he made a error and the post, by someone was hope he can play third, off one error, now he is Chris Bryant. unreal

      1. Rocco – different people post different things. All I’ve said is that physically he looks like Kris Bryant – and he does! And most of us have been rallying around him since about mid-April. Bohm is looking like a great prospect.

        1. I don’t know a thing about him catch. I just cant figure out how someone can post HOPE HE CAN PLAY THIRD. based off one error he made, at a game they attended, He is playing in the minors learning ,

          1. Yes, to me, it was a silly post if it was motivated off of one error in one game. It was just sort of an odd tangent given that recent reports are that he CAN play third.

      2. He did make a throwing error yesterday (his 1st with Reading) but the box scores never have a symbol for when an exceptionally good play is made. Guess that would be subjective. Still don’t understand why they won’t leave him alone at 3b.

        1. I think they are focusing on the bat and they know that if he bats he will be in the lineup.

    2. You know what’s really impressive? Mickey Moniak developing a really discerning approach at the plate. He’s walked 13 times in about 108 plate appearances in June and in his last 10 games he’s walked 6 times and struck out 6 times. It’s not easy to develop this type of plate discipline. Guys either usually have it or they don’t have it. Moniak has worked on this and he’s getting better at it and he needed to get better to have a chance to be a big league impact bat. He keeps surprising me in very good ways. He must be an extremely hard worker. These changes don’t happen quickly or by accident.

  10. Two things of note from yesterday. 1- Bryson Stott signed and can now start his career in which he hopefully becomes a quality major leaguer. And 2- Spencer Howard got back on the mound in game action, and hopefully doesn’t have any sort of setbacks in between starts. Hopefully he can get 2 solid months at Clearwater and show that his shoulder is completely healthy.

  11. Ethan Lindow, a 20 yo 6’3″ LHP is quietly having another good year. K/9 = 10+ and BB/9 = <2 which is an improvement from last year. Reports show a generic LHP prospect – hig 80s to low 90s FB, a developing breaking ball and a raw CU – very Bailey Falter like.

    The challenge will be in the high minors. I like Bailey Falter a lot. He performed in every level except the AA. But at 22 yo and year 1 in AA, there's still room to grow.

    1. Lindow and Tom Glavine have worked together since Lindow was on Glavine’s sons’ traveling team. So that is a good sign….he can sequence a hitter correctly.

  12. A lot of opinions have been expressed about how badly the Phillies have drafted over the years. Looking back, Randolph is at AA, and is still only 22 years old. Moniak is also at AA, and is only 21. Haseley is 23 at AAA, and Bohm is 22 in AA ball. Stott (21), by all accounts appears to be a can’t miss prospect. It is way, way, way too early to think that any of these guys are a “bust”. Different players develop at different speeds, and High schoolers take longer (Randolph, Moniak). When you add in players like Medina (22), Spencer Howard (22), and Jhailyn Ortiz (20), the Phillies farm system doesn’t look too awful. the major league roster is loaded right now, and this affords Klentak the luxury of not having to rush players to the big leagues. In the one case where he has had to rush players (bullpen), Arano and Dominguez last year, and Garcia and Hammer this year have all performed above expectations. Is there a Koufax, Schmidt, or Brad Lidge in this group? Probably not, but in the next 2 years all of these guys will help the Phillies as players or trade chips. I wish that I was 10 years younger so that I could live to see how this team develops.

      1. Rocco – Harper, McCutchen, Kingery, Nola, Neris, Hernandez, Segura, Realmuto, Eflin, and Hoskins. Yes, the major league league roster is loaded. You need a reality check more than a drink.

        1. I side with Rocco this roster is good but its far from loaded. Is there a single All Star on it? Anything resembling an MVP

          Nope we don’t even have a single player ranked in the top 10 OPS. You have to go all the way down to 16 where you will find Hoskins.

          1. That’s true because the lineup is generally underperforming. Only Kingery (who doesn’t qualify with enough PAs) is exceeding expectations. That doesn’t mean that with reasonable rebounding from here on, the lineup will be more potent. Harper’s hottest streak hasn’t happened yet. Hoskins is the closest to his average production. JTR hasn’t caught fire yet. My money is on Segura’s BA finishing closer to .300, and Franco’s 2nd bi-summer hot streak is underway. Bruce is an ideal veteran supplemental piece for this roster. The X factor remains the starting rotation.

            1. JTR Career Splits:
              July……320 .365 .498
              Aug……216 .282 .360 …dog day tired more than likely
              Sept…..282 .323 .468

        2. Wawa do you live in Denver cause I want what your smoking loaded, not one allstar, not one tor arm. Nola so far isn’t that guy he could be but isn’t.

          1. Rocco – I live in Las Vegas where pot is also legal, and from time to time, I get high. Anyway, the Phillies must have wasted 8 or more solid performances (including today) by their starting pitchers. If this offense doesn’t improve in the 2nd half, we’re cooked.

      2. If pitching is 70% of baseball nobody can say the roster is loaded. There are two pitchers you can reasonably count on: Nola and Eflin. Pivetta is nothing more than a coin flip from start to start, VV is an even bigger coin flip, and Arrietta is average and on the downside.

        There is nobody to call up from the minors. Irvin doesn’t have starter stuff. Neither does Suarez. Anderson has been a mediocre AAA starter. I like DLS but he has underperformed, Maybe because he has been jacked around. Or maybe this is who he is. He deserves more chances.

        The closest minor league help looks like Damon Jones. He has spent most of the year in A ball. He has two AA starts. Howard might have been the guy but he has only four starts this year due to injury.

        Come on.

          1. Romus, depending on who Klentak acquires at the deadline, I would not be surprised to see Medina up sometime in August, especially with Bonifay’s influence and tendency to aggressively promote. Hell, if Irvin got the green light….

        1. NL – You may be right about Irvin, but in his last 2 starts; 13 IP, 11 hits, 3 earned runs, 1 BB, 9 K’s. I’d give him another shot before I ran VV out there again.

    1. First to Wawa – brother, my prayer is that the Lord sustains you long enough to see 3 more World Series appearances. And may the weed be with you….

      Rocco, this roster is impressive aside from the lack of depth on the pitching staff. I posted yesterday that the Phillies are 39-9, 3rd best winning percentage in games where they have scored 4+ runs. Only LAD and HOU have better. Now that doesn’t cure all their ills but it says a lot when they click. In the meantime, grab a brew…don’t cost nothin’.

    2. Day 1 picks has significant effect in the early evaluation of the Rule 4 draft since most of the these Rd 1 and 2 picks represent the best prospects in the land. Rd 1 (particularly Top 10) picks gather the closest eye since they are supposed to be the cream of the crop and the one’s expected to be MLB contributors.

      Realistically, 2015 and 2016 Day 1 draftees are expected to be MLB contributors (or close to) as this point in time. Johnny A. only produced one – Scott Kingery. Compared to the team that the Phillies will compete with ATL – they produced Soroka, Riley, Allard, Minter, Bryse Wilson and potentially Ian Anderson.

      2017 – present are still TBD although currently, the Phillies are looking to hit with their Day 1 picks in Haseley, Bohm and Howard. Having picks 1.7 (Haseley) and 1.3 (Bohm), it is reasonably to assume that the Phillies should get at least a MLB average.

      Remember, the Phillies have Top 10 picks in 2015-2018 and a Top 15 pick in 2019 — 5 very good chances to get a MLB player. These 5 high draft positions yields to higher expectations and should rightfully so.

      1. If you’re counting Bryse Wilson and Kolby Allard then you neglected to include Cole Irvin. Also interesting that Ian Anderson in AA-ball was Included by Moniak in AA was not. Also note that Braves had 9 picks in the 1st 2 rounds in 2015/2016 vs. the Phillies who had 4.

        This is not to say that the Phillies have had great success in recent drafts but context does matter..

        1. Also interesting to start in 2015 and not 2014 since the Phillies got Nola/Hoskins in that year and the Braves got Sobotka?

        2. Johnny A is the current Domestic Scouting Director and his responsibility started in 2015 Rule 4 draft (not 2014 or previous year) so I will clarify that as to why I started in 2015.

          Second, while both Anderson and Moniak are in AA – Anderson is the better prospect. I did mention MLB contributors (or close) and Anderson can contribute to ATL right now and possibly better than some of the young arms in the Phillies 40-man. Moniak is making strides but he is not yet close to MLB ready.

          Third, you can include Irvin if you want. But it still not tilt the scale in any way. The rotation (Pivetta, Vinny, Eick, Ranger, etc) played so bad that it forced the Phillies to call up Irvin earlier than they wanted to.

          And lastly, if you want to compare quantity (# of picks) you also need to consider quality. ATL 9 picks in 2015/2016 Day 1 are Allard, Soroka, Riley, Lucas, Minter, Ian Anderson, Joey Wentz and Kyle Mueller. While Johnny A. drafted – Randolph, Kingery, Moniak and Gowdy.

          ATL has the # picks but what’s important is – ATL possibly successful make use of their selections considering that PHI has 1.10 and 1.1 vs 1.14 and 1.4 for ATL.

  13. Any thoughts on Grant Dyer? He was looked at as a reliever only coming out of UCLA but with a big fastball. The injuries set him back a little bit but he has been dominant at Clearwater. Matt Winkleman has him in his pitch track data (link below) as not getting back to 90 yet. Just wondering, Jim or anyone who has seen him, do you have any other readings on where his fastball is?

    33.1 IP, 0.54 ERA, 6bb, 34 SO. 2 ER on the season. Seems good . . .

    Also curious about Tyler Carr – if anyone has velocity on him that’d be great.

    1. I liked Grant Dyer when he was draft and stayed with him even after the injury suffered in 2017. Grant Dyer projects as a high leverage pen arm (can pitch multi innings if needed) who is expected to go up easily. While the injury slowed him down in 2018, Dyer is starting to go back to his original self. He’s stuff is 92-96 FB with above ave CB and throw occasional CU — the 2019 version is probably still 85% of his projection. Dyer can be a Rule 5 casualty (a team like LAD or HOU will snatch him) if not protected this year.

      Think of Victor Arano with a CB (instead of a SL) as a comparison to Grant Dyer.

      1. “the 2019 version is probably still 85% of his projection.” If this quote is accurate and he’s sitting around 90, he’s not a prospect, especially out of the pen. I guess the hope is that he regains velocity – but that’s just a hope.

        1. @catch – I’m not sure what’s your expectation from a Rd 8 sign that is a bullpen arm. Technically, he is a prospect so I will correct you on that. Maybe not a high end prospect, but he is a prospect. Bullpen prospects are never rated high anyway unless he’s a closer type and I don’t see anybody that projects Dyer as closer type.

          Some of the reports I’ve seen is that he is sitting in the low 90s but the command and the CB is looking better. The throwing motion appears to be better too so it is not unreasonable to think that the velocity will eventually go up. And I did say 85% of himself and what do you expect a 85% of a 92-96 FB guy will throw? 93-95? Your kidding man!

          Dyer is in CLW so Jim P can provide better evaluation about him.

          1. KuKo … Matt Winkelman (a couple of weeks ago) was here and posted Dyer was only throwing in the upper 80’s this season.

            1. which is +1/-1 or +2/-2 of what I saw which IMO a 1-2 delta in FB velo of various reports are ok. I did mention that Dyer is at low 90s and only at 85%.

          2. Kuko…Dyer… May 18, vs Stone Crabs….93-94 velo….with his second save this season. Slider low 80s.

            1. this should make Catch happy. I like Dyer so I try not to be bias, but it looks like my reporting is conservative.

              I respect MattWinks and will not dispute his reporting, but I try to look to as many as possible reports to verify what I see/know.

            2. @romus – that’s why I allow +2/-2 in the FB velo report. When Rosso first pitch at LHV, he was reported to throw in the mid-90s which made me spit my beer!

              I like seeing various reports to come up with a conclusion.

          3. Look, I’m not there to see him, so I have no idea how hard he’s throwing. All I’m saying is that a relief prospect who throws in the high 80s isn’t much of a prospect unless he can regain some velocity. Nothing more or less.

            1. @catch – you’re just too quick in the trigger. That Dyer dude lost a year due to injury and this is the year that he looks finally healthy. I don’t want to dispute MattWinks report but I’ve seen others with different data. And yet, I still withhold judgement not until I see Dyer perform at 100%.

            2. I respectfully disagree. I said I don’t know how hard he’s throwing but if he’s throwing only in the high 80s he’s not really much of a relief prospect. I take no position on how hard he’s throwing or whether or not he will recover because I have no idea. I’m just stating the facts – relievers who throw in the high 80s have little chance for success in the majors.

  14. Aggressive but if Bohm is tearing it at AA and Franco continues to crap the bed, is there any chance of a call up? CeHe becomes trade bait but look at this lineup:

    1. Haseley CF
    2. Segura SS
    3. Bryce RF
    4. Hoskins 1B
    5. Realmuto C
    6. Bruce LF
    7. Bohm 3B
    8. Kingery 2B

    1. Franco has certainly struggled this year, but not sure if the “continues to crap the bed” comment is warranted a day after a huge four-game sweep of the Mets in which he hit three home runs.

      Unless you were referring to the Mets’ beds? 🙂

      1. I agree, I think the change in approach ot ABs has helped Franco, he is not the type of hitter that Kap wanted.

    2. Good assemblage of players – I assume it’s for this year only. That said, Scott Kingery has been the best player on the Phillies this year so there’s no chance I bat him 8th where he bats the least frequently and has the least opportunity to generate offense.

  15. Random Factoid: Francisco Morales has appeared in 15 games for Lakewood this season. In all but one of those games, he had more strikeouts than innings pitched.

    Since May 1, he has a 2.36 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP and a14.16 K/9. (BB/9 still high at 3.93).

    He doesn’t turn 20 until a few days before Halloween.

  16. I’m in San Diego at SABR. . Anyone know why Garcia was removed from Lakewood last nigh?

    1. That’s classified information. Makes you wonder why it’s even mentioned that he was removed if no one can find out why.

      1. He hit a pop up to the 2nd baseman, then was taken out the following inning.
        Maybe he tweaked something hustling down the line…or maybe the opposite.

          1. yeah….that is what I meant about the ‘opposite’….ain’t the first time for youngsters and will not be last…they are not slacking , they just miss their pitch and get angered

  17. Spencer will have one last rehab start on Wednesday. He said he feels great and can’t wait to get back at it!

  18. Bohm just walked them off with a 2 run single in the 10th. Moniak 2 more hits, double, HBP.

  19. Listi with 2 more HRs tonight. 5 since moving up to Lehigh. Bring him up, let him platoon with Bruce in LF. This bench needs a fresh bat.

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