Threshers Recap – 6/29/2019

Caught my first glimpse of first round pick, Bryson Stott.  The GCL Phillies East squad he is assigned to came out on Schmidt Field during the West game on Roberts.  I had been walking around the Complex building anticipating spotting him at some point.  As it was, it was a long range view, since the players did their exercises, drills, and long toss in left field. When they were done, they hydrated in the dugout before going inside to hit in the batting cages.

The field were covered, so it seemed unlikely that they would hit outside or take infield/outfield practice.  We had a very heavy rain overnight again.  Ashburn Field showed signs of flooding in most of right field.

I had the pleasure of talking to families again as well as a couple of Phuture Phillies readers.  Marcus Lee Sang’s parents and uncle were at the Complex again.  So was Gunner Mayer’s father, Aidan Anderson’s father, and coach Bobby Wernes’ father.  Among many other things, I learned that Aidan has a twin in the Rangers’ organization.  Which reminded me that Sal Gozzo (non-drafted free agent) has a twin at UConn.

The readers were Tom and Dave.  Tom came over and “paid his respects” in front of a group of new players.  By the looks I got for a short while afterward, I felt they wondered who the heck I was.  So, I made sure I greeted every coach or Phillies’ official who passed to build up my prestige in their eyes. #phakeprestige

In case you didn’t notice in yesterday’s column, Lee Sang is Marcus’ surname.  While I’m at it – Rudy Rott is pronounced “Rote”, Cam Beauchamp is pronounced “Beach Um”, Chris Micheles is pronounced “Michaels”, Spencer Van Scoyoc is pronounced “Van Skoy”, Hilton Dyar goes by “Dallas Dyar”, and I learned today that Logan Simmons is now Kendall Simmons.

Jadiel Sanchez was in a work out uni and seated in the bleachers during the game.

And, I want to repeat something I inserted into the comments section.  I don’t know if you all saw it, but I think it bears repeating.

Do NOT use Game Day to see a pitcher’s pitch and strike totals for the GCL and AZL.  I spotted a major discrepancy the first day and asked Stats King (the official scorer at a lot of Phillies GCL games) about it.  He told me it’s a flaw in the system.  I saw later that Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs complained on social media about the same thing for the AZL (Arizona’s equivalent to the GCL).

Here’s what’s going on.  A pitcher’s pitch count is reported as 3 pitches for each strike out, 4 pitches for each walk, and one pitch for each at bat where a ball is put in play.  And, all pitches in an at bat that results in a strike out are recorded as a swinging or called depending on the actual third strike.

So, for example, a pitcher who went four innings with 4 hits, 1 walk, 7 strike outs (5 swinging), an HBP, and a fielding error by an infielder would be listed as having thrown 36 pitches/31 strikes in Game Day.  That’s 21 pitches for the 7 Ks, 5 pitches for the other 5 outs, 4 pitches for the walk, 4 pitches for the 4 hits, and one pitch each for HBP and the error (21+5+4+4+1+1=36).  Subtract the non-strikes, the 4 balls for the walk and the 1 pitch for the HBP and you have 31 strikes.  Additionally, Game Day would show 15 swinging strikes for all pitches in the 5 strike outs that ended with a swing and a miss and 6 called strikes for the pitches in the the strike outs that were by a called third strike.

This only occurs in the GCL and AZL Game Day box scores.

Clearwater (9-3, 45-33)  beat St. Lucie, 8-2.

Kyle Glosgoski went 4.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  He left with a shutout and runners on the corners.  Tyler Carr entered and gave up 2 RBI line drive singles (allowing both inherited runners to score) before getting a ground ball out to end the inning.  He went another two no-hit innings and struck out three.  Keylan Killgore recorded 2 hits and a strike out in one inning.  Kyle Arjona pitched a one-hit ninth.

Jhailyn Ortiz opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning.  Simon Muzziotti followed that with an RBI double in the second.  The Threshers continued to score in the third on Matt Kroon’s 2-run double and a fielding error.  They added an insurance run in the seventh on Luke Miller’s solo HR (1).  And, tacked on 2 more in the eighth on Ortriz’ RBI single and a wild pitch.

  • #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 (.222) went 2-5 with 2 RBI
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.289) went 1-5 with a run scored, double, RBI 
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL on May 1st, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.276)  went 1-4 with a run scored, BB, SB(10)
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.224) went 0-5 with a run scored
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.245)

Lehigh Valley (37-41)  beat Scranton, 12-3. 

Cole Irvin went seven innings (108 pitches) and held Scranton to one run on 6 hits.  He walked none and struck out six.  Connor Brogdon made his debut and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in 0.2 innings.  John Curtiss came in and walked a batter before getting the third out.  He pitched the ninth giving up 2 hits.

The IronPigs scored 12 runs on 13 hits.  They started early with Shane Robinson’s 2-run HR (5) in the first inning.  They scored again in the fourth on Rob Brantly’s solo HR (3).  Then they went off with 4 in the fifth on Nick Williams RBI double, Brantly’s 2-run double, and Lane Adams’ RBI single; 2 in the sixth on Robinson’s 2-run HR (6); and 3 in the seventh on Robinson’s bases-loaded walk and Adam Haseley’s 2-run single.

Robinson went 3-5, 3 runs scored, 2 HR (6), and 5 RBI.  Williams went 3-5 with an RBI.  Brantly went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, HR (3), 3 RBI.  Adams had 2 hits.

  • #3 Adam Haseley (.310) went 1-4 with a run scored, 2 RBI, BB
  • #6 Enyel De Los Santos (3-3, 3.54)
  • #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 (3-0, 2.35) – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-4,  7.07)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.65) no longer prospect eligible
  • #30 Deivi Grullon (.304)

Reading (7-5, 46-33)  beat Portland, 4-1.

Damon Jones didn’t have his best stuff, but still went six innings and held the Sea Dogs to one run on 4 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out six.  Garrett Cleavinger walked one and struck out two in one inning.  Jake Hernandez pitched an inning and gave up one hit and struck out two.  Addison Russ struck out the side in the ninth and picked up his 11th save.

The Phils scored two in the first on Alec Bohm’s 2-run HR (3).  They scored two more in the third on Bohm’s RBI single and and a force out.

Bohm had 2 of the Phils’ 6 hits.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.250) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored with a HR (3), 3 RBI
  • #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)
  • #9 Mickey Moniak (.268) went 2-4 with 2 BB
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.173)
  • #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 (.234) went 0-3 with a BB
  • #28 Connor Seabold – placed on the 7-day IL on April 4th

Lakewood (3-7, 32-48)  beat Greensboro, 4-2.

Tyler McKay pitched five innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out six.  Rafi Gonell pitched three no-hit innings, walking 4 and striking out five.  Michael Gomez earned his first save with a scoreless inning.

The BlueClaws scored a run in the first inning when Hunter Stovall was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.  They scored again in the second on Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI single.  The added a run in the sixth on Cole Stobbe’s RBI double.  And, tacked on another run in the seventh on Gutierrez’ solo HR (2).

Gutierrez went 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a HR (2), and 2 RBI.  Yerwin Trejo (.273) had 2 hits and 2 stolen bases.  Seth Lancaster (.429) went 1-1 with 3 walks and 2 stolen bases.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.195) went 0-4
  • #8 Francisco Morales (1-4, 3.88)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.268) went 1-4
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (3-1, 4.19) –
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-3, 3.59)
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-5, 4.82)
  • #29 Manuel Silva (1-2, 4.97)

Williamsport (3-12)  lost to West Virginia, 6-5 in eleven innings.

Leonel Aponte went three innings and gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.  Tyler Burch retired 5 batters in his two innings as well as picking off one of the two runners he inherited.  Luis Cedeno blew the save giving up a run in three innings.  He’s 24 and in low-A.  Time to move on?  Adam Cox pitched the 9th and 10th innings.  He didn’t allow the OT runner to score and struck out two.  Blake Bennett committed a throwing error on a sac bunt to start the eleventh that allowed the OT runner to score the winning run.

The Cutters scored in the first on Hunter Hearn’s RBI single.  They scored 2 in the fourth on a wild pitch and Logan O’Hoppe’s sac fly.  They took the lead in the fifth on a ground out and a fielder’s choice.

Hunter Hearn had 2 of the team’s 5 hits.  Nick Matera went 1-3 with 2 walks.

But, there’s this from Mitch Rupert –

GCL Phillies East (2-3)  did not play.

GCL Phillies West (3-2)  beat Yankees West, 4-0 with a 2-hitter.

Manager Milver Reyes used seven pitchers in today’s game.  They combined to shut out the Yankees on 2 hits and 6 walks.

The Phils scored their runs in the second inning on Jose Rivera’s 2-run ground rule double, J.C. Smith’s RBI ground rule double, and Sal Gozzo’s RBI double.

Johan Rojas went 3-3 with a run scored, double, triple, and a walk.  Sal Gozzo went 2-5 with a double and an RBI.  Herbert Iser went 2-2 with a run scored and 2 walks.  Jose Rivera went 2-3 with a run scored, double, 2 RBI, and a stolen base.

The pitching went like this (note they carried a no hitter into the fifth) –

  1. Gunner Mayer (18, RHP) – 1.0 IP, 1 K – FB 90-93 mph sat 92
  2. Eduar Segovia (18, RHP) – 3.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K – FB 90-93 mph sat 91-93
  3. Connor Hinchliffe (22, RHP) – 0.1 IP, 2 BB, 1 K – FB 86-89 mph sat 88-89
  4. Brett Schulze (21, RHP) – 1.0 IP. 1 BB – FB 91-93 mph sat 92-93
  5. Josh Hendrickson (21, LHP) – 1.0 IP, 1 K – FB 89-91 mph sat 89-90
  6. Brian Marconi (22, LHP) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K – FB 88-90 mph sat 89-90
  7. Fernando Lozano (19, RHP) – 1.0 IP – FB 85-89 mph

Gunner Mayer is a tall, thin fellow (6’6, 190).  I spoke with his father.  He told me that Gunner has a bit more velocity (up to 95 mph).  But, he had a bout with the flu that cost him about 15 pounds.  He hasn’t yet regained all the weight back, nor all his strength.  In his short time in Clearwater, he’s already put on about 6-8 pounds of weight and muscle.

  • #27 Starlyn Castillo has a blister on his index finger and appears to be close to his first action.  The finger is no longer bandaged.

DSL Phillies Red (14-8)  did not play.

DSL Phillies White (17-8)  beat Tigers1, 4-3.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of June 29th.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
6/29/2019 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
6/29/2019 – Clearwater activated RF Danny Mayer from the 7-day IL
6/29/2019 – RHP Gilmael Troya assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
6/29/2019 – RHP Michael Gomez assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
6/28/2019 – Phillies signed CF Marcus Lee Sang
6/28/2019 – Phillies signed OF Jadiel Sanchez
6/28/2019 – Phillies activated RHP Tommy Hunter from the 60-day IL
6/28/2019 – Phillies activated CF Adam Haseley from the 10-day IL
6/28/2019 – Phillies designated RHP Fernando Salas for assignment
6/28/2019 – Phillies optioned Adam Haseley to Lehigh Valley
6/28/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Luke Leftwich on the 7-day IL, bicep
6/28/2019 – RHP Connor Brogdon assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
6/28/2019 – RHP Grant Dyer assigned to Reading from Clearwater
6/28/2019 – RHP Luis Carrasco assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
6/28/2019 – Clearwater placed RF Ben Aklinski on the 7-day IL
6/28/2019 – RHP Andrew Schultz assigned to Lakewood from GCL East
6/28/2019 – Lakewood released LF Jimmy Smith
6/28/2019 – RHP Tyler Burch assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
6/28/2019 – 2B Christian Valerio assigned to GCL West from Williamsport
6/28/2019 – 2B Edgar Made assigned to GCL West from Williamsport
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

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

    1. Bohm looks like the real deal. A top prospect that the scouts like and also produces good stats. I am very excited by him. And we need to hit on him so badly.

  1. So unfair that Carr got the win for Clearwater after letting two inherited runners to score.

  2. Phillies- do the right thing. Trade Nick Williams to another organization. His 1038 OPS in Lehigh should restore some of his shine

    1. His close friend JPC is starting to find his hitting groove in Seattle…..I expect Williams , once he gets continued playing time, will also do well at the plate….at least from a power/ISO perspective.

  3. It would be really nice if Damon Jones could do in the majors what Randy Wolf did all those years ago when he came up with the Phillies.

    Wolf was 6 foot 200 pounds while Jones is 6’5″ and 225 lbs. One thing Jones does that Wolf didn’t do is strike out a lot more batters.

    1. It’s not that far fetched that Jones could get called up to the Show this year. He’s their best arm closest to the top and has a big arm.

  4. Very encouraging to see Moniak take a lot of walks in June. Good monthly progress for Mickey. Ignore the overall numbers. Just look at the monthly progress and second half numbers. He still has a long way to go, but he has a chance.

    1. Moniak has become my favorite guy to look for in the box scores lately. I just hope he can keep this up for the rest of the year. Even his full season numbers are pretty good; he’s inching towards an .800 OPS.

    2. The dramatically improved plate discipline is HUGE! He does have a ways to go but finally he is pretty much on track. The question is now whether he can improve his power and hit tougher pitching but he is now a very very serious prospect again – perhaps even vying for top 5 treatment.

  5. V1… not sure what you’re looking at as far as moniak having a “chance”… have you looked at how many categories he is top 10 and actually top five and most of them? Hits xbh. 3b 2b RBI. Slugging% runs etc. Not only that even his batting average is than top 20. Seems like you always have an ax to grind with him you give him a little credit and then have to bring them back down. I think he has more than a chance. He is going to turn into a very fine Big League ball player just watch. He’s doing it at a very young age and double-a. Not everyone matures and hits their stride at the same time.. I don’t hear you talkin about Garcia any more. Does he have a chance?

      1. Meant to say…not Moniak, but in general, all the current hitters in the EL are not as highly productive as previous years.

    1. Harry – On the “does he have a chance” question. Moniak is only 21 yrs. old, and is playing in First Energy Stadium. We’ll all get a better idea of his chances next year when he’s at AAA.

      1. I agree we will have a better idea next year ( or poss this yr on a promotion to AAA). one thing is certain about this yr in AA… doesn’t seem like first energy is padding his stats any.

  6. I’d never think of dropping by the Complex without paying my respects! Great to see you yesterday, I’m sure I’ll see you Monday at the Threshers game!

  7. If any one attended the reading game, please share us ur thoughts on Jones’ and Bohm, Mickey with a couple of BBs!!!

  8. I was at the Reading game last night, so I can give some quick thoughts.

    Bohm’s homer was on an inside first pitch fastball (immediately folllowing a leadoff walk) that he lined over the left center wall. His second hit was a hard grounder past a drawn-in infield. Had they been playing at normal depth, it may have been an out but would’ve gotten the run home. He handled about five plays in the field and looked pretty good. His height came in handy when he backhanded a liner (I imagine a shorter 3B may have made a highlight film catch, but it looked fairly routine to Bohm) and made a nice barehanded play on a slow roller.

    Mickey Mo drawing two walks was nice to see. The pitcher was a bit wild on the first one, but the second walk was a nice selective at-bat. He then followed up with a seeing-eye single and a nice line drive into right field. Fielding-wise, he had a hard-sinking liner hit his way that he caught with no issue.

    Jones seemed pretty average, or perhaps effective is the right word. He was around 100 pitches after 6, nothing spectacular but a solid overall game, especially when you factor in that he was spotted an early lead. I accept full blame for the run he gave up. I wanted to go get a hot dog and some fries (excellent dogs at First Energy Field) and they scored a run whilst I was waiting for my fries.

    Solid bullpen job. Russ was consistenly in the mid-90s and shut the door nicely.

    BTW, since my wife got me a 20 ticket bank for my birthday, I’ll be heading to a fair amount of Reading games over the next two months. Next up: This Tuesday. So I will be more than happy to get some first hand reports.


    1. Thanks for the report; looking forward to more in the future. Good to hear about the defense for Bohm/Moniak.

      Could you tell how many different types of pitches Jones was throwing? I’ve been wondering if he has a changeup at all, or if he possibly throws both a slider and curveball.

      1. Unfortunately I missed the two of the innings that Jones pitched and I wasn’t fully paying attention to what he was throwing. I seem to recall checking the gun occasionally and his fastball was low 90s. My best analysis is that he was mixing it up fairly well since he didn’t struggle in any of the innings, but he wasn’t dominant either. While that is definitely a non-review, I’d have to classify it as a Corey Lidle/Joe Blanton type of performance. Go out, keep the opposition off the scoreboard, win the game. Very workmanlike performance. Hopefully I’ll get to see him again and I’ll try to pay better attention to how he mixes it up.

        1. Many thanks. I’ll take a workmanlike performance from Jones once in awhile, considering how good he’s been overall.

  9. If the major league teams are developing the farm, I don’t understand why the Threshers didn’t allow Glogoski to try to finish the inning and work out of the jam. I think he was only at about 80 pitches or so. Maybe someone who was there or someone who knows more about this than I can educate me.

    1. Development over wins and other stats.

      Now, while it is a good learning objective to see how a pitcher will work out of a jam, you still have to protect his arm.

      80 pitches in say the sixth or seventh inning is different from 80 pitches in the fourth inning. With one out.

      He threw 13 pitches to the first 2 batters in the fifth for a lead off walk and a strike out – his fourth and fifth 3-ball counts in the game (and his third and fourth in his last seven batters). After a first-pitch line out, there was a mound visit.

      I’m guessing that coach told him the next batter was his last, because the 3- and 4-hole hitters followed and would be batting left-handed.

      It probably didn’t help when the 2-hole batter fell behind 0-2 but took the at bat to seven pitches and singled on a 2-2 pitch. Now, he’s at 21 pitches for the inning, and with only one out. Another mound visit sealed his fate. And we don’t know, maybe he had something physical like a blister or some other thing.

      Now, before we question bringing in a RHP, the Threshers only have 2 LHP in the bullpen – Warren and Killgore. Both are used in the setup/closer role. Warren had pitched the night before and probably wasn’t available. (I’ve noticed that relievers don’t often pitch on back-to-back nights. Once again development. They want to develop ALL of their pitchers.)

      The outcome was only unfavorable if it’s only about wins and losses for an individual pitcher, because the team did win.

  10. Thanks for the report Jeff.

    Wawa, check out Moniak’s splits. No First Energy effect.

    The monthly progress is great — as v1 highlighted — here are Moniak’s numbers for June:

    Slash: .300/.398/.490
    K rate: 19.5%
    BB rate: 12.7%
    wRC+: 159

    That’s not a typo, he’s been 59% better than league average in June. His wRC+ by month:

    April: 75
    May: 119
    June: 159

  11. One question about Damon Jones has been the number of walks he gives up. Interestingly, he has improved his walks-per-nine-innings rate as he has advanced to higher levels:

    Williamsport 7
    Lakewood 4
    Clearwater 3.9
    Reading 3.5

  12. Reading down 2-1. 4 straight innings where a base hit can produce. But No. Be tough to pitch for Reading, Have to be perfect. Hopes with all 1st rounders there would be more production. Development Development Development

  13. Just glancing at Reading game day box score and saw that Moniak was replaced mid game by Stephen. Anybody know why?

  14. Moniak slid in feet first, catching line drive out looked like he pulled hamstring. Not confirmed.
    OMG Bossart 3 rbi walkoff 3-2 win
    Williams once again produces with BB and great At Bats

  15. Talked to Mickey and he said he irritated his hammy a couple games ago and just a little stiff especially after running out a grounder and then that sliding catch. He doesn’t think too bug of a deal.

  16. Reading last night:
    To me, Jones wasn’t sharp. He was missing spots quite a bit and was helped by a poor Portland team who swung at many a bad pitch. Also, a questionable umpire.
    Still, for stuff I got:
    FB: sat 92-93 mostly. Touched 94 twice and 95 once on the stadium gun. Late innings there were a few 91s and a 90 and an 89. But even by then Portland was late on 91 so I think he probably hides ball well. Cv 79-80 only a few. One of the last pitches he threw looked like an 82 hammer-curve—great pitch but I’m not positive what it was. Threw a lot of 83-84 sliders. When they were near the plate they were good pitches. He’s supposed to be working on a change. I think I saw a couple 85-86 that got hit pretty hard and moved very little. To me, it wasn’t as impressive as the stat line, but he’s a big lefty who can bring it, so it should be fun to watch. Based on that start, anyway, I’m nowhere near suggesting he get called to the majors or even AAA.

    Bohm is the real deal. Big kid, and the fielding looked great both last night and tonight.

    Moniak. I didn’t see exactly what happened. Sources I have at the stadium didn’t know anything about why he was pulled. It was getting late and I didn’t feel like the walk to my car to get my credential. Moniak and one of the trainers were missing from the dugout late in the game. With the holiday week coming up it seems like a lot of the beat writers had the day/weekend off. We’ll await something official.

    A walk-off home run was a really nice way to end the weekend.

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