Threshers Recap – 7/1//2019

When I arrived at the Complex, Erik Miller was throwing a live batting practice on Ashburn Field.  I only saw about a dozen pitches.  It looked like he was throwing 3/4 arm slot, but a few appeared to be over the top.  He looked good, can’t wait to see more.

Stott, Lee Sang, and Sanchez were on Schmidt Field, shagging during batting practice.  Just as their group was called to hit, some rain began to fall, what we called a sun shower up north.  The coaches called practice just as the rain stopped.  Stott, Lee Sang, and Sanchez were in the group that was about to take BP.  Dang.

Connor Seabold threw three solid innings as a rehab opener for the GCL squad.  He was over-powering, as he should be.

I updated the Draft Tracker.  Based on reported bonuses, it appears the Phillies are done.  Now, on to the J2 international signing period.

Clearwater (10-4, 46-34)  lost to Fort Myers, 6-0.

Alejandro Requena pitched well.  He held the Miracle to one run in six innings.  He allowed 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out four.  This seemed unlikely after Requena needed 27 pitches to get through the first inning.  But, he needed just 58 pitches for the next five innings.

Oscar Marcelino stunk.  He gave up 4 runs although they were recorded as unearned.  He threw just 16 strikes among his 31 pitches and gave up lasers off the bats of the Miracle batters.  He looked terrible.  Kyle Arjona entered and got the last out.  Then continued to pitch until he accrued 1.2 innings and gave up a run on 3 hits, striking out two.  Keylan Killgore came in with the bases loaded and struck out the two batters he faced.

Matt Vierling (.263) went 3-4 with a stolen base.

  • #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 (.220) went 0-4 
  • #12 Simon Muzziotti (.281) went 0-3 with a sac  
  • #17 Kyle Young (1-3, 4.29) placed on the 7-day IL on May 1st, TJ surgery
  • #18 Nick Maton (.285)  went 1-3
  • #19 Rodolfo Duran (.220) went 0-3
  • #20 Daniel Brito (.241) went 0-3

Lehigh Valley (39-41)  beat Buffalo, 6-4. 

Tyler Viza gave up 3 runs in 3.2 innings on 6 hits and 2 walks with 4 strike outs.  Tom Windle won his sixth game with two shutout innings.  He walked two and struck out three.  Connor Brogdon went 1.1, one-hit innings and struck out three.  Tyler Gilbert earned his first save with two innings of 2-hit, one-run ball.

The IronPigs scored two runs in the second on Jan Hernandez’ 2-run HR (8).  They scored 2 more runs in the third on Nick Williams’ 2-run HR (3).  They tacked on two more in the sixth on Ali Castillo’s 2-run HR (4).

  • #3 Adam Haseley (.314) went 0-1 as a substitute
  • #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)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-4,  6.83)
  • #28 Edgar Garcia (1-1, 1.65) no longer prospect eligible
  • #30 Deivi Grullon (.306) went 0-1

Reading (8-6, 47-34)  lost to New Hampshire, 7-5.

Mauricio Llovera lasted 4.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks,  He struck out five.  Aaron Brown went two innings and gave up 2 unearned runs on 2 hits and a walk.  He struck out five and stranded 3 inherited runners.  Grant Dyer pitched 1.1 innings and allowed 2 inherited runners to score, blowing the save opportunity.  Addison Russ pitched the final inning and gave up the losing runs.

The Phils built a 5-1 lead with 2 runs in the second inning on a ground out and Jose Gomez’ RBI single; and runs in the third on Darick Hall’s RBI single and Luke Williams’ 2-run HR (5).

The Phils had 11 hits.  Alec Bohm, Darich Hall (.239), Cornelius Randolph, Luke Williams (.195), and Jose Gomez (.241) had 2 hits each.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.268) went 2-5 with a run scored, triple
  • #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 (.266)
  • #13 Arquimedes Gamboa (.171) went 0-3 with a BB
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (3-3, 4.26) – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • #21 David Parkinson (6-4, 3.31)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley April 25th
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.235) went 2-4 with a run scored
  • #28 Connor Seabold – placed on the 7-day IL on April 4th

Lakewood (4-8, 33-49)  beat Delmarva, 3-0.

Victor Santos pitched 5 shutout innings allowing 2 hits and striking out three.  Francisco Morales picked up his first save with four shutout innings allowing one hit, walking one, and striking out five.

Lakewood scored a run in the fourth inning on Cole Stobbe’s RBI double.  They added two more runs in the seventh on a fielder’s choice and Jake Holmes’ RBI single.

Luis Garcia and Cole Stobbe had 2 hits each.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.201) went 2-4with a double
  • #8 Francisco Morales (1-4, 3.60) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.263) went 1-3
  • #23 Dominic Pipkin (3-2, 5.24)
  • #24 Kevin Gowdy (0-3, 3.59)
  • #26 Jhordany Mezquita (2-5, 4.66)
  • #29 Manuel Silva (1-2, 4.97)

Williamsport (4-13)  beat Mahoning Valley, 9-1.

Junior Tejada threw four solid, shutout innings.  He gave up 3 hits, a walk, and struck out seven.  Omar Maldonado walked one in a shutout inning.  Gustavo Armas pitched three innings and gave up one run on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Adam Cox struck out one in a clean inning.

The Crosscutters scored 3 runs in the fourth inning on Juan Aparicio’s 2-run double and Rudy Rott’s sac fly.  They scored five runs in the fifth on a ground out, McCarthy Tatum’s 2-run triple, and Logan O’Hoppe’s 2-run HR (1).  They tacked on a run in the sixth on a ground out.

Corbin Williams went 3-4 with a run scored.  Kendall Simmons went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and a walk.

GCL Phillies East (3-3)  beat the Yankees West, 11-6.

Eighteen-year-old Carlos Betancourt pitched three innings.  He gave up one run on 2 hits.  He walked none and struck out three.  Brenden Kudlinski went 0.2 innings and was lifted after back-to-back walks.  Brendan Bell stranded the 2 inherited runners, but only lasted an inning as he left with the bases loaded and would eventually be charged with 3 runbs on 2 hits and a walk while striking out two.  Tyler Adams allowed the 3 inherited runners to score on a 2-run single and an RBI double.  He gave up a fourth run on a passed ball before retiring the third out.  Maikel Garrido gave up an unearned run in two innings on 2 hits and 3 walks.  Albertus Barber allowed 2 base runners in two innings and struck out two.

The Phillies scored in the first inning on a ground out.  They took the lead for good in the third on Jose Cedeno’s sac fly and Jose Mercado’s 2-run single.  They padded their lead with 2 runs in the fifth on Micah Yonamine’s RBI single and a wild pitch.  They expanded their lead to 5  with 4 runs in the sixth on Mitchell Edwards’ 3-run HR (1) and Micah Yonamine’s RBI single.  They tacked on a run in the ninth on Cesar Rodriguez solo HR (1).

The Phillies mashed 18 hits.  Jevi Hernandez (.423), Guarner Dipre (.462), and Curtis Mead (.217) had 3 hits each.  Jose Mercado (.267), Micah Yonamine (.200), and Kevin Escalante (.375) had 2 hits each.  Edwards had 4 RBI.

GCL Phillies West (4-2)  beat Tigers East, 2-0 on a combined 2-hitter.

Connor Seabold was the opener.  He went three innings of one-hit ball.  He walked none and struck out five.  Luis Pacheco tossed three innings of one hit ball, but he walked one and struck out four.  Jaylen Smith was sharp in a 2-strike out inning.  Aiden Anderson struck out one in a clean inning.  And Riley Wilson also struck out one in a clean inning as he picked up his first save and the bullpen combined to retire the final 17 batters in order.

The Phillies scored their first run on a fielder’s choice in the fourth inning.  They aded an insurance run in the seventh on Edgar Made’s RBI triple.

  • #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 (15-8)  beat Angels, 8-5.

DSL Phillies White (17-9)  lost to Tigers1, 2-0.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of June 30th.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
7/01/2019 – Lehigh Valley released CF Lane Adams
7/01/2019 – RHP Blake Bennett assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/01/2019 – RHP Gilmael Troya assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/01/2019 – RHP Michael Gomez assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
7/01/2019 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
6/30/2019 – Fernando Salas assigned to Lehigh Valley
6/29/2019 – Carlos Valero assigned to GCL West
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

43 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 7/1//2019

  1. 93-94 last night. Touching 95. Since the Phillies limit the pitch count you don’t know how long he can carry that in a game. But he is only 19. Anybody thinking of trading this kid is loony. Of course he is an unproven minor leaguer but every star major leaguer was an unproven minor leaguer at some point. I think he is the #3 Phillies prospect behind Bohm and Howard.

    1. Agreed. Morales is a stud prospect. You could rank him anywhere between 2 and 5, but I would probably also have him around 3 or 4 – depending on where I rank Stott. I’d have Medina behind Morales by a hair. Luis Garcia is still in the top 10 for me, but he’s dropped a bit.

      1. Morales has really stepped it up this year. Highly encouraged and believe he is 3-5 in our prospect rankings


        1. I was thinking about this earlier. Right now I think my top 10 looks like this:

          1. Bohm
          2. Medina
          3. Howard
          4. Stott
          5. Moniak
          6. Haseley
          7. Garcia
          8. Morales
          9. Marchan
          10. Muzziotti

          1. Listi may not be considered a top 10-15 prospect but he’s reached a crossroads in his career. And the Phillies need to either redeem his value as an intriguing bat, especially for an AL club, OR get his bat up here to potentially give this roster a jolt. He’s 25. What’s the risk?

            1. Where does he play for the Phillies right now? He’s not unseating Hoskins, Harper or Bruce. I don’t know if his 3B defense is actually passable, but since Franco has hit a little lately he’s not getting replaced either. And I doubt Listi has any real trade value.

            2. Bench. He’s no worse than Rodriguez. Quinn can’t seem to get untracked at the plate. LF vs RHPs.

            3. Though times seem to be a changing….Muncy and Moustakas, two examples of rather non-2nd base types, not fitting the typical mold of a lithe player …both going to 2nd base….mainly for their bats, and let their defense take care of itself I assume.

          2. 1. Bohm
            2. Howard
            3. Medina
            4. Stott
            5. Moniak
            6. Haseley
            7. Morales
            8. Garcia.
            9. Damon Jones
            10. Muzziotti

  2. Bohm looks like the real deal. A potential stud hitter and it seems like he can stay at 3rd. Looks like we hit on a top pick…hallelujah!!

        1. Not on the trade market…but I have three that come to mind that would draw my interest if parties were both keen to it…
          Jose Franken- Berrios,
          Walker Buehler’s Day Off
          and/or Lucas Giolito

  3. Luis Garcia finally gets over that .200 BA mark…perhaps now the jets will be at full throttle.
    And Matt Vierling……good to see he also may have rebounded out of his 10/15 game lull with 8 hits in his last 24 ABs.

  4. Seeing Nick Williams and Cole Irvin dominate at AAA is a great reminder how big of a gap there is between the highest level of the minors and major leagues. I often forget that reality and am quickly reminded. Stats the look good in the minors get exposed in the majors if you don’t have great tools too.

    1. We don’t know any of that until they get a real ML opportunity to play. Irvin and Williams may very well end up being everyday ML players. Just look at JP Crawford, for all the info and analytical “stuff” that is supposed to be a predictor means nothing.

      1. Nick Williams has had 800+ plate appearances in the majors. I want him to succeed as well, but let’s not pretend the .org hasn’t given him a chance to play there.

        1. He was also an above league average hitter for his career coming into this season. 85 PAs in a new role has everybody acting like he’s MiniMart.

          1. Nick Williams was never an above average hitter in the majors. In the season he got the most exposure, his OPS+ was 99 which would indicate he was just below league average. Add in that he’s a below average corner OF and that creates a negative war player for his career. He is a 4th OF who has not done well playing off the bench which is the problem.

            As a AAAA player, he’s above average..

            1. Being that wRC+ is a better metric, I was using that. His was 111 in his first year and 103 last year.

          2. Let’s be clear…if the Phillies thought that he was good, they would have him in the major leagues…they have a huge need for a corner OF.

          3. He may be an above average hitter, but his defense is atrocious. He’s actually negative WAR for his career. He has DH written all over him.

        2. Look at JD Martinez first couple of years and then look at Nick Williams ML stats. All I’m saying is sometimes it takes more than a year and half and the Phillies just don’t have the patience right now. Not blaming or arguing really I just believe guys need to feel comfortable before you see their best

      2. Correct.
        Does happen that way.
        Both JPC and boyhood friend Dom Smith had roller coaster minor league metrics when they reached their last 2 levels……hot for awhile then cold in spurts…..then Smith struggled in his MLB debut along with JPC….now both have found their way at age 24.

  5. Erik Miller was limited to 20 pitches and struck out the three batters he faced..

  6. Jimmy if you had to guess when will Stott, Baylor and Sang see their first action and how many games are left in the short seasons for them to get in?

  7. DMAR…GCL has approx 45, Williamsport has 60 and Lakewood 58.
    Stott, as the college guy, will get plenty games in between GCL/NYPenn and maybe the SALLY.

    1. Romus you are a treasure trove of information for my lazy but. The things I will look up and the things I won’t I will never understand.

      1. Hah….btw Baylor and Sang will probably just stay at the Complex and play in the GCL…Stott will do the college protocol i assume.

  8. I like Victor Santos a lot — him and Silva. Unlike Silva, Santos is a stocky type so I’m not sure if they will be more helium to come with his velocity since he looks physically matured.

    Other than a couple of clunkers, Santos has pitched very well with good K/9, BB/9 and K/BB ratio. Not a TOR but can be a #3 type.

  9. Funny. Draft picks in Top 10. No actual stats, eye test or physical experience . Guess it gives us topics. Look at Top 30, 2019, prospect stats and performance do not warrant #.
    Dream on
    Relievers performance at Reading, Make me wonder Bonafay approach . Promote without number of innings concern, arm issues increased this year
    RH reliever throwing 90, 91 at AA gives me concern. Too many walks. Apparent high stress situations, not enough experience
    Too many arm issues

    1. You don’t think professional scouts scouting guys counts as “eye test”? Are college players’ stats in major conferences less valuable than A-ball stats?

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