Threshers Recap – 7/6/2019

Both Dominican teams won this morning.  Red is in first place, and White is a game behind in their respective divisions.

In the GCL, the West team leads the division, East is 3.5 games back.

Clearwater is 1.5 games behind the first half winner.  They have the best overall record of the other teams in the division, the tie-breaker if the same team wins both halves.

Reading has a 3.0 game lead and the best overall record in their division.

Lehigh Valley has fought their way back to .500 and are 6.5 games back in fourth place.

Lakewood is well out of it, 7.0 games back in sixth place (of seven).

Williamsport is mired in last place 9.0 games back, six behind the team in front of them.

Clearwater (12-6, 48-36)  postponed.

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

Lehigh Valley (42-42)  suspended in the third inning trailing Pawtucket, 3-0. 

  • #3 Adam Haseley (.314)
  • #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) placed on the 7-day IL on 7/2, fractured toe

Reading (13-7, 52-35)  beat Richmond, 5-0.

Bailey Falter threw a 2-hit shutout for seven innings.  He walked two and struck out six.  Aaron Brown preserved the victory with two scoreless, one-hit innings, striking out two.

The Phils scored 5 runs in the fifth inning on Darick Hall’s bases loaded walk and Grenny Cumana’s grand slam (2).  The Phils drew 3 of their 5 walks (all 3 scored) and  3 of their 6 hits in the inning.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.268)
  • #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)
  • #15 Mauricio Llovera (3-3, 4.26)
  • #21 David Parkinson (6-4, 3.31)
  • #22 Kyle Dohy (1-0, 0.82) – promoted to Lehigh Valley April 25th
  • #25 Cornelius Randolph (.235)
  • #28 Connor Seabold – placed on the 7-day IL on April 4th

Lakewood (6-11, 35-52)  lost the completion of the suspended game, 9-4; and lost the regularly scheduled game to Greensboro, 2-1.

Game One:  Mezquita was charged with 5 unearned runs in the second inning when he couldn’t overcome a two-out, bases-loaded error, and gave up a grand slam 2 pitches later.  He walked a total of 4 batters.  Dominic Pipkin also walked 4 batters in two innings and gave up 2 runs.  Victor Santos pitched four innings and gave up 2 unearned runs on another two-out error.  He also gave up a HR to the next batter.  In hi case, he had been helped by a caught stealing.

Malvin Matos had an RBI double.  Yerwin Trejo had an RBI single.  Seth Lancaster had an RBI double.  Their other run scored on a wild pitch.  Rafael Marchan had 3 hits.  The team went 2-8 with RISP.  Luis Garcia (.200) went 1-4 with a walk.

Game Two:  Francisco Morales tossed five shutout innings allowing 2 hits and a walk, and striking out two.  He threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.  Andrew Schulze gave up a solo HR in one inning and blew the save.  Mark Potter struck out two in 1.1 innings but allowed the OT runner to score in the eighth inning.

The BlueClaws took the lead in the fifth inning on Nick Matera’s solo HR (2).  Carlos De La Cruz had 2 hits.  The BlueClaws were retired in order through the final three innings.

  • #1 Alec Bohm (.367) – promoted to Clearwater, 4/29/2019
  • #4 Luis Garcia (.201)
  • #8 Francisco Morales (1-4, 3.60)
  • #14 Rafael Marchan (.263)
  • #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 (4-17)  postponed

GCL Phillies East (4-5)  lost to Yankees East, 7-2.

Connor Seabold made the rehab start and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits in 2.1 innings.  He walked none and struck out two.  Gabriel Yanez pitched 2.2 2-hit innings.  Juan Gearldo struck out two in one clean inning.  Nick Lackney pitched a scoreless inning.  Andy Reyes, gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and a walk in 0.2 innings.  Jamie Sara stranded an inherited runner and retired the only batter he faced.

The Phillies scored their runs on a ground out and a wild pitch.  Eilfredo Flores (.360) and Curtis Mead (.351) had two hits each.

GCL Phillies West (7-2)  no game scheduled.

  • #27 Starlyn Castillo has a blister on his index finger and appears to be close to his first action.  The finger looks to be completely healed.

DSL Phillies Red (20-8)  beat Twins, 6-4.  First place by 0.5 game over Cardinals Blue.

DSL Phillies White (19-12)  beat Cubs2, 7-1. Second place 1.0 game behind Cubs2.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 5th.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
7/06/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Tyler Viza from the TIL
7/06/2019 – 3B Jose Antequera assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
7/06/2019 – Reading released RHP Luis Cedeno
7/06/2019 – Reading sent RHP Connor Seabold on a rehab assignment to GCL East
7/06/2019 – Reading placed 3B Alec Bohm on the TIL
7/06/2019 – RHP Hsin-Chieh Lin assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
7/06/2019 – RHP Tyler Carr assigned to Clearwater from Williamsport
7/06/2019 – Williamsport released RHP Luis Ramirez
7/06/2019 – LHP Joel Valdez assigned to DSL White
7/05/2019 – Phillies optioned LHP Austin Davis to Lehigh Valley
7/05/2019 – Phillies recalled RHP Yacksel Rios from Lehigh Valley
7/05/2019 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/05/2019 – RHP Michael Gomez assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
7/05/2019 – LHP Spencer Van Scoyoc assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
7/05/2019 – RHP Brett Schulze assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
7/05/2019 – C Kevin Escalante assigned to GCL West from GCL East
7/05/2019 – RHP Jose Guaramaco assigned to DSL White from DSL Red
7/05/2019 – RHP Noelis Moreno assigned to DSL Red from DSL White
7/04/2019 – Lakewood placed Jesse Wilkening on the 7-day IL
7/04/2019 – Phillies placed RHP Juan Nicasio on the 10-day IL, strained left groin
7/04/2019 – Phillies signed LHP Erik Miller
7/04/2019 – Phillies recalled LHP Austin Davis from Lehigh Valley
7/04/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated RHP Josh Martin from the 7-day IL
7/04/2019 – LHP Josh Tols assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
7/04/2019 – Reading placed CF Mickey Moniak on the 7-day IL, hamstring
7/04/2019 – LHP Erik Miller assigned to GCL West
7/03/2019 – LHP Jakob Hernandez assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/03/2019 – RHP Luis Cedeno assigned to Reading from Williamsport
7/03/2019 – RHP Hsin-Chieh Lin assigned to Clearwater from GCL West.
7/03/2019 – RHP Tyler Carr assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
7/03/2019 – Clearwater sent RHP Spencer Howard on a rehab assignment to GCL East.
7/03/2019 – Gustavo Armas assigned to Clearwater 7-day IL from Williamsport
7/03/2019 – Lakewood placed Abrahan Gutierrez on the 7-day IL
7/03/2019 – Michael Gomez assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport Crosscutters
7/03/2019 – Nick Matera assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/03/2019 – Blake Bennett assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
7/03/2019 – Herbert Iser assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
7/03/2019 – Williamsport released Abdallah Aris
7/02/2019 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/02/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed C Deivy Grullon on the 7-day IL, fractured toe
7/02/2019 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Tyler Viza on the TIL
7/02/2019 – Lehigh Valley activated C Matt McBride from the 7-day IL
7/02/2019 – Reading placed RHP Mauricio Llovera on the 7-day IL
7/02/2019 – Reading activated RHP Seth McGarry from the 7-day IL
7/02/2019 – LHP Chris Micheles assigned to GCL East
7/02/2019 – Albertus Barber assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
7/02/2019 – Brian Marconi assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed Dylan Castaneda, assigned to GCL East
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Esteban Cabrera, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed International FA RHP Jean Cabrera, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed International FA C Jose Colmenarez, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed International FA SS Diego Gonzalez, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed International FA 2B Enyer Graterol, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed IFA SS Fernando Hernandez, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Jean Hernandez, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed IFA CF Jose Leanez (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed International FA P Diego Linares, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed IFA SS Raibiently Mercalina, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed International FA C Jackie Pertuz, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed International FA RHP Jesus Querales, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed International FA LF Ricardo Rosario, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed International FA INF Jehisbert Sevilla, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed International FA C Brahian Silva, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed International FA LF Santiago Torres, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed International FA SS Randy Vasquez, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
7/02/2019 – Phillies signed IFA RHP Giussepe Velasquez, assigned to DSL Red (FUT)
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

14 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 7/6/2019

  1. Jim, I just want to say thank you for doing these updates/recaps. I work overnights, and your reports are something I look forward to. Thank you. Now, with regards to the minor league teams and player development, I understand the development of players take precedence over win/loss records of the teams. But I always worry about the constant losing having an effect on the players mental development. I am sure there are some that try to do too much, either at the plate or in the field thinking that they got to do more to help the team win.

    1. On the general discussion thread someone mentioned that he’s on the temporarily inactive list in preparation for the Futures Game.

  2. I would like to see Starlyn Castillo in a box score soon. It’s taken Morales 3 years to get a ton of hype. I’ve been voting him into our top 10 for the last 2 years but I’ve been waiting for the prospective to become reality. I think this year he’s achieved it. I’d like to see Starlyn get his professional career going. I can’t vote him into my top 30 unless he’s thrown the baseball.

  3. The one who I think will emerge from the DSL and looks to follow into the Adonis Medina prospect path is Israel Puello.
    I can see him being in the 20-30 range on MLB.com’s projections after next season
    He actually has similar metrics and better in some instances to Medina’s in the DSL…though Medina was a year younger at the time.
    After him would be Fernando Ortega….who is 17 now and still has control issues to work on.
    But the Phillies gave the tall lanky right hander a large bonus and they see something in him.

    1. Yes on Fernando Ortega. He’s #38 on my top 40 list.
      Joalbert Angulo and Alexeis Azuaje are two other high ceiling prospects in the DSL. Angulo is a long and lean (6’5″, 165 lb) LHP who throws in the low 90’s with a developing SL and CH . He’s only 17 YO and walks way too many batters right now, but as he fills out and becomes better coordinated, he could develop into a top prospect. Azuaje is also very young (17 until next April). He currently K’s too much and doesn’t BB enough, but he’s got exciting tools. Azuaje was probably the fastest J2 kid in the last cycle, and he’s already hit 4 HR’s (in 98 AB’s) and is slashing .306/.361/.531 in his first season of pro ball.

      1. I like Azuaje also.
        Hard to believe as slight as he is he has that power tool so far.
        I believe Phillies gave him a $450K bonus last year, slightly below Ortega’s $575K….but for Ven kids that is a lot compared to what DR kids normally get.

  4. Pipkin has really started to struggle lately. He was holding his own for awhile with the aggressive Lakewood assignment, but he hasn’t struck out more than 1 batter in any of his last six appearances and has an even 30/30 K/BB ratio on the season.

  5. One small correction for Jim: it was Andrew Schultz that pitched for Lakewood and gave up a HR, not Brett Schulze (or the hybrid Andrew Schulze; I have a feeling a lot of people are going to make that mistake over the next couple years).

    Somewhat related, Brett Schulze is listed as the starter for Williamsport today. I don’t know if that means the team is necessarily looking at him as a SP for now but some people thought he had a chance to start.

  6. Scouting report…Prospects1500..Owen Surett….June 28, 2019
    RHP Francisco Morales, Lakewood BlueClaws – 6’4” 185 lbs
    Morales is a tall, imposing right handed pitcher with explosive stuff. At 19 years old he still has some room to fill out his body and possibly add some more strength. Morales sat 95-96 with his fastball, inducing lots of swings and misses. He pairs his heater with a nasty biting slider that also flashes plus. His feel for this pitch tailed off toward the end of his outing as he started missing the zone by a bit too much to get chases. Morales threw a few changeups that seemed to be pretty effective, even to right-handed hitters. Overall this was a good first look and I’m excited to hopefully see him again. Next time I want to see him be able to throw strikes deeper into his outing. Morales’ upside is matched by very few pitchers in the entire Phillies organization. He seems to be on the right track in his first season of affiliated ball.

    1. And RHP Kevin Gowdy, Lakewood BlueClaws – 6’4″ 170 lbs

      Gowdy is tall and thin with a good delivery, getting plenty of extension, and generating lots of momentum toward home, but there definitely is some effort. He also has quality arm speed. Gowdy sat 91-93 with the fastball, and he may be able to add a couple ticks moving forward as he grows stronger. His 83-84 slider with tight, horizontal break has potential to be a very effective pitch for him. He could get some swings and misses with this offering, but he wasn’t able to throw it for a strike in my look. I don’t know if he will be able to handle long outings as he rises through the organization, unless he can take steps forward in command as well as regularly being able to throw an adequate third pitch.

    2. “Morales’ upside is matched by very few pitchers in the entire Phillies organization.”

      If he keeps pitching like this he may pitch himself out of the Phillies organization come the trade deadline. Still exciting to see what looks to be a legit prospect emerge.

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