Threshers Recap – 7/14/2019

Damon Jones made his debut with Lehigh Valley.  Austin Listi slugged a HR.  Seth McGarry threw five good innings for Reading.  Alec Bohm homered and Mickey Moniak added a couple extra base hits.  Spencer Howard impressed in his start in Clearwater.  Bryson Stott homered in his first plate appearance at a new level, again.  Erik Miller and Adam Leverett also made their debuts in Williamsport.

Clearwater (14-13, 50-43)  lost to Florida, 4-0.

Spencer Howard (1.55) threw five innings of near-perfect baseball.  His only blemish was a walk in the fourth inning that could easily be charged to the first base umpire.  And, he struck out seven.  Tyler Carr gave up a run in two, 2-hit innings.  He walked one and struck out one.  Keylan Killgore gave up 3 runs in the ninth that put the game out of reach.  Luis Carrasco got the final out.

Nick Maton (.288) had 2 of the Threshers’ 5 hits.  They went 0-5 with RISP.

Now, back to Howard.  He threw 68 pitches, 49 strikes (72.1%).  Howard was efficient and maintained velocity through all five innings.  His one blip was two lengthy at bats in the fourth inning.  Here’s inning by inning –

  1. 10 pitches/8 strikes, one swinging strike out, FB 91-95 mph
  2. 10/7, one swinging strike out, FB 94-97 mph
  3. 11/9, three swinging strike outs, FB 92-95 mph
  4. 27/18, one swinging strike out, FB 93-97 mph
  5. 10/7, one strike out looking (74 CB), FB 92-95 mph

By my count,Howard threw about 45 FB.  His range was 91-97 mph, but I had 91 just once and on his first pitch.  He hit 92, 96, and 97 three times each.  His other 35 FB were grouped 93-95 with 16 at 95 mph.

His first 6 strike outs came swinging – FB (95), FB (94), FB (95), CH (81), FB (92), SL (86).  As I mentioned above, his seventh strike out was looking at a CB (74).  He had another swinging K at a CB (77), but it was over ruled.  I’ll rant about that now.

To start the fourth inning, Howard retired the first batter on a 2-2 count and the 6th pitch of the at bat on a fly ball.  He fell behind the next batter 3-0 but got him swinging at the tenth pitch of the at bat.  On the fourth pitch of the next at bat with the count 0-2, the batter seemed to swing at a CB in the dirt.  The batter thought he swung, he broke for first base.  The catcher thought he swung, he threw the ball to the first baseman to complete the out.  But, the plate umpire asked the field umpire if the batter checked his swing.  He said he did.  Five pitches later, the batter drew the walk.  On the second pitch to the next batter (both strikes), Duran caught the runner stealing second.  Justice!

Lehigh Valley (45-46)   lost to Rochester, 5-4.

Damon Jones made his AAA debut and pitched 2-hit ball for 5.1 innings.  He walked four, struck out six, and left with 2 men on base after a walk and a single.  Tyler Gilbert blew the save giving up a 3-run HR to the first batter he faced.  He went 1.2 innings.  Connor Brogdon pitched one inning and also gave up a save-blowing HR.  Tom Windle struck out two in the ninth before surrendering a walk off.

Austin Listi hit a 3-run HR in the first inning.  Jan Hernandez provided a one-run lead in the eighth with an RBI single.

Listi (.341) had 2 hits.  Andrew Romine (.292) had 3 hits.

Reading (16-9, 55-37)   beat Trenton, 8-2.

Seth McGarry pitched five, one-run innings walking one and striking out five.  The one hit he gave up was a HR.  Jake Hernandez pitched three, one-run innings on 2 hits.  He walked none and struck out one.  Jeff Singer struck out 2 in one clean inning.

Reading pounded out 14 hits and scored 8 runs by the fourth inning.  They scored 2 in the second on Jose Gomez’ 2-run triple.  They scored one in the third on Alec Bohm’s solo HR (5).  They stretched out their lead with 5 in the fourth on a fielder’s choice, Luke Williams’ RBI single, Mickey Moniak’s 2-run triple, and Bohm’s RBI double.

Gomez (.265) and Darick Hall (.242) had 3 hits each.  Moniak (.267), Bohm (.267), and Cornelius Randolph (.243) had 2 hits each.  Moniak, Bohm, and Gomez had 2 RBI each.  Moniak legged out his tenth triple and his 21st double.

Lakewood (7-15, 36-56)   lost to Hagerstown, 10-5.

Victor Santos pitched five innings and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out three.  Francisco Morales (3.90)  gave up 5 runs in 2.1 innings on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Mark Potter allowed 2 inherited runners to score and gave up an unearned run in 1.2 innings.

The BlueClaws scored single runs in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings on Yerwin Trejo’s first HR, Carlos De La Cruz’ RBI triple, and a wild pitch.  They scored 2 in the ninth on Rafael Marchan’s 2-run single.

Marchan (.285) had 2 hits including a double.  Luis Garcia (.195) went 0-5 with a run scored.

Williamsport (8-21)  lost to Aberdeen, 4-3.

Bryson Stott made his first Williamsport plate appearance a memorable one when he duplicated his first at bat at the GCL level by hitting a first inning HR.  Stott went 1-3 with 3 RBI.

Erik Miller made his Williamsport debut and pitched two innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  Brian Marconi pitched two, one-run innings on 3 hits and a walk with 2 strike outs.  Adam Leverett made his debut and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in 2.2 innings.  He walked none and struck out three.  Albertus Barber stranded an inherited runner and struck out two in 1.1 innings.

GCL Phillies East (7-6) no game scheduled.

GCL Phillies West (12-3) no game scheduled.

Starlyn Castillo has recovered from a blister on his index finger and has begun throwing on the side.

DSL Phillies Red (22-10)  no game scheduled.

DSL Phillies White (21-15)  no game scheduled.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 10th.

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
7/14/19 – Phillies placed RHP Tommy Hunter on the 10-day IL, forearm strain
7/14/19 – 1B Ryan Howard retired
7/14/19 – Phillies recalled RHP Edubray Ramos from Lehigh Valley
7/14/19 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Alexis Rivero on the 7-day IL
7/14/19 – LHP Taylor Lehman assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/14/19 – Lakewood placed RHP Tyler McKay on the 7-day IL retro to July 13th
7/14/19 – RHP Adam Leverett assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
7/14/19 – LHP Erik Miller assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
7/14/19 – SS Bryson Stott assigned to Williamsport from GCL East
7/13/19 – Phillies placed Sean Rodriguez on the 10-day IL, (7/10), abdominal strain
7/13/19 – Phillies activated C J.T. Realmuto from the paternity list
7/13/19 – Phillies designated C Rob Brantly for assignment
7/13/19 – Phillies recalled CF Adam Haseley from Lehigh Valley
7/13/19 – Lehigh Valley activated C Deivy Grullon from the 7-day IL
7/13/19 – Reading activated RHP Mauricio Llovera from the 7-day IL
7/13/19 – Lakewood sent RHP Jack Perkins on a rehab assignment to GCL West

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

  1. Lots to excited about….the three new Williamsport additions…..Howard’s pitching, Bohm and Moniak in AA, and Jones in his AAA debut, and finally Listi who keeps swinging a hot bat.

    1. Yesterday certainly was an exciting tease for the future, Romus. Hopefully Jones adjusts quickly to the MLB/AAA ball.

      1. So, last week I said that Jones’ stats are pretty amazing and that I hoped he could somehow join the major league team this year. However, I went back and watched a bunch of Jones’ last AA start and, from that start, it really did not look like he was ready for the big leagues. While he seems to have good stuff, he struggles with command and consistency (especially with his breaking pitches). He can get away with it when he faces minor league hitters, but to pitch effectively in the big league he’s going to have to improve in both areas (command and consistency). He especially needs to add consistency with his curve, which varies from a mediocre pitch to close to a plus pitch. So, while I like him, he’s got a little way to go in my view.

        1. About command: going off the gamecast pitch locations, it looked like he was getting really squeezed when he ran into trouble in the 5th. He pitched out of it but walked the bases loaded. There were probably 5 pitches that were firmly in the strike zone and more pitches right on the corners that all went for balls

          1. Okay, but even if he was being squeezed, walking the bases loaded isn’t a very good outcome and it’s consistent with what I was saying and what Murray is saying. He’s good and promising, but he’s not, in my view, ready for the big leagues and he’s got a good bit of work left to do in order for him to take the next step.

        2. i saw his last start in richmond and his command is a problem. they didn t hit him but he was in a lot of three ball counts. excellent potential and stuff (93-95 fb) but still some development needed there.

  2. At some point here very soon (probably now), we need to start paying close attention to Austin Listi. The numbers are becoming to loud for too long of a period of time to ignore. And let’s hope to god that, rather than just seeing that they have a 25 year-old prospect in AAA and make assumptions based on that fact, the team actually scouts the prospect in front of them and proceeds accordingly. I am especially concerned because I think the DH will be in the NL sooner rather than later and a hitter like Listi is much easier to get into a lineup if there is a DH.

  3. Eeesh Morales got hit. anyone has a report or opinion on him in that game, what went wrong?

  4. It’s pretty cool that a Bohm homer day is becoming so common that no one even commented on it.
    I was very excited to see Jones in AAA and he pitched well for a few innings until he lost his control with a few walks and a hbp. It’s good experience for him there but he’s not ready for the Show yet.
    Also exciting is how Howard just chewed up High A. I’ll be very surprised if his next start isn’t at AA.
    Also not commented on was Moniak with his 10th triple and another double as well. Don’t look now but this kid looks like a future major leaguer. Very exciting growth. He could be in LHV in August.
    Morales getting rocked is bad but he’s been a little up and down before so let’s watch what he does next time out.
    Stott is impressive so far. Fingers crossed

    1. I agree that Howard is likely to be promoted for his next start and if he dominates in AA as I expect he will, I wouldn’t be surprised if he only starts 2 or 3 games before he gets promoted again. If he had been healthy most of the year, he would have been a top 25 prospect in my view and I think the Phillies viewed him as a better prospect than Sanchez and they might have been right about that. Howard is a very, very good prospect.

    2. I don’t hear much of the Johnny Almaraz hate anymore.
      Bohm looks like a stud. (It’s early, but) Stott also has the look of a stud. Mickey Mo is maturing, and we can now envision a possible MLB starting CF’er. And that 2017 draft appears more and more likely to be extremely fruitful: Adam Haseley (1st round) is already with the Phillies. Spencer Howard (2nd) could be a #2 starter in the Phillies rotation by next season. Jake Scheiner (4th) was flipped for Jay Bruce. Connor Seabold (3rd), Nick Maton (7th), Jhordany Mezquita (8th) are all MLB.com top 30 Phillies prospects. Ethan Lindow (5th) and Connor Brogdon (10th) are each having breakout seasons. And Almaraz really did well on day three that year: David Parkinson, Zach Warren, Kyle Dohy, Austin Listi, Damon Jones, Addison Russ, and Jakob Hernandez all have legit chances to play in MLB. Last but not least … Ben Brown looked promising before going down with TJ.

      1. Ha, I was just thinking the same thing. I learned a long time ago, each players timeline, development, and growth are different(Moniak). I don’t care what the stars or history says. The disdain on here sometimes is a bit much to digest when we are talking about young kids, and people’s livelihoods. We are all fans first, I get that but we need to pump the brakes sometimes. IMO

        1. I agree, sometimes we forget that these are just kids with huge pressure on their shoulders and our fan base is really tough on them.

        2. It is true that they all have their own timelines but it’s also true that Moniak’s developmental curve has been unusual to say the least. But he’s really hung in there and now he’s on schedule and just needs to continue to show growth.

          On Johnny, this was his big year and the breakthroughs of his draft picks couldn’t have come at a better time for him. I will say that it seems the organization’s picks have evolved to a degree and it’s to his credit that he seems to be going with the program here as we all know that, historically, he was not taking high upside arms with control issues.

        3. Yes. About a year ago, I heard/read Johnny A say the same thing: “Each prospect has their own timeline.” I think he mentioned Joey Votto needed ~2600 MiLB PA’s while Jay Bruce only needed ~1400 MiLB PA’s.

      2. Hinkie, or Jim Peyton – I’m beginning to wonder if the Phillies should develop Gowdy as a lefty reliever. Is it too soon to give up on him as a starter? Your opinions matters to me.

        1. Yes, it is too early give up on Gowdy as a starter.

          Although this is his fourth season since being drafted, it is the first season he has really pitched. Remember, his draft year was interrupted with tightness in his thigh, and the Phillies were very careful to not rush him back. He threw 8.0 innings prior to the injury, and 3.0 after (including 2.0 in the post season).

          Gowdy did not pitch at all in 2017 and 2018 due to an elbow injury (TJ surgery). This is his first competitive baseball since 2016.

          1. Do you think they will let him go to the AFL for a few innings there?
            Cormican on the TGP thinks they will limit his innings and just keep him in the FIL.
            IMO, 27 months out from TJ come October, and coming up on 22 years old in a few months…..it is time to challenge him.

  5. LHP Erik Miller was up to 95 yesterday in his Williamsport debut. He’s pushing nearly 90 innings for the year with college and pro. So my guess his total pro innings by the end of the season will be around 20 or less.

  6. Couple notes to add:

    With the day Bohm had, you may not notice the two strikeouts. Speaking of strike zones, the ump was calling all sorts of low pitches as strikes yesterday–Bohm is every bit of the 6’5″ he’s listed and didn’t swing at two called third strikes which were well low.

    Moniak’s double was of the hustle variety. Easy single was lollygagged by the Trenton outfield and Moniak beat it out to second.

    Didn’t expect McGarry to go 5–but when he’s got the stuff going and he’s hitting the corners he can be a very effective minor league pitcher.

    In the IronPigs game, the walk off came when a runner went first-to-third when the outfield didn’t get to the ball quickly, then he took home when we didn’t get the ball in quickly. Ahh, getaway day.

    Nobody’s a bigger Listi fan than me. However, I can’t help but feel a bit of the Joey Meneses. If he really can’t play any other position other than 1B, I fear the Phillies will never give him a fair shot–and they probably can’t. All he can do is keep raking and let the chips fall where they may.

    1. Thank you for this … for clarification on McGarry, when you say he can be a very effective minor league pitcher, do you see that as his ceiling or is there any major league potential there?

      1. I mean, I’m not a scout and I don’t want to pretend to be one–but he’s low 90’s and when he’s on it’s like he’s throwing darts–hitting all the spots. Then he can spin one for a strike as well. But when he’s not on, he gets a bit of the plate, and AAA guys were crushing him. Even two games ago vs New Hampshire, 4 innings, 4 hits, 3 walks–it was zero runs but it can be a struggle. I thought he had an impressive game yesterday and never really expected him to go 5 innings when I arrived in Baseballtown. I would be worried that the margin for error is too thin.

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