Threshers Recap – 7/17/2019

Waylon Richardson was happy with his first appearance on Tuesday.  He felt good today and is looking forward to working on recovering his velocity.

I guess, by now, you’ve heard that the Phillies quietly extended McPhail and Klentak into next decade.  I know this probably belongs in the Open Discussion. But, I can only suffer reading through those comments once or twice a week.  I’m not ready to venture there.

Oh, once the updated top 30 is released. I’ll add the prospects to the team recaps below.

Clearwater (14-15, 50-45)  lost to Bradenton, 7-3 in 10 innings.

The Threshers scored 2 runs in the top of the tenth to break a 1-1 tie, but watched as Kyle Arjona coughed up 6 runs in the bottom of the inning.

Connor Seabold threw five, 2-hit innings.  He walked one and struck out five.  Oscar Marcelino followed with two, one-hit innings, but a solo HR blew the save opportunity.  He issued the obligatory walk and struck out three.  Zach Warren pitched two, 2-hit innings, walked one, and struck out two.  Arjona retired the first batter.  But, then went RBI single, walk, game-tying RBI single, bases-loading intentional walk, walk off grand slam.

Jhailyn Ortiz slugged his 16th HR to give the Threshers a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.  They scored 2 runs in the tenth on Simon Muzziotti’s bases loaded walk and a wild pitch.

The Threshers offense was very poor.  Daniel Brito (.257) had 3 of their 4 hits.  Ortiz’ HR was their only XBH.  They went 1-5 with RISP and that hit didbn’t score a run.  They drew 2 walks and struck out 15 times.

Lehigh Valley (47-47)  lost to Gwinnett, 6-3.

Ramon Rosso gave up 3 runs in five innings on seven hits and 2 walks while striking out five.  Kyle Dohy gave up 3 runs in one inning on 3 hits and a walk, but he struck out three.  Josh Tols pitched two perfect innings, striking out two.

The IronPigs opened up a 3-0 lead with 2 runs in the first inning on Austin Listi’s RBI single and Jan Hernandez’ sac fly; and a run ion the third on Hernandez’ RBI single.

Gosselin (.326), Listi (.351), and Castillo (.292) had 2 hits each.

Reading (18-9, 57-37)  beat Binghamton, 8-6, in the completion of a suspended game.  The scheduled game was postponed.

Tuesday, JoJo Romero threw three, 2-hit innings with 3 strike outs before the game was suspended.  Luis Carrasco took over Wednesday and gave back most of the Phils 4-0 lead without recording an out.  Aaron Brown didn’t help, allowing two inherited runners to score, but was gifted the win in spite of five, two-hit innings.  Grant Dyer continued the Phils bleeding of runs Jeff Singer came in to record the final 7 and earn his second save.

Tuesday, the Phils scored a run in the first on Alec Bohm’s RBI single.  They added a run in third on Mickey Moniak’s RBI single.  And, they plated 2 more in the fourth on solo HRs by Josh Stephen (5) and Austin Bossart (5).  Wednesday, they responded with 3 runs in the fifth on Bossart’s 3-run HR (6).  They added an insurance run in the ninth on a double play.

Alec Bohm (.282) went 3-5 with an RBI.  Mickey Moniak (.270) went 2-4 with a run scored, RBI, walk.  Josh Stephen (.243) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, RBI, HR (5), and a walk.  Austin Bossart went 2-4 wirth 2 HR (6) and 4 RBI.

Moniak stole 2 bases (12).

Lakewood (9-16, 38-57)  beat Delmarva, 4-0 in six innings.

Rafi Gonnell pitched five, one-hit, shutout innings.  He walkd two and struck out five.  Taylor Lehman recorded an out in the sixth before the game was halted.

The BlueClaws scored a run in the second on Cole Stobbe’s sac fly.  They added a run in the third on McCarthy Tatum’s solo HR (1).  And, they added 2 more in the fifth on Jonathan Guzman’s 2-run, inside-the-park HR (2).

Luis Garcia went 1-2 with a double.

Williamsport (8-22)  postponed.

GCL Phillies East (8-7)  lost to Yankees West, 7-3.

Victor Vargas pitched three innings and have up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk.  Juan Geraldo pitched two shutout innings with 2 strike outs.  Gabriel Cotto lated 0.2 innings and faced 5 batters giving up a run on a strike out WP, 2 walks, a sac, and a throwing error.  Nick Lacknet Stranded 2 inherited runners but gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in the next inning.  Maikel Garrido pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.

The Phillies kept it close until the seventh.  They scored single runs in the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings on a fielding error, Vito Friscia’s solo HR (2), and Guarner Dipre’s RBI single.

Wilfredo Flores (.455) had 2 hits and his 7th stolen base.  The team went 2-11 with RISP.  Marcus Lee Sang had an RBI and stole his 3rd base.  Brayan Gonzalez has been assigned back to the GCL from Williamsport, his second demotion this season.  He was earlier sent back to the DSL from Williamsport.

GCL Phillies West (14-3)  beat Tigers East, 14-5.

Daniel Vilchez tossed four, one-run innings.  He gave up 4 hits, a walk, and struck out three.  He threw his FB 86-91 mph and sat 89-90.  He also threw a slider and a change.  Josh Hendrickson pitched two innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits.  He walked none and struck out three.  His FB was 86-90 mph, and sat 87-88.  He also had a curve.  Connor Hinchliffe pitched 0.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on one hit and 3 walks.  He struggled to find the strike zone and topped out at 87-88 mph.  Aidan Anderson stranded the two runners he inherited and pitched scoreless for 2.1 innings.  He gave up a hit, walked two, and struck out two.  He must have been working on something, his first 12 pitches were 83 and below (down to 70).

Earlier this week, I was asked the difference between the West and East teams.  I replied, “The West team hits”.  Well, they did, again, today.  They scored 14 runs on 18 hits and 7 walks.  They were assisted by 3 HBP and 2 errors.

The Phillies scored a run in the first inning on Rixon Wingrove’s RBI single.  They opened up a big lead with 5 runs in the third on Wingrove’s bases-loaded triple and JC Smith’s 2-run single.  They scored a run in the fourth on Edgar Made’s RBI single.  They tacked on 2 more runs in the sixth on Keaton Greenwalt’s RBI single and a ground out.  And padded their lead with another crooked number in the seventh on Made’s 2-run single, Wingrove’s 2-run double, and Greenwalt’s RBI single.

As you would expect from this type of game, we had some good lines –

  • Rixon Wingrove (.338): 3-4 with 2 runs scored, triple, double, 6 RBI, walk
  • Edgar Made (.341): 3-5 with 3 runs scored, 3 RBI, walk
  • Keaton Greenwalt (.232): 3-5 with 2 RBI
  • Andrick Nava (.333): 2-3 with 4 runs scored, 2 walks
  • JC Smith (.294): 2-5 with a triple, 2 RBI
  • Johan Rojas (.314): 2-5 with a run scored, 2 triples, walk
  • Luis Rojas (.194): 2-5 with 2 runs scored

After getting a runner into scoring position in the first inning with two outs, I had no doubt that Wingrove was going to drive the runner home.  An odd feeling for a GCL game.  But, this team was relentless.  In 3 of the four innings the Tigers scored runs, the Phillies came back as hard or harder in the bottom half of the inning. Wingrove personifies the the team’s no quit attitude.   On his triple to right, he never broke stride as the ball rolled into the corner, sniffing out that elusive, first triple.  On his double to left and with the play in front of him, he never broke stride when he saw the fielder bobble the ball, forcing the coach to send the runner on third after holding him up.

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

DSL Phillies Red (24-11)  beat the Orioles2, 7-2.

DSL Phillies White (24-15)  beat the Tigers1, 18-7.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July …

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
7/17/19 – Phillies placed RF Jay Bruce on the 10-day IL, right oblique strain
7/17/19 – Phillies recalled LF Nick Williams from Lehigh Valley
7/17/19 – Clearwater placed C Jack Conley on the 7-day IL
7/17/19 – C Nick Matera assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
7/17/19 – Phillies signed Int’l FA Christopher Burke to a futures contract with GCL East
7/17/19 – Yacksel Rios activated by Lehigh Valley
7/17/19 – Rob Brantly activated by Lehigh Valley
7/17/19 – Joshua Gessner activated by GCL West
7/17/19 – Nathanael Bido assigned to DSL White from DSL Red
7/17/19 – Cristofer Adames assigned to DSL Red from DSL White
7/16/19 – Phillies assigned Edubray Ramos to the 10-day IL
7/16/19 – Phillies recalled Austin Davis Lehigh Valley
7/16/19 – Phillies activated RHP Juan Nicasio from the 10-day IL
7/16/19 – Phillies optioned RHP Yacksel Rios to Lehigh Valley
7/16/19 – RHP Luis Carrasco assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/16/19 – RHP Alejandro Requena assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/16/19 – LHP Zach Warren assigned to Clearwater from GCL West
7/16/19 – Clearwater sent Waylon Richardson on a rehab assignment to GCL West
7/16/19 – SS Uziel Viloria assigned to DSL Red
7/15/19 – Jadiel Sanchez assigned to GCL West from GCL East
7/15/19 – DSL Red activated Uziel Viloria
7/15/19 – DSL Red released Noelis Moreno
7/15/19 – Phillies sent C Rob Brantly outright to Lehigh Valley
7/15/19 – Phillies signed free agent 1B Logan Morrison to a minor league contract
7/15/19 – LHP Josh Tols assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/15/19 – C Nick Matera assigned to Lakewood from Lehigh Valley
7/15/19 – 1B Logan Morrison assigned to Lehigh Valley
7/15/19 – Reading placed RHP Mauricio Llovera on the 7-day IL
7/15/19 – 2B Brayan Gonzalez assigned to GCL East from Williamsport
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

17 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 7/17/2019

  1. A disappointing signing from 2016.
    Brayan Gonzalez ($800K) was ranked high in that class.

    “………Gonzalez, 16, ranked 19th by Baseball America and 26th by MLB Pipeline, is a switch hitter with strong defensive skills. Gonzalez was described on Baseball America’s scouting report as “one of the smarter, more polished players in the class, combining solid tools with good instincts.”

    1. It must be really hard to look at a 16 year old and decide this kid is a future MLB player let’s invest $800K in him. Or $4 million for that matter.

      I think about a big leaguer who I actually saw play at 17 Christian Walker. If we were allowed or if he got to play by the LA rules and be a Free Agent he surely would have been given $1 Million Plus by some team.

      Instead he gets drafted by the Dodgers in the 49th round and opts to go to college. A couple years later the Orioles draft him in the 4th round and he gets $349K.

      He’s now 28 and found a home in AZ making $549K and having a seemingly good season.

      1. Yes that is the difficulty, projecting a 16-year old’s future is another gamble…a roll of the dice.
        Just look at the Braves and Nats four stars:.
        Acuna was $1M….Soto was >$1M and Robles <$500K.

  2. Still waiting for our LA every day player to become an All Star, whomever that LA player is.

    1. Maybe it’s Johan Rosas, CF for GCL Phils West. He’s off to an impressive start.

  3. It has been said a lot, but Moniak’s improvement this year has just been amazing. Cutting down on Ks starting in May (1/3 of his Ks for the season were in April), increasing his BBs in June, now hitting for average and some power. I hope he gets a taste of AAA to end the year.

  4. Incredible turnaround for Moniak. He has done a great job correcting his approach and it is paying off! So young!

  5. Awesome Austin Listi stats for the day. I’m going to keep posting about this guy as long he plays like he has. Remember, nobody thought Max Muncy was much to write home about, but the Dodgers saw a talent and pounced and now he’s one of the better hitters in baseball. Don’t sleep on Listi. Anyway, here’s his month by month OPS:

    April – .369
    May – . 771
    June AA – .958
    June AAA – 1.163
    July AAA – 1.110

    It sure as heck doesn’t look like the league is adjusting to him, does it?

    1. Like to see them play him exclusively in LF for the remainder of the time he is at LHV.
      If he isn’t moved to another team, and stays within the organization, that may be the one position he will have the greatest opportunity of playing in Philly.

      1. Let Listi mash at Lehigh and call him up in September. Then get him into ST and see what happens. Listi (like Williams) need to show the Phillies that they don’t need anymore minor league development.

      1. MLB — Moniak, Listi and Bohm!

        Has Daniel Brito learned how to hit? Season-long average up to 257, though OPS around 650 nothing great. Still, as a glove-first guy I wonder if he can have an MLB future.

  6. Glad to see Castillo is finally pitching in live action….now he just needs to shake the rust off.
    And maybe Miguel Tejeda Jr will find his hitting stoke, three hits in last two game
    Would be nice if the Phillies could get a son of a former Latin MLB star to come thru the system with high expectations.

  7. Don’t know anything about Fernando Lozano except what I see in the boxscores but the 19-year-old 6′ 2″ righty has interesting stats so far: 11 IP, 0 walks, 12 Ks, 0.86 BA against, 0.27 WHIP and no runs allowed. Played briefly in Mexico last year.

    Anybody know about this kid?

  8. Jonas Rojas has been doing it for 2 yrs now. Power speed walks listed as a CF.

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