Threshers Recap – 7/20/2019

There were several individual and team highlights last night.  Spencer Howard turned in yet another powerful performance for Clearwater.  I’m not sure that I’ll get to see him pitch during the Threshers’ next home stand.  Lakewood’s Ethan Lindow had another excellent outing.  I expect the 20-year-old will be making an appearance at Spectrum Field before the end of the season.

Reading produced four solo HRs in a losing effort.  Lehigh Valley rallied from way behind in another losing effort.  Williamsport got superb relief pitching in an extra-inning win.   Clearwater and Lehigh Valley also got strong, back end pitching from their relief corps.

And, the GCL teams played tough against each other.

Clearwater (15-16, 51-46)  beat St. Lucie, 3-0.

Spencer Howard (2-1, 1.29) was impressive last night.  He pitched six innings of 2-hit baseball against a pretty good St. Lucie team.  In addition to holding the Mets scoreless, Howard walked none and struck out four.  He needed just 66 pitches and threw 52 strikes (78.8%).

Keylan Killgore maintained the shutout with a scoreless inning, striking out two. Zach Warren completed the combined shutout with two, 1-2-3 innings, striking out one while notching his sixth save.

The Threshers broke through with three runs in the fifth inning to enable Howard to be the pitcher of record.  They scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Maton to start the scoring. Rodolfo Duran legged out an RBI triple to plate the second run.  And, Matt Vierling closed out he offense with an RBI single.

Duran went 2-4 with a run scored and RBI.  Dalton Guthrie went 2-3 with a run scored.  The Threshers collected seven total hits and went 3-6 with RISP.

Lehigh Valley (47-50)  lost to Norfolk, 12-11.  

Damon Jones got kicked around by the Tides and probably put to bed any discussion of a Phillies’ start for a while.  Jones was allowed to throw 51 pitches in one plus innings.  He faced seven batters in the second without recording an out. His line was an ugly one inning pitched, five hits, eighth runs, two walks, two hit batters, two strike outs and a wild pitch.  Kyle Dohy came in and threw gasoline to put out the fire.  He allowed an inherited runner to score and gave up four runs on four hits, two walks, and a balk.  He did strike out six.  Tyler Gilbert pitched 1.1 scoreless innings but allowed one of two inherited runners to score.

Connor Brogdon pitched two scoreless innings and Yacksel Rios pitched one scoreless while the offense rallied.

Lehigh actually scored first on Andrew Romine’s solo HR (7) in the first inning. They had a 4-1 lead in the second after Malquin Canelo’s 3-run HR (2).  After being buried with an 8-run deficit, they battled back but fell short with 2 runs in the fifth on Ali Castillo’s RBI triple and a ground out; two runs in the seventh on Deivy Grullon’s 2-run HR (13); one run in the eighth on a ground out; and two runs in the ninth on Shane Robinson’s RBI double and Logan Morrison’s RBI single.

Phil Gosselin (.354) had 3 hits. Robinson (.278) had 2 hits.

Reading (20-10, 59-38)  lost to Hew Hampshire, 9-4.

David Parkinson took the hard luck loss.  He tossed five, one-hit innings striking out seven.  But, he also gave up 2 runs and walked four and hit two batters.  Aaron Brown led a series of relievers who gave up at least two runs each.  Brown gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in two innings.  Grant Dyer gave up 3 runs on 3 hits in one inning.  Luis Carrasco gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk in one inning.

The Phils scored all of their runs off the long ball, four of them.  Alec Bohm hit solo HRs (6 and 7) in the fourth and seventh innings.  Luke Williams (7) hit a solo HR in the eighth.  And, Josh Stephen hit a solo HR (6) in the ninth.

Bohm (.286) went 2-4.  Stephen (.255) also went 2-4.  They had 4 of the Phils’ six hits.  Arquimedes Gamboa (.183) had the other hit, a double, and 2 walks.

Lakewood (10-18, 39-59)  lost to Kannapolis, 4-2.

Ethan Lindow (2.51) had his own impressive night.  He pitched five, one-run innings against the Intimidators.  He surrendered four hits, walked none, and struck out four.  He needed just 63 pitches and threw 52 strikes (82.5%).

Manuel Silva piggybacked the following three innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits. He walked one and struck out four.

The BlueClaws tied the game in the seventh inning when Malvin Matos was hit by a pitched ball and Ben Pelletier drew a walk with the bases loaded.  The Claws used three singles to load the bases.  They managed just 2 other hits in the game, both doubles.  They were 1-8 with RISP (that one came in the eighth inning to load the bases).

Cole Stobbe went 2-4 with a double.  Luis Garcia went 0-4.

Williamsport (10-24) beat State College, 5-4 in ten innings.

Junior Tejada gave up 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 2.2 innings.  He struck out four.  Rafael Carvajal struck out three in 1.1 scoreless innings.  Brett Schulze struck out three in two scoreless innings.  Spencer Van Scoyoc struck out four in three innings.  And, Anton Kuznetsov allowed the OT runner to score but held on for the win.

The Cutters rallied from an early 3-0 deficit with single runs in the seventh thru ninth innings on an RBI ground out, Juan Aparicio’s RBI double, and Johan Rojas’ game-tying, RBI single.  They opened up a 2-run lead in the tenth on Logan O’Hoppe’s 2-run double, and held on for the win.

Bryson Stott (.263) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a triple.

Aparicio (.337) had 3 hits, a double, and an RBI.

O’Hoppe had 3 RBI (15).

Corbin Williams stole his 18th base, newcomer Johan Rojas stole his second.

GCL Phillies East (11-9)  lost to GCL Phillies West (14-5), 5-3 in a tightly contested contest that the West finally put away with 3 runs in the bottom eighth.  Nicoly Pina came in to salt away the victory with two strike outs in the ninth.

Carlos Betancourt started for the East and pitched into the fourth inning.  He gave up 2 runs in the second inning and allowed 5 hits overall.  He walked none and struck out three in 3.1 innings.  Juan Geraldo stranded 2 inherited runners in the fourth and pitched 2.2 innings of one-hit ball.  He walked one and struck out five. Gabriel Cotto was deserted by his fielders and to an equal extent, himself.  He struck out two batters in the seventh but also had to escape two errors and a balk.  He wasn’t so lucky in the eighth.  A lead off error and a double tied the game.  After a fly out, a wild pitch and a walk ended his day.  Maikel Garrido came in and got the second out but then gave up the game-tying hit.

Luis Pacheco started for the West and went 3.2 innings.  He was charged with 2 runs on 5 hits, a walk, and 5 strike outs.  Fernando Lozano allowed an inherited runner to score and gave up another run in 2.1 innings on one hit, one walk, and 3 strike outs.  Riley Wilson pitched a scoreless inning with 2 strike outs.  Josh Hendrickson followed with a scoreless inning and one strike out.  Nicoly Pina earned his third save with a perfect ninth.  He threw his fastball 92-96 mph, struck out two batters, and punctuated the final out with a 97 mph FB for his second K.

The scoring came in bunches.  West scored twice in the second inning on RBI singles by Sal Gozzo and Luis Rojas.  The East countered with 3 runs in the fourth on Jevi Hernandez’ RBI triple and Jose Mercado’s 2-run triple.  East’s 3-2 lead held until West scored 3 runs in the eighth on Keaton Greenwalt’s RBI double and Luis Rojas 2-run single.

Marcus Lee Sang went 2-3 for the East.  Jevi Hernandez went 1-3 with a triple, walk, and stolen base.  Hernandez threw out a runner at third from RF.

JC Smith went 2-3 with 2 doubles, an HBP, and 2 stolen bases for West.  Luis Rojas went 2-3 with 2 RBI, a walk, and a stolen base.  The West stole 6 bases in 7 attempts.  Jadiel Sanchez threw out a runner at the plate from LF to end the first inning.  Josh Hendrickson picked a runner off first base.

DSL Phillies Red (26-12)  lost to the Cardinals Blue, 11-2.

DSL Phillies White (25-17)  lost to the D-backs2, 7-5.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 20th …

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
7/20/19 – Phillies transferred RHP Seranthony Dominguez from the 10-day to the 60-day IL, UCL
7/20/19 – Phillies optioned RHP JD Hammer to Lehigh Valley
7/20/19 – Minnesota traded RHP Mike Morin to Phillies for cash
7/20/19 – RHP Omar Maldonado assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/19/19 – RHP Seth McGarry assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
7/19/19 – RHP Gustavo Armas assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/19/19 – RHP Colton Eastman assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/19/19 – RHP Alejandro Requena assigned to Clearwater from Reading
7/19/19 – Clearwater sent RHP Waylon Richardson on a rehab assignment to GCL East
7/19/19 – RHP Michael Gomez assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
7/19/19 – RHP Albertus Barber assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/19/19 – Johan Rojas assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
7/19/19 – OF Tucker Maxwell assigned to GCL West from Williamsport
7/19/19 – Lakewood assigbed Mark Potter to the TIL
7/19/19 – Lakewood activated Gilmael Troya
7/19/19 – Cam Beauchamp activated by GCL West from GCL East
7/19/19 – Carlos Hernandez released by DSL Red
7/19/19 – Phillies signed Int’l FA Jarol Martinez to a futures contract to DSL Red
7/18/19 – Phillies optioned RHP Edgar Garcia to Lehigh Valley
7/18/19 – Phillies optioned LHP Austin Davis to Lehigh Valley
7/18/19 – Phillies selected the contract of RHP Fernando Salas from Lehigh Valley
7/18/19 – Phillies recalled LHP Cole Irvin from Lehigh Valley
7/18/19 – OF Jadiel Sanchez assigned to GCL West
7/18/19 – GCL West activated RHP Josh Gessner from the restricted list
7/18/19 – C Mitchell Edwards assigned to GCL West from GCL East
7/18/19 – RHP Starlyn Castillo assigned to GCL East from GCL West
7/18/19 – LHP Nathanael Bido assigned to DSL White from DSL Red
7/18/19 – RHP Cristofer Adames assigned to DSL Red from DSL White
7/18/19 – Clearwater assigned C Edgar Cabral from the 7-day IL to the 60-day IL
7/18/19 – Clearwater assigned LHP Kyle Young from the 7-day IL to the 60-day IL
7/18/19 – C Kevin Escalante assigned to DSL Red from GCL West
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
7/16/19 – 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

32 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 7/20/2019

  1. Any information on Howard’s velocity? I think last start it was 94-96 mph, so I am curious to see if it is increasing with a regular rotation turn.

      1. Whoopsie.

        “There were mechanical adjustments over the offseason. Specifically, he worked on swing sequencing, getting his body working in harmony to get the bat head out in front of him easier, which had helped him with pitch selection.

        “That, I think, is the biggest knock on me is swing and miss and chase rate,” Green said. “A lot of people have that issue, but I think if I have more time in the box, and I can trust that my bat head will get there, I think that will help me make better decisions.”’

        https://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2019/7/16/20691874/mlb-sf-giants-zach-green-sacramento-river-cats

        1. Granted, he’s still striking out a lot. His k% this season is over 30% and he has 15 of them in his last ten games.

  2. I think Bohm starts in philly at 3b next yr
    D Jones obviously not ready. Needs more time in AAA
    Howard to AA please

    1. Sr……still think the Phillies will want Bohm to have a stopover in LHV, whether it is this season or the beginning of next season, before he is playing in Philly.

      Plus they may also delay his arrival in Philly for a few weeks in 2020 to get that additional year of service time at the back end of his arb years

    1. Nah – he just was awful last night. Like Murray has been saying – he’s not ready for the big leagues and based on what I saw in his start before this start, he might need a lot of time in AAA. This isn’t a knock on his potential, just a statement about where he is in his development. He has a lot of work left to do.

  3. Spencer Howard hasn’t surrendered a run in high A since April 16.

    Muzziotti has to be the most under-the-radar prospect in the system right now. He’s by all accounts a plus CF who has demonstrated a hit tool and good discipline at the plate (7.1/13.8 BB/K%). Kid’s 20 and ranks among the top ten in FSL hitters (nobody else is younger than 22).

    Bohm’s Reading ISO up to .308. It’s hard not to get excited about a bat like this. He seems to get better as he advances up the system.

    1. Agreed on Muzziotti. He’s probably top 10 or close to that for me. What he’s doing in high A ball as a 20 year-old is impressive. He’s a really solid prospect.

    2. I’ve been a Muzziotti fan since we got him. I truly believe he’ll be a major leaguer. Not that I’m infallible or anything. But his year just makes me more confident.

  4. Bohm can hit. Watching him on milbtv he doesn’t care where the ball is …he just hits it where it’s pitched! Phillies future is bright if they can keep all these guys together.. Last thing we should be doing is trading away any Talent to make a one game wild card playoff. Just my opinion

  5. Very impressed with Bohm,especially how he hits to all fields with power.l would like to see him in triple a for the last four weeks to see the results with that ball!

    1. So would I … In small sample, he’s showing extreme reading effect … 400 point differential in OPS and 6 of 7 HR at reading.

      I believe in the swing and approach, so I just call this small sample size

    2. Earlier this year, I was seeing Bohm as a possible first division regular. But having seen some of his at bats and having closely followed him, I think his ceiling is even higher than that. His ceiling is Kris Bryant and it’s not a crazy reach. Bohm can flat out hit.

      1. Bohm was quietly getting Chris Bryant comps from scouts leading up to the draft last year so … no … A Bryant “ceiling” is not a crazy reach.

  6. Top hitter in Eastern League is hitting .302, only one over .300. Moniak is one of the top 20 overall and 8th of all outfielders.

    1. I’ve never seen Moniak play, so just passing this along from recent Keith Law chat

      Brian: You didn’t seem particularly impressed with Mickey Moniak. And yet, in May he hit .290 with a .755 OPS, in June it was .294 w/an .872 OPS and a big spike in walks & in July it’s been .320 with an .850 OPS. That sounds a lot like the Steve Finley type player discussed when the Phillies drafted him. What are you seeing and hearing from scouts that the stat line isn’t showing?

      Keith Law: OPS sucks for individual players, more so for trying to evaluate prospects. It’s not a good swing at all, not going to generate power, and his approach isn’t good. He’s also probably not a CF long term.

      and then a follow up

      Draftnik: Not going to argue with you about Moniak’s swing — I’m certainly no expert — but he has a wRC+ of 137 since May 1st. That’s over 250 plate appearances, and that is as a barely 21-year-old in AA. You don’t see him as a first-division regular in, say, 3 or 4 years?

      Keith Law: No I don’t see him as that, and that’s still a small sample – and wRC+ is not useful for prospects. Chase Vallot had a 136 wRC+ in a full season in high-A as a 20-year-old, and he’s a non-prospect.

      1. This was talked about a bit here recently. Law, obviously entitled to his opinion, which I believe is based off Moniaks K rate/swing and miss. Not to speak for others, but those who are down on moniak point to this as well. For me, I think this is a little outdated, his stats have trended way up, arguably significant, over his poor start. I pointed out earlier in the year when haseley was making his push, that moniak had similar production minus the K/BB rates. Moniak has improved in this area since then, and it is my opinion that moniaks evaluation is a bit out dated, or potentially an axe to grind since law was not informed moniak would be taken first, so the rumor mill says. Moniak should be back in the radar in my opinion. Will see in thr next year or so

      2. Law is a very smart guy, and knows baseball extremely well. That said, he’s a positively smug, arrogant, self-righteous, and miserable human being.

  7. Spencer Howard, pitching-to-contact,….more efficiency early in the count to the hitter.

    “I would definitely say efficiency was not my calling card before this season. My goal for the year was to attack hitters,” he (Howard) said. “Not to necessarily strike out hitters, but working with [Threshers pitching coach] Brad Bergesen, we wanted to force contact within three pitches or less.”

    1. None of us are scouts but we do have opinions, Keith law can be just as wrong as the next guy and those responses sound bitter. He said a lot of foul things about haseley swing also. He will never admit he may be wrong either which is joke to me that anyone who fancies themselves as a scout can’t admit they were ever wrong, it’s an entire science based on being wrong mostly. As you can see Keith law doesn’t get a Xmas card from me

      1. He has admitted he was wrong on numerous occasions. Rhys Hoskins being a notable example I can think of off the top of my head.

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