Threshers Recap – 7/30/2019

Just a few random things before the recaps.

Tuesday, Trenton completed a suspended game from May 30th.  They trailed 6-0 when the game was halted.  They completed and lost the seven inning game.  No big deal, right?  Unless you’re Reading.  Trenton and Reading finished the first half tied.  Because the Thunder played 2 less games, they had a better winning percentage.  But, this loss changes their first half record, and the finished a half game behind Reading.   Not too late to do the right thing Eastern League.

More current dates for Instructs and AFL.

  • September 8, 2019 – Coaches and players report for Instructs
  • September 9, 2019 – Instructs’ workouts begin
  • September 18, 2019 – beginning of the Arizona Fall League
  • October 12, 2019 – Arizona Fall Stars Game
  • October 26, 2019 – Arizona Fall League Championship Game

New player at the Complex.  A 6’7 RHP, Jaylen Eichler.  Looks like he played basketball in high school.  I found this online.  It was published a year ago.  That would make him 20-years-old now.


Clearwater (19-22, 55-52)  lost to Florida, 2-0.

Jerad Eickhoff opened for the Threshers and threw two rehab innings.  He allowed no runs, two hits, and struck out two.  Oscar Marcelino pitched one scoreless inning and allowed a hit and 2 walks, striking out two.  Jack Perkins pitched four, no-hit innings allowing 2 walks and striking out four.  Keylan Killgore took the loss with one, 2-run inning.  He walked two, gave up a double, a sac fly, and struck out one.

The Threshers managed just 3 singles – Guthrie, Stokes, and Muzziotti.  Maton drew 2 walks.  Muzziotti stole his 17th base.

Lehigh Valley (51-55)  lost to Pawtucket, 7-5.

Damon Jones pitched 5 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  He sgtruck out two.  All the runs came on a 3-run HR in the third inning by Rusney Castillo.  Connor Brogdon followed with 1.1 innings of 2-run ball that earned him the loss.  His 2 runs both scored on a HR.  Tom Windle camde in to strand a runner and pitch 1.2 shutout innings.  JD Hammer gave up another 2-run HR in the ninth.

The IronPigs scored single runs in three different inings.  They scored on a Deivy Grullon RBI single in thre first inning.  They scored on Rob Brantly’s solo HR (5) in the fourth.  And, they scored on Phil Gosselin’s game-tying, sac fly in the fifth.  Brantly (.297) had 3 of the IronPigs 5 hits.

Reading (24-17, 63-46)  lost to Bowie, 6-5.

Jose Taveras pitched 5.2 innings and gave up 4 runs (3 ER) on 6 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out one.  Aaron Brown allowed an inherited runner to score and gave up 2 runs in 1.1 innings on 2 hits and 2 walks with 2 strike outs.  Grant Dyer pitched a clean inning.

The Phils scored a run in the first inning on Darick Hall’s RBI double.  They scored 2 runs in the fifth on Luke Williams’ RBI bunt single and Josh Stephen’s sac fly.  Alec Bohm hit a solo HR (8) in the seventh.  And, they scored a run in the eighth on an error.

Mickey Moniak went 2-5 and a stolen base (14).  Darick Hall went 2-2 with a double, RBI, and 3 walks.

Lakewood (16-20, 45-61)  no game scheduled.

Williamsport (14-29)  lost to Connecticut, 3-2.

Hsin-Chieh Lin pitched 3.2 innings.  He gave up one run on a solo HR, walked four, and struck out three.  Jose Conopoima went 3.1 innings scattering 4 hits and striking out one.  Brian Marconi pitched 0.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk.  Anton Kuznetsov got the final two outs and stranded 3 inherited runners.

The Cutters scored a run in the fourth on Nate Fassnacht’s RBI single.  They scored another run in the eighth on Herbert Iser’s sac fly.  Fassnacht and Kendall Simmons had 2 hits each of the Cutters 6 hits.

GCL Phillies East (13-11)  lost to the Tigers West, 6-0.

Starlyn Castillo made his second appearance and pitched two innings.  He allowed one run on one hit and struck out two.  Brenden Kudlinski didn’t get an out and walked 4 batters, all of whom scored.  One on a wild pitch and one on a steal of home after a walk.  Andy Reyes came in and allowed the two inherited runners to score.  His line doesn’t look too bad (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB), however it was a cluster – WP, BB, SF, 1B, HBP, DP.  Jordi Martinez got two outs and gave up a run on 3 hits.  Engel Estevez came of the RL and stranded 2 inherited runners and went 2.1 innings, walking one and striking out one.  Juan Geraldo tossed two clean innings.

The East batters were held to 3 hits – a double by Flores (.414) and single by Lee Sang and Friscia.  Lee Sang stole his 5th base and also walked.

GCL Phillies West (16-10)  beat the Blue Jays, 2-1 in ten innings in a balk off.

Another day of superb pitching at the Complex.  Daniel Vilchez opened and threw four, one-run innings.  He allowed 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out three.  He threw his FB 88-91 mph and showed a change up.  Josh Gessner made his second appearance and threw a perfect inning.  He threw 15 pitches and got 2 strike outs and a ground out.  He threw his FB 88-90 but got both his Ks swinging at 77 mph off speed pitches (the charter said change up).

Austin Crowson followed with his best outing of the season.  He pitched two, no-hit innings, walking one, and striking out three.  His FB was only 85-87 today, but had some knee-buckling, bat-freezing off speed stuff.  Robinson Martinez came off the restricted list and pitched one, one-hit inning.  He struck out one and threw his FB 91-96 mph.  Fernando Lozano pitched the final two innings and got the win.  He allowed one hit, struck out a batter, and kept the OT runner from scoring in the tenth.

The Phillies tied the game with a run in the sixth inning on Keaton Greenwalt’s RBI single.  The won in the tenth with Greenwalt at the plate and the bases loaded and one out on a game-ending balk.  Hence the above mentioned balk off.

Edgar Made, Rixon Wingrove, and JC Smith had 2 hits each.  With runners on the corners in the tenth, third baseman Edgar Made started an around the horn double play.  Wingrove stretched to dig out Jose Rivera’s throw to thwart the Jays.  In the bottom of the tenth, struggling Tucker Maxwell did what the Jays couldn’t.  He got the sac bunt down.  He did so well, he beat the throw for a hit AND got the runner into scoring position.

DSL Phillies Red (33-12)  beat the Rockies, 3-2.

DSL Phillies White (29-21)  beat the Cardinals Red, 7-6 in ten innings.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of July 30th … there are 399 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
7/30/19 – Phillies signed FA RHP Blake Parker
7/30/19 – Phillies optioned Edgar Garcia to Lehigh Valley
7/30/19 – 3B Mitch Walding designated for assignment by the Phillies
7/30/19 – Phillies sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Clearwater
7/30/19 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
7/30/19 – Lehigh Valley activated 1B Logan Morrison from the 7-day IL
7/30/19 – C Jack Conley assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/30/19 – Reading placed C Nerluis Martinez on the 7-day IL
7/30/19 – RHP Jack Perkins assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
7/30/19 – Clearwater sent OF Ben Aklinski on a rehab assignment to GCL West
7/30/19 – C Rafael Marchan assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
7/30/19 – C Juan Aparicio assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/30/19 – C Mitchell Edwards assigned to Williamsport from GCL West
7/30/19 – RHP Engel Estevez assigned to GCL East from GCL West
7/30/19 – GCL West activated RHP Robinson Martinez from the RL
7/29/19 – Lehigh Valley IronPigs activated LF Jose Pirela
7/29/19 – Reading Fightin Phils activated C Nerluis Martinez from the 7-day IL
7/29/19 – Phillies trade C Austin Bossart to the Mets for LHP Jason Vargas and cash considerations
7/29/19 – RHP Yacksel Rios designated for assignment by the Phillies
7/29/19 – Clearwater sent OF Ben Aklinski on a rehab assignment to GCL East
7/29/19 – LHP Jhordany Mezquita assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
7/29/19 – LHP Taylor Lehman assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
7/29/19 – RHP DJ Jefferson assigned to GCL East
7/28/19 – Phillies optioned LHP Cole Irvin to Lehigh Valley
7/28/19 – Phillies recalled RHP Edgar Garcia from Lehigh Valley
7/28/19 – Jose Taveras activated by Lehigh Valley
7/28/19 – RHP Julian Garcia assigned to Reading from Clearwater
7/27/19 – Manuel Silva assigned to Williamsport from Lakedwood
7/27/19 – Phillies transferred RHP Tommy Hunter from the 10- to the 60-day IL, forearm strain
7/27/19 – San Diego traded LF Jose Pirela to Phillies for cash
7/27/19 – LF Jose Pirela assigned to Lehigh Valley
7/27/19 – Lehigh Valley placed OF Jan Hernandez on the 7-day IL
7/27/19 – Reading placed LF Cornelius Randolph on the 7-day IL
7/27/19 – Clearwater sent OF Ben Aklinski on a rehab assignment to GCL West
7/27/19 – RHP Tom Sutera assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport

19 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 7/30/2019

  1. The catcher move up has occurred. Conley from CLW to Reading. Marchan replaced him. Aparicio moved up to replace Marchan and Edwards jumped a level to finish it off. Let’s see how Marchan and Aparicio do and Edwards too. Give them a couple of games to acclimate.

    1. This is certainly something we’ve been waiting for. Let’s see how they do, Marchan and Aparicio especially
      Under the radar but Walding was finally kicked off the 40. I’m assuming he’ll go unclaimed and will stay but we’ll see. Hall and Moniak have had a great run at Reading and should be in LHV soon.

      1. I agree with Hall, but Moniak is hitting .211 in last 10 games. Let him finish in AA and hopefully he finishes strong and has some confidence going to AAA next year.

        1. Moniak’s seen a big spike in his strikeouts the last five games. It could just be a slump but I wonder if (and hope) it’s the result of some swing adjustment he’s trying to make. Similar to what Haseley went through earlier.

      2. I wouldn’t move MM this year I’d let him complete the full season at Reading. That’s just me. And based on his age I’d probably have repeat a month or two in Reading next year.

        1. DMAR…agree…let Moniak finish out the year in Reading……he could also be selected to go to the AFL in Sept, so that could be a plus for him with more ABs against advanced pitching..all be it future relievers for the most part..

      3. Hall has been HOT HOT HOT. He’s hit in 9 of 10 with a .400 average over the 10 games. He also has 3 HRs and 6 RBIs, 9 BBs to 7 Ks. I’d say he’s earned his promotion (not just because of his hot streak). Let’s see how he does against AAAA pitchers who throw a lot more junk pitches than AA guys. Listi has excelled against these guys and I think Hall will too.

    2. Regarding the catchers, Aparicio had a good year at the plate last year and is doing it again this year. Let’s hope he keeps it up at LKW. I have a hunch, however, that his BABIP will not be >.400 that much longer…

      I have been a little let down by Marchan this year, but he could have done worse. Hopefully he keeps his head above water at CLW.

    1. Castillo, 2 starts but both have been on the road. Jim hasn’t seen him in game action yet. I would hope they’ll pitch him at home and Jim could get eyes on him.

    1. Darick Hall

      Home – .288/.394/.598/.992
      Away – .218/.330/.412/.742

      Hard for me to get past the Reading factor when considering him a true prospect.

      1. Yep….then do not let it cross your mind and waste any time, about him being any type of a legit prospect.
        BTW…check the (H/A) splits on the guy that sits above him ….ibandel Isabel

      2. Very true, but I wonder what the home/away splits are over the last 6 weeks or so (I simply don’t know). Also, your concern is mitigated, to a degree, by the overall improvement in his hitting and plate discipline and his very favorable platoon splits. I would like to see him spend at least a few more weeks and perhaps the rest of the season in AA, but make no mistake about it, the vastly improved plate discipline is HUGE. It suggests there might be room for quite a bit more growth and one thing is for sure – he’s got the physical tools to succeed.

  2. Definitely looking to see how Aparicio does moving up. He looks like a legitimate hitter.

  3. Catcher Jack Conley to Reading despite 167 BA and 419 OPS at Clearwater.

    I suspect he’s there until Rodolfo Duran — or maybe Edgar Cabal or Colby Fitch — get of the Threshers’ injured list.

    1. Conley’s been moved around several times this summer, when catchers at various levels hit the IL. The Phillies obviously see Conley as an “organization player” – which is to say, if he has a career, it will be as a bullpen catcher or coach.

  4. is reporting that the GCL Phils West activated C Carlos Oropeza from the Restricted List… and that they released him. They did both?

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