Threshers Recap – 8/4/2019

Clearwater (20-26, 56-56)  lost to Tampa, 3-2.  Kyle Glogoski pitched five solid innings.  He allowed six hits, a run on a solo HR, no walks, and two strike outs.  Zach Warren chipped in with two shutout innings.  Tyler Carr gave up his first runs in two weeks to blow the save and take the loss.  The Threshers converted sac flies by Nick Matera and Daniel Brito into a tenuous 2-1 lead.  But their impotent offense could manage just one extra base hit, Matt Vierling’s 19th double, among their 8 hits.  And, went 0-7 with RISP.

Lehigh Valley (53-58)  lost to Scranton, 12-5.  Ramon Rosso got knocked around, and Seth McGarry and JD Hammer also got lit.  Deivy Grullon had a HR (15) and 4 RBI.  The first seven batters in the IronPigs line up are hitting .290 or better.  

Reading (28-17, 67-46)  beat Altoona, 9-7.  The Phils Blew a 4-2 lead in the ninth, but came back to tie, and later walk off in the tenth on Alec Bohm’s 3-run HR (10).  Adonis Medina allowed 2 hits including a solo HR over six innings.  He struck out eight.  Singer, Russ, and Cleavinger combined to give up 6 runs in four innings.  Luke Williams (8) and Darick Hall (20) contributed 2-run HRs.  Mickey Moniak went 3-5 with his league leading 11th triple and an RBI.

Lakewood (18-23, 47-64)  lost to Asheville, 13-6.  Dominic Pipkin had a horrible outing, followed by bad outings by Omar Maldonado and Jhordany Mezquita.  Gilmael Troya and Andrew Schultz finally brought order, combining to throw four, one-hit innings.  Malvin Matos went 2-4 and hit his 8th HR.

Williamsport (19-29)  beat Brooklyn, 4-3.  Jose Conopoima gave up 2 runs in four innings, Hsin-Chieh Lin gave up one in four.  Both gave up 5 hits and Lin struck out five.  Anton Kuznetsov struck out two in one inning and got the come back win.  The Cutters rallied in the eighth on Corbin Williams RBI single and Bryson Stott’s 2-run single.  They walked off on Johan Rojas’ RBI single in the ninth.  Williams stole his 24th base.  Note: Rojas has played in 16 games and is tied for the league lead in triples with four.

GCL Phillies East (15-15)  no game scheduled.

GCL Phillies West (20-11)  no game scheduled.

DSL Phillies Red (34-13)  no game scheduled.

DSL Phillies White (31-22)  no game scheduled.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 4th … there are 398 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/4/19 – Phillies activated 2B Brad Miller from the 10-day IL
8/4/19 – Phillies activated RHP Hector Neris
8/4/19 – Phillies optioned 3B Maikel Franco to Lehigh Valley
8/4/19 – Tom Windle assigned to Reading from Lehigh Valley
8/4/19 – Jose Taveras activated by Lehigh Valley
8/4/19 – Seth McGarry assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/4/19 – Kevin Gowdy assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
8/4/19 – Taylor Lehman activated by Lakewood
8/4/19 – Cristian Lima released by DSL Red
8/4/19 – Carlos Valero activated by DSL Red
8/3/19 – Phillies sent 3B Mitch Walding outright to Lehigh Valley
8/3/19 – Pittsburgh claimed RHP Yacksel Rios off waivers from Philadelphia
8/3/19 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Austin Davis on the Reserve List
8/3/19 – Reading sent RF Jose Pujols on a rehab assignment to GCL West
8/3/19 – Nick Williams activated by Lehigh Valley

34 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/4/2019

  1. Malvin Matos, in his 4th year in the Phillies Pharm, is finally showing the promise that came with him 4 years ago. He’s 22, he’ll be 23 in August 19, so he should be beating the crap out of A ballers but something happened as his year progressed. In April and May, he was bucking for release. He hit .208 in April and .163 in May. He had 53 Ks in 163 ABs. He had 2 HRs, 11 RBIs and a total of 7 doubles and 1 triple. I was wondering why he wasn’t released.

    June came and not much improvement could be seen. He hit .194 in June. His Ks dropped significantly to 15, so maybe something was changing, and he had 1 double and 2 HRs. Again I asked myself, why is he still in LKW or the organization? But July was different. A light bulb went off and it was very bright. He hit .377. He was on base at a .486 clip. His Ks dropped again to 11 and he had 11 BBs. He had 5 doubles and HR and 11 RBIs. In August, he’s continued his hot streak. He’s hitting .400/.500/1.400/1.900. It’s only 4 games but the light bulb is still brightly shining. He has 4 hits in 3 August games and 1 is a double and 3 are HRs. Since Malvin will be 23 in 2 weeks, maybe they should push him to CLW and see if July and August are showing a new man or just a guy on a hot streak. CLW could clearly use a shot of adrenaline. Not sure if Matos is that shot but what the heck.

  2. Hey Jim, Johan Rojas currently leads 2 leagues in Triples. He’s #1 in the GCL and in Wmsprt. He has 9 triples in 34 games. I think Moniak is remarkable but this kid is exceptional. I think we’ll be talking about Rojas for years to come… at least I hope that to be true.

  3. my first time seeing Bohm live- really struck by his size when Moniak walked by me coming back from the cages, followed by Alec.
    The walk-off was a bomb to dead center- prior to that he had two weak groundouts (was ticked off at one back to pitcher after Moniak’s triple), a strikeout and a walk before Luke Wiliams homer. Didnt have his range tested at third- just had a scorcher he snagged and a one-hopper at him.
    Moniak was swinging the bat well- line drive single to right, then a steal, and his triple in the right-center gap were both off a lefty- then rbi game-tying single prior to the Bohm walk off.
    Darrick Hall’s homer was a no doubter to right.
    Other than the homer he gave up, not much of anything hit hard off Medina. Looked like a top prospect. Also picked off two straight runners, one of whom was Darnell Sweeney, part of our return for Chase Utley, recently sent down to AA.

    My boys were directing the security guard looking for Bohms walk off ball hoping they could have it, but he radioed in and Bohm wanted the ball- imagine its his first pro walk off homer.

    On the Pirates side, their #2 prospect O’Neill Cruz really struggling in his first 10 days in AA. He’s 6-6 and playing short, but all his swings looked like something you’d expect from a pitcher.

    1. Good stuff, thanks. You got to see a great game, their best win of the season.
      Medina, Moniak, Bohm, Stotts, Hall and Rojas with big days. It’s a shame but there’s no opening for Hall at LHV at this time.

    2. Medina could be headed to LHV soon.
      Phillies may want to get him a handful of games at Triple A before bringing him to Philly.

    3. Yeah great game—I was there as well.

      Cruz tries to stay compact but with those long levers everything goes to heck when he tries to adjust to off-speed offerings.

      And that was the key to Medina’s outing, I thought. He was commanding his secondaries and at least competently locating his FB, 91-93 T94.

      Bohm’s bat is so so quick. He sees a mistake and he just tattoos it. Did it Saturday night as well. Not like he’s selling out for power or guessing—it’s real. Home plate umps in AA have difficulty adjusting the strike zone to his size—he gets frustrated but I usually just yell for him to let it go—no reason to lose focus over calls that everyone sitting there knows are wrong.

      Still bummed I missed Spencer Howard Friday night, but as you know he warmed up twice and started late—I was somewhat surprised they even let himself start. Good experience for him I guess, but not conditions to make any grand evaluations.

      The 4-A IronPigs should be killing teams now if they can keep their heads on straight, but the dog-days of August are difficult sometimes in the minors.

    4. Nice write-up RAEF. These firsthand reports give insights that a box scored don’t. I love hearing that Bohm was mad, and that he properly channeled his anger rather than it getting the better of him.

      I’m also very excited to see Moniak hitting to all fields.

      I’m curious if you were paying attention to Russ and how his stuff was. In two games that I’ve seen him this year, he struck out all six batters he has faced. I recall him throwing mid-90s with mid-80s offspeed pitches.

      I’m heading out to the game on Tuesday (Rollins Reading HoF induction) so I will have a report on Wednesday

      1. sorry- we had gone out to outfield in bottom of 8th with idea of a Bohm home run ball. The game tying homer Russ served up went right over our heads, but I couldnt tell from out there what kind of stuff he had.
        by the way, in 9th, Gamboa in his only at bat one hopped one off the centerfield fence, and Lartique one hopped the right field fence off Altoona reliever Cederlind on what they said postgame was a 100 mph fastball.

  4. What’s up with this guy Glogoski? Seems like he has pitched a number of very good games, but I haven’t seen any comments about him

    1. I thought I might have heard somewhere that he was brought up as a bit of an emergency starter but has been too solid to demote so they’re going to keep running him out there. I also seem to recall that he doesn’t have anything that is dominating or overwhelming. I could be way wrong on both accounts though.

  5. Is it too early to start anticipating the 2020 LHV team?
    That club should sport a lineup featuring Alec Bohm, Mickey Moniak, Austin Listi, Deivi Grullon (assuming he’s added to the 40 man), Darick Hall, and Jose Pujols. A starting rotation of Adonis Medina, Spencer Howard, JoJo Romero, Damon Jones, Connor Seabold, and/or David Parkinson. And a bullpen with DLS (if he’s not in Phillies BP), JD Hammer, Edgar Garcia, Connor Brogdon, Addison Russ, Kyle Dohy, and jaKe the caKe.

    1. They have never asked MM to repeat a level so it’s quite possible you get most if not all of those guys in LHV to start the season.

      if it were me though I would start MM again in AA. He’ll turn 22 next May so having another 100-150 PA’s at Reading isn’t a bad thing.

      I’d be surprised if Bohm didn’t see another promotion this season. I think he is an obvious choice to be brought up to the big club in 2020 after a month or two in AAA.

    2. looks pretty good. would Hall and Romero as 2016 college picks both need to go on 40 man as well to avoid exposure to Rule 5?

      1. Yes, Romero needs to/will be added to the 40 man this winter.
        Hall probably won’t be added, and he probably won’t be picked by another team (I’m sure Romus will disagree).

        1. Hinkie…correct
          I can see Jerry Dipoto and Seattle taking a chance with Hall…unless he makes a trade with Klentak after the World Series.

  6. Hinkie, Is it your opinion that Bohm can stay at 3B? That changes a lot of things if he can. We could see him very early like Jeff suggests, if he can.

    1. Yes. Bohm should be able to stay at 3B for (at least) the first part of his career.
      Also … gotta’ believe Mickey Mo starts 2020 in AAA (I also won’t be surprised to see Luis Garcia start 2020 in Clearwater). I posted a Matt Gelb story (Athletic) a couple of weeks ago describing the Phillies new philosophy of pushing their best young prospects. Click below. It’s a very good read.

      1. I get the feeling, Hinkie, from the people I’ve talked to that they fully expect Garcia to repeat Lakewood next year, at least to start, and they’re perfectly OK with that. But who knows what happens with an offseason of growth or improvement. Wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him start in Clearwater.

        The one thing I’ve heard a couple times from people in the organization about a guy like Garcia is you push him, knowing he may struggle, if you feel he’s mentally capable of handling struggles. And sometimes when you do that you end up getting a kid who rises to the challenge and just keeps hitting wherever you put him and you end up with a guy like an Acuna or Albies or Tatis. But you never know if you have someone like that if you don’t push him.

        1. Yeah, Mitch. That Gelb story was enlightening. Just seems like the Phillies want to really push their youngest top prospects. A lot of people on here have been down on Garcia. They don’t realize he has yet to face even one pitcher younger than him all season. Other guys like Moniak, Muzziotti, Ortiz, and Gamboa, Grullon, and De La Cruz have batted against pitchers younger than them only a handful of times this season.

          BTW … I enjoy reading your thoughts/reports and watching your videos on some of the young guys (especially Logan O’Hoppe and Johan Rojas).

  7. 2020 LHV starting rotation will once again be to many SP for traditional 5 or 6 man rotation.
    Jo Jo, Jones, Howard, Seabols, Parkinson, Falter and Llovera. Jo Jo, Falter (22 YO) both Rule 5.
    15 players on this years rule 5 , MGMT tough decisisions because some productive 2019 players

    1. Harvey…Rule 5 pitchers this year like JoJo, Bailey Falter and Mauricio LLovera will be debated over on who gets protected and who gets exposed.

      The good news, usually only half the teams in the majors participate in the Dec Rule 5 every year……the bad news, that half, are the bad teams that are willing to take chances on Double A prospects.

  8. I’m interested to hear opinions on Medina. I know some are saying they think he’ll get moved up to LV but has he really been that good this year? How many times this year has he made it past the 6th inning? Last night it looks like his splits were 52 strikes, 42 balls, granted I haven’t been watching Reading since the 1st month of the season but it just seems like whenever I look at the boxscore for one of his games it’s usually very high number of balls. Am I wrong, or am I making too much of it? I know he has electric stuff but wonder if he needs more improvement with his command.

    Interested to hear what others think of him. Also with 65 K’s this year with someone with his stuff, shouldn’t that be higher if you are talking about moving him up?

  9. Thank you Sir (Romus) for your input. But sometimes a move to bad team might open a career door instead of being in a clogged situation.
    A lot of west coast teams systems are down giving younger players exposure, not say our Phillie kids are better but we are stacked with potential.
    Thanks for your insight

  10. Starllyn Castillo with a no hitter today….more or less….3 innings….no hit….3 walks, 3 strike outs. one run on a sacrifice.

  11. Watching Williamsport they seem to be playing with a different energy now. Before they seemed flat. Now they’re all excited and seem to be having fun.

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