Threshers Recap – 8/5/2019

Just a quick note.  The Phillies fielded five home grown players last night in Arizona – 1B Hoskins, 2B Hernandez, 3B Kingery, LF Haseley, and CF Quinn.  The four from elsewhere were winning pitcher Velasquez, his battery mate Realmuto, SS Segura, and RF Harper.

The GCL Phillies East spun a no hitter using 5 different pitchers – Jonas De La Cruz (2nd rehab appearance), Starlyn Castillo (3rd appearance), Engel Estevez (2nd appearance), Cameron Beauchamp (debut), and Brendan Bell (the veteran making his 8th appearance). They had a 12.1 combined innings among them before this game.

The Williamsport Crosscutters have won ten of their last twelve games and have a six game winning streak.

The Reading Phils have a 4-game winning streak and are currently 5.0 games ahead of the second place team, have the best overall record, and finished a half game ahead of the first half winners (not a mis-print).

And, The Lakewood BlueClaws are playing better and getting better results, winning 9 of their last 13 games.

Clearwater (20-27, 56-57)  lost to Dunedin, 6-2.  Jack Perkins opened and didn’t fare too well in his second Advanced A appearance.  He gave up 4 runs in the second inning of his two-inning outing.  Oscar Marcelino came in and gave up 2 runs in the first of his two innings.  Kyle Arjona and Keylan Killgore kept the Jays off the board the rest of the way, each throwing two scoreless innings.

The Threshers runs came on solo HRs by Luke Miller (4) in the third and Matt Vierling (5) in the ninth.  Dalton Guthrie (.345 in his last ten games) and Simon Muzziotti had 2 hits each.

Lehigh Valley (53-58)  no game scheduled.  

Reading (28-17, 67-46)  no game scheduled.  

Lakewood (19-23, 48-64)  beat Asheville, 4-2.  Victor Santos pitched five strong innings.  He gave up one run on 3 hits and struck out four.  Francisco Morales tossed three innings and gave up one run on 5 hits and struck out five.  Mark Potter earned his 7th save with a perfect inning.

The BlueClaws hit 3 HRs.  After Abrahan Gutierrez drove ib a first inning run with an RBI single, Cole Stobbe hits solo HRs (12) in the third and eighth.  Jonathan Guzman hit a solo HR (3) in the fifth.  Guzman (.257) went 3-5.  Mccarthy Tatum (.303), Abrahan Gutierrez (.256), Stobbe (.195), and Ben Pelletier (.194) had 2 hits each.

Williamsport (19-29)  beat Batavia, 9-3.  Leonel Aponte didn’t get out of the first inning, giving up 2 runs and throwing 32 pitches.  Rafael Carvajal took over and tossed 3.1 scoreless innings.  Tyler Burch gave up a run in 3.1 innings, striking out four.  Brian Marconi tossed 1.2 scoreless innings to preserve the victory.

The Crosscutters scored 4 runs in the first inning on Logan O’Hoppe’s bases loaded walk, Kendall Simmons sac fly, and DJ Stewart’s 2-run double.  They added 2 runs in the fifth on Simmons’ 2-run HR (7).  They tacked on 3 runs in the sixth on Nate Fassnacht’s 2-run double and a wild pitch.

Fassnacht (.208) and Stewart (.263) had 2 hits each.  O’Hoppe and Stewart each stole their third bases.  Stewart had an outfield assist at second.  Burch picked a runner off first.

Logan O’Hoppe is batting .351 in his last ten games with a HR and 9 RBI.

GCL Phillies East (16-15)  no-hit the Blue Jays, 8-1.  Five Phillies hurlers combined to no-hit the Blue Jays.  Jonas De La Cruz opened with a rehab inning and retired the side in order.  His fastball was once again in the low 90s, topping out at 94 mph.

Starlyn Castillo pitched the next three innings.  He allowed no hits, walked one batter each inning, and struck out three.  His fast ball was 91-94 mph and sat 92-93 mph.  He also displayed a nice slider, getting his first strike out looking at one.  His first walk was caught stealing by Vito Friscia to end the second inning.  His second walk to lead off the third advanced on a balk, ground out, and sac fly.  His third walk came with two out in the fourth and never advanced.

Engel Estevez pitched the fifth thru seventh innings.  He walked a batter who was also erased on a stealing attempt by Friscia.  Estevez’ fastball was 90-92, but sat mostly at 90 mph.  He also relied on a slider and used it early in counts.

Cameron Beauchamp (beechum) made his debut and pitched a perfect inning.  The lefty’s fastball was 89-91 mph and he also slung a slider.  He struck out his last batter swinging on one at 80 mph.

Brendan Bell got the final three outs after a lead off walk.  He struck out a batter and got the final two outs on easy fly balls to right field.  His fastball 90-93 mph and sat 91-92.  He also threw a slider.  (I honestly didn’t realize it was a no hitter until Bell took the mound in the ninth.)

The Phillies scored their first two runs in the fifth inning on wild pitches that hit the backstop on the fly.  The inning started with a single and stolen base by Jose Cedeno.  And, then it got crazy.  Wild pitch. Walk to Micah Yonamine.  Wild pitch, Cedeno scores, Yonamine to second.  Tortolero walks.  Double play, Yonamine to third.  Wild pitch, Yonamine scores.  Guarner Dipre hit by a pitch.  Marcus Lee Sang walks.  And, the Blue Jays pitcher is mercifully relieved.

The Phillies scored 5 times in the seventh on a ground out, Marcus Lee Sang’s 2-run HR to left field.  It was his first as a professional, and it was crushed.  He launched it high and it just carried well over the fence.  Micah Yonamine followed later with a 2-run single.  The Phillies closed out the scoring on a force out/throwing error in the eighth.

Marcus Lee Sang (.269) went 3-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI.Jose Pujols played left field and went 0-2 before being pulled.  He looks like he’s running fine.  Wilfredo Flores replaced him (.395) and went 1-2 with 2 runs scored.

Guarner Dipre (.286) went 2-4 with an RBI.

There was a base running mistake that I’m sure won’t happen again.  With runners on the corners and one out, the batter lifted a fly ball to deep right field.  The runner on third jogged home after tagging up, but the runner on first was thrown out trying to advance before he crossed the plate.  The batter in the on deck circle stood and glared at him all the way back to the dugout.  A coach spoke with him in the dugout before he took the field.  A good learning experience.  I’ll bet you none of this bunch ever does that again.

GCL Phillies West (21-11)  beat the Tigers West, 8-4.  Daniel Vilchez and Austin Crowson each gave up a run in three innings.  Connor Hinchliffe pitched two scoreless innings.  Nicoly Pina gave up 2 runs in 0.2 innings.  And, Jaylen Smith got the final out to lock down the win.

The Phillies scored a run in the first inning on a fielding error.  They overtook the Tigers with 6 runs in the sixth on JC Smith’s sac fly, Keaton Greenwalt’s 2-run double, Luis Rojas’ RBI double, and Jose Rivera’s 2-run single.  They tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on Tucker Maxwell’s RBI single.

Keaton Greenwalt (.275) went 3-5 with 3 runs scored, 3 doubles, and 2 RBI.  Andrick Nava (.340) went 2-5 with a run scored.  The score could have been lopsided, the Phillies went 4-17 with runners in scoring position.

And this is how the Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.252): DNP
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-5, 4.36): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.214): went 1-3 with a run scored
  4. Adam Haseley, OF (.294): recalled by the Phillies on 7/13
  5. Spencer Howard, RHP (0-0, 3.38): DNP
  6. Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.198): went 1-4 with a run scored
  7. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-5, 4.14): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, WP
  8. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-5, 3.63): DNP
  9. Mickey Moniak, OF (.264): DNP
  10. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.50): DNP
  11. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-2, 7.62):  DNP
  12. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.286): went 2-4
  13. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.211): went 0-4
  14. Rafael Marchan, C (.190): went 0-4
  15. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.275): DNP
  16. Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
  17. Cole Irvin, LHP (4-0, 4.08): DNP
  18. Rodolfo Duran, C (.240): placed on the 7-day IL on 7/26, knee
  19. David Parkinson, LHP (8-7, 3.33): DNP
  20. Deivy Grullon, C (.290): DNP
  21. Damon Jones, LHP (0-1, 10.20): DNP
  22. Kyle Young, LHP (1-3, 4.29): placed on the 7-day IL on 5/1
  23. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (.184): DNP
  24. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.237): went 0-4
  25. Kyle Dohy, LHP (5-5, 6.90): DNP
  26. Dominic Pipkin, RHP (3-4, 5.84): DNP
  27. Kevin Gowdy, RHP (0-4, 4.88): DNP
  28. Jamari Baylor, SS (2-7, .286): hasn’t played since 7/1, nursing a hamstring
  29. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.246): placed on the 7-day IL on 7/27
  30. Victor Santos, RHP (5-8, 3.57): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, HBP, Balk

DSL Phillies Red (35-13)  beat the Nationals, 6-3.

DSL Phillies White (31-23)  lost to the D-backs2, 8-0.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 5th … there are 398 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/5/19 – Reading sent RF Jose Pujols on a rehab assignment to GCL East
8/5/19 – Clearwater placed RHP Alejandro Requena on the 7-day IL
8/5/19 – Lakewood sent RHP Jonas De La Cruz on a rehab assignment to GCL East
8/5/19 – RHP Jonathan Petit assigned to DSL Red
8/5/19 – Raul Mendoza assigned to DSL White from DSL Red
8/5/19 – Victor Santos assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/5/19 – Dominic Pipkin assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
8/5/19 – Ezequiel Ventura assigned to DSL Red from DSL White
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

32 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/5/2019

  1. I went to Luis Garcia’s stat page and saw he has a 9 game hitting streak. He’s hit .324 over those 9. He also has an OBP of .390. He has 9 Ks and 4 BBs over the stretch. Maybe he’s coming to life as the LKW team starts to heat up or is LKW playing better because he’s heating up a bit. Chicken or the egg syndrome.

  2. O’Hoppe is not in the top 30? That seems like a big oversight to me.

    Your point Jimmy to lead off the thread is that things might not be so bad. Disjointed maybe a little inconsistent at times but not so bad.

    1. We talked about it last week how the MLB Top 30 Phils is not well put together especially in the back half…..come Feb they will put out a better listing once they get all the feed back from rookie ball leagues.

    2. Wow. I really appreciate thd information. It’s as good as any site and its free and timely. Thank you Jim. Most of us really appreciate all that you do!

  3. Thanks for bringing back the daily top 30 Jim! One of my favorite parts of the updates posted every day. While not all superstars, to have 5 of your 9 starters being homegrown (in a win no less) says something about the ability to develop talent in the minors. With only one of them being a 1st round pick, it shows that there is an ability to identify, train up and push players to succeed. Now if the pitching side could be addressed at the majors…hopefully Medina and Howard can help to remedy that in the next year or so…

  4. Jim, it’s funny you mentioned the home grown players in the batter order in Arizona because I was just thinking about that this morning. You know, people are looking at this year as a failure and, while it’s frustrating to watch the team teeter in and out of wild card contention, I think the season has been successful in many ways. For the first time really since the early to mid-2000s, this team is regularly graduating young, talented players from the minors with the ability to contribute long term to the major league team. Guys like Kingery and Haseley can flat out play (Haseley, is, to my mind, our most underrated player in the majors or minors – he has a chance to be very good and is pretty darned good right now) and when he’s healthy Roman Quinn has a unique skills set and is worth keeping around. Next year even more players will join from the minors including, most likely, Alec Bohm, who will push Kingery to second and even further broaden the line-up. If this team is even slightly lucky with its health and development next year, the offense should take another large step forward. Now we need guys like Spencer Howard to fill the rotation. But on the whole, this organization is moving forward – it’s a jagged line graph to be sure, but the team is on the upswing and it shouldn’t be a temporary thing.

        1. Looks like Johnny A. found his niche —- draft college bats early and risk on HS prospects later!! If Spencer Howard develops based on his current projection — everybody (as in everybody) miss on his TOR potential.

    1. There are still big questions about Kingery, Haseley and Quinn’s abilities to contribute in the majors going forward. Bohm becoming an impact player in the next year or so would be a huge help and at least one of Howard/Medina fulfilling their promise is probably necessary to seriously compete with the Braves.

      1. Sure there are questions, but all seem to be moving forward well and, pretty soon, we’re going to have to acknowledge that Kingery is becoming established and ascending. The idea of him at second with his skill set is extremely exciting. I mean, with his hitting skills, speed and fielding ability, he could be an almost instant all-star second baseman.

        1. I still have a lot of concerns over his high number of strikeouts and low number of walks. Not sold on him.

          1. I understand but more and more, he’s getting there, although the concerns are legitimate.

    1. Hmmmm – he’s an old fashioned type of player and I mean that in a good way.

      Comps that readily come to mind are Markakis and Andre Ethier – basically, smooth-hitting first division regular outfielders. Haseley has an advantage over those guys in that he can really play center field (he’s a much better fielder than Ethier) and, frankly, he will need to play centerfield in order to get a lot of playing time. His disadvantage is that his plate discipline thus far is not as good as Markakis or as much power as Ethier. In terms of the pureness of his swing, it’s similar in many respects to John Olerud, although he would need to become a heck of a hitter to be in Olerud’s league and he doesn’t have Olderud’s plate discipline or hit tool but of course Olderud was more limited defensively.

      1. I think of Gardner as more of a pure fielder and less of a pure hitter than Haseley – but it’s probably a pretty good approximation of Haseley’s likely value if Haseley achieves most of his potential. I think Haseley’s ultimate ceiling may be higher, but how many players reach their ceilings?

    2. IMO Haseley comps to Jim Edmunds…minor league and his first 2/3 years…..well at least before the steroid era officially took hold.

        1. Jim Edmonds was a freaking beast of a hitter and a great fielder. If Haseley becomes 85% of the player Edmonds was we will be a hell of team.

          1. Edmonds was the best CF I ever saw for having the instincts and smarts to know where a fly ball was coming down…He wasn’t the fastest guy but between the knowledge of the pitch and the hitter, he knew before the ball was struck where it was going to go… Just a defensive freak,

            1. He also knew how to perfectly time his steps so that he could turn a decent catch into a highlight film catch. I really wasn’t a fan of his.

            2. Well that’s on you Jeffo. Edmonds was a beast as a player. There are many Hall of Famers – including Harold Baines – who weren’t as good as Jim Edmonds. I’d take another Jim Edmonds on my team in a heartbeat.

            3. Not to be labor this conversation…but there is a underlying reason he, along with Gary Sheffield, Fred McGriff, Larry Walker, Jeff Kent et al ..players from mid- 90s -early 2000s….are not candidates for the HoF …even though most have a 60plus bWAR grading with superior offensive metrics..

        2. Like I said, the minor league Jim Edmunds and his first few years in the majors, not the Jim Edmunds once he got established and started blasting the ball.

      1. Andy Van Slyke would be a super outcome. 3 time all-star, 4th in MVP voting. Two years of an OPS+ over 140 and 41 lifetime WAR. Better than a standard first division regular.

        1. I’d be happy if Haseley turns out to be the Phillies version of Brandon Nimmo (who I like a lot).

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