Threshers Recap – 8/6/2019

Clearwater (21-27, 57-57)   beat Dunedin, 5-1.  Jose Taveras was imported from Pennsylvania to provide a start for the Threshers.  Taveras stymied the Blue Jays batters for most of his seven innings.  He relied on command to keep the young Dunedin hitters off balance with his sub-90 stuff.  He scattered six hits, walked a batter, and struck out three.  The only run came on a solo HR with two outs in the seventh.  Austin Ross pitched two scoreless innings for his 4th save.

Clearwater scored a run in the second on  Nick Maton’s RBI single.  The remainder of their runs came on the long ball.  Simon Muzziotti launched a solo HR (3) to right in the fifth.  Dalton Guthrie blasted a solo HR (4) to left in the seventh.  And, Luke Miller crushed a 2-run HR to left center in the eighth.

There were several nice defensive plays behind Taveras that won’t show up in a box score.

  • a strike em out, throw em out DP courtesy of Rafael Marchan
  • a 4-3 DP courtesy of the shift and Nick Maton/Matt Kroon
  • an extra base saving catch by courtesy of RF Simon Muzziotti
  • an outfield assist at third by CF Jhailyn Ortiz on a ball off the left-center field wall that Ortiz picked up and threw to SS Guthrie who relayed to 3B Luke Miller who kept the tag on the foolish batter who made the third out at third base.  Looked to me that he came off the bag briefly and an aggressive slide and miller kept the glove on him.
  • a great catch in foul territory at the bleachers by 3B Miller
  • a ground out to shallow right field courtesy of the shift and Nick Maton

Lehigh Valley (54-58)  beat Louisville, 5-4.  Cole Irvin (5-0, 3.99) pitched six innings and gave up 2 ER and 2 unearned runs on 8 hits and zero walks.  He struck out two.  Connor Brogdon struck out two batters in two perfect innings.  Edgar Garcia (1.16) tip-toed through a 2-hit ninth for his 6th save.

The IronPigs came back twice.  Once in the fourth on Andrew Romine]s RBI single.  And again in the fifth on Deivy Grullon’s RBI single and Logan Morrison’s go ahead, 3-run HR (18).  Romine (.296) had 3 hits.  Morrison (.295), Nick Williams (.347), and Phil Gosselin (.347) had 2 hits each.

Reading (29-17, 68-46)  beat Hartford, 5-4.  Julian Garcia (1-0, .573) earned his first AA win with five, 4-run innings.  He struck out seven.  Jonathan Hennigan and Jake Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings each to preserve the win with Hernandez getting his 3rd save.

The Phils scored 5 runs in the third inning and outlasted the Yard Goats.  Luke Williams had an RBI double, Mickey Moniak had a 2-run double, and Arquimedes Gamboa closed out the scoring with another 2-run double.  Darick Hall (.251)went 2-3 with a double and BB.

Lakewood (19-24, 48-65)  lost to Asheville, 5-2.  Manuel Silva (4-5, 3.99) gave up 3 runs in 4.2 innings.  Ethan Lindow (2.66) allowed 2 runs in 3.1 innings with 3 strike outs.  He threw 31 strikes in 43 pitches (72.1%).

Lakewood scored on Jonathan Guzman’s RBI double in the third and Juan Aparicio’s solo HR (1) in the fifth.

Williamsport (19-29)  postponed.

GCL Phillies East (16-15)  postponed.

GCL Phillies West (21-11)  postponed.

And this is how the Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.247): went 0-3 with a BB
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-5, 4.36): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.214): DNP
  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 (.197): went 0-3 with a BB
  7. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-5, 4.14): DNP
  8. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-5, 3.63): DNP
  9. Mickey Moniak, OF (.264): went 1-4 with a run scored, double, 2 RBI
  10. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.50): DNP
  11. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-2, 7.62):  DNP
  12. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.286): went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (3), RBI
  13. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.208): went 0-4
  14. Rafael Marchan, C (.208): went 1-3 with a BB
  15. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.276):  went 1-3 with an RBI, BB
  16. Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
  17. Cole Irvin, LHP (5-0,3.99): 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, HR, 68.6% S/P
  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): went 1-4 with a run scored and RBI
  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 (.185): went 1-4 with a double, 2 RBI
  24. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.237): DNP
  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): DNP

DSL Phillies Red (35-14)  lost to Mets1, 3-1.

DSL Phillies White (31-24)  lost to the D-backs2, 7-4.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 6th … there are 398 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/6/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Austin Davis
8/6/19 – Lehigh Valley placed RHP Fernando Salas on the 7-day IL
8/6/19 – RHP Jose Taveras assigned to Clearwater from Lehigh Valley
8/6/19 – Tom Windle assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/6/19 – Seth McGarry assigned to Clearwater from Lehigh Valley
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

27 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/6/2019

  1. Ortiz is hitting .108 with 14 Ks in his last 10 games. He has 1 RBI. He’s still 3rd in the entire organization in HRs and 6th in RBIs but his stock has dropped dramatically for me. He’s 13th in the top 30 from above but, at this pace, he’ll be lucky to be in the top 20 and possibly top 25 on my list.

    1. I didn’t intend to say Ortiz’ stock has dropped because of the last 10 games but this entire year has lead me to that conclusion.

  2. I went to the Reading game last night and enjoyed the 5-4 win. Some observations:
    Hall hit two rockets, one was a single and one was a double to the wall, off a lefty. His bat definitely sounds different and he looks like a hitter at the plate. Moniak had a nice rbi double pulled into the corner and made several outstanding plays in CF. I’ve seen him play before but he’s playing more confidently now. He looks like a player. I was disappointed in Julian Garcia who sat only 88-89 with terrific off speed stuff. That fb won’t play in the majors. Bohm was very quiet tonight but made a few smooth plays at 3B. He wasn’t really tested there too much. At the plate he did little. I noticed he wraps the bat around his head a little which slows down his bat. I’ll be curious to see if he adjusts where he starts his hands. The two lefty relievers were dominant although neither threw hard. Nothing was hit hard off of either of them. They’ve both been good all year. Gamboa who had an excuse me check swing rbi double is an amazing SS. That’s why he’s on the 40. He could play SS in the majors right now. His bat wouldn’t work though.

    1. Alec Bohm across 3 levels this season

      LKW 367/441/1.036 OPS
      CLW 321/395/902 OPS
      REA 247/309/809 OPS

      You might be on to something Murray. July was a rough month for Alec maybe a few things about his swing were exposed.

      But save for August where things are looking up 333/412/1.145 OPS

      Let’s hope he is catching his second wind. I’m not sure he has ever played over 100 games in a season before or reached 435 PA’s.

      I asked last week are we not talking about Jakob enough? All he does is get outs. A minuscule WHIP of .935 and K/9 of 9.4

      1. Bohm played 97 games in 2007 with Wichita State and Famouth in the Cape Cod league. That was the most he’d played in a season before.

  3. Murry..Thank-you for the report! Hoping to see Hall,Bohm,Moniak,Medina,Howard, etc. get hot and stay hot for the rest of this year.

  4. Darick Hall should be in consideration in the voting for EL MVP this year.
    If he gets it it will be his second in three years…..SALLY MVP in 2017.

        1. In Romus We Trust!!! The issue is — how and where Hall fits with the Phillies team?!? If Hall survives the Rule 5, maybe as a bench LH bat abd back up 1B/DH in 2021.

  5. I too was at the Reading Game last night. FIrst, it was great to be there for Rollins’ induction into the Reading Hall of Fame. He gave a terrific speech that hopefully the players listened to as well. I also heard that he was spotted having a nice chat with Mickey Moniak.

    Just to echo Murray’s write-up, Mickey scorched his double which drove in two runs and then he came around to score. Reading yanked three doubles down the line during their 5 run inning so I think they figured out the Yard Goats’ (love the name!) pitcher. In the field Moniak was terrific, showing good range running down gappers in both the eighth and ninth inning. The first gapper in the eighth looked like at least a double off the bat. Moniak covered a lot of ground to get to it. Surprisingly, the replay showed that Moniak actually coasted the last few steps so it was a relatively easy catch for him. In the first inning with a runner a second, he caught a deep fly and then uncorked an absolute beauty of a throw – perfectly on line with third base (I was sitting on the third base side) and hit the cutoff man perfectly. The runner started to tag but was wisely held up by the third base coach.

    Pitching-wise, Garcia didn’t have much in the way of a fastball, consistently sitting around 89 or so. He seemed to throw both a curve and a slider since his two off-speed pitches were a 75mph curve that consistently fooled the Goats (except for one that he hung. I think I would’ve gotten good wood on that one) and a 83-84 pitch with a sharper break.

    The bullpen effectively and efficiently shut down the Yard Goats. Hennigan has an odd delivery – sort of a weird slouchy thing with his hips thrust out a bit, his shoulders a bit back, and a quirky move of his front leg before the delivery. I suspect it might have been to hide the ball somewhat since he was only hitting the low 90s but the Yard Goats (still love the name!) seemed to not be picking the ball up well. Amusingly enough, Hennigan got to bat and his stance is very similar to his pitching motion. He also got decent wood on the ball and hit a fly to left field.

    The Hefty Lefty closed things out and was pretty awesome. Not only does he have a great curve but something in his delivery – I think he throws overhand but I don’t know if that is it – makes it seem like he is throwing downhill. It seems like his fastball is pretty tough to batters to hit. He only needed about 25 pitches to sit down all six batters he faced. Granted, Mickey Mo made two terrific catches, but I suspect Hernandez to be up in Philly next year.

    Terrific game. Great night. I loved getting to give J-Roll a couple of standing ovations for all of the great memories. BTW, my record at Reading games this year is 4-0!

    1. The magic is in jaKe’s overhanded delivery. It’s foreign to most batters, and they don’t pick up the ball well. Plus, I think in this video they are distracted by the jersey (a whole lot going on with that thing). He’s so big, it looks like a billboard on him.


      Also, I remember a year or so ago, there was/were comment(s) expressing concern that Mickey Moniak’s defense was below what was originally advertised. I never bought that. As a matter of fact, Mickey owns one of the more spectacular catches I have ever seen. It happened when he was playing in a summer showcase game as a HS player. Watch his Willie Mays impersonation.

      1. Crap, I know I’ve seen that type of delivery before from a lefty, I forgot his name. I think it was a starting pitcher from the 80s.

        1. Are you thinking about Sid Fernandez? He looks like him on the mound but Fernandez, who was big and lefty, threw from a 3/4 deliver and uphill and completely hid the ball.

          1. It was not El Sid. It was somebody who used to drop his arm below his butt, I’m thinking he was white, maybe on the Padres?

            1. maybe Fernando?
              He profiles his size and delivery somewhat.
              He was Dodger well before he ended up with the Padres in the late 90s..

      2. Good memories Hinkie! I was there for the area code games and saw that live but it never gets old. Didn’t think he was going to catch it that is for sure. He had quite a few good ones throughout high school but that was definitely the best No Doubt. Thanks fir posting.

  6. In response to DMAR and others above, I don’t see any noticeable difference at all with Bohm across his leagues this year.

    League BABIP/ISO/K%/BB%
    LKW .342/.228/15.4%/13.2%
    CLW .312/.177/12%/9.7%
    REA .193/.253/14.7%/8%

    BB% is much higher in LKW, with a smaller sample and likely pitchers with less control than above.

    Tougher sledding with FSL’s power-sapping ballparks dropping his ISO well below the other two leagues, and his ISO is highest in Reading’s bandbox bringing him to 10 (!) HRs in his 150 ABs.

    K% is pretty similar across the board.

    Obviously the giant difference is BABIP. The least predictive stat of all above. With only a BABIP of .250 in Reading, his OPS would be over .910 and his AVG would be back over .300.

    He is still the real deal, and I don’t think he’s slowing down at all.

    1. Though power guys with ISO>.200 will normally have lower BABIPs…hovering or below the .300 mark.
      The Reading Park Factor does skew overall metrics so it is difficult to get a good meaningful and valid reading.

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