Threshers Recap – 8/7/2019

Clearwater (22-27, 58-57)   beat Dunedin, 3-1.  Andrew Brown (3-6, 6.72) posted a “quality start” going six, one-run innings.  He gave up 3 hits, walked one, and struck out six.  It was his first win since May 9th and best performance since posting similar numbers in a five inning appearance back on June 26th.  Tyler Carr (1.77) went 1.1 scoreless innings.  Zach Warren came in to get the final two outs in the eighth.  After a 90+ minute delay, Michael Gomez (3.27) struck out two in a perfect ninth for his first save.

The Threshers scored a run in the first inning on Madison Stokes’ RBI single.  Nick Matera added his first Advanced A HR, a 2-run shot to right field in the second.

Stokes (.247) and Dalton Guthrie (.258) had 2 hits each.  Guthrie smacked his 13th double.  Simon Muzziotti stole his 20th base.

Lehigh Valley (55-58)  beat Louisville, 2-1, as 3 pitchers collaborated on a one-hitter.  Dan Strailly (2.93) pitched seven strong innings.  He allowed one hit, an unearned run, a walk, and struck out seven.  JD Hammer (2-1, 11.88) and Austin Davis (3.07) each tossed a scoreless inning.  Davis earned his third save.

The IronPigs scored a run in the first inning on Logan Morrison’s RBI single and the go ahead run in the eighth inning on a wild pitch.  Morrison had 2 of the IronPigs’ 5 hits.  They struck out 14 times and went 1-11 with RISP.

Reading (30-18, 69-46)  beat Hartford, 8-5 in a walk off.  Connor Seabold (2.57) pitched six strong innings.  He gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 5 hits.  He walked none and struck out six.  Aaron Brown (3.70) blew the save, giving up 2 runs in his one inning.  Grant Dyer (4.58) and Addison Russ (4-5, 2.51) pitched perfect innings with Russ earning the win.

The Phils went long ball for all of their runs.  Mickey Moniak stroked two HR (9), a solo HR in the first and a 2-run HR in the third.  Alec Bohm hit a solo HR in the sixth, his 11th.  Arquimedes Gamboa also hit a solo HR in the sixth, his first.

And, Josh Stephen (.262) provided the margin of victory with a pinch hit, 3-run HR (8) in the ninth.

Raul Rivas and Moniak had 2 hits each.

Lakewood (19-24, 48-65)  no game scheduled.

Williamsport (20-30)  dropped both ends of a DH to Batavia, 6-3 and 6-3.

Game One:  Spencer had a rough night, recording only one out in a 6-run first inning.  Anton Kuznetsov (.249) entered and pitched well for 4.2 innings.  He allowed one of two inherited runners to score, gave up 2 hits, and struck out four batters.  Jake Kinney (.360) dodged 5 base runners in his two, scoreless innings.  He gave up 2 hits, walked 3, and struck out two.

The Crosscutters scored 2 runs in the second inning on solo HRs by Kendall Simmons (8) and Herbert Iser (2).  They scored another run in the fourth on Nate Fassnacht’s RBI single.

The Cutters stroked 11 hits.  Bryson Stott had 2 hits.  Simmons (.230), Iser, and Fassnacht (.227) also had 2 hits each.

Game Two:  Brett Schulze (0.75) pitched 2.2 innings and allowed 2 runs (one ER) on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out six.  Brian Marconi (4.50) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, stranding 2 inherited runners and striking out three.  Alejandro Made (1-3, 3.13) pitched 1.1 innings and gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out three.  Adam Cox (5.40) stranded two inherited runners in 0.2 innings.

The Cutters scored a run in the fourth on Johan Rojas’ sac fly.  They scored again in the sixth on Logan O’Hoppe’s sac fly.  And, they scored one last time in the seventh on Jake Holmes’ RBI double.  Holmes had two of the team’s four hits.

GCL Phillies East (16-15)  postponed.

GCL Phillies West (22-11)  beat the Blue Jays, 6-3.  The Phillies unleashed a 15-hit attack in support of their pitchers.  Eduar Segovia (3.13) pitched 2.2 innings of no-hit ball.  He was lifted after a walk and a hit batter with two outs in the third inning.  Josh Hendrickson (3.50) ended the third inning with a strike out and stranded both inherited runners.  He gave up 3 runs in the fourth on 4 consecutive, one-out base hits, but ended the inning with his second and third strike outs.

The bullpen held the Jays at bay for the rest of the game.  Juan Miranda (6.06) pitched two scoreless innings.  Crafty Aidan Anderson (2-0, 3.68) followed with 3 strike outs in two scoreless innings.  And, Fernando Lozano (1.74) mopped up with a scoreless ninth inning.

The Phillies scored 2 run in the first inning on Rixon Wingrove’s RBI single and Bruce Wang’s bases-loaded walk.  They added a run in the second on Tucker Maxwell’s first professional HR.  Maxwell was the Phillies’ 2019, 22nd round pick out of Georgia.  They added another run in the fourth on Jose Rivera’s RBI single.  After the Jays closed to within 4-3, they added 2 runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Andrick Nava and JC Smith.

Edgar Made (.294) had 3 hits and 2 runs scored.  Nava (.343), Wingrove (.331), Keaton Greenwalt (.283), Wang, and Maxwell had 2 hits each.  Maxwell’s HR was the team’s only XBH.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.247): went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (11), RBI
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-5, 4.36): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.230): went 2-4
  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): DNP
  7. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-5, 4.14): DNP
  8. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-5, 3.63): DNP
  9. Mickey Moniak, OF (.266): went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR (9), 3 RBI
  10. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.50): DNP
  11. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-2, 7.62):  DNP
  12. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.285): went 1-4 with a run scored, SB (20)
  13. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.207): went 0-3, HBP
  14. Rafael Marchan, C (.208): DNP
  15. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.276):  DNP
  16. Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
  17. Cole Irvin, LHP (5-0,3.99): 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 (.287): went 0-3 with a BB
  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 (.186): went 1-3 with 2 runs scored, HR (1), RBI, BB
  24. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.234): 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): DNP

DSL Phillies Red (35-15)  lost to Orioles2, 5-1.

DSL Phillies White (31-25)  lost to the Rangers2, 10-8.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 7th … there are 398 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/7/19 – RHP Jaylen Eichler assigned to GCL East (future)
8/7/19 – DSL White placed LHP Nathanael Bido on the 60-day IL
8/7/19 – DSL White placed RHP Alexis Herrera on the 60-day IL
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

53 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/7/2019

  1. “Get hot and stay hot” Mickey Moniak!!
    You can do it!! 9 dingers and 9 more to go till the end of the season.And then watch the scouts/ sportswriters walk back their comments how he may not be more than a fourth outfielder in the majors…

    And about the park effect? I think with the homerun ball that they are using in Triple A and the majors now, you can throw the Reading “park effect” out the window.

  2. Before we get excited about Moniak’s 2 dingers, the fact that Gamboa hit one tells me the air was quite thin in Reading last night

  3. Brett Schulze -2.2 innings …..struck out six…wonder what kind of velo he had.
    He was mid-90s and a tick plus as a Gopher in the Big Ten.this spring

    1. He was primarily 91-93, T94. It felt like a firm fastball just watching, but after the first 1.2 IP he just lost all control of it. I liked the curveball too. Not a great pitch now but felt there’s room for it to get better.

      1. I’ve listed Brett Schulze as the sleeper of this year’s draft since they took him. I can’t speak for what he looked like last night (didn’t see the game). but from the couple of occasions I have watched him (in college) I think he’s got a VV-like FB (lots of life) and a plus breaking ball. Sounds like he’ll get a shot to prove he can/can’t be a starter.

        Also happy to see Kendall Simmons showing off his bat speed/power. He’s a kid who was all tooled up on the HS showcase circuit. He did, however, have to improve his bat to ball skills.

  4. Was reported before last night’s IronPigs game: Mitch Walding out for the season with a torn labrum. Matt McBride to the IL (“calf”) as Maikel Franco was activated, but did not play.

  5. I have been critical of Mickey’s ability to be a quality MLB player. And while I do not think that he has proven anything yet, he certainly is having a very good year as a 21 yo in AA. He has improved across the board on peripheral stats.

    While I have been skeptical, I have also said three things on this blog over the years:
    1. I hope that my assessment turns out to be wrong. I am a Phillies fan and want all prospects to be great. I am rooting for him.
    2. Prospects don’t improve linearly. There are many examples of prospects who struggle along and then break out.
    3. The #1 factor causing disappointment with Mickey’s performance was his draft spot. If he was an 11th round pick signed over slot, I think people would have felt much different about him than that he was 1:1 and Almaraz sold him as having a “70 hit tool.” When the director of scouting says that about a 1:1, it gets people’s expectations up.

    But he is working hard, has definitely improved, seems to be a very good defender and his body is filling out. I am very happy to see his progress and hope that he truly pops into something great.

      1. First, until Moniak does it in the bigs, he really hasn’t proven anything yet. Second, since Moniak is not in the top 100, in general it decreases his odds of both making it and being an elite player.

        1. Ok so guys like 7th ranked royce Lewis are going to make it in the big leagues and be successful just because he’s ranked that high? Have you looked at his stats this year? .236 in high A and he is doing even worse in double-a and he is a top-10 prospect? Not sure what you mean by that Guru

          1. No. Why don’t you get this? No one in the minors has proven anything. Every prospect has a probability of mlb success. Some a higher probability than others. But success in AA means nothing. The jump between AAA and MLB is by FAR the biggest gap at any level. All weaknesses get exposed in the majors.

            1. I understand what you are saying above to some extent but at the same time how does anyone have any opinion as far as top 100 status if no one proves themselves until the major leagues? It’s as if none of this matters and it’s all fluff. Maybe they should just do away with the top prospects until they get to the big leagues… But by then it’s too late because they aren’t prospects any more!

            2. “It’s as if none of this matters and it’s all fluff.”

              Well, if you love baseball, then you can enjoy it for the sport. But if you are trying to predict who will be a great mlb player, then yes, it is all fluff. Actually minor league stats are more disqualifiers than qualifiers. Meaning bad stats can make you as non-prospect. But good stats don’t guarantee that you will be a great mlb player.

              It is so hard. So rare to be a good mlb player.

      2. Well, he is in AA. So how can he have proven himself? You realize that decent numbers in AA mean nothing right? The minor leagues are littered with prospects that put up decent numbers in the minors but don’t make it in the majors. It is not a foregone conclusion. So yeah, he has proven nothing yet. Nor has any minor leaguer.

    1. Interesting that Reading is still the hitters’ park its reputation has earned, but with a PF = 116 it is in the same range as several other Eastern League teams (Erie, Hartford and Harrisburg). So its a band box but not the only one in its circuit. Clearwater is similarly hitter-friendly while Lehigh Valley is a pinch run-suppressing from average.

      I knew Lakewood was a pitchers’ park but with a PF = 77, it’s all the way down in the 4th percentile. One of the stingiest run environments in all of full-season MiLB parks.

      Probably more interesting is this page provides another snapshot at the huge inflation of runs with the AAA ball.

      1. Agree.
        Reading has the reputation thru the industry of baseball publications as the worst.
        While in fact it is bad…however at 40% it is not the worst across the entire spectrum of full-season minor league parks.

        Lakewood with that summer ocean climate certainly is a pitcher’s park.
        I think one time Atlantic City, NJ had a minor league park and team …the Surf…would be interested to see how that would have compared…they played their home games at Surf Stadium, which was formerly known as “The Sandcastle” and “Bernie Robbins Stadium”

  6. Good for MM. I’ve always tried to follow a few simple rules in my participation on this board. I think I discovered this board in 06 or 07.

    1. Avoid making definitive statements. Preface statements with “I don’t think” or “I could be wrong”

    2. Avoid quoting scouts unless they are being paid by a pro team; use my own 2 eyes whenever possible or dig really deep into the numbers to form my own opinion. Between B-R and Fangraphs you literally can do a lot of scouting if you know what to look for.

    3. Trust in Jimmy he is there almost every day watching these kids

    4. Never make it personal

    5. Always understand there are things going on behind the scenes we just can’t know

    6. Sample Size Matters

    7. Age Level matters

    8. It’s ok to be wrong criqui guys getting paid a lot more than me to do this are routinely wrong

    9. Try to learn something new

    10. Just have fun don’t lose your sense of humor

    These are directed at myself and no one else. This is the best site going for Phillies prospect information and everyone who participates is to be appreciated and valued for what they bring to the table.

    Minus the rare troll who happens by! Good morning PP Nation!

    1. @DMAR – where is the thumbs up or like button when you need it….I definitely agree with the rules you posted above..

  7. Reading is having a great season, too 4 hitters are probably the Best in EL now that other teams have promoted or shut down players. Reading has been one of the youngest rosters, excluding rehabs and filling (guys who are hoping to renew there chance). That being said with Haseley, Listi being replace with Bohm and Stephen rise things just keep rolling.
    Expectations of second have winner are to be expected with on Erie to test them. Reading can do it , go Reading
    Anyone concerned that 23 pitchers on IL this year! Pitching Development seems to be emphasizing offspeed since ST over command and execution .
    Noticeable young pitching prospects in other MLB teams not having high velocity having success . Our prospect are higher draft picks than these.Concern or no concern

    Last nights Phillies game, Let the kids play a position, not be embarrassed by routine mental errors.

  8. Reading park effects may be a thing overall, but for Moniak this year he has a .784 OPS on the road and a .783 OPS at home, so for him at least, his good 2019 season is not merely a function of the Reading stadium

    1. Yes….Moniak does have home/away balanced splits which is a good sign.
      Hall, otoh, has reverse splits that are disturbing. Two years ago it was reversed…..better on the road than at FirstEnergy in Lakewood..
      Like to see Moniak finish these last three weeks on the strong side.

  9. So Keith Law doesn’t like Haseley or Moniak — not news, I know. From today’s chat:

    Moe Mentum
    1:07 Adam Haseley – SSS, but is he performing above, at, or below your expectations in the majors so far? Anything sustainable as a long-term starting/platoon OF?
    Keith Law
    1:07 Probably above expectations. Just an extra OF.

    spcohn
    1:54 Moniak has really picked up performance and has very good numbers (excluding a April) for a 21 yo in AA. I know that you had been down on him in the past…change your view?
    Keith Law
    1:56 Nope. Saw him a month ago. He’s not good. Reading is the best hitter’s environment in the Eastern League, BTW. Didn’t you try to gotcha me over Deivy Grullon back in the spring when he had a hot start? He’s at .236/.314/.390 since June 1st and still can’t catch.

      1. Anyway, I think he’s going to be very wrong about Haseley. I have no idea whether he’ll be right or not regarding Moniak.

        1. Were you angry as I was they pulled Haseley last night to pinch hit Quinn I mean yeah the lefty on the mound was tough but so what let the kids play right!

          The pitchers spot was next they could have hit Quinn there instead of Knapp

          Devers has become an MLB darling of late. If memory serves me correct they brought him up at 20 in the midst of a playoff run in late July 2017 and just let the kid play.

          The point isn’t Haseley isn’t as talented as Devers its that you can either build confidence or you can destroy it.

      2. I asked Keith Law before about Bailey Falter. Keith Law did not answer my question but he did say that I got a cool name,

  10. Keith Law is entitled to his opinion that Moniak is “not good”. But justifying it based on the hitting environment in Reading is just stupid, considering that this year Moniak has a .784 OPS on the road and a .783 OPS at home.

    1. Goes to show you Keith Law has an axe to grind like people have said. He makes that kind of statement and moniak’s numbers are identical split between home and away. Who would do that besides someone that is either stupid or has an axe to grind?? Or both. And on a side note, I saw him at the Under Armour game at Wrigley a couple weeks ago and he was the only guy sitting down with his hat on during the national anthem. Enough said. He is just a miserable, self righteous human being that is mad at the world. His credibility is below zero with me and a lot of people in the industry. He really makes himself look like a fool in a lot of ways and it’s actually laughable.

      1. Long Island reared and honor grad from Harvard….with a MBA from Tepper.
        But I think he passes on the honey and puts vinegar on his breakfast cereal.

      2. Yeah, sure, he sits up late at night plotting revenge against the Phillies and their prospects. You just disagree with him – can’t you leave it at that? And by the way WHY DO YOU CARE? He’s not the guy promoting these players in the minors. He doesn’t decide whether a prospect will be successful or not – the player alone makes his own way. So if you don’t like what he has to say, ignore him. By getting angry at him, you give him more power than he inherently has which is essentially zero.

    2. I saw Moniak at the Area Code Games in 2015 make a running CF catch at the warning track with his back to the diamond that people are still talking about. One of the greatest catches I ever saw… His bat has been slow to come around but it’s getting there… My God he’s only 21 years old…So he’s not Mike Trout, who is? My guess, he’s on the 40 man roster by this time next year… At the ripe old age of 22…

  11. catch, you expressed it perfectly. I wouldn’t pay to read what KLaw has to say, I am happy with what I have seen from Haseley so far, and I will continue to believe in Moniak and watch him continue to improve.

  12. I’m rooting hard for Mickey, but it should not go unreported that the “Missed Out Because of Mickey” list of 2016 draft picks that have already made the majors is now at 15.

    Nick Senzel
    Cal Quntrill
    Erik Lauer
    Carter Kieboom
    Will Smith
    Dakota Hudson
    Pete Alonso
    Bo Bichette
    Jake Fraley
    Garret Hampson
    Cole Irvin
    Joey Lucchesi
    Dustin May
    Austin Hays
    Cavan Biggio

    1. Matt…probably best to denote college vs HS draftees in that 2016 draft.
      The list has many college players.
      The college draftees should be there or at least in Triple A.

      Jake Fraley….from Delaware…met his parents on Aaron Nola’s debut in 2015. Nice people….their son was in the OF at LSU with Nola pitching there.

  13. Agree a bit on your reply Romus. I think there are two HS picks on there. Biggio is one I believe. However, the list is still relevant because the Phillies could pick from anyone with the 1 – 1. They made the decision to choose a HS pick. You still have to review the totality of the pool they passed on.

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