Threshers Recap – 8/11/2019

Clearwater (24-29, 60-59)   lost to Palm Beach, 4-1.  Jack Perkins (0-2, 4.91) pitched five innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  Michael Gomez (2.25) lasted 1.1 innings and gave up a run on 3 hits (all XBH).  Zach Warren (3.40) stranded an inherited runner in 0.2 innings.  He walked a batter and threw a wild pitch to start the next inning before being relieved by Kyle Arjona (4.86) who allowed an inherited runner to score on a bases loaded walk.

The Threshers scored their only run on Luke Miller’s RBI single in the fourth inning.  A runner was thrown out at the plate on the play.  Jhailyn Ortiz, Matt Vierling (.239), and Madison Stokes (.251) had 2 hits each of the Threshers’ 7 hits.  Luke Miller had the other hit and the team’s only walk.  Vierling stole his 21st base in 25 attempts.

Lehigh Valley (56-61)  beat Charlotte, 6-3.  Damon Jones (8.69) pitched 4.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits.  He walked 4 and struck out five.  Josh Tols (1-0, 5.68) pitched a scoreless inning, stranding an inherited runner.  Austin Davis (2.85) stranded 3 inherited runners and tossing 1.1 scoreless innings.  Tyler Gilbert (3.44) allowed a run in two innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out two.  He picked up his second save.

The IronPigs scored a run in the first inning on Deivi Grullon’s RBI single.  They scored 2 runs in the second on RBI singles by Malquin Canelo and Nick Williams.  They added 2 insurance runs in the seventh on Williams’ 2-run HR (8), and another in the eighth on a fielding error.

Williams (.355) went 3-4 with 3 RBI.  Phil Gosselin (.332), Deivi Grullon, and Rob Brantly (.300) had 2 hits each.

Reading (32-20, 71-48)  beat Altoona, 7-3.  Adonis Medina (4.39) went 5.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 9 hits and a walk.  He struck out eight.  Grant Dyer (4.26) retired the 4 batters he faced, stranded 2 inherited base runners, and struck out a batter.  Jeff Singer (6-0, 2.42) pitched a scoreless inning.  Addison Russ (2.59) pitched the final scoreless inning.

The Phils scored 3 runs in the fifth inning on Mickey Moniak’s 2-run HR (10) and Josh Stephen’s RBI single.  They broke a tie with 4 runs in the ninth on Josh Stephen’s go ahead, RBI double, Henri Lartigue’s 2-run single, and a fielding error.

The Phils had 9 hits and every starter reached base including Adonis Medina who stroked a double.  Josh Stephen (.267) went 2-5 with a run scored, double, and 2 RBI (36).  Danny Mayer went 0-2 but was walked once and HBP twice.

Lakewood (20-27, 49-68)  lost to West Virginia, 6-1.  Francisco Morales (1-6, 4.05) pitched four innings and gave up 4 runs (1 ER) on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out four.  Andrew Schultz (7.45) pitched a scoreless inning, allowing a hit and striking out one.  Victor Santos (3.70) gave up 2 runs in 1.2 innings on 4 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out one and left with the bases loaded.  Gilmael Troya (2.33) stranded 3 inherited runners and retired all 4 batters he faced, striking out two.  Omar Maldonado (2.57) pitched a scoreless inning allowing 2 hits.

The BlueClaws tied the game with a run in the second inning on Juan Aparicio’s RBI double.  They had 10 hits, but went 1-12 with RISP.

Malvin Matos (.246), McCarthy Tatum (..293), and Juan Aparicio (.207) each had 2 hits.  Yerwin Trejo stole his 24th base in 29 attempts and had an outfield assist at home.

Williamsport (22-34)  beat State College, 10-3.  Tyler Burch (2.53) tossed four innings and gave up an unearned run on 3 hits.  He struck out two.  Victor Vargas (1-0, 6.00) gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk in three innings.  Brian Marconi (4.00) pitched two perfect innings and struck out four, three in the ninth inning.

The Crosscutters scored 10 runs (double digits for the first timer this season.  They scored a run in the first inning on Brysob Stott’s solo HR (4).  They began the rout with 6 runs in the second inning on Mitchell Edward’s RBI single, a force out, and Kendall Simmons’ grand slam (9).  They scored 2 runs in the fourth on Stott’s 2-run HR (5).  They padded their victory with a run in the eighth on Johan Rojas’ RBI single.

Rojas (.235), Stott, Rudy Rott (.204), and Nicolas Torres (.267) each had 2 hits.  Stott’s HRs were the first time a Crosscutter had hit two in a game this season.  Simmons has overcome a slow start to be one off the league HR lead.  He has 7 HR and 16 RBI in his last 14 games.

GCL Phillies East (17-16)  no game scheduled.

GCL Phillies West (23-12)  no game scheduled.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.260): went 1-4 with 2 runs scored, double, BB
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-5, 4.39): 5.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.275): went 2-3 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR (5), 3 RBI, BB
  4. Adam Haseley, OF (.294): recalled by Phillies on 8/9
  5. Spencer Howard, RHP (0-0, 1.93): DNP
  6. Luis Garcia, SS/2B (.194): went 0-4
  7. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-6, 4.05): 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  8. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-6, 3.96): DNP
  9. Mickey Moniak, OF (.264): went 1-6 with a run scored, HR (10), 2 RBI (61)
  10. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.13): DNP
  11. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-3, 7.57):  DNP
  12. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.283): went 0-4
  13. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.206): went 2-4 with a run scored
  14. Rafael Marchan, C (.235): DNP
  15. Nick Maton, SS/2B: went 1-3 with a run scored, 2 BB
  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 (9-7, 3.57): DNP
  20. Deivy Grullon, C (.286): went 2-4 with an RBI (67)
  21. Damon Jones, LHP (0-1, 8.69): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
  22. Kyle Young, LHP (1-3, 4.29): placed on the 7-day IL on 5/1
  23. Arquimedes Gamboa, SS (.188): DNP
  24. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.238): DNP
  25. Kyle Dohy, LHP (5-5, 6.56): DNP
  26. Dominic Pipkin, RHP (3-4, 5.62): DNP
  27. Kevin Gowdy, RHP (0-4, 4.79): 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, 3.70): 1.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

DSL Phillies Red (35-18)  no game scheduled.

DSL Phillies White (33-26)  no game scheduled.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 11th … there are 398 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/11/19 – Phillies signed FA C Nick Hundley to an MiLB contract
8/11/19 – C Nick Hundley assigned to Lehigh Valley
8/11/19 – Lehigh Valley placed 3B Maikel Franco on the 7-day IL, left hand contusion
8/11/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Josh Tols from the 7-day IL
8/10/19 – Phillies signed free agent RHP Nick Vincent to a minor league contract
8/10/19 – RHP Nick Vincent assigned to Lehigh Valley
8/10/19 – Lehigh Valley released LHP Tom Windle

53 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/11/2019

  1. Good to see Bryson Stott coming on strong with 2 homers yesterday. Everytime Luis Garcia gets over .200 and raises my hopes he dashes those hopes with a string of 0 for 4’s. Very concerning despite his youth. Finally, what does the future hold for De Los Santos? I suspect more hasn’t been written about him because his name is so difficult to spell properly.

  2. Good start by Medina. He’s improving after a rocky start.
    I’d think that Nola, Howard, Medina, FA, Jones/AAAA, would be better than the rotation the Phillies are throwing out there today. Won’t dwell on that as this is the minors thread.

    1. Did he really do that well? I mean, yes, he struck out 8, but he gave up 9 hits a little less than 6 innings, which is not that good. Medina’s outcome is totally unclear. It mystifies me how anyone could think he’s a better prospect than Spencer Howard, who is a total stud (perhaps nobody really thinks that anymore – I don’t know).

      1. I’d say it was a good start….not great, but good.
        I also didn’t say he was better than Howard. You weren’t implying that, but want to make sure I am not put in that bucket.

        1. No, I know you didn’t compare him to Howard. But I don’t think it was a particularly good start either especially when one is projecting him as an effective big league pitcher. He seems really far away from that now.

      2. Many people disagree with me but Medina may be another missed opportunity for Klentak to maximize the value of a prospect who to me screams “PROJECT”.

        1. @8mark – Medina’s value is not at its highest for a while now so if ever, Klentak is selling low on him not maximizing his value. Unless there’s a specific trade rumor that Klentak did not acquire a really good player because he can’t pull the trigger because of Medina — we should be glad that Klentak did not give him up for a marginal player who can’t help the team.

          With the way you describe Medina, I’m almost certain that you’re OK with Medina being the PTBNL for Dickerson or the prospect given up for Vargas.

          I’m not saying that Medina is untoucheable, but Klentak cannot simply trade him because you don’t like him.

          1. I’m not sure if Klentak checked in with TOR for Stroman but Stroman for Medina seems to be a good swap considering how low TOR sell Stroman. For Robbie Ray, it will probably take at least 2 more Top 10 prospects + Medina to acquire him.

        2. People know that I’m not the biggest fan of Adonis Medina, but you can’t “maximize” the value of every prospect the Phillies have. That said, if a good trade offer comes along, I will consider it. But with the Phillies’ starter woes, I would rather have Medina earn that promotion and give him a shot in the rotation if he deserves it.

          1. I would agree with bringing Medina up to the big club and see what he has. As for being deserving, who among those who have been called up this year alone are deserving of being called up? I’m eager to find out about Medina without feeling the risk of bringing him up is that great.

            As for his trade value, Kuko – I wouldn’t suggest trading him for anything less than a very good SP, and I know he’d only be part of a package. We can only speculate as to whether Klentak even made inroads toward a deal.

            1. With the crazy ball, and poor results of pitchers moving from AA to AAA, there is NO WAY anyone will get moved from AA directly to the majors

            2. Medina is on the 40 man roster and I could see the Phillies bring him up in September when the rosters expand to see if he can help the club out. He is the only AA pitcher I think the Phillies would bring up simply because he is already on the 40 man roster and it would only be for 2-3 weeks or so depending on how Reading does in the playoffs.

    1. I say not yet…he will new to show improvement on an overall slash like this ….242/339/.483 …to get to that point.
      Even his peripherals are lacking….BB-8%…K-27%….but still very early with just a little over 250 total PAs.
      He seems to be trending well right now so maybe he will stay that consistent in the higher rungs.
      But getting to the top 100 will be difficult since sometimes they pigeon prospects there early based on their draft slotting or high bonus signings.

      1. Thank you! He seems intriguing, so I will definitely follow him.

        I hope Gowdy takes a huge step next year. Perhaps he can take the Howard route. Random thought

        1. For Gowdy, there is hope. I’ve followed him quite a bit this year, His numbers are trending in the right direction, in terms of K/BB ratios.p (at least before his most recent start) He still needs to improve his control, regain some velocity, but again looks to be trending in the right direction. Given all circumstances, he didn’t blow away the scouts or projections this year, but he is close to accomplishing a major milestone, so I won’t jinx it for him. One of the recent minor league prospect reports of the Phillies mentioned Gowdys pitch repertoire, and that person didn’t believe it was major league level. That is not what we want to hear, but Will see, he basically gets a pass this year, and maybe the baseball gods smile upon the Phillies .org and this kid takes off a bit. His repertoire was there before the surgery, so he may need more time. Will know a lot more about him next year, as they ramp him up on a heavier schedule. More consistent starting schedule, less pitch restriction, etc.l, I would guess it helps him. if he can be what was projected, it’ll be a big boost to the system from the pitching side, will have to wait to next year to see what he really has imo. Odds are against but hopefully he is watching a steady diet of the Rocky movies!

          1. I wouldn’t keep your hopes up for Kevin Gowdy. He’s missed 2 years of development and he’s going to be 22 in November. Gowdy is actually older than Erik Miller, the Phillies 4th round pick this year. Gowdy currently has a 1.82 WHIP. If he gets promoted to Clearwater next year (and that’s a huge IF), he will have to be downright dominant in order to be relevant again.

            1. I hear you, and the others, but I’m going to let this one play out. I think he could surprise us, and I have my reasons for thinking so. I’m not betting the farm on him, but I’d like to see him pull through. Ultimately, the best the Phillies can hope for is a return to form that allows him he be a nice blue chip. By the time his development. Is down, this team will likely be in win now mode. Will see, but this year is a recovery year, and the most I wanted to see from him was progress, with flashes of his projection by the end of the year. Will see. It’s what makes following minors fun for some, besides the top 10.

            2. Gowdy may eventually go the way of Zach Green/Shane Watson/Mitch Gueller….up or out….and also may decide to become a minor league free agent in three years if he does not get promoted.
              He already has four years in the system and becomes a Rule 55 guy in 2022.

              MLB RULE 55: An unsigned minor league player is automatically declared a free-agent at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the WS if the player has spent all or any part of at least seven separate seasons on a minor league roster (including all or parts of any season spent on Optional Assignment to the minors and/or on a minor league Injured List) and/or if the player has been previously released or non-tendered in his career.

      2. I agree with Romus, Simmons has very good upside. 6th Rd pick out of HS in GA was paid way overslot (early 3rd Rd money). But he has a ways to go to prove he’s a bigtime prospect. The recent hot streak and show of power are very promising and exciting. A larger sample size plus improved plate discipline are needed though. He’s 19 until after next season starts so he’s got a ton of time. There’ll probably be many growing pains, but longterm upside is there.

    2. K percentage is high this year, but walk rate is good and power is off the charts for a shortstop, especially in a league/park, where it is supposedly difficult to homer. He’s second in the league in homers, but the guy who is first has only one more homer and many more at bats. If he had enough at bats to qualify for the league leaders, he would be tied for third in OPS. He’s looking like a really big deal.

      I’ll wait to read some scouting reports, but it would be hard to keep him off my top 20 list, maybe even top 15 – we’ll see.

  3. If you’re wondering where Kendall Simmons came from, until sometime in June, he went by Logan Simmons, our 2018 6th round pick. Really making a statement!

    1. He’s hitting over 330 in August with lots of power. Simmons is a raw athlete with lots of talent. It sure looks like he’s in a groove. Let’s hope he keeps it going.

      1. If you like Simmons, you should like this year’s HS Marcus Sang. He is hitting well over .400 his last 10 games with power numbers starting to show. He started the season slow like most High schoolers but have hit over .300 after his first 6 games. I can’t wait to see what Jamari Baylor does too as a power hitting HS prospect along the lines of Simmons.

  4. I watch some of De Los Santos start, I Saw some pitchers he threw that were just nasty, but he hangs too many pitches, Very inconsistent, from what I saw the other day

    1. DLS was doing that last year when he pitched for the Phillies. He could look good for 4 pitches, then he serves up a cookie and it gets ripped.

    1. Time to pack his bags.
      Lakewood has about 20 games left.
      They did it with Haseley a few years ago.
      Seems to be their modus operandi with high college picks.

      1. With nothing to base this on other than my own hunch, I think there’s a good chance he’s in Lakewood this week when the BlueClaws return from Hagerstown. Hell, he might go to Hagerstown because that’s an easier drive from Williamsport than Lakewood is.

        1. Yeah…that could be the case…straight down 11/15 to 81 south into Maryland.
          Josh Bonifay looks like he wants to challenge the college guys…which is a pretty good idea…they want the challenge too.

          1. Mitch … thanks for your coverage of the Crosscutters (and other affiliates). I’m enjoying following Williamsport and Reading more than the MLB team right about now. Mitch’s twitter feed is outstanding.

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            Much, much more (including lots of video) on Mitch’s twitter account.

            1. If we re-sign Dickerson, maybe the PTBNL will be Odubel. If not, then a minor league filler/lottery ticket type.

            2. 8mark…I think most PTBNL trades involve a team submitting a list to the gaining team and they get to decide what player they want.

            3. Thanks for following, Hinkie, I appreciate it. If you, or anyone else, finds their way to Williamsport, feel free to stop by the pressbox and say hi. Always nice to put a face with a name.

        2. Mitch,

          Almost got to Williamsport a few weeks ago. Was going to visit an uncle who lives in Montoursville but he came down to Bloomsburg where I was visiting an aunt, instead. But I’ll get to Williamsport sometime and say Hi, and if in the summer, take in a Grays game, as us old timers might say.

      1. It is amazing to me that the posters still make a big stink over a very marginal player like Domingo Santana. He has been in the Majors 2-3 years and the minors the rest and never would have seen the field with Charlie Manuel. Maybe Klentak can give you guys a new scapegoat soon.

        1. He’s not the best player ever, but you tend not to find real major league prospects being tabbed the PTBNL. Unlike virtually every other PTBNL, he was.

  5. Jim; thank you again for this site… It’s fantastic as a one-stop source for so much great information.

    1. Hawkeye … 100% agree. Jim doesn’t get enough credit for all the work he puts into running the premier Phillies prospect site.

  6. Puello, 18-year old, with another superb outing today…..now 123 innings pitched with 133 K and a WHIP of 1.09….BB/9-2.8 and SO/9-11.9
    I am wondering how he will do in the FIL next month.
    Could be the next hot prospect Latin pitcher to come along.

  7. Catch, you and others act like Santana is the second coming of Mike Trout. He is barely a prospect and if he was so good why is he still with Seattle and coming back down to reality fast. It is time to move on.

    1. Philabalt….not to belabor a point….but would have been nice if he were in LF at CBP….he has after all been a 4.5bWAR player over the last 2 3/4 seasons….probably a bit more than what we have sent out there prior to Cutch’s arrival in LF..
      And according to the records just turned 27.

  8. Ethan Lindow pitched well in his FSL debut. I thought he should have been called up six weeks ago. I like this kid and have since i watched him pitch in spring training 2018. He will be a major league pitcher. I won’t predict how good he will be but he will have a career.

  9. Romus, I see your point but the Phillies took Herrera in the rule 5 draft so there are hits and misses. If you mention one aspect like mistakes then you need to mention the successes also to balance the conversation.

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