Threshers Recap – 8/12/2019

Clearwater (24-30, 60-60)   lost to Dunedin, 2-0.  Ethan Lindow had a solid debut for Clearwater.  The 20-year-old LHP pitched five innings.  He gave up a first inning run, 4 hits, no walks, and struck out six.  he gave up a lead off double in the first, a ground ball between the third baseman and the bag.  The runner scored on an infield hit off the second baseman’s glove.  He surrendered just two more hits, one another infield hit off the first baseman’s glove. 

Lindow got better as the game progressed.  In ten of his previous 23 appearances in Lakewood, he exceeded 70% strike rates.  In Monday’s game, Lindow threw 46 strkes in 68 pitches.  But, his command increased as he threw 19 strikes among his 24 pitches in the fourth and fifth innings (79.2%).  He got 4 of his 6 strike outs in those innings, striking out the side swinging in the fifth.

Keylan Killgore (3.72) gave up a run in 1.1 innings.  Tyler Carr (1.70) stranded 2 inherited runners and pitched scoreless over the remaining 1.2 innings.

The Threshers were held to 2 hits, singles by Daniel Brito and Luke Miller.

Lindow showed poise.  It appeared he was squeezed on a handful of pitches in the early innings.  He learned the strike zone and exploited it in his later innings.  I have questionable velocity readings on Lindow.  The stadium gun seemed low in the mid 80s on his first two pitches.  I maneuvered behind the guys who were charting Lindow and compared their readings to the stadium gun.  The Phillies’ gun ran 2-3 mph higher on most pitches.  So, either his FB was a-b, y-z, or somewhere in between. Some of his CB were measured in the high 60s.   I’ll wait until I can see him again before hanging my hat on any velo.

Lindow made an excellent move to pick a runner off first base.  Froze the runner.  My buddy noted that it would probably have been an illegal move in the Atlantic League where the pitchers have to lift their foot off the rubber before throwing to first.

Lehigh Valley (56-61)  no game scheduled.

Reading (32-20, 71-48)  no game scheduled.

Lakewood (20-28, 49-69)  lost to Hagerstown, 5-4.  Manuel Silva (4.23) went 4.2 innings and gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and a walk striking out three.  Josh Hendrickson (0-1, 2.70) pitched 3.1 innings.  He gave up one run on 2 hits.  He walked none and struck out four.

The BlueClaws scored 3 runs in the first inning on a wild pitch, a throwing error, and Carlos De La Cruz’ RBI double.  They tied the game with a run in the third on Abrahan Gutierrez’ solo HR (3).  Gutierrez (.245) and Yerwin Trejo (.263) had 2 hits each.

Williamsport (22-35)  lost to State College, 4-2.  Brett Schulze (0.00) pitched three innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 3 hits and a walk.  He struck out six.  Spencer Van Scoyoc (3.14) pitched three, scoreless innings and gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out four.  Gabriel Yanez (0-1, 4.91) absorbed the loss with 2 runs in two innings on 3 hits and a walk.  He struck out one.

The Crosscutters scored a run in the second on Herbert Iser’s sac fly.  They scored their other run on a double play in the sixth.  Nicolas Torres (.278) had 2 of the Cutters 5 hits.

GCL Phillies East (17-18)  dropped a DH to Tigers East, 4-3 and 8-7.

Game One:  Jonas De La Cruz (1.80) pitched two perfect innings striking out two in a rehab start.  Engel Estevez (1-1, 2.16) coughed up a lead in the fifth inning allowing 4 runs on one hit, a walk, 2 walks, a balk, an error, and a sac fly.  Brendan Bell (5.06) finished with two perfect innings.

The Phillies scored a run in the first inning on Marcus Lee Sang’s sac fly, a run in the second on Jose Cedeno’s RBI single, and a run in the sixth on a ground out.  Lee Sang (.276) went 1-2 with an RBI and sac fly.

Game Two:  Starlyn Castillo (0-2, 11.37) had a rough start.  He lasted 0.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  Tyler Adams (6.30) stranded 2 inherited runners but lasted just one inning and gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  Maikel Garrido (7.90) stranded an inherited runner but pitched just 0.2 innings and gave up a run on a hit and 5 walks.  Jose Ulloa (1.69) stranded 3 inherited runners and went 2.2 innings and gave up one hit.  Brenden Kudlinski (5.63) pitched two clean innings.

The Phillies scored 3 runs in the second inning on Curtis Mead’s RBI double, Luis Matos’ RBI triple, and a fielding error.  They scored 3 runs in the fourth on Guarner Dipre’s 2-run double with a throwing error.  They scored one more run in the fifth on Matos’ RBI single.

Matos (.294) went 3-3 with 2 RBI.  Vito Friscia (.242) had 3 hits.  Mead (.295) and Dipre (.316) had 2 hits each.  Dipre had 3 RBI.

GCL Phillies West (23-13)  lost to the Yankees East, 7-1.  Daniel Vilchez (1-1, 2.67) pitched four, solid innings.  he gave up 4 hits, one unearned run, walked none, and struck out three.  Aidan Anderson (5.06) went 1.1 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  Connor Hinchliffe (1.53) inherited 3 base runners allowing one to score.  He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  Jaylen Smith (3.95) pitched the final inning and gave up a run on a hit and walk striking out one.

The Phillies scored a run in the eighth inning on Edgar Made’s RBI double.  Made (.305) had 2 of the Phillies 5 hits and their only XBH.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.260): DNP
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-5, 4.39): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.274): went 1-4 with a run scored
  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): DNP
  7. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-6, 4.05): DNP
  8. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-6, 3.96): DNP
  9. Mickey Moniak, OF (.264): DNP
  10. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.13): DNP
  11. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-3, 7.57):  DNP
  12. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.280): went 0-4
  13. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.204): went 0-4 
  14. Rafael Marchan, C (.222): went 0-2 with a BB, SB
  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): DNP
  21. Damon Jones, LHP (0-1, 8.69): DNP
  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): went 1-4
  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): DNP

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

DSL Phillies White (34-26)  beat the Mets2, 4-2.

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)
8/12/19 – LHP Ethan Lindow assigned to Clearwater from Lakewood
8/12/19 – Josh Hendrickson assigned to Lakewood from GCL West
8/12/19 – Dominic Pipkin assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/12/19 – Rafi Gonell assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
8/12/19 – Oscar Marcelino assigned to Williamsport from Clearwater
8/12/19 – Francisco Morales assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
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

52 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/12/2019

  1. Wow, every single team lost. Lindow had a nice debut for Clearwater and yeah, would like to know his velocity. Hopefully not another soft tossing lefty the organization finds so attractive.

    1. I think he kinda is a soft-tossing lefty – a Johnny A special. With guys like this, who don’t throw hard, but know how to pitch, typically do great in A ball and sometimes even AA and AAA, but until they pitch in the majors, you really have no idea how well they’ll do. It’s very difficult to project these players. I’m glad in this last draft they focused more on hard throwers with some upside.

      1. I think it’s a fine strategy to take those projectable types out of high school. Falter, Lindow, Young, etc. The problem has been that none of those guys seem to have added velocity. I wonder if that’s pretty normal or just another thing this organization has struggled with.

        1. I don’t mind projecting like a 15th or 22nd round pick to gain velocity, but it’s a lot more risky when you’re betting on a 5th round pick to do that. I don’t think most guys gain velocity after being drafted – that’s my uninformed observation – and many lose velocity.

  2. Israel Puello, DSL White, has been solid all year long. In 13 starts, he’s given up 2 or fewer runs in 12 of them. He had 1 bad outing all season long. In 57+ IP, he’s given up 37 hits (8 of them in one game), 73 Ks and 17 BBs. He has an ERA of 1.73 (he gave up 4 runs in one game) and a Whip of .94. Opponents are hitting .185 against him. He’s 18 with a birthday in October he’ll be 19.

  3. Talk about small ball. The GCL Tigers had 1 hit and beat the GCL East 4 – 3. The Phils squad out hit them 7 to 1. Talk about not being your day.

  4. philiies release Tom Windle. Is this surprising considering how bad our bullpen is. Was he worth a look at least

    1. Absolutely not. He was given so many chances to excel. The only reason he stuck around so long was to try to justify the trade that brought him to Philly.

    2. He got “looks” in AA and AAA for 4 years and routinely failed. Enough is enough. He did nothing to merit a promotion to the majors.

    3. He’s a cromulent AAA reliever but probably doesn’t have MLB impact stuff or any projection left.

      1. I had never read the word “cromulent” before so I had to look it up. It was a word that was literally invented by the Simpsons TV show and means “fine” or “acceptable” – I’m sitting at my desk cracking up inside that Matt Groening’s cartoon team invented a silly word for a TV show that is now being used as a real word.

  5. One guy I expected to hit but who hit only 190 at Wsport in June is Nicholas Torres. However, he has turned it on since then. He’s up to 278 after hitting 455 in his last 10 and over 500 in his last 7. Torres is a natural 2b but is playing some OF now due to Stott and Simmons. He’s a 300 hitter and should be there soon.

    1. I sorry Murray. I might be wrong. but you saying, Torres a guy in Williamsport, who got hot for 10 games, should be in the majors soon? I know I am reading it wrong sorry if I am. but you cant be serious that a 10 game streak makes him a big time prospect.

      1. rocco…..I think what he was referring to is….he will get to .300 soon….not get to the majors soon.

        1. I reread what I wrote, I think it’s pretty clear that I said I think he will be over 300 soon. I didn’t mention the major leagues, give me a little credit…

  6. Marcus Lee Sang is certainly an intriguing prospect. Very toolsy and athletic, cartoonish HS numbers. I’m curious to see where he ranks at the end of the year. I’m thinking maybe 10-12. Thoughts?

    1. Yeah, I’ve been noticing how recently the Phillies we’ve been following more athletic, high ceiling/high risk players in the lower levels like Marcus Lee Sang and Johan Rojas.

      On another note, I’m wondering since Alec Bohm is getting a fair amount of reps at 1b, and SS/2B Luis Garcia is still highly regarded despite his 2019 struggles in low-A, could the Phillies be considering Bryson Stott eventually shifting to 3b? The DH will likely be adopted by the NL within 3-5 years, and Hoskins is a prime candidate for that role. There’s so much time until then, but I think about the early ’20s major league lineup possibilities a lot.

      1. I would doubt it. I’ve heard Stott is a perfectly competent perhaps even good fielding shortstop. As the Phillies are well aware, you only move a player down on the defensive spectrum when absolutely necessary. Translated: Stott is worth a lot more as a shortstop than he is as a third baseman and Bohm is worth a lot more as a third baseman than as a first baseman or a DH. I suspect they just want him to have some positional flexibility, which makes sense.

          1. Writing a bit about Stott playing a couple positions in the last few days for tomorrow’s paper. It’s probably just about giving him some position versatility which leads me to believe a move to Lakewood is coming. They’ll probably still want Garcia and Guzman to get some games in at shortstop as well, so they want him to see some new angles before moving up. But like I said the other day, that’s just my own personal hunch based on thing more than my guess.

            I was talking to a scout the other day about a number of people. We talked about Stott’s defense and he loved the way he fields the ball but wonders if he’ll be able to play short at higher levels because he has a bit of how he throws the ball. He brought up Arquimedes Gamboa as having one of the best throwing arms he’s seen recently at shortstop and how everything he throws is on a line, but with Stott there’s a little hump in his throw. That’s been my only question mark surrounding Stott in the time I’ve seen him, and something I’ve had a discussion about with another person or two. The scout said he would not be surprised at all to see Stott play shortstop in the big leagues, but if there is one question he has about him, it’s the arm strength.

  7. Brett Schulze (12 K’s in last 5.2 IP)! I’ve been all about Brett Schulze since Johhny A picked him in the 7th round two months ago. Love his FB (very good life) and breaking ball. Has the floor of a late inning reliever, but still believe he can be a mid rotation starter.

    1. I had to watch that pitch about 3 times. That is a really good, riding, moving, high fastball. Wow!! I can’t believe a guy who throws like that and was effective in college ball lasted so long.

      1. If he had one flaw it was with control
        Looks like his last year he lowered it considerably to 3.26 BB/9.
        Hopefully the Phillies can get him to better that.

    2. The other guy who I think they want to come in and be their next ‘Ken Giles’ is Andrew Schultz….who brings it up to 100 as a Volunteer.
      But he can be more out of control than Schulze.

      If they harness both of them and just get them to just throw in the zone strikes, without worrying about location yet, that will be a good start.

        1. For me, Schultz and Schulze are apples and oranges. Andrew Schultz is strictly a reliever. He probably threw harder (up to 101 MPH) than anyone in college baseball this year. He also has an above avg SL. If everything goes right (control has to improve), Andrew Schultz could become Ken Giles. Brett Schulze is more of a pitcher (could end up with three above avg or better offerings). He should be given every opportunity to start (even though he was used exclusively out of the pen his last two seasons at Univ of Minnesota). For me, Schulze is more VV than Ken Giles.

    3. I’ve seen his last two outings at Bowman Field and have really been impressed. Other than he and Erik Miller, there haven’t been a ton of exciting developments with the Cutters in terms of pitchers this year. I’m really intrigued by Junior Tejada and Hsin-Chieh Lin, but Miller and Schulze kind of make you take notice of him.

      There’s something to that fastball. He was primarily 92-94 last night but hit 95 on back-to-back pitches in the second inning, and it just seems to jump on hitters, almost like it’s got some late life on it. Kind of reminds me of Luke Leftwich when he was here. Leftwich was probably only 91-93 back then, but there was an extra jump on his fastball at the end and he was throwing through the catcher’s glove instead of to it.

      Saw a little arm-side run with his change-up last night that he threw anywhere between 80-86. Sometimes it was more firm with a higher spin rate, but I thought his better changeup was when it was closer to 80-82 with a lower spin rate. And he snapped off a couple curveballs that were eye-opening even from my elevated vantage point.

      I have no idea what Schulze is or what he could be at this point. But he seems far more under control in his delivery than past videos of seen of him in college. Pitching coach Hector Berrios tends to re-build college pitchers with bad mechanics from the ground up, focusing on using their lower half which helps eleviate some control issues. I think with Miller you’re seeing better command already with potential for a velo jump. And with Schulze you’re seeing a guy right now who can throw strikes but doesn’t necessarily command them. And there may even be room for a velo jump in there. I hesitate to say his velo jump could be similar to what Spencer Howard saw after being drafted, but I think there’s room for growth in the body which could make that possible.

      If I had to put money on it right now, I’d say Schulze is a reliever by the time he gets to the big leagues. And depending on how he responds to an offseason of development and if the Phillies decided to make him a reliever, there might be the potential to move quickly through the system.

      1. Mitch…good reports on both Miller and Schulze.
        You may not have seen Giles, since he skipped Williamsport, but just wondering how Schulze would compare to him.not so much velo since Giles was 100, but secondary stuff.

  8. High velocity a common discussion topic, but control and command S/B important. Three pitchers mentioned one 7 ft Tall has issue one of fundamental mechanics, second one is growth ( 6’5” 165 lbs 18 YO (87-90 Touch 91), now 6’6” 215 lbs 22 YO (92-94 Touch 95). Development, command and growth there. History of command S/B more importance than velocity. You can’t defend BB.

    1. I’d like to just comment on what a solid all around year MM has had. From top five in rbi to hits, to dbls, 3b, sb and also playing an solid cf. I was almost shocked to see his name in the top 20 in 10 different offensive categories? Maybe more.I’m so happy for him and the Phillies and reminded how high school players need time. Imo he is the on track to be a solid regular at the ML. Thoughts?

      1. I’m glad he’s progressed but, truly, I have no idea what to make of Mickey Moniak. I don’t know if he’ll be a first division regular (it’s hard to imagine him becoming a star at this point), an average regular, a 4th outfielder or a AAAA player. Really, as much as any player in their system, I have no idea with this guy.

        1. Catch. Do you ever watch him play? If you do you should know. And if you don’t you WOULD know. He looks like a winner to me. Solid. Will eventually be a star. Mark this post.

      2. WillsWilson…I’m wich you
        I think MM will eventually be a very good MLB player…maybe not an All-Star..but a good player…anywhere between a 3 and 4 WAR player
        I can see a slash of 275/350/425 with maybe 15/27 HRs being a typical year for him…and of course plus CF defense.

        1. One of the issues is that this is pretty much exactly what Adam Haseley could be expected to do, so they may, at some point, need to keep one player and trade the other, but that’s all down the road a bit.

          1. Yeah…..both are basically CFers and hopefully Klentak can pull the trigger on moving one for value..at the most opportune time.
            Luhnow knows when to pull the trigger on his prospects for added MLB value……Klentak better not procrastinate.

      1. This was directed to Harvey’s comment – I sort of understand where he’s going – but not really.

        1. LOL. I’ve spent about five minutes trying to decipher that same post.
          I’ve become pretty fluent in Tim’s posts, but Harvey (no offense) you’ve got me totally confused. Maybe you can give it another shot.
          I think your point is all the velo in the world won’t help a guy if he can’t throw strikes. I’d agree with you if that is what you were driving at.

  9. Anyone know what’s going on with Drew Anderson? I was hoping he was going to help the Phillies bullpen?

    1. Another epic developmental fail. I expected him to be a really good pitcher in the bigs this year and he’s just fallen on his face 0-6 with a 5.77 ERA in AAA – you can’t draw it up much worse than that!!!

      1. Is Anderson hurt? On LV’s roster, he’s showing up on 7 day-IL & it doesn’t look like he’s pitched since end of June??

    1. Correct…..cannot adjust to the new balls, and has no control with it.
      His BB/9 doubled from last year to this year.

    2. The other issue……could be medical concerns…..if he has a labrum issue, then that will adversely affect any control…or UCL issues.

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