Threshers Recap – 8/13/2019

First a few random thoughts.

I don’t expect the recent assignment of Charlie Manuel to hitting coach to solve all the Phillies’ problems.  Given time, the hitting guru can help almost any hitter.  During Phantasy Camp, he told us the story of how he won the confidence of a difficult Albert Belle when he was the hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians.  I also watched him transform Dylan Cozens before spring training started a couple years ago.  (And, watched the new hitting/analytics/video program destroy his advances before the season started.)  I fear that his presence in the dugout will lead fans and media to call for further change in the dugout.  He’ll likely become the most interviewed hitting coach in baseball.

A couple years ago, the Phillies tried to play Rhys Hoskins in left field.  His inability to play the position led to the necessity of trading Carlos Santana to clear first base for Hoskins, a position he plays just adequately.  The Phillies have since followed an internal policy of playing almost all position players at multiple positions in the minors.  If they find themselves in a similar position, they will know whether a guy can play the position that opens at the major league level.  At one point earlier this season, every position player had played more than one position except Darick Hall.  So, don’t get overly concerned over the recent spate of guys playing different positions.  BTW, one of my early concerns, albeit on a very small sample size, was whether Stott could stick at SS.  On a couple of routine plays he didn’t display the arm strength I associate with the position, and batters beat his throws to first.  I discussed my concerns with a reporter at his current assignment.  We are both certain he can play the position.  But, I wonder if he won’t make the majors at another position since we’re more likely to have openings at third and/or second before there is an opening at short.

I hinted earlier that there would be changes to the comments policy.  Well, I decided to make no changes, but I did stop reading them.  That seems to have helped me immensely.  I don’t know how much longer I’ll continue that, though.  I’ve been growing curious regarding your comments.  However, I’m sure you guys enjoy the freedom that this has enabled.  I haven’t checked the spam and pending folders for comments, so if comments are not showing up, it’s the internal mechanism of WordPress that is redirecting those comments, not me.

For those new readers whom I’ve met at the Complex (or anyone for that matter), if you feel the need to reach out to me, you can reach me via e-mail at prospectpoll@yahoo.com.  It’s an account that I check as frequently as my personal account.  I can also be followed on Twitter at jimpeyton19, and to a lesser extent engaged there.  Note that the Phuture Phillies account on Twitter is NOT me.  It is the personal account of a former writer here.  I have been confronted at the Complex over some tweets from this account.  They aren’t mine.

I have a list of DSL players who are playing impressively.  They names were provided by an individual who spent time at the academy .  They aren’t necessarily box score or stat line driven.  I’ll put together a quick story soon.  We’ll get to see them here for Instructs.  I’m sure the best plus most of the available catchers will be invited.

I’m putting the finishing touches on a Rule 5 article.  I’ll probably publish in the next couple days.  It’s considerably earlier than usual, but not reading comments has afforded me a little free time.

If you are inclined to pray, I would appreciate your remembering my wife for the next couple days.  We’re waiting for the results of something pretty important to us.  Thank you.

Oh, the worst thing about Charlie’s becoming the Phillies’ hitting coach is that we won’t see him in Clearwater for the rest of the season.

Clearwater (24-31, 60-61)  lost to Dunedin, 8-3.  Andrew Brown (3-7, 6.80) pitched 4.1 innings and gave up 5 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks.  Gustavo Armas (10.00) gave up one run in 2.2 innings on 4 hits.  Austin Ross (3.73) gave up 2 runs in two innings on 3 hits and 2 walks.

Clearwater tied the game with 3 runs in the fourth inning on Ben Aklinski’s 2-out, 2-run HR (2) and a wild pitch after Dalton Guthrie’s triple.  Aklinski and Guthrie had 2 hits each of the Threshers’ seven hits.  They went 0-6 with RISP.

Lehigh Valley (56-62)  lost to Louisville, 7-3.  Jerad Eickhoff (2-1, 5.11) made yet another rehab start.  The good news is he’s up to 50 pitches.  The bad news is he threw them in 2.1 innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out three.  Nick Vincent (0.00) closed out the third inning, stranding three inherited runners and striking out the two batters he faced.  Cole Irvin (4.35) pitched four innings and gave up 5 runs on 7 hits.  JD Hammer (10.80) struck out two in the final inning.

The IronPigs scored a run in the third on Austin Listi’s RBI single, a run in the seventh on Deivi Grullon’s solo HR (16), and a run in the eighth on Phil Gosselin’s RBI single.

Shane Robinson (.293) went 3-4.  Logan Morrison (.308) and Listi (.273) each went 2-4.

Reading (32-21, 71-49)  lost to Erie, 10-5.  Julian Garcia (1-1, 8.16) gave up 7 runs in 3.1 innings on 9 hits and a walk.  Garrett Cleavinger (4.22) pitched 2.2 perfect innings with 4 strike outs.  Grant Dyer (4.50) pitched an inning and gave up a run on 3 hits and a walk.  Aaron Brown (3.88) gave up 2 runs on 4 hits in one inning.

The Phils scored a run in the first inning on a double play, a run in the third on Luke Williams’ RBI single, and a run in the seventh on Henri Lartigue’s sac fly.  They scored 2 in the ninth on Arquimedes Gamboa’s solo HR (2) and a double play.

Luke Williams (.241) went 3-5 with a double, RBI, and stolen base (24).  Gamboa and Jose Gomez (.259) had 2 hits each.

Lakewood (21-28, 50-69)  beat Hagerstown, 6-3.  Kevin Gowdy (4.61) pitched 4.1 innings allowing one run on 4 hits and 3 walks.  He struck out two.  Tom Sutera (1-2, 6.57) went 3.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 6 hits.  He walked none and struck out four.  Mark Potter (2.64) earned his 8th save, striking out two in 1.1 innings.

The BlueClaws scored a run in the first inning on Malvin Matos’ solo HR (9). They scored a run in the third on Luis Garcia’s RBI single.  They stretched their lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning on Ben Pelletier’s 2-run HR (9).  They tacked on 2 insurance runs in the fifth on a fielder’s choice and a double play.

Malvin Matos (.247) had himself a game going 2-3 with 3 runs scored, a HR (9), an RBI, a stolen base (16), and an outfield assist.  Ben Pelletier (.201) went 2-4 with a double, a HR (9), and 2 RBI.

Williamsport (22-36)  lost to State College, 8-6.  Chris Micheles (0-2, 1.74) pitched one inning and gave up 5 unearned runs on 4 hits.  He was victimized by back-to-back errors and could easily have been out of the inning after 3 or 4 batters before a runner crossed the plate.  Anton Kuznetsov (2.66) gave up a run in two innings, scattering 5 hits and 2 walks (haha, scattering).  Adam Leverett (5.59) pitched two innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks.  Jake Kinney (3.24) went 1.2 scoreless innings but left with the bases loaded.  Brian Marconi (3.72) stranded 3 inherited base runners and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.

The Crosscutters scored a run in the first inning on Bryson Stott’s RBI double.  They added 3 in the third on RBI triples by Kendall Simmons and Stott and a ground out.  They added single runs in the seventh and ninth on an RBI single by DJ Stewart and a fielder’s choice.

Stewart (.269) played LF and went 4-5 from the lead off spot.  Simmons (.250) and Stott (.280) each went 2-5 with a double, triple, and 2 RBI.  Logan O’Hoppe (.227) went 1-4 with the Cutters’ only walk.

GCL Phillies East (17-19)  lost to the Blue Jays, 4-1.  Jordi Martinez (3.86) tossed three, scoreless, one-hit innings striking out three.  Rafael Marcano (0-2, 4.67) went 2.2 innings and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Cam Beauchamp (0.00), pronounced bee-chum, stranded 2 inherited runners and pitched 1.1 scoreless innings.  Andy Reyes (4.02) threw one, one-hit inning.

The Phillies took a brief lead in the second inning on Vito Friscia’s solo HR (2).  The Phillies collected just 5 hits.  Marcus Lee Sang (.262) went 1-4 with his 6th stolen base.

GCL Phillies West (23-13)  postponed, rain.  Makeup on 8/21.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.259): went 0-1 with 3 BB
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-5, 4.39): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.280): went 2-5 with a run scored, double, triple, 2 RBI
  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 (.195): went 1-4 with an RBI
  7. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-6, 4.05): DNP
  8. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-6, 3.96): DNP
  9. Mickey Moniak, OF (.260): went 0-5
  10. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.13): DNP
  11. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-3, 7.57):  DNP
  12. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.278): went 0-3 with 2 BB
  13. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.204): DNP
  14. Rafael Marchan, C (.205): went 0-3 with a BB
  15. Nick Maton, SS/2B: 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 (9-7, 3.57): DNP
  20. Deivy Grullon, C (.285): went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (16), RBI, BB
  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 (.192): went 2-4 with a run scored, HR (2), and RBI
  24. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.239): went 1-3 with a BB
  25. Kyle Dohy, LHP (5-5, 6.56): DNP
  26. Dominic Pipkin, RHP (3-4, 5.62): DNP
  27. Kevin Gowdy, RHP (0-4, 4.61): 4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  28. Jamari Baylor, SS (2-7, .286): hasn’t played since 7/1, nursing a hamstring
  29. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.247): went 1-3 with a run scored, BB
  30. Victor Santos, RHP (5-8, 3.70): DNP

DSL Phillies Red (36-18)  beat the Angels, 2-1 in a walk off with 2 runs in the ninth.

DSL Phillies White (35-26)  beat the Mets2, 6-5.

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)
8/13/19 – Phillies sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley
8/13/19 – Reading placed RF Danny Mayer on the 7-day IL
8/13/19 – Reading activated LF Cornelius Randolph from the 7-day IL
8/13/19 – Nick Hundley activated by Lehigh Valley
8/13/19 – Lehigh Valley placed Josh Tols on the 7-day IL
8/13/19 – Jose Taveras assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading
8/13/19 – FA Gabriel Ojeda assigned to Clearwater
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

40 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/13/2019

  1. If Charlie Manuel can get Rhys Hoskins righted, it will be worth it. Jim, you have probably followed Rhys, like I have, since he first appeared at Williamsport, and what always struck me was his ability to generate power to the opposite field. And it was something he displayed at each stop on his way to the majors, as well as his first year under Pete Mackanin. But something changed. He is trying to pull everything, when he isn’t taking fastballs down the middle. Hopefully Charlie can get him to go back to what worked for him in the minors.

  2. Thomas Wood – Agree 100 percent about Hoskins. Larry Anderson said how confused He looked. He struck out on a 91 mph fastball right down the middle. Why didn’t he swing at that ‘meatball’? Is it the organizational philosophy that’s messing these hitters up or are they just messing up on their own? Jim’s comments regarding Dylan Cozens says a lot about the situation. Reading the results of the Minor League teams lately is most unpleasant. Let’s hope the current recent picks are allowed to find what’s comfortable for them and stick with it. Launch angle be damned.

  3. Jim…prays for your wife, and hoping for the best.
    I find waiting for the test results can be one of the most difficult and trended times.

  4. Jim, prayers and good wishes to you and your wife. As an avid reader I appreciate all you do to provide information and commentary for this site

  5. Prayers to you and your wife, Jim.

    With Stott having some issues at SS, it seems like his bat can play mostly anywhere else. Solid hitter.

  6. I echo everyone on here in extending my prayers to you, Jim, and your wife. Best always and know your other family here is behind you all the way! God bless indeed.

  7. Jimmy my prayers to your wife and the Peyton family. God Bless you both during this agonizing time.

    I hope all turns out OK

  8. Kendall Simmons…Is there an updated scouting report on him? Reading some comments on here and especially the one from Stott about him having good middle of the field power,sounds exciting,especially if he has the tools to stick to shortstop!

    1. Let’s see how he finishes up August, but Kendall Simmons is getting into “wow” territory. Anytime you have a young middle infielder with that kind of power and athleticism, it just makes you dream on this kid’s ceiling. Slowly, but surely, we are starting to develop a nice group of position prospects. We aren’t do as well on the pitching, but I’ll take any good step forward at this point. Assets are assets.

  9. Jim;

    You should read the comments more often. Nearly everyday someone thanks you for your hard work on this excellent site.. As for your wife; prayers to the Lord you receive the news you’re looking for..

  10. Kendall Simmons..while his numbers may not quite match Stott’s,he is 2 1/2 years younger!

    How is his defense/ arm? Is he an above average fielder at shortstop? And..how about his makeup?

    1. Jim … prayers for you and your wife. Hope you get good news.

      Barf … Simmons probably has the strongest arm of any infielder in the Phillies system. He also has some of the top bat speed of any player in the system. He has a great pedigree (was a top prep player & did well in the summer showcase events as a HS rising senior). Finally, from everything I’ve ever read, Simmons is a high character kid. I’ve linked an interview with (one of my absolute favorite prospect reporters) Eli Fishman. Check it out.

      BTW … Simmons’ two hits (double and triple) came off Andre Pallante last night. Pallante is no joke. He was one of the top/most accomplished pitchers in college baseball the past three years. He didn’t get a lot of attention because he played for a smaller program on the left coast (UC-Irvine). However, he was good/respected enough to pitch for the US Collegiate National Team.

      Thanks again to Mitch for the game video.

      .

      1. FYI – Kendall Simmons was also a pitcher in HS and hit 95 on the gun. He’s an all-around excellent baseball athlete.

  11. Stott’s arm strength is not going to meaningfully improve. If he’s not gunning down runners in rookie ball, the arm will not play in the majors. Best of luck to your wife Jim, I suspect you are reading these comments today.

  12. Jim, prayers for you and your wife, you are part of my Day to Day ritual. Please make the time reading comments we need you to Hold the Fort

    Once again our prayers

  13. Anyone know if Stott is due for a promotion? Feels like he needs to be

    Does he have a chance to make the big club at some point next year? Late obviously

  14. My thoughts and prayers to Jim and his family. I have been reading this site for years. The time and dedication you put forth to bring us information on the minors is greatly appreciated.

  15. Hinke..Thank-you for the Kendall Simmons info,especially the videos.Sounds like his makeup is good,and his tools and ability should take him a long way.
    I’m most impressed with his current hitting stats,again they are close to Stott’s AND he is 2 1/2 years younger!
    Plus,if he has one of the strongest arms in the system,if he has good range and fielding as well,then he COULD be your future star shortstop..Now he’s a few years away….but…

  16. Just because I feel like saying something positive, Spencer Howard’s improvement in walk rate has been amazing. I didn’t try to calculate K%, but his BB/9 has gone from 5.7 in 2017 to 3.2 in 2018 to 1.7 in 2019 (across all innings pitched). Hopefully he can keep this trend going. Does he pitch again tomorrow?

    1. Nobody is saying a word about it, but if Spencer Howard continues to pitch this well and the Phillies remain in contention through the end of August, he might get a surprise promotion. I believe he’s probably at least a legit big league “3” right now. His ceiling is as high as any pitcher who has been promoted to the big league team since Cole Hamels. Spencer Howard is a big freaking deal.

      1. A possibility.
        His max innings pitched was last year @112
        Only has 54 innings pitched this year so far.
        So an innings limitations should not be a concern….as it is with Soroka of the Braves and Paddack of the Padres..
        And it is not like he is a 20 or 21 year- old still developing physically….he is now 23.
        Question will come down to Klentak’s decision to either hold off until next summer or start his clock service earlier.

      2. Give up a year of control? I don’t think they’ll do it. I expect Howard Bohm and Moniak will start next year at AAA and we’ll see how they do by June 1. Bohm and Howard could go up then. Medina however has to be added to the 40 after this season anyway so I could see him getting called up in September. I’m still waiting for Gilbert to get his shot too.

        1. I don’t think Bohm is quite ready (I could be wrong), but I think Howard is likely more than ready. If you add him and Cole Hamels to the rotation next year – wow, things start to look a lot different, don’t they?

      3. I wouldn’t feel great having Howard go out there without having experience with the goofy ball they’re using. He should get time to adjust to it in AAA first.

        1. I hear you, but:

          1. He’s 23, not 19. I’m not that worried about his psyche.
          2. His stuff seems good enough to play up at the major league level – he’s a bona fide stud.
          3. If he looks overmatched, they can just shut it down, and I’m sure they would. But if it clicks, it could be the spark this team needs to ride into the postseason.

  17. Jim, So many of us are appreciative of the fine work you do,visit this site daily and learn a great deal. I join with those who are praying for your wife’s good health. You have many friends you have never seen.

  18. Jim, As everyone else has said-thoughts and prayers to your wife and Family. Times like this makes Baseball secondary but it’s always there. Good Luck. Mark Singer

  19. Thoughts and prayers with you and your wife Jim. Hopefully everything turns out okay. And thanks for all you do for this site it is really top notch.

  20. Jim – sending best wishes and lots of positive thoughts to your wife and you. Thank you for all you do with regard to Phuture Phillies. It is so appreciated!

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