Threshers Recap – 8/14/2019

Clearwater (24-32, 60-62)  was 2-hit by Dunedin and lost 6-0.  Alejandro Requena (7-10, 5.21) gave up 4 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in three innings.  Seth McGarry (2.57) scattered 5 hits in four shutout innings.  He walked one and struck out two.  Kyle Arjona (5.09) pitched the final two innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.

Simon Muzziotti had one of the Threshers’ hits, a single.  Jhailyn Ortiz had the other, a double.  he also had an outfield assist.

Lehigh Valley (56-63)  lost to Louisville, 2-1.   Dan Straily (4-2, 2.94) took the loss, but pitched well.  He went six innings, allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, and walked one.  he struck out five.  Connor Brogdon (3.91) pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out one.  He threw 11 pitches, 9 strikes.  Edgar Garcia (2.52) also tossed a clean inning.

Thye IronPigs managed just 6 hits and their ninth inning rally fell short.  They scored their lone run on Jose Pirela’s solo HR (1).  Phil Gosselin (.335) went 2-4.  Malquin Canelo (.263) also went 2-4.  The team went 0-7 with RISP and had no XBH other than Pirela’s HR.

Reading (32-22, 71-50)  lost to Erie, 5-4 in ten innings.  Connor Seabold (2.70) pitched well.  he went six innings and gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out three.  Jonathan Hennigan (2.48) pitched a scoreless inning.  Jake Hernandez (1.55) pitched 0.2 scoreless innings but walked the bases loaded before leaving.  Jeff Singer (2.70) stranded the 3 inherited runners, but blew the save (5) in the ninth inning giving up 2 runs on 3 hits in 1.1 innings.  Addison Russ (4-6, 2.59) took the loss when he allowed the OT runner to score on the first batter of the tenth inning.

The Phils scored 4 runs in the first three innings, and then nothing.  They scored a run in the first on a wild pitch, a run in the second on Jose Gomez’ sac fly, and 2 in the third on a ground out and Arquimedes Gamboa’s RBI single.  Alec Bohm had 2 hits, the Phils had 7 total, and went 2-13 with RISP.  Josh Stephen (.264) went 1-4 with a run scored and a walk.

Lakewood (22-28, 51-69)  beat Hagerstown, 5-1.  Taylor Lehman (2-0, 1.61) threw five innings allowing one run on 3 hits.  He walked 2 and struck out four.  Rafi Gonell (4.32) picked up his 2nd save with four shutout, 2-hit innings.  He walked one and struck out three.

The BlueClaws opened the scoring with 2 runs in the first inning when Cole Stobbe stole home on a double steal.  Seth Lancaster stole second.  Carlos De La Cruz brought him home with an RBI double.  They scored in the sixth on Lancaster’s RBI double.  They added 2 insurance runs in the ninth on RBI singles by Ben Pelletier and Jonathan Guzman.

Guzman (.255), Lancaster (.236), De La Cruz (.223), and Pelletier (.204) had 2 hits each.

Williamsport (23-36)  beat Auburn, 4-0, holding the Doubledays to two hits.  Erik Miller (1.08) threw four impressive innings.  He allowed a hit, walked two, and struck out seven.  Junior Tejada (2-0, 2.19) pitched three innings and walked two.  Jose Conopoima (3.03) pitched the final two innings, allowed a hit, and struck out three.

The Crosscutters scored 2 runs in the fifth inning on Hunter Hearn’s 2-run double, and 2 runs in the fifth on DJ Stewart’s 2-run single.  Bryson Stott had 2 hits and a run scored.

GCL Phillies East (17-21)  swept by Phillies West, 3-2 and 8-5.

Game One:  Carlos Betancourt (0-2, 2.73) pitched four innings and gave up one run on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out four.  Carlos Francisco (3.86) pitched three innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk while striking out three.

East fell short with 2 runs in the seventh on Micah Yonamine’s 2-run single.

Vito Friscia (pronounced free-zsa) went 2-3 (.255) with a run scored and double.

Game Two:  Hunter Milam (5.21) tossed four solid innings of one-run ball.  He allowed 3 hits, walked one, and struck out six.  He threw FB, SL.  His FB was 88-89 mph.  Gabriel Cotto (0-4, 9.98) pitched one inning and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits, striking out two.  Tyler Adams gave up 4 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks in 0.2 innings.  Maikel Garrido (7.71) stranded an inherited runner and got the last out.

East built a 3-0 lead with 2 runs in the second inning on a ground out and a wild pitch, and a run in the third on another ground out.  They scored 2 meaningless runs in the seventh on Jose Mercado’s RBI double and a wild pitch on a strike out.

Curtis Mead (.303) went 3-3 with a run scored and 2 doubles.  Wilfredo Flores (.380) went 2-4 with a run scored and a triple.

GCL Phillies West (25-13)  swept Phillies White, 3-2 and 8-5.

Game One:  Dylan Castaneda (4.50) pitched three innings of shutout ball, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out three.  Juan Miranda (1-1, 5.12) pitched two shutout innings allowing 2 hits and striking out one.  Fernando Lozano (2.66) pitched the final two innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out three.  He earned his 2nd save.

West opened up a 3-run lead on Jose Rivera’s (.235) solo HR (1) in the third inning and 2 runs in the sixth on Sal Gozzo’s RBI double and Edgar Made’s (.303) RBI single.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, I’m pretty sure I saw Rixon Wingrove deke the runner on first base, Brayan Gonzalez, on Micah Yonamine’s line single to right.  Gonzalez should have made it to third with one out.  Instead, he was on second.  When the West was unable to turn a game-ending double play, Gonzalez was only on third rather than tying the game.  I was also told that Wingrove may have lulled a base runner into a passive stance whereby he was picked off earlier in the game.  If even just one of these is accurate, it adds to the folk lore that’s beginning to surround this kid.

Game Two:  Josh Gessner (4.15) pitched 2.2 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out two.  I thought he was the victim of unimaginative pitch calling by his catcher.  He blazed through the East batters in the first inning mixing in his slider with a 90-91 mph FB.  After the first inning, the pitch sequencing was predominantly SL and CB, and his FB dropped to high 80s.Aidan Anderson (3-0, 4.42) stranded an inherited runner and tossed 2.1 scoreless, one-hit innings.  Riley Wilson (2.16) pitched the final two innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, striking out four.

West scored 8 unanswered runs after falling behind.  They scored one in the third on Sal Gozzo’s solo HR (1).  They took the lead with 3 in the fifth on Edgar Made’s 2-run double and Keaton Greenwalt’s RBI single.  They capped their scoring with 4 in the sixth on Made’s 3-run triple and a wild pitch on a walk.

Made (.320) had a day, going 3-3 with 2 runs scored, a double, triple, 5 RBI, and a walk.  Greenwalt (.256) went 2-4 with an RBI.  And Sal Gozzo (.168) went 3-3 with 3 runs scored, a HR (1), and RBI.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.263): went 2-5 with a run scored
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-5, 4.39): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.284): went 2-5 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 (.193): went 0-4 
  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 1-5
  10. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.08): 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
  11. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-3, 7.57):  DNP
  12. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.278): went 1-3 with a BB
  13. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.206): went 1-2 with a double and 2 BB
  14. Rafael Marchan, C (.186): went 0-4
  15. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.333): went 1-4 with an RBI
  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 0-1 with 3 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 (.193): went 1-3 with an RBI and BB
  24. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.237): went 0-3
  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): DNP
  28. Jamari Baylor, SS (2-7, .286): hasn’t played since 7/1, nursing a hamstring
  29. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.247): DNP
  30. Victor Santos, RHP (5-8, 3.70): DNP

DSL Phillies Red (36-19)  lost to the Yankees, 8-7.

DSL Phillies White (36-26)  beat the Cardinals Red, 2-1.

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)
8/14/19 – Phillies placed RHP Jake Arrieta on the 10-day IL retro to 8/12, bone spur
8/14/19 – Phillies transferred RHP Jerad Eickhoff from the 10- to the 60-day IL, biceps tendinitis
8/14/19 – Phillies selected the contract of 1B Logan Morrison from Lehigh Valley
8/14/19 – Clearwater Threshers activated RHP Alejandro Requena from the 7-day IL
8/14/19 – Lehigh Valley activated Jose Taveras
8/14/19 – Clearwater placed Gustavo Armas on the Temporarily Inactive List (TIL)
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 C 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

15 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/14/2019

  1. Once again, not a whole lot to like but a lot to dislike. I don’t know what the Phillies minor league teams win – loss record is the past month but unless a player has an outstanding day it makes for sad reading. One constant that extends all the way up to the parent team is the inability to hit with risp. Any thoughts on this?

    1. What are each team’s averages with RISP compared to league average? That’s the only way to determine whether or not they are “struggling.”

      1. So because I have time, I looked up each affiliates average with RISP and compared to league average

        Team … Avg RISP … League rank … League avg
        Lehigh Valley … .273 … 7 out of 14 … .269
        Reading … .238 … 10 out of 12 … .248
        Clearwater … .246 … 7 out of 12 … .251
        Lakewood … .229 … 13 out of 14 … .249
        Williamsport … .210 … 14 out of 14 … .239

  2. Just an impression, can’t say I can prove it with data. hitters throughout the system are being taught to think to much while hitting and not use their natural instincts and muscle memory. The ideal hitting approach is selective aggressiveness. ( wait for your pitch, hunt fastballs and let it fly when you get that pitch if it’s the 1st pitch or 10th). . Our hitters are being taught passiveness. ( take, take take, drive up pitch counts,). I think this explains the poor numbers against fastballs. Also explains the low Production with men on base because hitters are taking, taking and constantly find themselves in 2 strike counts.

    1. Sr…..i do think the Driveline theory and techniques on hitting, may take some time for some of the minor leaguers to adapt to.
      Some may be hesitant on accepting it, and some may not catch on at all.

      As for them tying to strive up the pitch count… get the starter out as early as possible, trouble these days, the relievers all come in throwing hi-90s, with only two pitches, and usually are in for an inning or two at the most, so the batters do not face them but one time. Perhaps they will start to get away from that theory on driving up pitch counts on the starters.

    2. What’s the deal with Edgar Made? He’s hitting 320. Prospect?
      It does seem like paralysis by analysis is taking place at the plate for lots of hitters. They have to get back to hitting strikes and taking balls, the most basic concept. It comes from the teaching, top down.

  3. Erik Miller , 4 IP, 1 hit, 7 Ks…. Nice!

    Needs to be bumped up a level, get a couple starts at Lakewood

    1. Miller’s on the college protocol and with two weeks left in the season time is winding down..It’s clear he should be at Lakewood for the competition..To my knowledge the Phillies pitching coaches are still working with him on some delivery tweaks that once perfected will have him moving quickly through the minors.. He was a 1st/2nd rd. talent that slipped to the 4th and it was a gift to Philly Nation… It may be a race between Miler and Stott to who gets to the big boy club first..

      1. Because he’s less polished than most college pitchers taken in those rounds I wouldn’t be surprised if he starts next season in Lakewood. If he takes well to their adjustments he could be a fast mover though.

          1. My thoughts exactly. Miller’s BB/9 at Stanford this year was 4.8 and so far in Williamsport is 3.2. Hopefully he follows the same trajectory on that front as Howard. I haven’t heard anything about his stuff with the Phils but apparently he sits in the mid-90s and can touch the upper 90s. A good place to start for sure!

  4. Stott’s up to .286/.364/.514 at Williamsport. His 8.8%/19.3% BB/K rate is decent, too. He’s doing exactly what you want a first-round college bat to do. If I’m running the org, I jump him straight to Clearwater next year to play SS while Garcia gets a chance to repeat at Lakewood.

  5. Jim.
    I enjoy my daily ritual of getting up and reading this website to see whats going on in the Phillies minor system and have been doing that for 5 years. Sometimes I see the report and some of the blogs and say what am I wasting my time, this website I think should be “Prospect Watch”, Not PhuturePhillies. We want to hear about the system,
    1. The kid that was 18 YO, 165 LBS Drafted out of HS that is now 23 YO 215 LBS out
    playing top draft picks or BA Prospect
    2. The kid that has a Funky delivery but get outs
    3. The kid that has taken three to four years to develop mentally as well as physically and
    puts up numbers as good as or better and longer.

    Players are different, swings are different, maturity sometimes takes longer. Now days everyone has to be BA APPROVED to be given any chance.
    Louie Tiant, Fernando, Ekersly, Nomo, Kershaw, Drysdale, Gibson, Maddux, Smoltz, Scherzer, Sale had that something special
    Mantle, Mays, Trout, Betts, Devers and Stanton also had that but they all had their swing.

    Today everyone has to fit into a prototype awing or delivery.
    Let the kids Play and the “Cream of the Crop” will come to the TOP

    Baseball is Business and Top Draft Picks need someone to play against and hone their skills, Hence Minor League Baseball but “Watch All the players, Reward those that Hustle harder, Those that play the game for the Love of it.

    Those who comment in this website do Justice to ALL and think about what you write and what your CONTENT is because those of us who Love the game and Love this website believe its worth reading

    1. I can’t entirely tell if this is supposed to be a thank you or a criticism to Jim…

      But either way, prospects absolutely do NOT have to fit a mold to be considered high impact prospects. A couple of examples of unorthodox, highly regarded prospects this year:

      McKay (not much more unique than a 2-way player in today’s game)
      Lewis (unorthodox setup at the plate)
      Canterino (2nd round draft pick despite a violent delivery)

      Some people even consider Bichette’s setup at the plate weird.

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