Threshers Recap – 8/18/2019

Bad day in the minors.  All five affiliates lost.  As the season’s end draws near, here are the playoff standings are as follows.

Lehigh Valley is in fifth place, 5.5 games behind the first place team.  Although unlikely, the IronPigs best chance of making the post season is winning their division.  They are 8.5 games back in the wild card race with 16 games remaining.

Reading is in first place by 3.0 games over first half winner Trenton.  Reading also has a 6.0 game lead over Hartford for best overall record should Trenton win the second half, too.  They have 15 games remaining and their magic number is nine.

Clearwater is tied for fifth place, one loss away from elimination from the second half race.  If first half winner Dunedin wins the second half, and they have a 2.0 game lead over Tampa, the team with the next best overall record will qualify for the post season.  Sunday, the Threshers fell out of a tie for the second best overall record.  They have 13 games remaining.

Lakewood is in last place, 10.5 games out of first place.  With 14 games remaining, their elimination number is five.

Williamsport is in fifth place, 9.5 games out of first place. With 13 games remaining their elimination number is six.  They are also 9.5 games back for the wild card, but their elimination number there is five.

GCL Phillies East has fallen to sixth place in their division, 9.0 games behind GCL Phillies West.  With 13 games remaining, their elimination number is five.  They are 7.5 games behind in the Wild Card race.  Their elimination number here is seven.

GCL Phillies West is in first place, 2.5 games ahead of the Tigers West.  With 13 games remaining their magic number is eleven.  They have the second best record in the GCL and their .667 winning percentage has them in good shape should they fall to second place.

DSL Phillies Red has slipped to third place, 3.0 games out of first place.  Their elimination is thirteen.  They have 5 games plus 2 suspended games remaining.

DSL Phillies White has climbed to second place, 1.5 games out of first place.  Their elimination number is six.  They have 6 games remaining.

The DSL numbers are interesting.  The DSL hasn’t published their playoff procedures, but I believe they will have two wild cards.  As things stand tonight, Red is .001 ahead for the second spot.  I think the elimination number takes the wild cards into consideration.  But an elimination number of 13 with 7 games remaining makes little sense.

Clearwater (25-35, 61-65)  lost to Florida, 2-1 in ten innings, completing a sweep by the worst team in the FSL.  Ethan Lindow (0.82) did his part.  He pitched six innings allowing no runs, six hits, no walks, and striking out four.  Once again, Lindow peppered the strike zone, throwing 59 strikes among his 80 pitches (73.8%).  The stadium gun is still slow by 2-3 mph compared to the Threshers’ charter’s gun.  It looks like his fastball sits 88-90, touching 91 mph.  He mixes speeds well and has good command.  One batter struck out on a 71 mph curve ball (69 on the stadium gun) and hit his helmet with the bat in frustration.

Austin Ross (3.75) relieved and gave up the tying run on 2 hits.  In two innings, he walked none and struck out four.  Tyler Carr (1.55) pitched the final two innings.  He allowed the OT runner in the tenth to score to decide the game.  He walked none struck out two.

In the tenth, the Fire Frogs lead off batter tried to sacrifice the runner to third.  He was successful when Rafael Marchan ran over first baseman Matt Kroon as Kroon tried to field the ball.  The score keeper had a different angle and gave Kroon the fielding error.  A shallow fly ball to left dropped in front of Simon Muzziotti.  The runner had to hold at third, but Muzziotti over ran the ball and the runner trotted home and the batter was awarded a double.  Dalton Guthrie cut down a runner at the plate and Carr got a strike out and force out to avoid further damage.

The Threshers scored first in the fifth inning on Raul Rivas’ RBI single.  Rivas (.217) had 2 of the team’s 6 hits.  Madison Stokes (.246) went 1-2 with 2 walks.

Lehigh Valley (60-64)  lost to Indianapolis, 8-7.  Damon Jones (7.61) pitched four innings of no-hit ball.  He allowed a run on 3 walks and struck out seven.  Austin Davis (2.81) gave up one run on 2 hits and a walk.  Nick Vincent (0.00) tossed two, one-hit innings.  He walked none and struck out three.  Leading 7-2, JD Hammer (12.71) got the first out on a strike out.  Then he walked 4 batters in a row.  He was replaced by Connor Brogdon (3.91) who blew the save with a wild pitch and 3-run HR.  He struck out the next two batters to send the game to extra innings.  After the IronPigs couldn’t score in the top of the tenth, Tyler Gilbert surrendered a sacrifice that advanced the OT runner to third and a game-ending RBI single.

The IronPigs scored 3 runs in the first inning on a sac fly by Ali Castillo and Austin Listi’s 2-run double.  They scored 2 runs in the third on Listi’s 2-run HR (10).  They increased their lead back to 5 runs in the sixth with 2 runs on Phil Gosselin’s RBI triple and Castillo’s RBI double.

Gosselin (346), Listi (.288), and Malquin Canelo (.267) had 2 hits each.  Listi had 4 RBI.

Reading (33-24, 72-52)  lost to Trenton, 12-6.  Rehabbing Jerad Eickhoff (9.82) went 4.1 innings.  He gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out three.  Aaron Brown (3.86) allowed an inherited runner to score in the 0.2 innings he pitched.  Adonis Medina (6-6, 4.96) squandered the lead, blew the save, and took the loss.  He pitched two innings and gave up 7 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks.  He gave up a 2-run HR and grand slam.

The Phils scored 5 runs in the second inning on Nick Maton’s solo HR (2), Arquimedes Gamboa’s solo HR (2), and Luke Williams’ 3-run HR (10).  They added a run in the sixth on Josh Stephen’s RBI double.

Every Phils player had a hit, Williams (.238) had two.  Alec Bohm and Darick Hall each went 1-2 with 2 walks.

Lakewood (24-30, 53-71)  lost to Delmarva, 4-2.  Tom Sutera (4.67) pitched five shutout innings.  He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six.  Kevin Gowdy (0-5, 4.83) went 2.2 innings and was charged with 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  He struck out two.  Gowdy left the game in the eighth inning with the score 2-1 and two runners on base.  Andrew Schultz (7.20) allowed both inherited runners to score on a bases clearing triple before getting the third out.  In the ninth inning, Omar Maldonado (2.25) gave up an unearned run on 2 hits and struck out two.

Lakewood took a short-lived lead in the sixth inning on Cole Stobbe’s RBI single and a bases loaded walk to Carlos De La Cruz.  However, with just one out, they were unable to extend their advantage.  They went 1-9 with RISP.  Malvin Matos (.243) went 2-3 with a run scored and RBI.  He had 2 of the team’s 4 hits.

Williamsport (25-36)  lost to West Virginia, 7-3.  Gabriel Yanez (5.23) pitched three innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk.  Spencer Van Scoyoc (3-3, 3.86) pitched two innings and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and a walk.  Brett Schulze pitched three innings and gave up 2 unearned runs on 4 hits and a walk.

The Crosscutters tied the game in the third inning with 2 runs on Kendall Simmons 2-run HR (11).  They added a run in the ninth on Nicolas Torres RBI single.  Hunter Hearn (.174) went 2-4 with a run scored and a double.  He had 2 of their 6 hits.  Bryron Stott went 0-2 with 2 walks.

GCL Phillies East (17-22)  no game scheduled.

GCL Phillies West (26-13)  no game scheduled.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.262): went 1-2 with a run scored, 2 BB
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-6, 4.96): 2.0 IP, 3 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HR
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.298): went 0-2 with 2 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 (.191): DNP
  7. Francisco Morales, RHP (1-6, 3.86): DNP
  8. Enyel De Los Santos, RHP (5-6, 3.96): DNP
  9. Mickey Moniak, OF (.259): went 1-4 
  10. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.08): DNP
  11. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-3, 7.57):  DNP
  12. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.284): went 1-4
  13. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.199): went 0-4
  14. Rafael Marchan, C (.212): went 0-3 with a run scored, BB
  15. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.217): went 1-4 with a run scored, HR (2), 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 (10-7, 3.46): DNP
  20. Deivy Grullon, C (.282): DNP
  21. Damon Jones, LHP (0-1, 8.69): 4.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
  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 a run scored, HR (3), RBI, BB
  24. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.242): DNP
  25. Kyle Dohy, LHP (6-5, 6.24): DNP
  26. Dominic Pipkin, RHP (3-4, 5.22): DNP
  27. Kevin Gowdy, RHP (0-5, 4.61): 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  28. Jamari Baylor, SS (2-7, .286): hasn’t played since 7/1, nursing a hamstring
  29. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.245): DNP
  30. Victor Santos, RHP (5-9, 3.92): DNP

DSL Phillies Red (36-21)  no game scheduled.

DSL Phillies White (39-27)  no game scheduled.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 18th … there are 400 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/18/19 – Phillies sent RHP Jerad Eickhoff on a rehab assignment to Reading
8/18/19 – Lakewood placed RHP Gilmael Troya on the 7-day IL retro to 8/17
8/18/19 – RHP Tom Sutera assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport

43 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/18/2019

  1. Austin Listi is just killing it. I don’t know when you can start adding players to the roster but would think that Listi, in spite of his firstbasitis, would be someone to consider. Darrick Hall falls into this category also. Seems like the AL is their ultimate destination.

    1. I don’t want to be negative on Listi but here are the facts or stats if you will. Since his jump to AAA in June, he’s had declining numbers month over month. June .325/.413/.750; in July he declined a bit to .299/.374/.486; in August he went kerplunk to .241/.274/.397. I think AAA pitchers found something out or maybe he’s tiring a little bit. He has hit in 7 straight with a .423 BA over that stretch. So he’s hot at this moment and it’s possible he’s making adjustments the pitchers. Overall I’m lovin’ the Austin Listi story and his development. As you said, he’s probably a 1st base / DH only guy, who can play a little 3B and LF in a pinch but probably not at the Major League level. If they could get him some ABs at the ML level and he does well, some AL team might pick him up as a secondary piece of a trade.

  2. Putting Hoskins in the leadoff spot is sheer nonsense. I know this isn’t Minor League related but ties in with my above statement.

  3. Simmons’ homer was about the only positive. Medina was awful, and relief pitching was bad up and down the system. Lots of guys look very tired after pitching in lots of games.
    Hopefully Reading will hold on and make the playoffs. I’d line to see that group in a playoff situation for the experience

    1. Think Medina just got bumped back in the game as part of the Eickhoff rehab start. I agree it would be a major disappointment if they are moving him there..

  4. The JD Hammer excitement quickly faded as he flopped with the Phillies but now seems like he has totally imploded. Any thoughts on his future in the organization?

    1. It’s disappointing that he has imploded recently. Best case, he’s a 7th inning guy. Else, he’s just a depth guy who gets called up when a reliever goes down.

    1. Possibly….but only 55% strikes…..and too many BBs for 4 IP.
      His control may have escaped him yesterday.

      1. I wonder if its control or is he starting to nibble and the more experienced hitters in AAA are not biting.

        1. It took Jones 38 pitches to get through the 4th inning. He hit a batter and walked three others (that’s how he surrendered an ER w/o allowing a hit). I have him ranked #10 on my list … however … he’s going to be useless to the Phillies (as a starter or reliever) if he can’t throw enough strikes.

          1. I agree. He has good stuff, but the control he’s been showing at AAA is not enough to make him even remotely close to successful in the majors. He’s farther away from being an effective major league pitcher than most people might think.

  5. Simmons began the season at #21 on my list. I’m beginning to think I under-appreciated him. After dropping the Logan (to avoid confusion with teammate O’Hoppe), and going with Kendall, he is putting together one of the best seasons in the system. That Crosscutters’ squad is loaded with interesting/rising prospects (Simmons, Stott, Rojas, Miller, Schulze, Lin, Kinney, O’Hoppe, Torres, and Appariccio [before he got promoted]).

      1. My only concern is that it’s Williamsport stats aren’t always so good at predicting future outcomes. But he’s on the rise for me. In the top 10-15 to be sure and will be top 5 next year if he hits in Lakewood as he has in Williamsport.

      1. Congrats to him, I guess with Garcia and Guzman rotating SS/2B, they didn’t want to bring Stott to Lakewood, as I figured he would have gone up by now if they were going to do it.

    1. 2 things I like about the video. 1. He is right on top of the plate. That tells me he thinks he can turn on the inside pitch. 2. He hustled out of the box on contact. Did not assume anything.

      1. ‘1. He is right on top of the plate. That tells me he thinks he can turn on the inside pitch”….and like Darick Hall, he already has 14 HBPs in 270 PAs.
        Hopefully he wears good wrist protection.

  6. Wow!!!! Did you see how short and fast he swung the bat and how far it went? Finally, we may be looking at a phenom. It’s about freaking time.

  7. You are what you are.
    Jones has history of BB and low strike to ball ratio except in Reading. More aggressive hitters with wondering strike zone

    Medina
    Got caught in delayed start dilemma ( Eickhoff rehab)
    But Reading this season has not been easy with weather but other pitcher has had 6 of 14 starts affect him but never used as excuse. Just had a bad game

    Anyone understand the “Gamboa” playing CF last night. Maton playing to rest Gamboa after his ejection prior night?

    Two young pitcher lost in systems
    Sandoval was Astro’s now angels
    Allard Braves now Rangers
    Both throw low to mid 90’s but can spot pitch’s

    Both 97/98 Bdays

    Reading has # of these why not move these for MLB needs. Thought was to build system to do that but Management cannot make decisions. Current MLB have arms but cannot hit spots and execute

  8. Agree about the Williamsport players.. I’m not sure what Kendall Simmons has figured out,but it’s definitely working for now..

    Very exciting prospect,and to think that he may be matching or outplaying Stott,while being 2 1/2 years younger. Impressive!!

    Sure,it would be nice if he didn’t strike out as much,etc.

    1. Agree…concerning peripherals….his K rate needs to really start to trickle down as he climbs the ladder….but his current ISO is amazing, not sure it is sustainable but right now it is great.
      And another somewhat positive sign for him…..his BABIP is under .300….so not a lot of luck going on there….and a LD% over 20%
      .

    2. Yes, we know, he’s 2 1/2 years younger, you’ve said it several times. But that’s not a criticism of Stott. He’s new to the minors and there’s an adjustment period.

  9. was at the Reading game, thankfully the heat chased us just before Medina exploded. It was a very strange game. The first 2 home runs resulted in an ejection from each side. The Trenton batter was doing a Hoskins around the bases and our catcher Conley had words for him. A dugout coach objected also and the coach was tossed. Since he was wearing a warm-up jacket in 95n degree heat, he was probably suffering from the onset of heat stroke. Darn if in the next inning as our Hr hitter crossed the plate, the home plate ump tossed someone from the Trenton dugout. 2 HR 2 ejections. Game started and 2 Reading players had no name on jersey, turned out to be Eickoff and Maton. Had expected Medina to start so was surprised. Also surprised to see Gamboa start in CF with Moniak moved to right. We recorded an out in the 2nd inning when the Trenton runner going from 2nd to 3rd was hit by a one hop grounder. Haven’t seen that in a long time. The Maton and Gomez HR’s looked like routine outs leaving the bat, but the heat carried them out.
    Also Trenton scored a run on a balk when Eickoff flat out just dropped the ball while in his stretch with runners on 1st and 3rd. Weird game!!

    1. Not Sucre i have ever seen a pitcher drop the ball while in the stretch or for that matter in a wind-up.
      Perhaps the heat and sweat of his hands had something to do with it….hopefully it was not what plagued him last year…the numbing occurring in his fingers due to the circulation blockage.

  10. Catch… Right ,I’m not criticizing Stott at ALL,just using his age as a reference for Simmons,that he is almost matching Stott’s numbers, despite being 2 1/2 years younger,at the same level! I do believe that Simmons may have a better chance to stick at short than Stott does. Better arm….
    Yes,I need to temper my enthusiasm about Simmons,but…..

    Fact is by next time this year Stott could clearly be the better prospect,but it could be vice versa too.

    1. Lakewood’s middle infield could get crowded next season….assume Luis Garcia starts there again, with Simmons and Stott also being there.

      1. I fully expect Stott and Guzman in Clearwater next year. And I think Simmons’ best position moving forward is second base.

        Stott has a better chance to stick at shortstop long-term. Simmons looks much more comfortable at second than he does at third, but I can see the arm strength making him an intriguing guy at third.

        Stott’s the better prospect right now and I don’t think it’s that close. He’s so polished and so sound at everything he does. He kind of is who he’s going to be right now, with maybe some added power down the road. Simmons has much more growth potential, but also more bust potential with the contact issues.

        If I had to rank my top Crosscutters prospects from this season, I would go
        1. Bryson Stott
        2. Erik Miller
        3. Johan Rojas
        4. Logan O’Hoppe
        5. Kendall Simmons
        6. Juan Aparicio
        7. Brett Schulze

        1. Hey Mitch, why hasn’t Simmons started three of the last four games? Makes no sense unless he is hurt.

          1. My educated guess because I’m not with the team right now is that they’re giving him some time off before he has to travel to and play in the All-Star game Wednesday just to make sure he gets some rest. If he were hurt, they wouldn’t have played him Sunday.

  11. A.J Puk has been called up by the A’s. There was a guy that would always post that the Phillies should draft Puk #1 and would post after the draft that they should have drafted him over Moniak. He was very vocal about it. Can’t remember his screen name or if he still posts.

  12. very true, NL, I don’t remember who that was, and I don’t think we hear from him still. I remember that Groome, the local kid, was another one that year. But, Moniak is our guy, and I am feeling good about his season this year. I do remember other people voicing the “Puk will end up in the BP” argument. That may still be the case.

    1. Tommy Gunn was all about AJ Puk. He was bombastic, but I liked the fact that he had strong opinions and wasn’t afraid to voice them. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pop back up here now that AJ Puk is making his MLB debut.

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