Threshers Recap – 8/19/2019

MLB announced their 2020 Grapefruit League schedule.

Clearwater (25-35, 61-65)  no game scheduled.

Lehigh Valley (60-65)  lost to Syracuse, 1-0.  Cole Irvin (5-1, 4.11) pitched seven solid innings.  He gave up a run on 6 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out seven.  Edgar Garcia (2.48) struck out three in two perfect innings.

The IronPigs managed just 4 singles.  Shane Robinson (.285) went 2-4.  Cole Irvin (.125) went 1-1 wait a sacrifice.  Malquin Canelo (.268) had the other hit.  Nick Williams had an outfield assist.

Reading (34-24, 73-52)  beat Portland, 8-7 in ten innings.  Julian Garcia (7.91) pitched five innings and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and a walk.  He struck out six.  Jeff Singer (2.60) pitched two perfect innings striking out three.  Jonathan Hennigan (2.98) pitch 0.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He left with the bases loaded.  Addison Russ (5-6, 2.63) came in and stranded the bases loaded.  He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up a save blowing HR while striking out three.  Jake Hernandez (1.78) prevented the OT runner from scoring, struck out two, and earned his 4th save.

The Phils took a 7-4 lead into the eighth and blew the lead.  They scored a run in the first inning on Josh Stephen’s RBI single.  They scored twice in the second on RBI singles by Luke Williams and Mickey Moniak.  They tied the game on Alec Bohm’s solo HR (13) in the fifth.  They took the lead with 3 runs in the sixth on Williams’ RBI single and Moniak’s 2-run triple (13).  They scored the go ahead run in the tenth on Stephen’s RBI single.

Josh Stephen (.276) went 3-5 as the DH with 3 singles and 2 RBI including the game winner.  Luke Williams (.241) went 2-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.  Moniak had 2 hits, his 13th and league leading triple, and 3 RBI (64).  Bohm had 2 hits, scored 3 runs, and hit a solo HR (13).  Nick Maton had 2 hits and a run scored.

Lakewood (24-30, 53-71)  no game scheduled.

Williamsport (26-36)  beat West Virginia, 8-7 in ten innings.  Adam Leverett (4.63) pitched four shutout innings allowing 3 hits and a walk.  He struck out three and picked off a runner off first.  Chris Micheles (3.55) pitched 2.1 innings and gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and a walk.  He struck out five.  Rafi Gonell (5.40) came in and allowed 2 of 2 inherited runners to score.  He went on to pitch 1.2 innings allowing one run on 5 hits.  Brian Marconi (3-1, 4.43) pitched one inning and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits, walking one and blowing a save.  Rafael Carvajal (3.26) pitched a perfect inning for his 3rd save.

The Crosscutters built a 7-0 lead through the first six innings before the Black Bears came back to tie the game in the ninth.  They scored 2 runs in the first inning on Hunter Hearn’s 2-run HR (4).  They added a run in the second on Jake Holmes’ RBI double.  They scored three more times in the fourth on Hearn’s 3-run double.  And tacked on a run in the sixth on Holmes’ RBI single.  They forged ahead in the tenth on Bryson Stott’s RBI double.

Holmes (.198) went 3-5 with a run scored, double, 2 RBI, and a walk.  Hearn (.182) went 2-5 with a run scored, double, HR (4), and 5 RBI.  Corbin Williams (.224) went 2-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 stolen bases (28).

GCL Phillies East (17-23)  lost to Yankees West, 10-1.  Jonas De La Cruz (1.13) made his 6th rehab appearance.  He pitched two scoreless innings, allowed a hit, and struck out five.  Juan Geraldo (4.79) pitched two innings and gave up one run on 2 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out four.  Engel Estevez ( 1-2, 5.79) lasted one inning.  He gave up 5 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  He left the bases loaded and nobody out in his second inning.  Cam Beauchamp (0.00) gave up one hit and two innings, unfortunately he allowed 2 of 3 inherited runners to score.  Jose Ulloa (3.71) pitched one inning and gave up 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.

The Phillies scored a first inning run on Vito Friscia’s RBI single.  They held the lead until the third.  Wilfredo Flores (.374) went 2-4 with a run scored and stolen base (8).  He had 2 of the BlueClaws 6 hits.  They went 1-9 with RISP.

GCL Phillies West (27-13)  beat the Tigers East, 5-3 in come back fashion.  Eduar Segovia pitched three innings.  He gave up an unearned run in three innings on one hit and 3 walks.  He struck out three.  Segovia was somewhat overpowering with a 90-92 mph fastball and a change up.  He easily got the first two outs in each inning.  In the first, a walk, passed ball, and bloop single down the RF line cost a run.  In the second, he issued two, 2-out walks before ending the threat.  Finally, he retired the side in order in the third.

Aidan Anderson (4.87) pitched two innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  He throws an array of pitches – 4-seam FB, 2-seam FB, slider, change up, and curve ball.  It was fun watching the charters trying to figure out which was which.  Many times they had to ask the catcher what he had called for.  His FB was 90-91 mph.

Fernando Lozano (4-0, 2.45) pitched two shutout innings.  He allowed 3 hits and a walk.  He helped his cause by picking a runner off first.  His FB was 88-89 mph.  Juan Miranda (4.64) pitched one-hit ball over the final two innings.  He opened the ninth with a 3-2 base hit, and the Phillies got Nicoly Pina up right away.  Miranda picked the runner off first and retired the next two batters.  He struck out three, and his FB was 90-91 mph.

The Phillies were held scoreless for three innings.  But, one thing this team can do is hit.  They finally broke through with 3 runs in the fourth inning on RBI singles by JC Smith, Sal Gozzo, and Edgar Made.  They took the lead in the sixth on JC Smith’s solo HR (2) to left.  They added an insurance run in the eighth on a wild pitch.

Keaton Greenwalt (.262) had a 3 hit game with a run scored and a double.  JC Smith (.282) went 2-4 with 2 runs scored, a HR (2), and 2 RBI.  Sal Gozzo (.185) went 2-3 with a double, RBI, and a walk.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.266): went 2-5 with 3 runs scored, HR (13), RBI
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-6, 4.96): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.294): went 1-5 with a run scored, double, 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 (.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 (.261): went 2-5 with a triple (13), 3 RBI 
  10. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.08): DNP
  11. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-3, 7.57):  DNP
  12. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.284): DNP
  13. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.199): DNP
  14. Rafael Marchan, C (.212): DNP
  15. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.250): went 2-5 with a run scored
  16. Mauricio Llovera, RHP (3-4, 4.55): placed on the 7-day IL, elbow
  17. Cole Irvin, LHP (5-0,3.99): 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
  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 (.279): went 0-4
  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 (.191): went 0-3 with a 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): DNP
  28. Jamari Baylor, SS (2-7, .286): hasn’t played since 7/1, nursing a hamstring
  29. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.241): went 0-5
  30. Victor Santos, RHP (5-9, 3.92): DNP

DSL Phillies Red (36-22)  lost to the Twins, 5-2.

DSL Phillies White (39-28)  lost to the Tigers1, 4-3.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 19th … there are 401 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/19/19 – Lehigh Valley placed LHP Damon Jones on the temporarily inactive list
8/19/19 – Lehigh Valley activated LHP Josh Tols from the 7-day IL
8/19/19 – Lehigh Valley activated 3B Maikel Franco from the 7-day IL
8/19/19 – Lehigh Valley placed C Matt McBride on the 7-day IL
8/19/19 – Clearwater placed C Gabriel Ojeda on the 7-day IL
8/19/19 – RHP Francisco Morales assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/19/19 – RHP Rafi Gonell assigned to Williamsport from Lakewood
8/19/19 – Victor Cairo assigned to DSL Red from DSL White
8/19/19 – Jonathan Rodriguez assigned to DSL White from DSL Phillies Red
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

60 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/19/2019

    1. Simply put Bohm is a really good hitter…

      I thought O’Hoppe was really going to take off this year but wow has he really struggled at WPT.

      I lost track of the new rule changes. Are you still allowed to call up a bunch of guys from your 40 man in September?

  1. Oh and a shout out to Josh Stephen who has a swing Rocco just loves. I’ve seen him live a few times and when you’re watching him you say “meh” but the kid at just 21 in AA is slashing a respectable 271/345/832 OPS.

    I’m not convinced he is an everyday MLB player but he is productive Reading effect or not.

    Oh one more thing if you can help me out. Has Spencer pitched lately and I’ve not paid attention?

    1. Josh Stephen is one of the few prep bats in the system that has actually started to excel in the upper minors, Mickey Moniak being the other, or if you want to count the hot streak Luke Williams is on. But that’s it. The Phillies just need these guys to progress to the point where they become a viable option for any injury that may occur at the major level.

      1. I know some have said on this site it’s not how you start the season but how you do i the 2nd half. Williams is interesting,

        April – .242/.329/.323/..651
        May – .200/.381/.275/.656
        June – .133/.205/.320/.525
        July – .297/.328/.495/.823
        Aug – .306/.362/.548/.911

        So a slow start in April, that turned ugly in May and even worse in June only to do a huge turnaround in July and so far in August he’s been even better. In the first 3 months of the season in 217 AB’s he had just 41 hits including just 10 in 75 AB’s in June alone. In the month of July he had 33 hits. Just makes you wonder how he could struggle for much of 3 months and then in 111 AB’s he gets close to the amount of hits he had in just about double the AB’s.

  2. Josh Steven refuses to disappoint. Of course, I don’t think he could disappoint me. He’s had an exceptional year and I might even call him Moniak’s equal… right now. I think Moniak’s potential is higher but they’re pretty equivalent hitters at the same age and in AA. Moniak’s defense allows him to stand a little taller that Stephen but I could see both playing in the show and quite possibly together in the same OF

    1. Stephen is getting my attention now. There was nothing in his stats from last year that suggested he could skip a level and thrive in AA, but he’s done just that. The bigger point for me is that his numbers are improving a lot in the second half, suggesting he could thrive at higher levels. His problem, apparently, is defense and we’ll see how that plays out, but he’s a guy to keep an eye on for sure.

    2. Stephen is limited to a LFer only.
      And I do not think his arm will carry him as a RFer.
      IMO, right now in Reading , he is a better offensive version of Randolph.

      1. I’ve written off Randolph. I don’t even bother to check his performance on a daily basis when I look at Reading box scores. He’s a total bust.

        1. My guess he gets released this year or next…goes overseas, maybe Japan/Korea…gets his act together and then comes back in 4/5 years in his late 20s, and has one or two years’ taste of MLB fame….ie Eric Thames.
          Seems to be what some are able to do…hitters and pitchers.

          1. No chance Randolph gets released this year or next year. He just turned 22 years old in June. He has been battling a wrist injury all year. He likely won’t be protected on the 40 man roster next year but he is a talented hitter. Phans may write him off already but the club won’t.

            1. Up or out, as the saying goes.
              If he does not get promoted to LHV next season…….he may just want to be released to go out on his own.

            2. I’m not for or against Randolph, but it’s a good point that he’s had the wrist injury. Just look at his HR’s, in April he had 3 HR’s in 35 AB’s, (as he was first injured in April as I watched the game he got injured sliding into 2nd I believe) but since then the rest of the season he has only 3 HR’s in 267 AB’s. So if the wrist is bothering him it makes sense that he would have problems hitting the long ball.

              Granted I’m just wildly speculating. He does seem to do better in the 2nd half of the past few seasons if memory serves. Here’s his monthly splits, he didn’t play much in April or August so I’ll just skip those,

              May – .222/.267/.333/.600
              June – .239/.314/.337/.651
              July – .302/.408/.413/.821

        2. Yeah, it seems like it’s time to close the book on Randolph. I don’t check his performance daily either but overall it’s the same old same old. I could still see him back in Reading next year though. It’s not like Clearwater is loaded with OF prospects that look ready to take his spot.

          1. I think Muzziotti, has a very good shot to get promoted….maybe even Vierling…Ortiz probably starts at CLW again….but if he gets his hitting act together, he will get the promo to Reading in late May or June..
            Randolph could get squeezed by mid-season next year at Reading, if they do not move him up to LHV

            1. Also forgot all about Pujols and his return from his injury….unless the Phillies do not re-sign him, let him become a minor league free agent under Rule 55.

            2. I forgot about Pujols too but don’t know what’s up with him. He played a couple rehab games but hasn’t been seen for weeks now.

              Like you said, Ortiz may repeat Clearwater. Vierling hasn’t been good either. Muzziotti should move up but Moniak probably will too. So that leaves Muzziotti, Randolph, Stephen, Ortiz, Pujols and Vierling in the mix for basically 4 OF spots assuming they rotate and sometimes DH.

        3. I’m not ready to call Randolph a bust. Granted he’s under performed since he left LKW but there is still a chance.

          For me there is something about the sound off his bat that is special. Color me crazy but I’m willing to hang onto him to through his age 24 season to see what happens.

    3. Not being a Stephen hater, but his ISO has doubled in Reading, which makes me think there is some Reading effect happening. He has an .865 home OPS and an .809 road OPS, so maybe not that big a Reading effect, but still there. He also has a BABIP of .361 and a K% of 26.5%, both of which do not portend for future success.

      I am definitely in the camp of preferring Moniak of the two. Maybe start calling him MMM for all the triples?

      1. The most Big Bang Theory, comment I ever saw, Stephens can hit all those numbers mean nothing. just watch him. I know a hitter when I see one, His problem is his fielding and , Romus is right not a great arm. My hope is he develops more power, and plays first base

        1. rocco….well he is finishing on a hot streak…according to BR his last 25 games he is slashing .315/367/.596…with a .218 ISO

  3. I remember the days when my Father-in-law was a season ticket holder of the local AA affiliate (Montreal at the time) and would get mad when on of their better players would be promoted, moved to a different position, etc.

    He never could understand that the MLB team doesn’t care about the W/L records of their minor league affiliates, who’s hot, who’s not, etc. It’s about player development only. Same is true for Simmons, the team’s only concern is his development schedule..

  4. Oh my God, if Simmons is on the PTBNL list for a rental for Corey Dickerson my head is going to explode. I will be freaking furious with them.

    1. I don’t even want to think about this – that would be such a potentially horrible outcome. The type of thing perennial second division teams do routinely.

          1. No not really…the Pirates could decide sooner if they so desire…..but they may want to wait until after Nov 22 when the 2020 40 has to be finalized.
            I would assume most of all the names are not rule 5 eligible right now, so they could pick the player tomorrow, but probably they will wait until the minor league seasons end

  5. Stephen is having Great year, after disappointing prior year dedicated himself to getting bigger, stronger. But knowing this young man And his young baseball journey, having issues defensively, then playing for a Prestigious CA High School with high visibility along with being older than his competition it all comes to confidence. Success breeds confidence.
    Reading affect has shown both for him at the plate as well as in the field. Randolph as increased HR numbers but nothing else. Choose Randolph with 2 years at AA or Stephen with one. Pujols is the outlier, can he come back from injury. Anyway you put it all three will vie for AA unless AAA decisions are made.

    Maton’s Arrival is surprising gone well, more BB, better plate discipline and power and hustles. New blood helping teammates finish a long year.

    Williams another player who I’ve known and followed finally maturing and having great. Year. Tagged with age appropriate and 2015 draft class dilemma but Reading affect helped but grinding at bats and plate discipline are his style and Mr Hustle.

  6. Okay, let’s be real, if Simmons is on the player to be named later list, he’s as good as gone right now. But I doubt they would allow him to be on that list and get on such an extended roll – it would make no sense but, then again, the Phillies don’t always score high in the using common sense category, so there’s that.

    1. That would be a gut stabbing trade IMO.
      With all the middle infielders in the system…Gamboa, Brito, Guzman, Gomez, Canelo, Maton, Guthrie, Bray Gonzalez et al……and many arms…i would hope they would not have put Simmons on that list.
      Dickerson is a 31-year old journey man free agent anyway…..so the PTBNL is not going to be a top 30 guy i would hope…I mean, who in their right mind, would do such a thing…not even Gabe would do that if he were GM!

      1. I doubt he is, but, remember, Simmons got hot immediately after the trade deadline, so it’s possible he is and, if so, shame on the Phillies for letting him play so frequently and get so hot. If they are trying to hide him now it’s pathetic – the cat’s clearly out of the bag.

        1. The Phillies need to think like killers, like Bill Belichick. Whenever Belichcik makes a trade and the return draft compensation depends on how much the guy plays for him the next year, you KNOW the player’s never going to meet those incentives. For the Phillies to list Simmons and then play him enough in a single month for him to allow his prospect status to skyrocket and draw the attention of this suitor, when they could have buried him a little on the bench for a month (literally, we are talking about a month), would be OUTRAGEOUS. Gross malpractice. It’s what moron management does so I hope to God they didn’t do this.

  7. When the trade happened I read somewhere that they said there might not even be a PTBNL because the phils took on all the salary. Guess we’ll find out who it is by the off-season.

    1. yes, id be shocked if it was anything other than a warm body-
      and if the Phils arent in the race when/if Quinn/Bruce are healthy, he could get DFA’d to give him a chance to catch on elsewhere and let Quinn/Haseley play more.

  8. Mitch was guessing why Simmons didn’t play three out of four games. Mitch said he hasn’t been with the team, presumably because of the Little League World Series, I am not buying the Simmons needed to rest explanation either, that was just Mitch’s best guess. A 19 year old doesn’t need to sit out three of four games in a short season league heading into the league all-star game.

    I don’t know if Jim was guessing, but when the Dickerson trade was announced Jim said the player would come from the Williamsport roster and “it would hurt.”

    1. This is beyond hurting. You don’t trade 2 months of Corey Dickerson for a guy who could be your #3 prospect by next June and a potential impact player. I will go berserk if the PTBNL is Simmons – just gross mismanagement and horrible talent evaluation, a recurring theme here. You don’t let a kid like that go for that price.

      1. We better start a new conversation or people will be jumping off tall buildings! I don’t even want to think about this… I was hoping to see him play @ Del Marva next yr. (for Lakewood)!

    2. :I don’t know if Jim was guessing, but when the Dickerson trade was announced Jim said the player would come from the Williamsport roster and “it would hurt.”….my first thought it was Logan O’Hoppe and not Simmons

      1. Maybe the Phillies offered them a list of catchers they’d be willing to part with since that’s an area of depth. O’Hoppe would probably be one.

        1. Well if it is a Williamsport offering….of the roster list of their 14 position players:
          catchers-Edwards…Iser…O’;Hoppe
          infielders-Stott, Simmons, Rott, Holmes, Stewart , Torres, Fassnacht
          outfielders-Rojas, Hearns, Markwardt, Williams

          …….the five most valuable I would think would be Stott, Simmons, O’Hoppe, Rojas and Torres..
          And the three of Stott, Rojas and Simmons…would be a tough pill to swallow if it is indeed one of them.
          I guess I could live with O’Hoppe if the Pirates tag him.

  9. Not true – there are several very good players on that team including Stott, Rojas and O’Hoppe. I could live with it being O’Hoppe – but not Stott or Simmons and probably not also Rojas. Man this is pissing me off.

    1. I would hope they wouldn’t be that stupid, to include their 1st round draft pick on a PTBNL list?

  10. What was that list of 6 players that Mitch said were the best players on Williamsport’s team? Was that on an earlier post?

  11. This is turning into a Seinfeld episode. Scout George Costanza is sweating bullets after suggesting to top management that Simmons was expendable right before the Dickerson trade. Hah!

    But seriously, if he’s the PTBNL, the roof will blow off of the CBP offices.

  12. I refuse to believe they are stupid enough for it to be Simmons. I have plenty of time to be pissed if I am wrong, but I can’t let the idea get into my head.

  13. No sense getting worked up for an unknown player, per Jim Salisbury, he said the phillies won’t be sending a player.

  14. Late to the party here, but I see I’ve missed some fun.

    My guess on Simmons just needing a blow for a couple days was just that, a guess. The idea that these guys are too young to need days off is just false. The guys who came from extended spring reported on March 2nd and many of them are playing their first full summer of baseball. The college guys started playing games in mid-February, and who knows when they started practicing. Part of the development process is learning how to prepare your body for a full season of play and finding ways to play your best when you don’t necessarily feel your best. So, yeah, my best guess is getting some time off before the ASB.

    My list of the top Cutters prospects from the season that I posted the other day was this:
    1. Stott
    2. Miller
    3. Rojas
    4. O’Hoppe
    5. Simmons
    6. Aparicio
    7. Schulze

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