Threshers Recap – 8/20/2019

Clearwater (26-35, 62-65)  beat St. Lucie, 4-1.

Andrew Brown (4-7, 6.46) pitched six solid innings.  He allowed one run on 5 hits and 2 walks.  He struck out two.  Kyle Arjona (4.82) pitched two shutout innings.  Keylan Killgore (3.49) retired the side in order for his 10th save.  He struck out two and needed just seven pitches, all strikes, to ensure the victory.

The Threshers recorded their first three runs on two Jhailyn Ortiz’ home runs (18).  He hit a solo shot leading off the first inning, and a 2-run blast in the fifth.  They tacked on an insurance run in the ninth on Simon Muzziotti’s sac fly.

The Threshers collected 9 hits, four players had 2 each – Ortiz, Muzziotti, Daniel Brito, and Dalton Guthrie (.255).  Matt Vierling (.234) went 1-3 with a walk.  Ortiz’ 2 HR were their only XBH.  The team went 1-8 with RISP.

Lehigh Valley (60-66)  lost to Syracuse, 11-8. 

Dan Straily (4-3, 3.83) pitched two-plus innings, unable to record an out in the third in spite of facing 6 batters.  He gave up 7 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks.  Kyle Dohy (5.88) came in and allowed his inherited runner to score on two hits, but followed that with three, one-walk innings.  Josh Tols (5.81) gave up a run on 2 hits and a walk in one inning.  JD Hammer (13.86) gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in one inning.  Austin Davis (.275) pitched a one-hit, scoreless inning.  Connor Brogdon (3.76) pitched a no-hit, scoreless inning.

The IronPigs scored a run in the fourth on Austin Listi’s RBI double.  They scored 3 runs in the fifth on RBI doubles by Nick Williams and Maikel Franco and an RBI single by Andrew Romine.  They scored 4 runs in the seventh on Williams’ solo HR (9), Romine’s RBI single, and Listi’s 2-run HR (11).

Romine (.291) had 3 hits.  Shane Robinson (.287), Williams (.327), Franco (.188), and Listi (.289) had 2 hits each.

Reading (35-25, 74-53)  beat Portland, 7-1. 

Connor Seabold (1-1, 2.42) pitched six, solid innings.  He allowed one run on 5 hits and a walk.  He struck out six.  Garrett Cleavinger (3.86) pitched two innings, striking out five.  Grant Dyer (4.09) struck out the side in the ninth.

The Phils scored a run in the second inning on Josh Stephen’s solo HR (11).  They scored again in the third on Alec Bohm’s RBI single.  They extended their lead with 4 runs in the sixth on a 2-run throwing error, Nick Maton’s RBI double, and Jose Gomez’ RBI single.  They tacked on a run in the ninth on Mickey Moniak’s sac fly.

Gomez (.266) had 3 hits.  Bohm and Stephen (.279) had 2 hits each.

Tommy Joseph is playing for Portland.

Lakewood (25-30, 54-71)  beat Lexington, 9-1.

Eric Miller (1-0, 1.80) made his Lakewood debut and tossed five solid innings.  He allowed a run on 4 hits.  He walked none and struck out six.  Taylor Lehman (1.37) tossed four, 2-hit, scoreless innings.  He struck out two and picked up his second save.

The BlueClaws scored a run in the second on Cole Stobbe’s solo HR (13).  They scored another run in the third on Abrahan Gutierrez’ RBI single.  They added 2 runs in the fifth on Carlos De La Cruz’ 2-run double, and 2 more in the sixth on McCarthy Tatum’s 2-run double.  They tacked on 3 runs in the ninth on Hunter Stovall’s 3-run HR (1).

Lakeland collected 18 hits.  Stovall (.238) had 4 hits.  Yerwin Trejo (.263) had 3 hits.  Malvin Matos (.245), Gutierrez (.248), Stobbe (.199), and De La Cruz (.223) had 2 hits each.

C Jesse Wilkening, drafted in 2018, has been seen walking around the Complex in work out clothes.

Williamsport (26-36)  no game scheduled.

GCL Phillies East (18-23)  beat the Tigers East, 8-0.

Starlyn Castillo (7.71) pitched three shutout innings.  He allowed 3 hits and walked one.  He struck out three.  Jordi Martinez (1-0, 2.35) also tossed three shutout innings.  He allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out one.  Gabriel Cotto (9.37) pitched a perfect seventh inning.  Tyler Adams (7.71) pitched a scoreless eighth.  And Maikel Garrido (7.20) struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth.

The Phillies scored a run in the first inning on Curtis Mead’s RBI single.  They score in the third on a double play.  They added 2 runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Luis Matos and Vito Friscia.  They salted the game away with 4 runs in the eighth on Jevi Hernandez’ bases loaded walk and Marcus Lee Sang’s 3-run double.

Vito Friscia (.274) had 4 hits.  Luis Matos (.267), Marcus Lee Sang (.255), Brayan Gonzalez (.230), and Jose Tortolero (.202) had 2 hits each.

GCL Phillies West (28-13)  beat the Yankees East, 4-2.

Daniel Vilchez (2.88) pitched four innings.  He gave up 2 runs on 6 hits, walking none.  His FB was 88-90 mph.  He also throws a CB, SL, and CH.  Austin Crowson (4-1, 3.20) pitched three innings.  He allowed a hit and a walk, while striking out two.  He throws a FB, CB, and CH.  His FB was 85-87 mph.  Jaylen Smith (3.45) earned his first save.  He threw two perfect innings with a strike out looking on a CB.  He also throws a FB and CH.  His FB was 87-89 mph and showed some arm-side fade down in the zone.

The Phillies scored a run in the fourth on JC Smith’s RBI single.  They scored a run in the fifth on Christian Valerio’s sac fly.  They scored twice in the sixth on a ground out and a wild pitch.

Edgar Made (.324) and JC Smith (.289) had 2 hits each.

Jamari Baylor started at SS and went 0-2 before being replaced after the third inning.  He made two throws from SS – his first was tentative and ran a little high on the second batter of the game.  Later he threw a bullet for a put out at first.

And this is how the MLB Top Thirty did –

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B (.269): went 2-5 with a run scored, RBI
  2. Adonis Medina, RHP (6-6, 4.96): DNP
  3. Bryson Stott, SS (.294): DNP
  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): went 1-5 with a BB
  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 0-4 with an RBI, SF 
  10. Erik Miller, LHP (0-0, 1.08): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
  11. JoJo Romero, LHP (3-3, 7.57):  DNP
  12. Simon Muzziotti, OF (.286): went 2-4 with an RBI, SF
  13. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF (.202): went 2-5 with 2 runs scored, 2 HR (18), 3 RBI (50)
  14. Rafael Marchan, C (.212): DNP
  15. Nick Maton, SS/2B (.250): went 1-4 with a run scored, double, 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 (.279): 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 (.190): went 0-3 with a run scored, BB
  24. Daniel Brito, 2B/SS (.245): went 2-4
  25. Kyle Dohy, LHP (6-5, 5.88): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
  26. Dominic Pipkin, RHP (3-4, 5.22): DNP
  27. Kevin Gowdy, RHP (0-5, 4.61): DNP
  28. Jamari Baylor, SS (2-9, .222): went 0-2
  29. Cornelius Randolph, OF (.241): DNP
  30. Victor Santos, RHP (5-9, 3.92): DNP

DSL Phillies Red (36-23)  lost to the Rockies, 11-9.

DSL Phillies White (40-28)  beat the Tigers1, 16-6.

Here’s the affiliate scoreboard from MiLB.

The rosters and lists are up to date as of August 20th … there are 400 players in the org

Today’s Transactions (newest transactions in bold text)
8/20/19 – Phillies transferred RHP Jake Arrieta from the 10-to the 60-day IL, bone spur
8/20/19 – Phillies reassigned RHP Jerad Eickhoff to the minor leagues
8/20/19 – Phillies optioned RHP Jerad Eickhoff to Lehigh Valley IronPigs
8/20/19 – Lakewood placed RHP Andrew Schultz on the 7-day IL
8/20/19 – Erik Miller assigned to Lakewood from Williamsport
8/20/19 – RHP Saul Alcala assigned to DSL White
8/20/19 – DSL White released Michael Guzman
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

56 thoughts on “Threshers Recap – 8/20/2019

  1. Jim, I would like to thank you for taking the time to produce the information night after night. With all that is going on with you and your family, thank you again. Now on to the recaps. Andrew Schultz is on the injured list. Is it serious? Great start for Erik Miller at Lakewood. Hopefully he gets one more start and begins next year in Clearwater.

  2. I know Erik Miller has been mentioned on here before but can someone give me a catch-up on him? Jim says that Jhailyn Ortiz hit a home run leading off the first inning. Is he batting leadoff?

    1. He was last night, first time I recall that happening. I guess they should try it again.
      GCL West won 8-0 obviously.
      Miller and Lehman showing us two good arms.
      Nick Williams tearing up AAA, it’s a shame he can’t carry that to Philly.

      1. A few thoughts:

        1. Alec Bohm is tearing things up in AA in August. He shows all the signs of being a plus hitter with solid plate discipline, a good to very good hit tool, and above average to plus power. His year is going just about as well as anyone could have hoped.

        2. If Erik Miller harnesses his control, we could have a middle-to-top of the rotation pitcher on our hands. This appears right now to be an outstanding draft pick and, on the whole, I really liked this draft and more than that, it appears that their draft philosophy and execution is improving, which I love.

        3. Based on the recent exchanges, I am going to assume that Kendall Simmons will not be part of the Corey Dickerson transaction, which is a huge relief. I want to see how he handles the rest of the season, but I think he’s going to go into the back part of my top 10 list, with a big up arrow next to his name. A power hitting shortstop who has on base skills and electric physical talent is pretty much a dream player.

        1. I think Miller has had only one or possibly two BB in his last 13 innings… It’s my understanding that the coaches are working with him on some mechanical adjustments that are already paying dividends.. His MiLB stats are around 41 K’s and 7 BB’s..

  3. Am I the only one confused with some of the names in the organization? Jones, Garcia, Hernandez etc. and now we have the ever popular Schultz and Schultze………… I think.

  4. Hunter Stovall has been pretty quiet. The Phils picked him up from Colorado for James Pazos. The fact that we got anything for Pazos was a plus for the Phils. Pazos is having a horrible year in AAA with the Rockies. In retrospect, a shag bag of old baseballs was probably too much for the Rockies to give up.

  5. Jim I don’t know if you always did it but, Love now to see the velo and secondary pitches you see, And you also post about what you see in some hitters, which to me is great, love to see what you see over all this numbers, great job and Your wife is in my prayers

  6. The PTBNL for Dickerson transaction…off the table now according to Jim Salisbury.
    So the guys on the Crosscutters’ roster can breathe a sigh of relief.

    1. Yeah, that was something Salisbury tweeted back on July 31. Kind of got lost in all the speculation. Daniel reposted it yesterday on the minors thread.

      1. Are you guys referring to this?

        Because this followed it a half hour later:

        1. That doesn’t really change anything since his first tweet didn’t list the cost to acquire and the 2nd tweet is just him stating it’s official. We’ll find out at some point, I thought I read somewhere that pitt just wanted us to pay the rest of his contract which was just over 2.7M left which they did. I never heard how much international money was involved.

          1. “I never heard how much international money was involved”…interesting.

            Not sure how that will go down….a draft is suppose to be in place next year.
            And trading draft picks will be allowed vs the Rule 4 draft where you can only trade the competitive balance picks of either Round A or B..

  7. I got to see the Reading game last night in Portland and I was duly impressed with Connor Seabold. His look, makeup and repertoire remind me of Aaron Nola, who, coincidentally, was pitching for the big club down the interstate less than 100 miles away. Even his windup looks like Nola’s. In fact, his stat line was similar in some respects.

    It’s only one game, but I like Maton’s skill set. He’s got some pop. Down in the count, 0-2, it was refreshing to see Bohm go with and outside pitch and single past first to drive in a run. Wha a concept. Gamboa is flashy in the field, but can’t hit. Moniak made contact, but didn’t punish the ball. Loved Cleavenger’s 5 k’s in two innings. In his first inning of relief, he may have struck out the side on 9 pitches. If not, he came close.

    It was a fun night for me and my family. It was also a rare sight for me to see my favorite AA team win in hostile territory.

    And finally to you, Jim, to echo Thomas’s tribute to you,I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your perseverance night after night. You bring knowledge, humor and humanity to us long-suffering and devoted fans. You are a shining light in these uncertain times.

    1. Odd…your posts get deleted.yesterday and I could not get the ‘affliated scoreboard ‘ link or the ones on the side menu to open from this site..
      Today things look good….assume it was server issues.

    2. Barf, You stated that a player might have been benched as a disciplinary action without any evidence that backed up such a statement. It was fortunate that everyone focused on the PTBNL “fake news” rather than the irresponsible “disciplinary action” fake news.

  8. Interesting that Tommy Joseph is back in the U.S. My son saw him play a game this year in South Korea, so his being back is not what I expect to read about.

  9. To all the prospect rankers out there. I suggest you take a step back from some of the younger players and wait before elevating them into your top tens, especially if based on a hot streak. Some start out poorly and have to be talked out of pulling an “Andrew Pullin”. Wait and see how they handle the next slump. Better yet, wait to see how they handle the transition to the next one or two levels.

    Thee is no need to elevate an unranked prospect into a top ten on the SSS of three weeks. There is nothing wrong with a move from unranked to second ten. Learn from past mistakes. Yes, I’m referring to Luis Garcia who will likely still grow into a top prospect but has disappointed all who elevated him into the top tiers of their rankings.

    1. I hear you but sometimes what a prospect does is so impressive it merits a big move. Just because Garcia hasn’t panned out yet doesn’t mean we would be wrong about a guy like Simmons. We were right on Sixto for example.

      1. For me, the key in these situations is to just wait for some pro scouting reports to come out. Scouts buzzed about Garcia and Johan Rojas, but I haven’t seen anything about Simmons one way or another.

    2. Hey all. Mickey called me yesterday and said Bohm, Howard, Maton and himself going to AZ fall league. He wasn’t sure but maybe one more player as well. I can finally drive to go watch him play baseball!

        1. He is excited about it..as I am as well as grandpa! I will b heading to Reading next week for Bowie series. I am fired up to get to baseball town USA 🇺🇸!

          1. Matt, Love your excitement. Mickey sure is developing nicely and you can tell by the comments on this board that folks here are excited for him, too. Enjoy Reading.

      1. Great news…..expected Mickey and Bohm to be going…Maton is a surprise and also Howard.
        Assume another pitcher may get the call to go.

        1. That’s great news, Matt! Any/all of those four could be playing in CBP at some point next season! Enjoy your time in AZ.

      2. Great news for Mickey and the other guys, thank you for sharing it, Matt.

        Phils really seem to like Maton – that is some heady company for him.

      3. That’s great, Matt. I had heard about Mickey, Alec, and Spencer being strongly considered during the last week to 10 days. And, yes, there will be at least 2 more pitchers selected.

        The Phillies are playing for Scottsdale with players from the Braves, Mets, Giants, and Blue Jays. The Phils Aaron Fultz is one of the pitching coaches.

  10. Shoutout Connor Brogdon, who’s last 10 appearances for LHV look like this:

    12.2 IP, 6 hits, 5 BBs, 21 Ks, 4 ER, 2.84 ERA.

    He’s had a great season and looks to be knocking on the door of the majors. Very nice but unexpected from a 10th round pick, aka the “let’s take this guy to save money” part of the draft. He received a $5,000 bonus.

      1. Stuff looks quite good. Some of the pitches have extremely late brake – a trait that might translate well to the big leagues. That was impressive.

          1. Hinkie…..JoJo is another that they may want to send…..they are using the MLB baseballs so I assume a few more teams will be sending their top pitching prospects to get acclimated even more so…..though suspect next season the commissioner will be modifying the specs on the balls and will see a ball similar to those used in the past

    1. I posted about him last week or so wondering if he would be a possible Sept call up. It looks like he had an adjustment period to the new balls and since has really started to figure it out. He moved to LV on 6-29, since then,

      July – 4.11 ERA, 15.1 innings, 12 hits, 7 BB’s, 20 K’s, 1.239 whip
      Aug – 1.74 ERA, 10.1 innings, 4 hits, 4 BB’s, 17 K’s, .774 whip

      So in July he had 7 BB’s but 4 of them came in the first 4 games of July.

  11. Jimmy,
    First of all,Thank-you for everything that you do for this site,and I wish you guys the best with what you are dealing with right now.

    I apologize if I stated that it may have been disciplinary reasons,I thought that I asked a question, if it could be…

  12. I, obvsly, have no inside information on this but it looks like Moniak’s body is still maturing. It takes somethings more time for some people (some studies say that adolescent can streech to 25 years for some). I’d like to think his triples will turn into dingers once he’s fully mature.

  13. I think people sometimes lose sight a little over how good of a year Bohm has had. If he had enough qualifying at bats, he would be third in the Eastern League in OPS (the next two guys behind him by the way would be Stephen and Hall), and the two guys who would be ahead of him are both 25 years old. In other words, he has the best OPS in the Eastern League among viable prospects. He’s a really, really fine prospect.

  14. Jim- I really enjoy the reports on the kids from GCL. Aside from Nicoly Pina and Starlyn Castillo it looks pretty barren in terms of kids with present day stuff. Are you seeing much better stuff from the pitchers on opposing teams?

    1. If “present day stuff” means velocity, some big arms were promoted from the GCL. Others are still here, like Maikel Garrido, a relief pitcher like Pina.

      Three of the “barren” pitchers you refer to threw a one-hitter against the second place team in their division Wednesday.

      Sure, there are a handful of pitchers who top out in the 80s, but they invariably have better command than their younger team mates. And, some of the big arms here seem to have been shut down already, like Gunner Mayer.

      We’ve had more big arms on our teams than in previous years.

      Our staffs match up as good or better than the rest of their division, IMO.

  15. So I’m checking on minor league schedule for today and see Reading is playing now and Bohm is at the plate. I turn on MiLB to watch his at-bat. Patient as usual. Then a solid hit to right field to drive in Luke Williams from 2B.

    As has been mentioned here before by several posters, Bohm sure can hit.

      1. Wonder if he will morph to the MLB TTO hitting philosophy in a few years.
        Never thought Rhys would ever…but he sits at 45% now., while the best player in the majors, Mike Trout is at 46%. MLB average for all hitters is 35%

        1. Maybe Charlie Manuel will produce his greatest coaching achievement and persuade John Middleton to lead a counter-revolution, at least in Philadelphia.

          1. Frank…..that would be a good thing I would think…..but remember Ralph Kiner who stated in the ’50s: “Singles hitters drive Fords and home run hitters drive Cadillacs”

  16. Ah, but that was before free agency, arbitration and minimum pay around $540,000. Today everyone can drive a Cadillac, except maybe the Latin and/or free agent singles hitters who signed to little or no bonus.

  17. It’s too bad both Lakewood and Williamsport got off to such poor starts..Since late June both teams have been playing excellent baseball and would be in the playoffs if not for such a miserable starts to the season…

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